If all goes well, today will be a review-writing day. Last night I raced to finish a book of short stories for a blog tour this Tuesday, so I’ll be writing that up. I also hope to get my thoughts down, finally and with some degree of coherence, about We Need to Talk About Kevin; I finished the audiobook a few days ago, but it’s a novel that definitely needs to simmer a little. I […]
2012 in Review–‘Riting & Randomness…and a little ‘Rithmetic
I usually do a little year-end number-crunching in the process of coming up with my Books of the Year, but this year I decided to share those before I put up the stats. However, before I get to the Bookkeeping, I have answers to some questions from the “Book Blogging/Reading Life” section of Jamie‘s annual End-of-Year Book Survey. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012? If I leave my Books of the Year reviews out […]
Connect With the Book Blogger Buddy System!
Cross-posted from The Estella Society, which is generously hosting this project One common thread in I saw posts wrapping up Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2012 was “reconnection.” There were no awards or big sponsored giveaways this year, and no one really seemed to miss them! On the other hand, many of us did seem to enjoy a renewed sense of our community–getting reacquainted with one another and adding new-found book blogs that we want to […]
Once More, With Changes: Please UPDATE YOUR FEED SUBSCRIPTION (now powered by FeedBlitz)!
UPDATED INFO AS OF OCTOBER 1, 2012 If you changed your feed-reader subscription to The 3 R’s Blog to Feedcat per my post last week, it will no longer work after today, because it really wasn’t working anyway. If you didn’t resubscribe then, please do it now! Based on good reports from other users, I’ve joined the exodus to Feedblitz. Sorry to have to ask you to do this crazy thing one more time, but […]
On Book Blogging: Really, Positively Enthusiastic
I think that when most of us can freely choose what to read–when there’s no obligation or assignment–we’re usually going to pick books we think we’ll like. It may not always turn out that way–sometimes a favorite author has an “off” book, sometimes a book description is less than accurate, sometimes The Book Everyone Loves just isn’t our thing–but for the most part, I doubt that regularly reading authors or genres or topics we dislike […]
On Book Blogging: An Authentic Opinion is Priceless
Today’s BBAW topic is a deceptively simple question: “What does book blogging mean to you?” Short answer: Book blogging means thoughtful, honest, and often enthusiastic opinions and discussions about books, reading, and related topics from people who love talking about them, where such talk can lead to fun, fellowship, and friendships. That leads into a much longer answer that begins with another question: Have you ever wondered whether the opinions expressed in a traditional-media review […]
Sunday Salon: A Big Month in Book-Blogger Land!
It’s September. Summer is winding down–if you live your life by the academic calendar, you may consider it over already. (And if you live your life in the Southern Hemisphere, you’re looking ahead to spring instead of autumn! But anyway…) In any case, the calendar is filling up with fun events for book bloggers! It feels like it’s snuck up on us this year, but the original book-blog community-fest–Book Blogger Appreciation Week–is back, and it […]
Always Have a Backup Plan: a “Learning Experience”
There are so many things I like about blogging, but one that I don’t talk about all that often is the technical side. Maintaining a blog for almost 5.5 years has been a great opportunity to learn on the job. I’m pretty much self-taught and far from an expert, but I maintain this blog on my own…and usually, I know enough to keep me out of trouble. Not always, though. I’m most likely to get […]
Opportunity, community, and blogging’s midlife crisis: Reflections
You might think that after doing something for four or five or seven years, or even longer, you’d have a pretty good sense of how it works and how you’re doing with it. You might even feel pretty sure of yourself in comparing yourself with your peers. Or you might not. Even with all your experience, you may feel uncertain of your place in the landscape. Then again, maybe the landscape itself has changed, which means […]
Sunday Salon: A “Reading and Weeding” Staycation (with a side of rambling)
I’ve been mostly hanging out at home for the last several days. Tall Paul and I had submitted vacation requests for this time months ago, in anticipation of attending San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. So much for that–we couldn’t get tickets. But we weren’t about to give back the time off, either, and so we’ve been “staycationing.” (And although we aren’t taking pictures in San Diego, I’ve been playing with pictures this week–I’ll be sharing […]
Pros and Cons and Conferences and UnCons
(Warning: Dithering follows…) I signed up for the 2012 Book Blogger Convention so long ago it still was the “Book Blogger Convention.” According to the official records, I created my registration for Book Expo America and BBC on January 23. I’d registered earlier for 2011’s BBC and had been holding off this year in anticipation of news about BBC programming, but since I was at least 95% sure I was returning this year no matter […]
The one where I beg for your votes in the Independent Book Blogger Awards
UPDATED to correct an error in my reading of the contest terms: you may vote for one blog in each category, one time–not per day! If you usually read these posts in a feed reader and don’t click through to the blog, you probably haven’t seen this widget in the sidebar yet: /**/ Vote for this blog for the Independent Book Blogger Awards! Vote I’ve entered The 3 R’s Blog in the Independent Book Blogger […]