Meme

– Let’s Talk Bookish – Things I Wish I’d Known

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  and Dani @Literary Lion. It’s a chance to discuss certain topics, share opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Posts are written on Fridays, and you can suggest topics using the form that you will find on Rukky’s Contact page.



TOP TIPS OR DOS AND DON’TS FOR NEW BLOGGERS 


by Rafaela @ The Portuguese Bibliophile



What are some things you wish you had been told before you started blogging? What do you think are the BIGGEST Dos and Don’ts for people who are newer to the blogging world? Give your fellow bloggers some friendly advice!

1. Join in with memes – it’s a great way to meet and connect with other bloggers.

It took me far too many years to discover the joys of bookish memes in fact it is one of the few positives that came out of the first UK Covid Lockdown. The introduction of working from home and only being allowed to only leave the house for a very small number of reasons meant that I suddenly had more than enough time to not only focus on my blog but also to visit lots of other blogs.



2. You only get out what you put in – the more blogs you visit and comment on the more comments you will receive on your own blog.

The truth is that most visits to book blogs are by fellow book bloggers, not readers. Now book bloggers are some of the kindest, most supportive, people out there but they are not going to repeatedly visit your blog and comment on your posts if you don’t repay the favour!



3. Promo company posts are a waste of time – at least they are for non-social media sites.

Whilst people are interested in all things bookish, and new releases top that list, the copy-paste posts provided by PR companies do not hold any interest for visitors to your blog. What is important are your thoughts and musing about the book, what you liked and what didn’t work so well, not the paid-for endorsement of a fellow author.



4. Enjoy yourself – you do not owe anyone a blog post… well not unless they’ve paid you to write one.

Blog for enjoyment, for the love of sharing books, for shouting out about your favourite authors, narrators and publishers. Do NOT pressure yourself to hit self-imposed targets, deadlines or quotas. If it’s no longer fun stop doing it.



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~~ Friday Book Blogger Hop ~~

Friday Book Blogger Hop


 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 



Why did you start a book blog?

submitted by Julie @ JadeSky


I would love to have some altruistic story to share, perhaps a tale of how reading had somehow changed my life and that I had a burning desire to share my love of books with others. The truth is much more prosaic and more than a little self-serving and is quite simply that some indie authors I loved offered arcs through promotion companies but to qualify one had to have a blog on which to promote the book.


My tastes have evolved and refined over the 6 or so years that I’ve owned a kindle and I now acquire most of my arc books through Netgalley and I could, in theory, abandon the blog. However, I have discovered a love of discussing and sharing all things bookish with like-minded bloggers. So whilst I began the blog for less than the purest of motives I now continue to blog because of the pleasure I get from belonging to this wonderful community.



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Tell Me Something Tuesday #TMST ~~

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post hosted by Jen @That’s What I’m Talking About, where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the questions from Jen’s blog and answer it on your own.



Book cover love:
Share some book covers that you loved in 2021

My love of a book cover is often heavily influenced by my love of the book! Clearly, my preference is for people on the cover, though I’m not a fan of the naked male chest book covers. It would also seem that generally I love a dark, moody, atmospheric image too!



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Sunday Wrap-Up – November 28th

Each Sunday I will be rounding up my week and linking up with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberley @Caffeinated Reviewer as well as The Sunday Salon meme hosted by the wonderful Deb @Readerbuzz. Do please pop by their blogs and show them a little love 💗.


Life Last Week

We visited the second Hucknall Food & Drink Festival on Sunday. The cookies and brownies were consumed before I managed to take any photos but they were absolutely delicious! We also purchased mustard and passion fruit curd, not that we plan on eating them at the same time! It was a gorgeous day, even if the temperatures had plummeted and we had to wrap up well.

Yesterday my daughter visited Staffordshire University’s Stafford campus. We set in a fairly heavy snow shower, there was even snow on the carriageway of the motorway! We made it there unscathed, though there were one or two worrying moments along the way – most notably a fallen tree across our side of the road and a very icy hill to navigate to the bottom of. I’m well aware that to most this is a mere smattering of the white stuff, but it’s such a rare event in the UK we just don’t know how to deal with it.


Books Read Last Week

I indulged in two Holiday reads – and absolutely adored both of them. A huge thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read these – though both are currently 99c on Amazon so I’ve bought them too!


Currently Reading

Although this is another “seasonal” book, it’s a change of pace (and genre) to my last two reads. I’ve heard good things about this so I’m really hoping I enjoy it!


Looking forward to…

…enjoying these two treats from the Food & Drink market.

… a visit to the hairdressers next Saturday followed by another Uni visit – this time to Huddersfield!

… visiting the Christmas Market at Lincoln.


Blogs Visited

Drop by and visit Caffeinated Reviewer who hosts this meme, read a few reviews on All In Good Time, see what is happening on That’s What I’m Talking About and find some new books with Reading Tonic.


On The Blog This Week

Monday – Review of Beyond by Mercedes Lackey ⭐⭐⭐
TuesdayFeeling Grateful with Tell Me Something Tuesday
Wednesday – Review of The Heiress and the Orc by Finley Fenn⭐⭐⭐⭐
ThursdayThrow-Back Thursday review of Unforgiveable by Isabel Love ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
FridaySpecial Memories with the Friday Book Blogger Hop
Saturday New Releases with Let’s Talk Books


2021 Reading Stats –
Books read in 2021 – 135 (133) 
Re-reads in 2021 –  7 (7)
Owned books from TBR list read – 20 (20)
5 Star reads – 31 (30)
DNF’s – 19 (19)


Meme

– Let’s Talk Bookish – New Releases

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  and Dani @Literary Lion. It’s a chance to discuss certain topics, share opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Posts are written on Fridays, and you can suggest topics using the form that you will find on Rukky’s Contact page.



DO YOU KEEP UP WITH NEW RELEASES? 


SUGGESTED BY PIPPIN @ THE PIGEON



Prompts: How current is your reading? Do you tend to read recently published books or pick from the publishing backlog, and why? Is there any particular merit to keeping up with current releases, or is it all hype? How has book blogging changed your habits on this front? And, in the future, are you thinking you want your reading to shift either way? 

How current is your reading? Do you tend to read recently published books or pick from the publishing backlog, and why? The majority of my reading is very current and that’s because it’s a combination of arc and beta reads. By their very nature, these are upcoming or new releases! I do have plans to reduce the number of arcs I keep saying yes to, as I have a huge backlist of books to read on my kindle. However, on the few occasions I do get to choose freely then most of the time I will pick an older book as part of my “read your TBR list” challenge!


Is there any particular merit to keeping up with current releases, or is it all hype? To be honest I haven’t come across all that much hype regarding the need to blog about new releases. I see a mix of book reviews on the blogs I follow and whilst some choose mainly to focus on new releases, just as many feature books both old and new. How has book blogging changed your habits on this front? It hasn’t, mainly because I have no interest in being a big player in the blogging world.



In the future, are you thinking you want your reading to shift either way?  I do want to clear more of my TBR list, which consists of purchased books that I still haven’t read. There are also a few series I have started but not finished that are also on the list. To achieve this goal I am really, really, REALLY going to have to learn to say “no” when someone offers me the opportunity to read an arc. It’s definitely a work in progress.



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~~ Friday Book Blogger Hop ~~ Special Memories

Friday Book Blogger Hop


 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 



What is your favourite memory surrounding books?

submitted by Julie @ JadeSky


What a great question Julie has asked and without a shadow of a doubt, it has to be one from my childhood. My Dad worked long hours so we didn’t get to spend a lot of time with him on weeknights. However, each night he would sit and read to my brother and me whilst we were in bed. My brother and I didn’t share a bedroom and, unsurprisingly, we both wanted him to sit in our room whilst he read. To keep the peace my dad took to sitting on the small area of landing between our bedroom doors, where he would sit and read a chapter, two if we were very well behaved and pleaded nicely, of whichever book we had on loan from the library.


I don’t quite remember how old I was when this nightly ritual stopped/ I have a suspicion it was linked to my little sister wanting books read that held no interest for my brother and me, along with us developing our own love of reading resulting in us doing the job ourselves. Of course, it was a tradition that my husband and I continued with our own children, only stopping when they grew out of wanting us to read to them.



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Tell Me Something Tuesday #TMST ~~ Gratitude.

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post hosted by Jen @That’s What I’m Talking About, where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the questions from Jen’s blog and answer it on your own.



Gratitude.

What books/authors/narrators/bloggers are you most thankful for this year?

I shall start with bloggers and say a huge thank you to every single one that has visited my blog, left a comment, liked a post, or hosted a meme this year. This is a wonderful community filled with kind and helpful souls. I truly feel blessed to be a small part of it.


It has to be said, that I am just grateful for books in general and for the authors who write those books. Whether I read them or not, my thanks also go to the genuine authors out there. Authors who do not use ghost-writers and who care about delivering a quality product to their readers.


Audiobooks have yet to engage me but thank you to narrators who bring books to life in this way. Books bring so much richness and pleasure to one’s life. So any format that widens their audience and appeal can only be a positive thing.

What bookish things are you grateful for?



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Sunday Wrap-Up – November 21st

Each Sunday I will be rounding up my week and linking up with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberley @Caffeinated Reviewer as well as The Sunday Salon meme hosted by the wonderful Deb @Readerbuzz. Do please pop by their blogs and show them a little love 💗.


Life Last Week

This week was just as hectic as the last one, but thankfully it was also fairly stress-free. A huge thank you to you all for your kind words of support last week, the blogging world is so wonderful. The weather continues to be unseasonably mild here in the UK, we still have a few summer flowers in the garden, despite it being well into autumn.

I had my booster jab, I did have some side effects but they were fairly minimal. A half day of shivering and feeling cold to my bones then a half day of feeling very hot and sweaty is much better than a hospital stay, or worse! I managed to develop an abscess on a tooth, the tooth was already dead but the abscess was still painful. Thankfully the dentist saw me the same day and a course of antibiotics seems to have brought the inflammation and swelling under control. I now have a retained root and tooth that need to be removed and that is planned for the 22nd December – liquidised turkey here I come!

On our walk last week we spotted black smoke in the distance, it turned out to be a fire at a unit storing old lorry tyres. It had just started when we first noticed the smoke, by the time we got home it was drifting across quite a stretch of sky and only got worse as the day progressed. There were 70 firefighters at the height of the blaze, with some of the crews came from neighbouring counties.


Books Read Last Week

I didn’t actually finish a book this week, that hasn’t happened since I got my kindle 6 years ago. I did start but abandon two books and am hoping to finish the third “startee” today.

Dark Desires wasn’t bad, but it just didn’t hold my attention, despite being part of a Buddy Read. It was a freebie so no harm no fowl.

The other book was an arc, the author has taken a new direction so I was hoping a familiar face would ease me into an unfamiliar genre. However I just couldn’t get into the book as I didn’t particularly like the main protagonist.


Currently Reading

Having seen lots of positive reviews for this book, and feeling in need of some festive preparation, I requested a copy of the book from Netgalley. The first few chapters were a bit of a struggle because I found Flora to be irritatingly naïve, pathetic and dense. Perseverance looks to be paying off though as I am definitely enjoying the story more now. It’s totally schmaltzy but isn’t that what Christmas is all about?


Looking forward to…

…more beautiful autumn walks.

… a food and drink festival in our town this weekend.

… it may still be a few weeks away but I can’t wait to decorate the house for Christmas. (There I’ve said the “C” word!)


Blogs Visited

Tessa Talks Books has some wonderful discussion posts and a couple of great reviews. This book here is definitely going on my TBR. Fifty-Two discusses if, how and why they prioritise reading over other hobbies here whilst Bibliosini and Down The Rabbit Hole both discuss Blogging Breaks here and here.


On The Blog This Week

TuesdayAuthor’s Behaving Badly with Tell Me Something Tuesday
Wednesday – Review of Karma’s Return by Elin Peer and Pearl Beacon⭐⭐⭐.5
ThursdayThrowBack Thursday review of Shoot The Messenger by Pippa DaCosta ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
FridayRecording your Reads with the Friday Book Blogger Hop
Saturday – A Blogging Hiatus with Let’s Talk Books


2021 Reading Stats –
Books read in 2021 – 133 (131) 
Re-reads in 2021 –  7 (7)
Owned books from TBR list read – 20 (20)
5 Star reads – 30 (29)
DNF’s – 19 (17)


Meme

Let’s Talk Bookish – Normal Service Will Soon Be Resumed

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  and Dani @Literary Lion. It’s a chance to discuss certain topics, share opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Posts are written on Fridays, and you can suggest topics using the form that you will find on Rukky’s Contact page.



WHAT TRULY MAKES A BLOG HIATUS? 


SUGGESTED BY RUBY

RUBY READS AND REVIEWS

Prompts: Have you taken a hiatus before? How long was it for, and did you plan/announce it beforehand? What do you think makes a hiatus? Is there a minimum time length that defines one? Do you think it should be announced beforehand?

Thank you Ruby, this is a question I would never have thought of discussing but it was one I enjoyed thinking about and I can’t wait to see what others have said!


I haven’t taken a hiatus from book blogging before, so this is partly written from a theoretical perspective. That said I did used to run a scrapbooking blog where I definitely had breaks between posting, though that was more to do with irregular blogging rather than being “blogged out”. Once I found a few memes and challenges to join in with my blogging became more regular and established, which is why I have to ask myself why it took so long to discover book blogging memes!


That blog died a death purely because I gave up the hobby. A few months later I transformed it into a book blog, which has had a few incarnations but has pretty much been kept on the go since 2018. If you count the “metamorphosing-into-a-book-blog” break as a hiatus then it lasted for a few months it was totally unplanned and there was no announcement beforehand.


Personally, and in the context of my own blog only, anything less than two weeks would be just a quick break. However others may feel that anything more than a few days would count. I don’t think the length of time particularly matters, it’s very much in the eye of the beholder, or in this case the absentee blogger. If you have a lot of followers who interact with you, then good manners would dictate letting them know of any decision to take a break from regular blogging. However there are plenty of reasons why someone may not do that and I wouldn’t judge them because they hadn’t made an announcement. The risk of not saying something is, or course, that an unexplained absence could lead to losing followers, particularly if it lasts for an extended period of time. Book bloggers are an amazing bunch though so I’m sure most of them would stick around until you felt ready to return to this fabulous world.


What do you think, when does a break become a hiatus?



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Friday Book Blogger Hop ~~ Goodreads

Friday Book Blogger Hop


 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 




  Do you use Goodreads as the main website to keep track of what you have read?
If not, please share what you use?


Question submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews


I am a Goodreads addict. I not only love that I can allocate shelves for tropes/genres/issues etc but also add dates read/re-read. I feel fairly invested in the site, especially since I Mod in a couple of groups so have to visit on a pretty regular basis. This leaves me with neither the time or inclination to navigate and become familiar with another site such as StoryGraph. It might not be perfect but Goodreads does meet my needs and is fairly user friendly – even if their site updates always seem to cause chaos!