Monthly Recap – February 2023

Monthly Recap – February 2023

Back in 2021, I was attempting to do monthly recaps. I’d sum up how many books I’ve read this month and write some mini-reviews.

It’s been a while since I’ve done one, and I’ve decided that this is something that I want to get into. I like the idea of talking a little bit about various books so you can get an idea of what I’ve been reading.

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A UK Book Box and Book Subscription Guide

A UK Book Box and Book Subscription Guide

A few years ago, I posted a guide to the UK book boxes around with my opinions. Times have changed, a few of those boxes have gone down, and there are a few more options, including subscriptions. I’ve not received all of them, so I can’t rank them. But I thought an updated post could be helpful for fellow bookworms in the UK!

That said, I’ve never received some of these boxes or subscriptions, so if I’ve missed one or gotten some information wrong, then let me know so I can update this post!

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Readalong Tips

Readalong Tips

Participating in a readalong can be a fun way to read a book. Knowing you’re reading the book as part of a book club or following a schedule together means you’ll definitely have people to discuss it with during and after.

But sometimes, things don’t go to plan.

You might be over-eager to read ahead or get busy and fall behind. Both of these things are okay. This isn’t anything worth stressing over. So since I’m doing a readalong as I write this post, I thought I’d post a few tips I’ve come up with over the last few years.

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Books That Match The Ship – Izuleo

Books That Match The Ship – Izuleo

I’m big on shipping. To become obsessed with something, I need to find a ship that appeals to me. And when I do, I like finding similar ships in books to think about my favourite characters in those situations.

So, why not make a book rec post out of this?

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How To Be Kind To Yourself About Reading

How To Be Kind To Yourself About Reading

My big goal this year is to be kinder to myself regarding reading. By the end of last year, I was pushing myself to read more and more to get my physical TBR to less than 100. I managed that, but it meant that I was reading so much all the time. Plus, there were a few review copies that I’d been sent that I needed to read, and it just got to be too much.

This year, I’m going easier on myself. I’m already ahead on review books, so I can space them out, and I’m doing this TBR basket where I’ve got a pile of books to pick from, but I can read them in any order.

I’m thinking a lot about ways I can be kinder to myself this year, so I wanted to share some of them with you.

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The Netgalley Shelf App Updated???

The Netgalley Shelf App Updated???

Yep, you read that right. The Netgalley Shelf app has been updated. You might have noticed it yourself, but after using it for a few days, I want to talk about it.

The Netgalley Shelf app is one that’s had plenty of complaints. I know many people have problems with the audio pausing – though I never had that issue – and the general accessibility wasn’t that great. Was it a helpful app before anyway? Yeah. I’d been reading e-books on it and requesting audiobooks for a reason.

But this recent update has made some steps forward in accessibility, and since Netgalley really need to take that further? So I thought, why not highlight the positives so those can be improved upon?

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Getting Through Those Series

Getting Through Those Series

God, I should’ve done this earlier in the year. Steph started her Final Book Support Group, and that would’ve been a perfect time. But alas. I’ve decided to leave it until October/November to finally get through all those final books I need to read.

Ahhhhh.

So why am I talking about this? Sometimes it helps encourage you to get yourself into gear and do these things yourself. So use this as your sign that if you have a good few series you need to finish off? Now might be the time.

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These Books Will Self-Destruct 2022/2023

These Books Will Self-Destruct 2022/2023

It’s been a while since I did one of these posts. Unfortunately, I’m starting to get a build-up of books that I still want to read but I’m just not reaching for. I really need to start picking these up so I’m using this as an opportunity to start doing so. Especially those I’ve had for a while, though some of them are a little more recent.

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Reading A Book Using A Translation App

Reading A Book Using A Translation App

In a world filled with books, there will always be books that sound good to you that just aren’t translated. Sometimes you can find translations online, but sometimes we just want the original. We want to read our own copy, but even if we’re learning the language…a lack of vocab can make it hard.

So sometimes…we might try reading something through a translation app.

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Can I Cut My TBR in Half? (Before The End of The Year)

Can I Cut My TBR in Half? (Before The End of The Year)

I’m someone who owns a lot of books. My physical TBR currently sits at 115 books, with another one on its way. I’m not going to bother counting my e-books and audiobooks as I know I need to start reading them, but I need to sort out my physical TBR first. The piles are dangerously high and have fallen on me a few times recently. It’s not fun.

The problem is that I don’t want to go on a book-buying ban. That doesn’t work. I then tried something akin to Maddie’s Book Buying Bingo. Also didn’t work. If I try to stop myself from buying books, I’m more likely to say “stuff it” and buy them anyway. What I’m doing instead is making myself stop and think. Am I willing to wait to get a book so I can find it cheaper? Would I be willing to borrow it from the library when I’m in the mood for it? Things like that. That way, when I buy books, I know I’m only bringing in the ones I really want. Not just a load as I went in charity shops or The Works, and I just wanted to come home with something.

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