Hello, lovelies! Welcome to another Bookish Breakdown installment, my monthly wrap-up post. In Bookish Breakdown, 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!
At least, that is what I have done, for the past few years. However, this is the last Bookish Breakdown I’ll be posting here. For instead, I’m moving my monthly wrap-ups over to my newsletter! I’ll explain more about this move (and why) in a blog post next week. But, needless to say, I’m excited for it!
Now, first though: let’s see how December 2022 treated me.
Bookish Breakdown: Reading
What I Read
I didn’t! 😭
There might be a small chance I might sneak in a book or two this week, but honestly? Blame TikTok, I’m addicted to the damn app. (Though, that’s gotta change come 2023.)
Reading Challenges Update
What: Yearly challenge tracked via StoryGraph of how my books I want to read.
Goal: 50 Books
Status: 32/50 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: 19/24 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
- Blogging Engagement: An Inspired Post
- Let’s Talk Bookish: Bookish Gatekeeping
Bookish Breakdown: Blogging
What I Posted
I knew I wouldn’t have a ton of posts this month, obviously, with the hiatus. Still, I did write a few. And I hope you enjoyed them!
Read Around the Blogosphere
I am SO HAPPY to finally have a Bookish Breakdown post that actually includes other bloggers’ links. It was so nice to blog hop again. And, since I wasn’t writing new blog posts, I actually was able to get caught up? Who is she?
Other Bloggers’ Posts I Loved
- Go celebrate Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books celebrating eight years of book blogging!
- I really enjoyed Sophia @ Bookwryming Thoughts post about book blogging and if it’s dead or not (spoiler: it’s not).
- Malka @ Paper Procrastinators shares a wonderful guide on supporting the Harper Collins Union strike.
- I really loved this author interview with C.L. Clark from Charlotte and Anna @ Rainbow Reads!
- Chuck Wendig @ Terrible Minds writes about why he no longer uses AI Art and yeah, it tracks. (Support artists instead, friends!)
- Kate @ Your Tita Kate‘s discussion on paring down their social media intake was so spot on for me, my gosh. Also, their recs for Filipino book releases for 2023 has me hyped!
- IT’S HERE. Kal @ Reader Voracious‘ 2023 Ultimate Book Blogger spreadsheet is here and I’m in love!
- Y’all, R.K. Brainerd announced the publication date for her first book!!!
Thanks for reading the LAST Bookish Breakdown! 😭 Honestly, it feels a bit bittersweet, to no longer plan to post monthly wrap-ups on the blog. They are some of my favorite posts to write and definitely favorite to read from other bloggers!
But, that doesn’t mean they are going away! They are simply moving over to my newsletter, as it just made the most sense to use that as a wrap-up tool (until it can transition into early book news tool).
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