Showing posts with label reading habits. Show all posts
Showing posts with label reading habits. Show all posts

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Books I Avoid, Books I Really Should've Read & more | Bookish Questions TAG

Y'all know I love a good tag. So here's another one I discovered, in which you learn quite a lot about my habits and my weird taste.

1. What book is on your nightstand now?
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo.

2. What was the last truly great book you read?
THE SEAFARER'S KISS by Julia Ember, you guys know how much I love this fabulous bisexual mermaid story.

3. If you could meet any writer—dead or alive—who would it be? What would you want to know?
Honestly I would just want to meet Oscar Wilde. He seems like a swell dude and I think we could be friends. I'd just want to hang with him.

4. What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?
Probably the flat out ridiculous amount of Goosebumps and Fear Street and The Three Investigators books. I love them, they were my childhood. I've got about forty, I think.

5. How do you organize your personal library?
I switch it up. Sometimes it's by color, sometimes I poorly attempt to do them by author, but usually it's just by convenience. I don't have enough space for everything, so I basically just organize them by whatever fits.

6. What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read?
  • AMERICAN STREET by Ibi Zoboi
  • THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
  • AKATA WITCH by Nnedi Okorafor
  • ALUTA by Adwoa Badoe
  • INTO WHITE by Randi Pink
I don't feel embarrassed about not reading anything! One book at a time.

7. What book did you feel you were supposed to like but didn’t? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?

A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab was definitely a huge letdown for me. I'm almost mad that I didn't like it, mainly because I lovelovelove books that feature parallel worlds.

There haven't been any memorable DNFs lately, fortunately!

8. What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

A book can only become a potential new favorite and five star if it has:
  • fantastic world building that makes me forget where I even am
  • decent, not overly flowery prose
  • a memorable voice
  • is so thrilling that I don't want to put it down and/or finish it in one sitting
I avoid books that have:
  • only white, straight characters
  • follow book tropes and a specific unoriginal formula with no spin on it
  • have special snowflake protagonists that are the chosen ones

9. If you could require the president to read one particular book, what would it be?
I really don't care about patronizing/policing what other people read. I would decline that opportunity.

10. What do you plan to read next?
Oh, I don't know. Maybe 27 HOURS. Possibly 27 HOURS. It's so long until release date but I don't think I can wait much longer.

Consider yourself tagged!
Feel free to leave your link in the comments!

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

How to Come Up With Post Ideas | Book Blogging Tips (#28)

If you want to get a set readership on your blog, you're going to have to stick out in the masses. There are thousands and thousands of book blogs out there, so what makes you special? 

In order to make people remember you, you will have to come up with a strategy to make your blog stand out. 
A great way to do that is to add original content. But how do you come up with good post ideas?

8. Try Out New Mediums

If your blog is usually filled with long discussion posts, or memes, try out book photography. There are different types of posts and if you've exhausted every kind of subcategory in the posts you usually do, go for something new and get out of your comfort zone. If you only post reviews, write up a personal post. If you only do personal posts, start a book meme!

7. Meme Directories!

If you absolutely can't think of anything original, just use content that's already available. Start doing a meme and make sure your contributions stand out in the crowd. You don't even have to create your own meme, a good Top Ten Tuesday or Stacking the Shelves post can be just as interesting as an original one.

A good meme directory I always like to link to is the Book Blog Meme Directory on bookshelffantasies.

6. Observe.

Don't copy, but take a look at the things your favorite bloggers do and get inspired. 

5. Check Your Reading Habits

Which kind of posts do you like to read personally? Why is it that you clicked on a certain post instead of another? Think about the types of posts you enjoy and fill your blog with similar content.

4. Get Inspired by Recent Events

Everybody loves a good pop culture reference. Take a look at what genres or books are popular right now, or what fandoms you're particularly familiar with and interested in. Maybe even launch your own meme!

3. Check Your Success Rate

Which posts were successful? There surely are some posts that have a considerably higher amount of views than others. Try to stick with similar content. What comes to your mind when you think of that topic?

2. Controversy

When in doubt, settle for discussions. What makes you angry? What makes you happy? Just flat out state your opinion, preferably on a topic that people have different opinions on. You'll be surprised at how much resonance you'll get for a respectfully written controversial posts about a recent topic.

1. What's Bugging You?

Personal posts are an awesome way to connect to your readers. 
If you're comfortable sharing your feelings or personal experiences with others online, you go for it and write up a nice personal post.

It's a little like an online diary and pretty therapeutic to just vent. Also people seem to really like being able to get to know you on a more personal level.

What are your tips on coming up with post ideas?

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Friday, October 16, 2015

How to Get Me Hooked On Your Blog | Book Blogging Tips (#21)

Everyone has their preferences in terms of what blogs they like to read. For a few weeks I looked at my own following habits and tried to pinpoint what it is exactly that makes me follow a blog.

1. Brilliant Reviews

While reviews aren't everything in the blogger world if you're looking to get a huge following, it can help.

I'm one of those people that actually seeks out reviews and reads the whole thing before commenting. A brilliant review for me is a review that's critical while being polite. Open your eyes and point out the little things. If you can make me laugh, there you go, new follower.

2. Diverse Content

Don't only post memes. Everyone should have a unique twist in their blog that makes them special. If you do different things than everybody else, I'm interested. I don't need to follow the 34279379th meme blog.

3. Special Features
  • Be entertaining
  • Be helpful
  • Be creative 
Write about the things that interest you. Good special features can also be personal posts, there are no boundaries!

4. Wit

That's a very broad term, but if you're smart and funny, you can even make the most boring content interesting. Unfortunately, that's not something you can learn. Some people are just naturally funny without forcing it, that's why it is important to add personality to your blog.

5. Personality

A common misconception among newbie bloggers is that you have to keep everything clean and professional. As a reader, I love personal posts. Not in the terms of writing an online diary, but actually showing who you are and what you like. You can be subjective all you want, you're running a book blog after all. There will be a lot of people following you for your personal posts only if you're doing it right.

6. Interaction

Talk to me.
If I leave a comment on your blog, I obviously want to interact. If you reply, I might come back. There's nothing more satisfying than leaving a comment on a blogger's blog and have it turn into a conversation. I've actually made a fair share of friendships like that.

7. The Learning Factor

If I read one of posts and think to myself: "Well, that was brilliant. I could learn a lot from that blogger, so I better observe them" - then a follow is guaranteed. As bloggers I think most of us crave improvement. We want our blogs to be the very best they can be. If you can assist me with that, I probably just became your number one fan.

8. Similar Taste / Great Recommendations

Naturally we click on reviews of books that interest us. I tend to read a lot of reviews about:

  1. Popular books: To determine whether they are for me
  2. Books I loved/hated: To find out what other people think of them. I rarely read reviews about books that I just found mediocre.
  3. My favorite authors' works: Because I can never get enough of them and have to decide which book to read next
  4. Books with great covers: Secretely we all pretend we don't care about covers, but show me a pretty cover in my Bloglovin feed and I'll be sure to check it out
  5. Books of my preferred genre: Sometimes I have a very obscure taste in books. If you have that same taste and read books in that genre, I'm following you just to keep up with what new books there are on the market.
If your taste matches mine, that's a surefire way to get me hooked.

What does it take to get you hooked on a blog?

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