January Wrap-Up

Reading

Skyward | Shadow of the fox | In an Absent Dream | Paper Girls #5 | Salt to the Sea | The History of Bees | The People in the Trees

Books read: 7
Pages read: 1867
Average pages per day: 60
Average book length: 267
Favourite: Skyward & Shadow of the Fox

Blogging

January Goals

  • Being healthier
    • Track my food everyday -My MFP streak is at 32 days though some days I think I logged in without tracking so…. SORT OF
    • Come within +/- 100 calories of my calorie count goal on at least 25 days – FAIL
    • Exercise 10 times – SUCCESS
    • Lose 4 lbs –  FAIL!
  • Work/Life Balance
    • Plan summer 2019 holiday – IN PROGRESS
    • Submit assignment at least 24 hours before deadline – SUCCESS
  • Blogging
    • Post 8 blog posts – 7 of 8, SO CLOSE!
    • Schedule 3 posts for February – FAIL
  • Finance
    • See 2 films at the cinema – FAIL
    • Start an emergency fund – FAIL
    • Pay off my credit card – SUCCESS

February TBR

Carried over from January
Trials of Apollo – The Dark Prophecy (432) | Library
Polgara the Sorceress (816) | Scribd
Muse of Nightmares (528) | Borrowed

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (388) | Scribd

Target pages = 2162

February Goals

  • Being healthier
    • Keep MFP streak up throughout February
    • Exercise 8 times
    • Lose 4 lbs –  Trying again…
  • Work/Life Balance
    • Book flights for summer holiday – we’re making progress on the planning part, now I just want to get it booked!
    • Submit assignment at least 24 hours before deadline
    • See 2 films at the cinema (How to Train Your Dragon 3 & Battle Angel Alita maybe?)
  • Blogging
    • Post 8 blog post
    • Schedule 3 posts for March
  • Finance
    • Get budget organised and set up direct debits for joint account

How was your January?

January TBR & Goals

What’s on in January?

January means back to work, Bout of Books 24, new episodes of Riverdale and feeling motivated about new year goals (yes, I am that person).  I’ve started Bullet Journalling again, I’m eating more healthy foods, and in a weird twist of events, I’ve set my reading goal at it’s lowest number ever because I want to enjoy non-reading activities too without feeling guilty! I’ve got an assignment due this month (boo) but I’m also going to a lovely wedding (yay) so it’s a busy month with some good things to look forward to.

January’s TBR list

Trials of Apollo – The Dark Prophecy (432) | Library
Polgara the Sorceress (816) | Scribd
Skyward (352) | Owned (audiobook)
The History of Bees (524) | Owned

Target pages = 2124
Plus one of these three:

TBR winner (approx 310) | Owned

 

 

January Goals

  • Being healthier
    • Track my food everyday
    • Come within +/- 100 calories of my calorie count goal on at least 25 days
    • Exercise 10 times
    • Lose 4 lbs – Hopefully this should follow logically on from the first few goals?!
  • Work/Life Balance
    • Plan summer 2019 holiday – I’m currently completing a teacher training course and it’s probably one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done. One definite perk though is that I’ll get time off over the summer with my husband, so we’re planning a holiday. I’d like to get something more concrete planned out or booked so it can really go on the list of things to look forward to.
    • Submit assignment before the deadline (at least one night before) so I’m not panicking last minute
  • Blogging
    • Post 8 blog posts (or more!)
    • Schedule 3 posts for February
  • Finance
    • See 2 films at the cinema – I have a cineworld unlimited card which last year saved me nearly £100 but it’d be nice to save even more this year
    • Start an emergency fund
    • Pay off my credit card

What do you have planned for January?

September Wrap-Up & Looking ahead to October

My reading this month was literally less than half of last month’s- you can tell my uni course has well and truly started!  In October things will ratchet up another notch so outside of studying I haven’t really got too much planned yet.  In September I hit my original Goodreads goal of 100 books, so I’ve slightly increased it to 104 – it’s not much, but I think as term goes on, I’ll probably be reading less and less, so I don’t want to set it too high!  I’ll be continuing with the Fall Bookish Bingo, joining in with Dewey’s 24 hour readathon, and blogging as much as I can around all of that!

Reading


Artemis | A Short History of Nearly Everything | City of Ghosts | Brief Cases | The Island | Sadie

Books read: 6 (12 less than August)
Pages read: 2408 (2578 less than August)
Average pages per day: 80
Average book length: 401
Favourite: A Short History of Nearly Everything

Blogging

Challenge Updates

  • Beat the Backlist (49/48) (+3)
  • Finishing the Series (7/15) (+/- 0)
  • Goodreads (100/100) – Goal achieved! Increased to 104.
  • NetGalley % change: +/- 1% (72%)

September Goals

  • -6lbs: EPIC FAIL.
  • 4 blog posts: Exceeded! 6 posts managed.
  • At least 1 cinema trip & 1 date evening: We managed a cinema trip to see Crazy Rich Asians. We didn’t manage a specific date night, but we did have a few evenings at home with a takeaway and some tv, and also quite a few social things with friends so I’m happy enough with that.

October TBR


My Life and Laughing (294) | Audible (started)
Time’s Convert (436) | Audible
Waking Gods (336) | Library (started)

Target pages = 1066

October Goals

  • Weight loss – back into the 11s
  • 4 blog posts, including 2 reviews
  • Take part in Dewey’s 24 hour readathon
  • At least 1 cinema trip & 1 date evening

How was your September?

Looking Ahead: September 2018

What’s on in September?

This month I’m starting my teacher training course, which promises to be intense, challenging and exhausting but hopefully also inspiring, satisfying and rewarding. I’ve kept my TBR pile small and focused quite heavily on audiobooks as I’m not sure how much time I’ll get to read around placements and assignments – everyone keeps telling me I should basically give up on the idea of books/hobbies/any kind of social life until the end of the year but I’m determined not to! I got ahead on my Goodreads goal over the summer but haven’t raised it, which means if I can get 6 books finished before the end of the year I’ll hit my goal of 100. Anything beyond that would be a bonus!

September’s TBR list

Artemis (305) | Audible (started)
A short history of nearly everything (687) | Audible
The Island (304) | E-Arc
Waking Gods (336) | Library

Target pages = 1632

September Goals

  • -6lbs: Now that we’re back from our holiday, we’re back at WW for the first time in a long time and giving the Flex plan a try. Fingers crossed!
  • 4 blog posts – Honestly, I’ve no idea how plausible this is, all depends on the uni work – maybe I can post more, maybe even 4 is too many (although I hope not)
  • At least 1 cinema trip & 1 date evening – I want to try and make sure I force myself to take some down-time and relax, as everyone says work-life balance is crucial but also one of the hardest things for the teacher training course

What do you have planned for September?

Q1 Reading

I read and loved Ellie’s post on her book stats for the first quarter of 2018, and couldn’t resist looking at some of my own! I haven’t tracked the books that have come in like she has, but I’ve enjoyed looking at the series statuses and lengths of what I’ve read so far.

Books read so far: 33
Total pages: 11027
Pages per day: 123
Average pages per book: 334

Format:

  • 8 Paperback (24%),
  • 10 eBook (30%),
  • 15 audio (45%)

Series:

  • First in a series – 8 (33.3%)
  • Second – 6 (25%)
  • Third – 3 (12.5%)
  • Fourth or higher – 7 (29.2%)

Genres (note, books are categorised as multiple genres in some cases so don’t add up to 100%):

  • Fantasy – 12 (36.4%)
  • Sci fi – 6 (18.2%)
  • Mystery – 6 (18.2%)
  • Manga – 5 (15.2%)
  • Romance – 4 (12.1%)
  • Contemporary – 4 (12.1)
  • Horror – 3 (9.1%)
  • Non-fiction – 2 (6.1%)
  • Crime – 1 (3.0%)

Length:

  • 0-150 pages – 0
  • 151-300 pages – 9 (28.1%)
  • 301-500 pages – 20 (62.5%)
  • 501-800 pages – 3 (9.4%)

Publication date:

  • Pre-2018 – 29 (87.9%)
  • 2018 – 4 (12.1%)

Target audience:

  • MG – 4 (12.1%)
  • YA – 6 (18.2%)
  • Not-specified (eg Manga) – 6 (18.2%)
  • Adult – 17 (51.5%)

Length:

  • 0-150 pages – 0
  • 151-300 pages – 9 (28.1%)
  • 301-500 pages – 20 (62.5%)
  • 501-800 pages – 3 (9.4%)

Reading Goals (5)

  1. Read 100 books – 33/100 – ON TRACK
  2. Finish/catch up with 15 series
    I haven’t worked out the exact number of these yet, but two-thirds of the books I’ve read in series are book 2 or later, so I think this is going pretty well.
  3. Read at least 12 manga volumes or graphic novels – 5/12 – ON TRACK
  4. Get My NetGalley ratio up to (and then keep it above) 80% – 73% as of end of March
  5. Read at least 48 backlist books – 29/48 – ON TRACK