Category: Update

I’m Back!

Posted December 5, 2019 by Stephanie in Discussion, Update / 4 Comments

Hello!!!!!

To my readers who are still with me: hello and thank you for still being here! I’ve missed you all and cannot wait to catch up!

To those of you who are new: Hello and welcome to In Wonderland Book Blog. A blog where I gush over my latest reads that range from Children’s to Adult. I also talk a lot about TV/Movies and my writing processes. I cannot wait to get to know you all!

I’ve taken a rather long hiatus, again. It’s been a very busy and hectic couple of years. Back in January, I had all these plans and posts half drafted so that I could get back into the blogging world and then I gave birth to my beautiful son, Paul a whole month early and everything just kind of fell flat for me.

Over the past (almost) year

I’ve kept up with reading. I just finished my 60th book last night. And I’ve been journal-ing my bookish escapes through a spreadsheet on Google Sheets and through a bullet journal/my planner.

I’ve participated in Nanowrimo this past November and while I didn’t win the 50k, I still consider myself a winner because I did my personal best and stuck with ONE project this past November and wrote just over 23k words for it so far. The only time I’ve ever won Nano was when I was working on 3 different projects at once.

I’ve been super busy with my family. It seems like our weekends fill up way too fast and with me being a full time worker and mother, I feel like I barely have any “me” time. So, I stay up way too late to get my shows and reading in before I have to start all over the next day.

What can you expect from this return?

Well, I really miss having an outlet in the bookish community to talk about all the things I want to talk about. So, get ready to see more discussion posts, more lists, more posts about tv shows and movies (regardless of if they were originally books or not) and more writing posts.

I’m really wanting to be a part of the community again and so I’ll probably hop on Twitter and Instagram more often. I do miss taking bookish photos even though they can get super time consuming.

I’d even want to see if I can venture into the world of booktube or authortube this year. I need to do some research because I don’t have a camera (other than my Samsung phone and my web camera on my 6 year old HP laptop) Plus, I’m not the greatest at editing. But if this is an avenue that people want to see more of, I will definitely look into it.

Readathons! Over the past year I’ve participated in many readathons and loved every second of it. You’ll see more readathon posts and maybe even a new readathon created by yours truly 🙂

Reading Challenges… I’m on the fence about them. I really love the idea of challenging myself. But at the same time, I feel like I’m constantly failing at them. So, we will see about those.

Book Club!! Back in the day, Dana (from DanaSquare) and I had a book club called Square in Wonderland… well, I think I might dust it off and bring it back to life. What do you guys think?

I’m also going to try and work on a new style to the blog. I feel like it needs a fresh new look.

So, let’s talk!

How have you all been? What has your 2019 been like? Are you excited to jump into a new decade?

xoxo

Stephanie
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New Year, New Me? [Plus, 2018 Stats]

Posted January 1, 2019 by Stephanie in Update, Wrap Up / 0 Comments

Happy New Year my loves!

It has been entirely WAY too long since I last blogged. And as much as I think I needed to be away from it, I’ve missed it so much. I miss gushing about the books I’m reading or wanting. And I miss talking about my writing and what’s going on with it. But, a goal of mine in 2019 is to get back to blogging. But this also means that I am revamping a bit. I want to make this blog fun again. So, most of the reviews that I will have will most likely be mini reviews or turned into discussions or lists on what I liked and didn’t like. I’m also not going to be geared towards just YA. I’m definitely bringing some adult content as well. I’ve been on a huge romance and historical romance kick lately and I want that to join my lineup! I’m planning on adding A LOT more writing posts. And obviously, I will still be participating in Top Ten Tuesday and possibly other memes like a Five Fave Friday, and maybe others. I also plan to bring more TV shows into the mix too. I’m basically still going to have mostly bookish/writing topics with a hint of lifestyle/fangirl sprinkled throughout. I just feel like that’s more me. The majority of me is books and writing but there is so much more to my life than that and I want to bring those more into the blog as well.

How my 2018 went:

My original Goodreads goal was 100 and then I changed it to 80 and then in early December when I realized I wasn’t going to make it to 80, I changed it to 60 and I came SO close to completing that this year.

So, overall, my 2018 reading year wasn’t horrible. But it wasn’t as spectacular as I was hoping for. I fell flat on keeping up with my blogging and my writing in 2018 because I was just swamped and by the time I got home from work, I was exhausted.

But 2019 will be better.

I haven’t decided if I am going to participate in any genre/blogger challenges this year. But I did already set up my 2019 reading challenge on Goodreads. Instead of putting 100 as my goal like I have for the past few years. I’ve decided to do a random number generator with the minimum of 1 and the max of 100 and it gave me: 

I really didn’t get a chance to update what challenges I actually succeeded with in 2018 because like I said earlier, I really fell off the boat with it in 2018. But I hope to do so much better in 2019. So, without further adieu, I hope you all had a wonderful New Year and I’d love to hear what your goals are for 2019!

Stephanie
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Challenge Accepted!

Challenge Accepted!

Posted December 5, 2017 by Stephanie in Challenge, Update / 2 Comments

So, it’s that time of year again. Where all these blogging/reading challenges pop up. And yes, I plan on participating! It’s been a pretty long hiatus for me. The past 15 months have been pretty hectic for me. Getting pregnant, having Amelia and becoming a mom, recovering from delivery, going back to work full time […]

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It’s a… [Life Update]

It’s a… [Life Update]

Posted January 9, 2017 by Stephanie in Update / 2 Comments

Hello everyone!! As you may have noticed, I’ve been a little MIA in the past few weeks due to the holidays and spending lots of time with both my husband’s family and my family. Mainly due to the fact that we announced at Christmas the gender of our little bundle of joy that will be […]

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2017 SRC Quarter 1 Link Up!

2017 SRC Quarter 1 Link Up!

Posted January 1, 2017 by Stephanie in Challenge, Update / 1 Comment

First things first: Happy New Year! And welcome to the 2017 Steampunk Reading Challenge! It’s day one of Quarter 1 for the 2017 Steampunk Reading Challenge! I hope you all are super excited for this challenge. It kind of got lost on both of us hosts last year, but we are back and ready to […]

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Lizzie’s First NaNoWriMo Experience

Posted December 5, 2016 by Lizzie in Update, Writing / 0 Comments

Hey there darlings! As some of you who have been reading for a while, you’ll know that Stephanie (Hi Steph!) has done NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, a few years running. I am new to it, having only done a few Camp events during the summer and significantly lowered my word count goal. This year […]

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NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016

Posted October 31, 2016 by Stephanie in NaNoWriMo, Update, Writing / 1 Comment

NaNoWriMo? What is that? NaNoWriMo is back and I’m more excited than ever! For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it is an acronym for National Novel Writing Month that takes place every November. And for those who sign up they have to attempt to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 […]

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