– What Happened –
What DID happen? It all feels so long ago. December was a hectic time, or I would have written this post much sooner! But despite being hectic, I had a good month of reading, getting through six books in total.
I then read Hollow Road and shortly after The Archive, two fantastic books in Dan Fitzgerald’s The Maer Cycle. If you haven’t already checked this series out, you really should. Plus, it’s the perfect time to do so, with Shadow Spark releasing the final instalment this March!
Those were the last books I actually reviewed, however, I did read Ring Shout by P Djéli Clark, as I had a suspicion it might belong in my Top 10 Releases of 2020 list. I enjoyed this novella, but it didn’t make my top ten for the year. I may or may not post a review soon!
To finish off 2020, I read We Men of Ash and Shadow by HL Tinsley, a really impressive self-published fantasy debut, and Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell, one of my most anticipated books of 2021. I loved both, and hope to write reviews for each over the weekend.
Looking back at the year in full, I read 55 books – a personal record! I’m so pleased with this, and can’t believe how much my reading habits have changed since I started reviewing in March.
– The Damage –
First up, I invested in a new Kindle Paperwhite, since my eight-year-old model was starting to feel a bit laggy. I have to admit, there’s almost no perceptible difference between my old Kindle and the new one, so if you’re considering an upgrade, I wouldn’t rush into it.
Regarding book purchases, I got into the spirit of giving (to myself) this Christmas, and bought a few more books than usual!
Physical Books and Pre-Orders
I was soooo excited that I found these signed copies of Hannu Rajiniemi’s Jean le Flambeur books at Oxfam! I just need to track down a signed copy of The Quantum Thief and my life will pretty much be complete. I also found an ARC of Krampus: The Yule Lord and was hoping to spend Christmas Day reading it. Unfortunately, it arrived one week too late and being an ARC, it didn’t include any of the art 😔.
The rest of the books on the left are all signed edition preorders. I think that cover art for Soulswift HAS to be some of the best of 2020, no?
I was surprised to see that I’ve bought an equal number of ebooks and physical books throughout the year. I’m also slightly alarmed by these figures and wondering how I still manage to feed myself…
– What’s Gonna Happen –
Well I can tell you January has been a dud for reading, between dealing with work and going through a breakup. So instead, I thought I’d share what’s ahead for the year!
It seems that recently, quite a few book bloggers have struggled to balance reviewing and personal life, and I’m certainly no exception. I was finding it hard to decide whether I was still enjoying myself with all the books I’d committed to reading. So, to try and balance an impossible amount of books on my TBR with life while making sure reading is still fun, I’ve made a few loose goals for 2021:
- Don’t feel pressure to review every single book I read
- Limit myself to one review copy per month
- Read at least one book that I already own each month
- Read one self-published book each month
- STOP BUYING BOOKS I DON’T HAVE TIME TO READ
That last one is more because my book buying addiction is getting out of hand.
I’ve already shared my most anticipated 2021 book releases, so here’s another 20 books (couldn’t decide on 10) I already own that I really want to read this year. In no particular order (except House in the Cerulean Sea 😍):
What are your reading goals for 2021?
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