I was inspired by a post I read by Kelsye at Wise Ink Blog Ultimate Bloggers Guide to Growing Your Readership. Her list of ways to increase traffic got me thinking about how little I actually do to set schedules and really update readers on what to expect from my little slice of the inter-webs. In theory, this feature should help keep me on track and active. My long term goal is to turn this post into a weekly newsletter of sorts outlining where we are and where we are going.
Anyway, what has been going on and what have I been up to?
The Lunar Chronicles Read Along is starting book two of the series, Scarlet, this month and I’ve been hastily crafting together a reading plan where Scarlet fits into my month. I might just trash the plan to read it straight away, though. Cinder was fantastic and you should definitely read my review.
I received my second On The Same Page Secret Sister gift! It was faaaabulous. My sister clearly has been doing her homework because it had The Elite, pumpkin flavoured cookies and 1894 by George Orwell. I have been wanting to read 1984 since before high school and am pretty much developing a obsessive need to finish Kiera Cass’ The Selection series – the best book choices ever! Not only that but the box came with pumpkin cookies! Pumpkin is the -best- flavour of anything, ever. I tried to make the cookies last for a few days because they were that delicious! Sadly, they are all gone now. I must know where they came from!
She also sent a card that I -had- to respond to immediately. I can’t wait to see what her next card says. If you’re reading this, secret sister, I am still figuring out who you are! Perhaps some day I can thank you in person!
I also received a new post card featured in the first picture from Rift at The Postcard Exchange Group on Goodreads. It’s a pretty bird! I love sending and receiving snail mail and post cards!
I’ve also signed up to the BookSparks’ Fall Reading Challenge 2015 which is a really creative Back-To-School idea. I can’t return to school this semester so I thought, “let’s do book school!”. I essentially review a novel once a month as an “assignment” to collect “credits” from Spark University. I really think smaller bloggers should check it out because it seems like it will be lots of fun, but also gets you out of your comfort zone posting wise.
|by Barbara Taylor Sissel: Lake Union Publishing/Spark U .
I received a copy of this beautiful story as part of my participation with the Fall 2015 BookSpark University event. I cannot wait to delve into the life of Lauren and the interesting mystery of Bo’s disappearance. Crooked Little Lies is so very different from my usual reading habits, so I am hoping is refreshing scenery will invigorate me and develop a love for a new author!
On a cool October morning, Lauren Wilder is shaken when she comes close to striking Bo Laughlin with her car as he’s walking along the road’s edge. A young man well known in their small town of Hardys Walk, Texas, Bo seems fine, even if Lauren’s intuition says otherwise. Since the accident two years ago that left her brain in a fragile state, she can’t trust her own instincts—and neither can her family. Then Bo vanishes, and as the search for him ensues, the police question whether she’s responsible. Lauren is terrified, not of what she remembers but of what she doesn’t.
Unable to trust herself and unwilling to trust anyone else, Lauren begins her own investigation into the mystery of Bo’s disappearance. But the truth can prove to be as shocking as any lie, and as Lauren exposes each one, from her family, from her friends, she isn’t the only one who will face heart-stopping repercussions.