Category: Update

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!

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 only to get laid off, and then spend 3 long months doing nothing but applying for jobs. I can announce that I have finally found a full time job so Amelia (who is now 7 months old!) now has health insurance again! It is a weight off of my shoulders! And as much as I hate working full time and leaving Amelia with a babysitter… it’s something I have to do. At least until my husband can find a job that offers insurance or I finally finish a manuscript and become a successful published author.

I think it’s the perfect time to come back into the blogging sphere because I do have some free time after Amelia goes to bed to put together blog posts. And I don’t have to spend all my free time looking for work because I now have a job and can stop applying to job after job after job. It’s also the perfect time, because it’s the end of the year and all these reading challenges are popping up now and I can pick some to participate in to help push myself into more of a reading habit. Because I need to get back to reading. I miss it so much!

So, without further adieu, here are the challenges I plan on partaking in the upcoming year! Can you believe that it’s already almost 2018?!

**I will update my Reading Challenges page with the 2018 challenges soon. But for now, this is where I will post my reading challenges for 2018!**

2018 Reading Challenges

That Artsy Reader Girl
First up is a challenge that I take part in year after year and it’s because Jana does such a great job with hosting this challenge. Plus, it makes me read debut authors in between all of the other books! 🙂
I participated in this one this year (or at least started to) and I really enjoyed it and am planning on doing it again in 2018! I have to update my Goodreads shelf still. What I like about this challenge is that they put you in 1 of the 4 teams and you collect points! For 2018, I was put into…
So, tell me.. What challenges do you plan on partaking in 2018? Which ones should I look at? Cause I’m still searching for some! So, leave me some suggestions!
Stephanie
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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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Life Update + Looking for Another Co-Blogger!

Life Update + Looking for Another Co-Blogger!

Posted October 7, 2016 by Stephanie in Update / 4 Comments

So, many of you may have been wondering where the hell I have been. Sure, I’ve had posts go up and that’s mainly because they’ve been scheduled. And I’m going to continue getting as many posts scheduled so there isn’t too much missing from me. But there has been some HUGE changes in my life […]

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