Simone Read What? – January ’20

Simone Read What? – January ’20

Happy 2020! We have officially made it through the first month of a new decade. Isn’t the passage of time wild?

For this year, I’ve set my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal to 60 books. That’s up from last year’s goal of 48, where I actually ended up reading 50. So I figured, hey, what’s ten more books? Knowing me, I’ll probably regret that later in the year, but for now… I’m gonna give it my best shot.

For January, I also wanted to make a (tiny) dent in my physical TBR pile. I’m talking about the hundreds (yes, hundreds, shame on me) of unread books that are sitting in my house. I have this problem of buying tons and tons of books and then just never getting around to reading them, so one of my resolutions for this year is to really start getting that number of unread books down.

Anyway, here’s everything I read in January!

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Why I Decided to Take Down All That is Gold

Why I Decided to Take Down All That is Gold

At the end of January, I’m going to be taking down a story of mine from Wattpad that has been posted there since 2015.

That story is All That is Gold, a fun, messy, satirical take on a high school hierarchy that used to bring me such joy. These days, though? No joy to be found, not an ounce in sight. And if I’ve learned anything from the lovely Marie Kondo, it’s to get rid of the things that don’t bring you joy.

It makes me really sad that I can’t feel joyful about that story anymore. Was it ever a favorite of mine? Goodness, no! But I loved the twists and turns, the character development and regression, and the commentary on our capitalist society. It was fun!! It was trashy!! It was a good time!!

And there are so many people out there who feel the same way about it. There are people who love that story and call it one of their favorites. I can’t possibly tell you just how much that means to me. I will always cherish the people who have been kind to me over the years and have shown me so much love. They’re the ones who make braving this scary internet world worth it.

But there’s definitely a lot of bad that comes with the good, and at this point, after five years, the bad has beaten me down. It’s stolen my joy, and the only way I can think of to get it back is to take down this story.

Plenty of people have asked me to explain why I’m planning to take it down, so let me share with you, point by point, why that’s going to be happening and what I’ve faced over the years. 

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