I finally started taking my blog more seriously and getting the hang of things this past month, and I'm happy about that.
Normally I just talk about the week, but with this post falling exactly on January 31st, I couldn't resist doing a bit of an update about the whole month :-) So what are all these good things you ask? Well...
First of all, this is the longest I’ve ever kept a blog. It’s been about six months, and I have no desire to stop. In the past I’d tried other blogs, and they were lucky if they lasted two weeks.
Second, my pageviews doubled from last month! It’s still not a lot, but it’s significant for me. I’ve also been meeting lots of new bloggers since the year started, and I’ve gotten better at being friendly online :-)
Third, I started requesting from Netgalley! I was so intimidated, but it’s not as scary as I thought it’d be. I still check the preferences for every publisher before requesting in order to avoid the books I KNOW I won’t get, but some publishers/authors are awesome and don’t just care about the numbers.
Fourth, I’ve only come across one book I rated below 3 stars (actually, it was a graphic novel, which you will see below), and I’ve even found one 4.5 and one 5 star, which is rare for me!
Aaaaaand, fifth, I’ve been doing great on my reading goals to read about different supernatural creatures, retellings, classics, graphic novels, circus books, etc.
I don’t have any exciting real life news this week though, so on with the books!
Books I Finished:
So I didn’t mean to read five graphic novel volumes within a span of, like, 24 hours—it just kind of happened? I wasn’t feeling well, so I couldn’t do much else, and it was a good distraction. And, to be fair, graphic novels take far less time to read.
Anyway, I really liked the Real Vampires book, a hilarious and solid second in series. Then there was my binge-read of the entire iZombie series. I was really liking it, the story and the artwork… until it ended. I hated the ending and sat at my computer frowning for a while after I finished >:-( Sex Criminals was hilarious though! I have to wait and see if Hoopla gets the rest of the volumes so I can keep reading. Unfortunately The Rest Falls Away also had a depressing ending, but I may still continue the series. Cogling was a fun, albeit a bit young for my taste, Netgalley read.
Song of the Week:
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” Cover by Sleeping At Last – I feel like everyone thinks of this as a fun, quirky kind of song, or it just makes them think of How I Met Your Mother, but this cover version really brings out the beauty of the song.
In Case You Missed It:
Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Butterflies (2)
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Laugh Out Loud Book Blurbs
Discussion: Audiobooks, Yea or Nay?
Graphic Novel Review: Saga Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Book Review: Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle (Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle Book 1) by Amy Fecteau
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)