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Wednesday, November 26th 2014

BookBlogWriMo Day 24: Reading Cave Fantasies

Another great prompt for day 24 of BookBlogWriMo!

Reading Cave Fantasies - You know those awesome reading nooks on BuzzFeed and Pinterest? Describe what yours would look like.

Okay, so I kind of have a thing for interior design, so I’ve been daydreaming about my someday reading cave for pretty much as long as I knew what books were. My ideal reading cave is closed in, somewhere cloistered, maybe in the back corner of a house. There are bookshelves lining three of the four walls, along with a Beauty and the Beast-style ladder in order to reach the topmost ones (because seriously, what bookworm hasn’t dreamt of sliding across the floor on that ladder?). The fourth wall is made of a dark wood – teak, perhaps, or mahogany – and there’s a fireplace along with a window above it, equipped with thick, deep red curtains just in case I want to block out the outside world for awhile.

Underfoot there’s wall-to-wall carpeting in a neutral colour, the kind where you step on it and your feet sink six inches. There are three overstuffed armchairs sitting in a circle next to the fireplace. They’re red, the same shade as the curtains. And in the centre of those is a table that has an antique record player, well-stocked with classical, instrumental, and film soundtrack LPs. In the corner of the room there’s a globe, one of the really big ones, so that you can spin it and see where your characters are going – perfect for books where the characters move from place to place (see Lionboy, by Zizou Corder). The lighting is soft, coming from stand-up lamps dotting the corners of the room.

I could go on, but I think you get the gist of what my perfect reading cave is like. :D I highly doubt this will ever come true – unless anyone’s interested in handing over a couple grand for the Construct Topaz’s Reading Cave Foundation – but oh well, a girl can dream. ;) I’d love to know what your reading cave fantasies consist of! I know all of us have very different tastes in bookish environments, so I can’t wait to hear what you think the best reading sanctuary would be. :D

Tell me about your ideal reading cave in the comments!

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Tuesday, November 25th 2014

BookBlogWriMo Day 23: Book Boyfriend Criteria

The prompt for day 23 of BookBlogWriMo is basically an exercise in eye candy. :D

Book Boyfriend Criteria - What do you look for in a book boyfriend? Build your dream man. Book boyfriend examples and pictures of hot guys encouraged.

*rubs hands together* Well, well, well. Don’t mind if I do. ;)

Okay, so I have two ideal book boyfriends in mind, and they’re basically polar opposites of each other because that’s how I roll. :D Actually, these two book boyfriends can pretty much be lumped into two different genre categories based on their personality traits, since they do tend to veer towards one or the other. So without further ado:

The tall, dark, and handsome guy

I talked a bit about this boyfriend in my Favourite Tropes post, but just in case you need a reminder: this guy is mysterious and generally in shadow most of the time. My favourite variation of this is when the character hides a lot of pain under the brooding persona. He’s incredibly powerful, but with that power comes grief. It’s sad, though, that we hardly ever get to see this book boyfriend done well in YA – most authors who try to pull it off make their characters melodramatic and kind of annoying. :( But when it is done well, it’s such a great mix of mystery and intrigue and then, later, love for the character.

These kinds of book boyfriends are most often found in horror, (dark) fantasy, paranormal, and mystery books – see Cas from Anna Dressed in Blood for an awesome example.

The slightly awkward yet so earnest guy

And on the other end of the spectrum, we have those boys who are kind of nerdy and awkward, but so incredibly earnest that you can’t help but fall head over heels for them. Usually it’s these book boyfriends who have the playful banter down, might even be a bit sarcastic, but have a heart of gold. Personally, I love them the best when they’re so sincere about every single thing that you can’t actually really tell when they’re joking – but that makes it all the more adorable when it finally catches up to you.

These kinds of book boyfriends can really be in any book, but in my experience they’re most often found in contemporary and fantasy. See Levi from Fangirl or Ry from The Chaos of Stars for great examples.

So those are my ideal book boyfriends! I’d love to hear about yours – let’s swoon over the hottest guys in literature in the comments. ;)

Who are your favourite book boyfriends?

 

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Monday, November 24th 2014

BookBlogWriMo Day 22: Shelfie Time!

The prompt for day 21 of BookBlogWriMo is as follows:

#ShowMeYourShelves - Take a picture of your bookshelves, whether they’re physical or Kindle folders. It’s always fun seeing how people organise their books!

Ok, after having broken out the phone camera, here’s what I got! Before I begin, may I apologise – some of these photos are kind of skewed and/or blurry, since I had to stand at awkward angles to take them. (Tall bookshelves, man. The struggle is real. Also, I’m really not a natural photographer in the first place, so there’s that too.)

Right then, starting from the very bottom shelf:

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This used to house my favourite books and the ones I reread most often, but since then they’ve all gotten scrambled and rearranged so much that it’s pretty much just a mishmash of random books I own. :P Notable books on this shelf include Wonder (LOVED that one – I even made a bookish playlist for it!) and The Book Thief (if you have sharp eyes you might notice that I actually own two copies – that was totally an accident, as a matter of fact! Still haven’t gotten around to reading it, but there are rave reviews so I can’t wait). Also, if you catch the admittedly overt Supernatural reference I will love you forever. ;)

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Continuing upwards we have my second shelf, which holds my Sherlock Holmes, Twilight, and Lord of the Rings boxed sets as well as some other random books and a trophy (yeah, don’t even ask about that one. I couldn’t find room for it anywhere else, and besides, it looked pretty on top of the books!). Also, my bookmarks and a pretty box that holds all sorts of odds and ends. Notable books on this shelf include, of course, the three most prominently featured – they’re the only three boxed sets I’ve splurged on, since those are my favourite series. :D

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And here we have… more books! This photo isn’t as pretty as it might have been, since the book that usually goes in between Mastermind and The Timekeeper is the one I’m reading right now, but you get the general idea. :) It’s a bit cut off, but you can sort of see my little Readers Digest magazine collection as well, along with a pair of sunglasses and another trophy – which, again, both of those I couldn’t find any room for elsewhere, so I was basically like what the hell, why not? Notable books include the Shatter Me series (missing the title book itself… WHY CAN I NEVER FIND THIS?! *sobs forever*) and Sundays at Tiffany’s (my dad bought it for me on whim ages ago and it turned out being one of the cutest books I’ve ever read).

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Aaaand finally, the top shelf! I had to perform some serious acrobatics to get a decent picture of this, so be grateful that I risked breaking my neck to show it to you guys. ;) This shelf is only half full – room for more books, yay! – and it contains most of the books from my US trip this summer. There’s also a teddy bear I’ve had since I was five or so, because who doesn’t like teddy bears? Monsters, that’s who. Notable books on the final shelf include Fangirl (I sincerely hope I don’t have to explain this) and And Then There Were None (just bought it from Book Depository, and it looks AMAZING!!).

And a shot of the entire shelf:

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Ta daaaa! Those are my shelves! I don’t have a specific way of organising them, unlike a lot of bookish people I know, but oh well – I just like the way they look, to be honest. ;) I would love to see your shelves as well, or hear your thoughts on mine! Link me your BookBlogWriMo post and we can fangirl over bookshelf porn together. Only it’s even better because it’s our own shelves and not some ridiculously beautiful, unachievable fantasy perfection. :D

Talk to me about your bookshelves!

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Monday, November 24th 2014

BookBlogWriMo Day 21: My First Review

The prompt for BookBlogWriMo today is another trip into the past, this time looking at our first reviews:

#FlashbackFriday – Your First Reviews - Link up to your some of your first reviews. Feel free to get reflective.

I don’t actually do many reviews at the Asylum – a grand total of six in the eight months that I’ve been here! – so this is going to be a short post, haha ;)

But my very first review on YA Asylum was of a book that totally blew me away: Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli. I’ve mentioned it quite a bit in previous BookBlogWriMo posts, but just in case you need another reminder: yes, Stargirl is awesome. Yes, you need to buy it, like, right now. No, you will never look at the world the same way. No, you will never ever ever want to let the book go.

… aaaaand that’s about all I have to say on the topic! I have done a couple more reviews (here’s one for a book I adored and one for a book I despised), but Stargirl was my first review on the Asylum. I didn’t really know what I was doing, to be honest, but I do hope I’ve gotten a bit better at the whole process! ;)

What book did you first review? Did you love or hate it? Why did you choose that specific book?

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Sunday, November 23rd 2014

BookBlogWriMo Day 20: Best Books of 2014

*pokes head around corner* I’m baaaaaack!

Okay, I’ll admit it: this time the absence was my fault, not WordPress’. I had such a busy weekend – I didn’t find time to post at all. D: But BookBlogWriMo is almost over (yikes! Only a week left!), so I’m going to power through the rest of the posts and hopefully end on time! Lots of double posting happening in the coming days – if you’re not tired of me yet, you definitely will be soon. ;)

The prompt for BookBlogWriMo Day 20:

#TBT – Best Books of 2014 - Do a top 10, top 20, or hell, top 100 list of books you’ve enjoyed this year.

Okay, so I decided to narrow this list down a lot and picked only 7 of my favourites… there have been SO MANY, but these are the ones that really, really made 2014 a great reading year for me. :D

1. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

Obvious much? Of course the first book on my list had to be Fangirl, which completely blew my mind in that the protagonist, Cath, is pretty much an older version of me. It was absolutely incredible to see so many aspects of my life projected onto paper, and Rainbow Rowell is awesome with character development and dialogue. Levi is and will forever be my boyfriend. And nobody can convince me otherwise. ;)

When I break out the dramatic Titanic music, you know I’m getting serious.

2. The Diviners, by Libba Bray

Another one I’ve recommended quite a bit, though not nearly as much as Fangirl. The Diviners was my re-introduction to historical fiction, since that’s really not my genre of choice. I’ve found that I like it much better when it’s blended with other genres – fantasy, to be specific, since I devour anything magical.

The Diviners pushed me back into the historical fray. It’s tinged with a delightful amount of horror, the antagonist is probably one of the creepiest I’ve ever met, and I adore Libba Bray’s writing style. I can’t wait for the sequel. :D

3. Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi

Ahhhh, Tahereh Mafi. I actually read Shatter Me because the author was awesome, not the other way around. I’d heard a lot about Tahereh on various book blogs, since Ignite Me had just come out, so just out of curiosity I did a quick Google search. To cut a very, very long story (three hours long, to be exact – that’s the amount of time I spent stalking her social media on the first day) short, I found out that Tahereh is pretty much a princess disguised as an author. When I read Shatter Me, I found that her author-ing is, if possible, even better than her princess-ing. Read this book, you guys.

4. More Than This, by Patrick Ness

I liked the Chaos Walking trilogy, but it didn’t give me fireworks or anything. More Than This, however, totally did. I can’t really say what it’s about, since that would spoil the fun of unraveling the mystery yourself, but let’s just leave it at this: it has awesome characters, a villain that you know nothing about but is all the more scary because of it, and an open-ended yet oddly satisfying ending. Also, two words: PARALLEL. UNIVERSE.

5. The Anna Dressed In Blood Series, by Kendare Blake

When I first picked up Anna Dressed In Blood, I was expecting something similar to Supernatural – the premise sounds largely the same and the main character even shares a nickname with one of the Supernatural characters. What I got, however, was something incredibly unique – I just really, really wanted to wrap Cas up in a blanket and smother him with hugs and maybe give him some dark chocolate, too. (Also: THAT ROMANCE. I CAN’T EVEN.) The second book in the duology, Girl of Monsters, ripped my heart out of my chest and stomped on it, hard. But… you know… in a good way. ;)

6. Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli

I’ve talked a lot about Stargirl, but honestly, I can’t say enough good things about it. Jerry Spinelli’s writing is gorgeous, Stargirl’s character is wonderful, and I think this book – as quick of a read as it is – has a lot to say to girls who are growing up and trying to find who there’s supposed to be (if you’ll ignore how ridiculously cheesy that sounded – trust me, Spinelli puts it better!).

7. The Timekeeper, by Mitch Albom

Another one of those oh-haha-this-will-just-be-a-quick-read-I-can-totally-finish-it-and-still-have-time-to-study-for-my-math-test-tomorrow books.

It’s short, true, but there’s so much packed into it. I love the way Mitch Albom tells his story – it’s like a fairytale, but there are some important lessons in it. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever look at the concept of time in the same way. If you’re reading this one, plan at least an afternoon – and don’t let yourself fall into the same trap I did! (Hint: I may or may not have done not so well on that math test. ;))

Okay, that’s my list! It took me awhile to narrow it down, but I do think it really reflects 2014 as a bookish year for me. :D What about you guys – what were your favourite reads this year? Did you love/hate any of the books on my list?

Throw out opinions & recommendations in the comments!

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Thursday, November 20th 2014

BookBlogWriMo Day 19: Most Eagerly Awaited TBR Books

For day 19 of BookBlogWriMo (don’t worry, double posting tomorrow to catch up!):

#WaitingOnWednesday – TBR Books – Name some books on your TBR shelf and why you’re looking forward to reading them.

*stares up at TBR stack* Um. You mean, pick just a couple of books out of that stack? The one that’s currently bursting through the roof and may or may not be in orbit?

Right, this is going to be a difficult task.

Okay, if you insist, I suppose I’ll pick a few of my absolute favourites. ;) Here are my most eagerly awaited TBR books – all books that have already come out, since I’m absolutely TERRIBLE with keeping up with new releases, but I do hope you enjoy it anyway!

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

You guys already know how hard I fell for Fangirl, and I’m waiting with bated breath for the day I get to read Eleanor & Park – which I’m possibly even more excited for. It features some of my favourite things on the planet: good music, outcasts, and a gorgeous cover. ;) What more could I ever want? I own both the original and the pretty blue special edition (from my US book haul!), so I’m waiting for a special day to crack this one open – it seems I never quite get around to it, but I’ll get there one of these days!

Angelfall by Susan Ee

I’m kind of torn on this one, because it’s gotten some mixed reviews from my bookish friends… but the premise is amazing and the cover is beyond beautiful (WHY am I such a cover snob?! This can’t be normal!), so at this point I’m really just curious to see what all the fuss is about. I’ve always loved angelly/demony stuff, so this is right up my alley – I’ve been told that it’s pretty gorey in places, but I’ve never been afraid of that kind of thing, so I’m really interested in seeing how it is. :D

Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl is one of my all-time favourite books – especially the heroine, Stargirl herself – but for some odd reason I still haven’t picked up the sequel. (There is a reason I rarely read series. I’m so bad at keeping up with them – and this is just a duology! I’m ashamed of myself!) The good news is I actually remembered to order Love, Stargirl on Book Depository last week, so that’s one I’m going to be reading very, very soon. And I can’t wait to read a book from Stargirl’s POV – after, of course, the obligatory reread of the first book!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The first line of the blurb is incredible, which is what drove me to pick up this book in a little hole-in-the-wall bookstore in New York: The monster comes after midnight. As they do. Honestly, I don’t really know what I love so much about it – perhaps it’s the second sentence, which has such a Ness-like feel to it. (I just – I can’t even with Patrick Ness, okay. MORE THAN THIS. DON’T TOUCH ME.) But yes, I bought it on whim and I was going to read it last month but then life happened, so I had to skip it. Soon, though! Very soon!

Okay, it took me way too long to narrow down that list, but I’m very proud of myself for finally doing it. ;) Guys, what are your most eagerly awaited TBR books? Do you have the strength and courage to do as I did, braving the murky waters of TBR-land to get to just a couple of shining picks? (If not, don’t worry – it’s a learned skill. ;))

Tell me about your TBR list in the comments!

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Wednesday, November 19th 2014

BookBlogWriMo Day 18: Favourite Subgenres

A short and sweet post for day 18 of BookBlogWriMo (thank goodness, since it’s monstrously late over here in Singapore and I would prefer not to fall asleep tomorrow in class, thank you very much!):

Favourite Subgenres - Self-explanatory.

Since you’re reading this blog, I do hope you’ve connected the dots and figured out that all of us on YA Asylum love all sorts of genres, but are connected by just one: YA! Personally, I’ve dabbled in a lot of different genres and I love them all, if they’re done right – fantasy, horror, mystery, and contemporary are a couple of my favourites – but I’m always drawn to the YA subgenre above all others.

To be honest, I’m not really quite sure why that is. There’s the obvious reason, of course – since I’m a teenager myself, it would make sense that I’d be drawn towards books written about my age group – but I think it’s something more than that. I’ve never really been able to quite put my finger on it, but I believe it might have a little to do with the fact that I find stepping into teenagers’ heads so very intriguing

I’ve said this time and time again: a story can go nowhere without great characters. Plot is all well and good, but characters are what truly make or break a story for me, and in YA the characters are so much more vibrant than in any other subgenre I’ve found. I believe might have something to do with the fact that teenagers have a lot less experience than adults – they’re still trying to find themselves and figure out who they are. They feel things so much more intensely because they haven’t yet figured out how to deal with life and everything that comes along with it. They know what they want – or at least, they think they do – but they don’t know how to deal with the consequences of getting it. They’re rash and fiery and just developing into the people who they’ll someday become.

And wow, does that combination make for interesting characters.

So that’s the main reason why I love YA – the characters are actually pretty incredible compared to other subgenres. Do you guys agree with me? (I’d hope so, since you’re reading YA Asylum – if not, why exactly are you here again?) And if not YA, what are the subgenres you tend to gravitate towards?

What subgenres do you love?

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Tuesday, November 18th 2014

BookBlogWriMo Day 17: Favourite Book Tropes

The prompt for day 17 of BookBlogWriMo is as follows –

Favourite Book Tropes - Friends with benefits? Manic pixie dream girl? What cliche-type things do you never get sick of?

Well, if we’re really being honest here, there’s only so many ways a book can be unique. Seriously, there are millions and billions and trillions of them out there – especially in the YA genre, now that it’s gaining popularity amongst adults as well as teens! And while it’s the coolest thing ever to find a completely special, set-apart book, it’s also possibly the hardest thing ever.

The good news: there are some tropes that never grow old for me no matter how many times I read about them! Here are my favourites:

Introverted protagonists

I wouldn’t really call this a trope, since I kind of wish there were more introverted MCs in YA lit, but whenever I do stumble upon an introverted protagonist it’s a beautiful moment. ;) Part of the reason I so love Fangirl is because Cath, the MC, is possibly one of the most introverted people I’ve ever met – she does come out of her shell a little towards the end, but deep down she’ll always feel most at home in the quiet, lonely spaces. There are so many extroverted protagonists in YA lit – a bit of an abundance, I think – which is why it always makes me so happy to see more introverted ones.

And here we have the introvert in her natural habitat.

Family loyalty…

In the end family is all we have, no? It irks me to no end to see the whole vanishing parent syndrome, where the parents are suddenly dead and/or nonexistent so that the MC can go save the world or whatever. It’s so much better to see protagonists who will do anything for their family – some of my favourite books are ones where the entire plotline resolves around saving a missing parent or something like that. Cliche, perhaps, but I love it all the same. ;)

… and friends who are family

In a similar vein, there will always be a special place in my heart for those friends who are so close that they’re pretty much family. Sometimes it’s groups of friends who’ve grown up around one another or been cobbled together through circumstance (like Gansey, Adam, Ronan, Noah, and eventually Blue from The Raven Boys) and sometimes it’s just two people who would do anything for each other (like Katniss and Gale from The Hunger Games). Whatever it is, I find it so fascinating that there are people who, for whatever reason, are so close that they consider each other family. It’s the ultimate test of loyalty, no?

Dark, mysterious, brooding guys

You know the ones: gorgeous looks, tragic backstory, in shadows at least 70% of the time, tears-behind-the-painted-smile? (Basically: Dean Winchester. But in book form.) I have such a soft spot for them – and bonus points if they end up actually being big softies who greatly enjoy cuddling small animals when nobody else is looking. I might add, though, that this trope can be really annoying and melodramatic if it’s not done well – you need to have a certain amount of understanding of your character to pull it off.

“We’re just friends!” “Haha jk we’re actually in love”

Relationships where they’re friends at first are my favourite kinds – I think it’s so important that the two people establish a certain amount of chemistry between them if the relationship will ever work out, and what better way to do that than platonic love? Plus, it’s SO ADORABLE to see all the sexual tension, especially when their other friends are constantly trying to get them together and/or when everybody but them sees it. It’s always interesting to get a look into the internal struggle when the characters aren’t quite sure the other person feels the same way – and, of course, the inevitable happy ending when they figure out that they’ve been idiots all along. ;)

“We bicker all the time but we love each other”

Couples who argue 24/7 and make snarky comments and insult each other and are sometimes even point-blank rude… but then, whenever anybody else threatens them, suddenly turn ridiculously protective of each other. (As in: I’M THE ONLY ONE WHO GETS TO SAY THAT TO HIM. BACK OFF.) Need I say more?!

So there’s my list of tropes I love! I left out overall themes – magic (wizards and witches, oh my!), roadtrips (I don’t even know why I love them so much), etc, etc, etc – and decided to focus more on character-based things, since characters are, of course, the building blocks of a good story.

But what about you guys? Do you love (or hate!) any of the tropes on my list? Which ones did I leave out that you love? Or are you forever on the hunt for a perfectly unique book and therefore shun all tropes? ;)

What are your favourite bookish tropes?

 

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Monday, November 17th 2014

BookBlogWriMo Day 16: Least Favourite Book Blogging Things

We’ve passed the halfway point on BookBlogWriMo – yay! :D The prompt for day 16 focuses on the worst parts of book blogging:

Least Favourite Book Blogging Things - Yeah, sometimes blogging is a pain in the ass. Tell us why.

Well. First off on the list we have Wordpress, which is ridiculous and annoying and sometimes I just really want to throw my tablet across the room because IT’S NOT WORKING, DAMMIT. I’ve already vented my frustrations about the scheduling system on here, which seriously screws me up sometimes when it randomly eats my posts (and does that happen to anybody else, or am I alone?). Thankfully, Kim is a lot better with tech than I am, so she deals with most of the other glitches – but that’s the number one thing that bothers me!

In terms of book blogging specifically? Really, the only thing that comes to mind is reviewing. Reviews are not my forte – while I do enjoy writing them, I find it so difficult to actually rate books. I already talked about my rating system (or lack thereof), but even while writing reviews I’m one of those people who constantly goes back and forth between opinions. It’s easier when it’s one of the extremes – the love-it-or-hate-it type books – but harder when it’s more of a meh type of thing. Do I focus more of the negatives or the positives? If there was nothing that really grabbed me about the book… what am I supposed to write about?!

I always operate under the belief that books, like people, are multifaceted creatures. That’s another reason why it’s difficult for me to write reviews on them – I find myself wanting to cram every single tiny aspect of the book into my review, which isn’t really the best option, considering it would totally ruin the point of reading the book itself. :P So instead I try to pick one or two things out of the story that I absolutely loved or hated… but again, it’s hard for me to give a well-rounded, unbiased picture of my thoughts, especially when it’s a neutral type of book. I’m trying to learn from Timon on this count, since his reviews are incredible and I always walk away satisfied. Hopefully one of these days I can get to the same level with my own!

So that’s my biggest book blogging pet peeve (besides the WordPress thing)! What about you guys? Do you have the same trouble writing reviews as I do, or am I just overanalysing things as usual? ;) Do you have any tips for review writing? What are your least favourite aspects of book blogging?

Talk to me about your book blogging woes!

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Sunday, November 16th 2014

BookBlogWriMo Day 15: Favourite Blogging Things

Damn you, WordPress. Damn you and damn your faulty scheduling.

So, as you can tell, I’m a tad frustrated today because WordPress is driving me insane. Is there anybody out there who’s having the same scheduling issues as me? Because I could swear I wrote and scheduled this yesterday, but IT’S NOT WORKING.

Ugh.

Anyway, here’s the prompt for BookBlogWriMo Day 15. Alas, I’m a day behind once more (sigh…) so sometime this week I’ll double-post and catch up.

Favourite Book Blogging Things - Feel free to talk about the wonderful host of BookBlogWriMo and how much you love her.

Why, yes, I do indeed love Brittany, the superwoman behind BookBlogWriMo. She’s an all-around reader extraordinaire and she writes awesome reviews, so you guys should totally go check out her blog. :D

And – branching off of that – Brittany’s not the only incredible person in the blogosphere. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve said it, but you guys, I love the book blogging community. So much. Everybody here is so wonderful and welcoming even to newbies, and the fact that I’ve found people who fangirl over the same fictional characters that I do is kind of amazing. Not to mention they don’t mind getting into heated debates over whose book boyfriend is hotter. Or offering shoulders to cry on over that one character who did NOT deserve to die, dammit!

Too Precious For This World

And another one of the best things about book blogging – if you don’t mind my channeling Captain Obvious – THE BOOKS, MAN. When I first started book blogging, I found it a bit difficult to balance the reading of books with the blogging itself – there never seemed to be enough time to do anything! But fortunately I found ways to manage my time, and at this point it seems like book blogging is giving me opportunities to discover even more books that I never would have found otherwise. My already-towering TBR stack has now burst through the roof and I’m about 90% sure that at least a couple of the books are currently in orbit. (Which is a good thing… I think? ;))

Also, since I’m shallow and I really like getting things, I’m going to put free books on my list. When my first ARC came in the mail, it was a beautiful moment – it was so shiny and gorgeous and it had that new book smell. :D I’ll admit that I’m actually really terrible with ARCs so I try to limit the amount I request, but more often than not I cave. (Which is why my ARC TBR stack is possibly even higher than my regular one. The struggle is real.) But yes, free books are definitely a perk – it’s awesome to be able to spend all my money on library fines instead of buying books. ;)

So that’s my list – it was hard to narrow it down to just a couple, but I managed it in the end! Bloggers, what are your favourite book blogging things? Are they the same as mine, or wildly different? Today we’re focused on the awesomeness of blogging… so let loose the good vibes in the comments! :D

Tell me about your favourite blogging perks!

 

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