My year in books: 2019

I’m quite happy that 2019 is officially over. It wasn’t exactly an easy year for me in many ways, mostly personally (but what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger… right). However, I seem to have outdone myself with my reading goals. I’ve finished 30 books although I planned to tackle only 25. I hit the 10 000 read pages target (with the help of a couple hefty tomes). I participated in the ‘Back to the Classics Challenge 2019‘ and read 6 classics. I tried out new formats: 2 non-fiction books, 2 short story collections, a novella, and a poetry book (those who know me, know that I’m not a fan of poetry… but turns out there are exceptions). Finally, I kept up a good balance between books in English (22 books) and books in Latvian (I read 8 books in my mother tongue).

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The good, the bad and everything else in between of 2016

I know 2016 seems to be the year everyone wants to see going and not returning. We have lost a lot (and I mean a lot) of great artists even in the last week or so, there have been interesting political decisions (good or bad – we will see in the upcoming years) and some sort of general dissatisfaction with everything in the society (at least I got that kind of feeling). For me personally, after all the changes and big decisions I went through in 2015, the last year has been mostly ok (with exception of one or two episodes). So here what has happened: Continue reading “The good, the bad and everything else in between of 2016”