2019 goals recap & 2020 resolutions | i am nominated for the sunshine blogger award again and can’t shut up about rocketman

a yearly overview.

Hello, friends!

This is the last post I have for my 2019 overview series. We’ve already talked about my most disappointing reads of the year, my favorite books and now it’s time to wrap up the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year and set new ones for 2020.

I feel like it would be fitting to also, while I do that, answer the questions that the lovely Charlotte set up for me after nominating me for The Sunshine Blogger Award. (By the way, thank you so much Charlotte for the nomination!)

2019 GOALS: i’ve actually accomplished something for once?

When I started setting up my goals for the year, I told myself I would go as easy as possible, because of how hard 2018 had been and I didn’t want to pressure myself into unattainable goals. And out of every item on the list, I managed to accomplish almost every single one! *cries*

  1. Read 40 books. ✔️ I actually read 68 books this year, so it was a total win.
  2. Read more books in different formats. ✔️ I ended up listening to 29 audiobooks this year, which means I listened to more books than I read them. I didn’t think I’d listen to this many audiobooks this year, but I’m glad it worked out this way! They’re really convenient and awesome and I truly fell in love. As for e-books/web comics, I definitely wish I’d read more, but I found out that I’m not as productive when reading digitally, because since I do not owe an e-reader, I end up reading on my phone, which can be very distracting.
  3. Stay away from negativity. ✔️ When I wrote this goal, I wanted to refrain from reading negative comments and looking for drama online and even if I wasn’t able to stay away from it *completely* (I am guilty of spending 40min on that Tati video dissing James Charles), it was an improvement from 2018, so I consider it a success.
  4. Keep around only people who put as much effort as you do. ✔️ I feel like if there was a lesson learned this 2019, was this. Since I graduated, I parted ways with a lot of my high school friends, but there were definitely a few I wanted to stay in touch with. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen with all of them, and I realized that it is okay to let go, especially when others do not put as much effort as I do.
  5. Stay true to who you are.✔️ If I’m being honest, I feel like this one was hard to do. There were definitely moments this year in which I found myself becoming a different type of person (more negative, passive-aggressive, always lowkey mean) but I’m glad I was able to notice it quickly and change my behavior.
  6. Spend less time on social media. ✖️ Honestly, I’m glad that my past self already knew this wasn’t going to happen. I definitely *tried*, though. I’d always say: oh, my screen time for this week was 5h? Okay, I’ll start trying to minimize that next week. Next week. Next week. And next week never came. Oh, well. Maybe next year.
  7. Write more! Journal more! Believe on my own writing!✖️✔️ I gave up on my WIP pretty quickly, but I have been journaling a lot more this year (and even shared some of my favorite entries), so I think this was partly successful, but it is one goal I want to carry on through 2020.


2019 HIGHLIGHTS: i’ve done other things apart from reading

Okay, not much, though. Reading has taken up a lot more space in my life this year, which I am so thankful for. Before we get to the other highlights, I’ll just quickly answer some reading questions but only with books I’ve read in 2019:

1. What book, if any, would you most love to see a prequel of?

22299763. sy475 I feel like it would be really nice to have a prequel on Crooked Kingdom. I’m sure most people are screaming right now READ THE GRISHA TRILOGY!!! but that’s not entirely what I mean. I think it would be nice to see characters from Ketterdam specifically and how that part of the world looked like before Kaz and the Dregs.

2. What’s your favourite lesser known, or talked about, book?

31822503Girls on the Verge is a book that, sadly, I haven’t heard many people talk about. Maybe because it is a slightly controversial topic (which shouldn’t be, by the way), but the book will follow our main character’s ride in order to get an abortion. It was really powerful, touching and also infuriating at times, and I really wish more people would read it.

3. Which fictional character do you most admire?

32620332. sy475 I think admiration is a really strong word, but I have to give it up for Evelyn Hugo. Even though I did not love this book as much as the rest of the bookish community, I did appreciate Evelyn Hugo a lot as character. She was a true badass, who made a lot of mistakes, but was still strong enough to stand up for them. I feel like she could go through everything.

4. What generally beloved character gets under your skin?

Can I answer Kaz Brekker AGAIN? Or maybe Eliza, from Eliza and Her Monsters, even though I feel bad for talking so many negative things about this book since I know it’s loved by so many here, lol.

Now, for other things I loved in 2019, that do not involve books for once.

5. What’s your favourite film that was released in 2019?


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There’s no other answer for this besides Rocketman. I spend the entire year obsessing over this movie, and I simply can not stop. This was so powerful and creative and beautiful and made me feel *all the things*. I’d never felt so instantly captivated by a movie in a long time, especially one in which I couldn’t relate to much.

Looking at Elton John’s life (this is Elton’s biopic, btw, in case you haven’t heard me or anyone else scream about it), I can’t say it’s particularly relatable. I’m not gay, I have never been involved with drugs or know anyone who has, I am not a musician. So, you could say there was technically nothing in this story for me, right? But this movie was so brilliant that I truly felt like I was going through every single thing, along with these characters, and I am SO glad I’ve watched it.

stranger things and other mysteries

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I only started watching Stranger Things this year, much later than most people, I know. But despise everything, I’m really glad I did. Not only because I found out a new fictional boyfriend (Jonathan Byers, thank you very much), but also because it helped me solidify teenage mysteries as my *favorite* genre of shows. (I’m pretty sure you can’t call this a genre. It’s more like a trope. Mystery but add teenagers as protagonists, lol). That’s why I also really enjoyed The Society, season 2 of Elite, season 2 of The End of the F***ing World, etc.

wallows. taylor swift too, but mostly wallows.

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When my Spotify Wrapped came around, I was definitely not surprised to see Wallows as one of my most played artists of the year. I only found out about the band halfway through 2019 and I’m so, so, so glad that I did. They’re such a great band, whose lyrics really mean a lot to me. It’s kinda funny, because when the members are talking about their song writing process, they always say they didn’t mean much with that line and just used it because they thought sounded good, but they always end up being so thought-provoking for me. I think it really is just an effortless thing for geniuses.

6. If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?

Taylor Swift. Who also released a new album, which no one is surprised that I loved this much. I also got tickets to watch her next year, and I’m totally not freaking out about that.

(finally) 2020 GOALS: setting myself up for failure

7. What are you goals for 2020?

Well, friends, here they are:

  1. Read 50 books. This is probably the highest any of my Goodreads goals has ever been, so I’m probably setting myself up for failure here, but I’ll try anyway! I read almost 70 this year, so I should be able to do it, right? *crosses fingers*
  2. Learn how to drive. This is probably the scariest of all the goals in this list, if I’m being honest. The legal age to start driving in Brazil is 18, so I technically could’ve started lessons a year ago, but I’ve always been wayyyy too scared. However, I do know it is the responsible thing to do, so I’ll try no matter what.
  3. Believe in my dreams and work towards them. Honestly, I’ve never had long-term goals of things I wanted to achieve, or dreams to work towards. I think the only one was getting into university, which I did, but now I feel like it’s time to give bigger steps and truly believe that I am capable of doing the things I want to do, instead of just planning them.
  4. Find a blogging schedule. (What’s one piece of advice that you think all new bloggers should know?) Having a blogging schedule is hard. But so important. It can be very overwhelming to make sure you’re giving yourself enough time to read, blog, interact with others, and still have a life and other responsabilities. I really hope that in 2020 I find better balance to keep up with everything.
  5. Do not give up on writing. Or anything, for that matter. Fun fact about me: I always give up, whenever things get hard or overwhelming. If I could, I would’ve given up school a long time ago. I simply have the hardest time comitting to things, especially hobbies, such as blogging, writing, etc. But I’ll really, really try to finish everything I start in 2020. (Watch me fail that by week 2). I’ll never learn how to overcome obstacles if I give up at the first.

If you’ve reached the end of this massive post, let’s chat: What’s your favorite thing you did in 2020? Favorite movie/music artist you found out? And what are your resolutions for the new year? (Do you know how to drive and are you scared of learning too?) Let’s chat in the comments!


8 comentários sobre “2019 goals recap & 2020 resolutions | i am nominated for the sunshine blogger award again and can’t shut up about rocketman

  1. Charlotte 8 de janeiro de 2020 / 15:13

    Thanks for doing this and linking back to me (: you did amazingly well with your goals for last year. I feel like I did pretty badly with mine so I’m sticking with them for this year too. I still need to read all the Grisha books so I’ll have to see if I relate to the desire for a prequel. If I love them I probably will though – I always want more backstory about the characters and world’s that I enjoy. I’ll have to look up Girls on the Verge later (: I’m putting a note on my phone to remind me. And I seriously need to read Evelyn Hugo this year 🙈
    I loved Rocketman!! It’s such a good movie and it’s gotten me into the music from it too. Id heard some of the songs already but others were new to me and I love them all tbh. I think my overall favourite film of the year was Knives Out though, much to my surprise. I didn’t think I’d like it tbh but then I ended up loving it 😂
    I still need to watch Stranger Things and I love Taylor Swift’s new album (now that I’ve finally heard it)
    Good luck with all of your goals for 2020. I’m sure you can accomplish them all!! I love the third goal in particular, it’s such a good one!! And I still need to learn to drive too. I completely relate to finding the idea scary

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 27 de janeiro de 2020 / 21:10

      thank you so much for nominating me, charlotte!
      i am wishing you luck on your 2019/2020 goals too!
      i am not that interested in reading the grisha trilogy because of more recent reviews i’ve read on the books, but i do think these books have so much to expand on! i know that there are more books coming in this universe and i can totally see why, because it is a really broad and interesting world.
      i’ve been listening to the soundtrack of rocketman on repeat for the past six months, hahah. i just love it! most were new to me too, as i didn’t know a ton about elton john prior to watching the movie, so it was nice getting to know new songs too. i’ve heard so much praise for knives out, but i didn’t get a chance to watch it yet. i’ll put it on my list, though!
      hahah, i’m glad i’m not the only one who’s too scared to drive! hopefully, we’ll overcome our fear soon. thank you once again so much for nominating me and for reading through this post! ❣️

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      • Charlotte 1 de fevereiro de 2020 / 13:49

        Thank you (:
        I have seen a lot more positive things about SoC than the Grisha trilogy but I’m still determined to read everything 😅 I can’t wait to explore the world in general.
        I knew a few before but some were definitely new to me. And others I’d heard but wasn’t really aware that he sang them.
        I hope you enjoy it if you do get around to seeing it then 😊
        Hopefully. And it’s fine, you deserved the nomination and I enjoyed reading the post ❤️

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  2. Sophie @ Me and Ink 9 de janeiro de 2020 / 08:03

    I loved reading this post so much!!
    And Happy New Year!!
    You did so well meeting your goals for 2019!! You read so many books and I love that one of your goals was to stay true to who you are as that is so important and I don’t think people always make that a priority so I love that!!
    I would love to see the characters from Six of Crows before the dregs, in particular Wylan because he was my favourite and also I think where it would be set would be so interesting.
    Yay Rocketman was amazing!! I just need to say that again!!
    I love Jonathan Byers too, I’m still mad my sister doesn’t like him 😂!!
    Learning how to Drive has been one of my goals for last year and now this year. It is really scary and I am so reluctant. I just want to know how to drive without having to go through actually learning it!! But I wish you the best of luck with it and I’m sure you’ve got this! :-)
    Balancing blogging with life is SO hard and I wish I knew how to do it 😂 but I am reducing my schedule to posting once a week in February so I am hoping that helps!
    Don’t give up on writing is a great goal because I did pull away from one of my activities this year but I don’t want to. It is a lot of hard work but I’m trying to set monthly goals for my writing and really push myself to meet them or else I think I won’t get up and do it!
    Best of luck with all your 2020 goals, you can do this and I really hope you have a wonderful year Lais!! <3

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 27 de janeiro de 2020 / 21:14

      thank you so muchhh, sophie!
      that was actually a really important goal for me! i’m always scared that i’ll lose myself or at least lose touch with parts of my personality that i consider essential. and because i was getting started on a whole new episode of my life this 2019, with going into college, i was really scared i’d lose sight of myself in order to “fit in”. i’m glad i was able to still hold myself accountable throughout the year.
      i’m so glad to hear i’m not the only one who’s terrified of driving! i honestly see these 16 year old youtubers getting their driver’s license like it’s nothing and i’m like: Howww??? i’m super scared! hahah, i relate! i feel like the driver’s license test is what i’m most scared of, if i’m being honest. i’m rooting for us both that we’ll be able to overcome this fear in the new year!
      same here! i’ll only be posting once a week this year, and even though i’m still all over the place (hence why i’m only replying to this comment now), hopefully the change will be for the better.
      thank you sososooo much for all the kind words, sophie! wishing a great 2020 for you too! ❤️

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  3. Marta @ the book mermaid 28 de janeiro de 2020 / 17:49

    Happy 2020, Lais!! I’m really glad that, overall, you had a great 2019, and I’m sure this year will be amazing! I’ll be here for whatever you need <3 Good luck on achieving all your goals ^^


  4. Janina @ love letters 8 de fevereiro de 2020 / 00:37

    “This is probably the scariest of all the goals in this list, if I’m being honest.” I FEEL YOUUUUU. I’m literally so so so so so terrified of learning how to drive. I’m the OLDEST in my friend group and the last one to get my drivers license. Every time I think about doing it, my mind just wanders and gets stuck remembering that moment in Bob’s Burgers where Tina learns how to drive on an almost empty parking lot and *still* manages to hit the one (1) car at the other end of it. I have a feeling that I could/would possibly be a Tina in a similar moment and that’s SCAAAAAAAARRY.

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 14 de fevereiro de 2020 / 19:18

      Hahahah, I can totally see myself being Tina too! Driving is really scary to me, especially because I’ve been involved in a couple of car accidents before. Nothing major, but it was scary enough to make me postpone it for so long. I’m wishing you luck on overcoming this fear too! Or not, and simply rely on public transportations and Uber forever – which is good too!


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