#ReadByColor – Rainbow Week 2021

Having reached the exciting goal of 300 blog followers here at ElzaKinde.com, I’ve decided to celebrate in the only way I know how… with tons of colorful graphics, games, and Middle Grade book recommendations!

Rainbow Week 2021

April 11-17 | hosted by @ElzaKinde

Join me this week in sharing colorful reads across social media to create a rainbow of recommendations. This will be a fun way to show off the beautiful books on your shelf, find new titles for your TBR, and provides a great excuse to add some bright, happy color to your feed!

How to Participate:

  • Follow me here on my blog, and on social media via Twitter and Instagram for regular updates.
  • Use the hashtag #ReadByColor on event-related posts.
  • Pop in any time between April 11-17 to join in the conversation, share pictures, and participate in all the fun and games.
  • Share the news with your bookish friends! The more the merrier.

If you enjoy my work, please consider supporting me for the cost of a cup of coffee! One-time supporters will receive cool downloadable content as a thank you.

10/10 Reading Update for 2021

10 Middle Grade Books I Want to Read in 2021

At the start of the year, I decided to use Goodreads’s annual reading challenge in a new way to help alleviate some of the pressure that comes with trying to pick a reasonable goal for a year’s worth of reading. My scaling goal was set at a reasonable 10 books, and now that I’ve hit that marker, it’s bumping up to 20!

As a celebration of sorts, I’m posting a brand new list of reads I hope to squeeze in this year.

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February & March 2021 Recap

February & March 2021 Recap: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

There are times in life when every square on the calendar is filled, every scrap of paper in sight is scribbled with To Do lists, and the only thing keeping you going is the series of alarms on your phone that tell you to eat at regular intervals. These are the times when a little Spring Cleaning: Personal Schedule Edition is in order. Refine, rethink, remove. Even a few small changes can make the whole world feel new.

February & March 2021 Recap: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic
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January 2021 Recap

There’s no better excuse to leap at new opportunities, try something different, and start new routines than a brand new year to play with. I’ve found a lot of fun and interesting ways to give myself that fresh start feeling this January, and I believe it’s been an overall success.

January 2021 Recap: Milestones, MGLit, and Making Improvements
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10 Books I Want to Read in 2021

10 Middle Grade Books I Want to Read in 2021

Challenges have been my go-to resource for getting through my massive To-Read Pile. I’ve relied on Goodreads’s annual reading challenge for several years to help track my progress, and while I love the handy counters and end-of-the-year statistics, picking a reasonable goal has always been a sticking point.

This year, I’ve decided to use tools that I know work for me — lists and colorful graphics! I’ll be setting my Goodreads goal for 10 books. When I finish those, I’ll bump it up to 20. Upon completing that, I’ll set the goal to 30. And so on, until we reach the end of the year.

In the spirit of trying new things, I’ve also decided to create a reading list to work from. Ideally, I’ll be getting through these and posting a brand new set around the same time I bump my Goodreads goal up to 20… but we’ll just have to wait and see. It’s always got to be mystery with us mood-based readers.

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#NewYearsReads2021

With the promise of new books to read, debut authors to discover, and fresh resolve to make time for our TBR, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2021. If you’re excited to share your plans for the future and your favorites from the not-so-distant past, I’ve got your back!

New Year’s Reads

January 1-8 | hosted by @ElzaKinde

Join me on social media to ring in the new year with a celebration of all the books we’ve loved from this past year. This is an awesome opportunity to pick up some new recommendations, connect with fellow readers, and maybe find some inspiration to try something new with your reading in 2021!

How to Participate:

  • Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for regular updates.
  • Use the hashtag #NewYearsReads2021 on event-related posts.
  • Pop in any time between January 1-8 to join in the conversation, share pictures, and participate in all the fun and games.
  • Share the news with your bookish friends! The more the merrier.

If you enjoy my work, please consider supporting me for the cost of a cup of coffee! One-time supporters will receive cool downloadable content as a thank you.

#ReadIfYouDare2020

If you’re looking for something to do in wake of canceled costume parties and treatless doorsteps, I present you with a bookish alternative.

Read if You Dare: A Bookish Halloween Party. Saturday, October 31 from 6PM-Midnight (PST).

Read if You Dare

Saturday, October 31 | 6PM-Midnight (PST)

This open house style event will be hosted via Twitter. I’ve got lots of fun & games prepared so fellow bookworms and bloggers can mingle, talk about the books we love, and and maybe fit in a little extra reading before the month is over!

If you’re not a fan of horror, no worries! Pick whatever you like to read. You’re still welcome.

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My Reading in May 2020

Last month, I decided to give #BookADayMay a try. I’ll admit, it didn’t go exactly as planned. I hold to my “all progress is good progress” mentality, but 15/31 books doesn’t really warrant a celebratory wrap-up blog post. Instead, I’ve decided to simply share about the books I did manage to read this May.

Elza's progress for #BookADayMay from Middle Grade Carousel at Elymnifoquent.com
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The Beginner’s Guide to Reading Indie

I hope you’re in the mood to read, because it’s #IndieApril season! Yes, I see that tippy tower of books you were planning to tackle in the near future, but there’s always room for more books, am I right?

The Beginner's Guide to Reading Indie

#IndieApril is all about promoting independent authors. These trailblazers go above and beyond the already challenging task of penning a novel—they also take on the full responsibility of editing, formatting, packaging, marketing, and all that other behind-the-scenes business stuff that goes into a glamorous modern writing career. Impressive, no?

Places like Etsy and Kickstarter have gotten us acclimated to accepting creators who make their own path toward success. The world is catching on that the future is highly independent, and support for solo ventures and small businesses is on the rise.

Feeling ready to dive in and try reading something less traditional? Here are a few tips to guide you on your quest to discover excellent indie books.

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2019 Highlight Reel

Happy New Year, everyone! I’ve never been a big fan of clip/recap episodes, but I think there’s some benefit in creating them for ourselves.

Elza's 2019 Highlight Reel

Whether you missed it the first time around, wanted to relive these most-magical moments, or were hoping for my all-important opinions on certain auspicious events, as long as you’re good and ready for a lot of me talking about myself, read on.

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