Improving my Sidebar Subscription Gadgets

Book bloggers do a lot of backend work for their blog. When we don't post or update in social media, it does not mean that we are taking our readers for granted. Most probably, we are still doing or thinking about blog-related stuff. So today, I would like to share what I've been up to lately to improve Rurouni Jenni Reads. It has something to do with my 2019 goal of growing my blog's following. This is ultimately a shameless self-promo post, lol.

My 2019 Beat the Backlist Challenge Sign-Up Post

Ahoy, book wanderers! How are you faring 2019, so far? I am popping in for a quick sign-up post for the 2019 Beat the Backlist Challenge, as announced in my opening post for the year. I skimmed over the books I already own and came up with this list of mostly YA books. I do not intend to finish all these books this year. I can at most do one backlist title per month. And this list can still change along the course of the challenge. I am mostly putting this up in the hopes of finding other challengers who got the same books as me to buddy read with.

Review: Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Two Can Keep a Secret
by Karen M. McManus

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery's never been there, but she's heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it's hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone's declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

My 2019 Discussion Challenge Sign-Up Post

Hello book wanderers! As I've said in my opening post for 2019, I am once again joining the Discussion Challenge. Last year, I aimed for the Discussion Dabbler level, requiring 1-10 discussion posts. I was able to do five, so I am gobsmacked right there in the middle of goal reached and achieved. Also for the first time ever, I got featured as the blogger of the month last October 2018, so wow, it's a weird happy feeling to get my posts spotlighted on the monthly linky post.

Review: The Fade by Demitria Lunetta

The Fade
by Demitria Lunetta

We don't want to disappear. We want to be found.

Something terrible happened in her basement. Haley can feel it.

Four girls went missing several years ago, and the police never solved the case. But Haley know the missing girls were murdered. How else can she explain the hostile presence in her house?

The ghostly girls need something from her. And unless Haley can figure out what they want...she might be next.

My 2019 Book Blogging Plans

Image: Kaboompics
How are your 2019 so far, my fellow beautiful book wanderers? If you ask me, I am currently sick from inhaling all the fireworks and firecracker fumes from the New Year's eve celebrations. Being sick reminded me of two things: 1.) I have weak lungs, and 2.) I hate the New Year's eve. There, I just exposed myself as The Grinch of New Year. (Please don't hate me, I am lovable!) Anywho, Imma dial down the negativity and be more focused on the task at hand: MAKING PLANS!

Review: Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

Fire and Heist
by Sarah Beth Durst

In Sky Hawkins's family, leading your first heist is a major milestone--even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It's a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you're a wyvern--a human capable of turning into a dragon.

Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family's wealth and rank in their community.

Mini-Reviews: Some Mystery Books

In case you haven't notice with my recent reviews, I am slowly but surely becoming a mystery fan. So here are some more mystery books that I finished this year:

Review: Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful
by Arwen Elys Dayton

For fans of television shows Black Mirror and Westworld, this compelling, mind-bending novel is a twisted look into the future, exploring how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimen and what it means to be human at all.

Set in our world, spanning the near to distant futures, Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a novel made up of six interconnected stories that ask how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimens, and how hard that will push the definition of "human."

PH Blog Tour: Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao (Review+Giveaway)

I have immensely adored Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (FoTL) so I am more than happy to be part of the crew of Filipino bloggers to promote it’s sequel, Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix (KoBP).

Kudos to Erika of The Nocturnal Fey and Rafael of The Royal Polar Bear Reads who organized this blog tour and who also hosted a successful Twitter party last October 27. Check the hashtag #FPBChat to see what went down with that online event graced by Julie C. Dao’s presence herself.

But first, let’s check what Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix is all about.
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