Month: May 2021

Where Have I Been & What Have I Been Reading?

Posted May 24, 2021 by Stephanie in Spotlight, Update / 2 Comments

I’m Back!

Goodness gracious, has it been a long time since I’ve written a blog post! Over the past couple of years, my posts have been few and far between. Many things have happened in my life over the past few years and then we all experienced the downfalls that the pandemic had caused everyone over the year of 2020. Some socials have grown in popularity (I’m looking at you TikTok) while others stray away from because of all the drama. For me, the year 2020 let me spend time with my family in a way I feel everyone had taken granted for in a long time. I took a step back from the day to day and focused more on my family and attempted to finish some manuscripts. While the former has blossomed, the latter has struggled. My creativity definitely struggled in 2020 and it’s only until recently where I feel like my creativity is starting to come back full swing.

I started a BookTube in July/August of 2020 and I’m happy to say that even though I took a slight hiatus, I have some videos filmed that I just have to edit and post. I’ve been reading about the same, maybe a little more quantity wise. But I’ve swerved the type of reading. I’m reading almost only romance with historical romance being at the forefront of that. I do read some mystery/thrillers, when I get in that mood. But for the most part I’m happy reading whatever genre as long as there is a love story within it. I do have a goal of adding more mysteries/thrillers and other genres without a romance sub plot.

My kids are growing so fast. The days are long but the years are so short. I’m not sure who originally said that, but it is truer than I ever thought imaginable. And some days I feel like I don’t get anything in for me because I’m busy with them, but I wouldn’t trade that for the world.

As for my job. Well, I unfortunately lost my job in April of 2020 and have been looking ever since. I’ve been looking more all remote or at least mostly remote because that would suit our family’s needs the best. Before I was commuting and my in laws would be watching the kids for 10-12 hours a day and I’d get to only spend an hour to an hour and a half with my babies and that’s just not ideal for us. It’s been tough, but we’re working through it and I’m still looking. But until then, I’m going to get back to growing my blog, YouTube, and Instagram accounts and work on getting back into a steady groove of being within the bookish community.

My friend, Dana, had started a book club in the summer of 2020 with one of her friends and that book club has been a saving grace for me and it’s kept my spirits up. The book club has made me realize just how much I’ve missed being a part of the bookish community and I’m going to be making more efforts of being active within the community. If you have any interest in joining her book club (we read mainly historical romance currently) just check out @toallthenerdygirls or @bookish.kelly on Instagram and they can hook you up!

Now, for what you really came here for. My favorite books that I’ve read in the past year

As you can see, these are some of my favorites that I’ve read since April of 2020. And my reading tastes have altered greatly since I was a full on blogger. I do still read some YA but it’s usually a YA paranormal or YA fantasy. Otherwise, I gravitate mostly towards Adult and heavy on the romance 😛

Let’s Talk About It

What have you been up to this past year? What are some of your favorite reads you’ve read recently? Have you read any of the above books?