Secret Life of a Book Blogger

I’m back with another book tag! These are so much fun. I’ve been seeing this one around a lot and I’m so thankful Flavia tagged me to do it! 


HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING?

I’ve had this blog since May of 2016, but I started consistently blogging in November/ December of 2017. 


AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL STOP BLOGGING?

I guess I would stop when I don’t find it to be fun or rewarding anymore. So I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon! 


WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BLOGGING?

The community! I don’t have know many people in real life that read, so I love talk to everyone in the bookish community and the friends I’ve made. I also love all the books I hear about through other bloggers. I’m continuously adding new books to my TBR!


WHAT IS THE WORST THING? WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAKE IT OKAY?

The worst thing is comparing yourself to other bloggers (or bookstagrammers). Sometimes I get down on myself when I see how popular and how many followers other blogs have. I also get really frustrated with my Instagram account because I feel like it’s impossible for me to grow any followers, especially with the algorithm. I just remember that I’m not doing this for anyone else; I’m doing it for myself because I love it.


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO MAKE/FIND PICTURES TO USE?

When I take pictures for Instagram, it usually takes about 15-20 minutes to set everything up, take a bunch of different shots, and then go through them to make sure there are a few I like before cleaning up. 


WHO IS YOUR BOOK CRUSH?

Oh man, what a question 😂 Off the top of my head:

Cardan from The Cruel Prince, Carswell Throne from The Lunar Chronicles, Chaol Westfall from Throne of Glass, Elias Veturius from An Ember in the Ashes, Jon Snow from A Song of Ice and Fire, Josh Mitchell from I’ll Meet You There, Julian Blackthorne from The Dark Artifices, Luka Lowe from Wolf by Wolf, Malyen Oretsev from The Grisha Trilogy, Matthias Helvar from Six of Crows, Morozko from The Bear and the Nightingale, Peter Kavinksy from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Vikram from A Crown of Wishes, and Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices

I mean, just to name a few 😉 I’m sure there’s many more that I can’t think of right now haha.


WHAT AUTHOR WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE AS A GUEST ON YOUR BLOG?

There are so many authors I would love to have as a guest. I would be ecstatic for an opportunity to have Leigh Bardugo, Roshani Chokshi, Kate Quinn, Tessa Dare, or Laini Taylor!


WHAT DO YOU WEAR WHEN YOU WRITE YOUR BLOG POSTS?

Whatever I have on haha. Unless I’m in nicer clothes, then I’ll change into something more comfortable.


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO PREPARE?

It depends on the post. If it’s a review, it can take a couple hours – even with the notes I have – to put everything together and make sure it sounds coherent. If it’s another bookish post, like a weekly meme, it takes a lot less time because I already have the template and I just need to add to it. 


HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE BOOK BLOGGING COMMUNITY? 

I love the book blogging community! Everyone is always so friendly and I love interacting with other bloggers and gushing about books!


WHAT DO YOU THINK ONE SHOULD DO TO GET A SUCCESSFUL BLOG?

I think two of the biggest things to gain follows would be to interact with other book bloggers and to be consistent with posting. I always reply back to comments I receive and visit other blogs to like/comment on their posts as well. I also try to consistently post 2-3 times a week, and I’ll occasionally look for new and unique blog post ideas!

Behind the Screen: A Book Blogger Tag

I’m here with another book tag! Thank you so much to Adrianna at For the Love of Books for tagging me in this! I loved reading her answers and I hope you all enjoy mine!

This tag was created by Amber @ Du Liver


When did you start blogging and what was your first review?

My very first post was in May of 2016 and it was a review of Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare. I wanted to start my blog off with a bang (ha, see what I did there!) and review a book I had recently finished and loved! 


Who/what inspired you to start blogging?

A bunch of the people I interact with the most on Goodreads had blogs and their posts always looked so fun. I decided I wanted to give it a go!


What is a blog-related goal that you have?

My short term blog goal is to get to 500 followers. I know this number is nothing to a lot of people but for me that’s a big deal!


What is one thing you wish someone told you about blogging?

It’s a lot of work. Seriously, on the days I’m not working, I spend most of my time writing reviews and other posts (when I’m not reading). 


What was your biggest blog-related accomplishment?

I think the first time I was contacted and asked to host a stop for a book tour! I was so humbled and thankful that they thought to reach out to me. It was for a book from a series I enjoyed which made it even more special!


What types of posts do you enjoy writing?

I love doing list posts like Top Ten Tuesday and Top 5 Wednesdays! They’re always so much fun and I feel like I get the most interaction with my followers with those posts. 


Where do you usually blog? What does your setup look like?

I blog either on when I’m sitting on my couch upstairs, or in the comfy chair in the living room.  


What was your last 5-star read?

Sadie by Courtney Summers. It’s a gripping read!


What was your last 1-star read?

I usually don’t rate books I DNF, but the last 1-star I gave a book was Roar by Cora Carmack. I didn’t make it very far into the book and knew I had to stop. Definitely not for me. 


What are three words that make you pick up a book?

Fantasy, Adventure, Enemies-to-Lovers


What is your Hogwarts House?

My heart says Slytherin, but my head says Ravenclaw.


What is your favorite reading environment?

I love reading on my couch in the library, especially in the evenings and getting cozy with a warm blanket. I also love reading in bed – there’s nothing better than that! 


What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Be patient. It takes awhile to really get your feet under you when you first start blogging, but once you get in a rhythm it becomes much easier.

Be social. Don’t be afraid to comment and interact with other bloggers, twitter peeps, and bookstagrammers! That’s the easiest way to grow a following, plus it’s the best way to have fun and make friends!

Be you. Don’t feel like you have to do something or read something just because it’s popular or you feel like all the other blogs are doing it. Read what you like, write what you like. 

Mid-Year Book Freakout

How is everyone’s summer going? I’ve been seeing this tag everywhere and it looked like too much fun to pass up! I can’t believe we’re already halfway through the year. I’ve read some great books so far, and I’m sure there are plenty more to come in the second half!


BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2018

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. I read this back in February and so far nothing has topped it.


BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2018

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden. I greatly enjoyed The Bear and the Nightingale but I didn’t seem to be as awestruck and enamored by it as everyone else, and I really didn’t care too much about Morozko. All that changed with this book.


NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra. I will get to this before the year ends. I will.


MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

My most anticipated releases for the year, let alone the second half, are Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor and The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S. A. Chakraborty.


BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Everless by Sara Holland. There was so much hype for this book and I waited ages for it to finally come out…and I just barely enjoyed it. 


BIGGEST SURPRISE

State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury. I had never even heard of this book until it arrived in my FairyLoot box. It was such an unexpected delight and I’m highly looking forward to the sequel!


FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR

*patiently waits for Adrienne Young to announce her next book*


FAVORITE NEW CRUSH

Prince Cardan from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Come on, did any of you really not see that coming? Also, Morozko, the brooding frost-demon from the Winternight trilogy.


FAVORITE NEW CHARACTERS

So far I’ve really enjoyed Jude from The Cruel Prince, Vasya from the Winternight trilogy, Zara and Nadim from Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine, Zélie and Prince Inan from Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, and Rin from The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang.


BOOKS THAT MADE YOU CRY

Krisina Pérez crushed my heart with the ending of Sweet Black Waves, but Megan Bannen murdered me in cold blood with The Bird and the Blade.


A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren was an absolutely spectacular book about first loves and second chances. 


MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOKS YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR

My wallet hates me, but I couldn’t resist the UK special editions of The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.


WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR?

Other my two most anticipated releases, the five books I need to read the most before the end of the year are:

 


 

The Cookie Book Tag

Happy Monday! I worked all weekend so I plan to spend my day off today catching up on some reading. Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall tagged me to do The Cookie Book Tag and the questions looked so fun! Check out Kelly’s blog; she’s amazing and I love her posts! 


CHOCOLATE CHIP: A CLASSIC BOOK THAT YOU LOVE OR REALLY ENJOYED

The Iliad by Homer. I’ve actually read this twice – both for school – and I loved it both times! As a huge Greek mythology nerd this has everything I love about those ancient stories; meddling gods and goddesses, war and action, and a whole crew of famous Greek heroes. 


THIN MINTS: A FANDOM THAT YOU WANT TO JOIN AND/OR A HYPED BOOK YOU WANT TO READ

I mentioned this is one of my last posts, but I really want to read the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. I’ve heard and read so many great things about this series and I hope I get around to reading them soon!


SHORTBREAD: AN AUTHOR YOU CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF

Leigh Bardugo. I’ve called her the Boss-Ass Queen of Writing before and I stand by that statement. Her writing is amazing, her stories are engaging and captivating, and her characters are dynamic and lovable.


SAMOAS: AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck. This book absolutely wrecked my heart (ha. see what I did there?) It was very easy to feel connected with the protagonist, and therefore I felt all of his emotions while reading: anger, embarrassment, heartache, grief. I both laughed and ugly-cried while reading this.


OREOS: A BOOK WHOSE COVER WAS BETTER THAN THE STORY OR VICE VERSA

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. These books are amazing and I can’t wait for the last book to come out in the fall! There are a few different editions of these covers but good lord, none of them are pretty to look at. I actually bought my copies from Dymocks because the Australian editions are not as bad. 


TAGALONGS: A BOOK THAT WASN’T WHAT YOU EXPECTED

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron. As part of the plot, there’s a few reveals about the story that show that not everything is what it seems. There’s one twist that I was definitely not expecting that changes the reader’s perception of the setting and the story quite a bit. 


SNICKERDOODLES: A BOOK YOU MAY NEVER STOP LOVING

I’m going to go with A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. I simply cannot get enough of those books or the characters or all of the side stories and histories. Similar to the Harry Potter series, these books are going to stay with me forever.


This was really fun and I hope you all enjoyed my answers! I’m tagging the following lovely bloggers:

Lilly @ Lair of Books | Katie @ Pages and Pugs | Ashley @ Book Tales |
Regina @ Bookish in Bed| Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile

The End of Year Book Tag

I can’t believe it’s already December guys! Is it just me or does it seem like each year gets shorter and shorter? I found this book tag a while ago (I can’t remember from where exactly) and thought this would be a great tag for nearing the end of the year!


ARE THERE ANY BOOKS YOU STARTED THIS YEAR THAT YOU NEED TO FINISH?

In addition to the many books still left on my TBR for the year, there were quite a few that I never got around to finishing that I wanted to. Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard. I loved Truthwitch but I just couldn’t get into Windwitch when it released. I had hoped to come back to it later but never got around to it.


DO YOU HAVE AN AUTUMNAL BOOK TO TRANSITION INTO THE END OF THE YEAR?

I don’t have a go-to book for transitioning towards the end of the year, but An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson was the perfect fall book to get me into the mood. 


IS THERE A NEW RELEASE YOU’RE STILL WAITING FOR?

I was waiting for Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes but apparently I missed the memo that the release date was pushed back until February 😩


WHAT ARE THREE BOOKS YOU WANT TO READ BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR?

I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish more than three more books before the end of the year so I can accomplish my Goodreads Reading Challenge, but realistically it probably won’t happen. The three I really want to finish though are:


 

IS THERE A BOOK YOU THINK COULD STILL SHOCK YOU AND BECOME YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE YEAR?

I think I’ve read all my favorite books of the year!


HAVE YOU ALREADY STARTED MAKING READING PLANS FOR 2018?

I started my 2018 TBR list way back in January, and it seems to be growing larger every week! Hopefully I’ll be able to cross more off the list than I was this year.