Looking back at 2020

So it’s that time of year. The time when everyone tends to take stock of what they have accomplished in the past year. While many people make New Year’s Resolutions, I have always avoided the practice. I tend to find that making those resolutions means I am setting myself up for failure. Instead, I like to take stock of how far I’ve come in the past year and use that knowledge to set myself up for success in the new year. This year, I have so much to be happy about and so much for which I am thankful. At the end of 2019, I had just started this blog.  I hadn’t written many blog posts and I was feeling like this blog wasn’t something I was willing to spend loads of time maintaining. I used my reflection time to rededicate myself to trying to make this blog work.   

2020 has really been a year of figuring it out. This blog has become a bit of a life-line for me – even before the pandemic. It has given me a way to communicate that I hadn’t envisioned even 10 months ago. This blog gave me sanity when I felt alone and anxious. For that I am truly thankful. I have enjoyed being able to share my love of books with you! I hope I’ve been able to give you a few moments of happiness in the same way that writing these posts have given me joy!

This time last year, I took the opportunity to use the year-end post to reflect on the best books I read in 2019. When I went to write a “best of” list this year, I hesitated. This year, I have read so many diverse books that I didn’t want to pick and choose. I mean, how does one choose from an abundance of riches?  I came to the conclusion (with help from Mr. Librarian) that the only way to make this work (without it becoming an index of all the posts I’ve written this year) is to shine a spotlight on only those posts that highlight books that were published in 2020.  So here they are, in order of release date: 

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (January)

What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter (April)

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner (May)

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan (June)

The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (July)

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon (July)

Majesty by Katharine McGee (September)

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade (October)

In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren (October)

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco (October)

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey (November)

If you haven’t read these books, I’m not sure what you’re waiting for! These are only a few of the books I read this year and loved.

What will 2021 bring? I can’t wait to find out! (For a partial list of the books I’m excited about, click here.)

Happy New Year to you, my wonderful readers! May 2021 be a better, happier, and safer year for all of us.

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