Don’t you just love the feeling of being in love?
Such a good book and such a great reminder that it’s okay to put myself first. It’s okay to remove toxic people from my life, even if they may be family.
Most days, I can barely lift anything. On grocery day, I’m a superhero.
I’ll carry 10 bags of groceries (or more) if it means one trip into the house.
I love that author Mariana Zapata understands that. Harharhar…
Love can be complicated.
To be at a point in which I can move forward and shift the focus away
from the could have, the should have, and the would have beens
Goal: 150 Books
Read: 236 Books (267 including rereads)
I exceeded my reading goal…twice! Originally set at 100 books, I increased it as I inched closer to it and decided to increase it to 150. I met that goal, and then just kept reading. I read over 200 books (novellas included), and it was completely unexpected. I didn’t realize how much I’d read until I made more of an effort to track what I was reading on Goodreads. I went from a very, very long reading slump to reading nearly anything that sounded interesting to me. I’m positive this was an unprecedented year for me in reading so I don’t know how much I’ll be able to read in 2021.
*2021 READING GOAL*
Read at least 125 BOOKS
One of the best things that could have happened to me this year was discovering the bookish community and subsequently the bookish blogging community, which helped me to start my own blog. When I started reading again, I did not expect to become active on Twitter and I did not expect to start a blog…until I did. I reached out to Leelynn at Sometimes Leelynn Reads and she was welcoming and super helpful. It’s the end of 2020 and I’m still navigating a lot of things including being more consistent in terms of posting and my voice. However, I recognize that my posts are dependent on my mood during or after I finish a book…so I’m a mood blogger as well as a mood reader. The most consistent I may be will be how inconsistent I am. Heh…
*2021 BLOGGING GOAL*
Cross my fingers and hope for 51 posts
Celebrate my one year milestone
These are my five star reads of the year.
The Crown Jewel of 2020
This was my top read of 2020. I planned a review for Today Tonight Tomorrow but I could never get it just right. Maybe one day, I’ll actually be able to post up how amazing this book was, how it made me nostalgic, and how I sat smiling after I finished it and just thought about how much I enjoyed high school…and then I remembered the one that got away. (hahaha)
- “We’re so in love with our past, we can’t trust that there are good things waiting for us in the future. And we have to move on. We have to make bold steps and believe in ourselves and in each other.” — In Case You Missed It (Lindsey Kelk)
- “Braveness isn’t always loud. Sometimes it’s silent. There’s braveness in sacrifice and kindness. It’s in doing a thing that needs to be done, even though it’s hard, and even though it hurts.” — A Thousand Letters (Staci Hart)
- “You can be strong and have moments of incredible despair. Those moments are not weaknesses. They are simply moments. And they are not you.” — Hate to Want You (Alisha Rai)
- “I already know that every time with her, it will be perfect, but I could do a million takes and never feel like I got it just right. Because I didn’t get to be her first. Because she wasn’t my first. But if I can be her best and last, I might come close to showing her that it’s the first time that anything I’ve ever done with a woman has felt this good and real.” — Sleeper (Kayley Loring)
- “A thousand leagues and a thousand sands. For you, a thousand times I would defy the sun.” — We Hunt the Flame (Hafsah Faizal)
- “People say time heals all wounds, but that’s just a lie. Grief is a chronic disease. The pain just keeps on coming.” — Midnight Valentine (J.T. Geissinger)