Welcome to the year 2021 – let it be a lot better than 2020 was.
Let’s face it, 2020 was dominated by the pandemic and so many other things that are too numerous to mention. It’s a year that many will be glad to put behind us, myself included. However, while stuck in self-quarantine, I vowed to make the best of the situation and continue to do something that I always love to do: read!
For me, doing something positive is always the best medicine after dealing with the day to day of pandemic life. So, I made sure to read and review plenty of stories this year!
For 2020, I published 89 posts for this blog. I don’t know how many words that is, I just know that it’s a lot. 🙂 Let’s break it down into categories:
Brand new, never before seen book reviews: 37
Older book reviews added to the ever-expanding Reading Room: 30
Short Story Corners: 20. These posts encompassed 7 brand new short story reviews and 13 older short story reviews.
Blog posts: 7
Audiobook reviews: 2
We tried some new things this year. A post on free ebooks and ebook sales to enjoy during self-quarantine. A short story review was published on Black Friday that was titled “Black Friday” which was also about Black Friday, with a twist. Some reviews for Christmas themed books in December. And a personal favorite of mine, a blog post about reviewing the books you read. (You can find that post right here, if you’d like to read it.)
Looking back on my goals for 2020, I wasn’t able to follow through on more doing more author interviews. However, I would like to do that this year! So, be on the lookout for that going forward.
I also wasn’t able to follow through on applying for a press pass for either Book Expo America or New York Comic-Con. However, that is out of my control, as those conventions were cancelled due to the pandemic and became online-only events. Thanks, 2020!
It doesn’t look like 2021 is going to be any better either, but we shall see. If either of these events is able to happen live and in-person this year, and it is safe to do so, I shall apply for a press pass and attend. If not, then my promise will hold true for those conventions when they happen in 2022.
I have plenty of new content coming up in the next couple of months. Currently, I’m working on reviews for two anthologies, one novella and one audiobook. I have one anthology, six novels and one audiobook in my review queue as well. Also, I’m planning on adding more of my older reviews to the Reading Room of the Indie Athenaeum. (I’m going to have to put up more shelves in that room.)
To think that this blog has been around since April 2019 and is still going strong. We’re fast approaching the second anniversary of the Indie Athenaeum’s launch in April 2021 and we’ve got plenty of thorough book reviews in a variety of genres coming up this year!
I want to close this blog post by thanking everyone who has been an ardent supporter of the Indie Athenaeum. From each author I review, to old and new fans of the blog, I’m so thankful for each and every one of you. Every time someone shares a link on their social media, talks about one of our reviews, uses this blog as a way to find something new to read or find a new author that they’ve discovered, I smile that much more. This blog is a way for me to share the stories that I enjoy with as wide of an audience as possible.
The blog has even gotten many more subscribers in 2020 as well – thank you! I’m so grateful for your interest and for your support! The independent publishing community is a terrific one. They are also wonderfully talented and demonstrate this with the remarkable stories they write. They’re also filled with people who care, are positive and immensely supportive. I’m indebted to you all for your constant attention and appreciation of this blog as it continues to grow and I remain humbled at everyone’s enthusiasm about the reviews posted here.
Hope is coming in 2021 in the form of a vaccine and hopefully there will eventually be normalcy again. In the meantime, find a good book to read! If you need some recommendations, I happen to know of a website which reviews books that might help you with that particular problem. ***wink***
Take care and stay safe everyone!