24 Festive Tasks: Door 22 New Year




hosted by Murder by Death, Themis-Athena, and Moonlight Snow









Task 1:  Your 2019 Book Goals:  what are they?


1. I'm setting my overall book goal at 125 which is less than this year but I'm hoping it'll be an easily achievable goal that I can go past without stressing.


2.  I'm going to do the TBR challenge on GR and set a goal of reading 100 of my own books. The A-Z challenge for 26 books and Pages read which will be 125 books for the year.


3. Try to spend more time reading and less time worrying about reaching book goals.




Task 2: 2018 Reading Year in Review.  Tell us about your year in books:  happy? disappointed? 


I managed to read 143 books this year.


5* reads


4* reads
3* reads
2* reads
My favourite book was:
The Missing and the Dead - Stuart MacBride 

My least favourite was:


There’s a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed - Edgar Cantero   


Longest book read:


Mount! - Jilly Cooper 



640 pages


Shortest book read: 


Crossed #0 - Garth Ennis  


13 pages


28 of this years reads were 5*, out of 143 I think that's pretty good. I had to change my reading goal mid way through the year as there was no way I would get through the 150 original goal. I wasn't far off but it was still disappointing.

I really enjoyed getting up to speed with the Walking Dead series and these proved to be 4 or 5* reads for each volume. There weren't that many terrible reads and they were mostly comic books that just weren't to my taste.

All in all I think it's been a fairly good reading year.




Task 3: New Year’s Book Lottery: Write the names of the first 5 books you’re planning to read in 2019 onto identical pieces of paper, fold them, place them in a bowl (or bucket, jar, box, etc.), and draw one to determine the very first book you’re going to start in the new year.


I got Boo to pick one out for me. My first read of 2019 will be:


 Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens  


Task 4: Find a bakery that sells Krapfen (German deep-fried sweet dough dumplings) or make them yourself (recipe here: https://germangirlinamerica.com/rheinische-ol-krapfen-new-year/) and enjoy with a glass of champagne or non-alcoholic bubbly drink – but first, take and post a photo of them!


As wonderful as these sound I don't plan on doing any baking for the moment.


Book: Read a book about endings, new starts, or books where things go BOOM!



Deadlocked - A.R. Wise 


3.5* read 31/12


4 points earned for Door 22


Total = 97