The first two weeks of March and the last 10 days of the month feel like they belong in completely different months, times, worlds… Not only because of the COVID and social isolation but just workload and how I’ve been feeling in general (and I’m pretty sure there are a lot of people who went or going through the same thing). To summarize my state of mind in March: (1) reading slump, (2) unable to focus, (3) overwhelmed by daily tasks, and (4) not feeling my usual self.
It’s been a rough time for everyone, and I constantly felt like I was doing too many things at the same time, my mind kept wandering everywhere and I even skipped a couple of weeks of blog posts because I couldn’t find the motivation to write anything, even though I love my blog and all of you, guys.
Just like in February I kept making all these plans and to-do lists (you can check my organization technique here 🙂 ), but I wasn’t focusing on my tasks, so they started to pile up and now I have too many things on my to-do list. But unlike February, I actually had some free time to dedicate to the tasks that I wasted by procrastinating… a lot… Lol
When writing monthly wrap-ups, I usually dedicate a whole section to Highlights, where I talk about all the things I loved, did and achieved, but this month I’m going to skip that part and share with you in my tomorrow’s post what I’ve been doing to (A) fight my way out of the reading slump and (B) to find motivation and get back into my routine.
MONTHLY GOALS CHECK-IN
|✔|| 1 – Monthly TBR. |
I didn’t do too bad and was able to catch up during the last 2 weeks of the month, as you will see in my graphs below!
|X||2 – My goal to participate in the Cosmerealong is also making its second appearance!. Nope, I didn’t read «Elantris». The live show was on the 28th of March and I didn’t even pick it up at that point. I was very excited to participate in Brandon Sanderson read-a-long, but this might not be the right time for it. So I won’t be joining it for now.|
|✔|| 3 – I had a lot of fun being a part of the new Lala’s book club, so I will be joining them in March as well!. |
Well… I did try to participate in the book club. March book was «Platform Seven» by Louise Doughty and it was one of the first books I tried to read this month. Unfortunately, I didn’t like it. I didn’t even make it past the first 10%.
|X|| 4 – Try to prepare a bunch of posts in advance! |
Didn’t happen either! I planned out all of my posts for March, April and May and was going to write a bunch of them in advance and then… I didn’t. In fact, things were so dire that I skipped two weeks of posting in March. :O Hopefully, I’ll be back on track now.
|X|| 5 – Don’t stress!|
Ha! Ha-ha-ha… Yeah, I definitely failed that goal!
MONTHLY READING STATS
At the end of February, I chose 8 books I was going to read this month, and even though I didn’t read all of them I’m still happy to say that I managed to read 5! That’s a huge accomplishment considering all the reading slump shenanigans. And it’s true that out of those 5, I DNF’d 2… but I’m still counting them. 🙂
I love making graphs every single month! It’s my version of a vision board 😍 This month I started tracking a few other thins in my google sheet – the format of the books I read and also if they are standalones or belong in a series (as my goal is to NOT start any new series until I finish the ones I already started).
As you can see from the graphs above, this month I’ve been reading tons of Middle Grade books, because they are the ones that always pull me out of a reading slump. I also listened to most of the books on Scribd (thank you for the free 30 days trial!!) and actually continued reading a few series, instead of starting new ones!
MARCH BOOK REVIEWS
2020 MONTHLY WRAP UPs:
January 2020 Wrap Up | The month I learned how to stay on top of things!
February 2020 Wrap Up | The month I was too busy to learn anything new!
March 2020 Wrap Up | The month I fought my way out of a reading slump!
I hope all of you are staying safe! Let me know how what books you’ve been reading and listening to recently. I’m looking for more books to listen to on Scribd. 👍😁