Hello, everyone! Happy Halloween!! In honor of today’s festivities, I’d like to shine a spotlight on some books I’ve recently added to my TBR that I think would be perfect for spooky season (or any other time of the year too). I probably won’t get around to reading them until next spooky season with the rate my TBR constantly grows, but they looked great and seemed like perfect Halloween reads. So, I wanted to share!
A Personal Note of Reflection
As I sit here contemplating my blogging journey so far, I’m honestly at a loss for words. I’ve considered doing many different types of posts to celebrate this milestone, even just ignoring it and doing a regular review. However, nothing has really felt right. So, I guess I’ll just go with a reflection post. It is in the blog’s name after all. 🙂
When I started blogging in March 2021, I knew nothing about it. I’d never really read any blogs before, and I made the decision to start on a whim. I had recently quit my Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology after going through treatment for neuroendocrine cancer. I was hiding from COVID and rarely left my house, and my days had become a blur with little structure or purpose. I started reading a lot in late 2020, which was fun but also added to the isolation because I didn’t have anyone to talk to about my books other than my wife, who doesn’t read that much. So, I started looking online for ways to express my bookish opinions and maybe make some money doing it. I still don’t make any money (LOL), but I’ve definitely enjoyed the community I’ve found here. I am eternally grateful to everyone who has visited the blog and liked or commented on a post.
The road to 500 posts hasn’t always been easy. There have been plenty of days when I feel like this is pointless. There have been numerous others where I’ve been bored or burnt out. Honestly, I kind of feel that way now. However, I cannot imagine leaving this behind even on those days. This journey has enriched my life in ways I never expected, and I don’t want to give that up. I get bored easily and have always bounced around between careers, jobs, and hobbies because of it. For the first time, I think I’ve found something I want to stick with for a long time to come. My blog will likely transform a lot over the next 500 posts, I’m sure, but I definitely want to be around long enough to reach 1000 posts and beyond, whatever that looks like. That’s actually one of the things I like about blogging. It can be whatever I want to make it, both visually and content-wise.
Thank you for coming along for the ride so far. I look forward to sharing my love for reading for a long time to come. 💖
Books I’ve Read Because of Blogging
One of my favorite things about blogging is finding new books to read. My TBR has exploded since March 2021, and the number of books I’ve read has increased significantly. Truthfully, almost every book I’ve read since March 2021 should be listed here. Prior to blogging I read a small amount from a tiny, repetitive list of authors, who are actually no longer in my top authors at all. The depth and breadth of my reading has expanded considerably. I can’t list them all, though. Therefore, here are 10 of the 5-star books that blogging most influenced me to pick up because I’ve seen them everywhere. Have you read any of them?
10 Favorite Posts
500 posts is A LOT to sort. However, 10 posts stand out to me as favorites. Some are reviews of books I loved and am super proud of, while others are tags, reflections, or memes I enjoyed.
- ARC Review – The Spear Cuts Through Water
- ARC Review – Babel, or The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution
- Magical Readathon Character Introduction
- The Book Recommendations Book Tag
- Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books That Changed My Life
- Book Review – More Happy Than Not, Deluxe Edition
- The New Superman Is Bi! (My Thoughts & Reactions)
- Book Review – She Who Became the Sun
- Book Review – The Darkness Outside Us
- Book Review – Star Wars The High Republic: Into the Dark (MY FIRST POST!)
Some of My Favorite Bloggers
I’m hesitant to even write this list because I’m sure I’ll forget to put someone on it. There are so many bloggers whose work I love to read. You all have influenced both my reading and my blog in numerous ways, and I’m thankful to have gotten the chance to know you. Please take a minute to check out all of their blogs! You won’t regret it because they have lots of awesome reviews, recommendations, and other bookish content.
- Celeste @ A Literary Escape
- Dini @ dinipandareads
- Caitlin @ Realms of My Mind
- Jordyn @ Birdie’s Book Nook
- Janette @ Wicked Witches Blog
- Julie @ One Book More
- Sahi @ My World of Books
- Jodie @ Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub
- Kat @ KBbookreviews
- Shazzie @ reader@work
Thank you for joining me on my blogging journey! Here’s to another 500 posts and lots of great books! 🎇🎇🎇
As promised, this month’s list is a bit longer than last month. There are a lot of great books coming out in November, and it was hard to decide what to include. There are many releases I’m looking forward to that didn’t make this list, but these are the books I’m MOST excited about that are being published in November 2022!Read More »
Hello, everyone! Today I’m reviewing Paris Daillencourt Is About to Crumble by Alexis Hall. I’ve enjoyed all of the books I’ve read by Hall. So, I was excited to see this one pop up on NetGalley and to get approved to read it.Read More »
Hello, everyone! Today I’m sharing my review of The Witch Hunt by Sasha Peyton Smith, the sequel to last year’s The Witch Haven.Read More »
Hello, everyone! Today I have a real treat! It has been a while since I’ve done any spotlights, and this author was kind enough to reach out about their book, which releases on Halloween. Below you’ll find all sorts of info about the book, including the link to pre-order it. The story is only 124 pages, which is the perfect length to curl up with on Halloween night and finish it in one sitting.
Hello, everyone! Today I’m reviewing Ocean’s Echo by Everina Maxwell. I’ve wanted to read Winter’s Orbit since last year, but somehow it always gets bumped off my TBR due to ARCs or some other issue. Luckily, Maxwell’s second book is a stand-alone set in the same universe. So, I could read my ARC of it without needing to read Winter’s Orbit first. 🙂Read More »
First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!