Goodness, it’s already the end of February and two months into 2017? Seems like yesterday I was just getting ready to celebrate another blogoversary! Anyway, I hope everyone had a lovely February; mine was fairly busy, a shock considering I was thinking it was going to be a quiet one, but anyhow, here’s what has been going on at my blog in the meantime:
- Books reviewed this month include: Vivienne Lorret’s When a Marquess Loves a Woman (review), J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun (review), and Elena Ferrante’s Troubling Love (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
- One ARC was reviewed this month: Colleen Oakley’s Close Enough to Touch (review). You can check out all of the ARCs I’ve read and reviewed to date in this tag.
- For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I focused on Amanda Grange and her Jane Austen hero books (seemed like the perfect time of year to be showcasing her books, especially now that I have read all six Jane Austen hero novels) 🙂 You can check out that post over here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
- And finally, I celebrated my tenth blogoversary earlier this month (see post). I can’t believe it’s been ten years since I first started steadily book blogging. Thanks again to everyone who commented and celebrated with me, and congratulations again to Wattle in winning my wee book giveaway! I hope you enjoy the title you selected 🙂
And that’s about it from me and the blog for the month of February! How was your February? Wishing you all a wonderful March & that you’re having a great week 🙂
The month of February hits a milestone of sorts for the blog (not necessarily the space as I moved recently, but just existence of the blog as its own entity): eclectictales.com turns TEN.
Not my gif, as always
Yup, you read it right: 2017 makes ten years of me blogging. It’s pretty surreal to think it’s been that long since I’ve started blogging (steadily; I think I mentioned in my About the Site section that I had a previous blog/domain but had to stop for offline reasons). And after ten years, one does learn a few things along the way… 😛
- It’s easy to follow what others are doing (format-wise, books read and reviewed that are popular right now, etc.) but at the end of the day it’s your blog: you do the thing that makes you happy.
- Blogging is an ever-changing process: you pick up new ways of formatting or presenting your thoughts and ideas, the focus of your blog shifts and changes…Gosh, just look at some of my posts circa 2012 compared to now. It’s normal, and it’s part of the fun.
- You don’t have to review every book you’ve read–I learnt that recently, actually. I use my blog as my book journal so to speak (as with the amount of books I read per year, I will have used up a lot of notebooks O_O) and for the last few years my approach has been to record my thoughts as much as I can on the books that I’ve read. But sometimes when you don’t have much thought about a book you’ve read, why struggle churning out what turns out to be a wee & generalised review? This is still a hobby at the end of the day, not your dissertation.
- Yeah, it’s dismaying when no one comments on an awesome book you’ve reviewed (or a review you’re particularly proud of having clobbered together), but it happens. It’s there, maybe one day someone will read it and appreciate thoughts in it. But as long as you’re happy with it and you’ve got it jotted down somewhere, it’s all good.
- On a related note, at the end of the day stats don’t matter, really. I mean, yeah, I too wish I got more traffic and more readers, but those that drop by and comment do make my day 🙂
- Being different has its benefits in terms of what you offer in your reviews and what readers come across in your blog. What do I mean? Well like my url suggests, I do read an eclectic range of books, perhaps a little more far out than what you may necessarily come across, and while perhaps that may contribute to a lack of traffic or comments at times, I do get the occasional comment saying they appreciated coming across this book or that that they had never heard of and want to check out now. I’m always happy to recommend titles to people!
- The book blogging community is a supportive place. Yeah, it’s had its weird drama moments from time to time but the friends I’ve made over the years through the community and the memes and the discussion are priceless. #hugsforall
- Scheduling blog posts = life saver.
- Blogging burnout happens–and it’s okay. I never thought I’d be one of those people who would experience it, and perhaps it’d be a surprise to you to know that I did experience it considering my blog posts are scheduled at a daily frequency, but the hiatus time I had back in December? Sure, I was experiencing headache after headache transferring my blog over to the new server but in the same vein it gave me the time to step back and take a break, which I didn’t realise I even needed. !
- I guess this reiterates #1 a bit but most of all? Have fun blogging!
As always I’m thankful for everyone’s support and friendship over the years of chatting about books and other things; I honestly don’t think I would’ve continued blogging for as long as I have (or perhaps with the same vigor as before) if it wasn’t for your guys.
Not my gif but this is for you all, this cute puppy in a bowl 😛
As a thank you to you all and in celebration of my blogoversary, I am hosting a book giveaway! Now, I’m doing it a bit different this year; rather than going by my favourite reads in 2016, I’m going to give you an option to choose any one book I’ve read & reviewed on my blog.
Now, this prospect sounds crazy daunting as I’ve written over 900 book reviews in the last 10 years (see tag; omg where to start?!) O_o But there’s a few ways to navigate through and discover/decide what book to choose:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
This giveaway is open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to your country. The contest will run until Monday, February 13th @ 11:59PM EST. Please make sure you use a valid email address when you enter (as the winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or I will draw a new winner). You can read the rest of the terms and conditions with the Rafflecopter below 😉
And that’s about it! In bocca del lupo! If you have any questions about the giveaway or any issues with Rafflecopter, please email me at webmaster [at] eclectictales [dot] com or comment in this post. Many thanks again for all of your support over the years 🙂
Whoo-hoo, and eclectictales.com is back after a month (and a bit) long hiatus! Blog post scheduling wise, I’m playing catch-up now as a whole slew of reviews from books read last year will be slowly trickling in until mid-April =3
- Books reviewed this month include: Arkady Ostrovsky’s The Invention of Russia: The Journey from Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War (review), Ian McEwan’s The Children Act (review), and Robert Shearman’s Tiny Deaths (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
- Two ARCs was reviewed this month: Aravind Adiga’s Selection Day (review) and Nick Cutter’s Little Heaven (review). You can check out all of the ARCs I’ve read and reviewed to date in this tag.
- For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I focused on the manga quartet CLAMP, a post that was supposed to go live last month, but anyway. You can check out that post over here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
And that’s about it from me and the blog for the month of January! Stay tuned later this week as the blog is about to hit a milestone entering February 😉
And at long last eclectictales.com is back online! Being on a month’s hiatus was a bit weird, in some ways good as I needed the break (plus offline matters kept me pretty busy–more on that next week) and in some ways a bit stressful as I was busy transferring to my new host. I am kindly hosted by Lorraine @ InsanitySandwich.com (many thanks again!). Funnily enough (well, not really) it was no easy task as having a nine-year-old blog meant that my database was quite a hefty one to transfer over. At this point most of the kinks were resolved–I think I lost one or two comments along the way (so sorry!)–and it’s just a matter of updating the backend, reinstalling some plugins I’ve been using (regular visitors may note that I’m missing a few features like the “Related Posts” section), reorganising my blog posts, all of which should be sorted out in the coming weeks.
But in the meantime the blog is live again! Regularly scheduled posts will resume next week; good fun, for the next few months you will be seeing a lot of reviews for books read at the tail end of last year >_< (which is okay as I haven't been reading much the last few weeks, lol; again, more on that next week when I post my Bookish & Not-So-Bookish Post). In the meantime, please let me know if you come across anything that seems amiss and I will look into it 🙂
Otherwise, happy new year! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season and are having a lovely 2017 thus far 😀 (And just for a quick update on my end: I'm currenty reading through an ARC of Nick Cutter's Little Heaven (out on the 14th!), been otherwise busy with work and waiting impatiently in the mail for a ton of planner stickers I ordered in the last few weeks (you may have noticed this if you follow my Instagram 😉 ))
And here we are, at the end of another month…It was a pretty busy month on my end as I was juggling NaNoWriMo and Sci-Fi Month as well xD Anyway, here’s what has been going on at my blog this month:
- Books reviewed this month include: James Runcie’s Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death (review), Yoon Ha Lee’s Ninefox Gambit (review), and Wesley Chu’s Time Salvager (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
- Three ARCs was reviewed this month: Adi Tantimedh’s Her Nightly Embrace (review), Alice Hoffman’s Faithful (review; personally one of my favourite books read this year–highly recommended!), and Daisy Goodwin’s Victoria (review). You can check out all of the ARCs I’ve read and reviewed to date in this tag.
- For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I focused on books written by British author Kate Mosse. You can check out that post over here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
- This month was Sci-Fi Month, hosted by Rinn Reads and Oh, the Books! For this year’s Sci-Fi Month I focused primarily on book reviews; you can find all my posts contributing to this event in this tag 🙂
- Just a heads up that I will be moving servers early next month as my present host, AP Web Solutions will be closing their doors in the new year. As I’m still sorting it out at present, I decided that the blog will be going on a mini-hiatus from December 1st to December 11th with everything hopefully being sorted out by December 12th. Thank you for your patience during this time, you can keep up with the news on how things are going over at Twitter.
And that’s about it from me for the month of November! I can’t believe we’re hitting December, Christmas, and the end of another year! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and start of a new month 🙂