Bookish Banter: Should Stats Dictate Your Posts?

We all know that I am an analytical kind of person that thinks in charts and data. I love looking at information to identify patterns and ways that I can improve. I think that is a big reason that I prefer running to other sports: you can easily track your progress (pace) and ways to improve (proper hydration, run in a tailwind). So it surprised literally nobody last week when I talked about all the lessons that I learned from diving deep into my blog’s statistics.

Even though I think it is incredibly important to normalize conversations about statistics within the book blogging community, I also feel strongly that we shouldn’t let statistics rule our lives. I know what you are saying, “sure, that’s easy for you to say, Kal!” and I hear you. But that is why I wanted to follow up last week’s post with this discussion on whether or not we should let the posts we make be dictated by our statistics. The short answer is no, but of course I have more to say than just that!

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February 2019 Book Haul // the month I succumbed to retail therapy

While January was the month of self control, February was kind of the month of Treat Yo Self. Work stress and depression meant that I was adding books into my Barnes & Noble cart a lot more frequently than normal… oops. The good (?) thing is that most of my spending was in pre-orders for books not coming out yet, but the bad news is that Future Kaleena has to remember to have money in the bank for when they ship!

As always, I want to reiterate that you do not need to buy and own a lot of books in order to be considered a book blogger or lover. I am quite frugal with everything else so that I can buy books because I love them, but I do not ever want to make you feel bad if you cannot afford to buy books or have poor access where you live.

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Here are 20 Anticipated Reads for March 2019 // Don’t send your TBRs after me

Spring is in sight, and March releases are just around the corner! I know that much of the world is blanketed in snow, but where I live in California has been oscillating between sunny and rainy days – and the trees & flowers are all confused. 🥀🌼🥀🌼

ANYWAYS! This post is about books, not the hot/cold weather patterns of Northern California. And friends, us book lovers and bibliophiles are in for a treat this March! My actual anticipated tag on Edelweiss for March has twenty-one (21!!!) books on it. So, uh, I apologize right now to your TBRs because I was only able to weed out a couple. 

📝 In case you are wondering how I manage to keep track of upcoming releases and choose the books I am most excited to highlight, check out my Edelweiss 2.0 Guide!

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January 2019 Book Haul // the month I kind of behaved

Friends I am so incredibly proud of myself – I only bought five books in January, and two of them were the same book! This is such a drastic improvement over my going completely overboard last year, and I am pleased that the majority of my haul was on sale.

You’ll notice that my haul post is in a slightly different format this month. I wanted to play around with it a bit and include the summaries from Goodreads rather than just listing everything. I also included ARC approvals so you can see what I have coming up, as well as the books that I told my local library they should buy. I recently started using my local library a bit more and have made it my personal mission to get more amazing and diverse reads into the collection!

As always, I want to reiterate that you do not need to buy and own a lot of books in order to be considered a book blogger or lover. I am quite frugal with everything else so that I can buy books because I love them, but I do not ever want to make you feel bad if you cannot afford to buy books or have poor access where you live.

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14 Anticipated Reads for February 2019 // RIP My Wallet

Friends, it was so hard for me to even narrow this post down to 15 releases and I think that February 5th will bankrupt me. So much for all that savings in January, eh?

There are so many books that I am excited to read eventually, and each of the fifteen listed in this post have earned a spot on my monstrous TBR. I know it might take me a century to get through everything, but I certainly want to try!

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