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Chitter-Chatter: Anticipated Releases

Before we dive into into today’s post, let me update you on my reviewing progress. πŸ˜‰

Remember all those books I promised to review in my previous two posts? Well, it would honestly helped had I wrote notes whilst reading them as I am now desperately remembering what I wanted to actually write about. Mental note to self: “Please be a dear and write notes whilst reviewing books. Your future-self will thank you for that. Ta!” I haven’t given up yet, there is still hope … ! πŸ˜‰


Now the review bit is over, welcome to the β€˜Chitter-Chatterβ€˜ series.Β I’m so glad you are here. ❀️

In case you have missed previous posts in this series, we are still talking about:


Let’s dive into today’s topic. Let’s talk about that deliciously sweet feeling of anticipation.

Why now? Firstly, I’m already kind of getting excited about Christmas and secondly, James and I have an epic, two week long road trip ahead of us, that I am have been anticipating for months, created a vision board for and just can not wait to tell you about at some point. 😊

Those two points made me think about the joy of anticipation and how it can be extended to books as well.

I love anticipating new book releases. Currently, I have three books I just can not wait to get my hands on:

  • Katherine Arden’s The Winter of the Witch
  • Leigh Bardugo’s King of Scars
  • and Sarah J. Maas’ final book in the Throne of Glass series, Kingdom of Ash

I can not wait to read those but equally, I am really enjoying that feeling of anticipation. I am picturing how much I will be enjoying reading them and as I am thinking about that, I am actually creating a lot of enjoyment already for myself.

I was reading the other day a note that said that sometimes, it’s nice to have things lined up just for the sake of anticipation. Regardless of how those things actually turn out to be.

You can think about a vacation you’ll be taking. Planning it, dreaming about it, visualising who you will be spending it with, what you will be talking about, what you will be doing, how much fun it will be… and you know what? It actually doesn’t matter how that vacation turns out to be, because in your mind, you will be creating those feelings ahead of time. And will be enjoying them regardless if the ‘real deal’ delivers or not.

You can of course do the same thing with books – looking forward to reading a book yet to be written by one of your favourite authors can be extremely enjoyable regardless if you happen to enjoy that book in the end or not. It’s that long, excited and sweet feeling of anticipation you will be cultivating prior to the actual reading experience.

Yes, there is also a possibility of an anticipated event not turning up to be the way we envisioned it but that disappointment doesn’t take away those giddy months of anticipation. It may be a temporary downer, I agree, but it still doesn’t take away those feelings we felt beforehand.

Of course we can decide to play it safe and numb those excited feelings in order not to get disappointed… because you know, it may hurt a little. But if we decide to squash our anticipation, we will also numb the follow up enjoyment, should that event actually deliver.Β  Numbing emotions is not a selective process. Something I very vividly remember from my own past…

So here’s the deal.

Shall we make a pact to celebrate anticipation, look forward to all our eagerly awaited releases no matter what we think of them afterwards?

And let’s be bold, let’s extend that to other aspects of our lives, shall we?


Let’s chat!

Tell me what you are anticipating / are looking forward to at the moment?

As always, I love reading your comments and getting to know you. ❀️

31 thoughts on “Chitter-Chatter: Anticipated Releases”

  1. What a lovely post. I completely agree! Anticipation is such a good thing. It helps me be more optimistic, in a way. I actually can’t wait for Christmas! haha. I am a huge Christmas lover! I also can’t wait for Kingdom of Ash! I hope that you guys have an awesome road trip! That sounds like so much fun!! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Leslie. ❀️ And thumbs up to a fellow Christmas appreciator. 😊😍 I am currently contemplating if it’s β€œtoo soon” to start listening to Christmas songs he he. I love all that magic that happens around Christmas πŸŽ„. 😊

      Fancy doing buddy read for Kingdom of Ash? 😊 I’m super excited about this book. Sad it will be the last one in the series but also curious to see how Maas will close it all off.

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      1. You’re welcome! ❀️ haha!! I also love the magic of Christmas! The lights, the gift giving, the food, family and just all of it! I’m pumped! πŸ˜πŸŽ„

        Yes! Let’s do it! I am pretty excited! I hope it lives up to our expectations.

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      2. Yay! Looking forward to it, I have it preordered an am ebook and happy to do buddy read once you get your copy.❀️

        Everything you said about Christmas is why I enjoy it so much as well. πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„

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      3. Awesome! I actually have no pre-ordered it. I have all the books in the series and they are all paperback! I can’t have the last one in Hardcover. HAHA! I usually don’t care. I have several that are a mix in a series. There’s just so many books and I think it would be weird for them to all be paperback but one. I am #1 on the library hold though! I’ll let you know as soon as I get it. How do you want to message each other? Instagram or Goodreads?

        Yesss, I’m so glad you love Christmas too! I found someone to be really excited about it with. :):)

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      4. Of course, I would not want to have an odd book in my collection series either! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘Œ I’m more than happy to wait till you get your library copy, whenever it happens to be. We could either do GR messaging or use WhatsApp? I would message you my details via GR? 😊 Looking forward to it! 😘

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      5. Okay, sounds great!! It shouldn’t be too long for me to get the book! 🀞🏻 I just downloaded WhatsApp, since I bet that will be easier than GR! If you want to go ahead and message me your details through GR! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Alex. 😘 I love that Christmas build up as well! I’m already thinking how I will decorate / what I will craft and just thinking about it makes me super excited. I’m happy you enjoy this build up too! ❀️

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    1. Ha ha, I’m the same Gemma. πŸ˜‚ I can absolutely relate to this. Enjoy Nikolai’s story, it gets better and better! 😊 He was my favourite character in that series.

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    1. Exactly Alex. 😊 Do tiny think it’s still a tad too early for Christmas music.. I’m normally holding off till October but always start being tempted in September… πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  2. Note taking is a life saver for me!
    I feel like i’m in a review-slump right now (if that’s even a thing?) but thanks to all the notes, i’m still pretty sure i remember most of the stuff i meant to say πŸ˜€

    I’ll join the pact for sure! I have quite a few books i want to read but i just don’t think i can manage them right now as they are pretty lenghty. I do however have a feeling that i’ll love them once i actually read them πŸ™‚

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    1. I really want to get into the note taking habit. Sorry to hear the review slump is happening to you at the moment – I can relate. πŸ˜” Fingers crossed it’s over for both of us soon. πŸ€πŸ˜˜

      He he, I’m really into think ya chick flicks atm – 200 pages max. Lengthy = not happening right now! Hope you enjoy your anticipated reads once the right mood strikes. 😊

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  3. I realized a few years so that I am the type of person who must have ANYTHING to look forward to, or I get depressed. Even a steady job means I have something I expect for the next day.

    When I started this year and created a monthly reading plan, I realized I look forward to ALL the books on that list each month. It’s a lovely feeling.

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    1. I love how your reading plan creates wonderful anticipation for you, thanks for sharing it. I think it’s that excitement as well as hope that’s so precious about it.

      And I’m the same – I absolutely must have something to look forward to as well. 😊

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      1. Ha ha, same here. Even though I enjoy my job, I still look forward to those Fridays. 😊
        I look forward to my cold brew coffee every morning. I always prepare it the day before (24h brewing in a fridge process) and before going to bed, I stop by the fridge, look at it and think to myself: β€œI’m so looking forward to drinking you in the morning”. 😊

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  4. What a great post! I know what you mean about enjoying the feeling of anticipation. It’s nice to have something to look forward to, you know? And The Winter of the Witch. OH GOSH YES. I love Katherine Arden’s books so much! Why do we have to wait in between booooks? haha

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    1. Thanks Kat for your kind words. 😊😘

      Ha ha, The Winter of the Witch is something I just can not wait to be reading. Bring on the wintertime and Vasila’s adventures. ❄️ 😊

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  5. I’m so bad with anticipation!! I usually have to wait for something to be complete in its entirety before I can start it… Otherwise, I get angry when I have to wait, I forget what happened in the previous instalment by the time I read the next one, or I complete FORGET about the next one because it took so long to release! Ha ha!
    Also, I absolutely have the same problems as you… If I don’t take notes to remind me of things it’s pretty much in one ear and out the other. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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