Contents of blog copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2017

Just a heads up that I'm going dark for several weeks. I may still update posts/challenges but there will be no new content, not even Thursdays.

My Mom died and I'm taking each day as it comes, plus helping my Dad go through her stuff.

Jan 16 update: Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, is in the hospital for bypass surgery

Feb 19 update: MIL is home now :-D and slowly getting better. I'm still helping my Dad with Mom's stuff but since my brother is out of town, I'm spending 4 nights at his house every week for a month. It's MUCH closer to Dad's and they do meals together and hang out.

Mar 8 update: I'm having a blast with my Dad. MIL has gone back to the hospital

Mar 29 update: MIL is home but not doing well.

Apr 9 update: SIL is nurse and has taken time off work to care for MIL who is basically receiving hospice care at home.

I'll see you in May . . . April 23 update: My Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, died yesterday.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Blogging A to Z Reflections

A to Z Blogging

This is only my second year. 2014 was truly a mishmash of topics plus we had Disneyland passes so there were a lot of Disney related posts.

This year snuck up on me and I wasn't going to do it. I didn't have posts prepared, I didn't have a topic, and without Disney passes, I felt I didn't have a ready muse.

In steps my son, "You're a book blog, why don't you do book reviews". O_o

So that's what I did. 30 days. 26 letters. 26 book reviews. One letter cheated on (X-mas instead of Christmas). Plus two extra reviews (children's safety picture books).

Will I do this again next year? I'm already thinking about themes.

What will I do differently? Prepare more posts ahead of time.

Here's the breakdown. The list of books, with covers, is not finished.

3 unfinished books with partial reviews
4 nonfiction
22 fiction
8 print
18 ebook
0 audio
7 review books (sent to me to review)
17 new reads
14 new authors
12 were part of a series
3,071 pages of finished books

Nonfiction categories:
true crime/book collecting

Fiction categories:
2 - picture books
2 - middle school (1 mystery & 1 folktale)
1 - young adult (fairytale retelling)
1 - horror
1 - psychological Thriller
15 - Romance:
  1 - contemporary romantic suspense
  1 - Christian contemporary romance
  3 - m/m contemporary romance
  5 - mainstream contemporary romance
  1 - sci-fi romance
  1 - mainstream paranormal romance
  3 - m/m paranormal romance

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Tamara Narayan said...

That's a lot of reading and reviewing. I picked up about 7 books during the challenge and now they're waiting on my Kindle.

Elle G said...

You did really well! That's a lot of book reviews to do. I don't think I would have managed. Congratulations on finishing A to Z! Elle @ Erratic Project Junkie

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

I'm amazed you got a book for each letter. Very awesome. I'm thinking on next year too. Doing them ahead of time is so the way to go :D Congrats on making it to the end!

eclecticali said...

Wow! Book reviews for A to Z seems very ambitious! I'm impressed :)

Mary Burris said...

Congrats on completing the A to Z Challenge! Looking forward to next year! See you on the Road Trip!


Entrepreneurial Goddess said...

Hello there.
Congratulations on completing the challenge! I didn't get to visit your blog during the crazy month of April so I'm popping over today from the Road Trip/Reflections linky.

Entrepreneurial Goddess

Toni said...

Wow! I'm so impressed that you were able to do it all in just 30 days. Fun!


In accordance to the FTC guidelines, I must state that I make no monetary gains from my reviews or endorsements here on Book Dragon's Lair. All books I review are either borrowed, purchased by me, given as a gift, won in some kind of contest, or received in exchange for an honest review.