New Year, Same Me?

Happy New Year to you and yours, void. The end of the year always feels so exhausting, like the end of a shift at a dead end job and you’re ready to just clock out and go home and move on to something better. Or something like that. Do holidays make any of you maudlin? I don’t know what it is about that space between Christmas and New Year that makes it seem so unreal, but that’s where I am right now.

I am lucky enough to be already working as an educator while in school which means for two weeks I don’t have a single thing to do. It was amazing for like, three days. Now I need Structure. I need something to do, something to focus on. On that same note however, I refuse to do any lesson planning. My brain needs a break.

When I started this blog earlier last year (or late the year before who knows), wild transition I know, I just wanted a place to write about books. I had fell off the reading train and wanted to get back on, and this seemed like a good place to track myself and a place to word vomit about all the books that I liked. And execution aside, I still like that idea. I just got busy. I started working three jobs, and then I went back to school on top of it all, and my reading slowed down tremendously. In Janaury of this year, I read around 25 books. In this month of December, I’ve read seven. I just do not have the time. One of my goals on the new year is to make the time. My reading goal this year is 45 books again. My blogging goal is to write a review for all the ones I rate 4 stars and up.

This New Year around I don’t plan on making any resolutions, per say. I had a really good 2017. I did everything I set out to do. I want to keep that same energy and growth for 2018.

So! I hope you stick around. This year is going to be good. My first review of the year is going to be “We’re Gonna Need More Wine” by Gabrielle Union. I had been wanting it and I got it for Christmas and so far so good! It’ll be up within the week. I want to put out at least one post every week, about whatever. I hope you guys can help keep me honest.

How were your holidays? Did you do anything fun for the new year? Wishing you all a great new year, void.


April Housekeeping! 

Welcome to April, National Poetry Month! I hope this blog post finds you well, or decent at the very least. March was a good month. I turned 22! A miracle within itself. Looking forward, I want to use the same positive energy and move through April. I have a lot of things to be grateful for. My reading slowed down last month, but I did catch some really good, thought provoking reads, which is always a plus, no matter the circumstances. 

Looking to April, I’m working on restructuring this blog. Something a little more structured would keep me better present and accountable! I enjoy keeping a blog, and I want to make sure it’s the best blog I could be keeping. 

It’s National Poetry Month, so I wanted to do something to reflect my deep love of poetry. So, every week of April I’ll be posting two poems! One poem will be one of mine, and one poem will not. I’m going to try my best to show how varied poetry can be, but I’m telling you now– I’m a sucker for love poems. 

Also, every Friday I’ll be posting a reading queue which will detail what I’ve read that week, what I’m currently reading, and what I plan on reading for the next week. Book reviews will be posted on Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays. Any health and fitness posts I have for you, you’ll catch on a Sunday. 

In the middle of all this madness, I’m doing a re-read of the Harry Potter series so be prepared for those think pieces to be littered everywhere. There are few things that I’m serious about like I’m serious about HP. 

So! TL;DR: You’re going to be getting regular, scheduled posts again! Poetry is happening! Also Harry Potter for some reason? (Possibly a quarter-life crisis) Get excited! See you soon!  

March Goals 

It’s officially the best month of the year, and not just because it’s my birthday month. In March, we get the birth of Spring which is the best of all seasons and the birth of all flowers. It’s also the month of celebrating women, which I’m about. My birthday, of course. Mostly, I’m in it for the allegories about new beginnings and fresh air and new flowers, even if I’m not super into being outside because of allergies and bugs and the overly warm sun. 

This month I want to focus on less vague goals, stuff that’s concrete. Either I do it or I don’t. I understand that sometimes some goals have to be vague like, “be more patient with yourself” but I want to be more action oriented in March. It’s action month, and I’m ready to act. Let’s jump in. This month I want to: 

  • Lose 10lbs 
  • Read 10 books 
  • Save at least $800  
  • Drink 90oz of water a day 
  • Yoga at least once a week 

That’s all I have for now. I feel like these are all action goals, which hopefully is enough to kick me out of this head space that I seem to be in. Mental health is exhausting, void. Nevertheless, let’s give March our best shot. What are your March goals? 

February Wrap Up 

Every year, February feels like a dream. Nothing significant ever happens to me in February. I can’t tell if it’s because of the short month, the weird weather, or if Feb is really just doomed to be forever a placeholder month. This month has been pretty boring but kind of productive. I did read a lot of good books, though. In this post, I’m going to: quickly wrap up the books that I didn’t post a review for, touch on how I did with my goals, and reflect on this month as a whole. Let’s jump in. 

Book Wrap Up 

There are a couple of books I read that I didn’t write full reviews for, for whatever reason, or I wrote reviews for but didn’t post them, for whatever. First up is, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. 

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan follows the life of Lily and her friend Snow Flower. They are a pair of laotongs, an emotional match that last through their lifetime. The book follows the pair through childhood, arranged marriages, pregnancies, and other major life events. It’s told from the perspective of Lily. 

I really enjoyed this book. This was my first contact with the footbinding so I learned a lot about that. This book it mostly about the importance of communication and how platonic love is just as important as romantic love, which are both concepts I support and can get behind 100%. I give this book 3/5 stars. 

Next up is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. 

 Homegoing is able to expertly define characters in short periods of time. We get such a rich view of a vast family history. There’s never a point of confusion. There’s even a family tree included before the first chapter even begins. Even though each character only gets one chapter, the author still managers to fully introduce and really flush these characters out and it’s amazing to experience. 

This book was an amazing experience and an amazing story. It makes you wonder about your own family and wonder where you come from, what intricacies have been lost down generations, and what things have stood the test of time. I loved the concept and I thought it was expertly executed. There were times where I wanted more time with certain characters, where my heart broke for certain circumstances. Overall, 5/5 stars. Read this book. 

Favorite books this month 

  • What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera 
  • Missing You, Metropolis by Gary Jackson 
  • How to be Happy by Eleanor Davis 
  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward 

Goal Wrap Up 

  • 2/4 5ks ran, I lost steam and energy halfway through, honestly. It’s been weird. 
  • 5/10lbs lost 
  • More fruits and veggies ate! 
  • Book reviews for all the books I finished posted 
  • More water drank 
  • Daily writing in gratitude journal 
  • Exciting exciting exciting 

That’s all I have for you, February. It’s been weird. In a few moments, I’ll begin working on my March goals post. I wanted to make them seperate posts this month because I wanted March to stand on its own. Partly because it’s my favorite month and I have high hopes for it every year. How did you do for your February goals? 

Mid-Feb Goal Check

Why is it so hard to find something to put on in the background why I do this? Blah. This post is a Mid-month goal check where I review the goals I set at the beginning of the month and see where I am with them. Join me in ignoring the fact that it’s more like 3/4s into the month and let’s see what I have done so far! I set four goals in January for this month and they were:

  • Lose 10lbs
  • Write book reviews for all the books I read
  • Run 4 more 5ks
  • Eat more veggies

Lose 10lbs

Not to immediately begin making excuses, but this has been a crazy month! Facts first: as of this morning I have lost 4 of those 10lbs. Not bad. For the first two weeks this month, I was sick. The first week with the stomach flu. The second week with a cold/flu. I felt pretty terrible but!!! Despite that, I ate well, I just did not exercise. At all. In addition, I also started a new anti-psychotic and a new anti-depressant for my bi-polar depression. So, my appetite has been all over the place. The fact that I have lost any weight is spectacular, in my opinion. It was mostly diet, so big ups there. I’m going to keep on my steady course and try to squeeze another three pounds out of this month. Thank you, February.

Write book reviews for all the books I read

This goal seems pretty simple. When you account for my tendency to go straight from book to book though, you can see where it would get tricky. I have however written reviews for all the books I’ve finished! That’s pretty exciting. After all, I can’t exactly run a book blog without writing any reviews.

Run 4 more 5ks 

I don’t know why, but in my head 5ks are like the pinnacle of fitness. If you can do a 5k, you can do anything. That’s part of the reason why I enjoy doing them so much. As we are a little more than halfway through the month, I am exactly halfway through my goal. I ran 2 5ks last week, which was exciting mostly because it was the first week that I felt well enough to go to the gym in a while. With a week and a half left, I will hit the gym and get my last two 5ks done!

Eat More Veggies

This was such a vague goal and because of that, I can say, yes, I certainly am eating more veggies than I was before. I am accidentally eating less fruit. So, I need to fix this sliding scale somehow. A serving of each a day, at the very least.

Last minute goals 

  • Two glasses of water with lunch and dinner. With breakfast I have coffee, so I’m fine with one but generally, I need to drink more water.
  • Write in my gratitude journal everyday. Be grateful in all things.

Alright, that’s a wrap for this one! As always, thanks for hanging out. Comment below and tell me how you are doing on your goals for the month. There’s one more book review left from the weekend bulk reviews, so be looking out for that!