Month In Review: February 2020

I still can’t believe it’s March already! Where did February go?! Anyway, like I mentioned a while ago, I’ve decided to take it easy with all things blogging this year both because I’ve been in a blogging slump for months now and I needed to start focusing on my health again. February was my first full month of more exercise and a healthier diet… It seems to have worked, because the first 16 pounds are gone!! Way better than I could have hoped to be honest, as my Hashimoto’s seriously slows down any progress. Fingers crossed things will keep going this way!

We also went on an impromptu mini camping trip during February, spending a wonderful few days close to the river… But the biggest change in our lives apart from my new healthier lifestyle was without doubt the arrival of a new kitty. Felix adopted us as he showed up at our front door one day, demanded to be let in and refused to leave afterwards… Delilah and Jasmine still are not amused at all, but I hope things will become easier soon. xD

Now to the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in February: 16
  • Total number of books read in 2020: 41
  • Total number of pages read in February: 5.186
  • Total number of pages read in 2020: 13.376

As expected, I read less than usual during February, and even getting to sixteen books was mostly thanks to a couple of short and superfast reads. No new 5 star reads this time around, although I managed to enjoy most of my reads during February with only two titles 3 stars or below. Not bad at all!

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Month In Review: January 2020

The first Monday of February already, and it is time to look back at the first month of 2020… Like I mentioned a few days ago, I’ve decided to take it easy with all things blogging this year both because I’ve been in a blogging slump for months now and I needed to start focusing on my health again. About two weeks ago, I changed my eating habit to mostly fruits and veggies (no alcohol and soda was easy as I hardly drink those anyway, no sweets including chocolate a tad more difficult; no flour products and less cheese considerably more complicated though xD). I’m also focusing on exercising 1-3 hours at least 5 times a week, which I hope will start giving results in the near future. 😉 And yes, this means no baking for the time being! And less reading too, as that exercising time has to come from somewhere haha. February will most definitely not as successful as January bookishly speaking…

Now to the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in January: 25
  • Total number of books read in 2020: 25
  • Total number of pages read in January: 8.190
  • Total number of pages read in 2020: 8.190

I definitely read more than I thought I would during January, especially if you consider I read the mayority of the titles during the first 20 days of the month. I also had FIVE!! new 5 star reads, something that I don’t think ever happened before in just one month, and to top that I had three further books with a nearly perfect rating too… I did also have a DNF and five titles with 3 stars or below, but overall I’m not complaining at all.

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Month In Review: December 2019

The last month of 2019 seems to have flown by in a blink of the eye and I still can’t believe we are now officially in a new decade… I’m still feeling a bit slumpy when it comes to all things blogging, and I guess you might have noticed I’ve still not been all that present on my blog despite daily posts during the December month. I used the magic of scheduling posts to help with that, but it’s been hard to find time and motivation to blog otherwise. Fingers crossed 2020 will give me my blogging mojo back! I did a lot of baking during December, mostly Holidays related, which is always a great excuse for me to get those recipes out. Some DIY aside, it was mostly an uneventful last month of the decade overall though.

Now to the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in December: 20
  • Total number of books read in 2019: 264
  • Total number of pages read in December: 7.172
  • Total number of pages read in 2019: 88.638

I definitely read more than I thought I would during December, and most titles were excellent at that! Two new 5 star reads, another bunch of almost perfect reads and only three titles 3 stars or below… I’m more than happy with that.

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Month In Review: November 2019

Both November and my break flew by way too fast, and I can’t believe we are already into the last month of 2019… Nothing much happened last month to be honest. No camping trip after all either, as I’ve recently discovered I’m basically ‘allergic’ to the sun now. 😦 With the UV index in the area of Argentina I live in higher than ever, I will basically break out in hives if I spend even a small amount of time in the sun during the summer months… And with the temperatures being high even this early in the season, it looks like I’ll have a long couple of months cooped up inside ahead of me. Anyone have some spare vampire teeth I could borrow now I live in the shadows? xD

Now to the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in November: 21
  • Total number of books read this year: 244
  • Total number of pages read in November: 7.450
  • Total number of pages read this year: 81.466

I definitely read more than I thought I would during my break, and most titles were excellent at that! Two new 5 star reads, another bunch of almost perfect reads and only four titles 3 stars or below… I’m more than happy with that.

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Month In Review: October 2019

October is from now on known as #Orentober as well as Halloween month!! I had a fantastic time reading books for both, and I have so many new Orenda beauties waiting for me on my TBR after reading all those fantastic reviews… As it’s currently Spring, I’ve been spending time prepping the garden for the season as well as doing a couple of smaller DIY projects around the house. More of that will follow in the next month as well as some long overdue self-care time and a couple of trips out of town (maybe even a camping trip if the weather plays nice?). I also did the necessary baking during October, although that will probably on hold during November as I’m trying to eat healthier this month. xD

Now to the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in October: 24
  • Total number of books read this year: 223
  • Total number of pages read in October: 7.591
  • Total number of pages read this year: 74.016

My reading definitely picked up again in October, and I think I have the Orenda beauties and Halloween reads to thank for that. I also reread two of my all time favorites… And I found a new 5 star read as well! I did have two DNF reads this month, but with those being the only two below 3 stars, I’m still very happy with the books I was able to read in October.

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Month In Review: September 2019

September turned out to be quite a stressful month reading wise, mostly my own fault as I seem to be drowning in a pile of ARCs right now… It’s probably the reason I’m once again feeling that reading/blogging slump and I really need to take a break ASAP, although I’m too excited about #Orentober so it will have to wait until November. xD September also means Spring has arrived again, and I’ve been working a lot prepping the garden and doing some DIY around the house… And of course a lot of baking/cooking as well, including Dutch ‘sprits’ cookies, apple crumble, pineapple/coconut cupcakes with buttercream decoration and my famous paella valenciana. ❤

Now to the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in September: 18
  • Total number of books read this year: 199
  • Total number of pages read in September: 5.775
  • Total number of pages read this year: 66.425

September wasn’t my best month numbers wise, mostly because I’ve been feeling slumpy these last few weeks and it was affected my reading speed. That said, the books I did read were almost all winners. Not only did I find THREE new 5 star ratings, but I also had FIVE other other fantastic titles with an almost perfect rating… And only three titles had a rating below 4 stars. Oh yes, I definitely got lucky last month.

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Month In Review: August 2019

August turned out to be a busy reading month and despite trying to take a break from blogging, I can’t say I was able to relax much… I blame the #NEWTsReadathon2019 haha. August was the month of a fantastic buddy read with Nicki (The Willow Woman), lots of baking, enjoying the winter sunshine and garden preparations. I’m hoping next month will be more relaxed though! And I’m more than ready to welcome the Spring season…

Now to the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in August: 24
  • Total number of books read this year: 181
  • Total number of pages read in August: 8.403
  • Total number of pages read this year: 60.650

August turned out to be another excellent reading month and I read way more books than expected, mostly thanks to the NEWTs Readathon. I also found myself not one, not two, but THREE new 5 star reads! On top of that, FIVE other fantastic titles were given the almost perfect rating… Oh yes, I definitely got lucky last month.

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