October Goals

September was my first month of sharing goals and making a plan to meet them. It was successful and really helped me focus on reading related goals

This month I need to focus on the goals I didn’t reach from September and add some new goals to make October successful.

Reading Goals

  • Commit more time to reading and less to sleeping/netflix/phone – The main goal for this month’s reading is to spend less time on my phone/netflix and more time reading. Although I am reading at a decent pace I have noticed I have been wasting a lot of time with netflix or napping, so I would like to commit more of this time to reading instead.

Blog Goals 

  • Stick to my schedule – This month I really need to focus on reaching my planned schedule of posts, last month I was very late posting most of them. I realize now the time and effort I need to commit so hopefully this month I can get on track

Bookstagram Goals

  • Interact more – Stories and interaction is my biggest focus. I need to be more social on my instagram page by posting stories and interacting with others through their posts.
  • Improve photography – Putting more time and effort into my pictures is very important to me this month. Since I have been rushed or late to post I end up using mediocre pictures and I want to address this ASAP.

Journal Goals

  • Worry less, journal more – This month I am going to focus on just adding more to my bullet journal. I am always too concerned with how artistic and perfect a spread looks and I end up waiting and waiting until I have enough time to do it good – which means I never do it. SO this month I want to stop being a perfectionist and just embrace using my bullet journal for whatever I want, whenever I need.

Writing Goals

  • Write down your thoughts – I am having trouble finding time and my spark for writing. October is a very busy month school wise, therefore I am going to keep it light and commit to writing down thoughts and ideas in a notebook.
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September Wrap Up

It has been a hard month adjusting to being back to school and sticking to my blogging schedule – and on top of all this I have been sick for the past 2 weeks !

However, even with some setbacks I still think I have had a pretty productive month. So, let’s see how well I handled my goals.

I have not yet viewed my goals/achievements until writing this right now so that my reactions to how I handled my monthly goals are sincere and unprepared.

Reading Goals

I DID IT! YES, first goal achieved. It was my easiest goal for sure, but I celebrate all achievements – even the smaller ones.

I wanted to read a few more books since August was strictly dedicated to reading IT.

This month I was able to read:
The Giver – Lois Lowry (review here)
Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom (review here)
Everything I Never Told You (review coming soon)
A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara (in progress)
Poets, Artists, Lovers: A Novel – Mira Tudor (in progress)

Definitely conquered more than one book this month!

Blog Goals

YES ANOTHER GOAL ! This is going great so far.

Although I have often had to push dates of my scheduled posts because I have been sick or wrapped up in school, I have still managed to be more active on my blog. Now that I understand the time and effort I need to reach my deadlines for my scheduled posts I can apply that next month and increase my frequency and timing again!

Bookstagram Goals

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3 for 3 so far!! My first goal this month involving my bookstagram was to test out a theme and try to make a pattern when I take my pictures. I have chosen a soft, faded, and orange color filter for my photos which I felt was appropriate for autumn. In addition to that, if you have noticed I also began to try to have some consistency in how I take my pictures. I take my TBR pile held in my hand against a solid color wall, my book reviews are always stood up in front of my bookshelf, bookhauls are spread out on my mat, and the rest of my photos usually have a white background. I am not sure if this is exactly the theme I am always going to stick to, but it works for now.

Oh no.. first goal not achieved.. 

I intended to communicate more with my followers by using instagram stories more frequently. This is my own fault, I have had plenty of opportunities to do this I just have not went out of my way to do it. This will definitely be something I will improve on in October – you have my word!

Journal Goals

Okay I achieved it, but I would only say barely. 

I have definitely dedicated more time to my journals and planners, but most of this is because I am in school and absolutely need to. My more personal journals and planners have still been slightly neglected. I am making progress, however I need to focus more on this in October.

Writing Goals

My weak point for sure.

I neglected writing this month, big time. I have to make time for it if I ever want to make progress with my writing. I will not act like September has been all that horrible for my writing because I have been thinking more about types of writing I can do, and out for a walk the other day I felt inspired and even typed up a little something in my phone!

Overall

This month was successful, I definitely achieved some goals and made progress on others even if I didn’t reach the exact point I wanted to be. Balancing my time is one of my biggest issues and will definitely be my focus for October. Stay tuned for October’s monthly goals!

 

September Goals

At the beginning of each month I have decided to set out a list of goals that involve reading, blogging, my bookstagram, journals and writing. I will outline those every month and then share my process with a wrap up at the end!


Reading Goals

  • Tackle more reads this month since August was dedicated to reading IT by Stephen King (TBR to be announced tomorrow).

Blog Goals

  • Increase my amount and frequency of my posts which will be achieved through my book reviews, TBRs, book hauls, discussions, pop up posts, and my newly introduced Me, Myself, & Mondays.

Bookstagram Goals

  • I have introduced a “theme” for the fall months, I am testing out how to take pictures and edit them in order to meet certain standards to fit my given theme
  • Communicate better with my followers through instagram stories

Journal Goals

  • Start faithfully using my planners and bullet journal because I tend to neglect it and then try to play catch up. I want to make it a daily ritual to journal/plan.

Writing Goals

  • Keep a notebook on hand in which I can write down any ideas that come to me
  • Possibly successfully write a short story

 

Here it is, my big September plans. I like to set goals and sometimes I go a little too far, so to start I have made realistic small, but signficant goals. Hopefully I can commit this month to achieving these and then aim higher in October!

Ten Reads to Tackle

I have just under 20 books to read in order to meet my 2017 reading goal of 50 books. It is almost September so I decided that hey maybe I should start considering a few books that I want to tackle.

Making a TBR list when I have over a 100 unread books on the bookshelf (overload) is a difficult task. Therefore I went through my books and picked out a few that I was excited to read. I didn’t want to make a static TBR for the next 4 months just in case I get an urge to read another book or I get my hands on another one I am excited for so I decided to choose 10 must-reads for my 2017 reading goal:

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The Giver – Lois Lowry

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

The Shining – Stephen King

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom

The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

Vengeance Road – Erin Bowman


Do you have any must-reads before the year is over? Let me know! 

2017 Reading Goal

SO, unbelievably we are halfway through 2017 already!

I gave up reading during highschool and through most on university because I “didn’t have time for it”. That was an excuse, you make time for the things you love in life. As of 2017, my new years resolution was to read about 12 books (one for each month, you know keeping it reasonable). March I was already on my 13th read, so I definitely had to aim higher.

My 2017 goal was changed to 50 books in one year.

As of July 6th, I have read 32 BOOKS. Evidently my goal is not only achievable, but I may also surpass it!

Not only have I committed to making reading and literature a huge part of my life, I have even opened up to blogging and bookstagramming in order to interact with other book lovers like myself.

I use Goodreads and a self-made bullet journal spread to track my books, here is my read list:

  1. Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
  2. Challenger Deep – Neal Shusterman
  3. Why is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Mindy Kaling
  4. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  5. 1984 – George Orwell
  6. Sylvanus Now – Donna Morrissey
  7. We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  8. Wenjack – Joseph Boyden
  9. The Pilot’s Wife – Anita Shreve
  10. Doppler – Erlend Loe
  11. Birdman – Mo Hayder
  12. The 100 Year Old Man – Jonas Jonasson
  13. A Thousand Splendid Suns
  14. A Walk Across the Sun – Corbin Addison
  15. The Strange Case of Dr.Jeckyll and Mr.Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. It Gets Worse – Shane Dawson
  17. Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
  18. The Martian – Andy Weir
  19. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  20. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margret Atwood
  21. Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur
  22. Nocturnal Animals – Austin Wright
  23. Project Sunlight – June Strong
  24. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
  25. There Are Things I Want You to Know – Eva Gabrielsson
  26. Triangles – Ellen Hopkins
  27. Tilt – Ellen Hopkins
  28. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  29. Shot in the Heart – Mikal Gilmore
  30. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  31. A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
  32. Carrie – Stephen King

June’s To Be Read List

I have a few books I would like to get through during June (I think I can, I think I can)

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On this list is …

Carrie by Stephen King – This will be my first Stephen King and horror read, I am so excited. 

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – I have already started this book, I am going to aim to finish it this month so I can start back on Tools of Titans! Need all the self help I can get. 

Hunting Humans by Elliot Leyton – This book is for school, however it is definitely going to be an interesting read since it revolves around serial killers. 

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – I have been waiting to read this book F O R E V E R. 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – This book is all over my social media feeds, safe to say that I am intrigued. 

*Not pictured: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald- I am currently reading this on my kobo, I use this most at the gym. It is about time I read this classic. 

Any suggestions for July? 

Book Buying Ban – June

I like to set goals every month, this one not only fits my love for reading — but it also helps my budget.

I have 80 books waiting to be read

Here is an just a few of my TBR!IMG_5959

With such a large TBR list, in the long term I would like to average 1-2 books a month IF that is even necessary. That way I can have a healthy budget for books, the long term plan is to go a full month without buying a book, then the first of each month I can either a) buy ONE new book or b) purchase TWO used from a bookstore. 

Stay tuned for mid June, I’ll post a healthy budget plan for book buyers !! 

IMPORTANT: I am waiting for my book order to come in therefore I will have to post a book haul in June, BUT I will clarify I did not buy them this month.