Well folks, January has been a mixed bag for me. I read some very good novels, posted quite a few times with reviews and other bookish stuff, received some stellar titles in my monthly book haul, and, on a personal note, booked a vacation.
Then, as fate would have it, our family experienced yet more serious health issues. You never know what awaits you when you wake up in the morning…
One thing that almost didn’t get off the ground was my proposed “Bookblogger’s Fiction Reading Challenge“. I anticipated that it would be fun way for many bloggers to whittle down their TBRs. There weren’t many bloggers who showed any interest in participating, but I’m super grateful to those four who did. In addition to myself, here are some of the other bloggers who will be taking part.
Sheila of “The Quiet Geordie” blog
Debbie of “ExUrbanis” blog
Carla of “Carla Loves to Read” blog
Jules of “One More Word” blog
I will endeavor to link to their #FFRC2020 book reviews throughout the year in a monthly post on Fictionophile.
One reading challenge that I created did really fly however. On Goodreads, within the Edelweiss Reviewers Group, I started a reading challenge for reading Edelweiss titles. As of today’s date, there are 28 people participating who have pledged to read and review 701 Edelweiss titles! Awesome!
Here’s how we are doing so far with the Edelweiss challenge:
I am participating in two blog tours in February for Rachel’s Random Resources.
One thing I have started this year is a ‘Reading Journal’. I have always kept track of the books I read via Goodreads (and I will continue to do so), however, I am also tracking my reading in other ways so that at the end of the year I can compile a recap of statistics for my own benefit. Things like how many books of each genre? How many NetGalley books did I review? How many Edelweiss books did I review? How many blog tours did I participate in? What blog post received the most comments? What post generated the most likes? That type of thing. It is not a fancy ‘bullet journal’, rather it is just a spreadsheet for my own perusal. Do you do this type of thing?
Anyway, I think I’ve been trying too hard. To get more followers, to engage with other bloggers, keeping up with social media, etc. I guess I need a vacation. On that note, from late February through mid-March, for about a three week period, I will be away from the blog, social media, etc.
I hope to have some scheduled posts ready before I leave on my trip, but I will not be able to respond to comments or interact socially during that time period.
I very much hope that you guys will still be there upon my return. I appreciate each and every one of you, your comments, and your support.