Hello ladies and gentlemen,
Another decade has passed and it is time to round up all the leftover energy to spring forward and continue our search for self-actualization! Similar to my post last year, I bring you all a slightly more extensive look at how my 2019 went and what I expect to achieve in 2020 in terms of creative consumption.
Here’s what my reading and movie-watching were like in 2019:
When it comes to books, I’ve read 214 books! This was another success since I knew that my late rekindling for manga in 2018 will lead to an explosion in my reading habits. You can click on the picture below to check out my Goodreads Year in Books for 2019.
When it comes to movies, I’ve watched 101 movies over the course of 365 days and I couldn’t be happier with this achievement since one of my goals was to greatly cut down on TV series to watch more movies—prior to 2019, I seem to have been caught in a trap where I’d try and watch all the exciting shows that kept on popping up without making time for the amazing movies that were coming out. You can click on the pictures below to be redirected to my Letterboxd page.
And so, the following post is a bit lengthy but I hope you’ll have some fun discovering things with me as you follow me on my journey! Here’s how it’s split:
1. Worse of 2019
2. Best of 2019
3. Resolutions of 2019
4. Resolutions of 2020
5. Thank you
There’s a couple of things to be noted though. Not everything that is listed was released in 2019. They aren’t necessarily things consumed for the first time either, as some might be rereads and rewatches!
Most pictures can be clicked to be redirected to my reviews, open a new link where you can learn more on them or see the full-scale picture!
Feel free to share your thoughts on absolutely anything and everything! I’m always happy to share my excitement with everyone!
In all honesty, every time I look at these books, I feel like they could’ve all been dropped to 2 stars. I think my biggest surprise was The Colour of Magic as I was hoping that Pratchett and I would click instantly together.
Not surprising at all to see Frank Miller pop up twice here. He has definitely lost it. It was also unfortunate to see Tom King release a weak volume of Batman but soon his run will come to an end that should mark a fun beginning for Batman in the hands of James Tynion IV!
I think Death Note was the worse of the bunch with the amount of frustration it generated in me. Otherwise, the year 2019 was marked with my revisit of the whole Alien and Predator franchise, which seems to have only gone downhill since the first classic movies!
What can I say? Classics were bound to win my heart in 2019 but I’m really happy to be able to have Crowfall and The Gutter Prayer on here! The former also featured a quote by yours truly in it and it is one of my greatest life achievements ever—check out my review to find out more about that!
The only one that was released in 2019 was Batman: Detective Comics #1000 and it was a fantastic anthology to celebrate such an important moment over at DC Comics.
The year 2019 also saw me complete the classic Akira run and I can say that the fourth volume really was the best of the series. I also checked out some fantastic volumes of other series, including Naruto and Bleach being nostalgic rereads. Check out all these series if you haven’t already!
The only five movies out of 101 that managed to get 5 stars from me. I’ll gladly recommend them all to anyone who’s looking to indulge some fantastic movies!
Probably the toughest category since… I barely watched enough TV series to conclude that these were the best of the best. Then again, they were all pretty good in their own ways!
Anyone who has been following me from the beginning knows that I’ve successfully read all five of these (one per month) and am super happy that I can tell the world that I have read these!
I almost completed this one since I’m still currently reading Spider-Man. Then again, both Justice League and Hawkeye required me to read more than one volume, so I’m going to go ahead and say that this was still a success in my books!
It was actually a lot of fun to have these lists of required reading/movies. It felt like achievements that I progressively completed throughout the year. It’s even more satisfying when they are usually things that I have been meaning to check out my entire life!
Here’s what I’m going to test out this year. 12 books that I must get through before the end of 2020. The idea is to try and check out one per month. What will probably be an issue, however, is that a lot of these are series and… if I keep this rhythm up, I won’t complete some of these before another decade passes by! Then again, if I’m strategic enough, I’ll try to squeeze in more of each series per year before drowning in misery upon realizing, once again, that there are too many books and too little time!
Some of these are also series but I think reading through these stories will be a lot easier for me to squeeze into my schedule than actual 1000-page books!
As you might have realized, all of these are pretty much unanimous and critically-acclaimed classics. Many of these were also greatly praised by my fellow blogging buddies too!
Besides Westworld Season 3 and Better Call Saul Season 5, both coming out in 2020, I definitely want to complete The Mandalorian Season 1, Dark Season 2 and the Chernobyl HBO mini-series for 2020. There’s at least a dozen other series I want to check out as well but I know these take up way too much time that I’ll probably need for other things in life!
I wanted to take a moment here to thank every single one of you who has taken time out of your lives to check out my posts and interact with me over the course of 2019. If there’s one thing that keeps me going on my blog it’s you guys. Even though we might not know each other in real life, I have grown to appreciate a lot of you guys. Every comment left leaves a significant impact on me as I not only learn more on you guys but also appreciate my own thoughts that I share with everyone. A lot of you guys have also impacted me through your reading and your own thoughts on various books. You can only imagine how my reading modulates to your own and that is why I wanted to thank you all for sharing your passion for everything with everyone in this blogging universe.
I have also noticed that many have fallen off the blogging train over the year, that new faces surged out of the blue and that comrades from many years have stayed in touch with me and continued to maintain their blogs. No matter what your situation is and if you’re reading this, know that I will always remember anything you’ve said or shared with me and that I hope that you will always privilege your own health and well-being over that of your blog. No one should see blogging as a chore or a job, it should remain a healthy hobby.
All that being said, I wish you all a Happy New Year and hope that this year will see you achieve great things while reading all the great books in the world!
Till next time,