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Goodbye 2021 πŸŽ‡ An Annual Wrapup feat. my favorite quotes

2021 Wrapup

β€œJust 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.” ― Martha Wells,Β Network Effect

Hello fellow bookworms πŸŽ‡ 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 ❀️

Check out the previous yearsΒ πŸŽ‡

IndexΒ πŸŽ‡

  1. Non-Bookish Favorites (TV Shows & Movies)
  2. Blogging & Bookish Life
  3. Personal Life
  4. 2021 Resolutions & 2020 Wrapup

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β€œAnd 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.” ― Matt Haig,Β The Midnight Library

Top TV-ShowsΒ πŸ’•

TV Shows

  • 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 πŸ’ž

Top MoviesΒ πŸ’•

Non-Bookish 2021

  • To All the Boys: Always and Forever
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
  • Robin RobinΒ 
  • Moxie!
  • Dumplin’
  • … 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 πŸ˜…

Top Podcast πŸ’•

Podcast

  • 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 πŸ₯ΊπŸ’• Thank you Veronika for recommending I give this a try, it was 100% worth it! ❀️

Top 3 Songs πŸ’•

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β€œSilence 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.” ― Matt Haig,Β The Comfort Book

Highlights πŸ’•

➽ Doing guest posts (Thanks to Sabrina & Veronika @ wordyandwhimsical + Kat @ bibliosmile) πŸ’•
➽ Creating a new blog post series (Reading Diaries) πŸ₯°
➽ Seasonal Reading in October & December (I read the most books in these months)πŸŽ„πŸ‘»
➽ Reaching 800 followers!!! (+ celebrating my 4 Year Blogversary!) πŸŽ‰
➽ Participating in so many lovely Readathons πŸ’•
➽ Reading more widely in terms of genre/age range!
➽ Finding a new favorite series (Nevermoor) πŸŽ‡

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 πŸ₯° 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 πŸ’• There were also some smaller moments I liked, such as my blogversary, doing Readathons, expanding my reading further & finding new favorites!

Low Points πŸ˜”

➽ Thinking too much about stats at times ⚑

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 πŸ˜” 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.

Top Favorite Posts of the YearΒ πŸ’•

  1. Festive Reading Diary πŸŽ„ Reading 24 Books in 24 Days ❀️
  2. The Ultimate Christmas Movie Guide πŸŽ„πŸŽ… Cheesy, Funny and Animated
  3. My Winter Bucket List β›„πŸŽ…πŸŽ„ Snow, All the Gingerbread & Getting Cozy
  4. Reading Diary πŸ‘» The Ghost of Halloween helped me read 24 Books feat. #spoopathon Wrapup
  5. Discussion: How have my Bookish Habits changed over the years? πŸ“š
  6. My Autumn Bucket List πŸ‚πŸŽƒπŸ‘» Spooky Content, Getting Cozy & Lots of Food
  7. (Slightly) Overambitious SPOOKY October TBR πŸ‘» feat. Spoopathon
  8. Reading Diary: #magicalreadathon ~ The Novice Path ✨
  9. Magical Readathon ~ Orilium ✨ My Character + TBR, Novice Path Recommendations
  10. Reading Diary: #ReadFatPositive Edition πŸ’—
  11. Rereading Vampire Academy (10 Years Later) πŸ¦‡
  12. Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2021 ⭐ Talking about my favorites so far
  13. What I’m Reading for Pride Month 🌈 2021 releases & Backlist
  14. Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune in BUZZWORDS πŸ’™
  15. 8 Asian Books on my TBR for Every Reading Mood πŸ’•
  16. Adult Romance Books I’m Excited to Read πŸ’•
  17. Books with autistic representation πŸ“š #autismacceptancemonth
  18. How many of my Anticipated 2020 Releases did I actually read? πŸ“š
  19. 8 Authors I Discovered in 2020 ❀ Finding new favorites
  20. Things I Plan on Doing During my Semester Break πŸ’— Books, TV and other Media

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β€œThere 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.”  ― T.J. Klune,Β The House in the Cerulean Sea

2021 Collage

Highlights πŸ’•

➽ Passing all (6) of my exams!!
➽ Doing (1) study & getting to work on a mental health app!
➽ Family Vacation in August (some well-earned rest after my finals) πŸ–ΌοΈ
➽ 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) πŸ“‘

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 πŸ’•

Low Points πŸ˜”

CW: Talk about COVID-19, School Stress, Mention of Anxiety

➽ The Pandemic Continues (mutations and people acting reckless) 😷
➽ Going back to in-person classes (LOTS of anxiety about that) πŸ˜…
➽ 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.Β 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 πŸ˜…

Monthly Wrapups πŸ’•

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β€œYou 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.” ― John Green,Β The Anthropocene Reviewed

2021 Goals Wrapup πŸ’•

Life (2/3πŸ‘)

  • Keep up my daily walks βœ… 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 βœ… 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!

Bookish (2/3πŸ‘)

  • Read 65 Books βœ… I set myself a very attainable goal each year, so I don’t stress myself out!
  • Keeping up a healthy reading habit βœ… 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 πŸ₯°
  • Learn to use the Block Editor β›” Lol nope, I didn’t do this at all πŸ˜‚ 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 β›”)

So uhm … I didn’t do much writing this year πŸ˜… 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 WIPβ›”
  • Brainstorm a new project β›”
  • Get into a healthier writing mindset β›”

2021 Goals πŸ’•

Personal

  • 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 πŸ™
  • 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 πŸ˜… 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 πŸ₯° 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 πŸ’— If you have any recs, feel free to leave them in the comments! (searching for fiction podcasts only)

Bookish

  • 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 πŸ’š
  • 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 πŸ“š

β€œA hero does not choose her trials. She steps into the darkness, then she faces what comes next.” ― Brandon Sanderson,Β Starsight

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24 thoughts on “Goodbye 2021 πŸŽ‡ An Annual Wrapup feat. my favorite quotes

  1. I love reading yearly wrap ups and appreciate the time you took to prepare it so carefully and thoroughly!! I’m sorry about the low points in 2021, but I was also happy to see that there were quite a few highlights and that you manged to achieve quite a few of the goals you set for yourself. That’s so awesome!!
    In terms of blogging, I check my stats way too often and I know it’s not healthy, but I love stats in general. I enjoy trying to figure out why they are the way they are, but at the same time, I do feel down when posts don’t perform as well as I’d like them to. I ALSO 99% use the classic editor haha I despise the block editor with a passion, because I think it’s a pain to add and edit pictures in it, for starters. Everything takes a million more clicks. Having said that, I do use them for all my reading experiments, because I just copy the entire layout and change the content haha

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! πŸ’• I like to reflect back on the high and low points, as it’s nice to especially find some good things that happened in this year πŸ˜… I do love myself some stats as well, but blogging stats tend to stress me more than help me sadly. I haven’t even touched the Block Editor when they made us switch, I was like Nope and continue to use the Classic Block even though it’s such a downgrade πŸ˜… I might have to learn more about the Block Editor someday, as I feel like there could be some helpful features!

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      1. I’m just mad at the block editor, because it makes everything concerning adding pictures harder for me. Just so many unnecessary clicks and drags and yeah… not a fan. But I tried it a little bit haha

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  2. i’m happy to see 2021 had a lot of highlights!! i also really enjoyed sweet tooth and nhie season 2. i’m looking forward to the next season for both those shows 😊 i totally understand the stress you must be feeling, but good luck with your internship! it sounds like a great opportunity. happy new year 🀍

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  3. i love the formatting of this post so much, caro! in the tv show department, we definitely have a few twin favorites: shadow and bone, never have i ever and lupin are all so great and i was taken aback by how much i enjoyed all of them. maybe netflix does have rights hahah

    i also loved your highlights and participating in more readathons is something i really hope to accomplish in 2022! it is so fun and i love how much it motivates me to complete my TBR. also 800 followers, that’s so awesome!!!!!(!#!!! congrats!!

    you def accomplished so much in 2021 and i really hope 2022 is at least a bit more relaxing for you with uni and all. finding time to self-care is so important and i hope you do make it a priority in the new year!

    as for the block editor, i completely relate. i honestly gave up on it altogether and i’ve just accepted that editing posts on wordpress is always going to be a very complicated process, cause this site really hates me sometimes, lol. i didn’t do much writing in 2021 either, but let’s hope we can both get back into it in 2022!

    wishing you an amazing new year, caro! ❀️❀️❀️❀️

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    1. Thank you so much, Lais!! πŸ’• Shadow and Bone, Never Have I Ever & Lupin are truly SO good πŸ₯° Netflix has some … questionable shows but then there is also so much good content!!

      Thank you!! I love participating in Readathons as it’s so motivating and fun to engage with the community 😊 I struggle quite a bit with self-care but will try my best in 2022 πŸ™πŸ»

      I didn’t even try to understand the Block Editor πŸ˜‚ I hate that they made us switch and I don’t have the energy to learn the new system tbh.

      Also wishing you a great new year, Lais! πŸ₯°πŸ’•πŸŒΈ

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  4. i also didn’t write this year even though i set lots of goals to, like you it just wasn’t an achievable goal to achieve with school + reading going on. and same with the block editor! i think there are definitely some useful functions, but i’ve just been sticking to the classic editor and i’ll deal with the blocks when i have the time/motivation to learn them lol. and even though your exams were stressful, i’m glad to hear that you did well on all of them! have a great 2022 ❀

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    1. I was determined to get back to writing, but since starting my new degree it just wasn’t happening πŸ˜… Same with the block editor, I don’t have the energy to learn it and I’m still a little salty that they forced us to switch over πŸ˜‚ (the classic Block just isn’t the same as the old editor) Thank you! I hope you have a great 2022 as well πŸ’•

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  5. I love Nailed it. Shadow and Bone was so good! I really need to check out Sweet Tooth and I need to watch the other two To All the Boys movies. I watched the first one and for whatever reason didn’t watch the others.

    The block editor is so annoying. There are times where I use it for just writing paragraphs and to use separators between topics, but I mostly stick to using the classic. So my posts have both, but I haven’t really dived too much into all the blocks and stuff.

    I’ll be having a goal of reading more of my own books on my reading goals for this year as well. I use the library way too much. I try to set a goal of reading 15-20 of my own older books. So I don’t count the books I buy within that year toward that goal, that way I can really try to push myself to read older books that I’ve had for a while.

    I hope you have an amazing year! πŸ™‚

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    1. Happy to hear that you also loved Nailed It! & Shadow and Bone πŸ₯° I hope you enjoy Sweet Tooth and the other To All the Boys movies, they are so good!
      I also haven’t been motivated to learn more about the blocks, especially as I find it more complicated than necessary when I have my own system πŸ˜…

      Good luck with your reading goals! I also use the library a lot and I’m making an effort to read more of my owned books, as they sadly usually get neglected a bit πŸ˜… Also wishing you a great 2022 πŸ’•

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  6. I could read your wrap-up posts forever, Caro! πŸ₯Ί And the quotes you shared, they really resonated with me! I need to reread The House in the Cerulean Sea so bad. 😭
    I’m so glad you had The Magnus Archives! Something permanent that brings us joy in our lives is so so important! For me it’s been BTS and two other k-pop groups. πŸ’œ
    Blueberry farm sounds right up my alley, I didn’t know they had it in Germany!
    I’m wishing you the best of luck for the next year, I hope your internship will bring you joy and you’ll feel less anxiety as you start it. πŸ’œ
    Wow, I didn’t know the Block editor was this hated among bloggers. πŸ˜‚ I started out with it, so I don’t really know the difference. Though it’s definitely annoying at times.

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    1. Aww thank you so much, Morgan!! That means a lot to me πŸ₯ΊπŸ’• I love sharing the quotes from the books I read this year! I hope you get to read The House in the Cerulean Sea, it’s so comforting πŸ₯°

      Oh yes! I think having media that brings you joy is so important! I’m glad that BTs and K-Pop could make your year a bit better πŸ’—

      I hadn’t been to a Blueberry Farm before and was pleasantly surprised that we had one here, it was so nice! 🫐 Thank you so much! Also wishing you a good year, I hope many great things are to come πŸ’•

      (I think it’s easier if you started out with it! The block editor probably has some great features, but as someone who used the old ones so much, I haven’t had to energy to explore the new version πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…)

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