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2018 | (Yearly) Wrap Up

So, I’ve been putting off writing this mammoth of a post for around a week now, meaning I’ve left it to the night of New Years Eve to get it done; more specifically around 4 hours left of the year. Not bad going, really. Anyways, this year has been full of highs and lows, some more serious than the others, however, it’s time to finally wave goodbye to the whirlwind of 2018 and say hello to 2019… please, be nice to us.

This year was the year I told myself I’d devote more time to my blog and take things seriously, wanting to dedicate as much as I could to ensuring A Little Fool Reads functioned properly and was hopefully noticed. At the beginning of the year, I had hardly any followers, my numbers being fairly pitiful, but while writing this post I have 293 followers in total… which is something I never thought I’d say. Thank you to anyone to even glances in my blog’s direction, let alone those to stick around to follow it! It means so much to me that people read and enjoy my little rambles.

Outside the world of blogging…

This year has been a complete whirlwind of events, but I think it’s important that I remember everything that I’ve managed to achieve this year. It’s far too easy to get wrapped up in the misery and forget exactly how far you’ve come in such a short amount of time.

So, this year I’ve:

  • In February, I managed to meet one of my favourite bands, Don Broco, who were so welcoming to speak to. I also managed to see them play live four times across the year, which may be a small record for me. 98d1b0f7f1506cffb2e533b9bbc90b36
  • In March, I was discharged from CBT. I’ve struggled with my mental health throughout my whole life, but have been putting the techniques I’ve learnt from therapy into place since and have found myself improving slightly in some ways. It’s still a battle, but one I feel like I’m managing slowly.
  • In March, I also became a vegetarian and have felt so much better as a person since. It’s so funny how a small change in your diet can impact both your physical and mental health, but I haven’t touched meat since and feel great for it.
  •  In July, I went to Disneyland Paris! The trip was for my birthday, which was possibly the best birthday I’ve ever had. I spent the day interacting with characters, going on rides and eating a lot of pizza; what more could you want?! giphy
  • In July, I also attended YALC/LFCC for the first time, and what an amazing experience it was. I met some of my all-time favourite authors, attended a few panels and spent a lot of money. I’ve already been planning 2019’s trip, which’ll hopefully be firmly in place in the new year!
  • In September, I graduated from university with the grade I was hoping for. Since starting my BA, Graduation was something that seemed impossible to me which led me to dread the thought of it, but once the day arrived I don’t think I had ever been happier. It was amazing to see those I’ve studied beside for so long achieve so much, and the fact that I shared that day with my loved ones made it even better.

My 2018 Reading Goals

This year, I’d planned to read 50 books and I’m so proud of myself to say that I managed to read a grand total of 55! Although, there was a lot that weren’t included in my monthly To Reads, but just managing to meet my Goodreads challenge is enough of an achievement for me. Goodreads 2018

Male Authors: 13 (1/2 of Lars Kepler & 1/2 of Newt Scamander)
Female Authors: 35 (1/2 of Lars Kepler & 1/2 of Newt Scamander)
Rereads: 2
Genres Read: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, LGBT, Magic, Horror, Contemporary, Mystery, Music, Thriller, Nonfiction, Retellings, Romance, Crime, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical, Chick Lit, Women’s Fiction, Childrens, Adventure, Classics, Realistic Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Short Stories, Mental Health, Erotic Romance, Adult, Poetry, Feminism, Witches, New Adult, Sequential Art, Manga, Graphic Novels, Urban Fantasy, Medieval, Mythology, Mermaids,  Plays, Drama, Theatre, War, Literature, 20th Century, European Literature, British Literature, Academic, School, Philosophy, Cultural, France, Screenplays
Triggers Found: Strong Language, Violence, Blood/Gore, Anger, Death, Drugs/Alcohol, Depression/Suicide, Abuse, Grief, Mental Illness, Mental Health, Sexual Content, Rape, Calorie Counting, Homophobia, Agoraphobia, Sexual Assault, Depression/Anxiety, Racism, Attempted Suicide, Emotional Abuse, Child Abuse, Trauma, Fire, Transphobia, Body Image, Crude Humour, Body Image, Nudity, Torture, Panic Attacks, Suicidal Thoughts, Addiction, Drowning, Kidnapping, Arson,  Murder, Hanging, Cannibalism, Mourning, Paranoia, Intimate Partner abuse, Domestic Abuse, Eating Disorders,  Self-Injury, Cheating, Religion, Psychiatric Hospitals

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Top Five Tuesday

As mentioned earlier, my 2018 new years resolution was to start taking this blog more seriously and creating more interactive, entertaining content. So, I decided to make Top Five posts on a weekly basis. Even though I may have failed to meet the deadline on occasion, I believe I still managed to make a good selection of posts.

Character of the Month

This section was also new to the blog in 2018, and is by far the most fun to create. Characters are the most important thing to me in writing, making or breaking my thoughts on a book/tv show/film instantly, so I deeply enjoy reflecting on a particular character each month.

Male Characters: 7
Female Characters: 5
Book Characters: 7
Film Characters: 4
Video Game Characters: 1

Telling Tales

I’ve been so grateful to everyone who has taken the time to tag in a post or given me the opportunity to attend an event or shopping trip with them this year, so I couldn’t not dedicate a post to the situation. It’s made for great content for this blog and I’ve loved interacting with each and every one of you. Thank you for making my blogging experience special!


2 thoughts on “2018 | (Yearly) Wrap Up

  1. This is a great wrap up of the year 2018! 😍 And I’m so glad that we love quite a few of the same books. 😂 Best of luck for you in 2019. Happy New Year! 🎆🎉

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