Weekly Rewind: January 5 – 11


The Weekly Rewind is my version of The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.


We had a lot of snow last Sunday, which slowed things down around here. My husband is a teacher. They’ve had an extended winter break but will be returning on Monday. I still had to go to work though. Not fair!

I’m participating in Project 365, an ongoing feature where you take (at least) one photo a day every day and post it. I have a separate blog for that but I’m reposting thumbnails in the Weekly Rewind each week. If you’re really interested in my photos, head on over to Jenna’s 2014 Project 365 and follow me there. I usually do a little writeup giving some more details about the photo I’ve taken.



Reviews: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill and A Witch’s Aura by Devon Volkel

Other Posts: Resolutions and Goals (Top Ten Tuesday)

Books I Acquired: The Paparazzi Project by Kristina Springer

Currently Reading: Taking on the Dead by Annie Walls and Secret Lies by Amy Dunne


Stay Bookish wants to know what it takes to have a successful book blog. It’s simple for me: Am I having fun? Yes = I’m successful. No = time to quit. Of course, that doesn’t mean I don’t want I want followers and comments. Those are part of what makes blogging fun! It’s just that I think it would take a lot more time and effort than I’m willing to put into blogging to have a hugely successful, in terms of getting masses of followers, blog.

YA Fantasy Book Junkie asks what makes you read a post? As I commented on her blog, I arrive at most blogs through Bloglovin. Like most (I assume), I don’t read every post on my Bloglovin feed. I click through the ones that look interesting to me: reviews of book I’ve read or want to read (or might want to read), discussion topics, memes I participate in (even if I’m not participating that week). Ones I generally don’t care about (although there are always exceptions): memes I don’t do, books I’ve never heard of unless the cover or title is appealing, cover reveals, hiatus and challenge update posts, any blog tour post that isn’t a review.

Little Book Star asks whether your blog name affects your blog. I know I’ve told this story in a comment on someone else’s blog, but maybe I haven’t fully explained it here. When I started my blog on Blogger last June, I always knew that if I was going to stick with blogging I would eventually move to self-hosted WordPress. I just wanted to make sure it was something I wanted to keep going before I did that. I had done self-hosting before (before WordPress even existed!), so I pretty much knew what went into it. I knew I wanted a blog name that would transfer over into a domain name. Since I have been reading almost exclusive young adult books for the last few years, Rather Be Reading YA came to mind for a blog name…and the domain name was available! But I didn’t think to check and see if anyone else had a blog titled Rather Be Reading, which they do, so it looks like I copied the name. But I’m not changing now, so I’m stuck with it. And I still really like it. I just don’t like looking like a copycat. Another way that I’m affected is that if my reading tastes change from YA to something else, my blog name is a lie.

book news

This is a new section for the Weekly Rewind. I don’t know how often I’ll have book news, but when I do, this is where it’s going to go.

Ginger Scott has released a teaser for her upcoming book Blindness, due out in February. Scott wrote Waiting on the Sidelines and Going Long in 2013. For some reason I gave both books 4 stars but I think Waiting on the Sidelines should have gotten 5 because I LOVED it.

Anna Carey has written an epilogue to Rise, the final book in the Eve trilogy. I loved Eve but I kind of don’t remember what happened in Rise, so I think maybe I was underwhelmed. Although I did give it 4 stars on Goodreads, so I don’t even know.



  1. Thanks for sharing the pics and the posts you found. I am off to read them. Stay warm and happy reading!
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  2. I agree with your thoughts on what makes you read a post. I do pretty much the same thing… I know some people don’t like to read a review before they read the book, but I often do. I like to know what to expect, although I do spoil myself that way sometimes.
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  3. I read whatever blog posts catch my eye, but I never look at cover reveals or Waiting on Wednesday posts. I like reviews, interesting discussion topics or some memes.
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  4. I also want to do the Project 365 but my schedule is already as it is 🙁 I love your shots though 😀 Have a great week 🙂
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  5. The name of my blog has nothing to do with books. It actually started as a personal blog and then sprouted into a book blog. I don’t know if it turns away readers or not. But it probably doesn’t attract book bloggers. LOL! Off to read the links you posted!
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    • I don’t think it matters if it’s a bookish name or not. At least it gives you room to expand into other things. 🙂 When I’m looking at memes, I’m more likely to click on the blogs that have YA in their name because I know we (probably) like the same types of books. So I am glad I included YA in mine, just in case others do the same.
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