A Month of Faves: 5 Fave Blog Posts from 2014

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Well this is. It’s over. Today is the last day of #amonthoffaves. On one hand, I’m going to really miss it. It was nice having a month of topics planned out. On the other, it’s probably the best that #amonthoffaves was a short term relationship. This way I can leave it will good memories and eagerly await it’s return next December (you are totes doing this again next December- right Tanya @ Girlxoxo?!) This has been a fun month- getting to know Tanya and Andi @ Estella’s Revenge better. Getting to know you participants in #amonthoffaves better. Actively adding more blogs to my bloglovin’ reader. Thank you all for the fantastic month!

The prompt for today is 5 Fave Posts from 2014 (and the linkup is down below!). Of course, knowing me- I am a rule breaker- so instead of 5, I’m choosing 7!

Traveling With T’s 5 7 Fave Posts From 2014

1. “Friending” Authors on Facebook- cool or not? Brought up interesting discussions with some agreeing with me and some saying they are friends with these people outside the internet. My take: Let the author friend you.

2. 17 Books is TOO long for a Love Triangle That Is Going Nowhere. Seriously, Joanne Fluke. Let Hannah pick Norman. And Let’s MOVE ON. For the love of all bookish things- end this triangle. NOW.

3. Book Club Blues (Am I The Only One Suffering From This?) I spoke at length about this topic- and plan to speak at length again in the next couple of months. My basic advice for a book club: Have a plan. Then have a contingency plan. But this whole “no one wants to be in charge OR let someone take the reigns” is bullsh*t not very good.

4. What Is So Wrong With “Happily Ever After?” came about after a weekend spent with serious readers. Why do we feel the need to poke fun at someone’s choice of reads? Shouldn’t we just celebrate the fact that people are reading?

5. BEA 2014. Fun. Books. Authors. Was a recap of a great experience- and even though the airport hero turned to a zero fairly fast- it still ranks up high as one of my fave travel experiences.

6. When Does An Author’s Behavior Cross The Line? Showed the ugly side of social media for authors AND might go hand in hand with the whole reason “friending” authors is to be taken with a grain of salt. Authors, before you blow up and lose your cool on social media- step away from the keyboard. Do it for you. Do it because even if you delete the comments- someone has screenshot them and will use them. Do it because you are human and yes you are entitled to a bad day (week, month, year) but your future self will thank you immensely if you do not lose you cool and go for a walk. Or a beer. Or whatever.

7. When Signed Books DisappointΒ  (Or How Not To Sign A Book) Told the story of John Grisham and the poor signature I received on a signed book I was highly anticipating. While I doubt John Grisham even cares- authors, please do remember this: I don’t care if it’s your first or millionth book signing, you should want to remember the thrill of signing the book like it was the FIRST book you ever signed. And this goes double for those signings when you aren’t seeing anyone- just stopping in to sign a book- because no one wins when you sloppily sign a book like this:

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John Grisham demonstrating how NOT to sign a book


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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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17 thoughts on “A Month of Faves: 5 Fave Blog Posts from 2014

  1. What a great list of creative posts! To your #1 – is it ok to “like” an author’s fan page on FB rather than “friend” them personally? Please say yes or I’m in real trouble! #2 – 17 books for a love triangle?! I was annoyed at Karen White for ragging out Melanie and Jack for 3 books!! #3 – I’m thinking of dropping out of my local book club…I rarely go…mostly because I’m rarely excited about the selections and don’t waste time reading most of them! Thanks again for hosting this – it’s been so much fun!

    • Thanks! YES!!!!! BY all means “like” their Facebook fan pages- that is what they are there for. But you know how some authors have a personal page and then a fan page (not all do, but most) I say take caution with sending them a friend request unless you know them like really well- and even then, I still usually err on side of caution by letting them send me a friend request. YES mam- 17! Well the first, she met both men- and by the 3rd she was casually dating both- but then somewhere in there both proposed marriage (she said she wasn’t ready) and she’s still casually dating both of them. It’s enough to make my head hurt.
      My book club has just gotten on my last nerve. No one reads, heck hardly anyone shows up. It’s just limping along.

      You are so welcome- I am so glad I was able to help Tanya and Andi with this!

  2. You had a great year of posts and this “favorites” post is precisely why I like to read your blog – always interesting! Re #4: I’m going to DM you about a book I think you’d like – and I’ll send my arc to you πŸ™‚

  3. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review says:

    That is too funny about John Grisham’s signature. : ) How I wish I could go to BEA…will try to find a way this year.

    • Now I can see the funny in it. Back when it happened- not so much πŸ™‚ BEA is very fun. I went for my first time this year- and I had made countless lists/plans- and that all helped- but def leave plenty of time for “going with the flow”!

      Thanks for stopping by!!

  4. melissa says:

    I love your blog & today’s post! You know, I’d love to meet an author! I missed on meeting Janet Evanovich and I regret it. I know you’re disappointed with John Grisham’s autograph, but I am a big big fan. I love love his books! I like book clubs, online and in person and I love book blogs. It gets me out of my shell and introduces me to books & authors I don’t know about or would normally read.

    • I still love Pelican Brief (book and movie) and Runaway Train (movie) but I’m very disappointed in John Grisham. But I’m glad you are still finding his books enjoyable!

      Book clubs- online and in person will def introduce you to books & help in a multitude of ways! Thanks so much for all the commenting you do- I love hearing your thoughts!

  5. Nice post! I love the one about how to properly autograph a book. You’re absolutely right! It doesn’t matter if its the 100th book the author has signed, that signature is like gold to us readers and longtime fans! Have a happy new year! πŸ™‚

  6. I had so much fun this month, I’m also a bit sad it ended. It was a great end of the year.You have an interesting collection of posts there. I especially enjoyed the how to sign books debacle. I have to agree with you on that.

    • I really enjoyed this month of posts. It was nice to know what to post. It was GREAT meeting other bloggers. And the things I learned! Oh my! The “how to sign books” debacle is def one of my fave posts- because it needs to be talked about πŸ™‚

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