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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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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April 2020 Monthly Goals | Excited to read all books for O.W.L.s Magical Readathon!

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. 

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O.W.L. Magical Readathon 2020 | A very analytical approach!

Following one of my New Year’s resolutions (i.e. read less study more), I planned to skip as many read-a-thons this year as I could, but I couldn’t make myself skip O.W.L.s Magical Readathon that takes place in April! O.W.L.s and Booktubeathon are the only two reading events I usually participate, and it felt wrong breaking the traditions.

To make my life a little bit easier, I decided to go through each career guide and pick one profession that requires fewer books. This resulted in me doing all the math so you wouldn’t have to! 😀 My career choice will also impact my “Spring TBR”, so I will be joining Top Ten Tuesday theme (partially) as well!

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March 2020 Monthly Goals | Keeping up with ARCs and Book clubs!

The third month of the year (that literally just started!) is already upon us. Do you feel as unprepared as I do? Time has been passing quicker and quicker each year and I need to learn some tricks on how to slow it down, maybe enjoy and capture more moments. 

February wasn’t the best month reading-wise, but I hope to find my pace again this month, so I’m not planning to make my TBR any smaller, especially because the books I haven’t read in February are going to migrate to March. 

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February 2020 Monthly Goals | Cosmerealong, the “Literally Dead” book club & huge TBR!

For the first time in years, I have a proper TBR to share with you today, and these are all the books I have to read this month – either because I’ll be joining book clubs and read-a-longs, or because I want to read certain ARCs before their publication date.

This TBR comes with a set of rules:

  • I can’t add any more books, and 
  • I’m not allowed to switch any of these out.
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January 2020 Monthly Goals | ARCs on My Immediate TBR!

2020 is officially here and my holidays are over, which means long office hours, a lot of running around and basically trying to do all the tasks that piled up over the holiday season. 

I hope January is treating you well, and you don’t get caught up in the hectic routine of “catching up”! 

Even though my month is going to be (and is already) very busy, I’m still planning to get some reading done. Sometimes I get carried away and go on a requesting spree on NetGalley thinking that I won’t get approved for most of the titles, and then I get them all at once.

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My “End of the Year” Goals | And how to (try) not feel overwhelmed!

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!

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Books I want to read before the end of the year!

This is Part 3 of my End of the Year To-Do list! 
Make sure to check the Part 1: The End of the Year Book Tag and Part 2: My “To Watch Before the End of the Year” List!

There are so many books that I was planning to read this year but haven’t gotten to them yet. But I also know that I can’t add too many books to my End of the Year TBR list, because there are only 6 weeks left to read them. 

As much as I want to read all the books in the world, my number one priority will be finishing ARCs, writing reviews and starting the new year with a very organized NetGalley shelf!

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November 2019 Monthly Goals | The month of “getting stuff done”!

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. 😀

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October 2019 Monthly Goals | The “spooky” edition!

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. 

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Science Fiction and Dystopian Books with numbers in the titles | Another Fall TBR!

I love TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) topics that I can put my own twist to. This week we are supposed to talk about Books with numbers in the titles, and I had a hard time deciding WHAT books exactly I wanted to talk about. There are just too many possibilities!

After starting to compile my lists for Books I read that had numbers in the titles and All Agatha Christie books with numbers in the titles. I decided to settle on a list of Dystopian and Sci-Fi books, creating another fall TBR! (this Autumn will be known as TBR Autumn). 

Just a few days ago I started reading a dystopian novel «Cell»* by Stephen King that reminded me why I used to love science fiction and apocalyptic books so much!

*This book is GREAT, btw! I’m more than half way through and have a trouble putting it down.

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Books I’m planning to read this Autumn | An attempt to actually read books from my TBR pile!

TBRs are like New Year’s resolutions. They are made to be broken! So why not join the TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) meme this week and make one more list of books I’ll probably only read next summer or in many years from now.* 

*I hope you don’t think that I intentionally don’t follow my TBR! I have all the desire and determination to read these books ASAP. But you know… TBRs…¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This week’s TTT topic is Books on my Fall 2019 TBR, which is a perfect way to begin the Autumn season! Happy 2nd day of Autumn, everyone! The weather is finally changing. We had some much needed rain last weekend. The evenings are finally chilly, and I lit up my first candles of the season. There are three genres I usually gravitate towards during colder months: (1) Fantasy, (2) Thrillers and (3) Historical Fiction.

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Current Reads & Update | Why am I reading 5 books at the same time?

I’m sure most of you experienced this before, when you start a new book just to realize that you aren’t in a mood for it, and then slowly fall into the reading slump. I’m not quite in a reading slump yet, but it’s getting closer and closer. I’d love to finally feel excited about reading! 

This year has been weird in terms of reading. I’ve had some very high “highs” and some low “lows”. Meaning that sometimes I read tons of books, review them all, etc. And other times, I can barely manage to finish one book. 

September hasn’t been great so far, reading and blogging wise. So I thought I’d do a quick update of what I am up to and why the heck am I reading so many books at the same time!

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Book Series I’m afraid to commit to | Ft. Book series & Books on my TBR I’m avoiding reading

As I sat down this Saturday to prepare my posts for the upcoming week, I instantly realized how perfect this week’s TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) topic is – Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why (maybe you’re scared of it, worried it won’t live up to the hype, etc.)

I’ve recently started a blog series about book series (this is my favorite phrase! 😀 ) with the first one being Book series I need to finish, focusing primarily on the unfinished trilogies that I have quite a lot of. 

P.S. I still haven’t read any of the last books in the trilogies mentioned in that post. I will! I promise I will! It just takes me a while to actually get to them.

I thought I’d take this opportunity to combine book series with the TTT topic and talk about Book Series I’m afraid to commit to

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