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.
I have not read as many books this year thus far as I hoped. Well, I’ve read a lot of cosy mysteries, but not much else. Sometimes with my reading, my autistic obsessive passion kicks in, and I’ll fall down a rabbit hole of reading ALL the same things over and over.
And usually, throughout a year, I’ll read a lot of non-fiction.
Not so much in 2019.
But I thought I’d share my top three so far, which might change.
I wouldn’t say these are my favourite non-fiction of all time. I did enjoy them for different reasons, though Jason Fox’s book probably makes it into my top ten non-fiction of all time. Or, maybe top twenty. (I’ve read A LOT of non-fiction over the years.)
Battle Scars by Jason Fox – Solid 10 out of 10 read. Not a book everyone will enjoy, but I found his battle with PTSD to be inspiring.
Newsletter Ninja by Tammi Labrecque – makes the list because not only was it highly useful but it made me laugh.
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind edited by Jocelyn Glei – so, I have mixed feelings about this book. It did give me a powerful new perspective on adjusting my daily schedule in a way that works for me and encourages my creative process. On the other hand, I found a lot of it to just…be nonsense (from my perspective.)
I’ve read a lot of military memoirs up to this point so far in 2019. One was because my hubby got it for himself and I wanted to read it. He’s a slow reader so I got it first.
2018 has been a bit of a trash fire of a year, hasn’t it?
Stepping away from the chaotic whirlwind of bad news has been a struggle. Being creating in 2018 has been even more difficult. It’s important to write, even in the middle of the muck.
I think, more than any other time, it’s also important to find happy moments and pursue them.
This weekend, that meant baking, reading, and video games.
Baking? That went brilliantly. I made Mary Berry’s recipe for profiteroles, photo evidence above. They tasted AMAZING. They also didn’t last the weekend lol. Yum.
Reading? I finally got around to reading Alison Weir’s Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen, which I enjoyed immensely. I love a good historical fiction. And this one was definitely half fact and half fiction. Brilliantly done though.
Video games? I’ve gotten completely obsessed with the latest Assassin’s Creed game, Odyssey. Epic, brilliant, amazing. Love it so much.
Now, I’m back to writing on my new work in progress–an urban fantasy. Should be great fun.
How about you? What moments of joy are you finding for yourself this year?