• Increase Your Blog Traffic*

    As blogging fever seems to have hit others I know as well as myself, I thought I’d share some of the neat gizmos and sites that I’ve recently found! In the past 2 months my visitor traffic has increased dramatically since using some of them, so feel free to pick and choose what you’d like! If you have any good sites to recommend to me, please do! I’m also always looking for new blogs to read, so please feel free to leave me a link and I’d love to take a look. :)

    MyBlogLog
    If you are looking for new blogs to read that are updated regularly, I would highly recommend this site. There are thousands listed by category and you can join different neighborhoods of bloggers! If you do take a look and decide to join, please join my neighborhood and I’ll join yours! Here is my link: http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/community/iheartmyshoes/

    BlogCatelog
    Again, BlogCatelog is a similar type of site with lots of great blogs. I’ve found a couple of blogs that I now love and read regularly through this site, and it’s to bring some new people to me! :)
    This is my profile: https://www.blogcatalog.com/blogs/i-heart-my-shoes-scribbling-about-life-and-love.html

    Blogged
    This site is kind of cool… once you submit your blog they will take a look and review what you have and give you a rating! You then go into their directory and can take a look at blogs of a similar rating as yours! This is my review/page: http://www.blogged.com/blogs/i-heart-my-shoes-scribbling-about-life-and-love.html

    Who’s Amung Us?
    On my right sidebar you’ll see a little black box with a red circle & a man. This is probably FAVOURITE addition to my blog. That little box tells me how many people are currently browsing my site, and when I click it I can see see a map of where in the world they are! It doesn’t provide me with anything terribly personal, just general regions and countries, but it’s pretty cool! I also just found today that there is a firefox add-on for it, so I can see how many people are on my site without even logging on. Pretty neat, huh?

    BlogRush
    Beneath the black box with the man is another bigger box under the heading “Increase Traffic”. If you click on the box itself (not the links) you can add one to your own profile! This is great for increasing traffic to your site! If you add it, titles of your blogs will appear where the links you currently see are, on other blogs! So it’ll bring you all kinds of new people! I really like it!

    Anyway, those are just a few neat things that I’ve found and thought I’d share. Enjoy!!

    Shop Girl*

  • Books*

    I found this on C‘s blog. As I am a great lover of good literature I thought I’d borrow it and reevaluate what I have / haven’t / should read! Her list is MUCH longer than mine–I’m going to do it in sections to prevent having a really really long list. Here are the first 100!

    *bold those you’ve read
    *italicize those you started but never finished
    *double star ones you want to read
    *add your own
    *post to your blog, if desired

    1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
    2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
    3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
    4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
    5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
    6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
    7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
    8. 1984, George Orwell
    9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
    10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
    11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
    12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte**
    13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
    14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
    15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
    16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
    17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
    18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
    19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
    20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy (Incredible)
    21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
    22. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
    23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
    24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
    25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
    26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
    27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
    28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
    29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck**
    30. Alice‘s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
    31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
    32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
    34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
    35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
    36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
    37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
    38. Persuasion, Jane Austen**
    39. Dune, Frank Herbert
    40. Emma, Jane Austen**
    41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
    42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
    43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
    44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas**
    45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
    46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
    47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
    48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
    49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
    50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
    51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
    52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
    53. The Stand, Stephen King
    54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
    55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
    56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
    57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
    58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
    59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
    60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
    62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
    63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
    64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough**
    65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
    66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
    67. The Magus, John Fowles
    68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
    69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
    70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
    71. Perfume, Patrick Susskind
    72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
    73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
    74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
    75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding**
    76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
    77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
    78. Ulysses, James Joyce
    79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
    80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
    81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
    82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
    83. Holes, Louis Sachar
    84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
    85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
    86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
    87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
    88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
    89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
    90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
    91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
    92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel (love the whole series)
    93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
    94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
    95. Katherine, Anya Seton
    96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
    97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
    99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot**
    100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

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