Book Blogging Goals for 2019

I had an awesome blogging year in 2018, with reaching 1000 followers, being added to the blogging databases for some major publishers, and attending BookCon and other book events such as launch parties, book signings, and fall previews.

I don’t usually make resolutions, but I want to make some blogging goals for 2019. They will keep me accountable and make me work harder, since I will be constantly working towards my goals. Here are my goals:

  • Have a NetGalley rating of 80% (my current rating is 68%)
  • Post at least one Blogging meme a day and six reviews a week
  • I will be adding Six for Sundays and Top 5 Wednesday to my weekly blog roster
  • Clear my inbox at least once a week (and reply to comments much faster)
  • Write 1,000 words a day for my creative work

My last goal isn’t about my blog, but it is a writing goal that I want to work on. I want to get my first book published and I’m almost finished my first draft, so I need to work hard to get to the end.

Hopefully with these goals I will have another great blogging year.

Have you made any blogging goals or resolutions for 2019?

TBR Thursday – December 13

TBR Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads, where you post a title from your shelf or e-reader and find out what others think about it.

My pick this week is Broken Things by Lauren Oliver.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. 

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it. 

On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

Holiday Readathon

I’ve decided to participate in the “Tis The Season A Thon!” It sounds like a great holiday reading challenge! It takes place from Dec. 3-9, so I’ll do my best to get the challenges done in time!

I found this readathon on Amy’s blog A Court of Crowns and Quills

The four challenges are:

  1. Read a book with red or green on the cover
  2. Read a book while listening to holiday music
  3. Read a warm and fuzzy book
  4. Read a short book
  5. Read a holiday themed book
  6. Bonus: Read the group book: Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman, and Kasie West

The “Tis The Season A Thon” is hosted by:

I’m so excited to start this readathon! Are you participating in this readathon or another one for the holiday season?

Review: Doctor Who: The Forever Trap

Title: Doctor Who: The Forever Trap
Author: Dan Abnett (narrated by Catherine Tate)
Genre: Science Fiction, Audiobook
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
Source: Purchased
Format: Audiobook
Release Date: October 9, 2008
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

When the TARDIS is invaded by a holographic marketing scam, the Doctor and Donna find themselves trapped on the Edifice, a purpose-built complex of luxury apartments in space. Their new environs leave much to be desired: millions of beings from across the Universe have been gathered to live side by side in similar apartments. Instead of creating neighbourly affection, it’s led to terrible battles being waged in the corridors and on the stairwells. The Doctor and Donna must cross the paths of deadly alien mobs as they search for the Edifice’s ultimate authority. Who – or what – lies at the heart of the incredible complex? What destructive scourge is eating away at the Edifice itself? And are the Doctor and Donna trapped forever in this living hell? Doctor Who: The Forever Trap features the Doctor and Donna, as played by David Tennant and Catherine Tate in the hit BBC Television series Doctor Who. Written specially for audio by Dan Abnett, it is read by Catherine Tate.

Review:

This is a great audiobook!

Catherine Tate is an awesome narrator. She does many different voices and accents for the characters. Her real voice sounds nothing like her character from the show, Donna Noble, so it distanced her from the story.

The story started out slowly, which I love in an audiobook. It was simple at the beginning, when the Doctor and Donna were sent to their dream house. It became more complex as the story went on, so I was able to follow the new information quite well.

This is another great Doctor Who audiobook!

What to read next:

Doctor Who: Pest Control by Peter Anghelides

Doctor Who: The Nemonite Invasion ny David Roden

Have you listened to Doctor Who: The Forever Trap? What did you think of it?

TBR Thursday – November 29

TBR Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads, where you post a title from your shelf or e-reader and find out what others think about it.

My pick this week is What Would the Spice Girls Do?: How the Girl Power Generation Grew Up by Lauren Bravo

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Goodreads Synopsis:

‘A joyous and energetic celebration of girlhood, friendship and pop culture. If you have ever sung into the lid of a can of Impulse body spray, you need to read this.’ Daisy Buchanan

The words ‘girl power’ conjure vivid memories of short skirts and platform boots. But it wasn’t just about the look, it was about feminism.

The Spice Girls gave a generation their first glimpse of the power of friendship, of staying true to yourself, of sheer bloody-mindedness. And the girl power generation went on to kick-start a new conversation around gender equality.

We may have grown up asking What Would the Spice Girls Do?, but their particular brand of feminism is as relevant today as it was twenty years ago – we still need that fun and fearlessness, we still need accessible and all-embracing equality… we still need a zig-a-zig-ah.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?


Sundays in Bed With… Shadow of the Fox

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This Sunday I’m reading Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

What book are you in bed with today?