“Just remember you’re not alone here.” I never know what to say to that. I am actually alone in my head, and that’s where 90 plus percent of my problems are.” ―
Hello fellow bookworms 🎇 It’s time for one of my favorite posts: recapping the entire year in terms of what has happened. I love looking back and reflecting on the year that has passed, both the good and the bad parts. It gives me some kind of closure and gets me ready to embrace the new year! We have yet another difficult year behind us and I’m hoping that you’re all doing well and staying safe ❤️
- 2017 Wrapup 💗 2017 Recap & 2018 Goals
- 2018 Wrapup 💗 Goodbye 2018 🎇 feat. fave quotes & getting personal
- 2019 Wrapup 💗 Goodbye 2019 🎇 An Annual Wrapup
- 2020 Wrapup 💗 Goodbye 2020 🎇 An Annual Wrapup feat. my favorite quotes
- Non-Bookish Favorites (TV Shows & Movies)
- Blogging & Bookish Life
- Personal Life
- 2021 Resolutions & 2020 Wrapup
“And even if you were a pawn – maybe we all are – then you should remember that a pawn is the most magical piece of all. It might look small and ordinary but it isn’t. because a pawn is never just a pawn. A pawn is a queen-in-waiting. All you need to do is find a way to keep moving forward. One square after another.” ―
- Shadow and Bone (S1)
- The Queen’s Gambit (S1)
- Sweet Tooth (S1)
- Never Have I Ever (S2)
- Sex Education (S3)
- Nailed It! (S5+6)
- Lupin (S1+2)
- Money Heist (Part 5)
- & I watched a lot of other shows I enjoyed with my friend Sandra 💞
- To All the Boys: Always and Forever
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
- Robin Robin
- … Once again I don’t have that many movies to talk about, I don’t watch that many and I’m very picky which ones I consider favorites of the year 😅
- The Magnus Archives (5 Seasons, 200 Episodes)
- that’s it. Only creating this category for this one podcast because I love it so much and I haven’t listened to anything else this year! I’m usually not a horror person at all (this is a horror anthology/tragedy with an overarching plotline) but this podcast swept me off my feet. I grew so attached to the characters and TMA brought me a huge amound of comfort this year 🥺💕 Thank you Veronika for recommending I give this a try, it was 100% worth it! ❤️
“Silence is pain. But it is a pain with an exit route. When we can’t speak, we can write. When we can’t write, we can read. When we can’t read, we can listen. Words are seeds. Language is a way back to life. And it is sometimes the most vital comfort we have.” ―
➽ Creating a new blog post series (Reading Diaries) 🥰
➽ Seasonal Reading in October & December (I read the most books in these months)🎄👻
➽ Reaching 800 followers!!! (+ celebrating my 4 Year Blogversary!) 🎉
➽ Participating in so many lovely Readathons 💕
➽ Reading more widely in terms of genre/age range!
➽ Finding a new favorite series (Nevermoor) 🎇
I had a lovely time reading all the books and blogging about them ❤️ I was fortunate enough to do three guest posts this year and I loved writing them so much! This is definitely something I would love to do more in the future, as it’s always such an honor to be featured on another blog 🥰 I also created a new post series to documente my reading procress in Diary Form, my book blog equivalent of reading vlogs! I did this for my spooky and festive reading in October/December and it was a full success, as I read so many books in these two months and had fun doing themed reading 💕 There were also some smaller moments I liked, such as my blogversary, doing Readathons, expanding my reading further & finding new favorites!
Generally, I had a nice bookish 2021, but at points I was getting influenced a bit too much by stats. I don’t usually look at mine, but I did feel down whenever a post didn’t perform as well (like and comments-wise) as I had expected 😔 I’m a firm believer that you should put out content that you enjoy (though taking into account what works well & when to post it is important too) and I appreciate all the lovely comments! However, sometimes I got a bit demotivated, especially whenever something reminds me that blogs in general are underappreciated.
- Festive Reading Diary 🎄 Reading 24 Books in 24 Days ❤️
- The Ultimate Christmas Movie Guide 🎄🎅 Cheesy, Funny and Animated
- My Winter Bucket List ⛄🎅🎄 Snow, All the Gingerbread & Getting Cozy
- Reading Diary 👻 The Ghost of Halloween helped me read 24 Books feat. #spoopathon Wrapup
- Discussion: How have my Bookish Habits changed over the years? 📚
- My Autumn Bucket List 🍂🎃👻 Spooky Content, Getting Cozy & Lots of Food
- (Slightly) Overambitious SPOOKY October TBR 👻 feat. Spoopathon
- Reading Diary: #magicalreadathon ~ The Novice Path ✨
- Magical Readathon ~ Orilium ✨ My Character + TBR, Novice Path Recommendations
- Reading Diary: #ReadFatPositive Edition 💗
- Rereading Vampire Academy (10 Years Later) 🦇
- Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2021 ⭐ Talking about my favorites so far
- What I’m Reading for Pride Month 🌈 2021 releases & Backlist
- Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune in BUZZWORDS 💙
- 8 Asian Books on my TBR for Every Reading Mood 💕
- Adult Romance Books I’m Excited to Read 💕
- Books with autistic representation 📚 #autismacceptancemonth
- How many of my Anticipated 2020 Releases did I actually read? 📚
- 8 Authors I Discovered in 2020 ❤ Finding new favorites
- Things I Plan on Doing During my Semester Break 💗 Books, TV and other Media
“There are moments in your life, moments when chances have to be taken. It’s scary because there is always the possibility of failure. I know that. I KNOW that. Because once upon a time, I took a chance on a man that I had failed before. I was SCARED. I was TERRIFIED. I thought I might lose everything. But I wasn’t living, then. The life I had before wasn’t LIVING. It was getting by. And I will never regret the chances I took.” ―
➽ Doing (1) study & getting to work on a mental health app!
➽ Family Vacation in August (some well-earned rest after my finals) 🖼️
➽ Escaping reality via The Magnus Archives & lots of fanfiction (see above) ❤️
➽ Meeting up with some university friends 😊
➽ Showing my parents around my city! (and getting to explore it a bit more)
➽ Getting an internship for next year (though this still fills me with anxiety) 📑
I had some trouble coming up with highlights as my life wasn’t that exciting, but I’m grateful that my family and me are healthy! Most of my time was taken up by university. I had two exam seasons this year and luckily I passed all of my finals. This November, I got myself an internship for next year! It’s mandatory for my course and it’s a relief that I finally have gotten a place (though I’m always nervous about it). I also meet up with some of my university friends, I still don’t know many of my course, but I’m grateful for those that I have! We did lots of nice things like doing a picnic, going out for breakfast & coffee and even visiting the cinema once 😊 I also took a short vacation with my family in August, within my country again and at a vacation home (we visited a blueberry farm, I got to swim in a lake, eat ice cream and buy some books) 🫐 Another thing that got me through the year was The Magnus Archives (the podcast I mentioned below), as it allowed me to escape reality for a little while 💕
CW: Talk about COVID-19, School Stress, Mention of Anxiety
➽ Going back to in-person classes (LOTS of anxiety about that) 😅
➽ Exam Season Stress (doing 3 exams at once, two times in a row just isn’t for me)
I feel like the low points largely resemble last year. Obviously the pandemic is still a thing, though I’m grateful that we at least got the vaccine now. Nevertheless, it remains a stressful time with new mutations popping up and the government not really doing as much as I thought they could do. I feel like ever since the vaccinations started, people believe that ‘the pandemic is over now’ and act accordingly 🤐 The restrictions also could be tighter, the case numbers were higher than before, especially in fall when I went back to Uni and they didn’t do much about it. Especially exam season (I had one in February/March and July/August) was stressful this year and I’m glad that I only have one last exam to take next year! I also struggled a lot to adjust to going back to in-person classes in fall, as I wasn’t used to it at all. The teachers tried their best, but I feel like I barely know most people (due to online classes) and had a lot of social anxiety about it 😅
- What I’ve been up to in January & February ❄ Snow, School Stress & Exams
- What I’ve been up to in March 🌼 End of Finals & Semester Break
- What I’ve been up to in April 🌷 The start of a new semester & My Birthday
- What I’ve been up to in May 🌸 Gloomy Weather & Lots of Work
- What I’ve been up to in June ☀ Work, Summer & Witchshadow Release!
- What I’ve been up to in July 📚 Lots of Studying & Rainy Weather
- What I’ve been up to in August 🏖 Semester Break & Vacation
- What I’ve been up to in September 🍂 Start of Fall & Magical Readathon
- What I’ve been up to in October 👻 SPOOKY Reading & the start of a new semester
- What I’ve been up to in November 🍃 Uni Stress & other Disasters
“You can’t see the future coming–not the terrors, for sure, but you also can’t see the wonders that are coming, the moments of light-soaked joy that await each of us.” ―
- Keep up my daily walks ✅ I’m proud of myself that I mostly stuck to taking a 30 minute walk, especially during stressful times! I used to find walks boring but ever since the pandemic they have helped me unwind and keep my mind fresh!
- Taking time for self-care❓I always find this hard to evaluate, so I’ll have to rephrase this in the future. I’d like to think that I made an effort to practice more self-care and be more forgiving with myself this year. However, there were still times when I was overwhelmed with stress and barely did things that helped me unwind, so I’ll say that I somewhat reached this goal, just not completely!
- Set up a themed Notion Spread ✅ So technically I didn’t do this, but I’m still checking off this goal as I’m actually happy with my Notion and don’t need to force an overall theme if I don’t need it!
- Read 65 Books ✅ I set myself a very attainable goal each year, so I don’t stress myself out!
- Keeping up a healthy reading habit ✅ I’m proud to say that I managed to make my reading more healthy than last year. I still read a lot, but I didn’t stress myself for not reading certain books and listened to my reading mood. I also didn’t go overboard with the Readathons I joined, so I had fun with them without having too much on my plate 🥰
- Learn to use the Block Editor ⛔ Lol nope, I didn’t do this at all 😂 To be honest, it doesn’t bother me that much, as using the Classic Block kind of works for me and I don’t have the energy to change up my routine. I had the intention to learn the Block Editor, but there are just other more important things demanding my attention.
Writing (0/3 ⛔)
So uhm … I didn’t do much writing this year 😅 Ever since my Master Course started, I have been so busy and the time I have, I spend on reading and blogging. As much as I’d like to give writing another chance, sadly it isn’t a priority for me right now and I was feeling a bit disillusioned with it before.
- Finish Line-Edits for my current WIP⛔
- Brainstorm a new project ⛔
- Get into a healthier writing mindset ⛔
- Make it through my internship & get started on my Master Thesis ➽ I’ll have my mandatory internship from April to July, so within the summer semester. I also need to apply for a topic for my Master Thesis and prepare, so I can start it within the next winter semester, starting at the end of October 2022. I’m very nervous and anxious about both of these things (especially the internship), so I’m hoping for some good vibes 🙏
- Take Time for Self Care!! ➽ To be honest, I put this on my goals list every year, as I usually lose sight of self-care when I get really into a work mode. It’s difficult for me to take time to relax and not feel guilty for not being productive 😅 Therefore, my plan is to dedicate the weekend to relaxing (only basic chores; no uni-related work) and make time to unwind in the evening (reading, using my coloring books and podcasts, playing with my Nintendo if I want, doing some basic pampering etc.).
- Listen to more podcasts! ➽ Last year, I absolutely fell in love with The Magnus Archives (as you can see above) and I want to dedicate more time to listening to podcasts. This time of storytelling is new to me, but I love it and I want to try out something new 🥰 Therefore, I hope to listen to podcasts, at least 3-times a week (more if I’m feeling up for it)! I already did a podcast page in Notion to track my progress 💗 If you have any recs, feel free to leave them in the comments! (searching for fiction podcasts only)
- Read 65 Books ➽ Like every year, I set myself a goal of reading 65 books, as that was the amount of books I read the first year I got back to reading! It has become a tradition by now and I like having an attainable goal that isn’t going to cause me stress 💚
- Branch out with my reading [e.g. read 25 Adult books] ➽ This is all covered in my Out of Comfort Zone Challenge [signup coming soon!], as I try to read more different genres every year. In 2022 I especially hope to read more sci-fi, nonfiction and historical fiction. I’m also planning on reading more Non-YA! I want to at least read 25 (New) Adult Books and some MG Fantasy as well 😊
- Read 24 of my owned books [stretch goal: 40 books] ➽ I definitely want to make a bigger effort to reading the books on my Kindle and Physical TBR, which is why I’m joining #TackleMyTBR again in 2022! I really hope I can read more books that I already own and only buy new books that I’ll read within the next three months 📚
“A hero does not choose her trials. She steps into the darkness, then she faces what comes next.” ―
How was your 2021? Let’s also focus on the positive: What were your favorite moments, shows, movies, and accomplishments? 🎇