Sunday, February 9, 2014

January Monthly Wrap Up

Isn't my new blog button so pretty? There's even a handy HTML grab code in my sidebar :)

What happened for this month's monthly wrap-up was that it magically got deleted from Blogger, and haven't had the time or heart to rewrite it, but I told myself and here it is. I had to get this up because I felt like I owed it to all you awesome people.  So I just want to apologize for being such a terrible blogger in the month of January. If you have been following my meager posts from the past two weeks, you will know I was sick. It's not serious, but it's enough to make me extremely tired, so all I want to do after I finish my homework is collapse onto my bed and go to sleep...which is pretty much all I've been doing the last two weeks of January. The good news is that I have been pretty consistent and have stuck to my made up schedule below.

Loving the Language of Literacy Lookback
  • I was nominated for a Liebster award! For those of you that don't know, a Liebster award is given to new bloggers with less than 200 followers as something to say "you may be new, but you're doing so well, keep up the good work" kind of thing.
  • I have 75 Bloglovin followers! :) I seriously cannot say how thankful I am for this. The first time someone followed me I thought their computer malfunctioned. For having only been a blogger for exactly two months and one day, this is a huge accomplishment that I couldn't have achieved without all you lovely people. *Internet Hugs* I really want to let you know how appreciative and grateful I am for how far I've gotten, and you are going to be seeing a lot more of me in February (is that a good thing?) 
Loving the Language of Literacy Lookout
  • I cannot tell you how excited I was because for the first time ever I went to a book signing as a blogger!!! Today I went to the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore was the first  stop on the Fight For the Future Tour. Amie Kaufman (These Broken Stars), Meagen Spooner (These Broken Stars & Skylark), Margaret Stohl (Icons & co-author of Beautiful Creatures), and Marie Lu (Legend Trilogy) are going to be talking and signing books there and I cannot tell you how psyched I was for it. Having gone to the book signing entitles a Spontaneous Saturday (the only planned one) post with transcribed video (I should just die now)! Last time when I went to Marie Lu's last stop on her Champion tour, I transcribed over 25 minutes of footage from the signing so it would seem like you were all with me. Needless to say it took a long time, but because of the wondering feedback I got, because of how wonderful you are, and as a treat for sticking with me after being sick for so long, I am doing it again as almost a Thank You present, especially because I have over 45 minutes worth of footage.
  • I am in the process of having various blog designs and features made which I am super happy about especially because Laura @ Laura Plus Designs (as well as writer of the amazing blog Laura Plus Books). She is so kind, and helpful, and completely willing to work with you no matter how crazy you are (ME!!!). Laura does Image Sliders, Blog Design Clean-Ups, Headers, Backgrounds, Favicons, Tour, Events, and Blog Banners, as well as Blogger to Wordpress migration, and anything else your heart could want for.
  • February is the month of blog tours!. I have six blog tour stops which is a lot of work, but nevertheless the books on the tours are so much fun to read, and I can't wait for you to hear about them from me. 
  • Discussion Thursdays is back on!!! Jayne @ Fiction_TheNewReality took a month long Discussion Thursday hiatus because of New Year New Books, but we are resuming this month with some great topics. 
Books Read in January
I read a grand total of 9 books this month, which is horrible, but I'm trying to get back on my game in February. I swear I'm not trying to make excuses, but being sick really took a toll on my blogging and reading, the gazillion tests and quizzes I took this month didn't help much either. I'm four books behind on my Goodreads goal *sobs*
Smoke: Ellen Hopkins

Posts
Even though my post count was quite pitiful this month, I am happy to say I reached my review goal. I'm not saying that memes, book hauls, and challenges aren't important, but what I am saying is that as bloggers, we sometimes have to take a step back and remember why we started, which is sharing our opinions about books. I want my readers to know that I value the books more than anything else. I beat myself up over the fact that I didn't do Top Ten Tuesday, or Stacking the Shelves, but I have come to realize in my first full month of blogging that I would rather post all reviews than a ton of memes every day. Before you break out the pitchforks, I don't want you to freak out and think I'm only going to post reviews, because I definitely want and am going to do those too. I just want you to honestly know where my priorities lie. You can find out more about priorities, as well as the way I balance blogging with my personal life in my newest Discussion Thursday post.

February 2014 Wishes/Goals
Every month, I write up a list of goals and/or wishes for Loving the Language of Literacy (as of last month). Above all, I don't want people to think I'm being self-entitled, and thinking I can get  a certain number of followers this month. These are just my own ambitions and basically, if a single one of these happened, I would be extremely happy.
  • Read 15 Books
  • Catch up on all blog tour books
  • Catch up on Review Requests
  • Have four posts a week
  • Have 25 posts up
  • Have 12 reviews up
  • 125 Bloglovin followers 
  • 450 Twitter followers 
  • Get a better feel for the look and style of Loving the Language of Literacy
  • Comment on more posts
February 2014 Schedule
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday






1 Spontaneous Saturday
2
3 Blog Tour+Excerpt: Unite: Jamie Campbell
4
5 Tentative: Book Review
6 Discussion Thursday: Balancing Blogging w/ everything else in life
7 Blog Tour: EKHO: Marie D. Jones 
8
Spontaneous Saturday
9 Sunday Post+Stacking the Shelves 
10 Blog Tour: Reaper’s Rhythm
11
12 Book Review: Edna in the Desert
13 Discussion Thursday.
Life of a Blogger: Plans for the Future
14 Blog Tour+Interview: Butterman (Time) Travel Inc
15 SS: Fight For the Future Book Signing Experience
16 Sunday Post+Stacking the Shelves 
17 Book Review
18 T10T: Reasons I Love Being a Blogger/Reader
19 Tentative: Book Review
20 Discussion Thursday. Life of a Blogger: Introvert of Extrovert
21 Blog Tour: A Touch of Honor: J.P. Grider
22
Spontaneous Saturday
23 Sunday Post+Stacking the Shelves 
24 Book Review 
25 T10T: Rewind
26 Tentative: Book Review
27 Discussion Thursday. Life of a Blogger: Guilty Pleasures
28 Blog Tour: Peaceful Genocide: J.A. Reynolds

Scheduling Explanations:
  • The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves is cancelled for the first Sunday in February (2/2) because January's Monthly Wrap-Up is so long. 
  • I am doing weekly posts, Life of a Blogger and Top 10 Tuesday arbitrarily for topics I want write about. Don't ask me why all the ones I want to write are closer to Math Field Day when the pressure will be on even more. 
  • I am going to try to make my review schedule Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and February will be the month I am trying out everything, and trying to see if I can fit it into my schedule.
The Love of Literacy this month is….
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. The Love of Literacy basically means, my favorite book of the month. I believe that if you read one historical fiction book in the next six months, this should be the one because of the fast pace, wonderful characters, and perspective of both the revolutionary war and what it was like to be a slave in the thick of history. 

That is pretty much it, I have a lot of fun Spontaneous Saturday ideas, a bunch of exciting Discussion Thursdays, Blog Tours, and a lot more planned for Loving the Language of Literacy. Thank you so much to anyone who follows me, leaves a comment, enters a giveaway, and everything else that you wonderful people do. I hope to have even a better month in February, with a lot more design changes, filled with reading, and new obsessions. If you ever want to suggest something to me, or ask me a question, leave it in the comments below, tweet me @sslluvsbooks, or email me at sslluvsbooks@gmail.com

Sofia Li (who will have a signature by next month)



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