Happy Wednesday everyone! Merry Bookmas day 15! I wanted to be a little personal today and share a few things that I’m looking forward to in 2022. There are so many things that, if they go ahead, are going to give me great memories and help me spend time with my family and friends and I thought it would be nice to share a few of them with you today.
First up is a trip to the Theatre to see Les Miserables and there is a touch tour included. This probably sounds like such a small thing to be looking forward to but 2021 has been difficult health wise. There have been some scary moments for many different things but the one thing that is always the worst of it all is my eyes. I remember saying to my Mum the other day – I wake up every day knowing that day is going to be difficult from the moment I open my eyes because I can’t see the way most people can and I never like to focus on that. I always like to try and be as positive as I can about it, only a few people have seen some of my deeper emotions about it, because dwelling on it won’t help me. I now can only see colours in my left eye and this happened very suddenly and I only have about a metre of sight in my right eye. Doing things every day is challenging but I don’t like showing that and I hate asking for help so to be able to have a touch tour for my favourite Theatre show is going to be really special for me.
The second thing I am looking forward to is finishing my first year of my PhD. I get a little bit of imposter syndrome when I’ve been on each of my degrees and my PhD is just the same and I think looking forward to the end of the first year and taking it in milestones is going to help remind me how hard I’ve worked to get my degrees and that I actually deserve to be where I am.
I am also looking forward to turning 23 and spending my birthday hopefully doing something nice with the people I love.
Something else I am looking forward to is reading more books outside of my favourite genre. As I have shown to myself in 2021 there are many books outside of my preferred genres that I will actually love.
And finally I want to make more time for myself. I spend hours of the day focusing on everything I have to do, I have daily lists to check off and sometimes that gets a bit overwhelming because I am juggling all these different things all the time and on top of that there is cleaning the house, dishes, food shopping etc.. I can’t always balance it and I kind of do it all just because I can’t say no to other people.
Okay, so that’s my top five things I am looking forward to in 2022. What are you looking forward to next year?
Happy Friday bookish people! I hope everyone has nice days planned for themselves, I have some work to do for a University assignment and a transcript to write but I might be able to squeeze some reading in later. It’s been almost a week since I’ve had chance to read anything and I’m feeling the effects.
Today’s post is the Bookshelf Tag! I had a really good time answering the questions in this tag, it made me look at my bookshelf for a looong time.
Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from? well, my room is small, like really really small. There’s enough room for my chest of drawers, my bed and a tiny walking space. That’s it. Literally my wardrobe is in the hallway so there’s no room for a bookshelf in my room. My Dad built shelves all around the walls of my room so that’s where my books are – and of course in my new book cart I got yesterday for my birthday!
How do you organise your books? Okay, here’s something about me – I love organising, anything lists, books, documents, EVERYTHING so I change how I organise my books all the time. Currently they are split into two halves – books I’ve read in alphabetical order then moves into books I haven’t read in alphabetical order. I don’t know how long it will stay like this…
What’s the longest book on your shelf? With 984 pages it has to be Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas which I actually have two copies of
4. What’s the shortest book on your shelf? It’s actually a book that I’m borrowing from my partner, and I have had it for many months, called The Oubliette (I think? I might even have the title wrong! oh dear…) it has under 300 pages.
5. Is there a book that you received as a birthday gift? Well, yesterday being my birthday (I now have to remember I’m 22) so I got a few books there: I hope you’re listening by Tom Ryan, Cosy Crime Short Stories, Detective Short Stories, the Caraval Collectors Edition, the Throne Of Glass Collectors Edition, Paris by Starlight and All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace. I’m very excited for all of them.
6. Is there a book from a friend on your shelf? My friend got me Paris by Starlight for me for my birthday so I guess that counts, otherwise I actually don’t think there is. There’s lots of books that were recommended to me by my friends but none they actually got me.
7. The most expensive book on your shelf? I have a beautiful version of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo with gold page edges and it’s so nice I don’t let anyone touch it. I’m not sure exactly how much it cost but I think it was about £50…
8. The last book you read on your shelf? Ooh this was What A Way To Go by Julia Forster and I must say I did not enjoy this book very much at all.
9. Do you have a complete series? Yes, many, but the one in particular that is coming to mind is the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri maniscalco. I LOVE this series, I’m pretty sure it’s always going to be one of my favourite series’ and also one of my top OTPs.
10. What’s the newest addition to your shelf? The Caraval Collectors Edition. It took me ages to put it on my shelf because I didn’t want to let go of it, I love it so much. It has a chapter in Julian’s POV and it’s all I’ve ever wanted.
11. The oldest book on your shelf? That would be Robinson Crusoe but the less said about that the better.
12. What’s a book you’d hate to let out of your sight? All of them. If you take my books then you’re honestly risking your life.
13. Most beat up book? I’m actually not sure, there’s an awful crack down the spine (and in my heart!) of my copy of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.
14. Most pristine book? All the ones I haven’t read yet, and there are many many books I haven’t read yet on my shelves…
15. A book that doesn’t belong to you? A Deal With the Elf King by Elise Kova, it’s actually my mum’s but she keeps it on my shelf.
16. A book that is your favourite colour? Well, my favourite colour is forest green so.. ooh the Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter by Theodora Goss is really close to my favourite colour!
17. A book that’s been on your shelf the longest and you still haven’t read it? Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. I even did a module about Austen on my University course and still didn’t read it.
18. Any signed books? I have many signed books. Where I live it’s very difficult to just go and get books signed so whenever a book I want has a signed edition to buy I’ll always choose the signed one if I can.
That’s it for today’s tag! I hope you all enjoyed it! My next post is going to be some book reviews so come back for them if you’re interested.