Re-Enchanted 2020

Piotrek: Wow! We made it through another year! The blog, that is, but the world as well, even if not in a great shape. Re-Enchantment did splendidly though, thanks mostly to Ola’s efforts, as I’ve been an infrequent contributor, certainly in the second half. And yet 2020 was quite good for me as far as reading goes, and not for the same reasons many people read more. Quite a bit of my reading used to be done in during commute, so working from home I had to change my habits just to keep up. And keep up I did, with a 102 GoodReads titles, as of December 14, and 32,281 pages – versus 81 titles and 30,233 in 2019.

Piotrek: How will we do in 2021? I’m not into divination, but I plan get better in time-management and create more posts. Still not as many as Ola, probably πŸ˜‰ Apart from that, I’m not even making too many plans about my reading next year, we’ll see how it goes. One thing that seems probable – I might finally get a Kindle, and admit I cannot have all the books on my shelves.

Ola: I’ve absolutely no idea what 2021 will bring – but, as humans tend to (and that’s the main reason they largely cling to life as a species) I hope it will be better than 2020. What a year that was! A Chinese proverb – or rather a curse – come to life, and survived. So many aspects of our lives changed (hopefully temporarily) for worse, but we know all about them and there’s no need to bring these up again. I’d prefer to focus on positives instead :). 2020 was a great reading and blogging year for us here at Re-Enchantment, with many records broken and equally many firsts achieved. I signed up for NetGalley (and while this was a rather mixed bag for me reading-wise, as my reviews can attest) it was at the same time a very interesting learning experience and one I’ll be happy to continue. I also signed up for Goodreads, and I’m glad to say it’s going pretty well. Maintaining old bookish friendships and making new acquaintances is always a big positive for me, so in that respect GR serves as a valuable extension of our blog. And while I kept my stats anyway, in a customised Excel spreadsheet, it is indeed nice to have all the books read in a year presented in a pleasing infographic ;).

I got over 120 titles under my belt this year, mixing up a healthy amount of non-fiction (10%) and fiction (11%) into my usual genre and comic book reading. And I’m hoping to add a book or two to the list on my upcoming vacation :). As we did last year, this year we’ll have a separate post covering our best and worst reads of the year (and maybe some TV series too, though sadly not many movies ;)) too. In this one, we’ll focus a bit more on our blog stats.

In 2020, Re-Enchanted nearly doubled the last year’s stats when it comes to the number of visits (a whooping 15k), the number of comments (over 2.5k) and the number of likes (over 2.3k). We also had 10 more posts, 57 to date, than last year. As we drifted slowly toward longer posts, mainly reviews and a few fun tags, judging by the number of comments we seem to have found our sweet spot. The blogging friendships we made all over the world continue, and this year we cherish even more of them with new bloggers finding our blog and us finding theirs. Our number of followers almost doubled – thanks everyone! πŸ™‚ But the 2020 wouldn’t be itself if it weren’t turbulent in every aspect of life, and so even our exceedingly bookish blog couldn’t stay apolitical as Polish politics barged uninvited into our lives.

Our most popular post in terms of views was Ola’s glowing review of Neal Asher’s The Line of Polity, garnering well above 300 views. It’s this year’s post, which is worth noting as the next two are comparative oldies: Ola’s scathing review of Ernest Cline’s Armada and the last year’s Re-E blockbuster, Roger Zelazny’s The Dream Master, which were both written back in 2016. The most popular posts are garnering more and more views through search engines, which is very encouraging as we keep building our repository of quirky, detailed, lengthy reviews ;).

We’ve also beat the 50 likes boundary this year. Our most popular posts in terms of likes were Piotrek’s Vacation Post, closely followed by Neal Stephenson’s Anathem, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic, Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas, Marie Brennan’s Driftwood, our lonely tag in this review-dominated field, Favorite books in five words, and Daniel Polansky’s The Seventh Perfection. As for the comments section, our most commented post was the review of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic (again), a highly enjoyable tribute to the Gothick tradition with a delightful fungal twist ;). With 76 comments it maintained its one-digit lead over Madeline Miller’s Circe and Brian McClellan’s Blood of Empire.

We have taken part in one concerted bookish effort this year, Wyrd and Wonder. It was a great adventure, and an unparalleled output for us with 7 posts in a month, but with so many things going on around us we weren’t able to celebrate any more similar events. Maybe next year πŸ˜‰

Piotrek: I quess it was a year when people would get excited by even a mention of vacations πŸ˜‰ I’m so happy I managed to squeeze that in between all the lockdowns… I have to admit I did not suffer too much in this troubled year.

It’s been a very good year for the blog, no doubt. Apart from the editor monstrosity WordPress forced on its users – we all still hate that with a passion, it goes without saying. But here we’re allowing ourselves a well-deserved celebration, so we’re not going to spoil the mood :). And next week we intend to go deeper into our best of/worst of lists for 2020 πŸ™‚

79 thoughts on “Re-Enchanted 2020

  1. Yes, wonderfull, congratulations.

    I’m jealous of you two reading over 100 books each, but with 2 young children running around, I’m glad I managed 40.

    I’m also a wee bit envious about that 50 likes mark, I have no idea how to get there. I’m also more than envious about the epidemiological situation in New Zealand, but I hear living on a remote island has its downside Tashenwise. Oh well, can’t have it all.

    Anyhow, here’s to a new year, I’m looking forward to reading more of you two – but I have to say, Ola, that Aurora review is long overdue!

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    1. Two kids! Congrats, Bart!!! Taking care of kids is NEVER easy, and there is no other such time- and effort-consuming activity πŸ˜‰ Easy to make (usually) but then it’s a downward slope πŸ˜€ We even have a bon mot in Polish: when the kids are young, they are so sweet one wishes he could eat them; when they grow bigger, one regrets not having eaten them earlier! 🀣🀣🀣

      We’re actually quite surprised by our own success – I think it may be caused in part by just being more active in the blogosphere: visiting blogs, commenting on posts, etc. – and that’s also time consuming, as you probably know very well πŸ˜‰ Very rewarding too, no doubt, but if you need to choose between kids and blogs, well – it’s no choice at all.

      As for the situation in NZ, I can only say I’m really waiting for the (effective) vaccine. It’s safe here, and I dearly hope it will remain so, so I really can’t complain, but I do miss my family and it seems we’ll be able to visit them by the end of next year the earliest.

      …Aurora? What Aurora? πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚
      First thing next year, I promise! 😁

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  2. γŠγ‚γ§γ¨γ†οΌ(Omedetou = Congratulations!) on a fantastic blogging year for you both. I am very happy I found your blog this year. I have really enjoyed reading your takes on books and more. Thanks for your recommendations, Ola! I really enjoyed ‘Lancelot’–which I still need to write a review for. I am looking forward to dipping into Cromwell’s world, as well as finally jumping into the Polity. I hope 2021 will be a wonderful year for you both. Can’t wait to continue the conversation. Best wishes!

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    1. Arigato gozaimasu, Wakizashi!

      I’m very happy I’ve found your blog, too! You and Andreas are among the most treasured of my new bookish friends, and I very much enjoy our discussions and banter, and the recommendations going every which way πŸ˜€

      Here’s to many more years of bookish adventures together 😊 Best wishes to you and your family for the holiday season and for the coming New Year! (are you expecting any cool reading presents??) πŸ˜€

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        1. Ah, nice haul!
          We’ve treated ourselves to a slackline instead of books πŸ˜‰ But I made my wish for the Cromwell trilogy boxed edition known far and wide, and if nobody volunteers, I’m going to get it myself for my birthday in March! πŸ˜€
          I’m also eyeing the oversized library omnibus for Hellboy… That’s a pretty thing, and works as a murder weapon, too! πŸ˜‰

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    2. piotrek

      Thanks a lot!! And best wishes for 2020 πŸ™‚

      I’ve started Polity, in audio, and I don’t agree it’s as good as Ola claims, but very entrataining indeed…

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  3. So next year maybe have Ola review a Neal Asher book while on vacation, and have Piotr post anything when he gets out of the house? I mean… I’d read both of those πŸ˜…
    Congratulations on all your success! (kinda wish I knew how to say that in Polish) And further congrats on how many books you’ve read this year! Very impressive! I’ll be lucky to get to 70, but I’m a bit slower of a reader πŸ˜‰

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    1. Hmmm… I do plan to take Asher’s Technician on my upcoming vacation… πŸ€” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      Actually it’s quite similar as the core is Latin – so in Polish you just lose “con” and you get Gratulacje! 😁

      Thanks, it’s been a very bookish year for me (last year I read about 100 books, so I made quite a jump in 2020, and I don’t think I can keep that pace) – I do tend to turn to books when stressed, and what year could more encapsulate that feeling? πŸ˜…

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  4. Congratulations to your success!
    Iβ€˜m very happy to have found your blog and be a tiny part of it. I found your thoughtful posts very often outstanding, and they have me another angle to consider a book. Same with your comments which were often a basis for a dialogue.
    So, numbers, statistics 😁 I really do like to see what youβ€˜ve achieved this year blogging wise.
    From the number of likes and comments I guess that there is lots of potential that views will go up the next year. It’s all based in the interaction with the community and your posting frequency.
    Netgalley can be quite an addiction – ride that tiger πŸ… 😁!
    Let’s just see how 2021 develops, 2020 was full with unexpected shit to be a little bit sceptic.
    I wish you all the best for next year’s reading and blogging. But most of all, for you both personally: stay safe and healthy!

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    1. Thank you, Andreas! πŸ˜€
      It’s been a delight meeting you and having the opportunity to discuss books and other things, silly and serious, with you. Your reviews rekindled my interest in anthologies so many thanks for even further endangering my poor TBR! 🀣 But seriously, fellow bloggers such as you were really one of the major positives of this year for me!

      I think the blog’s success really depends on putting a lot of time and effort in reviews and comments and luck in finding other like-minded people out there, but it’s all very rewarding!

      As for NetGalley – believe me, I noticed! 😁 It takes a lot of self-control to not request dozens of books 🀣

      Thank you and all the best for you in the coming 2021! Let’s hope it will be better than this one!!!

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      1. In the case of my blog, more than 80% of views come from search engines. Fellow bloggers and people viewing from the wordpress reader are far less. For me, it’s more fun that way, and more engaging, but the real impact is from writing blog posts and search engine ranking.
        “Hello, I’m Andreas, and I’m a Netgalley addict.” πŸ™‚

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          1. Oh, but you could do it to piotrek as well! β€žLook here what Iβ€˜ve found you…β€œ
            My daughter forbid me to show her Netgalley links for the next month, because she needs to learn for final tests.

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    2. piotrek

      Thank you so much! Same to you, may 2021 be a great year, in all areas πŸ™‚

      I tried Netgalley for a short while, but then decided I want to concentrate on books already tested by the market… although now I see Ola got some really good books there… I’ll re-think my approach when my TBR get empty around 2050 πŸ˜‰

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      1. Ahhhh, the Mt TBR! Always getting steeper and higher, a wonder of tectonics!
        Thanks for following btw – you are very special – the 100. follower. You have won as many washers as you can carry in one hand (not the cyborg one) 😁

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        1. piotrek

          I got pretty big hands πŸ˜‰

          I was sure I already was a follower, I definitely visited before… well, now I’ll be getting notifications so I won’t miss anything πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Johanna – and ditto! How could I not love a blog of my fellow Astrid Lindgren fan! πŸ˜€
      All the best for you in the upcoming year, too! Let’s hope it will indeed be much better!

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  5. Congrats from another person whoβ€˜s very happy to have found your blog this year. Thanks for the chats and your unwavering courtesy, and sorry for never getting back to you on the last one (as you may have imagined, life intervened). Hereβ€˜s to a better 2021 for all of us … and at least as many great books as this year!

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    1. Thank you very much – and right back at you! πŸ˜€
      Blogging-wise, this year was really outstanding – we’ve found so many great blogs and wonderful bloggers, and I do hope we’ll be able to carry on like this for the foreseeable (and unforeseen) future πŸ™‚
      Hear, hear!!!

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  6. I am glad Pio acknowledges what kept this place alive in the last couple of months πŸ˜‰

    Pio A jump from the 80’s to the just over 100 is a massive jump. Great job!
    However, do you have a plan to regularly put up posts? Even twice a month on a regular day/date is helpful. Otherwise, it just feels like you are mailing it in whenever you be bothered.
    I fully endorse getting a kindle. Ebooks are the best πŸ˜€

    Ola “good” job on joining devilreads. I hope it keeps working out for you.
    That 10% non-fiction is making me jealous πŸ˜€ It is something I definitely want to work on myself.

    Big congrats on the stats. Anytime something doubles you know you’re on the right path! Keep it up. And glad to hear you keep on finding new buddy bloggers. And hitting the 50like mark? Color me impressed! Wicked impressed even πŸ˜€

    You two have done a fantastic job and I think you totally deserve everything you’ve showcased here. From my perspective, thanks for not flaming out and leaving. My only word of warning would be to be careful about expectations for 21. Don’t let the numbers of this year sway you. Covid really distorted everyones’ lives and while I don’t know how it impacted blogging in general, I’m sure it did. (and I’m saying this as much to myself, maybe even more, than to you).

    Once again, a big fat congrats!

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    1. piotrek

      Thank you! Heh, no point deluding myself, Ola was the star this year πŸ™‚

      Yeah, reading was much better than writing in 2020, for me. Writing, in 2021… I do hope to do at least one solo post per month, and one collaboration, but I don’t know if I can decide on a deadline… I have too many of these at work πŸ˜‰

      And hey, I got 17% non fiction! That was something I wanted to do, and somehow managed to succeed. Essays, history and politics, mostly, my old favourites πŸ™‚

      Stats do look good this year, but yeah, we see what happens in ’21… we already had a decline one year, our egos will manage whatever happens, as long as we get some nice interactions with the good people that read what we publish πŸ™‚

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      1. Yeah, if deadlines are killing you at work, no need to drag that into your hobby. I will say that I will be adjusting my expectations so I don’t expect an even amount from you both.
        I don’t know if I could handle 17% non-fiction. Not yet anyway. Definitely NOT politics though. It was a good thing I didn’t know, or care, about the politics you brought into the blog. Otherwise I’d have left.

        My years have a been a constant flux and it doesn’t seem to matter what I do. I’ve pretty much given up trying to figure out my stats and to just appreciate them as I can. I suspect ’21 will see a decline for me once the vaccine starts having an affect and people can go back to even a somewhat “normal”.

        And don’t worry, I’ll stick around and razz you about the Polity πŸ˜‰

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        1. piotrek

          Well, I can promise it will never be a political blog, we have too much of that everywhere else. We just sometimes need to rant about the situation in our home country πŸ˜‰

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    2. Many thanks, Bookstooge! πŸ˜€

      Yeah, I hope GR will keep working out – but if not, I’m not overly attached to it πŸ˜‰ I find reading non-fic works wonders for keeping my mind agile. Learning is still important for me, and fiction doesn’t offer that much of this anymore (though it’s probably the case of “it’s me, not them”).

      Thanks! This was actually quite a surprise for us, we were very happy with last year’s stats already πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But yeah, this year was really great blogging-wise, even though we’ve seen a few of our fellow bloggers quitting or just falling out of touch – both because of Covid and the new WP editor πŸ˜›

      We are not getting too attached to this year’s success – we’ll be lucky to repeat the numbers from this year, I think. I think it really boils down to managing your expectations – and we never set out with a plan to dominate the internet – we just wanted to have a space for book reviews and discussions, and we feel very very lucky to have found so many great friends in the process! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      All the best in 2021 to you and Mrs Bookstooge! Hope the next year will be better for you – and if you do decide to move south to Georgia, good luck!

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      1. Goodness, you are up late! 1:45am? Don’t you have to go to work tomorrow?!?

        I don’t think it IS you when it comes to learning from fiction. At some point you read all the broad outlines and it’s just the details that are different. Non-fiction is the way to go if you want to learn stuff.

        I’ve been sad to see people go this year but it hasn’t hit me the same as it has in previous years. I hate to say it, but I am done with caring about all of “you” random internet strangers. Part of it also is that I’m FINALLY grasping that everyone else isn’t as invested in writing on their blog as I am. I guess I just have to resign myself to being a lonely Ironing Master on the Mountain Tops πŸ˜€

        Glad to hear you’re mentally prepared for a possible stats dip. I hope they don’t and that you keep on soaring high, but I’m too much of a pessimist to think everyone’s stats will do nothing but go higher, hahahahaaa. I am also glad you don’t have plans to dominate the internet. I’m not sure we could be online friends. Because the internet doesn’t have enough space for YOU and ME both trying to Take Over All The Things πŸ˜‰

        Thank you. A move looks certain but the timing is what is up in the air. 6 months, 9 months, a year, two at most though. I won’t survive my current work situation for more than 2 years at most. Realistically, I’d like to be gone by next Christmas. But it’s all uncertain. So we wait and see πŸ™‚

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        1. It’s the middle of the day here in NZ! πŸ˜€

          That’s what I mean – I’ve got to a point that not much can surprise me in fiction, which usually is just an iteration of one or another story – and especially so since so many of my reads are about mythical thinking, story structure, ancient classics etc. The foundations of human psychology and sociology don’t seem to change either πŸ˜‰

          I can envision you on your lonely mountain top, cradling an iron, sniffling in a very distinguished way and telling yourself to man up, it’s all for best that you’re the only one left πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Not that I’d wish it on you but you sure have the dedication and perseverance! Still: move a bit, old man, and make some space for me, hahahaha! πŸ˜€

          Ah, blogs come and go πŸ˜‰ While my reading habits will probably stay the same, my time constraints can change next year, and I can’t predict how much space I will have for a blog – maybe as much as now, maybe less, but for now, let’s be happy with what we have πŸ™‚

          Yeah, I know I could offer you to team up in the quest of conquering All The Things, but I’m pretty sure at the last 100 m you’d just bash me over the head with your hidden iron and sprint to the finish without me πŸ˜‰

          Fingers crossed! Work can be such a nuisance πŸ˜‰ but seriously – work takes so much time and effort in our lives that I believe we should at least be able to be content there. Being unhappy at work affects all aspects of life – so good luck to you, Bookstooge! πŸ™‚

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            1. Yeah, blog is timed to Poland since that’s where it originated and WP is not smart enough to have two time zones for one blog πŸ˜‰

              No worries – hopefully you’ll reply more fully at some point or I’ll know you’re just evading some tough conversations 🀣

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  7. I am glad that you started following my blog as well as becoming friends on GR with me this year. your posts are always insightful and great pieces to go through. Gefeliciteerd(congratulations in Dutch) on both your reading this year. I hope 2021 will bring you even beter stats than 2020. Keep doing what you are doing. Merry Christmas and Happy new year to you both

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    1. Many thanks, Dawie! πŸ™‚
      I do owe rekindling my Sherlock Holmes interests and starting my Warhammer 40k journey to you – many thanks for your reviews! And of course, give my best to Salty – he always knows how to make me laugh! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      All the best to you and Milou this coming year – I really hope your Covid-related troubles will be finally over!! (how’s that driver’s license going, btw?) Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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      1. piotrek

        Oh, yes… Warhammer I also read a few, thanks to you and Aaron, and now I’m on a verge of starting my huge Holmes audiobook, but I also want to start two huge history podcasts I found thanks to Sword & Spectres… you guys should better coordinate your recommendations, I have enough dilemmas πŸ˜›

        And you broadened my musical horizons as well, I’m always checking my notifications on Monday eagerly πŸ™‚

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      2. Ive put the license stuf on hold for now as we try to save all the money we can. Salty says thank you and he will try to bring more cheer to you in 2021. Ill be visiting more sherlock in the new year as well as see if i can track down more WH suited to new readers.

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  8. Congrats guys on a fabulous year for your blog and for yourselves! I definitely think you’ve found a nice sweet spot when it comes to establishing your niche and presenting your followers with what your interests are all about. I think 2021 can only get better going forward if we want it to. πŸ˜‰

    If anything, I’ll always believe that it is a true blessing that our paths crossed a couple years ago. I couldn’t have asked for friends with such phenomenal minds, especially two who share common interests and aren’t ever afraid to express their minds with complete honesty. πŸ˜€ Thank you again to you both for being awesome and here’s to another year of sharing and caring! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thanks, Lashaan – and right back at you! πŸ˜€
      As a blogger with much bigger following, I’m pretty sure you can give us some advice – for example, how to juggle everyday life with blogging and following and commenting πŸ™‚ Reading your reviews is always a danger for me, you sell these books all too well!

      Oh, absolutely! Even though we’ve never seen each other, I count you among my friends! πŸ˜€ Talking with you across the continents is always a pleasure, whether it’s cheeky banter or thoughtful dissection of a book (yes, yes, I know your professional thoughts already carried you to cadavers… alas, not this time :P)

      Here’s to 2021 being way better than 2020 for all of us! πŸ˜€

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      1. Ahhh, a great magician never reveals his tricks! πŸ˜‰

        What an honour! In all honesty, I’m really glad that we’ve gotten the chance to exchange on so much over the years and that we got to know each other even more throughout this year. I mean, to the point where I finally know your real name and face?! It feels like I already know you in real life too! πŸ˜› Cheers! Let’s hope 2021 will prove to be an exciting year for us both. πŸ˜€

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        1. Oh, great magician, I’m going to call you Luminous Lashaan from now on! 😁

          That is very true; I feel we could meet for a real life coffee or beer or whatnot and talk for hours and have loads of fun!
          Do you really know my face though??? 😜

          All the best for you in 2021, Lashaan!!! πŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸŽŠ

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            1. Ah, all right, you got me there! 😁 Though I believe I still have Samuel Vimes’s rugged face as avatar on Academia… For some reason they pulled it from WP πŸ˜‚

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      Thank you, Lashaan! My best wishes to you, as well πŸ™‚

      There are signs 2021 might be a better one, but we’ll see… one thing that can sustain us, regardless of which way it goes, is friendship and good books, and that’s way I’ll remain an avid reader of Bookidote, and will happily continue our discussions on both blogs πŸ™‚ Cheers!

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  9. Congratulations on such a successful year both!
    I’m hugely impressed that you both managed to read 100+ books (I’ve only hit 80), and have enjoyed all your posts. I know I haven’t been as good at commenting as others are, but I really enjoy our interactions. ❀
    Long may your success continue!

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    1. Thank you very much, Mayri! πŸ˜€
      Everyone has their own style in blogging, so whether you comment a lot or just a little doesn’t matter as long as you’re happy with it! πŸ˜€ I’m very happy I’ve found your blog as I’ve picked up so many books based on your recommendations – from Folk to Sabriel to Ninth Rain – and enjoyed all of them πŸ˜€
      And ditto – here’s to many more happy reads and posts! πŸ˜€

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    2. piotrek

      Thank you so much! Best wishes to you as well, and I can only say what you did – I’m also not the most prolific commentator, but rest assured I’m a frequent visitor, and it’s great fun to read your thoughts πŸ™‚

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  10. Most excellent, you two, highly impressive! It’s not a competition, I keep telling myself, when my total read this year is substantially lower than either of yours… Seriously though, I’m always entertained and educated by your individual or joint posts even when there’s zilch chance of me reading a particular title you’ve drawn our attention to; and of course I always look forward to the badinage in your two-handers! πŸ™‚ Good luck for 2021, I think we’ll all need it of we’re to survive in one piece.

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    1. Thank you, Chris! (bows deeply [hate curtsies] ;))
      It never is a competition, but the number of your posts always makes me a bit anxious πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Yes, we’ll all need a fair bit of luck – and what’s more, I’m quite convinced we actually deserve it after this year!

      Here’s to a better, healthier and happier 2021 for all of us!!! πŸ˜€

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    2. piotrek

      Chris, thank you. It really isn’t, you know? Especially as we’re a bit populistic in our choices, and you deal in higher art and sophisticated references I always enjoy, but often feel too stupid to comment on πŸ˜‰

      My best wishes for the coming year! Your island might be drifting a bit away, and our crazy country is going no one knows where, but we’re still all European, and friends!

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  11. That’s awesome! Congrats! I certainly enjoyed reading your posts this year and am glad I discovered your blog. I love this time of year for those best and worst books, so I’ll look out for that on here next week.

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    1. Thanks, Zezee – and ditto! πŸ˜€
      I very much enjoyed reading your posts, from our shared love for the Realm of the Elderlings to your wonderful illustrated finds πŸ™‚

      Oh yes, I’m quite curious of what will be on our lists myself! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  12. I am sooo looking forward to the nest/worst of 2020 posts!! And you did an amazing job with the blog, congratulations!! πŸŽŠπŸ˜πŸŽ‰
    But now you have to keep up with all the hard work and give us many many amazing posts the next year too!!

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    1. piotrek

      Thank you, Aaron! My Christmas are a bit Egyptian, thanks to you. I’m learning new things about the first dynasties, I haven’t paid much attention to the progress of Egyptology πŸ™‚

      Merry Christmas & Happy 2021 to you as well!

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      1. Excellent to hear! It’s amazing how they progress! Hope you enjoy the podcast as much as I am. It’s become somewhat of a nightly ritual to delve into that for an hour or so before bed.

        Merry christmas, Piotrek, and all the best for the new year!

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  13. A big congrats with your amazing blog stats and I’m also impressed that both of you managed more than 100 books! I haven’t even reached the stage, where I keep track of my books πŸ™„, but I am sure they add up to a lot less than 100. I only found your blog recently, but I’ve enjoyed reading your posts and wish you and your blog a great 2021. Oh, and I think the WordPress block editor is a matter of habit – I have been using it for a long time and find it quite convenient to work with.

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    1. piotrek

      Thank you! And thanks for the encouragement, maybe at some point I’ll get used to it… but so far there’s nothing I’d consider an improvement, and writing the posts how I like them is more difficult. Well, it’s natural as I learned how to write them in the old WordPress…

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