2021 Rewind

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So here we are on Hogmanay with 2022 not that far away now, or already there depending where you are in the world. If you missed them, I shared my Top 20 books for 2021, Top 10 series for 2021 and my 10 Most anticipated releases for 2022 last week. I’d hoped to have a few more reviews up this week, but work and my own clumsiness resulting in a trip to minor injuries yesterday put paid to that, so they will be running over into the start of the new year.

While this year didn’t end quite the way I’d hoped – and it’s been A Year in so many ways, there are still many good things to look back on for this year. Firstly, this was an absolutely fantastic year of reading (hence the top 20 rather than top 10 because I couldn’t choose). While the blog has gone (and taken me) to places I never imagined when I first started it, and it turned 2 earlier this week which was a little surreal as it feels like it couldn’t possibly be that long, and at the same time it feels like I’ve been part of the book community for far longer. And it’s onwards and upwards and there will be some updates on the blog in the next couple of days, as well as a little bit about what’s coming in the near future.

Today though is about the books of 2021, and below the cut you’ll find my year in books (it’s a looong post), and at the end of the post I have my book of the and series of the year, and a special shout-out.

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Top 10 Series 2021

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For my final post for today (and this week) I’m looking at my top 10 series for the year. Not all of them are complete, but the only rule was that I had to have read at least two from the series in 2021 for them to count. Again, these are done alphabetically (by series title) because I couldn’t choose an order.

Thank you again to all the authors for making 2021 such a wonderful year with your words and stories!

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Top 20 Books 2021

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The end of 2021 is fast approaching, so it’s the time to look back on the year of reading. This was supposed to be a Top 10 and that lasted all of five minutes, and there were so many more books I could add to this list, because 2021 has been a truly phenomenal year of reading. And I will admit… I cheated a little, because I have a second list of Top 10 series that I have read this year (they don’t have to be complete, I just had to have read at least two of the series this year) so that I could shout about more of the fantastic books that I have read this year. For this list (and the series list) I have gone alphabetically by title because it has been so hard to rank them. These lists are entirely subjective, and the only ‘rule’ I have applied is that if they are on this list they can’t be on the series, and vice versa.

I do have a top book and a top series for the year, but they will be on the 2021 rewind post on the 31st.

I also have to shout out the amazing Indie and Self-Published books that I’ve read this year. While, I have read some fantastic traditional books this year, it is the indie scene that has really blown me away this year and I have discovered so many new series and authors that my TBR for 2022 is towering high with books I can’t wait to pick up.

Thank you so much to all the authors for making 2021 such a wonderful year with your words and stories!

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10 Most Anticipated Books for 2022

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Kicking off the ‘lists’ with a look ahead at the books that are coming out next year that I can’t wait to get my mitts on. This list will undoubtedly expand throughout the year as I hear about more books, read more books and am tempted by the wonderful people in the book community, but at the moment these are the books I most looking forward to in 2022.

It’s already shaping up to be another phenomenal year of reading!

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Nanowrimo 2021

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Sleep eludes me so I thought I would cobble together a post about my Nanowrimo projects for this year. Firstly, how on earth are we already in November?! Where has this year gone, and oh my goodness I have a book coming out this month. THIS MONTH!

Secondly, yes I did say ‘projects’ as in multiple. Why I hear saner minds ask? Well one, because I was hopelessly indecisive and couldn’t choose between the three side projects that currently live rent-free in my mind, and two, because I love challenging myself during Nanowrimo. I’ve set the goal of 50K for each of the projects in question, but it will not be the end of the world if I don’t reach that – instead my main goal is just to keep adding to what I already have, and try and get the stories taking on a little more shape. My plan is then to let them lie in December, which I will largely be taking off from my original writing to focus on some other writing that has fallen by the wayside (Yes, a holiday from writing to do more writing), and come back to them in the New Year and see where I will go from there, as well as continuing to work on the Citadel series of course.

Now onto the Nanowrimo projects!

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Blog Update

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Just a quick update today as September ended up being…a month. I lost a good week after having a bad reaction to my second jab, and then my Step-Mother passed away (unexpectedly for me at least) and that opened several cans of worms and just to top off the month I learned that my grandmother was also not doing well. So, all in all, a less than stellar month. I also have been hit by the somewhat painful realisation that I don’t want to remain in my current job – it’s a feeling I’ve had for a while, even though I do enjoy it, but was hammered home during a meeting we had this week, so I am now beginning to look at jobs which is an added upheaval.

As a result some reviews were delayed, and weekly features fell by the wayside as I couldn’t focus on much of anything the last couple of weeks. So my first order of business will be catching up on those reviews. However, hopefully from Monday the blog will be returning to normal updates, and the features will be back!

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Blog Update

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A little later than planned as I’d hoped to launch this last week, but had to delay due to being ill but today I have a blog update. Firstly as some of you may have noticed, I’ve recently changed the graphics for the blog – from the headers, to the logo and badges – and as time permits I will be going back through and updating past posts with the new graphics. I have also updated and expanded the badges that I will be using – although the rating system remains the same (and the badges for that have already been updated under the Review Policy page) and examples of that new design are below.

Publishing:

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The Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag

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Something a little different today as I was tagged on twitter to do ‘The Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag’.

Rules

Thank the person that tagged you – Thanks Peter

Link to the creators blog in your post – https://thebookwormdreamer.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/quick-fire-fantasy-book-tag/

Answer the prompts below

Tag 5 others to take part

Most of all!  Enjoy!

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Self-Published Authors Appreciation Week: Twenty Books to add to Your TBR

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Life (or rather work) has well and truly derailed my plans for this week, so I will be extending ‘Self-published Authors Appreciation Week’ on the blog to two weeks, so that I can finish up the reviews and share them – and some more fantastic self-published books with you. However, for now here is the final post for this week (so I can use the weekend – all one day of it that I get to rest, and try and catch up), and I have twenty (one) books just to add a little more to those teetering TBRs.

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