Tuesday, January 5, 2016
4 Years of My Lady Bibliophile
Guys! It's birthday time! Lady Bibliophile is officially 4 years old. *pats its head* This is a moment of proud fondness. It is a moment of celebration. Of cake and ice-cream. Of fondly mingling around the bookshelves and stroking our favorite covers.
I want to take the opportunity to give a huge shoutout to the social media family who has supported this blog. I have accounts on Google+, Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter, and they all have thriving niches dedicated to talking about books. It was just this last year that I added Facebook and Twitter to my platforms. I would have Instagram now, but Instagram, alas, requires a mobile device, so not yet. But seriously, we've had some good discussions in the comments of various places, and I want to thank all the people who have supported this blog, both new friends and old.
It's also been a year to meet new authors (Kristy Cambron, Sarah Sundin, Tricia Mingerink, and others) as well as to help out with book releases (Pendragon's Heir and Storming). I finally got around to Pilgrim's Progress (I know, that was way too long) and tried out Anne Elisabeth Stengl for the first time. We talked about Anne of Green Gables. There were some things I didn't get around to: taking a look at science fiction and reading some Russian literature. But we did do a story contest instead, and those genres are things I'm hoping to continue into 2016.
This year I am not setting a Goodreads challenge. The 52 book goal cut out some big books I really wanted to read, simply because I was trying to hit a certain number. I want this year to be the year of doorstoppers that have been sitting on my shelf waiting for me to get around to them. Ben Hur. A Child's History of England. The Brothers Karamazov. The Return of the King. A re-read of Metaxas' Bonhoeffer. I can't do that when I have to finish a book a week, so this year my goal is big page count over big number.
I'd like to incorporate a few more guest posts this year. I really enjoyed the interviews last year and want to do more of that. If you're a book lover and want to be featured here in an article or interview, shoot me a line at ladybiblophileblog[at]gmail[dot]com and I'd be thrilled to talk to you. Also, if you have a review book you would like me to read, I am open to request, as long as schedule and interest coincide.
I've always wanted to host a reading challenge. I think we should have some more giveaways around here. And I have a few publishing ideas up my sleeve, which I'll have to see if 2016 is actually the year for. Beyond that, I'll continue reviewing, thinking through subjects, and posting thoughts here. We have some more writer/non-writer conversation posts to get through, and I really want to discuss K.M. Weiland's writing workbooks, now that I've had several months to test them and put them to practical use. It will be exciting.
I'm currently sitting on the couch writing this with a bad cold. Apologies if it doesn't sound too epic. STICK AROUND, I PROMISE IT WILL GET BETTER.
But here's the part where I would love to take your input--articles you want to see? Reviews you want me to do? Give me your suggestions, I would absolutely love them. :)
Top Visited Post of Last Year: The Bibliophile Tote Bag. The sewing community got hold of this one (it actually won a feature spot on a blog) and it has a whopping 820 views. Guys. I can't even. I am one lucky girl to own this bag, and huge shoutout to my mom for making it.
Top Commented Post: Tied with The Bibliophile Tote Bag and Why Book Lovers Need to be Book Buyers.
The Infinity Tag
For a wee celebration, I'm going to join in the Infinity tag, and just give y'all some casual chat about myself and likes/dislikes. Because sometimes I forget that it's mostly books around here, and I want you to know the person behind the blog. Especially if you've joined the club recently.
Here we go.
Thank the Blog that Nominated You: Thank-you, Grace!! *gives you cake*
11 Facts About Me:
1. I call a lot of things "Little guy". Don't know where the habit came up, but everything from a pan of caramel sauce to my ASUS laptop is often christened that nickname in passing.
2. Currently loving popcorn from The Popcorn Factory. It is the best thing evah.
3. Just hit 100,000 words in my latest historical fiction.
4. I only write in cursive. Which is probably illegible.
5. I am a melancholic phlegmatic scatterbrain. Work that out if you can.
6. My main goal is to be a safe place in the earth for hurting people close to me.
7. I'm currently memorizing Psalm 119.
8. My favorite clothing store is Dress Barn. Classy stuff.
9. My main writing preference is historical fiction, except when I take side jaunts into modern-day novellas with a dash of romance. Everyone has to have an escape clause.
10. I work a house help job.
11. One of my molars is a primary tooth without any permanent molar underneath it. So every time I go to the dentist I hear about bridges and implants that I can look forward to in my 30s.
Epic fact to end on.
What's your least favorite saying?
"God will never give you more than you can handle."
So not true. But God is strong enough to handle what he gives you. That I believe in.
What's your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas. I love the combination of peace and joy surrounding the advent season. The snow and Christmas lights, the couple weeks where the whole world seems to take a breather, gift-giving and time to relax and worship.
Where do you gain inspiration the most?
Probably from my Spotify playlist, or the books I'm reading. And if you like, you can join me on Spotify or Goodreads, depending on whether you like books or music!
How long have you been blogging, and what got you to blog in the first place?
Well now, that's ironic since this is a birthday post and all. I've been blogging 4 years. I started blogging after I graduated highschool, because I wanted to create a corner of the web where people could come and discuss books and Think Deep Things.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I want to seriously start planning an Ireland trip. I have friends in Australia that I'd like to get out and visit as well.
2015 Reading List--52 Books!
For your reading pleasure, here are the books I read and enjoyed last year! Most of these titles are reviewed on the blog, and you can find them in the search bar or on the reviews page. (Which needs to be updated. I apologize.)
The Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan
Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon
Twelve Extraordinary Women, John MacArthur
With Every Letter, Sarah Sundin
The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien
Show Your Work, Austin Kleon
When Sorry Isn't Enough, Gary Chapman
Pendragon's Heir, Suzannah Rowntree
Wanderlust Creek, Elisabeth Grace Foley
Whisper, Lauren K. Lotter
Rise of the Fallen, Chuck Black
From the Dark to the Dawn, Alicia Willis
Jane of Lantern Hill, L.M. Montgomery
A Rare Benedictine, Ellis Peters
The Art of War for Writers, James Scott Bell
Outlining Your Novel, K.M. Weiland
Richard the Third, Paul Murray Kendall
Corral Nocturne, Elisabeth Grace Foley
Mara, Daughter of the Nile, Eloise Jarvis McGraw
The Door in the Wall, Marguerite de Angeli
A Mighty Fortress, Faith Blum
Structuring Your Novel, K.M. Weiland
Soul Friends, Leslie Parrott
Pioneer Girl, Laura Ingalls Wilder
A Season of Shadows, Paul McCusker
Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
Heartless, Anne Elisabeth Stengl
How to Be a Spy, Denis Rigden
The Prince of Fishes, Suzannah Rowntree
Bonhoeffer: Student Edition, Eric Metaxas
The Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser
The First World War, Martin D. Gilbert
Papa's Wife, Thyra Ferre Bjorn
Papa's Daughter, Thyra Ferre Bjorn
True Woman 201, Mary Kassian & Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Mama's Way, Thyra Ferre Bjorn
Leave it to Psmith, P.G. Wodehouse
The Butterfly and the Violin, Kristy Cambron
My Man Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse
You Never Stop Being a Parent, Jim Newheiser & Elyse Fitzpatrick
Storming, K.M Weiland
Flame-Colored Taffeta, Rosemary Sutcliff
7 Women and the Secret of Their Greatness, Eric Metaxas
Let Me Be a Woman, Elisabeth Elliot
The Shock of Night, Patrick Carr
The Comeback, Louie Giglio
Mardan's Mark, Kathrese McKee
The Shining Company, Rosemary Sutcliff
A Dream Not Imagined, Shantelle Mary Hannu
Ain't We Got Fun, Emily Chapman & Emily Ann Putzke
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
Anne of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery
Lord, Teach Us to Pray, Tom Harmon