January 2014: A Month in Review

I haven’t written any “Month in Review” posts for a long time, mostly in the interest of time management, but I’d like to start getting back into the habit.

During January, I read the following books:

The end of January marks the end of two different reading challenges, the 2014 Science Fiction Experience and Vintage Sci-fi Month.  While I didn’t read quite as much sci-fi as I’d like, I did indulge in some glorious pulp fiction.

This year, one of my goals is to attend more bookish and literary events.  The Politics & Prose bookstore in DC hosts a multitude of author events, and I’ve resolved to stop being lazy and actually go to some of them.  This month I made it to two.  I saw Sue Monk Kidd talk about her latest novel, The Invention of Wings, and I saw Nancy Horan, author of Under the Wide and Starry Sky.  Both author talks were quite interesting, and I’m glad that I went to them.

I’ve been in a bit of a blogging slump this month, even though it isn’t evident from the number of reviews that I’ve written.  I signed up for a lot of book tours in January and February, but it’s been hard to keep up so soon after starting a new job, and it’s making something that should be fun feel like work.  In the future, I’m going to limit myself to one book tour per month and focus more on reading what I want to read when I want to read it.  I have so many books both old and new that I don’t want to feel pressured to read them in a certain length of time or in a certain order.  I’m craving balance, and once I get through February, hopefully I can have it.

As per my New Year’s resolution, I’ve been working on upgrading the look and feel of my blog.  While the current design is not in its final state, I think that it’s an improvement over what I had before, and I’ve gotten it to the point where everything functions.  The new theme is responsive, which means that it resizes itself based on the screen you’re viewing it on, making it look good on a smartphone or tablet.  I’ve been experimenting with whether or not I want to use the image slider, because I don’t have the time to edit book covers into nice-looking banners.  What are your thoughts on image sliders?  Yay or nay?  Also, what do you think of the new layout?  Where is there room for improvement?

6 thoughts on “January 2014: A Month in Review

    1. I skipped it for the past few months because I’ve had a hard time juggling blogging and real life. Writing a month in review post is nice though because it shows me how much I really have been doing, even if it doesn’t feel like it to me. 🙂

  1. I hope the new job is going well. I try to limit myself to one or two book tours per month, unless it’s for a guest post. It’s hard reviewing that many books and no one wants it to be like homework.

    1. So far I’m really liking the new job. Moving from the government to a nonprofit was a great decision.

      I love writing book reviews, it’s just that when they have due dates, they start to stress me out. Mix that with adapting to a new work schedule and it gets chaotic. I think I’m gonna slow down on blog tours, read based on my own whims, and throw in occasional recipes. That should make blogging fun again. 🙂

    1. Awesome! I love P&P, but I live in Arlington, so it can be a pain to get there. Every time I’ve gone though I’ve been glad that I did. 🙂

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