At the beginning of 2019, I set some goals for the year ahead regarding my reading, this blog and the social media that I use (not exclusively) for bookish purposes. The time has now come to evaluate whether I have met them or not.
I read in their entirety 35 books, the exact number that I had set as my minimum for the year. Although I read four fewer books than in the previous year, I read around 1300 more pages, according to Goodreads. And this is without counting with the eight books that I didn’t finish for various reasons.
Another of my resolutions was to reread at least one of my old favourite books. I reread O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis (The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis) by José Saramago and loved it as much as the first time. Despite it not being an old favourite, I also reread Hamlet by William Shakespeare at the end of December, after buying a new edition. I am still not a huge ‘rereader’, but I don’t feel like I’m ‘wasting my time’ anymore, even though there are still a large number of books that I’m eager to read for the first time.
I also wanted to read at least two non-fiction books last year. And I did! I didn’t enjoy them equally, though. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an engaging and important little book about feminism. Chernobyl Prayer by Svetlana Alexievich is a collection of testimonies about the nuclear disaster. Unfortunately, I think it lacks editing, context and a unifying thread.
And now the resolutions that I didn’t keep. I tried to give a new life to the social media that I also use for bookish purposes, but I failed to do so in the end. The main reason was that I didn’t feel like it was something I really wanted to do. I realised that I only want to continue to use Goodreads as a way to keep track of what I read, want to read and am reading. Although I may still try to apply some ideas that I have for Twitter and Instagram in 2020, that is not a priority at all.
I also didn’t succeed in preparing blog posts ahead of time. I did it occasionally, but not always nor for the majority of the posts. I also published fewer posts than in the two previous years, which is disappointing.
So, I achieved three of my five bookish goals for 2019. It could have been worse!