So Bloggiesta is finally over and I must say… wow! I love that it was a week long event because there was a lot of stuff covered. Every day we had an hour long twitter chat where the feed was speeding on by. Not to mention the mini challenges that were set up to help you with your site, and accomplishing your personal goals, it was a busy week. I will admit that I never did complete all the goals I set out but I got the major one down and that was reformatting all my older posts so that they all look the same. It was 2 1/2 years worth of posts and in the end I made 529 revisions. Gah! It took me three days to do it and on the last day I sat here for 7 straight hours working on it. Needless to say, once that was complete I was done. The last thing I wanted to do was go through my GoodReads TBR list and clear out any books that don’t interested me anymore or do the same with my e-readers. I have accumulated a lot of freebie books over the years that I know I won’t be reading. Not to mention all the electronic arc’s I’ve gotten over time that I haven’t deleted off my device. Below were my goals for the event.
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Yesterday started the Bloggiesta event. Today we are asked to talk about the best blogging advice we’ve received. Although I haven’t actively sought advice before, believe it or not I’m a really shy and quiet person when it comes to talking to people I don’t know, I have come across other bloggers giving out advice to fellow bloggers.
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If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Tsu you may have seen a post last week about me being interviewed by NetGalley. Well, yesterday the post went up on their blog and I am so excited about it. I have no idea how they found out about little ol’ me but I’m not questioning it. I’m so honored that Tarah from NetGalley tracked me down and asked me if I’d be interested in being interviewed for their site. This was such an honor and I’m not going to lie, it was extremely cool seeing my name and blog in their newsletter when the interview went live. Okay, okay. I’m well aware that I’m rambling now. So without further ado, here is the link to the interview.
Interview link: http://blog.netgalley.com/blogger-spotlight-teens-ya/
I am a cover snob.
There I said it. I’m not ashamed to say that I judge a book by it’s cover. After all, we all judge something within the first few seconds of seeing it. So it stands to reason that with there being millions of books out there, the cover is going to be what draws the eye first. If the cover has managed to snag my interest, then I pick it up and read the synopsis. There have been times where I’ve read a book with a less than fortunate cover. So the cover isn’t the be-all-that-ends-all, but it is going to be what draws people in… or at least what draws me in.
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It’s a weekly feature. Each week Jessi from Novel Heartbeat will choose a subject that I will talk about. The topics will be non-bookish so that you can get to know me on a more personal level.
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I don’t know about you but I have a lot of books on my shelves that have been there for a handful of years now. Pretty much since I bought bookshelves, I’ve had books waiting to be read. With reading review books, ARC’s before they come out, and just plain blogging, my personal reads have fallen into the land of Forgotten. So I decided to take part in Roll Back Week where for the entire week I read older books that had been sitting on my shelf collecting dust. Given the fact that Thanksgiving was this week and it was also the only week I had to spend with the Mr. before he went off for training, I didn’t read as much as I’d hoped. I was shooting for a book a day. What I got was three and a half books… I’m still reading the fourth book.
I know I’m not alone on this though, with so many books coming out and review requests coming in, how do you stay on top of it all? Do you make time to read your personal books or are they like mine, forgotten on the shelf? I’m having a rough time trying to juggle personal and blog reading. There are so many series that I’ve started, like Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, and LOVED but now just buy the books if I remember and put them on the shelf next to the others to read at a later date. You can imagine with doing this my bookshelves are overflowing with books since I’m not actually reading them and instead just saving them up for later. Which is why I’m giving away the four books I read during the Roll Back Week. With doing the challenge I realized that there are good books on my shelf just waiting to be read. Maybe I will try to alternate between reading personal and review books. Maybe I will continue to take a week off every month and just read personal books. I have more than enough on my bookshelves, I don’t even want to think about the hundreds of books on my e-readers. :cringes:
How do you juggle your personal reads and the review books?
Hold Me by Betsy Horvath
Hot Property by Carly Phillips
Risking Her Heart by Liz Allison, Wendy Etherington
Jewel of Atlantis by Gena Showalter
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I generally try to keep my personal life a bit personal with the exception of a random tweet here or there. However, I need to come out and address something since it will be affecting the blog. I recently went from part time to full time at my job. So whereas I used to have four wonderful days to catch up on reading, I now only have one since one of my off days will consist of running errands and what not. Needless to say, my reading habits have taken a huge nose dive over the last couple of weeks. I also found out last week that my fur-baby of 18 years had cancer.
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