Highs and Lows of 2019

Highs and Lows of 2019


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2019 is over and here we are at the beginning of a new year and a new decade!


Can you believe it?

I have to admit that looking back at 2019 has reminded me of just how much has happened this year, and seeing people posting about what has changed for them during the last ten years has made me realise how busy life has been!


How has your 2019 been?

What have been the highs and lows?


Here are a few of mine, starting of course from a high as I am an eternal optimist:

We put an offer in on a house and were accepted, so we moved in earlier this year and have been working on doing it up ever since. At the end of 2019, we have managed to complete a lot of jobs, but there are still a few substantial ones to do. I know that your work is never really ‘done’ after buying a house, but I am looking forward to having finished most of the big jobs in early 2020.

One low was some health problems culminating in hospitalisation and surgery, just before we moved house. The NHS and every member of staff I met throughout the process was amazing, especially with helping me to come to terms with the fact that the surgery could lead to life-altering changes. Luckily, I have recovered well and some of the worst complications did not occur.

This high and this low have been the defining ones of my year, as recovering from illness and doing up the house has taken up so much of my time and energy, but there have been a host of other highlights too, such as:

  • Getting invited to blogger events, such as the Hot Key Books Blogger Brunches for Robert Muchamore and Katharine and Elizabeth Corr, the MCM Comic Con Blogger Brunch and the very first #PrimarySchoolBookClub Live Event. While I haven’t been as active in the community this year as usual, the friends I have made, the  lovely authors and publicists I’ve chatted to and the books I have discovered has made the Book Community a lovely place to be.
  • Getting the garden of our new house mostly sorted out and planting lots of fruit, vegetables and herbs – great to have fresh produce on hand, even if most plants won’t give us much yield until next year!
  • Having my family over to visit during Easter and visiting Austria to see my partner’s family in the summer, especially finally getting to spend a few days exploring Vienna after passing through without stopping for the past few days. I also got to see two friends from Japan who I had not had a chance to meet in nine years so that was pretty special.
  • Organising World Book Day for my entire school and several Book Fairs which allowed us to buy nearly £3000 of new books for the school library.
  •  There is one other massive highlight of my year, which I’ll be revealing tomorrow…

How has this year treated you?

What are you looking forward to in 2020?


Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and I hope that 2020 will be even better for you than 2019 was!


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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Happy New Year Christina! Hope 2020 is a wonderful year for you, and looking forward to this mysterious announcement tomorrow 💜💜

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    1. Happy New Year Amy! How quickly has this year gone?! Exciting things coming up in 2020 too, so I am looking forward to it! Hope the new year treats you well! x

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  2. Holly says:

    Glad you had a great 2019! Happy New Year!

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    1. Happy New Year! Hope 2020 treats you well!

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  3. Lilyfae says:

    Happy New Year Christina! Hope that the good parts of 2019 grow, blossom & fruit and the less wonderful are let go.
    And it is true, a house is never done, it’s just like the Forth Bridge, once you’ve think you’re finished something needs redoing Or rethinking!

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    1. 2020 is already looking like it will be a fun, though busy year, lol. I’m looking forward to spending more time in my garden and continuing with the never-ending list of DIY jobs! Hope 2020 is amazing for you too!

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  4. Sophie Li says:

    Sounds like 2019 has been an eventful year for you. That is great that you have bought a house and created a garden. Kudos for organizing World Book Day for your school. Wishing you a wonderful 2020 🙂

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    1. Thank you Sophie and a happy new year to you too! I’m looking forward to spending lots of time in my garden this year, and am already spinning ideas around in my head for World Book Day 2020!

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      1. Sophie Li says:

        That’s great 🙂 Enjoy time in your garden!

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      2. Thank you very much – definitely looking forward to some better weather!

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  5. Happy New Year! Great to learn more about you. Sorry about the ’19 downs!

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    1. Happy New Year to you too! Everyone has lows and I know how lucky I am to have so many positives too – looking forward to 2020!

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  6. Rayna says:

    Happy new year! I’m glad that there were a lot of great times for you, despite some scary moments. And congrats on your house! Very exciting! A high point for me was getting to leave my job that I hated and moved states with my husband for his new job. It’s been a journey, let me tell you. But 2019 was alright. Not the best, not the worst.

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    1. Happy New Year to you too! Congratulations on getting to leave a job you hated (life is too short for that!) and moving states – how exciting! Here’s hoping that 2020 will be a good year!

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