Thursday, August 16, 2018

Blog Clean-up: My Favorites Spotlight Posts and Other Plans

Hey folks!

Thanks to an ever-expanding baby belly, I've been chilling on the couch more often and spending more time on this blog.  So I decided it was time to do a little "cleaning".

So far, I've been focusing on my "Book Favorites" page and cleaning/updating that whole area.  (If you're curious about how it looks now, click here)

...Then I started noticing all my "Favorites Spotlight" posts, and how old and messy they looked.

Okay, so, back when I was a blogging newbie and getting into a frenzy creating my own memes and trying out new ideas, I created meme called "Thursday's Favorite Spotlight".  The idea behind these posts was to select a favorite book or series of mine and spend a post talking about why it's such a good read.

I made 8 of them before my enthusiasm for writing long posts on a regular basis started to peter out.  Let's face it, I'm not good at blogging regularly and I've been spending the past months figuring out ways to blog regularly without doing too much at once.  I'm going to be a mom after all, so I need to take it easy with this sort of stuff.

Anyway, so I cleaned up my old posts, deleting photos that are no longer showing up, and making sure they looked nice and presentable.  They're not bad entries, to be honest, so I'm listing them here so you can get a chance to look at them if you like.  Although bear in mind these were written years ago.

Favorite Spotlight Posts

Looking back, making posts that highlight a favorite book was definitely a good idea, but I think I was making it too difficult for myself by trying to write one every Thursday.  So I think I'll try again to make this a regular thing, but it probably would be best to only do it once a month.  That way, I can spend the whole month writing the post and it won't feel so rushed and stress-inducing.  Plus, I can re-read the favorite book ahead of time so that it will be nice and fresh in my mind :)

So far, I think I've got all my other blogging plans under control.  I'll write book review posts whenever I finish a novel, and I'll write two posts a month where I recap on what's been going on in my life and in reading, along my future plans.  I'll also try and write a monthly post where I discuss a favorite novel.  For now, that seems fair and easy, with no added pressure.  Realistically, I don't expect I'll be able to keep this up for an extended period of time, but I'd still like to try.  After all, blogging is fun!

Anyway, I'm done for now.  Just thought I'd share what I've been doing.  Have a great day everyone!
-Lisa The Dancing Bookworm

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

It's Wednesday The 15th! A Recap At The Halfway Point, And My Plans For The Rest Of The Month

Hey!  We're halfway through August!  Yay!  The end to humidity is coming!

In the past I used to recap every week.  That was hard to maintain, however, so now my strategy is to recap on the 1st of the month, and then again on the 15th of the month.  This seems easier to manage, I think.

So, let's recap on everything, starting with what's been going on with my life!

Life Recap
Well, it's been a busy couple of weeks, let me tell you!  I'm now 27 weeks pregnant and I feel like a walrus.  I've started to waddle and I can now rest my coffee mug on top of my belly.  I also rarely sleep through the whole night anymore (I literally wake up at 3 am every morning and can't fall back asleep), and the heat and humidity are making me miserable!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Book Review: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest (Millennium #3), by Stieg Larsson

Genre: Crime Thriller
Date Published: May 2007
Publisher: Knopf
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 563 pages/20 hours 20 minutes

Goodreads | Audible

Synopsis: The stunning third and final novel in Stieg Larsson's internationally best-selling trilogy.
Lisbeth Salander - the heart of Larsson's two previous novels - lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She's fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she'll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge - against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.
Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.

My Rating:
.....For being a fantastic feminist read!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Book Review: The Girl Who Played With Fire (Millennium #2), by Stieg Larsson

Genre: Mystery thriller
Date Published: June 2006
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 503 pages/18 hours 40 minutes

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The Expose
Millennium publisher Mikael Blomkvist has made his reputation exposing corrupt establishment figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with an investigation into sex trafficking, Blomkvist cannot resist waging war on the powerful figures who control this lucrative industry.
The Murder
When a young couple are found dead in their Stockholm apartment, it's a straightforward job for Inspector Bublanski and his team. The killer left the weapon at the scene - and the fingerprints on the gun point to only one direction.
The Girl Who Played with Fire
Ex-security analyst Lisbeth Salander is wanted for murder. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behavior makes her an official danger to society - but no-one can find her. The only way Salander can be reached is by computer. But she can break into almost any network she chooses...

My Rating:
.....For still being awesome!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Book Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Millennium #1), by Stieg Larsson

Genre: Mystery Suspense
Date Published: August 2005
Publisher: Knopf
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 465 pages/16 hours 19 minutes

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Synopsis: A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story and financial intrigue.
It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden . . . and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.
It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance . . . and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age—and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness to go with it—who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism—and an unexpected connection between themselves.
It’s a contagiously exciting, stunningly intelligent novel about society at its most hidden, and about the intimate lives of a brilliantly realized cast of characters, all of them forced to face the darker aspects of their world and of their own lives.

My Rating:
.....For having an awesomely strong female character.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Book Review: Eragon (Inheritance #1), by Christopher Paolini

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Date Published: June 2002
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 500 pages/16 hours 20 minutes

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Synopsis: Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders?
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands. . . .

My Rating:
.....For being impressive because a teenager wrote it

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Book Review: Career Of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3), by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

Genre: Detective Mystery
Date Published: October 2015
Publisher: Mulholland Books
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 492 pages/ 18 hours

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Synopsis: When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.
Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.
With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…
Career of Evil is the third in the series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A mystery and also a story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives

My Rating:
 ★★ 1/2
.....For Being A Great Re-read!