I have officially been blogging at Book.Blog.Bake for a month. Yay! Actually, tomorrow will be the official one month mark, but as I start classes again and already have a review scheduled for tomorrow, I’m celebrating the one month anniversary as today. I promise not to do this every month for the rest of the year(because I think that would be annoying both to write and read), but I couldn’t resist doing a wrap-up post for my first month of book blogging.
I started off the month with a launching post entitled Our First Date. I explained why I chose the name Book.Blog.Bake. As you can see from my archives, my interest in books still overshadows my interest in baking, but I did write a post about How to Bake a Cheesecake without Cracking. One baking recipe in a month isn’t so bad I suppose, since that’s about my average. Maybe I’ll reach two recipes over the next month.
I wrote a few discussion and non-review posts between happily devouring every book I could during my winter break. Here’s the rewind:
Non-Review Posts Rewind:
Five days before Christmas, I shared a quick & short gift guide to last minute gifts for the bookish, including a DVD, a bookshelf, and my favorite, a donation to a literacy non-profit.
I also started discussing my interpretation of the gender roles in The Hunger Games, and how the gender stereotypes are subverted throughout the trilogy. This was my most popular discussion post, and I had so much fun writing it and reading what other people thought!
PTSD has been a common trend in some of the YA Dystopias I’ve read in the past year, which I find fascinating. I wanted to explore how PTSD effected Dystopia books such as The Hunger Games and Divergent.
Reviews & Lists
I also wrote 11 reviews. Most were Young Adult books, with a few memoirs. My most popular review was Unwind, followed by The Glass Castle. My favorite review to write was Cinder, and my least favorite was Hush, Hush.
I also spent some post looking ahead to 2013 and the coming year. I’m participating in the 2013 Feminist Read Challenge as well as a social justice theme read in February. At the end of December, I wrote about what I’m looking forward to in 2013, and wrote a Top Ten Tuesday about books I resolve to read in 2013 as well as my bookish resolutions.
Diving In to The Blogging World
I quickly dove into the blogging world by finding a HUGE amount of really wonderful book blogs to read. Here are some of my favorites that I’ve found in the past month:
Favorite All-Over Blogs:
The Busy Bibliophile
The Mayans Didn’t Consider My TBR Pile @ Paper Riot
Why Do We Love Dystopia(or Not?) @ Under the Shady Tree
Finding the Time @ Queen Ella Bee Reads
Going in Blind @ The Perpetual Page-Turner
Negative, or Should I Say, Honest Reviews @ Rachel Reads
Ten Wishes for the Year in Reading @ Clear Eyes, Full Shelves
It’s been such a great introductory month into book blogging! It’s made me really excited about the coming months, and I cannot wait to see what month #2 for this blog brings.