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International Blog Delurking Week 2017

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 1st until the 8th, so you have about six 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 think everyone knows about my obsessive tendencies with anything Harry Potter, Tolkien, Narnia, or books by Douglas Adams.  But I also love Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale and Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy.

* 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.


1 Karen { 01.03.17 at 7:17 am }

I’m here!

And my favorite fiction series are similar to yours: Harry Potter, Tolkien, Narnia. Lately I’m into memoirs and nonfiction, though. I love all Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird!), Elizabeth Gilbert, and Natalie Goldberg. I scored a “Hamilton: The Revolution” for Christmas, which I adore. I’m also on my third, maybe fourth helping of Brene Brown’s “The Gifts of Imperfection.”

So. Um. I guess I don’t really have a favorite, haha. 🙂

2 Jodi { 01.03.17 at 7:21 am }

I’m here.

3 Magpie { 01.03.17 at 7:25 am }


4 Cristy { 01.03.17 at 7:43 am }

I’m here!

Most recent book series of interest: The Light Bearer.

5 Beth { 01.03.17 at 8:21 am }


I loved all the Harry Potter books, of course. I’m also a big fan of Liane Moriarty right now, as well as any mystery with a good (not too disturbing) twist. I am not a fan of dystopian fiction.

6 Candice { 01.03.17 at 8:32 am }

Here! I love your blog and started reading several years ago. I am part of the infertility community, currently pregnant with baby #2 after a successful FET. I am also a huge HP fan and re-read the books regularly. Thanks for continuing to provide this space for us all.

7 torthuil { 01.03.17 at 8:40 am }

I’m here. And I’m still not reading any books. I should at least try to remember to charge the kobo.

8 Lindz { 01.03.17 at 10:05 am }

I’m here!

Book suggestions: Ready Player One and Hidden Figures (and there’s a kid version of the second which your kids might enjoy)

9 Jen@FrugalSteppingStones { 01.03.17 at 11:24 am }

Did you know they are making A Handmaid’s Tale miniseries starring Elisabeth Moss from Mad Men? http://www.comingsoon.net/tv/news/791457-handmaids-tale-photos-give-you-a-first-look-at-the-series#/slide/1

10 Emma @ Muddy Boots and Diamonds { 01.03.17 at 11:27 am }

Here! I really need to get back into the habit of reading books. Gone With the Wind is up there on my list of favorites. I still haven’t read Harry Potter, though it’s on my to-read list!

11 Janet { 01.03.17 at 11:28 am }

Here. Currently reading Hidden Figures.

12 Sharon { 01.03.17 at 12:57 pm }

I comment semi-regularly. I’m here. 🙂

I have loved so many books that I don’t think that I could pick a favorite. The last book I read and loved was A Man Called Ove.

13 AR { 01.03.17 at 2:18 pm }

Hi! I started reading your blog last year while starting my own infertility journey.
As for favorite books: HP and Tolkien, of course. PG Wodehouse (somehow he’s not well known in the US. Think Downton Abbey-era but fabulously comedic). Jane Eyre. Any of Jane Austen. Currently making my way through http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/10/books/6-books-to-help-understand-trumps-win.html?_r=0 which has at least helped me process the last few months.

14 loribeth { 01.03.17 at 3:58 pm }

I’m here! (always am, lol) 😉 I cannot pick a favourite book — that would be like picking your favourite child. Currently, I am re-reading the Poldark novels by Winston Graham. I read them back in the 1970s, when the original BBC/PBS TV series was on; now I’m reading them again to keep up/ahead of the remake! Currently on #6, “The Four Swans.”

15 Sian { 01.03.17 at 4:06 pm }

Still here ?

16 Mel H { 01.03.17 at 4:12 pm }

Hello! I’ve been reading the past few months and love your blog. My favorite series is forever Harry Potter. I love a number of other books too–The Little Prince, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Jane Eyre–there’s so many!

17 Amber { 01.03.17 at 5:21 pm }

I’m here! I honestly can’t remember the last book I read. I have a lot of favorites though, just not enough time to sit down and read since I had my twins. When I do have free time, I have to choose between reading blogs or books. Blogs always win because I can cruise through several posts at once!

18 Bri { 01.03.17 at 5:37 pm }

Always here! You are the reason I started blogging 4 yrs ago! Cheers to a beautiful 2017!

19 Charlotte { 01.03.17 at 6:36 pm }

Heya! I’m here!
I haven’t read a book in a long time…I don’t even remember what the last book I read even was! I should get back to that, I have a ton of stuff on my kindle just waiting.
My favorite books…Love Walked In by Marissa de lots Santos, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, anything by Lauren Weisberger (but especially The Devil wears Prada) and Find You in the Dark by A. Meredith Walters. Also, every Chelsea Handler book because, umm…hilarious.

20 Charlotte { 01.03.17 at 6:37 pm }

Oh, and also Flat out Love by Jessica Park. Thise are all books I read over and over.

21 Symanntha Renn { 01.03.17 at 8:15 pm }

Wow! I have been blogging for 5 years and I’ve never heard of this!! This is a great holiday!! I am going to blog about this, so THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE BADGE!
Do you mind if I use the image in a blog post?
I blog about poetry and my muses, which is my family and my flowers. I love Louis L’Amour, I am trying to collect all of his books, and just spent over $100 of my Christmas money to buy his older books.

22 Risa Kerslake { 01.03.17 at 8:44 pm }

I’m here! And I miss the blogging community… how it used to be. I remember posting this on my own blog eons ago (more like 2013). And I simply cannot choose a favorite book. I love so many. Currently, I’m rereading The Twelve, the second book from The Passage.

23 StacieT { 01.03.17 at 9:21 pm }

How’d you! ??

Favorite book? HP all the way! Currently working our way through book 3. They stopped me with one chapter left…they don’t want it to end, but it’s driving me crazy to leave it hanging. 🙂

24 StacieT { 01.03.17 at 9:22 pm }

That should say, “Howdy!”

25 Isabelle { 01.03.17 at 11:56 pm }

Thanks for all you do! My husband and I are about to start another GC/DE transfer. Hopefully this is it for us.

The most recent book that I read and loved was Counting by 7s which was recommended by Jess at http://mypathtomommyhood.blogspot.com/

It’s such a wonderful book that I read it twice in a row.

26 A. { 01.04.17 at 4:34 am }


Super excited about that Handmaid’s Tale bit above 🙂 That was my first dystopia and kicked off a major love of the genre, have taught Fahrenheit 451 as well as 1984 for years (in 2 different courses) and been in my glory. I have a few kids now using it for their honors-program term papers. Speaking of which, I am sort of under a pile of classics at present to help them with their papers. I have an extraordinarily bright student who is reading The Confederacy of Dunces for his paper, and I am using it as motivation to read that myself once and for all after starting it many times at the beginning of summer vacay when buried under too much June/July brain fog to process.

27 Colleen { 01.04.17 at 9:14 am }

Hi! I’ve been reading since the twins started in Kindergarten. I just finished Bellweather Rhapsody, on the Lazy Genius’ recommendation, and it was fantastic. I’m also halfway through the Steerswoman series, and just got the last 2 books for Christmas. I can’t wait to keep reading.

28 Laurel Regan, CZT { 01.04.17 at 11:04 am }

I’m here! And I always enjoy what you have to share. 🙂

29 Justine { 01.04.17 at 3:07 pm }

I’m here. Believe it or not. 🙂

30 Ashley { 01.04.17 at 3:18 pm }

I suppose I do lurk, but only because I don’t believe in commenting unless I really have something to say….
I don’t have any current favorite books I’m reading. I used to be a voracious reader, but then kids happened and now I hardly read at all. I think I shall use this year to rectify that!

31 Jill A. { 01.04.17 at 4:28 pm }

I’m here. I stop by most days. This is one of my favorite blogs. You have the knack of making me think in ways that get me out of my rut.

About me – today is the day before the 26th anniversary of my infant daughter’s death. Today always sucks. 48 hours from now, I’ll be me again.

32 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 01.04.17 at 6:36 pm }


33 Jen { 01.04.17 at 6:42 pm }

Happy new year, Mel! I rarely comment but am always here : ) My favourite book is Pride and Prejudice, closely followed by The Fellowship of the Ring.

Thank you for sharing your writing with us and being the hub of a wonderfully supportive community.

34 Christa { 01.04.17 at 9:35 pm }

I’m here too, probably started reading in 2011ish? So happy to see the PG Wodehouse shout out above, since one of his was the last book a read (and the first new one in a while, since I have a 3 yr old). I also have a fondness that I cannot explain for Willa Cather. I considered blogging a number of times, but could never overcome my general sense of reserve about putting personal stuff out there, so I remain a reader only.

35 Heidi { 01.04.17 at 10:12 pm }

Hi! I’m here! I’ve read your blog for several years and every year I ALMOST comment during “delurking week.” This year I will actually hit “submit!” Thank you for maintaining your blog. While nothing lasts forever (my mantra during labor!), I’ve really appreciated the steadfastness of your online presence. 🙂

36 Parul Thakur { 01.04.17 at 11:36 pm }

Hello there and I will also join the party cos at my place too – there are lurkers 😉 Thanks for the reminder, Mel.
I have a lot of favorite books but one that I can name is Pearl S Buck’s Letter from Peking. It’s my all time favorite 🙂

37 Mali { 01.04.17 at 11:46 pm }

I’m still here too. I’m not sure if I have a favourite book, but will pick an old favourite. I love Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy and also his very different Equal Music.

38 Charlie's Bird { 01.05.17 at 4:50 am }

I’m still here, just not a frequent commentator.
Busy reading a delightful English (as in England) archeology/crime series by Elly Griffiths, featuring Dr Ruth Galloway. Very light, easy reading, but an enjoyable series.

39 Bev { 01.05.17 at 9:05 am }

I’m here

40 chandni { 01.05.17 at 9:25 am }

I remember discovering about this week tad bit late. thankfully not this time. I am composing a post too Mel and i’ll be using your badge . Ive resolved not to lurk this year. every visit I make to a blog , I leave a note : ) so this sounds like the perfect way to set the tone for the year.

41 peppylady (Dora) { 01.05.17 at 12:04 pm }

I wish I knew about this earlier. But hello from Idaho.
Hope you fine the time to stop in and have a cup of coffee.

42 Turia { 01.05.17 at 5:45 pm }

I’m here! I always read but don’t always comment. And most of my book recommendations come from you! The last two I read were The Royal We and The Age of Miracles. I have just started reading and enjoying Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce mysteries and you might like them too if you haven’t read them yet. Or anything by Guy Gavriel Kay

43 Obsessivemom { 01.05.17 at 11:34 pm }

Hey Mel I’m here. Love reading, love Harry Potter, not so fond of LOTR. Currently reading The Girl With Seven Names about a young girl in/from North Korea. Proving to be an amazing read. Off to look for delurkers on my blog too. Thanks for the reminder.

44 Ryan { 01.05.17 at 11:38 pm }

I’m here! I like a lot of books, but, for now, I’ll give Watership Down as my favorite.

45 chandni { 01.06.17 at 3:12 am }

Hey , Mel I missed this last year and thankfully I discovered it on Parul’s blog this year and so I am catching up a little late but I’ve posted coz I’ve resolved not to lurk anymore this year and show as much blog love as I can . thanks for helping me write my first 2017 post .. its so special 🙂

46 Brid { 01.06.17 at 4:53 pm }

Hi Mel,
Sorry I don’t comment very much, but I am always here.
My favourite book is a toss up… either “Sweetness in the Belly” by Camilla Gibb or “Good to a Fault” by Marina Endicott.
When I was an undergrad I went to a conference in Manchester on C. S. Lewis… They were a pretty religious group and they weren’t thrilled by my colonial reading of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”!
Happy New Year!

47 Brid { 01.06.17 at 11:57 pm }

I thought I commented this morning, but as I was going through reading the others, I see it’s not there! I wanted to say sorry, because while I am always here, I don’t comment much… probably something to do with feeling like I don’t belong here… just a bystander, on-looker, observer, I guess.
My favourite title is a toss up.. either “Sweetness in the Belly” by Camilla Gibb or “Good to a Fault” by Marina Endicott.
Seeing that you love Narnia, I also wanted to tell you that during my undergraduate degree, I went to a C.S. Lewis conference in Manchester. They were quite a religious group, and being mostly English, they weren’t in love with my colonial reading of LWW!
Thanks for being here, Mel

48 Brid { 01.06.17 at 11:58 pm }

Oh, look at that… I’m a dummy! I guess my comment needed a push…

49 em { 01.07.17 at 10:20 am }

Hi there, it’s Em. Thanks for reminding me about this!

My favourite book of all time is The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold. Other favs: HP, Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series (start with Arrows of the Queen to read in order they were written). I’m also right there with Karen, so basically her list. 😉

Jill, not sure if you’re reading comments, but if you are, please accept my condolences.

50 Aly @ Breathe Gently { 01.07.17 at 2:22 pm }

I’m here… just barely! Life is good but insanely busy and my blogging has really died down lately.

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