Category: Update

Where Have I Been & What Have I Been Reading?

Posted May 24, 2021 by Stephanie in Spotlight, Update / 1 Comment

I’m Back!

Goodness gracious, has it been a long time since I’ve written a blog post! Over the past couple of years, my posts have been few and far between. Many things have happened in my life over the past few years and then we all experienced the downfalls that the pandemic had caused everyone over the year of 2020. Some socials have grown in popularity (I’m looking at you TikTok) while others stray away from because of all the drama. For me, the year 2020 let me spend time with my family in a way I feel everyone had taken granted for in a long time. I took a step back from the day to day and focused more on my family and attempted to finish some manuscripts. While the former has blossomed, the latter has struggled. My creativity definitely struggled in 2020 and it’s only until recently where I feel like my creativity is starting to come back full swing.

I started a BookTube in July/August of 2020 and I’m happy to say that even though I took a slight hiatus, I have some videos filmed that I just have to edit and post. I’ve been reading about the same, maybe a little more quantity wise. But I’ve swerved the type of reading. I’m reading almost only romance with historical romance being at the forefront of that. I do read some mystery/thrillers, when I get in that mood. But for the most part I’m happy reading whatever genre as long as there is a love story within it. I do have a goal of adding more mysteries/thrillers and other genres without a romance sub plot.

My kids are growing so fast. The days are long but the years are so short. I’m not sure who originally said that, but it is truer than I ever thought imaginable. And some days I feel like I don’t get anything in for me because I’m busy with them, but I wouldn’t trade that for the world.

As for my job. Well, I unfortunately lost my job in April of 2020 and have been looking ever since. I’ve been looking more all remote or at least mostly remote because that would suit our family’s needs the best. Before I was commuting and my in laws would be watching the kids for 10-12 hours a day and I’d get to only spend an hour to an hour and a half with my babies and that’s just not ideal for us. It’s been tough, but we’re working through it and I’m still looking. But until then, I’m going to get back to growing my blog, YouTube, and Instagram accounts and work on getting back into a steady groove of being within the bookish community.

My friend, Dana, had started a book club in the summer of 2020 with one of her friends and that book club has been a saving grace for me and it’s kept my spirits up. The book club has made me realize just how much I’ve missed being a part of the bookish community and I’m going to be making more efforts of being active within the community. If you have any interest in joining her book club (we read mainly historical romance currently) just check out @toallthenerdygirls or @bookish.kelly on Instagram and they can hook you up!

Now, for what you really came here for. My favorite books that I’ve read in the past year

As you can see, these are some of my favorites that I’ve read since April of 2020. And my reading tastes have altered greatly since I was a full on blogger. I do still read some YA but it’s usually a YA paranormal or YA fantasy. Otherwise, I gravitate mostly towards Adult and heavy on the romance 😛

Let’s Talk About It

What have you been up to this past year? What are some of your favorite reads you’ve read recently? Have you read any of the above books?

Stephanie
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New Year, New Me: Goals for 2020

Posted January 1, 2020 by Stephanie in Discussion, Update / 3 Comments

Happy New Year!

Can you believe that we are in a new year already? I for one can’t. I feel like it was only a few months ago that I was in the hospital giving birth to my son and in reality it was actually almost a full year ago.

I also cannot believe that we are now in a whole new DECADE! Like, what?! Where is the time going?! Can’t it just slow down a little bit?

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! Our family has been kicking that flu’s butt for the past week. It’s been brutal here in the house, but thankfully, everyone is on the mend and hopefully this weekend will be a relaxing one! But I have had a chance to think of what my goals are and what I’d like to accomplish.

So, what are my goals for this upcoming year?

Eat Healthier & Hopefully Work Out

I really need to lose some of this baby weight that hasn’t gone away yet. I’m not sure if it was because I had a C-Section with my son that the weight just kinda sits there because I dropped the pounds from my daughter rather quickly, but never got back to my pre-baby weight before getting pregnant for the second time. So, now I’m hoping to not only drop the pounds from Paul’s pregnancy but also to get back to my weight that I was for my wedding or even lower.

Read at least 80 books

Ideally I’d love to read 100 books, but I figured pick a lower number and hopefully I’ll surpass it. I know I can do it, it’s just a matter of making sure I read more rather than playing a game on my phone, etc.

Finish a First Draft

I have plans to finish a first draft of a bakery romance that I’m writing with my bestie, Dana. But I’m also hoping to finish a first draft of a solo project of mine too. I just have to keep myself accountable. Any ideas on how to do that?

Stick to Bullet Journaling

I’ve started bullet journaling in the past and I never stuck with it. Last year I tried a reading bujo and stuck with it for a solid 7 or 8 months but then got super busy with work and life and it just kind of fell by the wayside. I’m again attempting it this year, but I’m going in it with imperfection in mind. I’m a pretty big perfectionist, always have been when it comes to my work and honestly, I think it’s a form of procrastination. It’s probably why I haven’t finished a first draft yet. But that all changes this year! I’m planning on doing some blog posts with some pictures and even thinking about starting an IG for my journaling journey.

Blog More

I wasn’t kidding when I said I missed blogging. I’m really hoping to get a lot more blogging in because I’ve missed all of you so very much! I’ve missed gushing about books with all of you. It’s a void that’s been in my life since well, pretty much I started popping out babies. But it’s time that I get some of my “me time” back!

What are your goals for 2020?

xo

Stephanie
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I’m Back!

Posted December 5, 2019 by Stephanie in Discussion, Update / 6 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 […]

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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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