Here we are in our second full year of the pandemic. It’s interesting to see how things have changed and stayed the same over all of this time. And it’s interesting to see how intentions and goals change, depending on what is happening at any given time.
Some of you may know that I had contracted a mild case of COVID in November of 2020. I thought I was over it and then a couple of weeks later, I got hit with the COVID clots. (You can read more about my experiences over at Andi Explains It All.) So I spent a lot of the last year focusing on trying to get better and didn’t have as much time to devote to updating the blogs. But I did get in a lot of author interviews and book promotions as well as giveaways. And of course, I reshared some of the favorite recipes and whatnot from previous years.
So what were people reading in 2021? The following is the list of the Top 10 posts read in 2021. I did not include the posts that were strictly giveaways. Which ones do you remember?
#10 Interview with Bob Zarchy, author of Finding Washington
Finding Washington is a historical fiction about George Washington getting knocked out and somehow reawakening in 2014. You may have seen it featured a few times on BookGorilla. You can read an excerpt from the book plus an interview with the book’s author in the post here.
#9 20 Free Valentine’s Day Printables
This one is a favorite around this time of year any year. I think it’s more fun to find activities that you can print at home whenever you want. Then again, that could be the teacher in me. Check out these fun games and activities here.
#8 Nutty Irishman: Hot and Cold
I was introduced to the Nutty Irishman at my local Irish pub almost 20 years ago. To this day, it is still a favorite of mine. I drink it straight, on the rocks, or even add it to a cup of coffee or hot chocolate in the winter. It’s so delicious! Get the recipe here.
#7 Refresh Your Holiday Cocktails With a Peppermint Martini
The holidays are the perfect time to play with your traditional martini cocktails. Of course you have to give it a peppermint twist, right? I have a couple of variations for you right here.
#6 Interview with Annette Bower, author of Oranges for Miranda
Oranges for Miranda is a sweet contemporary vacation romance by award-winning author Annette Bower. When Annette stopped by the blog, she shared an excerpt with us plus talked about herself and her writing in her interview. I love her spirit guide! Read all of it here.
#5 Book Blast Ellerslie by William Francis
Ellerslie by William Francis is a historical fiction featuring some of your favorite historical figures, such as F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, in a mix of mystery, history, and the paranormal. Take a peek inside with this excerpt.
#4 30 Spaghetti Recipes for National Spaghetti Day
It’s appropriate that this one is #4 because National Spaghetti Day takes place on the 4th of January. Did you know that spaghetti has its own holiday? What’s your favorite way to make it? I share around 30 fun recipes from around the web here.
#3 Strawberry and Peach Moscato Mimosas
I do miss going out for brunch and having mimosas on Sundays. But the nice thing is, they are so easy to make at home! And with so many different flavors of sparkling wines and juices, the possibilities are endless. Here are a few ideas I played with one week that involved strawberry and peach flavors in the mimosas.
#2 Interview with Susanne M. Dutton, author of Sherlock Holmes and the Remaining Improbable
Sherlock Holmes and the Remaining Improbable by Susanne M. Dutton is a new story about what Sherlock Holmes may have been doing in 1920. Susanne brings us an excerpt from the story, plus a look inside her life and writing process. Check it out here.
#1 10 Purple Rain Cocktails – RIP Prince
Without fail, this post is the most popular every single year. I don’t think many of us are yet over losing our beloved musical artist. And raising a cocktail in his honor is another way to celebrate him. I recommend listening to his music while you’re doing it. Check out the collection here.
Now on to 2022…
So now it’s time to work on the 2022 posts. You’ll still see some more book features and authors interviews. I should have some recipes coming your way soon. The giveaways will keep on coming. And the daily affirmations are posting every day, to give you a positive boost. Subscribe to keep up with what is going on as soon as it posts! You can also follow me on Facebook and on Twitter. Thanks for reading!