Monthly Review (September 2010)

Now with fancy headers! Ooooh~

So! A lot of stuff happened in September. Last month I was all “oooh, no more blogging as much! Schoolwork to do! Byeee~” and then I realized that I CAN’T stop blogging a lot because blogging has somehow become my safety blanket. It makes me feel good! It comforts me in the night when the monsters are staring at me from my closet. To give it up even a little bit was sad.

So no more of that nonsense.

Sometimes it’s good to take a step back for a while, though, because now I’m feeling really energetic about my blog and what I can do with it. (It helps that I have ore free time because I…quit my job.) I’ve also finally gotten more involved with other bloggers, both on Twitter and their actual blogs, which is something I’ve been saying I wanted to do for, like, a year now. I’ve made some lovely new friends and reconnected with old friends and it’s been a jolly ol’ time these past few weeks.

Anyway, my goals for October are: get more conversation going on my blog (more discussion posts, maybe?), do Dewey’s 24-hour readathon, and celebrate Halloween somehow. Also, I want to keep commenting on blogs and making new friends!

  • I changed my blog’s look and organization several times, and I think it looks pretty nifty now!
  • I did an interview swap with Stephanie of Reviews by Lola for Book Blogger Appreciation Week.
  • I participated in Banned Books Week 2010 by reading Running With Scissors and ranting about people who ban books being stupid.
  • I got a Kindle! And now that my skin and case have come in, I’m ready to do my review of it. I’m thinking video review, maybe?

11 total books read
14 total books reviewed
2 ebooks
1 audiobooks
8 pbooks

10 were by authors new to me
0 were rereads!

186. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Edward Albee [rating: 4.5/5]
189. Grey – Jon Armstrong [rating: Buy it]
192. Running With Scissors – Augusten Burroughs [rating: Buy it]

List format, for those who want ratings.

Click on the book cover to go to the review! This is in reverse order, just to switch things up.

Amazon: $13.40! (Picture proof.) REALLY good, yes. That’s at least…what. Two mass-market paperbacks? Yay!
Powell’s: $0. Still. (Proof.) Hm. Do I need to try another affiliate? Or am I doing something wrong with this one? Probably should Google it, huh?
Total for the year so far: $65.51
Results: My earnings from July got posted, so– whenever my gift card from Swagbucks shows up– I’m buying some Persephones! A Noel Streatfeild and a Frances Hodgson Burnett. SO excited, yes!

Being more involved in the blogging community means that I find new-to-me bloggers, and I’ve been TRYING to keep track of them in my feedreader (under a special “found in sept” folder). I don’t know how well that’s worked out, since I think I forgot to add some people to it instead of the General folder, but, well…here’s who I found during September! (Maybe.)

  • Start Narrative Here is a blog done by Jess, an Australian who writes really awesome reviews that I’m jealous of.
  • A Home Between the Pages is written by Rachel, who has a semi-colon tattoo on her neck (so cool!).
  • Kiss a Cloud which I found through Vasilly’s That’s How I Blog interview!
  • Reading While Female is a blog about books written by women! I think I found Emily’s blog through the Book Blogger Hop?
  • Tif Talks Books was already familiar with me before September, but for some reason it wasn’t in my reader! Then Tif’s Twitter was recommended to me through Twitter’s recommendation thingy, I followed her, we got to talking, and now I’ve remedied my lapse in thinking.
  • With Extra Pulp. How did I find Elena’s blog? I can’t remember! All I know is that I’m glad I did, because I realy like her posts. A LOT.

0 thoughts on “Monthly Review (September 2010)”

  1. Yep, I’ve thought about quitting blogging so I would have more time to, I don’t know, read, or learn Italian, or get better at playing guitar or whatever. But it felt too sad.

  2. I love the headers!! And great recap. Great amount of reading, and some really fun books there. And I understand not being able to give up blogging – I’m with you there 🙂 It makes me very happy too. As does twitter.

  3. I love the headers! And I am glad that I got to talk to you a little on twitter this month 🙂 And I’m so glad you found kiss a cloud, it is a wonderful blog!

  4. You had a great reading and reviewing month! Yay for finding Claire! She’s so awesome! Your header puts me in the mood for cold weather and plenty of scarves! 😀

    1. I wish it was cool enough for sweaters and scarves! I want to break out my long-sleeved shirts! (But first I gotta find them. I put my winter clothes away REALLY GOOD last spring.)

  5. I think you’re doing a great job with the regular blogging! I’ve signed up for Blogtoberfest again this year in an effort to post more regularly, but i’ve missed a day already-oops.

    The new layout looks awesome too- I have blog layout envy!

    1. Haha, and you were blogging in grad school, too! I think that’s much harder than blogging in regular undergrad school. Well, maybe not if I was double-majoring or something. 😀

  6. I can’t imagine all the stuff I would get done if I quit my blog–I’d actually probably be quite bored! I am glad you decided to keep posting, as your blog is new to me and I am really enjoying reading all your posts.

    1. I’m sure I would figure SOMETHING out, but I don’t think it’d be as fun as blogging! Plus I’ve had some form of a blog for so long now it’d be really weird cutting myself off from it entirely. (Not that I’m going to.)

    1. It’s VERY good, although I would recommend reading it in conjunction with watching the movie version because I think you’ll get a fuller experience of the whole thing. 😀

  7. Wow thank you for the mention! I’ve been quite neglectful of my blog-writing-and-reading duties lately… your blog is quite rad! I only wish I’d discovered it sooner. Your book reading puts mine to shame. Hooray for new blog discoveries! ^_^

    1. Yay, thank you for visiting! I forgot to post this somewhere but your post about not being worthy enough to review certain books REALLY struck a chord with me (since I tend to think that, too, especially with classics) and it actually inspired me to try something different with my own reviews when I think I haven’t caught everything. 😀 So, yeah!

  8. Thank you for your kind words, that’s so lovely of you to say!

    I really enjoy your blog as well, I think I may have discovered it during Book Blogger Appreciation Week and have happily stuck about since. 🙂 I remember it was your Preacher review that made me stay and have a poke around, that’s definitely the next series on my list to read.

  9. Thank you so much for the mention!!! I am so glad that we found each other and I will definitely be looking forward to reading your blog more too!! I’m really liking it!! 🙂 Now, I’m off to ensure that it is officially in my reader (just in case I’ve lapsed in memory too!)!! 🙂

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