"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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