Hello, reader! I hope you had a good reading weekend. This post has been sitting in my drafts for weeks now and I have no excuse why. I have been doing yearly reviews for the past 3 years and it is a tradition I want to keep on doing. I like looking back through the year and seeing the good, the bad and the interesting so basically that is what this post is going to be about.
On my reading and blogging goals:
Looking back at my 2019 Reading Goals I might say I wasn’t badly off in ticking them off.
- I managed to read more poetry, essays, short stories and modern classics which is a win but when it came to Kenyan literature I failed short.
- Clearing my physical and kindle tbr didn’t go as planned but I try again this year.
- Be active in a book club. This didn’t go as planned at all. I didn’t get time for the meetings, and most importantly I didn’t get the books and simply gave up.
- Putting out one discussion post once a month, didn’t happen, my Coffee with Fay series also had a good run but I took a step back to restructure. Hopefully it will be back this year, bigger and better.
- My reading goal for 2019 was 30books and I read 60, yaaaaay!!! I also wanted to put out more book reviews which went well but not to a satisfactory point.
On The Blog
Suckerforcoffe turned 3 in July and it was a huge milestone for me. In 2019 I wrote 29 blogposts over the course of 10 months.
Some of the notable blog posts were:
- Life at 23 – the A to Z of my life
- Review of Frankenstein– this was a buddy read and I ended up having a guest post
- 3 Years Later: What I Know For Sure – my blog turned 3!!!!!
- The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – I share why this is my all time favorite book.
- Q&A with Sarah Dale– I did a blog tour with Snowy Wings Publishing and I had a fun interview with author Sarah Dale.
Like I mentioned I read 60 books in total of which 40 were written by women and 20 by men. I have been trying to read more women and I feel like I am on the right track. Goodreads did a good job in breaking down my reading so I’ll share that below.
To note: 3 books I read were not on Goodreads meaning they were not tracked hence the details only show for 57 books.
- In June 2019 my family and I went on vacation in Mauritius and it was such an amazing experience. The food, the people and the lifestyle was truly amazing and we had the best time.
- If you read my life at 23 post you know I was excited to be graduating, and in July of 2019 I finally got my degree in Early Childhood Education.
- September 2019 I went on a girls trip with two friends of mine to Naivasha for a few days. I can sum it up as a freeing experience and definitely one of many.
- I am part, and founder of a Bookclub called BooksandBanter and in December 2019 we met for the first time for a picnic. Truly you cannot fight the power that is books.
Ps: Look out for a blog post coming soon where I share more about the book club and how you can be part of us.
I think I have managed to capture the highlights of 2019. It was a year of learning and growth and I am grateful for the lessons.
What is one thing that made your 2019?