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Today’s post is in honor of Thanksgiving in the US. While we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Belgium, I do think it’s a nice idea to take a minute and think about everything we’re thankful for. So that’s the meaning of today’s post. To take a minute and reflect on the things that I’ve been thankful for in 2018.
Now, obviously I’m mostly thankful for the people and love in my life. My husband, my family and my friends. They mean the world. Buta post thanking them would end up being an incredibly mushy and sentimental post and since this is in fact a bookish blog, I instead decided to list some books and other forms of entertainment I am thankful for. Because cheesy as it sounds, I am thankful for these. They have helped me in so many ways, so I’m taking the time to spotlight them and tell you why I’m thankful. Let’s go!
I’m sure it’s no surprise to anyone how much I love Annette Marie and her books. I already discovered her a while ago, but this year I’m still super thankful for her. In 2018, I read 5 of her books and loved every single one. We got the news that there will be a sequel series to her Steel & Stone series. I was blessed to read an ARC of Three Mages and a Margarita AND Dark Arts and a Daiquiri. AND I got a shoutout from Annette Marie herself in her newsletter, where she linked my review and said I was one of her favourite blogs. And this all happened at a time when I was feeling pretty down about myself, my writing and my blog, so you can only imagine how much that shoutout gave me the boost I needed. I can only say, thank you Annette Marie!
Kingdom of Ash
It’s the end of an era. I can’t not mention this because I feel like I’ve been living towards this final book for years now. The Throne of Glass series is what inspired me to start blogging, and every new release has been a yearly highlight for over 5 years. This series means the world to me and I feel like the final book honoured all of that. Thank you, Sarah J. Maas!
The can’t-stop-reading books that beat every slump
In 2017 I had a huuuge reading slump. In 2018 I’m no longer slumping that heavily, but I also actively tried to avoid slumping his year because I still feel a slump lurking around the corner. So I am extra grateful for my slump-buster books. The books that I loved so much, I read them almost in one sitting. The books I couldn’t stop reading and tried to read every.single.moment I got. The books so good I re-read them immediately after finishing. Notable examples of these books are Autoboyography by Christina Lauren, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Thanks for busting my slumps!
Let’s Talk About Love and ace representation
I think asexuality is sorely underrepresented in fiction, which is why I’m so damn thankful for Let’s Talk About Love, which has freaking biromantic ace rep and I am so here for it! Other than Tash Hearts Tolstoy (which I read in 2017), I think it’s the only book with ace rep I’ve read so far and though this is still nowhere near enough, I am thankful that we do seem to slowly be getting more and more ace rep. If you know any other good books with ace rep, give me recommendations, please?
King of Scars news
Umm, hello? I’ve been wanting Nikolai Lantsov to get his own book ever since I read the Grisha trilogy and declared him my “FAVORITE CHARACTER EVER”. And this year we got the news that it was actually happening AND it got this gorgeous cover AND we found out we’ll see Nina again as well and I’m just… my heart is bursting from happiness, okay? Thank you, Leigh Bardugo.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before movie adaptation
The movie adaptation we all needed is finally here! What else can I say about this that hasn’t been said yet? I did not expect to love this adaptation so damn much. I did not expect to watch it again and again and again. I did not expect that I could love Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean Covey anymore. But here it is. Thank you Netflix! (sequel, please?)
I’ve always been a music fan. Music has always had major power over me, able to pick me up when I’m falling apart and able to fire up my motivation when I’m struggling. This is a general fact and something that spans many, many genres. BUT it is kpop in particular I’m thankful for in 2018, because at a time when I was feeling devoid of all self-confidence it pushed me to love and accept myself and taught me not to listen to any voices claiming otherwise. Again, many bands and artists have helped that and I’m sure to write a more detailed post on them all later, but I want to give a special shoutout to BTS and Stray Kids, for releasing just the right songs at just the right time for me <3
Ed Sheeran live
Ed Sheeran has been one of my favorite artists for years now. Thinking Out Loud was the opening dance to my wedding. And yet… I never got the chance to see him live. Until summer 2018, when he played at the Werchter festival site and through a stroke of luck I managed to get tickets before they sold out. And wow. Just wow. It still baffles me how this man can command the attention of thousands of people with just him and his guitar on a stage. Add to that amazing concert the atmosphere of an outdoor festival vibe, sunny weather and a lovely sunset, and this is definitely one of those live concerts I’ll always remember. Thanks, Ed Sheeran!
I used to be a huge tv junkie. But then somewhere about a year ago, I started losing my love of tv. Too many shows I loved just went on too long and made me lose my interest. But then came kdramas. I discovered kdramas in 2017 and fell in love, and the love has lasted well into 2018. I love them for their short seasons (no filler episodes, no going on too long) and their fun storylines. Some notable kdramas I watched and loved in 2018 include: A Korean Odyssey, Black, I Am Not A Robot, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, and my personal favorite so far: While You Were Sleeping. If you love kdramas too, I always welcome recommendations 😉
Come on, I can’t not mention the blogging community, can I? I started blogging almost three years ago and I couldn’t imagine life without it anymore. I love having a place where I can talk about the books I loved and where I have such a nice and supportive community. Though life gets busy sometimes and I’m not always the most consistent poster or the most responsive commenter, I have no plans on quitting any time soon and I hope to talk books with all of you for a long time still! Thank you for reading my posts and raving with me. You make my day <3