2019 Wrap-Up & Goals for 2020 | Looking Backwards, then Forwards!

2019 Wrap-Up and Goals for 2020

Hello, my friends! I hope you’ve had a lovely start to the year! So far I’ve spent it tidying, rekindling hobbies I lost throughout 2019, and generally trying to shape myself into a more positive person.

In the interest of saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming the new one, I wanted to do a wrap-up and goals post! It’s been a while since I did one of these! I obviously won’t be detailing everything I read and wrote during 2019, but if you’re interested you can check out my 2019 Year in Books on Goodreads! I’ll just be sharing my highlights here – and there are some good ones!

Reading

According to Goodreads (my holy grail for reading stats since I’m not one of those uber-organised spreadsheet bloggers) I read 10,020 pages across 44 books in 2019. That’s down from 2018 when I managed 17,826 pages across 46 books, but I’m happier with this year. Maybe I read fewer pages – so what? In 2019 I beat a reading slump, I found time to enjoy books even though I was busy, and I started to tackle my TBR which made me feel happier with my reading again. This is made doubly impressive by the fact I worked full time for the entire year – 11 of the books I read the year before were in my break from college when I had 0 commitments (oh how I miss those days).

Related post: My Book Buying Ban

Some of my favourites from the year:

  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  • Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson & Emily Carroll
  • Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks
  • Feed by Mira Grant

Reading Goals for 2020:

Read 45 books. This number hasn’t risen much – I’ve only increased it by 5 – but I wanted to keep it nice and manageable. I’m planning on doing a lot of other projects outside reading in 2020 (more on that later) and I don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on myself by setting unrealistic goals.

Crush my TBR. This is a really important one for me. I’m still under a book buying ban (exceptions only for super highly anticipated releases and sequels) so getting through most of the books I own is a huge priority. I want this to be my year of less – book-buying included.

Keep up with book reviews. I currently have a list of books awaiting reviews. There are 11 on it – the oldest of which I finished in July. From now on I’m aiming to review books as soon as I finish them, even if it’s just a mini summary.

Blogging

This year (well, last year now I suppose) has been quite up and down in terms of blogging, with my number of posts per month ranging from one to eleven. It’s the highs that stand out to me though, and it’s those that I want to celebrate here.

Pride Month

Happy Pride Month on Rainbow Background

I went all out (pun intended) for Pride Month in 2019. It’s a huge thing for me and it proved to be a great time for getting inspired. I spent the whole month putting out content that was both fun and that mattered to me. It was honestly the highlight of my time blogging so far – I put out an incredible 11 posts that month and I was so proud of all of them. One of my favourites was my post of Asexual Book Recommendations, which allowed me to shine a light on my particular letter in the LGBTQ+ spectrum.

Blog-Hopping

During the summer of 2019, I went blog-hopping. It was more of a huge binge than a sustained effort, but I found some great blogs and made amazing friends from the experience. It was a super inspiring experience that helped me make new connections and really fueled my creative fire. Consuming different and interesting content is great for coming up with ideas of your own! Here are some of my favourite blogs I found this year:

Blogging Goals for 2020:

Write 26 posts. That makes one per fortnight! It would be nice to do more than that, but if I can get something out every two weeks for the whole year I’ll be pretty happy.

Blog hop more. After just listing all the reasons blog-hopping was one of the best things I did last year, it ocurred to me that I should maybe definitely do it more often. It’s a chance to read wonderful posts and meet wonderful people.

Creating

I can’t say I had too much to be proud of creatively for most of the year. It wasn’t until October – and the arrival of annual drawing challenge Inktober – that I started to invest back into my creative pursuits. I began Inktober with the theme of bookish fan art, all of which you can see in my post about the challenge. I also finally, after years of dreaming about it, launched my Etsy store ScribblesStories! (Never one to miss an opportunity for self-promotion: I make book sleeves and you can order internationally so… go get one!)

Creating the store was both easier and harder than I thought it would be, but the feeling I get every time that little sold notification pops up is incomparable. I love carefully wrapping things and sending my creations out into the world.

Creative goals for 2020:

Expand my Etsy shop. I want to make and sell more stuff! I always loved the idea of creating pins and stickers, but I’d love to do bookmarks and artwork too! Making a living from this sort of stuff has always been my dream, and I see every product and sale as taking me a step closer towards that!

Make more art. The amount I draw has slipped. It went from every single day in 2017 to barely at all. While I don’t think making 365 drawings will be realistic this year, I would like to be sketching consistently throughout the year. Since art is something I struggle to fit in around all my other goals, I feel like bookish fanart is a good way to go!

Do life drawing monthly. Life drawing is one of the best things you can do to improve your art. There aren’t any classes near me, sadly. I used to do them at college but I’m not a student anymore. Luckily, there are other options! My favourite is a YouTube channel called CroquisCafe (beware nudity if you click on the link!). They post short videos of life models so you can do drawing sessions without ever having to leave your house.

Phew! That was a lot! Turns out it takes quite a while to sum up an entire year, haha. I’ve set out a lot of goals for 2020, but I’m trying to keep them all achievable. In my personal life, I’m just aiming to prioritise self-care, keep my room tidy and get rid of all the unnecessary stuff I own. This year’s off to a good start. Here’s hoping the rest of it follows on!

Love and lemons, Abi

13 thoughts on “2019 Wrap-Up & Goals for 2020 | Looking Backwards, then Forwards!

  1. ahhhh so far i’ve spent my 2020 relatively similar to you; there’s been a LOT of tidying and i’ve definitely been trying to work on myself too (but mostly the cleaning lmao).

    but omg 44 books in one year is pretty amazing, and i’m so glad to hear that you’re happy with your reading this year (or last year actually, i swear i keep forgetting we’re in a new year now).

    i absolutely love nevernight (i read it in 2018, though i’m planning on rereading it this year so i can finally read the next two books in the series), so i’m so happy to hear that you read it and loved it in 2019! also, i’m definitely very eager to pick up a long way to a small and angry planet, cuz you’re, like, the 9732528th person i’ve heard give it high praise haha. i’ll have to add it to my 2020 tbr.

    also omg i’m so honoured to be listed as one of your favourite blogs you found this year 🥺🥺 honestly this has made my day, thank you so much. i kind of took a really long break from blogging and was worrying so much about whether i would be accepted back so it’s just really nice to come back and find that everyone is still as amazing and kind as they were when i left!

    but yes omg blog hopping is such a great way to find inspiration (like omg your pride month posts were all so amazing, i wasn’t out yet during pride month so i didn’t really post anything for it, but i’m definitely hoping to post a bunch for pride month this year!), now that i’ve come back to blogging i’m hoping to start interacting with bloggers so much more this year, cuz it’s definitely something i’ve missed.

    anyways, i hope you manage to achieve all your goals for 2020 and that the year goes really well for you!

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    1. Haha, I hope the tidying is going well for you! Oh don’t worry about mixing up the ‘this year’/’last year’ thing – I couldn’t even count the number of times I read back through this post to check I’d got it right!

      Nevernight is sooo good, I need to read Darkdawn in 2020. Small, Angry Planet is a very different book – it’s mostly character-driven so I’d recommend it if you’re into that!

      Aww, you’re welcome! I was so happy when I saw your return post – it popped up while I was drafting this post and I had to ditch my writing to find out what you’d been up to! 🙂

      Pride Month is so much fun, I hope you get to make some really cool posts for it this year! I hope you have a wonderful 2020!!

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  2. I absolutely loved reading this post!! I loved hearing about your year and your new goals. I quite like making new goals for myself as it can really motivate you and give you something to focus on!!
    Well done on all your reading progress, my goal for 2020 is to read 40 books. I’m glad you enjoy The Knife of Never Letting Go and Nevernight as I would love to read both these books!!
    I am going to try and stay on top of writing reviews as well!! I hope your book buying ban goes well, I went on one for the last 2 years and it worked really well for me.

    Thank you so much for mentioning my blog!! That makes me so happy and I really appreciate it!! I love your blog (and all the lemons) and getting to speak to you!! I can’t wait to see your new posts for this year and best of luck with your schedule!! I am hoping to post once a week this year!! 🙂

    Congratulations on opening your own etsy store, that’s amazing!! I wish you all the best with it!! And I hope you enjoy creating even more!! I really enjoy drawing too, I do it for fun and I draw once a month (I do it with my sister actually so we have a topic that we show each other on drawings at some point) I really enjoy it and I hope to continue with it!

    I hope you have a great 2020 Abi and thank you again!! ❤

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! Yes, setting out all these goals definitely gave me the inspiration to go after them!

      I hope you really enjoy Knife of Never Letting Go and Nevernight if you get to read them this year! I’m hoping I’ll get to finish both those trilogies off this year – I also need to get around to reviewing the ones that I’ve already read!

      Super good luck with your goal of posting once a week! I have complete faith that you’ll manage it – you did amazingly posting every day for blogmas!

      Thank you! It’s so nice that you and your sister both draw, I hope you continue enjoying it! Have a great 2020!! ❤

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  3. Congrats on reading so much in 2019 despite your busy life! That is truly an impressive accomplishment 😀 What If It’s Us and The Knife of Never Letting Go are some of my absolute favorites, so I’m delighted that you ended up loving them so much. And I think I’ll really enjoy The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet once I get around to it!!

    Ahhh thank you so much for including me among your favorite bloggers! ❤ I am truly honored, especially since some of those others are MY favorites as well 😀 I'm so happy that you stumbled upon my blog this past year, and I remember loving all your Pride month posts last June. I hope you're able to accomplish all your goals for 2020 and more! Happy (belated) new year!! ❤

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  4. Congratulations on all you accomplished during 2019!! I think you should definitely be very proud of the amount of books you read this year, and I’m so glad to hear you found new favorites. Best of luck with all your goals reading, blogging, and creative-wise this year!! I hope you accomplish everything you want to and have a great time while doing it.☺️

    Thank you so much for mentioning my blog in this, that means so much!!💖I can’t believe this is my first time visiting your blog (that just shows how behind I’ve gotten on my blog hopping, oh no) but it looks WONDERFUL and I can’t wait to explore it more. Happy new year!

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    1. Thank you so much! Good luck to you too with everything you want to achieve this year! 😊 It’s okay! You write wonderful posts after all! Haha thank you so much, I hope you have fun exploring my little corner of the internet! Happy New Year! 💖

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  5. Hello Abi 🙂
    Sounds like you’ve achieved a lot this year which is awesome. That’s so great that you’ve started your own Etsy store. Wishing you all the best with reading, blogging and your new and growing business!
    I really enjoyed Speak however I haven’t read the graphic novel yet. I really want to give it a try 🙂

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