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?

Stephanie
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August 2020 TBR

Posted July 30, 2020 by Stephanie in Booktube, TBR / 0 Comments

So, I did a thing and am trying out Booktube again. I started my Authortube channel a few weeks ago and am actually understanding the editing. I think because now I have a decent editing software. But it gave me the confidence to try having a Booktube again. So, here’s my August TBR! <3

Let’s Talk About It

Have ya’ll read any of these or do you want to read any of the same ones? Which ones should I put at the very top of my list?

xo

Stephanie
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The Vine Witch [Review]

The Vine Witch [Review]

Posted March 2, 2020 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

My Thoughts I was thoroughly surprised about this book. I’m not going to lie, I initially picked this up because the cover is gorgeous and the title intrigued me. And then I read the first sentence in the synopsis and I was like, okay sounds good! So, by the time that I ended this book, […]

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My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]

My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]

Posted March 1, 2020 by Stephanie in TBR / 1 Comment

So, Dana and I had this brilliant idea to choose books each other’s TBR’s. We each chose 8 books for each other to attempt to read for the month of March and I am super excited about this! At the end of the month I’ll make a post on how many I got through and […]

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Top Ten Tuesday [133]

Top Ten Tuesday [133]

Posted February 4, 2020 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. And now it is hosted by the lovely Jana of That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there is a different bookish top ten list. Join in on the fun! Top Ten Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5 Stars **Book […]

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20 Books to Read in 2020

20 Books to Read in 2020

Posted January 2, 2020 by Stephanie in Discussion, Listicle / 0 Comments

2020 is going to be great I think. (Or at least I’m hoping) And because I cannot think of anything to say in this little intro. IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER, here are the 20 books (being published this year) that I want to read in 2020! (All covers are linked to Goodreads, so you can […]

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Top Ten Tuesday [132]

Top Ten Tuesday [132]

Posted December 17, 2019 by Stephanie in Meme / 4 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. And now it is hosted by the lovely Jana of That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there is a different bookish top ten list. Join in on the fun! Top Ten Books On My Winter 2019-2020 TBR **Book Covers are linked to […]

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A Deep Dive Into R.S. Grey

A Deep Dive Into R.S. Grey

Posted December 6, 2019 by Stephanie in Discussion, Spotlight / 0 Comments

Guys, this past November was not only a great writing month for me, but it was also a great reading month. I read a total of 8 books, which is not really a whole lot in the scheme of things but I read 8 books during the month of NaNoWriMo. And what do they all […]

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