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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 first week into April. Did you know that yesterday I woke up and we had 6 inches of snow on the ground!? Yeah, I was utterly confused.
…and everyone else in Michigan. Anyways, I digress.
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!
Ultimate Bookstagram Hasttag Guide
So, I know I featured a post from Sushma at Spunky Reads last week, but her stuff is just too good not to share consecutively! She took the time to put together an amazing compilations of the best hashtags to use for instagram posts for book bloggers. Not only that, she breaks down the different categories of hashtags and how they are used. If you are a bookstagrammer, be sure to check this post out!
I HOPE YOU FIND THESE GREAT POSTS HELPFUL, USEFUL, and a bit entertaining! BE SURE TO GIVE THESE BLOGGERS SOME LOVE BY CHECKING OUT THEIR BLOGS, AND LEAVING A COMMENT OR A LIKE!
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 am today. Without these teachers and/or mentors, I wouldn’t have some of the passions that I possess, wisdom that I’ve gleaned, and a general sense of who I am.
I’ve also received a lot of direction from mentors and teachers in different books. Whether they are non-fiction, or fiction-based, some characters have been very influential and inspirational in my life. I think anyone can find new mentors that they can look up to and learn from in books.
Here’s some of my favorite five mentors/teachers in books that I’ve read.
Jesus Christ from the Holy Bible
By far the most influential person I’ve ever encountered, this man literally changed my life. A good portion of the New Testament is filled with teachings and sermons given by Jesus.
It’s amazing how simple many of his lessons are, yet how profound as well. I could quite literally talk about him, and his teachings all day, everyday, but will sum them up for the sake of this post. Not only has he taught me how to go through life on a day-to-day basis, he taught me why. Why is it important to love God, and love others as I love myself? Well, isn’t that the wonderful mystery of self-sacrifice? There’s nothing more beautiful than putting others above yourself. Without this, I’d be the most self-centered person on the planet. Jesus not only helps to bring balance in my life, but meaning, encouragement, and literally so much more. Really, I can’t say enough about him.
Apostle Paul from the Holy Bible
Another mentor figure in the New Testament of the Bible is the Apostle Paul. What makes his story so powerful is his conversion. He was the opposite of what Jesus stood for, yet, took a figurative U-turn when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. To me, his life shows that anyone has the ability to change the path they are on. Not only that, but once the truth is revealed, it cannot be denied. For myself, his story and teachings have been incredibly impactful, especially in the sense of leaving “myself” in pursuit of something much greater than me.
Gandalf from The Lord Of The Rings
Gandalf has always been one of my favorite fictional characters. I watched the movie series before reading the books, but loved him even more once I had finally picked them up.
His calm, comical nature is admirable. Tolkien put a lot of time and effort into creating his character, and developing such a strong presence throughout his books. What I love about Gandalf the most is that he never passes up an opportunity to learn. The part where he talks about the “small things” giving him hope always made me reflect on my own life, and focusing on if I appreciated every aspect of it, big or small, or not.
Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, & Mrs. Whatsit from A Wrinkle In Time
This interesting trio brings “bizarre” to an entirely different level. Bizarre, yet memorable. Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Whatsit, with all their quirks, were incredibly significant characters. They focused on bringing out the best in Meg, Charles, and Calvin by pointing out their faults. Instead of sugar-coating the situation, they challenged the kids to accept parts of themselves that weren’t necessarily “likable.” Even so, these aspects of our characters can grow, change, and morph into something beautiful and powerful.
Brom from Eragon
Lastly, I wanted to mention Brom from Eragon. Although he doesn’t get much page time, his impact on Eragon as a mentor is evident through the entire series. While he’s rather crass, he’s real, honest, and isn’t afraid of a challenge.
A good mentor must be willing to put himself at risk for the benefit of his mentee, and that’s exactly what Brom does. While it honestly took me some time to like Brom’s character, I really appreciated him at the end of the series, and all that he did for the greater good.
So, Who are some of your favorite mentors or teachers in books?
What lesson(s) did you learn from them that made them such valuable characters to you?
Let me know in the comments below!
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, I didn’t flood this list with horse books, as they aren’t up everyone’s alley.
Each of these books are great for every age of reader. Personally, I think it’s quite healthy to read children’s books as an adult because it helps us to remember the wonder children have, and the wonder we should still have.
Have you ever noticed how there isn’t a lot of detail in children’s books? It’s because the imagination is allowed to take over and drive the story, rather than the words themselves. As adults stuck in “real world” scenarios almost all of the time, it’s healthy to allow our minds to see stories and life in a different light; to revel in simplicity.
But that’s not the only reason to pick up children’s books. Many, if not all, are written for a purpose. All-to-often is the purpose in YA and adult novels utterly forgotten. Children’s books, on the other hand, tend to be more wholesome, meaningful, and undeniably universal.
Here are five reads that I’ve found to include some of these traits, and could benefit any reader that decides to pick one up.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
The first book in the Time Quintet, this odd little Sci-Fi novel rotates around the theme of good vs. evil, and the meaning of love. While there are strong Christian undertones, the overall concept of the book is applicable to any-aged reader. In truth, I found some of L'Engle's concepts difficult to understand, because I was reading everything too literally. This book will challenge any reader to look inwardly, and access love in it's purest form.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
I think this may be a popular pick for this topic. While The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe is well-known--it is well-known for good a reason! Honestly, any book in this series is worth picking up at any age, as again, there are so many great learning points for all! Not only that, but the characters are extremely relateable, and the whimsy is just lovely. I think the fact which makes The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe most impactful is it's main theme--sacrifice. While this story follows the lines of the Bible and Jesus' sacrifice for humanity, Aslan does the same. I could also argue the fact that love is a major theme, as Aslan sacrifices himself in every thinkable way to protect and redeem the ones that he loves.
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Heidi is a rather new story for myself. I hadn't heard of it until late last year--and I'm glad I did! This sweet (but sad) little story is set in the Swiss Alps. A girl, who is unwanted by everyone, manages to win the heart of her grandfather. Just when she forms a strong bond with him, her aunt takes her away to be a wealthy man's daughter's companion. Having little to no training on decorum, Heidi has a lot to learn. One thing she doesn't need to learn about is how to be a friend. This tale has it all--happiness, heart-ache, and mystery (and harbors a gothic feel at times).
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Another sweet tale, The Secret Garden is an impactful story about friendship. While some of the characters take a while to warm up to, each and every one becomes very likable. This classical tale gives that warm fuzzy feeling as companionship, and selflessness are learned along with the characters.
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
One of my personal favorites growing up, I remember devouring this read every time. Told from the horse's perspective, Beauty experiences all walks of life. I think that's what makes a book like this so relateable, because the main character experiences the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows. It will probably bring you to tears, so be ready for that. It's an easy, but very realistic read.
have you read any of these books? What was one or two of your favorite book(s) when you were a child, and think it worthwhile to read as an adult?
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! […]
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 across some really great posts from fellow book bloggers that I think are too good not to share! Be sure to check them out, and give each blogger some love by a like, comment, or follow!
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, I’d love to see your posts and all of your blogging friends’ hard work!
The Perfect Contact Page
Being the face behind a blog is an honor, but it can also put us in a position that may jeopardize our transparency. Since majority of the contact bloggers make with their followers and people frequenting their page, it’s important to have a strategically laid-out contact page that gives a glimpse into who you are as an individual, blogger, and whatever else you want people to know about! Simant over at Flipping Through the Pages has a great post about this topic. Check out 7 Elements You Should Add to Your Blog’s Contact Page! I definitely glean some tips and will be revamping my contact page myself!
I don’t know any of you are writings and aspiring authors, but I am! When I came across Jen’s post Writing Wednesday: Finding the time, I thought it had some great tips for finding the time to write. More importantly–taking the time to write! It is literally the hardest part about writing. With our busy lives, it’s hard to justify sitting down to create a story, but it’s necessary!
From the Blog Follower's Perspective
I thought Gayathri had an interesting concept when she wrote her Why I Follow Your Blog: Five Ways To Make Readers Love Your Blog post. She talks a bit about her experience, as well as what draws her to become a diligent follower of others’ blogs. Granted, everyone’s tastes are different, but the tips she offers are applicable to all! Be sure to check out her blog, ElgeeWrites!
Last, but certainly not least is a blog series that Shruti at This Is Lit has been writing. The series gives tips for authors and publishers about how to interact with book bloggers and publicizing their books. Be sure to check out all of the posts in the series, as have great information for all!
That's it! Be sure to stop by each of these amazing blogs and check them out! Stop by each Thursday for the next Thursday Blog Trot!
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 […]
It's Thursday, and it's time to start a new Meme!
What is Thursday Blog Trot? Well, since I don’t have all the time in the world to spend following my lovely fellow book bloggers, bookstagrammers, booktubers, and the like, I wanted to dedicate some time each and every Thursday to provide shout-outs to these peeps, and the hard work they spend each and every day to run their blogs, read books, write reviews, and so much more!
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, I’d love to see your posts and all of your blogger friends’ hard work!
Without further adieu, let's see what everyone has been up to!
The #NewBloggers 101 is a Discord group headed up by Evelina at AvalinahsBooks.space. She puts in a HUGE amount of effort to coordinate and provide amazing content for fellow book bloggers to learn from, starting with the basics. Each Friday, she or other bloggers from the group posts a self-help guide to all different topics. Her post from last Friday was:
This is the third part in a series on social media and networking. See the previous posts in theis series by expanding the list below!
- 02/09/2018: What Tools Can Help Me Be An Organized Blogger? Writing And Scheduling Posts(#NewBloggers 101, Book blogging, Discussion)
- 02/02/2018: What Tools Can Help Me Be An Organized Blogger? Blogging Calendars(#NewBloggers 101, Book blogging, Discussion)
- 01/25/2018 How Do I Write A Proper Review Policy? (#NewBloggers 101, Book blogging, Discussion)
- 01/19/2018: Book Blogger Etiquette: How To Get Comments? (#NewBloggers 101, Book blogging, Discussion)
- 01/10/2018: How Do I Make A Good Edelweiss Or NetGalley Profile? (#NewBloggers 101, Book blogging, Discussion, Edelweiss, NetGalley)
- 01/05/2018: When Should I Start Requesting ARCs? (#NewBloggers 101, Book blogging, Discussion, Edelweiss, NetGalley)
This post is so helpful in regards to organizing how to manage posting, and keeping up across all platforms. While there isn’t a best way to do this, Evelina gives one way that works for her, and it is certainly helpful! I discovered the wonderful (and free!) Buffer.com which is one way to control social media posts, and have incorporated using that each and every day. I’d highly recommend checking these posts out. I mean, they are free guides and tips!
If you are a photoholic and bookaholic, Sushma’s post on Her Bookstagram Journey is what you need in your life!
She tells about her story and what got her into Bookstagram, and her journey until today. For being someone who has been (very) inconsistent with posting on Instagram, I find this material highly valuable and insightful!
Free Blogging Tips!
She has several very practical suggestions, but also focuses on individuality. The most valuable tip I got from her was to “not forget why I started blogging.” It’s so easy to get caught up in keeping track of all that needs to be done, and forget to love what I’m doing in the meantime. I’d encourage you to check out her post if you need a little bit of encouragement!
Aimee over at AimeeAlways has a lovely post on How to Style Book Reviews. She gets into the nitty-gritty and helps break down some formatting (including HTML!) that she uses while designing her book review posts. It’s no wonder why her blog looks so amazing! Any blogger can find some useful information in this post, so be sure to check it out!
Last, but certainly not least is a post from a series of posts called Bookworms Explained, by Chloe. She’s the lovely blogger behind bookdragons247. I love these posts! If you are looking for something light-hearted, funny reads, be sure to check this series out! The focus is to explain bookworms and how they think. But let’s be honest, that’s a lot easier said than done!
Here’s a list of her past posts in the series if you’d like to get caught up!