If you follow me on social media, you may have already seen the news that I’m pregnant.
Remember after my August hiatus when I had a pretty sparse Bookish Thoughts my first week back? And I was all, “Huh, you’d think I’d have more to say after being gone for a month. I guess my life just isn’t that exciting…”
Yeah, that was a big fat lie. (Sorry. (But not really.))
Anyway, I’m due in April, and while becoming a mother (that still sounds so weird!) doesn’t mean I’ll stop being myself, I’m also under no delusion that I’ll be able to keep reading and blogging as if nothing has changed. So, here are just a few things on my “Cradle List.”
- Read and write reviews for ITW Must-Reads, more than just the one-a-month that I post. I’d like to be scheduled through the end of 2015, which is probably excessive, but I really want to continue the series so I’d rather have too many ready to go than too few. After the baby comes, who knows how much reading I’ll actually have time for; I don’t want to be worrying about these when I’d rather read something else.
- Finish re-reading the books that I don’t have mini-reviews written for. I didn’t always write reviews for every single book I read, and there are several that I just don’t remember well enough to go back and write one now. I don’t like those gaping holes in my spreadsheet, and I’ve been slowly working on fixing this over the past several years, but I’d like to finally finish. This seems as good a deadline to aim for as any.
- Chip away at my TBR. No specific goal here, but I’ll feel better the more progress I make. I’m no longer adding to it. If anything catches my eye that I absolutely don’t want to forget about, those books will be added to a new tab in my spreadsheet for “post-baby” reads, because I want to give priority to the ones that are already there. I don’t actually think I’ll be able to finish all these books before April (especially if I’m also re-reading), but I’d like to make a good dent, and especially focus on some of the weightier titles that will be harder to concentrate on once I have a baby to take care of. (Of course, that assumes I have the mental capacity to give to them now… which is questionable. But I’m going to give it my best shot.)
- Come up with a plan for the blog. For those first several months, I’m not going to have any time or energy for even bare bones blogging. (At least, that’s what I’m telling myself… and if I surprise myself, great, but I’m not counting on it.) So… what do I want to do here in the meantime? Schedule a bunch of stuff? Guest posts? Planned radio silence? I’m still not sure.
Any bookish goals you’re working on?