Bookish Breakdown

Bookish Breakdown No 14: February 2020

Hello, lovelies!

February is almost over, which means it’s almost March, which means THE COLD MUST BE VANISHED.


I mean, I really hope we finally get spring, because your girl is over the cold.

On top of complaining about the winter weather, as I do, here’s how my month has gone:

  • Got sick…again.
  • Had a really lovely Valentine’s Day date with my boyfriend. He got me books. ❤
  • Set up the weight bench in our garage! Haven’t used it it yet, but!!
  • Caught up with an old friend from college, which was really lovely.
  • Hosted my old student workers (now friends) for a potluck at my place and watched Temptation Island and had an absolute BLAST.
  • Filed my taxes (including my first time as a freelancer) and miraculously didn’t owe and getting some money back!
  • Took my Dad to his first ever Blues hockey game!
  • Got a new phone! With an amazing camera!! SO GORGEOUS!
  • Booked my tours for the New Zealand trip. It’s becoming so real…

On top of all of that, it’s been a pretty busy month! And I’m slowly starting to get some routine in me and excited to continue to work on that and figure it out.

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What I Read

A Tale of Stars and Shadow by Lisa Cassidy [RTC]
The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks [RTC]

What I Hauled


**Nothing this month**

Library Snags:


Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe: I am so excited to read this and hopefully start my journey of reserving the society-wired negativity regarding my own body.


**Nothing this month**

Received for Review:

**Nothing this month**


The boyfriend spoiled me a little bit this month…

Spaceside by Michael Mammay
The Captain’s Rebel by C.L. Halverson
The Black Hawks by David Wragg

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What I Posted

In this section, I like to share posts that I personally wrote this past month that I either really enjoyed writing, am really proud of or wish might have gotten a little more attention.

🏰 Introducing My Library Tour Series: where I started sharing what books are on my shelves and fun stories surrounding them!

🏰 Write What You Love: trying to recapture the love I once felt for my greatest passion.

🏰 More Than One Story: another writing discussion post! Two in one month! Who am I?

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Reading Challenges Update

A new section I decided to add this year, so I can actually keep track of the challenges I signed up for (so I’ll hopefully actually complete them this time around).

2020 Discussion Challenge: 1/12 Discussion Posts

  • None this month!

Year of the Asian Readathon: 0/20

  • Considering I’ve only read two books this month (and one was required reading for a contest and another part of a series reread I’m binging through at a very slow rate currently), I’m not surprised this went nowhere. <– Literally what I wrote, word for word last month, and then…nope. I am in such a reading slump, help.

StartonYourShelfathon: 0/143 (0/67 ARCs)

  • I’m not counting either of the two books I read because one of them I don’t own and one of them I do own, but it’s a reread. So…yeah, this is going great. <– AGAIN (not to mention this number has actually increased since I’ve gotten some books this year…)

Goodreads: 4/150

  • *cries*

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Intentions Update

Another new section! To try and hold myself accountable, I’ll be sharing where I’m at on the goals I’ve made for myself this year, all of which I detailed in this post.

Write two novels, edit one and write for me ✔️✖️

Getting sick kinda through a wrench into this plan for me, but I did have a really good writing week so this, so I am hoping to build on that momentum!

Productive Routine That Promotes Self-Care ✖️

I’m still not counting that one quite yet. But I have a feeling next month is going to be different.

Six Clients ✔️✖️

While I still don’t have six clients for this year, I do potentially have four clients lined up, so I am really excited that I will hopefully continue to grow.


*dies from shame*

Cook New Recipes ✔️✖️

I definitely didn’t do this this month, but I am planning to cook a new meal today because I forgot to do it this month, so some progress here, sorta?

Cherish Connections and Friendships More ✔️

While I didn’t get to do this nearly as much as I wanted, I did video chat with an old friend, get lunch with two different group of friends and invited my students-turned-friends over for a get together, so this is still a good year for connections! ❤

Less Social Media ✔️

This is good, but I still could do better. I really need to start keeping a book with my everywhere again, so I can spend those pockets of free time reading instead of scrolling.

Finish Home Projects ✔️

Finally got the weight bench put up and started working on cleaning up the backyard, so we’re making forward progress. I’m counting it.

Wear My Style More ✖️

This is a goal? Oops.

Take More Pictures ✖️

Yeah…I didn’t think about this one, either. BUT, I did just get a new phone that has a KILLER camera and I can’t wait to take more pictures!

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Posts I Enjoyed

Curious what blog posts I really enjoyed around the blogsophere this month? Check them out here:

⚔️ Oh, did I just positively LOVE Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Bookspost about leaving blog comments. Nothing makes me more excited when I have a comment on my blog and I hope it’s a way to show appreciation that doesn’t disappear!

⚔️ And THIS POST. Oh, that post from Madeline @ Happy When Writing just resonated with the struggling writer in me SO HARD.

⚔️ Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall shared a wonderful post about what to blog about when you’re in a reading slump.

⚔️ Amber @ The Literary Phoenix shared some problems with Goodreads and I couldn’t agree more.

⚔️ Meredith @ M.A. Crosbie shares a vulnerable, potent post that resonated with my core, written in such a beautiful way, it floored me.

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This post is coming up a little bit late, since I was just getting back from St. Louis from my Dad last night, so I’m sneaking it up this morning. I hope you all had a great February and March is even better! I’m going to go and enjoy this rare 65 degree weather now. ❤ signature

14 thoughts on “Bookish Breakdown No 14: February 2020”

  1. Thank you!! Love you, and love this. You’ve had a lot of changes in a short span of time, but you’ll find your groove! Be gentle with yourself, life is crazy right now ❤

  2. I think keeping a book with you is a great idea. I keep a paperback in my purse. It’s my “errand book,” and I read it whenever I’m stuck in line or in a waiting room. It does take about 6 months to get through an errand book, but it’s better than mindlessly scrolling.

    1. Yes, I am SO excited!! It still doesn’t feel real sometimes, but with the few clients I worked with last year, I absolutely loved it, so I’m really hoping I’ll get to continue doing this!

  3. So you’ve got a lot on your plate and I think you’re accomplishing more than you’re giving yourself credit for. And while you may not have read anything you can “count” – remember how I said you inspired me to try a read-a-thon goal? Well I’ve already done 6 of my 40, WHICH I’ve usually read by the middle of the year! So you’ve really upped my reading! Thanks!

  4. I’m glad to see you had a busy and good month overall despite getting sick, and yay for a lovely valentine’s day and getting books! ❤ ❤ I'm also so proud of your progress, any writing progress is progress and that's so important to remember.
    Thank you so,so much for sharing my post, so happy you enjoyed it ❤
    I hope you're having a good march, I'm sending you all the love ❤

    1. That IS so important to remember (I tell myself, as I haven’t written since this *nervous laughter*). Thank you so much for all of your love and support! ❤ Sending it right back your way, always!

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