Last year I finally managed to read Christopher Paolini’s ‘Inheritance‘ cycle, so I got really excited when I found out Paolini was releasing another book in the series. There was a bit of disappointment on Twitter when people realised it wasn’t another full length installment, but more of a short story anthology. I didn’t care – how lucky was I? Only recently finished reading ‘Inheritance‘, and I got a book that fans have been waiting for since the last book was released way back in 2011!
Just over two weeks ago, I had some horrific news. I got home from work one Thursday to a message from my step Dad asking me to ring the house phone, where my Mum told me that the girl I had supported as an LSA had died. She was 18. I still can’t get my head around it, but it served to reinforce the realisation of how short life is.
By the time I’d finished reading ‘The Assassin’s Blade’, I’d gotten my hands on a copy of the final book in the series, ‘Kingdom of Ash’. I have had my ups and downs with this series, but I was determined to find out how it ends. Ever since that explosive ending at the end of ‘Empire of Storms’, I was anxious to see how Aelin was going to escape from Maeve…
After noting down my writing goals for 2019, I thought it only made sense to write down my reading goals as well. I love reading, but there are a hell of a lot of books on my TBR pile that have been there for many years now that I would like to get through. I can’t guarantee I’ll always have the money to buy all the fantastic new releases that come out this year, so one of my reading goals is to finally make it through some of the standalone books and series that I’ve got on my shelf, as well as some books I bought during last year or so but haven’t had the chance to read yet.
It’s become my mantra when the clocks strike twelve on New Year’s Eve, but ‘this is the year I get published’ seems like a much more achievable goal this year. Mostly because I know I need to adjust that goal to finding an agent, by sending off my first novel. Last year was such a positive writing year for me, especially compared to the year before. I actually picked up my novel and started editing it for one thing, which helped me creep closer to attaining my goal of being published. That being said, I want to try and keep 2019 as a positive writing year as well. So I thought to kick things off, I would write down my writing goals for the year!
Well, this is going to be a short writing roundup for the end of the year. After a really productive November, I was hoping to keep some of the productivity going for December to finish off the year on a high. As you can probably tell, that didn’t really happen.
I had so many plans for blog posts to finish off the year, but unfortunately I’ve spent far too much time chilling on the sofa with my family while eating chocolate and doing sudoku. I probably will post some of those more writing orientated posts in the new year, but for now I shall finish my penultimate blog post with my favourite reads so far from 2018!