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Ay Caramba! Mini #Bloggiesta Coming Up @Bloggiesta


Although I am remembering my blog administrator password these days and have started to post again after a long period of blogger’s block, there’s no better way to dive back into the book blogging community than a Bloggiesta! Of which there’s a mini one coming right up! Bloggiesta Olé!

I have to work on Saturday, but I should have some blogging time on Friday and Sunday to work on my Fall Mini Bloggiesta To-Do List. It’s highly unlikely I’ll get much done, but planning is the first step.

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MINI BLOGGIESTA TO-DO LIST

❏  Write & schedule one review
❏  Create “About Reader’s Advisory” page
X  Create one new book list post (Favorite Summer Cookbooks, coming Friday)
X  Update Giveaways Page Done! Enter to win $10 B&N gift card!
❏  Update review indexes
❏  Add to Book Lists page (Started – in planning stage!)
X Comment on other Bloggiesta participants’ blogs

If you want to join in, but you’re not sure what to put on your own Bloggiesta to-do list, I based mine on this master list from Suey, one of the Bloggiesta masterminds.


Some of you may be wondering what exactly is Bloggiesta and/or when is it?
In short, Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon revolving around ticking off those items on your to-do list and improving your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing.
Awesome mascot Pedro (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize.) is ready to break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music, and whack a pinata or two! It’s nothing short of an awesome fiesta!— from Bloggiesta.com.
Find out more about Bloggiesta.

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Mini Bloggiesta Jan. 13-15 @Bloggiesta #bloggiesta

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Thanks to seeing Audra’s To-Do List over at Unabridged Chick, I’m not missing the Winter Mini Bloggiesta this weekend! I missed both the summer and fall Bloggiestas due to a bad case of blogger’s block. Also, due to too much of this:

app logoAnd this:

Words with Friends logoAnd this:

Gave up Words with Friends completely, and am now limiting myself to fewer than three 2-minute rounds a day of Word Crack for the sake of a loved one who is still hooked. 😉

Facebook is harder to give up cold turkey, but I’m trying not to check in as often. Scrolling through my news feed this morning, I came upon this funny Australian video, “What If Real Life Were Like Facebook?” It started playing and I found myself watching until I realized that it was essentially making fun of people who were addicted to Facebook and wasted vast amounts of precious time and brain bandwidth on liking and commenting, so I stopped watching and firmly closed the app and put away my phone. (I’m still tempted to go back and watch the rest of it, though, because it seemed pretty funny. Here’s the link, in case any of you haven’t already seen it.)


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My Mini Bloggiesta will run Jan. 14–16, since I have a three-day weekend starting today. I missed the Twitter chat, which was four hours ago, but can always catch up.

In an effort to get this blog rolling forward again, here’s my to-do list:

  • Write and post my list of 2016 Favorites
  • Write a post about library genre study group I’m in
  • Write and schedule a #BoneClocks17 Readalong post
  • Start a new running list of what I’m reading DONE (See pic)
    (Will probably go back to the basic, handwritten list in a notebook that I used to keep, but am considering trying – again – to keep some form of spreadsheet or chronological, digital record)
  • Organize my bookshelves and reading nook
  • Visit & comment on Bloggiesta-ing blogs Done, but continuing!

Thanks, as always, to the tireless organizers of Bloggiesta! The hosts of the Winter Mini Bloggiesta are Emily at Emily Reads Everything and MC at Blame It on the Books.

Visit Bloggiesta Headquarters to find out more!

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First Book of the Year 2017 with Sheila @bookjourney

My New Year’s resolution is to fit book blogging  back into my life this year. I have missed it! (Thank you to Carrie of Care’s Books and Pie for insisting that six months isn’t too long of a hiatus!)

My first book of the year is Swing Time by Zadie Smith. It was a surprise gift that I received for Christmas. I bought her last book, NW, for myself, and still haven’t read it, so that’s on the list for 2017, too.

But first, her newest one, Swing Time!

me reading Swing Time in front of Christmas treeNext up in 2017 will be Crosstalk by Connie Willis, which I have been wanting to read since it came out a few months ago.For Sheila’s giant “First Book of the Year 2017” photo collage, and to see what everyone else is reading, visit Book Journey!

Let’s be optimistic for 2017…Happy New Year!

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