What's On My Mind Lately

Well, I have been DYING to talk about several things, but have yet to have a place to talk about it/time to write an eloquent post on all of the things I want to talk to YOU about, dear reader.

First, Kristen at Bookworming In The 21st Century has chosen me to be one of her affiliates. To which I say YAY! Now, do let me say this, I am testing this affiliate thing out. I absolutely think you shouldn’t knock something until you try it, unless it’s drugs, then you should knock away. Kristen is a wonderful librarian who it seems is always heading up some cool bloggy project, be it a Red vs. Blue Readathon, an Author Safari, or a National Library Week celebration. I find that to be inspiring and hope I can learn a bit from her about organizing blog projects. So yes, I am excited about affiliation, but I do plan to continue to highlight posts from around the blogosphere, and continue to plan on visiting and saying hello to new bloggers!

Second, the lovely Adele at Persnickety Snark is doing a Top 100 YA List as well. Adele is made of awesome. We had the unfortunate coincidence of having the idea at the same time, and posting something similar on the same day. However, we have decided to make lemons into lemonade. Why? Because the blogoverse is not based on being rude, mean, competitive, or a jerk. Rather, it’s a place where we talk about books we love and hate and bond with fellow bookworms. Anyways, she has a completely different methodology from me, and I think will be seeing more Aussie representation, as one of her expertise blog subjects is in Australian YA. Once everything is said and done, we will be comparing the lists, and you, lovely reader, will have two lists made of fantastic books to help you decide what to check out next. Adele is currently taking your Top 10 Nominations until April 30th, so please stop by her blog and give her your choices.

Third, what is up with everyone lately? The other day I went to check my feed reader and came across all these posts on burn out, on rude people, and on dissatisfaction with the blogosphere. I do understand this is the internet and anyone can stop by your blog and say something mean, however, just because you can doesn’t mean you should! You don’t like that someone has been writing plenty of positive reviews? Perhaps, it would behoove you to find another blog to read rather than criticize the blogger. As for burnout, those of you who have it, take your time to feel better, and if/when you do feel better, know I plan to still be here for you, and likely, plenty of other people do as well. It’s fine to take breaks.

Finally, National Poetry Month is almost upon us, so here’s what you can expect from me in the month to come: Poetry reviews (durrr), maybe if you are lucky some original poetry, Slam Poetry Sunday — I love slam poetry and have been lucky enough to see numerous slam poets live so I want to share the experience by sharing videos of my favorite slam poets, as well as some anecdotes about poetry’s impact on my life, since damn it do I love anecdotes.

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. WilowRaven says

    Congrats on the affiliate πŸ™‚ Kristen picked me too. I only have 2…and that's cool with me because they are both great and such an inspiration to me!
    I don't think I've been here lately….I read your posts via Google Reader so I'm sorry if this is way late but I really like your design..it is new right – I'm not going crazy?
    I totally agree with you on the whole – if you don't like what you read in a blog, you don't have to be mean about it thing. I thought it was pretty silly to criticize someone for writing good reviews for books they liked. Cause, you know, I'm always on the look out for books I know I'll hate just so I give it a bad review πŸ™‚

  2. Old school librarian says

    Practically Paradise, one of the School Library Journal blogs, is also doing a top 100 YA list. Her list is being posted now. She just did #79-75.


  3. Yay for Poetry Month! Cant wait to see all you have instore for us! As long as there is no "The Love Song of J. Alfred Punfrock" I'm psyched! :p

  4. alitareads says

    I'm looking forward to seeing your and Adele's YA lists! That's cool that you guys are going to work together on the, I'm sure it'll make for some pretty awesome picks.

  5. I felt a little bit whiny and self-indulgent going on and on about burnout recently, but sometimes it's good to vent πŸ˜› I don't know why so many of us are experiencing it, but hopefully we'll all feel better soon.

  6. LOL! Don't try drugs!

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