Sunday 5 September 2010


Next Themed Month: Death and Bereavement in Teen Lit

I know this is early, but I have decided to start working on the next themed month for July '11, which will be Death and Bereavement in Teen Lit Month - as suggested by Michelle of Fluttering Butterflies via Twitter. I find when I start working on a themed month only a few months before the Months begin, I end up putting pressure on myself to read faster and get everything done, and end up stressing myself out a little. So now I've decided I will start now; I'll read books, draft reviews, and post them in July 2011.

This time round, I'm doing things differently in regards to those who take part. With BI&SP Month, although I believe it went pretty well, in hindsight I think there were too many people taking part "officially", which meant some blogs and their posts were overlooked by readers - there was just too much going on for everyone to keep up with. So this time I've decided there will be just four or five blogs involved "officially" - mine and three or four others. Other blogs are allowed and encourage to read around the topic for the month and post too, but just without me linking to them and including them in the schedule. I'll have a Mr Linky available for those people. I'm also thinking to open this up to bloggers who weren't heavily involved in BI&SP Month, simply to allow other people to get involved and highlight other blogs - unless other bloggers aren't interested but previously involved people are.

Also during BI&SP Month, there were a few books that were read by several bloggers and, although at the time I said I didn't mind a little overlap, I think it was a mistake. I think this is also partly why some posts on some blogs were overlooked too. So this year I'm going to say each book read for the month is read by one blogger involved only.

After reading all this, if you think you'd like to take part, please email me at joannestapley[at]gmail[dot]com.

N.B. You don't have to start preparing and reading now too, it's just going to help me. I just felt I should announce it now as people are already showing interest on Twitter.


  1. This is going to be a really fantastic month.

  2. Thanks! :) So glad I've got ages to prepare!

  3. This may seem like a strange question, but will you be including suicide in this month?

  4. I guess so! If it's dealing with someone who knows someone who has commited suicide, it fits. I'm not sure whether a novel about a person considering suicide would fit or not though, until I read it. I think that would be more of an issue novel? I don't know.

  5. Yeah I mean if it's about the aftermath and dealing with it. I think you're right about the other type being more of an issue novel.

  6. Well I'm really glad you liked my suggesting and I'm looking forward to it, would definitely love to participate! :)

  7. Jenny - Then yes, I'd say they could be covered. :)

    Michelle - Thank you for suggesting it! Such a great idea!