Where I share my love of books with reviews, features, giveaways and memes. Family and needlepoint are thrown in from time to time.


Sunday, January 1, 2012

It's a New Year!

Well, 2011 was a long year for my family.  Blogging took a backseat for much of the year due to my daughter's unexpected pregnancy and open adoption of a beautiful baby girl, Kalii Faith, in November.  Her pregnancy was a huge impact on our family dynamics and opened all of our eyes - hopefully in a good way, but only time will tell.  It was definitely an emotional year for all of us. 

It did make me take a look at the direction that my book blog had taken since I started it a few years ago.  I began blogging because I could not find a book club that met on a day that I could attend!  I wanted to find other book lovers to share my love of books with! The first year I did a lot of challenges and was able to visit a lot of blogs and had a lot of fun meeting people.  Then I started reviewing books for publishers and authors and hosting giveaways and challenges fell to the wayside, as did most of my impulse reading.  I felt like I was on a schedule to read books and over time it wasn't as much fun anymore.

So this year, I want to try to get back to more of the challenges and the visiting other book blogs.  I still want to review books, but I think I am going to be choosier in the books that I pick. I hope to host more authors for guest blogs and interviews.  My TBR list will probably get longer, as there will be books that I would like to read from publishers, that I will not accept, so as to keep reading a pleasure and not a pressure!

Over the next few days I will be posting about a lot of challenges that I want to try, so you will be seeing a lot of posts about those.  Like anything, I will probably bite off more than I can chew and sign up for far more than I will complete.  But if I actually completed them all - then where would the challenge be?  lol

As the title of my blog states, I also love Needlepoint.  I belong to (and am current secretary) of the Lake County Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG).  I also belong to Cyberpointers, the online group.  I am also an at-large-member of the Embroidery Group of America(EGA) and belong to Cyberstitchers, their online group. I love to visit needlepoint shops and look at canvases and threads, subscribe to a few different cross-stitch magazines, and have signed up for a few online classes, and still manage to NOT stitch much at all.  I would like this to change this year.  I would love to start finishing some of my projects!  So hopefully, you will start to see a few more posts about some of the projects that I am working on.  

So Happy New Year everyone!  I hope that all of my readers meet some goals this year and that I get more of a chance to get to actually know some of you a little better.


bermudaonion said...

It's hard to balance everything, isn't it? I've been accepting less books too, for many of the same reasons you stated. Happy New Year!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

It seems many bloggers are re-evaluating this year. I have started thinking twice before accepting review books too. I like to sew and quilt and I can't remember the last time I sat down to my sewing machine. I hope in the New Year we both figure out how to balance it all.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Happy New Year! Sounds like you have some good plans for 2012.


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