2019: A Bookish Success!

Looking back,

I think of the past year as a massive success when it comes to reading. After 3 years, it was in 2019 that I could meet my Goodreads Reading challenge. I finished reading 93 books last year; a record I never dreamt to make. I also started my Youtube channel ‘BadBookthief‘ where I review books and plan to do videos about my travels and poetry soon.

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Here’s the link to it. Do visit and hit ‘subscribe’ so you never miss a post for me. You can also tell me what kind of content you would like to see up on the channel.

Talking of books, a lot of books I read this year simply astonished me for their sheer richness and the depth of ideas that exploded in my head for their brilliance leaving me gasping for breath.

Some of these books I picked up on an impulse and I am happy I did so. And then there were some I wish had left me alone. This blog post is a brief view of my bookish journey in 2019. This link will help you check out my books and the reviews in peace.

Let me now take you through my year in books, and I have Goodreads to thank, for doing the background work for me!

Let’s begin, shall we?

Here’s a summary.

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Now a closer look at the books I read in 2019.

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The first book I’d read:

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And the last one:

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Rebecca is one book I’ve managed to read every year and it feels just right to end the year with it.

That’s that!

For 2020, I hope to manage more awesome books and I would love to have book recommendations from you. Share your favorite titles in comment section below and why you liked them. I might pick it up and then we can together discuss it. What say? Also do tell how many books did you read in 2019 and what plans for 2020 reading challenge.

I shall take leave now.

Wishing you a very happy new year. May 2020 bring you more than you dream of!

Happy reading till we meet next.

Until then, carpe diem!ย ๐Ÿ™‚


Asha Seth

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    1. There’s always some book you wanted to read in a particular year or challenge and you don’t get around doing it. Bridge of Clay starts slow but when it picks up, it gets pretty amazing and emotional. Try and pick it this year. I shall review it soon then you catch up with it.
      I do not have any reading challenges this year; I’m planning to take it slow. Guess I am just worn out after the mass read last year.
      How many do you intend to read? Do you usually do reading challenges?

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      1. Zusak is a good writer when it comes to the emotional โ€“ which is why I wanted to pick it up. Thanks! Iโ€™ll keep an eye out for that review.
        Iโ€™ve put my goal around 75 but Iโ€™m hoping to read more. This will be the first year Iโ€™m trying year-round reading challenges. Iโ€™ve done some readathons before but theyโ€™re just month-long โ€“ so this will be fun trying to get the books read!

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        1. If you wish to grab a copy, the purchase link is right in the review. Year-long challenges are so much different than month-long ones. For one, you are not so tight-pressed to finish your targets. I hope you enjoy the annual readathon much. 75 is quite a goal and I wish you luck.

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    1. Sindy, my friend. You’re one of my oldest blog buddies and I am so happy to be reading from you this year again. I have so much to do this year that at times I feel overwhelmed by the pressure of it all. I so need all your wishes! Thanks, honey. You too have an awesome year. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks, PH. Checking out the GR list shouldn’t be a problem; I have shared the links in the post. I read some pretty amazing Indian authors and titles last year that you may want to checkout too.
      A most amazing new year to you too. I am always surprised at everything you are able to achieve on your blog. I wish I could do the same.

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              1. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am almost about to complete โ€˜Paper Townsโ€™. 6th one of 2020.

                The Book Thief is in my list, though a few of my friends found parts of it disappointing. How is it? I have heard good reviews of latter one. ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Hey Shaloo, my sweet friend. How are you? Gaiman is such a favorite; I can never get enough of him. Are you planning to read more of him? We could do a buddy read together. I also tried Shafak’s Forty Rules and can’t say it was to my liking. Btw, 42 books is quite a deal too. Congratulations on making it. So what reading goals for this year?


      1. Planning to read Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman next. Have heard such good things about Forty Rules. Have it on my Kindle and will read it too in coming months. The goal is to read at least sixty books. Let’s see how it goes!

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          1. That’s a good strategy. I have started listening to audiobooks now and am absolutely in love with audible. I finish at least one book per month by listening to audiobook while driving to work.


  1. Recommendations, if you like travel, as I see you do, Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, or The Diary of a Shipwrecked Sailor by Marquez. Or both. They are short and unusual and of excellent quality.


    1. Hello, Silvia. I love Marquez and have read the title you’ve mentioned. He was one amazing writer. As for Invisible Cities, you won’t believe, I picked it up twice the last year but just couldn’t get into the flow of it and I put it off both times. I read Calvino’s short stories instead and loved them. I wonder if something’s wrong with me to not feel it the way other readers do.
      Let more of them come, buddy. I am always so hungry for the best books. ๐Ÿ˜›


      1. I believe you. Invisible Cities is odd. That happens to me occasionally, the not getting what others seem to get, LOL.
        I will keep reviewing more, I also check out your titles for ideas. The best, as you say!

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  2. I loved reading Rebecca. I havenโ€™t done much reading this year. Perhaps I will in 2020. Iโ€™m going to focus on myself and start going for my dreams. Happy New Year Asha and many blessings to you!


    1. That’s an awesome plan, Kat. Chase your dreams and do let me know if I can be of any help or motivation. Rebecca is such a darling little book. I am always happy reading it. I am so glad for you as I can sense much calm in your words. I hope it stays that way forever.

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โ€œI love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.โ€ โ€• James A. Michener

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