Reading, Life, and Blogging – An Update/Ramble

I don’t usually post on Sundays, but then again, I don’t usually go two weeks without posting either. And yet, here I am. This is very much a ramble, a personal post, so if that’s not your thing then I hope you have a nice day. There will be some bookish things in here, but mainly it’s going to be all about my mundane life. 😛

As you probably know, off and on this year I’ve struggled with my blog upkeep. Whether it’s lack of inspiration for posts, motivation to write, or time to write, it’s always been something. I took a hiatus in late April and most of May, thinking I’d return from that freshly inspired and everything would go back to normal.

Well, that was wrong. Again, you probably know that. My posting is sporadic, to say the least. Even though it’s summer, and I wanted to use my time off school to write so many posts you’d probably be sick of me, that didn’t work. With summer there’s been an onslaught of personal issues that have been increasingly difficult for me to deal with, and therefore I don’t write anything. I’m not happy all the time, but I try to only write posts when I’m not feeling especially negative so my posts also come off as happy, if that makes sense.

So today I’ve got a post I didn’t plan on writing, because after thinking a lot about it I decided some things need to change. I don’t want to keep disappearing on you all, but I can’t imagine leaving or deactivating my blog, either. I thought of these changes with the upcoming school year in mind, which is unfortunately going to keep me really busy between an AP class, the start of the college search, and ACT preparation and testing.

  • I’ll only post once a week.

As much as I don’t want to do this, I have to be realistic. In order to meet my own personal expectations at school and continue reading, I can’t post 2-3 times a week like I want to. I’d rather set a low goal and have the chance to exceed it than set a high one and pressure myself to meet it. I’m not sure what day will be my posting day – maybe Sunday because it’s my relaxing day at home. Regardless of the day I choose, one post is much more doable for me and for the foreseeable future, that’s what I’ll be doing. (For those of you that might be curious, I’ve never really gotten used to drafting posts. I also don’t like the idea of spending the majority of one of my days off writing, when I could be reading or with my family. It’s a weird personal thing. I don’t really know.)

  • Wrap up and anticipated releases posts are going to be bimonthly.

This is purely for the sake of not being repetitive. I like writing these posts, but if I’m only going to be posting four times per month, I don’t want the first and last to be the same all the time. So I’ll do a wrap up for this month, and then a releases post for August and September. I’ll do another wrap up in September, and so on. 😉

  • More personal, lifestyle, and miscellaneous posts will be incorporated.

I’ve been saying this for a long time now, but my posting problems have kind of prevented that. But with my new schedule, I hope to finally make this happen. I’m not sure if I’ll continue with the booking baking I started months ago, although maybe that’ll be a special post for whenever I do bake. However, I’ve got ideas for bookish makeup looks, bullet journal, and school-related posts, to name a few.

I think that’s everything, so now let’s move on to the bookish stuff. This month has been really good for me reading-wise (I’m almost halfway through my eighth book), and I’m hoping to continue my streak throughout the rest of the month and the first half of August, before I start school.

Okay, correction, I have a very ambitious reading goal for the remainder of my summer. I want to read 31 books total. Yes, you read that right. I’ve got roughly 30 days until school, and I’ve read three, almost four, so far. I’m aware it’s highly unlikely I’ll actually meet this goal, but I want to get as close as I can. It’s not like I have a social life. 😛

Here’s the complete list of books on my end-of-summer TBR:

  • Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
  • Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
  • Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (read)
  • A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (read)
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (read)
  • All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
  • Lucky in Love by Kasie West
  • Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin
  • In 27 Days by Alison Gervais
  • By Your Side by Kasie West
  • The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
  • Frostblood by Elly Blake
  • History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (on hold on Overdrive)
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (currently reading)
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (on hold on Overdrive)
  • The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter (to reread)
  • Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter (to reread)
  • The Goddess Legacy by Aimée Carter (to reread)
  • The Goddess Inheritance by Aimée Carter (to reread)
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (to reread)
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (to reread)
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (to reread)

And yeah, I think that’s all I’ve got to say for today!

I’m off to continue reading The Bone Season. My goal for today is to get at least halfway through, and I’m currently 31% done. 🙂 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤

Until next time…


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