Showing posts with label twitter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label twitter. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Should You Separate Bookish and Personal Social Media Accounts? | Book Blogging Tips (#63)

We all have social media accounts that may or may not go with our blogs. We all know social media is important to grow your blog, but should you separate the two?

I very often see bloggers who have one account for their blog and one that's personal. In order to determine which one works best for you, you first have to assess what kind of blog you have.

First check if you have a personal blog or a general blog. 

  • Personal blogs are blogs that just focus on your own reading habits, maybe ocassionally featuring guest posts, but generally just feature what you think and what you're reading. 
  • A more general book blog would be a blog with multiple regular contributors that doesn't just feature reviews but has lots of cover reveals, guest posts, rec lists, etc.
A social media account for a personal blog would feel oddly empty, considering that most of us personal bloggers don't put out more than maybe 3-5 posts per week. What would you be posting the other days then? Social media very much relies on regular content and if you have the content to fill it up with, by all means. 

The reason why you're making a social media account for your blog is typically to make the whole thing seem less like "this is the blog of XY" and more like "this is a blog about X". Ask yourself - do you really need to dissociate yourself from your blog if it's a personal one? Another thing to consider is that people on social media tend to follow for the unique, constant content. 

Examples and questions to ask if you have a personal blog:

Let's say you'll make a special account for your blog only on...

Twitter: You'll use it to crosspost your posts there every time they go live. What else would you do during the times your blog doesn't have any content? Twitter is a medium that relies on constant (opinionated) content. Keeping your account neutral would make it  look oddly empty. You'll have to constantly retweet other accounts or interact with other accounts to add some more content. 
Verdict: Maybe

Instagram: If you have the motivation and patience to set up a blog-only instagram featuring pictures of your current reads and all, sure! You can certainly do both in one account though. Your call.
Verdict: Sure, if you like

Tumblr: Again, same as with twitter. You'll have to add third-party content to your account to make it worth it. 
Verdict: Maybe

Facebook: Plenty of blogs have a facebook site. I think it's actually a very good idea to separate your blog from your personal facebook. It would only make things messy to combine the two.
Verdict: Yes!

At the end of the day you decide what works best and maybe it's a little bit trial and error. Go ahead and make that social media page specifically for your blog if you like, delete it if you dislike it. Easy like that.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

[Review] Follow Me Back (#1) - A.V. Geiger: Twitter and Pop Stars

In FOLLOW ME BACK, pop star Eric Thorn sets up a fake twitter account and falls in love with one of his fans.

What intrigued me: Mixed format books are always a treat.

Romance-heavy page turner

FOLLOW ME BACK is an absolute page-turner. There is just something about this story that's captivating, especially through the mixed format with police interviews and tweets, it keeps you on your toes at all times. Even when the story gets a little too repetitive for my taste, I couldn't quit simply because I needed to find out how it all gets resolved. 

The thing is, FOLLOW ME BACK needs you to like these characters. A huge chunk of this book is spent watching protagonists Eric and Tessa fall in love through flirty DMs. I think in some way this really takes away from the premise. I would've loved a more thriller-centric story instead of a flat out romance with a side of a looming secret (that's not even that hard to guess early really)

At the end of the day, FOLLOW ME BACK has it going for it that this is every teenage girl's fantasy: the book. Your favorite celebrity is talking to you through a fake account and you'll fall in love. But FOLLOW ME BACK got a dark twist going on that really makes this story one of a kind. 

Fan fiction tropes galore

FOLLOW ME BACK's biggest problem is that the story isn't very strong. It reads like the mixed format has been slapped on (especially the police reports) after the whole thing was written to increase the lack of tension within this narrative. There is one mystery at the center of it that I don't find is explored as cleverly as you'd expect from a social media thriller. It reads like a cheap plot twist to set up the next sequel to this romance. It's a typical fan fiction trope. In general, this reads absolutely like fan fiction, which I assumed it used to be, since the author is well-known on Wattpad for her Maroon 5 fan fiction. 

This isn't a bad thing whatsoever. I like fan fiction every now and then and am familiar and quite a bit fond of these tropes and types of stories. But I think the average reader of traditionally published YA will probably be a little put off by this story. It's really a niche thing but I'd sincerely hope that it takes off. FOLLOW ME BACK is an addicting story of love and obsession that probably everyone can identify a little with. 




Overall: Do I Recommend?

If you're a fan fiction reader or have a celebrity crush that's a musician, you'll probably love FOLLOW ME BACK. It's fresh, it's fun, it's different. The mixed media format really makes this one stand out and quite interesting.

[If you have agoraphobia and have reviewed this, please link your review. I'd love to feature it.]

Additional Info

Published: June 6th 2017
Pages: 368
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA / Thriller
ISBN: 9781492645238

"Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…"(Source: Goodreads)

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

[Review] Inked (#1) - Eric Smith: Magical Tattoos and Adventure

In INKED, Caenum is due to receive his magical tattoo that marks his coming-of-age, when the Scribe who is supposed to perform the ritual gets in major trouble and needs his help.

What intrigued me: I've been folllowing the author on Twitter for a while and eventually grew interested in his writing.

Lovable Characters

INKED is essentially a classic adventure story. Wrapped up in a world spiked with extensive mythology and an innovative concept, it's very easy to lose yourself in. Caenum is a very likable character whose narration I thoroughly enjoyed. However, his spotlight is easily stolen by the side characters.

My favorite is the scribe, a sassy-yet-vulnerable boy called Kenzi, whom I immediately grew to love. You'd expect the main character in such a setting to be the one with the unique abilities and all, but for the most part it's not him. Such a fantastic twist to the whole narrative that made me rejoice with joy. 

I almost instantly fell in love with the relationship protagonist Caenum has to his best friend Dreya. If it weren't for this lovely friendship with some tension, I'd probably say this is more of a Middle Grade than Young Adult read. The prose is very simplistic and colorful, but definitely does read like the intended audience is on the lower side of YA. 

Own Spin to it All

The magical tattoos are an interesting factor that defines this world. In INKED, you get a tattoo that marks what your destiny and/or future profession will be. Smith managed to incorporate them flawlessly into a world that I inexpclibaly immediately associated with a  Disney made-for-TV movie. It's so colorful and upbeat, but does fall into a couple of stereotypes. 

The villains feel very stereotypical, having scars and shaved heads, and the protagonist accidentally stumbles on a conspiracy, as you'd expect from a chosen one story. Despite those stereotypical elements, I do feel like Smith manages to put his own spin on all of it. 

If it weren't for the comparison with Disney movies, I'd say this essentially reads like DESCENDANTS meets FURTHERMORE. INKED really surprised me with being unlike what you'd expect from the blurb and really bringing a breath of fresh air into the genre.




Overall: Do I Recommend?

INKED is a lovely little read if you like light High Fantasy and YA that's on the lower side. It made for a fun bedside table read, I found it very entertaining and was pleasantly surprised!

Additional Info

Published: January 20th 2015
Pages: 250
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Genre: YA / High Fantasy
ISBN: 9781619638594

"Tattoos once were an act of rebellion. 

Now they decide your destiny the moment the magical Ink settles under your skin. 

And in a world where Ink controls your fate, Caenum can't escape soon enough. He is ready to run from his family, and his best friend Dreya, and the home he has known, just to have a chance at a choice. 

But when he upsets the very Scribe scheduled to give him his Ink on his eighteenth birthday, he unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that sends the corrupt, magic-fearing government, The Citadel, after him and those he loves. 

Now Caenum, Dreya, and their reluctant companion Kenzi must find their way to the Sanctuary, a secret town where those with the gift of magic are safe. Along the way, they learn the truth behind Ink, its dark origins, and why they are the only ones who can stop the Citadel."(Source: Goodreads)

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Recommendation: Last Will and Testament (Radleigh University #1) - Dahlia Adler: Dating the TA and Becoming an Adult

In LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, party girl Lizzie has to take care of her little brothers and become their guardian after her parents die in an accident. 

What intrigued me: I don't read New Adult often, but when I do, it's because it was recommended. Like this one.

Fantastic voice

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT had me hooked from the first page. Adler has an uncanny ability to utterly suck you into this novel's world. The writing is super accessible, fun, and easy to read. Adler's characters don't need much introduction, it just jumps right into the action.

Paired with a story that is absolutely not light, but rather heavy in the best, subtle yet gut-wrenching way; LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT has a perfect equilibrium. I love novels with easy writing that tackle dark themes. Though I wouldn't have minded if it had tapped more into the dark places, considering that Lizzie loses both her parents and has to completely change up her life in a relatively short time.

Lizzie's voice is really fantastic. Adler manages to capture her narrative voice at the intersection between teen and adult in a way that I have hardly ever encountered before. Lizzie is sassy, Lizzie is teen, and Lizzie is badass, and incredibly likeable. Lizzie definitely carries LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT and makes it stand out. I immediately found myself identifying with her narration and enjoying it. But the thing that I enjoyed by far the most about Lizzie is the fact that she's a valedictorian who stopped getting good grades in college - for ... well, for no reason really. There are too few characters like her and reading about her experience hit close to home for me. LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT tells the story of a girl growing up, of a girl taking responsibility and charge of her life.

Fresh & fun

I fell hopelessly in love with the love interest Connor, Lizzie's TA who really doesn't like her. Their banter is hilarious and easily my highlight of LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT. I love a good hate-to-love story and Adler absolutely pulls it off. I enjoyed that Adler decided to take it slow with the romance, which contributes to the realistic feel - it doesn't feel forced, but like a natural consequence. A truly organic romance.

It truly is a fresh of breath air to read about characters that I find go completely into the different direction of what I'm used to seeing in this genre. I loved the forbidden-romance aspect, considering this is technically a teacher/student relationship, even if the age difference isn't really that relevant.

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT is a breath of fresh air, amazes with unique, quirky characters and a fantastic voice. And more importantly such a good read that you will finish this in one sitting like I did. Did I mention that it has a Filipina lead? Cue the choir of angels singing. 

Adler is definitely an author to watch. I'll certainly be reading more books by her.




Overall: Do I Recommend?

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT is easily among my favorite New Adult contemporaries. A true gem.

Additional Info

Published: December 9th 2014
Pages: 414
Publisher: Smashwords
Genre: New Adult / Contemporary
ISBN: 9780990916802

"Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she's acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she'll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn't exactly Lizzie's biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you're ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks... and that she'd like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he's not the kind of guy who'd ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left."(Source: Goodreads)

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

When Authors Talk To You: Unprofessional or Nice Gesture?

To me the greatest privilege of being a book blogger is to be able to talk to the brilliant minds behind your favorite books.

Sometimes, out of nowhere authors barge in on your conversations about their books on twitter- and honestly? I still get starstruck every single time this unprofessional? 

There are some authors that I have had back and forth conversations with, and I'm still shocked whenever I see them in my twitter mentions.

However, with authors that are super active on tumblr, I've come across people that consider this unprofessional. Especially John Green, who's super popular among YA readers over there, is very transparent and answers messages all the time. I think it's great that he's so in touch with his fans, I mean in the end authors are people, too.

Actually, I think it's important to remind ourselves that the person behind let's say - the Hunger Games series, is human, too. 

I always tell newbie bloggers to write their reviews as if they would be telling their opinion to the author to avoid being too harsh and hurtful.

It's super sweet and flattering to see the nice reactions if you post a positive review and tag the author in it. Sometimes, they will reply and I love that. I love being able to tell someone personally that I admire their work and had a great time reading their book.

...what about commenting on reviews?

I've seen authors actually comment on reviews on Goodreads before and that's where I personally draw the line.
I love twitter interactions, I love it when authors answer messages and all, but when I see that an author commented on one of my reviews, I cringe a little. Personally, I would feel pressured to sugarcoat things if I knew that the writer would actually read my review. A certain distance is necessary for me, but that doesn't mean that you can't talk to someone.

I've seen authors try to defend their book, but only to negative reviews. Honestly, if I saw an author that I previously loved do this, I would probably never buy a book from them again.

Distance is super essential in that profession, but it's not excluding interaction.

I'm over the moon happy whenever authors talk to me. I'm even happier knowing that some of them actually read my blog posts. It's a little surreal, actually.

Where do you draw the line?

Bloggers: Which author last left you starstruck? 

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