Mid-Year Goals Review | How did I do in 2020 so far?

The first semester of 2020 was full of unpleasant surprises. But I still was able to take some advantage of the quarantine and a little bit more free time to keep up or finalize some of the things that have been sitting on my to-do list for far too long. 

I love to constantly review my yearly goals to make sure that I know what the next steps will be in accomplishing them. 6 months mark feels like a good time to take a look at the goals I set for myself at the beginning of this year, see if I accomplished / failed any, and adjust them for the remaining 6 months. 

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July 2020 Monthly Goals | Four weeks of traveling!

Phew! It’s officially summer in Portugal. The temperature is rising every day, and I still haven’t gone to the beach this summer. I even put it on my to-do list, but there are always more important things to do. 

This year, with everything that is happening, I won’t be traveling anywhere. But I really love visiting new places and I still wanted to entertain this idea. So I decided to create a little challenge for myself. I dug through my large TBR pile and found books set in different countries.

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June 2020 Wrap Up | The month I learned how to enjoy little things!

Looking back on June TBR that I created at the end of May, my motivation to read was definitely very high. Sadly, for the first week of June, I barely read anything. I kept picking up books and reading a couple of pages from each of them nothing really capturing my attention. I kept making to-do lists of all the things I wanted to accomplish, but couldn’t focus on a single one of them. My head was elsewhere and all I could do was watch something to get myself distracted. 

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Books on my summer TBR | Book Haul, Self-education & way too many books!

Hey, guys! I hope all of you are doing well! 

2020 has been very tragic, but also very important, year, and we are only halfway through it. From COVID induced quarantine and the need to take care of ourselves and the others to the BLM movement and absolutely horrible events that made the world finally revolt against the injustice and racism, 2020 is one of the most important years of my life and I really hope that we take something from this, learn on our mistakes and try to build a better future for ourselves and for the future generations. 

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What’s on my Kindle? | E-books I recently added to my digital TBR

I’ve never done a Kindle book haul before! In general, I rarely talk about my Kindle, as e-books don’t excite me as much as my physical TBRs. But I’ve been meaning to share with you some of the e-books I got for my Kindle for quite a while now, so this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme couldn’t be more perfect! Well… maybe not so perfect as the actual theme is to talk about the books you’ve added to the TBR and forgotten why. But let’s just focus on the first part instead. 

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June 2020 Monthly Goals | Getting NetGalley ARCs under control!

 I’m very curious to see your June TBRs!

There are so many amazing books coming out this summer. Of course, I couldn’t resist and requested them all! I never expected for all of my requests to get approved, but that happened and now my ARCs TBR is soooo big that I feel the need to dedicate at least one month to clear it out a bit.

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May 2020 Wrap Up | The month I didn’t read all the books on my TBR!

 I hope May was a good month for all of you!

I’m usually so excited to sit down and write my monthly wrap up, but this time it’s proving to be a very daunting task 😀 

Surprisingly, May wasn’t my favorite month this year, even though my birthday was very nice [I will share my b-day bookhaul later this month, as soon as all the book orders arrive ❤ ]. The weather has been cooperating as well. It became hot very suddenly. One day we were wearing jeans and jackets and the next one we had to jump right into shorts and tops [i.e. the less amount of fabric possible]. It is nice, but I definitely wasn’t prepared to bring my summer dresses just yet.  I realized that I really need to do some summer clothes online spree soon. Yay! 

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The Stuck at Home Book Tag | Currently reading & future TBR!

Hello! I hope you all are doing well! Are you almost done with college / school assignments? Are you looking forward to the summer vacation?

It’s finally proper summer in Portugal. We went from wearing light jackets and trousers to wearing bikinis in just a day, and I’m still trying to adjust to that sudden change of weather. The good thing is that we are actually allowed to go to the beach [as long as we respect the established distancing rules]. My plan for this weekend is to find the remotest place, bring my book and stay there for as long as possible.

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5 Reasons why you need to read the «Winternight Trilogy» by Katherine Arden!

I’m starting a new type of posts of my blogs! [and I’m very excited to finally share this first one with all of you!] I always struggled to write reviews for sequels – not many people are interested in reading a review for a 2nd, 3rd or 10th book in the series when they haven’t even started the series yet or aren’t caught up to the point where they can freely read the review and not being afraid of spoilers. 

Besides, how much information is enough to convey my thoughts and not spoil the previous books? 

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How I Read Book Tag | Revealing my reading secrets!

Look at me doing another book tag! I love seeing how other people read, I think it’s the most fascinating thing, together with organization and daily routines. 😀 Thank you, Rafaela for tagging me! Make sure to check her blog if you don’t follow her already!

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Challenge Accepted | 15 Books to Read Before You’re 30!

Have you ever wondered why there were so many lists of books that you are meant to read before 20 or 30 or 40 years-old? Well, I’m going to find out! 

Also because it’s my birthday and because I will be celebrating it with my 2 dogs and 4 cats [and very few humans], here is a gif of an adorable dog for your amusement:

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The Sunshine Blogger Award | Combining all of your tags in one long post!

New week, new books and new to-do lists! Don’t you just love Mondays? 🙂 Monday and Friday are both my favorite days of the week, because for me they mean a new beginning – either the new working week, or new working weekend 😀 I just love making to-do lists and take every opportunity to write those tasks down. 

I finally sat down and sorted all of the tag, you kindly tagged me at. I’m pretty sure that this is my first book tag of this year. Yay! So I decided to combine your questions in one post and share my answers, especially because some questions were similar. I also found some photos from a while back when we were allowed to go outside and enjoy the sunshine, and it really made me miss those times, but of course, staying inside and follow the rules is more important now.

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May 2020 Monthly Goals | I will never learn how to make small TBRs

May the force be with you! I hope you’re having a wonderful Star Wars day! It’s time for me to share my reading, blogging, and life goals with you for the month of May! And uuuuh, I’m so excited! 

Do you remember me saying that this year I was going to read less than usual? Yeah… well, that’s not happening. I’ve been reading way more than usual, and I’m going with it for now. I think in May things will slowly get back to normal, which means crazy work hours, but I’m being hopeful that I can find some extra hours in my days to consume all of these books. 

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6 Book Series I would have loved more if I’d read them as a child!

“The whole world opened up to me when I learned to read”
– Mary McCleod Bethune

I won’t be sharing embarrassing photos of me as a kid today [I might save them for my birthday post]. But we will be talking about a much younger version of me. Interestingly enough, my taste in books hasn’t really changed a lot since I was a kid. I still read fantasy and thrillers/detective novels, and love them with all my heart! 😀 

Last year, I made a handy dandy infographic of My Reading Journey that I will leave linked here if you’re interested to see what books and genres I loved during certain periods of my life. 

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5 Popular Fantasy Series I want to binge-read!

Hi, guys! I hope you’re staying safe and healthy and reading tons of books! [or not, as long as you’re doing something equally pleasing and exciting]. 

Usually, Tuesdays are reserved for Top Ten Tuesday meme, but this week I wasn’t really feeling the theme and decided to explore other memes! So here I am, joining in on Top 5 Tuesday instead! 😀 Follow the link to the Bionic Bookworm Blog to find out more about this weekly meme! 

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