Happy June and Happy Pride Month! I’m finally starting to get back into the swing of things when it comes to blogging. I decided to go for the typical TBR post and also talking about some goals of mine for the month. I’m a little talkative here so apologies in advance for going on tangents. Next time I’ll try to be briefer with these kinds of posts.
I am a big mood reader and I also rarely, if ever, follow closely to my TBR. Sometimes I don’t even complete my TBR at all. I am trying to be better at setting goals and keeping them by being realistic. I think if I read at least 6 books I will consider this month a success. I do have ARCs to read (some of which I am unfortunately super behind on reading & reviewing) so I will most likely prioritize those reads. These are ARCs that are coming soon and should really read ASAP. Then I of course have books I had pre-ordered and have been arriving over the past months and they still keep coming! Also there’s the books I already had on my TBR for a long time before those new books arrived. It is Pride Month so I obviously will want to read some queer books. Then there’s also the several library books I have borrowed and for some reason I think I can read them all. I have way too many.
The Sea is Salt and So Am I by Cassandra Hartt (Release Date – June 8)
Darling by K. Ancrum (Release Date – June 22)
Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta (Release Date – June 29)
The Tragedy of Dane Riley by Kat Spears (Release Date – June 22)
OWNED (PHYSICAL AND E-BOOK)
The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Jackson
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro
The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
Since I’m trying to get back into blogging there’s a few thing I feel like I need to catch up on. One would be updating my reading goals & challenges on Goodreads, The Story Graph & Readerly. I haven’t used GR especially in the way I should lol. I really just use it solely for adding books to my TBR instead of reading & reviewing and keeping track of what I have read. So it currently has that I have read 0 out of 45 books this year when its more likely around 12 ??? I guess ??? I am not doing a good job of keeping track of what I have been reading since last year TBH. It’s a whole mess. I at least want to complete my GR challenge this year so I should fix that. But I’m too lazy to go through all that.
Also to write reviews for ARCs I have read on NetGalley, GR & on my blog. I’m guilty of not doing the best job of reviewing ARCs (except when it has come to participating in blog tours in which I prioritize the hell out those posts). Which also has led to my NetGalley ratio falling into the low numbers. 80% is considered the golden ratio for NetGalley users and I have yet to have reached that ratio. AND YET. I somehow am receiving ARCs??? I am not complaining but I am a little overwhelmed to say the least. But reaching 80% is going to be THE GOAL OF THE SUMMER for me.
For some blog goals, I would like to have at least 4 days a week. I think that’s manageable for me, considering I have plenty of blog material such as reviews, lists, discussion posts, tags & challenges that I have been tagged in but haven’t done yet and I feel so bad because I have wanted to do them!!! So catching up on tags/challenges is one priority for me in terms of producing content. I also should blog hop more because I want to support my fellow bloggers who have always supported me, even when I haven’t consistently blogged for a year or more.
And one last thing: I am attempting to revive my bookish instagram account. You’re probably thinking “this bitch has a bookstagram? SINCE WHEN??” Yes I do. In fact since February 2019. When was my last IG post on that account? March 2019. I’m not going to lie, I felt sort of embarrassed/intimated by the world of bookstagram. I don’t have the best camera on my phone because its quite scratched up and also the lightning everywhere in my house SUCKS. So I sort of have this inferiority complex concerning my photos and instagram content. But at the same time I do like the creativity that comes with bookstagram and I also would like be someone who is just like “fuck it” and posts whatever I want, even if it doesn’t get the likes or attention. So I’m going to give it go yet again to see if this is something I can stick with.