The Book Nook At Create With Joy #5

Book Nook at Create With Joy

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!

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Welcome to our 5th gathering of The Book Nook at Create With Joy! Are your reading piles growing shorter or taller as we move into the spring?

No matter whether you’re looking for your next novel to lose yourself in – some creative ways to catch up on your reading – some new ideas for improving your blog – or some fun ideas for connecting with other book lovers – we’ve got you covered in this edition of The Book Nook!

This week, please share your answer to the following questions in the comments:

Where is your favorite place to read?
Describe it to us – and, if you’d like,
Share a photo and send me the link –
You can either post it on your blog or
Tweet it to me at @CreateWithJoy1!

The Lord Of The Rings & The Hobbit Comes To Life!


Imagine stopping by a waterfront café for a meal. Imagine your surprise at discovering the costume of Legolas – one of the beloved elves from The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit standing before your very eyes. Imagine the thrill of discovering that the city was full of these costumes – and the adventure of finding them awaited you, if only you dared to take the journey!

That’s the thrill that awaited expat and world traveler Rhonda Albom on her recent journey to Wellington, New Zealand – be sure to visit her at Albom Adventures to see who else she spotted during her recent sojourn!

Shadow Of The Wind Read-A-Long

Shadow Of The Wind Event

Do you love to Travel The World In Books?

During the month of March, the #TravelTheWorldInBooks Online Reading Challenge Group invites you to their latest event – the Shadow In The Wind Readalong! This month, you’ll be transported to Spain, where you’ll get in the gothic setting of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, and you’ll have the opportunity to discuss Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s bestselling book with others who will truly appreciate his work!

Co-hostess Tanya says:

Shadow of the Wind is the book that left a deeper mark on my heart than all others before it or since. It’s not even been a year and still the book’s magic haunts me and I, the one who hardly ever rereads books, am returning to get taken away by the beauty of this book all over again.

You can sign up for this event at Shadow Of The Wind Read-A-Long.

TBR Read-A-Thon March 13-16th

TBR Read-A-Thon March 13-16-2015

Have you always wanted to join a Read-A-Thon but weren’t sure where to start?

Does the stack of TBR (To Be Read) books just keep growing higher and higher?

If so, this weekend’s TBR Read-A-Thon is the perfect event for you!

Kimberly at the Caffeinated Reader is hosting a low-key read-a-thon this weekend to encourage you to whittle down your stack of books published prior to March 1, 2015 numbering 100 pages or more!

For more details, and to sign up, visit Kimberly at TBR Read-A-Thon March 13th – 16th.

March 2015 Take Control Of Your TBR Pile Challenge

Take Control Of Your TBR Pile Challenge March 2015

Do you like idea of whittling down your TBR pile but feel that a weekend will hardly make a dent in your ever-growing stack of books?

Not to fear – Kimberly at The Caffeinated Reader has you covered!

For the third year in a row, Kimberly is hosting her popular Take Control Of Your TBR Pile Reading Challenge – and chances are good that if you are reading this post, you could benefit from this challenge!

For the full scoop and sign up, visit Kimberly at March 2015 Take Control Of Your TBR Pile Challenge.

Write On Review-A-Thon

Write On Review-A-Thon March 2015

Are you a book blogger who loves to read books but sometimes finds it challenging to find the time to get your reviews done?

If so, Brianna at The Book Vixen can help! She has created a monthly event called The Write On Review-A-Thon that provides you with 2 days a month to set aside to get your reviews done – regardless of whether you have one review to catch up on or 30+!

This month, The Write On Review-A-Thon takes place this weekend – Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22 with a wrap-up linky provided on Sunday, March 23. For the full details and Sign Up list, visit the Write On Review-A-Thon!

Reviews I’m Writing

To kick of The Write On Review-A-Thon, I’ve slated the following books for review write-ups during this event:

  • Life Unstuck by Pat Layton
  • Why Easter? and Why Christmas? by Barbara Reaoch
  • Salad Love by David Bez
  • Let The Journey Begin by Max Lucado

The actual reviews will be posted on my blog based on scheduling and will be linked once they go live!

Review-A-Thon Wrap-Up

I’m thrilled to report that I completed all five of my reviews as scheduled! Thanks Briana for hosting this event! Next month’s event is scheduled for April 25-26 – save the date!

Spring Bloggiesta

Bloggiesta Spring 2015

Bloggiesta is a seasonal blogging marathon where book bloggers gather online to work on their blogs, complete items on their to do lists, participate in challenges and mingle with other bloggers – and this Spring, Bloggiesta is hosting their first week-long event from March 23- 29, 2015!

The sign-ups are now open at Bloggiesta!

Spring Bloggiesta Goals

My primary goals for this Bloggiesta are to:

  • Participate in as many Twitter Chats as possible.
  • Visit as many Bloggiesta participants as possible.
  • Review mini-challenges for possible participation.
  • Set up my Upcoming Book Review inventory list in Evernote (testing this out).
  • Set up Sub-Categories for Books to improve site navigation.
  • Update Book Boards on Pinterest.

Are you participating in Bloggiesta? If so, be sure to leave a comment and a link to your goals so that we can visit!

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I look forward to connecting with you!

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The Book Nook At Create With Joy #5

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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 direct links to your blog 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! (Please refrain from sharing direct links to retailer sites such as Amazon).

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

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  1. Hi Everyone,

    Where is your favorite place to read? Do you have a favorite chair – a cozy nook – a special sunning spot?

    In my current home, I really don’t have a great place set up. I’m in search of a cozy chair or couch with good lighting (all of my furniture is old and torn apart from too many moves and too many cats romping across it!) So, I’m like Baby Bear in Goldilocks, constantly moving from place to place…

    But – when I was young – I had two favorite chairs that I LOVED to curl up in for late night reading – and during the day I loved to lay under the trees on our screened porch where I could catch the summer breezes!

  2. Thanks for the great features & for hosting & God bless!

  3. I love to read anywhere where my kids can’t find me. 😉
    Thank you for hosting. Have a fantastic weekend.

  4. Sarah says:

    My favourite place to read is in bed.. although I feel like I’ve trained myself to think reading in bed means it is time for sleep so I have a few issues with books falling on my face and waking me up.

  5. Thank you fro stopping by to share this week on Friday Features!!
    I have pinned your book nook banner!
    Hope you enjoy your week!

  6. Thanks for spotlighting my events this month. I love motivating myself and others to read.

  7. Hi Ramona! Like you, I have several places I love to read. On a nice day I love reading outside in my backyard. There are several shaded and comfy places out there. At night I enjoy reading in bed. Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful party. Have a great day! 😀

  8. Wow! What a lot of events and inspiration! Thanks for linking up with the #KidLitBlogHop today.

  9. Nina says:

    Stopped by to share a book that I just read, Runaway Radical. I’ll have to stop back for your reading link up again next week! Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage and Ruby for Women

    • Thanks for joining us Nina – I hope you are well!
      As with all of my parties, the current party stays open until the new one opens, so feel free to visit and share at your convenience!

  10. Thanks so much for sharing about the Shadow of the Wind readalong. So many great events coming up. Not sure I can do Bloggiesta this time but I’ll try to pop in. I have a to do list a mile long!

    Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you join us again this weekend.

    • If you do participate in Bloggiesta let me know! It’s a week long with daily Twitter chats and awesome mini challenges – hope to see you even if it’s just for a day!

  11. Good luck with the review-a-thon and Bloggiesta!

    • Thanks Brianna! I’m doing the Review-a-thon on Friday and Saturday (versus Saturday and Sunday) and hope to make it a good once since my Bloggiesta calendar is full!

      Thanks for hosting – having a few days to catch up on things is really quite helpful!

  12. C.L. Murphy says:

    Love your creative spirit and post! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from the Kid Lit Blog Hop. My favorite spot to read is in a chaise lounge right by the fireplace. 😀

  13. Thanks for hosting. My favorite place to read is sitting on the beach. It doesn’t happen often but boy, is that the most relaxing enjoyable place for me to read. 🙂 Have a super weekend!

  14. Mrs. AOK says:

    Thanks for sharing with us at Mommy Monday! I love getting lost in a good book. This weekend I’m getting lost in a book for the book club Page Turners, we’re reading Wonder.

  15. I hope you have a fun and productive week! Thanks for visiting my blog….

  16. Elizabeth says:

    That’s a huge post, it was hard to find what I was looking for. You’ve got a great Bloggiesta to do list. Gave me some ideas for mine. One of my goals is to meet as many new bloggers as possible, so I am spending today visiting as many blogs on the sign up as possible. Happy Bloggiesta

  17. Candace says:

    Hi Ramona! My favorite place to read is on the couch, under a blanket, in front of the fire. That is heaven on earth for me :). I finally finished Bird by Bird. It was awesome and I wanted to share the link number like you requested. It’s #60.

    • I love your cozy reading spot – that’s one of mine too, with the cats nearby, of course!

      Thanks for sharing your review of Bird by Bird – it sounds like an awesome book!
      I also checked out your TBR reading list for the year (great challenge) and look forward to reading the rest of your reviews on your fab choices!

  18. Great list! Wishing you a happy and productive Bloggiesta!

  19. Rebecca says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your link up at the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  20. Kassiah says:

    Wow! This post has a lot of great information! I signed up for your goodreads linkup 🙂 Great bloggiesta list. I’m especially interested in how you’re using Evernote for your Upcoming Book Review Inventory list. I use Evernote for lots of things and love it! Good luck on completing your list!

    • So nice to meet you Kassiah and to connect with you here and on GoodReads!
      I am testing out Evernote because I’ve heard so many great things about it and because it syncs everywhere.
      Would love to hear how you are using it.
      In the process of trying various apps to see what I like and don’t like…


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