August Review + September Goals

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I feel like I’ve been doing this monthly review + goals thing for FOREVER! I’m pretty sure that this is my 6th month doing it, which is pretty awesome. I’ve come to enjoy doing it.

What I read in August

(again, mostly my library books)

Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery: I’ve read this before but it’s one of my favorites. It’s so sweet. I LOVE Jims, he’s so cute. (For those who don’t know, this is the ending book of the Anne of Green Gables series. The main character is Rilla, Anne’s youngest child, who is 14 at the start of the book. The time period covered in Rilla of Ingleside is during WW1. I definitely recommend this book to really anyone. Anne of Green Gables is for ages 8 to 88 as they say! 🙂

Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs: This was my “silly book” or “fun book” for the month. It was humerus and silly, very fun, but certainly not educational. There are some bits of humor that were amusing but hinting at crudeness. I don’t think this book was awful, but it’s not my favorite. I didn’t mean it to be, though!

The Hobbit by J. R. Tolkien: I’m actually currently reading this one for school, but I thought I’d include it in there. I read it in the first couple weeks of July, so I’m now rereading. I don’t have very much to say, but I would recommend it, it’s pretty awesome. I think the whole poem part with Gollum is quite boring though. It’s probably just me, lol!

Dear America: My Secret War I’ve always enjoyed the Dear America series (since I was 8) since it’s light, easy reads but so educational and teaching. Same with the Royal Diaries. This one, My Secret War, was very intriguing. Set in 1941-42 in Long Island, the WW2 Diary of Madeline Beck is quite interesting. My favorite part is how it’s so REAL! That’s what I love about DA. I recommend this book to anyone (the more advanced you are, the lighter the read is, but It’s also more fun because you can Google the person and research about them. I don’t think you’d do that at age 8, lol.

Dear America: Look to the Hills This book was not at all like My Secret War. Set in 1763, this is in the New York Colonies. Very different! It’s a diary of Lozette Moreau and very enlightening. I recommend it to the same people as above ^^.

Royal Diaries: Anastasia This is by the same authors as DA, but Royal Diaries are different in the fact that it’s royalty from all around. This one is Anastasia in Russia in 1914. It’s very fun and sad and lovely! I do think that the end is SO rushed and there’s not any buildup at all. It’s just- we leave, we’re gone, the end. XD

Royal Diaries: Isabel I had never ever heard this story before. Very interesting! I recommend it to everyone.

 

Photoshoot of my sister

On my younger sister E’s birthday, I took a photoshoot of her. Some of the photos turned out so cute! Since y’all have commented saying you want more pictures of her I decided to share a couple of them.

Goals for September:

  • Post 5 times on C & C
  • Post 4 times on QTE
  • Send out a Monday email on the C & C mailing list twice
  • Participate in a challenge/giveaway on another blog
  • Start using my school schedule

That’s all for today! I’ll see y’all next week for a fun photoshoot of _____ (you guess)!

 

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July Review + August goals

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Just warning you, this is not going to be your typical monthly review + goals post. I’m taking another quick break so I’m writing this post a couple weeks ahead. Here are the changes (only for this month):

  • No goals review
  • No stats/blog posts

What IS going to be in this post:

  • Monthly reading list
  • Photos from this month

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get started!

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Obviously, this isn’t everything I read this month, but here are some of the things I read.

All Four Stars- Tara Dairman

The Stars of Summer- Tara Dairman

Stars So Sweet- Tara Dairman

The Photograph- Beverly Lewis

The Covenant- Beverly Lewis

The Betrayal- Beverly Lewis

The Sacrifice- Beverly Lewis

The Prodigal- Beverly Lewis

The Revelation- Beverly Lewis

Okay, I admit it. These were only the 2 series I read. I read a lot more books in this, but I wanted to keep it simple.

I reread the “Four Stars” Series by Tara Dairman and realized that I didn’t love it as much as I though. I honestly would recommend the first one but not the others. Wait… there’s a BIG cliffhanger, maybe don’t read them at all?

I read a new single novel by Beverly Lewis- The Photograph. It was so intriguing, I would recommend.

I also read all of the ‘Abram’s Daughters” books and loved them. Get them all at once, you will be reading only them for 2-3 days straight. I’m pretty sure I’ve read all of Beverly Lewis’ books’s and reread them very often. She’s a favorite author of mine.

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The header may be a little misleading and confusing. I’ve seen blog posts where you “vlog”, as in you can’t backspace and you have to include every work you type without editing. So, I decided to do that with my camera roll. I’m going to include every picture EXCEPT the ones that show my/a family member’s whole face. And to make it easier for you, I made a slideshow showcasing the photos!

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Not very much, but hopefully you enjoyed! I hope to add these categories to my monthly posts now!

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June Recap + July Goals

Wow! Time has flown by. It seems like I just posted the May Recap + June goals post, but it’s already time to do another monthly recap + goals post.

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June Recap

This Month’s goal recap:

  1. Use my bullet journal every day, with the exception of 1 day per week. Re-doing this one! ✖ It’s hard to admit it, but I didn’t do this one… again!
  2. Write 3 posts for this month. ✔ Check! I did do this one!
  3. Take photos on my  blogging break. ✔ Sure did!

I didn’t have many goals for June, but I did do 2/3, which is good!

This Month’s posts:

May Recap + June Goals

RATC Challenge ANNOUNCMENT

RATC Week 1

RATC Week 2

Back from Summer Break + Photos

I still posted 5 times, even though I was on break- what?

This Month’s stats

Note: I normally schedule posts ahead of time, so these aren’t going to be super accurate- sorry!

Total followers: 78

Top three countries:

America with 124 views

Australia  comes to a close second with 13 views, and

Canada gets 3rd place with 7 views.

Views: 155

Visitors: 67

Likes: 45

Comments: 46

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July Goals:

  1. Prep posts ahead of time
  2. Send out a weekly newsletter 3 times
  3. Prep QTE posts ahead of time

Only 3 goals again 😦

 

 

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May Recap + June Goals

Hi guys! Today is my recap of this month + my goals for June.

May Recap

This month’s goal recap:

  1. Use my bullet journal every day, with the exception of 1 day per week. ✖ I sure did not do this one… but I did get do this for the last half of the month. Hopefully I will be able to do this in June!
  2. Review my new planner. ✔ I definitely did this! If you haven’t checked out that post, go do that!
  3. Write 5 posts for this month. ✔ I posted 5 times this month… yay!
  4. Plan ahead 2 posts for June. ✖ Sadly, I did not do this one.  😦
  5. Clean out my desk and computer files from school things. ✔I did this one!
  6. Send out emails every Monday and Friday this month. ✔ I did this!

This month’s posts:

April Recap + May Goals

Bullet Journal Essentials (Video post)

Calico Critters Photoshoot

Blog Update (yet another video post)

Recent Photagraphy

My Plum Paper planner review

Yay, I posted 6 times this month! That’s past my goal! I also posted 2 other posts, but they are contest/giveaway reposts.

This month’s stats:

Note: I’m scheduling this ahead of time, so these might not be acurate… 😖

Total followers: 71 9 new followers in a month? I can’t believe it!!! WOW

Top three countries:

America wins with 257 views (not as many as last time)

Malaysia comes to a close second with 19 views, and

India gets 3rd place with 14 views. Again, Malaysia and India! That still amazes me!

Views: 313

Visitors: 105 1 less visitor that last time, lol. These numbers are staying pretty steady.

Likes: 94 Again, staying steady/

Comments: 47 Last time, I got 108. I’m not complaining at all, I promise, it’s just weird how the numbers are so different!

Those are this month’s stats. I think that this month was okay with the stats, but it’s been better.

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May Goals:

  1. Use my bullet journal every day, with the exception of 1 day per week. Re-doing this one!
  2. Write 3 posts for this month.
  3. Take photos on my  blogging break.

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Okay, about that blogging break…

Since it is summer, I think I’m going to take a little break from blogging this summer. I love it, but I don’t want to be pressured to post, if that makes since. I will be a little unpredictable this summer, lol, but I will try to keep getting things up for y’all.

I’m going to take an official break from June 4-22, which is about 2 1/2 weeks. I will try to get a post up at the end of the month telling you guys what I did during the summer (photos included!) and then I should be back on my regular blogging schedule for July on. If that’s too ambitious later on, I will let y’all know that my break will be extended!

 

Thanks so much for making my blogging experience awesome! I can’t wait to come back after the summer!

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April Recap + May Goals

Hi guys! Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my previous post(s).

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April recap

Sadly, I don’t have goals to recap for this month 😦

This month’s posts:

YOU can help pregnancy centers

Collab with Megan @Animal Wonders Blog

I’m launching an email list??

To the woman that’s had an abortion

Quick update

Yay, I posted 5 times this month! That’s my goal, so I’m so glad that I accomplished it. I had 1 Monday post and 4 Friday posts, again, my goal! That’s great.

This month’s stats:

Total followers: 62 Yay, we passed 50!

Top three countries:

America wins with 278 views

Malaysia comes to a close second with 23 views, and

India gets 3rd place with 15 views. Wow, Malaysia and India? That’s so cool! I was definitely expecting America, Canada, and another country to be the top 3, but that’s not what happened!

Views: 333 Wow, what a cool number! 

Visitors: 106 Wow, it’s amazing that 106 different people viewed my blog this month. That’s amazing!

Likes: 92 That’s not great, but it’s high for me! Also, it evens out to about 18 likes per post, which is pretty good.

Comments: 108 WHAT? There are more comments than likes, which is super crazy and funny. This one evens out to about 22 comments per post, which is great!!

Those are this month’s stats. I think that this month was awesome stats wise.

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May Goals:

  1. Use my bullet journal every day, with the exception of 1 day per week. I don’t normally bullet journal on Saturdays or Sundays, but this month I want to bullet journal on Saturdays too. 
  2. Review my new planner. I have a special review planned for this month… get ready!
  3. Write 5 posts for this month.
  4. Plan ahead 2 posts for June. I want to take a vacation, but still post for you guys!
  5. Post some photography. I just got my first ‘real’ camera, so I’m really loving taking pictures.
  6. Clean out my desk and computer files from school things. I only have  1 more week of TPS and 2 of Veritas, so this month I need to finish up school things.
  7. Send out emails every Monday and Friday this month. This will be a lot, but I think I can do it.

Thanks for reading!

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