December wrap-up // The end of a really long year

December was okay? I guess. It passed, and that’s probably its greatest merit. Yeah, Christmas is nice, and January and February are always super long after the holidays are over, but this year I wasn’t in a festive mood, to be honest. It’s still hard mentally, but I’m not going to go into too many details, because I want to focus on positive thoughts. So, let’s see the four books I managed to get to in the last month of this difficult year.

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2021 recap: books

It is insane how we arrived at this year’s bookish recap. This year was… interesting, to say the least. I read less than last year, but it doesn’t really matter. I read some great books, though, not going to lie, most of my reads were unmemorable, but that’s entirely my fault. I am going to slow down with reading next year, hoping I’ll actually manage to do that, haha. I always say I’ll slow down, but then won’t. Never mind, this post is about sharing the ones that stuck with me, for various reasons. Let’s go!

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Reflection

I wasn’t planning on posting, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately, and as it’s the end of the year, I’ve been reflecting on it. This was a really hard year for many of us, due to the presence of the pandemic. It brought uncertainty, unknowns really visible to our lives, and it’s super hard for a lot of people. Some of us already had mental illnesses, but in my opinion, it brought about an increase of anxiety in people who didn’t have that problem before. If you think about it, in the root, anxiety is caused by the fear of the unknown, the uncontrollable. It highlighted the temporariness of human life, and that is a very scary thing. Some humans can handle it easier, some can’t. So many people escape reality through reading, watching movies or TV shows, or scrolling through social media.

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2021 bookish challenges wrap-up

Hi, hello, and welcome! Today I’m going to recap both of the reading challenges I participated in in 2021. Let me tell you, one of them was a huge fail, haha. I stopped caring about it a few months into the year. That’s what usually happens with long-term bookish challenges for me. I ditched my tbr for the other too, but it was way more successful! I made two challenges for 2022 (a Rory Gilmore one, and the other is for series), and that is perfectly enough. I can’t commit to more as I prefer one-month long read-a-thons over these challenges, to be honest. But enough about the introduction, let’s start with the recap.

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2021 recap: nonbookish

Another year passed, so it’s time for my annual recaps! First of all, let me share all the nonbookish things that made this very weird 2021 slightly better and more bearable. There’s going to be a heavy emphasis on music, as it saved the day for me on multiple occasions. I tried to change up the formatting from last year, I hope you enjoy it!

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My most anticipated 2022 releases

I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again… I’m here yet again, to show you my most anticipated releases for the next year. Now I’m going to highlight twenty-two titles. There are some cases when neither the cover, nor the expected publication date is known yet, I’ll have a separate part for those ones.

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My most anticipated 2021 releases wrap-up

So, the title is really straightforward, I want to see how many books did I manage to read from My most anticipated 2021 releases post. I included twenty-one titles, and I don’t think I’m going to read more from them in December, as I have quite a set tbr for the rest of this year. I categorised them into three groups: ones I have read, ones I haven’t but want to in the future, and ones that are not on my tbr anymore. Let’s go then, shall we?

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November wrap-up // It’s Taylor Swift’s world, we’re just living in it

November felt like a whole year. Not going to lie, it was not an enjoyable month for me, my mental health hasn’t been the best, and that is an understatement. I basically just want to skip to Christmas, and then to spring. Even though I’m technically a winter baby, I have never really loved that season, to be honest. Yes, it has its beauties, but the cons outweigh the pros for me at least. On another note, I thought I’d add a little new thing to my wrap-ups. I’ve seen this at Caro’s wrap-ups, emojis that indicate certain things, like if I’ve read the book as an audiobook, etc. I’ve always loved that idea, and I wanted to try it. To end this introduction on a happy note, I managed to read twelve books, which is twice as much as I’ve read in October.

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What to do when you’re anxious: a (hopefully) helpful guide

Today’s post is a passion project of mine. I don’t keep it a secret on this blog that I live with various mental illnesses, and generalised anxiety disorder is one of them. I am not at the best mental space for a month now, but I think loads of people are suffering mentally ever since the pandemic started. So, I thought, why not write about different activities and things to try when you’re experiencing bad anxiety? I want to help others who feel the same way because I know how awful it is. I hope you find something that will ease your thoughts.

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