February 2013 Roundup

At least I’m not 3 weeks behind in posting this like I was last month!  February saw a marked improvement in my reading over January.  I actually read a couple books I was really into (starred below), which was a welcome change!  Blogging-wise, I’ve been keeping to one review a week, which is my goal, but I think that I’ve lost A LOT of traffic, comments, and followers lately.  Is posting once or maximum twice a week a real turn-off to people?  Maybe it’s because I’ve had a harder time keeping up with others’ blogs?  Maybe it’s because I’ve also been reading mostly adult lit and some older titles lately?  I’m not sure… I’m not expecting to have a huge following, but it is really disappointing to not have the same level of interaction I was getting in the past.  I know a large part of that is that what I’ve been putting in has been diminishing, but I really don’t have more time to commit to the blog, so I guess it is what it is.

Books Read:

Line of Vision by David Ellis

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Unsticky by Sarra Manning*

Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Deception by Denise Mina

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell*

In the Works: I just started The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell, which oddly is the second book I’ve read in last month that is set in Glasgow.  So far, so good.  I also checked out the audiobook of Across the Universe from the library, so I plan on starting that once I remember to put the CDs in my car.  I’m still reading Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie in the spaces between other books.  I’ve not got really grand plans for March other than to keep up reading and blogging as long as I am up to it.  I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy (I’m due April 9th), so I’m trying to finish prepping for the baby (the nursery I keep getting asked about is no where near done… it’s barely started, in fact) on top of getting more tired on top of everything else.  So we’ll just wait and see how things shape up!

What’s new with your reading/blogging?  Read anything good lately?

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2 thoughts on “February 2013 Roundup

  1. I haven’t been able to stop by as often because my new job (same company new title) has me on the go constantly, but I do still check in to catch up (usually on the weekend). I think I read 2 total books this month – To Kill a Mockingbird and Scarlet (have you read Cinder). Low total but I actually really enjoyed them both.

    I do think that reading more adult lit drops interaction a bit. Seems like 80% of book blogs focus on YA.

    • Congrats on the new job! I’m impressed you’ve been keeping up on the reviews!

      Haven’t read Cinder or Scarlet, though everyone says they’re great. I just can’t wrap my head around the idea of liking a fairy tale-sci fi thing.

      And I’m glad to hear you also see a drop in interaction with adult lit reviews… I don’t think I have many connections with bloggers who do review adult lit, but I find those blogs harder to find and the ones I read are usually really well-established, so it’s harder to break into that community than into YA book bloggers. And considering I read pretty widely, it’s hard to see where I would fit in anyways. It just was a bit of a discouraging month, considering I was actually writing reviews and trying to do the TTT rounds and wasn’t getting much back. I still like writing reviews, so I’ll keep it up as long as I have time to, but at some point I need to work on rebuilding an audience, too.

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