My Favorite Reads of 2020

My Favorite Reads of 2020

Ah, 2020. What a year, one I’d rather not ever have to relive! Please don’t send time machines back there, it’s not worth it!

I set lofty goals for myself on January 1, hoping I’d be able to read 60 books in 365 days. I’d read 50 the year before, so what was 10 more? Plus, with as much as I was traveling at the end of 2019, I had plenty of uninterrupted reading time on planes and trains. I assumed that would carry over into 2020.

Ha. Right. I think we all know how that turned out.

In the end, I read 45 books. Which, all things considered, is a pretty incredible feat. There were years when I only read 20 books, and worse years where I only read 5. To me, managing to read more than 1 book a month is amazing, so I’m still proud that I read anything at all. Sure, I would have loved to hit my Goodreads goal, but it’s not the end of the world.

What did disappoint me, though, was the quality of a lot of the books I read. It wasn’t hard to pick my top 5 of 2020 because… well, there were only 5 books out of the 45 that I really enjoyed.

Anyway, here’s everything I read in 2020 and my favorites of the bunch!

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My Favorite Reads of 2019

My Favorite Reads of 2019

Ah, 2019. Another year (almost) gone. It was… a time. Some of it was great, some of it not-so-great. But you know what was great? The number of books I managed to read!

50 books, y’all! I’m so proud of myself! Just a couple years ago, I was barely managing to read 10 books, if that. So the fact that I managed to hit 50 in 2019 makes me so happy. I love reading and I feel like I missed out on so much during the time where I barely had the energy to pick up a book.

I also really enjoyed having this blog to share what I read. While I may not have managed to write a post every single month, I still blogged about everything I read. That’s another feat I’m proud of! I’ll never call myself a real book blogger (I couldn’t degrade the real book bloggers by doing that) but writing about books is fun.

Anyway, here’s everything I read in 2019 and my favorites of the bunch!

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My Favorite Environmentally Conscious Clothing Stores

My Favorite Environmentally Conscious Clothing Stores

Here are a few things you should know about me: I like shopping for clothes. I like saving money. And I believe in climate change (and I’m trying to do my own personal part in cutting back on my contribution to it)

Those three things are often at odds with each other. If you want to save money when buying clothes, you tend to buy cheaper products, which are often “fast fashion” items. Fashion in general has a massive impact on the planet, as the apparel industry is one of the biggest industrial polluters. Many fast fashion items are made from materials (usually plastics) that can release more pollutants into the water supply with each wash, or they just end up in a landfill when the pieces aren’t purchased or fall apart after a few wears, thanks to lackluster quality.

Since becoming more aware of the impact that the apparel industry has, I’ve tried to implement a few rules into my shopping habits:

1. Buy less
2. Buy better quality pieces that last longer
3. Choose natural fibers with a low eco-impact OR fibers produced sustainably OR fibers than can be recycled
4. Donate/recycle old clothes
5. Buy second-hand

In all, that mainly breaks down in the classic 3 R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. I apply that to other aspects of my life, so I should apply it to fashion as well.

Of course, I’m not perfect! I sometimes shop at places like Forever 21 or Boohoo, stores that are known for fast fashion. Plus, I don’t make that much money, so I understand not being able to afford more environmentally friendly yet more expensive pieces. However, over the next few years, I really want to start investing in better quality clothing/accessories and reducing the amount that I buy.

Now, I’m a noted online shopper (another bad habit of mine) but I’ve started patronizing more environmentally conscious online-only stores. Sometimes it’s nice to not have to leave your own home to shop, you know? (Of course, the shipping process has its own environmental impact, but that’s a whole ‘nother story…)

If you’d like to know my current top sites & stores for sustainable fashion, read on!

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Favorite Books of 2018

Favorite Books of 2018

Once upon a time, I had lofty dreams of being a book blogger. I wanted to read hundreds of books a year, take pretty pictures of them, and carefully analyze their messages.

But, uh… I am not capable of that. I’m lazy, crappy at taking photographs, and I don’t have the vocabulary to truly describe a book past I loved it!!! It’s taken some time, but I’ve finally come to terms with those facts—although that doesn’t mean I won’t be posting about some of my favorite books.

So now that 2018 is drawing to a close, I can share my favorite reads of the year!

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