Hello, dear bookish folks! Hope you’re ready for this new month
since I’m not.
This is my first post after the little hiatus I took because of some not so nice stuff (that some of you have notice on Twitter). This time I’ve not so much to say and the month was a lot less busy and productive than what I wanted.
Plus I just checked my last post and this is the first recap that I make after February. Or at least that’s what come up from my research. So, an award to me for actually being a regular blogger.
This month was another in which I screamed to myself HOW MANY BOOKS I WAS GOING TO READ. And it was a lie. As usual. It’s almost becoming fun. But there’s one positive thing. I realized that unless I was going to stop doing everything else and just read… I will never read 200 by the end of the year.
I’m still trying to improve my schedule since the first of January. And I’m doing a mess. So, this I lowered my goal to 70 books. I’m currently really behind, only at 20% of the challenge. So, I’m kinda sucking with my general read and with research too. (Let’s talk about the writing stuff later)
Anyway, this month I read:
- The Case for Jamie and I’ve also reviewed it! Also, I discovered tha the Charlotte Holmes trilogy has actually a fourth book coming out next year! Cavallaro herself confirmed it ❤
- Nothing but Sky that was one of the many eArc I got approved out of nowhere
and I’m still drowning in themThe review is coming this month and trust that it would a positive one.
- Reclaming Shilo Snow is another eArc and sequel of The Evaporation of Sofi Snow. Looks like I’m one of the few that liked this doulogy… but okay. Anyway, it’s an interesting sci-fi with a lot of brain-hacking.
- Stalking Jack the Ripper for the Cursed Book Club created by Marta on Twitter. It was an okay read… I’ve not so much to say and I’m going to publish the review during this week, so just keep your attention up.
- The Hazel Wood was a huge success, instead. I really really really liked this one! I also reviewed it, so if you want to read in-depth my opinion, please go to check it out.
ON MY SIDE
Starting from the next recap there’s going to be a book haul section too, but this time: I forgot to take picture of the novel and I’m not so sure which books are from this month or from March. Yes, my memory is not okay.
So, instead, it’s time for a little recap of what I published:
- four reviews (really happy about it) including a good mix of recent reads and older reads. Which included: Roar, Flame in the Mist, The Case for Jamie and The Hazel Wood
- I took part to two theme of the International Blogger meme with Life of an international blogger and My dream library
- My discussion posts where just two but looks like people appreciated. I talked about Bookish characters: about connecting and empathizing and Bookstagram: the lies they tell
Now, time for some goals! I’ve reach 236 followers! Even when I stopped posting for a bit, people followed me anyway. That was really amazing.
I want to reach at least 300 followers by June, so I’ll try my best with regular post, interesting topic and so. I’ve already wrote down everything that I’m going to publish. The point is sticking to it. AND SCHEDULE,. Something I failed miserably.
I know that I’m going to spend the night doing it. I KNOW
I’m kinda okay with Twitter and Instagram. The first has up and downs and I’m slowly trying to be much more active. I’m still not sure how to move with more activist tweets, because I get anxious for everything I’ve to say . And me anxious = upcoming mess. So, I’m in a moment in which I’m going to tweet nice stuff and share words from more competent people than me.
For Instagram I took the good decision to drop photo challenges (even if they’re really useful) and just take picture like I want to. I don’t know where this is going to guide me but I hope that the path will be good.
Also, Caro @The Book Chesire Cat nominated me for… somebody tells me the official name because I forgot it and:
- I’ve no idea that it was a thing. I’m so inside the community that I don’t know things. I suck.
- For the same very reason I’m deeply sorry that I didn’t nominate someone, but I will try to don’t do the same for the next round.
AROUND THE OTHER BLOGS
Now, it’s time for other bloggers to shine! I’ve still some review to visit, but here is the list of some interesting post that I read during April:
- Simant talked how much blogger should look out at how much their blog is legal
I should do it toand gave useful tips about disclaimers
- Krysta did kinda the same with a post about following copyright and remain legal
- Aimee talked about few things that every book with a POC rep should include
- Marie wrote so many interesting post that I’ve no words. Talked about feeling validation as a book blogger , how to master our tbr, how to review a book
- Silje listed some useful way to fight the reading slump
- Norrie gave her own version of the same topic
- Chloe talked about introducing your book characters and the importance of dialogues
- CJ wrote an interesting post related to her own writing and books with mixed genres
- Evelina posted, with the consultation of Aimee, the ultimate guide to bloglovin and how to use it. Also, published a discussion on book bloggers’ fears
- Marta wrote important pieces about trigger warnings. Plus, she celebrated her 800 followers with a Q&A
- Kelly’s topic was about how much blogging impact our reading habits
- María pointed out some
devastatinginteresting questions she get as a bookworm
- Beth discussion was about a topic that many bloggers should consider more, about how much we feel that buying books equate being a good book blogger
- Sophie made a really good post about the up and down of social media
- Zoie talked about relaxing in general, related to her WIP and the world around her
- Swetlana suggested eight good reasons to read bakclisted books
- Sophia made some big points about what can drive people away from your blog.
- Lia wrote an impressive post about how much lgbtqiap+ representations are important in media. A post in which I ranted badly.
- Jamieson’s post showed and new perspective towards the chosen one trope, talking how much it can still be a good trope
Now, if everything goes smoothly, I’ll always add a writing section about my progress. I’m still reviewing my first novel and at the moment:
- I’m slowly adding a new first chapter for world building and add some amazing sweet food from Tuscany.
- I’m translating my book in English because searching for an agent and even submitting a novel to be reviewed cost so many money that I don’t want to think about it
- I’m still doing my research for one of my characters. I’ve a big list of books about India, also about architecture and stuff like that because I’m pretty sure that I will try to set one of the last book of the series in a place inspired by India. The current set form the first novel is inspired by Italy.
- I’m re-working on some character boards to get inspirations but some boards remained awfully little with images. I need to work much more on some characters.
I was wondering if it’s the case to share some snippets but I know that this might be a way to expose my novel and so to invalidate publication. Like, for example that’s a “law” of italian publisher.
For the upcoming month I’ve made a list of goals. I’ve decided that I will not look back to my last goals because it might just gonna give a major setback feeling.
FOR MY BODY
- I’ve decided to keep a diet, maybe not rigorously but sure with a certain criteria and respect of it. Starting from tomorrow
- I will do some excercise at least one a week or two I’m really busy or not in the mood. Some years ago I lost a lot of weight doing the 30 day challenge. Before you jump at me, I know that is not healthy but I just modified the exercise type and number for my body. Along with a diet, I felt much better and my health was stable and good.
FOR MY HEALTH
- I’m going to do some exams and see if the neurologist is going to take off my epilepsy meds. Is possible that the medicine has repaired the damage (even if I’ve epilepsy since I was a child). Meaning that unless I really stress myself to the limit, and I’m quite strong, I shouldn’t get any seizure.
- I’m quite glad of it because the meds really slowed my metabolism and made my hormones act out of control. I got a male like hair on my chin. All of it is ruining my skin. So another point is to get IPL.
- Plus I’m gonna see my doctor something about my mental health and where I can check some free place to get consultations or just to talk.
- Also, I’m going to see some vaccine thing, since in Italy a lot of folks are ignorant goats that don’t vaccine their sons and daughter. Meaning that measles is now around again and a lot of people died because the herd immunity drastically declined.
- stay constant with the academy stuff for the exams. Tomorrow I will write down all the things to do and make a schedule again
- plan the final details for my London trip
- see at least one museum with an interesting show
- go to Jew neighbour of Rome with one of my friend to make her taste a type of sweet that is made by a jewish bakery.
- schedule with regularity
- comment on other blogs with a certain regularity too
And yes, I’m making a TBR for the next month, which is kinda the same as usual. But figure that I’ve been approved for some eArcs, so I’ll definitely read some other books that here are not figured. I’m planning to read a physical book that I’ve and an eArc. First of all I’m reading Ruin and Rising (not in the picture). For some reasons I feel super slow while reading it…
Anyway, my first priority after it is probably to read an eArc I was approved ages ago and then straight to This Savage Dawn, because is really the last book of a trilogy and I need to finish at least a series.
This month has been quite okay. Even if I’ve some bad moments. For sure all of those helped me to set some priorities about me and my family. So I come to decide how I finally feel about them. I may love them but I don’t respect them one bit.
I’ve a difficult character, I know… but at the same time I cannot help, now, to ask myself if this idea of me was implanted by them (especially my mother) inside me. She likes to say what monster I’m everything we fight. I’m starting to think that a lot of how I feel toward myself is the result of some bad rhetoric I’m internalized inside me.
Yes, I’m really re-viewing myself and how the others perceive me. Funny thing is that only my parent think I’m unpleasant. That also made me think that from the outside, to people who I see on general base, and don’t live everyday of my life, I might be more outgoing and relaxed. So, I’m asking to myself how much living everyday with the same people is affecting me. Also, in case I’m right, it will only prove my desire to have a house on my own where to stay me, books and cats.
For the rest I’ve done quite okay. I’m planning to go to YALC and I think I might succeed. I’ve already made a tbr that I’m starting from June on, mostly in ebooks. I’m probably going to purchase the books at the fair, if it’s possible.
Other interesting thing from this month is that I went with a friend of mine to a meeting for bi e pan people, that felt excluded and invalidated by community. It happens a lot in Italy. It’s a heavy argument that regard trans, aro and ace people too… and I don’t feel like discussing it now.
Anyway, the people in the group were really nice but since ace people have no easy time in the community, I kept my identity as vague. Maybe next time I’ll talk in extend about it with them. But sure it’s not a group that really suit me but sure it’s good for my friend. So, I’m happy that I went there.