Hiya! *waves aggressively*
You know me. I blog about books. I write posts that my sister and one friend find funny, which obviously makes me a very humorous person. I occasionally lurk on your blogs and leave comments that I hope are witty, but probably just come across as weird.
I’ve been slacking off on the blogging front for the past month because I was vacationing. I just wanted to give you guys a quick update about all that’s happened in 2017.
What did I do?
I visited my sister in Atlanta this December because she’d just had a baby. That 3-month old kid is probably the only little human I will love. It was a fun vacation, this past month. xD
When I was in Atlanta, I did do some lit things (which I actually blogged about, so you can’t say I ignored you). 😀
Read them here:
- Billy Shakes with live music at Atlanta’s Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse
- Rare books, cats, and my loosened purse strings at Atlanta Vintage Books.
2017 wrap-up: Books
I surpassed my Goodreads reading challenge by a grand total of 1 book (46 out of 45 books). I received a lot of ARCs this year, of which several were amazing to read.
You should check out all these books because I swear to JKR they don’t disappoint. Here are a few ARCs that received a rating over 4.5 from me:
- The Doubly Dead Angel-Thief by Marc Whelchel
- Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman
- More Than a Memory by Pragya Bhagat
- The Night Child by Anna Quinn
- Drifting in the Push by Daniel Garrison
- Despair to Deliverance: A True Story of Triumph Over Severe Mental Illness by Sharon DeVinney
- Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy by Manjusha Pawagi
- Best Intentions by Erika Raskin
2017 wrap-up: Blog
My goal for 2017 was to write more original content along with book reviews. I did do that. I’ve been told that these were my funniest posts:
- A little tough love from your TBR pile.
- Wanted: Heroine of a Young Adult novel.
- 7 types of book bloggers we’ve all seen.
- 5 totally real books you should add to your April TBR. (written on April 1st.*winks*)
- 11 actual conversations I’ve had with people.
- Minutes of a Death Eaters meeting.
- An 8 point guide to becoming a PROPER book nerd
IBA 2017 and what I learned from it.
A few months back, I was nominated under 3 categories (books, humor, blogger from Tamil Nadu) for the Indian Blogger Awards 2017. I though I was a shoo-in. You have no idea how cocky I was being. Of all things I’ve done in life, it is this blog that I’m most proud of. And people say I’m funny. That’s all I needed to win, right?
The results were announced last week and I didn’t win. But I wasn’t disappointed one bit. The awards probably went to well-deserved nominees. And I did get one thing out of it–21 testimonials! IBA 2017 required testimonials from followers and I got 21. None of whom were relatives or bullied! Well, maybe one person was bullied into writing it, but eh, she likes my blog. I think. Looking at you, V. 😉
Oh and I was inspired by an amazing fellow blogger , Erica Robyn, to put up a testimonials page. Her blog is brilliant and so are all the testimonials she’s received. Now I know what to do with my 21. 😀 See how well it all tied up in the end!
A lot of Discord with very little discord.
Evelina of Avalinah’s Books started 2 Discord channels, one for international bloggers and the other for new bloggers. I’ve joined both. While I’m not very active, I have noticed how friendly and helpful everyone is. Through this channel, you can get your blog-related questions answered, learn blog hacks, and wonder why the hell you didn’t think of this amazing idea first. 😀
These 2 channles have been very informative and I look forward to more Discord! *rubs palms together* *cackles*
- Read more backlist books.
- Socialize more with blogging peeps.
- Learn to say no to some review requests.
Phew! That was a long post. What did you think of it? What are your 2018 goals? Let me know in the comments!