TTT: Talking about 2018’s BOOKISH ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Top Ten Tuesday

I didn’t really know what to do with today’s freebie until I glanced at all the post ideas I listed a while ago and.. decided this is the perfect time to look back at this past year. Since starting my blog in June 2017, a lot has happened and changed in my life but.. there have also been changes blog-wise!

 What better time to look back at those things and cherish them a bit more than at the end of the year with this post, am I right?

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Today’s TTT is “Freebie” and I’m using it to talk about “Bookish Accomplishments of 2018“!

I feel like I should start with the thing I’m most proud of and that’s my monthly reading challenges. I absolutely love doing them myself and sharing them with all of you. It’s easily one of the things I’m most proud of when it comes to my blog. There’s an entire overview of my monthly challenges coming later this month too! That way you know what to expect in 2019 and you can.. already start planning? Haha!
Related to my challenges, I’m also so happy to have started a Goodreads-group with Destiny to spread these challenges even more in the bookish community! [So for those of you who haven’t joined yet, hop on over to Devour Your TBR and join us there as well!]

Graphics! I’m so happy with how I ended up changing all my lay-outs, graphics and whatnot. I know there are some people who like changing it up every season or every couple of months but.. I quite like having something and sticking to it? So I’m thrilled to have found a theme and to have created graphics I’m still happy with six months after. I don’t think I’ll be changing it up any time soon. Not to mention how I won’t even have time for it either, haha.

This post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning YALC. Living in Belgium, it isn’t easy to attend literary conventions but I made it a top goal this year and succeeded at ticking it off too. Admittedly, I knew this would probably be the first and last year I’d be able to go so I did everything I could to make sure it would happen. It was tiring, it was rough but.. I’m still so happy I got to meet authors and blogging friends! I actually felt like a true part of the community – which is a pretty special feeling, just saying. I also hauled way too many books but that was to be expected.

Mentioning blogging friends reminds me of all the people I got to know through my blog. Honestly, it does feel like a huge accomplishment to simply have filled my life with so many wonderful souls. I can’t thank you enough for not only reading the things I have to say, but also for being there for me when personal life happens. For sharing your stories, your worries and for being there for me and everyone else in this community. Sure, the bookish community has some issues – let’s leave that discussion for another day – but in the end, there are a lot of positive things too and I can easily say you guys brighten my day every single time!

Of course, there are also the authors, the books I got to read. Every single review copy I receive feels like an entirely new accomplishment, another milestone reached. And I’m talking eARC’s, okay. Not only that, but I’m also very happy with how I decided for myself to actually buy finished copies of the eARC’s I read and loved. You might say I already support the author and their work by sharing my opinion on my blog and other platforms, but the ultimate support will always be actually buying their books. I know not everybody is capable of doing this, but I’m glad I can and I hope I’ll be able to continue this.

My future personal library! Admittedly, it’s a future one, but I already have the room for it.. I simply need to get it in order, get my furniture in and start unpacking my books. My pregnancy is definitely going to delay all that, but at least I know it’s coming. I know having a personal library is a dream so many of us have, and I’m ridiculously happy I’m one of those few lucky enough to realize it. I hope you all will too one day! And you can be sure I’m posting an entire tour once the room’s all set up. No doubt about that.

What are bookish accomplishments you are proud of? Can be anything!
Is there something you’d still like to accomplish?
Maybe something you want to work on next year?
Let’s talk!

Feel free to leave a link to your TTT so I can check it out!

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38 thoughts on “TTT: Talking about 2018’s BOOKISH ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  1. Congrats on all of these great things Kathy. It is always great to look back and see things you did. I am also the same with graphics. I like to have something that stays for a while. Butterflies seem to have become my trademark now haha.

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    1. Thank you! And exactly. Sometimes we simply need the reminder of the good things as well. 🙂
      Haha, nothing wrong with butterflies. ❤ I might switch mine up eventually but.. definitely not the first year – won't have the time anyway. I do know it'll probably always stay blue. 😀

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    1. Ooh, those are definitely huge accomplishments as well! Starting a blog takes a whole lot of work, time and energy. Writing does too of course, but that’s something I’m not familiar with myself, haha. 🙂

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  2. I’m really so happy and proud of everything you’ve accomplished this year and I admire all of your challenges so much, Kathy ❤ As you know, I'm not much of a challenge person, but I really love all the thought you put into each one and everything, you're doing so good. ❤
    It's so incredible that you went to YALC too, I would LOVE to get there, I'm so glad you had such a great time ❤
    The community is lucky to have you, really ❤

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    1. Aw, thank you, Marie! Seems like I keep on thanking you whenever you comment on something, haha! ❤
      Well, since I won't be able to go the next couple of years, I certainly hope you'll be able to make it at LEAST once! 😉 It's worth it – and London's worth it too, haha. ❤

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  3. I loved your TTT! Two things resonated with me the most: graphics and layouts for your blog and reading books from your own shelf. I joined your Goodreads group as I usually set a goal of reading at least 25 books from my own shelf every year. I am still working on my graphics and blog layout. Everything is improving but I am not quite happy with it. Streamlining my blog is particularly important to me. I want my reader to immediately recognize what a particular post will be about. I snooped a bit around your blog and I think you did a great job with the graphics and layout!

    Here is my TTT: https://ichleseblog.wordpress.com/2018/12/11/top-ten-tuesday-freebie/.

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    1. Thank you!!
      That’s an amazing goal to set. 🙂 I tried reading 75 of my owned books before 2018 and managed to tick off 50, which isn’t bad at ALL I’d say, haha.
      Figuring out what exactly you want for your blog graphic-wise / style-wise isn’t an easy feat for sure. Especially if you’re a bit of a perfectionist and keep wanting to tweak things, haha. I hope you manage to figure out what you want and are able to execute it though! 😀

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    1. Haha, thank you! It helped that my boyfriend already knew I absolutely love London so he was already prepared for a yearly London-trip anyway. 🙂 I did! A rough one too, but definitely an amazing one as well.

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