Reflection and New Goals for 2021 | Reading, Writing & Blogging

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! โœจโœจโœจ

(this post is late, sorry)

I know at the start of these posts everyone has been saying 2020 was awful and I’m no different, 2020 was awful. Whilst I don’t think 2021 is a magical restart and things that were important last year are still important this year !! I feel like I am just ready for it *not* to be 2020. I think it is just a mentally thing. However, I’m going to hold onto a bit of this energy and make some goals for 2021. 

I have decided to keep it in the topics of *drumroll please* reading, writing and blogging as I think they are the most interesting to you. I really don’t think anyone wants to hear me write about trying to find a savings account and new hair colour.

READING

My reading is 2020 was actually my best year by far. I read the most books I’ve ever had in a year. I reached the grand total of 100 BOOKS, surpassing my goal of 40 books. I read the most variety and tried out new things. Plus, I found many new favourites. 

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I appreciate goodreads’ support here.

I thought I would run down a few of the charts that StoryGraph gives you at the end of a year (plus two I made) so we can see what my reading was like…. 

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Here we have a little look at the main mood of the books I’ve read. It is no surprise to see emotional and adventurous at the top because I would say they are my favourite moods. Going forward, I would like to check out more dark and funny books.wp-1609758227523.jpg

This is my favourite graph, it’s so beautiful. Clearly, May and June were the best months for my reading quantity. Probably linked to my Scribd free trail and the fact that I had stopped blogging, so I had more free time. It is also no surprise that July and November had the lowest numbers as they weren’t the greatest of months.

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As you can see, I definitely read books mostly in-between 300-499 which makes sense as I read mostly YA fantasy. I was quite surprised to see so many books under 300 but I’m here for it. Going forward, I definitely want to read more books with over 500 pages.

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This chart was the most surprising realisation of the year. I used to only read physical books so to learn that they were the format I read the least of, only 20%, really surprised me. But I do feel very fortunate for my digital library as it gave me access to so many amazing books (they added a lot of book this year too).

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Obviously, the dream scenario would be all 5 stars but I’m still really happy to have almost 50% of my reads with 4 stars or higher. How I rate books did change this year as I’ve really cemented that 3 stars is good, just not a great read for me. Therefore, it is no surprise to see I had mostly 3 and 4 stars. I am very happy to see I only had one 2 stars or lower. 

2021 Goals…

(1) read 50 books

I still think 50 books is quite a lot and I didn’t want to go for a really big goal, as I don’t like being pressured to read loads.

(2) complete my specific reading goals…

    • read more books by indigenous authors
    • read more adult fantasy
    • read more non-fiction
    • read more books featuring disabilities

I basically looked back at my reading to make some specific goals for books I enjoyed and want to check out more (adult fantasy, non-fiction) or areas of diversity I can improve on (indigenous authors, disabilities in books). 

(3) read more books set outside the USA and the UK

The majority of books I read are set in the USA, so I want to prioritise books set in other countries all over the world.

(4) the out of my comfort zone reading challenge (hosted by Caro @ The Bookcheshire Cat)

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you will know I participated in this challenge last year and I wanted to this year as well, especially as there is an exciting bingo board. You should all check it out here. I haven’t got a strict TBR as I want it to be chill, you can see potential books I want to read here though. I think my goals is going to be 20 or more books… (outside of YA fantasy and contemporary)

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WRITING

Writing in 2020 was almost nonexistence and yet I completed my first ever draft. I say completed as I wrote the majority in December 2019 then in January finished it off. This genuinely feels like years ago so to remember that this was this time last year is rather scary. I haven’t done anything with it since but like any first draft it is miles from being done. I don’t know when I will pick it up, but I know it isn’t now.

After doing that… well… I don’t know…. I was busy…. I must have been doing something… baking ?? …. 

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Safe to say, I spent most of the rest of the year avoiding writing and thinking…. just going to highlight that word again…. THINKING about one project. I was really in love with the project and the characters. In my own way I found them very comforting.

But then I just had a moment where I realised this wasn’t going to work. This project was just a comfort and didn’t push me creatively, so I dropped it. It just made sense, especially as I had yet to actually do anything and I didn’t want to work on it in that way.

So, I kind of turned back to my main project. This has been *my baby* since the beginning really and I keep hitting a rock with the project then hiding basically. I’ve done the planning like 5 times already. The progress is slow, but I can see the structure getting stronger and I just need to truly dedicate myself to building it up. So…. that leads me to 2021.

2021 Goals…

(1) complete series outline

(sort out the problems and all the intertwining links. also, why did you just decide to add two more books ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ)

(2) add details

(this is vague, vague is this ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ)

(3) complete the world building

(you know those two things you’ve been avoiding !! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ )

(4) complete the characters designs

(why is this such a drag. also, why do you have like 100 characters ??????? ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ )

(5) plan pacing/chapter layout for book one

(obviously have the freedom to change as you write but it is still important to plan because I know what happens when I don’t ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ)

(6) begin

(please, please, please ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ)

I just want to get this project rolling SO bad ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ. Do I try NaNoWriMo ?!?! nooooooo …… but MAYBE. I do enjoy it, I promise.

BLOGGING

I am kind of tempted to say it was a flop of a blogging year because I legit didn’t blog for half of it. BUT, I’m more tempted to say it was kind of a strong blogging year personally because I finally redesigned my blog, had my first blogging collab on my blog, started the nook with my sister and I think I actually did my best content this year. Plus, I prioritised getting blogging to work with me personally, got nominated in the blogging awards and I kind of fell in love with blogging again. Therefore, I’m going down the more positive and narcissistic route, saying, I did awesome.

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I, also, want to thank the internet community aka the book community for me has being so important this year. In a time where we weren’t able to meet up with people in your real life, you could always rely on people being here in this community. Even though I know I’m not the best at keeping up with messaging/replying, I’m so grateful for everyone being there. 

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I so need to improve at talking to people in every aspect of my life, I’m sorry to everyone.

2021 Goals…

(1) remember to blog when you want. if you feel like you are doing something because you have to, stop.

I don’t want to push blogging to the point where I don’t enjoy it. As writing is a big goal for me this year, I am going to have to accept that sometimes I will have to prioritise other things, even if I feel super guilty about falling behind on the blog.

(2) get my blogging ‘features’ up and running

I know I am being ominous about it and building them up too much, but I have a few series I went to set up across the year. I’m going to start planning them this month so I can begin to get parts in motion and I’m excited.

(3) blogtober… maybe ??

I know I want to be more chill but I have a few ideas I want to do so maybe I could do it ?!?!? I’m kind of into the autumn aesthetic at the minute so I want to, but we’ll see.

(4) start working on my bookstagram more

Back in early 2019, I loved instagram and I want to get back into it, especially as I have a new theme. 

divider. In centre is a red and pink mushroom/toadstool, on the left and right are pink swirls.

So, there we have it. A brief overview of some of my goals for 2021. These posts are so satisfying to write, I don’t know why.

Anyway, I wish you all the best for 2021 and I hope it is a better year for everyone with less of this… 

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How was your reading last year? Are you a writer? How do you balance your time? Have you made any goals for 2021?


54 thoughts on “Reflection and New Goals for 2021 | Reading, Writing & Blogging

  1. These are some great goals!! I also need to start reading more books by indidenous authors and more books set outside of the US and UK.
    And I really like how you talked about blogging because you want to, not because you feel like you have to do it. I also struggle with that sometimes.
    Good luck with your goals and I hope you’ll have an amazing 2021!!

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    1. Thank you so much, fingers crossed I can achieve them !! I do think it it great to read from indigenous authors and I added so many books to my TBR last year so I hope I can get my hands on them !!
      Blogging is a really enjoyable hobby but it can add a lot of pressure and so many times in the past I’ve done things because I thought I had to so I want to prioritise my enjoyment more. I’m sorry to hear you struggle with it too, I hope you are able to balance that out soon !! ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Thank you so much, I wish you all the best too !! ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Thank youu !! Yay, I’m glad you liked them, it was my first time using graphics this year and I really liked it !! It was a good reading year, I hope you have a good reading year too. Thank you so much ๐Ÿ’• I wish you all the best for 2021 too !!

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  2. The graphs, the memes, the crying emojis – Iโ€™m living for this post ๐Ÿ˜‚.
    Thatโ€™s really cool how The Storygraph summarized your reading in that chart! I made a Storygraph recently and am excited to get familiar with all its features ๐Ÿ˜„. Also congrats on reading so much ๐Ÿ˜ฎ! Itโ€™ll be interesting to see what type of dark and funny books you pick up this year haha.
    Best of luck on all your goals, Sophie!! I hope youโ€™re able to make some progress with your WIP ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ. And Iโ€™m really looking forward to those features ๐Ÿ‘€!
    (Also, I canโ€™t get over your blog redesign ๐Ÿ˜!!)

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    1. Yay thank you so much !! Honestly I have been loving memes too much lately haha !! and the crying emoji are a constant mood ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚
      It was so cool to see all the charts and I didn’t even include all the charts. You can find them for every year I believe, I think it is a button underneath the section on your storygraph page that says ‘you read mostly (blah blah)’ ๐Ÿ˜‚ I hope you love StoryGraph, I’ve been loving it !!!
      Thank you, I can’t believe I read so much tbh, I’ve very thankful for the free resources !!
      I’m excited to find some and see what they will be because I don’t have that big of a list at the minute but I’m excited ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Thank you so much Belle !! I hope so, I’m going to track myself and try to hold myself accountable so fingers crossed. Thank you soo much, I hope I can do them soon !! ahh… thank you sooo much again, it makes me so happy ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• I wish you all the best for the new year too !!

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  3. sophie i loved reading this post & i think our year was kinda similar!! i also read 100 books, decided to scrap what i wrote, & didn’t blog for the majority of the year ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… but yes i think you should consider your blogging a win bc your blog is so nice & what matters is that you’re back now!! i really loved what you said about the blogging community being important for interaction in 2020 bc i didn’t leave my house for ten months and i was sooo deprived of interaction with real people. being in the book community really made a difference. and OMG same about planning i keep having to go back to the planning stage bc what’s wrong with my WIP is conceptual and not something in the writing, characterization, etc ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ i hate planning AHHHH i hope we come up with something good!! i hope you do well on all of these goals & have an amazing 2020 ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

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    1. ahh.. thank you so much Caitlin ๐Ÿ’• aw.. twinning, those three things definitely describe how my ‘hobbies’ went last year. aw.. thank you, I think it is important to see positives even when things didn’t go to plan and thank you so much for saying that. I’m excited to be blogging again, I missed it !! thank you for all your kind words ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ’•
      I’m so glad the book community was there for you this year, it really makes a difference having that online community to share passions and have genuine connections with. I’m so grateful for it and the impact it has on me.
      yesssss, there is so much research to do and when one thing changes it has a knock on effect on everything and i’m tired ahah. I do hate the planning stages too like argghhh but hopefully 2021 will be the year for us both, we can do this !!
      Thank youuu soo much, I wish you all the best for 2021 too ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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  4. really enjoyed reading this post and seeing all of your stats + pie charts + reflections!! ๐Ÿ˜Š congrats on reading 100 books in 2020, that’s absolutely amazing ๐Ÿคฉ i also love the tweets and memes you included throughout this post ahahaha,, the Zoom one is too real ๐Ÿ˜‚ good luck with all of your goals for 2021, i’m looking forward to more of your posts this year (but ofc no worries about not posting as much as you’d like to – your mental health comes first! ๐Ÿ’•). hoping that 2021 will be filled with great books and fun memories for you :))

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    1. Thank you so much Dezzy, I do really like reflecting on how my hobbies went last year so I’m glad you enjoyed it too ๐Ÿ’• thank you, I never thought I would read 100 books a year so that was exciting !! yay, thank you. They made me laugh and I wanted to share them ahah. yess every time on zoom, it’s so bad ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
      Thank you so much and it means the world that you are looking forward to my posts (thank you ๐Ÿ’•) and thank you for your kind words of support, it is important to remember to put your mental health first and sometimes you need to hear that ๐Ÿ’•
      Thank you sooo much, I wish you a wonderful 2021 too and I hope it is full of things you love !!

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  5. Oh I love those charts! And congrats on surpassing your reading goal by far!

    Hoping that you reach your goals, but that you also enjoy the reading, writing, and blogging processes โค

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    1. The charts were so fun to include and I liked seeing what they looked like !! Thank you, I can’t believe it really haha !!
      Thank you sooo much and yes, it is definitely important to prioritise enjoyment and you need to remember that. I wish you all the best for this year too ๐Ÿ’•

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  6. Ahh good luck! Also you snarking about how you’re making writing hard for yourself is TOTALLY me ๐Ÿ˜ญ I don’t know what it is about some stories that make them just get out of control! No I don’t want to have to develop 2891 characters

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    1. Thank youuu Becky !! ๐Ÿ’• Literally, I seem to just spiral in making the writing longer, more complicated and just *more*, its exhausting but I’m glad we are in it together haha !! The stories have a mind of their own, I swear ! no joke about the number of characters, every time ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  7. I am living for these graphs! Honestly, the best part of the year for me as a blogger is the end of things (year, quarter, month) because then I get to do summary graphs! I love your resolution to read more books set outside the US and UK. I’m actually hoping to do the same because it seems like that’s all I read which is ridiculous. The rest of the world is awesome too. One of the bloggers I follow, Stephanie Jane @Literary Flits, does this series on books authored by people living in different countries and/or set in those countries and I really want to start reading some of the books she highlights! Her most recent post is authors from Haiti: https://litflits.blogspot.com/2021/01/worldreads-five-books-from-haiti.html

    I hope you have a lovely 2021, Sophie!
    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. It was the first time I had ever done graphs and it was really satisfying so I can see why you love getting to do so many graphs, I mean you can never have enough graphs ๐Ÿ˜‚
      It was something that I had noticed a bit lately that most of the books are set in the US and UK but, like you, I really want to change it because there must be so many great books out there! And yes the rest of the world is amazing !!! Ohh.. that sounds like such an amazing and helpful feature, thank you so much for telling me about their blog, I will definitely check it out.
      I wish you a wonderful 2021 as well Laura !! ๐Ÿ’•

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  8. Happy new year to you as well & Good luck with your 2021 goals! ๐ŸŽ† It’s so cool that StoryGraph gives you some stats at the end of the year, I didn’t know that! I also read so many e-books this year, much more than I ever thought ๐Ÿ˜„I hope we’ll be able to read outside of our comfort zone this year ๐Ÿ’— Also, good luck with your writing, starting over is tough but you can make it! ๐Ÿฅฐ

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    1. Thank you so much Caro !! ๐Ÿ’• I definitely loved seeing the different graphs that StoryGraph gives you especially as it was so easy too !! Ebooks are so ideal and helpful so I’m so grateful to have them but like you I never thought I would read so many haha !
      Hopefully, I’m really excited to participate in the readathon again this year and I love the bingo board, thank you so much for doing it !!
      Thank you so much, I really appreciate the support. I wish you all the best for the year ahead too ๐Ÿ’•

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  9. OMG THIS POST ๐Ÿฅบ โœจ i agree, wrap ups and goals posts are so satisfying to write, even if i’ve written only one till date haha. i need to get reading more dark and funny books too, all i read is emotional rollercoasters and fantasies. good luck with your goals sophie, i believe you can do it!! happy new year ๐Ÿ’–

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    1. ahh.. thank you so much !! yay, I’m glad you love wrap-up/goal posts too. It is just nice to see it all out in front of you. haha, sometimes you only need one post to know though !!
      yesss.. dark books can be so atmospheric and I love that. Then comedies are my favourite thing to watch so I should try to read more. I am will you on only reading emotional roller-coasters, haha!!
      thank you soo much Rhea !! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• I wish you all the best as well !!

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  10. HAPPY NEW YEAR!! i love seeing these charts!! they’re so cool! and i especially love the narcissus tweet ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’› great job on 100 books in 2020 and good luck for this year!

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    1. Happy New Year Aditi ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™ Yay, I do love a good chart and this was my first year using them so I’m glad you liked it too !! ahha that tweet was honestly a mood, hhaa!!! Thank you so much, I still can’t believe it. Thank you and I wish you all the best for this year too ๐Ÿ’™

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  11. i think 2020 really was the year of more audiobooks/e-books. i believe many people had to gravitate towards those in favor of physical books who became harder to access (and also so much more expensive jesus christ, i go through my amazon wishlist sometimes in shock of how high the prices are now), and apart from the re-reads i did this year, i think i only read like 4 physical books? lol i was surprised myself by that number, but i think it makes sense!

    i am also thinking about joining the out of comfort zone reading challenge. i really want to venture out, as i feel like most of what i read this year (YA contemporaries) were a bit lackluster, so i want to try my luck by branching out and reading other genres iโ€™m not as familiar with. iโ€™ll probably be aiming for a lower tier, though, but i hope it motivates me to finally pick up more non fiction and fantasy!

    i did nanowrimo last year and it was honestly a pretty good experience! it really motivated me to write more and i think i fell in love with my book the more i wrote it, which was definitely exciting as i expected to get tired of it working on it every day. iโ€™d definitely encourage having the outline ready before writing, though! i didnโ€™t do that so some days iโ€™d just sit in front of my computer, with no idea of what i wanted to do, and it was pretty difficult to start those days (sometimes i ended up closing word and just going to bed to sit with my failure lol). in any way, i hope that your WIP thrives in 2021!

    wishing you an amazing 2021 & all the luck on your resolutions!

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    1. That’s true actually and I didn’t really of it before but it makes complete sense. It is hard to believe that 2 years ago I had never picked up an audiobook. oh really, I actually haven’t notice the price rise but I’ve mostly been looking at second-hand ones on eBay (although some of the prices of special editions are a lot) but that is a shame about the prices rising! oh wow, yeah I think you don’t always notice it as you are doing it but when you see the numbers together, you see it so it can be surprising !!

      ohh yay I really loved it last year and I’m excited for it this year too. It can be really enjoyable and surprising to try different genres. I’m sorry ya contemporaries felt a little lacklustre this year though. I think that’s the great thing about the readathon as it can be flexible so you don’t have to read loads. I hope it motivates you to read more and that you really enjoy the books too ๐Ÿ’•

      I’m so glad nanowrimo was such a great experience for you. I definitely think writing more on a consistent basis can be a really positive experience, it is just getting there but it is great to hear it worked for you. I was thinking if I spend the beginning of the year doing all my plans and research, hopefully get to writing and complete it with nanowrimo but I’m just scared of failing at the minute. Thank you so much for your thoughts and advice though. I’ve definitely had those days where I sit in front of my screen doing nothing then go to bed haha !! Thank youuuu !!

      Thank youuu so much !! I wish you all the best for 2021 too and I hope it is everything you want it to be ๐Ÿ’•

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  12. Congrats on your reading in 2020!! Ahh I love the charts that storygraph createsโ€”SUCH a cool feature!

    Reading more books by indigenous authors and books featuring disability are goals of mine this year too. And I always love finding great books set outside of the US and UK!

    Ahh Iโ€™m so excited about your writing goals for the new year (and I relate to all the crying emojis)! Iโ€™ve definitely been in that spot where I had to set aside a story that was comforting but not much of a creative challenge. Itโ€™s always good to find a project that youโ€™re actually excited to sit down and write. Good luck with all of this!!

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    1. Thank you so much Margaret !! ๐Ÿ’• yesss I loved that storygraph did that too, it was such a great feature to find !!
      That’s wonderful that you are planning to read more indigenous authors and books featuring disabilities too, I will be able to find extra recommendations then ahah. I hope you end up loving the books you pick up.
      I definitely think there are a lot of great books outside the us and uk so I’m eager to prioritise them !!
      thank you, I’m excited about writing this year and also very scared ahah. the crying emojis seem to be a constant mood when writing !! It is nice to hear that other people have set aside stories that would be a comfort rather than a creative challenge because it was kind of hard to do haha but I know I am going to feel better about my other projects going forward. Thank you so much !! Once again, I wish you all the best for this year ๐Ÿ’•

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  13. omg sophie!!! i unfortunately was not able to stop by your blog until now but i absolutely adore your design, itโ€™s gorgeous ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿคฉ

    and 100 books is amazing, iโ€™m so glad you had a great reading year in 2020!! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’– 4 stars was my most used rating last year too lol ๐Ÿ˜… also same about reading goals, i didnโ€™t set mine too high this year because i really donโ€™t want reading to become a chore!

    lmaooo i love that tweet about chocolate chips!! and ahh i can relate with your writing goals, i feel so intimidated by my wip but i also want to get it rolling ๐Ÿ˜ญ and iโ€™m so excited for the new blog content youโ€™re planning this year ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ’• i hope you have a beautiful 2021, and good luck with all your goals! you got this ๐Ÿฅฐ

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    1. aw… thank you so much for stopping by and thank you so much. I’m so glad you like the design as I love your style ๐Ÿฅฐ

      Thank you, I definitely was glad to find comfort through books last year. yay to four stars, but that’s a pretty good rating so I’m happy. Hopefully there will be more 5 stars this year though. ๐Ÿ’•
      Balance is best, have a fun goal and enjoy the reading!! ๐Ÿฅฐ

      haha you’ve always got to put plenty of chocolate chips in recipes!!
      I know writing is so hard and I really struggle to make time for it and hold myself accountable. I hope we are both able to make more progress on our WIPs this year though.
      oohh yay, thank you. I hope it lives up to your expectations haha !!
      Thank you sooooo much !! I wish you all the best for 2021 as well ๐Ÿ’•

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