What a busy book filled month! There’s been books, events and Bookstagram challenges! There have been some awesome achievements for this blog as well which include reaching over 100 dedicated subscribers, 500 Instagram followers and 250 twitter followers. Thank you to every single one of you that clicked that follow button on any platform: I really appreciate it! This blog is just under three months old and reading your comments makes my day (honestly, it really does!).
So, without further ado here is a wrap up of what has been happening on My Booking Great Blog in January 2017:
I’ve read some great books this month! I’ve listed the links to the books below with a short snippet as to why I enjoyed them:
- I often saw The Girls by Emma Cline on Instagram and Twitter and finally picked it up and read it. I really enjoyed the way this book captured the conflicting and often confusing feelings of adolescence.
- I have finally ventured into the world that is Harry Potter! Yes, I was up until the beginning of this month a Potter virgin. I have only read the first two books so far but looking forward to reading the rest of this epic story. Here are my reviews for The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets.
- After seeing Speak Gigantular by Irenosen Okojie shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize I knew I had to read it. This is a wonderful collection of fable like dark stories. If you are looking for a diverse read – this is it!
- Having read Julia’s review of Homegoing I knew this would be the perfect read for me and I was NOT wrong. Here is my review of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.
- Seeing Silence by Shusaku Endo advertised as a movie reminded me I had not yet read it. I am so glad I read this before I watched the movie (the call of every bookworm!). It is a great book surrounding faith and questioning the reality of such faith.
- Costa Novel of the Year Award 2016 winner Days Without End by Sebastian Barry was again a book I had seen raved about on Twitter. Another fantastic story about love and the need to survive in the most hopeless of circumstances.
This month I participated in #DiverseAThon for the first time. We focused on #ownvoices books which was a first for me. I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this event and it has certainly made me think of the need to increase diversity within my books. If you’re interested in this initiative you can read my post here which provides details of the originators: DiverseAThon: Reading Diverse Books.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Yaa Gyasi author of Homegoing at a reading in Daunt Books, London. You can read about that event here: Book Review and Event: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.
My two favourite Bookstagram accounts and I did a Bookstagram challenge called #JanBooksAreLit. We received just under 900 posts to the prompts which was amazing! We have decided to do a February one continuing the tag called #FebBooksAreLit. If any of you are on Instagram come and take part! It’s really fun to see everyone else’s interpretation of each day’s prompt. No pressure of you don’t post everyday some have dipped in and out of a few challenges which is also an awesome way to populate your Instagram with some amazing book love photos!In other news, I reached an amazing milestone of 500 followers! Can you believe that? For someone who is that not arty that really made me happy! To celebrate I am doing a giveaway where one lucky winner will win a £20 Amazon voucher. If you want to enter this giveaway come and follow me on Instagram and comment on the post below with the required information:
Thanks for reading – I hope you enjoyed it!