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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April 2021 Reading Recap

April 2021 Reading Recap

I said a little while ago that I was thinking about doing some mini-reviews each month. And I’ve decided to make it a little bit more of a summing up. I’m not going to be listing all the books I’ve read each month. That would still take way too long. But I’m going to share some statistics too, as well as the mini-reviews!

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Curbing The Book Buying Habit – Or Not

Curbing The Book Buying Habit – Or Not

Let’s face it, I’m not got stop buying books any time soon. I wish I could say I’m going on a total ban until I’ve gotten through most of my massive stack of books. But, whenever I say that, I don’t keep to it. To be honest, I probably won’t keep to this either. But I’m doing my best.

After last year, I’ve got more books to read than I’ve had for a long time. My spending habits got a little hand and I need to slow down. I don’t have the money to be doing that right now. So what am I planning on doing if not a complete ban?

I’m limiting the number of books I’m allowed to buy each month.

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Rambling On and On aka the Never Ending TBR

Rambling On and On aka the Never Ending TBR

I’m pretty sure that’s how it feels most of the time.

Like we’ll never get through every book we own. And that’s both a relief and also a nightmare because imagine all the stories we could miss because we have so many other stories and- Yeah, I’m gonna stop there and not drop us all into an existential crisis. That happens enough when I’m trying to sleep.

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