Quarterly Wrap Up,  Yearly Wrap Up

oct – dec 2019; it’s a wrap

Am I two months late for a wrap up and fallen behind on everything blog and booktube? Yup!

The last three months of 2019 were good on a lot of fronts, but in November, my external harddrive crashed, and I panicked about losing EVERYTHING on it. Because of that, I stepped back from blogging and my booktube, and even though we managed to get all my data back, it has taken me until now to get back on here!

I have been writing, however, and I have made the step to look for freelance writing jobs. I also celebrated my birthday in October! That was great, and after that, I broke my book buying ban. I’ll be eventually filming a haul video because some of the books only reached in 2020 thanks to the Malaysian post system.

October also saw two new babies in the family – my sister and my sister in law both had baby boys a few days apart. My daughter is thrilled to have more baby brothers!

Here’s hoping 2020 is awesome!

Short bullet point list of things I am happy about!

  • Couple of custom orders on the bookmark front that had to be paused because of the harddrive crash, but I was very excited about that.
  • BookTube, when I was posting, was going well!
  • I have talked to a few people about freelancing, and I might be working for them part time!
  • I started a new WIP and I love it a lot, I’m hoping to finish draft one in 2020!

I was very happy with my reading for 2019!

  • Goodreads Challenge: 25/5 books read.
    I loved almost all of my reads, and only DNF-ed one!
  • #YARC2019: 11/10 books read.
    Some of the book reviews are not up yet, but I hit my (very low) target!
  • Currently Reading: Realm Of Ash by Tasha Suri
    This is a February 2020 update, and it is my first book of the year.
  • Next On My List: There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
    My copy finally reached, and this is something I am sure I can finish quickly!

There were no new posts in December and most of November, but I did like some of the stuff I posted, so check them out!

The first quarter of 2020 is already looking a little less productive on the blogging and reading front, but I hope to be back blogging properly soon!

How was your 2019 and how is your 2020 looking so far?

I’m Ara, a Southeast Asian writer who someday hopes to have published a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. I love books and food and television and blogging and I get distracted and sidetracked easily.


  • Olivia Roach

    Welcome back to blogging and I am looking forward to seeing more posts. I love the sound of doing some freelance working and things on the side. I hope that comes to fruition. I have been enjoying following along on your bookstagram meanwhile 🙂

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