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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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New England Book Blogger Meet-Up @LoryECBR @charlotteslib

Thanks to the organizing efforts of Lory (She’d be great at herding cats!) of The Emerald City Book Review, we had tri-state representation at the New England Book Blogger Meet-Up last Sunday in Boston. Lory came down from New Hampshire and Charlotte of Charlotte’s Library drove up from Rhode Island, and I (like Lory) got to Boston by car and subway.

Reservoir Station
I hadn’t started out on the Green Line in a long time and had to be shown how to insert my Charlie ticket on the train!
Exterior of Carrie Nation
We met at Carrie Nation for brunch, right down the street from the Boston Atheneum, our next stop.
Stairs leading to opening blocked off by red velvet curtains
The Carrie Nation restaurant, modeled after a Prohibition-era speakeasy, has a Cocktail Club in the back.
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Asparagus & goat cheese omelette. Delicious!
Prohibition posters and a shoeshine stand
The hallway in the restaurant was full of photos and memorabilia.
The three of us at brunch
Yes, I was the annoying restaurant patron who asked our server to take a picture! L to R, me, Charlotte, and Lory. Not sure why I look like a giant compared to them in this shot!
photo of Lory and Charlotte at the table with books
Of course, we all brought books to exchange. I ended up going home with one more than I brought! #Konmarifail

After brunch, we walked up the block to the Boston Atheneum. The Art & Architecture tour we had hoped to take at 1:00 was filled up weeks in advance, so we just paid $5 each to take a look around the public spots (photography allowed) and the current art exhibit (no photos allowed in there.) I think I’ll do a separate post with my photos from the Atheneum, because I took so many, but here are a few, for now:

After the Atheneum visit, walked through the Granary Burying Ground nearby, where Paul Revere and several other famous Revolutionary figures are buried.

Next, we walked over to Caffè Nero, in case Katie of Bookish Illuminations had been able to meet us there, but no such luck! There were books there, too, though, and would be a nice place to have coffee sometime.

Bookshelves and comfy chairs
Inside Caffe Nero in Boston

Of course, no book blogger meet-up is complete without a visit to a bookstore! Commonwealth Books was the only store in the area open on Sunday. It was a great place to browse in, but not if you’ve got mobility issues, that’s for sure, due to the massive number of bookcases, packed in higgledy-piggledy!

After the visit to Commonwealth Books where (shh, don’t tell my husband) I bought two used books – Mistress Masham’s Repose by T.H. White and The Making of Zombie Wars by Aleksander Hemon.

My main contribution to the day was to lug an umbrella with me, thus guaranteeing that the sun would come out and stay out! I had hoped to get more Boston-area book bloggers to join us, including Audra of Unabridged Chick and Amanda of Opinions of a Wolf, but it didn’t work out to meet them in person this time. 🙁

Others who had hoped to come, but couldn’t make it, were:
Melissa of The Bookbinder’s Daughter,
Chris of Wildmoo Books, and
Brian of Babbling Books

We are hoping to have another New England Book Blogger Meet-Up at the Boston Book Festival on Saturday, October 15, and will share details when we have them, in case anyone wants to join us for that!

Thank you, Lory, for a fun day!

Green Line subway train pulling in
After saying our goodbyes, it was back on the Green Line for me, lugging my bags of books!

Read Lory’s New England Book Bloggers Meet-Up recap here!