Reading Goals for 2019

I touched upon my reading goals a little bit in my most recent post about how I’m planning on structuring my monthly TBRs, but I wanted to go further in depth.

I love setting goals for myself, and obviously my reading goals are no different. I’ve separated my goals into two categories: quantitative goals that I can keep track of, and more qualitative goals that will hopefully enhance my reading lists in the upcoming year!

Read 100 books

My goal for 2018 was to read 75 books, which I hit in around September. Right now, I’ve read 138 books so it’s safe to say I blew that goal out of the water! Continue reading “Reading Goals for 2019”

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September TBR List (& a Brief Life Update!)

After a brutal summer of eyeing all of the books I brought with me to camp but barely had time to read, I’m barreling into the fall with full force! Today is my first day back at my full-time job, and while it’s bittersweet to be back in a cubicle after ten weeks in the woods, I’m excited to sit in air conditioning and re-organize my desk. I feel almost as if I’m starting a new job; I don’t have any projects going on at the moment!

Outside of work, I’ve been so eager to get back into my reading habits (also my bookshelf needs some reorganization!!). I’ve already made lists upon lists of the books I need to read; I’m so behind after BookCon in June! My writing habits have always needed some work, but what better time to develop a stronger routine than in the fall, the time of academic rebirth!! If you couldn’t tell by my exclamation points, I’m really excited to be back into the groove of things.

I read 3 out of the 6 books from my June TBR. To be honest, only 1 of those books I finished in June, and the other two I finished in July, but since I didn’t have a TBR for July or August, I’m still counting it! Lined up I have seven books on my TBR for the month.

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

Buddy Read: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (own)

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)

When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

This has literally been sitting on my bookshelf for at least two years and it’s always a book I pass up. My friend and I are trying to power-through it before the movie is out of theaters! Continue reading “September TBR List (& a Brief Life Update!)”

May in Review

My favorite types of posts to write are the monthly recurring posts that keep track of my reading habits. I also am a habitual list-maker so making these are so fun for me!!

Different from my monthly wrap-ups, which focus more of patterns in my reading habits and is just me rambling on forever (because that’s my brand), monthly reviews will be more like lists, and easy to scroll through to get the whole picture of my reading month. I’ll have the title, author, publication date, and cover along with the genre and age range (if applicable). I’ll also have my rating and a three-word description of my reading experience! The links will either go to a longer review I wrote on this blog or a shorter review I wrote on Goodreads. All the cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

[I was also toying around with different ways to express marginalized characters. I’ve seen some people use emojis which I really like, but I also feel like emojis don’t always accurately express the identification of the characters. Like if a character is trans I don’t just want to label it as LGBTQ+ ya know? Or if there’s mental health rep, I want to be specific on what exactly that entails, not just use an umbrella term. I also don’t know how in-depth to go. Should I just focus on main characters? What about secondary or tertiary characters?? I’m really just struggling with how to keep this short and sweet. For this month I couldn’t decide on a method I felt comfortable with so I’m going to skip it (idk if that’s the right choice or not!!). Does anyone have any suggestions on what you’d either like to see or what you haven’t seen yet but you think might work well??]

Anyway, here’s a list of all the books I read in May!

American Street

American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Published: Feb 14, 2017
YA Contemporary
stunning, honest, magical
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Emperor Mage (The Immortals, #3)Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce
Published: Nov 17, 1994
MG Fantasy
political, tricky, powerful
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Heart Berries: A MemoirHeart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
Published: Feb 6, 2018
Memoir
poetic, wrenching, raw
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Continue reading “May in Review”

Reading and Writing Resolutions for 2018

New Year’s is one of my favorite holidays. I love the energy that surrounds the frenzy of promising ourselves to be better (even if we lack the motivation to pursue it–it’s the thought that counts). It’s probably the same reason why I love the start of a new school year or new month, and and odd reason why I like Mondays as well.

This year I have a lot of ambitious goals, inside and outside of my literary life. They’re not ambitious in the sense that they’re lofty or unattainable–on the contrary I definitely can pull them off. I just have a track record of being lazy and unmotivated.

Ever since I finished finish NaNoWriMo with a whooping 37 page sprint on the last day to meet the 50k goal, I’ve felt an enormous sense of anticipation–I’m eager to sit down and try that again.

The problem with December is that I just barely had the time. My grandparents were visiting in the beginning of the month, I had a camping trip with my Girl Scout troop, my uncle and cousins were staying for a week, and then the month ended with my boyfriend here for the holidays. In between I was getting back into my yoga studio (and barely making it to enough classes to pay off the membership fee), holiday shopping, traveling around for work, and just keeping up with my daily life and what I already pushed aside in November.

It’s hard to make writing a priority, especially when I already have so little hours left of the day with a full-time job. I look back on how I managed to write so much in high school on top of AP classes and extracurriculars and read a book every few days and I honestly can’t fathom how I did that.

Moving into 2018, I’m eager to make writing a priority and less of a hobby. My full-time job is not necessarily something I’d like to pursue for the rest of my life, and eventually I’d love writing to turn my full-time job. I’m moving into the mindset where prioritizing my writing will mean treating it like a full-time job, and engaging myself in other hobbies to take the place of writing.

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