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The High Ending October

YES, I am aware it is November 3rd… As I was about to write this post, I LOST INTERNET! So annoying… as EVERYTHING I needed to do was online… *cries* Here I am now though (3 days later!), a little worse for wear, but crawling forward… #bloggerdramatics

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Breaking through numbers… In the last few days of October my numbers suddenly dove right through my goal! I want to thank everyone who visited one of my posts! You helped me BREAK RECORDS for my blog!! And while I try really hard not to be about the numbers it is TOO exciting when you break through the ceiling you have been ramming yourself against… So THANK YOU! I could not have achieved this without your love and support!

Thinning my reader… I have been wanting to cut the blogs I follow to some reasonable number for a while now (following in a long line of longtime bloggers who have already done so…) I have been following 269+ blogs and I’m now frightened of my OVERWHELMED reader! I happened to be in managing my following and found a handy notation about when a blog LAST POSTED.

Consistency wins the day so I cut all blogs that haven’t posted in 10+ days. This is something I highly recommend you do anyway as bloggers can come and go quite frequently (and more power to them!) I figure if I miss someone I can always follow them again!

Now my numbers are at 122… I plan to go through before the end of the year and get that number down under 100. I love following NEW bloggers and supporting them so I’ll add to that number again but I feel a weight off me and feel like my feed is already freer with posts! (The entire point of the exercise…)

Skipping out on my planned K-drama posts… So yeah for some reason I CANNOT write a discussion post AND my K-drama posts in the same month! I’m not sure why… Maybe because I don’t get many comments on either and my morale is too low?! Anyway IT IS HARD having TWO LOVES (books and K-dramas!) I will keep plugging away… I have some more discussion posts ideas that I LOVE and hopefully they will spark reader’s imaginations!

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Books Read This Month

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That’s right! The dreaded #bookreadingslump has visited me and insists on lingering! Now that October is over and almost ALL of my due ARCs for the year have been read I should be EXCITED… not (see above gif!!) I started 4 different HYPED books and only one really captured my heart. That’s a reading slump, right?! I don’t know that I’ve felt like this often so I feel a little lost about it. I’m combating the blues by switching books every day… NOT SURE it is helping… *cries*

I read a GREAT 10 books, DNFed another this month ( #shameful …or not!) plus started a few HYPED books! I also reviewed 11 books, some from last month, but not too shady!

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Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne // 5 stars – read my review here: Fantasy Realism with Slowburn Romance. It’s a different sort of fantasy but given the chance will wow you with the dual POVs…

Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster // 4 stars – read my review here: The Worth of Cliches… Prepared to be Astonished!. Another world that is fantasy but without fantasy elements and seems more dystopian sci-fi than any other genre…

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The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid // 4 stars – review to come… A book I’ve been dying to read… one of my first hyped books I finished! I’m pleasantly surprised how much I loved Nemesis and Tyrus…

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy // 4 stars – review to come… I read this at the behest of a blogger friend who just finished it… I took FOREVER to read it but ended up enjoying it for the character builder that it was…

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The Road to Kalbakar by Paul E. Horsman // 5 stars – read my review here: Wyrms of Pasandir Book #1 (YES! Wyrms is code word for DRAGONS!). I CAN’T WAIT to read the other books in the series!! Mr. Horsman has sent me copies and I’m going to read and review in the coming months so watch for those!!

Scion of the Fox // 3 stars – read my review here: Foxes, Rabbits, and Owls Oh My! // Scion of the Fox. World Building masterpiece! I wish that the ending didn’t DO THAT…

Gate of Air // 4 stars – read my review here: Historical Asia with Feminist Culture Clash *fight!* // Gate of Air Blog Tour & Giveaway. For female readers it will be quite compelling to delve into the issues of womanhood and how much of yourself you sacrifice to get what you need done.

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Ironclads by Adrian Tchaikovsky // 4 stars – review to come… This is an adult military sci-fi dystopian with some great world building (the author’s specialty) and intriguing characters!

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman // 4 stars – review to come… INCREDIBLE choice for book club and I want to be Ove’s neighbor now… well if he… you know…

Children of the Whale vol. 1 // 4 stars – review to come… A NEW manga series that I am SO EXCITED to get to start… dystopia, fantasy, sci-fi all rolled together with some GREAT art…

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Other Reviews


Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine // 4 stars – read my review here: What if the Great Library of Alexandria didn’t burn…?. The world building and the characters make this a series that I will be revisiting in 2018!

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi // 4 stars – read my review here: Is insta-love the DEATH KEEL?! …Or can eating sins save it?!. This is a DEFINITE MALE PROTAGONIST… he thinks differently from female readers let alone the normal female protagonists! If you can see past that this is excellent!

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The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill // 5 stars – read my review here: An Enchantingly Graphic Dragon Tea Party. Diversity with dragons and tea… what MORE can we ask for…?

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis // 1 star – read my review here: 6 Reasons to Avoid This Darkness Mine // Forgive My Ranting… I’m just so SALTY!. I’m a mental health advocate, enough said!

The Axe of Sundering by M.L. Forman // 4 stars – read my review here: Adventurer’s Wanted: Dragons, Axes and Evil Wizards, Safety NOT Guaranteed. This is the 5th book and this middle grade series and it was quite different than the books that came before. Fans will get a kick out of all the references to what came before…

Detention Land: Lip Service by Susan Orion // 1 star – read my review here: Stream of Consciousness 🔥 Hell 🔥 // A Ranty DNF review… with Compliments to the Author. A sign of my looming reading slump…

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Memes and Tags

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(I love Sofia!) This month I did a slew of tags! I actually slipped a couple in ahead of my list because they where SEASONAL tags and I wanted in on the fun! THANK YOU to everyone who tags me or nominates me… it is such fun and another way I can be a part of the blogging community!

The Rainbow Book Tag… and Game! Come play…

GAH! 2 Beloved Bloggers Nominate Me Again!

The Autumn Book Tag + The Fall Book Tag… Because it’s October Down Here!

Halloween Creatures Book Tag… Because Halloween NEEDS Monsters!

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#ARCstravaganza // Sharing the excitement!

#ARCstravaganza // Last Star Burning

#ARCstravaganza // Rosemarked

Top 10 Tuesday listing fun!!

Top 10 Tuesday: Why I Fall in Love…

Top 10 Tuesday: Yummy Foods in Books

Top 10 Tuesday: Unique Book Titles

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Top 10 Tuesday: Book Character Costume Inspirations (with pictures!)*

*Please read this post if you haven’t seen it yet! I made the aesthetics and would LOVE more feedback…

Top 5 Wednesday is SOO creative…

Top 5 Favorite Creepy Atmospheres (for Halloween!)

Top 5 Adult Books with Fae… Because it’s HARD to find YA ones!

Book Traveling Thursday’s fresh new take…

A Morally Ambiguous Protagonist – Guess who?!

Book Blogger Hop: Mini Discussions!

Do you eat while you read? HELL N- …I mean come find out about a healthy & delicious snack! – Super fun recipes (for the first time on the blog!)

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Specialty Content

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This month I got another discussion out! Plus I was able to follow up on my review writing post…

Journal Discussion FeaturedDiscussion: The Awkward Duty and Ecstatic Joy of Comments // The Blogging Life. NOT a popular discussion but it helped me get my head on straight about comments and to not feel so anxious about WHEN I comment back.

Writers Toolkit Banner Featured NEXT PART! Lighting a Writer’s Toolkit is a for the writers out there who want to improve their editing! This month I talked part 2 of review writing… How to Make Yourself a More Trustworthy Bookworm // Part 2

TBR Featured bannerCutting Down my TBR Keep it or Skip it? Why all the dystopia?! I love me the outdated dystopia genre… but not so much now…

2nd Post! Keep it or Skip it? 2nd Manga Edition. And I got TONS of recommends, YES!!

Fangirl Friday Molang Bunny Featured My lonely K-drama post… Fierce Fangirl Friday: So Ji-sub. He is absolutely incredible! Musician, plus soulful actor who can do funny too…

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Next Month…

HAHAHHHAHAHA! I’m already off to a rocky start so this month… NO STINKING PLANS! I do have bullet journal pages that can give me direction and I have posts that NEED to go up on certain days but yeah otherwise I’m going to WING IT and LOVE IT in November… I’m going to DIVE right in and do my best…

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YES… normally… but NOT for November…

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If you missed a post or a review please check it out! I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts… (there are links to everything…)

Are you someone that likes getting tagged or would like to… let me know in the comments!

How many blogs do you follow?! Are you anxious about your blogging numbers?

Thanks for checking out my progress this month… happy reading and family times for you in November! XOXO

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18 thoughts on “The High Ending October”

  1. I tooootally understand about the K-Drama review part but I love writing those reviews even when the comments are few. But I have kind of watched an excessive amount of K-Drama in the last month than I can catch up to review. XD
    And 10 books, that’s pretty awesome actually. Hope November treats you great! ❤

    1. Thanks Poulami! I do love writing the reviews and gushing but when I blogger burn out the k-posts are the ones I give up first… even though I personally enjoy them. 10 books is crazy good, we’ll see how I do next month reading hyped books… ♥️

  2. It looks like you had a lovely month, Dani, and YAY for breaking records when it comes to your blogging stats, congrats! 🙂
    It feels so good to reduce the numbers of bloggers we follow. I want to give out as much as I can, but on the other hand, following tons of blogs quickly goes out of hand… Better to be healthy and happier with less blogs to catch up on 🙂
    Have a great month! xx

  3. Congrats on breaking records! I too recently went through the list of blogs I follow and unfollowed all the ones that are no longer posting or that I never visited. I’m still following way too many, I think lol, but it’s so hard to keep track of this stuff!

  4. Wow! What a coincidence… I’ve actually just recently (a couple days ago) started cleaning up my followers on the reader too. I used to not use the reader and just bookmark the blogs I like to visit and then… visit after a while and check out all their posts. It sort of worked for a while but then I started feeling like I was always behind to the party and that having days where I’d go through a gazillion posts can really drain me and not give me any opening to do other things.

    By fooling around the reader I found its new and more upgraded face (it wasn’t like that before!) and now receive emails instantly on specific bloggers and unfollowed those who don’t blog anymore. I’m pretty much up to date with most bloggers that I love to check and things have been so much more fluid!

    As for your month of blogging… I have to say I’m always impressed by the quantity of content you produce in a month! And you also manage to create awesome graphics + read a bunch of books too!!! [insert envy here] Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the Diabolic and Ironclads (adult scifi!!!!). Hope November ends up being even more awesome for you Dani! Happy reading! 🙂

    1. YAY Lashaan! Hopefully I’ll finish getting my reader cleaned up so I can be up to date too, lol. I admit I did a similar thing and felt behind too… The reader is great though, right?! Though I wonder about using the email function too, but worry I’ll be even more behind on email (which I try to fit at inconvenient times so I don’t use my productive time in email – it works sometimes!)

      You are too sweet! Bow, bow. 🌈🌈 I will slot The Diabolic in then! I tend to be kind of eh about writing hyped book reviews so it’s nice to hear when there is interest!

  5. I don’t follow that many blogs because I honestly don’t have the time to sit and read. I barely have the time to write anymore 😦 I started my blog for fun, so I never really think about the numbers. That being said, I get excited when I get a new follower. I wanted people to read about my ideas and experiences with the hopes that it would make them laugh or help them see or think about something another way. I also love recommending products, writing reviews, and giving advice. When I recommend things IRL, most people I know get kind of irritated, so I review online where people are more likely to be more accepting of and interested in reviews and recommendations. That’s just my take on things… 🙂

    1. Hi Snow! I LOVE your attitude! ♥️ I think part of why it seems to work (this is me looking from the outside in…) is you have a specific reason to share. You write for readers who are interested in what you are. I feel like I write for a million reasons and only 1 has to do with the reader. … I probably need to adjust my attitude, lol…

  6. You know, I haven’t checked how many blogs I actually follow but there about 10-15 I check everyday even on the weekends when I don’t write but they also regularly engage on my blog so that has a bit of something to do with it besides their awesome content haha

    1. Hi Nel! 10-15 blogs you check everyday is stellar! ♥️ And if they do the same for you and your blog then that is a special relationship indeed… I’m happy with the 4 or 5 bloggers that I do that with and it’s not everyday! I’m happy to exchange comments… I like getting to know the blogger thru their content as well as what they have to say about mine.

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