It’s the last day of the year, and I remember that last year I started this post saying that 2019 took a long time to come to an end. Ironic isn’t it? If 2019 took a long time to come to an end, 2020 was much, much worse! I feel like I’ve aged 5 years during this year.
As you know I love travelling and I had planned a road trip to the USA in 2020, so apart from all the other constraints we had with Covid, I was very disappointed to have missed my trip and to stay confined in Portugal the entire year. However, 2020 did bring some good things 🙂 Despite the terrible tragedy we faced, me, my family and friends remained healthy the entire time, I read much more, and definitely blogged much more! Plus, I was able to accomplish some long standing goals which I never thought I’d be able to get through. For 2020, and before Covid striked us, I had established the following 4 goals:
- Re-design the blog and create an archive containing all my posts (in an organized manner)
- Read more books in Portuguese
- Read at least 5 paperbacks
- Listen to at least 12 Austenesque Audiobooks
Surprisingly, for the first time I was able to achieve them all! How wonderful is that? I’ve finally re-designed the blog and now I have dedicated pages to audiobook reviews, to author interviews, excerpts, reviews by subgenre, author etc. The change was simple in terms of design, but I was very proud to have finally done it.
I’ve also managed to read more books per year then ever and even listen to more audiobooks then I had planned. So let’s see what I was able to achieve in 2020, shall we?
As I said I, I posted more then ever with 132 posts published in 2020, and from those, 52 were reviews which is also a big increase.
- 52 Reviews
- 26 Excerpts
- 10 Guest Posts
- 7 Cover Reveals
- 5 Author Interviews
- 1 My Jane Austen Road Trip
- 31 Other Matters (Giveaway winners announcements, freebes and sales news etc)
I had never published so many reviews before and I am really proud of the number I was able to achieve! Last year I had only published 19 reviews and the year prior 38, so this was definitely a good evolution, I hope I am able to keep up in 2021 (even if this is a challenging number for me). But if I’ve published 52 reviews it means I’ve been reading much more too doesn’t it? Let’s take a look at that:
68 books and 16,866 pages read is a record for me, and I am not sure I’ll be able to match these numbers in 2021, at least if things get back to normal, but then again, I am listening to more audiobooks nowadays and that means I can read and listen to two book simultaneously which increases the ammount of books I am able to read, so…let’s wait and see.
From these 68 books the most popular (The Hunger Games),and least popular (Vivendo em Voz Alta), were not JAFF books, which is not a surprise because this year I was also able to read more Non-JAFF books then usual.
Variations occupy the biggest number of books read, and I believe they always will because they are indeed my favourites, but this year I was also able to read 15 Non-JAFF books, some of them were historical romances like Gentleman Jim or Lakeshire Park, but many of them were Stargate SG-1 books (remember some of them even made it to my favourites list last year? Well, this year I continued reading them) and others were books in Portuguese, which means I also achieved my goal of reading more books in Portuguese 🙂
Modernizations and sequels were the genre I read the most after Variations and Non-JAFF, followed closely by Austen Inspired which is usually a subgenre I don’t read a lot.
In 2021 I certainly hope to read more Secondary Character books, I was surprised to have only read one this year (funny because it made it to my 2020 Favourite Read Books), and that is definitely something I want to explore more. I know most of you only read Darcy & Elizabeth based novels, but I do crave for other things to spice up my JAFF TBR, And which leads me to the next graphic! Most of the books I read were based on Pride and Prejudice, of course, but I did read 5 Persuasion based novels, and 1 Northanger Abbey (a first actually). I hope to keep up with this trend next year, and maybe even try other Austen novels (except Emma, I really dislike Emma).
And when were all these books published? I’ve been trying to read more books published before 2015, but still the big majority of books I read this year were released in 2020 or 2019. I guess that is normal because we always feel tempted to read new releases, but still, I’ll try to read more oldies next year 🙂
If we look at the format of books read, things have changed dramatically since last year! I used to read mainly ebooks until I started mixing up all stories I was reading, so I decided to change to paperbacks some time this year, and now they are almost even in terms of percentage with ebooks. I am hoping to have a bigger percentage of paperback books read next year comparing to ebooks, and I also hope to contoninue listening to many audiobooks 🙂 Audiobooks was the format I used the most this year to get my JAFF fix and I can see that happening next year too, I simply love audiobooks, and they are the best company while I am doing chores or taking a stroll in the park 🙂
So, obviously one of my goals for 2021 is to read more paperbacks and listen to more audiobooks, but I need to establish more goals don’t I?
So my 2021 Goals are the follwoing:
- Read at least 20 paperbacks
- Listen to at least 20 audiobooks
- Read more older books (published before 2015)
- Read more seconday character books or other Austen Novels
- Conquer my paperback TBR (I know…it’s not realistic…but one can dream)
What about you? Are you establishing any particular goals? Whatever your goals are, I hope you will be able to achieve them and that you have a WONDERFUL 2021!!! Hopefully it will be much better then 2020 🙂
This will be my last post of the year, and first one of 2021 will bring to you my favourite read! I am looking forward to see if you share any favourites with me 🙂 Until then:
Happy New Year everyone!