May 2020 marks the tenth anniversary of The Book Stop. This kind of caught me by surprise, even though a year ago I was thinking what I might do to mark the big ten. What can I say, life is a little strange right… Continue Reading “It’s the Tenth Anniversary of The Book Stop!”
Here’s a quick summary of what I read this year: All books: 122 Reviewed: 37 ARC/Review Requests: 9 2019 releases: 30 Author of color: 51 Nonfiction: 19 Graphic novel/memoir: 3 Part of series: 34 New series: 13 New to me author: 81 Set primarily… Continue Reading “2019: My Year in Reading and Blogging”
My husband loves podcasts, and often recommends them. My usual response is that I’d much rather read than listen, and that’s true. I’m much more visual than auditory, and while my husband spends an hour and a half driving to work each day, I… Continue Reading “Do you listen to podcasts?”
As we hit the year’s halfway point, I looked at my progress on blog resolutions and challenges. Last year I was really overwhelmed, and this year, with no grad school, I’ve been able to put the blog first. That makes me happy. But have… Continue Reading “Mid-year Musings: 2017 Resolutions and Challenges”
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, readers! 2016 wasn’t great for a few reasons, and for me it wasn’t a particularly good year in blogging and reading. For the first part of the year I blamed it on finishing my degree (not a bad excuse,… Continue Reading “2016: My Year in Blogging and Reading”
As you’ve heard (just a few times), I’ve struggled this spring to keep up with the blog and finish my degree. The blog has been on the back-burner, so I’m way behind on reviews and I haven’t been keeping up with a lot of… Continue Reading “Putting More Time into My Blog”
For the next couple of months, you won’t see as many posts on this blog. I have two months to complete the research on my thesis and write my paper. It’s an interesting topic – I’m studying how a family literacy program in DC… Continue Reading “When Life Gets Busy…”
We all have rules about how we blog, or at least guidelines. This month I’ve been thinking about what we don’t talk about on our blogs. Obviously, the scope of this blog is about books. So how much should I write about non-bookish things?… Continue Reading “Book Bloggers: What do you NOT write about on your blog?”
This month marks the five year anniversary of The Book Stop. I had a lot of ideas about ways to celebrate, but school and work intervened. So I’m settling for this reflection post, and I hope you’ll grab a virtual piece of cake with… Continue Reading “Celebrating The Book Stop’s Five Year Anniversary!”
A few months ago, I read a post on BookerTalk about how some people think book bloggers shouldn’t write reviews. I was surprised by this idea, since writing and reading book reviews is why I got into blogging in the first place. Just to… Continue Reading “Should book bloggers write book reviews? Discuss…”
This summer will mark my fifth anniversary of blogging. And one of the things I’ve really wanted to do is attend the Book Expo America Bloggers Conference. Have you been? What did you think? I read some good critical reviews of last year’s conference,… Continue Reading “The BEA Bloggers Conference: Should I Go?”
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