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Top 10 Bookish Resolutions for 2013

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Top 10 Bookish Resolutions for 2013


By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

1. Complete reading and reviews of books on my TBR list from 2012—even if they’re stale-dated.

2. Refrain from accepting any more unsolicited book review requests until I’ve completed reviews on my 2012 TBR list.

3. When publishers offer me new releases to review, downsize and limit the number of books I request to read per month.

4. Integrate and provide more author interviews on my blog.

5. Integrate and provide more film and movie critiques on my blog.

6. Expand the genre of books I read and review on my blog to include more YA, poetry, historical fiction, and memoirs.

7. Attend more book events especially those hosted by Chapters-Indigo and those located closer to home.

8. Continue to pre-plan and schedule posts in advance of publication.

9. Include authors’ birthdays and publishers’ special anniversaries on blog calendar.

10. Take a much deserved break from blogging as necessary.


Of my list of resolutions above, which ones are also on your list?

What resolutions do you have on your list that didn’t make it onto mine?

In what ways do you keep yourself on track and accountable to your goals throughout the year?

Is there anything more you’d like to suggest and see on my blog for 2013?


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Bout of Books Read-a-Thon Limerick Challenge! 08.14.2012

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon Limerick Challenge!


By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

Thanks to Ellie at Curiosity Killed the Bookworm for hosting this Limerick Challenge!

In between reading a few pages, creasing my bookmark, and slurping a second cup of coffee, I came up with this little dig:

Oh, Blogger—the stress of all your duress!

The giveaways, the memes, the buttons—the mess!

Is it an ARC, a galley…or a complete book?

Hardcover, trade paperback, Kindle or Nook?

Read-a-Thon and read it fast! Review is due, 5 stars or less!


I could probably spend all day making up limericks, but I’d much rather read! And so, off I go to check out today’s next challenge…and to return to a few more pages of The Red House by Mark Haddon, which I hope to finish tonight!


For more posts of the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon, you can visit here.


Do you enjoy reading limericks? Do you enjoy writing them?


Zara Alexis

Wish List Wednesday: Must-Have Items for the Blogger in You! 06.06.2012

Wish List Wednesday:

Must-Have Items for the Blogger in You!


By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

My Wish List for this Wednesday consists of must-haves for fellow book lovers and book bloggers:

The Big B Book

Every blogger should have one of these because as we bloggers all know, the best ideas usually come when not a scrap of paper or napkin is at our disposal.



As a companion to your Brilliant Blog Brainstorms Notebook, reward yourself with the Spectacle Seven-Year Pen, too. The ink is guaranteed to last you for seven years. If your blog is still active online by the time the ink runs out, you know you’ve been truly inducted into the Blogosphere and have passed an important milestone—online existence.


Blog Button

This takes blog “button” to a whole new level…your lapel! When enraptured in an emerging story with no time to converse with your pet or your fellow human because you’re hypnotized by the computer screen and your fluctuating follower numbers, all you need to do is point to the pin when asked a question that you’re obviously too busy to answer.


Chrome Tally Counter

To help the blogger deal with LBFA – Low-Blog-Follower-Anxiety. Give yourself an ego boost by “counting up” to reflect your Blog-Follower goals.


 St. John Medallion

It’s okay, atheists. We all need a little help now and then. Especially when it comes to writer’s block and our blogs. Did you know that St. John is the patron saint for writers? Neither did I, which explains why I’m not as famous as Michael Ondaatje or Margaret Atwood—yet! (Why, oh why did I not invest in a St. John medallion sooner?)

If you’re a blogger, keep this medallion close by. Even if you’re not a Catholic, St. John might do his duty as patron saint and help you out with your blog.


A coffee IV

This is not your regular, hospital-grade IV. Oh, no. This IV will support you 24-hours a day with a continuous flow of kick-butt coffee. That’s right! My idea. For the nocturnal blogger like myself, this piece of equipment is crucial to our blogging survival. Comes with various flavours and strengths. Decaf not available.


Days of the Week Locket

This fun item on etsy contains the days of the week in a locket! Perfect for the busy blogger who must keep track of which day is what, for his or her particular weekly meme. I mean, we can’t possibly write a post on “In My Mailbox Monday” on Wednesday! This would disrupt the very nature of weekly memes and our ingrained, blogging sensibility. Bloggers might even unite and protest! The Blogosphere could very well explode!


Mailbox Piggy Bank

This lovely item has a duplicate function. No, wait. Strike that. Triplicate.

  1. It will inspire the blogger to collect his or her loose change to eventually save up for his or her personal book-buying budget.
  2. It will also act as a super-saving fund for monthly book giveaways.
  3. If it doesn’t fill up quickly enough, it can at least pose as a visual reminder to the book blogger that the mailbox needs to be checked for courier deliveries! Yay!


Mandatory Book Blogging Manual

On the subject of the all-important courier delivery, it is important for the book blogger to have studied this mandatory blogging manual: Flirting 101. This will prove to be a helpful tool in learning to master the art of flirting with the blogger’s most important and beloved individual—the local mail person—who carries precious book cargo. Etiquette, eloquence, and a little eyelash batting won’t hurt a bit in ensuring faster and more dependable delivery of our long-awaited packages.


Your Blog Business Card

Blogging is serious business. And networking is ever powerful in the world of the blogging community. It literally isn’t what you know, but who you know.

Do you go to blog fests? Book events? The book aisle in a store? Wherever and whenever you might meet someone like yourself, it’s best to carry a few blog business cards with you. This can make a difference in expanding your readership.

Instead of fumbling around in your bag for a scrap piece of paper and pen, you can pull your professional blog business card out and—ta-da! Your new friend could potentially become your new blog follower, too!

You can never have too many—friends, followers, or business cards!


Point and Shoot Camera

If people want to read text and only text—they’d look at the texts on their phone and not your blog. Take advantage of what your blog can do by posting pictures to companion your content. What better way to do this than to always have your camera with you?


Say: “I’m a BLOGGER!”


comfortable shoes

Book bloggers will often change their schedule to accommodate a book event. To ensure comfort during those long line-ups, be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Specifically a pair that has extra padding for the “leaps of joy” you will most likely encounter at the sight of your favourite author and the cover of his or her new release.

I recommend the Nike LunarGlides running shoe to help you run even faster to that book event and into the arms of your favourite author for his or her personal inscription and autograph!

Here’s my beloved pair of LunarGlides for higher jumps and “squealing” absorbency:

My beloved running shoe, the elite Nike LunarGlide. My pair. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.


Book tote bag

Every blogger requires a fashionable tote bag for his or her new book purchases and accumulated SWAG! Make sure your bag of choice is sturdy. Lugging your precious books can be hard on the back and on the shoulders. Inner pockets are good, too, all the more to carry SWAG with.

My very own typewriter tote bag. For anyone who doubts my passion and profession of choice. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.


Ear plugs

No, these aren’t baby carrots. They’re ear plugs! A great accessory for the novice blogger. Best for use in blocking the noise of  “drama” that sometimes ensues in the blogging world. When faced with some controversial issues created by antagonist individuals who sometimes work against our blogging peace and harmony, plug your ears, smile, and blog on.


 What would you put on your wish list as must-haves the “blogger” in you?