January 1, 2016

Blogger Shoutouts #50 - Happy New Year!



Happy 2016! 
Can you EVEN believe it?  It feels just like yesterday I was saying 'how is it already 2015?' Time flies when you work your ass off and are no longer bedridden. So, yeah, no complaints, my lovelies, no complaints!  I hope 2016 is a wonderful year for all of us and let's start it off with some lovely posts written by some lovely bloggers.

-xoxo Becca

ENTERTAINING BOOK REVIEWS

1. Sixteen Writers on Not Having Kids by Meghan Daum @ The Book Wheel
"Being a good parent requires 110% devotion and, frankly, if you don’t want to put the effort into raising a child then you shouldn’t feel forced to by a society that will, in all likelihood, not step in to offer much assistance. But that’s the world we live in and the stigma is real."  <<

2. Change of Heart by Lilliana Rose @ WTF are you Reading?
"This novella is still a work in progress.  Which, much like the raw ingredients in the aforementioned sauce, is full of unrealized depth and flavor that needs to be reworked and expanded upon."

3. 42 Reactions While Reading Winter by Marissa Meyer @ Paper Fury
"Who’s organising this plan? WHO THOUGHT OF IT? IT IS SO FULL OF HOLES SWISS CHEESE IS JEALOUS."

4. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald @ Book Chatter
"Fitzgerald delves into his characters and all of their neurotic tendencies but the story is a little bit of train wreck. It’s all over the place but I kind of liked that aspect of the writing."

5. Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai @ Booksie's Blog
"The short story is one of the most challenging formats.  In a novel, an author can sprawl a bit, can even get lost for a while before coming back to their main point.  In a short story, every word is essential and the structuring must be tight.  Rebecca Makkai is a master of the short story."

6. The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine @ Bibliophilia, Please
 "The world of The Impostor Queen was quite fascinating. It reminded me of a few ancient cultures, and I could not put the book down because I loved learning all of the rules for magic and society. If world-building is your thing - and it's mine - you will be in heaven."

7. Pro by Katha Pollitt @ A Lovely Bookshelf
"Despite my own hangups with the book, I think for the most part Pollitt plays pretty fair in Pro, which is hard to do with a topic that is so intermeshed with religion and politics. "


 8. The Free Men by John Ehle @ Care's Online Book Club
 "This appealed to me as a book with a timely and fresh impression of the activities covered. The events happened in 1964 and the book was published right after, 1965. This wouldn’t be a glossing over what happened way back but would deliver a true feel of the atmosphere of that ‘now’."
 
 AWESOME DISCUSSION/NON-REVIEW POSTS:



1. What is the Role of the Book Blogger? @ Traveling with T

2. How to Conquer the Library @ Paper Fury

3. 2015 Bookish Personalities @ A Great Book Study
I love that Ruth assigned each of her reads their own personalities, kind of like yearbook superlatives. Great idea!


4. Baker's Dozen: 13 Nonfiction Books of Spiritual Encouragement to Read in 2016 @ Semicolon

5. Why You Should Move from Blogger Comments to DISQUS @ The Bookavid

6. Nonfiction to Look for in 2016 @ River City Reading

 
UPCOMING/CURRENT EVENTS:


BloggingBetterSmall

I don't typically post challenges here, but since this is all about blogging better, I wanted to share.
@ Doing Dewey 

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 Two Serious Ladies January Readalong @ Dolce Bellezza


MORE CURRENT EVENTS:
Book Blogger Community Calendar


WIN! GIVEAWAYS!
3rdblogoversary

Monika @ A Lovely Bookshelf is celebrating her Blogoversary!




2015 COMMENTER LEADERBOARD


Congrats!

 These winners will receive fun bookish swag! The top two (2) winners will receive a paperback book from Indiebound or The Book Depository! I will e-mail each of you soon! Thanks for leaving me comments throughout the year!  You rock!

1. Freda Mans 
2. Bermudaonion (Kathy)
3. Tasha B.
4. Michelle @ That's What She Read

5. Sarah's Book Shelves
6. Belle Wong

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