My Personal Reading Challenge

It’s 2016! Well, well, well… BA has been quiet for over a year, at least review-wise, and I find myself wanting to get back into it.

Where did I go for a year? If you are curious about that sort of thing here’s a quick catch-up. – I moved house at the end of 2014 and my life got busy. I ended up working 6 days a week, and going out socialising. It’s understandable when you know I was housebound for almost 10 years and unable to be independent.

So I just… Lived my life. Then I tried my hand at studying, which went well, except then I fell prey to mental illness. Again. For what feels like the millionth time. I say fell prey again simply because I have continuously suffered from mental illness and I’m at that phase where it’s taken over. Again. I just rolled my eyes. I’m that impressed with it.

Anyway, so there’s all of that. Now back to books.

I have decided, after my time away, that I want to challenge myself, but not be overly challenged. I also want to read, but I don’t want to accept reviews anymore (I loved it at the time, but it’s too much pressure right now). I loved hosting reading challenges, but again too much right now. This brings me to my new personal reading challenge! Continue reading

BA’s Posting Challenge: Beginnings

Today is the first post for the latest BA Posting Challenge! You can learn more about the posting challenge here and see what topics there are to discuss. Topics till January are up, at the moment there’s been a stall in getting the rest up with NaNo making me cuckoo-ca-choo. The rest will be up soon though, soon.

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26 Posts Book Blogging Challenge Introduction

BA's Posting Challenge 2013-14Welcome to BA’s Posting Challenge for book bloggers! In an effort to consistantly create content on BA I thought I would take part in a 30 day blogging challenge (I have to mix it up or else I get bored), but realised I don’t want to, nor do I have the time, to create a post every single day. Instead I decided to attempt to create a post once a week with content other than a review.

This is how BA’s Posting Challenge began.

Now BA’s Posting Challenge has become an annual event spanning the year’s busiest time. November for Wrimos everywhere, December for the holiday season, January for New Year’s and recovery, February for the lovers, and March to finally wind down after all the craziness.

BA’s Posting Challenge is for those book bloggers who want content and can’t think of anything to post, want a break without their blog dying, and just want to join in somewhere with the blogosphere community. This  challenge has a focus on books, book blogs, and personal topics scattered throughout. Find all the topics here. Continue reading

BA News: Calling All Lovers of Indie Authors!

BA's Go Indie Reading 2013 Reading Challenge. Grab me!Hello readers… So the other day I was updating my links for the various reading challenges I host when, lo and behold, I noticed the lack of links in one of the widgets. It’s only me sharing reviews for the Go Indie challenge! If there was a competition between the challenges, Go Indie wouldn’t just be losing. It would be dying. Dying a slow and agonising death as its fellow challenges are a world away from it.

Poor Go Indie challenge… Dying slowly, alone, unloved, and probably bleeding from every orifice*…

My issue with personifying everything aside, I wanted to bring the Go Indie challenge to every reader’s attention! First off, if you’re already signed up, share your reviews! Share your books with other readers! Just share! Sharing is caring as the Carebears say. There’s no need to remind me how old I am.

Ahem. Continue reading

Not My Genre with Living Dead in Dallas

Not My Genre is a personal reading challenge I have created for myself, and for others to participate in if they wish (for both readers needing a challenge and fans, just grab the badge and get reading). For more details and back story to the Not My Genre challenge you can read my initial post, but please feel free to ask me any questions if you feel stuck or are unsure.

Spoiler Note: As this is mix of read-along and reading challenge, spoilers will be unavoidable. Following are the details for the book being read, including intervals set for jotting down thoughts, if you wish to take part and haven’t read the book yet. Spoilers will crop up after the synopsis.

Previous Not My Genre Posts: IntroductionDead Until Dark Continue reading

Not My Genre Announcement: Living Dead in Dallas

Not My Genre is a personal reading challenge I have created for myself, and for others to participate in if they wish (for both readers needing a challenge and fans, just grab the badge and get reading). For more details and back story to the Not My Genre challenge you can read my initial post, but please feel free to ask me any questions if you feel stuck or are unsure.

Previous Not My Genre Posts: IntroductionDead Until Dark

Continue reading

Not My Genre with Dead Until Dark

Not My Genre is a personal reading challenge I have created for myself, and for others to participate in if they wish (for both readers needing a challenge and fans, just grab the badge and get reading). For more details and back story to the Not My Genre challenge you can read my initial post, but please feel free to ask me any questions if you feel stuck or are unsure.

Spoiler Note: As this is mix of read-along and reading challenge, spoilers will be unavoidable. Following are the details for the book being read, including intervals set for jotting down thoughts, if you wish to take part and haven’t read the book yet. Spoilers will crop up after the synopsis.

Previous Not My Genre Posts: Introduction

Continue reading

Introducing Not My Genre: An Involved Reading Challenge

Much to my initial surprise, I became a fan of the T.V. show True Blood. When I finished watching the latest season I allowed a thought, which had been percolating in my brain for some time, come up for serious consideration. The thought was, ‘I wonder if I should read the actual books?’

Now, I’ve read the first in the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. It irked me. I know it is fantasy, there’s romance included, and you need to exercise a certain level of suspension of disbelief. When it came to specific characters getting laid for the first time, oh sorry, I mean when it came to the romantic arc… My suspension of disbelief ended.

I’ve stated several times on BA that I’m not a romantic. I believe I suspend disbelief enough as it is with vampires, zombies, magic, elves, faeries, dragons, werewolves, and other such phenomenon appearing in fiction. Why should I do so with people who can have an excellent, non-awkward, first time? I need some realism in my stories. Continue reading