Books and Other Things I’m Thankful for in 2020

Hello lovelies! How have you all been doing? It’s been over a month since my last blog post and I’ve missed you guys so much!

I’m so sorry for disappearing for so long. I had no idea I’d be absent from here for so long.

The last couple of months have been my worst months of 2020 to be honest and I’m so glad this year is almost over. I know things aren’t going to magically be better on January 1st, 2021 but I’m still looking forward to be putting 2020 behind me soon.

Recently I’ve been thinking about what I’ve been thankful for in 2020 and while the list isn’t very long, there are things, and books especially, that I’m thankful to have had in my life during this crazy year. And I wanted to share those books and things here with you guys.

The last week especially I have been very thankful for my friend and fellow bookseller Emily, who introduced me to comics and specifically, to DC comics. I’ve spent most of the year reading Batman and Redhood comics and obsessing over Young Justice and Titans (Now on HBO Max!) and these characters, especially Jason Todd, have helped keep me sane over this crazy year. So despite all the emotional trauma these books and shows have caused, I’m very thankful to Emily for pestering me until I read/watched them.

This is BY FAR the most relatable moment of Under the Redhood
and applies to every comic reader, new or old.

In addition to comics there are also several books that have helped me through this year. After losing my job in March due to COVID I sought out comfort in books. I also wanted to continue my life as a bookseller in the best way I could, so I started this blog and joined NetGalley. My dream for 2021 is to take the skills my degrees taught me, and apply them it a career in publishing.

So these are the books I’m most thankful for in 2020:

I’m thankful for Harrow for several reasons, but most thankful for its representation of mental health. Muir does an amazing job representing some of the darkest sides of mental health and I am thankful for her courage to write Harrow and give voice to a topic that is difficult to discuss.

This year I’ve read quite a few Queer romance novels and they have quite literally changed my life. Thanks to these books I’m more comfortable with myself and I was able to come out to my family and friends–something I wasn’t sure I’d ever do.

It feels weird adding Addie to this list when I haven’t finished reading it. But even less than half way through I know it’ll be one of the most impactful books on my life, not just in 2020. I have to take my time reading Addie because it brings up so many emotions for me. Emotions I don’t like acknowledging, let alone feeling. But I know working through those emotions is important and I am so thankful that Addie is helping work through them.

I fee like there should be more books on this list, I’ve read so many great ones this year, but perhaps three is enough. In a year that has been filled with so much chaos, these books have helped me stay afloat, and they have taught me that no matter how I feel, I’m never alone.

This year I’m also thankful for my pets. October was by far the hardest month this year, as my family lost two of our fur-babies within a day of each other. Missy was 20 and Annie was 10 and I miss them everyday. The house feels empty without them. I still check for Missy every time I go into our garage and I still head to the kitchen every night at 5pm to feed Annie.

But even with losing them we also gained something. On Halloween, the day after we lost Annie, I went to the grocery store to grab somethings for dinner. As I pulled into a parking spot I happened to look down at the car one spot over, and across from me, and I saw a kitten. A few minutes later with the help of some other shoppers I had this little one in my hand and I drove home. I’m not one to believe in fate but I guess the world decided my family needed some love. We called her Luna.

I’m also thankful for Sydney who I adopted over the summer. These two have brought us all so much happiness this year and for that I am thankful.

Finally, I’m also thankful for this community. I’m not the best at interacting on social media thanks to impostor syndrome and anxiety, but the bookish community has been wonderful to be a part of and I’m so thankful to all of you. I’m looking forward to expanding and deepening my connection with this community in the years to come.

Thank you all so much for reading this post, and all of my posts. I don’t expect to be very active on here through the end of the year but I will at least be posting a few reviews of books and comics as I finish up the year. These last few weeks of 2020 I’ll be focusing on my family and friends, job/internship hunting, and caring for myself in general.

I’m very much looking forward to 2021 and all its possibilities.


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