Goals

Reading & Blog Goals | 2019 First Quarter Check In

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I cannot believe a quarter of the year is nearly already over, but you know that means it is time to check into my yearly goals to see my progress and see if I need to adjust myself to reach my goals. If you want to see the entire post explaining my 2019 goals, you can read that post here: Reading Goals | 2019 Edition. Anyway, I thought I would do a brief list of the goals and then I would do a but of commenting on them. I also want to share my updated yearly goals spread in my bullet journal. I am a very visual person so having that in my bullet journal really helps.

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-My Goals-

  1. Read all of the short listed books for the 2018 Man Booker Prize
  2. Read a book set in each of the 7 continents
  3. Read 50 books
  4. Read 30,000 pages
  5. Read at least one book per month from the library
  6. Read 12 non-fiction books
  7. Read a book recommended by someone I look up to
  8. Read my classic of 2019, War and Peace
  9. Take part in 2019 Beat the Backlist
    • My backlisted books are here.

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1. At this time I have only read 1 of the 6 books from this shortlist.

Washington BlackWashington Black by Esi Edugyan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is such an adventure, it starts with a young boy, age 11. Sadly, he is a slave on a sugar plantation in Barbados run by two brothers. The author wrote a beautiful book that shows the ugly that is slavery. It talks about awful psychological games played by owners and the bad treatment many had to endure unfairly. I also like how the author showed abolitionists and aspects of the underground railroad. The dangers of faced by those who escaped and freed those who did not belong to them. I also really enjoyed the science, art, and almost steampunk elements. I am honestly not doing this book justice, but I will say it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2018 and it is well deserved. I also have to agree with the quote on the front of my book calling it a masterpiece.

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2. At this time I have read 2 books for this goal. I have read for North America and Europe. I have picked up three more books for this challenge. Those being Africa, Antartica, and Asia. If you have any recommendations for South America, please share!

3. At this time I have read 19 books, I am 9 books ahead of schedule!

4. At this point in time I have read 9498 pages, so I am nearly a third of the way to my goal. So theory I should be finishing this before the year is out and I am on track.

5. So far I gave stuck to that, at minimum I have read a book a month from the library.

6. Looking at the 19 books I have read this year, a total of 6 books have been non-fiction. So, I am already 50% done with this goal.

7. At this time I have read 0 books for this goal, I did buy Milkman by Anna Burns, but with recent reviews I am a little afraid to pick it up. I have very similar taste in books to one of my friends and she did not enjoy it, I think she told me she DNFed it or struggled to read it.

8. At this time I have read 2 sections of the 17 I set up for the year. I am a bit behind because I focused on reading Monte Cristo with Jenna and put War and Peace on the back burner. I plan on picking it back up in April.

9. As of writing this I am going very well with my backlist. I have 20 books on my backlist, which I am very ecstatic about!

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-Bullet Journal Spread-

Overall, for only being a quarter into the year, I think I am doing very well for myself. I know with the OWLs Readathon coming up I will be getting though many more books as well. Plus, I do a lot of reading in the warmer months of the year and I have plenty of time.

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How are your goals progressing so far? What goals did you get for yourself in 2019?

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Decluttering

Decluttering | Switching to Ebooks

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So, in the past I have written quite a bit on decluttering and finding balance in my life. You can find some of those posts here, decluttering. I have done many book unhauls and I have gone through quite a bit of my belongings. But, there is one thing I always have difficulty with keeping organized and a bay, my books.

While I know there is quite a bit of talk around books and Marie Kondo, much of it being misquotes and unfair towards her in my option.  Anyway, this is a method I have used to get my life organized and it has helped me quite a bit. Anyway, I digress. Books are still an area I have trouble with, an area I spend a ton of money on. I want to change this.

I currently have 3 bookshelves that are filled with books stuffed all over the place. I don’t feel joy when I look at it, in fact I feel as though I am doing the books a disservice. They look uncared for and unloved, which is far from the truth. Forty of these books are unread, the rest have been read and have found a place in my heart where I can’t currently part with them. Here is the problem, at this point all of the books I own I love and want to keep, but I have no room.

To rectify this I have decided to try and make the switch to ebooks. I already own a kindle, the most basic one, it would not cost me anymore money to make the switch. While I do use it from time to time, I do overall enjoy using it. It is light and I can carry it around with me without worrying about it becoming bent or ripped.

While I know this decision might be controversial to some, I too love reading a physical book. But, it is the best route that I can think of for my own personal journey. I feel like I am not giving my books justice and that just isn’t how I want to feel.

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What do you think about ebooks? Do you read off an ereader?

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TAG TUESDAY | Awesome Blogger Award Pt. 2

Tag Tuesday

Hello and welcome to another Tag Tuesday! This week I will be doing the Awesome Blogger Award Pt. 2. I was tagged by the amazing Misty, if you have not already you need to check out her awesome blog. If you want to check out Pt. 1 you can find it here TAG | The Awesome Blogger Award. Anyway, without further delay here is the the Awesome Blogger Award.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Include the reason behind the award.
  3. Include the banner in your post.
  4. Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
  5. Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  6. Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
  7. Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
  8. Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated!

Misty’s Questions:

1.) One thing you love?

I love my very supportive boyfriend of the last 7 years.

2) Two favorite colors?

My favorite colors tend to change a lot, but as of late I have been loving green and blue.

3.) Three words you love to use?

Woah, also, and ice cream, they have been more most frequently used in the last few weeks.

4.) Four places you have traveled?

Canada, Maine, Florida, and Boston.

5.) Five favorite foods?

Tacos, pizza, Olivier salad, ice cream, chocolate, and carrots.

6.) Six musicians or bands you love?

A Day to Remember, Fall Out Boy, Krewella, Lincoln Park, PSY, and Missy Elliott.

7.) Seven survival items you would take while visiting out-of-town relatives over the holidays.

Clothes, Phone, Phone charger, headphones (listen to some audiobooks), a physical book, my notebook, and lastly a board game of some sort.

8.) 4+4=8. Four favorite vegetables? Four favorite fruits?

Broccoli, cucumbers, carrots, and sweet potatoes are my favorite vegetables. I am not a big fruit eater but I enjoy apples, green grapes, lemons, and peaches.

9.) Nine words that describe you?

Quite, dedicated, sleepy, passionate, reader, driven, kind, goofy, and a dreamer.

10.) 10-9=1. One thing you love most about You!

I love the fact that I am a driven person. I know it may sound odd, but I love the fact that I tend to take chances and try new things. When I set my mind to something I tend to do it, unless it is out of my control or something happened. If I was not a driven person I would not be where I am today in my life. I was told I would never be able to do a lot of things and honestly I have done those things and more. Never let anyone say you can’t accomplish something, because you can.  Mini lecture over. 🙂


I hope you enjoyed the tag, see you in my next post!

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TAG TUESDAY | The Entertainer Blogger Award

Tag Tuesday

Tag Tuesday

A big thank-you to Misty for tagging me, you should all check her out. Her blog is wonderful!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

Why Did You Start A Blog In The First Place?

I started my blog to have a place to talk books with others. While some of my friends read, they are not as into it as me and read different books than me. While I love hearing about books I never heard of and reading some of them sometimes I just want to fangirl about a book that my friends would have no interest in at all.

What Is Your Favorite Book?

I would say my all time favorite book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. When I was younger I fell in love with the March family and it really sparked my creativity. To this day I reread it often and I still enjoy it immensely.

What Do You Dislike The Most?

I dislike when people are not considerate or compassionate towards other people. I often find myself getting mad when people are nice enough when people hold the door open for someone and they ignore them. For me it is not difficult nor does it take a lot of energy to say, “Thank-you”.

What Is Your Favorite Food A The Mall?

When I am at the mall I always eat Taco Bell. Tacos have been my favorite food since I was a little girl and while I make them at home Taco Bell is my go to when I am out and about.

What Is Your Favorite Past Time?

In my free time I am usually reading, watching youtube, or crafting something.

I Nominate: Anyone who would like to do this tag, I know it has been around longer than my blog so I am not sure who has or has not done it. If you haven’t and would like to please feel free to consider yourself tagged. 


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Tag Tuesday | The Miranda Sings Award

Tag Tuesday

I was tagged by Misty, you need to check her out. She is so kind and her blog is wonderful.

Rules:

  • Announce your win with a post, and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Include the featured image on your blog post.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post.
  • List 7 things you love about yourself. (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)
  • Don’t use negative connotation (i.e. Don’t say things like – “I’m prettier than an average person.” or “People have told me I’m smart.” You are pretty. You are smart.)

7 Things I love about myself:

  1. I’ love that I am determined. Once I set my mind to something I work hard until I have achieved it.
  2. I love that I am a good listener. A lot of my friends come to me to talk because I am a good listener and I give pretty good advice.
  3. I love that I can be goofy. While I can be very serious I can be VERY goofy. I think it is important to have fun and be goofy other wise things become overwhelming.
  4. I love that I enjoy learning new things. I am always interesting in learning something new. I have never though “I know enough” in my life and I think that is important.
  5. I love that I have the ability to be creative. I know it sounds a little funny, but I love the fact that I am creative enough to have a creative outlet. I love art and creating things with my own hands.
  6. I love that I have the ability to be content. Once again this sounds kind of funny. But, I like that I can be happy and peaceful while doing nothing.
  7. I love that I act like an old lady. I often am told I act like an old lady because I do a lot of crafts that seem to be something “old ladies” do. But, I think it is wonderful to create something with your own hands.

I Tag:

Camillea

Zoë

theimaginedreality

Lacey

Kaytlyn

Flavia

Charlotte

& anyone else who would like to do this tag.


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TAG |What Makes Me Happy

 

Tag TuesdayI was tagged by the wonderful Misty over at mistysbookspace, you should really check her out!

List 5 Things That Make You Happy

  1. My plants. I love nature and love being surrounded by it. I currently have a moon cactus, an ivory tower, a sunset jade, and a Zebra plant indoors. If you follow me on Instagram and/or twitter you have seen them in my story or in a tweet. Here is a picture of some of my plants before I repotted them.
  2. Going on walks with my boyfriend. I love going on walks it is a time where I can unwind and it is just me and my boyfriend without distractions.
  3. Finding a new favorite book!
  4. Decorating. I enjoy interior decorating I am always changing my room as well as other rooms around the house.
  5. Good conversations, to me there is nothing better than having a good conversations with another person.

List 5 Songs That Make You Happy

My music tastes are all over the place and depend on my mood, but lately these are the top five songs that make me happy. Each is linked to a youtube video so you can listen if you would like.

  1. Flyleaf – Set Me On Fire
  2. The White Stripes – ‘Icky Thump’
  3. Sia – Chandelier
  4. Imagine Dragons – Believer
  5. PSY – GENTLEMAN

 

I TAG:

Flavia @ flaviathebibliophileblog

Charlotte @ charlotteannelise

Plus anyone else who would like to do this tag. If you have done it please leave the link in the comments I would love to read them!


 

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