Time To Celebrate!

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The other day I realized I have been blogging at WordPress for more than a year now! I started posting my reviews at a different blog, but moved to WordPress in August last year. So it is time to celebrate and thank everyone who has visited, commented and supported my humble blog during the last year!!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE OUT THERE FOR INSPIRING ME TO KEEP IMPROVING MY BLOG AND ABOVE ALL: TO KEEP READING!!! 😀

It means the world to me that my rambles are being appreciated, and I love that this blog has made me read more than ever AND made me get to know some very awesome people and great community. Thanks again! ❤

On to some numbers… In the last year blogging, 286 people decided that my rambles are interesting enough to follow It’s All About Books, and together have liked more than 1000 times what I’ve wrote. I have managed to read 100 books since I first started to keep notes of what I’ve read in November 2012 (although I still have to upload some older reviews), and I have reached the magical 150 post mark the other day as well! Woohoo! When I first started this blog, I wouldn’t have even dreamed about these numbers… And sometimes when I open my blog, I still cannot believe it. So… Thanks to all those awesome people out there! Let’s go celebrate with some virtual cupcakes and adorable kittens! 😀

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Mini-Vacation Hiatus

Lomogram_2014-04-17_07-39-28-PM (1)My cat and I are saying goodbye for a few days! I will be going on a mini vacation with my hubby and I won’t be having ready access to internet. I should be back and running next Thursday (July 31st)…

I hope to finish some books (The Middle Passage and Throne Of Glass) while I’m gone, but as I’m going to visit some friends I don’t get to see often, I won’t promise anything. 😉 I’m trying not to start new books, as I will be participating in the Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon that Emily at Books & Cleverness is hosting starting August 1st. I’m excited about finally reading some of those poor neglected books! Please check out her post and awesome blog.

See you all when I come back!

Review-a-thon // Read-a-thon

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This post over at Overflowing Bookshelves gave me the idea of starting my own review-a-thon this month. I have a huge amount of blog improvements pending as well as some earlier reviews that are still in the process of writing… And since I’m a professional procrastinator, my only hope is to put some pressure behind it and hopefully finally getting things done.

So these are my goals for the end of July:

  • Complete at least 6 reviews that haven’t been published yet (which is about two a week and doable)
  • Finish at least 12 reviews that need improving (both rating, new layout and text)
  • Make a list of reviews by author, title and rating. (makes it easier to find my reviews)
  • Make a list of book blogs I regularly visit (or book blog recommendations)

I’m keeping my fingers crossed it will work!


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Also, Emily at Books & Cleverness is hosting a dusting off the shelf read-a-thon next month (August 1st-15th) in which I will definitely participate. Make sure to check out her blog and post! It’s all about finally reading those poor neglected books that have been collecting dust for six months or more…

On my list for now (I might alter it later on):

Uh Oh… Computer Down Time

Some may have noticed my absence during the last four-five days… I haven’t disappeared, it’s just that my computer decided to break down on me and is currently in the process of being fixed. And trust me, writing posts with my phone is like hell with it autocorrecting everything into Spanish… Plus it doesn’t let me even read other blogs I follow and WordPress seems to work funny in general with Windowsphone, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed I’ll be having the computer back soon…

I have a review of The Graveyard Book lined up and I also finished 1984 today (yay!)… I’m now reading Shadow And Bones and enjoying it… More updates and posts will come hopefully by Wednesday.

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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I’ve never been nominated for something before, so I was totally excited when I discovered that three lovely bloggers nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award yesterday. Anna @ Anna’s Reading List, Rachael @ The End Of The Chapter and Erin @ Raised Reading, thanks for bringing a huge smile to my face!!

 

Here are the rules for this blogger award:

1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
2. List the rules and display the award.
3. Share seven facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven random facts about me:

1.Pippi_Longstocking_thumb I have loved books ever since I was little and remember Roald Dahl and Astrid Lindgren being amongst my favorites back then… I even dressed up as Pippi Longstocking once with plush monkey on my shoulder and all when I was about five years old!

2. During my life I have been reading books in three different languages (Dutch, English and Spanish), although now I mostly stick with English and sometimes Spanish. I live in Argentina now and only use Spanish in conversations… But when I’m reading in English and then start talking to someone, I sometimes switch between English and Spanish without noticing. It has already caused some awkward and funny situations in the past. 😀

3. Lomogram_2014-02-20_05-45-07-AM (1)I am what you can consider an absolute cat-lover since about the day I was born. I’ve been having cats as a pet for most of my life, not counting the years I’ve been travelling around. Meet my current cat Jazmin, who was rescued from the streets when she was about eight weeks old and now has grown to be a strong and healthy cat…

 

4. I absolutely love travelling and during the last five years I have lived in various countries both in Europe and in Latin America. I started in Spain where I studied, then went to Italy, UK, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia… But love brought me back to Argentina and as of last year I’m living together with the love of my life. (Sounds tacky, I know…)

5. One of my other passions beside reading is being creative in general, i.e. writing, drawing and photographing. I actually have an old blog where I stored some of my poems and stories, but I have to admit I haven’t written in a long time… Examples of poems and the first chapters of one of my stories you can find here.

6. I was a nerd with a capital N during my whole school period, mostly living in my own fantasy (book) world. I was also ridiculously shy… The shyness went mostly away over time but the books remained of course. 😀

7. One of my biggest dreams is to travel the world some day, but only if it’s together with my hubby… Apart from the fact that I couldn’t stand being far away from him, the experience of exploring the unknown is even more beautiful when you can share it with someone else. Who knows, I might be living the dream in the future, but for now I will just continue to explore the worlds created in books…

And I’m nominating:

It’s hard to find blogs that haven’t been nominated yet, so I decided to display a selection of awesome blogs by awesome people that are definitely worth visiting. Bring on the book love! In no particular order:

I would like to say thanks to all the bloggers mentioned above and also to the ones I didn’t mention but are not less amazing for inspiring me to keep reading books and improving It’s All About Books! It’s great to know there are a lot of booklovers like me out there. 😀 Don’t feel obligated to participate if you don’t want to, I just wanted to share the love…

On changes and improvements of It’s All About Books

Some may notice I am in the process of making some changes to my blog. What once started as a simple list of books and a simple way for me to track the books I’ve read, now has grown into something more elaborated. I’ve realized the way I write my reviews has changed over time. They have become a lot more detailed, and I’m now in the process of finishing and altering older reviews to my newer standards. Those changes include:

  • A new rating system: which hopefully allows a better and quicker overview of my general opinion of the books I’ve read without having to read the whole review… Their respective meanings you can find in this post.
  • More detailed general information: including now the date the book was first published and any other extra information (like if it belongs to a series, whether it was written in a different language originally or read in a different language than English).
  • Longer reviews: I’ve noticed that some of my older reviews are rather short and lack important details of the story and/or don’t express my opinion very well. I’m trying to improve all of them, although that may take quite a lot of time.
  • More tags: for all the tag lovers out there. Just trying to make it easier to find the books I’ve read…

I’m also going to try and participate more in the community, and I will be featuring new, not book review posts… One of them will be the Top Ten Tuesday featured at The Broke And The Bookish. The new topics will most likely also include Teaser Tuesdays,  WWW Wednesdays and Friday Finds originally featured at Should Be Reading. All coming soon!

Reading Challenge 2014 & Past Achievements

When I was organizing my readinglist the other day, I realized it’s been already 16 months and 75 books with a grand total of 30315 pages since I first started this blog. When I started back in November 2012, I had no idea how long It’s All About Books would survive or how much time I would be able to spend reading and writing. Now, 16 months later, I’m still able to write my humble reviews of books I’ve read and without doubt I’m enjoying it. Back then I decided to start publishing mostly just to have a list and reminder for myself of which books I read and what my thoughts were after reading each one of them… But if my thoughts have inspired someone into reading a certain book on the way, I would certainly be a happy camper of course. My goal is to help making people see that books aren’t scary and/or boring, and that those printed words can open a whole new world for you if you let them. Nowadays with all the different social medias, books have fallen behind and aren’t exactly socially acceptable. People in general are reluctant to discuss books in public, which is a shame. Since with all the books available in the world, it’s impossible there won’t be at least one they would enjoy…

About the facts and numbers of this blog: after having read 40 books and a total of 16870 pages last year, I decided that in 2014 I would face a bigger challenge. Inspired by the Reading Challenge at Goodreads, I’m now reading my way to the goal of a total of 70 books in one year. So far, I’ve read 28 books and a total of 10397 pages. There’s a long way to go, but the year is still young and I have various books lined up and waiting for me. According to Goodreads I’m three books ahead on the challenge so I guess at least I’m following the schedule I set for myself. If I’m able to read at least 6 books a month, it would be enough to reach my goal and even have a few extra books to spare. So I guess it’s time to stop talking and pick up the book I’m currently reading… (Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen) But before I leave I would like to say that I’m always looking for new books to add to my to-read list, and I would love any recommendations you might think of. I’m trying to broaden my literary horizon, so I’m open to practically any literary genre…