As a lot of you know, August is my birth month (it honestly still feels quite strange to know I’m already twenty years old) so it isn’t really a surprise that things got significantly hectic for me. August 2016 was particularly busier than usual because (a) I returned from my month-long hiatus and officially relaunched my blog, and (b) a new college semester started and it took me two whole weeks to get enrolled. I won’t lie. I felt very overwhelmed every now and then. Things just kept happening, and I legitimately never ran out of things to do. Overall, however, I feel rather proud of myself for being more productive than I expected and for sticking to the goals I’ve set for myself. Certainly, there is still a lot of work to be done — both on my blog and in real life — but I’m confident I made a pretty strong start and I intend to continue this momentum.
What I’ve read but have yet to review!
In my midyear wrap-up post, I listed twenty-one (21) books that I haven’t properly reviewed. As such, for the month of August, I banned myself from reading any more books to prevent worsening my reviewing backlog — a struggle we’re all familiar with, I’m sure. My self-imposed reading ban was successful for the most part; however, on the last week of August, I started going crazy and ended up reading one (1) book.
Fear the Drowning Deep is Sarah’s brilliant and captivating YA debut novel, which is set to be officially released this coming October 4th. I received a digital advanced reading copy (eARC) from the author when I invited her to contribute to my 20th birthday + blog relaunch giveaway. Honestly, I cannot thank Sarah enough because I greatly adored Fear the Drowning Deep. I typically steer clear of historical fiction because I tend to get bored and stop reading altogether. On the contrary, Fear the Drowning Deep is not only the first historical fiction novel I’ve finished reading but it is also the first I enjoyed reading! I can’t wait to share my thoughts on it. Watch out for my book review!
What I’ve written!
Under That Bookshelf Bitch Relaunch:
- Things I’ve realized throughout my hiatus
- Celebrate my 20th birthday and blog relaunch with me!
- What’s new, what’s next and what’s gone
Under Shealea writes:
- Poetic attempt: Three
- New blog post idea? Rec’d & Wreck’d
- Let’s talk about TV series – those that kicked ass and those I kicked myself for trying
- 1000 followers! [Read: Shealea loses the ability to even.]
What I’ve done!
As I’ve said, August was particularly eventful for me. Here’s a brief recap and list of highlights!
- I returned from my month-long hiatus and successfully relaunched That Bookshelf Bitch. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, by the way. You have until September 14th to submit entries!
- I turned 20 years old last August 14!
- I decided to brush up my studying habits and started taking better notes by rewriting them. Rewriting my notes has effectively gobbled up a significant portion of my time (which means less time for blogging), but I actually enjoy doing so. Also, it’s a great way to force myself to review study material.
- I introduced a fun new feature called Rec’d & Wreck’d. It’s basically a quick and interactive way to collect honest opinions and recommendations. For my succeeding wrap-ups, I intend to include a few Rec’d & Wreck’d posts from other bloggers, so be sure to write yours!
- That Bookshelf Bitch reached 1,000 followers last August 24th! I’m still feeling exceptionally giddy and ecstatic over it.
- As I mentioned earlier, it took me two weeks to finish enrolling. I experienced teacher’s prerog for the first time. I’m thinking of actually sharing my experiences via blog post because the UP enrollment system is the very paradigm of Shealea struggles. I’m a bit hesitant, though, as I am not sure if it’s something people would like to read. What are your thoughts? But anyway, you can actually read up on my college and enrollment woes (which I very wittingly named as #ShealeaGO) on Twitter!
What I’ve seen around!
Fourteen writeups and discussions from other bloggers I think are worth reading. Check these out!
- Reg, in her ever infinite wisdom, shares must-have blogging tools.
- Lydia gives 5 tips for bookworms with depression.
- A points out that portraying cheating in books isn’t wrong (and I agree).
- Alexa asks “Is YA a writing style?”
- Ashleigh writes a tutorial on making corner bookmarks.
- Regina writes about the New Adult genre and asks why it’s mortifying for people to openly love it.
- Esther offers tips to avoid blogging stress.
- Briana says there is no need for YA characters to be role models
- Melanie discusses gender double standards in literature.
- Caitlin asks “Does a character’s name affect your opinion?”
- Let Alex help you keep your book buying addiction at bay.
- Jennie talks about the importance and validity of negative reviews.
- Do you over-request? Niki writes about ARC management.
- Learn how to plan a blog event with Claire on Mishma’s blog.
Plans for the next month?
When my blog garnered 1,000 followers, I said I would visit all my followers’ blogs and leave a little comment love. I plan on starting my blog hop next week! I also intend to do my Q&A post shortly after. Other specific plans include participating in the audio blog tour for Omari and the People by Stephen Whitfield. This will be my first time to try out an audiobook. I’m very excited and I’m very thankful Jess invited me to participate. Regarding my self-imposed reading ban, I’ve decided to continue it with the exception of Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn and the aforementioned audiobook.
In general, I plan to dedicate my September to getting back on track review-wise and writing more original content. I’m hoping my workload for September would calm down a little so I can pace myself better.
What about you? What are your plans for September?