June 2017 Blotted Recap // The Month of Doing Nothing

Stuff???? Happened??? Kind of???

WELL, I WORKED ON MY WRITING A LOT MORE AT LEAST. But this was a suuuuper slow reading month.

Like, very slow.

Like, very very slow.

Like, I-read-four-books-and-I’m-afraid-to-show-my-face-slow.

But I reread one.

(And apparently Goodreads is trying to make me feel better by pretending that I read more books? No, Goodreads, it is not working.)

blue watercolor streak

Books

BOOKS I READ

*coughs*

3193194128458598256890741848480713206828

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY IS THE FORMATTING BEING LIKE THIS PLEASE HELP.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia ★★★★☆

  • This was so cute! Except I wish there was more of the comics. And some of the characters acted kind of weirdly. [review]

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon ★★★★☆

  • Also so cute! And I want a Rishi. And diversity! [review]

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer ★★★★★

  • Ugh all of the stories were so cute! I loved all of them! [review]

Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout ★★★☆☆

  • I loved Anna and the French Kiss, but no??? The main character just kind of annoyed me, the main male lead was all jealous or whatever, and no. [review]

Cress by Marissa Meyer ★★★★★

  • THIS WAS A REREAD because this book was my favorite out of the series?? AND YES THERE ARE MORE BOOKS ON MY TBR BUT- Just. I loved this book. [there’s no review]

And yes all of the review I’ve linked to you are approximately 50 words long and consist of what, five bullet points? And also I did not review Cress because for some reason I just have the habit of NOT reviewing my favorite books.

Anyways, I was *planning* on reading at least two more on the last day when I went camping, but nope all it did was give Vassa in the Night water damage *cries*.

I’m skipping the “Books To Read” section because I DID NOT READ ANY OF THE BOOKS I LISTED IN THE LAST WRAP UP. 

BOOK HAUL

What yes I actually bought books this month?? And got books from other sources??

So in addition to my BookCon book haul, I have bought fifteen books from Book Outlet. Yes, it might seem like going overboard, but… BOOK OUTLET IS CHEAP SO IT IS JUSTIFIABLE, OK?

Honestly, probably 80% of all of my books are from Book Outlet.

book outlet book haul.jpg
I ALSO got Vassa in the Night which is not pictured here. Because I forgot to include it.

YES THIS WAS A LOT OF BOOKS. I REGRET NOTHING.

also got a copy of Slider by Pete Hautman and some Peregrine’s swag from winning two giveaways by participating in Armchair Book Expo!

peculiarity and other stuff PICTURE.PNG
I also got a Miss Peregrine’s poster, which is not pictured here.

blue watercolor streak

2

STATS

*chokes* BECAUSE I have been late and kind of been more SPORADICALLY posting, it went down from last months.

Right now I have 142 WordPress followers.

  • 9 posts
  • ~70 new followers (I didn’t record it last month)
  • 1,083 views
  • 351 visitors
  • 277 likes
  • 323 comments

I mean, obviously they’re not the best stats. But I’m fine. I WANT TO AIM HIGHER THOUGH???

THINGS I PARTICIPATED IN

  • ARMCHAIR BOOK EXPO!
    • In which I participated in exactly 26% of it?? I forgot to write posts except like, one, and I participated in one Twitter chat! But it was fun.
  • Um, yes, this is the end.

THINGS I CHANGED

  • So… I think I changed my About page a little, and I updated most of my pages! Not my review index page though…
  • I also #amtrying to hit 1000 words for each post, but NO. I HIT LIKE 950 words for each and I am disappointed in myself?
  • I started easing in more reviews around every three posts! They don’t get the same comment stats but I’m okay with that.
  • I also made a blogging schedule! Every three days. I mean, I missed it a few times, but all of you will look past that like the good little minions blog readers you are.

june posting schedule.PNG

EVERYTHING THAT IS HIGHLIGHTED WAS LATE. *laughs nervously*

And I was going to review All the Forever Things instead of The Diabolic BUT I haven’t finished reading it yet! So..

  • I didn’t do an “Anticipated Reads” because I feel like EVERYONE already does those and the main reason I did it last month was because I COULDN’T THINK OF GOOD POST IDEAS. Basically most of my posts will be discussions or reviews, and some writing updates and recaps here or there.
  • I GOT A BLOG BUTTON!!!!!! It’s in the footer of my blog *wink wink*

THINGS I WANT TO CHANGE

  • Well, I kind of want to change the featured images of my posts, maybe??
  • I might change my blogging schedule to set days every week. Example: Monday, Wednesday, Friday so that I post more!
  • I want to post more about writing and reading! I feel like a lot of the posts I write are about blogging and although I’m fine with that, I want to be more bookish.
  • Maybe my blog name! “Blots of Ink and Words” is VERY long and I want to change it to something short like “Ink & Words” or “Blots of Ink” or “Potato Island”
  • I also want to change my pages a bit more! I probably want to update my review index and also create a Button Swap page. I WILL DO THAT, EVENTUALLY.

INTERESTING POSTS

Analee tells us what the different types of commenters are and I am the “longer-the-better” commenter. As in I ramble too much.

May debates with us about whether fantasy or contemporary is the better genre and spoiler alert: she does not come up with an answer. DARN IT, MAY.

Abbie teaches us how to Instagram because we all don’t know how to and #help.

Kourtni wonders if we should write negative reviews because this is one of life’s greatest mysteries.

Lia teaches us how to organize our bookshelves. Because we need the help with the aesthetics.

Mahriya talks about how to write more. Because writing is hard.

Cait tells us how to edit our novels without setting our hair on fire and it is very very helpful info.

Sandra gives us five reasons to read book series and #yes to binging.

Mikaela tells us 16 thoughts every book blogger has had and it’s RELATABLE.

Balie talks to us about why a good blogging schedule is important and she lists very good pros and cons.

Jackie freaks out about books during the middle of the year and I agree with all of her answers.

POSTS WITH ME IN THEM

I guest post at Lia’s blog about things all bookworms hate.

My post “Why I’ll Add That Book To My TBR” is appreciated by Dani on her Week’s Appreciation feature.

Swetlana refers humans to my post about “Different Types of Posts” when she talks about reasons she’ll follow a blog because I’m apparently #helpful?

MY POPULAR POSTS

blue watercolor streak

3

  • I outlined more! And figured out more of my story!
  • I updated you guys on it on my recent writing updates.
  • Also, I’m doing Camp Nanowrimo currently and have done 0% of my goal??? *cheers* I AM SO PROUD OF MYSELF. BUT TO BE FAIR, I was going camping at the beginning of this month.
  • (That was sarcasm. I am disappointing potato.)

Well, that was short.’

4

#RIGHTNOW

  • I came back from camping two days ago! I am very #NatureZen right now. And I only got bitten by mosquitoes like 257 times! It’s an improvement.
  • I DON’T LIKE CAMPING.
  • I cut my hair yesterday!!! It used to be lower-back length but now it’s like shoulder length and NOT AS MESSY. As in, it used to be like a crazy eagle’s nest but now it’s mildly a raven’s nest. MUCH BETTER.
  • It’s summer right now and I am upstairs because my house doesn’t have central AC and I AM SWEATING BUCKETS* TO WRITE THIS POST. Be grateful, potatoes.
  • Did I mention it’s summer and I have #NoPurpose?? THIS IS WHY I DON’T LIKE SUMMER.
  • Also because of the mosquitoes trying to suck the life out of you.
  • Did I mention the mosquitoes?
  • Also currently I am avoiding all of my WordPress notifications like the plague and also everything in my feed so I’M SORRY IF I HAVEN’T COMMENTED I SHALL CATCH UP SOON I PROMISE.

*Fine, only like a small spoon.

WHAT DID YOU DO DURING JUNE??? DID YOU MAKE IMPROVEMENTS??? DO YOU LIKE SUMMER??? Tell me everything!

Advertisements

43 thoughts on “June 2017 Blotted Recap // The Month of Doing Nothing

Add yours

  1. GIRL, THAT BOOK HAUL THOUGH!!

    I honestly cannot wait for you to read all of them (my bias is Bone Gap, cause that book is pure MAGIC!), because those are some really good books right there *nods in approval*. Hope you have a great July (but i know you will because of BONE GAP), and thanks FOR LINKING TO MY POST, I feel super appreciated. *hugs*

    Liked by 1 person

    1. HAHA YES. Except my sister was like “No these books are mine” and then I felt compelled to throw a collection of items at her.

      YES I WANT TO READ THEM. Bone Gap looks so good!!!!! The spine is so pretty. Even though it’s a solid cover. BUT I LOVE PASTEL COVERS. Thank you for your approval, Balie.
      YOUR WELCOME FOR LINKING TO YOUR POST. I LOVE ALL YOUR POSTS, SO IT’S A GIVEN.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I still need to read Stars Above and When Dimple Met Rishi (I’ll talk about the latter so much until I get sick of myself for not having read it yet – sound strategy, right?!) and GOOD LORD YES ABOUT CRESS. I love that book so much! It’s probably my favorite out of the series too and I am in desperate need of a re-read, I think. It’s been YEARS.

    Also, THAT BOOK HAUL. But yes, cheap books are our kryptonite! What are we supposed to do? Just leave them be? Surely not! Snow Like Ashes was pretty good and I hope you end up enjoying it!

    Yes, you were very #helpful! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    1. YES READ STARS ABOVE. ALL OF THE STORIES WERE SO CUTE!!! AND ALSO WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI!!! IT WAS ALSO SO CUTE!! (Your strategy is very sound. I aspire to be at your strategizing level.)
      I love Cress so much! It was probably one of the only books to make me cry?? (The scene with Dr. Erland in the lab) And also Cress/Thorne were one of my favorite ships!! Except I loved all of the others too! Why is Marissa Meyer SO GOOD.

      YES I LOVE MY BOOK HAUL TOO. I knowwww like “what if I buy this later for full price”?? I SHALL SAVE MONEY BY BUYING IT NOW.

      Yay! I shall celebrate this for eternity.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I might have to postpone reading Stars Above until I eventually re-read the entire series because I don’t remember too much of what has happened (old people problems) and I don’t want to enjoy the book less just because I don’t have the events fresh in my head anymore!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. I think the main stand-out for this month was I broke my reading slump and read a lot of books! So that was good! I love summer. I’m out of school and have all the free time in the world, so that’s nice!

    And thank you so much for linking back to my post! It was one of my favorites to write for sure! 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Man you would die in Texas. XD YOU DIDN’T TELL ME THAT YOU READ ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS AND DIMPLE!!! THOSE ARE TWO BOOKS I NEEEEED. *cries* And I need to back up Balie on this — Bone Gap is amazing and read it NOW.

    I need to read all your pages now. And I like your featured images! Except maybe coordinate fonts??? AND I LIKE BLOTS OF INK FOR A BLOG NAME. ALSO YES FOR ACTUAL DAYS FOR YOUR BLOGGING SCHEDULE. You should do Mon/Wed/Sat. 😉

    YAY FOR +70 FOLLOWERS! And thanks for linking my post! And YOU BETTER WRITE!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes I would probably die in Texas. I would probably die in several areas, actually. YES. READ ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS AND DIMPLE!!!!!
      I waaaant to read Bone Gap!

      NOO why are you doing that agh THEY ARE ALL SO WEIRD. And also YES I SHALL PROBANLY CHANGE MY NAME TO BLOTS OF INK. Except the address is probably taken….
      Ok cool!! WAIT. ISNT THAT YOUR BLOGGING SCHEDULE

      Yay! Also no problem OFC I shall link to your post!

      Now, about that writing thing,

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Potato Island is like the world’s greatest blog name😂 That part cracked me up because I wasn’t expecting it!😂 What did I do in June…nothing worthwhile😔I’m just gonna pretend June didn’t happen, April, May, JULY! Defiantly no June this year…*nervous laughter*
    But you got up to so much and that’s awesome! And THAT BOOK HAUL THOUGH😍😍
    I hope you have a great July!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. DON’T FEEL BAD ABOUT NOT READING A LOT OF BOOKS! I usually only read about 4 books a month but then school let out and now I spend all of my time reading… opps. I’ve also been outlining a lot lately! (I’m not officially participating in Camp NaNoWriMo but idk I guess I kinda am… idk I’m just writing *shrugs*) What is your current writing project about? (if it isn’t some top secret government secret…) AND I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK WITH READING AND WRITING AND EVERYTHING!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ahhhhhhhh I read more books when I actually had school because I WAS AWAKE AT PROPER HOURS and also #stressreading.. now I just sleep and Netflix.

      YES GOOD THAT YOU ARE OUTLINING!! I WANT TO OUTLINE TOO!! My current writing project is my YA fantasy, The Night of Shattered Stars about a thief and also someone stealing stars and stuff. YES THANK YOU I SHALL NEED THAT LUCK.

      Like

  7. I’M ALL FOR POTATO ISLAND. Though, Blots of Ink is good! AGH THAT BOOK HAUL I’M INSANELY JEALOUS. Scrap that, I’m just insane. I didn’t do Anticipated Reads, but I might as well have. MY TBR JUST DIED during that season of ‘books I’m looking forward to in 2017’ that everyone went crazily about posting. THANKS FOR LINKING ME. I LOVE SUMMER, but the question is DID YOU ENJOY CAMPING?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. YAY POTATO ISLAND XD
      YES BE JEALOUS *coughs* No I mean, you shouldn’t be jealous. I AM STILL HAPPY TH OUGH.
      Haha YES I KNOW THERE ARE STILL SO MANY BOOKS ON MY TBR.
      YOUR WELCOME FOR LINKING YOU.
      Okay, I’m always like “I can’t wait for summer” and then during summer I’m like “can it be winter but we don’t have school”

      Like

  8. Hahahaha Potato Island sounds kind of fun, though you should call it book potato or potato island full of books or something, since you want to talk about books more?! Sorry, that was my weird idea of the day hahaha 😛
    You have read amazing books this month! I LOVE Cress so, so much ❤ I haven't read Eliza and her monsters yet but I'm soo looking forward to it.
    I hope you'll have a great month 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. This is such a lame comment… I need to be shot for that terrible thing! There are so many other things I want to say like I loved the name Blots of Ink and I too want to read Eliza and her Monsters… I am so sorry *laughs hysterically* Okay I’m leaving now because I’m going wonky…

      Liked by 1 person

  9. When Dimple Met Rishi and Eliza and her Monsters ahhhh I MUST READ THESE. 😍😍 Oh and yay rereads!! Cress is so amazing. Legit June was filllllled with rereads for me?? I reread Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom at the end of the month AND THEY WERE JUST AS AMAZING AND BROKE MY HEART. AGAIN. Why do I do this to myself???

    Aaaaaanyway, THAT BOOK HAUL!!! I AM SO JEALOUS, omg that is so many books I hope you enjoy them alllll! ❤ And haha I know you changed your schedule to mon/wed/sat now, but every three days is pretty much my schedule right now! What a coincidence. Oh and thank you so much for linking to my post! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. YES they are all so cuteeeeee..

      Cress is actually my FAVORITE BOOK OKAY. Cress is also such a relatable character and I love Thorne and MY HEART.

      OMG I MUST REREAD SIX OF CROWS ALSO. SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD IDEA.

      YESS I LOVE MY BOOK HAUL AS WELL. ANd it turns out that I bought the second book in the Mara Dyer series because I thought it was the first?? SO EURGH.

      Yay! I love your posts, so of course I shall link to them ❤

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: