Goodreads 2019 Challenge

2019 is old news now and what a crazy, hectic year it was – spending weeks on the road, living in other people’s houses, and sitting in doctor’s offices and emergency rooms. I’m glad it’s over, but there were a few highlights – especially when it came to reading.

My Goodreads reading goal was a whopping 30 books.ย  I read 100!ย 

What fun to browse the covers and remember all the books that kept me sane. Do you see yours in there?

If you do, THANK YOU!


What’s your reading goal for 2020?

186 thoughts on “Goodreads 2019 Challenge

  1. inaloveworld says:

    Congratulations! I wish you all the best and Happy Reading for this year!

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  2. Holy cow! Well done, Diana! I do remember you get Siri to read to you sometimes; audiobooks are great for that. I always hope to read one book a month. Happy reading in 2020!

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    • Siri read a lot of these while I was driving and driving and driving. My goal for 2020 is 52 books. I’ve stopped playing mindless games on my phone, so hopefully I’ll reach it. Writing will come first this year, though. Thanks for the visit and Happy Writing!


  3. Chris says:

    Thatโ€™s a lot of reading. Congratulations!!! Iโ€™ve not come even close to that.

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    • I had a lot of turmoil in the past year and had to stop writing since I was on the road. Reading was a life-saver. This year will be less reading, but I’m still hoping for 50 books. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading.

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      • Chris says:

        My goal is 20 this year, and Iโ€™m not sure I will find the time. So, even 50 is a crazy amount I could not possibly keep up with. I think itโ€™s great you get that much read. Enjoy every minute. ๐Ÿ“š

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  4. memadtwo says:

    Congratulations! I do like that goodreads lets us look at what we’ve read year to year. I fell far short of 100, but improved on 2018. (K)

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  5. Wow! You totally underbid yourself with 30! Well done!

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  6. Sarah says:

    Wow! 100 books!! You’re amazing, Diana, you really are! My goal was 60 – and I read 59! ๐Ÿ˜„ Which still drives me a bit crazy – lol!

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    • Oh well. You did awesomely great anyway. I only read 100 because life was throwing me for a loop, (and I had to read all day that last one in!) This year, I’m hoping for more writing, so my total will go down. Which is just fine. Happy Reading and Happy New Year!

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  7. I joined Goodreads because I read this post! If I figure out how to add friends, I’ll look for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Darlene says:

    Congratulations. You did very well to read 100 books. I was pleased to see my Amanda in Holland there amongst all those great books. xo

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    • You’re welcome and my pleasure, Darlene. I don’t expect to read quite so much this coming year (it was triggered by so much upheaval), but maybe half that(?). Much better than TV. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your new year has started with a bang. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. If you don’t like a book, Diana, do you leave an honest review, or do you simply decline to comment? I tend to review a book exactly as I’ve responded to it — warts and all — but I know some authors who won’t be critical of other authors. One way isn’t right and one isn’t wrong — just curious what your outlook is?

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    • If I’m not enjoying a book, Sean, I usually don’t finish it. There are so many good books out there, that I don’t like to waste any time on one that just isn’t cutting it for me. In those cases, I don’t review.

      If I’m not reading in my genre (for example, I’m reading romance, which I can barely tolerate) I try to evaluate the book in light of how a romance-reader would enjoy it. I evaluate it on more specific qualities: depth of characterization, plausibility of the plot, flow of dialog, etc.

      In a few cases, I’m committed to reviewing and unable to DNF (Goodreads Review Rounds specifically). In those cases, I’m reading in my genre and will be totally honest. Sometimes that’s hard to do, but readers (and authors) need honest information. Hopefully that answers your question. Reviewing is sensitive work!

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  10. J.D. Riso says:

    100 books! I think I managed a handful last year. I’m so honored to see my Blue on your list. Thank you so very much for your support, dear Diana. Wishing you a coming year and decade overflowing with inspiration.

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  11. Dina says:

    Well done, that’s an amazing list, Diana!

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  12. Happy 2020, Diana. Best wishes for a wonderful year! Cheers! ๐Ÿฅ‚ ๐Ÿ˜€

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  13. Wow! I’m so jealous of your reading time, Diana. Nicely done! It’s great to see so many beautiful books written by friends. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing A Mother for His Twins…I appreciate it. I’m late to the party. I’ve been battling the worst flu I’ve ever endured. Happy New Year! โค

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    • It’s a bad flu season, Jill. Take good care of yourself. I don’t expect to read as much this year as things with my parents have smoothed out a little, for the moment. But reading really did balance out the stress. Wishing you a speedy recovery and a healthy happy New Year!


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