October 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / November 1, 2017

Newsworthy Wait. It’s November already?! October was a wonderful whirlwind of family visits, wedding planning, musical performances, new and exciting work projects, and helping Kurosh become a true member of the family (even though sometimes it feels like he is patiently grooming us to be members of his pack). I made a conscious effort to spend more time with my friends, and for the most part, I think I was quite successful! David and I managed to write out and mail all our Save the Dates. Let me tell you, that was QUITE an ordeal.¬† But now that it’s all done and they are in the mail I couldn’t be more excited! That feels like an awesome check off my list. ūüėÄ I also finished training for, and ran, my first 10k! It was cold and pouring rain, but I really enjoyed myself. In this process, I learned that I can run quite comfortably listening to audio books. It just took acclimating to a steady pace. Now I just need to make certain I keep running so I don’t lose my distance!   List of Reads After September being an amazing reading month, October fell flat. With family visiting, sickness,…

September 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / October 1, 2017

Newsworthy September is over– and now we are starting my favorite season: Fall! Fall is amazing for so many reasons. I love sleeping with the windows open, wearing sweaters and scarves sans coat, all things apple, pumpkin, and root vegetable, the changing leaves, being outside and drinking warm beverages. Unfortunately, the start of fall seems to always be SUPER busy. I am a practicing Jew¬†and the chair of the music committee at my synagogue. Yesterday ended the Days of Awe; the 10 days celebrating the most important holidays of our year. And, shockingly, it’s REALLY heavy on the music. I love what I do, but as a volunteer, this ordeal is always exhausting. I’m glad to see it winding down (only two more holidays in the next 2 weeks!) and get some time back for myself. Hopefully, that means I’ll see you guys more around the blogs.¬† Work is a bit of chaos. We’ve had a lot of turnover in my area. Some of the teams I support are really struggling. As we inch towards the end of the year, I’m finding more and more things teams have been hiding under the covers from me. The last quarter will be…

August 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / September 1, 2017

Newsworthy No. Seriously. I know last month I said, “Where has summer gone?” But this month. Seriously. I feel like I was *just* writing this post for July! August flew by. Plus, it was much colder than usual here in Wisconsin. It’s like Summer never even showed up for August. Super strange. My boss has taken a 6-month leave-of-absence from work (she’s fine, everything is awesome!), which leaves me in charge of the Lean program at work. I’m definitely up for the challenge, and I can’t wait to show the higher level leaders what I’m capable of! That said, things have been really crazy. I’ve been putting in a lot of time at work, and for once, my reading isn’t suffering. Instead, it’s my exercise… O_o I have plans to realign that for September! I’m sure something will give if I add back in exercise. We’ll see how that affects my blogging time. The Better Half and I got our engagement photos back this month. They are AMAZING! We are so thankful for our photographer, Amy of Amy Ann Photography. Now that we have them, it’s time to get moving on paper products! No one told us weddings were so…

July 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / August 1, 2017

Newsworthy I can’t believe we have already reached the end of July! Where has this summer gone? As you know from my June Month in Review post, I did quite a bit of traveling in July. I started my month in Croatia, which was AMAZING. You can see some details and photos in my …And We’re Back! post. I also traveled home for a week to do some wedding planning, and I went on my first camping trip. Yup– first ever. It was a ton of fun. While this is keeping me super busy you’ll find a couldn’t be happier. I feel like I’m really taking advantage of my summer for the first time in years. Wedding planning is making steady progress. I’m starting with a lot of my least favorite sorts of tasks, honestly. Why? I hate project management and this should help alleviate stress as we get closer and closer to the wedding date. It’s been stressing me out some, but I think it will be worth it in the end. My bookish life is starting to overwhelm me a bit.¬†You’ll read more about that below when I talk about my goals. But, I am officially unable to…

June 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / July 14, 2017

Newsworthy Better late than never, right? Due to my hiatus, I didn’t get to this until mid-month. Oops! As you can see from both my On Hiatus! and the …And We’re Back! post I had some adventures at the end of June. Croatia was amazing – great food, amazing friends, wonderful vistas, stunning ruins, tons of education, and a beautiful wedding. I couldn’t have asked for more. Check out my ..And We’re Back! post for more photos and details about the trip. This photo? It’s real. #NoFilter. Just the Adriatic Sea doing it’s thing. Man, is that gorgeous! …But it’s time to get back in the grind.¬†My bookish life took a bit of a hit thanks to the vacation, but I couldn’t be more excited to dig in and get blogging! June was an interesting month for posts. Almost all of my posts were for #AnneReadAlong2017! I’m glad I was able to stick with it as my time was limited in early June. I also published reviews for the entire¬†Falconer¬†trilogy. I’ve never published reviews for an entire trilogy, so that feels pretty good. Expect to see more diverse posts in July. I have so much planned. We’ll see how far…

May 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / June 1, 2017

Newsworthy May was quite a productive month! My soon-to-be father-in-law and uncle came to visit and helped replace the cracked siding on the house. My mother came to visit and we did some wedding planning. I performed in a band concert, really started to dig into my new job, I celebrated my birthday (yay me!), and we finalized all the details for our trip to Croatia! Quite a busy month in my personal life, for sure.¬† My bookish life was always quite busy. Getting my blog back up was really unfinished in April, so my AWESOME Admin (<3 you DarthGoat) helped me wrap some things up this month. I learned a TON from that experience; you can expect a full post on that in the future. I finished all my work with the Empty Pages writing club. It was incredibly fulfilling participating in this project with them. In fact, they gave me the greatest compliment I think I’ve gotten as an adult, that I am “critical without soul-crushing”.¬†D’aw. I look forward to working with them more in the future! Finally, I also joined up with Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf to co-host an Anne of Green Gables read along. This has…

April 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / May 1, 2017

Newsworthy   GUYS! MY BLOG WORKS AGAIN !!!!! Wow. April was not the blog-tastic month I expected, or even hoped, it would be. After a WP plugin decided to break everything I own technologically, I had to take an unexpected 3-week haitus. THREE WEEKS. The first week I was anxious to get things back up and running. But quickly, I fell into a terrible spiral. I hadn’t realized what a critical part of my life blogging was. I slowly stopped writing reviews, even to post later. I stopped reading and commenting on other blogs. Eventually, I got into a funk so bad I even thought once, “Well, if I stop blogging, will anyone notice?” Enter Amanda @ Cover2CoverMom and Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks. These lovely ladies both reached out to me earlier last week to see if I was okay. Just this little check-in completely turned around my outlook on blogging. Honestly, it felt like eating alone in the school cafeteria for weeks and suddenly the cool kids sat at my table. Their kindness was just the reminder I needed. This community is my home! While there might be bad days (weeks…), they will always be there for me. As you…

March 2017 in Review
Month in Review / April 1, 2017

Newsworthy As I warned everyone in my February in Review post, March was a crazy month for me. I knew this would be very much “In like a Lion” and the month did not disappoint. A lot happened for work, personal, and bookish lives! I spent a long weekend at home with my family, which was lovely. The craziest part was venue hunting for the wedding! I think we’re finally making progress… No one ever told me wedding planning was so stressful! (Expensive, yes, but never stressful) — It’s a HUGE point of anxiety in my life. #TooMuchInformation While I still met my posting goal for the month, as well as hit some goals I had been slacking on in other places, I didn’t get much as reading or posting done. Why? Because I acquired a new WiiU and Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild!!! This game is gorgeous and addicting. I have been playing for hours and I feel like I’ve made minimal progress. So, instead of reading (or posting or¬†sleeping) I’ve been running around Hyrule with Link. It’s totally worth it. I GOT A NEW JOB! I still work for the same company, but I am transferring…

February 2017 in Review
Month in Review / March 1, 2017

Newsworthy It’s hard to believe February has already come and gone! This was a great but busy month. The Annual Harry Potter Movie Marathon with my girlfriends was great. I put together an exercise game for us, and we ate, drank, worked out, and enjoyed watching all eight films from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. It was wonderful to rewatch them and reminisce about the first time we read the books. I only published 9 posts this month, but that means I’m still meeting my goal of two posts a week! 6 books reviews, one Top Ten Tuesday, and a Building Better Book Clubs series post. I have hope to expand my Book Club series next month, along with a few other series posts I have in mind. I WENT TO MY FIRST AUTHOR EVENT!¬†It was AMAZING meeting Brittany Cavallaro, author of A Study in Charlotte.¬†A HUGE shout out to my friend Kelsey for helping me actually find local author events! We went together and it was awesome. Post to come in March. While it was a great month for reading, it wasn’t a great month for work. I have some major projects due in March, so I expect my…

January 2017 in Review
Month in Review / February 1, 2017

  Newsworthy After a year of using the same format for my Month in Review posts, I’m making some changes: Instead of the List of Reads section including my read and currently reading books, it now only includes¬†read books and my top recommendations/disrecommendation for the month. The¬†Challenge Update is gone. If you are interested in following my challenge progress, check it out here! Tsundoku Life is getting a makeover. Here I will include an update on how much my TBR has grown, my next month TBR, updates on my yearly goals, and any bookish updates from by blog you might have missed. My TBR will include challenge books for each month, too, so you can check out my challenge updates this way if you are interested, as well. That’s not all the change you’ll see this year! I want to rethink a bit about how I blog. I’ve been blogging exclusively for me until this point. While what I think and want is still important, I’ve learned a lot over the year from my peers. I have been critically looking at other reviewer posts, and I hope to slowly tweak my posting style over this year and fine tune it…

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