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New Year, New Goals



Hello Readers & Friends,


I thought I'd take a moment to write a *proper* blog post, a diary entry of sorts into where my mind is at and how I'm feeling as we finally say goodbye to 2021, the worst year of my life.

Let's start with the stuff you actually care about:

 BOOKS

I read 75 books in 2021, which missed by 100 target. But from September onwards I was barely reading anything only managing 2/3 books a month and finding my concentration low and priorities elsewhere. I never want reading to feel like a chore, so I just kept avoiding it. But that's okay, 2022 is a new year and I've reset my goal to 100 and am ready to try again. It's not a failure if you get back up and try again, and after the year we all had last year, it's definitely okay to miss out on some targets or goals!

My top 10 favourite reads of the year were:

- Maame by Jessica George (not releasing until 2023, sorry!)

- Crescent City by Sarah J Maas

- The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

- My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

- Sunny by Sukh Ojla

- Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

- The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

- These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry

- How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

I'm actually super pleased with the range and variety in my favourites, compared to last year. A healthy mix of fantasy, contemporary, and very different styles and storylines. 

 GOALS

I wanted to make sure I had some good goals for 2022 in place. I decided that my word of the year will be PROGRESS. I'll try to keep it front of mind and keep building on things I've already achieved, progressing myself mentally and physically rather than aiming for perfection or unrealistic goals. My mental wellbeing is a particular focus after a difficult 2021, and I think any progress is a big step for me, so whether it's taking time to meditate in the morning, making sure I get my workouts in, or just doing some reflective journalling in the evenings, I'll be doing my best to take care of myself. 

As for bookish goals, as mentioned I'd like to read 100 books with at least 25 written by BAME authors. I'd like to finish my untitled thriller project which I'm currently working on, and to get a promotion at work. 

 2021 Highlights

It's important to look back on 2021 and remember the good things that came of it.

- I got legally married!

- I completed my short course in YA Fiction Writing with Oxford Uni

- I mastered the Rubiks Cube

- I got many new tattoos

- I had an amazing trip away for the first time since Covid, to Croatia where I made some new pals

- I had the best hen party ever!

- A squirrel climbed up my leg. (Yes, this is a highlight.)

- Despite Covid, I did manage to meet and work with some amazing authors including Gordon Ramsay, Phil Wang, and Sukh Ojla!

- It's obviously not a highlight, but my dad passing was a hugely significant part of not only the year, but my whole life. It would feel weird to not mention it as I think of him and miss him every single day. You can read more about him here

And I suppose that's all I have to say. I truly hope 2022 is better, and I'm proud of myself for making it this far. I know I've neglected my blog and bookstagram, but I do want to focus on myself and that means not forcing myself to do things if at the time, it feels draining to me. I hope you all understand and continue on with me on my journey!

Love,

C x 

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