Happy new year to all! I hope you enjoyed your holiday celebrations with your loved ones. 🙂
I am uploading my December 2021 reads a bit later than usual, sorry about that. There’s always a ton going on at this time of the year. But I’m delighted to let you know that we finished 2021 strong, with a total of 108/109 books.
The Secret Bridesmaid by Katy Birchall I am not able to finish yet, but I cannot anymore complain with my numbers for 2021. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster ride, but I am thankful for the role books played in my life last year. My reads had taken me to places I wish I could teleport to, had given me access to characters and lives I never imagined I could have, showed me lessons I could not learn anywhere else, and, most importantly, provided me with comfort at times I needed it most.
I started the year slow and steady, with 54 books as an overall target. But by the middle of the year, I have gone through one of the most painful experiences I could ever have. My life, as dramatic as it may be, have started falling apart. We lost our Dad in July, and things have never been the same since. For a couple of months following my Dad’s passing, I had difficulty sleeping and I stopped socializing. I don’t know what else to do, so I poured all my time and energy into reading. It’s the only thing I could focus on. Books made me feel safe–safe from the world and from my own thoughts.
Little by little, I managed to find joy in my reads. I would still stick to my preferred genre (romance) but I also tried exploring–finding new authors, discovering new books. I might have ended up piling more books on my TBR list than what I could actually have time for, but it was all worth it. In a way, the books have given me a kind of peace, a time where I could just be. It may be a form of escape, I don’t know, but it’s has helped me incredibly.
My only wish for 2022 is to have more time allotted for reading, and, of course, writing reviews for you.
The blog community has yet to grow in numbers, but thank you to all our readers and followers for your kind support. I enjoyed hearing your thoughts and reading your comments about some of the books I have written quick reviews about. Aside from here on WordPress, I have also felt your support and encouragements on Instagram (@kristinesbooklist). It means so much to me, I cannot explain it enough. So, thank you.
Cheers to all of us, readers, bookworms, and bibliophiles! May we reach our new reading goals for 2022, discover titles and authors that will impact our lives, and pay it forward by sharing to others about our remarkable finds.
Here’s a quick rundown of my reads for December, with links to book reviews.
- Secrets & Lies by Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank
- When Breathe Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
- link to book review: https://kristinecambay.com/2021/12/12/when-breath-becomes-air-by-paul-kalanithi/
- The Secret Bridesmaid by Katy Birchall
Please give my book reviews a read, if you have time. Again, thank you and happy new year!
Stay safe, everyone!