How Did I Do With Last Year’s Bookish Resolutions?

Posted January 2, 2020 by Leah in Discussion / 8 Comments

Hello, 2020! Last year, I posted bookish resolutions I wanted to accomplish in 2019. I thought it would be fun to revisit those and see what happened. Are you ready? Let’s go!

Read more outside my favorite genre

How’d I do?: Success! This is the one I did the best in. Fantasy’s my favorite genre but I read a lot more historical fiction as well as more realistic fiction pieces.Read more Own Voices books

How’d I do?: Not so good. Off the top of my head, I think read four books that can be called Own Voices. If anyone has recommendations, please send them my way.Check out a few classics 

How’d I do?: Um…well… Okay, I read one–Black Beauty. Unless The Shining counts. Does it? Probably not. I’m such a mood reader and I haven’t been in the mood for them. *sigh*Read a Sarah J. Maas book!

How’d I do?: I’m going to be straightforward. I realized this year that I don’t think I’m ever going to read her books. The hype is just too strong, they are so well loved that I am terrified to even crack ACOTAR and ToG open. Sorry, everyone.Re-read some favorites 

How’d I do?: I say success. I re-read some old picture books (it counts!) I loved as a kid, which is like a security blanket.Don’t buy so many books!

How’d I do?: Quite well. I did buy books–I can’t not buy books, but I did two month-long book buying bans this year and didn’t mindlessly reach for books like before. This year, I am only going to buy books I am really excited for–no FOMO or impulse buysFinish my book–and prepare it for agents

How’d I do?: I am proud of myself for finishing a draft of my idea. I noticed after I went back to expand on it that my love for it kind of dried up though. I don’t know what happened. Maybe it was the pressure of doing something of this kind of magnitude. I’m disheartened by it, because it’s another year I don’t set out to accomplish the dream I’ve had since I was a kid. This year, I’m still keeping my eye on the prize.


Thanks for stopping by. How was your bookish 2019?



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8 responses to “How Did I Do With Last Year’s Bookish Resolutions?

  1. Great job on hitting your reading goals!

    Don’t feel bad about not finishing your novel last year. Like you, I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a kid. I even worked as a content producer (and got paid) but it wasn’t fiction. I wrote two novellas in high school. I stopped somehow. For the longest time, I thought… I’d write a book if I ever got an idea.

    Five years ago, after reading Allegiant and hating the ending, I got into Divergent fanfiction. And I wrote a novella of my own. It’s terrible, and then I wrote the sequel. The next year, I wanted to know what happened at the end of Champion, so I started a fanfic to tell myself the story. I abandoned it and wrote nothing for over a year. Then, in 2018, I finished it and wrote five short stories and three novels/novellas. One of the short stories was “Happy Birthday,” which was the seed to the book that I’m in the final stages of editing (prior to sending to agents) right now.

    So don’t feel bad about not finishing your book last year. If you don’t love it right now, write something else! You can always come back to it later. I have an unfinished fanfic I’ve been working on since 2018 that I set aside and really want to get back to now. It’s not a race, but I know you can do it. If it’s your dream, don’t give up :-).

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  2. Jess

    I keep telling myself I want to read ACOTAR, but you’re right there is so much hype !!! I personally think The Shining can be considered a classic because of how noteworthy it is.

    • Leah

      The hype just scares me so much. XD I’m seriously thinking I will never read a Maas book. And thank you for confirming that The Shining is a classic, now my classics read list for 2019 is at 2 books.

  3. Nathan

    Surviving Wonderland: Living with temporal Lobe Epilepsy by Sharon R. Powell is own voice. I can name some books that are written by people who are parents or doctors, but I am not sure that counts as own voice. My own epilepsy is not as wild as Sharon’s, but it did inform me of my own health issue and is good rep. Girl In Pieces by kathleen Glasgow is own voice, but be warned, it is very triggering, and heavy. If you read that book, plan for it to be read literally one or two pages a day for about five or more months. It can’t be rushed. High trigger warning on that book. Thaw by Elyse Springer deals with a asexual main character and is own voice, if I remember correctly, recommended.
    I gave myself the goal of reading a fair bit of diverse characters in books. I think I did well with that goal.

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