Hello everybody! Here’s my little update about all the things that I accomplished (or attempted to anyway) over the course of the past month!
February was a pretty sucky weather month in Kentucky- rain, cold, rain, more cold, ice storm, fifty degree day filled with rain, cold, more rain…. repeat. So, I’ve spent a lot of time inside, working on new things for the blog, and trying to not get seasonally depressed with the lack of daylight. I’m not going to lie- I’ve certainly felt the difference this year. I have managed to get out and about on the weekends, which helps give me something to look forward to during the long work weeks. I’ve also managed some decent reading and reviewing, though I’ve been fending off a slump and reading much slower than I normally do. Hanging in there, I’ve completed the following for the month of February:
- Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
- The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
- The Curious Dreamer’s Dream Dictionary by Nancy Wagamon
- The Lost Prince: A Search for Pat Conroy by Michael Mewshaw
- Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
- The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn
- Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts
- The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
- LaRose by Louise Erdrich
- The River by Peter Heller
Unfortunately, this month was probably one of my weakest reading months in a while- a lot of so-so reads that I didn’t feel impacted by- only a handful really blew me away. Hopefully next month will be stronger.
On a different note, I wrote a little thought piece with three pieces of advice from what I’m learned over the past three years of blogging. I didn’t think about sharing those thoughts on the actual day of the anniversary (January 1st) but I kept mulling them over and decided to eventually share. I was pleasantly surprised at the great response it had, and was even asked to expand upon those thoughts- so I think in the near future, I’ll go into more detail about those topics discussed.
I also did a little local research for the bookies that live near the Lexington/Louisville/Cincinnati triangle (no, it’s not like Bermuda’s triangle- it’s just the shape of the three main interstates through northern Kentucky). I created a bookish event calendar, which includes book sales, author events, and other local bookish events and activities. Then, I also added a page called the Bookie’s Bookstore Tour, which involves local bookstores and their contact information, as well as a description as to why I love them! Both new pages are still working documents- the event page will be constantly updated as events pop up, and the bookstore tour will be updated as I visit these bookstores!
In additional blog-change related news I also updated the blog’s logo for ease of marketing products!
One of the other things I wanted to mention that happened this month was my home office DIY redo. I have been taking on more responsibilities at work, and therefore have had less spare time to work on my blog- first world problems, I know. Anyway, I knew I was going to need to start blogging more at home, but the space I had created just wasn’t conducive to blogging- I couldn’t even open my laptop the whole way on the desk I had. So, I rehauled the space- changing out my desk and chair, adding bookshelves for organization, adding light to aid in taking photographs. Here’s the before and after!
Next, I wanted to share a really great opportunity that I got to have- meeting Delia Owens and discussing her novel Where the Crawdads Sing. The event took place at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, a local indie bookstore, and it was fantastic to pick Owens’ brain! I wrote about the experience in a special feature here.
Last but not least, I want to congratulate the winner of this month’s giveaway one more time- Congratulations Beth @haufmann101 on your book of choice (The Gown by Jennifer Robson)!
That’s all the news for this month! I’m looking forward to spring and wish you all happy reading!