End of the year posts are here and I am thriving!
Welcome to the first in a series of my end of the year posts! I am a bit behind with the schedule, but I am so excited to wrap up my reading year with you all! Last year, I started off this series of posts with a discussion on how my reading has changed in 2018, and this year we are doing the same! I am constantly evolving as a reader, so it’s nice to look back on what I have done differently this year. So let’s chat!
Rereading is Making a Comeback
I finally got back into rereading! I used to reread so much, but since I started blogging that has taken a backseat. However, this year I managed to reread a lot of books, even some I haven’t previously enjoyed and now have a newfound appreciation for them (yes, Kevin Day did win it for The Foxhole Court with me). It’s been amazing rereading some faves, and I am excited to continue on with this in 2020.
I read fewer books
In 2018, I managed to finish 108 books in total, which was amazing and I think my personal best. This year, I read (or will have read) around 70 books. And I don’t see that changing in 2020. I am significantly busier now and will be in the foreseeable future, which means reading less is also probably here to stay in 2020.
I care less about ARCs
But I think the hype surrounding ARC copies is finally leaving me. I don’t think it’s crucial for me to read books before anyone else anymore. I find that sometimes it’s a lot more exciting to read them when everyone else is reading them. And I am generally not so stressed about them anymore — yes, getting them is a privilege and I do review all the ARCs I get, but I am not really that stressed if I read an ARC after release date. I don’t make any money off of this, so I don’t see why I should prioritize ARCs over sometimes reading just because I want to read something.
HOWEVER, I think I read even more ARCs this year than the previous year. Slightly more, but still. I get so caught up in ARCs, that in 2020 I will make a monthly limit on how many I can request and I’ll make a list of exceptions (in case, I don’t know, the sequel of Call Down the Hawk is available).
I enjoyed the books I read less
I think every year I get more and more critical, which leads to me liking books less and less. I don’t think I am bad at picking up books — I stay clear of books I know will not be for me, even if everyone loves them, but just books have failed to move me and wow me this year. Case in point — I had only 5 five star reads this year, excluding rereads and graphic novels. SO, here’s to me loving more books in 2020.
I would love to hear from you – what has changed in your reading this year? What has stayed the same? I would love to know!
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