Thanks to Borough Press in the UK for encouraging readers around the world to share their opinions on books: the beloved, unfinished, and disliked to name a few. I learned about #BookADay on May 31, 2014 and thought it would be enlightening and perhaps fun to discover which books I would highlight for the month of June. Borough Press provided a calendar of potential topics to write about; the rebel in me decided to come up with my own.
In the first week of June I came down with a flu. Shortly after that I fell and twisted my ankle. For a week and a half I was physically unwell. As a result I was behind in my daily #BookADay postings, but I caught up before the end of the month.
A couple of things I’d like to emphasize – none of the authors I critiqued knew I would do so. Also, I did not receive any compensation whatsoever to write about a particular book.
Now that June is over, here are the following highlights from my participation in #BookADay 2014:
- I shared each blog entry on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
- The number of people on Twitter who follow me increased.
- The most viewed blog on Twitter was “Great Women’s Travel Anthology” (Lavinia Spalding edited the last several editions). Only one view separated the blogs “Let’s Talk About Sex” and “Mental Health and Multiculturalism” from each other.
- The most favorited tweet was “Resource for Travel Writers” (Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing by Don George).
- Two blogs were incorporated into online newspapers (thank you!). “#BookADay Month” on Salmon River Canyon Daily and “Helpful Book for Understanding the Human Body” on The D Side.
- The blog with the most LIKEs on Facebook was “Travel Book Recommendation” (Wild Life by Lisa Alpine).
- The blog I almost didn’t write because I thought other people wouldn’t be interested was “Favorite Children’s Book Series.” That blog had the most comments on Facebook.
Many thanks to my friends, family, and connections on social media who liked, shared, tweeted, favorited, and commented on my various blogs. I had no idea when I started which books I’d focus on let alone the reception each post would garner. The experience was positive and fun. Thank you to Borough Press for #BookADay.