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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Today’s a Thankgiving freebie and though we don’t celebrate this holiday in Belgium, I do like taking the time to stand still and think about all the things we have to be thankful for. Especially in difficult years like the one we just had, it’s still nice to focus on the good for a change.
So as every year, I of course want to point out that naturally, I am most thankful for my husband, friends and family AND their health. It is what matters most and I can’t stress enough how much I love them and how much they matter. But I don’t want to get too sentimental in this blog post, so I’m focusing more on the little, perhaps superficial, things that made me happy. So here we go!
Did you know that Dalmatians are known as the clowns of the dog community? They have short attention spans and ALWAYS need to play (and when I say always, I mean ALL DAY LONG). Our Pixel definitely hits all those characteristics. But even though she is a handful she brings so much love and joy into our lives, and I couldn’t image life without her anymore. And I’ve been thankful for that playful and energetic personality of hers even more so during the dark Corona days of 2020, when I was home alone driving myself crazy worrying, because she was always there to play with me or there for hugs (in between playing, naturally) and took my mind of my worries.
The fact that I have almost doubled my reading in 2020 compared to other years is saying something right? When things get tough, I turn to books, and luckily, I read some books that were so great and really managed to get me outside of my head and into a different world for a while.
Some of my absolute favorite reads were Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House (I am SO, SO, SO looking forward to more in this world), Sarah J. Maas’ House of Earth and Blood (I cried the entire last third of the book), Margaret Rogerson’s Sorcery of Thorns (badass librarians, sentient books and sassy sorcerers, I mean this book almost felt like it was written just for me) and TJ Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea (found families and all the feels made this HANDS DOWN MY FAVE 2020 READ).
I know, I know, I rave about Annette Marie and her books pretty much all the time. And yet, I need to mention her again in this post, because I’m so thankful to her for writing these amazing series (two of which came to ASTOUNDING finales this year), for releasing multiple books a year and spoiling me and other fans with short waits AND for announcing a new series featuring my favorite Spellbound character (which will be released in September 2021 only, but it’s okay because it’ll be well worth the wait)!
Special shoutout to audiobooks, because they have changed my reading habits so drastically and I couldn’t imagine life without them anymore. When I go to work every day, they are the perfect way to spend the daily commute, as they ease my driving anxiety (I hate driving) and get me to unwind after a long working day. And when I wasn’t at work (referencing my half a year of Corona-induced technical unemployment this year), they were my companions during my Pixel walks to help reduce stress and worries.
As you may know from my monthly wrap-ups, I LIVE for music. And I felt like this year there have been so many amazing releases. Though I’ve had to do without going to any live shows (I feel like there’s nothing quite as energizing or motivating as a good live music performance), I am thankful that there has been so many songs released that had the power to keep me going. I’m especially thinking about songs by Stray Kids, Dreamcatcher and SuperM, which I feel have been on repeat the most.
Oh, The Umbrella Academy, how I love thee so. Even if I didn’t watch that much TV this year, The Umbrella Academy was a show that stood out. When all the Corona madness was getting me down, The Umbrella Academy made me laugh, so I’m thankful.
I may say I didn’t watch a lot of TV, but I do feel like I watched quite a few kdramas. I’m thankful to Netflix for featuring more and more kdramas, as well as Viki, where I have a subscription for all my kdrama needs. My favorite dramas I watched this year were definitely Crash Landing On You and Hotel del Luna. And my rewatch of Romance is a Bonus Book (still a fave).
I’ve been using this free online design tool for years now and I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned just how thankful I am for it. Nearly every graphic I make for this blog is made by using Canva. I love spending time on it, and playing around with different designs. And I love that, even though I still use the free version, there is actually so much I can still do with it. It’s been my little miracle worker, so thank you Canva!
And of course, I’m thankful for this blog and most of all this wonderful bookish community. It brings me a lot of joy to come home to sweet, bookish, fangirling comments and to be able to share my thoughts with you all on all things bookish and beyond!
Extra shoutout to pizza for always being the right amount of comfort (read: cheese) that I need. And for being delivered right to my doorstep, which was extra appreciated this year.
What are you extra thankful for in 2020?
PS: I’m (still) having some technical difficulties with my comments. I apologize for the inconvenience but I could really use your help in the next few weeks, especially if your comments are not coming through. Check this post for more info: https://www.lindseyh.be/2020/09/technical-difficulties-i-need-your-help-with-my-commenting-issues-please