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5 Things I’ve Learned About Book Blogging

So I’ve been at this for nearly 15 months now, and I’m still enjoying it as much as the day I started.

If you didn’t know (and why would you?)  this is my third attempt at a blog. The first was a rambling personal blog that I didn’t promote and really didn’t care to. The second one was a golf blog that I updated 1-2 times a week and, at least for awhile, felt like I got into a flow of niche blogging.

But I’ve never enjoyed blogging like I do now. I don’t think you can write posts 5 days a week unless you enjoy doing it. If you’re not having fun, you’ll burn out and begin dreading sitting down at the computer. Believe me, I know.

But even though the blog is just part of this project–the other, of course, is reading 101 books–I feel the blog is almost more fun, just barely, than reading the books.

And along the way, I’ve learned a lot about blogging–and, more specifically, book blogging. This isn’t life-changing stuff you’ve never heard. But experience really is the greatest teacher, and this experience has taught me a lot.

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You Can’t Judge A Book (Or A Movie) By Its Title

Why is the title of this novel so bad, so cheesy?

I’m halfway into Never Let Me Go. As I told you on Tuesday, I’m really enjoying the book to this point. The premise of the novel is eery and uncomfortable, but that’s what makes it so intriguing. However, I still can’t get over this title.

In my preview, I said the title sounded like a cheesy Britney Spears lyric. Come to find out, “Never Let Me Go” is actually a lyric from a song in the book. I guess I was almost right.

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The First 30: A Look Back

After each set of ten books, I write a brief recap that highlights some of my favorite and least favorite aspects of the novels I’ve read to that point.

Today’s post is my third recap. If you’re interested, here’s my recap of the first 10 and the first 20.

Now, without further ado, here’s a breakdown on the first 30 novels–the 101 Books Awards, if you will. 

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“None of you will be film stars.”

You guys already know about my admitted dislike of the title of the current novel I’m reading, Never Let Me Go. I mentioned that in my preview last week.

And I’ve got to say that for the first 70-80 pages, I wasn’t impressed with this novel. The plot seemed to develop slowly, the young characters  didn’t seem that interesting to me. In the back of my mind, I had already decided I probably wouldn’t like this book, even though many of you recommended it.

But, then, I came to this passage on page 81:

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5 Ways To Make More Time To Read

On Friday, I was honored to guest post on Michael Hyatt’s blog. If you’ve spent any time in the blogging world or in the Twitter universe, especially in book and publishing circles, you might be familiar with Mr. Hyatt.

He’s the former CEO and current chairman of the board of Thomas Nelson publishers here in Nashville. He currently writes one of the most successful blogs on the planet, speaks all over the place, and generally just helps a lot of people become better leaders, writers, and speakers.

So it was an honor to be able to guest post over at Michael’s blog.

The topic: Five Ways To Make More Time To Read. I’ve learned a thing or two about that in the last 15 months.

Here’s an excerpt:

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What Do Harper Lee And Captain Underpants Have In Common?

Several weeks ago, the social media world, or the country, or someone out there, celebrated “Banned Books Week.” Essentially, reading and promoting books that have been banned by schools and libraries in the past.

I’m not into starting political arguments on this blog, so I won’t throw out the censorship card. But I will say I’m all for a parent having the right to determine what his or her child reads. I know when my boy gets a little older, I’ll keep an eye on that.

But if you judge the American Library Association’s list of most challenged books from 2000-2009, it’s easy to see that some parents, school administrators, and librarians have lost their collective mind. Here are just a few books that made the ALA’s top 100 list of most challenged books.

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Next Up: Never Let Me Go

Right away, I’ve got a problem with this novel.

The title. That title sounds like a cheesy lyric from a Britney Spears song. Or maybe Enrique Iglesias. Or maybe the name of a Lifetime movie. Either way, the title doesn’t jump out and say, “Please read me!”

That aside, I don’t have much to say about Never Let Me Go, other than the fact that it’s an extremely popular book that’s received a lot of recognition. You guys also seemed to like it a lot, since it was one of the five novels you voted for me to read next. So I’m taking your word.

Here are a few quick facts:

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