My Goings-On in August:
Here are the things that stand out to me this month:
- Vacation! We went to the Ozarks for a family vacation, which was really fun. I have some pictures in this Sunday Post if you’d like to see them.
- Back to school. We drove Jade back to Illinois Tech, and Noah and Danielle started their Junior and Senior years, respectively. How does time keep marching on?
- Writing. I’ve been plugging along with my current draft of my WIP. I need to put my head down and keep writing, so I haven’t been blogging (or reading) much.
- Fitness Update. Some of you might remember that I bought a NordicTrack S22i exercise bike back in February, and I’ve been trying hard to work out four days a week. I’ve also been doing intermittent fasting (I don’t eat after 7 PM or before 9 AM). Well, I’m happy to report that I’ve lost 23 pounds so far. And, even better, I was able to keep up on a fast hike while on vacation in Missouri (in a rainstorm) without huffing and puffing!
Features & Discussions:
My 2021 Reading Progress:
I only read 5 books in August, putting me at 71 books so far this year. I’m still 5 books ahead of being on track for my Goodreads goal of 100.
I’m still at 9 manuscripts read for the year.
August 2021 Reviews
- Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares by Tehlor Kay Mejia | Review
- XOXO by Axie Oh | Review
- The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune | Review
- Greta’s Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet by Valentina Camerini | Review
- The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi | Review
August Best of the Bunch:
(Best of the Bunch is hosted over at Cocoon of Books. We link up our favorite reads of the month!)
Since I reviewed so few books in August, I’m only choosing one favorite, The House On the Cerulean Sea. I am so glad I listened to this book!
2021 Goals Progress:
The Discussion Challenge is my one and only goal for 2021.
Progress: 6/21-30 Discussions (Chatty Kathy)
I posted no discussions in August. Or July. Or June? Basically, I’m losing at blogging this year.
How to Create Book Page Art. (And a Peek at Mine!)
The Joys of Verse Novels, Graphic Novels and Other Very Quick Reads. Let’s Discuss!
Balancing Spending on the Blog, Making Money, and All the Moral Dilemmas that Go Along With It
I’ve Been Stalking Your Goodreads.
2020 End of Year Book Survey (& Year in Graphs!)
Unbiased Reviews: Is There Such a Thing?
Don’t forget to link your August wrap-up posts up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up. And enter the giveaway!