Moving on from Google Reader

This is post is in response to the Bloggiesta mini challenge Google Reader Replacement Options by Jenn from The Picky Girl. (@picky_girl) Personally, the news that Google Reader is shutting down was like a kick to my non-existent nads. I have been using GR for a good long while, and to me it was practically perfect. It did all the things I wanted it to do, and few of the things I did not. All good things must come to an end, as they say, so it became time to look for an alternative reader. Now, I am not going to give you a list of options. There are other people who have done a much better job than I ever could. I am going to tell you more about the one I settled on. The Old Reader The Old Reader is like Google Reader’s ugly younger sibling. What I like about it: … read more

Bloggiesta (22 to 24 March)

Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon revolving around ticking off those items on your to-do list and improving your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing. Our awesome mascot Pedro (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize) is ready to break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music and whack a pinata or two! It’s nothing short of an awesome fiesta! Bloggiesta was originally started in June of 2009 by the lovely and tenacious Natasha from Maw Books Blog. In March of 2012 Natasha graciously passed the torch on to Suey from It’s All About Books and Danielle from There’s A Book. Goals New layout! It’s officially autumn in South Africa, and I feel like having a layout that matches Create new rating system Attempt to create a WordPress theme from scratch Learn more CSS Streamline sidebar content into a single, non-cluttered sidebar Set up review archives for per genre … read more

2013 Ebook Challenge

Hosted by Workaday Reads Challenge Guidelines: This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2013 – Dec 31, 2013. Anyone can join, you don’t need to be a blogger. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to sign-up in the comments. You can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc). Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format. You can plan your books in advance or as you read them. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the E-Book Reading Challenge. You can move up levels, but no moving down. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2013, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year. Levels: Floppy disk – 5 ebooks CD – 10 ebooks DVD – 25 ebooks Memory stick – 50 … read more

2013 Young Adult Audiobook Challenge

Hosted by A Book and a Latte The Goal: Choose a level below that will challenge you, and listen to and review the amount of audiobooks required for that level. To complete this challenge, you must listen and review a minimum of 12 audiobooks (released any year) of the YA (or MG) genre in 2012. Easy Listening Listen to and review 12 audiobooks. Rock’n Out Listen to and review 24 audiobooks. Head Bang’n Listen to 36+ audiobooks, and review at least 24 of them. Mosh PitListen to 48+ audiobooks, and review at least 36 of them. I am shooting for Rock’n Out Level. That’s 24 audiobooks. 1.  Undeadly by Michele Vail (2012) 2. Sprout by Dale Peck (2009)

2013 TBR PILE Reading Challenge

Challenge Guidelines: 1.     This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2013 – Dec 31, 2013. 2.     Anyone can enter! You don’t have to be a blogger, as long as you review the book you’ve read! (On your blog, Amazon or Goodreads/Shelfari!) 3.     Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that’s been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Only books released in 2012 and earlier! NO 2013 ARCs and 2013 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed! 4.     You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you. 5.     When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2013 TBR PILE Reading Challenge. (If you don’t have a blog, post about it on Facebook or Tweet!) 6.     You can move up levels, but no moving down. 7.     Sign-ups will be open … read more

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