I like reflecting back on what has happened with my blog each week in addition to what I’ve accomplished with reading and reviewing. I also like to schedule my reading of any new books that have arrived in the last week between contests, ARCs, and the library. 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. Plus, Sheila from Book Journey will be back soon with It’s Monday, What are you reading?
I just signed up for the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril X Halloween reading challenge (RIP, get it?) hosted by The Estella Society. It looks easy to fit in with other challenges and has a very pretty button, which drew my magpie eye to investigate immediately. They are still accepting sign ups, so if you read mysteries, thrillers, horror, ghost stories, go check it out. They even have levels for movies/tv, short stories or reading just one book, and there is a read along for those who like the group reading format.
The Fall Mini-Bloggiesta will be September 17-20. 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. 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.
Made a big mistake this week. I put a bunch of books on hold at the library, thinking it would take a while for them to come in, and they all arrived at once. I have 2 ARCs I need to read in the next week, so the never-ending read for myself/read what I need to review question is back in play. Will I ever learn?
- The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan (library)
- Gone With the Windsors by Laurie Graham (library)
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple (library)
- Villa America by Liza Klaussmann (library)
- The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold (library)
- A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan – One of my favorites of the year so far.
- Baker’s Blues by Judi Ryan Hendricks
- The Liar by Nora Roberts
- Broken Homes & Gardens by Rebecca Kelley – awesome
- Crowther & Westerman by Imogen Robertson (historical mystery series)
Some Fun Discussions
- Knock on Wood by Linda O. Johnston
- Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante by Susan Elia McNeal
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling – hysterical
- Snowflake Bay by Donna Kauffman
Around the Blogosphere
- The Genre Map from Book Country is very cool. It turns color as the cursor hovers over a particular area and then links to a definition of the genre. Perfect for understanding all those detailed sub-genres.
- Jeannie from For What It’s Worth hosted an amazing Fairy-Themed Book Party with her eight-year-old granddaughter. I wish I was invited!
- It’s Labor Day Weekend, the unofficial end of summer. Did you see these amazing bookish sandcastles on Book Riot this week?