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Dear Readers - Another Apology & An Update


Hey, guys. I kinda messed up (again) this month. Next to no posts on the blog or bookstagram, and hardly a word from me. Unless you caught a few snippets of information on our Instagram stories, you were clueless and probably pretty confused, so I apologize about that. You don't have to forgive me this time, if you don't want to.

Anyway, I thought I should get you all caught up on what has been going on. From things you missed to what I've got planned behind the scenes. If you plan on sticking around for another rocky bookish ride with us in 2017, then pack what you need and strap up! Be sure to read this little "guide" beforehand. ;)

And with that, let's begin!


What You Missed

Bookstagram
First let's talk about why we were absent from bookstagram. There was an issue with our captions. I know it might sound kinda weird, especially because Em never experiences issues with writing captions on her other account, but for some reason Instagram just hates Reading is Inevitable! (Jokes, jokes: don't get mad at us, Instagram.) I think it might have been some weird thing where I was posting too quickly, and we got banned from writing captions...? (Not even the shortest caption - a single letter - would work. It's not the length of our captions that was an issue.) Since there's no fun in posting pictures without captions, I just sorta stopped? 

We also didn't take pictures during this, as it's usually me who has to organize these sort of things, and I was stressed with school and the holidays. I know that I should really stop saying this sort of thing and that it's probably annoying (Em has a teacher that won't grade tests for more than a month with excuses like this, so I know what you might be thinking), so sorry. I'll stop.

The Blog
Why was the blog dead? Well, let me tell you. It's pretty much the same thing as I said in the second paragraph of the "Bookstagram" section, so I won't repeat myself.

What I Have Planned

Ooo: fun stuff! I actually have a lot of good stuff planned for the beginning of 2017, and time to do it with winter break. (Yay!) Let's get into what will hopefully be coming your way this year!

[COMING SOON]


BLOG - Book Reviews
Yay! Book reviews - who doesn't love 'em? There will probably be a book review on A Separate Peace sometime in January, as I completed it back in November.

BLOG - 2016 Yearly Reflection
Every month so far (excluding November and December) I have done a monthly reflection where I go over the month, and I am doing something similar for the year of 2016! There will be two parts, and they will be posting the next two posting days (Friday, January 6th and Monday, January 9th).

BLOG - Barnes & Noble Haul
If you haven't yet found out through our Instagram, we recently went to Barnes & Noble and got some goodies, so I'll be writing and posting about that soon.

BOOKSTAGRAM - No Monthly Photo Challenge
That's right: we will not be participating in any photo challenges this month. After the disaster of December, we want to figure out things on our own and be free of the ties and pressure of photo challenges. This will also allow us to tap into our creativity a bit more. ;)

BOOKSTAGRAM - Group SFS
This is actually going on right now! If you're a bookstagram or bookish account that would like to possibly get a shoutout to over 14k people and meet some new bookstagrammers, then be sure to enter!

[AT SOME POINT THIS YEAR]


BLOG - Another Bookshelf Tour
My shelves are very different from when I did my last bookshelf tour last year. (As of right now, actually, they're pretty empty.) 

BLOG - Book Reviews
There will be book reviews on most if not all of my current reads of 2017, starting with The Glass Castle. I think that, for the most part, they will be the same, although I might consider adding the publisher's synopsis in, too, just in case you don't like the way I put it.

BLOG - More Installments of Navigating Bookstagram
Remember that little blog series? The one that was supposed to have a new addition every other Monday? Well, while I'm not sure if there'll be any new Navigating Bookstagram posts in January, I know that I will continue the series into 2017. 

BOOKSTAGRAM - More Pictures!
We will continue to post pictures on bookstagram and participate in that wonderful community.



That's it for now! Happy New Year everyone. We look forward to another great year of blogging and bookstagramming in 2017! Be sure to catch the first part of my 2016 Yearly Reflection publishing on Friday! Until then!

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