Hey all, Dani here.
I guess the first thing I want to say is wow…this blog has been running for just over a year and I’ve written over 100 posts. I’m actually pretty pleased with that. I had a book blog back in college and grad school and it just never yielded very many views or comments. I think there were about 7 people subscribed to the blog. This one though, I feel is doing pretty well so far, and it can only grow. Right? Right!
So thank you to everyone who has followed me so far, liked my posts, and commented. I really appreciate it. Thank you so much.
Today I just want to talk about some upcoming bookish events that I’m going to be participating in. Some are ones I’ve done in the past and others are brand new to me this year. So…let’s just jump right in, shall we?
First up is something I kinda made up, but it should be pretty fun, and that is Middle Grade March. I was looking at my bookshelves the other day and realized that I’ve purchased quite a few middle grade books and just haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. So in March I plan to read and review as many of them as I can. Obviously if I have any e-galley or ARC books for review, I’ll still post those too, but my main focus will be some lovely MG reads. If this sounds like fun to you, feel free to join in, and let me know so I can follow your blog/vlog/etc.
Next up is National Library Week, which is being held April 9-15, and obviously celebrates libraries and librarians. I’m hoping to have a post or two up about how much libraries and librarians have shaped my life in that time.
To go along with that I’ll once again be participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon on April 29, and I have decided that I am going to read a bunch of books about magical libraries, librarians, and bookstores. I’ll have a post about the event and my TBR about a week or so before, and then a day or so after I’ll post a Readathon wrap up post.
Oh, and in April I’ll be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, but with so many other events going on at the same time, I imagine that I’ll be setting my word count goal around 25,000 or so.
Another readathon I hope to participate in is National Readathon Day, which is hosted by the American Library Association and Penguin Random House. I’ll post more details about this as I learn them because the web site for this event still has the 2016 details up.
After that is my big brand new bookish event experience, and that is Book Expo America and BookCon!! You can probably tell that I am super excited about it. BEA will be held May 31-June 2, and BookCon is June 3-4, and this year both events are back at the Javits Center in NYC. I have seen so many awesome blogs and vlogs about these events and they just look like so much fun and a great opportunity to meet up with authors, publishers, and readers/bloggers/vloggers. I have already purchased my passes for both events and booked my hotel room, so all I have to do is worry about transportation. I cannot wait to spend a week in NYC hanging out with other people who are passionate about books. So if you’re heading to BEA and/or BookCon, let me know! I would love to meet you in the real world.
Of course, here is where I should also mention that June is GLBT Book Month. I like to try and read diversely whenever I can, and this is a month where I highlight that diversity on my social media accounts. So I’ll be sharing books with characters who are gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer, asexual, etc. If you have any suggestions for books I should look into for GLBT Book Month, let me know in the comments.
Camp NaNoWriMo is held again in July and I’m hoping to do a good month of writing this time around.
As usual, August takes me to Wizard World Chicago Comic Con. Held this year from August 24-27, I’ll be roaming the convention floors, attending panels, and buying bookish and nerdy merchandise. It’s always a fun time.
In September I’m going to try to do Self-Publish September again. I started to in 2016 but then sorta got distracted. This is a month where I highlight self-published and indie authors who I think should get more attention and recognition.
September 22-24, you can find me at Cincinnati Comic Expo where Mousai Books will be set up at the Colorworld Books booth. It’ll be a great time and you can pick up some amazing books and artwork.
Banned Books Week is Sept 24-30, and I’ll likely talk about my experiences with banned books, and share some of my favorites.
Then Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon will come around again in October. I really enjoy this event because I read so many books and it’s just great to connect with others who are also participating.
Obviously in November I participate in NaNoWriMo. If I’m lucky I’ll be able to pre-schedule some book reviews and other posts to get through the month. If not, you’ll know why I suddenly fall off the social media radar.
Whew! It’s going to be a very eventful bookish year for me, and I am so looking forward to it. There’s lots of writing, lots of reading, and lots of talking books with all you amazing bookish nerds out there.