"An ill wind moves through Chicago," Lulu said, sniffing the air."It's not an ill wind," I said. But I stared down at the malformed lump of sickly gray dough currently spreading across the sheet pan and admitted to myself I didn't have much room to argue. [opening of Shadowed Steel]
I stopped when we got to the vehicle, rested my head against the closed door.Connor stopped, looked back at the dull thump. "That's not how you get in."I grunted."Are you practicing a new vampire power, or taking a moment?"I swiveled my head to look at him. "I got fired." [excerpt from 30% of Shadowed Steel]
Every Friday Billy from Coffee Addicted Writer poses a question which participants respond on their own blogs within the week (Friday through Thursday). They then share their links at the main site and visit other participants blogs.
How many different weekly memes do you participate in besides the Book Blogger Hop? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)
Too many when you add them all up! Seriously though, memes are my saving grace these days, helping me stay connected and blogging given how busy my life offline can be. There are some memes I only take part in periodically and others I more faithfully post. A few can be easily combined with others or flow into one another. I like to change things up now and then and have participated in different memes throughout my blog's life. These days, I participate in the following:
I have taken part in The Sunday Salon (TSS) hosted by Deb Nance of Readerbuzz since the early days of my blog. It's morphed into various forms over the years, but I love that I can make it into anything I want it to be. When the original blog hosting TSS switched the meme to FB, I switched to the Sunday Post hosted by Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Now that Deb has taken over and expanded TSS, I link to it again as well. It's Monday! What Are you Reading? hosted by Kathryn of Book Date is a new addition to my line-up, but it fits in easily since I was already sharing what I had been, was and would be reading on my weekend posts. I post all three under the umbrella of Weekly Mews. This year I am trying out various themes depending on the weekend (a Poetry Corner every 3rd weekend and if I am up for it, Mouse's Corner, where I discuss what my daughter is reading, every 4th weekend). It's a work in progress.
The first Saturday of every month, I include My TBR List, hosted by Michelle at Because Reading, which is a poll asking all my blog visitors to vote for the next book I will read that month. It's one of my favorite memes. I love seeing which books my blog visitors will select for me! Sometimes I even try to guess which will win. I announce the winner the following weekend.
The first weekend of every month, I also post about any new book purchases or gifts, linking to Stacking the Shelves hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews and Marlene of Reading Reality. I also use the first weekend of the month to do my Monthly Wrap-Up Post, an event hosted by Nicole of Feed Your Addiction.
Wednesdays are my "easy" meme days. I participate in Can't-Wait Wednesday hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings and Books from the Backlog hosted by Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books (actually a Thursday meme I post a day early). I think of them as "easy" because I can prep and have them ready to publish weeks and often a month or two in advance. It's a great opportunity for me to drool over upcoming releases I cannot wait to read and also give a little attention to books I already have on my TBR shelves that I haven't gotten around to reading yet.
Over the years the format and memes have changed, but Fridays have long been my main meme day--just for the fun of it. When I started participating in Book Beginnings hosted by Gillion Dumas of Rose City Reader and Friday 56 hosted by Freda of Freda's Voice, I thought they fit well under my Where Is Your Bookmark? umbrella, a label I have used for years--only the day has changed. On Fridays, I also take part in Book Blogger Hop hosted by Billy from Coffee Addicted Writer and more recently Connect Five Friday hosted by the Kathryn of of Book Date. I love making lists and as much as I would love to jump back into Ten on Tuesdays, it is not a good fit for my schedule at this time. Connect Five Friday has been a great alternative.
Although not an active meme any longer, I tweaked Last Year I Was Reading which had been hosted by Maria from ReadingMaria to Five Years Ago I Was Reading. I include that in my Friday posts as well.
I told my husband as I was preparing my list of memes in response to this week's question that I am probably the queen of memes. I do way too many, but I enjoy taking part in them and I have met so many wonderful people through them.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be sure and tell me what you are reading and are up to!
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It's been a while since I've read anything by Chloe Neill. I've read a few books from this series, but not this one. Shadowed Steel seems like a good one. Enjoy your current read!ReplyDelete
Breana - Have you read her Chicagoland Vampire series? I haven't yet, only her Heirs of Chicagoland series. I would like to read the earlier series at some point since I know it features Elisa's parents. Someday! Thank you for visiting!Delete
I like the opening quote. I think it is a winner. Read on! My Friday quotesReplyDelete
Anne - I am really enjoying the book so far! I expect to finish it soon as it's hard to put down. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
The Samantha Downing, the Beth O'Leary and the Sarah Morgan books are the ones I'd like to read. Nadia Hashimi's book was so good. An eye opener as well.ReplyDelete
Mystica - I am glad you enjoyed Nadia Hashimi's book too. Yes, it was very eye opening. I am looking forward to reading the road trip books. They all sound good! Thank you for visiting!Delete
I've pretty much given up on memes! Somehow I can't find any that I like to do long termReplyDelete
Eustacia - You do well without them. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I need to start Chloe Neil. Happy reading!ReplyDelete
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Lauren - I would like to try her earlier series which is connected to the one I am reading someday. I have enjoyed this series quite a bit so far. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I just read this one. I liked it and now want to go back and reread the first two books about Elisa and Connor. This week I'm spotlighting The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix. Happy reading!ReplyDelete
Kathy - I am glad to hear you liked Shadowed Steel! I am really enjoying it so far. I imagine I will finish it this weekend. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I do want to read the new Chloe Neill book. I love your picks for road trip novels.ReplyDelete
Carole - I am enjoying it so far! Thank you for visiting!Delete
I participate in some weekly meme but there are so many more that I would love to participate in. I just need to find some more time. Haha Have a great week!ReplyDelete
Jamie - Finding time is difficult, I know. That's why I rely so heavily on them. I don't have the time to always come up with original content of my own. I admire those who do, but accept that that is not me right now. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I like Chloe Neill and Shadowed Steel sounds like a very good read. :)ReplyDelete
Lark - So far so good. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
I love a book with humour so the Chloe Neill series really appeals to me.ReplyDelete
I don't join in as many memes as you, I do IMWAYR at Book Date and, inspired by your very self, do Can't-Wait Wednesday with Wednesday Shelf Control. There are a few others, but I love this meme because I feel we get to know one another a little more!
Louise - Me too! The humor definitely adds to my enjoyment. I noticed you started doing the older book on Wednesdays too. They need attention too. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I share your sentiments about memes. I've been down to three for the longest time, but I would really like to re-add some of the ones I used to include. Have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
Catherine - Sometimes getting around to comment can be difficult when doing so many, but I do my best. I hope you have a great weekend too. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I never read anything by Chloe Neill but this sounds good. I'll have to add it to my list. Have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
Yvonne - I hope you enjoy her books if you give them a try! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I do love a good vampire stpry every now and then. :-) Happy weekend!ReplyDelete
Freda - I don't read them as often as I once did, but now and then I can't resist. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
The Chloe Neil series sounds really good, I'll have to remember that one. And I love your road trip selections! I really want to read He Started It:-)ReplyDelete
Tammy - I have enjoyed this series by her. I want to try her others as well. I am looking forward to reading the road trip books. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I've seen Heirs to Chicagoland mentioned several places lately. Sounds like it is time to start reading the series.ReplyDelete
You participate in some great memes. I like the Friday ones because life has slowed down a bit by Friday. Usually...
Roberta - I am enjoying the series. I haven't yet read the series that came before it, featuring Elisa's parents, but perhaps one day. :-)Delete
Thank you for visiting!
These books are all new to me but they sounds fantastic! I do similar memes, but not the monthly ones! I'm thinking I should start - if only just to keep myself organized lol! Have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
Penelope - Thank you! If you do decide to try a monthly meme, I wish you the best. I like to sum up my month and do find it helps me stay a bit more organized. I hope you have a great weekend too! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Interesting excerpts. I also like seeing what you were reading five years ago. Here's mine: “WHEN THE STARS GO DARK”ReplyDelete
Laurel-Rain - Thank you for visiting!Delete
That's a lot of memes to do every week! I do the Sunday Salon, but no others. I sometimes consider doing Top Ten Tuesday, but then I get overwhelmed :-)ReplyDelete
Helen - Too many. :-S The Sunday ones are perfect for combining and may of the people who participate are the same these days. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Yes road trips are interesting and usually there is an inner journey some of the characters make. The middle three I would read and absolute sure for Sarah Morgan.ReplyDelete
Kathryn - That's very true. Often the characters in road trip novels are working on themselves in some way. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Chloe Neill's Shadowed Steel sounds like a fun read. I've a library copy of "He Started It" so that might be my next book to read after I've finished with my current read.ReplyDelete
Melody - I finished it today and quite enjoyed it. I hope you enjoy He Started It! I look forward to your thoughts on it. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I read a few of the books in the Chicagoland Vampire series and enjoyed them, but got hopelessly behind. I'd like to try this series though. It sounds really good. Hope you have a great weekend! :)ReplyDelete
Ashley - I haven't read that series yet, but someday. This one was just starting out so I figured it was a safer place to jump in if I wanted to keep up. LOL Thank you for visiting!Delete
A road trip book I'd recommend is A Song for the Road by Kathleen BasiReplyDelete
RAnn - Thank you for the recommendation of A Song for the Road. I've added it to my wish list. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I like weekly memes too but I don’t participate in nearly as many as you do! They are so great for making bookblogger friends. ❤️ReplyDelete
Tessa - Yes, they are great for getting to know other bloggers. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
There are so many great weekly memes out there! I remember when When the Moon is Low and thought it sounded amazing but somehow never read it. It still sounds amazing! I love road trip books but it has to be something that really keeps my attention or I start getting sleepy.ReplyDelete
Katherine - I still have some of her other books I need to read, including her first book which I've had on my TBR shelf forever just about. Thank you for stopping by!Delete