2019 Reading/Blogging Goals

Hello, hello! Welcome to my last post of 2018!  As I reflect on the year I can say that I am SO proud of myself for sticking with most of the goals I set out!  I read 55 books this year! This literally never happens so I am SO happy! Especially with reading, I am so happy I was able to stay focused and get more enjoyment out of reading than I have ever done before.  This blog is also something I am so grateful to have started this year.  Starting Brittany & Her Bookshelf was one of the best decisions I have made this year, and that is thanks to YOU.  Below, I have set some more goals that are more specific to reading and blogging.  Here’s to a great 2019, and to my followers, Happy New Year!

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I Want To Host A Read-A-Long!

Hi friends!

I am thinking about hosting a Read-A-Thon/Read-A-Long during the winter break (dates TBD).  This is kind of a trial run for the book club I want to start over the summer. (For those of you who don’t know, I want to start a book club over the summer for teachers and educators to read books and have discussions on how they would incorporate certain texts in the classroom!)

For the Read-A-Long this winter  everyone is welcome to participate!

I have already picked the book I want to use for this… It is a relatively popular YA Contemporary and it is a quick read.  So for those who are a little apprehensive about participating because of timing issues, do not worry, the book is short!

The reason why I want to read a YA Contemprary for this Read-A-Long is because I still want to use books that I could potentially teach at the secondary level (middle school/high school).  However, despite your age, if you are interested, you are welcome!

If you are interested in participating or have any questions the best way to contact me is through my Instagram! Shoot me a DM and I will tell you what book I want to read, and add you to the group chat, or you can leave your best form of contact in the comments below and I will reach out to you!

I’m excited for this! Talk to you guys soon!

❤ Brittany

Rant: I want to read about more Black joy!

When I set my goal to read one book a month in January, I was making it a point to seek out books written by Black women or about Black people.  I kept true to that criteria for a good portion of the year which I am very proud of, but for a while in the summer I was very turned off by reading books centered around the Black experience… I was disappointed, because I felt like I was betraying my favorite part about myself, and my identity.

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Source: For Harriet

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Blog Update!

Hey, gang! *taps mic* Is this thing on?

I just wanted to swing by and give an update on what’s been going on with me personally.  I recently got a new job, and it has been such a great new experience! For those of you that know me personally, my previous job that was really taxing and I was being treated really unfairly.  These working conditions took a toll on my anxiety and started to affect me physically. Now, I am in a much better situation and finally teaching English! Yay!

I have been blogging for a little over 5 months now (wow!) and it is my favorite thing to do. I am so thankful for the community that I have been introduced to and what I’ve wanted for so long was to just talk to a bunch of great people about the cool books I read, and with this blog I have that and I am so grateful!

Most people don’t know this, but I do write my blog posts way in advance. I post about twice a week (a book review and a blog post), and I normally have about 10+ posts in my Scheduled Posts tab — so pretty much everything I post was written a month prior. I kept a steady writing schedule so there was never a gap in my posts, or any indication showing that I was writing so far in advance.

With that being said, now that I have a new job, my responsibilities have pretty much quadrupled, and my commute also takes a lot of my time. I have about 4 posts in my Scheduled Posts tab, because I have not been writing as much anymore. I love blogging but I think in order to keep a balance with work and reading, I am going to only post once a week now.  I think that will help me feel less pressured to get content out at a certain time.

This is not a hiatus, but just a notice that I will have a little less content out for now. Once things get a little less hectic in my personal life, I will be back to writing as much as possible!

I’m thinking about posting on either Mondays or Thursdays (I kind of want to bypass all the Top Ten Tuesday/Top 5 Wednesday Tags) but let me know in the comments when would be the best time to see posts from me!

In the meantime, you can also add me as a friend on Goodreads or follow me on Instagram! I will definitely be a little more active on those platforms!

You guys are the best of the best! Thank you for all the support! I have a post coming later this week and then I’ll start the once a week schedule! See ya then!

❤ Brittany

Rant: Are We Really As Diverse As We Claim To Be?

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As I become more immersed in the book community I find more and more things I want to rant about, haha.  I know I have written about the lack of diversity on the actual Booktube platform but I have noticed something else even more disturbing.

[[Edit: I wrote this post about a month ago, but I just realized this is going to be posted on National Coming Out Day! Happy NCOD to all my out and closeted LGBTQ+ babies! I love you.]]

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My Favorite Form of Self Care: Why Reading is My Saving Grace

TW: This post will have discussions about depression and anxiety.

I have always been an avid reader.  No matter what, I am reading something.  Reading has always been a fun thing for me to do on my free time, and then I decided to pursue it in college and in my career in education.  This was never out of the ordinary and things were pretty normal in my everyday life., reading was just another hobby for me.

In these past couple of years, however, events happened that shifted the dynamics in my personal life.  I started reading even more as a way to calm down and improve my mental health. Reading has become of one my primary sources of self care because at one point in my life, I had no other option BUT to read.

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The Best of Shakespeare

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I want to explore my love of William Shakespeare for a second.  First of all, I know a lot of people are turned off by Shakespeare because his work is very difficult to read and it’s true!  If i didn’t go to college for English I don’t think I would be able to read Shakespeare very well.  Especially for people who like to steer clear of Classics, I want to share my favorite works of Shakespeare.  This is also going to purposely  not be a very literal analysis of these works because Shakespeare is intimidating enough.  I just want to show you how fun reading Shakespeare can be!

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