ANNOUNCEMENT – I’m Closing this Blog and Moving to Tumblr

This has been a really hard decision, but one I feel confident in now. All this past year I’ve been struggling to keep up with this blog and it hasn’t been fun. I’ve just lost the drive to write long posts and keep up with commenting. I had my lowest year in reading this past year at just 20 books and that was sad for me. I kept having the feeling that I didn’t have time to read because of all the blogging stuff I needed to get done and that really started to bother me.

The problem I struggled with though is that I didn’t want to leave this community or not feel part of it. I still wanted to talk about books and discuss them, but I didn’t want the pressure of writing lengthy posts on this WordPress blog. Honestly, I’m not much of a talker in real life and not really online either. This just doesn’t feel like a good fit for me anymore…

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Finally in December I found a solution that I’ve really been enjoying! I’ve joined Tumblr and got back into Instagram. Tumblr blogging is different from WordPress/Blogger blogging and I love it :D I think it’ll be a lot less of a time commitment while still being able to blog about books. I’ve also found a new love for taking bookish photos on Instagram :)

So I’d say my plan is to still socially interact through Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest (with the group board), but just not blog here. I’ll still be visiting my favorite blogs and commenting occasionally, because you guys are awesome! This URL will still be active for the next year as I’ve already renewed it.

A big thank you to all of my followers here! It has been a great experience that I will never forget. This isn’t goodbye to the community, just letting you know of my change in plans :)

P.S. If you’re on Tumblr, let me know! Or if you know other great booklr blogs I should follow, let me know!

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Can Book Bloggers be Successful on Pinterest? YES!

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Every now and then I’ll go out and visit blogging tips/tricks blogs to see if I can learn something new about blogging or find new ways to improve my blog. Do you know what a lot of bloggers in other communities are raving about? Pinterest. Do you know what book bloggers aren’t raving about? Pinterest. Why is this? Why, as a community, do we feel that Pinterest isn’t a good social platform for us? Maybe it’s because we don’t know how to be successful on Pinterest. Maybe you tried it out and it just didn’t seem to be worth your time. I’m not sure where this mindset came from, but Pinterest…

Return Once More – An Unexpected Ending!

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Book Overview A good MC Really liked the secondary characters! I loved the time travel Great pacing Beautiful cover   Romance Overview – Kaia and Caesarion VERY fast Swoony but also a bit cheesy Some disagreement High doubts They were cute together   What I Loved Time travel! I loved the detail the author gave for Kaia’s travels back through time. I love time travel books where they travel back through time rather than into the future. If I could time travel, I definitely want to travel back and see the past :) The mystery was well done. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding Oz and I can’t wait to…

How Do you Judge a Book’s Villain?

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I recently finished reading Fairest and Winter by Marissa Meyer and it has really got me thinking about how I react to antagonists/villains and how I judge them. In most books, it is very easy for me to dislike (and often hope for the death of) the antagonist. They represent a threat to the main characters happy ending (which I’m usually very emotionally invested in).  There are antagonists like Caroline Bingley from Pride and Prejudice who no one likes because of the mean girl vibe. Then there are others like The Bane from The Burning Sky who are the 100% evil, all powerful villains that everyone wants to kill. Next are the villains…

Throne of Glass – I Finally Read This Book lol

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Book Overview Celaena is awesome! Can’t wait to see how they develop Interesting and Mysterious :) I couldn’t put this down! I like it   Romance Overview – Celaena and Dorian Hard to tell what Celaena is feeling I love Dorian! Sometimes, she argues more with Chaol Unlikely at this point in time I prefer Dorian   What I Loved I loved the mystery in Throne of Glass. The creature that was killing off her competitors was really creepy and I was surprised at who ended up being behind the killings. Celaena. She’s a very interesting main character. I like that being an assassin hasn’t hardened her and all she…

14 YA Book Releases to Look Forward to in November 2015

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What’s coming out next month? Anything good? Sometimes book releases creep up behind me and it’s not until everyone is tweeting about it, do I realize I forgot about the release date! Have you ever forgotten an ARC’s release date is coming up? Trust me, I’ve been there :P To keep myself better organized and more aware of what new book releases are coming up in the coming month, I’ve compiled lists of book releases for each month. This list is compiled from my own bookish preferences and general popularity. I can’t believe it’s November already! GUYS! CHRISTMAS IS COMING :D Which reminds me, I have no idea what to…

Why Do Reviews Receive Fewer Comments & Pageviews? Let’s Analyze!

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Last month I wrote a post on 5 Ways to Help Increase Reader Engagement in Your Book Reviews. It was a post focusing on how bloggers could improve the structure of their book reviews to attract more readers. Most of us know that book reviews receive generally less pageviews and comments than other types of posts. While there are some things that we can change about our reviews to attract more readers, some things are really outside of our control. Instead of thinking of ways to improve reviews, today I want to analyze the deeper issue of why reviews have less views in the first place. When don’t people want to…

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