Hello, lovelies! Welcome to another Bookish Breakdown installment, my monthly wrap-up post. In these Bookish Breakdowns, I discuss life generally for the past month. Also, I share last month’s reading, as well as life musings, blog hopping links and intention updates!
July was a mixed bag, but it was much better than June. I spent most of July recovering, resting and regaining my strength. Finally (I think) I am feeling like myself again. I returned to work fully in the last two weeks of July and I’ve managed it, which I couldn’t do during the first two weeks. So, hopefully August is a much more “usual” month for me.
However, I did just find out my Dad has COVID. 😪 He’s having a pretty rough go of it, according to my Mom, so any good vibes appreciated.
Let’s check in on how I did creatively this month.
Bookish Breakdown: Reading
What I Read
Two main factors kept me from reading more this month: still recovering from COVID and (honestly, more prevalently), playing Horizon: Forbidden West, which has taken up a lot of my time. Still, I’m really proud of myself for actually getting through a research book in Valkyrie: The Women of the Viking World. And, though it took me a lot longer than I wanted, I also read Northern Wrath by Thilde Kold Holdt.
What I Hauled
Nothing this month!
Reading Challenges Update
What: Yearly challenge tracked via StoryGraph of how my books I want to read.
Goal: 50 Books
Status: 17/50 Books
What: A personal challenge to read at least one antiracist book a month (or 12 a year).
Goal: 12 Books
Status: 3/12 Books
What: I want to do a better job that of reading books written by (or featuring protagonists) that aren’t the publishing “standard”, i.e, white, male, able-bodied, straight and based on Western cultures or Christian/Catholic religions.
Goal: More books that break away from that “standard” than books that do.
Goal: 24 Discussion Post (Chatty Kathy Level)
Status: 14/24 Posts
- Let’s Talk Bookish: 2022 Reading Goals
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Blogger and Audience Relationship
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Changing Book Ratings
- Book Bloggers, Why Aren’t We Kinder to Ourselves?
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Maintaining A Blog Aesthetic
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Updating Old Content
- When A Reader Fights Reading
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Evolution of Book Blogging
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Book Blogging Joys and Pet Peeves
- The Importance of Commenting on Book Blogs
- Reading and Mental Health
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Rapid Fire Book Blogging Takes
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Book Blogging Friendships
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Tracking Your Reading
Bookish Breakdown: Blogging
What I Posted
After having an abysmal blogging month in June (for good reasons), it was so nice to return a bit to it in July! Here’s what I posted this month.
Read Around the Blogosphere
I also got caught up on blog hopping, which was so refreshing. Some of my favorite posts from the (past few months) are below!
Other Bloggers’ Posts I Loved
- Kate @ My Tita Kate shares how to write bi-lievable bi characters and gets A+ points for the glorious pun and the fantastic post. I also really appreciated her finding your blogging voice post!
- Fadwa @ Word Wonders’ list of f/f relationships (400+ books !!) will never not blow me away.
- Sumedha @ The Wordy Habitat shares her experience with creating and maintaining a blog aesthetic! Also, her SEO post is A++.
- I really enjoyed author K.M. Allan’s piece, grieving a writing life.
- Inah @ Fueled by Chapters shares 100 queer recs to read all year long!
- I really discovered Mint @ Mint Loves Books and I’m a big fan of their discussion posts, like their recent five tips to break a reading slump! Also, their post about outgrowing YA, I connected with a lot.
- I loved Katja’s everything I know about writing post.
- Go check out the results of Pages Unbound 2022 Book Blogger Survey!
- Sara @ Stories and Sidequests wrote an amazing post about not reading and why that’s okay that everyone should read. Immediately.
- Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books shares how she finds the books she reads and I really enjoyed this post!
- Amber @ The Literary Phoenix shares a super thought provoking post about exclusionary language and racism that I’ll be mulling over for a while.
As you saw from my intentions post, I tried to narrow in my focus this year. So, I check in each month below. Mostly, so I don’t lose sight of what I’m hoping to achieve, change and celebrate! Bookish Breakdown felt like a good place to do just that.
^^ At least, that’s what I usually do. Not this month. Maybe next.
Thanks for reading this month’s Bookish Breakdown. The summer has been a really different one for me, one I hope not to repeat any time soon. August looks to be an interesting month, due to some things with my day job (and applying for a promotion), so I’m hoping to get some things done before the semester starts again. Until then!