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Bookish Breakdown No 22: October 2020

Hello, lovelies!

Well, October sure was something. My day job has completely ramped up, to the pint where I am now completely behind on everything else and I feel like I just can’t catch up? I haven’t blogged hopped in over a month, I missed an entire week of posts, I’ve hardly read, my personal email is completely unhinged and it’s just…

scared snow white GIF
If the creepy eyes are all my commitments and To-Do list…

BUT. I’m hoping that the last two months are a bit more manageable. If only because I hope to take some time off in December to just get caught up on everything. Some other things that happened include:

  • Wrapped up physical therapy (had to cut it short, because I couldn’t afford it anymore)
  • Dovah got sick, but she’s healthy now, thank goodness!
  • Was able to safely visit my parents, which I definitely needed
  • Worked a lot?

Honestly, I struggled to come up with things, because work has just dominated everything. But, I’m also very grateful for my job and I do actually enjoy it. It’s just been a bit more intense than I was expecting. It’s also weird, because this is usually the time of year where I am thriving. I love the fall weather (though it’s currently more wintery-here), I love the holiday season (which stars with Halloween and then there is the month of birthdays, which is November–including mine!–and then Thanksgiving and Christmas). But this year, the election and the pandemic has sorta stolen that excitement and I’m just…here, if that makes any sort of sense. I’m okay, but I just…2020, man. 20-fucking-20.

Considering all that, but especially with the election looming next week (which also happens to be my birthday, so yay for not looking forward to my birthday for the first time 🙃), I feel like everyone’s mental health is prolly struggling right now. So, remember to VOTE, if you haven’t already (and you’re eligible to), log off of social media and take a break. Take care of yourself. We need you here.

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What I Read

The Crosser’s Maze by Dorian Hart [RTC]
The Greatwood Portal by Dorian Hart [RTC]
Wueens of the Wyrd by Timandra Whitecastle [RTC]

What I Hauled

ARCS

**Please don’t just how many ARCs I got this month. I was doing so, so well…but thank you SO MUCH to Orbit for such amazing books!**

The Poison Prince by S.C. Emmett
Call of the Bone Ships by RJ Barker
The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter
Legacy of Steel by Matthew Ward
The Shattered Realm of Ardor Benn by Tyler Whitesides

Library Snags:

**Nothing this month**

Purchased:

**Nothing this month**

Received for Review:

**Nothing this month**

Gifts:

**I got these as birthday gifts from my Mom–thanks, Mom!!**

The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
Promise of Darkness by Bec McMaster
Dukes are Forever by Bec McMaster

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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.

🏰 How Internalized Fatphobia Fucked Me
🏰 Why I am Voting for Biden–And You Should Be, Too!
🏰 Books I Really Want to Read Before 2021

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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: 9/12 Discussion Posts

Year of the Asian Readathon: 4/20

I don’t think I’m going to hit my goal of 20 books this year (mostly because I’ve barely even read 20 total books and I just don’t see my reading picking up that drastically in the last three months), but perhaps I can get to five or six? I know I really want to read Jade War, Jade City, Dragon Republic and The Burning God this year, so if I can at least read those four, I’d almost be at half my goal!

StartonYourShelfathon: 14/143 (6/67 ARCs) 

Of course, this hasn’t happened the way I planned and I’ve actually ended up buying quite a few books this year, so these numbers are a bit skewed, anyway. I do still want to make this a priority, even if it takes longer than year (which, honestly, makes a lot more sense).

Black Lives Matter Reading Bingo: 0/10

Just added this one last month, but since I was trying to focus mainly on self-published books I already owned this month, didn’t make much process on it. Hope to throughout the rest of the year, though!

Goodreads: 29/150

What a slump of a reading year, my goodness.

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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 ✔️

Excited to start edits on BLOOD PRICE again hopefully next month!

Productive Routine That Promotes Self-Care ✖️

I don’t know why this is so hard, but here we are.

Six Clients ✔️

Complete. 🙂

Read More ✖️

One day, dammit.

Cook New Recipes ✖️

Honestly, I’m counting the fact that I cooked at all a win.

Cherish Connections and Friendships More ✔️

Between texting, Zoom calls and phone calls, we’re staying as connected as we can.

Less Social Media ✖️

I WILL CONQUER THIS DOOMSCROLLNG, DAMMIT.

Finish Home Projects ✖️

Definitely going to make a new list of things to work on this winter!

Wear My Style More ✖️

My style has evolved into two pairs of yoga pants and tank tops and I am so okay with it.

Take More Pictures ✖️

Also haven’t really thought about this, but need to do so!

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Posts I Enjoyed

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

NOTE: I haven’t blogged hopped at all this month, which is honestly driving me nuts, because I LOVE bloghopping. I hope to this weekend, so I hope next month’s post will be jammed-packed of recommended posts for you to read!!

⚔️ NONE. *sobs*

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And that’s a wrap for October! For November, I’m planning to:

  • Just survive, especially if Biden doesn’t win
  • Use social media less
  • Read more
  • Continue stretching and perhaps start working out more
  • Play a lot of Apex and Assassian’s Creed
  • Edit BLOOD PRICE
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I hope you all have a wonderful November (well, as well as you can, given it’s 2020). Take some time for yourself and make sure your own well is full or replenished.

And, if you live in the US: please vote.

Cheers!

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Bookish Breakdown

Bookish Breakdown No 21: September 2020

Hello, lovelies!

I hope you are all hanging in there, as much as you can. I feel like I say that with every blog post, but honestly, that’s kinda the only place we’re at, isn’t it? Just trying to survive and hang in there the best we can. I hope you’re taking care of yourself, logging off when you need to and protecting your own mental health.

September started ramping up the busyness of my day job, as we are about to enter our third set of busy months (October and November) of the year, and I am not prepared; especially since end of August and September are supposed to slow down and oops, they didn’t. Some other things that happened include:

  • Taking more walks with Dovah
  • FALL WEATHER
  • Throwing my back out and starting physical therapy
  • Started outlining a new novel
  • Splurge a bit and decorated our apartment for fall/Halloween
  • Had a stay-in craft date night with my boyfriend, which was a lot of fun
  • Got back into Destiny 2, still addicted to Apex
  • Didn’t read as much as I wanted to, but did watch a few movies

Honestly, I struggled to come up with things, because it’s all just…sorta become a slog, in some ways? There isn’t much to do to break up the manaughtny (<–is this how you spell this? I am completely unsure) of things while still trying to safe safe during a global pandemic. But, trying to stay positive. We’re healthy, we still have income and we can stay safe.

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What I Read

Quests and Quandaries by Alda Yuan [Review]
The Ventifact Colossus by Dorian Hart [RTC]
The Ikessar Falcon by K.S. Villoso [Review]

What I Hauled

ARCS

**Thank you to Orbit Books and Caffenine Books Tours (for The Ikessar Falcon) for the following ARCs**

The Ikessar Falcon by K.S. Villoso
Nophek Gloss by Essa Hansen

Library Snags:

**Nothing this month**

Purchased:

**Nothing this month**

Received for Review:

**Nothing this month**

Gifts:

**Nothing this month**

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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.

🏰 Never Have I Ever: Writing Edition
🏰 Return to Academia
🏰 Allyship Check-In: No 7

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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: 7/12 Discussion Posts

Year of the Asian Readathon: 4/20

I don’t think I’m going to hit my goal of 20 books this year (mostly because I’ve barely even read 20 total books and I just don’t see my reading picking up that drastically in the last three months), but perhaps I can get to five or six? I know I really want to read Jade War, Jade City, Dragon Republic and The Burning God this year, so if I can at least read those four, I’d almost be at half my goal!

StartonYourShelfathon: 14/143 (6/67 ARCs) 

Of course, this hasn’t happened the way I planned and I’ve actually ended up buying quite a few books this year, so these numbers are a bit skewed, anyway. I do still want to make this a priority, even if it takes longer than year (which, honestly, makes a lot more sense).

Black Lives Matter Reading Bingo: 0/10

Just added this one last month, but since I was trying to focus mainly on self-published books I already owned this month, didn’t make much process on it. Hope to throughout the rest of the year, though!

Goodreads: 26/150

Tired Stressed Out GIF by Rooster Teeth
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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 ✔️

While I wait for feedback on BLOOD PRICE, I started outlining a new book for a new series. *evil laugh*

Productive Routine That Promotes Self-Care ✖️

I don’t know why this is so hard, but here we are.

Six Clients ✔️

Complete. 🙂

Read More ✖️

Nope, not there yet. I might write a post about this, actually, next month…

Cook New Recipes ✖️

Honestly, I’m counting the fact that I cooked at all a win.

Cherish Connections and Friendships More ✔️

Between texting, Zoom calls and phone calls, we’re staying as connected as we can.

Less Social Media ✖️

I WILL CONQUER THIS DOOMSCROLLNG, DAMMIT.

Finish Home Projects ✖️

Definitely going to make a new list of things to work on this winter!

Wear My Style More ✖️

My style has evolved into two pairs of yoga pants and tank tops and I am so okay with it.

Take More Pictures ✖️

Also haven’t really thought about this, but need to do so!

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Posts I Enjoyed

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

⚔️ Chuck Wendig @ TerribleMinds shares my daily schedule since the pandemic started and it’s, ah, a thing.

⚔️ Phil @ Well Tempered Proof announced he is available for proofreading services! Go give him a follow and congratulate him on such an awesome accomplishment!

⚔️ Check out the winners of The Fourth Annual 2020 Book Blogger Awards! Congrats to everyone who was nominated, everyone who won and everyone who has a blog to begin with. You’re all rockstars!

⚔️ Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea shares Books to Read by Chinese authors instead of watching the new Mulan! Also, she wrote this incredible resource about buying affordable blog themes that I am very excited to look more in-depth at.

⚔️ Lauren @ Love Yo Shelf shares a really insightful post on tips for being a new blogger (especially a new blogger of color) and how to navigate the book blogging world.

⚔️ Chana @ Paper Procrastinators writes a really important post about how constantly recommending your white favs could be problematic.

⚔️ CW @ The Quiet Pond shares an amazingly personal post about reading romance as an demisexual. I love you, CW!

⚔️ Fadwa @ Word Wonders shares a truly important post about the complications of the #Ownvoices label and I just. I applaud. She also shares some awesome pros and cons about both book blogging AND booktubing.

⚔️ Amber @ The Literary Phoenix shared ideas on how to be a better blogger and I’m pretty much planning to adopt all of them in some way!

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And that’s a wrap for September! For October, I’m planning to:

  • Use my planner and Notion to hopefully help me build a better routine that is centered on my own mental, physical and emotional health
  • Use social media less
  • Read more
  • Enjoy the fall weather while it lasts
  • Go to both physical and regular therapy
  • Pray this isn’t the last month we live in the democracy
  • Play a lot of video games and see if I can somehow snag a PS5 preorder
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I hope you all have a wonderful October (well, as well as you can, given it’s 2020). Take some time for yourself and make sure your own well is full or replenished.

And, if you live in the US: please vote.

Cheers!

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Bookish Breakdown No 20: August 2020

Hello, lovelies!

I hope you are all hanging in there, as much as you can. The promise of fall weather lifts my spirits up and excites me, but the closer we get to the election in November, the more I dread that Trump will win again and America and our democracy will be destroyed as we know it for a fascist dictatorship who will have consequences across the globe (especially when it comes to climate change). It’s hard to balance spiraling and not becoming overwhelmed with self-care and activism, but it’s an important balance to find that I’m still working towards.

Otherwise, August was a really busy month for me. Some highlights include:

  • Got confirmation that my job will allow us to work from home the rest of the year
  • Had the busiest month of the year at my day job, which was 10x busier thanks to the pandemic
  • Dyed my hair red and black!
  • Finished my 6th draft of BLOOD PRICE!
  • Bought another bookcase (oops) and finally sent in my latest two LOTR pieces to be framed, so I can hang them up that I got last Christmas (double oops)
  • Still dealing with a lot of lower back pain, down side
  • Plus side, got my IUD removed finally and am trying FAM birth control method for the first time!
  • Played a lot of Apex and started Greedfall
  • Read some books and blogs

I hope you’re taking care of yourself! It’s a really hard time and some day are going to be better than others. I hope you’re able to hold your head up, continue to find the hope and the positive in life and conquer your bad days.

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What I Read

Velocity Weapon by Megan O’Keefe [Review]
Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh [Review]
The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso [RTC]

What I Hauled

ARCS

**Nothing this month!**

Library Snags:

**Nothing this month**

Purchased:

I, ah, normally don’t buy this many books all in one month, but, um, here we are. 

Jade City by Fonda Lee
To Catch a Rogue by Bec McMaster
My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh
Scandal Takes the Stage by Eva Leigh
Whispers of Shadow and Flame by L. Penelope
The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang
You Only Love Twice by Bec McMaster

Received for Review:

Thank you so much to the author, Dorian Hart, for sending me these books to review!

The Ventifact Colossus
The Crosser’s Maze
The Greatwood Portal

Gifts:

My boyfriend got me a copy of Chaos Vector and I am so pumped!!!

Chaos

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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.

🏰 Freelance Editing 1 Year Anniversary!
🏰 Self-Published Fantasy Reading Month List!
🏰 Allyship Check-In: No 6

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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: 6/12 Discussion Posts — With the help of the Let’s Talk Bookish prompts, I am now confident I’m going to knock this goal out of the water and I’m so excited by that!

Year of the Asian Readathon: 2/20 — It’s been too long since I’ve made progress on this challenge, but I’m really excited for some books on my radar!

StartonYourShelfathon: 12/143 (6/67 ARCs) — I know now that I am nowhere near going to complete this the way I hoped, but then again, 2020 is so bloody far from anything I hoped, I’m not going to beat myself up about it and still work towards making progress on my backlog and my ARCs!

Black Lives Matter Reading Bingo: 0/10 — Just added this one and am excited to read some books for this challenge, as well!

Goodreads: 23/150 — *sighs*

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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 ✔️

I FINISHED EDITS ON BLOOD PRICE! So, edit one novel is completely done! I am definitely not going to write two novels by the end of the year, I’m like, 95% certain, but I am planning to start drafting one, so I’m pretty excited about that.

Productive Routine That Promotes Self-Care ✖️

I don’t know why this is so hard, but here we are.

Six Clients ✔️

BOOYAH, completed this! And I’m so excited for all of the clients I have booked to work with throughout the rest of this year (still taking more, though, of course).

Read More ✖️

I mean, I did read three books instead of one this month, but I’m still nowhere near what I meant when I had this goal, so I’m not counting it.

Cook New Recipes ✖️

Honestly, I’m counting the fact that I cooked at all a win.

Cherish Connections and Friendships More ✔️

I had a phone call with a beloved friend who I hadn’t heard from since FEBRUARY and it completely made my week. Plus, getting better at texting back (sorta) and trying to hang onto that.

Less Social Media ✖️

I WILL CONQUER THIS DOOMSCROLLNG, DAMMIT.

Finish Home Projects ✖️

Having even thought about it, really. Might be time to make a new list…

Wear My Style More ✖️

My style has evolved into two pairs of yoga pants and tank tops and I am so okay with it.

Take More Pictures ✖️

Also haven’t really thought about this, but need to do so!

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Posts I Enjoyed

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

⚔️ Chuck Wendig @ TerribleMinds shares my daily schedule since the pandemic started and it’s, ah, a thing.

⚔️ Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense shares August Releases by Latinx authors!

⚔️ Fadwa @ Word Wonders writes a very important post about the struggles of international bloggers and how publishing is systemically set up not to support them (which is not okay and something that needs to be addressed within publishing).

⚔️ The Self Pub Team shares how to participate in Self-Published Fantasy Month, happening in September!

⚔️ Aayushi @ My Bookish Banter shares a MASSIVE list of amazing resources for bloggers!

⚔️ Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea talks about the importance of book blogs and how to support them, by also sharing a lot of bloggers’ posts to help support her post, so it’s a great place to start if you’re looking for more blogs to follow!

⚔️ Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about fake engagement in book blogging and offers tips how to be authentic and genuine. An honest and open post that I super appreciate! Also, her shining a light on book bloggers work and what we really do post makes me feel SEEN and just…please read this post, friends.

⚔️ Shealea @ Shut Up Shealea has returned to blogging!!! I am a not so subtle fan of her work and I am SO excited. Go give her blog a follow, if you don’t already! Also, she’s already killing it with her posts, including her 7 things she wished she’d known before book blogging, which I agree with 110%.

⚔️ Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess announces Latinx Book Bingo!!

⚔️ May @ Forever and Everly shares her tips and tricks on how she uses a Reading Spreadsheet through Google Sheets! And honestly, I wish I had this power to create my own like this, because it’s incredible!

⚔️ Lauren @ Love Yo Shelf shares an really incredible post on allyship in the book community that I think everyone should read, but especially white bloggers.

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And that’s a wrap for August! For September, I’m planning to:

  • Find a solid routine to help me better manage not only everything that’s on my plate, but also my own mental health
  • Read a lot of self-published books for Self-Published Fantasy Reading Month
  • Start plotting out my new fantasy romance series
  • Try out a new planner!
  • Walk my dog a lot and hopefully enjoy the cooler weather (please)
  • Figure out the best way to talk about the election with my Republican family members
  • Play a lot of video games
  • Prolly buy an oversized nerdy sweatshirt to snuggle into all fall
  • Therapy

I hope you all have a wonderful September (well, as well as you can, given it’s 2020). Take some time for yourself and make sure your own well is full or replenished.

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Bookish Breakdown No 19: July 2020

Hello, lovelies!

Well, July was…something.

It continues to be dumpster fire after dumpster fire, which can be really overwhelming, at times. I’m trying to keep my head up, but, not going to lie: it’s been a bit of a struggle, especially given everything going on in the world currently (and especially America). I’m trying to be thankful for the “little things” that sometimes get overlooked, like good books, my dog smiling or a perfect rainy day. Some days, it’s enough. Others, all we can do is promise to try again tomorrow.

My job announced that my department is allowed to work remote the rest of the year, despite our university opening up for in-person classes starting on the 24th of August. I don’t agree with them reopening, at all, and am waiting to see it completely backfire. Which is, kinda terrifying, like watching a train about to crash, yet no one in it seems to want to notice the wall they are rushing towards–and I was almost forced on that train, even though I saw the wall, just to keep an income.

*sigh*

So, I’m grateful for that. I’m excited to build a good routine. I’ll probably invest in a better office chair and hopefully a table for outside, so many I can sneak outside and work, when the weather is nice. My partner is still job searching, so we’re hoping he finds something soon, so that stress is taken away. My dog is still recovering from a hot spot and I am peeling from some pretty bad sunburns, after taking her swimming last weekend.

It’s just…a weird time. I’m hoping next month, I can focus more on writing and reading and focusing on the good things, even amidst the fires.

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What I Read

 

A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers [Review]
Velocity Weapon by Megan O’Keefe [RTC]

What I Hauled

ARCS

**Nothing this month!**

Library Snags:

**Nothing this month**

Purchased:

  • A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
  • Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
  • How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

Received for Review:

**Nothing this month**

Gifts:

**Nothing this month**

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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.

🏰 2020 Book Blogger Awards Nominations!
🏰 Allyship Check-In: No 5
🏰 Novels and Narratives: No 1

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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: 3/12 Discussion Posts

Still haven’t made any additional progress on these this month, BUT, I have a good sneaking suspicion that is going to change next month. *stay tuned*

Year of the Asian Readathon: 1/20

*winces*

TSOK

StartonYourShelfathon: 9/143 (4/67 ARCs)

Black Lives Matter Reading Bingo: 0/10

Goodreads: 21/150

*cries in reading slump*

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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 ✔️

While I don’t think I’ll get through all of those goals by the end of the year, I am really enjoying my progress for BLOOD PRICE and proud that I am writing more consistently!

Productive Routine That Promotes Self-Care ✖️

Now that I know more about how my life is going to be, day job wise, for the rest of the year, I am hoping a routine will follow!

Six Clients ✔️

I DID IT!

Read More ✖️

*cries*

Cook New Recipes ✖️

Didn’t think about this too much.

Cherish Connections and Friendships More ✖️

I’ve been a bit more of a hermit recently. I really need to get better at reaching out to people!

Less Social Media ✖️

*sighs*

Finish Home Projects ✖️

*sighs harder*

Wear My Style More ✖️

Still really struggling with this and the whole body image thing. Bleh.

Take More Pictures ✖️

*thumbs down*

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Posts I Enjoyed

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

⚔️  Shri @ Sun and Chai shares a really important discussion on accountability and the author/reviewer/reader relationship I think we should all read and be aware of!

⚔️ The Quiet Pond, as part of their Pride Month blog series, shares a really important piece by author Nina Varela that each of us should read, but especially reviewers, when it comes to how you read and respond to queer books by queer BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)!

⚔️ The Fantasy Hive hosted #WomenInSFF for July and I hope you found some new authors to support, as well as took some time to read some female authors this month.

⚔️ Kathy @ Pages Below a Vaulted Sky shares an AMAZING Tarot Black Lives Matter Reading Bingo Challenge and I am HERE for this and totally going to jump in.

⚔️ Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books writes about the importance of normalizing using trigger (content) warnings in your reviews and it’s so important to read. I, myself, am working on trying to work these more normally into my reviews, as well, though I know I can do much better!

⚔️ Xandra @ Starry Sky Books shares tips on how to edit digital book covers for Bookstagram. I personally don’t use Bookstagram, but this was too neat and helpful not to share!

⚔️ M.A. Crosbie @ Muse in Pocket, Pen in Hands wrote such a neat poem based off our writing prompt for this month and I, for one, am a very big fan.

⚔️ Rukky @ Eternity Books shares a truly amazing post about reader and blogger responsibilities and I connected with this one a lot, so I definitely have a lot of work to do myself.

⚔️ May @ Forever and Everly discuses reasons why she loves book bloggers and how to support that and I applaud this post with every fiber of my being!

⚔️ Beth @ Just B More shares an introduction to environmental racism that we should all be educating ourselves about, especially if this is the first time you’ve ever heard about that.

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Sorry there’s not as much commentary on this post, friends! Hopefully more next month. <3

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Bookish Breakdown No 18: June 2020

Hello, lovelies!

Well, this has been a month, that’s for certain. COVID-19 cases continue to rise since the US has not only tried to reopen everything way too early, but it has also: a government that cares more about white supremacy and money than it goes protecting it’s people; too many people who care more for themselves than doing something for the collective good; turned something as simple and protective as wearing a face mask into a political issue, amongst a plethora of reasons why our country continues to be laughing stock and embarrassment on the global scale.

Then, the university I work for announced that it is going to hold in-person classes this fall, with an average population of 35,000+ students, and isn’t allowing anyone to stay home and work remote unless they divulge health-related issues, despite having the obvious ability to work from home.

It’s also orientation season, which is where we are completely overworked, so that’s been really draining.

Then, in publishing, it’s been hit after hit, as racial inequality has been confronted with the #PublishingPaidMe realities and the lack of diversity amongst staff. Then, many brave victims came forward to discuss the names of those authors who have been serial abusers and sexual predators at cons and other professional spaces, like Paul Krueger, Myke Cole, Sam Sykes, amongst others. I haven’t read any aside from Sykes, who I praised and supported. I announced I would no longer support him or his works, unfollowed all of them from Twitter and will no longer read their books.

So, yeah, I’m not particularly bummed that June is over, but I’m also not bummed it happened, either? Because this is the work that needs to be done, even though it’s hard to live through.

Despite all of that, it hasn’t been the worst month. I didn’t read much, but I have made a lot of progress on my edits for BLOOD PRICE. I got to be there for my little sister as she got married. I ate good food and played fun video games with my boyfriend and my dog is still as cute as ever. I have been working on confronting my own role in our racist system through starting the Justice in June work and sharing those resources here on my blog. I celebrated Pride with so many others online. I started therapy.

There’s darkness, but there’s also light.

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What I Read

Scenes and Sequels: How to Write Page-Turning Fiction by Mike Klaassan [RTC]
Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope [Review]

What I Hauled

ARCS

**Nothing this month!**

Library Snags:

**Nothing this month**

Purchased:

**Nothing this month**

Received for Review:

**Nothing this month**

Gifts:

**Nothing this month**

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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.

🏰 Black Lives Matter
🏰 Moving From Performative to Actual Allyship
🏰 The Latest Step in My Editing Evolution

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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: 3/12 Discussion Posts

Not exactly where I need to be, if I want to hit my goal of 12 posts at the halfway point of the year, but I am not giving up hope, as there is still time!

Year of the Asian Readathon: 1/20

Definitely need to start making this a priority!

TSOK

StartonYourShelfathon: 7/143 (3/67 ARCs)

Goodreads: 19/150

*cries in reading slump*

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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 ✔️

Not to brag, but I am absolutely killing this goal. And, with how the next week should be a little slower, I am hoping to make a lot more process.

Productive Routine That Promotes Self-Care ✖️

Re-dedicating myself to figuring this out this July!

Six Clients ✔️

I have booked my sixth client, which is so exciting, so I reached my goal for this year. <3 Of course, I am hoping this will continue to grow, but I am pretty stoked with my progress.

Read More ✖️

Joined social media again and look what happened. Fixing this this month, let’s hope.

Cook New Recipes ✔️

We made sweet rolls from Skyrim! Does that count? 😂

Cherish Connections and Friendships More ✖️

I need to do a better job at reaching out to people. And catch up on letter writing, my goodness!

Less Social Media ✖️

And then all that progress of last month went out the window. I NEED TO CHANGE THIS.

Finish Home Projects ✖️

Negative, Commander. Although we did deep clean out house yesterday, which was sorely needed and felt really good.

Wear My Style More ✖️

*shrugs* Maybe I should alter this to actually not being afraid to buy clothes in my size (XL) and then work on finding a style?

Take More Pictures ✖️

*thumbs down*

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Posts I Enjoyed

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

⚔️  Em @ Em’s Bookish Musings calls out the book community in regards to performative allyship and racial inequality for black people. Read. Listen. And DO BETTER. They also share a It’s Queer Here mini-blog series that’s awesome, so check it out!

⚔️  Mathieu @ Mathclrn shares their perspective on what you can do to help create hope in a world completely dominated by racism.

⚔️ Beth @ Just B More calls out fellow white people about how to do more than just performative allyship.

⚔️ Tina @ Tina’s Reading Blog shares what they read in May, as well as some great resources to help support the Black Lives Matter movement (thank you for doing that emotional labor on top of everything else, Tina!)

⚔️May @ Forever and Everly shares more fantastic resources for the Black Lives Matter movement in her monthly wrap-up post, as well as an amazing 50+ list of YA books by QPOC about QPOC!

⚔️ CW @ The Quiet Pond shares great places to start if you’re looking for how to support black lives, as well as a series of wonderful posts celebrating Pride Month!! I highly recommend you read them all, because they are amazing.

⚔️ Kal @ Reader Voracious shares different ways to get involved in the Black Lives Matter movement, from resources to education to books to videos.

⚔️ Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books shares 20 YA books to read for Pride! She also shares this amazing post about book bloggers and if our work is valued. I felt it in my soul and EVERY book blogger should give it a read. Publishers, too, honestly.

⚔️ Cait @ Paper Fury discusses how to support diverse books all the time.

⚔️ Both May @ Forever and Everly and Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books are hosting the 4th Annual Book Blogger Awards this year! Please go and nominate all of your favorite bloggers!

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I know it’s getting hard. I know it’s an emotional, exhausting time. But, let’s hold onto this and remember:

Words Sams GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

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Bookish Breakdown No 17: May 2020

Hello, lovelies!

By the end of this month, I’ll have been self-isolating for roughly 80 days. Which is a long time to hardly ever see your family and not see any friends. It’s a long time, especially when the world is so desperately trying to force a normal to return to when the threat of the virus isn’t gone and maybe we should reevaluate the normal we want to rush bad to so badly in the first place? It’s been hard, but we’re hanging in there. Still awaiting word to hear what my future is going to be this fall, whether the university I work at is going to be online or in-person. Otherwise, we’re doing orientation online for the first time, so we’ll see how that goes. And I’m staying busy with writing and reading and client editing, so there’s never really a dull day, truly.

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What I Read

Heart on Fire by Bec McMaster [RTC]
Soulbinder by Sebastian de Castell [Review]
Queenslayer by Sebastian de Castell [Review]
Crownbreaker by Sebastian de Castell [Review]

What I Hauled

ARCS

**Nothing this month!**

Library Snags:

**Nothing this month**

Purchased:

**Nothing this month**

Received for Review:

**Nothing this month**

Gifts:

**Nothing this month**

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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.

🏰 It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: a reminder that the world is upside down right now and you don’t need to deny that you might not be at your best right now.
🏰 Writer Wonders No 1 and 2: I started a new series of answering questions about writing and it has been so much fun to write.
🏰 Editing a Novel as an Impostor: talking about processing professional feedback and believing in yourself and your story.

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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: 2/12 Discussion Posts

Year of the Asian Readathon: 1/20

  • I am FINALLY making progress on this Readathon! And what a book to start off on, damn.

TSOK

StartonYourShelfathon: 6/143 (3/67 ARCs)

  • Is this…progress I see? 👀👀👀 INCLUDING ARCS?! I’m shook.

Goodreads: 17/150

  • I’m only 43 books behind as we start the 6th month of out 12 for the year. It’s fine. Everything is fine.

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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 ✔️✖️

I didn’t write as much as I wanted, but we’re making progress! Especially as I’m going to start editing BLOOD PRICE again and I’m STOCKED.

Productive Routine That Promotes Self-Care ✖️

Very…very slowly figuring this out.

Six Clients ✔️

I am at five currently, so I only need one more to hit my goal for this year and I’m super stoked! I definitely hope to work with more clients than this, of course, but still!

Read More ✔️

Giving up social media has done wanders for my reading time!

Cook New Recipes ✔️

Oh, we slayed it this month. We made apple pie for the first time! Homemade pancakes! And a few other things I can’t remember right now, but I was definitely proud of this.

Cherish Connections and Friendships More ✔️

Yep, still doing well with this!

Less Social Media ✔️

It only took a hiatus to make process on this goal. *sighs*

Finish Home Projects ✖️

Negative, Commander.

Wear My Style More ✖️

*shrugs* Maybe I should alter this to actually not being afraid to buy clothes in my size (XL) and then work on finding a style?

Take More Pictures ✔️

*thumbs up*

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Posts I Enjoyed

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

⚔️ May @ Forever and Everly shares 25 Books by Asian Authors to read during Asian Heritage Month (or any month of the year, really) and it’s a fantastic list!

⚔️ Madeline @ Happy When Writing shares tips on motivating yourself to write–tips I definitely need to embrace!

⚔️ Caitlin @ Realms of my Mind puts together a list of some of the incredible fantasy books still to be released this year and I am already so behind and they haven’t even come out yet!

⚔️  Amber @ The Literary Phoenix highlights the lack of bards in fantasy fiction and how we should have more of them

⚔️ Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books shares an amazing post about how book blogging has changed and I’m HERE for it.

⚔️ Beth @ Just B More shares a truly amazing post about paying attention to mental illness and mental health and I just positively loved it.

⚔️ C.G. @ Paper Fury shares what kind of mental health representation she wants to see more of in YA books and all I can do is applaud.

⚔️ Chuck Wendig @ TerribleMinds shares a guest post by Steven Spohn about the importance of listening to disabled voices, especially amidst a pandemic.

⚔️ Meredith @ M.A. Crosbie shares a wonderfully inspiring post about writing and depression. Honestly, everyone should be following her blog.

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Oh, and wash your hands, yo.

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Bookish Breakdown No. 16: April 2020

Hello, lovelies!

While March felt like it lasted twelve years, the fact that this week is the start of May is beyond me. The world is a trash fire in many ways right now and there isn’t a ton of things to update on, honestly. I’m still trying to find a new routine, my job is going to be remote until at least August, so I’m trying to mentality prepare for that and I’m trying to balance writing and editing for clients and reading on top of everything else, and haven’t found that perfect balance, yet. Oh, and my back spams have started back up again, making it hurt to walk for longer than 10 minutes. I’m seeing a chiropractor once a week and doing my own stretches, but I’m very eager for this pain to stop, as I miss being able to just take my dog and walk and walk and walk.

Anyway, here’s how the month treated me creatively, over all:

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What I Read

**I guess all I needed was to be a judge in a contest with a deadline this month and still six books to read to really get my butt in gear, huh? 😳**

Blade’s Edge by Virigina McClain [review]
Spark City by Robert J. Power [review]
Kalanon’s Rising by Darian Smith [review]
The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang [review]
Never Die by Rob J. Hayes [review]
Blood of Heirs by Alicia Wanstall-Burke [review]
The Burning White by Brent Weeks [RTC]

What I Hauled

ARCS

Eden

**Thank you so much to Titan for this review copy!**

Eden by Tim Lebbon

Library Snags:

**Nothing this month**

Purchased:

Blood of Heirs by Alicia Wanstall-Burke
Starbreaker by Amanda Bouchet

Received for Review:

**Nothing this month**

Gifts:

**Thank you to Whispers and Wonder and Blackstone Publishing for this wonderful gift!**

TAE

The Absinthe Earl by Sharon Lynn Fisher

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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.

🏰 Looking Forward to a New Normal: A really long rant about how I hope the world will change for the better.
🏰 The Pursuit of Productivity: Or, how I realized just how enslaved I am to the idea that productivity equals happiness.
🏰 An SPFBO Goodbye: A farewell to the SPFBO as I step away from being a judge after two years!

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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! This month was very review heavy, as I needed to get caught up and finish judging for SPFBO. Hopefully, I’ll get back to writing discussion posts soon!

Year of the Asian Readathon: 1/20

  • I am FINALLY making progress on this Readathon! And what a book to start off on, damn.

TSOK

StartonYourShelfathon: 2/143 (0/67 ARCs)

  • Is this…progress I see? 👀👀👀

Goodreads: 13/150

  • I need, at least I read an incredible amount of books this month, right? Hoping, now that SPFBO is finished and I’ve finally finished my Lightbringer reread, that I can finally start making progress on the books on my shelves!

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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 ✔️✖️

I did have a massive breakthrough that made writing so much easier. But SPFBO and client editing took up a lot of my time, so I’m hoping to write more in May.

Productive Routine That Promotes Self-Care ✖️

I’m slowly starting to come up with a new routine with this lockdown. Slowly, but surely.

Six Clients ✔️

I might have reached six clients!?! In only May (granted, I haven’t started working with all of them, but I’m really excited about this)?! I am ECSTATIC!

Read More ✔️

Seven books in one month? Who have I become?

Cook New Recipes ✔️

I tried to make French Toast for the first time on my own and it went okay! I also know that my boyfriend and I made something new, but I can’t for the life of me remember what it was.

Cherish Connections and Friendships More ✔️

I have spoken with more friends since lockdown started than I usually do, um, ever. One positive I hope to carry over, after all of this is over!

Less Social Media ✖️

Still need to work on this. In a bad way.

Finish Home Projects ✖️

Whelp, we were doing a good job on this. Maybe we’ll get some more done in May?

Wear My Style More ✖️

*shrugs*

Take More Pictures ✔️

*thumbs up*

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Posts I Enjoyed

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

⚔️ Shameless plug, but the Muses (that’s me, Joyce @ The Writes of Passage and Meredith @ M.A. Crosbie) got together for the first time via video chat and had a lot of fun!! Here’s a post about it.

⚔️ May @ Forever and Everly shares 20 books to read by authors of color!

⚔️ Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books writes another amazing post, this time centered on planning book content for your blog! Definitely gonna want to bookmark this one, friends.

⚔️ Kat @ Novels and Waffles shares what she likes and what she doesn’t about book tours and I agree 110% on all four reasons! Oh, and she also wrote a bomb post about SEO Friendly blog posting and I definitely bookmarked it for later.

⚔️  Chuck Wendig @ TerribleMinds continues to write the most relatable content, my gosh.

⚔️  Amber @ The Literary Phoenix talks about productivity in a time of a pandemic and how it’s okay if you’re not being productive.

⚔️ Beth @ Just B More shares some awesome sustainable tips to carry forward in honor of Earth Day!

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Oh, and wash your hands, yo.

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Bookish Breakdown No 15: March 2020

Hello, lovelies!

Well, March was the longest decade of my life, that’s for certain. It’s also one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever been a part of and not one I’d like to repeat in my lifetime, ever–especially since it’s no way close to being over, yet. I haven’t left my house in 15 days–aside for daily dog walks–and don’t see myself leaving any time soon (except for a chiropractor appointment tomorrow, since my back flared up again and now it hurts to go on said dog walks *grumbles*).

I work remotely now, until this pandemic is over. I’m still holding out hope I’ll get to travel to New Zealand in July (though I recognize that it prolly isn’t going to happen) and I’m trying not to focus too much on the missed birthday parties, get-togethers and events I’ve already missed in just a month of being under self-isolation, nor all the ones coming up I don’t want to admit to myself aren’t happening anymore.

Honestly, life kinda sucks right now, in many ways. But it is still good in some others, too. My days are either good or bad, with not much in-between. Some days, I’m productive and fine. Other days, I’m depressed and don’t want to do a damn thing.

In the end, I’m staying informed, washing my hands, staying at home and hoping everyone survives this, and we can come out stronger–because we obviously have so much to work on as a society, as a people, as a country.

Until then, I still have books, writing and other hobbies to keep me company (recently got into playing Apex, which is surprisingly fun!). Plus, a wonderful boyfriend and my pets who live with me, and friends and family I stay connected with via social media and video chats and phone calls. The weather has finally turned into a gorgeous spring and we’re getting some home projects done, too.

All-in-all, we’re just making the best out of a really shitty situation. I hope you are able to, too, and are staying healthy.

Oh: STAY HOME AND WASH YOUR DAMN HANDS.

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What I Read

A Tale of Stars and Shadow by Lisa Cassidy [Review]
Beggar’s Rebellion by Levi Jacobs [Review]
The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks [Review]

What I Hauled

ARCS

**Thank you so much to Orbit Books for these ARCs! I am really excited to try reading Wexler for the first time and I can’t wait to read the updated version of We Ride the Storm, as I loved it before!!**

Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler
We Ride the Storm
by Devin Madson

Library Snags:

**Considering the library is closed for the foreseeable future…(but, I’m not complaining, because a) they should be and b) I have enough bloody books to read at home, honestly).**

Purchased:

**Nothing this month**

Received for Review:

**Nothing this month**

Gifts:

**Nothing this month**

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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.

🏰 The End of Normal: pretty much all I could think about this month.

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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! Though I did manage to still post quite a bit, I didn’t post any discussions like I wanted to!

Year of the Asian Readathon: 0/20

  • Definitely still in my reread for the Lightbringer series, though I’m planning to start The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang soon!

StartonYourShelfathon: 0/143 (0/67 ARCs)

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Goodreads: 6/150

  • Hahahahahaha. *dies*

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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 ✔️✖️

I’m roughly 20 pages and 20,000 words into this one, though I still haven’t written nearly as consistently as I want to. I’m not beating myself up for this one, though, because….*gestures at the world*

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.

^^ This is what I wrote last month. That last line. Oh, past me. Yes, next month was indeed very, very different. *sighs*

Six Clients ✔️✖️

I might have five clients!! The next few months are going to be busy, as I finally dive into their work, but I’m really excited, and hope that number only continues to grow.

Read More ✖️

Despite still reading terribly slowly and being completely unmotivated, I’m not going to beat myself up for this either, because, you know, global pandemic and shit.

Cook New Recipes ✖️

I did cook new recipes last month, but for the life of me, I can’t remember what they were. Definitely didn’t this month, though. Lots of comfort meals or meals that make a lot and can be stretched with leftovers to cover multiple days. Yeah.

Cherish Connections and Friendships More ✔️

Despite not getting to do any of the things I wanted to do, a positive of this pandemic is that I have started to reach out to friends more and check in on them, which is something I should have been doing more of all along.

Less Social Media ✖️

Fuck, I wish. And I need to, since it mostly is just panic-attack-inducing for me, at this point.

Finish Home Projects ✔️

We cleaned out the bedroom closet, built our new dresser AND prepped the yard and seeded it, so hopefully grass will grow. We are KICKING ASS when it comes to home projects.

Wear My Style More ✖️

Yeah, this definitely isn’t happening any time soon, so I’mma put this on, I guess, maybe?

Take More Pictures ✔️

I definitely have been! Having a new phone with an amazing camera has definitely helped out with that, as it’s so fun to take more pictures! I’m also trying to post how I’m doing each day during Self Isolation on Instagram, so that has made me do that, too.

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Posts I Enjoyed

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

⚔️ Amber @ The Literary Phoenix shares the importance of supporting your local indie stores during the COVID-19 crisis.

⚔️ May @ Forever and Everly shares amazing diverse upcoming releases you should support!

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Not sure how to really wrap up this month, honestly. It sucked in a lot of ways. It was terrifying in a lot of ways. My depression and anxiety were heightened for most of the month and it was a struggle in so many ways. But my Mom and brother also had birthdays. I laughed and ranted with friends. I made forward progress on my book and finally started reading The Burning White.

All we can do is take it one day at a time.

Oh, and wash your hands, yo.

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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.

Er.

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. <3
  • 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

ARCS

**Nothing this month**

Library Snags:

BPP

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.

Purchased:

**Nothing this month**

Received for Review:

**Nothing this month**

Gifts:

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.

Read More ✖️

*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! <3

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. <3

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Bookish Breakdown

Bookish Breakdown No 12: December 2019

Hello, lovelies!

So, remember how I said November was a month and I thought December couldn’t be any more ridiculous than that?

Well…

  • I went to the NaNo after party for my local writers group and I think I might still hang out with them and I’m super excited about that!
  • I started my new job!
  • And then, a week later, I caught a viral infection the same week literally half of my office went out with the flu, so I missed my entire second week of work!
  • My paycheck got messed up and I ended up missing half a paycheck and will be getting.paid.a.month.late.
  • Then, I had one more week at work before I went on vacation and was behind on everything, so CUE HECTIC PANIC.
  • Had a dinner party with two friends I made from the library this past year and it was really, really lovely.
  • WENT ON VACATION. *throws balloons* My boyfriend and I traveled to NC to visit family and it was just so wonderful and amazing. Oh, and it was 65 degrees on the regular. In December. o.0
  • Speaking of, MY SISTER GOT ENGAGED on said vacation trip! I was not told beforehand, so I was just as surprised as she was and I am just so excited she found her perfect match! I’m quite excited to help her plan a wedding and help her start off her forever next year!

So, December was one hectic month, let me tell you! After we drove 14 hours overnight to get back home, we spent the past two days in a weird haze of cleaning, unpacking, sleeping, grocery shopping, playing with our dearly missed pets, paying bills and generally getting prepared to return to work again (which neither of us are there, even still). Though the vacation was lovely, I missed blogging. I missed writing and reading and editing and basically just pursuing my passions. So I’m excited to do all of those things again!

For me personally, however, I also know that, now that the holiday season and magic are over, seasonal depression usually hits for me hard until spring. I am hoping to combat that this year by creating a new routine, filling my weekends with events and people that make me happy, get back into lifting and making reading and writing a priority, because I always feel the most whole when those are major parts of my life. I am hoping it won’t hit too hard, but considering I was a wreck most of the day today, well…it looks like I’ll have my work cut out for me.

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What I Read

So, despite only having a month left in the year and only being three books behind my Goodreads reading challenge, I apparently read NOTHING THIS MONTH?

Yeah, remember that ^^ November reading slump? It carried over into December, too. Oops.

So, instead, let’s take a quick glance at what I managed to read this year, since I definitely have a slump to break come January!

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I’m a bit bummed that I ended up not making my reading goal, even though I totally could have and easily should have, but at the same time, I read some really incredible books this year and I am very happy about that. And I’m even more excited about my plans for next year, thanks to a certain ReadaThon I’ll be officially joining come Friday’s post, so stay tuned…

What I Hauled

ARCS

**Nothing this month**

Library Snags:

**Nothing this month**

Received for Review:

**Nothing this month**

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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.

→I don’t really have any from this month thanks to Life™, so hopefully I will be able to post much more in 2020! A friendly reminder that I do plan to post three times a week instead of the five-six I was doing (with tentatively planning to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays), so I hope you’ll stick with me on this journey as I continue to use this blog as my outlet, even if it’s a little less than what you’re used to. 🙂

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Posts I Enjoyed

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

→ Guess who also didn’t blog hop at all thanks to Life™? Yeah, none of us are surprised about this one, but I am very excited to get caught up and continue interacting with you all!

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Well, that’s a wrap for not only this month, but also this year AND this decade (!!). This post definitely feels anti-climatic compared to all of that and it’s a bit weird to think that 2020 is, at the time of this post going live, only two days away. I have a lot of hopes and a lot of dreams to chase–not to mention some battles to fight and demons to conquer.

Thanks for being with me as we round out another month, another year, and welcome a new page.

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