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September 2015: Recap & Wrap-Up!

I think I say it nearly every month but this month FLEW by. I feel like I had a good reading month and did a lot of catching up on review copies, re-reads, and a bunch of other things I wanted to read. I still wasn’t knocking books out left and right but I feel like I read a significant amount and the fact that I feel accomplished and satisfied is a win right there!

FunStats

  • Number of Books Read: 10! That’s a pretty good month!
  • Popular Search Terms:  “books like harry potter” and “books like anna and the french kiss” // “best friends romance books” // “the lunar chronicles personality test”
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “clash of kings cake” // “alina starkov mbti” (Love!) // “broken heart boy crying” (I don’t even…?) // “fixer role with addicts” (Ahh. No.)
  • Most Referrals (non-social media): The Broke and the BookishRather Be Reading, GReads!
  • Where My Blog Most Often Leads You (non-internal/social media): MTBI Personality Test, Harry Potter MBTI Chart, Uppercase Box

Popularposts

 RED QUEEN       ILLUMINAE

Reviews Posted

  • RED QUEEN felt like a mash-up of a lot of things that I’ve read… but I was definitely still captivated!
  • I was so excited for DREAMSTRIDER but it fell fairly flat for me. I was just hoping for so much more!
  • I listened to the audiobook of PANIC by Lauren Oliver and thought it was enjoyable but ultimately a little disappointing.
  • I kept on reading the Stephanie Plum series with EXPLOSIVE EIGHTEEN!
  • If you don’t have ILLUMINAE on your reading list, you definitely need to add it! It was amazing!!
  • I tried to do a video review of THE DETOUR but the video failed… but I managed to save the audio so you can check out my audio review instead!
  • My re-read review of SCARLET was in the form of a “10 Things” list!
  • I posted a review for FIRST & THEN by Emma Mills

Goodreads Reading Progress

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Featured on Book and a Beverage

Other Features & Discussions

September’s Top Instagrams

(They were all about QUEEN OF SHADOWS hahaha)





What’s in store for October?

  • We’re continuing the Lunar Chronicles (Re)Read Along continues with CRESS in October! Here are all the details you need to join in!
  • Alyssa, Amy and I are hosting A Fortnight of Fright once again this year! Sign-ups are closed but we’re excited for the posts to start on October 17th!
  • Reviews for QUEEN OF SHADOWS, THE DREAM THIEVES re-read, A MADNESS SO DISCREET, and more!
  • I’m also on the blog tour of A MADNESS SO DISCREET and I’ll have an interview with author Mindy McGinnis!

 

October 2014: Recap & Wrap-Up!

October may have been the quickest month this year. It wasn’t a great month for reading, mostly because I’m getting married in AN ACTUAL WEEK. I honestly cannot believe that’s almost here! I’ve been trying to read when I can, but really most of my time has been dedicated to wedding stuff and whereas before I was a bit stressed out about trying to keep up with reading, I am totally okay with the time that I need to dedicate to wedding things to get stuff done and keep my sanity! 🙂

FunStats

  • Number of Books Read In August: 5. Haha omg, I literally only read five books this month. That’s insane. But like I said… wedding takes up most of my time lately! I’m really hoping to start catching up on SO many things after the honeymoon!
  • Popular Search Terms:  “books like if I stay” & “books similar to if i stay” // “book addicts guide” // “lunar chronicles personality quizzes”
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “why is the 5th wave so confusing” // “childermass tim riggins jacket” (EXCELLENT) // “books with sex scenes like sweet evil” (uhh. Yikes?) // “finish the book i started the book addict’s guide” (I’m confused?) // “how much money made by john green with an abundance of Katherines”
  • Most Referrals (non-social media): Rather Be Reading, The Perpetual Page Turner, The Broke and the Bookish
  • Where My Blog Most Often Leads You (non-internal/social media)Books Take You Places, Tripping Over Books, Book Jems

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  blue lily, lily blue  mortal heart

Other Reviews Posted

Goodreads Reading Progress

Goodreads October 2014

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* Posts featured as a part of On the Same Page’s Fortnight of Fright feature!

BONUS SECTION: BOOKISH COMMUNITY GROUP PINTEREST BOARDS

I really, really want to do a full blog post about this (and other social media… hacks? Is hacks a good word? Different ways to use social media to help promote as well as organize, so I think so!) but unfortunately, I thought of this idea when I’m super pressed for time! For now, I wanted to include the idea of the group Pinterest boards in my wrap-up for this month!

I’ve been totally surprised at much Pinterest has helped my blog reach a different audience. There are so many more bookworms who are on Pinterest that may not be Twitter people (and I still think it’s terribly difficult to reach people on Facebook) and this was proven to me a few months ago when one of my pins started to go crazy. It was the graphic of my Book Addict’s GUIDE to crossover books — it ended up getting TONS of repins and therefore brought TONS of new people to my blog. They didn’t all become followers, of course, but it brought a wide variety of people to my blog and those pins just really brought in so much traffic! The only issue with promoting on Pinterest is that once I pin my own link, it’s REALLY hard to re-post it. Sure, I can keep re-pinning my own link but that feels a bit obnoxious and I can’t really ASK people to re-pin my stuff either. I was searching how to market yourself better with Pinterest and I found the idea about group boards.

Group Pinterest boards allow anyone to pin anything to that board — all they have to do is be invited. So I decided to try my hand at creating a set of group boards for the book community — readers, bloggers, authors, publishers — really ANYONE who loves reading and wants a central place to go hunt for new posts or graphics or book covers or recommendations. The great thing about group boards is that anyone can request to join (and I’m currently the admin of the group boards that I set up so it’s not like I’m really denying any requests!) and then they can pin whatever they want, so long as it’s related to that specific board. THEN you’re essentially cross-posting your link in a different spot so you can re-pin both old and new links. Everyone who follows the group boards will see ALL of the pins that ANYONE pins. So instead of following a ton of people, you’re following the group Pinterest account and you just get all bookish things, all the time. It just seemed really helpful to have a place to cross-post bookish pins and the more people that join and pin, the wider the audience gets and the more people everyone reaches.

bookish pinterest

If you’re interesting in joining the group boards, all you have to do is comment on the “Request Board”, give the email address that your Pinterest account is linked to (not just any old email), and let me know which boards you want to pin to! Then you can pin anything, anytime (so long as it’s appropriate for that board). I’ll keep pinning links from around the book-world too to always keep the content fresh!

Anyway… this really turned into a blog post of its own, but it’s something I’m really excited for and I hope others are excited for it too! I think it could be a great way to not only help promote your blog but another place to connect with other bloggers, new readers, and a fun place to keep on sharing! If you’re interested, head on over to the Book Community Group Boards here!

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR NOVEMBER?

  • I AM GETTING MARRIED. NOVEMBER 8TH. IT’S SO SOON. So needless to say, you’ll be seeing a BIT less of me in November. I’m turning my blog over to some lovely guest post-ers to share some great posts in my absence so the blog isn’t just crickets! They’ll be posting while I’m on my honeymoon for a week 🙂
  • After that, well, life back to normal, I hope! I’m going to try to catch up on a bunch of books — all of those ARCs that I’ve been promising to read since August (and earlier. Oops)!
  • I honestly have nothing else haha! Wedding has consumed my life, so we’re playing November by ear! But I WILL have some reviews coming for Brandon Sanderson books (you know, if I ever write them)

September 2014: Recap & Wrap-Up!

This is my obligatory comment about how quickly September FLEW BY. BECAUSE SERIOUSLY. Whereeeee has 2014 gone?

FunStats

  • Number of Books Read In August: 11. That’s actually better than I thought it was going to be!!
  • Popular Search Terms:  “where she went ending” // “Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell” // “where she went read online” and “read the kill order online” (again! Not gonna find that here. Just reviews :D) // “the lunar chronicles quiz”
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “lunar chronicles oh my stars” // “childermass snape” (huh?) // “book to protect her identity with the help of a notorious perpeture trilogy” // “how a book addiction starts” (indeed)
  • Most Referrals (non-social media): Rather Be Reading, The Perpetual Page Turner, Kirjasirkus (how exotic!)
  • Where My Blog Most Often Leads You (non-internal/social media)Books Take You Places, The Broke Book Girls, Booksy Daisy Reviews

Popularposts

PopularReviews

  althea & oliver  a little something different

Other Reviews Posted

Goodreads Reading Progress

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Bloggers featured on Book and a Beverage

Other Features & Discussions

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR OCTOBER?

  • I did not even do well AT ALL with catching on up September/October ARCs. You win, books. I’m going to try again this month but… Ha. We’ll see.
  • Alyssa, Amy and I are hosting A Fortnight of Fright from October 17th – 31st! We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Halloween with this event!
  • I’m going to the Fierce Reads tour in Arlington Heights, IL on 10/10 and OMG I’M MODERATING and OMG MARISS MEYER IS GOING TO BE THERE *deep breaths* I will try not to fangirl TOO much but I’ll still be an awkward mess, I’m sure.

September 2013: Recap & Wrap-Up!

No, seriously, you guys. Where did September go? I honestly feel like this month FLEW by! (Although I say that every month, right?)

September was another SUPER busy month. I never imagined that moving and owning a house would seriously take up so much more of my time but I just have NOT had the time to read that I usually do! I’m still scrambling to catch up BUT it looks like I’m getting a little closer every day.(Except for the fact that I’m still behind on my GR challenge. Oh well. Whatever at this point haha!)

FunStats

PERSONAL THINGS:

  • More and more and more home improvements! We haven’t really done much but it’s taking up a lot of time!
  • I GOT CUSTOM MADE BOOKSHELVES. I’m sure many of you saw them on Instagram and Twitter, but here’s a bigger picture for you… I will also be hosting a giveaway in celebration of the bookcase because, well, I need to give some books away and what better reason!!!

The Book Addict's Guide Bookcase!

The Book Addict's Guide Bookcase!

BLOG STATS

  • Number of Books Read In August: 9. Getting better but still behind on my challenge! Hopefully October will be catch-up month.
  • Popular Search Terms:  “monument 14 sky on fire” || “laura buzo” || “best friend romance books”
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “how to make romantic love story books for boyfriend” || “i love the 5th wave” (me too!!) || “leg in a bear trap” + movie” (I actually know which post this led them to!) || “can you make money on goodreads”
  • Most Referrals (Non-Twitter/FB/Wordpress, etc): Bloggiesta, The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say “Shhh“, The Broke and the Bookish, Jenna Does Books
  • Where My Blog Most Often Leads You (Non-Goodreads/Internal Links, etc): Book.Blog.Bake., Literary Lushes, The Cheap Reader

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The Beginning of Everything   Defiance

Other Reviews Posted

An Updated Look at my Goodreads Reading Progress

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Bloggers featured on Book and a Beverage

Other Features & Discussions

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR OCTOBER?

  • Alyssa (Books Take You Places) and I are putting together our second annual Fortnight of Fright! Check out our intro/sign-up post if you’re interested in participating!
  • Look for more “Three’s Company” feedback? What’s Three’s Company? Check out my review for Rose Under Fire — it’s all explained there!
  • I’m going to TRY to get back on top of my ARC reading schedule. I’ve fallen so far behind that I haven’t been able to keep up with it, but hopefully October will start to straighten out!
  • The Gayle Forman read along continues with JUST ONE YEAR!!! I will be hosting the read along for Just One Year in just a couple weeks right here on my blog! I really hope you’ll sign up!

That wraps up September! It was still pretty busy but I have high hopes of finishing some things and getting back on track in October!

 

Monthly Recap: September 2012

So I think I’m going to start doing a monthly recap of my blog… I just read Jamie’s over at The Perpetual Page Turner and she had such an awesome September that it inspired me to go back through what happened over the last month and revisit some of the more awesome things that I got to share with you guys!

Fun Facts:

  • Each month has grown as far as number of views goes! Practically exponentially, so thanks to you guys for keeping my blog alive and thriving!
  • I just reached over 10,000 views on my blog the other day. I don’t know how “good” that is in terms of stats, but I’ve been blogging almost 6 months now so… if you know, let me know!

New Additions:

  • Casting Call: If you haven’t seen it, Casting Call is a new Friday feature hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too. So far, we’ve created dream casts of Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, and The Sky is Everywhere. It’s been a ton of fun and we’ve got a lot more dream casts to come!
  • New layout: Photoshop + blog = lots of new stuff and lots of me wasting time. But it’s been so much fun!

The Book Addict’s Guide at a glance:

My favorite reads from September:

Coming up in October:

  • Naturally, Charlie blog tour
  • Fierce Reads tour coming back to Chicago!!
  • Appraising Pages‘ month of Macabre – I’m putting together Pinterest boards of some Halloween costumes based on my favorite literary characters
  • Halloween reads: Just checked out a BUNCH from the library, so we’ll get some spooky reads going in October