Sunday, July 1, 2018

June Wrap-Up Incuding ALA Convention Highlights - Can You Believe 2018 is Halfway Over?

You know, this year has been soooooooo busy!  I keep saying I'm going to slow down on signing up for tours, and then, I don't.  That's still a goal that I have for this year!  This June has been an exciting one.  And July is going to be as well I think.  But I'll talk more about that later.  First off, let's talk about stats for June:

# of books read June/year so far:  15/104 - I've dropped my Goodreads goal for the year to 200, so I'm now 5 books ahead.  Just didn't see how I was going to get to my 265 as the number I was behind kept going up.
# of reviews posted in June/year so far:  12/99 - and actually, I have 9 reviews overdue!

Challenge updates:

My goal for the year was 4, and I at least have one done, Book Blogger Woes.  I still have some other ideas, just need time to do them!

My goal for the year is 6, and I am getting close, 5 done!

Everlife (Everlife Trilogy #3) by Gena Showalter
Chaser (Dive Bar #3) by Kylie Scott
True Storm (True Born Trilogy #3) by L.E.  Sterling
Down Shift (Driven #8) by K. Bromberg
Brave (A Wicked Trilogy #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My goal was 12 books, in March I had 3, since then I've only read 2 more. 

Felony Ever After:  A Domino Anthology - 13 authors - 1 story
Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Cordova - no review written yet

1.  My first goal was to finish one of my works in progress, which I did finally finish my short story.  Then, I let a friend read it.  Well, she read just the introduction and kind of blasted it apart.  So, I'm going to go back and rework it.  Editing you know!  Guess that is important!  I did catch on to something that I do seem to always do with my beginnings, and I know that I need to make them more interesting, so I'm working on that.  Of course I haven't had much writing time. And actually, for about a month after I got her comments on my story, I kind of was feeling like it was a waste of time. But since then, I've decided that I do still want to write.  Still, not much time it seems!

2.  My 2nd goal was to read books that have been suggested by friends.  Sad to say, I've not made any progress with this at all.

3.  Cutting back on blog tours.  Well, I keep thinking I've done it, but yeah, still not doing that great.  Lots to work on.  One thing that I think might help me is that I've started adding dates on my calendar for when I need to do a review for my ARCs.  So that might help since it will show less days open for tours.

Well, I signed up to do June, to comment 5+ times on my partner's blog.  I failed this time.  I think I only did 3 times.  Not sure if my partner got over to mine more than 5 either, although we did communicate on Twitter as well a few times.  Since I did so bad, I decided not to join up for July.

I had a total blast!  Got to meet a lot of authors, got a lot of ARC unicorns and other cool books.  Enjoyed good food in New Orleans, and really am so glad I got to go.  I was bad about taking more books than I should have.  Let's share some pictures below!

Books galore!

Authors everywhere!

Swag all around!

I borrowed the slide show idea to show all my pictures from another blog, It Starts at Midnight.  You can go check out their ALA wrap-up post HERE.

Of course, what I got at ALA is not at all a complete listing of all the books I got this past month.  But I don't have the time to go through all of that. 

Coming up in July, I've got my trip to Book Bonanza, so stay tuned for pictures and posts about that.  Instead of bringing a ton of books, though, I'm working on creating a photo book with Shutterfly, to get signed.  I am still bringing a few books, but for the most part, just want pictures and my autograph book signed. 

Of course after that it will be getting close to back to school time.  My summer has been so busy working at my part time job at the bookstore to make money for my trips, I haven't been able to do as much writing or other things I'd have liked to do.  We'll see how this month goes.  I mean, it is just July 1st!

So, how was June for you?  Are you ready for the 2nd half of the year?