In My Life
It’s Almost March Already
My last wrap-up went up weeks ago and it already is the end of February. The days themselves seem to drag on while the weeks are going by in a snap. Lots has happened during this time but amidst all that busyness, I’ve hardly taken stock of everything. I expect things to slow down a little in a week or two. Can’t wait for then.
I’ve finally decided to be more proactive about unhauling books I didn’t like, am no longer interested in or own multiple copies off. So far I’ve sold the Chaos Walking trilogy. I’m hoping others will show interest soon for the other books.
Guest Post on Singlehood in YA Fiction at Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Joey ran a series of Valentines-themed posts and I had the pleasure of contributing. I wrote about the importance of representing single characters in YA books. Romance is so commonplace in YA fiction, that it’s easy to forget that many teens don’t date or get into romantic relationships until they’re older. That’s why I felt compelled to speak up about the need to also portray characters who relish the single life.
On the Blog
On the Bookstagram 101 front, I’ve laid out the difference between planned and real time content. I also shared productivity apps to help plan posts and determine the best times to upload them.
Last weekend I took part in the annual Love-A-Thon which saw me compose book spine poetry with my sister. Naturally, I took part on Instagram as well. I’m also ecstatic that I was the international winner among Instagram participants and will receive a stack of books as my prize.
Over the past weeks I also posted my photos for our Project 52 and the themes were Heart, Forced to Read and Cover Love. As usual, I compiled the weekly list of YA book releases.
Synopses that over-promise and build false expectations tend to stand in the way of my enjoyment of books. The latest example of this is Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers. There’s so much untapped potential, though I did like the premise. If only more had been done to build it up.
Lately audiobooks have become my go-to formats. That’s why I grabbed the Audible daily deal of Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’m so glad that I did because that book was a lot of fun to listen to. It also indulged in the question, “What if?” very well.
Around the Blogosphere
I’ve missed out on so much this February, that I decided to link up again starting next week. Meanwhile, here are a couple of bloggers you may refer to for wrap-ups.
- Briana @ Pages Unbound: Interesting Posts of the Week — Feb 14, 2016 and Feb 21, 2016
- Mishma @ Chasing Fairytales: Fairytales Report — Feb 14, 2016 and Feb 28, 2016
Alexa S. says
I actually unhaul books fairly regularly (almost every month), which should be alarming, but instead has become quite routine. It feels like I’m shedding off some “dead weight” (and not in a mean way, just in a, I didn’t want to read it so why do I still have it way), and I always feel much better afterwards. I’m overdue for one of those soon actually, and I may take care of it this weekend or next so thanks for reminding me!
I’m also really happy that you joined us again for this year’s Love-a-Thon, and that you were one of the winners! Your enthusiastic participation was so great, and I hope you’ll join us again next year <3
I’ve been unhauling books, too, lately, and it’s a bit of a painful process, but sometimes necessary. And maybe I’ll fall in love with the library all over again.
Typically, when I cull my book collection, I just pull out books that I don’t think I’ll ever read again and books that I bought on a whim but probably won’t ever read at all. This time, though, I had to do a more drastic cull and ended up creating a reading challenge (after going through my usual process). I piled up books from my TBR shelf that I kind of wanted to read but wouldn’t be totally devastated about getting rid of, and decided that whichever ones I don’t read by March 22 will be taken to the thrift store along with those I read but don’t want to keep. I’m pretty much on track to finish all of the books in the pile, and so far I’m planning to get rid of most of the ones I’ve read.
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts says
Thanks for contributing on the Valentines day post even if it was super last minute! My feels won’t be hurt since you unhauled CWT. It too shall pass.
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