June Monthly Wrap-Up

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Hi everyone! It is a bit early for me to be posting my June monthly wrap-up, but tomorrow I have a book review that needs to be posted. So without further ado I present my wrap-up!

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PERSONAL

  • I graduated! – So school was over for  me yesterday, because I graduated! It was so much fun being part of class 2k17. I got to meet so many people in my 3 years of junior school, and I’m really going to miss them all (for real, I started breaking down on my walk down). While I am sad, I’m ready to start on a new journey.
  • I passed my exams! – Guys, regents is the worse, but they pay off studying for. Now that I’m done with my regents, I’m going onto classes people one year my senior are taking. Hopefully, in the future I can finish those classes, and make room for more AP classes.
  • I started working (sorta) – So I need community service to graduate high school, and I decided to get this out of the way. I’m starting at a old-age home, and I’m going to get paid

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BLOGGING

  • I take a short hiatus (unexpectedly) – So this month wasn’t that great because I took a break due to exams (which I passed)
  • I earned 400 followers! – Well actually, not I have about 458, close to 500 (!!). And I’m really grateful. *Waves* hello new people!
  • I’ve read 6 books 

–  The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
– Six of Corws by Leiagh Bardugo
– The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber
– The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins
–  Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
– It Started With Goodbye

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Upcoming for July 

  • Six of Crows book review
  • How to stay organized (Ft. my Bujo)
  • Mid-year review!
  • Bookish Hype: A Blessing or A Curse?
  • Why my ratings are different for contemporary VS fantasy

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So how was your month? How many books have you read? How much books do you plan to read in July? What discussion posts are you planning to write?

Blog-Hopping: Is It Worth It? // Pro’s and Con’s of Blog Hopping, and My Opinion

Everyone knows that a best part for a blogger is comments. And what better way is too spread the love, than to comment back?

That’s the basic concept behind blog-hopping. And today, I’m going to discuss the pro’s, and cons of this blogging feature.

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  • Shows more appreciation to your followers – Commenting back to other websites helps show that you care about your followers, and their participation in your blog.
  • Encourages more comments – This is basically you maintaining a healthy, blogger-viewer relationship with the people who comment on your blog. If you comment back on their blog, most likely they will come back and comment on another post. Which means you’re happy!
  • Encourages more follows – A lot of people on my post about why I would follow a blog, stated that they will follow a blog where there is communication between blogger, and viewer.
  • Discovery of more blogs – When you are going to comment back on someone’s blog, chances are you will probably like their blog as well. I’m always in constant need of following blogs (I don’t why, but I just like following a lot of people), and blog hopping solves that problem for me.
  • Discovery of more friends – Like I said above, people are most likely going to comment back, if you comment back! This could strengthen the bond between you, and encourage you to make friends of the blog hopping community. I met a lot of people through blog-hopping!

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  • Can become a chore – I try to comment on other peoples post. And at first, it was really fun getting to meet other people. But as my blog grew, I was more busier with replying to my own comments, and hardly blog-hopped at all. And that was kinda upsetting, because I loved to this before.
  • Not interested – Blog hopping can be pretty hard because at times the content of one’s website does not interest you. So what can you comment back on? This happens if the blog is not in the same niche as you.

My Opinion

I’m totally in the yes for blog-hopping.  To be honest, I think there are more pro’s, than con’s when it comes to blog hopping. It is such a fun experience.

Tips for blog hopping

  1. Set a date, and time that works for you
  2. Find out more blogs by using twitter (believe me, thousands of blogs will come flying your way)
  3. Or to find about more blogs, start from the people who comment on your own!
  4. Join linkups!

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So that’s my (very important) opinion on blog hopping.  I love it! What about you? Are you for or against blog hopping? What are some pro’s, and con’s you can think of? And what are some tips you can give me for blog hopping? 

Why Having A Good Blogging Schedule Is Important

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Heyyy everyone! It’s been soo long, since I have checked in on WordPress, and so many notifications. One of my May goals was too stay on track, with my schedule (post 5 days a week), and I completely failed.

The reason behind my absence was because I was super busy. Graduation, and exams were taking a hold of me, and I needed to relax from blogging. But they are over! And I didn’t do to bad, because I passed all of them. So it’s back to my regualr schedule.

And that is what I’m talking about today! Why it’s important to keep a schedule for your blog. Because they are one of the most important factors in a successful blog.

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Reflects on Readers

When I go on a websites (either company or other) I always look at the last time they posted. If it’s been a while (like a month or so) most likely I will think “this is not going to well, I shouldn’t follow’.

Many people from my ‘Reasons Why I Would Follow A Blog’ also said that schedules content is a big factor on following.

Keeps You Organized

Having a blogging schedule keeps you focused on what’s ahead, and can help you:

  • Keep track of your posts
  • Schedule ahead for more posts
  • And keep you relaxed.

All in all, having a schedule leads to a non-stressful blogging experience!

More Stats

Who doesn’t love statistics on their blog? Especially if they are high! Keeping a schedule helps with that, by ensuring your readers that you will be posting on these days. Which leads to more views. Which leads to more stats. Which leads to a happier you!

It is more likely that views are likely to increase on a day with a post, than without a post. Because fresh content generates more views.

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Which type of schedule is right for you? 

In this section of the post, I will be explaining the pro’s, and cons of several schedule types. Which one is the best for you?

3 Times a Week

Pro’s

 

  • Less pressure
  • More time to write up posts
  • More time to do other things (like making friends, for your poor sad self)
  • More thinking time to generate ideas for future posts.

Con’s 

 

  • Less views than a person who blogs more
  • More time to do things (which you might not wanna do)

5 Times A Week

Pro’s

 

  • More views, more stats
  • Fresh content

Cons 

  • Wayy more pressure
  • Always having to think of ideas

7 Times A Week

Pro’s 

  • A whole lot more stats
  • So much more content
  • More inspiration

Cons 

  • Have to keep up with comments
  • Have to keep on thinking of ideas
  • STRESSSSSSS

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And that’s why having a blogging schedule is so important. My schedule is posting 5 days a week, and as you can see I’m failing. But it worked in the past, and I feel like it’s me who’s just being lazy.  What is your ideal schedule? Why else do you think having a schedule is important? And here is a bookish question: Who is your favorite book boyfriend/girlfriend! 

 

Why I Would DNF A Book.

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I am not one of  those people who finish every book, they read.

I wish I was, but I’m simply not. And I kind of envy those who do.  I rarely DNF a book, but today I’m going to talk about why I DNF books.

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  • Slow start – I hate it when books take forever to drag on. I’m usually a jump-to-action type of girl, and when a book doesn’t intrest me from the start, I’m prone to DNF-ing. I usually want something interesting happening around the 30 page mark or so. Sometimes, I do still read on, but if nothing interesting happens by page 70, I’m out.
  • Dense Writing – Have you ever read a book, that has a writing style that is just so dense, you don’t feel like reading it at all? I have,  many times. And it’s soo boring. Most of these books are classics, and one of the many reasons why I won’t read one.
  • Bad Characters – Characters are important to a novel (obviously), so if I don’t like a character why should I even read it?
  • Stereotypes – I am tired of seeing common stereotypes in the YA universe. These include (but definitely not limited too): The popular mean girl clique, the chosen one trope, or the bad-boy-but-golden-heart trope (I totally made up these names)  
  • Horrible Hero – In some books there are some male characters that act REALLY HORRIBLE, but most readers pass that off as ‘attractive’. That thing strikes me as really stupid, because no one should pass that type of behavior as ‘attractive’. Examples: Jace Herondale

Should I Feel Guilty?

Nope. Not at all. As a reader, I have a right to choose what I want to review, or read (unless it’s an ARC, but I don’t get too many of those). DNF’ing books is just a thing I do. I don’t encourage it, but if you really have to, you should. No reader/blogger should ever feel pressured to read something they don’t want.

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Soo that’s most of my DNF list! What makes you DNF a book? What are some books that you DNF’ed, because of  a certain reason? Do you disagree/agree with my list? Would you add more?

What Makes A Cover, A Good/Bad Cover? // A Post Where I Discuss A Good (and bad) Cover

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Like real life, there are some books that have these super beautiful covers (that cost a lot of $$$), and then there are those books that… well don’t look nice at all.

The reason can vary from person to person, including me. So today, I’m going to talk about what makes me like a cover, and then not like a cover.

WHY A GOOD BOOK COVER IS IMPORTANT

I know everyone expects people to “not judge a book by it’s cover”, but hey we all do.  A book has only about 5 seconds (or maybe even less) to catch a readers eye, before they move on to the next title. So, an author has to make their book stand out, in order to encourage more sales, and reads!

Likes

 

  • Has a specific theme – A book cover looks better when there is a certain theme or color that it follows throughout all the cover (including spine, and back cover). Books like Stranger the Dreamer by Laini Taylor has made it big solely on the cover. I was one of those people because I loved the blue, and yellow!
  • Gives me a good vibe – This is hard to put in words, but what I mean is that the cover has too project what the book is about in a good way. If it’s sci-fi or fantasy, and giving me a bad-ass vibe I’m picking it up. If it’s contemporary, and giving me  a cutesy vibes, I’m going to pick it up.
  • Font style matches with genre – Font style is important because it shows the title of the book. If I don’t really like how the font matches up with the book, chances are I’m not going to pick it up.  

Dislikes 

  • Faces – I don’t mean the full body view, because that’s all right. I’m talking about a FULL-BLOWN FACE on the book cover. Not many books are able to pull it off, and it ends up looking very stock-image-ish. And very cringe-worthy. Also doesn’t it feel a bit creepy, too? Like they are just watching you, and totally judging you…
  • Empty Space – The cover for The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, dissapointed me so much. There was so much empty, white space that I wanted to fill in. It wasn’t even aesthetic or anything, it was just soo empty.
  • Cartoons in a YA book – It would be a total different matter if it were a KIDS book, but in a young-adult novel, cartoons are a big no-no. Like this book cover, SHOULD BE BANNED.
  • Super Simple Designs – I feel like these designers tried to be aesthetic, but it ended up to be a HUGE FLOP! These covers have nothing in them, except for the title, and a random icon.

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So that’s my not-so long list of likes, and dislikes for a cover. What do you long for in a good cover? What do you think makes a bad cover? What are some books that have a really pretty cover? Do you agree/disagree with my list? And here is a bookish question: What is your favorite author(S)?

Waiting on Wednesday #35

25620458Title: The Curses (The Graces book #2)

Author: Laure Eve

Blurb (GR): Picking up the pieces after the chilling events of the previous year isn’t easy, but the Graces are determined to do it. Wolf is back after a mysterious disappearance, and everyone’s eager to return to normal. Except for Summer, the youngest Grace. Summer has a knack for discovering the truth—and something is troubling her. After a trail of clues leads her to what could be the key to both her family’s mysterious past and the secret of Wolf, she’s determined to vanquish yet another curse. But exposing secrets is a dangerous game, and it’s not one Summer can win alone.

At Summer’s behest, the coven comes back together, reluctantly drawing their erstwhile friend River back into the fold. But Wolf’s behavior becomes unpredictable even as Fenrin’s strength fades, and Summer must ask herself whether the friend she so loves is also planning her family’s ultimate, cursed demise.

This riveting sequel to The Graces is saturated with magic, the destructive cost of power, the
complications of family, and the nature of forgiveness.   

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I loved the first book, and after recently re-reading this, I NEED IT EVEN MORE!! This sounds soo cool. What are you waiting for? Have you ever heard about this book before? Link me your WoW below! 

Bookstagram: Pro’s and Cons // Let’s Discuss, Is It Really Worth IT??

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Heyyy everyone! 😝

Welcome to another discussion post on my blog! Today I am going to discuss bookstgram. Bookstagram is basically an Instagram, but you take pictures of books. A lot of books. In this post, I’ll be discussing the pro’s, and con’s of bookstagramming.

What Is A Bookstagram?

Like, I said a bookstagram is an Instagram account, but rather than taking pictures of yourself, you take pictures of books! It’s a great way to rave about a cover, and spread some book buzz!

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  • Meet new friends – The internet is a great place too meet new people. Instagram is just a small part of this vast world. But it is very large. In Instagram I met soo many people who share the same taste as me, and my DM’S are filled with CAPS-LOCKS messages about this certain book.
  • Earn some more followers – If your pictures are really good, most people will probably check out your links. I’m speaking this from personal experience, because I do this myself. I check out peoples instagram, if they have a blog I check it out, and if it’s too my liking I’ll follow them!
  • Find your new hobby – Although, I am on a hiatus taking pictures of books was kind of my hobby. Before (or sometimes after) I read a book, I usually take a photo. Before long, it became a habit.
  • Satisfying – Just looking at your great feed, that YOU worked hard on can be so satisfying. It could also can give you a confidence boost, and who doesn’t mind that?

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  • Time-consuming – Not everyone has time too spend hours waiting for the perfect lighting, and getting props ready for books. Plus, making tags takes forever!
  • Stressful – There are so many components for a bookstagram to be good. Perfect lighting, aesthetic feed, hashatgs, captions… It can be pretty stressful. You’re expecting likes, follows, and comments. And if you don’t… you can feel pretty dissapointed.
  • Too much materials –  You need lighting, a good camera, props, and that amounts too a lot of $$$. And money don’t grow on trees, people.

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MY STAND

I do have an Instagram account, but I am currently in hiatus. I don’t know if I’m going back too taking pictures. I think other people should definitely  try it out, because you never know what is going to inspire you!

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Will you ever make a bookstagram? Do you have one? What’s your username, so I could stalk you?  What is your stance on bookstagram? And a fun bookish question: What is your favorite character 😛 ? 

 

Reading as a Reader Vs. Reading as a Blogger // Is There A Difference?

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Before book bloggers ever started blogging, we all read, because we ENJOYED reading. And we wanted to take a step forward, by making a blog. Has our way of reading changed, because we started reviewing books in a more professional way? Today, I’m going to talk about my reading when I’m planning to review, and when I’m just… reading. 

 

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While reading book to review I:

  • Pay attention to things that will be in my review. Things like character, and plot twists are important
  • Look for any themes, or problematic statements I would discuss.
  • Think rationally
  • Think objectively (or as much as I can)
  • I try not to let reviewing get in the way of enjoyment. Reading is a hobby, and I wouldn’t want anything to ruin it.

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  • I get more passionate into the book, and start writing in caps lock. Or communicate in gifs.
  • I don’t really delve into the book, but I still pay attention too important factors (like characters, writing style etc…)
  • I read the words, and devour them
  • I read books because I want too (but I guess that can go for reading as reviewer)

So Ultimately…

To answer the question in this posts title, I say no. I think both my sides are rather the same. There isn’t a dramatic change between both of my sides. Most of the time, my sides mash up and create the structure I use in my reviews today.

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How about you? Do you change when you read to review V.S enjoyment? Do you see things differently because of these two different point of views (if you could call it that)? And also, what are you currently reading (because I need recs)

The Unexpected Everything Book Review // Another Masterpiece from Morgan Matson!

17838528Title: The Unexpected Something

Author: Morgan Maton

Rating: 4 stars

Blurb (GR): Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

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Pro’s 

  • Romance – Um, Morgan Matson writes one of the the most awesome summer contemporary reads ever. And of course, a big part of this was the romance. I loved Clark, and Andie soo much. Their time together was so funny, and I love how they got together (even though it did involve a really sick dog).
  • Friendship – This was a perfect example of girl friendship. Not everything is perfect.  Andie’s friends was so supportive of each other. They also played a HUGE part in the book, helping Andie get together with Clark. I also loved Clark’s appreciation for them too.
  • Family – I adore books with good family relations. Or family growth. I LOVE family growth. Andie’s relationship with her dad was of to a really rocky start. But I’m glad they got closer. Her relationship with her dad was so… healthy towards the end of the books.

Con’s 

  • There wasn’t anything I could think of, because this book was AWESOME!

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Andie – Andie is our main character, and she was pretty good. However, there were some times that I didn’t really click with her. For instance, concerning the ”Toby” thing, Andie should’ve straight out told her. Her decisions were sometimes… well I didn’t want to say stupid, but they were stupid. Another instance was her decision with Clark, towards the end of the novel. I felt like she should really have more self-confidence in herself concerning the relationship.
I also thought she was acting a bit snobby when she was accepting a job to dog walk.

Clark – Clark was a really cool character. I found his innocence amusing, especially when he was around Andie. He was a really cool, relatable character. Not to mention, extremely geeky, and cute!

Toby – Toby was one of Andies friends, and kind of the most annoying. I didn;t like her because she seemed so shallow. If you read the book, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

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Morgan Matson made Andie’s voice seem so real, it made me forget that this was written by an adult. I loved the structure of this book, because I could feel the pain, happiness our main character was feeling!

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My rating: 4 stars because this was such a cute, summer read. This was about 519 pages, but I flew through it! Have you ever read this book? What do you think of this book? Are you excited to read this book? What do you think  of Morgan Matson’s previous book Since You Were Gone?? 

May Monthly Wrap-Up // A Chaotic Month + New Button Design!

May is over, but I didn’t realize it until I saw other people posting THEIR warp-ups. I’m stuck in time people, HALP!

Just kidding, so a lot of things happened in May, and not all of them were good, but I’ll talk about it in this monthly wrapup!

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  • Books read: 6 Books Reviewed: 1 

Well, I’m pretty happy with the amount of books I read even though, it isn’t my usual. However, I only reviewed one book! That is really bad because, my review count is so low (like only 70 books)

Books read

– A Stranger at Fellsworth
– Windfall
Heartless
-Does my Head Look Big In This
– The Eye of The Minds

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  • I got a new blog design! – Maybe you haven’t noticed (but if you didn’t what is wrong with you) I redesigned my blog. I changed a variety of things, but the most drastic change was the font!

My old font used to be Playlist Script, and I loved it a lot, but I came across this new font. And I was like

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This new font is called Watermelon Script, and it was downloaded from dafont.com. They have amazing fonts!

So I also changed my theme color from teal to red. So I loved the tealish, but my theme header was red so it made sense to change it.

I also got a new button! My old one was like this.

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and my new one is like this.

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Why is the code not popping up, someone help, pls.

So please replace my old button with this, fellow swappers!

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Blogosphere

That’s it sadly, I haven’t been on the blogoshpere a lot *cries*

Upcoming 

Here are some upcoming posts for June!

  • Feminism in Fiction (I promise too do this for sure! I couldn’t it do this month because of a hiatus, I took)
  • Book Review for The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • How blogging changed my reading
  • Book Blogging perks
  • Bookstagram: Pro’s and Cons
  • and maybe Anxiety in Books (I’m getting my research still done)

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How was your May? How many books did you read? What’s your plans for June? What are you planning to read next? Did you have an eventful month?