A few books read, some challenges completed, and a panic attack at the end!
My month in review. Let’s see how I did!

Books read

In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads, I’ve only read 3 books this month:

  1. About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay
  2. Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
  3. Little French Bistro by Nina George

June Reviews

Blog Goals

I’ve been trying to improve my NetGalley rating but haven’t had much luck. I started the month at 64% because I foolishly requested more titles and dropped a couple of points. Oops! Finished the month at 63% so am going the wrong way! Need to stop requesting new books before I finish reviewing the old ones. Stop tempting me, NetGalley!!!

Around the Blogosphere

June was a busy month for me! Decided to jump into the deep end of the pool to try and drag myself out of the blogging rut I’ve been in for, well, seems like forever.

Joined Armchair Book Expo at the beginning of the month and had a blast! ICYMI, here are my posts: Introduction, What Do Readers Want, Delving Into Diversity & Dining With Authors, and my Wrap Up. So glad that I saw Tif’s reminder at the last minute and was able to join in the fun! Sad to hear that this was the last year, so very happy I joined in the fun!

I also took part in a couple of challenges hosted by Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup. The Get Social Blogger Event was a fun two week event designed to discover new blogs, make new friends, and leave comments on each other’s posts. Also took part in the Mini Blog Ahead to try and schedule posts in advance and take some of the pressure off myself.

Then there was the Biannual Blogathon Bash, which gave me an opportunity to work on my blog and polish as needed. A little like Bloggiesta, which I missed earlier. I seriously underestimated how long it would take to update my old posts to make them pin worthy, so going to pencil it into my planner to work on a little at a time.

Found an interesting list of TED talks for bloggers and digital marketers through the Blogathon. Not all of them apply to blogging, but there are several interesting talks!

The Blogathon also had a link to 40+ Free Online Courses for Bloggers. Found several to sign up for, so hope you find a few as well.


Did much better on visiting old friends this past month! And thanks to the Get Social event, found several new blogs as well!


Had a bit of a panic at the end of the month when Photobucket decided to act like a jerk and block bloggers from using their services unless you paid their ridiculous extortion fees. I thought it was just me because I went over my storage limit but no, they decided to screw everyone with a free account. Think they need to revisit what good customer service means!

Threw up a generic blogger template since my background and header were being held hostage. Hated it, so played around until I found one I liked better. Going to leave it as I concentrate on replacing all blocked images, which may take awhile. Then I’ll decide what to do about my template.

Actually thought about walking away from the blog and starting over somewhere else because it’s going to take an awful lot of time to replace all those images. A fresh start, if you will. But as tempting as that sounds, I think I’m going to keep my blogger account and work on it in bits and pieces.

So….how was your month?

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