2016 in review

In 2016 I have:

  • held two jobs while writing my thesis
  • actually completed my thesis and turned it in
  • graduated from university
  • experienced the dubious joy of being unemployed
  • written exactly 89,472 words of fiction
  • lost weight
  • moved to finland for an internship
  • read almost 70 books
  • knitted three and a half pair of woollen socks
  • seen my family grow
  • hung out with friends both old and new
  • made art
  • had a big think about my writing and my writing career
  • purchased more than three woollen sweaters

It has been an odd year. It feels three times longer than it really should be, no doubt owed to the fact that it can be neatly partitioned into three parts: thesis frenzy, unemployment swamp and finland excitement. I feel like I’ve aged faster than usual.

I saw the year off in England, surrounded by good friends. I started the new year by travelling across Europe to – get home. To Finland. I’ve been thinking a lot about home, lately, as I also went home – to Denmark – for Christmas. I’ve called a lot of places home, even the most temporary ones. I’m renting out my apartment while I’m in Finland and so I don’t call it home. Yet it’s the place I own, where my bed is, where my bookshelves are, where I’ve got all my things in storage while I’m here. I suppose it’ll be home again eventually.

Seeing as I’ve read almost 70 books this year, I’m only going to list the top ten I’ve read in 2016. Some I might write proper reviews of later for this blog.

Anya Ow – The Firebird’s Tale – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Katherine Marlowe – The Blue Ribbon – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Kate Elliott – Cold Magic (Spiritwalker #1) – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Rachel Hartman – Seraphina (duology) – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven Cycle (quartet) – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
C.S. Pacat – The Captive Prince (trilogy) – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Leigh Bardugo – Six of Crows (duology) – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
N.K. Jemisin – The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance #1) – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Naomi Novik – League of Dragons (Temeraire #9) – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Natasha Pulley – The Watchmaker of Filigree Street – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Diana Wynne Jones – Howl’s Moving Castle – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Yes, I know I cheated like whoa and that’s more than ten, but there you go. My favourites from this year.

Five favourite photos:

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hazy winter sunset. december 2016.
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frozen river. december 2016.
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christianshavn. march 2016.
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the towers of copenhagen. march 2016.
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swans and january frost. january 2016.
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