Playing Catch Up: What I Have Been Focusing In On With Video Games, Books, And Television

At the beginning of each year I like to set some small goals with the leisure activities I enjoy taking part in. That mainly includes going back to my video game backlog and finishing up anything that still needs to be played, reading a certain amount of books before the end of the year, and trying to watch as many shows as I can with all the numerous streaming platforms now at our fingertips.

My recent move to a new apartment has thrown me off track with what I set out to do with my hobbies, but I’m taking it in stride and seeing what I can still accomplish before we say goodbye to the year 2022.

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May Update: What I Have Been Playing, Reading, And Watching

There have been plenty of stuff going on behind the scenes last month that has made things particularly busy. I find it crazy that the month of April has flown by at lightning speed since the last time I did one of these updates. Despite my somewhat hectic schedule as of late, I have done a good job balancing my to-dos with a bit of fun. I mean, everyone should fit in some downtime doing something they enjoy, right?

Here’s an update on what I have been doing.

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March Update: What I Have Been Playing, Reading, And Watching

As far as months go March has been by far the busiest one for me. There have been lots of personal stuff I needed to take care of, most of it good, and a bit of getting outside of my apartment more to see friends and family as the weather begins warming up. Because of all that there hasn’t been as much time dedicated to doing most of my at home leisure hobbies, except maybe reading and writing, as I would have liked. But I find small pockets of time where I can, and if things go well with the bigger personal life stuff I’m in the process of waiting on, I suspect more of my time will be taken up by that for the next few months.

In the meantime, here’s a quick roundup of what I have been up to in games, books, and TV.

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Coping With Uncertainty Through Hobbies

Having so many interests can be both a blessing and a curse. When the pandemic first started and everyone was asked to minimize social interactions and only go out to buy your essential needs, it wasn’t a difficult adjustment for me to make. Being more introverted than extroverted, it was easy to stay inside and keep busy with what I had at my disposable. TV, books, video games, and writing had kept me occupied for the last two years and made weathering the uncertainty of a new virus we knew nothing about easier to manage. With plenty to do at home, the hard part was figuring out how to make equal time for each hobby.

Between the constant reminders of our ecosystem on the verge of collapse and the horrifying conflict currently happening between Ukraine and Russia, all these unknowns can be crushing and devastating if you don’t have something to distract you. No matter how temporary it is.

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New Year, New Goals

One of the things I love about a new year is the chance to start fresh. There’s an opportunity for things to be different and to change aspects of your life that could use a little upgrade. That may sound very Pollyanna but I’ve always been an optimist at heart even as time, experience, and the state of the world has made me a tad cynical over the years. I like to hold onto a bit of hope during these tough times.

Now that it’s 2022 here are some of the goals I’m looking to achieve in this new year.

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November Update: What I’ve Been Playing, Reading, And Watching

As the weather gets increasingly chillier, at least from where I am, many of us are opting to stay inside and curl up with a good video game, book, or show. While the end of 2021 isn’t quite here yet, here are some of what I’m hoping to have finished before the year is out.

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May Update: What I Have Been Playing, Reading, And Watching

As the weather warms up and optimism grows around the U.S. over a successful vaccine rollout, there’s potential in the air that the rest of 2021 can be salvaged. While I am one of the many eager to step out of self-hibernation and into the world once more, the past few months has been good for video games, reading, and watching. Here’s a brief roundup of what has been keeping me entertained until those summer vibes eventually lure me away from the comfort of my own home.

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The Growing Book Backlog: The Unexpected Ways Your To Be Read List Can Grow

For the past two years I have been ramping up the number of books I read in a year. Books I had either bought or received as gifts have collected dust on shelves or stacks I’ve left on the table. Growing tired of having books that remained unopened, I made it my personal mission to begin ticking off that pile one by one. My ambitious goal has paid off with my list of read books growing steadily, and my list of unread books shrinking. Or so I thought. Just when I’ve been finishing off books I already had, I find myself unintentionally adding a new batch of titles to my to be read pile.

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Book Backlog: Reading More Than One Book At The Same Time

Ever since I dedicated myself to increasing my book reading to be more or less what it used to be during my high school and college days, I would set small, attainable reading goals I think I can reasonably accomplish by the end of the year. Since then my reading goals have grown more ambitious. Last year I finished reading 19 books, and this year I’m looking to finish 20-25 books. What may have helped me is reading two, maybe three, books during some months. Is that how I approach all the books I read? It depends on what it is.

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