Monday, December 30, 2013
*Sings* Ce-le-brate Good Books Come On! *Ahem* It's time for Bout of Books 9.0, January 6th-12th with our favorite hostesses, Amanda and Kelly! It's just the thing to get your 2014 reading started off with a bang!
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As for me, I'm going to concentrate on my Seriously Series Challenge list and see how far I can get!
Allegiant - 2:10 listened
The Getaway - 26%
Allegiant - 4:00 listened
The Getaway - Finished! 61 pages
Catacombs - Started 36 pages
Allegiant - 7:22 listened
Catacombs - 120 pages in
Allegiant -finished! 11:51 total
Catacombs -166 pages in
Catacombs - finished! 236 pages
Hunted - started listening
Photographs & Phantoms - started
Photographs & Phantoms - Finished! 64 pages
Hunted - 1:31 in, probably won't finish for the 'thon but that's still an hour and a half of "reading" I did for it! ;)
That Thing at the Zoo - started
That Thing at the Zoo - finished! 63 pages
Total Pages: 424 (60 1/2 pages per day)
Hours listened: 13:22 (1.9 hours per day)
Sunday, December 29, 2013
For details and sign up, click on the image above, you know what want to join us!
I'm going to concentrate most of my effort on finishing off or reading up to what I own of series that I have already started.
Series Started Before 2014: Seriously Spectacular Series Star
Series Started in 2014: Semi-Serious
Series Re-Reads in 2014: Semi-Serious
Series Started Before 2014
Series = 0/19
Total Books = 0/32
|Audio||Kevin Hearne||Iron Druid||Hunted|
|Audio||Lauren Willig||Pink Carnation||The Garden Intrigue|
|Audio||Lauren Willig||Pink Carnation||The Passion of the Purple Plumeria|
|Audio||J. R. R. Tolkien||The Lord of the Rings||The Two Towers|
|Audio||J. R. R. Tolkien||The Lord of the Rings||The Return of the King|
|Paperback||Ann Aguirre||Sirantha Jax||Endgame|
|Paperback||Molly Harper||Jane Jameson||Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors|
|Paperback||J. R. Ward||Black Dagger Brotherhood||Lover Reborn|
|Kindle||Carolyn Crane||Disillusionists||Head Rush|
|E-book||Carolyn Crane||Disillusionists||Devil's Luck|
|Paperback||Jennifer Rardin||Jaz Parks||Another One Bites the Dust|
|Paperback||Thea Harrison||The Elder Races||Storm's Heart|
|Paperback||Thea Harrison||The Elder Races||Serpent's Kiss|
|Paperback||Anne Bishop||Black Jewels||Shalador's Lady|
|Paperback||Anne Bishop||Black Jewels||Twilight's Dawn|
|Kindle||Sonya Bateman||Gavyn Donatti||The Getaway|
|Paperback||Sonya Bateman||Gavyn Donatti||Master and Apprentice|
|Hardback||Karen Marie Moning||Fever||Dreamfever|
|Hardback||Karen Marie Moning||Fever||Shadowfever|
|Paperback||J. R. Ward||Fallen Angels||Crave|
|Paperback||J. R. Ward||Fallen Angels||Envy|
|Paperback||J. R. Ward||Fallen Angels||Rapture|
|Paperback||Ilona Andrews||Kate Daniels||Magic Mourns in Must Love Hellhounds (Kate Daniels 3.5)|
|Paperback||Ilona Andrews||Kate Daniels||Magic Bleeds|
|Paperback||Ilona Andrews||Kate Daniels||Magic Dreams in Hexed (4.5)|
|Paperback||Ilona Andrews||Kate Daniels||Magic Slays|
|Paperback||Ilona Andrews||Kate Daniels||Magic Rises|
|Hardback||Anne McCaffrey||Tales of the Barque Cats||Catacombs|
|Kindle||Christine Cody||Bloodlands||Blood Rules|
|Audio||Eoin Colfer||HitchHiker's Guide||And Another Thing...|
Series Started In 2014
Series = 0/2
Total Books = 0/7
|Paperback||Katie MacAlister||Silver Dragons||Playing With Fire|
|Paperback||Katie MacAlister||Silver Dragons||Up in Smoke|
|Paperback||Katie MacAlister||Silver Dragons||Me and My Shadow|
Series Re-Reads In 2014
Series = 0/1
Total Books = 0/5
|Audio||Douglas Adams||HitchHiker's Guide||Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy|
|Audio||Douglas Adams||HitchHiker's Guide||The Restaurant at the End of the Universe|
|Audio||Douglas Adams||HitchHiker's Guide||Life, The Universe and Everything|
|Audio||Douglas Adams||HitchHiker's Guide||So Long and Thanks For All the Fish|
|Audio||Douglas Adams||HitchHiker's Guide||Mostly Harmless|
Saturday, December 21, 2013
2013 is not quite over, but I don't think my list is going to change too much in what's left. While I did not complete my ambitious series list for this challenge, I did make progress and finished off or caught up to what I owned on 4 series started before 2013 and 1 series started in 2013. This totaled: 4 audiobooks, 7 novels and 1 novella. I did get started on a few of the others as well, and was able to read 9 novels and 1 novella in those series. My original goal was for 34 total reads and I achieved about 65%. Even though I only made a D grade, I'm still happy with what I achieved, and am definitely in for 2014! Some of those I didn't finish I will carry over and we'll just give it another try!
Series started before 2013
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
- A Breath of Snow and Ashes - finished 3/11/13
- An Echo in the Bone - finished 8/9/13
- Dead Matter - finished 1/9/13
- Dead Waters - finished 5/25/13
- Tricked - Finished 3/18/13
- Two Ravens and One Crow - finished 4/27/13
- Trapped - finished 5/24/13
- The Riftwalker - finished 5/22/13
- The Kingmakers - finished 8/6/13
Series started in 2013
The Modern Tales of Faerie by Holly Black
- Tithe - Finished 4/23/13
- Valiant -Finished 9/9/13
- Ironside - Finished 10/22/13
Series not completed but made progress:
Series started before 2013
Sirantha Jax by Ann Aguirre
- Killbox - finished 3/5/13
- Aftermath - finished 11/15/13
- Faefever - finished 9/28/13
- Nice Girls Don’t Sign a Lease Without a Wedding Ring - finished 1/10/13
- Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors
- Kushiel's Chosen - finished 2/18/13
- Kushiel's Avatar - currently reading
Series started in 2013
Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld
- The Secret Hour - finished 2/24/13
- Touching Darkness
- Blue Noon (added 3/18/13)
- Dragon Bound - finished 8/24/13
- Storm's Heart
- Serpent's Kiss (added 1/14/13)
- Once Bitten, Twice Shy - finished 8/1/13
- Another One Bites the Dust
Percheron by Fiona McIntosh
- Odalisque - finished (4/2/13)
Enchanted Inc. by Shanna Swendson - the first one was cute, but I've decided I'm just not interested enough to continue.
- Enchanted Inc. - Finished 1/27/13
- Once Upon Stilettos
- Damsel Under Stress
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
What makes bloggers give up and step away from their blogs?
Burnout. Feeling overwhelmed or defeated. Over-committing. Jealousy. Life.
Sound familiar? Your blogging experience is shaped by how you approach blogging and how you think about it. The Blogger’s Mindset is about finding your way to the right mindset.
Learn how to build your blogging foundation and keep blogging when the blogging gets tough. Determine your why, who, and focus. Get real about your commitment and the nuts and bolts of blogging. Address your brand and evaluate your approach. Check your attitude. Find out what it takes to stick with it.
The Blogger’s Mindset is an uplifting slap in the face. It brings the harsh realities of blogging to you while at the same time offering you encouragement to go on, find your purpose, get focused and make it work for you.
There is good advice for blogging that is also good advice for life. I felt like Amanda wrote this just for me, addressing my negative self-evaluations and making me realize that no one else is making those comparisons, just me. You have to get rid of undermining thoughts; they are only a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The answers to success are inside you, Blogger’s Mindset gets you to ask yourself the right questions:
- Why are you blogging?
- Who are you blogging for?
- What is your purpose?
- How can you build a community?
If you answer these questions truthfully, it might change your whole perspective about your blogging method and style.
I put off reading Blogger’s Mindset until I hit one of those low points where I start asking myself, why bother? Who cares? Why am I doing this? It was the perfect time for it. While it would be helpful to bloggers at any time and stage of their blogging career, it was more powerful for me when I was experiencing one of those down turns and needed that pep talk/swift kick from someone who’s been there. I plan to keep it handy to look through again whenever I fall into one of those dips in the road.
Visit Amanda's business website, The Path of Least Revision for tips, tricks and editing services. She knows her stuff, she does!