It’s the weekend, time to reflect on any bloggy activity and get excited about new books and features in the coming weeks. On Saturday, Tynga’s Reviews hosts Stacking the Shelves, a place to share the books that have arrived in the last week. The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news about our lives, review the past week, and discuss what is coming up for the week on our blogs. Best of all, Sheila from Book Journey is back this week with It’s Monday, What are you reading?
The Fall Mini-Bloggiesta is September 17-20; that’s next week! If you’ve never participated before it is a great way to learn more about blogging and take time to improve your blog. There are challenges that teach you how to create images, use different tools such as Trello or Buffer, write more creative reviews, communicate with publishers, all sorts of things that are helpful to book bloggers, and most offer prizes! Follow Bloggiesta on Twitter or subscribe to know when to sign up and when is happening. I am hosting a mini-challenge about using images.
I signed up for Blog Ahead again. It is going to run the entire month of October and is open to all types of posts to anyone with a blog. With the mini-challenge in May, I really got a lot of posts scheduled into the summer. The only pressure was any I put on myself; the event is more of a cheerleading team working together to get ahead in our posts. Go check it out!
I also signed up for the HoHoHo Read-a-Thon November 12-17 hosted by Kimberly the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Jennifer @ The Book Shelfery. For this one, you MUST read holiday or winter-themed books. There will be easy challenges with prizes, as well as a grand prize at the end, and it all wraps up well before Thanksgiving. This way you get in the holiday mood and don’t have to add one more thing to your holiday schedule. If you can’t think of any holiday books off the top of your head, I put a list of suggestions in my post.
I am considering changing my twitter handle, currently ebogie, which has no meaning to anyone. eviloverlord is already taken, as are most others I could think of combining these words. The change won’t affect followers, but might help people better relate me to the blog. I really didn’t want to have anything about books in the name because it may be limiting in the future, but there are very few options available. I’d love your input in the poll below. What do you think about making a change in general?
I won TWO books from Goodreads this week! I know some people say that it’s rare to win there, but I’ve won three this summer, plus these two.
- The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster
Zendoodle Coloring Presents Keep Happy and Color On: 75 Delightful Designs by Meredith Mennitt I’m wicked excited for this one to arrive and get my coloring on! I’ve been sharpening colored pencils while watching TV.
Plus two from NetGalley.
- Don’t Get Me Wrong by Marianne Kavanagh
- Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County by Amy Hill Hearth
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Little Woman in Blue by Jeannine Atkins – HF about Louisa May Alcott’s youngest sister. Loved it! Review coming.
- The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Around the Blogosphere
- Rachel from Parajunkee wrote a wickedly sarcastic tutorial on How to Get Away With Plagiarizing Your Reviews.
- Things I Like, Learned, & Wish about Books on the MHDean Collectibles Blog made me think about all the elements of my relationship with books.