February 2019 Wrap-Up + March TBR

 

February for me was a lot of hurry up and wait. I got my acceptance to graduate school (although I am still waiting rather impatiently to find out if I have funding). I have been trying to sort out the plans for my VERY SMALL wedding in March, which is becoming more and more complicated. Mostly, February was about realigning my focus for the months ahead, and I am excited to see what March holds for me.

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in my reading life

This month, I wanted to tackle my pile of physical ARCs, many of which were already released before I had a chance to read them. Shame.

Halfway through February, I decided to sign up for some 2019 reading challenges. As such, I realized that I probably need to come up with a system to keep track of my reading in these monthly updates. I’m borrowing from one of the lovely Elise @ The Bookish Actress, by instituting a system of emojis to represent types of books read.

emoji key:

📚 = #UnreadShelf 🏛= borrowed 📱= e-book 💸= purchased in 2019 👓=nonfiction 🦕=classics (before 1970)
🌈 = lgbtq+ 💫 = diverse (POC, religion, disability)🗣 = #OwnVoices 🙋‍♀️= Reading Women 🐼=YARC

february reading stats

9 total books read
5 diverse books
5 from the unread shelf
12 books purchased
7 books by women
2 books by men

read in february

(links go to my review/Goodreads)

💫📚🗣ON THE COME UP by Angie Thomas (2019) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – YA Fiction (#OwnVoices POC rep)
🏛📱A RULE AGAINST MURDER by Louise Penny (2007) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Mystery
👓📚🦕📱THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION by C. Wright Mills (1959) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Sociology
👓📚💫🗣THE BOLD WORLD: A MEMOIR OF FAMILY AND TRANSFORMATION by Jodie Patterson (2019) -⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Memoir (WOC author + trans son)
🌈📱💸🗣THE SEAFARER’S KISS by Julia Ember (2017) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – YA Fantasy (#OwnVoices bi rep + non-binary side character)
💫📚GOLDEN CHILD by Claire Adam (2019) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Literary Fiction (POC rep)
👓🦕💸THE PRESENTATION OF SELF IN EVERYDAY LIFE by Erving Goffman (1959) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Sociology
💫📚SONG FOR A WHALE by Lynne Kelly (2019) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Middle Grade (Contemporary)
👓🏛GIRL, WASH YOUR FACE by Rachel Hollis (2018) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.🌙 – Christian Living/Personal Growth

IMG_0514Spotlight: The Bold World by Jodie Patterson

As I talked about in my review, this book was beautifully written and an important story. Not only does Patterson write honestly about growing up Black in a diverse neighborhood, but she also talks honestly about raising a transgender son. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in reading more diverse nonfiction.

march reading goals

  • catch up on #YARC2019 – especially monthly challenges
  • actually stop buying buying books until my birthday in May (considering I have purchased more books this year than books read…)
  • tackle Middlemarch, which I just realized is 800 pages

(tentative) march TBR

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on the blog

notable posts from february

I really tried to kick my blogging into gear this month. I started out 2019 with the goal of doing at least 2 new posts a month, but as I’m planning ahead I’m coming up with a lot more ideas and ways to get involved. I’m finally reaching a place where blogging—or at least scrolling through my WordPress Reader—is a part of my regular daily life. I miss it when I haven’t checked everyone else’s blogs in a while. I find myself thinking about blogging when I’m doing other things. Which brings me to my next point…

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in my writing life

I’ve really been struggling with writing this year so far. At the beginning of the year, I was forcing myself to continue work on a fiction project despite being pretty emotionally checked out. In February, I decided to focus my energy on something I’d been kicking around for a long time: a nonfiction book about my experiences working as a barista for ten years.

I started out just doing research: brainstorming ideas for chapters, questions I can ask my former coworkers, and anecdotes for my personal life, as well as doing some sociological background. As I’ve been doing this research, I’m realizing just how huge of a project this is…and how devoting all my energy to this project right now might not be a great idea. What’s the point of writing this entire book when the only way to get a nonfiction book deal is to prove you have an online presence?

It’s not that I’m giving up on my writing project. It’s more that I’m turning to this blog as a vital part of my writing life.

Starting in March, I’m going to do a series of discussion posts about my writing—what got me started, struggles I’ve gone through as a writer, how I deal with doubt, etc. Beyond that, I’m focusing a lot of my energy on making this blog a part of my life. How can I make this better? How can I grow as a blogger, not just in terms of numbers but in terms of how I’m connecting with other people? It starts now.

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around the blogosphere

This is a feature I used in my wrap-ups on my old blog and one that I want to bring back. Basically, it’s a chance for me to spread love to the bloggers who’ve come out with great content this month—whether it’s a stellar review or a discussion piece that really got me thinking.

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Thank you for joining me on the wild ride that has been this wrap-up! How was your February? What was your favorite book you read? Let me know in the comments!

Author: christine @ lady gets lit

writer // depression warrior // nasty woman who reads

12 thoughts on “February 2019 Wrap-Up + March TBR”

  1. Good luck on making blogging a regular part of your writing life! It’s hard when there are so many things to be doing. And congratulations on your wedding! ❤️ I really appreciate you sharing Laura’s guest post! She just totally wowed me with how she ran with the topic.

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  2. Congratulations on your acceptance to grad school, this is amazing Christine! ❤
    You have such a nice TBR for the upcoming month, I can't wait to hear what you think of A Very Large Expanse of Sea and The Reader, I read both in the last couple of months and enjoyed them SO much! ❤ ❤
    I hope that you will have a wonderful March, sending you lots of love ❤

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  3. Wooo congrats on getting accepted to grad school! I’m intrigued about the non-fic project you’re working on, it sounds like an it’d be an interesting read for sure. Thanks so much for sharing my post too!

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