Looking Back and Looking Forward: Or, You Can Now Call Me Janus

Wasn’t Janus the Greek/Roman, two-headed god of crossroads?

Let’s say he is. I don’t want to take the time to fact-check myself, now.

Anyway, in case you didn’t notice (and I totally don’t blame you if you didn’t; I keep forgetting about it and then getting confused as to why my laptop calendar is wrong), it’s 2018. 2017 is, at long, long, last, over. The second year of Bookwise has passed. 2016, 2017, and now this. Two-thousand-and-eighteen.

2017 has been a wild ride. Only considering my bookish life, Bookwise has had quite the run this year. Starting with my Red Queen book review (and no, Glass Sword did not turn out much better) and ending with a reflection on life and blogging to explain my unintended, two-month-long hiatus, 2017 contained a little over 60 posts (63 when I counted, but I am most certainly wrong) and 216 books read. My Goodreads TBR is 300 books long, my physical TBR quite imposing, and my schedule already busy for the first few months of the year. Plane tickets are reserved for the trip to Germany my sister and I are taking this summer, and she is currently struggling through Die Tribute von Panem. I hope.

*pausing to ask her if she’s even started yet*

Nope. Never mind. She’s waiting to go back to school to start it.

2018 is looking very intimidating as of yet, and at this point, my main resolution is to make it through relatively unscathed. I am very excited for a couple of things this year has in store for Bookwise, and I hope that you will be too.

First off, the Book Made series begins this Saturday, and I am absolutely stoked*. The holiday season has been busy with both Christmas-present-finding/making (so… much… yarn…) as well as a couple of projects to photograph and post, and now that I’ve figured out my camera somewhat more, they are looking nice. I’m currently looking across the room at a certain cake I have made for the post in a couple of weeks, but that my family shall eat in a few hours for New Year’s dinner.

Life hack: living with parents who bake means that you get access to obscure-ish baking tools. Also, nice countertops and kind people who wash dishes for you after you burn yourself on hot water five times, trying to wash other dishes.

*do the young people say this nowadays? *quavering voice*

Next off, as aforementioned, I’ve figured out my camera. Now I can do nicer pictures. As an unapologetic shallow person with a penchant for aesthetic, this makes me very happy.

This is also a fresh year. I have no summer classes planned as of yet, so one semester to get through and I am, with the exception of work, without too much scheduled. I mean, Germany, but still. That’s a good feeling. I can go to Germany and buy chocolate and German translations of my favorite books without paying the shipping fee. Ish.

This year also marks the definite line at which Bookwise becomes my longest-running blog of all time*. This probably shouldn’t be as exciting as it is to me.

*moves away quietly*

and no, I’m not giving you any of the addresses for any of them. They were awful. Also, most of them have been deactivated AND FOR GOOD REASON.

*No, I was not aware of this until I looked it up.

 

This is what my January looks like so far, library-hold-wise:

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It’ll be a fun month. I anticipate it greatly, with no small amount of trepidation.

A rather big amount of trepidation, actually… let’s not beat around the bush here.

Happy New Year! What plans are you looking forward to, this year? Let me know in the comments!

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