Bookish, Tags

The Secret Life Of A Book Blogger Tag

I feel like I always do tags when I don’t get my original planned post done…But I guess that is the great thing about tags! The little nifty critters are here when you need ’em!

Big shout out and thank you to Destiny @ Howling Libraries for tagging me in this! If you haven’t checked her out yet, please go and rectify this situation immediately! She is honestly a gem!

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1. How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging for a little over one year now! But I’ve been reviewing/apart of the bookish community for almost four or so years now as I started on Booktube!

2. At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

Not sure, I am currently really happy with my blogging life and the community within it  and all the amazing friends I have made within this wondrous community so I don’t think it will be any time soon!

3. What is the best thing about blogging?

I could totally be cliche and say the community (which is a 10/10 would recommend) but I think for me the best possible thing about blogging is that this is my little neck of the internet woods–I can rant and rave as much as I want and it will be okay, because this is my place. The feeling of catharses is amazing.

4. What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

I think the worst part of blogging is the self imposed pressure– to read the recent reads, and talk about the popular topics at the time– of being current. The ways that I combat this is to constantly remind myself that this is my place and I should do/write what makes me happy and what I’m passionate about–not what I think others will want to see from me or to stay “trendy”.

5. How long does it take you to make/find pictures to use?

My graphic game has improved over the last 5 years of being in the bookish community! I typically use unsplash.com to find free photos to use in my graphics if I don’t create them myself and I have now been solely using canva and GIMP/Photoshop for editing and creating the images.

6. Who is your book crush?

LMAO who isn’t my bookish crush? Ya girl has a bookish crush academy where thousands of characters apply to be apart of my love fest but only a select few are accepted. Currently our Valedictorian is Rhysand from the ACOTAR series and Salutatorian is Aiden from the Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata.

7. What author would you like to have on your blog?

I would absolutely LOVE to have a guest post or to interview Mariana Zapata or Teagan Hunter on the blog. Those ladies have shaped my love of romance and romantic comedy in ways that I cannot even begin to express, so it would truly be an honor if I could have them here!

8. What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

Don’t tell my boss but I usually write my blog posts while I am on my lunch break in my office or if I get to work super early. So business attire. However, when I am home and on my own personal computer–PJs for days. I like to be comfy when the unicorns grant me inspiration for writing blog posts!

9. How long does it take you to prepare?

It really depends on the post! If it is a tag ( like this one) not long at all, but if it is some of my more research heavy posts like my Genre In Depth series or Hot Off the Press, then I take several hours to days (looking at you Science Fiction and Mystery) to get all the sources and materials I will need to make a cohesive and correct post.

10. How do you feel about the blogging community?

I think I agree with what Destiny said in her answer, just like in every community we are gonna have some bad apples. It’s inevitable. Some times we let the bad apples fester and spread, but majority of the time we educate and rectify the bad. Our community has its ups and downs and its pros and cons–however, even through all of it I would trade it for the world. The Blogging community is truly a gem and I love being apart of such a great, diverse, and dynamic community.

11. What do you think one should do to create a successful blog?

Be completely and utterly yourself. Don’t try to be like so and so because they may have more views/stats, or because you think Billy bob down the blog hopping way is cooler. There is no one like you and because of this the world needs and craves to hear your voice–your unique voice. So my thought of creating a successful blog, whatever that may be as success is hella subjective, is to be authentically you.

TAGGED:

Clo | Isabelle | Para | Michelle | Ruby | Amy

And of course you! If you would like to do this, please consider yourself tagged by me!

Bookish, Discussion

BLOGGERS IN THE ATTIC: Reading Slumps

Hiya storytellers and welcome to another edition of Bloggers in the Attic!

discussionchaintrThe Bloggers in the Attic is a discussion chain. And what is a discussion chain? Well, it’s pretty simple and with few steps.

Me and other eleven bloggers united together to discuss a common topic, covering the whole arc of February, and sharing our unique perspective. I created the initiative with the wish to create a discussion space that could explore a normal topic for different part of the world.

The rules to participate are pretty simple. So, if you ever wish to take part in the future discussion, please just comment under Camilla’s introduction and first post. Every topic will be discussed bi-monthly, so the next round will be up in April. There’s plenty of time to join in, but the best option is always to enter early. Also, take a look to the group banner

Click here to learn more about Camilla’s discussion chain and how to be apart of it! 

With that said, this month’s theme is all about the dreaded Reading Slump. But before we get into my hot take on reading slumps, lets take a look at the schedule for this months discussion chain! Continue reading “BLOGGERS IN THE ATTIC: Reading Slumps”

Reviews

Mini-Reviews Monday #9

Mini-Reviews Monday is a monthly series in which I attempt to get caught up on reviews in bulk. These reviews are a highlight reel instead of an in-depth look into my time reading these novels. If you would like an in-depth version of my review, let me know in the comments!

Once Upon a Bad Boy (Sometimes in Love, #3)Once Upon A Bad Boy by Melonie Johnson

Genres: Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: June 25th 2019
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC
Rating: fangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstars

I am honestly shocked that I enjoyed this one when the others in this series was a doozy for me. Once Upon A Bad Boy is a cute summer feeling second chance romance that had me feeling all the things. I really enjoyed our main characters and the chemistry between them wasn’t only steamy and intense but also believable and natural. Bo and Sadie are probably without a doubt my favorite couple from this series and I wouldn’t mind reading more from these two! There were some issues that I had in regards to dialogue near the end that felt forced/rushed which is why I knocked a few stars off as it pulled me out of the story on several occasions; but overall I really enjoyed myself with this one!

ARC provided by St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review
Continue reading “Mini-Reviews Monday #9”
Bookish

Rec Me Sunday: LGBTQIA+ Books I Can’t Wait To Read

Rec me Sunday is a new series on Fictionally Sam where I basically give you recommendation of books based on different topics/tropes that will wreck you in all the best ways possible!

Happy Pride month storytellers! Not only does this month mark my entering the world on the back of a unicorn, but it also marks the celebration and awareness of the LGBTQIA+ community!

Usually my rec me Sundays are books that I have read, however with it being Pride month I wanted to do something LGBT themed–which brings me to my confession…I haven’t read a lot of books that have LGBT rep in it–well at least with reputable representation–that I would be comfortable making an actual post for. I am working on fixing this, so I thought it would be fun to show you the books that I do plan on reading!

Continue reading “Rec Me Sunday: LGBTQIA+ Books I Can’t Wait To Read”