June Notes ➴

With June over, we are officially halfway through 2018. How crazy is that?! This month looked very different for me as I was house-sitting for most of it while my mom visited my dad in Israel. I was home alone, watching our dogs, and essentially living my best life of my inner hermit. I wish I had gotten more done (as always), but I consider it a productive month.

I learned a lot about myself. I work much better if I spend my days working mainly on one big project, instead of bouncing around between different ones. I’ve found blogging and writing are two very different tasks that pull my mind in different directions, so it’s better to stick to doing one of those per day instead of dividing up my day. Blogging and writing are not the only things I do with my life, but they do tend to require the most from me.

I’ve gotten a lot better at striking a healthy balance between my time spent online and off, but I know I could do even better so I this is one of my goals for next month.

Goals Revisited

In case you’re new around here, I like to set myself goals at the beginning of each month that I share on the blog for accountability’s sake. It works sometimes, but it most definitely did not work this month! I’m was a little too ambitious with what I wanted to accomplish, and I feel like I didn’t do anything too well. But, nevertheless, I think I did do a lot, so it’s hard to be too hard on myself. It was a fun month.

Here are the goals I set for June:

  1. READ MORE BLOGS
  2. WRITE FOR 30 MINUTES EACH DAY
  3. GET ORGANIZED

I consider my biggest success this month was in reading more blogs. At the end of May, I realized I wanted to find more blogs that I love. I was already following so many, but a few have become inactive since I followed them. I also realized I followed quite a few for their visual aesthetic and not because I loved their posts or the books they talked about.

So this month I made it habit to look at the posts that showed up in my feeds and comment on posts if I could think of anything worthwhile to say. I’m happy to say I discovered some blogs, old and new, that I really enjoy and I became closer to some of my fellow bloggers! I still intend to do a post with everything I learned and showcase some of my favorite blogs at the moment. I just need some time to get all my thoughts straight.

With regards for writing, I was less successful. Writing used to be my biggest priority and this month I found it shifted as I began to put more focus on my blog and reading those of others. I still want to write, and especially finish this novel, but I’m going to give myself a break from deadlines and see what happens when I’m writing because I want to and not because I feel like my time is running out.

As for my final goal, I did get a little more organized. My books tend to end up all over the place as I read and muse about what to read next. I had intended for them all be returned to their respective places on my bookshelves. But then I realized there are reasons for them to sit where they are so there is an organizational structure in place, even if it doesn’t look like it! I also forced myself to go through all my MacBook Pro’s desktop files and put away stuff that didn’t need to still be cluttering my digital workspace. Soon I’ll transfer stuff to my portable hard-drive.

This Month on Betwined Reads 

What I Read

June was not a very successful month for reading. I only read four books, but they were all in line with my TBR and all reviewed! The only outlier was City of the Beasts, which I opted for in place of The Young Unicorns, a much better book saved for fall.

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  1. The Arm of the Starfish by Madeleine L’Engle | ★★★★
  2. Troubling a Star by Madeleine L’Engle | ★★★½
  3. Dragons in the Waters by Madeleine L’Engle | ★★
  4. City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende | ★★★★

My favorite read was definitely The Arm of the Starfish. It was such a fun summer caper with international-thriller vibes. My least favorite was Dragons in the Waters, because I didn’t really connect with any of the characters and felt like the plot was a bit of a mess. It also took me a long time to read. I probably would have DNF-ed it if I wasn’t such a big fan of Madeleine L’Engle.

End Note

Next up on Betwined Reads, I will be sharing my plans for July! I actually began that post earlier this month as I realized things I want start doing, but I need to look it over and make sure I’m being sensible so that I don’t overload myself again! I also have a few other blog posts in the works, but I don’t want to say exactly what those are because I don’t know when they’ll be done. Does anyone else have a problem looking at screens when your allergies are bad? I do…

Thank you for reading!
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7 thoughts on “June Notes ➴

  1. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

    Love that you are so goal oriented! It helps me a lot stay on top of my blog. Don’t always accomplish what I set out to do. And that’s okay. Read City of Beasts when the English translation came out. It’s one of my favorite. ♥️ Madeleine L’Engle is one of my favorite authors.

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    1. Lori

      Aww I’m glad if it inspires you too! As long as you’re not too hard on yourself, I think setting goals, even it they’re wildly unrealistic, can be helpful for growth. <3

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  2. Sara @ The Bibliophagist

    Not gonna lie, I’m a little jealous of you getting in touch with your inner hermit. Sometimes I really miss the days when I lived alone! :)

    And I’m always looking for great new blogs to follow, so I’m really looking forward to your post. <3

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    1. Lori

      Thanks! It’s been really tough thinking about how to organize that post and I think I’ve finally figured it out. It should hopefully be up on Sunday!

      I hope it lives up to the expectations now! I know it’s been unexpectedly anticipated and unintentionally hyped up by me ^_^

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  3. Cailin @ Rose Petal Pages

    It’s so great that you’re able to set goals for yourself and accomplish at least some of them. Sometimes it’s good to start off really ambitious and even if you don’t hit all the goals you planned, you wind up still doing really well. I can’t wait to see your post on your favorite blogs. I’m looking for new blogs too and also plan on going through all the ones I follow and to see if I genuinely enjoy all the content, and then focus on the ones I really love!

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    1. Lori

      Hopefully that post will come tomorrow! I started organizing it earlier this week and just need to add all the…important stuff! I’ve been a little apprehensive about it, but I’m hoping the way I do it captures what I value about these blogs.

      Thanks for the sweet comment! I’d also love to discover what blogs you find you really love!

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