Mid-Month Check In

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It’s the middle of December and I have a monthly check in post going up? Why, yes, I do!

I’ve already finished most of my December reading goals, which is honestly very surprising. It helps that I had a lot of graphic novels on my TBR, but I only have two (two and a half?) books left to earn a gold star for the month. I finished both The Plastic Magician and Ghostly, which were in progress at the time I published my end of the year reading list. I’ve also read all of the graphic novels on that list, and even added in a middle grade book that wasn’t originally on it. I’m currently making my way through The Sisters of the Winter Wood quite quickly, which only leaves me with MCSI: Magical Crime Scene Investigation and Plato and a Platypus. None of this includes books I read or finished before I made my end of the year reading list, either. I’m not sure if anything I read this month will garner a full review from me, but at the very least I’ll give a rundown of my feelings at the end of the month.

I also went and did some exploring around my city this past week. I’m hoping to start a series about local bookstores, so I mapped out an adventure for myself in one area of the city that has a number of bookstores within walking distance. I got to check out two brand-new-to-me bookstores and the physical location of a third that was a vendor at a book event a friend and I attended earlier this month. I’d like to write about the bookstores in twos or threes and – as long as they’re inside city limits – keep them within an easy walking distance of each other. Eventually, I know I’ll want to talk about the amazing bookstores that are not in Philadelphia proper, but there are still so many in Philadelphia for me to check out. And, with any luck, I’ll be able to do some bonus posts about bookstores in other states (and countries!) in the following year.

Does anyone else have exciting goals and ideas for 2019 already spinning away in the hamster wheel? New Years and its resolutions are fast approaching!

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