Hello, lovelies! Welcome to another Bookish Breakdown post, my monthly wrap-up where I talk about last month’s reading, as well as life musings, blog hopping links and intention updates!
I think this personal post from Friday perfectly sums up any and all updates. Life is still throwing plenty of punches, but I am DETERMINED to survive them!!
Let’s check in and see how I did creatively this month (spoiler: once again, not much, but! This will change! I am manifesting!!).
What I Read
I only read one book this month, but holy shit was it a great book to read!!!!
Reading Challenges Update
What: A yearly challenge tracked via StoryGraph of how many books I want to read this year.
Goal: 50 Books
Status: 29/50 Books
(not pictured: the books I read for my poetry graduate class and my craft books)
Goal: 24 Discussion Posts (Chatty Kathy Level)
Status: 18/24 Posts
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Blogging Insecurity
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Posting Process
- Social Media: Or, the Lack of Boundaries, Safety and Nuance
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Content Ratings
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Cover Versus Plot
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Book Blogger Appreciation
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Creating Bookish Content
- Book Changes I Want to See
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Reading Affecting Mental Health
- Let’s Talk Bookish: How To Make Me Read Your Book
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Diversity in Publishing (And What Book Bloggers Can Do About It)
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Diversity in Books
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Why BookTube Isn’t For Me
- Let’s Talk Bookish: How Book Blogging Changed My Relationship with Reading
- Genres: The Avoided, The Committed and The Obsessed
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Romance as a Subplot
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Protagonists and Gender
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Book Blogging Masterminds
What: A personal challenge I’ve put upon myself to read at least one ARC a month (or, 12 a year), to attempt to keep my ARC pile under a bit of control.
Goal: 12 Books
Status: 9/12 Books
What: A personal challenge where I read a book a month (or, 12 total) that I currently own that I haven’t a) purchased this year and b) aren’t ARCs.
Goal: 12 Books
Status: 4/12 Books
What: A personal challenge where I want to do a better job that of reading books written by and featuring protagonist 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 read this year that break away from that “standard” than books that do.
Status: 13 of 28
(not pictured: books read for poetry class)
What I Posted
This is the least I’ve posted in…gods, I don’t even know how long. I *did* manage to reformat some series, though, so I am proud of that!
Read Around the Blogosphere
Guess who still hasn’t blogged hopped? 😭😭😭 I seriously can’t wait to get to it again. Truly truly.
Other Bloggers’ Posts I Loved
I’m one of those people who loves to write out intentions at the beginning of each year. I’m also one of those people who doesn’t do the best job of keeping them. Here, I check in each month and see how I’m doing!
- Develop a writing routine
- Edit and query BLOOD PRICE
- Write first draft of UNTITLED adult fantasy romance
HA. Ha ha. Hahahaha. *collapses into sobbing*
- Develop a reading routine
- Read one-two books a week
Still don’t have a reading routine, but I did FINALLY read Fonda Lee’s incredible book, Jade City, and it’s just as amazing as everyone told me it would be.
- Work with at least one client each month
- Continue to self study and level up my editing skills
- Get better at marketing these services
- Work with a romance client!?
Nothing this month, but honestly, with how hectic life and health have been, this is a blessing in disguise. I miss it, though!
- Reach 1,000 followers
- Start: 878
- Update all older posts with new feature images
Will November be the month I return to blogging on the regular? I sure hope so!
- Find movement I enjoy and make a routine
- Read and learn about body positivity
- Continue therapy
This is a very needed recommitment.
- Learn more about the systemic racism in America
- Learn how to better have difficult conversations to help combat systemic racism, racial injustice, and fight for LGBTQIA+ rights
- Continue to move away from performative to actual allyship
I did fall quite behind there for a moment, in reading Anti-Racist Daily’s newsletter, but I got caught up. Need to get reengaged in reading a nonfiction book once a month and doing my own research on particular issues that I’m passionate about, especially locally. <<– Wrote this for September and it was the same for October.
List of smaller intentions I’d love to complete:
- Work on home projects
- Take better care of my hair and learn new ways to style it
- Lessen my social media intake
- Stay connected to friends better
- Write more letters and have penpals again!
- Adopt a more sustainable lifestyle
- Survive another year of grad school
- Pay off some debt?
- Explore our local nature spot more
- Visit friends in America (pandemic pending)
- New tattoo(s)?
- Get more nerdy clothes
- Cook more new recipes
- Manage my finances better
- Complete some day job work projects for my students
- Learn how to be a wonderful auntie to my new niece
- SURVIVED, and for now, that’s enough
October followed the trend of 2021 for me. Will the power of my birthday and the start of the last year until I’m 30 prove triumphant!? I’m excited to see.