I’ve had a lot to think about where my blog is concerned and I want to take fewer breaks. I know I’ve been taking them for valid reasons due to mental health issues and/or life outside of the blogosphere but I don’t want it to seem that my blog comes second…because it doesn’t. In my two years of blogging, I’ve taken two lengthy breaks and I’ve neglected the very thing that I claim keeps me from tipping over the edge. I certainly hope that the next year will be better and that I’ll be able to manage all these things on my plate and still have room for the unexpected circumstances life may throw at me.
My 2017 book of the year goes to Not a Fairytale by Shaida Kazie Ali. It took me a while to finish this book simply because I rock at procrastination. It’s my first ever book by a South African author and I jumped at the opportunity to get it. I was drawn in from the first page and I’d recommend it to everyone and their cat.
Over here you will find My Year in Books on Goodreads so have a look-see. I think I did pretty well this year even though I was super busy.
💙 Obsessions 💙
Sometime at the beginning of the year I hopped on the Hamilton bandwagon and become entirely mad about it. I love history and that used to be my favourite subject at school but I never really went out on my own and looked things up. I’m not American so it’s not like I grew up hearing about the Founding Fathers but this musical really piqued my interest. My birthday gift to myself is going to be the Alexander Hamilton biography as well as the Hamilton: The Revolution book. Another thing: the musical makes for an awesome study playlist!
Gilmore Girls! I started the series from the beginning because I couldn’t remember everything that happened and I fell in love! Sadly I could only watch till the sixth season because I had to actually sit with my books and not pretend that I was studying.
Adult Colouring Books because who wouldn’t be. My commitment issues used to be so bad that I couldn’t even finish colouring in a picture, thank goodness that’s all over now. These books really help with stress and you become so focused on what you’re doing that your mind becomes this blank space and for a while your problems don’t exist. Maybe this is why kids are always so happy while they’re colouring.
Nat Geo Wild! This channel is a gift, I swear to the big G.O.D. When there’s nothing on TV, Nat Geo Wild comes in and saves the day. It’s because of this channel that I found out that Honey Badgers are immune to snake venom. Try saying a Hufflepuff is weak. I dare you.
Hot Topics on the Wendy Williams show is my ultimate guilty pleasure. The whole show actually if I’m being honest. I don’t know what made me start watching the clips on YouTube but over the past few months I found myself getting up early just so that I could watch the show disturbance free. That woman is so sassy and I love it. How you doin’?
📢 Changes 📢
I have a new blogging schedule. Technically the schedule’s been around since May but since I’ve been ‘away’ for a while, it’s only right that I re-announce it. I’m really hoping I can stick to the 5-day posting schedule and plan my posts accordingly. As I mentioned above, I don’t want to keep taking breaks. You can find my blogging schedule over here. At this current moment, I’m not sure if I’ll continue the My Week and Happenings because the data struggle is way too real.
I also now have a review policy. I wanted to be more professional when it comes to my blog and I do take that review policy quite seriously (she says as she’s procrastinating reading an ARC). Check out my review policy here.
🍃 Everything Else 🍃
I took English as a private candidate this year and it turns out that it’s a really awesome subject. I could’ve done without a few poems here and there but otherwise I loved it. Since I haven’t been blogging these past few months, English gave me the opportunity to write via essays and I had a lot of fun viewing one story from various angles.
I started editing my own writing earlier in the year but haven’t found the time to continue. Who knew that editing takes so much time? I do hope to start writing again soon even though the will is there, the inspiration isn’t. I have been imagining weird stories though but I don’t have the will to put pen to paper. These past 2 years haven’t been fruitful in the writing sense for me if I’m being honest.
I’ve been on a mission to go through the book previously despised (The Great Gatsby) and giving them second chances. There are a few on the list and I know which ones I’m definitely staying away from. I can already see myself getting frustrated during the process but it’s okay. It’ll be a bit if a challenge for me so really, it could end up being quite exciting.
Anyway, that’s how my year’s been. It hasn’t been all amazing, there were definitely some downsides but I choose to look past that and move on to new and better horizons. Thank you all for sticking around and here’s to another amazing blogging year ahead.