21 bookish post ideas for 2021

This year I’ve decided not to take part in a yearly review of 2020. There’s going to be a lot of people saying how much they’ve achieved over the previous year. But I’m very aware so many others missed out on many of their yearly goals due to the pandemic. All things considered, 2020 was a good year for me but I’m not thinking going over why would be all that tasteful right now. For many, making it through 2020 was the biggest achievement for the year, something that should be celebrated as the past year has not been easy.

Instead of a yearly review I thought I’d be fun to keep things light-hearted and looking forward. I know many have entered this year tired and as a blogger I know I came into 2021 exhausted on the writing front. So, after some brainstorming (and some searching on Pinterest) I gathered 21 bookish post ideas to help us kickstart 2021. If you’re struggling for post ideas give these a read, there’ll be something you can draw inspiration from.

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My reading bucket list for the New Year

This year has been a bit of a mess for those of us who set yearly goals. When we were writing out new years resolutions none of us could have predicted what was to come. I don’t know about you, but I’ve completed less than half my goals because many of them, like doing a 10K charity run, simply couldn’t happen due to safety concerns.

This got me thinking when it came to plan my goals for 2021 and what type of goals would be even feasible with the current state of the world. Then there was the question of are goals even the right thing to me making for the new year, can my mental heath handle that added pressure? After a bit of thinking and talking to those who know me the best, I’ve decided to set as little goals as possible and instead create bucket lists of things I’d like to do next year. Sure, there will be some goals being made, I’ll still have financial ones, business ones and even an updated Goodreads challenge, but there won’t be many. Life is too unpredictable right now for big set targets.

The idea is that bucket lists take off some pressure that a goal would do but still gives me some form of direction for the year. They also feel far more exciting and intimate than a big end of year goal. I’ll also get more satisfaction by crossing off many small activities over the year, I think that will help keep me motivated.

So, in the name of all thing bookish I’m going to share with you my reading bucket lists for 2021. I’ll still be doing the Goodreads challenge throughout the year, but I haven’t decided if I want to aim for 25 or 30 books this year, I struggled enough with 20 this year.

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This or That – book tag

A few weeks ago, I was tagged by Riddhi from Whispering Stories to do the This or That book tag. I’ve seen a few variations of this tag flying around, but I really liked the questions on this particular one. It’s just a bit of fun and is a nice way for you guys to get to know me a little better too.

As tradition will all tag, please do check out Riddhi’s blog and show her some love. You’re more than welcome to do the tag yourself even if I didn’t tag you in this post. If I did tag you and you want to give it a go, pop a link back to this post at the start.

OK, lets get on with it!

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Why I’m learning to write negative book reviews

Leaving negative reviews of books has become a tad of a controversial topic in the book community. There’s been a fair amount of discourse over if anyone really benefits from them and if it’s morally OK for people to be writing them in the first place. Once you’ve gotten past that debate you then come to the question of what is even classes as a negative review? Is three stars a negative review, but three and a half a positive one? Very quickly you can find yourself overwhelmed with a lot of people with a whole bunch of strong opinions.

In all my years of blogging I’ve never published a negative review on my blog (I class a review of under three stars to be negative). Goodreads yes, but here on Lost in the Story no. My reasoning behind it was why waste time reviewing a book I didn’t enjoy? Why spend all that time going through the book a second time making notes when I didn’t enjoy it? I also had the opinion that there was enough negativity in the world, and I didn’t want to be adding to that. All of that combined with the fact I tend to dnf books I don’t enjoy meant I never really had to face these problems.

However, I wouldn’t be writing this post if my thoughts on the matter hadn’t changed to some degree. Over the past few months, I’ve been doing some thinking and I want to break down for you why I’m now learning to write negative reviews of books.

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