Monday, August 31, 2020

August 2020 Wrap Up & September TBR

At least August was a much better reading month than July was, but I didn't get to all the books I wanted to this month.  I did say at the beginning of the month that I wanted to focus on the 2020 purchases and the requested reviews, which I did definitely accomplish.  I read 10 of the 2020 purchases and 8 of the pending requested reviews, I am pretty happy with how much progress I made on both those fronts. 

First and foremost is my only actual challenge for the  year . . .

TBR Books from the Past 3 Years:
I only read book off the TBR list from the last 3 years, but it was a big book!

I didn't read any books off my older TBR (not included in the last 3 years of hauls):

2020 Books added to TBR & Read:
After last month being one of my worst reading months, I really wanted to focus on reading all those new books I have been buying and try to get myself somewhat back on track to reading almost every book I purchase this year.  So I did read a lot of my new 2020 purchases.





August Additions:
So in the 5 weeks of this month, I have only added 6 books and one of them was a gift so it doesn't count.  I also read 2 of them.  So based on the last couple of months, I feel like this is major progress. Now with all the releases coming out in the next 2 months, I can't guarantee I will be able to stick with this goal!




In other reading I am tracking this year, I read . . .


Borrowed Books:

Books Over 500 Pages:

Requested Reviews:
The Menu (Direct)
Tank's Forever Home (Netgalley)
Fable (Netgalley)
Tea Dragon Tapestry (Netgalley)
Max Meow: Cat Crusader (Netgalley)
Mary:Adventures of the Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Granddaughter of Mary Shelley (Netgalley)
The Barren Grounds (Netgalley)

August Reading Stats:
I read a total of 24 books this month
3,132 pages read and 3 days, 5 hours and 31 minute of listening

Resolutions Check in:
1. Read that TBR: I have pretty much given up on this goal, if I can just focus on not adding to it at this point I will be happy. - :(
2. Purchase Less Books:Last year I had purchased 14 books in August, this year it was 6. Less, definitely, 1 book a week? Still not yet but I am happy with it.  - CHECK
3. Read Big Books:Thanks to another Tome Topple, I managed to read 2 more books over 500 pages. I have also started a third! - CHECK
4. Interact: Still struggling with balancing in person life and online life. I haven't even posted on Instagram in ages. I just need to find that balance again.  The good news is that we made a ton of progress on a whole house purge and organize, so I feel like I don't have as much hanging over my head constantly. - :/ 


I did so well with my goals last month with reading 2020 purchases and requested reviews that I want to keep that momentum rolling into September.  I am also looking to get into some more atmospheric fall reads, but luckily I have a bunch of those in my recent purchases.

For TBR List
The Phoenix Empress *Currently Reading
I know this TBR list is way over achieving, especially based on the past couple of months but I really think I can make a big dent in it.  One of the reasons is that Munchkin will finally be going back to school and it will make my life so much less stressful in the office and I might actually have the brain power to read in between clients and files again!

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