Category Archives: Planning

August Wrap-Up/September TBR

Happy Friday! Sugar Honey Iced Tea, friends! It’s September! What is this new devilry? I swear it feels like the summer just started. Now iCal is telling me I only have four months left to read all the books and I can’t stop talking without using exclamation points!.

This is a hybrid post of my August wrap-up and September TBR. Pictured is my bullet journal with my reading tracker layout for August and also featured are some of the books I’ll be reading for September.

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For my last wrap-up, instead of a rating system, I did categories and they worked out really well, so I’ll try them again.

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Epic adventures that owned me at every page:

-Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

-The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley (Book 2 of the Unhewn Throne)

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Elemental fantasies are my jam and these did not disappoint:

-Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

-The Waking Land by Callie Bates

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Heard these were good and that I’d like them and turns out I LOVE THEM:

-Stalking Jack the Ripper by Keri Maniscalo

-Etiquette and Espionage: Book the First in the Finishing School series by Gail Carrier

-Curtsies and Conspiracies: Book the Second in the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger

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Diverse reads done well—funny and poignant:

-Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

-You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

-The Hammer of Thor: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2

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Fun summer read:

-The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

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The jury is still out on this series:

Empire of Night (Age of Legends #2) by Kelley Armstrong (I’m reading book 3 for September.)

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What was your favorite read(s) in August? What are you looking forward to read in September? What are your plans for the weekend?

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July TBR 

Okay. Where did the weekend go? I swear it was here just a minute ago! Summer needs to slow down and stop rushing through the weekend!.

That’s when I realized I hadn’t posted my July TBR! 😅 The Emperor’s Blades, The Sun is also a Star, and Lord of Shadows are from June that I’m hoping to finish this month. All the rest are buddy reads! I knowww. I usually only do two buddy reads, three if I’m daring each month, but this month, I somehow agreed to seven. 😅 Maybe it was the allure of summer reading and the promise of more free time (I’m donkey laughing at myself for being so naive) that had me saying yes to all the buddy reads this month, but I love buddy reads and I’m enjoying these so far! (And just to clarify, these buddy reads are not happening all at the same time.) Featured is my reading tracker in bullet journal to help me track my reading. Scroll down to see a close up or check out the tag #jennfscurrentreadstracker on Instagram to see more. 

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What’s on your TBR this month? What has been your favorite summer read so far?

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My son’s 5th birthday is on Tuesday but we’ve been doing all the celebrating this weekend. Today we’re surprising the family to a trip to Chuck E. Cheese. My five year old and three year old have never been and have seen the commercials (Well played, Chuck E. Cheese. Well played.) What are your plans for today?

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June TBR 

Jumping in real quick to share my June TBR! Better late than never right? 😆.

I’ve actually gotten through The Hate U Give, Tell Me Three Things, Thick as Thieves and The Song of Achilles. I’m making great progress on the others! 

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Featured also is my reading tracker. I want to read diversely but also consistently on a daily basis. Having it tracked like this helps with seeing my progress for the month and also which books I gravitate toward. I also included a close-up of my layout, if you’d like a better look. Or you can check out my tag #jennfscurrentreadstracker!

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It’s the last day of school! Yaaas! But I also realized my kids will be home and so I need to take pictures!! 😆

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Do you have any favorite reads for this month so far? Do you have vacation plans for the summer? 

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May Wrap-up 

A bit late, but here’s my May wrap-up. I had a fantastic reading month and June is shaping up to be just as good. .

I can’t pick a favorite because I really enjoyed them all. One of my reading goals is to read outside my comfort genre which is YA Fantasy and I managed to read three YA Contemporaries (Words Deep in Blue isn’t pictured), a graphic novel, and an adult fantasy. I did pretty well and I’m hoping in June to fit in non-fiction and middle grade books. 

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I created this Genre tracker to help keep track of the books I read and which genre they’re from. You can see a close-up of it in the next picture. 

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Do you guys set up reading goals? Have you read any of these books? What did you think? 

Bullet Journal: Current Reads Tracker

Thursday has me like 😵. I’m ready for the weekend! .

For #squeakybookishlibrary Monica Gellar, I thought it would be a good time to share my reading tracker in my bullet journal. Monica is known for her competitive and obsessive nature with a touch of exuberance that some may view as over zealous but I see it as being full of awesome (Remember Ross and Monica’s dance routine?💃🏾🕺🏻 Pure awesome.)

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I like to set goals for reading and writing and I track my progress in my bullet journal. For reading, I set a goal for at least 30 minutes of reading a day and to finish 2 or more books a month. I set a goal of reading 50 books for the year and I’m already more than halfway toward my goal. 💪🏽🙌🏽 (I purposely set it at a low number, for me, because I’m trying to finish my draft.) 

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Any planner addicts and/or bujo junkies out there? Do you track what you read?

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Bullet Journal Challenge: Hi! 

Besides being an avid reader, I’m a notebook and bullet journal enthusiast. I use bullet journaling for different parts of my personality: reader, writer, and mommy. Featured here are the notebook systems that help me stay organized and reach my goals. .

I’ve recently moved all my collections into a TUL disc bound notebook and I’m loving it. My collections are divided up into five sections: reading, writing, buddy reads, manga/anime/drama, and notes. It’s so nice not having to worry about how a collection will be and where to find it. To the right is my sexy Foxy Fix @thefoxyfix Traveler’s Notebook. I have separate notebook inserts to help me organize my mommy and family life: real life bullet journal, book and nerd gear budget tracker, menu planner, and running lists of home/family supplies. Below is my Midori MD A5 squared notebook in a lovely notebook cover by @lunabluebags. I use this for personal journaling, but for this year I’ve set goals for personal care and I’m using it to track my progress. To the left of my journal is my Leuchtturm 1917 @leuchtturm1917 squared pages in an Anthracite cover. This is my favorite notebook for bullet journaling, but the Midori MD notebook is a close second. I use my LT1917 for my reading and writing life. I use it to set goals for writing my novel and reading. I also keep my current reads tracker and my dailies in there. 

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Seems like a lot, but this suits my personality so well. Different parts of me need different spaces, so I love having different notebooks that suit those parts of me. 

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Wooden bookmark from @riddlesteashoppe.

To do planner stickers from @paperkumaco.

Tap the rest for details!

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I’ve had some interest expressed in a flip through for my TUL disc bound to see the sections. Would that be something you’d all like to see on my InstaStory? Who else is a notebook/bullet journal addict?

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#planwithmechallenge Hi! 🙋🏽 

Reading Habits 

Okay. So when I took this picture I kind of didn’t realize that I should’ve posted it sooner rather then later because WHOA it’s February already! Where has the time gone? .

If you check my previous post, you’ll see that This Savage Song was part of my January Wrap-up. You can see mini-reviews of other books I finished in January by scrolling down to the previous post. 

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So let’s talk about what kind of reader you are. One of my daily habits I want to keep up is to read for at least 20 minutes a day. To help me stay on track, I’ve created this current reads tracker. It’s helped me so much by helping me see my reading progress on my books. I also update my Goodreads status to also keep me accountable. Also, since I read multiple books at a time, I can see which ones have grabbed my attention and which ones need more of it. 

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How do you guys track your reading? What are some reading goals you’ve set for yourself?

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I stayed up way too late watching a Korean drama Playful Kiss and then accidentally finished reading Son of Neptune. I’m listening to SON with my kids, but I wanted to see how much we had left and accidentally read the rest of it. 😅 How’s your Wednesday going so far?