I’ve come a long way in the last 18 months of blogging. When I first started blogging I didn’t really feel like it would be something I would stick with, mostly because I start/stop a lot of things, but I fell in love with the book blogging community pretty fast.
It did take me awhile to really branch out into the community. The first few months I was writing things and posting things and I would get a comment or two but it took me like 3 months before I realized that people aren’t going to magically find me – I have to find them!
Last year at this time I was preparing to be at BEA and freaking out about not having enough posts/reviews scheduled because I just couldn’t seem to get ahead. Over the last several months I’ve been much more relaxed and taken a “I’ll post when I post” approach, which is a million times less stressful. I plan to get back into the groove I was in before, but I know that it’s OK if I only post two posts one week instead of five.
As time goes by I continue to grow as a blogger. I’ve made quite a few changes to my blog over the past year and a half and I’m sure there will be more in the future. If I ever reach the point where I am not growing and changing as a blogger that will be a sure sign that I need to reevaluate why I blog.
In the future I plan on writing more discussion posts and sometime in June I will reveal my brand spanking new rating guidelines… if I ever settle on what I want them to actually be. Ratings are a tough business people!
How have you developed as a blogger?
genre of choice
If I had to pick one genre, and only one genre, to read for the rest of my life it would be contemporary romance. It can be YA or adult, though if I had to chose between the two I would chose adult. No matter how many great books I read in other genres, contemporary romance is my automatic go to when I need some comfort or I am in a reading slump or whenever.
Why contemporary romance?
Not gonna lie – it’s the happily ever after. The real world life is not perfect and sometimes relationships don’t pan out and sometimes people don’t have the ability to change. In books anything is possible, even the most ridiculous things. I don’t care that it doesn’t make the most logical sense for the two characters to be together, I enjoy reading how they got there.
I like that these books are fun and cute and can make me laugh and make me cry. I’m also partial to “series” books, where each book is about a different couple, but they all take place in the same town or they know each other in some way and then you get to see little glimpses of the previous characters in future books.
Contemporary Romance Suggestions
Whether you are new or old to contemporary romance here are some great choices:
Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis takes place in one of my favorite fictional towns, Lucky Harbor. Someday I am going to live here with it’s beautiful nature and hot guys.
Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins is quirky and fun and a little heartbreaking too. I could have put any of her books on this list, but I really enjoyed Posey’s quirkyness so this is a good place to start.
Can You Keep A Secret by Sophie Kinsella is a barrel of laughs. It’s my favorite of all her standalone books. It’s ridiculous and funny and it’s the perfect read when you’re feeling a little blue.
The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot is another funny one. It’s told through emails and the unique approach made it more fun (it’s not annoying like you think it would be).
Bet Met by Jennifer Crusie is another ridiculously fun book. The premise is a tad (ok, a lot) outlandish but it doesn’t matter because you’ll enjoy yourself the whole way through.
What’s your genre of choice? Why do you love that genre more than the others?