SUMMER 2017 COMMENT CHALLENGE: JULY EDITION

We are halfway through the June portion of the Summer 2017 Comment Challenge, hosted by Alicia at A Kernel of Nonsense and Lonna at FLYLēF. Let’s see how we are getting along during the first month of the challenge and how we’re preparing for Month Two. Challenge Update For the June Challenge, we are partnered with Ashley at Inside My Minds, a wicked awesome blog about music, books, sports, and more from a die hard Boston Red Sox fan! Even though we are partners for June, I didn’t limit my comments to June posts because comments are great no matter when a post is published, right? And I’m so glad that I ventured through older blog posts because so far I’ve learned that Danity Kane released a third album, Bookish Bingo is a thing in the book blogosphere, and Sephora is a magical place (which I kind of already knew)! Plus, one of the most creative and original aspects of Ashley’s blog that I haven’t seen anywhere else is Story Time where Ashley is rewriting a story she wrote in the second grade one week at a time. It’s worth following the blog just to see how the story unfolds! …

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAURICE SENDAK

This post contains affiliate links, which are noted with an asterisk (*). For more information, please review our Disclosure Policy. Today is the 89th birthday of the amazing Maurice Sendak! Who is Maurice Sendak you might ask? He is an illustrator and writer of children’s book and the great mind behind Where the Wild Things Are! If you’re like me, then you may have limited knowledge of Mr. Sendak, so join me in this opportunity to learn more about a writer who helped shape our love of books as kids and kids at heart. Learn more about Maurice Sendak: 10 Things You Might Not Know About Maurice Sendak Watch his interview on the Colbert Report: Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Part 1 Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Part 2 Watch Stephen Colbert’s Tribute to the late Maurice Sendak: Maurice Sendak Tribute Visit the Touring Memorial Exhibition: The Sendak Exhibition Read the works of Maurice Sendak: Maurice Sendak on Amazon* Your Turn So…what’s your favorite Maurice Sendak book? Did you enjoy that Colbert interview? Is the Maurice Sendak Exhibition coming to your town? Let us know in the comments! |RL P.S. Want more Reel Lit? Check out the news …

SUMMER 2017 COMMENT CHALLENGE: JUNE EDITION

Thanks to fellow book blogger, Erica at Erica Robyn Reads, we just learned about the Summer 2017 Comment Challenge hosted by Alicia at A Kernel of Nonsense and Lonna at FLYLēF. What is The Comment Challenge? Well, it is a fun and engaging way for book bloggers to spread comment love through the blogosphere. The Challenge is running from June to August, and for each month you register, the challenge hosts pair you with another blogger for the month. During the month, you’re encouraged to get to know your partner through their blog and social media and to comment on their posts. Challenge Accepted? I am DEFINITELY in! As a newbie in my first year of blogging, I’m so excited to connect with other book bloggers and expand my network of colleagues and friends. I’ve just signed up for the June challenge, and I am planning to participate during all three months. Since I average about 5 posts a month, I chose 5+ blog comments and to connect on social media using Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads. If you want to join the challenge for the month of June, then sign up TODAY because the link up deadline is May 31st! …

CELEBRATE SHORT STORY MONTH

We all love diving nose deep into a big book as much as the next person, but what about the times when all we want is an amuse-bouche of literature, AKA a short story. Well, lucky for us, May has arrived and brought another celebration of the second golden age of the short story. Maybe you’ve never heard of Short Story Month. Maybe you impatiently wait for Short Story Month every year. No matter your camp, here are some great ways to get the short story party started for the next 31 days: Promote a Story When you read a short story that moved you, share it on all your social media platforms. Your promotion could help a new writer grow their audience or you can help someone else become a fan of your favorite writer too! Share Your Story Are you a writer? Then make sure everyone is reading your stuff! Self-publish on Amazon! Submit it to a magazine or online publisher! Tweet that thing using #ShortReads! Drop it in one of your Facebook groups! Write a Story Have you always dreamed of being published? Then you need to gets to writing! You can’t publish what you haven’t written. …

APRIL IS THE MOST LIT MONTH

April is full of literary holidays and reel lit birthdays! It is literally the most LIT month of the year!!! Keep reading to learn about all the ways you can celebrate your love of books this month. International Children’s Book Day ICBD is celebrated annually on April 2nd, in honor of Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, to inspire a love of reading and celebrate the books that delight children of all ages! Each year a different National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is selected as the international sponsor. The selected IBBY sponsor decides the theme and selects a prominent national author to write an essay for the children of the world and a renowned illustrator from the host country to design the ICBD poster. IBBY Russia is this year’s sponsor of International Children’s Book Day, which is celebrating 50 years of promoting children’s literature and the love of reading around the globe! Surveillance Awareness Day This is not an official literary holiday, but a cool one nonetheless, that was suggested by our friends at Bookish thanks to the opening line of the classic dystopian, 1984. Since the current political climate has caused a resurgence in …