Friday, 13 December 2019

5 Things I Want To Do Before The End of 2019

Hey lovely! I'd be lying if I said I was "okay" at the moment. My health is a bit of a shambles right now and it's making it difficult to keep up with blogging every three days. I don't feel guilty about prioritising my health over blogging but it is a shame that my physical and cognitive abilities get so impaired with no warning. So today I'm going to be keeping it light and share the five things that I want to do before the end of the year. I guess you could say it's a time-sensitive bucket list since there are only nineteen days left of 2019.

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Note: Thrice Upon a Dream has now moved to Wonder and Grey!

1. Finish Reading Mindhunter

The book, Mindhunter, has been a thorn in my side since 2012. I've tried numerous times to read it and never get too far before I eventually give up - but not this time! I'm almost halfway through at the moment and I'm determined to finish it before New Years Eve. 

I had hoped that my interest would be piqued having recently finished binge-watching the series on Netflix but alas I'm still struggling to stay focused. There are a few bits that I read too quickly or just don't stick so I find myself reading the same page over and over and there are chapters so long it takes me two or three sittings just to get to the end of that chapter. (I'm the kind of reader who prefers to finish a chapter before I stop reading but it's been near impossible while reading Mindhunter.)

Another setback I've had is that my copy of Mindhunter is so old that the pages are brown and I need to use a book light to read it - even in broad daylight. Otherwise it hurts my eyes. What even is that? It's just lucky that I have a book light or I might have already given up... again.

2. Finish Watching The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project has been up there as one of my favourite shows since it first aired because I think Mindy Kaling is an absolute goddess. But it became difficult to follow the show after it moved to Hulu and E4 dropped the show from its line-up so I spent years hoping and praying that the final seasons would become available for the UK market and finally they did.

So I'm about a season and a half away from finishing the show which means it's well within my reach but it relies on me having the time/space/focus to do nothing else because I lost the ability to multitask when I started struggling with brain fog. It's mostly frustrating for Matt because I rarely hear a single word he says but it can be incredibly frustrating for me too when I have to rewind the TV several times during a twenty minute episode just because my phone ended up in my hand and I started liking photos on Instagram. It happens more often than you'd think.

3. Finish Watching New Girl

Another show I'm racing to get through simply because I lost track of it while it was airing. I'll admit that New Girl has never been a favourite of mine since there are a lot of things that I dislike about it but most episodes do give me a giggle or two. So I've currently got two seasons left to watch and although I suspect I won't manage to get through it in time, I'm still hopeful that I can squeeze it in.

4. Read The Couple Next Door

I was quite intrigued by the summary for The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena which reads:


You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She's gone.

You've never had to call the police before. But now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

So I put a hold on it on the library's eBook borrowing system and it's finally time for me to get stuck in! Since time is of the essence, I do need to put Mindhunter on hold temporarily but I find I power through fiction a lot faster than I do non-fiction so I should be able to manage both books.

I suspect this will be one of those books that leaves me with a chewed up lip as a result of my anxiety but I've heard really good things and I'm really looking forward to giving it a read.

5. Set My Goodreads Reading Goal for 2020

A highlight of every year is setting a new Goodreads reading goal for the next year. This year I set my goal in February and decided to aim for 25 books. At present, I've read 26 books in 2019 so I've already exceeded my goal and of course, I'm hoping to add Mindhunter and The Couple Next Door to this list too.

For 2020, I'd like to set a goal of 36 books. That's only three a month and I know that I could go way over that if I allowed myself the time to indulge in a good book but I also know that some months I really struggle because the words just won't go into my brain no matter how hard I try. So three a month seems like a realistic number - it doesn't put on too much pressure but it still encourages me to read often.

So there you have it - the five things I want to do before the end of 2019! What do you want to have achieved between now and the end of the year? Let me know in the comments!

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