2020 was an odd year for reading. I usually read on average a book or two a week. This year I went through phases were I didn’t read for ages then I read five books in a week.
If I thought 2020 was odd, it had nothing on 2021. I read thirteen books this year–three of which were re-reads of Patricia Briggs novels. I think the last ‘new’ book I read was in June–the latest Phryne Fisher mystery.
I just couldn’t get into the mood to read new things. My goal was to read 48 books in 2021. A goal I quite obviously failed.
I think I read well over a hundred different fanfictions in various fandoms. So technically I did hit my goal, I suppose.
Of the few books I read this year, Bounce by Becca Seymour is probably my favourite.
The review I wrote for it:
I adored this book. Despite being forewarned, I wasn’t quite emotionally prepared for some of depths of human emotion that were delved into here. A lot of authors tend not to want to touch tougher subjects. They were handled beautifully and brilliantly in Bounce. It’s a wonderful romance between two loveable characters who’ve suffered through traumatic events of one variety or the other. The trigger warnings at the start of the book should definitely be paid attention to.
Here’s hoping next year is a better year for reading.
I have an incredibly long TBR on my kindle. Books I’ve bought that have languished unread for months (or years in a couple cases.) So here’s a least of ten, in no particular order, that I’ve bumped up in the hopes I’ll read them this month (or next, if I’m honest.)
2020 was an odd year for reading. I usually read on average a book or two a week. This year I went through phases were I didn’t read for ages then I read five books in a week. So I thought I’d share a few of my favourites from the past twelve months.
They are in no particular order. (Well, technically I’ve put them in alphabetical order)
A Match Made for Thanksgiving by Jackie Lau
Demons Do It Better by Louisa Masters
Finding Joy by Adriana Herrera
Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspooon
The Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series by Kerry Greenwood – No lie, I read the entire series about three times this year.
My guilty pleasures often include reading a lot of Regency Romances and watching period films such as Persuasion and The Golden Bowl, or TV mini-series like, Downton Abbey and The Tudors. I love the glitz and glamour of it all. I do also enjoy injecting my pleasures with small doses of reality every once in a while.
Historical romances whether in written form or film all tend to gild the lily on what life was really like in whatever time period they are representing. It’s enjoyable, but gives us a rose-tinted view of what history was truly like.
My hubby and I recently watched a fascinating BBC mini-series from 2001 called The Manor House. They took a family along with twelve other volunteers and moved them into an estate house for a three month experiment where they all had to live as Edwardians. From clothing to food to everything, it all centered around them living life as it was in the early 1900s.
The family became nouveau riche, titled and waited on hand and foot. The other twelve volunteers became their servants from butler down to scullery maid. It was a true glimpse at what life in a Downton Abbey style home would be like. And it was nothing like the TV show.
It was fascinating to watch modern minds struggle with life in the 1900s. The upstairs folk, naturally, handled it better. The downstairs servants struggled with the inequality of it all. I found it really intriguing to watch.
Three months really gave them long enough to truly immerse themselves into the roles they were playing.
It’s definitely worth watching if you’re at all interested in period films/romances.
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