Happy new year! 

So as always at the beginning of the year I have spent many hours talking about all the things I want to do for 2020 and as always I know these things won’t last for more than a week. But I thought if I wrote things down and shared them with people then I would be held accountable. 

Personal things

For a start I want to get more healthy. I was doing a lot of running at the end of 2019 and I want to pick that up again. I’m really looking forward to it. I also want to start my own business, a book themed business. But I don’t want to say much about that yet, stick around and I will talk more about it soon. 

I also want to work on my mental health, getting healthy and working out how to deal with things well.

Blog things

Next moving onto the blog. I really want to give the blog my full attention this year, working on making sure I’m posting weekly religiously. 

I also want to work on building up social media. Instagram is working out really well, I’m really enjoying making pretty photos and showing them off to you guys. But I also want to work on my Facebook and Twitter, building up more followers. I think Twitter can work but Facebook will be more of a push. But I can work on it! 

I want to work on my mailing list as well. Sooo… sign up to my mail letter on the right! 

I also want to spend more time visiting different second hand bookshops. I’ve just passed my test and that’s made this possible. 

Book things

So I’ve decided this year I’m going to push myself a little, setting my reading goal to 40. But that being said I refuse to be upset if I don’t hit that goal. Going back to my mental health I want to be more ok with not doing amazing things. 

But for now let’s talk about exciting books coming out in 2020!

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes 

by Suzanne Collins

I am so bloody excited about this book!!!!! I haven’t talked much about Hunger Games (never talked about it actually) but I loved both the movie and the books and so I’m excited for the new book to come out. I just really hope it’s as good as the others.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games. 

Darling Rose Gold

by Stephanie Wrobel

This sounds like another really good book that I’m interested in. It matches very much to another actual news story that happened some years ago so I’m interested to see how this goes in the books. 

Rose Gold Watts has lived all her 18 years convinced by her mother Patty that she is ill. Now she is finally free from her mother’s hold, and of the lies she told about her health. After Rose testifies against Patty for her wrongdoing, she goes to prison for five years. When she is released with nowhere to go, Rose invites her mother into her home as a sign of forgiveness. But secretly, Rose has not forgiven her mother and is ready to seek revenge.

The Authenticity Project

Clare Pooley

I love these kinds of books, a little slice of life with something a little more interesting happening. It’s something I’m really looking forward to reading and I think I’ll either love it or find it a little boring. 

A lonely, aging artist decides to write his painfully honest life story in a plain green notebook. When he leaves it in the local café for a stranger to find, it sets off a cascade of journal entries from others in the neighborhood and leads to unexpected connections.

If I Had Your Face

Frances Cha

I have a huge interest in South Korea, the culture and people are something I would love to learn more about and so I’m excited to read this. It’s also the feeling of friendship that I think will be a good aspect. 

Seoul, South Korea. Land of K-pop, brutal beauty standards, and rigid class divides. Four young women living in the same apartment building find solace in their friendship as they try to rise in a city that seems bent on keeping them down.

Memoirs and Misinformation

Jim Carrey

I love Jim Carrey and this is a book that sounds amazingly interesting, the kind of thing I would be really interested in reading. I love the idea of some of it being based on fact and some fiction, think this will add something a little different to the story.

“None of this is real and all of it is true.” –Jim Carrey Meet Jim Carrey. Sure, he’s an insanely successful and beloved movie star drowning in wealth and privilege–but he’s also lonely. Maybe past his prime. Maybe even . . . getting fat? He’s tried diets, gurus, and cuddling with his military-grade Israeli guard dogs, but nothing seems to lift the cloud of emptiness and ennui. Even the sage advice of his best friend, actor and dinosaur skull collector Nicolas Cage, isn’t enough to pull Carrey out of his slump. But then Jim meets Georgie: ruthless ingenue, love of his life. And with the help of auteur screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, he has a role to play in a boundary-pushing new picture that may help him uncover a whole new side to himself–finally, his Oscar vehicle! Things are looking up! But the universe has other plans.

So here’s to 2020, let’s hope it’ll be a good one. I know I sure as hell deserve something good from this year and I’m sure all of you guys do too. 

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