Year in Review: My 2019 & what’s to come in 2020.

Hi, hey, hello, welcome to my blog and Happy New Year!!

I hope everyone had a good time last night and that your hangover isn’t killing you too much today.

Since it’s the first day of a new year, a new decade at that, I figured what better then to take a look book at how my 2019 went and what’s to come in 2020 both in terms of reading and life in general.

Reading & Blogging

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I read a total of 84 books in 2019 and I’m pretty happy with that. Last year was a busy year for me in terms of school and all that jazz so I don’t know how I juggled that plus reading so much but I’m not about to complain.

Blogging has been so much fun this year too. We’re nearly at 200 followers and I want to say a big thank you!

My Favourite Books of 2019 //My Least Favourite Reads of 2019

Reading Resolutions

I set myself a list of five reading resolutions for 2019 and honestly I barely remember what they are so the likelihood of me having accomplished them is slim to none.

Read some classics: Yes! And by “some” I mean one but hey it still counts. I read giphyRomeo & Juliet in the later half of the year and technically I only read it because I had to for my universal literature class but I enjoyed it a lot more then I expected to. Also I read this in Spanish (my second language) and somehow understood it better then when I tried to read it in English??

I will be reading more classics in 2020, again because I have to for class (our next read is Oliver Twist) but maybe I’ll try and read some off my own.

Read Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes: And that’s a big fate NOPE from me folks. I included this on my resolutions because I own the first four books in the series and never continued after book 1. I didn’t even try and read these last year and so I’ve decided if I don’t make any progress in 2020 then I’m just going to unhaul them.

20191226_124747Re-read Harry Potter: Kind of but not really. In 2018 I re-read books 1-3 and so my plan was to read 4-7 in 2019. I reread Goblet of Fire and loved it obviously, it’s my favourite in the series.

But then I remembered the illustrated edition was coming out and so I’ve decided to pass this over to 2020. I plan on reading the new illustrated version soon and then continue on from thier and maybe, if I’m feeling brave, I’ll attempt to read Cursed Child again.

Catch up on Netgalley ARCs: I think I did pretty well with ARCs this year. In total I read 21 ARCs this year. Some of my favourites of the year, maybe even of all time, I read because of NetGalley so I’m definitely keeping up with ARCs in 2020.

Unhaul Books: God I unhauled so many books this year and I feel like I need a pat on the back. Unhauling is so much more freeing then I could ever have expected, its getting rid of the books I didn’t like and it’s freeing up space on my shelf for new books which is always a plus. I already have a new unhaul pile read to go.

My Year

2019 is kind of a blare, time is just blending together and my brain cant keep up but here are the biggest things that happened this year.

I went to England by myself!: Back in March I flew back to England all on my own.20190228_105925 This was a big move for me who barely ventures out of my little town and my parents were freaking out.

I live in Spain and have done since I was 10 so every time I go back it’s super trippy for me. I have a dad and two younger siblings who live in England and I stayed with them for a few days while I was there and I felt super out of place but I liked seeing my brother and sister.

Overall I had a good time, I got a bunch of new books from an actual book shop which was fun and I always love eating as much English brand food as I can that doesn’t cost me a bomb like it does here.

I cried on the bathroom floor a few times: 2019 was a weird year for me in terms of my mental head space. I made a joke about how “I peaked when I was 6 and my anxiety peaked when I was 16” although I do hesitate to call it anxiety. Basically it was just a dark few months of being on the verge of tears nearly every day, I missed a whole lot of school because the mere thought of going made me feel physically sick and it was like I had a whole in my chest or something.

It was weird and it wasn’t fun but I haven’t felt like that in a while besides the few odd days here and there so really things are looking up!


I GRADUATED!!!!: This deserves a whole lot of !’s. If you told 10 year old me, knew to Spain who didn’t speak the language and felt incredibly stupid and out of place that she would go on to graduate high school with only 1 failed class (math) she would not have believed you in the slightest.

I tried, and failed miserably, to write a book: I’m really into writing and this summer I tried to turn my idea into a reality. Although I didn’t accomplish what I tattoowanted to I feel like I learnt a lot from that summer of writing and it’s something I definitely ant to concentrate on in the new year.

I grew up: 2019 was the year I took a step back, looked at my life and realised “holy shit I’m nearly an adult”. This year I: turned 17, got a tattoo, and got a new job in a bar in which my boss actually came to me with the offer.

I started college: And finally the last big thing that happened this year was that I started my first year of Bachillerato. Again this is something 10 year old me would not have believed. I was super nervous at first especially with how my head was at before but I’m one term in and I’m doing really well. I’m feeling more confident, my classes are going well and I’m flying through presentations without wanting to die inside.

2020 is going to be a busy year.

2020 is going to be wild and I am scared.

  •  I go to Italy: Lil old me who is scared of socialising is jetting off in March, with my school to Italy for 5 days. We’re going to a whole bunch of places like Milan and Florence. I think it’s going to be fun but like I said I’m scared.
  • I’m going to England again: After Italy I’m going to England in April. I’ve never travelled this much in my life. I’m going for a whole week this time which is longer then I wanted and it cuts into school time so I’m sure my teachers are going to be pissed about that but oh well. It means books, food and seeing my gran so it’s cool.
  • Finishing 1st year and starting 2nd year: Apparently 2nd year of college/bachillerato is Hell and all second year students live in a permanent state of exhausted and wishing for death. That’s a lot to look forward to. 2nd year is also my last year before I have to make serious University decisions and I AM NOT READY!
  • I turn 18: Ughhhh, is all I have to say about that. Who decided I get to be an adult this year? I’m not qualified for this.
  • Reading a whole lot: I don’t know how my reading is going to go this year. Like I said it’s a busy year all around. I think for my Goodreads Reading Goal I’ve settled on 40 books. This year I want to keep up with ARCs and new releases as well as crossing off some books I’ve had on my shelf for forever. Whatever happens though I’m looking forward to it.


So there we go. Lots of stuff happened, lots of stuff is happening. I lowkey just want to take a nap but that’s life. I don’t even want to think about what’s to come in the new decade. God I could have kids by the end of this decade. Now I definitely want a nap.

Happy New Year everyone! Let’s hope 2020 is filled with lots of fun and so many great books. Thanks for reading.

Elli xx

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