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!
If I thought August was intense, I was obviously not prepared for September. Holy shit. Here’s a few quick “highlights”:
- Got my hair cut and re-dyed, which gave me LIFE
- Found out I had been written up to HR for the first time in my life 🙄
- Cried during and after my first thesis advisor meeting
- Had a flare up related to my chronic disability
- My second niece was born!
- Continued to question if my day job is worth anything
Overall, it was a bit of a rough month, honestly. But we’re hanging in there!
Bookish Breakdown: Reading
What I Read
The woman who read 10 books last month? Who the fuck even was she? I barely read at all, despite being excited for Self-Published Reading month. I really hope the rest of the year will be much better, reading wise. Especially since we only have three months left (!!) and your girl is still quite a bit behind to reach 50 books…
Reading Challenges Update
What: Yearly challenge tracked via StoryGraph of how my books I want to read.
Goal: 50 Books
Status: 28/50 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: 17/24 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
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Unhauling Books
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Blogging Balancing Act
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Tackling Your TBR
Bookish Breakdown: Blogging
What I Posted
Unsurprisingly, I posted more reviews than normal this month, since I read so many books the last! But, I snuck in a few personal posts and my usual things, too!
Read Around the Blogosphere
Not as many posts as I usually have, since blog hopping didn’t happen as much as I wanted to! Regardless, still hope you check out the amazing posts below!
Other Bloggers’ Posts I Loved
- Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books shares an amazing post about blog engagement (I love you).
- I loved Kate @ Your Tita Kate’s discussion on unhauling books!
- Looking for books to read in honor of Latinx Heritage Month? Check out some of these recommendations, like Cande @ Cande Reads’ 40+ 2023 Latine releases, Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense’s “Talk Chisme to Me” recommendations or Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess’ 80 books recomendations!
- Thanks to Marie sharing this post, I discovered Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner‘s post on mental health and blogging, which really resonated.
- Dini @ Dini Panda Reads has great tips for new bloggers!
- I really enjoyed the Romance Round Table from Dan @ Before We Go.
I had been doing an intentions check-in section here, but I’ve found recently that hasn’t been serving me as much. So, instead of including that with the Bookish Breakdown, I think I’ll try to do an quarterly check-in post.
Thanks for reading this month’s Bookish Breakdown. While September proved more challenging than I anticipated, I am very excited for October. October starts the trio of months that are my favorites. October because it’s the start of spooky season and fall (I absolutely love Halloween and will be decorating this weekend). Then, November is my birthday month (I turn 30 this year 😳). Then, holidays for December!
What about you? How did your September treat you? Anything to look forward to? Let me know!