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Thank you for 500 Followers! 💗

Happy Friday, bibliophiles!

This is certainly a great way to start off my April!

I mentioned in my March Wrap-Up yesterday that I’d recently hit 500 followers! So I wanted to make a post to commemorate the milestone.

My goal in blogging was never to gain followers. My main goal was to create a space to share the things I love—books, music, writing, movies, and much more. But it truly warms my heart to think that 500 of you—500 of you!!!—loved the space that I’ve created, and genuinely enjoy what I put out into the world. So to all of you who have followed, liked, commented, and shared the love, I owe you a heartfelt thank you. This community has been such a welcoming one through and through, and each and every one of you has made it that way.

I’d like to take the time to thank some of my fellow book bloggers who’ve helped me along this journey—Éimhear, Sarah, Julie, Beck, Brianna, Syl, Sabrina, Bertie, Elli, Hundreds & Thousands, Ahaana, Rachel, Saniya, Cherry, Ritz, Brooke, Maddie, Cherelle, Phoenix, and everyone else who’s taken the time to read, share, and respond to my thoughts. (And my parents, of course!) Being in this community with you all has opened up my eyes to so many perspectives, and I’ve formed so many valuable bonds—and found so many new books to read! Thanks for sticking around. Here’s to loads more wonderful books. 💗

Love,

Madeline

Today’s song:

hey, I had to do SOMETHING for April Fool’s Day…

That’s it for this post! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” (A Brief Announcement)

This is going to be a super quick post, but I just wanted to briefly celebrate something.

Yours truly–The Bookish Mutant–now has 100 followers!

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Though I’m not going to do anything fancy here to celebrate, I do want to thank all of you. For sticking around, for liking, sharing, and supporting my posts, and bonding over a shared love of books, among other things. Lots of love to you all 💗💗💗

For consistency’s sake, here’s today’s song:

I recently downloaded Henry Jackman’s score to X-Men: First Class. So far, it’s not my favorite score of all time, but it’s certainly genius in its own way. Even just the addition of an electric guitar and bass to an ordinary orchestra made all the difference. Mutant and proud. ❌

 

Again, thank you all for supporting me/this blog through it all! Have a great rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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2019

December 31, 2019. The end of the year, the end of a decade. I normally do end-of-the-year recaps on this blog, but this is the first of this scope, really.

And looking back, I’m honestly baffled about how far I’ve come–not in the span of a year, no, but in the span of 10. I mean, I was toddling into elementary school for the first time when the decade began. Now I’m about halfway through high school, hopefully a bit wiser and more mature. But this decade has been one of many transitions, realizations, and so much growth. [pats self on the back] you did it, kiddo!

Now, let’s zoom in on 2019. Last year was a year of growing into a new skin, of realizing who I was and what I might want to do. This year, for me, was about becoming confident in said skin, and for the most part? I think it was a success. 2019 certainly had its ups and downs, but I’d say it’s a step up from the last…oh, three years or so. Not quite so awful as 2016, and not perfect, but certainly better.

It’s been an amazing year for books, in my opinion. I honestly don’t remember another time when I’ve stacked so many books on my Top 10 list, or given so many books of one year 5 stars (Aurora Rising, The Pioneer, King of Scars, Like a Love Story, etc.) . Of course, this was also a year of new series, so…fingers crossed that Aurora Burning and The Survivor (among others) won’t disappoint. We had a load of amazing movies, and lots of franchises coming to an end along with the decade. (Avengers: Endgame, Dark Phoenix, The Rise of Skywalker), and several other movies that certainly need mentioning (Captain Marvel, Jojo Rabbit, Spiderman: Far From Home, Joker, Knives Out, etc.) I’ve discovered an onslaught of great artists, thanks to Apple Music, and I went to Canada for the first time. I started a WIP that I’ve been neglecting to write for a good three years, and I completed another year of NaNoWriMo. Oh, and Trump got impeached. THANK. GOD. I mean, there’s no way he’s getting removed from office [ahem], but hey, it’s a start. Blegh. Again, 2016. What a dumpster fire.

But one thing that I find fairly notable is that I’ve starting to take this book blogging thing semi-seriously. I’ve started participating in tags, I’ve found a bunch more lovely blogs, and gotten so much insight into this cozy little world. So I’d like to thank all of you reading this, for liking and commenting on my posts, tagging me/following along with tags, and for just sticking around.

With that said, there’s a few improvements that I think I’ll start making to this blog next year:

  • For my Book Review Tuesdays, I’m going to try and start going through books that aren’t in the 3-5 star range; it’s good to review stuff that’s not the best, after all. I’ll start putting my actual star ratings on there, along with some other info.
  • I’ll try and do weekly updates. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep up with monthly, but we’ll see how that goes.
  • At the end of every post, I’ll try and post a link to a song that I listened to/liked as I was writing it. I’m a very music-oriented person, and I thought it would just be a fun little addition. (Currently listening to Wilco’s “Red-Eyed and Blue”)
  • When NaNoWriMo/Camp NaNoWriMo season comes back around, I’ll try and put some updates on that as well.

 

So let’s make this next decade–and year–one of rising beyond, one of growth, improvement, and joy. [holds out lightsaber] Let’s do this.

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And while I’m at it, I’ll start on one of the things I said I’d improve on. Let’s end this post with a song.

I got into girpool in August, and though this isn’t my favorite of their songs, I think it perfectly captures the New Year’s Eve state of mind, and reflecting on how things used to be.

 

So thank you for spending this year with me. Have a great rest of your day…SEE YOU IN 2020

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