January 2019 Wrap-Up and February 2019 TBR

Whaddup homies? Welcome to your tita’s monthly wrap-up and TBR! (Yup, it’s all in one post now, because your tita is also lazy and couldn’t be bothered to make two.)

JANUARY FLEW BY LIKE WHOA, DIDN’T IT? 😳 I felt like I’d hardly taken in a breath and suddenly – whoosh! – the first month of 2019 had already ended. Pretty soon, it’ll be Christmas again. (Lmao.)

Anyway, let’s dive into what iyong Tita Kate (‘Your Tita Kate’ in Tagalog!) was up to this month!

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2019 Blogging Goals + Looking Back at 2018’s Goals

Happy New Year, guys, gals, and enby pals! Here we are, on the first day of the year 2019! I hope everyone’s having a great day so far. And if not, chin up, friend! This is the dawn of a whole new 365 days, and you’ve got the whole year to make things better for yourself.

One of the things I positively adore about the New Year holidays is the chance to reflect on my goals and resolutions! I realize such things may be trite and ineffective for some, but for me, it honestly, truly works. Having a concrete list of what I want to achieve in a given amount of time. (It’s the Amy Santiago in me, I’m sure.)

For today’s post, obviously, I’m gonna be talking about my blogging goals for 2019. But I’m also gonna do a quick recap of my goals from 2018. It’ll be nice to see if I’ve accomplished everything I’ve set out to do when I first started this blog, don’t you think?

Let’s get on with the show!

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2018 In a Nutshell

Hey there guys, gals, and non-binary pals! CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT 2018 IS OVER? Because I sure as hell can’t! Seems like just yesterday I was toying with the idea of starting a book blog. And here I am, a little over ten months later, now with an audience, now a part of a wonderful community. I can’t believe how far I’ve come along! I am so happy, y’all!

Book blogging has become such a huge and important part of my life. Not only have I met so many wonderful people and made so many new friends, I’ve also improved my reading habits (making efforts to read diversely, critiquing books in a more nuanced way, viewing literature through a more contextual lens) and actually met my Goodreads challenge!

So overall, 2018 was a good year to me and my blog, and here’s how it went:

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2018 Blogging Goals

Clearly, it’s a little too late in the year to really do a ‘2018 blogging goals’ post, but I thought it would help me have a clearer idea of what I wanted to get out of this book blog. It might be helpful too to have this list so I can revisit it in 2019 (let’s hope my book blog lasts that long) and see if I actually did achieve those goals.

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1. Read more current releases.

I’ve never been the type of person who stayed on top of highly anticipated releases for a particular year. My reading style has always just been nip into a bookstore, grab something I like, pay for it. I don’t actively check out Goodreads, blogs, book Twitter, or best-seller lists.

This 2018 though, I want that to change. I want to read more newly-published books and make room in my shelf (and in my heart, lol) for newcomers to the industry. I want to write a book too one day, and I figure, if I can’t even hustle up the effort to support new titles, how can I expect people to do the same for my future (hopefully) book?

Plus, I am a diverse book blogger, and lately, publishers are starting to pay attention to diverse books. So if I want to keep up with my efforts to read diverse books, I’m gonna have to keep on top of recent and upcoming releases.

2. Share my blog with people I know in real life.

This, I predict, is going to be the blogging goal that I’ll have the most difficulty with. I am so self-conscious when it comes to writing. I’ve kept a personal blog for almost three years now and that whole time, I’ve never showed it to anyone I know in real life. Not my mom, not my best friends, not my boyfriend. The only people I know in real life who’ve seen my blog are people that I actually met through that blog, and who I eventually got to know offline thanks to meet-ups.

To start with, I’m going to be sharing links to my reviews and other posts on Twitter and Facebook. Hopefully, it’ll get me enough traffic that the residual embarrassment at having my writing out there (and really, how ridiculous is that, someone who wants to be a writer being shy about her writing) will be swept away. But please, if you’re reading this now and you know me in real life, do me a favor and don’t mention to me that you read my blog. Hahaha.

3. Make some money off of reading / writing / editing.

As I keep saying, I’m a full-time government employee and a grad student, which means my salary and spare money are basically *raspberry noises*. I know some book blogger friends who make a little side money by offering their services as editors / beta readers, so I thought, why not try something similar? I also want to try self-publishing something this year, again, just for a little extra money – and also so that I can say I have an actual book out there!

Aside from being a great experience overall, I think editing and writing semi-professionally would really help me hone whatever creative talent I have (hopefully…) after a year of writing almost nothing but academic papers.

4. Read more #OwnVoices books and #DiverseBooks.

This is something that I’ve been promising myself since 2016, but I never really committed to it. This 2018, I’m going to hardcore make that commitment and actively search out and read POC authors, especially Filipino authors. I’ve come to realize that representation matters, and it’s my responsibility to make sure to support that.

5. Make stronger friendships with other book bloggers.

But considering she was the first book blogger I met outside of the Internet, nobody will ever replace Shealea of That Bookshelf Bitch as my book blog bae. ♥

I’ll be attending the #romanceclass event #AprilFeelsDay2018 (click here for more info) with Shealea and Cara of Little Miss Bookworm so I’d like to think I’m already working on this goal!

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And those are my blogging goals for 2018. Here’s hoping I actually achieve them!

Love and light,

kate