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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions

16 Jan

reading goals

  • Read More Widely
    I’m a sucker for middle grade realistic fiction, but this year I’d really like to make sure I’m reading more widely with more focus on fantasy, science fiction, nonfiction, etc.
  • 365 Picture Book Reviews
    I’m trying to do 365 picture book reviews on my blog this year, we’re on day 15 and I really like doing it, plus I’m being introduced to a lot of really great authors and illustrators through this project, which is awesome.
  • Track New Book Releases
    I always feel behind when new books are released… I need to do a better job of tracking what’s going to be coming out so I don’t miss anything.
  • Use Social Media to Increase My Blog Traffic
    I’m really liking my blog and the direction I’m going with it, I’m hoping to do more with social media and make more connections this year to really increase the traffic.
  • Use Netgalley and Edelweiss More Frequently
    I get so caught up in the titles being released right now that I forget to look to the future and use these tools to get a jump start!
  • Revamp Blog
    I’ve got an adorable idea to revamp the blog a bit and I’m hoping this is the year I can do that!
  • Create more fun reading lists for my blog
    I love creating reading lists for friends and family, so I’d like to focus on creating some fun/silly/meaningful/useful reading lists for the blog.

And yes, although this is a Top Ten list, I’m going to hold off on seven goals, because that is more than enough to keep me busy this year! What are your reading goals? Do you set a number? Use a specific reading goal list?

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish


#MGBookathon Starts January 1

31 Dec

If you love middle grade books as much as I do, you have to take a look at the #MGBookathon hosted by MG Book Village. It takes only three easy steps to become a part of a “year-long celebration of Middle Grade books and reading.”

Step 1: Post a tweet review of a middle grade book you read last week

Step 2: Post a picture of the book you’re reading this week

Step 3: Comment on other middle grade fans’ reviews and posts (plus add a bunch of new titles to your TBR list!)


Now I just need to decide what my first middle grade novel of 2018 will be… off to check out my TBR list!

5 Places to Find Bookish Gifts (that aren’t books)

9 Dec

If you’re looking for a gift idea this holiday season for your favorite bookworm, look no further than these five retailers offering some awesome bookish gifts, that aren’t another gift card to the bookstore!


BookRiot Store – A part of the awesome website filled with bookish delight – podcasts, booklists and newsletters about your favorite genre, the BookRiot Store includes clothes, accessories and home decor items! The baby onesies are absolutely adorable!



Redbubble – Just search literary for a host of fun clothes, bags ,wall art and more! I ordered the children’s book posters for my office through Redbubble!


Storiarts – I adore the Anne of Green Gables scarf from this retailer – it’s printed with text from the book on a beautiful, lightweight, green scarf!


Litographs – This company  has similar products to Storiarts, but has a lot more options with t-shirts, posters, bags and more printed with text from books! I got my brother the Sherlock Holmes poster for his birthday a few years ago!


Out of Print Clothing – So many bookish and library related gifts – my mom gave me the library card mug for my birthday last year and a few friends found the library card socks for me at Comic-Con.


LibraryCon Live!

7 Dec



Yesterday I got a chance to participate in LibraryCon Live, an event hosted by School Library Journal and Library Journal. It was really well put together with some awesome presenters, authors, and illustrators – the keynote speaker was John Jennings, illustrator of the graphic novel adaptation of Kindred by Octavia Butler, the closing keynote was by Gene Luen Yang the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and author/illustrator of Boxers and Saints and American Born Chinese.

This was a great way to format a conference because I didn’t have to spend money on traveling (I sat at my desk all day) and could interact with the presentations, the vendors, and other conference-goers all online. I would definitely be interested in seeing more programs like this as an option to receive continuing education credits at little or no cost to attendees.

I am in the middle of performance evaluations, so even though I couldn’t devote my entire concentration to the event, I received some really valuable information and will definitely logging back in to hit up the session I missed at lunch and revisiting a few others to get some more information!

Picture Book Month: Books

12 Nov

12“I am a child of books. I come from a world of stories…” And so starts the journey of a little girl who travels through the pages of books using her imagination on the way. If you to are a child of books, you’ll thoroughly enjoy pouring over these pages as the author and illustrator used text for classic literature throughout the book as part of the illustrations. I don’t want to give too much away, but this book is a delight to read and one that I need to add to my personal collection!  Continue reading

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