The first weekly wrap up of 2020! I really missed this post! Being that I took a few weeks hiatus there is A LOT to talk about! First off – my Christmas was amazing. The kids had a blast, lots of time with family, and we even had an indoor “snowball” fight with 4 giant bags of marshmallows (my parents are still finding marshmallows behind their furniture lol!). And it’s been so much fun playing with the kids and all their new things. My favourite has to be the Occulus Quest virtual reality game system – I never expected it to be so freaking real! I’ve almost fallen over a few times and ran into things that I expected to feel physically. I think I play it more than the kids lol! But you’re here to see the books – so let’s dive in 🙂
BOOKS I FINISHED THIS WEEK:
The first book I read in 2020 was actually a reread! I read Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire a few months ago when I got the ARC in the mail, but reread it so I could write a fresh review. I still loved it the second time around! Find my spoiler free review HERE. Next I read Starsight by Brandon Sanderson……. I can put money on the fact that this will end up on my most disappointing list for 2020…. UGH. It was ok – just not what I was expecting. Check back on the blog tomorrow for my feisty review…. lol
BOOKS I’M CURRENTLY READING:
Thanks to my bookish twin Justine, I got this gorgeous book in my hands! She promised me it was weird but epic – you’re totally right about that! The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Harnrahan was one of my most anticipated books of 2019 and I’m so glad this book is what’s kicking off 2020. There are thieves, heists, stone people (which I picture as mini versions of Rock Biter from The Never Ending Story – if you don’t know what I’m talking about then we can’t be friends) and wax people (which I envision just melting everywhere like a wax version of the Wicked Witch of the West) and so much more. I’m glad the sequel is already out so I can pick it up quick! Why I’m picturing all these characters as movie characters from my childhood is beyond me….. but I like it!
OTHER BOOKISH NEWS:
TOP 5 TUESDAY:
Top 5 Tuesday is back for another year starting next week!! This is the third year i’ve done this weekly meme and it’s still the highlight of my week. I’ve got quite a few topics already planned out, including two months with a theme! I might still have to recycle some topics that i’ve already covered though…… like I said – three years of this so there’s only so much to talk about lol. If you want to participate here are the topics for January. As always, remember to link a specific post of mine and not the main site address. That way I’ll get notified and can add you to the list 🙂
GOALS, HAUL’S AND TBR’S:
With the beginning of a new year brings all the things lol. This week I posted my Reading and Blogging goals for 2020 and this is going to be an interesting year. In some aspects i’ve decided to step back while in other areas i’ve decided to push myself harder. The theme of the year is just to bring the fun back into reading and blogging! I also posted the most epic Book Haul where I hauled over 20 books….. I’m totally didn’t giggle like a school boy in a strip club while I bought them either lol! And, lastly, I posted my January TBR where I talk about wanting to read ALL THE BOOKS. Normally I have a hard time figuring out what I want to read but this month I want to read EVERYTHING!
Every year I like to change up the graphics I use for reoccurring posts. Wrap up’s, hauls, TBR’s, Top 5 Tuesday, etc. They all get a fresh new look. I say this every year but I think this year’s graphics might be my favourite! A few of these you’re going to have to wait to see – but you’ll see them all eventually. I hope you like them!
I’M PARTICIPATING IN A READING CHALLENGE FOR 2020!
Something totally brand new for 2020? I’m participating in a reading challenge that spans the whole year! I’ve tried this so many times it isn’t funny and, like new years resolutions, I get lazy and stop doing them. Not this year! Joe from Storeys of Stories has created a brand new reading challenge that I can get behind 100% (that’s what he said). It’s called The Cheapskate Reading Challenge which focuses on a points system for reading books you already own. What an amazing concept! I own far too many books and need motivation to get to those before I keep buying more. And does anyone think of Home Alone when they hear the word cheapskate or is that just me?? If I end the year with positive points then I will consider it a job well done!
OFF THE GRID READATHON HAPPENING NEXT WEEK!
The Off The Grid Readathon is back for another year! Even though I had a ton of practice in 2019 with reading without distractions, I’m still wasting time scrolling through Twitter and Instagram when I should be reading. Putting your phone down is hard! There’s something so soothing about mindlessly scrolling through social media and playing games. Imagine how much you could read if you stopped doing that though?? That’s the whole point of this readathon and it comes back as soon as the clock strikes midnight this Friday the 17th and ends at 11:59pm on Sunday the 19th. Click HERE for all the details!
I sincerely apologize for the lengths of my posts this week – apparently taking a few weeks off from blogging combined with the excitement of a new year has caused some verbal diarrhea……. I’m just so happy to be back!!!! This is going to be my year – I can feel it! (By the way, I had to ask my husband how to spell diarrhea. He’s a man with toilet humour so I figured he would know. And he did) I hope that your year is starting off on the right foot and wishing you all the best for 2020!
Until next time, happy reading!