I started off November planning to get through as many of my Book of the Month picks as I could – I’m great about ordering them, but not great about actually following through and reading them soon after I get them. But then library books and book club and freelance work took over, and I concentrated on reading those things instead. This was a pretty good month for reading: I loved some books, didn’t like some others, but I managed to read a ton.
A couple years ago, I first heard of an organization called More Love Letters. People submit requests for love letters to be written for their friends in need, and then the letters are bundled together and sent to the recipient. The letters come from strangers all over the world, encouraging them to keep going even when times are hard. It’s the epitome of using social media for good.
There are some months where I’m really busy and read very little (like September) and then there was this month, where I was incredibly busy and still managed to read eleven books. It’s probably some sort of procrastination technique, but it’s productive in its own way so I’m going to take it.
I didn’t read as many books in September as last month! Between a trip to San Francisco, races, visits to Disneyland, camping in Joshua Tree, a bunch of concerts, and generally living life, there wasn’t as much time.
Here are the ten books I read in August 2017.
This month’s prompt was A Book in a Series. I recently finished the The Selection by Kiera Cass, which is the first of a series of three books. I’ve read all three over the past few weeks. There are two other companion books that take place later and are currently sitting at home waiting for me, but these three are a complete series. I’m going to talk about the first one! I previously tried to listen to the audiobook of this but I hated the voice, so I never got past the first chapter. Happy to say reading it myself was a much better experience.
I read a total of 17 books in January and February! I can’t really believe it, but making the commitment to read for at least 30 minutes every day has really paid off. I’ve also been taking advantage of Audible and the free audiobooks from the library – that helped me read a lot of books.
My friend Rachel was the first to tell me about the idea of a 12 week year. Basically, you approach each 12 week segment as its own “year” and set goals for that time period. I thought about what I wanted to do for the whole year, and then I broke down these goals into ones that are possible to complete in 12 weeks. When the twelve weeks are up on March 25, I’ll take a few days to come up with goals for the next 12 weeks, and then I’ll start again!
This month’s Collaboreads link-up is the perfect chance for me to get my feet wet and start writing all those posts that are begging to be written! The prompt this month is a book you chose for the cover.
It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post. So long, in fact, that I couldn’t remember my password, and my college email was deleted, so I couldn’t retrieve it. But I missed writing, so here we are again, with a new website and the same me.