Reasons why I follow book blogs // A Discussion

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Welcome back to another bookish discussion! Today’s topic will focus on what I like to see when reading book blogs!

I love to support fellow bloggers in the community, and there are so many great bloggers in this community!

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Creative + Original Content

This is the top reason why I follow other blogs and also why I love blogging. Coming up with fresh, creative content is a part of blogging, and I like when people can step out of the book and try something different.

I try to stick to the same motto when I’m blogging as well. I came up with fun series such as Trope-Themed Thursdays and Book Recommendations based on popular movies and TV shows to keep my viewers engaged with my content.

Producing this type of content makes me engaged in your blog and want to come back for more. Sure, you can talk about previous topics that other bloggers might have talked about before but bring a new perspective to keep the conversation going.

Some bloggers who make fresh and creative posts:

Well Crafted Book Reviews

I love sitting down and crafting a review for a book I just read. So for me, that’s one of the main things I look for when following new blogs.


Book reviews are essential for authors and publishers. A good review means that the book is received well and successful. It’s also important that you’re honest in your reviews. You have to give your honest opinion because that’s what your readers expect from you.


When I’m reading reviews, I like to see that bloggers addressed all aspects that make up a book. Addressing all parts of the book can help the reader determine if they want to pick up this book or not.

The elements I like to see address in reviews include:

  • Characters
  • Plot
  • Pacing
  • References certain moments as evidence to back up their claims
  • Information about the book
  • Writing
  • Any potential flaws or plot holes

Some great reviewers here on the blogsphere:

Wide Variety of Topics

When bloggers can do a wide variety of topics, it can make their bloggers more engaging, and you never know what to expect. One day, they could have a discussion post, and another day they could have a recommendation post based on a particular theme.

This keeps the reader engaged and interested in what will come next. With running my blog, I try to stick to this motto. Sometimes posting the same things can become stale and get boring quickly.

Discussions

Most readers have strong opinions, which is kind of expected. I mean, everyone in the world has strong opinions on particular topics. Being able to read the discussion with these strong opinions is entertaining. You can have an in-depth conversation with other bloggers, which gives you new perspectives and a way to share ideas.

Some bloggers that have great discussion posts include:

Book Recommendations:

This may be kinda obvious, but bloggers give good book recommendations. They read all the time, so it makes sense that they would have good tastes. Blogger recommendations in nature are more genuine. They’ll go into depth on why you should read this book and why they liked it so much.

Bloggers are more likely to give a more diverse list than any other type. Rather than the same types of books, you get to experience different perspectives and get a feel of what it’s like for other people besides yourself.

Some bloggers that have great book recommendations include:

Engagement with followers + other bloggers

When looking for new bloggers to follow, I always see how they engage with their followers.


Blogs are a great way to get conversations going through the comments. Readers often leave lengthy and thoughtful replies, which is hard to do with other platforms.


You get to not only see the blogger’s opinion but also get to see what other readers think about the opinion. This can create a great discussion between the blogger and readers creating a bond that will make readers want to come back.

Personality

Personality can make or break a blog. I enjoy reading posts where you can see the personality jump off the page and enjoy what they are doing. Making witty remarks or having an upbeat attitude when interacting with readers makes it more enjoyable.

Everyone that I’ve meet on the blogsphere has been so nice, and genuine group of people I’ve meet!

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Reading Slumps: How do you get out of them? // A Discussion

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For this discussion, I’ll be talking about Reading Slumps and ways to get out of them! If you want me to discuss a certain topic, you can fill out this form here!

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What are Reading Slumps?

Reading Slumps are when you aren’t in the mood to read or can’t get into reading a book. They can last for a few days. It can even last several weeks, depending on the severity of it.

The signs that you have fallen prey to the DREADED Reading Slump…

  • It starts gradually. It usually happens when you are in the middle of a book and finds some flaws while reading. And then suddenly, you can’t read it anymore. You are stuck in the same place and keep reading the same line over again 
  • You think that you’ll get past this particular line, but you don’t. So you decided to continue it tomorrow. But the same thing happens every time.
  • You decided to read something else, but it doesn’t end up working. You can’t get into it.

That is when you have fallen prey to the DREADED Reading Slump

Tips to get out of reading slumps

I’m going to be giving some tips on how to get out of the dread reading slumps! Hopefully, these tips will help you whenever you get stuck in a slump!

  • Tip One: Read an Audiobook 
    • Sometimes your eyes need a break from reading. To give your eyes a rest, listening to an audiobook can allow them to, but you’re still reading.
  • Tip Two: Re-Read an old favorite 
    • Sometimes if you just read a book you loved in the past, it can help remind you why you love reading in the first place, encouraging you to read again!
  • Tip Three: Talk to your bookish friends 
    • If you talk to your Bookish Friends, they will give you the motivation to keep trying and may give you new recommendations to try out!
  • Tip Four: Read a Shorter, Fast-Paced Book 
    • If you read a short, fast-paced book and finish it, you may feel accomplished after reading it. If so, it could help you delve back into your regular TBR
  • Tip Six: Try a New Genre 
    • If you keep reading Fantasy books, you may become disinterested and become bored reading the same genre over and over. If you try reading a new genre, like historical fiction, it would give you a break and introduce you to a new genre.
  • Tip Seven: Don’t Stress Yourself out not being able to read
    • If you’re not able to read, that okay! If you stress about it more, the less and less reading you’ll get done. Rather take a break and come back to it.
  • Tip Eight: Read some Blog Posts or watch Booktube
    • Watching or Reading posts about loving reading always makes you want to experience that feeling with them. You can always receive inspiration to start a new book or get new recommendations!
  • Tip Nine: Reorganize your Bookshelves
    • If you redo your bookshelves, it will help you remember some of your great reading moments and your favorite books. You’ll also end up with a brand new reorganized bookshelf at the end!

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Audiobooks: Are they as good as they seem? // A Discussion

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Welcome back to another discussion! Today, we will be discussing if Audiobooks are as good as they seem. I’ll be going through some pros and cons of Audiobooks and then make a final verdict.

Many readers have conflicting views on audiobooks. Either reader hate them or love them. But there is a general thought that it is a fantastic resource for accessibility allowing more people to read.

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Pros:

Convenience

Audiobooks are much easier to fit into your schedule. You can listen to them at any time during the day. You can listen on the bus, while you are cooking, or when you are drawing. You can do it anywhere and at any time!

Audiobooks also take up way less space. Instead of having to carry around a physical book in your bag, it’s simply just stored on your phone. All you need is your phone and earphones to listen.

Immersive Reading Experience

You may think that Audiobooks are just a person reading a book out loud. But it’s not just that. Audiobooks can include production, music, and sound effects. With these elements, you feel like you have a part in the story and live with the characters.

A few months ago, I listened to The Girls I’ve Been audiobook, and I loved it! The use of voices, sound effects, and music add much more of an impact to the book. I felt scared and afraid, as though I was with the characters as the bank was robbed.

Accessibility

This is one of the best pros to audiobooks. There is a wide range of reasons why many can’t read physical books or ebooks, like they don’t have time, struggle with comprehending texts, have a visual impairment, or other disability that causes them to struggle.

Audiobooks provide the opportunity for everyone to read! 

Cons:

Harder to comprehend:

Some readers are not auditory people, so concentrating on an audiobook can be difficult to comprehend and retain what’s said. There have been times when I listen to an audiobook but only can remember basic information like the main plot.

It can be easier to drift off and quickly stop listening to the story. You may have to re-listen to a section to make sure you understand.

Some have poor quality:

Though there are great narrators, sometimes there can be some bad ones. Whether it be because it’s free or the narrator doesn’t work for you. From poor microphone quality, noise interference, odd narration choices, or they’re just a wide cast of characters with the same voice. ‘

Readers are more likely to get an audiobook with poor narration because many audiobooks can be very expensive. I will explain more down below.

Expensive:

Prices vary depending on the book, but the average cost is around 20 to 30 dollars. That’s a lot of money for one book! Some physical books don’t even cost that much! If someone is an avid reader, this could be a lot of money to spend.

But with subscription services, like Amazon offer cost-effective solutions to listening to audiobooks. You can use other services like Libby, which allows you to put in your library card and take out audiobooks for free!

Final Thoughts:

So what are my final thoughts on Audiobooks?

I feel like audiobooks are just alright. The positives don’t outweigh the negatives, nor do the negatives outweigh the positives. One of the best things about Audiobooks is accessibility allowing more people more access to reading.

But it’s up to you how you feel about audiobooks. I don’t mind them, but I won’t reach for them as much compared to physical and ebooks.

Also, Remember that Audiobooks are a form of reading! Many readers say that audiobooks aren’t reading, but they are! You are taking in information and listening to a story.

What are your thoughts on Audiobooks? Do you like them or are they not for you?

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Is it bad to DNF books? Why do readers DNF books? // A Discussion

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For today’s discussion, We will be discussing DNFs. The two questions we will be answering today are “Is it bad to DNF books” and “Why do readers DNF books” If you are interested in hearing my thoughts on this topic, feel free to stick around! If you would like me to discuss a topic you interested in, you can request it here

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What does DNF stand for?

If you didn’t already know, DNF stands for Did not finish. This means that you didn’t finish the book for different reasons.

Have I DNF books before? If so, which ones?

I have DNF books before. I haven’t DNF many because I always like to finish a book to see how it ends up becoming. Many times, I see people DNF books even though they aren’t that far in yet, but then when they re-read it, they end up liking it.

I’ve only DNF a few books, but the one I remember most clearly is A Court of Frost and Starlight. I just found it to be very boring and nothing too exciting. It also felt like nothing mattered in this book, and there were no high stakes.

Why do readers DNF books?

There are many reasons why readers DNF books. It all depends on the reader. All readers are different meaning, we all have various likes and dislikes. Some of the most common reasons include:

Not enjoying it

Sometimes a book doesn’t grab a reader’s attention as much as they hoped it would. Due to this, they may decide to put it to the side and read it another time. Or the reader may decide not to pick up the book again.

Wrong Time

Sometimes you pick up a book at the wrong time. You may be in a reading slump meaning, that you aren’t in the mood to read but to get out of it, you pick up the book but ultimately DNF. But the next time you pick it up, you may fully read through it.

Not Well Written

This is self-explanatory, but the writing can be horrible. It may be filled with errors, simple language, or confusing to understand, which may lead to a DNF.

Horrible Characters & Plot

Many readers love character-driven books. If the readers don’t connect with the characters then most of the time, they end up DNFing, or not liking the book. Characters can fall flat, or the reader can’t see themselves. And if they don’t enjoy the characters, it can make it a struggle to make it through the book.

The same could go for the plot. If nothing is happening or the plot doesn’t make logical sense, then the reader may fall into disinterest. This is the issue I had with “A Court of Frost and Starlight,” which is why I ended up DNFing.

Is it bad to DNF books?

It may sound bad to DNF a book, but it’s not bad at all! Readers do it all the time, and sometimes it doesn’t mean that a reader is giving up on a book but rather putting it aside.

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Do you need TBRs to be considered a reader? // A Discussion

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Today’s topic is inspired by an old October 2019 Let’s Talk Bookish prompt hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion! Since I was not a blogger around this time so I decided that I would take a stab at it today!

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Let me start by saying that you do not need a TBR to be a reader. Whether you use one or not is up to you! No one else can tell you whether or not to use one! I use TBRs, and I enjoy using them a lot!

What are TBRs?

TBRs stand for To be Read. TBRs are a list of books that you want to read in the future.

You can have TBRs that stick to a time limit. For example, I do monthly TBRs, but sometimes I do get off schedule just a bit.

You can also have one big TBR list that contains all the books you want to read without a time limit.

Pros:

  • Help you keep track of books that you are interested in
  • Gives you a variety of books to choose from
  • Helps you to pick out books for tags or TBR posts or books for challenges you are participating in
  • Helps you plan out what books you want to get done when

It’s like a book checklist where you check off books when you finish them and plan dates when you want certain books read by.

Cons:

  • Can add too many books to the TBR and end up not getting to most of them
  • Can be discouraging and stop reaching readers to hitting their goals
  • Can easily get off your schedule and get behind
  • The books can easily rack up and if you have a book tours or arcs that have to be read by a certain date, you may end up never getting to them

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