Yay, Bloggiesta! It’s time for us to once again come together and give our blogs the TLC they deserve. Although I’m getting back into blogging as I wrap up my research paper, I’m still exceptionally busy with grad school work, so I’ll be keeping my goals pretty minimal this year.
- Participate in at least two mini-challenges
- Participate in at least four twitter chats
- Polish my Pinterest
- Comment on at least five new-to-me blogs
- Write three blog posts
What are your plans for Bloggiesta?
I’ve always loved end of the year stats posts and wanted more data about what I was reading, so last year, I started tracking my blog stats using a great spreadsheet from Nikki at Fyrefly’s Book Blog. I was (and am) trying to diversify my reading, so to track how I was doing, I added columns for: the author’s nationality, whether the author was a person of color, whether any of the main characters were non-white or LGBT, and whether each book was translated (if I remember correctly; the version of the spreadsheet available at Nikki’s blog is no longer the one I downloaded, so I apologize if I’m stealing credit for some of her stat tracking ideas!). While using those categories last year, I realized just how tricky tracking diversity could be. Continue reading
Since I read and loved Anna Karenina, I’ve been wanting to give War and Peace a try. Although I was nervous it was going to be mostly about battles and not have any characters I could love as much as Anna, this read-along hosted by Hanna at Booking in Heels gave me the push I needed to give it a chance. So far, like everyone else, I’m enjoying this far more than I expected. Even more surprisingly, Tolstoy is reminding me of Austen in a great way. This might be me projecting my own amusement at the way the characters behave, but I feel like Tolstoy is laughing behind his hand at their antics too which is a feeling I often get when reading Austen. Continue reading
The first fun happening I’d like to share with you is a regular feature I do with Tamara from Traveling With T. For Futuristic Friday, we both pick the books we’re most looking forward to over the next few months, because we know you all need more books for your TBR pile! This month it was turn to host, so you can check out our picks in her post. Continue reading
2014 is coming to a close and with it, the Book to Movie Challenge. This year we had 87 reviews entered with the most reviews coming from my co-host, Sergio at Tipping My Fedora , including the most recent review added of The Midwich Cuckoos. Although I didn’t do a very good job of reviewing the book to movie books I read, one I particularly enjoyed was All You Need Is Kill (adapted as The Edge of Tomorrow). I also liked the movie adaptations of Divergent (even better than the book, I thought) and The Book Thief (not as good as the book, but still a good movie). For those of you who are interested in continuing with the challenge next year, I’d like to invite you to consider hosting the challenge. Personally, I’m too busy writing the first paper of my thesis in January to want to be starting hosting a challenge right now and it sounds like Sergio will be scaling back next year as well. We both had a lot of fun hosting this year and appreciate you all participating!
Bout of Books 11 starts tomorrow and I’m excited to be joining in! As usual, I’ll just try to read as much as possible, particularly making an effort to cut out TV. I’ll also be tracking the time I spend reading and the number of pages I make it through here. I also hope to participate in at least two of the challenges being hosted throughout the week. For those of you unfamiliar with Bout of Books, I’d like to highly recommend it and share the official blurb with you here:
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
Happy reading all!