#BBAW .. the rest of it

  • Friday, February 19, 2016

Book Blogger Appreciation Week has flown by and I got past Day 1 and sort of ... stopped. So I'm picking it up tonight with an all-in post and then I will be making the rounds over the weekend.

So let's get to it:

Day 1: Introduce yourself by telling us about five books that represent you as a person or your interests/lifestyle

If you missed my 5 books, read it HERE!.

Day 2: Interview Day!

I didn't sign up for this, so next ...)

Day 3: What have you read and loved because of a fellow blogger?

This is hard to keep track of since I've read so many books (and more) based on blogger recommendations. Here are some I semi-remember. Sorry I can't be more specific; I usually read a book based on collective reviews/recs anyway.

Day 4: How do you stay connected to the community? Examples: social media, regular commenting, participation in blog events, etc. Tell us your faves!

I'm all over the map! I do a little of everything depending on my mood and what I want to get into. My participation is probably as eclectic as this blog.

You like to Bloggiesta? I think I have a *bit*
of a crush on Pedro!
Some of my favourite things to do:
  • Memes. I've dabbled in so many but have stuck to two regularly - #BookmarkMonday (which I host because I have a fixation on bookmarks) and Friday 56 and Book Beginnings (two memes I roll into one). That's all I can really handle at the moment. I do love to lurk though ...
  • Bloggiesta! Since I joined in a few years ago, I still can't get enough of this event. Every book blogger needs to get some housekeeping done so I love that this side is brought forward every Bloggiesta. I also enjoy the challenges and love hosting them too.
  • Challenges. I've gotten rather picky with challenges because I hate joining them and feeling like a failure when I'm unable to get something read/reviewed/done. I've stuck with more long-term (yearly and perpetual), low stress, make your own rules ones like Travel the World in Books, Read the Nobels, and Read My Own Damn Books. On occasion I join in themed challenges

Some things I need a little help on:
  • I am a horrible commenter. I just can't keep up with so many blogs I follow. So please don't take it personally if I don't. 
  • Social media is weird, so I'm a little weird on it too. I get these binges on Twitter or Facebook ... or whatever. Hootsuite is ok but I get these binges to schedule stuff too, so I don't think I'm not any better for it. 

Day 5: One of the unfortunate side effects of reading and blogging like rockstars seems to be a tendency toward burnout. How do you keep things fresh on your blog and in your reading?

Interesting that this topic should come up. I recently was mulling the ups and downs of this blog and was trying to figure out what was working for me. Last Valentines Day, I came up with my post "Simplifying My Book Love."

I also like to explore a lot of new things, whether it is about books or not. Sometimes these topics are reflected on this blog, other times not (but may account for my silences). I feature bookish things, I watch TED Talks, I troll Etsy, among others. This keeps me on my toes, and hopefully things fresh on my blog.

This, along with simplifying equates to greater enjoyment for me. I intend to stay around for a long time with my books and my book blog ...

How has your #BBAW been? Tell me if you'd like me to read any of your specific posts.

Thank you, bloggy friends ... the world is a brighter place...


  1. I finally read Jojo Moyes in 2015 and I loved her!

  2. Commenting is something that I really struggle with as well. There are so many blogs and I keep adding more to my feed reader so that eventually I get so overwhelmed and don't look at it at all! I love to stay connected this way, but it's tough.

    Speaking of--it's been a bit since I've visited here. I like the new look!!

  3. I don't know why I held off for so long. I only read her 2015 myself :) I guess we have to play catch up!

  4. I know, it's tough to keep up and with so many more bloggers coming up with cool things, there's just more to read. Thanks for the visit, Trish ... you're always welcome! You like my mastHEAD? :P

  5. Emma @ Words And PeaceFebruary 21, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    oh yes! The Bones of Paris is fantastic!

  6. It can be hard to keep up with all the blogs I want to read--and to comment on them. I think accepting that I can't, has helped. I think most people get that you can't comment on all posts. I still haven't read anything by JoJo Moyes. One of these days!

    I hope you have a great week!

  7. Great way to catch up with BBAW, and yay for Bloggiesta! I love that event and have a lot of fun with it! Commenting is tough! I've been trying to do better, but some weeks are easier than others.

  8. I let that book sit for a year before I read it and I thought ... why did I wait so long?!@

  9. Well, a comment 2 weeks later I hope doesn't make you mad - and hopefully some Jojo Moyes is in your future ... movie is coming up :)

  10. I never go through all the blogs at BBAW ... and I'm hosting a mini challenge for the upcoming Bloggiesta! I know what you mean about commenting; I figure that it'd be impossible for me to go thru all the blogs, let alone leave a worthwhile comment on each.

  11. Haha. Not at all. I am not always quick at responding either. :-)

  12. Emma @ Words And PeaceMarch 8, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    oh, I could say that for so many books!!!


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