Armchair BEA 2013 – Blogger Development & Fiction

Design credit goes to Nina of Nina Reads

Design credit goes to Nina of Nina Reads

For this second day we were asked to not only talk about how we developed ourselves as bloggers and are still developing ourselves as the case may be, but also discuss our all time favorite genre, Fiction!=^.^=

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Blogger Development

As some of you may or may not know, What the Cat Read is just a few months away from turning two! Since our inception back in July 2011, we’ve done a lot of growing up and though we’d like to think we’ve come a long way since our humble beginnings, we will admit that we still have a great deal of growing up still to do, murr!

One of the best things that we’ve done this year is we’ve formed some great friendships with other bloggers in the community. In particular, we joined a Facebook group where bloggers of all levels of experience help and support each other. In this group we answer questions that folks might have about blogging, formatting, etc., we visit each others’ blogs, we lend an ear when someone needs to let off some steam, and so much more. There isn’t a single person in the group who we don’t call friend and we are honored to be a part of it all.

We’ve also teamed up with fellow blogger Book Whore to help host a bi-monthly book club where we discuss books from Indie Authors and every now and then some well-known titles as well. This has been a great experience for us as it allows us to meet new readers and discover stories that we might otherwise never have tried before. =^.^=

And while we aren’t exactly the best at it, we have branched out a bit social network-wise and started our own Pinterest account where we not only pin our reviews, but also pin our favorite authors, funny feline photos, and we’ve got plans for a few other fun boards in the near future. So we guess it is safe to say that we’ve been learning the ins and outs of maintaining strong social network sites, though we are by no means professionals.

Of the things we’d like to continue to develop…well the list for this is long! We tend to maintain the philosophy that every day is about growth and development. If you find you can’t bring something new to your blog or your blogging skills, then it’s time to take a step back and reexamine things for a moment. Chances are you’ll find something that you need to tweak a bit or you’ll discover a whole new path you didn’t know existed. But always keep in mind, the first rule about blogging is that blogging is all about having fun. As long as you are having fun, your blog will continue to grow with each passing year!

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Fiction

Oh Fiction, how we do so love you! Let us count the ways in which you have enriched our lives. =^.^=

Okay, so we aren’t the most poetic of felines, but trust us when we say that Fiction is by far our favorite genre to read paws down. Whether it’s Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy, Fantasy/SciFi, Mystery/Suspense, Romance (Historical), et al. you can bet that we are reading it! The majority of the books on our selves fall into the category of Fiction and we have a ton of favorite authors who write all sorts of fantastic novels. So for the purposes of this discussion, we’d like to share with you just a few of our favorite fictional writers.

Fantasy/SciFi:

Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Andre Norton, Piers Anthony, Jacqueline Carey, Terry Brooks

Mystery/Suspense:

Carole Nelson Douglas, Lilian Jackson Braun, Rita Mae Brown, Agatha Christie, John Grisham, James Patterson

Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy:

Seanan McGuire, CE Murphy, Jess Haines, Ilona Andrews, Kelly Armstrong, Molly Harper, Christine Feehan

Romance (Historical):

Jillian Stone, Lori Foster, Diana Gabaldon, Lauren Royal, Marsha Canham

And many many more!

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So who are your favorite fictional authors? Do you have a preference of sub-genre for this category? What fictional books/authors would you recommend we felines check out? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below as we are always looking for a few more great reads, murr! =^.^=

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Posted on May 29, 2013, in General. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I agree, blogging should be fun and making it fun for your readers too. I like your author list, I forgot Anne McCaffery… how could I?!

  2. I second (or is that third) your comment that blogging is all about having fun. If it’s no fun for you, it’s no fun for anyone else. And what would be the point of that??! :0)

  3. LOVE the philosophy that each day is for growth & development–something to keep in mind!

  4. I agree…blogging should always be fun, and we should always be willing to grow, learn, and improve! Great post!

  5. Yes, I will always want to find blogging fun. That facebook group sounds great. Every day I blog, I find myself learning more and more about my writing style to improving my post, to learning from other bloggers.

  6. Do you mind sharing what Facebook group you belong to? i’ve been wanting to join something like that. I think it’s so cute your reviewers are kitties, what a unique perspective they have! Great post. Hope you have a great ABEA Week! New follower here. Here’s my Blogger development and favorite books by genre post if you’d like to stop by.