Savvy Readathon

How many books can you read in 12 hours?

For the moment, I am coming in at three books.

Today I have been participating in The Savvy Reader’s Readathon, which will run until 9pm today. It has come at the perfect time for me, considering I feel as if I am personally behind in my goal for the 50 Book Pledge this year. Okay so 38 books, which is my current number, is not bad, but I want to read at least 102 this year, and I am behind the mark on where I was this time last year. In any case, this Readathon has given the perfect reason to sit down and read for an extended period of time. Any extended period of time for reading is a prime opportunity for me to shoot ahead. Once I get on a roll, I really get on a roll.

So far today I have read Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, and I just finished The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. My next read, I’ve decided, is going to be Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I am unsure if I will finish this one, considering its length, but I will give it my best shot!

In terms of a review, well, you know I am in love with all of the Harry Potter novels. I remember writing a blog series on them during my last re-read in 2015. As for The Underground Railroad…I am still processing this one. That said, I definitely think it surrounds an interesting subject matter!

Now, it’s time for me to get back to reading. You can follow along with my progress on my Twitter feed (@jess_groom). The official hashtag for this event is #SavvyReadathon, and you can hear about everyone else participating if you search for this hashtag. Feel free to join me and the others in reading! It’s fun, I promise!

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Facebook Page for Walking The Forest Floor

Hello everyone!

I have a quick announcement to make. I have created the official Walking The Forest Floor Facebook page, so click on the link and give it a like! I will be posting links to my blog posts as I make them, and will also be sharing interesting articles and such as well. You can also send me messages through the page with questions, recommendations for books I should read or topics to cover during my Time for Tea posts, et cetera. Currently, I am working on designing long-term graphics and such for the Facebook page, which I hope will be reflected in this blog site itself as well.

In addition to the new Facebook page, you can also find me on Twitter (@jess_groom) as well as on Instagram (@walkingtheforestfloor). I hope to hear more from you readers! I will be back again this Tuesday with a new Time for Tea post. Let me know what you think of them, yes?

See you on Tuesday!

 

Blog Categories

Hello everyone!

I have something I want to address today regarding a change to my blog. I have just added “sub items” in my blog navigation to help people filter through posts to find the ones gathered under a specific topic. If you hover your cursor over Home at the top of every page when you visit this blog, you will now see a drop down menu. This menu is a list of the categories of blog posts I have.

Announcements is where you will be able to find the posts talking about any new blog projects such as announcing a blog series as well as informational posts like this one!

Archive is where all of my old content will go. At the moment, I am working on archiving any content written before 2014. I am not done doing that just yet. Once I do archive content, it will disappear from the other categories.

Book Discussions is where I am going to host all of my book blog series like The Chronicles of Narnia one I am doing right now, the Star Wars Week posts, et cetera. Here you can filter just to Book Discussions, or go a little further and only look at the Harry Potter discussion posts I did, as an example.

Book Reviews, of course, is where most of my posts will be, since I do a review pretty much every Friday. I am saying pretty much here, by the way, because there are some exceptions to this.

In the past, I have written about television shows and movies I watch. They are now hosted under the category Television and Film. While my blog is mainly focused on books and will remain so, I welcome any suggestions on movies or shows to watch and write about. Bonus points if they are adapted from books!

The next category is Literary Discussion, which is where my book/literature/fiction related posts will go. You will be able to find out what is coming up for this section on the On My Bookshelf page. As of right now, I am trying to post every second Monday for the remainder of 2016.

I have also included Plays as a category, as I have seen a version of Coriolanus and do have an interest in stage productions in general. I may be shifting my review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child over to this category soon, because it is technically a play.

The broadest category in this list is Writing. Like Book Discussions, I have put in sub-categories. Specifically, I have added Creative Writing (where any fiction, poetry, et cetera I write will go) and Non-Fiction Writing. There is also a lot of content only within Writing. Note, however, that this category is likely to shift a bit over the coming weeks as I revisit the posts and shift accordingly. At the moment, it is my equivalent of the Miscellaneous category you will see just about anywhere.

New Literary Adventures

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Hello readers! I hope you have been enjoying reading my book reviews. If they have introduced you to new books, let me know what you thought about the books! If you like to hear specific things about books I have not covered much in my reviews, feel free to let me know and I will see what I can do in the future.

However, I want to focus on something else today. I have been thinking about expanding this blog lately, and I think I have figured out how to do that while staying connected to books, literature, et cetera.

I am designing some posts based around topics like how I read so much, analyzing book covers, talking about favourite authors, and any other interesting things related to books, reading, and writing. My hope is to start posting in August. I would advise you look at my posting schedule page for the exact dates. You can also check out my Twitter (@jess_groom), as I intend to announce the first posting date there!

Regardless of the exact start date, I will be posting every second Monday, at least for the rest of 2016. If these posts seem to go over well with you, the readers, I would continue them beyond the end of the year. Does this sound like a good deal to you? I look forward to our discussions!

New Blog Series: The Chronicles of Narnia

Aslan is on the move.
Aslan is on the move.

After much consideration, I have decided to delve into the realm of Narnia for my next blog series. I had been going back and forth on what I would do, but then I realized that I had never really read all of The Chronicles of Narnia when I was young. Surprising, right? I know quite a bit about the author, C.S. Lewis, thanks to my reading about J.R.R. Tolkien, which is part of the reason I decided to go this route.

I am sure that I at least read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I know that I have at least seen two of the films, I actually have a story about one (might address that in this blog series), but the fact still remains I never read all the books.

This blog series will not be quite like the normal book reviews I post here. Of course, I will let you know if I liked each of the books or not, but I want to approach it like a book club discussion. I am still hashing out the specifics, but I think you will definitely enjoy the resulting posts.

What matters right now is how I am approaching the reading order and the dates I will be posting them. I have decided to go with the publication order for these texts based on some Google searches about people’s thoughts. I have also decided to post this series at the end of August, to give myself time to read all the books and develop a strong post for each of them. The intended dates are as follows:

August 19 – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

August 20 – Prince Caspian

August 21 – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

August 22 – The Silver Chair

August 23 – The Horse and His Boy

August 24 – The Magician’s Nephew

August 25 – The Last Battle

I hope you will read along with me and join in with the discussion. I look forward to it!