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It Happened on the Blog: Year Wrap Up 2019

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

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With another year approaching it’s climax, I can’t help but wonder, as always, where it went. To say that years, days, weeks, and months, go by quickly is an understatement. I feel like my blogging has definitely lagged a bit this year. Whether it was from burn out or depression (yes, I think I admit to this), it just wasn’t appealing to me. Promises to myself can be made, but honestly, I’m not sure if this won’t continue to happen. Sorry to all my blogging buddies that I didn’t visit, surely you must understand how I feel.  But enough of the self loathing and melancholy.

Now on a lighter note…

I did complete my Goodreads reading challenge and went a little bit past it too. There are a few books that I haven’t reviewed yet, so I’ll leave those for next year, I think.

Also, not all my stats from my blog are going to reflect what I actually completed, since I didn’t write too many posts this year.

My new-ish kitten Toodles is thriving, she’s now over 10 pounds! I can’t believe it. When we rescued her she was a mere 1 lb 9 oz! Here’s a picture of her when we got her:

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You can read about her ordeals here:

Oh! and this happened to me on Twitter:

Twitter record

I got 1.2K likes on my post! Granted, I piggy backed off a trending hashtag and it wasn’t book related, but still. I think now it’s up to 1.3K. Probably peaked right here. LMAO.


Goodreads Reading Challenge 2019

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Reviews Wrap Up


Pages read: 7,215

  1. Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire #1) by Natasha Ngan
  2. Dark Awakening (Dark Destinies #0.5) by S.K. Ryder
  3. Hinowa ga Crush! (Hinowa ga CRUSH! #1) by Takahiro
  4. Winter of the Witch, The (The Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden
  5. My Favorite Cowboy (Heart of Texas #3) by Donna Grant
  6. Promise of Us, The (Sanctuary Sound #2) by Jamie Beck
  7. Murder Lo Mein (A Noodle Shop Mystery #3) by Vivien Chien
  8. As You Wish by Cary Elwes
  9. Alien: Out of the Shadows (Canonical Alien Trilogy #1) by Tim Lebbon
  10. Under Dog and Other Stories, The by Agatha Christie
  11. Vermilion Lies (The Order of The Senary #3) by L.D. Rose
  12. Murder Knocks Twice (Speakeasy Mystery #1) by Susanna Calkins
  13. Death and the Harlot (Lizzie Hardwicke #1) by Georgina Clarke
  14. Unimaginable, The by Dina Silver
  15. Heart-Shaped Hack (Kate and Ian #1) by Tracey Garvis Graves
  16. Lady Mechanika Vol. 5: La Belle Dame Sans Merci (Lady Mechanika #5) by Joe Benítez, M. M. Chen
  17. Barefoot Beach (Harmony Harbor #8) by Debbie Mason
  18. Once Upon a Bad Boy (Sometimes in Love #3) by Melonie Johnson
  19. Live to Fly Another Day (The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw #5) by Eliza Watson
  20. Corpse Played Dead, The (Lizzie Hardwicke #2) by Georgina Clarke
  21. Hashtag Hunt, The by Kristina Seek
  22. Second Hand Curses by Drew Hayes
  23. Alien III by William Gibson
  24. Emma by Jane Austen
  25. Knife in the Fog, A (Margaret Harkness & Arthur Conan Doyle #1) by Bradley Harper
  26. Queen's Gambit (Margaret Harkness & Arthur Conan Doyle #2) by Bradley Harper
  27. Body in Griffith Park, The (Anna Blanc Mysteries #3) by Jennifer Kincheloe
  28. Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia
  29. Life is Strange: Dust by Emma Vieceli
  30. Perfect Eye, A by Stephanie Kane
  31. Tightrope (Burning Cove #3) by
  32. Spellbound (Magic in Manhattan #1) by Allie Therin
  33. Turn of the Key, The by Ruth Ware
  34. Ghost of the Bamboo Road by Susan Spann
2019 Reading Stats
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Formats (Number of Books)Average Rating
Audio Book (4)4.75 Stars
e-book (12)4.33 Stars
Print (11)4.09 Stars

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How did your year shape up?


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Congrats on surpassing your Goodreads goal! My reading life had its ups and downs as life happened, but I surpassed my original Goodreads goal. Your kitten is adorable!

Angie Elle

Congratulations on meeting your Goodreads goal!

My year was similar. Particularly near the end of the year I was feeling really depressed, and my reading year reflected that. Hopefully this year will be better.

Thanks for sharing! Love the pic of the kitty. 🙂


Aw, I’m glad your new kitten is doing so well. Depression and burnout are all tough to deal with, so no worries! I hope that 2020 is a better year for you, whether you blog tons or not!!



YOUR KITTY IS PRECIOUS! So cute! Congratulations on completing your challenge despite your personal challenges.

Mary Kirkland

I suffer from depression all the time, some days are worst than others. Last year I took an entire month off of social media so I do understand how keeping up with the blog can be hard at times. I hope this year is a better one for you.

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

Hooray for reaching your Goodreads goal! I purposely lowball mine somewhat (I think I set it at about 60) and then I meet and and carry on. I don’t participate in any other challenges. I prefer to read what I want, when I want without try to meet certain goals or read for certain prompts. It take s the fun out of reading for me.

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