Year Wrap-Up | 2018
Well, it’s December 31st and I don’t know about anyone else but I for one and more than ready for a fresh start and a new year! Some of you might have noticed I’ve been quiet for the past couple of months and that’s pretty much been because I’ve dealing with some changes. It’s been change for good but either way, I still needed a little time to adjust.
Anyway I guess this post serves as a way of explaining what I’ve been up to at the same time as speaking about 2018 in general, so if you’re interested read on!
This year has been awesome for events in general and I might not have been away that much but I did have an amazing couple of trips down to London. The first of these was way back in May with my mum – we went to the Heroes and Villains Fan Fest which was cool. Next up was YALC, a part of London Film and Comic Con and that was a long weekend away with awesome bookish friends and I got to meet so many authors. One last trip down was a day trip with Lauren to go to a Hot Keys Books event with Alexandra Christo and Sebastien de Castell.
Up north, this year was the first year for the Northern YA Literary Festival events and they’ve been awesome! The first, back in March, resulted in me meeting Holly Black and that was my first ever book festival I attended. Next up there was another little event in July but with a lot of awesome authors like Alexandra Christo, Taran Matharu and more.
No events wrap-up would be complete without talking about the amazing TEENSgate events run by Kimi, I attended my first in January and I’ve been to a couple this year including ones for Love, Simon, This Mortal Coil and a super fun party for A Sky Painted Gold (and I even got to interview Laura Wood, who is lovely). I gained another chance to interview two authors through TEENSgate too… Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. I’m super, super grateful for these experiences and its made this year all the better.
I can’t begin to explain how much reviewing on here has changed my life for the better this year – I’ve met some amazing new friends and I’ve even met some amazing authors through this venture and I’m super excited for more to come in 2019. I may have been quiet but I have no intention of stopping this altogether – thank you to those who have been patient with me and here’s to an even better 2019!
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Play Read Repeat
I hadn’t been making time to play video games for most of this year because all my spare time ended up being reading time, and I’m not saying I regret that but going into 2019 I’m definitely going to be finding a balance between the two! It’s actually one of my favourite things to do though so these past couple of months I guess I’ve been catching up (and I’ve played an embarrassing amount of Destiny).
So yeah, that’s gaming for me. I’m back on the achievement hunting train for next year (and super excited cause Gears 5 will be coming out at some point and Anthem which looks awesome). I’ve decided to set up a little project for 2019 too – another site called Play Read Repeat. It’s going to be dedicated to gaming and, in particular, gaming books (like the Halo books etc). I figured this way it won’t interfere with my YA reviews on here!
This year wouldn’t have been anywhere near as awesome as it has been without the people in it. So special shout out to: Amy, Becky, Beth, Charlotte and Lauren because they’re not just awesome book reviewers but they’ve been there for me a lot through some stuff so a massive thank you to all of you and if you’re not following them already make sure you do! 💖