Sunday, December 22, 2019

2019 Year End Reading Wrap Up

“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” ~ Annie Dillard

Happy Solstice!  Join me for a cup of tea, a glass of wine or your favorite beverage as we reflect on our 52 Books rambling reading adventures the past year. Can you believe we are not only winding up 2019, but the end of a decade. We have traveled around the world and the universe. We wandered the deep blue sea and climbed the highest mountains and even explored the limitlessness of outer space. Our armchair travels have taken us through different time periods, through fictional, magical and historical journeys along with pioneers and astronauts, historians and time travelers, villains and sleuths. Ah books! The spice of life! 

Tell us about your reading year? What was your goal this year and did you have a plan, and/or follow rabbit trails or wing it?

Where did your armchair travels take you? Which books stood out, made an impression and/or stayed with you the longest? What did you learn from them?

Which book had the most original, most unique story?  

Which book made you laugh? Which one made you cry?

Which book did you like the least and why?

Which new to you authors did you discover and would you read another book by this author?

Did you try any of the main or mini challenges? If so, which Bingo category did you like the most and the least and what did you read? Which authors and/or detectives would you like to continue exploring from Whodunit Bookology.

Please share your book lists, stats for the year, favorite quotes, and/or favorite book covers.

Congratulations to all our readers and those who followed our progress. Neil Gaiman once said "Read. Read anything. Read the things they say are good for you, and the things they claim are junk. You’ll find what you need to find. Just read.” Whether you read fast or slow, listen to audio books; read fluffy, light romances or heavy classics, comedy to drama, urban fantasies to thrillers, or nonfiction to comics, the most essential thing is reading.

I appreciate each and every one of you and hope you had fun along the way. I have enjoyed sharing our reading journey and look forward to more bookish adventures. Many wishes for a happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Jolabokaflod, Christmas or Festivus to you all and cheers to a happy, enlightening, and inspiring reading new year!


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  1. My reading goal for the year was 100 books. I have read 118 so far and will probably finish another one before the year is officially over. Here are some of my favorites (in no particular order):
    1. White City by Grace Hitchcock - this is historical fiction about the serial killer H. H. Holmes and the Chicago World's Fair.
    2. Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes by Karen Rose Smith - cozy mystery with great characters
    3. Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by Bethany Turner - contemporary romance, just plain fun!
    4. Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers - classic detective novel
    5. To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon
    6. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen - classic, delightful
    7. Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan - non-fiction, well-written, fascinating story
    8. To Everything a Season by Lauraine Snelling - historical fiction
    9. A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken - non-fiction, beautiful
    10. Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey - cozy mystery, loved the writing, characters and setting

    New to my reading life this year were cozy mysteries. I found some delightful reads in this genre. Also I read several non-fiction, medical based books and enjoyed this genre.

    I have not participated in Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks before and look forward to joining you in 2020.

    1. Thank you for sharing. I enjoy cozy mysteries as well and will have to check out the books you read.


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