The Book Nook – A New Blog Party For Book Lovers!

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Welcome to the Book Nook At Create With Joy!

Welcome to the Book Nook at Create With Joy – a place where book lovers gather to share their collective love of books, reading, and all things literary!

Our goal is to establish a family-friendly community where bibliophiles from all backgrounds – readers, bloggers, reviewers, writers, authors, teachers, librarians, parents, homeschoolers, publicists and publishers – can share what’s new in the world of books, blogging, and publishing!

At each gathering, we’ll share book-related news and fill you in on what’s happening around the blogosphere. We’ll also provide a link where you can share your book-related and literacy-related posts as well!

Please help the Book Nook grow by adding our beautiful blog button and links to your blog/posts and spreading the word on your social media sites so that others can join the fun!

We look forward to getting to know you and invite you to connect with us on:

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Reading: Are You Up For A Challenge?

So Many Books

So many books… So little time… As the New Year stretches before you and you think of all the things you’d like to accomplish this year, have you ever wondered how you will get to all of the books you’d love to read – and how to choose the books you will read?

Participating in a Reading Challenge can help! It’s a fun way to achieve new reading goals – to connect with other readers – and to discover new books and interests!

To kick off January, here are a few Reading Challenges I’m participating in – along with some other events of interest! Look for more events and challenges is upcoming editions of The Book Nook at Create With Joy.

New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge

New Years Resolution Reading Challenge

What do you want to accomplish in the New Year? No matter what your goals are, reading the right book can help you reach your goal, keep your resolution, or complete your project!

To help you start the year off right by reading books that support your goals, resolutions, and projects, librarian and blogger Joy Weese Moll hosts an annual New Year Year Resolution Reading Challenge to encourage you to act on your goals!

Here are the books I’m reading for this challenge:

  • Declutter Now! by Lindon and Sherry Gareis
  • Declutter Now! Study Guide by Lindon and Sherry Gareis
  • Chicken Soup For The Soul – The Power Of Forgiveness
  • Hungry For God – Starving For Time by Lori Hatcher

Visit Joy’s blog to sign up for the New Year’s Resolution Challenge and share your resolutions and books with us today!

January 2015 Poisonwood Bible Readalong

Poisonwood Bible Readathon - Jan 2015

What are your personal reading goals for 2015? One of my goals is to read more books solely for my personal reading pleasure. So – when I saw that my friend Tanya at Mom’s Small Victories – along with co-hostesses Lost In Books and Savvy Working Goal – were kicking off their Travel The World In Books Reading Challenge with a Poisonwood Bible Readalong – I could not wait to sign up!

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver is a 1999 Pulitzer Prize Nominee for Fiction and the recipient of numerous literary awards. The book tells the story of Nathan Price – a fierce, evangelical Baptist – who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it — from garden seeds to Scripture — is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

Each week, Tanya is providing discussion questions on her blog – and a Twitter discussion is scheduled for January 28th. To sign up, visit Mom’s Small Victories!

Winter 2015 – Mini Bloggiesta (January 17-19)

Winter Mini Bloggiesta

Are you a book blogger? Do you have some book-related tasks you’d like to get done? Then join us for the upcoming Mini Bloggiesta – sign-ups are currently open at Bloggiesta!

Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon that helps book bloggers to improve their blogs by completing items on their To Do lists in the company of a supportive community! The site leaders and participants hosts events and mini events throughout the year and organize educational and motivational challenges and Twitter chats. Each event is self-directed, however – you determine how much or how little you participate, and decide exactly what you want to do.

My goals for the Winter 2015 Mini Bloggiesta are to:

  • Launch the Book Nook Blog Party at Create With Joy.
  • Update and organize my bookshelves.
  • Update my review calendar.
  • Write 1-2 book reviews.
  • Set up my 2015 review shelf on GoodReads.
  • Connect with other Bloggiesta participants.

A Winter’s Respite Read-A-Thon – January 26-February 1

Winters Respite Readathon 2015

Are you interested in reading more books this year, but having difficulty finding the time to do so? If so, consider joining a Read-A-Thon! These special events offer you the opportunity to set aside a few days to focus on reading those books you can never seem to get around to – or to catch up on several books on your To Be Read list if you’re feeling particularly ambitious!

If you’re new to Read-A-Thons, or looking for an easy-going event that won’t overwhelm you, may I recommend A Winter’s Respite Read-A-Thon, hosted by my friend Michelle of True Book Addict? This is one of four seasonal read-a-thons Michelle hosts. For this particular read-a-thon, you are free to read whatever you like, and participate is an optional Twitter party (dates to be announced). Sign-ups are open at the Seasons Of Reading website – hope to see you there!

The Book Nook At Create With Joy – Gathering 1

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What’s happening in your literary life this week? Have you read a good book or discovered a new author you’re excited about? Are you participating in or hosting any exciting events we we’d like to hear about? Are you in the middle of writing the next great novel?

Whatever’s new, whatever’s exciting – we’d love to hear about it! Please share your latest news with us – the following types of contributions are welcome:

  • Book Reviews
  • Book Giveaways
  • Reading Challenges
  • Articles About Reading, Writing, Publishing & Literacy
  • Author Interviews & News
  • New Book Blog Hops, Groups & Events

Feel free to share as many posts as you like! Just remember that Create With Joy is a Family-Friendly blog, and your content MUST be suitable for readers of all ages!

We are very excited that you’ve joined us and look forward to reading your posts!

Note: We are in the process of creating a posting schedule for The Book Nook. When you link up, we’ll add you to our Book Nook invitation list so that you are kept apprised of the latest happenings!


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100 Responses to “The Book Nook – A New Blog Party For Book Lovers!”

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  1. Bev says:

    Great idea. I take part in It’s Monday. What are you reading? but that relates more to children’s picture books to Ya books, which I read a lot of. Will be good to have another option for sharing for adult books.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1
      says:

      Welcome Bev – I’m so glad you’ll be joining us! You’re welcome to share books for readers of all ages at our party as our readership is quite diverse! I look forward to seeing what you’re reading each week! 🙂

  2. Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books
    Twitter: RecentBooks
    says:

    I love your new link up party! =)
    Pinning to spread the word!

  3. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories
    Twitter: momsvictories
    says:

    Yay! I Love this linkup dedicated just to books! Thanks for the shoutout about our Poisonwood Bible Readalong and Travel the World in Books Challenge. So glad you’re joining us!

    I’m doing Bloggiesta and Winter’s Respite too so hope to catch up with you more this weekend.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1
      says:

      Thanks for joining us Tanya – I’m SO happy to see you hear! You (and your co-hostesses) are doing SUCH a fabulous job with those questions on the Poisonwood Bible Readalong – I am now on Book 5 and I’ve had to pry myself away from it to get anything done! 🙂

      Look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events and can’t wait to chat about our book!

  4. I’m glad you’re joining the New Year’s Resolution challenge — those look like helpful books!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1
      says:

      Joy, I LOVE this challenge of yours – every year I look forward to it – it is SUCH a wonderful way to kick off the year!
      I look forward to sharing my books with you – and I hope you’ll join us at this party – you ALWAYS have such worthwhile things to share on your blog! 🙂

  5. Carole says:

    This is going to be fun! Thank you so much for setting it up, Ramona. It will probably only fuel my addiction, though!

    Maybe you could set up a party for cats next?! LOL!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1
      says:

      Thanks for joining us Carole – it’s never bad to be addicted to books!
      That’s funny about the cat party!
      I don’t currently have plans to do one since my Wordless Wednesday posts tend to be cat themed, but then again – you just never know! 🙂

  6. Steph says:

    Hello Bloggiesta participant! Good luck with your list!

  7. LuAnn Braley
    Twitter: KentuckyGal
    says:

    My keyboard was wonky earlier, but the link appears to be working. And what a SUPER idea! You have some of the BEST link-ups and I am thrilled to be here! *doin’ a happy dance*

  8. Gina says:

    I LOVE this! I can’t wait to discover new books to add to my stash! 😀

  9. Christina Morley
    Twitter: tinarobmorley
    says:

    I’m so excited about the new link party and love the Book Nook button! I’ll add the button to my Blog Hops page once the HTML is available. God bless!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1
      says:

      Thank you SO much Christina – I’ll let you know when the html code is available for the button!
      Tech Support – aka Dear Hubby – does that and he promises to get to it SOON! 🙂

  10. Mary Hill
    Twitter: MaryHill16
    says:

    This looks like a great linkup with some great challenges too. Thanks for sharing at Book Musing Mondays. 😉

  11. Hey – is the link-up every Friday – I wasn’t sure.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1
      says:

      Great question Tanya! I think I will host every other Friday to start (but the current party will ALWAYS be open so there is a place for community members to share their books and news). Once I see how this fits in with my current schedule, I can adjust as needed! 🙂

  12. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow
    says:

    I love Bloggiesta, as it offers the opportunity to connect with other bloggers, many of whom might be new to me.

    And I love the idea of framing it as a party.

    Good luck with your goals…and here’s my MINI-BLOGGIESTA POST

  13. Thank you for the invitation, friend! I LOVE great books!
    Have a restful and blessed Sunday.

  14. Lea says:

    I don’t blog about books often but I sure LOVE to read so I’ll be checking out what people are doing.
    I’m participating in these challenges: Dive into Diversity, Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, Snagged at the Library, Audiobook challenge 2015. Plus my normal GoodReads challenge, I”m going for 145 this year.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1
      says:

      Lea, thanks for joining us – your challenges sound awesome! If you have posted about any of them, please feel free to share your post with us as I’m sure everyone would love to read more about the challenges!

      I’m sure we will all be adding to our reading lists as a result of this community! 🙂

  15. Michelle says:

    Thank you!!

    I look forward to checking these out!

  16. Thanks so much for starting this new series! You will help people stay motivated to read books!

  17. Chrystal says:

    Wow look at that sign up post. You have a lot on your plate. Wishing you luck!

  18. Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful new party! God bless.

  19. Candace says:

    I love this idea! Thank you for this awesome opportunity to share what we are reading and find some new books to dive into next. I’ve just started looking into reading challenges. I’m definitely going to check out that New Year’s Resolution one.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1
      says:

      Welcome Candace – I’m SO glad you’ve joined us! I will be sharing more reading challenges in the weeks to come but DO join Joy’s New Year’s Resolution challenge (and let her know you found it here) – she’s a FABULOUS host and you’ll LOVE her blog! 🙂

  20. Donna says:

    Thank you for hosting the party! This is a wonderful idea. I listed some choices for my next book.

  21. Love the new party! Thanks for hosting and have a super week reading!

  22. Summer says:

    What a great idea! I just started doing book reviews on my blog and linked my first one up here. What impeccable timing! 😉 Looking forward to checking out other great books to read!

  23. Lysa @ Welcome To My Circus says:

    What a wonderful idea this linky party is! I will have to come back to link-up the post I plan to write about the book I am reading, or should I say trying to read in what little spare time I have these days! Thanks so much for linking-up with us at the Oh My Heartsie Girls WW!

    Wishing you an awesome week!

    xx
    Lysa

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1
      says:

      Lysa – look forward to hearing about the books you’re reading!
      In the meantime, feel free to visit and share your thoughts in the comments.
      So glad you’re here! 🙂

  24. Very nice as I love participating in everything else you do and I love books. I will be enjoying this on Thursday’s.

  25. I love this idea, Ramona! Your goals seem very reasonable. I’m sure you’ll accomplish them. Have a great weekend! 😀

  26. Laura says:

    I was so glad to learn about your new book related link up.
    I have giveaways almost daily on my blog and would love for more people to enter.
    You’ll also meet new authors. For 2015 I am trying to share books that are not getting as much attention elsewhere.

  27. LadyD says:

    Thanks for hosting! I look forward to meeting new online friends that LOVE books!

  28. I love this book nook! I love Barbara Kingsolver and have been planning to re read The Poisionwood Bible, and now am inspired to do so immediately so I can participate in the read a long :). Thanks for sharing with OMHG WW!

  29. Barb says:

    Fantastic Joy! Yes and Yes. Will spread the good news. 🙂

  30. Kathryn Ross says:

    Thanks for the heads up on your linky at The Book Nook here! How do I get on your email list for updates as to when this linky party is open? I always appreciate reminders.

    Thanks for linking up with All Things Bright and Beautiful at The Writer’s Reverie!

    Joy to you!
    Kathryn Ross

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1
      says:

      Thanks for joining us Kathryn – I have added you to the mailing list. This is our very first party – our second party will go live on Friday, Jan 30 (this party will remain open until then). The Book Nook is currently slated to post bi-weekly on Fridays and remain open from party to party – I’ll keep everyone apprised of updates via the the mailing list! 🙂

  31. Tina at Mommynificent
    Twitter: mommynificent
    says:

    Thanks for the invite! Looks like a fun new link-up! I’m linking up this week’s Booknificent Thursday link-up which includes some fun picks that we’re giving our soon-to-be 2-year old little guy for his birthday. Thanks so much for sharing at Booknificent Thursday!
    Tina

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