#ReadYourTomesAthon Announcement

Hi everyone!

So it looks like 2020 is the year of readathons, for me, anyways. There have been a myriad of them happening in years past, but I never managed to participate in many. This year, however, I’ve decided to change that. So, here I am, to announce my intent to participate in another readathon. I cannot say this will be the last announcement of the sort, however, the one in question this time is the #ReadYourTomesAthon by Vanessa, who blogs at The Wolf & Books.

Personally, I am ecstatic that this particular readathon has been created, because now I have legitimate motivation to read the massive books that have been on my TBR for a while now. Currently, the TBR I have for it is:

1. Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger

2. Peace and Turmoil (The Dark Shores Book 1) by Elliot Brooks

3. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

4. Jade City by Fonda Lee

5. The Inheritance Trilogy (bind up version from Amazon) by N.K. Jemison

6. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison

7. The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy: Book 1) by S.A. Chakraborty

8. The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci

9. The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell

Looking up at that list, I feel confident that I will manage to pick up each of those titles, considering that I own all of them. However, I am participating in another readathon, and do have other books outside of these that I’d like to read, so it’s all about managing my time and seeing what I can handle alongside life.

If you haven’t heard of this readathon, and you are a reader who loves tomes, then you should definitely check it out!

Until next time,

T.J.

Some Rather Than None

In a surprising turn of events, I wrote words.

No, really, I did. My spreadsheet even says so. I promise.

By the time this posts, I’ll be working towards my overall monthly goal of finishing with at least 40K under my belt, which will be relatively easy considering I’m closer to 36K at this point than not. This is a non NaNo month, in which I spread myself out over a variety of projects, so I am quite pleased with my work, even if my drive fizzled out towards the end due to life and its inconsistencies, coupled with my inability to focus after these unexpected events transpired. Still, I wrote words that mattered and which helped me grow. That is progress I can get behind.

Now that May is all but over, as I look forward to next month, believe it or not, I am aiming for the whole 50K, if not more. With a new spreadsheet in tow, I will be tracking my progress once again, because it seemed that method helped me to best stay on track, even if I did deviate for a bit. In preparation for the July NaNo, and each one after, I want to keep the work load steady, so that writing that much becomes as easy as breathing. Otherwise, finishing all that I want to may never happen.

On a semi related note, I actually read 5 books this month, as well as one graphic novel. April was the worst reading month I’ve had in years, so to read that much after the previous month, was a breath of relief. In terms of overall enjoyment – I loved each book that I chose. Two thirds of them were new releases, with the other two being books I’ve had on my TBR pile for a while. Not a single one disappointed, thankfully.

While I do not plan to set a definitive TBR for next month, I will say that I’d like to read at least 5 queer books, if not more. Massive monthly TBR piles, like I tried to set for each month at the beginning of the year, will not do it for me. At least, not while I’m juggling all that I am. Even so, I’m sure I will enjoy the next month, and whatever reads it brings.

So that’s my May in a nutshell, with writing and reading – two actions which are intrinsically linked. If you do either, do you have any goals for next month? Are you setting a definitive TBR for Pride Month, or winging it?

Either way, I hope that if you’re reading this, that you’re having a great day!

T.J.