So let’s talk milestones! Two years ago, I was part of a blog that I helped create, but alas things just didn’t work out and I walked away. I still wanted to be part of the book community and decided to embark on my own. The name, Literary, etc., was not my first choice and anything I played around with at the time just didn’t sound right. During this past year, I’ve debated changing the name and trust me-it’s a scary thing to even contemplate. I admire fellow bloggers who have done it. Maybe, I’ll get a bit of courage for Christmas. 😉
This year I introduced four new features. While I worked on some of these features regularly, others sadly were neglected.
We look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away?
Inspired by Entertainment Weekly‘s “Books of My Life” column. I wanted to go beyond the interview and ask authors (and even readers) about their favorite books. Reading is a personal, but shared experience and what a great way to know someone by asking them about the books that shaped their life.
Have you ever wanted to read an established author, but not sure where to start? Fear no more! The Essentials is a showcase spotlighting a specific author or series. This feature might even include non-bookish related items such as films or music.
Operation Bed Post
We’ve all come across that fictional character and walked away with our hearts forever imprinted with their name. This is a fun way to highlight the ones that have um earned a notch on my bedpost. Everyone knows I have way too many fictional boyfriends and I’ve decided to introduce them to you and yes share them too (grumbles).
Looking ahead to 2015, I hope to have more comment interaction. Every blogger loves comments and while I’ve been a bit lax in commenting on fellow bloggers posts, I hope that changes in 2015. I also have to remind myself that reviews don’t need to be essay length! Each book is different and my approach to writing them, can change depending on the book. The same applies to books in a series. It’s difficult to constantly review books in a series and starting in 2015, I’m going to limit future series books to mini reviews.
I love the book community (especially YA bloggers because at my lowest, they’ve been pretty awesome and very welcoming) and I’ve met some amazing people. Though, I have to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to my blogoversary twin Cee @ The Novel Hermit (any other blogoversary twins I’m missing?) and my almost blogoversary twin Kristen @ My Friends Are Fiction (Happy Blogoversary guys and let’s keep the party going).
As a thank you for following, I’m giving away ONE (1) $30 gift card to Barnes & Noble (if you’re located in the US) OR if you’re located internationally, your choice of books (up to $30) from The Book Depository (as long as they ship to your country). Good luck!
• No purchase necessary and void where prohibited by law.
• Odds of winning depend on total number of eligible entries received.
• You must be 18 years or older to participate.
• Giveaway is open internationally (as long as The Book Depository ships to you).
• Your entry will be disqualified if you cheat (this includes saying you completed tasks & haven’t).
• I’m not responsible for items lost in shipping.
• Winners have 48 hours to respond otherwise a new winner will be chosen.
• Giveaway begins December 19, 2014 and ends on January 1, 2015 (Midnight Mountain)