I have a constant battle with to-do lists. I find a system that works, then I go to the extreme and start adding on more than I can hope to achieve and it becomes this stressful, overwhelming situation I can’t get out of. Then I change strategy and start it all over again.
This year, however, I want to focus on being productive but not attempting to achieve too much. I have no idea whether I can carry this off, but I figured that if I can at least try, it might get me through a few months, right?
Writing my 2018 book wrap up was harder than I thought it would be. I couldn’t remember half of what I’d read and spent most of it staring at my Goodreads shelf working out if I enjoyed the book. However, it was also fun – reminding myself of the books I’d loved and seeing how my tastes had altered as the year went on.
So, what’s a girl to do other than put herself through the torment of doing it again this year? January suddenly feels a long time ago now that I’m looking back on what I’ve been reading.
I’m using the Goodreads “your year in books” shelf again for some of the stats, but I’ve noticed a couple of bits seem to be inaccurate, so I’m hoping the rest is okay!
I’ve read a few wrap-up posts lately and seeing people celebrate what they have achieved this year inspired me. I wanted to do one of my own, but as well as looking at what have been strong posts for me, I also wanted to see what they taught me.
This has been a year of growth. A Rambling Reviewer is almost twice the size as it was last year, which makes me so grateful to everyone who takes the time to stop by, especially those who leave me a like or drop a comment. It keeps me blogging to be honest.
I wanted to break this down into different categories in regards to what has done well this year and what lessons each post has taught me about myself as a blogger.
Can I really call myself a blogger if I don’t write at least one post on new year’s resolutions? I’ve done it every other year, after all.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted how I tackled a major anxiety issue and the inspiration it left me feeling. While I had plans to start making changes last year, I was hit with that horrible cold that wipes you out and takes weeks to get over. Determination be damned – getting out of bed was hard enough.
For a while, I didn’t plan on having set resolutions this year. But chasing a feeling doesn’t work for being productive and I’ve realised that I’m much better when I have something solid to strive towards. Give me a to-do list any day of the week!
I’d never been to New York before but when the opportunity
came up with work, I jumped at being able to add some tourist days on.
I’ve always had a dream to write in New York but never thought I’d get the opportunity to do it. Now it seems I need a new writing dream – still buzzing that I’ve had not one, but two writing sessions there!
It’s been a while since I wrote one of these. As it is, I almost forgot this one. I’ve been so busy trying to schedule reviews and figure out what should be done when it was only chance I remembered this needed to be written. It’s fair to say that between going away for a couple of weeks and re-finding my inspiration, November passed in a blur of there not being enough time.
It’s been an interesting month for reading. One of the reasons I wanted the break was because I had a lot of books I wanted to re-read because of final books in series/trilogies coming out. Luckily, all the re-reads have been worth it so far and reignited my passion for some of the reads I stumbled across a few years ago.
After spending all year being on track for my Goodreads challenge, I’m slipping behind at the moment. I’m hoping for some good books to grip me again as I’ve had a couple of disappointing ones recently.
Do you ever reach a point where you are so excited
about new releases you don’t know which way to turn?
‘cos that’s me right now!
And I love it!
I must have been on a reading buzz a couple of years
ago – because all the trilogies I’ve been raving about seem to be coming to an
end! I’m excited to read the conclusions, but it does leave me slightly worried
about the big gap that comes afterwards. If you’ve got recommendations, send
them my way!
I thought I’d take a look at the five reads I’m most excited for over the next couple of months:
I was going to apologise for the gap in posting. Then
realised I don’t need to apologise: it was what I needed.
I love blogging. I love reviewing. Diving into a new
adventure, then sharing my thoughts, still gives me a thrill even after a few
years of doing it. I’ve had the pleasure of discovering new authors who have
quickly become favourites thanks to access to novels I wouldn’t have otherwise
heard of. I’ve had the thrill of comments saying they would check out a book
because of my review.
I’ve seen the blog really grow this year, which is why I put off having a break for so long. I’ve really got to grips with the community and promoting my own work.