March Recap

Blog Update

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This year seems to be flying by! I don’t know how it can possibly be April already! Thank you to those of you that follow, read, comment and like posts on The Bibliovert.  I appreciate it!  This blog started as a way to keep track of the books I’ve read and to share my thoughts. It has become so much more than that because of you. I want to thank you for that support! ❤

Monthly Recap

Reading

In the month of March, I completed six books and didn’t finish one.

Readathon

This last weekend ( 3/30-3/31 ) I participated in a mini-readathon called #8inTwo.  This was coordinated through @25in5 on Instagram.  It was great fun! Saturday I was able to complete 4 hours and 20 minutes.  However, Sunday, when I went to pause my timer, I realized I had cleared it out. So, in all honesty, I’m not sure how much reading was completed on Sunday.  I do know that I didn’t make the full 8 hours. But, it was fun anyway. It was a great chance to interact with others that were completing this readathon and a good excuse to curl up with a book and read.

Reading Challenge Status (*through 3/2019)

Goodreads Reading Challenge *Click here for details on the challenge

  • My goal for this challenge is: 40Goodreads
  • Number of books completed this year: 14
  • Number of books completed this month: 6
    • Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward
    • The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
    • How Not To Write Bad by Ben Yagoda
    • The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
    • The Night Before by Wendy Walker
    • The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  • Number of books left to complete the challenge: 26

Beat The Backlist hosted by The Novel Knight (Any book published in 2018 or before  *Click here for more details on this challenge.)Button for the 2019 Beat The Backlist hosted by Novel Knight

  • My goal for this challenge is: 30
  • Number of books completed this year: 9
  • Number of books completed this month: 3
    • How Not To Write Bad by Ben Yagoda
    • The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
    • The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  • Number of books left to complete the challenge: 21

Library Love Challenge by Angels Guilty Pleasures (Any book borrowed from the library in  any format *Click here for details on the challenge)

  • Library Love 2019My goal for this challenge is: 12
  • Number of books completed this year: 6
  • Number of books completed this month: 1
    • How Not To Write Bad by Ben Yagoda
  • Number of Books Left to Complete: 6

Goals for April

  • Read 4 books
  • Continue with WWW Wednesday posts *hosted by Taking on a World of Words
  • Continue with First Line Friday Posts *hosted by It’s Not Hoarding If It’s Books
  • Work to be more interactive on Twitter and Instagram
  • I am going to attend my first book club! This is exciting, yet nerve-wracking.
  • I am jumping back into blog tours! I’m currently scheduled for one at this time, but there may be more depending on openings and availability that fit the niche of The Bibliovert.
  • Bookending Spring 2019 Event: I will be participating in this event that is put on by Sam and Clo, with the collaboration of some other amazing bloggers.  If you’re interested in learning more about this event, visit Fictionally Sam.

 

How are you doing on your reading goals for 2019?

What are your goals for April?

 

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Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

Beat the Black List Reading CHallenge - 2019

Is your TBR out of control? Need help catching up on all the books you’ve missed the last few years? Then the Beat the Backlist reading challenge might be for you! It is a reading challenged to help those with ever-growing TBR lists. The challenge runs from January 1st, 2019 through December 31, 2019. It is hosted by Austine over at NovelKnight.com. 

This year I am joining her, and many others, in this challenge hoping it will help me knock a few of my books on my ever TBR list.  If you’re interested in finding out more about Austine, who is running Beat the Backlist challenge, you check out her social media sites below.

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In trying to break down my reading challenges for 2019, I have set a Goodreads goal of 40 books this year, and a minimum of 12 books need to be from the library (I’m also participating in the Library Love Challenge. hosted by Angela at Angel’s Guilty Pleasures). So,  for this challenge, I’m setting a goal of reading 20 books from my TBR pile.  That leaves an opening for 8 books that I may want to purchase/read throughout the year.

My goal for this challenge is to read 20 books that are currently on my TBR list. Just a few of those books are reflected below.

 

 

 

Have you read any of these books?

 

Are you participating in a reading challenge this year?

 

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Button for the 2019 Beat The Backlist hosted by Novel Knight

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September | Monthly Wrap Up

September was another crazy month.  Even though both of my kids are now back in school, I still didn’t seem to have enough time to do everything I had wanted. My medical conditions also caused a few hiccups. I had 2 flare ups, each lasting close to a week.  They left me in a tizzy.  Unable to concentrate and my pain levels skyrocketed. I don’t say this to gain sympathy.  I say this as just as a recap of my month and a hurdle I faced.

 

Reading

red heart on a old opened book

Reading was very slow this month. I only read 3 books.

  1. Perfect Girls by Allison James
  2. Lies by TM Logan
  3. The Wife’s Secret by Kerry Wilkinson

The Blog

The meaning of bibliovert

 

The month of September has continued to be a month of learning, growing, and researching.  I had 11 posts in September, compared to 5 posts in August. So, it seems the blog is moving in the right direction.

I’m still on a learning curve.  There is so much information out there that it feels like my brain is on information overload.

 

Goals for October

  1. Focus on a minimum of 2 blog posts a week.
  2. Continue to grow my social media accounts (increase by 6%)
  3. Read more and clean up my NetGalley shelf
  4. *REMEMBER* PROGRESS OVER PERFECTION (There will be hiccups along the way, just keep moving forward)

Here’s to CRUSHING it next month!

Last, but not least, I want to send a BIG THANK YOU to the other bloggers and readers that have stopped by my little corner of the internet. The messages, the likes, and shares here on the blog and my social media accounts have meant the world to me.

Thank You! ❤

#DEARathon | Drop Everything and Read

I am excited to say that I am going to be participating in the #DEARathon that is starting today and running through Sunday!  I have my stack of books all ready to go 🙂

This is an impromptu readathon that is hosted by Caz @LittleBookOwl and Red @LittleRedReads  over at DEARathon on Twitter. If you have some time, stop over and check them out! ❤

I could socialize if you want me too. Just kidding, I'll be reading instead.

Are you currently participating in any readathons or reading challenges?

August | Monthly Wrap Up

August was a rollercoaster ride. It started out with a family vacation that was 10 days of fabulousness! Upon getting home my focus went to making sure my oldest son was packed up and that he had everything he needed to be moving into his first apartment away at college the following weekend. Once the last things were packed (the night before we were moving him in…no procrastination at all.), we were ready to roll. The next morning we got up early and headed out to move him in. This was a 4-hour car ride, one way, to get to his university!

Unloaded the moving trailer (check)

Unpacked his boxes (check)3

Set up his apartment (check)

Twelve hours later, my family and I returned home exhausted!

Just like last year, I had the most difficult time with my son moving out.  I was so depressed that not much got done, reading included. Luckily, I’m pulling myself out of that hole, slowly but surely.

The rest of the month went off without any hiccups. Thankfully!

 

Reading

red heart on a old opened book

Reading was a bit slower this month. I had really hoped to catch up on my reading challenge and get back on track.  However, I read 5 books.

When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Under the Dome by Stephen King

Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva

The Last Straw by Ed Duncan

There were many unplanned and planned occurrences that took place this last month that prevented me from reading as much as I would have liked.  But…that’s life.  Things change, right?

Challenges

#20BooksofSummer

20 Books of Summer 2018

This challenge that was created by 746Books.com that started June 1st and is running through September 3rd, 2018. You can read about my initial book selections here.  This challenge, #20BooksofSummer has pushed me to read more books this summer than I ever have in the past. I have found more free time to dive into these books than I thought possible.  It has been relaxing and refreshing to have that much time dedicated to something that I love to do.

According to the rules of this challenge, I was able to switch out a few of the titles with others that seemed to grab my attention a bit more. This month I certainly took advantage of that rule.

Make sure to check back, the morning of September 4th, to see the complete list of books that were completed during this challenge.

The Blog

The meaning of bibliovert

The month of August has continued to be a month of learning, growing, and researching.  I haven’t gotten to write as much as I would like so there is plenty of room for growth next month and going forward. I had 5 posts (6 counting this post) this last month, which was on par with my goals for the month, of 1 post a week.

I still feel really green when it comes to blogging.  There is so much information out there that it feels like my brain is on information overload.  There is so much to still learn and questions to ask.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I just need to plow forward and find my path with this blog. I need to find what works for me.

My Goals for September

  1. Increase my posts to the blog (2x week minimum)
  2. Continue to grow my social media accounts (increase by 6%)
  3. Create a blogging schedule, and stick to it
  4. *REMEMBER* PROGRESS OVER PERFECTION (There will be hiccups along the way, just keep moving forward)

Last, but not least, I want to send a BIG THANK YOU to the other bloggers and readers that have stopped by my little corner of the internet. The messages, the likes and shares here on the blog and my social media accounts have meant the world to me.

Thank You! ❤

July | Monthly Wrap Up

July came and went so fast. Where did it go?!? I just don’t understand how it can possibly be August already! I have a son that is heading back off to college this month and I need more time with him!! Anyway, I thought I would start doing a post, monthly, to recap what the prior month entailed.  So, here it is, my monthly wrap-up for July!

Reading

red heart on a old opened book

Reading was a bit slower this month. I had hoped to catch up on my reading challenge and get back on track.  However, I only read X number of books. There were many unplanned and planned occurrences that took place this last month that prevented me from reading as much as I would have liked.  But…that’s life.  Things change, right?

Challenges

#20BooksofSummer

20 Books of Summer 2018

This challenge that was created by 746Books.com that started June 1st and is running through September 3rd, 2018. You can read about my initial book selections here.  This challenge, #20BooksofSummer has pushed me to read more books this summer than I ever have in the past. I have found more free time to dive into these books than I thought possible.  It has been relaxing and refreshing to have that much time dedicated to something that I love to do.

According to the rules of this challenge, I was able to switch out a few of the titles with others that seemed to grab my attention a bit more. I am a very mood driven reader. So I will read Stephen King, then jump to a chick-lit book, and then throw in there some personal development.  Anything is possible, thus the changes.

Anyway, here are the books that I have completed since June 1st.
  1. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  2. Oola by Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl
  3. Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel
  4. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
  5. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
  6. Call Me Princess by Sara Blaedel
  7. The Killing Forest Sara Blaedel
  8. You Can Buy Happiness by Tammy Strobel
  9. The Lost Woman by Sara Blaedel
  10. When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri

As of today, I am 34 days shy of the completion date of #20BooksofSummer.  That is just under 5 weeks to finish 10 books (2 books a week). Granted, I am just about finished with book number 11, I think it is fair to say that I may just come up short on this challenge.  However, I am still going to work hard and see what I can do.

#24in48

In July I participated in my first readathon, #24in48.  It was hosted over at 24in48.com. The goal was to read a total of 24 hours out of the 48 hour time period. There were hourly challenges and door prizes. Tons of interaction on social media. I had A BLAST! I look forward to joining this challenge again in January of 2019.

The Blog

THE BIBLIOVERT

July has been a month of learning, growing, and researching.  I haven’t gotten to write as much as I would like so there is plenty of room for growth next month and going forward. I had 5 posts this last month, which was on par with my goals for the month, of 1 post a week. But, gosh that doesn’t seem like enough.

Blogging still feels so new to me.  There is so much to still learn and questions to ask.  I know this is a learning process that will continue even long after I feel comfortable posting. Thus far I have jumped in with both feet and have tried learning as much as possible along the way.

Last, but not least, I want to send a BIG THANK YOU to the other bloggers and readers that have stopped by my little corner of the internet. The messages, the likes and shares here on the blog and my social media accounts have meant the world to me.

Thank You! ❤

 

 

 

#24in48 Readathon

This last weekend I participated in my first #24in48 readathon.  You may have wondered what I was tweeting about all weekend.

DoryJustKeepReading

A little about it:

  • It was hosted over at 24in48.com
  • The goal was to read a total of 24 hours out of the 48 hour time period.
  • There were hourly challenges and door prizes
  • Tons of interaction on social media
  • IT WAS A BLAST!

At the end of 48 hours, I did come up a bit short of the 24-hour goal.  But, I had fun and I am proud of the hours I did log while doing something that I love…. READING! 

If you’re interested in participating in the future, feel free to check it out at 24in48.com.  

The next readathon will be January 26-27, 2019!

 

24 in 48 Readathon

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