Beyond the Books ~ Interesting Posts Read Lately

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Beyond the Books is a weekly meme hosted by Karen @ KissinBlueKaren. Each week features a new topic (mostly non-bookish). This meme is a fun, social weekly post.


This Week’s Topic:

What are some interesting posts you’ve read lately? 

I’m going to make my 3749238409th confession: I’m really bad about remembering posts. I have started having to bookmark things like crazy for posts with prompts like this.

One post I read recently was from Beth @ Fueled by Fiction. It was an old post I missed, but she recently mentioned it. The title caught my attention: Why People With Anxiety Make Hella Great Friends. With my recent diagnosis, I have embraced the fact that I have anxiety. Every single thing she listed about why people with anxiety make the greatest of friends (or people in general) is exactly right. I especially approve of the last item on her list. That has been me my entire life:

We’re hyper-vigilant and spend a lot of time pondering worst-case scenarios. Because of this, we’re often overly cautious.

I have tried until I am blue in the face sharing with my students and their parents the many benefits of reading, especially last year. This year is slightly better. When Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek posted about 8 Reasons Reading Is A Superpower! I fell in love with it. She simplified everything down and put in fun GIFs! I think I even reblogged her post.

This next one is actually a blogging tip from Karen @ Kissin Blue Karen. Back in November she shared Make Your Posts Pop With Hovertext. Of course because I am super lazy and have no time until summer, I haven’t checked it out yet and actually done it myself, but I have that post bookmarked!

Nereyda @ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite List shared her One Word for 2018. Her post is ALL about what The Man has been telling me in the last year and a half. Her word last year was STRONGER, and this year her word is ME. Everything she said is so perfect for what I also need to be doing every day for myself. Often I feel like women who are conscious and give no damns about their self-care are seen as high maintenance and even selfish at times. Honestly, at this point in my life, I don’t care if that’s how I’m perceived for going to the salon once a month or going on a mini shopping spree, taking an extra long shower or taking extra care with applying my makeup. I think we all need to practice better self-care. I know I need it.

Beyond the Books ~ Most Popular Posts

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Beyond the Books is a weekly meme hosted by Karen @ KissinBlueKaren. Each week features a new topic (mostly non-bookish). This meme is a fun, social weekly post.


This Week’s Topic:

Most Popular Posts – Why do you think they got so much love? 

In order of views…

Top Ten Tuesday – Books for Readers Who Like Dead Poet’s Society

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – Wonder

Book Review – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Book Review – One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

Book Review – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Book Review – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

How Dare You, Goodreads!

Teaser & Tuesday Intro – Somebody Like You

My Bullet Journal – Things That Didn’t Work

Book Review – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

 

It’s not surprise the Harry Potter reviews are popular. Everything HP is! A much-loved series of books. I think my post for readers who liked Dead Poet’s Society caught attention just because of the subject matter. It is a popular book and movie with older generations (meaning mine and older, younger ones aren’t in on it yet), but the themes found within the book are what resonate with so many.

Wonder was such a popular buzz book in 2017 that I think just the name alone attracted readers. I’m surprised that One Thousand White Women was so popular. I wouldn’t think it would be! My Goodreads post was full funny, and of course people take joy in finding out things that didn’t work out so well for others.

 

Upcoming Posts: 

January 18- List some interesting posts you have read lately (loved or hated)
January 25- Foods that remind you of childhood

February 1- Best Moments in Blogging
February 8- Romantic Movies/Shows
February 15- Blog(s) you read daily
February 22- Kids and Social Media

Beyond the Books ~ Blogging Goals for 2018

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Beyond the Books is a weekly meme hosted by Karen @ KissinBlueKaren. Each week features a new topic (mostly non-bookish). This meme is a fun, social weekly post and I’m so glad that Karen has brought it back. I decided to join in and it turned out to be the week she discontinued it in 2016.


This Week’s Topic:

Blogging Goals for 2018

 

Reading

  1. Get my NetGalley percentage up to 20%
  2. Read 50 NetGalley books this year
  3. Listen to 8 audiobooks this year
  4. Complete 8 challenges this year

 

Blogging

  1. Write 1 bookish discussion post per month
  2. Write 1 bullet journal post per month
  3. Use bullet journal weekly

 

 

Upcoming Prompts: 

January 11- List your most popular posts (why do you think they got so much love)
January 18- List some interesting posts you have read lately (loved or hated)
January 25- Foods that remind you of childhood

Beyond the Books

beyondthebooks

Beyond the Books is a weekly meme hosted by Karen @ KissinBlueKaren. Each week features a new topic (mostly non-bookish). This meme is a fun, social weekly post.


This Week’s Topic:

How did you do on your goals for 2016? What are you blogging goals for 2017?

 

My goals for 2016 were beyond what I think were reasonable. I try to overstretch myself and say I’ll somehow make up for it at some point in the year, and then life happens. Last year I selected 7 year-long challenges, including my Goodreads Challenge. I finished the year out by only meeting one of them: my Goodreads Challenge. I did less than 1/10 of my NetGalley Challenge, and about 2/5 on Backlist Books, Shelf Love, and TBR Challenges…which are all pretty much the same.

I failed. Hard. Core. 

No doubt. As the year wound down, I seriously thought about the challenges available and what I really want to accomplish and focus on for my reading. I decided to cut several challenges and try some new things.

For 2017, I am only focusing on four challenges (plus Goodreads, which at this point is a given). And they are…

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Goodreads: 52 Books

Alphabet Soup: 26 Books (A-Z titles)

Audiobook: 5-10 Books

NetGalley : 50 Books

Shelf Love: 51+ Books

I am also looking to participate in a new weekly meme feature. I had picked out this one, Beyond the Books, only to discover that Karen is discontinuing it! 😦 So…I’m still looking for something similar to this.