Every year I challenge myself on Goodreads to read a certain number of books. In 2020 I gave myself the goal of reading 150 books and despite the tough and stressful year, I was able to complete this goal, plus a few more.
So check out what I read in 2020 and I hope to see you again in 2021!
Things have been a bit crazy this month, what with the pandemic and everything. In this time my work place has shut its doors to the public, if I weren’t holed up in bed, I would be at work doing a lot of busy work and manning the phones. Here are some of the things I have been enjoying while in self-isolation.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
The newest Animal Crossing game came out on March 20 and I have been in Animal Crossing heaven since then! It hasn’t been the best of times for me as I have the sniffles so have stayed in bed pretty much each day since March 20, however I have had enough time and wits about me to enjoy the game immensely!
After renewing my Netflix subscription after a hefty amount of time on Stan, the first thing that I watched was the second season of Cupcake & Dino: General Services. I am a big fan of cartoons but this really takes the (cup)cake 😉🧁I love the humour, the characters, the out there storylines but most of all, I love that catchy opening theme song!
If you can, I would really recommenced watching this show! Or at the very least, watch the first episode – you won’t regret it.
It’s a new year! Why not try crossing something off your bucket list or start on your To Read pile by starting a book club?!
I am a consistent advocate for book clubs – they are great ways to engage with literature all the while getting out and being social. If you are interested in joining a book club, the below is a brief look at three different ways you can go about achieving this goal.
There are a number of ways you can find, join, or start a book. You can gather a group of your friends and hold a physical book club, you could join an established and public book club, or you can engage online in digital book clubs.
Option One: Start one yourself.
The main difficulty in starting a book club is finding members to join you. You may be lucky and have a few like minded friends who wish to also start a book club, or you may need to round them up, or even sweeten the deal with the promise of wine.
The hardest part of starting a book club is that first meeting. It is my suggestion that if you are starting one with friends, start small. Three or four friends is a respectable amount of people for a book club, there is no rule saying that you have to have a huge group – however if you do start with large numbers then that is great too!
My other suggestion for your very first meeting is to choose an easy and accessible book. You may want to start off with something like Pride and Prejudice, The Help, or even take a page out of the film The Book Club, and read Fifty Shades of Grey. By starting with an easy choice you can get the ball rolling early and easily and hopefully make it past that first book club meeting.
If you are able to pin down a few friends and start a book club – congratulations! You have done the near impossible.
I am pretty sure (read 100% sure) that Goodreads recommended Aquicorn Cove to me because I have just finished reading The Tea Dragon Society. I have also previously read Katie O’Neill’s book Princess Princess Ever After for this very Book Bingo.
Initially I had only challenged myself to 40 books but each time I hit that number I increased the number. So here we are at a total of 81 books out of 70. I am pretty sure I’m going to extra super duper challenge myself in 2019, and try and hit 100 books.
The last couple of years I haven’t really been using Goodreads as much, nor updating all of the books I have read, so it was great fun making sure that I maintained my record for the whole year.