15 Day Book Blogging Challenge: Day 13

unnamedDay 13 is asking us to do the almost impossible: describe one underappreciated book EVERYONE should read.

Kel – I’m having a hard time with this one, coming up with a book that is underappreciated or at least that I am aware is underappreciated.  Couldn’t I just go with a book that is over appreciated that NO ONE should read LOL??

Amy – It’s hard to think of a book that’s under appreciated – but it’s a lot easier to think of a book that is overrated!  I’m stealing Kel’s answer!!

Anything you think is underrated that we should read?

15 Day Book Blogging Challenge: Day 12

unnamedDay 12 is asking us about something that most bloggers go through: how do you fight blogger fatigue?

Kel – Challenges like these help a lot, keeps me thinking.  Writing prompts will sometimes help me out.  I also try to type up a backlog of posts and schedule them so that I’m not feeling rushed to get one done.  Which reminds me I’m overdue on book posts for Amy, need to make some time and start writing up a bunch again.

Amy – I don’t know if I’ve ever really experienced this yet.  We haven’t really been at it that long, but I have struggled coming up with content & things to say about the books we’ve written about.  I struggle more with finding the time to blog – and to actually read the books I’d eventually write about!

15 Day Book Blogging Challenge: Day 11

unnamedSo day 11 is asking us to show off 5 of your best blog posts.

For Kel – Oo boy, hmm…not easy to pick but I’m going with these five:

Bedtime Books

The Outsiders

Band of Brothers

In Honor of D-day

Failure is Not an Option

For Amy –

This is tough!!  These are a couple of my most popular posts, and two of my favorite books that I’ve written about:

Adulting

Banned Books Week

Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

Sisterland

The Mothers

Ok, now we’re done showing off.  Enjoy!

15 Day Book Blogging Challenge: Day 10

unnamedHow do you choose what book to read next?

Kel – Over the summer this is easy because that seems to be when the new books in all the series I read come out so I just have a stack and work my way through them.  When I don’t have a stack waiting, which is rare but happens.  I’ve been in one of those dry spells lately.  I go back to my favorites and reread.  I wonder the library shelves.  I look for recommendations by others.

Amy – I don’t really have a process!  My daughter and I visit the library once a week and I usually read whatever I’ve picked up for the week.  If there’s a new release that I have to read, I’ll go out and buy it and start reading it right away.  Sometimes I’ll get caught in a series, and read the books back to back until I’ve read through the series.  Another one of my habits is to alternate a really long or heavy book with something a little shorter or easier to read.

So, how do you choose?

15 Day Book Blogging Challenge: Day 9

unnamedDay 9 is asking us why we blog about books.

Kel – Short and simple answer: because I love books!  I have tried blogging before, I did ok when my son was first born and I had a blog about our life but then most of my family and friends joined Facebook and I just shared info and pics there so that blog died.  Then I tried blogging about my crochet projects, hmm yeah that last maybe two weeks.  Then I tried a blog about nail art, that one went for at least a month maybe a bit longer but it still died.  Finally Amy asked me to write some posts for her book blog and what do you know I couldn’t stop.  Then I began my own blog about being an educator and blogged about books over there too.  I love to share books I’ve read and enjoyed.  I don’t necessarily like reviewing books I didn’t like and it’s harder to write those but I have written a few.

Me – I love books!  I love going to the library or book store and picking them out.  I love reading them and sharing them.  My dream job would be a book reviewer, so this is the next best thing!!

15 Day Book Blogging Challenge: Day 8

unnamedQuick!  Write 15 bullet points of things that appeal to you on blogs.

Kel –

  1. easy to read
  2. not too wordy
  3. pleasing format
  4. updated regularly
  5. links to books or other information
  6. pictures that go with posts
  7. honest opinions
  8. constructive criticism
  9. reblogs
  10. compliments
  11. unique subjects
  12. similar interests
  13. people who respond to comments
  14. grateful writers
  15. inspiring ideas

Now it’s my turn

  1. Interesting content
  2. Relevant content
  3. Nothing offensive – or politically …
  4. Not advertising something
  5. Something visually appealing – pictures, good site background
  6. An active discussion in the comments
  7. No typos or grammatical errors (sorry, it’s the teacher in me!!)
  8. Something worth pinning – recipes, craft ideas, good books to read
  9. Something real – …
  10.  Something funny
  11. Something relatable
  12. Something fresh
  13. A good blogging network
  14. Someone just starting out…
  15.  Something unique!!

Ok, for me coming up with 15 things wasn’t quick!  But it did get me thinking about what we find interesting, or look for in other blogs.  Anything to add to our lists??

15 Day Book Blogging Challenge: Day 7

unnamedSo day 7, we’re almost halfway through.  Today we’re talking about our blogging quirks.  (Do we have any??)

Kel – I think my biggest quirk is that I tend to sit down and type up several posts at once and then schedule them to post later on.  It’s easier for me than writing every day or even every other day.  And honestly I tend to go back and edit them, add to them.  It gives me some freedom knowing that I don’t have to rack my brain to come up with something to post.

Amy – The hardest thing for me is finding the time to blog.  And to read.  I have a busy 4 year old, and when we started this blog she was 2 and finding the time to do anything but just survive was hard.  I’ve gotten better – and have followed Kel’s example of working ahead a bit.

Keeping a blog schedule is not easy for us – and I think it’s a challenge for most bloggers.  What are your blogging quirks?