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…

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…

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