So far this year I have read 75, which another two on schedule to be read and reviewed by January 31st. The book review aspect of this blog was my fiance’s idea. He and I were running (more like jogging with a soft y…yogging) on January 1st, 2012 (at 10am…I know, I am the meanest fiance *ever*) and we were discussing our New Years resolutions (meaning: I was discussing mine). Or just things we were going to attempt. Or think about a couple times.
Shane said I should review all of the books I read and post the reviews on my blog. I was only posting a couple times a month at that point, so this was going to be a pretty time-consuming undertaking, but I felt up to the challenge. So I began, and continued, and read more, and reviewed more, and stopped a couple books I started, and had a three-week lull, and then completed my challenge.
Some very awesome opportunities have come to me because of this blog, including being a guest blogger for School Library Journal Teen online because an editor found my blog, liked my writing style, and wanted the insider story on opening a new library. A co-worker asked if I would be interested in hosting a session at Staff Development Day 2013 on reviewing, writing, and blogging. Authors have thanked me for my reviews.
The past 12 months have been fun, but I cannot wait to continue another year, and see how my writing improves, and what other opportunities come my way because of it.
*Big shout-out to my fiance who encouraged me to do this!*