Today is Sunday, time to look back in the rearview mirror and talk about my week in and out of the blog. As usual I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted for years by Kimberly @caffeinatedreviewer .
As it’s the first Sunday of the year I will also talk about my bookish year of 2020 and what I hope for 2021
In my Private Life
First, let me wish you a Hapy New Year!
When I wished a happy new year in 2020 I bet none of us had any idea how crappy 2020 would be! So let’s hope that this year will be better.
Our New Year’s Eve has been a very quiet affair with my husband, my son and I all in our PJs eating sushi and ice cream.
I fell asleep on the couch before midnigt and nearly head butted my husband when he crouched abov me to kiss me a happy new year! 😆
We would have been for a great start LOL
That reminded me of one year, when we didn’t have kids and had celebrated the new Year with lots of friends and my husband nearly knocked me out when lowering the trunk on my head! I swear I saw stars 😆
It seems that New Year celebrations are a real hazard in our family!
I have still one more week of holiday and it will be my last days before the summer so I plan on enjoying them and being extra lazy!
On the blog (click on the graphic to read the post)
First, I have to apologize as I know I have comments to answer to and I have been quite MIA these last days!
Posting every day for our Best Reads of 2020 has taken its toll and I really needed a breather there. I’ll do better next week, I promise!
In december, I read nine books and my favorite were:
The Not Outcast by Tijan 5 stars
For me to love a book I need to connect with the characters, to be interested by the story arc and to have just the right pacing. If you add great sidekicks and struggling characters that’s even better. You have all that in The Not-Outcast plus a topic that made me reconsider my opinion on people.
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall : 5 stars
Why did I wait so long to read that book? It was just delicious and funny! It won’t be my last Alexis Hall!
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah : more than 5 stars
That book simply crushed my soul!!!
I planned on reading all the Kristin Hannah’s books as that was my first one but I’ll have to reconsider. I stopped reading Firefly Lane at 90%, not because I didn’t love it or because it was bad but because it was destroying me!!!
I need HEA in most of my books and I am discovering that Kristin Hannah, being extraordinarily talented, is NOT an author who loves her HEA. So I think I’ll have to space out my reading of her books!
PS If you know one of her book that has a HEA, just give me the title in the comments below.
About my year in books…
I read 127 books this year while my goal was 100 books. Yet my 2021 challenge is only 50 books as I don’t want the pressure
Next are my 2021 resolutions
First, I will get back to my former blogging pacing of one or two memes a week and one or two reviews. I hope to add some discussion posts here and there but I feel that I really need to pace myself out or I’ll end up in a burn out.
I want to blog for many more years so I need to take care of me.
That also means that there are days when I won’t be on WordPress and then will answer the comments in batch and overflow you with comments on your own posts that I missed 😀
Years ago I would have been devastated by this slower pacing, now I just accept it as what I need.
Second resolution: no pressure. Or at least minimal pressure.
I really felt this year and its stress like so many of you.
And again, I need to keep reading and blogging being fun and not stressful.
If that means losing some followers in the process, I am ok with it. I know who are my friends here, loyal for years and these are the ones that matter. You are my tribe, the ones that stick with me in the good like the bad days.
That also means that I will request very few ARCs.
Just some indie romance authors that I adore like: Amy Harmon, Emma Scott, Brittainy C Cherry, Jewel E Ann, Suanne Laqueur, Beth Flynn, Tijan and Rebecca Yarros … mostly.
On Netgalley, I don’t have much luck anyway. I dream of having Beth O’Leary or Taylor Jenkins Reid’s ARC but I know I’ll never be accepted.
Then no pressure means that I halved my goal on Goodreads, even if I know I’ll be over 50 books very easily. That’s all in the head you know?
Last, no pressure also means that I will do more mini reviews.
I have decided that I’ll do mini reviews for books that I liked but will keep full lenght reviews for books that amazed me, moved me or made me think. Or maybe made me rant too LOL
One challenge that I will do is Kimberly’s Audiobook Challenge!
I’ll edit my last feedback for 2020 but that was so much fun that I want to do it again.
Last resolution: I will do buddy reads and bookclub reads.
I began bookclub reads on Instagram last year and that was an amazing way to read out of my comfort zone books and chatting with a bunch of booknerds about our read felt amazing!
Added bonus: our discussion made it really easy to review the books.
Pfew that’s it!
Do you have resolutions for 2021? How was your year?
Thanks for reading!