Here I am writing blog posts instead of preparing a fictional court case for my civil practice class. That’s the dedication! To be fair, this post is long overdue. Basically since the end of January. So I think I have my priorities very straight. The fictional court case can wait. It is fictional after all!
1. I broke one of my New Years’ resolutions.
Yep! It already happened. I thought I would have lasted a little longer than a couple of weeks, but I’d rather admit it now and try something different than going on pretending that everything works fine.
Reading 100 pages every single day is impossible! I’ve tried everything:
- Downloading a habit tracker app on my phone to help me stay motivated and accomplish daily goals;
- Setting up time for reading; and
- Even reducing the number of pages to 50!
But it still didn’t work.
I’m giving up on that one. Very early in the year, I know. But I’ve been trying to replace it with a different incentive to read. Instead of reading a little bit every day, I’ve been trying to dedicate one entire day to reading every week. It’s not perfect. It doesn’t always work. But I’ll have to go with the flow and keep figuring this one out.
2. I also kept up with a few other resolutions.
For example, I’ve been trying to finish series, and read the whole His Dark Material trilogy by Philip Pullman. Also, in February I finally read my first Brandon Sanderson book – Steelheart! (the 1st book in the Reckoners trilogy).
3. My internship officially began.
Which means less time for everything. (Although 3-hour commutes almost every day made me find A LOT of time to try audiobooks). I’ve been busy, what can I say ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
4. I finally started to listen to Audiobooks!
I have a love-hate relationship with Audiobooks. Sometimes we are on good terms, other times we barely speak to each other. It’s complicated.
Surprisingly, when you are alone in the car, there is not much to do. The options are rather scarce: either listen to the same 5 songs on repeat on every radio station or give audiobooks a try.
In January I listened to All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It was heartbreaking. The most beautiful yet sad story. I actually teared up while listening to this on my way to and from classes. It was beautiful and would have gotten a higher rating if I would have read it instead of listening to an audiobook.
My audiobook for February was An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. It was incredible! Would highly recommend listening to the audiobook if you ever decide to pick it up. The Southern accent, the letters written by Roy and Celestial, everything was read in just the right way. Besides, the book is fairly short and the audiobook only takes around 9 hours to go through. This is the first book that made to my 2019 favorites shelf on GoodReads!
5. We’ve been binge-watching old and new series.
I know what you think: “You just said that you’ve been busy, yet you had time to bing series?!”. Well… Yes. We have been re-watching Black Mirror season 4 (and loving it even more than the 1st time) and also You season 1. At the end of February, we started season 1 of Manifest (superpowers and stuff, very entertaining!).
6. I read a total of 12 books!
I’ve been having a very complicated relationship with books and reading in general. I’m glad I got to read so many books. However, not all of them were amazing. Even though I try to pick up new and old releases I’m really excited about, but it is always lacking something. I can’t quite point my finger at what exactly is missing and it has been bothering me for the last year or so.
7. Planning and spreadsheets took over my life.
I’ve always been a planner. My brain just works better when everything is tidy, organized and has its own place. Of course, this habit eventually spread to my blogging and reading. I’ve been making spreadsheets like a crazy person. There is a spreadsheet for blog posts. There is one for monthly reads. For different bookish stats – pages, authors, genres. I believe in some point the spreadsheets will be the ONLY thing I have on my laptop and clouds. MS Excel is FUN!
There were so many amazing posts from all of you. I picked a few that really sparked my interest during the past two months:
- Trang from Bookidote wrote about How to choose your next read!
- A Controversial post from Briana at Pages Unbound about Cutting up books for crafts!
- Drew also wrote a rather controversial post (as usual 😀 ) about Right and Wrong Way to Write Reviews. (Definitely check it out!)
- On Valentine’s Day, Book Allure gave us 8 Examples of Enemies to Lovers Book Tropes! (FUN!)
What have you all been up to at the beginning of this year? Let me know in the comments down below!