#DiverseAThon Wrap-Up

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Yesterday was the last day of this round of #DiverseAThon and what a spectacular failure it was for me. My main goal was to get through The Bone Witch and then at least start another book (ideally finishing a second), but I really didn’t come near that goal. The two main reasons why I didn’t do so well were that 1.) This was my first full week back at school and work and therefore I didn’t have very much free time and 2.) the world has been in complete and utter chaos which made it very hard for me to focus on reading.

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Bout of Books Wrap-Up

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Before I get into this post… How do you like my new design? 😀 I got the urge yesterday to redo my blog’s design and I have to say, I’m really liking the new one. There are still a couple of things I’m not 100% happy with that I may end up changing, but overall, I really like how it turned out. (As a side note: there are a couple of posts coming up in the next few weeks that I already had scheduled and made graphics for and I’m too lazy to redo those, so… they won’t match the new design, but oh well, haha.)

The Bout of Books readathon that I’ve been participating in for the past week ended last night and that means that it’s time for me to post my wrap-up! This was my second time participating in this readathon and I had just as much fun this time around. I definitely recommend trying this readathon at least once (if readathons are your thing). 🙂

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Bout of Books Sign-Up and TBR (and Daily Progress)

Bout of Books Sign-Up, TBR, and Daily Progress Post

I decided pretty last minute that I wanted to participate in this round of Bout of Books. I’ve participated in this readathon before and had a lot of fun, even though I don’t think I met all my goals. Regardless, I’ve been wanting to participate again and since I’m still on winter break, this seemed like a good time to join in. 🙂

For those of you who don’t know, here’s the official blurb explaining what Bout of Books is:

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There’s still time to sign up if you’d like! I’m not sure if I’ll be participating in any challenges or anything, but I might. I’m just going to see how the week goes. My goal is to finish at least 2 books, preferably 3. I should have quite a bit of time to get some reading done this week, so hopefully I’m able to meet my goals!


Throughout the week I’ll be trying to read these books. Every Hidden Thing is a library book that’s due on the 7th and the other two are review copies I’ve gotten that I want/need to review this month.

  1. Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel
  2. Beneath the Guarding Stars by Everly Frost
  3. Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

Daily Progress

I’ll also be updating this post throughout the week to keep track of my reading progress.

Monday, January 2nd

Books read: Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel

Pages read: 95

Books completed: 0

Tuesday, January 3rd

Books read: Every Hidden Thing, Beneath the Guarding Stars

Pages read: 159 (133 in EHT and 26 in BtGS)

Books completed: Every Hidden Thing

Total pages read: 254

Wednesday, January 4th

Books read: Beneath the Guarding Stars

Pages read: 73

Books completed: Every Hidden Thing

Total pages read: 327

Thursday, January 5th

Books read: Beneath the Guarding Stars

Pages read: 39

Books completed: Every Hidden Thing

Total pages read: 366

Friday, January 6th

Books read: Beneath the Guarding Stars

Pages read: 123

Books completed: Every Hidden Thing, Beneath the Guarding Stars

Total pages read: 489

Saturday, January 7th

Books read: Nemesis

Pages read: 107

Books completed: Every Hidden Thing, Beneath the Guarding Stars

Total pages read: 596

Sunday, January 8th

Books read: Nemesis

Pages read: 102

Books completed: Every Hidden Thing, Beneath the Guarding Stars

Total pages read: 698

Are you participating in Bout of Books?

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2017 Reading & Blogging Goals


2016 was my first year of reading a lot and of blogging. I surprised myself by finishing my goal of reading 50 books back in September and by posting as frequently as I have, putting a lot of energy into reading and blogging. I didn’t have a ton of explicit goals for myself during 2016 but now that I’ve had a year to see what my reading and blogging habits are like, I’ve come up with a few clear goals to focus on during 2017.

Read More Diversely

This is without a doubt my #1 goal for 2017. I managed to read somewhat diversely during 2016 but definitely could do a lot better. My goal is to read at least one “diverse” book every month, but, ideally, I’ll read one “diverse” book for every nondiverse book I read. I’m defining diverse as having a main character or author who is a person of color, identifies as LGBTQIAP, has a disability (including physical or mental disabilities as well as chronic or mental illnesses), or is a religious or ethnic minority. That’s about as specific as I can get it since there are so many different identities that I want to incorporate. I’m going to try to make as many of these books as possible own voices, but I’m not sure how well that will work out, especially since it can be hard to tell if a book is own voices or not. But I definitely want to make more of an effort to help support marginalized authors. I’m also going to try not to make too many of these choices books that talk about depression because I tend to read a lot of those already and one of the reasons I want to work on diversifying my reading is to expose myself to narratives and stories that I haven’t really read about before. A couple of books that I plan on reading to help with this goal are The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill.

Read 50 Books

This is the same number of books I set as my goal for 2016 and while I did this with no problem, reaching my goal back in September, I decided to keep it the same rather than increase it because I want to read some bigger books and/or more intimidating books that may take a bit longer to read instead of just trying to cram as many books into the year as possible. If I made my goal higher, I don’t think I’d do very well with that. 50 books is still a lot of books anyway. 🙂

Don’t Buy So Many Books!

This is a big one for me and I tried to come up with some clear guidelines so I don’t end up copping out by changing my definition of what “too many books” is throughout the year. Knowing me I would just keep telling myself that buying 20 books a month is totally fine and I’m not buying too many, haha. I’m going to try to force myself to read 1 of my own books or a book I got from the library for every book I buy. I’m not sure how well this will work out for me, but this is my goal.

Read More Classics, Nonfiction, and Longer Books

I’m going pretty easy with this goal and only aiming to read 5 classics, 5 nonfiction books, and 5 books that are over 500 pages during 2017. That’s still a total of 15 books which will make up about a third of my reading goal of 50 books. I tend to get really intimidated with these kinds of books and so I just don’t pick them up, but I really want to change that this year. Some books I might read to help with this goal are 1984 by George Orwell, The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard (which I just got for Christmas from my older brother and my sister-in-law!), and A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.

Beat the Backlist Challenge

A couple of weeks ago I posted my sign-up and TBR post for this. This is a pretty low-pressure challenge. The goal is to read books that were published before 2017 rather than only read new releases. Since I still have a TON of books that I own but haven’t read yet, this really shouldn’t be a problem at all. My goal right now is to read 20 books for this challenge, but I may end up increasing that depending on how well I do with it.

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

I’m not sure how much I’ll participate in this, but I’d like to check off at least a couple of those boxes. There are some that I think will be pretty easy like “read a debut novel” but there are also some, like “read a book about sports,” that could be kind of difficult, mostly because it doesn’t interest me very much, haha. There are also a few that could help with my goal to read more diversely, like “read a YA or MG book by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+” and “read a book set in Central or South America written by a Central or South American author.” Here’s the post on Book Riot if you want to learn more.

Interact More with Other Bloggers

This is something that I’ve been working on a lot recently and that I want to continue throughout 2017. I used to do pretty terribly with this and would only comment on posts from a couple of bloggers. As much as I love those bloggers, I want to interact with other people and get to know more of you! I’m hoping to also extend this to bloggers that I don’t currently follow and try to see more of the book blogging community that’s outside of my little bubble. 🙂

These are some of the goals I’m setting for myself in 2017. What are your 2017 reading and blogging goals?

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