Wow, this is officially my 100th post on this blog!
That might seem like a low number considering I created this blog in May 2016. My main struggle has always been consistency, so I’m proud to have gotten this far! Ever since I created this blog I’ve gotten to interact with fellow book lovers, approved for ARCs, found amazing books I never would have read otherwise, aaaand had fun thinking more critically about what I read. It was good decision.
In this post I want to both showcase a few of my favorite posts that I’ve written and talk about my goal moving forward.
Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Reasons I Love The Raven Cycle — My second post on this blog and a love letter to one of my favorite series ever. I had so much fun coming up with different reasons, and to this date they tell you a lot about what I look for in books. This was also my most viewed post for the looooongest time.
Mini-Review Round Up: WWII edition — I loved doing themed review round-ups and this was one of my favorites. Watch awkwardly trying to review a classic before I realized that wasn’t going to work lol.
What I’ve Been Reading: Highlights — My first post back after a months-long, unintended hiatus! I got to discuss a bunch of books I loved as well as reignite my love for blogging.
Book Review: The Female of the Species — I read and reviewed this within the span of a day, which was tons of fun. Oddly I find that the easiest books to review are the ones I only liked, instead of loved or hated, as was the case with this one. The review was fun and interesting to write, to this day I’m proud of it.
How I Outline My Novels Part 1 | Part 2 — This was one of the first true writing post I ever dared post. It helped understand my own process better, and it was fun to post screenshots of how messily I outline. Also I think these are the longest individual posts I’ve done so far… no wonder I had to split them in two.
Top Seven Book Recs for Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans — I got to talk about two things very dear to me: books and Buffy! As I’ve said, BtVS is still probably the most formative piece of media I’ve consumed. It shaped my tastes so much! I think that my favorite books still reflect that… eight year later.
Book Review: They Both Die at the End — This one will always hold a special place because it was the first ARC I was granted! And it was one of my most anticipated books of the year. Although the book didn’t dazzle me, I had that wonderful feeling associated to it.
Beautiful Books: NaNoWriMo edition! — My introduction to my current WIP was both fun and illuminating to write. I already had a pretty good idea of what I wanted it to be, but putting it down and actually saying it out loud (metaphorically) did wonders. Whenever I feel stuck (and I’ve gotten stuck a lot), I can fall back on this post to remind me why I want to tell this story.
My blog always does better when I’m posting consistently, who would have known? Although I know I’m going to be busier this coming semester I really want to try post around three times a week. And I need to master the art of bulk-writing to help haha. I think my schedule of TTT and tags at the beginning of the week, reviews on Fridays and miscellaneous or writing posts on the weekend has been working well (when I’m not travelling or otherwise occupied) so I going to aim to stick to it.
2. Be more engaged with the community
I’m painfully shy, so actually commenting on others’ posts makes me reeeally nervous. I want to be better about this though because you are all putting A+ content out there and I want to talk about books. My blogging experience so far has been quite solitary, so I want to change that.
3. Other social media
For someone who spends a lot of time on twitter and goodreads, I rarely interact with people there. So yeah, this is the year I get into Book Twitter and actually befriend people on goodreads. If I say it here then it has to become true, right?
So from now on, you can find on both Twitter and Goodreads.
4. More critical posts
It’s so easy to get swept up by memes (and I like writing those), but the English major in me wants to write more essay-like posts, maybe centering on tropes or what I think makes for a good story. I don’t want to write closing-reading analysis or anything (I already write enough of those for uni), but something a bit more critical and with more breadth than my personal reactions… I tried doing this once, after reading Illuminae, but I kind of just stopped after that. Idk, let me know what you think in the comments.
5. Step up my blogging game
As you may or may not have noticed, I changed my theme and layout into something I hope is more aesthetically pleasing. I am also trying to get a hang of graphics because I think they make things more eclectic/easier to read. So bear with me while I get a hang of this, because I now it’s one of the aspects of blogging I got lazy with before.
6. Not confine myself to YA
I’ve been thinking of how only two books of my top ten were YA, even though they still make the bulk of what I read. I’m not about to stop reading the genre, not when there are a ton of amazing (and mostly female) fantasy writers, but I don’t know if I can keep calling this a YA book blog. I don’t have it in me to be a pure Romance blog, or YA blog, or Fantasy blog like others manage (and I do love those sort of blogs don’t get me wrong). So, I’m sorry if that doesn’t cater to everyone’s tastes but this is going to be a My Weird Reading Tastes blog and I won’t feel guilty for including books of wildly different genres like I used to.
And with that I am done! Have you fallen prey to the same things I have after blogging for a while? Are posts that make you insanely proud and glad that you blog? If so link them below because I’d love to check them out!