I like the fact that the first post of the year in this blog is about books. Yus.

Keeping up a steady reading pace has definitely been a struggle this year, more than ever. Many of us started out in January with hopes of achieving our reading goals but, coming March, we were forced into a lockdown we could have never predicted. I get the feeling we then were divided into 2 very different groups: those of us who couldn’t concentrate on what they were reading and gave up, and those who read A LOT just to forget about the 💩 situation we were going through.

I was part of the first group, sadly.

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I read 33 out of 50 books in 2020

I started the year reading a lot actually! I even made a video on YouTube (in Spanish only) about the first 10 books I finished reading. The idea was to make more videos as I made progress through the year, but when coronavirus landed in my country (March) so I knew reading was going to be a challenge for me. In fact, I couldn’t read a thing until September when I was finally done grieving the fact that I had to leave my beautiful apartment and move back to my mother’s.

Nevertheless, these 5 books made it to the top of those 34 books I did manage to read:

Curame, Lorena Pronsky

In 6 words:
A slap to the face.
Why did I choose it:
I fell in love with the author, what she writes about, and how she writes back in her first book “Rota Se Camina Igual”. I knew this book wasn’t going to disappoint me.
How did it make me feel:
First and foremost, I felt sad, because it was telling me right to my face what I’d been doing wrong about different situations in my life.
What I take from this book:
The most valuable thing I learnt from this book is that I’m my number 1 priority and that I can’t expect others to do my healing for me.
Who do I recommend it to:
To those who have a hard time accepting feedback from loved ones and need someone from the outside of your circle to slap some sense into you.

The Land of Stories, Chris Colfer

In 6 words:
Give me some princess stories please.
Why did I choose it:
The art from the cover and the title called my attention.
How did it make me feel:
Very cozy and familiar; they have the same vibe as Narnia to me, which is what got me hooked into the story real quick.
What I take from this book:
I can’t shake off the warm feeling Disney princess stories give me, damn it (?).
Who do I recommend it to:
To those who are interested in some light reading that’s worth your time. Even better if you enjoy Disney-like stories.

Humans, Tom Phillips

In 6 words:
Story of how stupid we are.
Why did I choose it:
Because I love analytical history books.
How did it make me feel:
Hopeless at times, because we’re still tripping over the same stone, but on the other side I’m actually happy that books like these exist. The conversations the author has with the reader are conversations that I’m seeing quite frequently not only in paperbacks but also social media, videos, TV, etcétera.
What I take from this book:
What can I say? We’re so dumb…
Who do I recommend it to:
To those who’re interested in reading about the human race history and how we’ve been fucking up since the beginning of times.

Hopendath, Pamela Stupia

In 6 words:
When’s the second book coming out Pame? (more than 6 words, I know lol).
Why did I choose it:
I always like everything Pame writes.
How did it make me feel:
Intrigued, cause the plot is quite original and the end of the book has A cliffhanger.
What I take from this book:
We’re not defined by a single personality trait or the place we were born.
Who do I recommend it to:
Especially to teens who’re going through that time in life where adults try to define/label them based on their own thoughts and beliefs.

Spooksville: The Secret Path, Christopher Pike

In 6 words:
Right through the core of my childrood.
Why did I choose it:
Read it back when I was a teen and remembered loving it.
How did it make me feel:
Nostalgic, VERY. I have so many good memories reading it when I was little(er).
What I take from this book:
It’s amazing to imagine the events of books happening in your own neighbourhood when you can.
Who do I recommend it to:
People who like classic horror/witch stories and would also read something short and simple.

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These were last year’s goals:

  1. Read more classics.
  2. Vary the genre of the books I read.

I didn’t read any classics this year, but I actually did vary the genres! I read through history, fantasy, mystery, contemporary romance and psychology.

My goals for 2021:

  1. Read at least half of the unread books I already have in my bookcase.
  2. Not buy any new paperbacks until I’m done reading what I have in my bookcase (with the exception of Merakio’s book, which will be released this year).
  3. I insist: read classics this year.
  4. Read at a slower pace, more consciously, especially it’s non-fiction books. Which is why I will set myself to read only 24 books this 2021.

What are your reading goals for 2021?

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