Welcome to the end of 2019! Happy Holidays, and an amazing New Year to you all. This year, to simplify my end-of-the-year stats, I took the initiative to learn how to make pie charts. Turns out, it’s super simple and looks nicer than me making a bunch of lists.
But first, a few notables from 2019 at Grab the Lapels:
I read 8 books aloud to my spouse, including chonkers like David Copperfield by Charles Dickens and Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell.
I read several series, which I almost never do! In fact, I tend to avoid series. I completed the Mark Renton books (5 novels) by Irvine Welsh, The Snow Queen Cycle by Joan D. Vinge (4 novels), Faith (4 comic books) by Jody Houser, a chunk of the Valdemar books (16 novels) by Mercedes Lackey, and The Vampire Chronicles (original trilogy) by Anne Rice. Will this be a new trend at GTL?
In 2020, I do have plans to read more from Valdemar and tackle a chunk of the Descentverse series by S.M. Reine. However, the new goal is not to review each individual book, but each mini-series within the larger body of work. Part of my reasoning is I want to stick to three posts per week: Tuesday and Thursday + the Sunday Lowdown. Lately, I’ve posting more than I think is reasonable.
Favorite Fiction & Nonfiction in 2019:
The book I talked about incessantly, both on the blog and at the library where I work, was No Visible Bruises. The depth and type of information Rachel Louise Snyder chose was mind blowing, highlighting the systemic issues that allow domestic violence to continue.
My favorite fiction was Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier. Quite terrifying, but lightened by romps in town, this classic novel is a memorable, scary, atmospheric book.
Stats from 2019 and the Decade:
I did not include stats on nationality, race, disability, and sexuality as I had originally intended to. I found myself in a position of guessing or making assumptions about an author’s identity, and I wasn’t comfortable with that.
Are you already setting goals for your blogging and reading in 2020? What is a new goal you’ve set? Or an old one you want to try again?