Blogmas Day Twenty-One: 2020 Blogging Wrap Up

Hi, friends! Today we are here to do a sort of year-in-review kind of thing. 2020 is coming to a close and we thought it would be interesting to have a quick chat about general thoughts of how we think 2020 went for us in terms of blogging and what our goals might be for next year. We think it’s always good to check in with one another and ourselves to make sure were still enjoying this, because honestly we’re just here to do something fun together. So, let’s chat!

Amanda’s Thoughts:
I’m really happy with blogging this year. I had a baby in 2018, so blogging and reading have become sort of my ‘me time’ and I really enjoy being able to share reviews and lists with people that have the same interest as me. Also, Antonia and I have been FaceTiming to work on Blogtober, Blogmas, and Top Ten Tuesday posts and I’ve really been loving that. I love that even after all these years we still have this connecting us (we’re best friends and that’s never going to change, but I honestly didn’t think we’d still be blogging together). I really enjoy making lists, so getting to spend time with my best friend, talking about something we both love, is always the highlight of my week. Sometimes we even just FaceTime and read together. I just miss her a lot and blogging sometimes feels like a tangible connection to her, now that we don’t live seven minutes down the road from one another.
Going into 2021 one of my goals is to chill a little. Toward the end of this year I was posting reviews literally everyday. I think we’re currently on a 180+ day streak of posting on here. I want to calm down and not get so anxious about making sure I write reviews. Not every book I read needs to be reviewed. I definitely stressed myself a bit and I don’t want to continue that in 2021. I do want to incorporate more non-review posts year round in the new year, instead of saving them all for themed months (Blogtober, SciFi Month, Blogmas). I think Antonia and I have a few planned already that we’re excited about. Honestly, I just want to have fun in 2021. Blogging became a bit too much for me at times this year, so next year I just want it to be all fun again.

Antonia’s Thoughts:
I think this year has been fairly productive for me as far as blogging goes. I still haven’t gone back to writing book reviews but I’ve been a lot more involved with the other posts than I have in recent years, especially the last few months. Like Amanda said, FaceTiming regularly to work on blog stuff has been super fun and helps keep us connected when distance and our busy lives can make that so difficult. One of my struggles in the past has been trying to make time a few days a week to fill out posts right before they’re ready to publish but this way we prepare most of our posts weeks ahead of time. Once a week or two, I can take a couple hours with Amanda to get all the posts ready at once and I find it significantly less stressful.
My main goal for 2021 is to read more. It’s been my goal for the past several years because ever since I got married and moved away from home, I’ve struggled to keep reading a regular part of my routine. To make it even harder, this year I moved from Washington to Virginia and the huge change messed with my already terrible routine. I’d like to get back into the habit of picking up a book to settle down before bed instead of turning on the TV; or keeping my kindle charged so I can keep it in my bag in case I have the chance to pick it up. The fact that I read less than thirty books this year is heartbreaking to me when, for a long time, I’d read at least a hundred without even trying. I’d like to continue being more involved with the blog as I have been recently but also try to start writing the occasional review again as well. I think I’ve finally settled into my new life here enough that I’m excited to be a better book blogger and reader next year.

What are you’re thoughts on this past year of blogging? Do you have any specific plans for 2021?

Book Tag – Book Blogger Confessions

Yes bookworms, another book tag. We found this one posted by Sionna at Books in her Eyes, so go check out her answers to these fun questions.

The Rules – 

Answer the questions truthfully.

Tag five book bloggers to answer these questions next.

Which book did you most recently DNF?

Amanda- I make a point to not DNF books. So the closest I’ve come would be I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman which you can see my review here.

Antonia- Tequila and Tea Bags by Laura Barnard. I was really excited for this one but absolutely could not connect with the protagonist and couldn’t manage to get past about 30% because of it.

What book is your guilty pleasure?

Amanda- This has to be any of the Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands. They’re creative but filthy and I love it when the new ones come out. Who doesn’t love a sexy vampire romance?

Antonia- I probably would have chosen the same as Amanda but in an effort to be different I’ll pick The Dark-Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Sexy immortals and greek mythology? Yes please.

Which book do you love to hate?

Amanda- This is a tough one because I don’t have one that comes immediately to mind. After looking at my GoodReads list of books that I’ve read, The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (review here) is definitely a book that I dislike (I don’t really hate any books) but I liked the second one a bunch, so love to hate I guess?

Antonia- I always think this questions a little weird. Usually I just love it or hate it, there’s not much in between for me.

Which book would you throw into the sea? 

Amanda- What bookworm in their right mind would throw a perfectly good book (or even a perfectly terrible book) into the ocean?

Antonia- Yeah, I agree entirely with Amanda.

Which book have you read the most? 

Amanda- Looking for Alaska by John Green. My favorite book in the world. I’ve reread it so many times it’s ridiculous. Check out my review here.

Antonia- A lot. If I had to guess though, I’d say The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. I read it at least once a year and it’s been over ten years since I first picked it up.

Which book would you hate to receive as a present?

Amanda- Well, I wouldn’t hate to receive any books for free. But I much prefer when gift givers ask me specifically what books I need or want.

Antonia- Nothing specifically. I mostly agree with Amanda; I’d rather be able to pick out my own books with the exception of a few people who know my tastes well enough.

Which book could you not live without?

Amanda- All of them? Seriously, I’m supposed to pick just one book?

Harry Potter (all of them) by J.K. Rowling

Looking for Alaska by John Green

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

Antonia- The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Beastly by Alex Flinn

The Witness by Nora Roberts

The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist

And like 5,000 others.

Which book made you the angriest?

Amanda- The Young Elites series by Marie Lu (reviewed here.) The main character of this series is absolutely infuriating, but like I also totally loved her. She just made me mad like 90% of the time.

Antonia- I’ve talked about this one before but I have to choose Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima. She killed off one of my favorite characters from the previous series and I couldn’t handle it. To the point where I refused to finish it for the longest time.

Which book made you cry the most?

Amanda- I feel like I’ve mentioned this a million times at this point but, The Air Awakens series by Elise Kova made me cry for like an hour. My husband just hugged me and asked me if I was okay like a hundred times. He definitely thought I was never going to stop crying.

Antonia- All of them. Not literally of course but there’s a lot and almost always, if a book made me cry once, it’ll make me cry every time. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman has always been one of the worst. Most recently is probably Year One by Nora Roberts. A character dies suddenly which would be tragic enough but he has the same name as my husband so I found it harder to read than I might otherwise.

Which book cover do you hate the most?

Amanda- I just talked about this with someone the other day. I don’t have any specific book covers that I hate, but I don’t particularly love book covers with faces on them. The faces that their making are always so awkward and I just think they could have done better with something other than a random face.

Antonia- I also hate the awkward face covers. Especially when half the face is cut off. It just doesn’t look appealing to me in any way.

Tags – 

Danielle at YAAllegience 

Sara at Bookish Traveling Wife

Jess & Teagan at Fiction No Chaser

Ashley at Thrifty Bibliophile

Alana at The Bookish Chick

Feel free to complete this tag even if we didn’t tag you specifically and link back to our page! Thanks for reading bookworms.