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Summer Reading, Blogging & Life Goals ☀️

Summer is already here! For me, this season is all about making changes. All the little things I’ve been dying to do but putting them on the back burner because of university I can finally do! Do you also feel this way about summer?

Today, I want to tell you all about the things I have planned. From the books I’m most excited to get to this summer to the blogging and life goals I want to achieve. Join me today and tell me about your summer plans!

When this post goes live, I will be getting ready to board a plane to spend the summer with my boyfriend’s family in the United States. This will be the second summer of us dating but the first we get to spend together. Needless to say I’m over the moon about it! Not only will we not need to rely on Skype to spend time together, but we also have so many fun things planned out!

To get into the summer spirit, I want to set goals for myself. It can be so easy to just squander an entire summer, but this year I’m determined to make it last! So, in September I will be posting a “Summer Wrap Up” post where I’ll go over this post’s goals and see how well I did! Hopefully I achieve everything!

☀️ summer reading goals ☀️

Let’s start with the funnest part — the books I plan on reading during this summer. Plus, all the amazing challenges I’m participating in!

TBR Pile

I suck at creating TBR piles for myself, but I really want to try and read these books. I’ve been eyeing them for ages and I will be very happy if I actually read them. Do you ever put off reading a book you’re super pumped for just because you get lazy??? ‘Cause me too, buddy, me too…

☀️ Dopesick by Beth Macy: So many people have raved about this book and I’m ashamed to say I know nothing about the US opioid crisis. It’s such a huge issue and I need to pick this book up as soon as possible! (Goodreads)

☀️ Hunger by Roxane Gay: Gay is such an amazing writer. I have loved every book of hers. I stayed away from this one for personal reasons, as body image is a problem for me that becomes really bad during the summer. But I want to push myself this year. (Goodreads)

☀️ The Radium Girls by Kate Moore: Yet another nonfiction book that has won everyone’s heart, I’m pretty sure. Women fighting for their rights and changing the world? Sign me up. (Goodreads)

☀️ We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nahesi Coates: Coates is coming out with his first novel in September, and after loving Between the World and Me I want to make sure I read every book of his before then. (Goodreads)

☀️ Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance: The Appalachian mountains have fascinated me for a few months now, especially the region’s history after the Civil War. I definitely want to understand it better. (Goodreads)


🍹 Accidence Will Happen by Oliver Kamm: I love punctuation and I love learning more about the English language. This book is going for pretty cheap on Amazon as a used copy, so I’m going to nab it before too long. Plus, I can always work on my writing skills. (Goodreads)

🍹 Crucial Conversations by several authors: I saw Cindy @ Read With Cindy recommend it and so I said “screw it.” I’ve never liked a self-help book, so I am putting a lot of faith on this one. Moreover, I want to learn to speak better in professional settings. (Goodreads)

🍹 Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer: A while ago, What’s Nonfiction posted a glowing review of this book, and since I’m an English aficionado and love grammar, I’m finally getting around to this bad boy. (Goodreads)

🍹 Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Struss: Another grammar book! This time about my fave: punctuation! It’ll help me a great deal become more confident about my writing. (Goodreads)

🍹 On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King: I have never read a King novel, but when you look up “books about writing,” this one ALWAYS stands out. I’m not too interested in becoming a creative writer, but I’d love to improve my article writing and copywriting skills. (Goodreads)


Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston: Everyone and their mother has been talking about this book, and I’m super ready to pick it up this summer. I thrive on romance and this one sounds so cute. (Goodreads)

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan: I love family stories, and this one sounds right up my alley. I have also heard that this is a pillar book for many Asian-American fiction novels, so I must read it. (Goodreads)

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo: This historical fiction novel is set in Malaysia in the 1930s during the occupation. After reading Crazy Rich Asians I know I need to learn more about the time period in Southeast Asia. (Goodreads)

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones: I’ve heard mixed reviews, but the themes of this novel sound awesome. It’s been longlisted for several awards and it’s time I tackle it. (Goodreads)

The Pisces by Melissa Broder: This is completely out of my comfort zone, but Rachel @ Pace, Amore, Libre speaks so highly of it that I must read it. (Goodreads)

Normal People by Sally Rooney: I don’t know what this book is about, but everyone says so many flattering things about Rooney that I need to give it a shot. No questions asked. (Goodreads)

🌴 If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin: I read Giovanni’s Room when I was younger and it went right over my head. Now that there’s a movie out about this novel, I really want to read it. (Goodreads)

🌴 Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: It’s a classic! It’s long af! It’s set in the Reconstructed South and I have a burning curiosity for that time period and area. And did I mention it’s a classic? (Goodreads)

🌴 Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: It’s being adapted to television! I’ve tried reading it three times now but could never get into the story. This summer I’m determined to read it and love it. (Goodreads)

🌴 Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee: In January of 2018 I said I was thrilled to pick this novel up. It tells the story of two very different sisters (love it) and handles mental health (love it even more). 2018 came and went and I never read it, but now that’s about to change. (Goodreads)

🌴 Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: I’m not sure what this novel is about other than the story of a tragically destroyed Asian-American family in the 1970s. And apparently that’s all I need to know to want to read it. (Goodreads)


Challenges

🌊 #ReadingRush2019 (22nd July — 29th July): The former BookTube-a-Thon has been rebranded and it is now The Reading Rush! Honestly, I don’t feel too good about this rebranding and, as the dates get nearer, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of organization, BUT I HAVE HOPE!

🌊 N.E.W.T. Readathon (August?): I have not seen any updates on this, but if it is anything like last year, the N.E.W.T. Magical Readathon should run for the whole of August — and I can’t wait to join in for the first time!

🌊 Goodread’s Summer Challenge: Listen, I love Goodreads. And when they created this AWESOME pdf with beginner and expert challenges I was sold. I will keep track of it on a spreadsheet, but I won’t share a TBR because it would be so long and I’d probably fail!

Are there any other readathons/reading challenges I should be aware of??? Let me know so I can participate!

☀️ summer blogging goals ☀️

The way I blog has changed a lot in 2019, and I couldn’t be happier about those changes. Now, since I will be much freer during the summer, there are some things I want to work on in terms of my blog!

  • Blog makeover: Change the whole look and brand of the blog
  • Update relevant pages: You know those review policies and about me pages every book blogger should have? Yeah, mine need some TLC
  • Create my own templates for posts: Formatting is a beeatch and I love seeing my blog all neaty. I’ll work on creating templates for all my posts and designs!
  • Keep posting 3 times every week: Let’s keep the ball rolling
  • Compile all book reviews: I want them all alphabetically sorted as a separate page on my blog in honor of my effort of trying to write a review for every book I read
  • Post more discussion posts: Among so many ARC reviews, I haven’t had the time to write all the discussion posts I’ve wanted. That has to change!

If I can achieve these, I’ll already be so happy. I don’t want to focus on follower numbers because they stress me out. I want to keep blogging fun and grow my audience at the same time!

☀️ summer life goals ☀️

This will be a very different month for me. While I don’t know what my routine and day-to-day will be like, I want to set some goals for myself in order to keep being productive and not just a summer potato!

  • Spend more time outdoors: That’s what summer’s all about, anyways
  • Try new foods: Change is awesome, so why not?
  • Think more of my health: My self-destructive food-related urges are so bad for me and I want to be more mindful of what I do to my body
  • Keep a memory journal: Keeping memories is awesome, so I want to document my whole summer using a scrapbook-meets-journal thingy
  • Keep growing as a freelancer: I’ve been doing this for more than a year now, so I want to keep getting better and progressing career-wise
  • Learn new skills: This is a huge one. I want to learn more. I’m planning on taking cooking lessons, digital marketing classes, and advanced SEO courses. Hurrah!
  • Keep learning Swedish: I started (again) the Swedish course on Duolingo a month or so ago. At first, I though I was a natural, but now word order and prepositions are really kicking my ass! However, I want to (1) finish 75% of the Duolingo tree; (2) start the “official” Swedish course; (3) watch more Swedish shows.

Do you have any special summer plans or goals this year? How will you be achieving them and keeping track of them?

20 thoughts on “Summer Reading, Blogging & Life Goals ☀️

  1. I hope you have a great summer with your boyfriend – make sure you spend lots of time exploring and having fun as well as reading! If you do get round to reading The Radium Girls I’d love to hear your thoughts, it was one of my favourite books that I read last year.

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  2. Ahhh have a safe trip and an amazing summer, this is so exciting! ❤
    I love these kind of posts so much, so many goals and projects, yay! I recently read and loved red, white and royal blue so I can't wait to hear what you think of it 🙂 and best of luck for all of your goals!! ❤

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  3. So many exciting books! Hope you like Normal People and Little Fires Everywhere, they are definitely great summer reads. I really need to read The Night Tiger as well, I’ve heard amazing things about it. Making templates for posts sounds like such hard work, also revamping the whole blog (even tho personally I think your blog is already perfect the way it is <3)
    Happy summer reading, and have fun in the US! 😀

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    1. Have you looked on Udemy yet? I always set the filter to “free,” and I have found a few interesting ones! To start out (and if you also like other areas of digital marketing) I HIGHLY recommend the Google Garage Marketing course. It’s free, made by Google, 40-hours long, and gives you a really neat certificate at the end (for free too, I believe). It’s awesome and I’ll start it this summer as well.

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