everywhere in 2020

Happy New Year everyone!! I started off last years yearly round up post saying that 2019 had been an odd year, but I think we can all agree that there is nothing that could eclipse 2020. I think everyone has had such a tough time this past year and I am no exception to that, but instead of dwelling too much on the bad things that happened I’m going to think about the good things.

A couple of good things from my personal life were that I became an auntie to my utterly amazing nephew, his wee smile and happy nature really picked me up when I was down; video chats, I know some people are a bit sick of zooming but I have a group of friends that are located all over the UK and it has been amazing to keep in touch with them more regularly in a face-to-face fashion; figuring out my own priorities has been another great by product of 2020 and I’m hoping to expand on that in the new year.

Before I start looking too far ahead and laying out my goals for 2021 I’m going to look back at what happened around here over the last year.

So now to the bit that I was dreading because I know I have read some amazing books and since so many were my favourites I thought I was going to have a hard time cutting it down to just ten, however I have somehow managed. I will say that it was a tough call on a few books but my top ten reads of 2020…in no particular order…are…

The Nothing Man | American Royals | One of Us is Lying | The Once and Future Witches | Whirligig | In the Role of Brie Hutchens | Tapestry | The Inheritance Games | Fin & Rye & Fireflies | The Shelf

So those are my faves for the year but I am always interested to see what the people who check in here are interested in so here is what took your interest…Unsurprisingly it was all book reviews…

The Magpie Society: One For Sorrow | From Thailand With Love | The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen

Now the bit that I have been deliberating over for the last week, my goals for 2021…

Last year I said I needed to sort out my Netgalley and to be fair I did try to get to the 60% but I can’t seem to stop requesting books, so whilst I would love to aim to get to the 80% I know that is going to end up difficult because there will be too many books that I’ll accidentally hit the button for. So my more realistic goal for Netgalley this year is to try to get to 65% but to read more books than I request.

I was given a five year journal for my Christmas so I am going to try and write in it every day to get into a routine of it and I would like to set myself some other writing targets for the year, I’m not going to be too rigid about it but I would like to have done a little writing each month.

I need to try and finish some of my creative projects, because I am great at starting projects and then abandoning them halfway through, as evidenced by my 100 day project last year which I think I got ten days into, because I am too easily distracted.

My last one is to be kinder to myself, I noticed that I seem to beat myself up about a lot of things this year that I really didn’t need to, so I need to learn to be nicer to myself and forgive myself.

What are your goals for the year?

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