Here’s looking at you, 2018.

Hi there!

Monthly wrap-ups aren’t really my thing, but the one thing I’ve been doing religiously ever since I started this blog (in addition to showing off about it) is a yearly wrap-up.

So here’s a look at how this year was for me.

I started 2018 with a bang! I was vacationing in the US and came back to India only in the second week of 2018. I was refreshed, happy, and ready to win the world!

And it was all downhill from there.

clash royale running GIF by Clasharama

I didn’t have much time to read, work was draining, and the commute to work was killing me. But I bumbled along, just hoping for the best, and I have to say, it did help*!

*: Bumbling along is usually performed by experts who have no vision in life. Please don’t try this at home.

2018 wrap-up: Books

My goal was to read 50 books this year and I ended up reading 56!

happy happiness GIF

This was an excellent reading year for me, because I read a lot of brilliant books which will forever be residents of my Favourites list.

Review copies that I loved.

Backlist books that I loved.

Blog posts that weren’t reviews and raked in them views.

One of the main things This is Lit is known for (other than book reviews) is satirical articles. This year, I didn’t manage to write as many as last year. However, I did write a lot of different posts that both I and my readers seemed to love.

For the love of poetry, metaphors, and being extra.

I know I’ve showed off about this a lot already, but in April 2018, I participated in NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) and wrote 30 poems, one each day of April!

I hardly ever stick to plans, which is why finishing NaPoWriMo was such a big deal for me. I can’t say the same about NaNoWriMo, though, because I didn’t write a word in November.

 cat bag shame embarrassed tom and jerry GIF

I started the Banned Book Club.

It’s a little club where we read one historically challenged book each month. We have a Twitter chat and a Goodreads group, and I really like how interactive the members are.

I quit my first job out of college.

I’ve talked about this quite a lot but never in depth. I loved my first job out of college, but it required a lot of technical knowledge which I wasn’t a big fan of. And I didn’t see it taking me where I wanted to be, so I quit. I love my new job now!

I dabbled in a couple blog series.

2018 was the year of blog post series on This is Lit. In the beginning of the year, I started Authors Get Lit, where several award-winning authors guest posted about publishing, writing, and getting reviews for books.

And for the past couple of months, I’ve been doing the Wednesday Wisdom series, where I give tips for new book bloggers. It’s an ongoing series and you should definitely check it out if you need blogging and social promotion tips.

2019 goals

  • Read 70 books (more backlist books than review copies).
  • Write more short stories.

As always, I’m wrapping up this wrap-up with my favourite GIF of all time.


~ Shruti

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24 thoughts on “Here’s looking at you, 2018.

  1. Happy New Year, Shruti – I hope it’s a good one. I think you showed a lot of courage in leaving your first job after college, which is never easy. But we all spend so much time at work – if you don’t enjoy it, then find a way to change it. I’ve never regretted leaving a job, but I do regret sticking with a couple I should have not put up with. Good luck and I look forward to seeing where you take the blogging:)

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      1. No. I didn’t train to be a teacher until my mid-thirties – before that I did office work, which I didn’t enjoy all that much and before that I had a series of casual jobs as we moved around a lot. I’ve worked in shops, done chambermaiding, waitressing and washed up in a hotel kitchen… all part of Life’s rich tapestry! They were hard work, but I enjoyed shop work and working in a restaurant more than some of the offices.

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  2. I really enjoyed this wrap-up post. 🙂 We only had one book difference in the amount that we read! I read 57 which is way more than I usually make it though. I’ve set a goal to try and read 60 in the new year! Good luck with your goal of 70! 😀

    Well done for taking the plunge and changing jobs, it’s a really tough thing to do making a big change like that.

    Wishing you health and happiness for 2019!

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    1. Happy New Year, Becky! ❤️

      56 is way more than I usually make it, too! I’m rethinking setting 70 as my goal for this year. I read a lot of classics and big books too, so I don’t know if I’ll have time to make it to 70. But I’m going to try. 😅

      Good luck with your reading challenge! ❤️

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  3. I am not a fan of wrap ups as well, though I add recap on my weekly posts like a drill. I have read only 4 of your favorite books. Have a good week ahead.

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