Monday, January 4, 2021

December 2020 Wrap-Up

Well everyone, December (and 2020) are officially over. I am very happy about that, but I know that 2021 isn't going to just be magically better. However, I do have hopes for 2021 in general as well as my upcoming reading year. But today is not to talk about that (for that you can check out my bookish resolutions post here). Today I'm here to wrap up the last month of the year.

I only read three books this month which is way less than I planned on and none of them were from my TBR. I have to say, this was a terrible reading month for me. However, that's because it was the holidays and I had finals and a whole host of other things going on. I do have high hopes for this upcoming year in terms of reading so hopefully I read a few more books in January! Let's go ahead and dive in... 



BOOKS READ
1. 
Title: Four Psychos
Author: Kristy Cunning
Rating: 3 // 5 stars
-reread-

2. 
Title: Three Trials
Author: Kristy Cunning
Rating: 3 // 5 stars
-reread-

3. 
Title: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume 2
Editor: Stephen Greenblatt
Rating: n/a -- read for class



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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

2021 Bookish Resolutions


2021 is almost here and I am very much looking forward to the new year. While a lot of this year's problems will persist into the upcoming year, I also have hope that things will get better. That being said, my reading and life habits have changed drastically this year and I have no clue what this next year holds. 

In looking back at last year's resolutions, there were a lot that I didn't achieve. Most of that can be attributed to the pandemic, but some were just because I wasn't feeling them. Based on this past year and what I think my next year will look like, my goals this year are slightly different. Let's go ahead and just dive right in! 
  • Reading
    • Read at least 1 book
      • In the past, my yearly goals have usually been to read 100 books each year. That's about two books every week. While I love the impressive round number of 100 books a year, I think that making my reading about statistics in the last few years has made me enjoy books less. I am going to change that this year and try to change my mindset away from the idea that I need to read a certain amount of books in order to be considered a "real" reader. 
    • Don't force reading
      • My next resolution, which ties into the first, is not to force myself to read. Due to my high reading goals, I've sometimes felt like I was forcing myself to read a book when I wasn't actually feeling it. This has made me dislike books that I'm sure I otherwise would have loved. Because of this, I want to develop more of a mood-based reading schedule and get back into reading for fun. I will still have monthly TBRs, but they're going to be just general lists of what I want to read next and not strict schedules of what I have to read in a specific order or timeframe. 
    • Review less books
      • This seems counter-intuitive, I guess, considering I am a review platform. However, I accepted way too many books for review this year that a lot of titles I was really dying to read were pushed to the side in order to review books. Additionally, I would feel like I was forcing myself to read sometimes which further diminished my enjoyment. This upcoming year, I plan on only requesting or signing up for review copies for books that I'm dying to read. 
  • Social Media
    • Hit 3,500 followers on bookstagram
      • This is a goal I had last year that I just about achieved this year. However, Instagram's algorithm is all kinds of messed up so I didn't quite hit it. I don't want bookstagram to feel like a job, though, so I'm not setting a super high follower goal for myself like I might have in previous years. I simply want to hit my original goal from last year and just enjoy taking pictures and engaging with the community again. 
    • Consistent blogging 
      • Due to how hectic life got this year, I was pretty inconsistent with my usual posting schedule on my blog. I'd like to get back into consistent blogging, even if it's not my usual 3-posts-per-week that I try to aim for. I don't want blogging to feel like a job so I just want to continue putting out consistent yet fun content. 
  • Book Buying
    • Buy less books
      • I dramatically cut down on my book buying in 2020. Whereas in years prior I would average 15-20 books a month (sometimes more, sometimes less), this year I consistently hauled less than 10 books a month. I noticed something with this, too. I was more excited about the books I hauled because I had to be more selective with what I bought. Part of this was because of money but also because I'm just trying to read through my backlist TBR as much as possible. My goal for 2021 is to continue buying less physical books and only buying ebooks when they're a book I really want and are on sale. 
    • Unhaul books
      • I also want to unhaul books. I wasn't able to unhaul many this year because the pandemic screwed those plans up but I would like to unhaul a decent amount this year. There's just a lot of books I have in storage that I would like to send to better homes.
Well, those are my goals for this upcoming year! I am trying to take a more laid-back approach to reading and content creation as I am quite busy with school and stressed because of life. I want reading to be an escape and something I can do to relax again. Do you have any bookish resolutions for the new year? Let me know in the comments! 



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xoxo
Lauren



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End of the Year Book Tag: 2020 Edition


Hello everyone! I'm a little late doing this tag this year but better late than never! As I'm writing this, there's about four days left of 2020, though, so I'm squeezing it in last second! Let's go ahead and just dive right in! 



1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Yes. I won't get around to finishing all of them but, according to Goodreads, I'm currently reading seven books. Ideally, I'd like to finish Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout and maybe one more from that specific list. 



2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Not particularly. I'm doing this tag rather late this year so I've already moved past this. Oops!



3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

There are a ton of new releases in 2020 that I am really excited to eventually read, but for now there's none left coming out in the next four days. I am excited to read a bunch of them in 2021 (hopefully!) like These Violent Delights, A Song of Wraiths and Ruins, and so many more! 



4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

I do actually hope to read Deity, Elixir, and Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Before finals and the holidays hit, I was reading one of these books in a day so I'd love to finish this series or, at the very least, most of the books in it before 2021 hits! 



5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

I honestly doubt it. While I'm excited for the rest of the Covenant series, I don't think it will top my  number one on my current list of favorites. It *may* end up on the list but we'll just have to see! 




6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

I definitely have! I have an extensive TBR list of books I'd like to read in 2021 and some series I would like to finally finish. I actually have an entire list of reading resolutions for 2021 coming out in tomorrow's blog post! 



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Lauren



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