Well. At least it’s over.

Gonna be honest, guys. 2019 was a soul-killing year.

I’ve heard this from a few people, as well, so it isn’t just me. There was something that was just genuinely shit about 2019.

In terms of books, we had some stunners released this year. My TBR is towering at this point, so I think the reading challenge for 2020 will be an Unread On My Shelves challenge!

In terms of reading, though?


I didn’t achieve the Goodreads challenge of 50 books that I’d set myself, and I didn’t achieve the PopSugar reading challenge, either.

And honestly, while it sucks a little, I’m also pretty ok with that. Because this year was truly and genuinely awful, so I am proud that I’ve read as much as I have. In fairness to me, I have done almost nothing but read for a lot of the year, it’s just that the material that I’ve been reading has been chapters or articles for work/study and haven’t counted toward either challenge. I am still going to try and do better next year, though, both in terms of reading (especially what’s on my shelves already!) and in terms of writing reviews for what I am reading.

However, this is what I was able to get to this year, and I even have reviews for a few of them (which I will attempt, in a ham-handed way, to link either to the review here or on Goodreads). The list is ordered from most recently read down to the first read of the year. And yes, I have included single issue comics. It has been a rough year.

  1. Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal, J.K. Rowling (audiobook, Spanish) Goodreads Review
  2. One for the Money, Janet Evanovich Goodreads Review
  3. Naked In Death, J.D. Robb
  4. Computational Propaganda, Samuel Woolley (Ed.) Goodreads Review
  5. LikeWar, Peter Singer and Emerson T. Brooking Goodreads Review
  6. Glory In Death, J.D. Robb
  7. Madam C.J. Walker Builds a Business, Rebel Girls Goodreads Review
  8. New Technologies and the Law in War and Peace, William Boothby (Ed.) Global Change, Peace & Security Review
  9. 2019 11th International Conference on Cyber Conflict: Silent Battle, T. Minárik et al. Goodreads Review
  10. The Night I Met Father Christmas, Ben Miller Goodreads Review
  11. America’s Covert War in East Africa, Clara Usiskin LSE RoB Review Goodreads Review
  12. The Little Vampire, Angela Sommer-Bodenburg
  13. Writing a Watertight Thesis, Mike Bottery LSE RoB Review Goodreads Review
  14. The Language of Flowers, Sue Behrent Goodreads Review
  15. Books of Magic Issue 6, Kat Howard
  16. Books of Magic Issue 5, Kat Howard
  17. Books of Magic Issue 4, Kat Howard
  18. Books of Magic Issue 3, Kat Howard
  19. Books of Magic Issue 2, Kat Howard
  20. Books of Magic Issue 1, Kat Howard
  21. The Nutcracker, Alexandre Dumas PPC Review Goodreads Review
  22. Your Heart is the Sea, Nikita Gill PPC Review Goodreads Review
  23. The Eyes of Tamburah, Maria V. Snyder PPC Review Goodreads Review
  24. Poems of the Irish People, Various Goodreads Review
  25. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman PPC Review Goodreads Review
  26. Fiber, Susan Crawford LSE RoB Review
  27. The House at Baker Street, Michelle Birkby PPC Review Goodreads Review
  28. Buried in Black, J.T. Patten PPC Review Goodreads Review
  29. Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel Goodreads Review
  30. The House With A Clock In Its Walls, John Bellairs Goodreads Review
  31. The Case of the Missing Marquess, Nancy Springer PPC Review Goodreads Review
  32. Home Fires, Fiona Lowe PPC Review Goodreads Review
  33. Bedknob and Broomstick, Mary Norton PPC Review Goodreads Review
  34. The Lost World, Arthur Conan Doyle PPC Review Goodreads Review
  35. The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg Goodreads Review
  36. Buffy – The High School Years: Glutton for Punishment, Kel McDonald Goodreads Review
  37. The Greatest Mysteries of the Unexplained, Lucy Doncaster PPC Review Goodreads Review
  38. I Am Spock, Leonard Nimoy PPC Review Goodreads Review
  39. The Celtic Twilight, W. B. Yeats PPC Review
  40. His Finest Hour, Christopher Catherwood PPC Review Goodreads Review
  41. The Magic Worlds of the Lord of the Rings, David Colbert PPC Review Goodreads Review
  42. Aquaman: Volume 1, Geoff Johns PPC Review Goodreads Review
  43. Moby Dick, Herman Melville

How did everyone else go this year? Let me know!


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1 reply

  1. You were so close to 50 books, plus you read some that I would struggle to get through in an entire year (mostly non-fiction), so I think you win this year.

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