I’m so excited for October! It’s going to be a great month, I can feel it! It’s finally getting colder. I started to light up candles around the house, and it’s no longer too hot to cuddle with a book under a blanket. 🍁
My plans for October got kind of ruined but how little I read in September. So instead of focusing on spooky reads as I was planning to, I will have to set other priorities for myself. But it’s totally cool, because I recently got approved for some amazing ARCs that I can’t wait to dive in!
Remember last month I said that I’d take things easy and then ended up reading 8 books? Well, September was going to be the month to read LESS books, but then I suddenly received a bunch of ARCs from NetGalley. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I’m very close to reaching 100 books on Goodreads so that’s something I will easily accomplish. But I’m still planning to take things slower and focus on larger books. This year I’ve been trying to stay on top of the series I start and I think it’s actually somewhat working. Summer was a little bit hectic, with the Reading Rush, ARCs and just things to catch up on, I put the series aside. I’m about to change this with my new set of monthly goals!
I don’t want to sound exactly the same every single month, but WOW! how is it August already??? Time passes so quickly! Usually, August would mean NEWTs Magical Read-a-thon hosted by the one and only G @BookRoast, however, this year due to the multiple comments made by J.K. Rowling about the trans community, G decided to step away from Harry Potter theme. NEWTs will still happen this month, but very low-key, and there won’t be any usual hosting and activities as before.
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.
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.
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.
Hello, fellow booklovers! I hope all of you are doing great and are ready to dive right into O.W.L.s Magical Readathon in April!
O.W.L.s and Booktube-a-thon are my favorite read-a-thons out there and I always make time for them. This year I wasn’t sure about OWLs as I had a deadline for the deliverance of reports at the end of April, but with COVID, social isolation and Courts not working full time, the deadline and my exams are pushed for the end of this year (maybe?). We don’t know quite yet what will happen, there have been a few decisions here and there from the Lawyers’ Bar but nothing concrete just yet. This definitely gives me more time to read and blog, and also gives me more time to study. I can now include some books I was planning to read for the internship but didn’t think I would have time for them.
My ultimate goal was to get all Christmas preparation in place and going as early as possible. I tried to dedicate multiple weekends in November to sort the present ideas, purchase some, order others, but as usual, life gets in the way, and most of my November weekends were hectic, busy and kind of nerve-racking. I still managed to read a lot in November and have been very productive at work, trying to get everything done before the Office closes for the holidays at the end of December, but I’m starting to feel the pressure of the holiday season.
In order to avoid unnecessary stress, I’m going to make my Ultimate End of the Year To-Do list, and stay productive to complete everything on it before Christmas!
As we are getting closer to the end of the year, I’m starting to feel a little bit overwhelmed by the number of things that I need to get done. To avoid going crazy and getting myself even more stressed than I currently am, I decided to make only a few reading and blogging monthly goals so I can focus more on my work and internship.
I’m staying positive and believe in my ability to fit more hours in a day. 😀
It’s finally autumn! For many of you autumn has started on the 1st of September, but here in Portugal I still can’t say that the autumn has begun. The sunny weather has been holding up very well. The days are still very hot, people are still enjoying the beach and ocean, and I’m waiting for the colder days to arrive!
Since I can’t wait for autumnal weather forever, I decided that October would mark the beginning for me, and I’m finally allowed to dive into the spooky thrillers, crime mysteries and historical fiction that I’ve been putting off the whole year.
Summer flew by so quickly this year. It was hectic, busy with tons of tourists around. They haven’t all left yet, but I’m already anticipating the emptier roads, less traffic and supermarkets without huge lines.
September will be a busier month work and studies wise, but I’m still planning to take at least one week off work and maybe go somewhere or decompress a little bit before jumping into another busy year.
To summarize my August reading experience let’s just say that I did EVERYTHING, including writing reviews (Crazy! I know!), except reading books I carefully picked for my NEWTs TBR. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Was I expecting this to happen?
Honestly, after such a great experience of the reading rush read-a-thon, I thought I’d be able to read tons of books in August – the ones on my TBR and the ones that didn’t make it to my NEWTs TBR. I’m slightly disappointed with myself, but I don’t think I could have forced myself to read more.
I hope you all had a very productive July and enjoyed the Reading Rush readathon! The Reading Rush, formerly Booktube-a-thon, is by far one of my favorite read-a-thons. I love how big the reading community is, how many events happen in just one week and the need to push myself to read just a little bit more to complete all the challenges!
This one week of intensive reading got me out of the reading slump and made me excited again about picking up new books. So my August goals might seem too ambitious but I’m going to try and read as much as I can.
It’s time to sit and write down my goals for this month!
July will mostly be the month of “catch up”. I feel like I need to clear up my To-Do list (and as soon as possible), so I can have some free time for myself. I know I say this every month, but life has been very busy overall and dedicating time to blogging and reading has become more and more difficult over the past couple of months.
I love the busy days, but I think I’m ready to take a little break from them as well. I won’t have holidays from work until September, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t take things a little easier over the next couple of weeks. But in order to do that, I’ll need to tie all the ends, finish pending tasks and then enjoy my reading time!