I’ve struggled to get online the past few days, right after blogging about free ARCs my internet’s been sketchy at letting me back online to post more, so apologies for this being late!
Before I begin this post though I’d like to clarify something about my previous post Free Books/ARCs Help the Publishing Industry so Stop Complaining! I explained the value of free books and ARCs to the publishing industry but part of the post was taken up with comments (some great comments by the way) which focused on the negative aspect of free books. This sparked a lot of interesting discussion and thoughts turned not only to the benefits of free books but the negative aspects of piracy among other things. This is something I’d love to write more about soon and I’ll be doing so as soon as I can. Thank you all for your thoughts on this subject, it’s great when a blog post you write gets so much interest and discussion back, and a special thank you to everyone who shared the post and followed my blog too thank you 🙂 ❤
November was a fun/not fun month for me. It was my birthday in the middle of the month (thank you for all the well wishes everyone!) and although this was a happy time, it was spoilt by the fact I developed a horrible virus which left me feeling wiped out physically and very tired, a virus I’m still in the recovery stages of (although don’t worry, it is nothing serious thankfully 🙂 ) So onto November’s highlights:
November’s most popular post: Free Books/ARCs Help the Publishing Industry so Stop Complaining! was only published on the last day and has been viewed so many times it’s the second most viewed post on this blog after What Makes A Book Young Adult / YA Versus Just Adult?, with over 100 views already and counting! 😀 Please check out the post if you haven’t already and leave your thoughts on the subject.
The second most popular post on this blog was surprisingly a photography on the subject of ‘temporary’featuring berries! If you enjoy looking at photographs or just want to see what all the fuss is about then please do check out this post by clicking to see it 🙂 PhotoChallenge: Fragile Berries
The third most popular post was a book review of a simple yet interestingly surreal picturebook called Piggybook by Anthony Browne and just edged ahead of my only poetry post of the month Distant Sun (pictured) which is a very short poem and not my usual style.
Plans for December…
So onto next month and what is in store for this blog in December? Well I finally feel I’ve gained back my ability to write and with my last post being so well received I plan to write a lot more, it also helps that I’ve cleared a heavy backlog of book reviews by posting them almost every day in November. I still have some reviews to share but there will definitely be a lot more other content too.
I fear my own Goodreads reading challenge to read 60 books in 2017 will be left unfinished I read over 50 books last year but this year I’ve taken a lot more time off reading and read some longer books too which meant I didn’t read as many, plus I’ve had far more freedom to add different content to this blog so I’ve been focusing more on other projects and not just books to read and review. I think I’ll set a new target next year, a little lower, but has anyone else ever failed their reading challenge? Anyone going to accomplish it this year?
Tomorrow’s blog post will be a book review, the book review, of Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki which got the unpleasant comment and unhelpful vote on amazon (which by the way threw my amazon ranking down about 40 places 😮 😦 ) I would never solicit positive votes from anyone as I value my own integrity as a reviewer but if you ever enjoyed any of my reviews (or that of any other reviewers) and happened to find them on amazon UK or Goodreads you can always let us know by way of clicking ‘helpful’ or ‘like’ 😉
Also, expect lots of Christmassy stuff happening this month and more articles/discussion posts on various subjects, as well as me sorting out my social media which on some channels (Pinterest, StumbleUpon, etc.) has been a little slow and stagnant 🙂
Hope you all had a great November! What are your plans for the coming month? Anyone looking forward to this month?
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