Wrapping Up August 2022

Books Completed This Month

About that…somehow I did not finish reading any books this month except for a handful of picture books that I read to stay aware of what’s new in our library. I thought that with school wrapping up and volleyball ending that I would have several book completions this month, but that did not end up being the case.

Books Read but Not Completed This Month

Monthly Goals Recap

Originally posted here.

  • Post more reviews ❌
  • Make a bookstagram post at least once per week ❌
  • Update my resume ✔
  • Outline tentative plans for fall and maybe winter re: blogging, reading challenges, and major family/social events ✔
  • Find a new rhythm for exercising and other hobbies now that volleyball is over and capstone will wrap up this week
  • Watch season 1 of The Chosen (re-watching a few episodes and then finishing the season) while working through the companion study guide, What Does It Mean To Be Chosen?
  • Update the 2022 Reading Challenge spreadsheet that I made at the beginning of the year but have not kept up-to-date ❌

Other August Highlights

Music of the Month: Author Victoria Lynn made a really cool aesthetic playlist for her new book Once I Knew (which you can read my review of here!). I also continued to hone my Summer 2022 playlist and added to an A Cappella Worship playlist

Movies Watched: Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (might be my new favorite Marvel movie); Kung Fu Panda (2008 – rewatch) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Podcasts Enjoyed: Radically Christian Bible Study Podcast; The Authentic Christian; 5 Minutes in Church History

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A Favorite Bible Verse from This Month: “Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:5-7 (ESV)

  • Finished my capstone, and with that formally graduated with my MLIS
  • One last preschool story time before the end of the summer
  • Made a build-a-boat activity kit for kids to take home from the library
  • 2 game nights, multiple potlucks, and a movie night with various groups from church
  • Spontaneously decided it was time to decorate for fall. This mostly means that I swapped out ocean and citrus-scented candles for things like pumpkin and cranberry spice.
  • Spent a Sunday in a small town not too far from my own, supporting a friend who was preaching at a church which may be the smallest I have ever attended. There were no more than about twenty people that morning.
  • Elections were held for a group that I have been Chairperson of for about three years, and rather than re-election in that role I ran for (and got) secretary.

Okay, so I did not accomplish my reading and book-related goals this month. To be completely honest, this month somehow seemed more challenging than the last two even though I had fewer formal responsibilities. But as is listed above, there were plenty of highlights! Perhaps life is simply one adjustment after another, and getting my reading up closer to the level it was at before I started grad school is an adjustment that will take more than a few weeks. I personally don’t mind this, but as it does somewhat affect the content I post here, I am sorry to disappoint you, reader. I hope you’ll continue to allow me a measure of grace in this and look forward to more book reviews and discussions as time progresses.

Did you read much in August?

Until the next chapter,

Jana

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