Welcome to another monthly wrap up, beautiful people! I hope you all had some lovely holidays; I certainly did, even with all things consider pandemic wise. It’s been hard to stay active here, I’m not going to lie. So … yet again … there are going to be some updates on Bookmark Your Thoughts. If you’d like to skip to that, scroll down to the bottom of this post.
Well, there weren’t TOO MANY ADVENTURES due to our province in Canada going under lockdown again. But we still made the most of it! There was lots of decorating, virtual game nights, Christmas gift buying, and just jolly old merriment. Gray and I watched quite a few festive movies (all of the cheesy romance ones for me), getting all cozy with our coffees and sweets.
Alrighty, folks. Here we go!
Books I Read
Thoughts: Washington’s short story, posted in The Guardian, is an exemplary example of the power behind short stories. Making readers feel so much for these characters in only 20 pages is absolutely incredible, bringing to life the ups and downs of friendship and growing up. Full review to come.
Thoughts: Another beautiful collection of poetry, Kaur’s unforgiving in her openness about serious and taboo topics that society likes to hide under the rug. From loving your body to feminism empowerment, I fell in love with the beautiful messages and imagery Kaur addressed in her works. Full review to come.
Thoughts: Reinhart’s debut poetry collection focuses greatly on overcoming heartbreak and addressing mental health struggles. As much as I enjoyed parts of her work, there are a number of poems that I couldn’t connect with. Full review to come.
Thoughts: Shepherd’s novel was a great festive read, full of swoon-worthy romantic moments and lots of Christmas cheer! Though I was shocked by the more serious undertones of the story and wished for more romance elements, I still very much enjoyed this novel. Full review to come.
Thoughts: Hibbert, a new to me author of 2020, has this impeccable skill at writing incredibly lovable characters and stories that completely DRAW YOU IN! Though I was hoping for more romance and felt she addressed too many topics in such a short novel, I still really enjoyed this short story. Full review available on my blog and Goodreads.
Well … It’s been a long time coming, to be honest. As much as I love this community, I just haven’t had as much time to focus on blogging. This is not me saying goodbye, but I won’t be as active (which I’ve been saying for a while). Basically, Bookmark Your Thoughts will continue: book reviews, book wrap-ups, discussion posts, challenges. Meaning, the following posts will be dropped (for now): book tags, book awards, travelling, journaling (unless it’s a discussion-based post).
What tends to happen is I plan ALL these post ideas, and then get overwhelmed and run away (#generalizedanxietydisorderproblems). And honestly, my whole goal of this blog from the beginning as been to foster fun book discussions. So please do not take it personally if you tag me in a bookish tag but I don’t do a response post!
One of my main goals for 2021 (and the rest of my life) is to listen to my mental health, which means knowing when to take a step back. Please know I will STILL be here, just not as much. PLEASE feel free to reach out to me via the following social media outlets, whether to ask for buddy reading fun or SIMPLY just to stay connected (note: I’m SUPER active on Instagram): Goodreads | Email | Instagram