Well, everyone, it’s time to say goodbye to 2020. I’m sure a lot of you are saying “good riddance,” but I will look back on this year with more fondness than disdain. I had a lot of wonderful experiences in 2020.
In January, I attended a conference with a lot of speakers whom I have followed for years. My family and I greatly enjoyed our time there.
I started my blog in April.
I graduated from high school and prepared for college.
My family visited the mountains several times, and on one such trip, I met up with a friend who lives across the country.
In September, I was able to see the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum and meet another friend.
I made good progress in preparing to publish my first book.
My friendships deepened, my faith strengthened, and I learned a lot about myself. All in all, this year has been extremely formative and eventful, even with its hardships.
At the end of 2020, I’d like to do one last tag. Nobody nominated me for it, but I think it’s a great idea. It’s called the “End of the Year Book Tag” and has a lot of fun questions.
1. Are there any books you started this year you need to finish?
Yes, several. I started reading The Wanderer by Sharon Creech several months ago, but I haven’t gotten far. It’s not that I don’t want to read it; it seems like an intriguing book worth my time. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Perhaps in 2021?
Another book I recently started is Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I have been wanting to read it for a while, and now that I own a copy I don’t have an excuse for not reading it. So far, I have only made it through the preface, and even that rocked my world, so I’m probably going to take this book very slow.
Finally, I began reading The Light Thief by David Webb this year. Since I only have it on Kindle (and I prefer physical books), I think it will take me a while longer to finish it.
2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition to the end of the year?
Not really. I don’t have a book that I read every year (regardless of season), except the Bible. 😛
3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
Nope! I was excited for To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini, and that released in September. I haven’t read it yet, though. This year, the hardcover versions of the Wingfeather Saga were also released, and I received them for Christmas. (I was so happy I almost cried, in case you were wondering.)
4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
Well, the end of the year is 3 days away, so I don’t think I’ll be able to read three books in that time span. I’ll probably finish reading the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible, if that counts, hehe.
5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
Honestly, my favorite book this year was Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson, and I’ve already raved about that one. I also read a few books that shocked me by how bad they were, but we don’t talk about those. To answer the question succinctly, nope.
6. Have you already made reading plans for 2021?
Sort of! I know that I want to read To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, The Wanderer, The Light Thief, probably Wingfeather Tales, and most likely a few Brandon Sanderson books. I would also like to get a copy of Healer’s Bane by Hope Ann.
That’s it for the End of the Year Book Tag! If you’d like to do it (there are still a few days left in the year, and I’m sure you could speedrun it if you really wanted), here are the questions:
- Are there any books you started this year you need to finish?
- Do you have an autumnal book to transition to the end of the year?
- Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
- What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
- Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
- Have you already made reading plans for 2021?
Finally, I want to say thanks for all the support on my blog in 2020. This year, I published 36 blog posts and gained almost 50 followers, which is still so crazy to me. I appreciate each one of you who has taken the time to read what I post and leave comments. I can list several times when I almost gave up on this endeavor, but you guys kept me going. I can’t thank you enough. Some of my favorite blog posts to write were the short stories (including The Storywell, Blog Swap, and The Bluebird Box). It seems like you guys enjoyed them, too, which makes me glad.
See you next year, friends!