2020 Goals | reading, writing and taking time out

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when I set myself goals which I blatantly ignore for the twelve months that follow. I’ve done posts like this for the last couple of years and I always find them interesting when it comes to the turn of a new year. A few of these are going to be similar (or literally the same) as last year, but there are a few different ones. I’ve tried to keep them realistic/achievable and having issued that disclaimer here are my 2020 goals…

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It’s a New Year Book Tag!

My good friend Lily, and her friend, Cerys created a book tag all about reading and the New Year. Seeing as I usually keep my end/beginning of the year post pretty similar (and because Lily tagged me) I’ve decided to have a little chat about my reading plan for 2020.

Lily’s Video

Cerys’ Video

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Writers I “Discovered” in 2019

This year I feel as though I have expanded my reading, even if it was unintentional. There are a handful of authors I read for the first time this year and I am keen to read more of their books. I’ve had a scroll through my Goodreads Year in Books and these are a few authors I picked up whose books have been shifted up in my priorities.

(In order to keep this list as simple as possible, I’ve only gone with author’s who I know have more books out.)

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The Best Reads of 2019

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2019 was a pretty good year for reading. At the time of writing this blog post, my average rating on Goodreads is 3.3 stars which isn’t too bad. Only 15 out of over 80 books were either 1 or 2 star reads, but instead on dwelling on those books which left me feeling a little underwhelmed, let’s have a look at the books which I adored and will (probably) never shut up about.

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Some Recent (Back to University) Favourites

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Late September and the entirety of October were a little stressful to say the least. It felt like I hardly had any time to settle in before the threat of deadlines crept into my life so I’ve felt pretty tired, low and stressed throughout. But, having said that, there have been a few joys in my life recently, which have genuinely brought my mood up and put a smile on my face when I needed a break the most.

Anyway, here are a few things I have been enjoying recently, perhaps you will as well.

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Books with F/F Romances that I Love | all of these books have a historical aspect & I’m not even sorry…

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I know generally in the online book community, there are a lot of discussions around f/f books and more often than not, how books featuring f/f romances don’t receive the same amount of hype/recognition as books with m/m romances in. I can say that whilst I have totally identified that trend, I think (and hope) that focus is shifting. However, in order to do my “bit” in shouting about f/f romances in books I decided I’d write this blog post giving a little more hype to the LGBTQ+ girls in books out there.

Some of these books may be fairly well-known, some of them less known, and some of them you will be able to predict if you follow me at all. I have a few adult books to talk about, one young adult and a collection of non-fiction so let’s start with the adult books.

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Library Loves Tag

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So, if you don’t follow me on Twitter or Instagram then Library Loves maybe new to you. Jess (ReadbyJess) is hosting a month of library-related goodness and she asked me to be one of her blogger co-hosts. I’ll link her announcement video here explaining all the library goodness coming in October.

 

The other cohosts are – go and check them out if you haven’t already:

Kate, ReadingThroughInfinity

Steph, A Little But A Lot

Rachael, Rachael Marie’s Book Journey

Olivia, Olivia’s Catastrophe

So keep an eye on their Twitters, Blogs, YouTube etc for some more Library Loves related content. But for today, I’m going to do the Library Loves book tag Jess created:

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