Category: Monthly Recap

May 01
April Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

April Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in April: Things around here have been pretty up and down when it comes to that curveball that I mentioned last month. Just when I’ll think we’re moving along swimmingly, things will go south. Have I ever mentioned that parenting a teenager is hard? Parenting a teenager is very hard. (Actually, I take that back—all parenting is just really freaking hard.) Our homeschool co-op year is just about over, giving me a little bit more free time, which is good because … I have a new editing project that I’ve been working on. 🙂 I also went to a Strange the Dreamer event and met Lainie Taylor. The kids started a new swimming season and we just had our first meet yesterday. On Instragram: Most Popular Posts: My #1 post was still A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns. I was excited to see that my second most visited… Read more »


Mar 31
March Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

March Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in March: Remember how I said February was painful? Well, March was a huge improvement … until a curveball was thrown my way, and now things are crazy again. Hopefully it won’t affect my blogging much (I need this distraction), but if I’m around a bit less, I’m sorry. It’s looking like 2017 is going to be a tumultuous year for our family. On Instragram: Most Popular Posts: I’m sure you’re tired of hearing this, but A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns, which was posted at the end of September, was still my top post for the month. Surprised? No, I’m not really either. Next was my Birthday and Blogoversary Giveaway post. Thanks to all my followers for supporting me through four years of blogging! Rounding out the top three was another old post—Book Sniffing: It’s a Real Thing. Maybe it was featured somewhere? I don’t know, I can’t figure it out from… Read more »


Feb 28
February Wrap-Up

February Wrap-Up

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  My Goings On in February: I celebrated my 43rd birthday and my 4th blogoversary! I binge-watched The Fosters (total guilty-pleasure TV) and some of Season 3 of The 100. The kids finished up their swim team season, and we have a bit of a break (about six weeks). Nice to have some breathing room. This month was tough emotionally (Actually, the past two months have been). We had two family deaths recently, one that was a shock and under rather unpleasant circumstances. Then a friend from church passed away (after a long battle from cancer) and one of my best friends is moving across the country this week. Oh, and I spend 99% of my time fighting with my 14-year-old over schoolwork and his declining grades. (Okay, not actually, but some days it feels that way—he can’t just have a conversation about any of it. It always devolves into multiple-hour… Read more »


Feb 04
January Wrap-Up

January Wrap-Up

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My Goings On in January: I went to Veronica Roth’s author event for Carve the Mark. I visited our local tech campus with my son to learn about their video game design program (he’s VERY interested). On Instragram: Most Popular Posts: Um, all of my top posts for this month were the same as they were last month. As usual, A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns, which was posted at the end of September, was my top post. And my next top post was still my List of 2017 Reading/Blogging Challenges. Apparently, lots of people are still looking for challenges! (By the way, I took this off my sidebar, but you can still find it in my main menu at the top of my blog under “Challenges.”) Next is the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up. Other Features & Discussions: January Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Still a few more days to link up and/or… Read more »


Jan 09
December Recap & 2016 Challenge Wrap-Up

December Recap & 2016 Challenge Wrap-Up

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Even though I’m very late, I decided to go ahead and do a wrap-up for December, especially since I wanted to do my challenge wrap-up for 2016! My Goings On in December: I went to the 5th Annual Novel Cuisine Luncheon, which was lots of fun and very yummy! Christmas!! On Instragram: Most Popular Posts: Once again, A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns, which was posted at the end of September, was my top post. Apparently, I need to start writing more spoiler-filled discussions! My next top post for December was my List of 2017 Reading/Blogging Challenges. I’m so happy this has been a great resource for people! Next is the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up. I hope lots of you will join us! Other Features & Discussions: Let’s Discuss the Book Blog Discussion Challenge! Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2016 My 2017 Reading/Blogging Challenges Reflections on My Reading… Read more »


Dec 31
2016 End of Year Book Survey

2016 End of Year Book Survey

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Once again, Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner has created her annual End of Year Book Survey and I thought I’d join in the fun! I skipped some and added some fun graphs to my stats at the beginning. Hope you enjoy! 2016 Reading Stats Number Of Books You Read: 205 As I mention all the time, the unrated books are books I edited or proofread in 2016 (since I don’t review those due to the conflict of interest). There weren’t nearly as many books in that category this year as my editing work slowed way down. I had previously been editing for Booktrope and they went under at the beginning of the year—and I’ve been so busy with homeschooling this year that I really didn’t put a lot of effort into trying to find new clients. I’m hoping next year will pick up, but we’ll see. With the… Read more »


Dec 02
November Recap & Best of the Bunch

November Recap & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in November: I won NaNoWriMo!!! I got really depressed over certain events toward the beginning of the month (that I won’t rehash now). But I won NaNoWriMo!! I started reading two new manga series, and I’m loving both of them. I probably did some other things, but the real news is … I won NaNoWriMo!! (And my first draft of my book is nearly done.) Most Popular Posts: This month was really weird for traffic. My number one post was A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns, which was posted at the end of September, but it was my most popular post of October AND November. I actually kind of love this because I had so much fun writing this post! I want to see everyone’s thoughts on the book!! (I’m still getting comments on that post too, so it’s fun!) Then I had a weird nonexistent page (/sharebutton.to) that I’ve never… Read more »


Oct 31
October Recap & Best of the Bunch

October Recap & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in October: I enjoyed making Halloween costumes with my two older kiddos. I just put the pictures in my Sunday Post, so I won’t post them again, but you can see them HERE. I attended the YA Lit Conference at Anderson’s Bookshop. LOVED it! (You can read my recap here.) My two oldest had their first swim meet! We’re all enjoying this new sport! I finished editing Unscripted by Samantha Long, a New Adult romance that should be releasing very soon! Most Popular Posts: A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns – Technically I posted this at the end of September, but it was my most popular post of October, so I’m including it here. I’m excited that people are reading this because I had so much fun writing it! I want to see everyone’s thoughts on the book!! I Don’t Do Scary (But Books Don’t Scare Me)…. Read more »


Oct 01
September Recap & Best of the Bunch

September Recap & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in September: September turned out to be crazily busy for me because of co-op classes starting. I’m teaching a writing class, an acting class, and a blogging class AND my kids’ classes are just generally more challenging (and time-consuming!) this year. It doesn’t help that I stress about my son’s schoolwork more than I probably should. He’s a freshman this year, and he would prefer it if I were completely hands-off (all of his classes are taught through co-op, the local college, or online), but I have a hard time not at least keeping tabs on him– he’s proven in the past that he lets things go if I’m not on top of him). Sigh. I’m working on a new editing project. Nothing else. Literally. I’m barely keeping my head above water with just those two things. Yikes! On Instagram: Most Popular Posts: Blogging 101: What Do You… Read more »


Sep 01
August Recap & Best of the Bunch

August Recap & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in August: I completed my first course for my copyediting certificate through UC San Diego. Happy to report that I got a very solid A (which I would kind of hope since I’ve already been copyediting for a few years!). Now I need to decide if I jump right into the next course – I think that’s the plan. School is back in session. My older two each started two classes at our homeschool co-op (pre-algebra and Spanish for my daughter, algebra and government for my son) and my son started taking a beginning Japanese class at our local community college. (He also went to a Japanese immersion camp at the beginning of the month.) After Labor Day, the rest of our co-op classes start, including the ones I’m teaching. My youngest son has special needs, so he goes to public school, and his classes started last… Read more »