I’ve Almost Reached My 2020 Goals…and it’s only May. Also…a future giveaway!

ALLLL the way back in January, I set some goals for myself on what I wanted to achieve for my blog in 2020. Some were social media based, some were more content based.

I’ll sum them up quick below, but if you want a refresher, read my 2020 Goals here.

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Goals – SOcial Media/Reading

I keep track every Sunday of the progress of my social media channels, so here are the goals and the current standings of each of them.

12 Books Read6 Finished (though I have two more that are halfway done and don’t expect this to be too difficult.)
325 Twitter Followers304 Followers (I expect I’ll hit 325 by the end of the month)
150 Instagram Followers131 Followers (This might take longer, but I should have it met soon!)
25 Facebook Followers16 Followers (I’m not totally sold on Facebook yet, but its slowly growing)
300 Blog Followers232 Followers (The furthest of my social media goals, but I am growing at a steady pace and don’t expect too much issue with this one.


I’m not trying to brag or anything, but I have been increasing my social media presence in different ways, and I have been seeing results.

I don’t imagine I will meet all the goals by the end of May, but I expect to have most of them reached by the end of June or July for sure.

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GOALS – Content

I wanted to explore more content for my blog, so I came up with some goals for myself for that as well. Again, here are the goals and their current status.

Host 2 giveaways (one for Christmas and one for hitting 300 followers)
Haven’t started, but I have plans for a Christmas one floating in the back of my head. Might hold off on the 300 follower one until I reach all social goals.
Host 1 contest for writers
Rough planning has commenced but nothing concrete.
Have 5 collaborations with authors or other bloggers this year
Already at 3 and have a few in mind to get started on soon.
Create a blogging award (not specifically for book bloggers)
Not done, but in the early stages.
Create new look for this blog
Done and I like the new look!
Create a blog mascot
Has changed slightly, but it is “done.”
Make significant progress on my bookHave done significant planning and writing has commenced.

Not as far along on the content goals, but I am making good progress seeing as its only the fifth month of the year.

Once I hit all of the social media goals, and one or two more of the content goals, that’s when I’ll host a giveaway. I have a few ideas in mind but nothing set in stone yet.

Movie Review: Leap Year

Hello movie lovers. It’s February 29, so what movie is better to review than Leap Year!

It made sense to me, so its making sense to you too, but don’t get your hopes up about this review, because I really didn’t enjoy this movie at all.

The entire premise of this movie is the only reason that it’s interesting at all. It’s another Rom-Com, and even that isn’t entirely true.

I didn’t see a sense of romance in this movie. I didn’t see or feel the love, the passion, the chemistry.

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I wasn’t in the right head space, or maybe its because I’m really not a fan of Amy Adams, but I didn’t like this movie.

That has nothing to do with how predictable it was too.

As soon as Anna meets Declan, you know they are going to fall in love. Why would she propose to the man she’s been in love with for the past four years?


It’s my biggest issue with Rom-Coms. Too often the people in love are really just infatuated with each other.

They would make a terrible couple, but because they had moments of flirting and a bit of sexual tension.

I don’t have much else to say honestly. I could talk about casting, pick apart the plot, examine the acting skills, but I honestly don’t care to.

I disliked this movie so much that I don’t even want to spend more time on it than I need to.


Let’s not talk about Leap Year any more. Instead why don’t you suggest some other Romantic Comedies that I should watch that are actually good!

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Bookish Habits that I am Guilty of

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Hello dear readers, I come to you with another Top 5 Tuesday list, this time all about some bookish habits that I have. Top 5 Tuesdays are hosted over at Bionic Book Worm, and you definitely need to check out her blog if you love books.

Some habits are probably things that a lot of book readers do, and some might be more specific to me.

Bringing my Book EVERYWHERE

Almost everywhere I go, I have a book with me. Whether it’s to work, hanging out with friends, or even waiting on the elevator on the way to take my dog for a walk I have a book with me. Short bursts of reading actually gets a lot done if you do it often enough.


Multiple Books on the go

I have gotten much better at this in the last few years, but I tend to have two or three books and a manga or two going on at the same time. Usually they’re of different genres, but I usually jump back and forth now and then to keep things interesting.


Bad Book Buying Habits

I think all book lovers can appreciate this one, but if you leave me alone in a book store, I ALWAYS come out with a book or two. I’ve actually had my girlfriend drag me out of the store to prevent me from buying something.


Progress Bookmarks

I like to see the progress that I make when I am reading, so I like to have two bookmarks in my books. The first is where I started at the beginning of the day, or week and the second is where I am currently. It’s nice seeing big chunks of the book being finished a time.


Spoiler Free

You can’t spoil a book for me more than I do myself. As soon as I am hooked, I am searching on the internet for what comes next, what happens to the characters in the end, who gets what sort of magical powers. That doesn’t ruin the story for me either, because it is the adventure that we go on that I really enjoy.


What are some of your bookish habits? I know we probably share one or two, but I want to hear about what weird things you might do when it comes to books.
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My Oldest Books

Hello dear readers, you’re in for a treat today whether you like it or not, because today I am going to share the oldest books that I own!

Most of my books are from this century. Even if it was a book written before 2000, I probably have a modern version of it.

There are a few exceptions however, but before I show them to you, I’m going to tease you a bit more.

When I went to University, every few weeks there would be this man that would show up with hundreds of used books for sale.

He’d get these books at garage sales, other book stores, estate sales, or even from people who left their large collections to him in their will.

He had recent books, he had old books, he had books everyone has heard of, and he had books that you’ll never hear the name of again.

I probably spent way too much money on his books, at a time when I definitely couldn’t afford it, but I’m a sucker for a book sale.

I didn’t buy these two books together, but when I did buy them, my friend and I were having a competition to see who could find the older book.

My friend is currently winning, unfortunately, but I haven’t given up hope yet.

BUT

Without further adieu ladies and gentlefolk…here are my oldest books!

These two were only from the 1970s, but they’re on the older end of things for me.


1921 was a good year for Tennyson Poems, and I love the texture of the cover too!


And last, and definitely the oldest book in my collection…More Tennyson poems from 1893!


What’s your oldest book? I’d love to see it if you’re willing to share.
Show me in the comments or on social media.
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Top 10 Tuesday: Bookish Discoveries of 2019

Hello dear readers, and welcome back to another round of Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s Top Ten list is all about Bookish things I discovered in 2019…so I hope you enjoy.

#1 Brandon Sanderson

I didn’t technically discover Sanderson in 2019, but I think I fell in love with him in 2019. I had read a handful of his works before, but I really found out how good of an author he really is. 2019 was a great chance for me to read some of the Mistborn series…and I can’t wait to read them in 2020, along with his new Starlight Archive book.


#2 Ink to Film

This is a podcast I found near the end of 2019, but it has been bumped up my list to be my next listen to. The first episode I listened to had me hooked from the start, and I like the varying perspectives of the same story. If you like books and their film adaptations, this podcast is definitely worth the time to listen to it.


#3 Fictional

The second of two podcasts on this list, and one for the classic literature lovers. This podcasts takes books, and gives them a modern telling. I like hearing the modern day versions of some classic stories. It’s sort of like Myths and Legends…but for books!


#4 Blog Tours

I got to be a part of my first Blog Tour near the end of 2019, and I was quickly looking for more. They’re a good opportunity to reach out to other bloggers and read their perspectives of the same book that you read.


#5 Dungeons and Dragons

Not necessarily a book, but I am counting it on this list. Dungeons and Dragons has been so much fun, for the little bit of playing that I have done. If you’ve played it before, then you know how much fun it can be.


#6 Audiobooks

I only tapped into the audio-book market this year, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it all. I loved how immersed into the story I felt, and even when I felt like I wasn’t listening, I was still absorbing the whole story.


#7 My Book

Not much has come out of this yet…but it all started in 2019. That’s when I came up with the idea of the story I wanted to write, and that’s when I came up with the determination to see it through to the end.


#8 Speechify

Speechify is this really awesome text to speech app I discovered. I can’t afford an Audible subscription right now, but I have a few book-tours ongoing, and since I find myself in short supply of reading time, Speechify can read PDF documents out loud, which has helped me finish a few books already.


#9 Short Stories

Not something I discovered in 2019, but something I found a new appreciation for. I actually generally enjoy short stories more than some full-length pieces simply because they are shorter, and often have interesting endings to them.


#10 Ten Games to Play in Your Head by Yourself

A book I got for Christmas, and one I have not yet cracked open. I keep hearing better and better things about this book, and I can’t wait till I have the time to read through it.


What are some bookish discoveries you made in 2019? Let’s talk about them in the comments, or on social media!
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New Years Quotes to Inspire You

Hello dear readers. I hope 2020 is off to a good start this year for you. I know it’s a bit cliché, but everyone needs a bit of inspiration to help them kick off their resolutions.

I hope these help, or inspire you in some way!

“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” —Robin Sharma

“New year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.” —Alex Morritt

“Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.” —Bill Vaughan

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” —Benjamin Franklin

“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. When life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” —Shauna Niequist

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” —William James

“Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” —David McCullough Jr.

“Let our New Year’s resolution be this: We will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.” —Göran Persson

“Remove ‘shoulds’ from your vocabulary this year. Start your journey of self-love now.” —Kelly Martin

“We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them.” —Hillary DePiano

“Making New Year resolutions is one thing. Remaining resolute and seeing them through is quite another.” —Alex Morritt

“Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” —Neil Gaiman

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” —Albert Einstein

My 2020 Goals

Hello dear readers. I hope all is well with you. I hope life is treating you well, and the words on the pages keep you hooked on your books.

2019 is officially over. It seems like it flew by, and I can’t believe I just completed my first full year of blogging.

There were some ups and downs for sure, but we weathered through them…and now we are in 2020!

If you haven’t checked out whether I completed 2019’s goals, check them out here.

I’m going to give my 2020 goals, both for the social media, and my reading goals. This will probably be a long post…so bare with me.

I’m going to start with my reading goals for 2020. I am still amazed at the people who can find the time to finish 100+ books a year. I don’t understand how they have the time or money to finish that many, but I tip my hat too them. You are truly worthy of calling yourself a reader.

I, on the other hand, am going to set the bar much lower. Since I prefer the books that are around 700-1,000 pages, and I don’t find as much time to read as I’d like to.

I am going to shoot for 12 full books this year, and 10 short stories (or something similar)…and yes audiobooks will count in these numbers.

I’m hoping to exceed these numbers. I want to find a nice local park I can go to in the summer and just lay there and read for hours on end.

I’m excited to get myself back in to reading heavily again, and I have more than enough books to read.

I won’t be counting manga reading in these numbers, because I read through several of those chapters a week.

Social media goals are another story.

I didn’t hit a lot of social media goals, which upset me, but this year I am going to hit them for sure, even if it kills me.

Goal #1: Twitter

Current: 158
Goal: 325

I was disappointed I didn’t hit my Twitter goal, but I am going to spend more time interacting with my fellow bloggers, and I am going to reach that 325 follower count.


Goal #2: Instagram

Current: 51
Goal: 150

I had a nice initial rush of followers on Instagram, but it died off pretty quickly. I stepped away from it for a while, but I have a few ideas to hopefully get back into the game.


Goal #3: Facebook

Current: 0
Goal: 25

I started a Facebook page to share my thoughts and opinions with others, in a book club style group. I didn’t figure out all the rules and regulations for it at first, and I quickly lost interest in it, but I want to try again. I think it will be a good opportunity for people to share their thoughts in a slightly more permanent place than Twitter.


Goal #4: Blog

Current: 141
Goal: 300

My blog grew much slower than plenty of other people’s that I noticed, but there are many factors to that reasoning. I am happy for their success, but I am undervaluing my skills and going to shoot lower. I think I can do better than 300 followers, but anything higher will be a success.

Those are the main goals I want to achieve in 2020 with On My Bookshelf. They are probably the most important to em personally, but I do have a few minor goals that I want to work towards through the year…so here they are:

  • Host 2 giveaways (one for Christmas and one for hitting 300 followers)
  • Host 1 contest for writers
  • Have 5 collaborations with authors or other bloggers this year
  • Create a blogging award (not specifically for book bloggers)
  • Create new look for this blog
  • Create a blog mascot
  • Make significant progress on my book

I hope 2020 goes well for you all, and I hope that you are able to stick to your goals and resolutions. I’m not a big fan of the saying ‘New Year New Me” but it’s true….let 2020 be your year!

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