After thinking about it for a while, I realized that one of the reasons that I’ve felt stuck in posting regularly here on the blog, posting on social media, and even reading was that I’ve been reading a lot of books that don’t always fit with the original idea I had in mind when I started this blog and the corresponding social media accounts. Most of the reviews I post here are of books I enjoy the most and those are often science fiction and fantasy for a range of audiences, but on my social media accounts, I’ve drifted away from my preferred genres a little bit — classics, science fiction, and fantasy.
That led to a redesign and a refocus! I still have some tweaking to do with images and information here on the blog, and I’ll be changing a few things on my social media accounts in the coming days to coordinate with the style here. I also have some reading plans for the next few years that I’ll be posting here along with potential challenges for myself and others to participate in because sometimes it’s more fun to read with other people! I’ll be reading more SFF, posting more about SFF (either in review format or general thoughts about the genres today, both mixed in with some general criticism [because that literary side of my brain never fully shuts off]), and honing in on a clearer blog focus. It’s been a little all over the place for a while, and even if my reading can be all over the place for a while, I want this blog and my social media to have that focus!
… says she three months into the year.
So, about a month ago, I started realizing that I am not motivated to update my blog because of the theme/design of it and at the time didn’t have the energy and motivation (ha) to look for ways to update it. A week or so ago, I started looking into WP themes, and after feeling a little meh about the free ones I found and frustrated at the pretty ones I liked that ran for more than thirty bucks (I don’t have that kind of money to spend), I found one I liked on sale from HipsterTheme on etsy for six dollars! It’s a minimalist theme by itself, so I started looking up clip art on etsy (because I had no idea how many blogging resources were there), and I found this blush pink floral clip art set from ShhMakerDesign that I absolutely loved, and everything seemed to come together from there!
I updated the navigation so it was easier to find things (as much as I loved my who/what/where/when/why set up from before, it’s not transparent to anyone who isn’t me), updated a little bit of my info, and added a few more widgets on the sidebar. Subscribe! Follow me on social media! I still need to figure out Bloglovin’ and figure out if I need to make myself a set posting schedule or just aim for 3-4 posts a week.
Thank you for visiting!
I should have made posts like this at the end of January and at the end of February, but better late than never! I also pretty much failed at blogging during the month of February, so I’m going to do better in March and beyond! Several of the books listed below will have reviews posted later in the month.
I read ten books in January and ten books in February for a total of twenty books read to my yearly goal of 100! Most of the books I read I gave a rating of 3 stars or higher. The few 5 star ratings include Thomas’s The Hate U Give, Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, and Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic.
- The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher
- Spaceman – Mike Massimino
- Caraval – Stephanie Garber
- Heartless – Marissa Meyer
- The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
- Martians Abroad – Carrie Vaughn
- Swimming Lessons – Claire Fuller
- Our Endless Numbered Days – Claire Fuller
- Human Acts – Han Kang
- The White Cottage Mystery – Margery Allingham
- The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith
- A Perilous Undertaking – Deanna Raybourn
- A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab
- The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden
- The Best American SF/F 2017 – ed. John Joseph Adams & Karen Joy Fowler
- The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
- Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman
- Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth
I wanted to make a small post celebrating one year online and thanking every one of you for visiting and commenting! I can’t believe it’s been a year already!
I started this blog with the tiny shred of ideas of what I wanted to do last August at the beginning of my first year of teaching, and I feel like it’s taken almost that long to feel like I know what I’m doing and what I want to do. Here’s to many more years!
February was so quick and so full of activities! I did manage to read quite a bit and I’m now in the process of writing and adding the reviews. I’m using a new plug in that makes it so easy to add in all of the information! I’m working on updating the older posts with the new system, so if you see any weirdness, please let me know!
GENERAL BLOG UPDATES
I’m working on incorporating all of the old reviews into the new plug in, and it’s already keeping things incredibly organized. Some of the pages might look wonky in the process of it all, and I’m going to be working on some of the information pages as well to get it even more organized!
I am trying to curb my acquisitions, spend less, use my library more, and read what I own, so I’m pleased with this list. I’m still waiting on the two giveaways I won from Goodreads, so if those don’t arrive by this weekend, I’m going to drop both a line!
- Stars Above – Marissa Meyer (purchased)
- The Lady of the Camillas – Alexandre Dumas fils (purchased)
- After Alice – Gregory Maguire (library, Edelweiss)
- The Diviners – Libba Bray (library, audiobook)
- War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (purchased)
- Moby-Dick – Herman Melville (purchased)
- The New York Stories of Edith Wharton – Edith Wharton (purchased)
- Shylock is My Name – Howard Jacobson (Blogging for Books)
- The Aeronaut’s Windlass (The Cinder Spires #1) – Jim Butcher (library)
- Passenger – Alexandra Bracken (library, Netgalley)
- Uprooted – Naomi Novik (library)
- Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) – Robin Hobb (purchased)
- The Quick – Lauren Owen (purchased)
- The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller (purchased)
March’s review will be posted at the beginning of April! This month has already flown by too!