One Month’s End is Another Month’s Beginning: February/March 2015


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I know it has been quite the time since the last time we did this feature. Basically, for about three months last year, I was in such a reading slump which translated into a blogging slump. I was able to get out of it by revisiting the Outlander series, rereading Outlander and then diving in to the rest of the series. I think between those books being simply enjoyable and finally divulging in my desire for series, I was able to snap out of the slump and have already read five books this year! (That’s a lot for me right now!)

A lot happened this month! The below is in no particular order. :)

I am participating in the OTSP Secret Sister program. The best way to describe it is that is a six-month long secret Santa thing with other book bloggers. I have a blogger that I send anonymous monthly gifts to and someone else is sending me anonymous fun things. It’s really cute and provides nice pick-me-ups to break up the doldrums of the month. So if you follow me on Twitter, you may see me using the #OTSPSecretSister hashtag as we answer questions that could be posed by our Secret Sister.

Christina got quite the opportunity when she was invited to be a guest on VinVillage Radio, to discuss Virginia wine, her website Virginia Wine Uncorked, Playing Jokers, and our book club! You should definitely check out the podcast!

I ended up having quite the accident with my copy of Voyager as I was reading it this month. It’s the first time in a long time that I had something like that happen to me. Thankfully, it was my own copy, but as you can see, it’s quite crispy!

Had quite the accident with a container of water and my copy of Voyager. Pages are very crispy… :( #booknerdproblems

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Our newest contributor hit the ground running with quite a few reviews and a lovely discussion piece. If you haven’t already said hi to Ellen, you definitely should!

In February, our Virginia Wine and Book Club read Vicious by V.E. Schwab (that both Christina and I have reviewed now), and went to a paint and sip event. It was a lot of fun to try our hand at painting and I think everyone really enjoyed the book.

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And finally, I participated in half of the 2015 Book Blogger Love-A-Thon. I wasn’t able to be quite as active with it as I had been last year, but as this is an annual event put on by fellow book bloggers, I would definitely recommend it as a great way to connect to the community in ways that sometimes can be harder otherwise.

And in case you missed it, here are some of the reviews we published this month:

And we posted the following non-reviews:

I would normally in these posts list the books that I am interested in reading for March, but I’m being a little more fluid about it right now. I’m trying to make sure that I read things as I want to read them so I don’t end up falling into another reading slump.

Happy reading!

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