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A lot of things has happened this year and honestly, the beginning of this year feels like a very long time ago. I can’t even remember most of it. It almost feels like a dream, the memories. All I remember was that I actually took self improvement seriously.

I learned to not be ashamed of the things I love or the normal occurrences of life, like menstruation. Even if it was a guy, I can boldly say I’m on my periods without feeling weird because without menstruation we wouldn’t be here.

I had a quarrel with someone, It wasn’t the regular fight and make up, I bore a grudge against that person, which is something I promised myself I’ll never do.

I also learned about confrontation, if ever someone is doing something you don’t like, don’t sit and watch, waiting for them to change. Confront them about it. Find out what’s wrong, why they’re acting like that. Unless of course they aren’t your friend and you don’t care about them.

I get it confrontation can be hard, I still struggle with it.  But letting someone know you don’t like what they’re doing to you is way better.

I’ve also learned that it’s okay to cut people off. I haven’t exactly practiced this. I mean, if I decided to cut someone off now, I don’t have my own personal space to avoid that person yet. And it’s kind of hard to cut someone off when you sit in the same class with them and also have the same circle of friends.

But one thing I wouldn’t comply with is hypocrisy, if you don’t like someone, out with it! Don’t talk about how bad they are to your other friends and still pretend to be their friend. What’s the essence of disliking someone and still being their friend?

I remember a great deal from July upwards because my birthday was coming up and I was most excited to be in my last year of school. In August I traveled to Lagos—where I used to live before I moved to Ogun State. My visit there exposed me to a lot of things, all of my friends were growing and seeing them made me realize that I’m growing too. I wasn’t the same girl I was when I was still living there.

As far as growing into an adult goes, some of them were already working and I somehow felt left behind. Which is why one of my goals for 2023 is getting a job. Also, being financially independent is awesome!

I can’t say I’ve written much of fiction this year, but I was really inspired when I started reading books about writing in August. I also read a lot of mystery novels, most of them being James Hardley Chase, and I discovered all of Dan Brown’s books.

The most productive thing I probably did this year is creating this blog.

And now it’s already the last month of the year!. 2022, I can say, is my year of self discovery.

Books I Read In December 2022

1. Rich Dad Poor Dad

By Robert T. Kiyosaki

I first saw Rich Dad Poor Dad in a book group I joined on Facebook. While searching for literature classics, it came up and I downloaded the PDF. I only read about two pages before I abandoned it. I later saw the hard cover with my friend and borrowed it. I read it with the mind that it was fiction. It was not. It’s a book about being financially literate with investing tips and all. It took me weeks to finish it. It wasn’t my type of book, it felt like something my dad would read. So I can’t rate it.

2. My Lovely Wife

By Samantha Downing

You know that time where, you haven’t read in a long time because nothing seems good or appealing? Yeah it was that time I made it a mission to find new books and I found this. It’s about a couple who has developed a fetish for killing women that looked like their first victim.

My Lovely Wife was a whole new level for me. Different from the ‘somebody gets killed and we’re finding out who’d done the killing’ type of book. It takes you through how they select their victims and kill them. It’s from the husband’s POV. There’s a plot twist and oh, we love a good plot twist. I give it a 3.5/5 because I feel like the ending should be explained cuzz??

3. Forbidden Love

By Heather Graham

A verrry long time ago, I was roaming the internet and I found a secret place (which I’m not sharing) full of free books; Heather Graham’s included. So I checked early this year because it had been a long time since I read books there and I felt so nostalgic. Heather Graham is my go to author for simple entertaining romance stories. I don’t have to worry about the characters, I just need to feel and enjoy their quests of finding love.

Forbidden Fire is a book about Marissa, a maid who changes her name to marry a guardian in place of her friend Mary, the master’s daughter. So Mary gets to marry her lover and also have her inheritance. Of course she ends up falling in love with the guardian. They always do.

Heather’s books are just like that. It’s the writing, the detailed description of passionate love and the scenes come naturally. I read her books like I’m in a dreamy haze. In this particular book I like how the setting is in a particular era and she stuck to it, their dressings, way of speaking etc. I give it a 3/5. Because the characters lacks depth and are portrayed as almost perfect beings.

All right that’s all for 2022. I feel like 2023 is going to be a year of achievements for many people. Don’t worry we love to see it. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!❤️💚❤️🌲❤️⛄ See you in 2023.

Anjola Writes © 2022

6 responses to “2022 Wrap up || Lessons learned+Books I Read in December 2022”

  1. Vanessa Avatar

    I totally agree with you on that hypocrisy point. And with almost everyone I know, it’s normal to behave that way: to smile with someone to their face, and talk bad about them at their back. It’s actually very irritating and doesn’t make sense at all.

    But sometimes, when I look at it from another lens, it seems like a black-and-white way of life. You dislike this person, and like this person, that kind of thing.

    But I stand against hypocrisy all the same.

    I really loved reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I read the book twice, actually, because when I first read, it I found it boring.😅

    (And funny enough, the copy I read was actually my dad’s!😅🙈)

    But the book’s golden for people (like me) that want to take responsibility and really dictate how they want their finances to look like.
    I love it, and would give it five stars.

    My Lovely Wife sounds kind of scary. Not the kind of book I would read, because I’m a bit of a scaredy cat most of the time.🙈

    Happy new year, Anjola. I wish you the best.😘

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    1. Anjola Avatar

      Rich Dad Poor Dad is good but I feel like most of the advice (particularly the investment tips) would only be of use to me when I’m older.

      And, My Lovely Wife is a thriller. I don’t get scared, I love the adrenaline that comes with reading thrillers

      Happy New year to you too 🤎🤎

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      1. Vanessa Ndikom Avatar

        Yeah. Maybe so. It would be most useful whenever you start earning an income. But early knowledge never hurt anyone. ☺️

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  2. reeydah Avatar

    OH MY GOD!!
    I thought Rich Dad Poor Dad was about a guy who went through different financial levels in life! All along it was a fiction? Damn, is it that good, because i saw it everywhere back in junior school. And I love the second book – my type of read!
    Happy new year!

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    1. Anjola Avatar

      It’s about the financial advice both of his Dads gave him. It’s not fiction and It’s good—if you like those types of books.

      Happy New year 🤎

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      1. reeydah Avatar

        Well, if i do need financial advice, then sure, I will go for it. Otherwise, it’s not my type of read

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