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What to expect from The Reader’s Room in 2016

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It’s official. It has been one year since we started this blog! We want to give a sincere thank all of you for following us and participating in our challenges. We’ve loved hearing your thoughts on books and discovering all of your creative choices for our challenges. We hope you stay with us through the second year of the blog and we look forward to welcoming new readers!

For our one-year anniversary, we’ve been thinking about ways to improve and expand on the blog. We want to share some of our plans for 2016 and we’d love to get your feedback on the things you like most and least about your experiences here. Without further ado, here are some of our plans:

1. Reader-book match (we’ll rename this once we can figure out a better name for it). This will become a recurring feature that will require your help. Our plan is to solicit readers who want to be matched with a book (it could be you). We will send them a brief survey. We will post the results of that survey and will attempt to create a personalized book list for that reader along with your help.

2. Book-Beer pairings: We’ve done a few book-wine pairings and we will continue with this feature but will also add book-beer pairings thanks to the fabulous Nicole D who will join us this year as contributor. We will have a fabulous contributor for this recurring post.

3. Contributors. In the upcoming months, be sure to check out our “about” page. We’ll be adding some regular contributors (see one such example in point #2) to fill in gaps that we don’t cover that frequently on the blog. Those contributors may be writing things like a non-fiction feature, travel-book pairings, travels through Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, & author events (if we can convince one person to join us. You know who you are – send us your personal blurb and join us officially!).

In addition to those new features, we plan to continue with our regular posts: Love it or Hate it, Read around the World, Featured Author, Terrible Reviews of Great Books, and a range of book reviews.

Finally, we are both working on creating some fun new reading challenges for each season. Those of you who are interested can join our winter scavenger hunt, which is in progress and will run through the end of March for a first round of prizes and through the end of 2016 for a few additional prizes.

We want to hear from you. What are your favorite features on the blog? Least favorites? Is there anything we aren’t doing that you’d like us to add? What do you think about some of our new ideas for the blog? Would you be willing to participate in the reader-book match (as either the reader or to provide recommendations)? 

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  1. I like the first one with the book match. And I really like the Beer pairing. If Nicole needs help drinking and matching up the book, I’m there.

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    January 22, 2016
  2. This blog has revitalised my reading. Regulars like Read Around the World and the Featured Author posts have given me fresh ideas. I’ve read more widely because of the focus on the 1001 book list. I’ve only joined in 2 challenges, but both have sparked conversations and sent me down reading avenues I wouldn’t have followed otherwise. I really appreciate the work you put into it.
    I’m looking forward to the non-fiction features and travel-book pairings. I love reading books from or about places I visit, and I read a fair bit of non-fiction, so I’m expecting my horizons to be broadened again.
    I hadn’t seen the book-wine pairing feature before – more of these, please!

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    January 22, 2016
    • I am so glad to hear that we have sparked conversations and inspired reading. We love your always thoughtful insights and feedback. I know I have personally added books to my TBR based on your recommendations. Thank you for your kind words.

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      January 22, 2016
      • I would also echo what Jen has said, we love you all, the only problem is I need a) a bigger house and b) a much bigger wallet to buy all the books I read reviews of and think I really must read that lol

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        January 22, 2016
      • Your blog’s influence is spreading among my immediate circle of friends, who have all commented on the change in my reading habits lately. I think sometimes as bloggers we don’t always know the impact our musings have on people, so I’m happy to know that the exchange of recommendations here is reciprocal.

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        January 22, 2016
  3. Anita #

    Sounds like a lot to look forward to!!!

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    January 22, 2016
  4. Tracy S #

    Thanks to both Jen and BW for this blog! You are both so busy with your lives, and the extra time you spend here, keeping reading fun is very much appreciated. Keep up the great work!

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    January 22, 2016
  5. You don’t have any followers in Greenland? Surprised about that 🙂 Delighted to see you are keeping going with the Read around the World feature.

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    January 23, 2016
    • I know, right? We’ll see if we can change that this year.

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      January 23, 2016
  6. Congrats on your anniversary!

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    January 23, 2016
  7. Reader-book match sounds exciting! Nice idea.

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    January 23, 2016
    • Thanks! I hope you join us for it. We’ll be looking for readers who want to be matched 🙂

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      January 23, 2016
  8. Diane Zwang #

    Congratulations on the anniversary, that year went fast. I enjoy the love it or hate feature and when you review or feature 1001 books. Overall I enjoy and read all your posts. Here is to another great year.

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    January 23, 2016
  9. JoLene R #

    Congratulations!! One down, many to go……..
    I’ve definitely enjoyed challenges and lots of the regular features. Some of the new ones sounds really good as well. I’m a big traveller so the travel one sounds really interesting.

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    January 23, 2016
  10. Congratulations! I will like to participate in the Reader-Book Match sounds interesting…

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    January 24, 2016
    • Great! I am adding you to a list for when we start doing this. Once we start, I may contact you and see if you are still interested!

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      January 24, 2016
  11. You have the most creative features! I’ve been exploring over the past couple weeks since I discovered this site, and I keep getting so excited about all the great things you have going. I think all three new feature ideas are fantastic and I would love to participate on either side of the reader-book match.

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    January 26, 2016
    • Thanks! Glad you like them and I will keep you in mind for when we start the book match!

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      January 26, 2016

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