As you can probably tell by my somewhat sporadic posting, I’m still struggling a little with motivation to blog and read! As I’m sure a lot of you understand, that mostly bothers me because it makes me feel not entirely myself. I’m currently sitting down and planning out the coming month. Hopefully that will help me get back into the swing of things.
Again, another slow month – only 7 books read.
- The Splendid and the Vile
- After the Party
- The Kennedy Debutante
- Ghost Road
- Wandering in Strange Lands
- Network Effect
- The Genius of Birds
Last month, I shared my Beginner’s Guide to Nonfiction on Reddit and it ended up being my most viewed post as a result! The formatting needs updating after I had to get rid of a photo formatting plug-in and, given the interest in this post, I may re-do the pics and add some new book recommendations too.
- Write more in-depth reviews – Do we have to talk about challenges this month? Definitely not a success. Considering slowing down the pace of my reviews to do a better job with this.
- Write more discussion posts – Nope. I might change this goal though. What I really want to write are fun, non-review posts. With that broader mandate, I think I can make some progress this month.
- Read more deeply on specific topics – Birds, a little, but not a great success.
- Read at least 40% nonfiction – 4 of 7 books I read this month were nonfiction, so I’m still staying on track for this one.
- Write 3 posts a week – Not even going to feel bad about this one. It’s just not been a good blogging month!
- Read my own damn books – 3 of 7 books I read were my own, not too shabby.
- Read books by and about people from marginalized groups – Read one book I’d count towards this goal and didn’t pursue this as intentionally as I’d like.
- Maybe get into Pinterest a bit more – Can’t bring myself to delete this one, but no progress this month either.
This month there are two big read-a-thons coming up – Dewey’s Reverse 24-Hour Read-a-thon (August 8-9) and Bout of Books 29 (August 17-23). I’ll be participating in both very casually, mostly for the social components! I’m feeling a little burnt out on read-a-thons with specific prompts, so I’ll be passing on those and planning to read books from the following list this month:
- Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California
- You Don’t Know Me: The Incarcerated Women of York Prison Voice Their Truths
- Charged: Overzealous Prosecutors, the Quest for Mercy, and the Fight to Transform Criminal Justice in America
- Summoned at Midnight: A Story of Race and the Last Military Executions at Fort Leavenworth
- An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago
- Five Days in August
- The Wedding Date
- The Life of Charlotte Bronte
- Jane Eyre
- (Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation About Mental Health
- Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family
What do you have coming up in the month ahead? Any fun blog events or reading plans?