#AMonthofFaves This Is How I Read & Blog

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#AMonthofFaves This Is How We Read and Blogged This Year – eg. Number of books read so far, genre you read the most from, picture of favorite (or most often used) reading location, most read author, % eBooks, hardcovers, paperbacks and/or audiobooks, hint at what your favorite read of the year is (let us guess), types of books you wish you read more of, month you read the most and least). Plus tell us how you blogged – most popular blog posts, you faves, did you try anything new on your blog this year, did you make blogging goals – how did you do, essential programs, apps, plugins, websites and / or your blogging routine, blogs on blogging that you follow, blog tips you learned and used this year.

Okay, this year I kept better track of how many books I read per month so here are those totals:

  • January – 8
  • February – 10
  • March – 7
  • April – 3
  • May – 2
  • June – 5
  • July – 8
  • August – 6
  • September – 5
  • October – 5
  • November – 5
  • December – 9 (so far–I plan to finish at least one more)

I started but didn’t finish 12 throughout the year. Some of them I got farther into than others, of course.

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Picking Favorites: A Wrinkle in Time, Awesome Ladies, Terry Crews, TV, and More

Links! It’s been a while, but I’ve been reading some good stuff lately and wanted to share.

I can always tell when I am dealing with WMWF by their rallying cry “be nice” or “choose kindness”, as if the act of calling out racism, misogyny, ableism and homophobia is the problem and not the act of racism, misogyny, ableism and homophobia. — #KidLitWomen: An Open Letter to Well-Meaning White Women


You don’t have to watch The Good Place for long to realize that Tahani Al-Jamil is more than, as Eleanor Shellstrop says, “a hot, rich fraud with legs for days.” She’s also a relentless name-dropper. But when Princess Diana is your godmother and Beyoncé if your best friend, can you really blame a girl for bragging? — Every Celebrity That Tahani Has Name-Dropped on The Good Place

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Save Net Neutrality!

For more info about how to call your reps, click here. Along with calling Congress, you can also call 1-202-418-1000 to reach the voicemail of the Chairman of the FCC. Say your name, city, and state and that you oppose the repeal of Net Neutrality. It’s super easy and took me only about twelve seconds (as promised in this tweet).

It’s finals week!

The end is near, y’all.

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I haven’t finished any books this week, so here is a general update:

1. I had my first houseguest(s) on Sunday! I volunteered to host my writing group, so host I did. Only one of the women was able to come because the other was sick. However, I still had two guests because the woman who did come had her mom meet her at my place.

So now, my house* is officially clean.

*Except for my bedroom

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#AMonthofFaves: This Is How I Blog

Today’s Month of Faves topic is blogging!

Essential Computer Programs, Browser Plugins, Websites and / or your blogging routine, blogs on blogging that you follow, blog tips you learned and used this year

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In general, I try to post at least once a week, using It’s Monday What Are You Reading as a guide. My IMWAYR posts got way better once I read this post during Bloggiesta and started incorporating more actual life stuff in them. I find that using IMWAYR as a signpost works because (a) I want to talk about what I’m reading and (b) this is a low pressure way to do it. This started as a book blog, but I am terrible at writing long-form book reviews, so mini-reviews + life stuff + probably also some TV stuff works best for me.

Aside from that, this year was all about blogging challenges/events. I did Slice of Life, Blogging from A to Z, NaBloPoMo, and now, of course, A Month of Faves. I also participate in Something on Sunday when I can because it helps keep me on track with gratitude.

I do well with structure, basically.

I also started bringing back the “[x number of] Random Things,” which I stole from Abby20 on LiveJournal many moons ago (she did 13; I do however many suits me). That works when I want to post about things, but have no idea where to start or what I want to cover. (I have also started numbering my IMWAYR posts as well because I LOVE LISTS. The end.)

Anyway, this year I may have overextended myself on blogging challenges (esp. the monthly ones) so may need to take a step back. But! Daily blogging is a good exercise in discipline and also writing, so, you know. Maybe not.

 

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Where are you going? Where have you been?

Sorry (not sorry) to all you students looking for homework help, but this post is not about the Joyce Carol Oates story. (P.S. Stop Googling and do your own homework. I promise your instructor doesn’t care what the internet thinks but wants to know what you think instead.)

Where have you been?

So yes. I took a brief (three weeks??? it felt longer) internet hiatus, mostly because I was moving but also because the internet is my fun/escape place, and it definitely has NOT been that for a while. Not only has the news been bad, but a friend of mine was going through a personal crisis that really made me examine who I allow into my safe spaces on the internet. So everything just felt like a lot of noise, and it was stressing me out. Therefore, a break was needed.

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site maintenance & its effect on Diversity on the Shelf link ups

I have switched my hosting, which means that (a) my site looks different and (b) a bunch of other stuff is wonky, so please bear with me as I try to facilitate the changes.

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This especially affects the Diversity on the Shelf challenge posts. The current link up and the sign up page have been fixed, but I have to go back and do the other five months (January-May) some day when things are a little less hectic. All links are still in the link ups. I just have to fix them so that they actually show up when you go to the link up pages.

Also, is it just me or is the WordPress.com new “simpler” visual editor super confusing? It is less intuitive than it pretends to be and over-complicates things that are simple in the admin area. UGH. STOP THAT.

So, yes, I apologize for any broken links and exposed spoiler text. Some of that stuff I will be able to fix straight away–others, I may never discover until/unless someone points it out. So that’s that.

On the plus side, all of my stuff transferred over with minimal problems, so yay.

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Armchair BEA 2016: Wrap-Up

Share your overall thoughts on the week, list your posts for the week, and/or share your highlights or favorite posts from fellow participants, then link up!

ArmchairBEA 2016

My overall thoughts on the week: awesome! I had a lot of fun writing the posts and visiting different blogs. I suck, though, and didn’t save any of the ones I visited except Meaghan’s post on aesthetic concerns because I actually changed my blog’s font after reading the post. Life changer!

My posts:

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I am super glad I did this. The more I engage with other bloggers and my blog, the more I like keeping up with my blog and the more ideas I have for my blog. And if I’m going to do this thing, I want to DO THIS THING.

I’m looking forward to reading other people’s wrap-up posts because I know I’ll encounter some blogs I missed. Happy ABEA, everybody!

 

Armchair BEA 2016: On Aesthetics

For a period of time back in the early 2000s (aka before the blog), I refused to read book jacket flaps or the back of the book because they always, always seemed to spoil a major plot point. I would go into a book thinking that the basic premise was whatever was written on the flap and then that thing that I thought would be part of the set up would happen three-fourths of the way through the book. Oh, it made me so angry.

So I stopped reading jacket flaps and plot synopses and started picking books based on the cover and title. So, a few of the books I encountered that way are:

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  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  • Jason and Kyra by Dana Davidson
  • Luxe by Anna Godbersen
  • Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba (part of the Royal Diaries series)
  • Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You by Dorian Cirrone
  • Slam! by Walter Dean Myers

I didn’t 100% love them all, but they all matched my expectations–even if A Great and Terrible Beauty was more fantasy than the cover let on.

Now that I think about it, though, I was more likely to give books and genres I wasn’t into more of a chance when I went by the cover and title alone. Lately, I have been reading jacket flaps (usually only the first paragraph–just enough to get an idea of the basic premise. Unfortunately, spoilers still abound if I read beyond that) and ruling out lots of books because they’re not what I feel like reading. However, the best way to discover if I feel like reading something is to just read it. A lot of my favorite reads have been outside of my preferred genre.

So. I guess I learned something about myself today.

As for blog aesthetics, I kept thinking that I needed a knockout layout. You know, something that really said ME. And if I had that layout, I would be more apt to update my blog. Yeah, that didn’t happen.

My point then is that I have no real brand except for my content. However, I did redo my Top Ten Tuesday button to match my site. So I guess that’s something.