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Happy New Year: Blogging/Reading Updates

happy new year


I hope y’all enjoyed the holidays. I spent a few, blissful days with my mum at the countryside before coming back to Nairobi on the 29th. My break is now over. I am back to work for the next 3 weeks but will take the last week of January off for final plans before the wedding on February 2nd.


2018:  Bookish Highlights

2018 Reading Challenge: 60 books

Actual books read: 124.

Reading/blogging highs: Interacting with y’all, receiving so many wonderful ARCs, discovering so many great reads


Favorite 2018 Reads:


  • All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
  • Her Last Move by John Marrs
  • Us against You by Fredrick Backman
  • The Almost Wife by Jade Beer
  • The Tea girl of Humming Bird Lane by Lisa See
  • The Retreat by Mark Edwards
  • One of Us in Lying by Karen McManus
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Scandal by Fredrick Backman
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
  • Kindred by Olivia Butler
  • The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips



Favorite series: Detective Natalie Ward by Carol Wyer, DI Gina Harte by Carla Kovach,  Detective Tom Fabian by Richard Parker, DI Amy Winter by Caroline Mitchell.


2018 Bookish Regrets:


  1. Not reading enough of my own titles
  2. Over-requesting books on NetGalley hence reading ARCs like it is part of my job. The pressure to meet deadlines was real. I managed to clear my shelf by December, 2018 and honestly feel so relieved.


Plans for 2019

So you already know my personal plans, wedding, wedding, marriage and all that comes with that 😀

wedding plans


  1. Lighter reads – I had a random idea yesterday that I should probably read lighter books and if possible, romance novels for the next month. I don’t read romance but I figured that it would be a good genre to read just before and after the wedding. Fits in with the season, will fill my mind with the good stuff hence distracting me from the stressful planning and worrying about whether I can still fit in my gown after all the holiday eating I did.


I just finished reading Good Samaritans by Will Carver and I am currently reading Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. Next up is The Mother in Law by Sally Hepworth.

Yes, yes I hear you, all these are thrillers but I promise you, I will find me a nice lighter read after this.

Probably will read the following books which are already on my shelf:


  • Five Days by Douglas Kennedy
  • Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
  • One Day in December by Josie Silver
  • The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

I’ll probably throw in a couple of thrillers in-between the love stories, just to keep things normal 😀

2. Read my own books – This has been my goal for a while now but I think I will be able to achieve it this year. As I have mentioned, I cleared my NetGalley shelf last year. Let’s see how the rest of the year goes.

Due to what is happening in my personal life, I will probably be reading and blogging less until after the wedding…maybe.I will still be around, just not as much as before, I think, I don’t know, maybe nothing will change. Okay, lets just see how it goes.

I look forward to interacting with y’all though. Please don’t do too much damage to my TBR with all your fab recommendations 😀

Cheers and once again, Happy New Year!


40 comments on “Happy New Year: Blogging/Reading Updates

  1. nasaye
    January 4, 2019

    Congratulations on your wedding. I am praying that it all goes well.
    I didn’t achieve my reading goals for 2018 but I did enjoy almost all of the 45 books I read.

    • Diana
      January 4, 2019

      Thanks Nasaye. Amen.

      I am glad that you enjoyed most of your 2018 reads even if not all of them. That is definitely a win in my books. Happy 2019.

  2. Wonderful post! I read lots of women’s fiction mixed in with my psychological thrillers, it’s actually perfect combination in my humble opinion! Enjoy and happy happy wedding!💕💕

    • Diana
      January 4, 2019

      Thank you, Berit. I haven’t read a lot of women fiction or romance but definitely hoping to have more of both genres on my TBR this month.

      Thank you ❤

  3. Inge | The Belgian Reviewer
    January 4, 2019

    Oh the countdown has now really begun! I’m so happy for you, it will be the most wonderful day! Love your idea of reading a bit more romance with the wedding in sight, and of course reading more of your own novels this year. That one’s also a resolution of mine and I already read one so, so far so good :-).

    • Diana
      January 4, 2019

      Yaas, can’t believe that we now have less than a month to go. Stressful but mostly exciting. Thanks you so much Inge ❤

      Yeah, thought i'd read more romance now. Its the right season.

      Best of luck with your reading goals. I hope you enjoyed the title that you read. Good Samaritans and Our Kind of Cruelty are from my own TBR so I am off to a good start too though fell off the wagon today and got 3 ARCs. I hope that won't be the trend.

  4. Shalini
    January 4, 2019

    Enjoy your wedding and your marriage… Take one day at a time. Read at your own pace. Just have fun Diana. All my love and best wishes to you 😘❤️

    • Diana
      January 4, 2019

      Thank you so much Shalini, for everything ❤

      I love what you said about the pacing. Will keep that in mind.

  5. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles
    January 4, 2019

    Wedding!!! So happy for you!
    I like to squeeze lighter reads between crime fiction novels, and I even read some romance recently! Everything can happen, haha!

    • Diana
      January 4, 2019

      haha everything can happen. I can’t wait to discover some wonderful lighter reads.

      Thanks Meggy ❤

  6. noveldeelights
    January 4, 2019

    Oh, it’s getting so close now! How exciting!

    • Diana
      January 4, 2019

      Less than a month to go 😀 Thanks Eva.

  7. Holly B / Dressedtoread
    January 4, 2019

    Great goals! and Congrats on the wedding planning. I’ve started picking up a few “romance” type novels lately just for a change of pace. I think its a great idea. I just finished Things You Save in A Fire by Katherine Carter and Loved it! I also have a Colleen Hoover that I want to get too. ❤

    • Diana
      January 12, 2019

      Thank you so much Holly.I’ve been seeing Things You Save in a Fire around.Definitely one I’d like to read.Glad you enjoyed it.

      Have a wonderful 2019 ❤

  8. jennifertarheelreader
    January 4, 2019

    Your wedding is coming up so fast, Diana! How exciting! I love your idea of reading romances before and after the wedding. I hope you enjoy The Mother-in-Law. It’s more suspense than thriller, but oh-so-good! Enjoy this exciting time, Diana! ♥️

    • Diana
      January 13, 2019

      Thank you so much Jennifer.It really is an exciting time.Had a surprise bridal shower yesterday,its all so real now.

      I can’t wait to read Mother in Law soon.

      His e a wonderful 2019 ❤

  9. Sucker For Coffee
    January 4, 2019

    Happy New Year! ♥️ Congrats on your wedding, love is such a beautiful thing. 💕 All the best in your goals, I hope you achieve them all.

    • Diana
      January 13, 2019

      Thank you dear and happy new year to you too.I hope 2019 brings you many wonderful books and joy in all areas of your life ❤

  10. Norrie
    January 4, 2019

    Happy new year!
    We share a lot of favourites for 2018 ❤ 🙂
    I just bought Her Last Move and i'm super excited.

    Good luck with all the wedding stuff!

    • Diana
      January 13, 2019

      Thanks Norrie and happy new year to you too.

      Glad to hear that we have a number of 2018 favourites in common. Hoping we will discover even more fabulous books this year 🙂

  11. anovelglimpse
    January 4, 2019

    Way to blow your reading goal out of the water!
    I loved seeing All Your Perfect, One of Us is Lying and Beartown on your favorites list. 🙂

    • Diana
      January 13, 2019

      I loved those 3 books. Can’t wait to see what 2019 brings 🙂 Have a fab year.

  12. B Lostinacoulee
    January 5, 2019

    Happy New Year, Diana! I wish the best for you on your wedding!

    Great post! I enjoyed reading your post!

    • Diana
      January 13, 2019

      Thank you so much.Have a fab 2019 ❤

  13. Raney Simmon
    January 5, 2019

    Happy New Year and congrats on your upcoming nuptials. Hope you and your partner have many happy years together.

    • Diana
      January 13, 2019

      Thank you so much,Raney ❤ Your wonderful wish has made me smile.

  14. Fafa's Book Corner
    January 5, 2019

    Great post! Good luck with the goals ☺️

    • Diana
      January 12, 2019

      Thank you.Have a wonderful 2019 ❤

  15. carhicks
    January 5, 2019

    Some great selections Diana, I put a few on my TBR. You have an exciting 2019 coming up so buckle up and enjoy!

    • Diana
      January 13, 2019

      I can’t wait to see all that 2019 will bring.Thanks Carla ❤ Have a wonderful year.

  16. Cozynookbks
    January 5, 2019

    Congrats on your upcoming wedding. I didn’t realize it was in early February. All the best to you!! 🥰
    I hope you’ll like your romance book choices, Diana. They’ll be a huge change for you.
    Oh….and good job clearing your netgalley books!! I can’t even finish the three I need to review on there. 🤦🏽‍♀️ I plan to read more of what’s already on my shelves this year. I hope I can stick to that.

    • Diana
      January 13, 2019

      Thank you so much,Laurie. 3 weeks to the wedding now 🙂 Can’t wait to discover some romance.Still reading thrillers at the moment though 😀

      All the best to us.May we be able to read more of our own books this year. Have a fab 2019 ❤

      • Cozynookbks
        January 13, 2019

        Thank you, Diana!! 🤗
        I wish you the very best with the wedding!! I hope you and your hubby will have a long, blissful life together. 🎉🎊 I’m so happy for you.
        We can’t help it with those thrillers. I love my romance books, but I get antsy for a good thriller, true crime or police procedural after a while. And I love reading about the ones others have enjoyed. I just wish I had more time to spend reading. 😉
        Wishing you an incredible 2019 too, Diana. 🥰

  17. queenpea77
    January 7, 2019

    Happy New Year! And congratulations on your wedding/marriage. All the very best to you for 2019!

    • Diana
      January 12, 2019

      Thank you.Have a wonderful 2019.

  18. Annie
    January 7, 2019

    I might do some ligther reads too… but I need my murders lol ❤ Wish you the best this year!

    • Diana
      January 12, 2019

      Haha murders keep things normal as far as reading goes.Thanks Annie.Have a fab 2019 ❤

  19. Claire 'Word by Word'
    January 23, 2019

    Oh what great news, a wedding, congratulations Diana, that’s fabulous. I wish you both a long and happy life together and I hope you still have time to read as many books as you wish. 2019 is going to be an unforgettable year for you, the beginning of the next phase in your life. Go be you!

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