I think the whole world would agree that 2020 was a bit of a shit show.
I’m happy to write if off as a garbage fire and failure of a year. Currently my job is in jeopardy and all plans I have for the future have been put on hold until I find out if I will continue to bring in money. But having said that I’m healthy, my partner is healthy, and comparatively to the rest of the world Australia seems to be handling the pandemic. So at least there is that.
So when faced with all this negativity and a very long 12 months, I present to you some of my favourite things from 2020 – with some sneaky hopes and dreams for 2021 thrown in.
Recap of 2020
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – The character arch and romantic pairing of this book was amazing and is what made this a standout of the year. If you do read this book, I would 100% recommend the audiobook as the narrator brings Monty to life!
- The House of the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune – A romantic slow burn set in a urbanesque fantasy that centres around magical children that are classed too dangerous for society. Klune’s story is so deeply emotional and enriching that I would recommend it to anyone, fantasy fan, romance fan, and general fiction fan!
- Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given – Honestly if you only read one non-fiction book in 2020/2021 then let it be this gem. Given presents us with issues in bite size and personal chapters that challenge you to view the world outside of the toxicity that clouds topics. Honestly do yourself a favour and read this book, it has something for everyone.
- Star Trek: Lower Decks – Lower Decks is funny, beautifully canon, and full of adventures within the lower ranks of Star Fleet. I refuse to listen to any negative words about this show because for once, Star Trek is leaning into it’s fun side. Give it a go!
- Knives Out – Such a beautifully crafted movie with an amazing plot that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Major props for the awe-inspiring ensemble cast that work so well together!
- The Good Place: Final Season – The final season of The Good Place was so perfect. From season one the show has been such a wild ride. I fell in love with the characters and was constantly surprised by the directions taken by the narrative! The Good Place has cemented itself as one of my favourite shows out there!
- Blinding Lights by The Weeknd – This beautiful song that I first listened to in February was my top played track of 2020. I really dig the 80s feel of the song and still cannot stop listening to it! The old school sounds of the 80s but with modern production values. Just absolutely loving those Synthwave sounds.
- Chromatica by Lady Gaga – While I like Lady Gaga I’ve never actually given any of her albums a listen. Chromatica changed that and I am in love. The whole album is full of catchy music, soulful lyrics, and all linked together to flow seamlessly across the tracks.
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse by Daniel Pemberton – Coming as a complete shock to me, Daniel Permberton was my most listened to artist in 2020. Which makes sense as I am in love with so many tracks from the Spider-Verse soundtrack. The fact that I play the album a lot while reading, doesn’t hurt either 😋
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons – While I may have cooled off on playing this game (lack of content) it none the less was a favourite of mine at the start of the year. Timed perfectly for the Australian lockdown, it provided a nice escape from my time spent working.
- Fire Emblems: Three Houses – I am currently playing this game and it has reminded me how much I enjoyed FE: Fates. I’m almost at the end of the game but can see myself going back and playing on of the other story archs.
- Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle – So in case you didn’t know I am a big Sims fan. The expansion pack, Eco Lifestyle, is one of the better addons to the base game. While Seasons will forever be my favourite, this expansion really hits the parts of me that want to live more sustainably.
- Barry Lewis Youtube Channel – So 2020 has been a tough year, one of my coping mechanisms has been watching Barry Lewis videos. Barry is a cooking channel that is both educational and entertaining. If you’re looking to push up on your cooking skills, I would definitely recommended giving the channel a watch.
- Golden Pear by Lush – A year of the year find, this beautiful soap by Lush is a sensuous experience that tickles the senses and softens the skin. The scent of the soap is the free drawcard though as it is a fruity feast that smells of pear and spices. I’v already brought two of these lovely soaps!
Visions for 2021
Whereas last year I had such high hopes and aspirations for 2020, this year I am getting back to basics. The below are some of the things I am looking forward to in 2021.
- She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: I have been meaning to watch this cartoon since it came out 😱 So now that it is finished I am hoping to get around to watching the show in 2021!
- Bridgerton – I am a big fan of historical romances and was so shocked and excited to see that Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton book series being brought to life by Netflix. I am even more excited to see the colour blind casting – the trailer looks so good!!!
- A holiday – Any type, any kind, for any duration. I just need to have time off work where I can get away from people and preferably have a swim somewhere.
- Half way through 2020 I cut back my posting schedule to one post a week and I will be continuing on with this lighter load.
- 2021 Historical Romance Book Bingo – This year I’m challenging myself to hit a bingo on all sorts of prompts for the historical romance genre. I quite enjoy reading these novels so I am looking forward to branching out and trying new authors and stories in the new year.
So that’s some highlights of 2020 and a quick rundown of my vision for 2021 – what are your plans? Are you happy to be moving onto a new year? Leave a comment and let me know!