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Guest Post by Keep Reading Forward: Why Mythology Is My Favorite Part In A Story

Guest Post by Keep Reading Forward: Why Mythology Is My Favorite Part In A Story

Well long time, no see everyone! It really has been a long while. Today I have Anthony here from Keep Reading Forward with a fun little discussion. Before we get into it, let me ask you: what is your favorite element of a story? Let’s see what […]

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Guest Post by PoetryBooksYA: Book Events’ Diversity and FOMO Issues

Guest Post by PoetryBooksYA: Book Events’ Diversity and FOMO Issues

Hello, everyone! Today I have Danielle from PoetryBooksYA on my blog discussing her thoughts on diversity at book events. I’ll let her take it from here! Speaking only from my experience, I wanted to discuss my thoughts on how I feel about seeing so much […]

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How Do You Prefer To Read A Book Series?

How Do You Prefer To Read A Book Series?

I think it's time for a discussion post.

‘Nuff with all of these reviews and what not! I’m kidding, I’ll be posting another later today 😛 Anyways, I thought it would be fun to take a break from this April ARC madness and pick all of your brains on this topic. 

As a book blogger and reviewer, I find that I’m constantly battling with myself over how I want to read book series

I believe that perhaps every book lover encounters this at some point or another. If I tried to count how many series I’m trying to keep up with, want to read, or have read, I don’t think I’d be able to. There’s simply too many! This is especially true in the Young Adult genre, where it seems majority of books are part of a series…even when they shouldn’t be…

Before I got into writing reviews, I would almost always read complete series that were already published, instead of waiting impatiently for the next installment to be released. 

However, when I started blogging, I wanted to conquer the book world and stay on top of every new release that tickled my fancy. Yeah, I quickly realized I wasn’t WonderWoman and could only handle about a fraction of what I actually desired to read. I also made the mistake (several times) of requesting books that I didn’t realize were sequels. So, thanks to my lack of investigation, my TBR would double instead of slowly increase. 

Then, book series began to turn into my nemeses. 

Amidst my stacks of awaiting ARCs and new-releases, I found that because of jumping from one book–to a new book series–to the last installment in a series– that they sort of all lost their luster. In other terms, I began to have difficulty deciphering one from the other because I was just trying to get through my TBR. Doing this, however, made me appreciate and analyze less in what I was reading–which is not my goal when it comes to writing reviews. I began to look at my approach and what I could do to improve the book series reading experience altogether.  

A few solutions I came up with were:

  1. Write much more detailed reviews, including a longer-than-necessary summary to outline the events of the book for me to look back on–spoilers or not. (I always include right away if the synopsis contains spoilers or not for viewers’ sake.)
  2. Re-read (and sometimes write a new review) for earlier installments before the upcoming release of the sequel.
  3. Focus on completing already-started series before moving onto another.
  4. Don’t request ARCs that are part of a series!

I’ve actually been trying to implement all of these strategies to see if they work. My reviews have become immensely longer (which is a downfall in a way because of the amount of time they take to write, but also positive because I’m reflecting more on different aspects of the book that I had left out entirely before.) 

I have also been doing some rereading, but have also been refraining from that to stay on top of current reading demands. 

The last two suggestions I listed I’m trying to implement more, but for now, don’t foresee much of a change in the next few months because I’m already in this pickle!

Is there truly a perfect formula? I’m not really sure. When it comes down to it, I think I still prefer reading book series as a whole before moving onto another one. It suites me better, as I try to stretch myself too thin between all demands of life. However, I really do enjoy staying on top of series as the books are released. So, I can’t even make up my own mind! 

Now, it’s your turn.

Pick your poison (or juice is fine too):

Do you prefer to read a series consecutively, or when each book is released?

What are tactics that you have found that help you remember the plot of a series while in-between books of the series?

Thursday Blog Trot #7

Thursday Blog Trot #7

I seriously can’t believe how quick the week flies by! It’s Thursday again, and time for another Thursday Blog Trot! I really don’t know where the time goes. It seems like I was just writing last week’s TBT post yesterday. Alas, here we are–already the […]

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My 5 Favorite Literary Pranksters

My 5 Favorite Literary Pranksters

This has been a surprisingly difficult prompt for me to meet. I love humor. I mean, who doesn’t? When I went through my “read” list on Goodreads, I realized that I haven’t read many books that weren’t serious in some sense. So, this prompt was […]

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Thursday Blog Trot #6

Thursday Blog Trot #6

I think ya'll know what THursday means on my blog now. It's Thursday Blog Trot time!

Oh yeah, we are heading to some different blogs today, and some pretty cool ones that that! 

This week, I’ve had a lot on my mind regarding blogging. While planning out some new content of my own, and to a bit of my dismay, I found some other bloggers posting about similar topics that I’ve been currently researching. 

It’s easy to get discouraged and give up right away on the project in front of me seeing that others are already discussing it. But then I was thinking, You know what? We all have our own voices as bloggers, and shouldn’t be deterred from a topic because it isn’t solely yours to discuss. In a world constantly pushing us to be first, better, bigger, faster, it’s easy to forget that we don’t have to be those things in order to produce quality blog posts. 

This is one reason why I love this meme–I like being able to read others’ ideas and thoughts on a topic, their suggestions, tips, and guides that they put a lot of time into putting together! As a book blogger, it’s important to support others doing the same thing as myself, because it’s how we learn from, and grow with one another!

Thursday Blog Trot is a weekly meme dedicated to passing along great information provided by bloggers from all over the world. If you like the sounds of this Thursday Blog Trot Meme, feel free to use it, along with the image provided! Be sure to comment below if you do!

Reading Pressures

Danielle over at PoetryBooksYA had an interesting, and personal discussion post about reading pressures as a book blogger. In My Reading Pressures as a Book Blogger, she discusses her perspectives on the reality of book blogging. It’s a lot of work, and quite literally could be a full-time job (at least for myself it could be!) Thanks, Danielle, for being honest and open with your perspective with this topic!

Tracking Reading via Bullet JOurnaling

Any bullet journalers out there? If so, Sushma from SpunkyReads posted about using bullet journaling to  track her reading. I’ve dappled in a bit of bullet journaling, and the options to keeping one are literally endless–which can make it almost difficult at times to figure out just how to organize it! So, if you are looking for ways to use your journal for reading, check this post out!

Book Review Blogs: Good or Bad?

Charvi from Not Just Fiction had an enlightening post about blogs focusing only on book reviews. This one hit home for me because my first year of blogging, this was mainly what I was doing! Granted, I had my reasons, but it’s good to hear about this tactic from the perspective of the observer! It’s a great read for any and all book bloggers!

Supporting Book Bloggers!

Here’s another post for all book bloggers to consider checking out! Marie from Drizzle & Hurricane Books posted about why and how to support book bloggers! Oh yeah, all of us book bloggers can relate to this! 

A Guide to Goodreads

If you are new to Goodreads, and need a guide to help you navigate it, check this post out! Jen from Star-Crossed Book Blog and Ivy at Ivyclad Ideas shared a guest post on AvalinahsBooks with some very useful tips for Goodreads! If you need some guidance with learning the ropes to this great online community, be sure to read this post!

I HOPE YOU FIND THESE GREAT POSTS HELPFUL AND USEFUL! BE SURE TO GIVE THESE BLOGGERS SOME LOVE BY CHECKING OUT THEIR BLOGS, AND LEAVING A COMMENT OR A LIKE!

My Favorite Teachers/Mentors Found In Books

My Favorite Teachers/Mentors Found In Books

I think we all have someone that we looked up to, or still look up to, throughout our lives. I know for myself, there were several people at different times of my life that have had a large impact on forming the person that I […]

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Thursday Blog Trot #5

Thursday Blog Trot #5

Well, it’s a late night for me this Thursday. Sorry I’m getting this post up so late. I’ve been working a lot of overtime lately, and it’s been eating into my blogging time a lot. Either way, my schedule doesn’t stop other book bloggers from […]

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Thursday Blog Trot #4

Thursday Blog Trot #4

Why hello there, and happy Thursday to you!

This post totally snuck up on me this week. Since the time change, I’ve been so off with time and day of the week, that I didn’t realize that it was Thursday until…Thursday. So, sorry for getting this up a bit late!  

Thursday Blog Trot is a weekly meme dedicated to passing along great information provided by bloggers from all over the world. If you like the sounds of this Thursday Blog Trot Meme, feel free to use it, along with the image provided! Be sure to comment below if you do!

 

Negative Reviews

Dun dun dunnnnn! Yeah, it’s a scary term in the book blogging world. However, it’s a healthy topic to discuss, as well! 

This post, Negative Reviews, Spread Them or Nahh? was written and shared by the lovely Vee over at Vee Reading.  Discussing negative book reviews, and if they should be shared with others and on other social media platforms is a debatable topic. While negative reviews aren’t always pleasent, sometimes they are necessary. Be sure to check out this post and give some feedback with your thoughts on this topic! 

Creating Content

Sophia over at Bookwyrming Thoughts had a great post about why us book bloggers (and bloggers in general) keep creating content. In other words, we blog a lot about books and related topics. Why Do We Create Content? Why Do We Continue Creating Content? discusses not only the reason behind being creative on our blogs, but also the benefits from it. Thanks for keeping me on my toes, Sophia!

Writing Reviews from Experience

Anthony over at Keep Reading Forward posted What I’ve Learned After 100 Reviews.  I don’t know about you, but writing 100 reviews is a huge accomplishment! (Congrats, Anthony!) I think there is some valuable material here, especially maintaining your singular voice as a blogger. Remembering that writing reviews takes time, it’s important to allow yourself time to write quality reviews, and not rush through them. As book bloggers, we have a huge opportunity to help steer readers towards or away from books, so writing with a clear mind is key. 

Changing Scenery: Migration from Blogger to (free) WordPress

Lauren from Northern Plunder wrote a valuable guest post on AvalinahsBooks page about her experience and process with transitioning her blog from Blogger to WordPress. Has anyone else out there had to make the painful transition to a different platform? I’m still in this process. If you are considering moving your Blogger to free WordPress, be sure to check this out!

Attending a Book Signing

I was so excited when I came across this post by Sophie at Beware of the Reader. I’ve never been to a big book signing event–but hope to attend one someday! In her “Blogging Bolder” series, she wrote a 101 guide to preparing and attending book signing! Seeing how I know nothing about how they work, this post gives a step-by-step guide to book signings and was so insightful! I’ll be postmarking this post for future reference for sure!

Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge, experience, and opinions everyone! Be sure to show these bloggers some love by checking out their posts!

Five Children’s Books To Read As An Adult

Five Children’s Books To Read As An Adult

We all remember one of our favorite childhood books. Majority, (if not all) of mine were horse-related. I grew up eating, breathing, and sleeping horses. I even had a shirt that said so, so I naturally leaned towards stories influenced by the lovely creatures.  Don’t worry, […]

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Thursday Blog Trot #3

Thursday Blog Trot #3

Happy Thursday, everyone! Just a spot of good news – in case you didn’t know, Thursday is basically Friday, so, it’s basically the weekend! I have great logic, yes I do. Along with the fact that it’s practically the weekend, it’s also International Women’s Day! […]

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Books That I’m Thankful For

Books That I’m Thankful For

As readers, we are always searching for a book that impacts us.

“Impact” can be taken in a multitude of ways—it’s basically the reason why we read in the first place. I love books with deep-rooted meaning. They can be from any genre, as long as the book has purpose and learning points to take away.

Each of the books listed here are near and dear to me for various reasons. Some I’ve been familiar with for a long time, and have gotten me through different stages through my life. 

The Holy Bible

It's amazing how this almost feels taboo to mention. Well, I'll proudly say that this is the most influential, inspirational, and impactful book that I've ever read. It's truly changed my life and there aren't words to express my thankfulness for it.

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle

I read this book in the beginning of 2017. This nonfiction book discusses L'Engle's processes as a Christian artist, and her experience as an author through the years. I found it to be absolutely brimming with wisdom in so many areas. It really helped to shed some light on my artistic nature, and pin-point traits about myself that I hadn't understood how to even say before reading her explanation and expression of self here.

The Shack by William P. Young

The Shack was one of the first books I ever wrote a review for, which probably wasn't very good 😛 But that's not the reason why I'm thankful for it.

After having my first child, I noticed how fearful of things that I had become. Especially when it came to things happening to my daughter. This book, rocked me to my core, and challenged me to look inwardly to analyze if I was putting my daughter in the hands of God, or if I was trying to control what happened to her. Because let's be honest, we cannot control majority of what happens in this life. We do what we can in order to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, but, in the grand scheme of things, that isn't much.

This book tackles when those hard realities hit us, and just how to deal with them. I found this book to help lessen my anxiety a bit, and really evaluate my position on the topics discussed.

The Circle Series by Ted Dekker

I remember the first time that I read--or shall I say sprinted--through this series. This is a retelling of the story of Jesus. I remember being blown away by the author's creativity in this series, especially when I found out it was a small portion of a huge 20-book "series" (more like books that intertwined with one another). Seriously, the creativity it took the author to pull all of these series within series has yet to be matched by another for me. It's also influenced me so much that I consider Ted Dekker one of my favorite authors!

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Eragon will forever hold a near and dear place in my heart. (By Eragon, I mean the entire Inheritance Cycle). This series specifically introduced me to the world of Young Adult Fantasy, and made me realize what a fun and influential genre this can be!

There are (some) of the books that I'm thankful for! I'd like to do one of these posts each year to share new books that I appreciated for different reasons. So, keep an eye out towards the end of 2018 for the next post!
Question: What book(s) are you most thankful for, and why!

Thursday Blog Trot #2

Thursday Blog Trot #2

It’s Thursday already, and boy, are there some great posts to share this week! I don’t know about you, but I’ve felt like I was slammed  this week with blogging. I really didn’t have much time to blog-hop, which was really disappointing. Even so, I came […]

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My Favorite Bookish Friendships

My Favorite Bookish Friendships

Have you ever read a book that had a friendship that gave you all of the feels? I can honestly say that I haven’t read many books that actually have made me feel much towards the characters. I’ve read a decent number of books, but perhaps […]

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Why I Started Blogging & Why You Should Too!

Why I Started Blogging & Why You Should Too!

I've been blogging for over a year already...

 

It was Winter 2016 when I decided that I really needed to do something in order to keep me sane (for lack-of-better-terms). Being a wife to an amazing husband, mother to an adorable toddler (we are also expecting a baby boy), a full-time employee, along with all of that other demanding life stuff, took up majority of my time. However, most of that time is me doing things for others (which is truly a blessing!) I just wanted to look for something that I could focus my attention on when I did have some downtime. Instead of watching movies (which I like to do), I wanted to focus more on reading. It was something I had always done, but got away from for a few years because of college. 

I grew up on not really a farm, but out in the country where I was always involved in outdoor activities–mostly horseback riding and training. Showing took up a good twelve years of my life (which I gladly gave), along with a peppering of sports, extra-curriculars, and then some more. If you don’t get the picture: I was always incredibly involved in multiple different activities. Naturally, living this lifestyle molded me into a mess of chaotic organization, so when I wasn’t doing one-hundred things at a time, I didn’t know what to do to myself.

After my husband and I were married, we bought a house where I couldn’t sustain my horse. In the midst of one year, nearly everything I had been mega-involved with disappeared. It was a sad stage of life for me, to part with the old and take in the new. However, I welcomed the life to come with my husband. I realized though, that I didn’t really have an active hobby.

A friend and I have been working on writing a book series over the course of two or three years now. In order to build some credibility, I was told by fellow authors and bookish folk that starting a blog was a great way to do this. It was around that time that I also really took an interest in writing reviews for books, so I thought, I’m going to start a book blog! 

So I did.

Only recently, had I realized how little I’ve posted about blogging itself. When I decided to start reviewing books and blogging, I dove in without really having much (any) of a plan. 

Sometimes, jumping in and learning to go with the flow isn’t all that bad. You have the freedom to do whatever you please! However, I found that over this course of time, I spent nearly all of my time only blogging about my book reviews, and participating in a few reading challenges, cover reveals, etc., here and there. 

This isn’t necessarily bad. However, it doesn’t really help establish my brand on blogging itself. I’m not surprised it took me this long to realize some of these things because it’s how I work–I jump in full-force, not really knowing what to expect, and planning to learn along the way. I have learned a lot, too–and now I have some strategy.

Blogging takes some trial and error. There isn’t really a way to do it right or wrong, it’s a combination of everything you do as a whole. When I started getting approvals for eGalleys of books, I went a bit berserk and requested far too many. I was, quite literally going book crazy.

(I'm so funny...)

So, I got in a little over my head. I had to play catch-up right from the beginning (but I liked the challenge.) I wouldn’t recommend this method for others to use, but it definitely forced me into commitment right from the start! 

I certainly didn’t anticipate how much time and effort blogging takes! But after burning myself and learning from my mistakes, it’s slowly getting more manageable.

If my testimony has scared you, please, don’t be. I made the mistake of getting in over my head right away, but that doesn’t mean you will. Most people are better strategists then I am, so that will definitely help benefit them in the long-run. I had to learn some of that. Thankfully, Book blogging has helped me do that! It’s also opened a new world to me, with tons of wonderful bloggers just doing what they like to do: talk about books! 

I think blogging could be beneficial to anyone who just needs an outlet. You don’t even need to have a consistent theme or topic you discuss! (Although, it may help you when starting out.) I’m amazed at the diversity, versatility, and uniqueness by every blog I’ve come across.

So, there’s a little of the backstory as to what got me into blogging. I’ve spoken with many others who started for various reasons. That variety is what makes the realm so interesting, if you ask me!

Here are some reasons why blogging is great, and why you should consider blogging as well!

It helps to pass the time: get more organized!

I’ve experienced for myself the benefits blogging has. For one, it’s helped me manage my time for effectively. Instead of filling my “free” time with frivolous things, I sit down and read, write a review, read other’s posts, write something, etc. It helps me appreciate the time that I do have instead of wasting it away, and to stay focused. I’m not always the best at this because I get distracted, or I have too much to do, or…you get the picture. But it could definitely be a useful tool to those who like to have a schedule and know what they will be doing, and when!

It's a wonderful outlet for creativity!

Your blog is your own. Meaning, you have the freedom to do whatever you like with it! You can customize it to your liking, and create whichever content you want to feature on it! I’ve seen many types of blogs, all with their own unique flare. It’s fun to be able to make something your own. In an age where much of what we do is digital, it’s nice to be able to express ourselves in that way, too!

While my blog mainly focuses on books, I’d like to expand it to also include my artwork. I’ve been a hobby artist for years, and would love to share some of that with others, too!

Engage your mind: challenge yourself to think outside the box

This point goes along with the previous one about creativity. Create! Do new things! Write about topics that you wouldn’t normally–or ones that you are passionate about. Ask questions! Host discussions! Really, the options here are endless!

Make new connections

Book bloggers are probably some of the nicest people you will ever meet. But, you want to know a secret? If you are a nerd, and nervous to geek out about books and gush about how much you love them, don’t fear; book bloggers reciprocate. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t grow up (or currently have, for that matter) many friends who read a lot. Sure, I’ve made an effort to find those who do. But, they simply aren’t in my proximity. Stumbling upon the bookverse has been a great experience for me, and I’ve met some wonderful people from all over the world! 

This isn’t exclusive to just book bloggers. There are people who blog about all sorts of topics that I’ve interacted with who have been really wonderful to get to know!

To put it in short terms: you can make new friends!

Practice your writing skills!

Seeing how one of my main reasons to start this blog in the first place was for writing, it actually helped me out a lot in regards to improving my writing overall. (I definitely still make mistakes though!) Even if I’m not working on creative writing, composing book reviews takes a lot of work and brain power. It takes a lot of effort to string one’s thoughts together into a coherent review (that will hopefully be helpful to whoever reads them). Writing blogs and reviews have really helped me focus on writing well. I can see this only as a benefit as it helps to exercise that part of my mind. 

I hope you have found this post helpful, and perhaps, encouraging. Now you tell me:
What about blogging do you love?
How has it benefited you?
Let me know in the comments below!


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