Another year has gone by which means it’s time again for one of my favorite posts to compile, and that’s the end of the year round-up, summary, wrap-up, or whatever you want to call it!! This year was SO WEIRD, because although it started off being one of my greatest years reading and content creating wise (and it objectively still is), the last few months, it all slowly went downhill and I’m not as happy with everything as I was anymore. But OH WELL! It’s okay! Things happen! 2020 is a new year and a good time to strive and hope for better!
- Number of visits: 40.654
- Number of unique visitors: 22.454
- Number of posts: 126
- Number of WP followers: 2.308
- Number of Twitter followers: 5.831
- Number of Instagram followers: 1.425
Looking at these stats, I know they’re not the most ever but I’m…really proud of them? Especially when I looked back at my 2018 round-up and how disheartened I was with my stats back then, I’m really satisfied now, bu not just numbers wise. I know that I’ve been slacking the past few months because life got in the way (in a good way) but I worked so hard on my blog last year and launched projects like Muslim Voices Rise Up and (worked on) Color the Shelves, as well as continuing on with Diverse Book Bloggers Discuss (which I’m unfortunately discontinuing this year) and put out so many reviews I was proud of, that I can’t help but still feel pride in everything I’ve done regardless of how things have been going the past couple months.
I also put myself out there and started a Youtube channel that I’m having a lot of fun with, so honestly? It’s been a good blogging year.
Most popular Posts
- Zodiac Sign Book Recommendations.
- A Love Letter to Quiet YA + 12 Quiet books I adore.
- Word Wonders’ TBR Expansion: Books with main F/F pairings pt. 2.
- Muslim Voices Rise Up: Being a white Muslim in a White privilege world.
- #DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Our generational acquiescence of the white fantasy.
My favorite Posts
Both the Zodiac Books recs and the love letter to quiet YA are some of my favorites I wrote this year but for the sake of not repeating them, I’ll choose 5 new ones.
- Forgive me for I have sinned – Judging books by their covers (it’s hilarious, trust me)
- My Productivity Tools – Or how to be a master organizer!
- Muslim Voices Rise Up: Navigating Mental Illness as Muslims.
- YA books with “heavy” topics are necessary.
- My bookstagramming process + Helpful tips and tricks.
My favorite Videos
- (another) Bookshelf reorganization – fitting the new books.
- Sapphic book recommendations – 12 books I love.
- Reacting to every book on my physical TBR.
- Reacting to the most popular debuts of 2019 (so far).
Book bloggers I discovered and loved
This is how I know I’m REALLY out of touch with the community. I didn’t discover any new blogs this and I haven’t been keeping up with old ones and it makes me REALLY sad. So please recommend me your favorite blogs ❤
- Number of pages: 34.612
- Number of books: 105
- Number of re-reads: 6 (How to Make a Wish – The Forbidden Wish – When the Moon was Ours – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – I’ll Give you the Sun – Under a Painted Sky)
- Series completed: I…uh…four? yeah. It’s bad. I finished The Reluctant Royals by Alyssa Cole, Ravenswood by Talia Hibbert, Want by Cindy Pon and Feverwake by Victoria Lee. I say its’s bad because I have 20+ ongoing series…
- How did I like the books I read?
Honestly, even though it seems like I liked most the books I read, this was a very mediocre reading year quality wise. The “recommend” books were okay reads for me, not ones I loved but they were…fine, I guess? So when you look at it this way, I loved less than half the books I read in 2019. So in 2020, I want to:
- Be more intentional about the books I pick up.
- Be more liberal with DNFing books.
- Prioritize quality over quantity, which means I’ll probably be reading less books (plus, I have a lot less time to read).
My other section is 10% bigger than it was last year, which isn’t much but it also means that I’ve slowly started broadening the genres I read and I’m really happy about that!
- Age groups
First, I’m really glad Middle grade is actually present in this graph, that’s better than the zero from last year. My New Adult and Young Adult percentages are actually the exact same as last year but my Adult one is slightly lesser, which makes me sad because I want to move towards reading MORE adults books, since reading a majority of YA didn’t really work in my favor this year, to see if my taste moving away from YA is what caused me to not have a really good reading year. So this year, I really want to try and read more Adult books, especially outside of romance. Since as of right now, most adult books I read are romance. Ideally, I want to get YA down to 45-50%.
I was so surprised at how little eBooks I read this year? Especially since last year it was more or less a quarter for each format. But to be fair, most Arcs I read are in e-format, but still I REALLY sucked at reading eBooks I actually bought even though there are quite a few I’m really interested in. But also…I have such a huge physical TBR… I should probably get to that too.
- Year released
I’m actually surprised and happy almost half the books I read weren’t new releases. Especially since I didn’t want to focus on new releases only in 2019, so it seems like I achieved my goal.
This is another graph that surprised me because I did not realize more than 60% of the books I read were by Indigenous authors or Authors of Color. That being said, I want to make this percentage even bigger in 2020.
Favorite and least favorite books
Most disappointing books
A video all about these books and why they were disappointing will be uploaded at the end of the week, so keep a look out for that if you’re interested!!
Most Surprising books
Favourite new authors/ new to me
- Victoria Lee (!!!!!)
- Alyssa Cole
Books with Beautiful Prose
Books that made me laugh
Books that made me cry
Books with #Squadgoals
Books with my OTPs
- Lucy and Catherine from The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics.
- Olu and Griffin from Work for It.
- Noam and Dara from The Fever King.
Mendatory Reading for everyone
What I mean by mandatory is that if you can handle the triggers in this book, PLEASE read it. It tackles so many important issues like intergenerational trauma, abuse, mental illness, undocumented immigrants and so much more. It’s also a brilliantly crafted book with a concept that blends magic and science seamlessly.
That’s it until next time.
How Did your Reading and Blogging year go?
How Many Books Did you Read? And Which Books belong in these categories for you?
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.