October Wrap-Up

October has been an amazing month for Books and Reviews and I have to thank you all for your visits, your Likes and the great comments you leave on every post. THANK YOU 🙂

Now, let me explain. In 2012 I took a more serious approach to blogging and that meant posting more regularly and being an active part of the community. I have met great new friends, have engaged in very interesting and enriching discussions and have subscribed via Google Reader to some wonderful blogs. But, all this involvement had its rewards too: visits have increased monthly during the last year, from 1000 in January to 1700 this very month and coming from all over the world. Of course, this not only means more people interested on the blog and my views, but also an opening of new horizons with new opinions and new recommendations for me. And it all adds to a constant improvement both personal and professional.

This month I posted more than usual because I felt the need to share more things with you. I participated in 3 Top Ten Tuesday lists.

  • I reached 200 posts. I’m proud, humbled, excited and eager to write 200 more!
  • I reviewed
  1. Howards End. What a classic!
  2. The Birhtmark as part of my Halloween suggestions.
  • I wrote two very personal pieces:
  1. On Criticism
  2. Tips to a Studying and Reading Routine
  • I created a Facebook page for the blog.
  • Finished reading The Casual Vacancy by J.R Rowling. Stay tuned, I’ll post the review this week!

You can see all posts here.

I hope to keep this pace both writing and reviewing books. But beware! Christmas are round the corner and I’m Christmas spirit herself. Soon, the blog will have Christmasy posts and pictures around. Are you as excited as I am?



  • Li @

    Whoo-hoo, congrats on the visitor increases, Elena, that’s awesome! And congrats on hitting 200 posts here on your blog 🙂

    I wonder if I’m going to have a lot of Christmasy posts myself…I do love this time of the year <3 I guess it'll depend on how busy I am xP Looking forward to your posts! 🙂

  • Renee

    I’m a new follower but I really enjoy your blog. And I can’t wait for Christmas posts! Have you been listening to Christmas carols already too? I know I have 🙂

    • Elena

      Thanks for following and commenting, Renee 🙂 Welcome to the blog!

      I have, I must admit I have. I love Faith Hill (do you know her?) and her Christmas carols album. I highly recommend it. Very 1940’s Sinatra-like.

  • Rikki

    I am looking forward to your Christmas posts. I did 24 days of Christmas last year, and that was a lot of work, so I will give it a pass this year. Can’t wait to see your ideas.

  • Leah

    Congrats on your huge jump in traffic this month! You deserve it; your posts are always thoughtful and insightful, and I really enjoy reading them!

  • amanda

    Wow, congratulations on 200 posts! That’s a great milestone. Looking forward to the Christmas posts. I was just thinking the other day whether I wanted to try any Christmasy reading this year. (Which I would always say yes, except I’m not sure I’ll get my books in progress done first! Maybe…)

    • Elena

      Thanks, Amanda! I’m so, so proud of working hard on this blog, it really pays off.

      I have never ever done any Christmasy reading, but I did read Wuthering Heights two years ago and somehow thought of it as “wintery”. I really, really, have to read Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Have you read it?

      • amanda

        Yes, I’ve read it twice. (Although not in a long time!) It’s not too long, which makes it easier to read during the Christmas season. A definite Holiday favorite! I’d like to try some of Dickens’s other Christmas stories as well sometime.

        When we were little my mom had an illustrated book “A Story a Day ‘Til Christmas” which had all sorts of seasonal children’s stories, some well-known (“The Night Before Christmas”), others not. I still like to pick it up sometimes! 🙂

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