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Armchair Book Expo: 05/31/17

Armchair logo with my three cats

The last time I participated in the Armchair BEA was 2011. I'm glad to be back and hope to get reacquainted with everyone. In that time, my original mascot and beloved cat, Caligula, died at the ripe age of 18. I now have a pair of tuxedo cats who continue the fine tradition of being reading companions and lap warmers. I have added them to my header but Caligula will always be my logo and avatar as she was the original inspiration for the blog's name and look.

I am currently in the process of redesigning my blog after moving to a vanity domain. From 1997 until March of this year, I was at pussreboots.pair.com — originally because I couldn't afford the $50 to make it a proper dot-com URL. The .pair version was only an extra $1 a year. This year my domain host felt the need to change how they do the cheaper vanity domains. Since my URL would change regardless, I opted to drop the .pair and upgrade to a proper dot-com URL.

To go with the new vanity domain, I'm cleaning up my code and creating new, larger images for all my reviews and articles. I'm working my way backwards, so 2017-2013 is now done. I estimate that I have about one hundred hours of work left. After that, my next step is to make a mobile site.

My blog, social media, etc can be found in a bunch of spots.

My current read is:

currently reading

I read between three hundred and four hundred books a year. Two that I expect to be starting soon are: The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (2016) and Us Conductors by Sean Michaels (2014)

My summer plans:

We're planning an August road trip to Wyoming to see the total eclipse.

Comments (30)




Comment #29: Sunday, June 04, 2017 at 02:14:51

Heidenkind

Poor Caligula. 😥

My parents are going to Wyoming for the solar eclipse, too. It'll happen on their 40th anniversary



Comment #30: Sunday, June 04, 2017 at 20:10:00

Pussreboots

Wow! What a way to celebrate. Caligula lived a good life and she was in pain her last few days. We miss her, of course, but we're happy to be able to offer Salmon and Tortuga a home.

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Comment #1: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 10:43:44

Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews Armchair BookExpo Introduction

Hello....I enjoy stopping by your blog.

Nice to get to know you better.

Wow on the 300 to 400 books a year. I am lucky if I make 50. :)

Thanks for sharing, and have a fun week.



Comment #2: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 08:37:00

Pussreboots

Fifty is still impressive; that's a book a week with time off for holiday travels. Thank you for visiting.



Comment #3: Wednesday, May, 31, 2017 at 13:15:49

Steph

Hm I need to look into this eclipse... I have heard it mentioned a few times today. Thank you for sharing!



Comment #4:

Pussreboots

Everything you need to know is at this website. Thanks for stopping by.



Comment #5: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 13:19:17

Julie

Ooh congrats on your vanity url and good luck with all the fun redesign stuff.



Comment #6: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 17:20:00

Pussreboots

It's mostly just busy work, although creating the new images is fun (in short bursts). The bulk of the work though is code cleanup, something visitors will never see but will make maintenance easier for me.



Comment #7: Wednesday, May, 31, 2017 at 14:03:13

Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

Also impressed by the number of books you read in a year. My goal would be about half of that — but everyone is different. Good luck with revamping your blog!



Comment #8: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 17:29:00

Pussreboots

It's just sort of become the norm for me. The first year it felt like I was reading all the time. Now either I'm used to it or I just read faster when I do read. I'm certainly not just reading all day.



Comment #9: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 14:41:11

Danielle Pitter

Wow you've been blogging for a really long time, well done!! I'm into my 4th year and I still have a lot to learn. Have fun in Wyoming!



Comment #10: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 17:33:00

Pussreboots

I don't think that will ever change. Blogging best practices and technologies are always being updated.



Comment #11: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 14:52:31

Brenda

That's an awesome number of books to have read. The cats are adorable. Thanks for stopping by and commenting today and have a lovely week!



Comment #12: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 17:47:00

Pussreboots

It's a lot but it's the pace I'm currently comfortably reading at.



Comment #13: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 17:44:10

Terri @ Alexia's Books and Such

Sorry to hear that Caligula passed away, but am sure you gave him a great life! Your trip to see the eclipse sounds awesome! I've never seen a total eclipse, so have fun!



Comment #14: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 18:05:00

Pussreboots

Caligula was a good cat. She was an endearing old lady cat in her last couple years. Despite her arthritis she insisted on doing the things she loved doing. But she'd moan and groan as she did them.

I plan to take tons of photos of the road trip to the elipse, and of the eclipse itself.



Comment #15: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 19:29:36

Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

Wow, sounds like you have a lot of work to do, but I also think in the end, it will be really rewarding. This is only my second time participating in Armchair Book Expo, so very glad to meet you. Hope you have a fantastic week participating!



Comment #16: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 18:07:00

Pussreboots

The site will be so much better for the overhaul. The nice thing is that there isn't a deadline. I can work on it as much or as little I want at night.



Comment #17: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 22:03:54

Erica @ Erica Robyn Reads

Hello! Welcome back to the expo! I wish you luck with your blog redesign!



Comment #18: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 21:57:00

Pussreboots

I'm having fun with the Expo and with the redesign.



Comment #19: Thursday, June 01, 2017 at 00:13:05

Rissi

Best of luck with the code clean up (to match the dot-com). Redesign or formatting is always quite the task, but it's always a great feeling when we can look back and see all the work paid off. :)

Enjoy your road trip. Sounds fun!

Appreciate you visiting Finding Wonderland.



Comment #20: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 21:59:00

Pussreboots

The updates need doing and the cleaned up code is so much nicer to work with. It's a pleasure to meet you through this Expo.



Comment #21: Thursday, June 01, 2017 at 00:54:19

Gabriella M

Wow, I wish I could read that many books in a year! That's amazing!



Comment #22: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 22:01:00

Pussreboots

I read a little bit most days. I don't watch a lot of TV and I tend to read fast — but in short bursts. I don't like to read for hours on end.



Comment #23: Thursday, June 01, 2017 at 15:42:53

Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)

I have read Stephen Baxter, but a book with him and Terry Pratchet both sounds intriguing! The total eclipse will be visible from a town a little ways north of where I live, but it is on a Monday I think, so I'll be in school. :-( Thanks for stopping by my Intro post on Lisa Loves Literature earlier.



Comment #24: Friday, June 02, 2017 at 15:39:00

Pussreboots

You're right. It does happen on a Monday. If you're close enough, you might still get a partial eclipse where you are.



Comment #25: Thursday, June 01, 2017 at 23:13:27

Tif

It's so good to reconnect with you, and I'm so glad you decided to join back in on the celebrations!



Comment #26: Friday, June 02, 2017 at 15:39:00

Pussreboots

It's good to be back but I won't be doing as many weekly memes as I once did.



Comment #27: Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 21:05:20

Darlene

I have never read Terry Pratchett! Wow, the amount of books you read in a year is very impressive! Your tuxedo cat looks like mine :)



Comment #28: Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 19:51:00

Pussreboots

I hope you give Pratchett a try. If you have specific genres or types of stories that you like, I can recommend a Pratchett to you.