Posts Categorized: books

My return to blogging with slightly new directions

My return to blogging with slightly new directions

February 1, 2018 2018, books, Discussion Posts, NetGalley, new beginnings, personal life 10

My return I realize I’ve been absent from this blog for a while. I lost my desire to blog plus I’ve been busy. November and December are always the busiest months in our family. And I love all the family time and activities. I’ve spent January thinking about what I want to do with my blog and now I’m ready to begin again. I’m reinventing my blog just a little. February is a good time to restart. It’s a cold day today (9 degrees at the moment), but a beautiful blue sky day just like the one below showing our backyard on New Year’s. I’m eager to return to my blog… Read more »

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Look back and look forward

Look back and look forward

January 12, 2017 2017, Blog Admin, books, mini book review, new beginnings, personal life 3

2016 wasn’t my best book year… But I did read some good books. My biggest problem was writing reviews. Lots of the books I read did not get reviewed–especially in the latter part of the year. There were good reasons for that, but since there were lots of good books and authors I didn’t highlight I want to change that this year. I also didn’t get to my reading goal last year. That doesn’t bother me too much since I read some good books and found quite a few new authors to read. And anyway that was last year. So what happened last year? Lots went on in my personal… Read more »

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A funny thing happened

A funny thing happened

August 26, 2016 2016, books, Favorite Books 6

. . .  on my way to catch up with the October Daye series. But I’m not laughing. I’ve had a frustrating week. Just a series of different things happening. Reading the wrong book is just one of those frustrations! The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire is one of my favorite series, but I’ve fallen behind. I knew I already had the books I needed to catch up and I knew a new book was coming out in the series so it was time to start reading. Late one night after I finished a book I decided to figure out which book to read in this series. I could… Read more »

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2016 New Release Challenge

2016 New Release Challenge

January 6, 2016 2016, books, Reading Challenges 2

2016 New Release Challenge The 2016 New Release Challenge is a year-long challenge in which we aim to read books released in 2016. The hosts for the New Release Challenge are Lexxie at Unconventional Book Views and Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My! There will be monthly update posts that you can link to, and each quarter – at the end of March, end of June, end of September and in December, there will be a giveaway with the update as well. A new release challenge is a new challenge for me though I did read 36 new releases in 2015. I am challenging myself to read 31 –… Read more »

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2015 reading summary

2015 reading summary

January 2, 2016 2015, 2016, books, Reading Summary, Year End Wrap-Up 11

Infographic My 2015 reading summary is on an infographic this year. I decided to make an infographic, because one of my goals with my blog is to learn new technologies for my blog. This is the first infographic I’ve made and it was fun and quite easy to make using the Piktochart site. There are tutorials and templates which make it quite easy and they even offer to chat with you and help you if you need it. The hardest part was trying to decide what information to include and then how to show it. I hope to make more infographics in the future. Did the infographic work? According to… Read more »

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My reading year

My reading year

January 2, 2015 2014, books, Reading Summary, Year End Wrap-Up 8

Reading Summary & Comparisons My favorite books: 5 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars I achieved my Goodreads goal of 100 books–read 102 books. Summary Genres I read (these numbers don’t add up since there’s some overlap) Fantasy–65% Urban Fantasy–19% Science Fiction–12% Mysteries–17% Romantic Suspense–4 % Romances–17% Young Adult–12% Short Stories/Novellas–2% Book Format (overlap in these numbers, too) E-books–75% Audiobooks–16% Print Books–10% Library books–11% NetGalley–2% Number of pages read 33,278 pages Books Read by Year 2014 — 27.4% 2013 — 13.7% 2012 — 15.7% 2011 — 10.8% 2010 — 5.0% 2009 to 1928 — 27.4% Book Ratings (I use letter grades on my blog, but… Read more »

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Twitter etiquette questions?

Twitter etiquette questions?

July 12, 2014 2014, books, Saturday Shorts 18

I’ve decided to create a new topic on my blog called Saturday Shorts. I won’t have something every Saturday, but when I have something . . . a short review, review of short stories, a cover reveal, a discussion topic . . . something short, in other words! This Saturday Shorts is about Twitter. Now that I’ve used Twitter for two or three months I have a few questions which I hope others can help me with. I’m asking these questions mostly of people who have book review blogs, but anyone else with an opinion is welcome to comment! I don’t think these have a hard and fast answer, but… Read more »

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Bout of Books–Day 5

Bout of Books–Day 5

May 17, 2014 2014, books, Read-a-Thons 2

Friday, May 16 progress update for the Bout of Books 10 Read-a-thon: I’ve listed my book by percentages read since I read books on my Kindle. The audiobook shows the hours I’ve listened with the total amount of time in the book. White Night by Jim Butcher–Finished! (416 pages in book) The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley–listened to a total of 11:15 hours out of a total of 15:50 hours–3:30 hours on Friday (544 pages in book)  Iron Night by M. L. Brennan–5 % (307 pages in book)

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Bout of Books Progress–Day 4

Bout of Books Progress–Day 4

May 16, 2014 2014, books, Read-a-Thons 0

Thursday, May 15 progress update for the Bout of Books 10 Read-a-thon: I’ve listed my book by percentages read since I read books on my Kindle. The audiobook shows the hours I’ve listened with the total amount of time in the book. White Night by Jim Butcher–I’ve read 84% since Monday–14% on Thursday (416 pages in book) The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley–listened to a total of 7:45 hours out of a total of 15:50 hours–3:45 hours on Thursday (544 pages in book)  

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Bout of Books Progress Update–Day 3

May 15, 2014 2014, books, Read-a-Thons 1

Wednesday, May 14 progress update for the Bout of Books 10 Read-a-thon: I’ve listed my book by percentages read since I read books on my Kindle. The audiobook shows the hours I’ve listened with the total amount of time in the book. White Night by Jim Butcher–I’ve read 70% since Monday–10% yesterday (416 pages in book) The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley–listened to 4 hours out of a total of 15:50 hours (544 pages in book)  

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