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August Update: Monthly Wrap Up

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It’s been 1 year since I created my “This-Is-My-Truth-Now” WordPress blog and website, but I’ve only been an active blogger since February of 2017. Nonetheless, another month is complete and below is my August Wrap-up!

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Key Metrics in August 2017

  • Site Metrics – NEW for this MONTH
    • 10,500 – Views (Grand Total of 50,929)
    • 3,804 – Visitors (Grand Total of 14,890)
    • 296 – Followers (Grand Total of 2501*)
    • 4,922 – Likes (Grand Total of 25,001)
    • 2,673 – Comments (Grand Total of 9,200)
    • 80  – Posts (average of 2.75 per day, Grand Total of 833)

 

*** August 2017 was not as popular as July 2017, but only by a little bit. Oh well! ***

Books Read in August 2017

In the month of August, I only read 3 books. I planned to read more, but since I started writing my second novel, I haven’t had as much time to read. I also finally managed to get above the 80% mark on NetGalley, so I think I’m on a good upswing. Click the image to access my book review.

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365 Daily Challenge

Characteristics – Click Here

  • Yield (142)
  • Jumper (143)
  • Name (144)
  • Void (145)
  • Synergy (146)
  • Teenage Jobs (147)
  • Woof(148)
  • Brevity (149)
  • Surprised (150)
  • Vocal (151)
  • Matchmaker (152)
  • Routine (153)
  • College Jobs (154)
  • Dogmatic (155)
  • Published (156)
  • Busy (157)
  • Sleepy (158)
  • Kaleidoscope (159)
  • Beach (160)
  • Corporate Jobs (161)
  • Watchdog (162)
  • Inventory (163)
  • Work (164)
  • Push (165)
  • Comet (166)
  • Destiny (167)
  • Technology Jobs (168)
  • Doghouse (169)
  • Feedback (170)
  • Blank (171)
  • Me (172)

Book Bucket List

I continued the book bucket list project where I will keep a running list of 12 books that I must read before I die. Each of the 12 books is assigned a month when I will read it and post a review. Once completed, I’ll cross it off the list and add a new book for the next month:

  • Book Bucket List
    • Reading “The Art of Hiding” by Amanda Prowse — August 2017
    • Selected “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo — September 2017
    • Added “Carnegie’s Maid” by “Marie Benedict

Tags & Awards

  • I was nominated for 28 award and tags, but I’ve been so focused on writing Father Figure, they are all sitting in a draft post. I hope to get to them soon. I appreciate everyone tagging me!

Film / TV Show Reviews

  • I did nothing… tags and awards took up all my time!

Genre / Author / Series Spotlight

I create an author page, list all the books or series they’ve written, link my reviews and provide a summary and overview of my experiences with the books.

  • I did nothing… tags and awards took up all my time!

What Age Do I Read This Book?

I created a new series to recommend by genre, what are the best books to read by age, covering a range of 12 years for each post.

  • I did nothing… tags and awards took up all my time!

Did I meet my August goals?

  • I set my August goals during the July month-end update. Let’s see how I did:
Goal Plan Actual Comment
New books read 8  3  Busy Writing
Father Figure 4  4  On target
Tags / Awards 12  0  Busy Writing
Film & TV reviews 2  0  Busy Writing
Author Spotlights & Age / Genre Reads 4  0  Busy Writing
Watching a Glass Shatter 4  4  On target
365 Daily Challenges 31  31 On target
  • Thank you for reading and commenting. I am really enjoying interacting with everyone. Please feel free to suggest any changes you’d like to see or for me to consider.

September 2017 Goals

  • 8 – New books read
  • 4 – General Blogs (author spotlight, summary, age/genre, tag or award)
  • 4 – “Father Figure” Posts
  • 4 – “Watching Glass Shatter” Posts
  • 30 – 365 Daily Challenges

Note: I’m on vacation 9/17 thru 10/1, so there will be a lot less posts. Sorry!

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking. Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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My Very Own “Book Bucket List” – August 2017

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It’s been 2 months since I started my Book Bucket List and I’ve knocked the third novel off the list:  The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse. You can see the review here. In its place, I’ve added Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict to round out the 12 options for the next vote.

 

 

The book you chose for me to read in September is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Congratulations to everyone who voted last week for this book. Once I’ve completed reading it, I will post a book review and the September Book Bucket List update post. The target to be complete is 9/23.

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Now it’s time to select the book I will read for October 2017. Below is the poll with 12 options, which will be open until September 6th, 2017 for you to choose. Good Luck!

 

Below is the link to the on-going Book Bucket List and a background on what it’s all about. My Very Own “Book Bucket List”  —  Click the link to access everything since the beginning of this post series.

 

About Me
I am a writer and have signed a publishing contract to launch my first book, Watching Glass Shatter, in November of 2017. To see more, please check out the website for this novel where you will find the first 3 chapters, character bios and sample quotes.

I am writing my second novel, Father Figure, with plans to finish it in November, 2017. As part of the process to engage with my fans and followers, I am publishing a weekly status on the progress of this second book. For a description of this book, check out the post where my friends and followers voted for this book as my second novel.

Beyond these two books, I have a number of short stories, poems and other novels in various shapes and forms. I also read A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, Tags, Awards, Age/Genre/Book Reads and Author Spotlights, as well as the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge.

You can also access my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

My Very Own “Book Bucket List” – July 2017

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It’s been 1 month since I started my Book Bucket List and I’ve knocked the second one off the list:  Katherine Arden’s The Bear & The Nightingale. You can see the review here.

 

In its place, I’ve added The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas. Below is the link to the on-going Book Bucket List and a background on what it’s all about. My Very Own “Book Bucket List”  —  Click here for the on-going detailed Book Bucket List.

Please take a look and help me decide which book I should read in September to satisfy this mini-challenge. You can vote in the poll below until August 28th, 2017. The poll is at:

 

About Me
I am a writer. I am currently searching for an agent and looking at independent publishing options for my first book, Watching a Glass Shatter. To see more, please check out the website for this novel where you will find the first 3 chapters, character bios and sample quotes.

I am writing my second novel, Father Figure, with plans to finish it in December, 2017. As part of the process to engage with my fans and followers, I am publishing a weekly status on the progress of this second book. For a description of this book, check out the post where my friends and followers voted for this book as my second novel.

Beyond these two books, I have a number of short stories, poems and other novels in various shapes and forms. I also read A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, Tags, Awards, Age/Genre/Book Reads and Author Spotlights, as well as the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge.

You can also access my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.