December Wrap-Up and January TBR | 12 Days of Blogmas

It’s the end of another month! And not only that, but the final month of the year…

December was a pretty good reading month for me, even though I did most of my reading during term time! I really began to fall back in love with reading after a slight slump in November, mostly due to mental health issues, but it sucked at the time. Still, it’s given me lots to look forward to.

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2021: My Best and Worst Books of the Year | 12 Days of Blogmas

I had a pretty good reading year – my average rating was over 4/5 stars! So when it came to finding my best and ‘worst’ books of the year, it was actually quite hard to choose. I enjoy looking back at the books that I enjoyed and didn’t – I just think it’s really interesting!

Below I have 15 books listed – 5 worst books, 5 best books, and 5 special mentions. Let’s get into it!

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2021: A Full Reading Wrap-Up | 12 Days of Blogmas

I recently (as in: yesterday) imported all my data into the Storygraph, a website that gives you reading graphs. How cool is that! I thought I’d use it to help give me a full reading wrap-up of the year, and of course I have to share it with you! If you’re here for my favourite & least favourite books of the year – don’t worry, that’s coming tomorrow.

In 2021, I read a total of 77 books and 20,334 pages. That’s so cool to me, and really exciting! 20,000 pages! Wow!

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Looking Back at my 2021 Reading Goals | 12 Days of Blogmas

Before looking forward, the end of the year gives us a chance to reflect back on the past year – what went well, what didn’t, what we liked, disliked, and sometimes our goals change over just 12 months!

My reading goals for 2022 will be coming soon, but I thought I’d take the chance to day to look back at the ones I set all the way back in January.

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NaNoWriMo 2021 | the first few, really rather stressful, days

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We are well and truly into NaNoWriMo now – in fact, 1/6 of the way through!

The first few days have probably been different for everyone. When I scroll through my buddies, I see three types of people: the one who is majorly ahead; the one who is right on track; and the one who is steadily bringing up the rear!

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Monthly Reading Wrap-Up | October 2021 | a great reading month, finally!

Well I managed to actually achieve one of my goals for October, which was to make time for reading! I’m so used to reading goals passing me by that hitting one has filled me with such joy!

I tried to make at least 20 minutes of reading time per day, which for me is an achievable amount of time where I can also make a decent dent in whatever I’m reading at the time – whether it’s audio or physical. I did also have half-term during October, which meant that I had chance to just sit and read the whole afternoon away, something I’ve not done for a while because even on the weekends I have things to do almost all the time!

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My GIANT October 2021 TBR | can I complete two readathons?!

It’s October! The season of cosiness, autumn, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and plenty of Gothic, spooky books.

This month, I am actually posting a to be read/possibility list, because I want to participate in two readathons, and therefore there are lots of books I want to complete. So far, I’ve read two books in October (though none are on my TBR…), so I’m already doing quite well I think!

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Monthly Reading Wrap-Up | September 2021

The ninth month of the year is, somehow, over!

September was somehow more hectic than August, and I had my most disappointing reading month of the year so far, reading only 3 books. Whilst the books were really enjoyable, I do wish I had made reading more of a priority and read more books this month! That’s definitely one of my goals for October: to make time to read.

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Books I Want to Read on Autumn Sunday Mornings

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Autumn is my favourite season of the year. The falling leaves that crunch under my crisp, new boots. The smell of warm coffee, the hot water heating my hands through the ceramic, as I sit in a café, watching people puddle through the rain, a warm jumper over my body. Old books, paper crinkling between my fingers. A hot chocolate and a crackling fire.

One of my favourite autumnal activities is waking up on a Sunday morning, opening the curtains and climbing back into bed with a hot cup of tea, the rain streaming outside the window, droplets racing themselves down the glass, a good book in my hands and nowhere I need to be.

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London Book Haul!

I visited London this August, and made a pretty impressive book haul. My best friend, Natalie, is a terrible influence, and I ended up with quite a few new stories to enjoy.

Waterstones Piccadilly is the biggest bookshop not just in London; or the UK; but Europe. In total we must have spent about 10 hours in bookshops over just three days! Waterstones Piccadilly has five floors of tomes, with some amazing editions you can purchase. My mum and I once walked in to discover that John Le Carré had just visited and signed some novels. It’s reputation precedes it.

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