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…

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

Newsworthy Happy New Year! December 30th marked my 1 year Blogoversary! I can’t believe it. Death by Tsundoku is one-year-old and still going strong. I wonder how long I can keep this up? I adore blogging, and I’m still learning a ton. I have to work on perfecting my writing, reviewing, reading, and blog-hopping habits this year if I’m going to make this sustainable long-term, however. I couldn’t be more excited! My yearly challenges have been wrapped up this year. I joined a ton of challenges and made certain to push myself. That said, I did not do as well as I had hoped, but the blog was new. I’ve learned a lot and will strive to be more successful in 2017. We got this. Lastly, I participated in two bookish exchanges in December. The first, #SFATW, is hosted by Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books. Through Souvenirs from Across the World, two bloggers are paired up and share books and items from their corner of the world. Like a bookish pen pal! I got to meet Lin @ Lin’s Perspective and start a journey learning about Bulgaria. It has been amazing. I also participated in a Secret Santa through one…

November Month in Review
Month in Review / December 1, 2016

Newsworthy Wow! November seemed to fly past. There were so many great things which happened this month. Most noteworthy: I spent Thanksgiving participating in the #ThanksgivingReadathon with Ottavia at Novels & Nonfiction, and that helped me catch up quite a bit! It was a ton of fun participating in a tiny readathon, and it was totally worth it. I definitely pushed myself and I didn’t make my all goals, but that’s okay. It was a great motivator to work on completing my reading challenges (Soooooo behind). Lastly, in case you didn’t see in my previous post: I GOT ENGAGED! I am super excited. Because duh. …It’s so pretty. And shiny. I love shiny things. Just like the raccoons in Where the Red Fern Grows. Only, I like to think of myself as smarter. Smarter than those super smart raccoons. …Well, perhaps.   List of Reads My book reviewing slump has not improved, sadly. I read 17 books in November but I only wrote three reviews. Oops! Now you know the secret as to why there aren’t more reviews posted. I keep trying to take a day and catch back up, but suddenly it became the holidays and now I’m a whopping…

October Month in Review
Month in Review / November 1, 2016

  Newsworthy October just flew by this month! I can’t believe I am already sending my family holiday wish lists. Luckily I have been using the library a ton this year, and with my Goodreads tag of Want To Own, I prefabricated my family a holiday list comprised 100% of books. Genius, if I do say so myself. We’re getting into Yearly Challenge crunch time. I have not been holding up my end of the bargain. If I have learned anything from my blogging and book club involvement this year it’s that undercomitting to challenges is less stressful than overcommitting. I hope I manage to take place in fewer challenges next year. Do you agree? How do you feel about reading challenges?   List of Reads I have been reading more than blogging lately, which is a bit of a mixed bag. In October I only managed to write 8 book reviews, but I read 18 books. I have been in a bit of a book review slump lately. Does that happen to anyone else? I’m hoping to see that lift soon. Here’s hoping! October Books: Read – 18 total books   Currently Reading – 7 books Creating a Lean Culture: Tools…

September in Review
Month in Review / October 3, 2016

Newsworthy   At the beginning of the month, I gave Death by Tsundoku a makeover. I also decided to more actively network for fellow blogger-friends, and I started a new series of posts called Between the Lines, focused on better understanding books, trends in writing, and the labels associated with these ideas. I have found so much joy in all of this. There are so many things I love more about my new blog setup. But, I’m still running into a few issues. Gravatars aren’t working, likes for comments aren’t appearing– I still have so much to learn. A huge shout out to my fellow book bloggers who have helped me through this. You guys testing everything has really helped a ton. And, an even bigger shout out to my admin DarthGoat. I couldn’t have done this without you. Literally. I’m certain more changes appear as the next few months rattle by, but for now, I’ll focus on Between the Lines and tweaking my blog to work as I expect it to. I can’t wait to see what the next few months hold! Any suggestions for blog improvement?   List of Reads With my blog overhaul, kicked my reading into…

August In Review
Month in Review / September 1, 2016

Newsworthy It’s hard to believe that Summer is quickly coming to a close. Only a few more weeks of official Summer, and only a few more months until this blog has been up a year! I feel like I’ve done a fairly good job keeping my blog in line. Now I’m starting to think about where this will go in the future. My first year of blogging was really just to see if this is really for me. Do I enjoy doing this? Do I make time for it? Will people even care? I’ve learned a lot in my first 9 months, but I know there is a lot more to learn. I’ve started with looking into some Blog networks, expanding my readership, and you’ll see some changes to the blog coming soon! Speaking of networking– It’s time to spread the good word of Tsundoku-Saving. Help me out: Follow my blog with Bloglovin! List of Reads August brought me back into a serious sense of nostalgia. For my Kid’s Lit Book Club, we read one of my childhood favorites, Alanna: The First Adventure. Along with reading Trickster’s Choice at the end of July for a buddy read with Emma, I was in a…

July in Review
Month in Review / August 1, 2016

Newsworthy The last month has been a bit melancholy, a bit bittersweet, and also super AWESOME. Weird month. I got some books read, as you can imagine. And my TBR list has grown a ton. I find myself thinking… is my blog really everything it can be? Not yet! But there is time to grow and improve yet! July is the height of Summer, and I have been super busy. I went on a weekend trip to Galena, IL (where I read The Outsiders for the first time) with some of my closest friends. I saw Death of a Salesman and bawled my eyes out. I became the Music Committee chairperson on a Board I serve on, and we started to get things in order for the upcoming year. I hosted a Red, White, and Blue party with my housemate– the last party we will co-host as roomies. She moved out mid-July… That was incredibly bittersweet. Summer keeps me busy, that’s for sure. I’ve been steadily reading, and feeling good about it. I haven’t challenged myself to read harder this Summer. But, well, it’s Summer!   List of Reads Remember last month, when I was shocked at how little I read? Well, I…