Looking Ahead: April 2018

What’s on in April?

This month I am: going away for a few days, going to see Nashville in concert, doing lots of wedding planning (<6 months now!), taking some serious steps towards the career change I mentioned in my 2018 goals and taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo!

April’s TBR list


Beneath The Sugar Sky (174) | Scribd
Authority (341) | Scribd (started)
City of Brass (544) | ARC
Our Dark Duet (510) | Scribd
The Well of Ascension (781) | From my shelves

Target pages = 2350

This is below my total target pages for the month, but because we’re a bit all over the place this month, I know it’s likely that I’ll finish a book somewhere away from home and not have something pre-planned lined up. Plus, I’m a definite mood reader, so if I plan out my reading in too much detail, I get frustrated by not being able to add in whatever I fancy at that precise moment 😉

April Goals

  • -8.5 lbs: an ambitious goal, but this would take me into the next stone bracket so I’m going to try! Less than 6 months until our wedding now so I’m feeling pretty focussed.
  • 8 blog posts
  • Camp NaNoWriMo – 20k words. I have no plan for this, and I don’t mind if it’s all one story, a bunch of short stories, fanfiction, anything. I just want to get into a bit of a writing habit!

What do you have planned for April?

Looking Ahead: October 2017

What’s on in October?

I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo again next month (yes, even despite failing last year, because I’m an optimist!), and things at work really pick up between now and Christmas, so this month will mostly be filled with NaNo Prep and working. I’m hoping to complete both the Writing.com NaNo Prep calendar and Fiction University’s Idea to Novel in 31 days, because I went in to last November with a very rough idea and just ran out of steam. I still like the idea though, so I’m hoping doing some more prep this year will work better for me!

Last month’s TBR list

I didn’t set one…

October’s TBR list


One Dark Throne (448) | Review copy
Ink (761) | Owned
History is all you left me (320) | Borrowed
Nevermoor (640) | Borrowed
Lady Midnight (698) | Audiobook
The Well of Ascension (781) | From my shelves

Target pages = 3269

Last month’s Goals

  • I didn’t set any!

October Goals

  • Run streak. You might remember that at the beginning of the year I was running pretty consistently. I’ve stopped running altogether and am back at square 1 (read: feel like I’m dying after a 30 second jog), so I’m going to try something I’ve never done before: a run streak. The aim is to move for 1 mile a day, every day, for the month of October. To start with at least that mile will be walk/run intervals, but I’m hoping if I can stick to it that by the end of the month I can run for a lot longer than 30 seconds!
  • 8 blog posts
  • At least 4 blog posts scheduled for November
  • NaNoWriMo prep calendars!

What do you have planned for October?

Looking Ahead: July 2017

What’s on in July?

July is one of those super busy months – on top of the usual day to day stuff, July is also Harry Potter Month and Camp NaNoWriMo, so it’ll be all go around here!

Last month’s TBR list

How Hard Can Love Be? | Finished
Heroes of Olympus
| Finished
Who Runs the World? | Finished
Ink | Finished
Rain | Not started
Storm | Not started

Read and unplanned

The Dry
The Nowhere Man
Attack on Titan vol.1
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengers
Ms Marvel: No Normal
The Adversary
Fight and Flight

Target pages: 2500
Actual pages read: 2720

June’s TBR list


Skin Game (454) | Owned (audiobook)
The Novice
(398) | Owned
Hawkeye: My life as a weapon
(136) | Borrowed (Prime Reading)
Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther? (200) | Review copy
One Dark Throne (448) | Review copy
A Clash of Kings (761) | Owned

Target pages = 2400

Last month wasn’t too bad in terms of sticking to my TBR – I didn’t get to Rain and Storm because they’ve disappeared off my Overdrive app since buying them and I can’t seem to find a way to get them back!

Last month’s Goals

  • Lose 4lbs – Fail.
  • 12+ blog posts – Success!
  • Write 5000 words on WIP – Delayed. I put this off for Camp NaNoWriMo this month!
  • Get back into fanfiction (reading or writing) – used to love it to de-stress! – Succcess. I both wrote and read fanfiction this month 🙂
  • Keep trying with bullet-journalling! – Well I kept trying…and I’ve decided it doesn’t work for me!

June Goals

  • Track food at least 75% of days (24 days) – setting my goal at just weight loss obviously isn’t working for me, so this month I’m setting a goal at something I can more directly control.
  • 12+ blog posts
  • Camp NaNoWriMo – I’m aiming for 15000 words ideally.

What do you have planned for July?

Looking Ahead: June 2017

What’s on in June?

Please tell me I’m not the only person wondering how the hell it can be June already?! This month I have my birthday, a couple of days off work, and a few work evening events that might eat into my reading/blogging time a little bit.  No real plans as yet, but this month I’m hoping to make a little progress on my recently-revived WIP from NaNoWriMo 2016 as well as of course read some books and write some blog posts 😉

Last month’s TBR list

Release | Finished
Ready Player One| Barely started!
Cold days | Finished
Of Fire and Stars | Finished
A Court of Wings and Ruin | Finished

Read and unplanned

Wing Jones
Saga vol. 4
Under rose tainted skies
Saga vol. 5
No Plot? No Problem
Flame in the Mist
Am I Normal yet?

Target pages: 2500
Actual pages read: 4303

June’s TBR list

How Hard Can Love Be? (480) | Library
Heroes of Olympus
(597) | Owned (audiobook)
Who Runs the World? (336) | Review copy
Ink (326) | Owned (re-read)
Rain (300) | Owned
Storm (304) | Owned

Target pages = 2500

Well, last month might just be my least sucessful monthly TBR ever. Again, I’ve set my TBR list slightly short of my page goal (2261 pages) so I have some space for mood reading, but I’m feeling pretty good about my choices – I’m really fancying all of them at the moment!

Last month’s Goals

  • Lose 4lbs – lost 2lbs. = PARTIAL SUCCESS
  • Complete a 10K – alternated jogging and walking to do it in 1:22 = SUCCESS!
  • 12+ blog posts – 12 exactly = SUCCESS

June Goals

  • Lose 4lbs
  • 12+ blog posts
  • Write 5000 words on WIP
  • Get back into fanfiction (reading or writing) – used to love it to de-stress!
  • Keep trying with bullet-journalling!

What do you have planned for June?

Looking Ahead: April 2017 (see you again in May!)

What’s on in April?

Seriously, April is a manic month, so a bit of an announcement – I’ll be taking the month off from blogging. I’ll be on holiday for some of the month, and I’m looking forward to getting away, recharging, brainstorming, and coming back to blogging fresh and energised!  Since you won’t be seeing much of me, I’m setting my reading TBR a little higher – not too much higher, because I’ll be doing some blogging ahead towards May, but a little.  I’m going on a pretty busy holiday with something planned for basically every day, so I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done, but I’m optimistic.

Last month’s TBR list

Turn Coat | Finished
Changes | Finished
Feedback | Finished
Fool’s Assassin | In progress
Dawn Study | Finished
The Colour Purple | Finished

Target pages: 2831
Actual pages read: 2623

April’s TBR list

Fool’s Assassin (208 pages remaining) | Owned (re-read)
The Girl with Seven Names (304) | Owned
Ghost Story (481) | Owned (audiobook)
Flame in the Mist (368) | Review copy
Fierce Kingdom (288) | Review copy

Target pages = 3000

You can probably tell that the books above don’t add up to 3000 pages – not even close in fact, they only come to 1649.  Since I’m taking the month off blogging, I’m hoping to get a lot of reading done, but I’m not really sure what I’m in the mood for at the moment, so I’m leaving my TBR list pretty small so I can just pick up whatever I fancy as the month goes on!  3000 is a pretty arbitrary goal really, but 100 pages a day made for a nice round number, and it’s higher than last month which is what I’m hoping for 😉

April’s Gaming plans

So I played a grand total of 0 games in March. I’m taking my DS on holiday so I might get some Pokemon played, but no particular plans other than that.

Last month’s Goals

  • Lose 5lbs: wow I’m rubbish at this… Fail.
  • 15 blog posts: 12. Fail.
  • Reach week 9 of C210K: Success!

April Goals

  • End the month at the same weight (this might seem like a naff goal, but I’m thinking holiday food and cocktails will probably put me up a bit, and then I’m hoping to do some damage control when I get back).
  • Blogging calendar for May
  • Complete a 5K (using Jeff Galloway’s walk/jog method)

What do you have planned for April?