Looking Back at 2019

Every year for the past few years (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) I’ve made one of these posts, and each year I’m even more surprised by how much can be packed into just twelve months.

2019 was an… interesting year. The highs were amazing, and the lows were… well, not great. I had a blast during my last semester of college, finished and defended my honors thesis, and graduated from Wheaton as an English major. And then, as you can probably tell from this post, things took a little turn downhill. However, I did my best to regain my footing by turning to books and friends, taking a trip back to Oxford for the first time since studying abroad there to visit friends (and some lovely bookshops). I spent the summer working and blogging and reading until the time finally came to move out and start my first semester of law school. The last few months of 2019 were the most grueling, academically challenging months I have ever experienced, but I was fortunate enough to make some amazing friends along the way.

In terms of bookishness, 2019 was actually excellent. I passed by Goodreads goal of 52 books quite early on, ultimately reading a total of 61 books. I got more into bookstagram, changing my feed theme a few times until landing on one that I quite like. I participated in the Reading Rush this summer and even hosted a twitter sprint during it, which was one of the coolest bookish experiences I’ve ever had. I scheduled enough posts in advance over the summer to cover myself for nearly a whole semester. Most importantly, the books I read this year made me think, challenged me, and helped me heal.

All in all, 2019 was a bit of a turbulent, topsy-turvy year. I’m grateful for all those who have stuck by me–including YOU! Thank you so much for sticking with this little blog of mine. ❤ I have absolutely no idea what 2020 will bring, but I’m ready for it!

How was your 2019? Highlights? Things you overcame? Let me know in the comments section below!



16 thoughts on “Looking Back at 2019

  1. 2019 was definitely a topsy turvy year. It sounds like you had a pretty intense one but you’ve accomplished so much! 😍 I hope 2020 is an amazing year for you, Holly! So glad I discovered your blog and bookstagram and hope to continue interacting with you on both platforms 💞

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  2. 2019 was the year I discovered blogging so that was definitely one of the very important highlights of the year!!
    Other than that, it has been a bumpy ride, but nevertheless a necessary part of the process 🙂
    Hope you have a great year ahead, better than 2019 but with the experiences of the past year serving you to make way for bigger and better things!!

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