April 2020: A Month in Review
It's the start of a new month, so I wanted to do a quick post to wrap up my reading for last month, my posting, and what to look forward to in this new month. I'm so excited about the posts I have planned, upcoming interviews, and continuing to come up with fun posts and new ways to share about books I loved. I read an incredibly high number of amazing books this month. Many of them have immediately joined the list of my all time favorite books and definitely at the top of the list of this year. I finally made my reading goal of finishing more books this month than in April in years before. I haven't managed to do that in over a year, so I was really excited to see that. I'm really glad that reading has become an escape for me again. (All titles are clickable, so if you missed the review or are interested, check out the post!)
Total Books Read In April: 11
Everything I've Read In April:
This Is My Brain In Love
What To Eat When
The F*ck It Diet
Top 3 of the Month:
What I Like About You
Favorite Nonfiction of the Month:
I've had so much fun blogging this month! I managed to post every other day for the most part, and I've started planning posts ahead of time again. While I love sharing about books that I enjoy as soon as I read them, planning is allowing me to come up with more consistent and unique content. I launched a couple new series this month. I've been doing a favorites profile for a lot of the year that's been fun, and in April, I started posting Music Meets YA posts. I love getting to blend my passion for music and YA books, and it's been phenomenal to see the response on social media to it. I've also enjoyed getting to update Into YA more often again. Talking to debut authors and the people who write my favorite books is something that keeps me excited about reading and in love with blogging. Looking at my May schedule, I'm so excited that I'll get to continue all of those types of posts and more.
Total Posts In April: 13
Music Meets YA Posts:
Into YA Posts:
The last piece I wanted to talk about was social media. As I worked on developing my posts more and posting more often, I applied the same thinking to Instagram and Twitter. I've been on social media since the start with the blog, but I haven't been this active with it ever. Getting to know many of you so much better on social has been so much fun. I've been doing my bests to come up with daily bookstagram content, so if you can't get enough from the regular blog posts, make sure you're following on Instagram (@readingwritingandme) as well. Seeing all of your comments has been so awesome and encouraging. Hearing that some of you bought books based on my recommendations or enjoyed a post is exactly why I'm still blogging. Make sure you're following on Twitter (@readwriteandme) and subscribed to the email updates so you don't miss new posts. I've been using stories and Twitter to share my excitement about books I'm currently reading because I'm posting about them later. Thank you to everyone who's followed recently as both platforms have crossed 700 followers. Seeing your response has made the time and effort I've put into improving the pages fully worth it.
As a quick final closing note, at the start of April, I ended my podcast, The Empathy Factor. It happened for a variety of reasons, but I'm super glad that I worked on it for the last six months. Talking about music with everyone was so much fun, but I'm still doing that on my music blog, which you can still check out here. Thank you to everyone who subscribed and followed it. Letting it go was a hard choice, but I decided to do so because it leaves room for more exciting projects I want to pursue. With giving the blog a lot more attention and looking forward to starting college in the fall, I'm realizing that I have to weigh everything I choose to pursue. I'm super excited for the plans I do have for a new project in the near future, though. Thank you to everyone who's been so supportive.
Over the next couple days, I'll be working on the Q&A post I was planning for my 3 year blogging anniversary. I've gotten questions from Twitter and Instagram, but if you don't follow there but have a question about reading, writing, or blogging you want answered, email me or leave them in the comments here!
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