Welcome 2019, I am so excited to see what you have in store for me.
Hello Book Lovers!
Jana here with my first blog post of 2019. I’ve been diligently working away at my 2018 TBR and completed my reading goal I had set for myself, and I am proud to say I completed my goal! My original goal of 52 books in the year was revisited about halfway through the year when I realized it wasn’t feasible for me to accomplish that many books in this past year, so I adjusted my goal to 35, and ended up finishing the year at 38 – polishing off one book just before midnight last night.
Starting 2019, I’ve made a goal of 40 books for myself. I am hoping to include more audio books, graphic novels, manga, and books out of my normal genre choice in this years reading challenge.
The fun part of this 2019 reading challenge is that I’ve already completed one. It was a re-read for me, but it took me less than 3 hours to finish The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw for the first ever BookstaCoven read. Be sure to check out our Goodreads Group page and join in on our monthly reads, challenges, and making a whole new slew of friends! We also have a Bookstagram page for the Coven as well!
There is so much I have planned for 2019, from monthly reads with the BookstaCoven, and monthly letter exchanges with my bookish pen-pals, to trips with my best friend Sam, and concerts with my best friend Heather. There are adventures to be had with my husband, and in so many other aspects of my life that I simply cannot wait begin this journey, for it’s going to be one of the best ones yet.
One of my goals for 2019 is to get even further with my WIP, if not completely finish my first draft, and hopefully get it into the hands of a publisher. I accomplished so much with my writing this year that I don’t want to let it fall to the wayside and lose steam on my progress. I have a goal in mind, and I have a story I want to share with the world that I hope will mean as much to them as it does to me.
2018 gave me a lot of amazing things in my life – one of the biggest things being the bookstagram/bookish community. I can’t begin to explain how happy this community makes me and what it means to me. My entire life, I’ve been the girl who wouldn’t go anywhere without a book. You would see me at parties, on vacation, and even when I was at work, with my nose in a book. This community taught me that I am not the only person who does that, and that there are hundreds of thousands of people around the globe just like me. I’ve made some amazing friends through this community, I’ve discovered new authors, and new places to shop, and furthermore, my love of reading has blossomed tenfold.
Most importantly, 2018 taught me a lot about myself and what I am willing to accept from those in my life. Sometimes, you have to let go of things you never thought you would, and learn from them. There are so many things in life that are out of our control, but, how we allow someone to treat us, and how we treat others is completely within our control.
I am forever changed by finally and completely losing one friendship in particular this past year. This has been an up and down battle it seems for a couple years, and finally, it seems to have ended. This person was one of my rocks, and one of my favourite people to talk to and to experience things life brought our way. I can’t count the number of times I cried on their shoulder, or them on mine. The laughs and memories we shared will forever be some of my absolute favourite life experiences. We had so much in common, we were basically the same person. That being said, with that similarity, came a lot of strong opinions that didn’t match up as well as once hoped and seemed. Blame and ridicule came to the surface, hateful and hurtful things were said, and I lost my best witch. I will forever wish her absolutely nothing but the best, and it will forever hurt my heart things ended up the way they did.
2019 is a year of strengthening relationships – not only with friends, family, and my husband, but with myself. Too many times have I allowed my mental health to slip to the side, too many times have I ignored my body when it was telling me I needed something – whether is was more sleep, different food, or just relaxation. This year, will be about personal growth, and achieving goals I am constantly setting for myself. I cannot wait to become the best version of myself I can be.
So, with that being said, welcome 2019, I cannot wait to see what sort of adventures you have planned for me. I know it will be a wild and exciting ride, and I am so excited to experience it with those whom are close to me.
May your coffee be strong, and your books be magical.
Creep it real, witches.