A Look Back at 2015 & a Fresh Start for 2016
Happy New Years, What the Cat Read readers!
Yeah, okay, we know we’re a bit late with the well wishes and all that, but we’ve been busy flexing our claws and planning new things for the blog. We’ve also been busy getting our two new wonderful Guest Reviewers settled. Yes, that’s right, What the Cat Read has two new wonderful Guest Reviewers joining our team! We are excited to have Mimi and Sammers aboard and we hope that you all will enjoy their reviews in the coming months. Please be sure to checkout our Bio Page to learn a bit about our lovely new partners in reading, murr! =^.^=
As you know, What the Cat Read lost Willow just before midnight on December 31st, 2014. The loss of her, right on the heels of Little Bug’s passing took a heavy emotional toll on the WtCR family. There were times where we contemplated shutting down the blogging and moving on to something new, times where we discussed trying out new things but simply didn’t have the heart to follow through. We needed time to grieve, time to sort out our emotions, work schedules, goals, and more. As the year progressed and we started to heal, we agreed that both Buggy or Willow would have wanted us to carry on in their memory, and so here we are in 2016 embarking on a series of new adventures with some new friends and new projects.
Here’s a bit of what we have planned for you all:
Bringing Back Can’t Wait for Books and Our Favorite Authors
We started to get out of the habit of posting our monthly Can’t Wait for Books towards the end of the year and we completely dropped Our Favorite Authors at one point because we didn’t think that there was an interest. However, we’ve decided to bring them back this year under the following schedule:
Can’t Wait for Books – Posts the 2nd of each month (January’s will go up soon).
Our Favorite Authors – 3rd Wednesday of alternating months starting in February.
Follow Along Friday Reads
This is a new feature that we will be starting in February and that we hope you all will enjoy. Each month one of us will be selecting a book to read and talk about every Friday of that month, with a review following after the book is finished. To get the ball rolling, Sara will be reading
Fire Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder starting the first of February and her first discussion post will be up on Friday, February 5th. Mimi will select a title next in March, and Sammers will select one in April, and we’ll continue through the year in that order. We’ll announce the new Follow Along title and host for the upcoming month in the final Friday post of the current month, so you’ll have an idea of what we will be reading next.
This year we have decided to participate in a variety of challenges which you can read about in our Challenges/Goals section of the blog. We are committed to completing these challenges, so we encourage all of you to root us on throughout the year and check out our progress each quarter in our Reading Challenge Update posts. Will we surpass 100 books read this year? Will we manage to discover a range of new, enjoyable titles and authors for the New To You Challenge? Will we fly high or have the wind knocked out of our sails during the Steampunk Reading Challenge? Will we actually complete every challenge we signed up for? Follow along with us this year to find out, murr!
With so many books being brought to film and TV, we thought it would be fun to start featuring reviews of some of our favorite titles, both old and new! For these reviews we will also be reading the book that the movie or show is based on so that we can then do both individual reviews on both the book and screen adaptation and a comparison post on them.
Along with the above we will also be posting our normal reviews of selected reading titles both old and new, participating in a few tours, and promoting books that catch our eye, so be sure to check back regularly for new posts and new adventures.
To all of you wonderful readers, thank you for sticking by us this past year and we look forward to sharing our 2016 with all of you! =^.^=
Purrs to you all,
Sara, Cameron, Mimi, & Sammers