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April 2017 Reflection

I forgot to say this in my last post, but happy May everyone! Since it's the first Friday of the month, you know what that means: A monthly reflection! (Yayy.) Okay, so maybe that doesn't sound all that exciting. "It's just a way for them to look over their statistics for the month", you might say, and, yes, this is true, but this can also be helpful for you, too! You might be interested in this post because...
  • you want to compare to your own blog or bookstagram to ours
  • you'd like to see how we do it
  • you are honestly interested in how we're doing (thank you ♡)
  • you want to laugh at how much I probably failed my goals (it's okay: let it out)
  • you want to know what's coming up for the blog and bookstagram
Whatever the reason may be, I hope you enjoy this post! For those of you who are very confused right now because you don't really know what this post is, allow me to explain. In these posts, I not only reflect on the past month for our blog and bookstagram, but I also tell you what is coming up in the future and whether or not I completed the month's goals.

And with that, let's dive in! 

Looking Back Into April

The Blog
I would say that the blog did better than last month! With a 75% increase in the total number of pageviews and a post on every day I was supposed to post, I would say that I did a pretty good job, considering my performance in recent months. (Giving myself a sorta deserved pat on the back.) While I did change the schedule for posts a few times, pushing some back to post others, I still was prepared every time to actually have a post. (Even if I did last-minute tweak some.)

Yes, yes: new heading! Might as well write "bookstagram" than "Instagram" because that is what we are, after all: bookstagrammers.

Moving on, we did see an increase in followers, ending at around 1,650 followers. Unfortunately, I can not give a percentage because I am not sure how many followers we ended March with. We also changed up our theme a bit, now having a more spring and yellow theme that I'm actually happy with! We've been trying to be more creative with our pictures. The other exciting news is that we landed our first job as a bookish shop rep for @demureforestfae's shop that sells galaxy-themed bookmarks.

So, as usual, I made a total of three goals for myself to complete during the month of April. The thing is, I never really check what my goals are, rather just think of the whole mess of goals I want to try to work towards (if that makes any sense), so I guess I'll find out how well I did now! actually looks like I did well this month!
  1. As I mentioned a bit earlier, we did keep up a theme for our bookstagram. We have especially done this ever since the start of what I like to call our "Yellow Sunshine" or "Spring Sunshine" pictures. Even before that, we had a theme of sorts that consisted of more wintery pictures.
  2. Glad to report that I did keep up with the blog (I probably wouldn't be writing this post if I had abandoned it!). Like I said earlier, I was able to get all my posts done.
  3. While I did get better at posting, I didn't really do the things I said I would do. I didn't set reminders nor did I draft posts ahead of time, but hey: at least I posted!

Comparison — April 2016 vs. April 2017
Wow. There really are a lot of differences from this past April in comparison to Reading is Inevitable's first April, which was also our first full month. For one thing, Em still helped out on the blog and the blog consisted largely of book reviews. Not to mention the fact that we mostly used our bookstagram as a way to advertise for the blog. (Nowadays, we also post regular bookish pictures you see on all bookstagram accounts.) 

Coming Up in May

The Blog
So far, I have three out of four May posting days planned out, although it isn't impossible for them to change.

Monday, 5/8: Book Review on The Glass Castle or Jackaby
Monday, 5/15: The Truth About Bookstagram
Monday, 5/22:  Barnes & Noble Haul - 02.04.17
Monday, 5/29: ?? (note: will be an addition to the Navigating Bookstagram series)

From now on our pictures should have more of a spring vibe since it's spring up here in the Northern Hemisphere, but things might change a bit, as you'll soon find out below.


  1. Not only keep a bookstagram theme, but get a better one. Okay, I know that I was just saying how I was happy with our new theme, but I don't know....It's a bit cluttered, don't you think? At the least, I would like to add a bit more order and thought to it.
  2. Hit 1.7k followers on bookstagram. I know, I know: we shouldn't care about the numbers and whatnot, blah blah blah. But we've been a bit stuck around 1,650-1,660 followers lately, and it has me thinking that maybe we're doing something wrong. And that's not a good feeling to have. (This goal is connected to the previous one.)
  3. Have posts that people actually are interested in! Sure, there's no precise method to find out if people are interested in the content that I post. However, April's first two posts, my March 2017 Reflection and first post on SFS's in the Navigating Bookstagram series, got a relatively higher amount of pageviews, which I like to think means that you were more interested in those posts.

So that's all for this post! Onward to May! I guess I'll "see" you next time Monday with an actual book review! (Yay!) I haven't had one of those in a while. If I don't have much time over the weekend to last-minute write up the post, it'll be a book review on The Glass Castle (I already have a draft ready), but if I do have time, I'd like to share with you my thoughts on William Ritter's Jackaby. I guess you'll just have to wait and see! Bye!


This Month's Popular Posts

Quotes: Audacity

As some of you may know by looking at my posts on our social media page (@readingisinevitable on Instagram), I am currently reading Audacity by Melanie Crowder. It is a beautiful book written in free verse, and follows the life of Clara Lemlich, a female Jewish immigrant who came to America in the early 1900s. (For the full summary of the book, click here.) I absolutely love books written in free verse, or any type of poetry, in fact! This book is so lovely that I have decided to dedicate a whole post to some of my favorite quotes or parts! (Note: I am only on page 294, and there are 366 pages, not including the extra content at the end of my local library's copy.)

Book Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Genre: Realistic Fiction, YA Fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ★★★★★
Reviewer: Julia

Dante can swim. Ari can't. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari's features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself. 

But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other — and the power of their friendship — can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side. the book's synopsis

Dear Readers - I'm Taking a Break

Hi, everyone. I guess you've read the title by now, which means I've got some explaining to do. As you may or may not know, I've been writing on this blog for somewhere around a year and a half now. In the beginning, I was very involved. I hadn't had an active blog for a few years, and the whole thing felt new again. I started out by writing book reviews on books I had recently read, and from there had time to finish other books and write reviews on them. And things were going well in the beginning. Even though Em dropped out after a short bit of time, I still kept this blog going. 
And then something happened. 
I just... started getting busier. I had less time to write posts and I had less books to review as I started reading less. I started to take these unannounced breaks where I'd just disappear for a bit. During those times I wasn't even sure myself when I'd come back to blogging, but I'd always come back at some point. Usually I'd be bored on…

September 2017 Reflection

Happy Friday everyone! How was your September? Good, I hope? What about your October? Can you believe we're already in October, and that we're even approaching our first complete week of it...? It's now the sixth of October and the first Friday of the month, which means it's time for yet another monthly reflection, in which I pretty much just ramble on about what happened this month as well as what's to come. Oooo... be excited. (It's okay you do whatever you want to do!)

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