Category: Let’s Discuss

Mar 24
Watching Bloggers Come and Go. Let’s Discuss!

Watching Bloggers Come and Go. Let’s Discuss!

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So, now that my blog has been around for four years, I’ve noticed something—a lot of blogs (and bloggers) have disappeared over these four years. I know it’s the natural progression of things—people move on to new hobbies, new stages of life, new life goals, and blogging gets pushed the side—but it still somehow surprises me when I go through my Bloglovin’ or my Twitter and see so many blogs that have been inactive for months. Sometimes the blogger has posted a goodbye message and sometimes the blog has just sort of faded away … forgotten. Every once in awhile I’ll run across a blogger name that brings back memories and I’ll think, “Hey, I haven’t seen so-and-so around in awhile. I should go check out what’s happening with them.” It makes me a little bit sad when I find that their blog is dusty and abandoned (which, I guess explained… Read more »


Mar 17
My Haphazard Reading Habits. Let’s Discuss!

My Haphazard Reading Habits. Let’s Discuss!

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The other day, I was reading a fun post on Read All the Things where AJ lists what she calls her Reading Process. She has a really organized and solid approach to choosing books to read, determining what to read next, reviewing, etc. This post made me laugh, not because AJ is funny (though she is—you should totally go read all of her monthly wrap-ups because they’re always hilarious), but because AJ and I are apparently polar opposites when it comes to reading! I thought it might be fun to compare and contrast our styles. Below are AJ’s steps for her Reading Process. I took these titles directly from her (with her permission, of course) so that I could directly compare our reading habits. Make sure that you read AJ’s original post to get the full effect of how opposite we are! Step 1: The Hunt. AJ: She finds lots… Read more »


Mar 10
Is There Such a Thing as a “Quick Post”? Let’s Discuss!

Is There Such a Thing as a “Quick Post”? Let’s Discuss!

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This post has been linked up to the Book Blog Discussion Challenge. Every once in a while, I convince myself that I have a great idea for a “quick” blog post—something that I can whip right up that won’t take me long at all. After all, the ideas are flowing and I’m feeling inspired! … Three hours later, I’m finishing up said blog post, feeling exhausted and wondering how in the heck I managed to take so darn long! Thinking about it, I’ve come up with several time-extenders that seem to get in the way of a “quick post”: Searching for gifs. How do people find so many fun and perfect gifs? I often sit for an hour staring at pages and pages of randomness trying to find that gif that says exactly what I want to say. And then a lot of times the one I end up with… Read more »


Mar 04
Two (Free) Tools that Have Transformed My Replying and Commenting Back

Two (Free) Tools that Have Transformed My Replying and Commenting Back

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This post has been linked up to the Book Blog Discussion Challenge. In the past couple of months, I’ve been trying out two new tools that have really helped me with replying and commenting back (though there are a few drawbacks as well, which I’ll tell you about). I’ve been using the Comment Not Yet Replied To plugin (which, obviously, only works for WordPress self-hosted blogs) and Pocket, a tool that allows you to save. I thought I’d share how I’ve been using these two tools in conjunction with each other, and it’s made me so much more organized! (If you know me, you know this is quite an accomplishment!) By the way, this isn’t a marketing post or anything—I don’t get anything if you use these. (I know my title seems kind of “markety”—I was going to change it but I liked the slanty “Transformed” and I didn’t end… Read more »


Feb 24
A Book Blogger’s Guide to Acronyms, Terms and Slang

A Book Blogger’s Guide to Acronyms, Terms and Slang

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Last week I posted about OTPs and several people said that they didn’t know the acronym. It occurred to me that there are LOTS of book blogging terms that aren’t particularly obvious. When I first started out as a blogger, I often stared in puzzlement at words or acronyms that meant nothing to me. Heck, even nowadays I still run across terms I’m not sure about. I thought it might be fun to try to gather together as many of these as I could and explain them … for those of us just starting out or anyone who’s not sure what some of these mean! Bookish Relationship Terms: OTP: One True Pairing (that couple that you will root for till the end of time) NOTP: (Pronounced No-TP) Basically the opposite of an OTP. You do not want this couple together! BROTP/Bromance: A friendship (between guys) that you adore! Ship: If you ship a couple, it… Read more »


Feb 17
Am I the Only One Without an OTP? Let’s Discuss!

Am I the Only One Without an OTP? Let’s Discuss!

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This post has been linked up to the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge. Okay, first of all, in case you’re like I was when I first started blogging and you’re like, What the heck’s an OTP?—it means One True Pairing. (Seriously, why do we bloggers need to make up acronyms for everything? We write for a living—or at least for a very serious hobby—can we really not muster up the energy to write three extra words?) A One True Pairing is that couple that you will ship until the end of time, that you need to be be together in order to be able to go on with life. If the couple does not get together, you will cry buckets and lay around on the couch in a malaise for all of time … or something like that. (Let’s not get overdramatic here, people.) In the bookish world, an OTP is like a necessity. Every… Read more »


Feb 08
Power to the Writer: Inkitt’s Mission to Change the Face of Publishing

Power to the Writer: Inkitt’s Mission to Change the Face of Publishing

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Hey, everybody! Nicole here (this is a guest post, but the parts in green are me). A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by Inkitt to ask if they could provide a guest post for my blog. I was honestly just about ready to email Hannah back to tell her that I don’t do those types of guest posts, but at the last moment I decided to take a glance at Inkitt and check it out. Turns out, they have a unique approach to publishing that I find fascinating, and I thought that you all might like to learn a bit about them too! So, without further ado, here’s Hannah from Inkitt to tell you about their publishing process … Some of the biggest and best-loved heroes of the literary world had to fight to get noticed. Before J.K. Rowling got her big break with Bloomsbury, no fewer than twelve short-sighted book… Read more »


Jan 21
Seeing the Book Blogging World Through Rose-Colored Glasses: Let’s Discuss

Seeing the Book Blogging World Through Rose-Colored Glasses: Let’s Discuss

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Over the four years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve seen a lot of posts going up about the drama in the book blogging world. About people being attacked for their viewpoints, stalked for their negative reviews, outraged over others’ bad behaviors at book conferences … it seems that there is no short supply of negativity on the internet. But still, each and every time I see a post about how painful and draining the book community can be I think, “Really?” Because that just hasn’t been my experience. I’ve found the book blogging community to be a friendly and welcoming place. I tried to figure out why. Do I just stay away from controversial topics on my blog? I don’t think so. I’ve posted about many topics that have brought about debate in the community: The Irresistible Pull of ARCs Number of Followers and Following Back (though some of my thoughts and… Read more »


Jan 14
Let’s Discuss: Special Niche Genres

Let’s Discuss: Special Niche Genres

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This post is linked up to the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge. I was reading my latest Shelf Awareness newsletter a couple of days ago, and I saw an advertisement for a book, professing the following: I have to confess that it kind of made me laugh. This claim immediately made me think, The best Swedish crime novel? Is that even a thing? How hard is it to be the best Swedish crime novel of the year?  Is that a terribly competitive market? The question buzzed around in my head for a while, and so I investigated. Now, anyone who’s an actual fan of crime novels probably knows that Swedish crime novels really are “a thing.” After a quick internet search I discovered that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a Swedish crime novel. Even I’ve heard of that one. And apparently Stieg Larsson started a whole new craze. I found several… Read more »


Jan 05
Why Does Technology Scare Me So? Let’s Discuss!

Why Does Technology Scare Me So? Let’s Discuss!

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This post is linked up to the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge. Since I’m a book blogger, it shouldn’t be a surprise that most of my strengths have to do with the humanities. When I was a student, I took as many writing, literature, and humanities courses as I could get away with—I only tackled two relatively simple science courses in college (though I took AP Bio and AP Psychology in high school and enjoyed both of those), and I never took a math class after I took pre-calculus my junior year of high school. Math (and math-related sciences) intimidated me—I couldn’t wrap my head around them. Technology has always been the same. It scares me! But nowadays I spend a HUGE chunk of my day on the computer, so I can’t avoid it completely. I don’t want to be baffled by technology or let it get the best of… Read more »