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