2019 was a … wild year. And I genuinely have lots of feelings and thoughts about it.
I’m so behind on making all these 2019 wrap up / beginning of 2020 posts, but here’s the next one in this whole series! Today, I’m going to talk about my 2019 in terms of reading, blogging and life, and properly saying goodbye to 2019 in those regards, pretty much? Feeling all of those bittersweet feelings right now, honestly.
In 2019, I read 142 books! Which is the most books I have ever had read in my life in a year, and is pretty awesome. Which means I hit my 100 books goal, so go me?
But I feel like in a lot of ways, 2019 was a lackluster reading year for me. I didn’t find many favourite of all time books, and I ended up rating A LOT of books 3 to 4 stars. Like, I maybe found one favourite book of all time? Which kind of sucks.
But I just want to say, 3 and 4 stars aren’t bad ratings! They’re solid, but it just sucks that I didn’t find many 5 star reads.
The first half of my reading year was actually really great! I managed to find most of my favourite books of the year from there, managed to read 75 things, AND created a new monthly personal best of reading 19 books in a month. Which is insane?
I’m going to go more into depth about my reading year in the End of Year Bookish Survey (coming next week if all goes to plan?) and I’m also going to check in with my reading challenges too. Just to make this section a little longer.
- Goodreads Reading Challenge: 142 / 100 – While I didn’t achieve my stretch goal of 150 books, this number is still great!
- New Release Challenge: 62 / 60! – How did I read that many new releases, jeez.
- Beat the Backlist: 71 / 50 – Oh my god.
- Back to the Classics: 2 / 12 (RIP)
- Library Love Challenge: 56 / 30 – Wow, okay.
- Year of the Asian: 41 / 30 – This means I ended up hitting my stretch goal of the Giant Panda (31 to 40 books) than expected and getting the Giant Panda Level! Which is so cool.
As designed by the wonderful CW @ The Quiet Pond!
2019 was definitely a super interesting blogging year and definitely incredibly formative to the blog’s journey!! We love.
- I reached my one-year blogiversary in February!! I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for a year! Honestly, it’s felt like a lot longer than a year (since we’re reaching two next month) but yeah. That’s insane. Making the step to start this blog this time, nearly two years ago was truly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I truly can’t wrap my head around it. Damn.
Thank you to May for this absolutely stunning badge and for hosting the awards! I love you so much ❤
- I co-won Best Small Book Blogger with the amazing Olivia @ Purely Olivia!! And I … still cannot believe it. I genuinely cannot believe that people thought to nominate and vote for me, and like just !!! AHHH. I love you guys so much and I’m still not over it, brb. Just. Crying forever. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I don’t deserve any of you and am so eternally grateful.
- I found some of my favourite blogs and through that, some of the people I consider my best friends in the entire community! Which was an AMAZING feeling. I genuinely cannot think of what my life would be like without some of these people in my life, and like. They have all my uwus and my entire heart.
- My stats jumped up a lot? I don’t ~really~ like to talk about stats that much, because I feel like what’s more important is the interactions and the people and just the process of creating in general, but it’s something to note, I guess? It’s really wack.
- Got to be more familiar with blogging and knowing the community! In 2018, I was pretty inconsistent with blogging, not gonna lie, and was not very interactive with the community. However, while my interaction still isn’t great, I definitely got more comfortable with the whole process of blogging and just getting to know different members of the community, which was such an amazing experience! I just love the community and everyone in it A LOT.
Thank you so much to everyone who supports, reads and is just plain lovely to me and the blog. I love you guys so, so much and I cannot wait for what I’m sure is going to be an amazing 2020 together ❤
I don’t know how interesting my life was, but I’m just going to add this section anyways. Just for kicks, I suppose?
- Honestly, 2019 was SUCH a weird, busy and a year of so, so much change. I am definitely feel like such a different person to the me in December of 2018, and it just blows my mind.
- I got through IGCSEs and the MYP Curriculum!! Alive. I think I mentioned this a few times, but my former school had everyone take the core curriculum of the IB MYP program, with the add-on option of taking the IGCSE exams since we had to learn the content for it. It was definitely an interesting experience, and while it was annoying to balance it out (and frankly, not to be ~too~ shady, they didn’t do much to help those of us who were doing the dual program), but I did it. With some pretty solid grades. I guess?
- Friendships … is an interesting topic. My friendships were honestly, a little messy in the first third of 2019, but then it all evened out and got a lot better by June. And they got better in the second half? I think? Which. I love.
- I organised a whole launch for an organisation! I am still a little traumatised by this experience, honestly, because I did not manage myself well prior to the launch happening, but I did it. With the help of some important people, but damn. And using skills I’m good at and developing other skills, too. Highkey proud of myself. In my top 2 life achievements?
- I found Vine. Okay, this sounds a little silly and I am fully aware that I’m SO late to the party, but this year I found Vine and fell in love. Vines have brought so much joy into my life, and have really helped me on the not-so-good days. I’m sad it’s closed down. Smh.
- I did some travelling. Which was pretty cool! I went to China in August, and I’ll try to find some pictures for me to add (since I never ended up writing a travel diaries post like I intended) but it was such a fun and interesting experience! And I also got to practice my Mandarin, which I needed.
- Moved schools and countries. This was absolutely huge. I moved from Singapore to Bangkok in August because I ended up changing schools, which was so scary as I had lived in Singapore for three years and had no idea how Bangkok would work out, but honestly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. Not sure how much I’ve talked about it, but I absolutely LOVE my current school and everything about it. I’ve never been so excited for the next one and a half years.
- Embraced my social self? In 2019, I found myself going out a lot more and just embracing the more social part of me. Admittedly, I didn’t adventure out of my social comfort zone as much as I would have liked in the first half of the year (and when I was still in Singapore) as the social dynamics in my former school were very set in stone and I found it to be quite cold, but as soon as August (and new school!) hit, it was a totally different experience. I found it so much easier to talk and socialise with people across different groups, and I was able to fully embrace the highly social part of myself, and like!! Go development!!
- Found some of my favourite people. More specifically, in my new school. I found some people that I absolutely adore with my whole heart and soul, and people I genuinely cannot imagine not being in my life. They’ve done so much good and I cannot wait to get to know them more and make more memories with them in 2020 ❤
- My emotional state? Highly tumultuous. Even though I had lots of highlights in 2019, this was one of the most prominent lowlights, admittedly. My emotional state was all kinds of wack last year, and it was so on and off, it was insane. I don’t really want to discuss the causes of this, but yeah. That happened. Which wasn’t great, but we move on. You know?
- I pushed myself out of my comfort zone! In many ways. Massively. In 2019, especially when I moved to my new school, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone a bunch, which was really cool! Some examples include me going to social environments where I barely had any super close friends attending, having some interesting experiences, organising a launch (as above), doing a bunch of charity work, pushing myself to be part of the school play and doing A Level Drama (even though I didn’t do it at GCSE) and going on a hike for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award? All of these things are absolutely insane and I’m really proud of myself for doing it.
That concludes my recap of 2019! How was your 2019, and decade? How do you feel about moving into 2020, and what were some of the best parts of the year? Anything you’re particularly excited about for 2020?
I would love to know!!