August 2020 wrap up and September goals

Hello! My name is Aria, I haven’t posted in almost 2 weeks, and I’m kind of in a blogging slump. But I want to get this post out before it’s October, so here I am.

September is here, and has actually been here for a while. I sort of popped off the blogosphere for a week and a half, because I was gone, and then I came back but I had some stuff going on, and I had no motivation to write.

But here is what I did in September, in all its bookish and non-bookish splendor.

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April 2020 wrap up and May goals

Hello! It it is finally May, and I am so excited! So, I’m going to keep this introduction very short, and without further ado, here is my April 2020 wrap up, and my May goals!

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March 2020 wrap up and April goals

Hello. Hi. How are you? It’s finally April! It’s Spring! I am spending this great time… sheltering in place. Socially distanced, I am writing, reading, blogging, sleeping, eating, thinking about how right now, we are in the midst of a global pandemic. How covid-19 has spread across the globe. But, right now, I’m going to go into my March wrap up, April goals and a little general update!

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How I did on my winter TBR

SO… I made a TBR (to be read) list of ten books back in December, and now that it’s officially spring, I thought I’d see how I did! And this is a short introduction paragraph, but I really don’t care, so, moving on now…

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2020 Bookish Resolutions

Hello! Right now, in Oregon, it’s really rainy, and so for me, it’s the perfect time the read and write, and curl up with a cup of tea and a book! However, right now, I present to you my (very very late) reading, writing and blogging goals for 2020:

Reading goals:

Number of books: My 2020 reading goal is to read 200 books. I don’t know how realistic this is, because I’ve never counted the books I read for an entire year before. However, I’m really excited to see how many books I end up reading. In June or so, if I haven’t reached 100 books, or if I’m not even close, I might change my goal to 180 books, but I hope that I’ll end up reading 200 books and reach my goal!

Genres: I want to read more fantasy novels, and mystery novels, because those are both genres that I enjoy reading that I almost never get to.

Writing goals:

Posts: I want to write 160 posts this year. Again, I’m not sure how realistic this goal is, but I think that it’s a good number to aim for!

My story: I also want to finish my first very rough draft of the book/story I’m writing. I’m hoping that it will be somewhere between 50 and 75 thousand words. I will also continue to post (hopefully) every two weeks another chapter!

Challenges: I want to try taking part in a writing challenge of some sort. If I do do one, it would probably be in the summer, when I don’t have to worry about managing that and school at the same time.

Consistent writing: I want to try to write a little everyday. Whether its journaling, or blogging, or writing a story, I am going to try to write a little every single day.

Journaling: I want to try to write in my journal 3 or 4 times a week (at least). I have a journal that I’ve been trying to write in everyday, but I know that every single day isn’t going to happen because I have so many other things I have to do, but I will try to write at least 3 times a week in my journal!

Blogging goals:

Posting schedule: I really want to consistently post 3 times a week, and that is what I will try to do.

Varied post topics: I want to also try to vary the posts that I write; discussion posts, top ten lists, reading updates, monthly tbr posts… (you get the point).

Recommendation posts: They seem really fun to do, and I enjoy reading them, so I want to try doing some!

Other goals:

Blog hopping: I want to discover lots of new blogs in 2020!

ARCs: (advanced reader’s copy) I don’t yet know exactly how ARCs work, but I really want to figure that out, and get ARCs from publishers in exchange for an honest review, as I’ve seen on so many other blogs!

Music: This isn’t really a book-related topic, but I play piano and trumpet, and I want to make more time to practice these instruments!

What are your 2020 resolutions? Are any of them similar to mine? Chat with me in the comments below!

Happy Reading!

December 2019 Wrap Up

Hello! This post is a little late, and I meant to finish it yesterday, but I did go to the library and I got a few books that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time, and that everyone has been saying are amazing! Anyways, here’s my December wrap up; how I did on my December TBR, my January TBR, my goals for other posts, and that sort of thing!

Books I read/How I Did On My December TBR:

In December, I reread a few of the OBOB books (I think that I might be missing one or two!), but there were also a bunch of other books that I wanted to read, so here’s how I did!

  • The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak————————————————————-yes!
  • Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay————————————————————- yes!
  • The Pox Party, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing #1, by M. T. Anderson—–I am currently reading it!
  • The Giant Pumpkin Suite, by Melanie Heuisier Hill—————————————-yes!
  • Girl on a Wire, by Gwenda Bond————————————————————–yes!
  • The Wolf Wilder, by Katherine Rundell—————————————————–yes!
  • For Black Girls Like me, by Mariama J. Lockington—————————————-yes! (review here)
  • All the Answers, by Kate Messner———————————————————–yes!
  • Orange for the Sunsets, by Tina Athaide—————————————————no 😦

I also read/listened to some other books that weren’t on my TBR:

  • 11 39 clues books (I don’t remember exactly which ones, but I know I listened to 11 of them)
  • Hattie Big Sky
  • It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel (review here)
  • The School for Good and Evil
  • The School for Good and Evil: a world without princes

In all, I read about 22 books, which is really good, and I’m really happy about that. December was also the first full month where I’ve almost completely tracked the books I’ve read!

My January TBR:

  • The Gilded Wolves, by Roshani Chokshi
  • Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo
  • Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Teacher’s Funeral, by Richard Peck
  • Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus, by Dusti Bowling
  • Hook’s Revenge: The Pirate’s Code, by Heidi Schulz
  • 500 Words or Less, by Julia Del Rosario
  • Okay For Now, by Gary D. Schmidt
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society: The Perilous Journey, by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel, by Firoozeh Dumas

I just went to the library and got 10 books, and although sadly there were a lot of books that were already checked out, I was able to get a few of the books I’ve been wanting to read! I’m especially really excited to read The Gilded Wolves, by Roshani Chokshi, which I have seen amazing reviews of, and I also am really looking forward to reading Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo. I was going to get the sequel, A Crooked Kingdom, at the library, but they didn’t have it! I also am excited to read the Mysterious Benedict Society, because I have seen wonderful things about that series as well!

My goals for the posts I wanted to write, and how I did:

In December, I wanted to write, in all, 15 posts, (not including the November wrap up), and here’s how I did!

So, all in all, I met all of my goals, and did more! I wrote 19 blog posts, and I’m really happy with that!

Posts I want to write in January:

I want to write:

  • 1 tag
  • 1 other post
  • 2 Chapters of my story
  • 2 book reviews
  • 3 Top Ten Tuesday
  • 4 Let’s Talk Bookish
  • 5 WWW Wednesday

That is 18 posts, plus this one, which makes 19, the same number of posts I did last month!

So, that pretty much wraps up my month! What’s on your January TBR? Have you read Six of Crows, or The Gilded Wolves? Chat with me in the comments below!

Happy Reading!