Category: Blogging & Challenges

Bloggiesta Goals & Updates

Posted January 17, 2015 in Blogging & Challenges / 7 Comments
Bloggiesta Goals & Updates

Bloggiesta starts today! This three-day blogging marathon encourages bloggers to improve their sites while cheering on other bloggers who are doing the same. This is the first Bloggiesta I have been able to participate in since last March, and I’m excited to join in! (I’m also thrilled to be hosting a mini challenge for the first time! Check out my post about How to Write More Creative Book Reviews.)There’s a lot of maintenance I need to do and new things I want […]

How to Write More Creative Book Reviews

Posted January 16, 2015 in Blogging & Challenges, Discussions / 43 Comments
How to Write More Creative Book Reviews

Happy Bloggiesta! This is my first time hosting a mini-challenge, and I’m really excited to share this post with you! In the last year, there has been a lot of discussion among bloggers about the way we write about books. Many of us are growing bored with reading and writing traditional reviews, myself included. In order to keep our readers (and ourselves) interested, we need to re-evaluate the way we approach reviews and come up with more creative ways to […]

Jazz Age January: Week 1 Linkup

Posted January 10, 2015 in Blogging & Challenges / 2 Comments
Jazz Age January: Week 1 Linkup

Hey there flappers and sheiks! I hope you’ve been reading up a storm and perhaps enjoying a refreshing gin or two — though hopefully not of the bathtub variety. Haven’t you heard that stuff will make you blind?! Like flappers, I have been rejecting traditional, restrictive clothing by refusing to wear jeans. It’s been leggings ’round the clock in the BSV residence this month. (Just for me, though. Tom isn’t quite that bold.) Before you shout that leggings aren’t pants, I […]

The Reading Graph and Blog Planner I Can’t Live Without

Posted January 8, 2015 in Blogging & Challenges / 44 Comments
The Reading Graph and Blog Planner I Can’t Live Without

After nearly three years of blogging (my blogoversary is in two weeks!), I have finally nailed down the best ways to track my reading and do my blog planning. It’s been a long journey, though. I’ve used Excel and Word documents, tried using Evernote and Wunderlist. I even created a paper blog planner that I kept in a binder. But finally (finally!), in the last few months, I’ve figured out what works best for me and honed my systems so they’re just […]

Jazz Age January Starting Line

Posted January 1, 2015 in Blogging & Challenges / 8 Comments
Jazz Age January Starting Line

Happy New Year, Bettys and old boys, flappers and fellas! I had an absolutely copacetic time ringing in the new year, but now I’m down to do some Roaring ’20s reading. Jazz Age January, a monthlong celebration of literature from and about the 1920s, starts today! As a reminder, readers are invited to read novels written by Jazz Age authors, non-fiction about the ’20s and its major figures, and historical fiction set during this time period. It’s a great incitement to […]

Jazz Age January Reading Plans

Posted December 27, 2014 in Blogging & Challenges / 4 Comments
Jazz Age January Reading Plans

Hello darlings! Jazz Age January, a month-long celebration of literature from and about the 1920s, starts this upcoming Thursday, and I’m super excited to do some Roaring ’20s reading! I thought I’d give a quick run-down of what I’m planning on reading during the month. So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures by Maureen Corrigan The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell How […]

A Month of Faves: Must-Haves for Winter Survival

Posted December 18, 2014 in Blogging & Challenges / 22 Comments
A Month of Faves: Must-Haves for Winter Survival

This month, Estella’s Revenge, Girlxoxo, and Traveling with T are hosting December: A Month of Favorites, a month-long event dedicated to sharing favorite bookish (and sometimes non-bookish) experiences from throughout the year. Today’s writing prompt is Must-Haves for Winter Survival. I grew up in Syracuse, the snowiest city in New York, and I now live in Buffalo, a city infamous for its harsh winters. You could say I know winter pretty well. Bone-chilling winds, ice-slicked roads, and buckets of snow are the […]

Jazz Age January: Sign Ups

Posted December 4, 2014 in Blogging & Challenges / 30 Comments
Jazz Age January: Sign Ups

Hey there flappers and fellas! How’s tricks? The year is winding down, and I’m ready to rouge my knees and roll my stockings down, dance my way to the speakeasy, and get absolutely spifflicated. What’s that? You say the year is 2014 and NOT 1924? Well then, I suppose I’ll have to settle for curling up in my armchair with a hot toddy and READING about the mad times of the Roaring ’20s. Care to join me? I’m excited to announce the […]

Nonfiction November: New to My TBR

Nonfiction November: New to My TBR

It’s already the last week in November, and although this month has been the slumpiest ever, I have really been enjoying following Nonfiction November. The final topic, hosted by Doing Dewey, is about books that are new to our TBR lists this month. “New to My TBR: It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!” For descriptions of […]

Nonfiction November: Diversity and Nonfiction

Posted November 20, 2014 in Blogging & Challenges / 5 Comments
Nonfiction November: Diversity and Nonfiction

This week’s discussion for Nonfiction November is hosted by Lost in Books, and we’re talking about diversity and nonfiction! “What does “diversity” in books mean to you? Does it refer to book’s location or subject matter? Or is it the author’s nationality or background? What countries/cultures do you tend to enjoy or read about most in your nonfiction? What countries/cultures would you like nonfiction recommendations for? What kind of books besides different cultures do you think of as books of […]