On 1 January 2019, I set myself the challenge of reading 52 books in 52 weeks and i’m so glad to say I’ve managed to do it, with twelve days to spare!
For the most part, it has been absolutely glorious. Setting and sticking to the challenge really helped me to fall back in love with reading and was the sole reason I started blogging again.
I’ve read some truly incredible books, discovered some amazing new authors and even managed to keep track of my reading activity for the first time ever. Finally, I have a Goodreads account that accurately reflects what I’ve read this year.
With that in mind, I thought I’d look back on 2019 to reminisce. I’ve also selected my personal favourites in a variety of genres, just in case anybody is looking for some reading inspiration.
Total number of pages read
Best reading month
Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by Alison Weir
Mr Salary by Sally Rooney
Average Goodreads rating
Favourite new author
Angie Thomas (with Karen Manus coming a close second!)
Panic Room – Robert Goddard
Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan
Circe – Madeline Miller
Notes on a Nervous Planet – Matt Haig
This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay
Favourite ‘none of the above’ but deserves a shout out anyway
Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
An American Marriage – Tayari Jones
Favourite book of 2019
Normal People – Sally Rooney
The one book I never got around to but wish I had
Daisy Jones and the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid
If you’re looking for a great book to really get your teeth into, drop me a message on Twitter/Instagram (@rsweeneyx) and I can send some recommendations based on the genres you love.
With the 2019 challenge wrapped up, I now need to decide what to do for 2020. I’m still throwing around ideas for this, so if you’ve got any suggestions, I’d love to hear them! The overwhelming majority of books I read this year were contemporary fiction, so I’m definitely looking to diversify my reading activity, with plenty of non-fiction work and a few of the classics!