Hello! I meant to write this post yesterday, but that didn’t happen, so here I am now with my May wrap up and June goals!
I read 19 books in April. Of those 19 books…
- 8 were audiobooks
- 2 were ebooks
- 9 were physical books
I set a rather lofty goal for the month of May (reading 30 books) and unfortunately it was a bit too high. However, I did make my way through a lot of my physical TBR, and read some books that I’ve been wanting to read for a really long time: A Thousand Perfect Notes, by C. G. Drews, and Ordinary Girls, by Blair Thornburgh.
I also reviewed some of these, and my reviews are linked below.
I’m going to format this section a little differently than usual, with my goals from last month with the posts linked below.
My goals for posting in April were…
- 3 Top Ten Tuesdays
- 3 WWW Wednesdays
- 3 Let’s Talk Bookish
- 3 Tags
- 3 Other posts
- 0 reviews: (wait what? did I forget that or something??)
- Hattie Big Sky, by Kirby Larson // a review full of love for one of my all time favorite books
- Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson | a mini review for a wonderful book
- A Thousand Perfect Notes, by C. G. Drews | review
- Mark of the Thief, by Jennifer A. Nielsen | mini review
- Blood and Silver, by Vali Benson | spoiler free review
- Aurora and the Thief, by Becky Bird | spoiler free review
To be honest with you all, I was shocked when I made this list. In May, I think I wrote more reviews than I have in the last few months combined. I reached almost all of my goals, and wrote 6 more posts then I planned to. So, I’m really happy with this.
I kind of impulsively made the Percy Jackson readathon, which kind of flopped, but I have noticed that in the past few months, my blog has been getting more and more views and comments (!!) which honestly makes me really happy.
The one goal that I didn’t reach was doing 3 tags/awards, and that’s a little disappointing. I am really really behind on tags, and I hope to mostly catch up in June!
I want to read 20 books in June. That’s one more then I read in May, and hopefully with school getting out soon, I’ll be able to reach it. I’m thinking of doing a separate post tomorrow or something, with my June TBR, because I don’t feel like including it here. I also don’t have a lot of time left to write this post.
My overall goal though is to read 5 physical books, 5 audiobooks, and 5 ebooks. (Not only 5, but at least that many of each type of book?) I also want to read and review 2 ARCs. For me it’s really fun to read ARCs, plus knowing that I’ve committed to reviewing them helps me stay motivated to write the review.
In June, I want to write 20 posts. Last month, I didn’t set a goal for myself to write any reviews, which I’m kind of surprised about, so I’ll make sure to add that into this month’s list!
- 2 Other posts
- 3 Top Ten Tuesdays
- 3 WWW Wednesdays
- 3 Let’s Talk Bookish
- 4 Reviews
- 5 Tags (I want to at least make a small effort to catch up!!)
That’s twenty posts, and I think that I’ll be able to do that! I also want to work on scheduling posts, or at least drafting them on the weekends so I’m not in so much of a hurry to finish them!
I wrote, you could say, slightly less in May than I did in April. That said, I did write a few chapters and added couple thousand words to my April camp nano project.
In June, I want to spend some time plotting my novel for July. I’ve had the vague idea for it for a few months, and actually posted the first chapters on here. (But that was way back in December and stuff). I also want to try and write a few short stories, because that’s fun! Or at least write one short story, because that’s fun too.
Other stuff around the blog and in my life:
I have, of course, continued to to mostly online classes, and continued to stay at home. However, a few weeks ago, my county announced that we would be in stage one of reopening. That was exciting, and my ballet studio did a few physically distanced classes. It was fun to see my friends, but kind of weird with the distancing and such.
I got two wall maps! One is of the United States, and another is of the whole world. They’re both pretty big, and laminated, so I can write on them with dry erase markers. I’m really excited, because I love maps and they’re really interesting.
School ends in less than a week! I’m really really happy for that, because I just want more time for literally everything else in my life. (reading, writing, blogging, music, friends…) I honestly feel like I haven’t been learning that much in most of my classes, because it’s all pretty easy and feels like busywork. Math is the only exception, although learning the quadratic equation through a loom video and google form is not the best…
If April showers bring May flowers, then what do Mayflowers bring? Pilgrims! You’ve probably heard that joke before, but I’m going to focus on the original saying. April sure was rainy, but the May flowers were so beautiful! We also planted a flower garden a few months ago that is just starting to bloom, and is amazing!
On the blog, I feel like in the past month, everything has just, increased. I know that blogging isn’t all about statistics (Marie wrote an excellent post about that) but it still makes me really happy! I also got my very first ever review request (!!!). I freaked out and started screaming when I read the email because it was like, wow, an author read my blog and wanted my to review their books! I feel like in the last few months I’ve become a, book blogger? I don’t really know how to explain it, but I feel like it’s just become more real and all.
I also would like to say something about the current situation in the United States. You probably know what is going on, and if not, I think that it is very important to educate yourself. There are a lot of resources out there, and it is important that we are all informed. I am white, and have never experienced racism. I have been trying my best to educate myself, doing research and learning about what I can do to support black people.
It is important to show you support, and that you want to listen. To vote, (if you’re old enough), to educate yourself, to help black voices to be heard, and to share information with others. There is an amazing video by the equal justice initiative about the history of slavery and racial injustice in the United States. It pretty short, and I highly suggest watching it.
Well, that turned out to be quite a long post, more than 1300 words! Anyways, how did your May go? What are some of your goals for next month? I hope that you have an amazing June!