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International Blog Delurking Week 2016

Back in the olden days of the Internet, the first full week of January was declared International Delurking Week, and I still celebrate this ancient holiday. It runs this year from the 3rd until the 9th, so you have about seven days to slither out of the reading closet and check in with an “I’m here” comment.

It is fairly easy. Leave a comment in the comment section below admitting that you’re here. You can simply raise your hand and meekly admit that you’re here with a simple, one-word “here” comment; or you can proudly raise your hand and tell us all a bit about yourself (my preferred method); or… you can tell me your favourite book (see, I’m trying to make it easy for you by even providing a comment prompt).

The point is that I want to know about the people who read me, since there is a huge discrepancy between the number of readers in actuality and the number of readers I actually know are reading. Or a tongue-twister like that.

And that’s all you have to do to celebrate.

So (clears throat to nudge you along), who is here?

And just to answer my own question, I am partial to the Harry Potter series.  And almost anything Tolkien.  And Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale.  And Voltaire’s Candide.

* I make a badge every year to mark the occasion, and I give you full permission to right click and grab it for your very own.

Side note: tomorrow is also #MicroblogMonday.  So get writing!


1 Jen { 01.03.16 at 7:48 am }

Happy new year, Mel! Thank you for inspiring commenting – as well as blog reading, writing and sharing. My commenting has been slack lately but I am always here : )

My favourite book at the moment (it’s never the same for long!) is the Christmas present my husband bought me, Bill Bryson’s ‘The Road to Little Dribbling’. It’s a follow up to his travelog about Britain from 1995 – ‘Notes from a Small Island.’ I love seeing my country from the point of view of someone who is non-native but knows it very well.

2 BentNotBroken { 01.03.16 at 8:23 am }

Happy New Year! I frequently read but seldom comment. Right now I’m reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I’m loving also Robert Galbraith’s (one of JK Rowling’s pen names) Cormoran Strkie series, a witty mystery series-everything you’d expect from Rowling.

3 gwinne { 01.03.16 at 8:31 am }

Happy New Year!

I’ve been reading your blog since 2008? Still a regular visitor, if not always commenter.

I’m reading Ada Limon’s poetry collection BRIGHT DEAD THINGS at the moment, and just started Donna Tartt’s 2002 THE LITTLE FRIEND because it occurred to me I read it during the first dark time and couldn’t remember much of the plot…

4 Claire { 01.03.16 at 9:04 am }

Hi – I read you practically every post. I never read on anything but my phone so I don’t comment as much.
Favorite book ( series)are the Scotland Street and the Isabel Dalhousie series by Alexander McCall Smith. Edinburgh easy reads like hot chocolate and a warm blanket on a foggy day. but I hardly get time to read so I don’t have much current reading material to chose from. Happy New Year. Been reading since 2008 when someone from LFCA commented on my blog and I had to look it up on the Internet ( it took a while to find it!)

5 Sharon { 01.03.16 at 9:06 am }

Happy New Year, Mel! Regular reader since 2009. I admire your ability to create community online and to keep writing here so consistently for so many years

6 Lori Shandle-Fox { 01.03.16 at 9:19 am }

Present! –Happy New Year! I first found your blog several years ago. I’ve been checking into it frequently lately. I’m just always so impressed with how much you do on this site and love that there’s such a positive feel to it all. I’m a former stand-up. I try to bring humor to people going thru things I’ve been thru, big & small… including infertility… & I just really appreciate all you do here…. My favorite books are mostly old-style murder mysteries. I’m still mad at Agatha Christie for up and dying.

7 35jupiterdrive { 01.03.16 at 9:20 am }

Hey there Mel! I remember delurking week. I’m going to join you in celebrating it at my blog too. Thanks for the prompting to do so.

Favourite books: Harry Potter. Mercedes Lackey Valdemar series. Lois McMaster Bujold’s Curse of Chalion. Charles deLint’s Newford series, esp. Memory and Dream. (There’s more.)

8 Christine { 01.03.16 at 9:51 am }

I always miss this week on my blog, which could do with some rivivatory (that’s a word, right?) comments.
I just finished reading, for the more-than-second time, The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff. It’s a classic, it really is. Great for anyone over about the age of ten, especially those with a little interest in Roman Britain. Such a great book.

9 Linda { 01.03.16 at 10:24 am }

Happy New Year!
I usually comment on your FB blog posts.
I don’t think I have a favorite book. I have several favorite authors I regularly read and reread. I, too, love HP.

10 Working mom of 2 { 01.03.16 at 10:50 am }

I generally read mystery series, that aren’t too gory and often there’s a cat involved. Example: the Midnight Louie series. Problem: a lot of series over the past 25 years I’ve been reading them have gone “out of business””–author just stops writing them or in some cases dies. And I always used to “run out” of books–the authors of the series I read didn’t write fast enough, so I kept adding new (usually lesser-liked by me) series. I started out using the library but then it turned into buying lots of books from Borders (the was before Amazon existed/I started using it) because the library couldn’t keep up.

Now, with kids, not a problem, and usually several times a year I can buy a bunch on half.com and be set with the exception of an occasional new purchase (like Martha Grimes (Richard Jury books), Sue Grafton (Kinsey Malone), Carole Nelson Douglas (Midnight Louie). I like reading series that take place in places I’ve lived before, such as the Sue Grafton books.

11 Ashleigh { 01.03.16 at 11:37 am }

I’m here! Ashleigh from Massachusetts…I think I’ve been reading for perhaps a year… don’t really recall. Favorite books… Pride and Prejudice, anything JFK/Jackie O, any Liane Moriarty books… The Hunger Games trilogy…

12 Junebug { 01.03.16 at 12:16 pm }

Reading and commenting! I LOVE Octavia Butler and similar science fiction authors that consider and complicate our understanding of race, gender, ability, etc.

13 Cristy { 01.03.16 at 12:49 pm }

I’m here! And so happy your continuing this tradition.

Following our move, I decided to start rereading books that I’ve collected over the years that I hung on to. Decided it was time to determine if they are still worth hanging on to. The one I’m currently reading is and you may like it too if you’re a Tolkien fan. Called “The Light Bearer” by Donna Gillespie.

Happy 2016!

14 Erica { 01.03.16 at 2:33 pm }

I’m here! I’m a new infertility blogger (https://ourhopefullyhappyending.wordpress.com).

I also love Harry Potter and LOTR! Recently, my online IF group has started a monthly book club and last month’s theme was Apocalypse/End of the world, so I’ve been reading more of that as of late.

15 Jill A. { 01.03.16 at 3:00 pm }

I love reading your blog, Mel. Always something to think about!

This year I had a grandson born in August, a grandson born on Christmas Eve and a grandson due the end of March, 2016. I have been spending all my time and energy worrying the daughters through the pregnancies. Silently chanting, “Don’t die. Don’t die. Don’t die.”

I’ve been doing a lot of rereading of old favorites, because that is what I have the concentration for currently. Louisa May Alcott, L.M. Montgomery, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein. I also just recently discovered Kindle Unlimited has bunches and bunches of my old mysteries and romance novels I can reread. The books I have are hard to read – the printing has lightened and the fonts have changed in my books. 😀 (Yellowed pages and small, fuzzy print.) Between Kindle Unlimited and Gutenberg, it is bad for my health, now I don’t even have to get up to go to the bookshelf!

16 torthúil { 01.03.16 at 3:05 pm }

Here! I live in western Canada. I am married and a mom of a 14 month old (our miracle baby). Professionally I am a special education teacher (in other words, fumbling along new working mom). My current interests are reading, blogging, current events (sort of), and I make it out to a stepdance class every week. My dormant hobbies include concert band, knitting and crochet, and having a social life offline. I’m a social and political conservative, at least with regards to my personal life and decisions. I’m interested in all ideas and observing the human condition and how people deal with our fascinating world. I like a cacophony of opinions. I read the comments section and the graffiti in the washroom, as well as pretty much anything else. Favourite book? Wouldn’t even know where to start. Some of the books I have come back to over the years: Seamus Heaney’s poetry, Tolkein, Diana Gabaldon’s novels, C.S. Lewis’s non-fiction, Phil Rickman’s Merrily Watkins series, Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ Women Who Run with the Wolves. But really hand me a Big Fat Book about anything, fiction or non-fiction, that engages with interesting questions about life, and I’ll eat it up nom nom nom.

17 torthúil { 01.03.16 at 3:07 pm }

Oh, I forgot Solzhenitsyn and Dostoyevsky (anything and all) from the book list above. Now those are books to sink your teeth into.

18 Catwoman73 { 01.03.16 at 7:04 pm }

I’m here, though I’m guessing you knew that. I’m not much of a lurker.

Fave book….. hmmmmm…. that’s tough. There’s just so many good choices. If I had to pick, I suppose I would say Little Women. Though in the non-fiction realm, I would say that it is a tie between Into The Wild and Into Thin Air, both by Jon Krakauer. If you haven’t read either book, I would HIGHLY recommend them. And after you read Into The Wild, follow it up with The Wild Truth, by Carine McCandless.

I’ll stop now… I could talk about books forever!!!

19 tasivfer { 01.03.16 at 7:06 pm }

I’m here. I’m always here. I seem to have lost my voice. <3

20 Tara K { 01.03.16 at 9:30 pm }


I love Cloud Atlas, Cryptonomicon, and just really enjoyed The Goldfinch.

Happy New Year to you!

21 Angel Stew & Devil's Brew { 01.03.16 at 9:47 pm }

I’m here! A newbie! 😀 My favorite book is ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ but I am currently reading ‘The Devil in the White City’ and that may bump the wifey out of her first place slot. 🙂

22 Cathy { 01.03.16 at 9:49 pm }

Hello Mel – I’m here :). Been reading your blog but not commenting or participating in microblog Mondays for a little while now. That will change now the new year is here.
My book reading has been slow recently but there is a Kate Atkinson along with a Tim Winton by the bedside ready and waiting for the mood to change.
Take care

23 Cassie Dash { 01.03.16 at 10:51 pm }

Here! I read often, but am pitiful at commenting. But I’m always here.

And ahhhh…Harry Potter. One of my very favorites. I can read it over and over again. But I love books in general. Just finished The Age of Miracles (rather sad, but very good!) and am about to start The Selection. I always make time to read, but I always wish there was more.

Happy New Year!

24 Isabelle { 01.03.16 at 10:54 pm }

I have many books that I like. Recently I am rereading “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down”. Definitely a mind-blowing and thought-provoking kind of book, even while reading the second time.

25 Middle Girl { 01.03.16 at 10:58 pm }

I’m here. A great many books and authors have found their way to my notice in my many years to cherishing the printed word. A great many have moved me to joy. And a great many to tears.

26 Lindz { 01.03.16 at 11:01 pm }

I’m here. Occasional commenter, mom of 2, professor which means I straddle the work-at-home/work-out-of-home line, usually feeling like I’m failing at both mom and worker. New Year’s Resolution: be ok with not being a perfect mom.

Favorite books…. I’m currently reading the last book in the Magician trilogy. Thanks for the suggestion on that. I also like Mercedes Lackey, Ann McCaffery, Stephanie Laurens and Eloisa James. But I’ll read almost anything (not horror, not too much gore).

27 St. E { 01.03.16 at 11:23 pm }

Yolla Mel! I am here….And I have been here for a while!

28 xykademiqz { 01.03.16 at 11:55 pm }

Hi! I read occasionally, I don’t think I’ve commented before.
Currently reading Anne Leckie’s “Ancillary Mercy.”

29 Mali { 01.04.16 at 1:00 am }

Hi Mel! I’m still here – you can’t get rid of me easily! I’ve been reading since I discovered you around 2010, and rarely miss a post. I love comments myself, so I try to comment too.

Aah – favourite books? My #MM post (already up of course) is about reading. (Ha, great minds …) A book that has always stayed with me is called Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi. I love Maya Angelou, Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall series, Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, and his Equal Music too, Tim Winton’s Dirt Music, Barbara Kingsolver’s Poisonwood Bible, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and so, so many others. The first three of the Outlander series, Tolkein when I was younger, Anne of Green Gables, etc etc. Books are life!

30 lisa { 01.04.16 at 1:11 am }

I’m still here and really enjoy the couple of minutes I take each day to read your posts.

31 StacieT { 01.04.16 at 1:15 am }

I’m still here! 🙂

32 anks { 01.04.16 at 3:26 am }

Am here! *Raises hands like Hermione* Am a working mother, lifestyle blogger and wannabe writer… 🙂

33 Suzy { 01.04.16 at 3:47 am }

Happy New Year. One of my favourite books is The Prophet by Khalil Gibran. I loved the HP books too and I recently discovered that the Wellington Railway Station in New Zealand has a platform 9 3/4.

34 Jessica { 01.04.16 at 3:52 am }

I like you choice of topics to share. I never knew about this celebration. I like your badge too. 🙂

35 Illanare { 01.04.16 at 10:14 am }

I’m here and reading – though I have been away from the blogosphere for a long time 🙂

36 Arnebya { 01.04.16 at 11:17 am }

Here. And I love all things Stephen King, J. California Cooper, and most recently, Anna Quindlen.

37 nonsequiturchica { 01.04.16 at 1:04 pm }

Happy New Year! I’m still here!

38 Heather { 01.04.16 at 2:00 pm }

I’m here! Not reading anything I’m afraid. I was trying to read “three women” about 3 generations of women over Christmas but I got stuck and I’m not sure when I will finish.

39 Laurel Regan { 01.04.16 at 3:02 pm }


I’m here! Happy New Year! 🙂

40 JustHeather { 01.04.16 at 4:00 pm }

I’m here. Not as often as I used to be, but I’m here.
Right now, I’m reading book 12 of some YA Vampire series. I’m also trying to read Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf for a book club and finding it…boring. I will try the audio version and see if that makes it any more palatable. I need to find a new book/series pretty soon.

41 Charlie's Bird { 01.05.16 at 1:59 am }

Delurking from a very hot South Africa to share that I have just started the 4th book in the Millennium series, The girl in the spider’s web. It’s the attempted continuation of the Stieg Larsson series. I’ve just begun, so have to reserve judgement on it for now.

42 Brianna { 01.05.16 at 2:39 pm }

I’ve commented on a few of your posts, but most of the time I don’t as I don’t feel my comment will add anything to the conversation already occurring prior to my reading the post.

43 loribeth { 01.05.16 at 5:12 pm }

I am here. 🙂 I’ve been here since, oh, probably early 2007, before I even had my own blog. 🙂 But then, you knew that. 😉

I have so many “favourite” books; it’s hard to pick just one. I have a fondness for auto/biographies and a particular weakness for showbiz/ rock & roll memoirs. Currently reading (& loving) Elvis Costello’s. 🙂

44 Cheryl Fassett { 01.05.16 at 6:51 pm }

Hi Mel!
I am a new reader on your blog, and just finished Life From Scratch. I envy Rachel her year of learning to cook! ?
Too many favorite books to list, but I loved the Harry Potter series as well.

45 Betty M { 01.05.16 at 9:40 pm }

Here! At least 9 years now I think.

46 Kreative Doting { 01.06.16 at 12:17 pm }

Happy New Year 2016!
I am an avid reader who loves books by Jefery Archer, John Grisham, Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, Mary Kubica, Khaled Hosseini et all.
Here’s my blog:

47 Cyn K { 01.06.16 at 1:55 pm }

Just participated in my first #MicroblogMondays this week, so it seems a good time to say hi.

48 Becky { 01.06.16 at 5:01 pm }

I am fairly new here, finding you via the BlogHer Writing Lab Facebook group. I don’t like to admit it out loud to anyone but myself (so I don’t jinx myself) but I am trying to revive my long neglected blog. And so I playing along, to see if I have any readers at all.

49 Alana { 01.06.16 at 6:07 pm }

Here, not as much as I should be. The same blog that told me about Delurking Week last year told me again. My favorite book? Oh gosh, after almost 60 years of reading, it’s so hard to pick!

50 Jessie Francis { 01.07.16 at 1:18 am }

I’m here again, after a long hiatus. I didn’t want to need the community again, but I do.

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