31 December 2020

Monthly (and Yearly) Wrap Up. December

Happy New Year's Eve! πŸ₯³ Still remember me? No, I didn't give up on blogging after my 10th blogversary (although it might have seen like I did since I have not shared new content nor blog hooped in the last two months). Life was a bit busy, aka I began a course that took all of my free time, so I had to take a mini blogging break. I don't like taking breaks (I fear everyone will forget about me), but sometimes it's very hard to jumble my PhD / work and blogging together. Hopefully, 2021 will be a year filled with lots of new content.

What I've been up since I've been gone:

🌻 Job hunting, which is so much harder with COVID since no one seems to be hiring. I sent three applications in December, so wish me good luck.
🌻 Lots and lots of drawing! I'm no Picasso and after a ten-year break, I still have a lot to relearn.
🌻 Talking about drawing. I'm slowly putting together a new project that I can't wait to share with you.
🌻 I've been wondering about creating a Patreon account. Do you have one? πŸ€”
🌻 About the course I mentioned above, I just sent my final paper and if everything goes well I will be able to teach.
🌻 I read 59 books this year. Not the number I was aiming for, but 2021 will be better. Ps. I will be talking about my reading year in another post.
🌻 Now, onto the most exciting book-related thing of the year: I RECEIVED MY FIRST EVER PHYSICAL ARC! 😭 You can watch the unboxing here. The recording is bad,  but I was not okay, okay? After ten years and since I'm an international blogger, I had given up hope. But nice things do happen when you least expect.
🌻 I received an acceptance e-mail for my first international conference of the year. I will be presenting a paper on YA dystopias, pandemics, and posthumanism. Since it is an online conference, I will be presenting from home, and a cat (or two) may make an appearance.
Thank you to Penguin Random House International for sending me a physical ARC of Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift. I can't wait to read it -- maybe it will be my first read of the year. πŸ₯° I was surprised to find that my Netgalley request for Dustborn by Erin Bowman was accepted - I requested it more than three months ago!!! I finally got Cress by Marissa Meyer -- it was a Christmas gift, from me to me.
How was your December? Did Santa leave any books under your chimney?

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  1. Congratulations on the conference and the physical ARC. That's exciting! I admire those who have been able to find new jobs during this. I cannot imagine it's easy. Good luck!

  2. Congratulations on the conference and the physical ARC! I can totally understand since I'm an international blogger as well! Hope 2021 is a great year for you!

  3. Fingers crossed for your job hunting and the teaching ! I love drawing too, but haven't been practising for too long, alas, I'll be happy to read about your project. You're going to hold an international conference ?! Wow, I can't imagine the stress ! But the cats will help you, of course :)

  4. Hi there Tania! Yes, I've sure missed you! But it's good to hear your absence was for good reasons. Good luck with the job hunting...!

    Oh I can imagine your unboxing of your first physical ARC! I'm going to take a look at your unboxing now.

    Congrats on the conference and I do hope a cat or two will make an appearance.

    Glad to have you back!

    Lots of love,

    Mareli & Elza

  5. This year has been hard on all of us, so no shame in taking a break! Cast In Firelight looks really good! I hope you enjoy it! I hope you have a great 2021!

  6. Working on your PhD is a great reason to take a blogging break!

    Congrats on the physical ARC! I am always so confused when netgalley approves things long after I have forgotten about them.

    Cats always come up at the best times! I'd love to see one (or two) pop up!

    Happy new year! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I sounds as though you have been busy and done well. Good luck with the job hunt. Happy New Year!

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  8. Happy New Year.
    We won't forget about you ;) No worries. Everyone needs to take a break sometimes.
    Congrats on getting the ARC.
    Have a great week and happy reading.

  9. Good luck in your job hunting.

    ENJOY your books and your week....stay safe

  10. Congrats on the physical ARC. I used to chase them, but have actually gotten to the point that I prefer NetGalleys--less pressure and frankly, I don't have to figure out what to do with them when I'm done.

  11. I hope this year will be better.
    Good luck with the job hunting.

    Happy reading!

  12. We didn't forget you and are glad to see you back! Congrats on the physical ARC. I have learned to enjoy the NetGalley, ebook and audio offerings.
    Congratulations on your conference opportunity too. And good luck with your applications.
    I use Patreon for just a couple of special sites I follow.
    I like the looks of your new books. I have Cress on audio and hope to listen to it this year.
    Stay well and stay connected. :-)