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…

June in Review
Month in Review / July 2, 2016

Newsworthy Wow! It’s hard to imagine we are strongly into Summer and heading into Independence Day weekend. Sunny skies and warm days are luring me outside, and typically I read less in the summer, anyway. Yes, June was a challenging month for me and those close to me. A lot of unexpected things came up which really changed how my June was run. Honestly, it was a really tough month, and it shows in my reading. But! I still managed to get eight posts in June. Considering how busy I was, I’m really impressed with myself. That’s maintaining my average! I can do it. I really struggled to keep up with my book reviews this month, and I a quite a bit behind (check out my Goodreads Currently Reading list: I am definitely done with many of those books I’m “currently reading”. Oops!) While I am struggling to get my reviews written, it’s important to note that blogging feels good now. It’s a habit, and I am confident that I can maintain it, through thick and thin! The question is… how can I improve it? I’ll be pondering that quite a bit over the next two months or so. Any…

May in Review
Month in Review / June 2, 2016

Newsworthy I had an incredibly busy May. May is my birthday month (yay me!), so obviously there were birthday celebrations. Including a Mother/Daughter trip to Savannah, Georgia. We met in Savannah the weekend after Mothers Day and the weekend before my birthday. It was lovely. I also went home for Memorial Day weekend. That was quite a bit of driving, but thanks to David’s driving we got there and back safely. Because of all these trips, and all the time spent in the car, I finished 4 audiobooks this month! That’s a huge number for me. It’ll be a while before I manage to find a month where I fit more audiobooks in. Perhaps I’ll get audiobooks on my phone to listen to them while I clean? List of Reads May was an unexpectedly good month for reading. I had a day where all I did was read graphic novels, and I caught up quite a bit on my outstanding library pile. When my Mom and I were on vacation we ended up doing quite a bit of reading in our down time. I know I won’t keep up a streak like this in the summer, but it’s definitely a…

April in Review
Month in Review / May 3, 2016

Newsworthy The cold is slowly vanishing and spring is flying in with full force. I can’t wait to spend my weekends outside reading! This is when paper books and I become besties again. And that’s super important this month as I whittle through my collection of library books… In the last week, my blog has been shut down a lot. Don’t fret! We’re back and ready to go. There were some hardware issues on WordPress’s side, apparently. A HUGE thank you to my admin, Jason. Feel free to check out his awesome blog in your free time: 40 Beers for 40 Years.   List of Reads In April, I went on a week long vacation to the Caribbean. It was beautiful and brilliant and everything I needed. I learned a lot about myself from just laying on the beach reading. But, because I spent a week doing nothing but reading, I felt like I read more than I actually did this month. Fascinating. April Books: Read – 14 total books DNF (Did not Finish) – 2 books Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks Currently Reading – 5 books Americanah by Chimamanda…

March in Review
Month in Review / April 5, 2016

Newsworthy It’s hard to imagine that the first quarter of the year has flown by! The blogging is less consistent now than it was at the beginning of the year, but I am still sticking strongly to the two reviews a week. Do you notice what days of the week my reviews are posted? I was trying for specific days of the week, but now I’m a bit more lax. If it matters, let me know what days of the week as well. I’ll aim for that! I’m heading to the Caribbean mid-April for a chill week of relaxing and beach time. Obviously, that will mean a lot of reading (I hope)! I have a collection of books I’m taking to the beach in both paperback and Kindle format. This downtime will hopefully mean catching up on some reading that I wanted to do, as well as some general blog clean-up. I’m a bit behind on a few non-review related blog things, and I want to catch up on those as well. Nothing like a vacation to finally work on your hobbies! 🙂   List of Reads March was a good month for reading in retrospect. In like a lion, out…

February in Review
Month in Review / March 2, 2016

Newsworthy We are at the end of month two and I feel like I’ve got a rhythm to my blogging. Death by Tsundoku feels much more like home. I’ve developed standards for the aesthetic which really help with flow. I haven’t received a lot of feedback yet, though. Any thoughts? What do you like? What can I improve? The hardest part of blogging to me relates to media in posts. Writing the review itself is fairly smooth, but adding media can add another 40-60 minutes to post writing. I will be focusing on how to improve my use of media this month. Also, thanks to rescheduling needs, I only ended up having two official book club meetings in February. That was really disheartening to me. Thankfully, I have some great friends! A shout out of Rebecca and Emma for meeting separately with me to talk books. I definitely have great friends. I feel like I’m finally getting into a blogging groove. Let’s keep up the momentum!   List of Reads February just flew by this year! Even though we had a leap year, that extra day didn’t really help at all. I spent a lot of time with my friends, which…

January in Review
Month in Review / February 3, 2016

Newsworthy Wow! It’s hard to believe Death by Tsundoku has been running for a month already! It’s been a wild ride, for sure, but the momentum isn’t slowing down at all, thankfully. I’ve learned a lot in the last month. I have started to understand WordPress and CSS templates. I’ve done research and made new friends in the blogisphere. I’ve started to understand social media and its place in the world. Blogging is a time consuming process– but it’s incredibly rewarding! Can’t stop, won’t stop, as they say. I hope this momentum keeps pushing long into 2016. Blogging aside, most of my free time this month has gone to reading… Are we surprised? No. List of Reads I read quite a bit in January. Not all the books I read end up getting a blog post, actually. Part of that is due to completion dates for reading. Some are due to a lack of content. Others are because I’d like to keep a whole series in order and I don’t want to start in the middle. January Books: Read – 15 total books Currently reading – 4 books The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness Illuminae by Amie…

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