I’m Going To Learn Japanese

I’m Going To Learn Japanese

I know this sounds like a somewhat random post, and I doubt many of you will be interested. But this post is a declaration for me to hold myself accountable.

You can see from my blog and my social media that I’m very interested in Japanese stories. Whether it’s in books, manga or games, I want to be able to read them. Translations are great, but not everything gets translated. And on top of that, it would be fun to be able to understand the source material.

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My Bookish Resolutions 2022

My Bookish Resolutions 2022

I can’t believe another year has passed. I’ve been watching videos where people look back over their resolutions for the year before, and I debated doing that. But eventually, I decided I’d rather focus on the new year instead. I did actually achieve a lot of my goals. I think the only ones I failed were to not buy too many books and to read more Star Wars books.

What I was particularly impressed by was how much I’ve grown. I might have forgotten that I had goals, but I still aced them, and that’s awesome. This year I’m going to try to keep them more in mind. And I hope for another successful year!

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Preptober Diary

Preptober Diary

So, I’m starting this a little late in October, but I also decided pretty late that I was going to write something. I’m still doing NaNoWriMo loosely as I’m not registering the fic on the site and I’m not necessarily aiming for 50k. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to prepare though.

I thought it might be a little fun to write up a little mini diary with my preparations. If people like this post, I might do something similar for readathons. It’s more of a traditional blog post for sure, but it’ll be fun.

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End of Year Reading Goals

End of Year Reading Goals

It has been a little while since I posted anything! Sorry about that. I ran out of scheduled posts, and I’ve just not been reading much. That sadly means that I haven’t really had any ideas for what to write. But I decided I’d talk about some goals.

So, obviously, September is a weird time to be talking about goals. But I’ve been looking at the books I have unread in my box right now, and I have a lot. I had 80 unread books at the beginning of the year, and I have 89 currently. That might not seem like too many more. And to be fair, earlier in the year, the number was going down every month. But recently…I’ve been buying too many books.

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Borrow-A-Bookathon – How Did I Do?

Borrow-A-Bookathon – How Did I Do?

So, unsurprisingly, I didn’t see other people participating. But that’s okay. I did use this as an opportunity to get through some of the borrowed books I’ve been wanting to read!

I managed to get through four borrowed books! Two of them were pretty short, admittedly, but I did start work this week. So I did read a little less. And my first book took me longer than I’d have liked.

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I Need to Stop – The Book Buying Ban

I Need to Stop – The Book Buying Ban

It wasn’t that long ago that I announced I had a new way to limit my book buying but still allowing me to buy books. And it’s not working. I’m still just buying books whenever. I said I could buy two books last Monday through my chart. I bought five. The next day I bought another two. Yesterday I bought another two on top of that. I also have preorders and had a book box coming in today on top of that.

And it’s too much.

I’m supposed to be getting my TBR down. While I have started to pick up and actually read my e-books to get my digital TBR down… the physical TBR just keeps growing. And it’s a problem. I seriously need to stop buying books, at least for a little while. So this is me saying that from now – 15th June as I write this – I am on a ban.

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Mid-Year Reading Wrap-Up

Mid-Year Reading Wrap-Up

I know it wasn’t long ago that I wrote a post celebrating a year of being focused on my blog, but we’re in June now. That’s the sixth month and means that it’s about time that I do my mid-year wrap-up.

It’s the first time I’ve really done something like this. It’s the first year I’ve really been able to. I decided to keep a reading journal this year as well as filling in a rather detailed spreadsheet. So I actually have a proper idea of how my reading is going. A shocker, I know.

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A Poor Person’s Guide For Producing Bookish Content

A Poor Person’s Guide For Producing Bookish Content

All bloggers have some kind of post that they feel they have to write. A post that really means something to them because it’s something they deal with and understand. I’ve written other posts on that, on things like gender and writing. But something I don’t talk about much is. Well, being poor. Because I am poor, my whole family is. We not so poor that we worry about being on the streets, fortunately, but poor enough that we have to watch what we spend. We have to look at things and wonder if it’s worth it.

And honestly? A lot of the time bookish stuff doesn’t make the cut. I do still buy too many new books. And I really need to stop. But I know there are others out there who may feel that not getting all the new releases? That maybe it’s not worth being a book blogger or booktuber or bookstagrammer. And honestly? That’s not true. You can make do with what you have. I could make do with what I already have if I started being sensible when it came to new books.

You might be wondering why I made this post, and I’m going to get into that now. But I basically wanted to share a few tips.

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It’s Been a Year…!

It’s Been a Year…!

A year of trying to blog more consistently and thoroughly. A year of trying to be more involved with the book community and content creation. Next month it’ll have been a year since I first created my Booktube. Though that didn’t last very long. And in two months, it’ll have been a year since I bought my domain, changed my WordPress theme and started to see a difference.

What a journey the last year has been!

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