Hello everyone! Just a random post about my experience bookblogging so far, some questions I have for book bloggers in the community if you happen to read this post, and just me rambling about book things.
1.) If I’m not following you on social media, feel free to add me. If strapped for time feel free to just comment that you’re on various platforms and I’ll go to your blog to find the links. Thanks in advance for the add back! 🙂
Goodreads – Please feel free to add as a friend &/or follow, I check the new review feed regularly.
Twitter – I’m on at random intervals and enjoy reblogging your blog update posts where applicable.
Instagram – Going to post more pics and stuff soon!
Facebook Page – Still working on adding more to this but likes are appreciated!
2.) For those who bought WordPress Premium, Was It Worth It?
I’m really interested just in whether it can pay for itself in adsense revenue. (So I guess, making $8 a month since it costs $90 for a year.) Really curious about being able to use plugins and nice layouts and posting multimedia and all that jazz~
3.) Currently Working On : A Review for The Hate U Give.
The long and short of it is that this book is awesome and I want people to read it. The sooner the better, as it’s quite topical and has many references to things that are current in the late 2010s. I’ve been working on bits and pieces of a future review but am so conflicted about how to make the tone of this review. I’ve got all this glowing praise for how the writing style is simple yet effective, how lovable the family in the book is, how it compares to other YA etc. But then there are also many dark facets, I fear getting into the nitty gritty of some of the deep, profoundly impactful elements could be off-putting. But it must be done. Still trying to tackle how to balance the two in a way that will express how worth reading the book is while not delving too deep into the moments that made me emotional, in a way that might make people think this book is too much for them. Bah I don’t know if this makes sense, lol. I’m curious how people tackle the subject of reviewing books that are great and lovable and recommendable but also cover the heavy, saddening, call-to-action activism in a way that isn’t too much of a rollercoaster. I’m probably overthinking this.
4.) When do you guys review ARCs?
I’m caught between a month before release, two weeks before release, or the day of release. How soon before release date do you guys post a review on your personal blog and Goodreads? One book I’m thinking of is coming out in a few days and has no preorder page yet on any storefront, so I’m guessing release date for that one unless it gets pushed back. For a different book, I received an email with a request to only review on Netgalley and not other platforms. Really glad that email didn’t get lost! Definitely going to keep a close eye on publisher e-mails in the future.
5.) A heartfelt thank you to all my followers!
I am absolutely amazed by the amount of growth this blog has had in such a short time. I had always imagined that 100 followers would be a massive undertaking, now I have 160+ here on WordPress and 200+ on Twitter. Your engagement has been the highlight of my day, very much enjoy all the little comments and convos and learning about new books. I’ve met AMAZING people on here!
6.) How are people finding book tags?
So far I’ve been checking my feed for tags people are doing that day, then do them and link back to the source blog + blog I found it from. Are there any sites I’m missing that are major sources on this?
7.) Ideas For Future Posts.
Here are some that I have in the works to post this month and in coming months- feel free to use these post ideas if you want to, I’d love to check them out!
- Mini-Reviews of Book-To-Movie Adaptations, perhaps 4-5 films per post with my thoughts and a short overview.
- Manga Mondays – I’ve read A TON of manga in my life and am thinking of making once-weekly posts with recommendations for people new to manga, faves within niche sub-genres, and reviews on ones I’ve read this year.
- Authors I Recommend – Donna Jo Napoli – Perhaps a series on an author who has wrote multiple books or series that I adore. In the case of Donna Jo Napoli, she is a somewhat obscure author of middle grade fairytale retellings and it seems very few have heard of her. Her works are so dynamic and very similar in tone and age-wise appeal to some of the best YA I’ve read, really want to get more people to know about her!
- e-Readers and getting into ebooks – I’m a huge fan of e-reading and was an early adopter of this technology, there is SO MUCH to be said about e-readers. Why I like them, tips for people new to them, great extra things you can do with them like email yourself articles, when to buy (since prices can be incredible at certain opportunities) and my (albeit, US-specific) knowledge of buying eBooks cheaply or library books for free. Libby aka Overdrive is amazing you guys, life-changing.
I appreciate all of your comments and likes and any insight you can provide! Do any of my future post ideas sound like something you’d want to read? If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Thanks as always for reading my thoughts!