Posted in Discussion, monthly goals, Monthly Reads, Weekly Wrap-ups

Extremely Productive Month

So I thought August wasn’t going to amount to much reading wise. Instead it became an extremely productive reading month I’ve had to date since I’ve started reading seriously. Now posting on the blog fell behind which I’m going to try to remedy next month. But I read A LOT. A few were picture books but most were novels, and I may be able to fit a few in more in before the end of the month.

It’s a good thing too since I’ve got two extremely major readathons coming coming up. They both require a lot of books and a lot of time spent. Those two readathons are BookoplAthon and Orillium, one is readathon inspired by Monopoly and the other is a journey to a magical school. So the books I’ve read this month were great training for the TON of reading I’m going to do next month.

Let’s talk about the books I’ve read this month shall we 13 in all. 13! For some of you who hit double digits often this may not sound like a lot but I’ve been having trouble getting out of the low single digits so it’s a big success for me, so I’m going to try for 15-20 next month.

Below are the books I’ve read this month.

The Dragon Egg Princess by [Ellen Oh]
The Revenge of Magic by [James Riley]
Dark Waters by [Katherine Arden]
Hide and Don't Seek: And Other Very Scary Stories by [Anica Mrose Rissi]
The Last Dragon (The Revenge of Magic Book 2) by [James Riley]
Bridge of Souls (City of Ghosts #3) by [Victoria Schwab]
The Forgotten Girl by [India Hill Brown]
In My Mosque by [M. O. Yuksel, Hatem Aly]
Say It Out Loud by [Allison Varnes]

So as we can see I have a lot of reviews to do, well as some reviews from the summer that I’ve missed. I’ll try to get to all that in September. But it’s nice to look at all the reading I’ve done in a visual form. Most of this reading was done for the two readathons I was taking part in this month, which were, The Royal Readathon, and the Trope-ical Readathon. I feel particularly accomplished this year because I hit most of the prompts on the Trope-ical Readathon.

Posted in monthly goals

February Wrap-up

Oh Febuary you’ve been a long month. This month has seemed like a year and I haven’t read that many books. What did I plan at the beginning of month and did I accomplish it. Partly yes and partly no but since it seems like everything was particularly against me this month I’ll take what I can get.

1) Get ahead on posts.

This just did not happen, the stars were very much not aligned for this.

2) Do some kind of Ace Awareness thing for Valentine’s Day

I did do this, I put together a post for Valentine’s Day highlighting ace characters.

3)Find a read-a-thon I like.

I couldn’t find one hopefully next month?

4) More interaction, book tour maybe?

I didn’t do a book tour but I did get approved for an ARC which I enjoyed so that was good at least.

Photo by Obi Onyeador on Unsplash

Posted in Uncategorized

November Wrap Up

Blog more!

This part definitely worked out more, I blogged almost every day of November and my numbers were through the roof.

Read more

I haven’t been reading as much this month as I’d liked to. So far I only hit 5 books, I think October was rare in the fact that I got 12 out of it. But I still think with the fact that I’m at 68, I’m going to be able to get 75 before January 1st.

Finish up Challenges and get ready for the ones at the end of the year.

While I’m not finished with my Year of the Asian Reading Challenge, I passed the first level which was the original goal I set for myself. I’m also working on IndiAThon, trying to read as many books by Indigenous authors as I can in November, I think that’s going to go into December. Finally I’m getting ready to set up my Christmas challenges.

Try to start looking at the technical side of blogging.

I think this needs to be my goal in the new year right now my focus seems to be own posting every day.

Image by Егор Камелев from Pixabay

Posted in Weekly Wrap-ups

Weekly Review

This week was a pretty good week. I felt a bit better and have some medical tests coming up so that good at least. Being sick in November slowed down my reading a bit I only finished five books.

Read

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img-6084.jpg

Plus an ARC I can’t talk about/show till closer till its release. As for what I’m currently reading and will hopefully finish before the end of the month.

Reading

Soulswift by [Megan Bannen]

Other than that I’m just working on going after the dragons on Dragon Age, getting ready for my Christmas challenge and Blogmas, and just keeping on posting every day.

Posted in monthly goals

Blogtober Wrapup

Blogtober was a smashing success. I only missed a couple of days but I got tons of new followers and my number of visitors and views reflected posting every day. I haven’t had this many followers since before the summer, leading me to wonder, is the summer a slow time in blogging? I’ll have to check into this and see what other bloggers say.

Anyway, some Blogtober highlights

  1. Lots of new followers.
  2. Visitors are up.
  3. I’ve been reading more.
  4. I almost didn’t have to use the prompts at all to think of posts.
  5. I’ve been interacting on Twitter more.

These are all goals I’ve been trying to reach over the summer so I’d consider that a smashing success. I hope to continue this positive energy in November!

Image by Benjamin Balazs from Pixabay

Posted in Blogtober, monthly goals, Uncategorized

October Wrapup

So how did I do with my goals this month? From how I’m looking at this I think I did a pretty good job.

1) Start reading Unwanteds Quest books

So I’ve read 5/6 books Unwanteds Quests books that are currently released and will probably finish the last book before the month is over

2) Get to 30% on Dragon Age Inquisition

I’m at 24% getting close to 25% so while I’m not at 30% like I wanted I’m getting closer.

3) Hit my reading goal for the year.

I’m over my goal by like 4 books so I’m good there.

4) Get back into doing weekly reviews

I’ve done weekly reviews for the past 3 weeks so I’d say I’m doing pretty well.

Also my numbers are great for this month so thank you guys for all the views and likes! The blog hasn’t seen this much attention since before the summer!

Image by monicore from Pixabay

Posted in monthly goals

September Wrapup

So I did a lot of things in September, a lot of that wasn’t related to books, so my blog number were, down a little bit. I think they’ll pick back up now that my care giving job is sort of over, and my friend is due to be out of the hospital soon. Not related to the blog but it will make me a happier person and happier people blog more. Or at least this one does.

I gamed a lot this month, tons of Dragon Age: Inquisition. Paid for the blog and the domain for another year, and got a nifty little Jetpack add on so you can keyword search the blog now. The day this is posted will also be my 30th birthday. So lets see how I did on what I set out to do.

1) Read my normal 4 books a books, but try a push it to a few more.

I read 7 book so I think this one is good.

2) More social engagement but how?

I’m still failing here but I was super busy with care-giving this moth, so I’m going to give myself a pass. I’m going to try to get back into interactions via Instagram next month and work from there.

3) Prepare for some spooky stuff in October, maybe Blogtober again?

Doesn’t look like there is any fresh content for Blogtober but I’m going to use some of the older stuff to make sure the blog feels fallish.

4) Try to take more photos for the blog.

This didn’t happen mostly because I wasn’t around the materials for it. But since I’m home now I think I’ll at least be able to start doing IG post which will show up hopefully on the reviews and the blog.

Posted in monthly goals

September Goals

1) Read my normal 4 books a books, but try a push it to a few more.

I’m lagging a bit behind for my yearly goal so I’d like to push myself a bit to try to get ahead.

2) More social engagement but how?

This seems to be a goal that I always fail at so I’m going to try and give myself a concrete goal like 3 posts on Twitter a week plus general engagement on the platform. Or three posts on Instagram a week, along with complimenting others post. If I do either of those things I’d consider it a win. I’d love both, but we’ll see how busy I get.

3) Prepare for some spooky stuff in October, maybe Blogtober again?

For me the spooky season starts in September, so I’m going to try to ease into my spooky stuff this month. But I’d really like to do some sort of organized blog thing because I haven’t done one of those in awhile.

4) Try to take more photos for the blog.

I’ve used a lot of stock photos which I’m very thankful to have, but I want to go back to taking photos since my blog initially started from my Instagram account.

Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash

Posted in monthly goals

August Monthly Wrapup

Let’s see how I’ve done this month considering my initial goals.

1.Read a book this month.

As the final week of August ends I ended up with 6 books for the month. I feel like I’m back in my game. My family is finally doing better and while not completely out of the water, things have fallen into sort of a new normal.

2.Plan out post for August.

I planned out the last two weeks of August in advance. I’ve also planned out the first three weeks of September, so I’m ahead there. Perhaps that will give me time to work one reading more.

3. Try and work on my NetGalley Books

Okay, so I did go on NetGalley, to REQUEST more books. That request button should be illegal if you’re below a certain percent. I’ll probably never get my percentages above 20% something but I’ll try to actually improve them next month.

4. And forever my goal, more social interaction

Yeah, no this didn’t happen, getting back to blogging was a win. Let call this a goal for next month.

Photo by Corey Agopian on Unsplash