Update: Another Year Almost Over & Another About To Begin!

Wow. So here we are, the end of 2018 and almost the start of 2019. This year has certainly been a rollercoaster for me and overall, I’ve enjoyed the ride. I apologise for my disappearing act over the past two weeks, certain things in my personal life have meant that I had little time for this blog. Still, things should be OK, now that the festive period is over and this blog should now be on its now schedule!

Before we jump into my past few weeks of activity, I just want to spend a little time talking about my 2019 plans for this blog and blogging in general. Firstly, I want to say a huge thank you to all the people who took the time to spend some of their time reading my blog. It really means a lot to me and certainly helped me to keep things going when things were getting tough. So what is going on in 2019?

Well, the blog is definitely going to continue and (hopefully) on the same schedule as 2018: Mondays are update posts, Wednesday and Fridays are whatever posts that pop into my head. Also, there will be Humble Monthly posts on the Saturday after the Friday when the new monthly bundle is released; as well as on Thursdays, I’ll be continuing A Year of My Life in Games series.  I’ll also be posting video game reviews as and when I can on Fridays, both on this blog and also on Upon Completion.

Speaking of Upon Completion, my good friend Khinjarsi has come up with a fantastic challenge to help us make a dent in out Steam library backlogs. I believe she is writing a post on Upon Completion about it, so I won’t go into the details just yet but stay tuned!

OK, I think that’s all the blog talking I want to do for the time being, so let’s move onto what I’ve been getting up to…

 

What have I been reading?

Despite it being a busy time of year, I did manage to read five books in the past two weeks. The first was Caraval, a young adult novel that I kept hearing a lot about. This turned out to be a fanastic read, filled with magic, making it suitable for a December read. I’ll be looking to pick up its sequel, Legendary, in the new year.

The next three books are all ones I make a point of reading every December around Christmas Eve. They are: The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeA Christmas Carol and Letters from Father Christmas. All of them are, in my opinion, timeless classics that I love re-reading at this time of year.

The final book was another re-read, but one I haven’t read since around 2014 and that is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Like Caraval, this seemed like a rather suitable read for the time of the year, as it focuses on a magical circus. This is another book I would recommend people read over the winter season.

I thought I’d update your guys, I managed to achieve my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2018! Yep, I managed to read 65 books over the course of twelve months. I think for 2019, I will aim for 70 books, as I want to read some light novels and manga, which wouldn’t take very long to read. I’ll keep you guys updated on my progress!

 

What have I been playing?

No screenshots this time, as I haven’t had a chance to take any. I’ve mainly been playing on my Switch, which I’m well and truly in love with. I finished Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee! just before Christmas and while I haven’t caught all the Pokemon, I happy enough with getting all eight gym badges and defeating the Elite Four.

My parents gave me Fire Emblem Warriors for Christmas, which is sort of a cross between Fire Emblem and Dynasty Warriors . So far, I’m having a blast playing it. I’m taking my time with this one but I’m over half way through, so I reckon it will take me another week to two weeks to finish.

In the Christmas sales, I managed to pick three more Switch games to keep me busy: Octopath Traveller, Starlink: Battle For Atlas and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. So, if you guys think I’m getting on top of my gaming backlog, think again!

 

What’s going on with the blog?

So, Daily December failed a little bit this year, which was unfortunate. Still, I managed to get some more posts out, which were:

This week, I’m hoping to get things back on track with a Top Five list for games releasing in 2019 on Wednesday; a look at game I played released in 1997 on Thursday and on Saturday, a look at the games in the first Humble Monthly Bundle of 2019.

 

And that was my week fortnight! Let me know what you been getting up over the festive period and what you’re looking forward to in the New Year, in the comments below and I’ll talk to you soon!

Happy New Year!

 

 

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