December Wrap-Up; blogging resolutions, reading goals, friends made, bloggers whom I admire…

Happy New Year! And I am doing a poor job at my suppose to be one resolution, hahaha! You know what they say “better late than never”. I know what you’re thinking, sure Justine, whatever floats your boat. But know this, I am trying.

December has been a slow month for me reading-wise. After my last read on December 16th. I took a different path; I had binge-watched movies and this TV series, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I always wanted to see that show, ever since I saw Will Smith in Men in Black. I had a huge admiration at Will Smith. Then his other movies, dude made me laughed and cry (The Pursuit of Happyness y’all). And finding out he started out from a TV show was a cherry on top. Plus, I hadn’t use my money’s worth with our HOOQ subscription.

Aside from my watching shenanigans, I had been hanging with my grandmother. It was an amazing experience. I went and gone with her on her errands for this holidays. And my ears were filled with stories I would never think of. It warms my heart to see her as she is today, I mean through 79 years- and will be turning the big eight-oh this April. We’re going to be quite busy then. And I held my very first book giveaway over Instagram. It has been a success. I am overwhelmed by the support and love you gave me there. And would definitely be hosting another one soon, but it surely will be held on Twitter. Hehe.

Christmastime and New Year passed by in a haste. I am truly grateful for each and every one of you who I made friends with, acquainted with and will know more! I hope you’ll stick with me through 2019 and beyond too.

As my favorite accidental bi-character said…

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Books read

I may have mentioned it but last November I thought I will be on a slump but Marie Lu pulled me out with The Young Elites Series, guess the slump stuck its landing after all? Glad that it only took a few weeks. Because this January someone had finished 4 reads already.

Here is the December damage:

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  • Wildcard

A read that disappointed me. Still has a shock going on, I can’t believe the words Marie Lu is on the cover of that book.

A total of 5 Reads for the month of December! But for the year 2018, a total of 122 Books out of my 80 Book Challenge. It was a fruitful year.

Around the blog (aka some of the bloggers whom I admire and met virtually in 2018)

Tags did

I often do two bookish tags in a month.

Anticipating books this 2019 & backlist

I have made a list for them not a through one but would update as the year moves on. I have one for the demographic of middle grade, young adult, and for adult releases! And more fantasy books.

I have listed my backlist reads too.

Blogging resolutions

  • To where I am doing ever so poorly, to put up my post on time. Be responsible for it.

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This post alone is not a good sign, but again. I will do my best! I’ll be keeping a planner with me to manage this so much better, and I do have an excuse. It was the holidays I felt like slacking off. The weather is too great not to sleep longer.

  • To post a non-review bookish post too.

I’d love to try out more things for my blog. I often have these ideas before bed and told myself I’ll do this idea tomorrow. And voila, forgotten. I’ll be saving it on my phone from now on. It can be tricky being it hard to format stuff on mobile.

  • Keep up with fellow bloggers’ posts.

Yes! There are so many out there but a way to conquer it is to go on them little by little.

  • Interacting more with fellow readers/bloggers (i.e. commenting/chatting more/buddy reading)

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I would love to see this in fruition. I started to go back into blogging and of course, people out there already have their set of close friends. Who they would easily jest with. I admit I was intimidated by that, so I kind of hid. Still trying to bounce, if you’re feeling the same it’s okay it’s totally normal and that we’ll go find our set too!

  • Improve my content/writing. (I know, okay!)

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Always room for improvement! And to check my post at least a hundred time before settling for that publish or schedule button.

& reading goals

  • Read 80 Books from my Goodreads Challenge
  • Go back to setting TBRs and get it done for real
  • Give audiobook another try
  • Lessen the backlist reads to half
  • Clean up NetGalley ARCs and finally get that 80% Badge! And limit requesting ARCS especially if it’s not cleared
  • Don’t let a book review go unwritten, it is messy
  • Prioritize reading diverse books

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That’s pretty much all of it. Happy 2019!


How about you? What are you most excited doing this year?

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37 thoughts on “December Wrap-Up; blogging resolutions, reading goals, friends made, bloggers whom I admire…

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    1. Nothing but same gratitude and love Bea! ❤ I should’ve included not burning waffles and pancakes in here as well! Hahaha and you should be teaching me these. Thank you too, good luck with yours too, bookstagram and blog ❤

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  1. Aw I’m so glad to have met you too!!!! Thank you for the lovely feature💜🙈 you have some great reads for the year and I love the goals you have set up! Good luck with them!!💜

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing my post, Justine!! OMG and I started reading Warcross and really liked it, but now I’m so scared for Wildcard because I’ve heard others were disappointed too :O I definitely agree with so many of your resolutions because I want to improve myself too and continue to interact with everyone else. Sending you all my love for 2019!! ❤

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    1. I loved Warcross as well! The world Marie Lu made there is highly recommended for almost anyone. Hehehe, I had seen the other being disappointed too but I was not having it myself, it’s Lu what could go wrong… 🙈🙈😞. Likewise! Happy 2019 Tiffany ❤❤

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  3. Very nice composition of all thing bookish there, and yes, I also enjoyed The Kooky Kids Club! I think the hardest tho is to keep up with fellow bloggers and comment. Always so busy reading and reviewing. But glad I got to see your post! 😁

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    1. Thank you, I feel like I should only include bookish things since that’s what people originally came here for or maybe that’s an excuse for the anxiety going through mind. AHHHH, yes The Kooky Kids Club is a great one! I am looking forward reading mire from the same author. I know, it is such a trick to keep up with everyone else’s posts. I usually go surfing them on Twitter. I see most people share them on social media but not all so I still try hard to go through here. Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful 2019 😊

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  4. Thank you so much for the mention 💖 i always love seeing your bookish posts and would love to see more of the non-review or non-bookish as well. I’m also attempting an 80% ratio on netgalley! Good luck to us 🤣

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  5. Thank you so much for this Justine! I found some really cool book bloggers from your post. And I’m with you with halving our TBRs! Like seriously! Also, Netgalley percentages! But seeing all those ARCs laid out in one place will forever be tempting. Congratulations on a great 2018 and the best of luck on your 2019 plans! 😀

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  6. Thank you so much for linking to my spreadsheet, it warms my heart every time I see it listed & I truly hope you find it useful. BUT don’t ever feel like a strict schedule is something that you have to do to be an “organized blogger” or anything! I plan and schedule because it gives me massive anxiety to not do so, and as a mood writer I usually only feel like writing a post like one day a week. This way I capitalize on my productivity when I have it and don’t feel guilty for being “lazy” the rest of the time.

    Excellent goals though, and I wish you success with each of them!

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