Are you ever really excited about a book you bought, go to goodreads to add it to a shelf or link it to your blog, only to find out it has a 3.5 reading or less? What about when you read a synopsis about a book, go to goodreads to add it to your TBR, and see the poor ratings? This happens to me far too many times. I know everybody has a different opinion, but I can’t help but feel deflated.
There are times I read this AMAZING synopsis then discover the poor reviews on goodreads and become reluctant to add it to my TBR. Or the book I bought and was so excited for sits on my shelf untouched, collecting dust. Much like judging a book based on the cover, I find myself judging a book by its goodreads ratings.
I know this isn’t fair. There are many books I have read that I absolutely LOVED that have a 3.5 rating (the spectacular now has a 3.52, I gave it a 5 star). There are also many books I felt meh about it that have over 4 stars (the hunger games has a 4.33, I gave it 3 stars). I find myself being put off by the negative reviews because I start thinking “well if so many others dislike it, I’m going to dislike it too”.
Then I start to feel bad. Just because a book has a lot of negative reviews doesn’t mean I’ll dislike it, too. I haven’t gotten myself to ignore the ratings, but I am trying to read books before checking on goodreads.
I’m tired of being beyond excited to read a book just to neglect it because of what OTHERS thought of it. I know it’s human nature. We don’t want to waste our time reading something that might not be good much like people rely on reviews before going to a store or a hair salon or a restaurant.
I guess overall what I’m trying to say is I get mad at myself for letting a goodreads rating effect my desire to read a story I’m beyond excited about. I’m sure I’ve missed out on way too books because of this. 😦
Do the goodreads ratings effect whether you read a book or not? Please let me know I’m not alone D:
I have been apart of the book community for about 10 years. I started booktube back in 2010 when I was just a wee lil freshman in high school. Since then I’ve noticed some cover trends over the years. I thought it would be fun to reminisce about them a little bit and see how much the covers really have changed since the 2000’s.
The 2000’s feel like it was mostly the year for fantasy. There were so many books about vampires and witches and werewolves. While looking at the covers from the early 2000’s, I noticed a lot of the covers are pretty simple. The covers appear to look much darker than current books. I’ve also noticed that the covers have mostly one worded titles!
As we move in the mid 2000’s, around 2010, the covers seem to become a little more colorful. 2010 appears to be the year in which faces and people on covers started to become a pretty big deal! Honestly, this was probably my least favorite cover trend. People on covers were so… boring. Plus I didn’t get to picture the character how I wanted to because I kept having the book cover person in my head as the character. Contemporary appears to be more popular now but fantasy is still there!
As we move into now, 2020, the covers become a little more creative. I feel like the colors become a little more exciting. The covers also seem to still have people on them but they’re more cartoonish. The book titles also appear to be getting a little longer. Overall, I think the 2020 cover trend is my favorite! There is just something about them. I don’t know how to explain it!
Hello! I did a thing…. again. I acquired more books… again. Quarantine is starting to get to me. It’s becoming a problem. I’m really excited about these books though! I got several middle grade books because I want to get more into them. I bought 2 of them based off a bloggers recommendation (I don’t remember who, so if it was you let me know :D). I purchased The Keepers of the Lost City because of Evelyns post on why people should read them! I’m so excited. :3 I also bought a book from book depository because the book isn’t going to be released until August in the USA. ): ANDDDD I WON A TWITTER GIVEAWAY BY THE LOVELY KAL @ Reader Voracious. I haven’t won a giveaway in years so I cried. I’m so excited. Thank you for hosting the giveaway, Kal! Without furtherado, here are some exciting books. P.S. don’t mind my terrible picture taking skills XD
The Girl with the Dragon Heart #2 by Stephanie Burgis \\ I did not realize this was a series so this is embarrassing, LOL. (sentence from first book to avoid spoilers)
“I can’t say I ever wondered what it felt like to be human.”
Let’s talk bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.
This weeks topic is: Blogging 101: How to Write Your Favorite Post
My favorite posts to create are discussion posts, which is funny because I feel like I’m always lacking ideas to create discussion posts. XD I’ve always been fairly scared to share my opinion but I have started stepping out of my comfort zone. I’m so glad I have!
Step One: Come up with an idea I tend to gain my inspiration via other bloggers or conversations I have with friends much like my recent discussion post called Crushing On YA Boys As An Adult. I don’t have a great way to come up with ideas. I just try to stay open minded and work with anything I come up with.
Step Two: Develop your feelings It is hard to really form a discussion post for me personally, if I don’t know how I feel about the topic. I tend to enjoy reading discussion posts were people write their own personal feelings. I think it’s such a fun way to see different POVs!
Step Three: Write it My discussion posts are usually full of rambles. I never have a true direction of where I’m going. I just write what I feel and write what I want to say and hope for the best XD
I have roughly 16-20 drafts currently saved that are discussion posts. I still haven’t formed my thoughts yet so they’re still waiting to be typed. Ah, I just love them so much. What are you favorite post to write? Let me know down below 😀
The other day I was having a conversation with a friend about young adult books and having crushes on the love interest. She stated that she rarely ever crushes on the love interest in young adult because it makes her feel pervy. She’s 27. I then asked my friend, who is 32, if she felt weird crushing on the boys in YA. She stated she does.
This is something I never thought of before. I am 25, and here I was swooning over a 17 year old boy in the book I was reading. I have zero interest in young boys. My boyfriend is 10 years older than me! But it started to get my thinking… is it okay to crush on YA boys as an adult?
In answer, I think yes, it is okay to crush on YA book characters as an adult. I think when I’m reading, I never imagine the boy as a teenager. I imagine him as my age even if he is making some stupid decisions. Kind of like my boyfriend, I don’t look at him and think “wow this guy is 10 years older than me”. I just like “Wow, I really love him. He makes my insides feel all gooey”. I love the character because of who is his and how he’s portrayed as oppose to how old he is.
I also tend to fall for them because they make me feel the way I did when my boyfriend and I first stated dating. The first chemistry, the first dates, the start of friendship. I love it. Although I love my boyfriend, I do miss the start of a relationship when everything is new and exciting. I think that’s what I love reading YA. I don’t necessarily crush on the character, more the circumstances. Does that make sense? I feel like I’m crazy XD
Although I will never crush on young boys in real like (they’re way to young looking for me, lol!), I will still have crushes on the male characters. I love seeing girls be treated right and I think that’s yet another reason I love them so much. I will yell it loud and proud I LOVE YOUNG ADULT LOVE INTERESTS AS AN ADULT. FIGHT ME. Hell, I even crush on demons and gods and robots in books. I think crushing on a 17 year old character is the least of my worries XD
What about you? Do you feel weird about it? Do you not notice? Let me know down below ❤
This weeks topic is: “Reasons why I love Harry Potter“
People close to me know I have an ‘unhealthy’ obsession with Harry Potter. I own so many different copies of the books as well as several shirts, socks, necklaces, nifflers, and more. I thought it would be fitting to explain why I love Harry Potter so much! 🙂
*there will be spoilers of the Harry Potter series. You have been warned*
The world feels like home. I don’t know how to explain it, but every time I’m back at Hogwarts I feel like I’m home again. It has become my comfort place. Even with all the sad things that happen, it still comforts me to be back in the world of magic.
It makes me happy. When I’m feeling sad, I turn on Harry Potter to cheer myself up. The characters are such lovely characters. They’re always cracking me up and making me smile.
The characters feel like my own personal friends. The characters are so easy to relate to. I feel like I’m super close with all of them. They’re there for me when I have no one else to turn to. They’re so special to me.
It made me realize I don’t need money to be happy. Ron is such a fantastic friend. He grew up with little to no money. Growing up, I felt like I needed to have the best new thing to be happy. Following Ron, I realized I just need great people to share my time with to be happy.
It’s magical. I could live in Diagon Alley and the Burrow and Hogwarts alllll the time. It’s so freaking MAGICAL! I don’t have to explain it. You just know.
It helped me realize I can use a powerful happy thought to drive away the darkness. As someone that has struggled with anxiety and depression, learning about the dementors has helped me tremendously. I used the the patronus charm to find my anchor. When I start to lose myself, I use my anchor to help keep me grounded. My anchor actually ended up being Harry Potter ❤
It has taught me there are two sides to every story. Snape was a jerk, and I still don’t like him, but he was doing his own thing to protect Harry Potter. Just because we act one way does not mean we are that thing. I’m not sure if that makes sense? Sometimes people hide behind anger to protect their pain (snape). Sometimes people hide behind a smile to protect their grief. There are always two sides to a person.
It has taught me that we get to choose who we want to be. Harry Potter did not want to be a slytherin. He choose to be a Gryffindor. Harry could have choosen to be friends with Draco even though he knew draco was a jerk. Harry choose not to. I get to choose who I want to be and I choose to be a good person. 🙂
Are you like me where you like to shout at the characters or to yourself while reading? I decided to do a relaxing post today. Enjoy my crazy thoughts and feels! Those darn characters, I tell ya. I also like to talk to myself because I never saw a twist coming. XD But I also tend to cry a lot, lol.
“JUST COMMUNICATE *eye rolls*”
“Ugh, he is so cute, my heart is mellllting”
“OMG, HOW DID I NOT FIGURE THIS OUT!?”
“Okay, but like the other guy is way better for you”
“WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BREAK MY BABY BOYS HEART!?”
“It’s okay, I’m okay, everything is okay”
“KISS KISS KISS KISS KISS”
“I KNEW IT! God I’m so smart”
Want to know the books I was thinking of while writing this post? The darn culprits are…
Today I am coming at your with an author interview from a very special guest and my great friend, Natalie Cuddington! I met Nat several years ago on booktube and we have been friends ever since!
Nat is a Canadian author. She has self-published multiple YA books. She is also very engrossed in the book community by filming Youtube videos where she gushes all about books!
Stay tuned to learn more about Nat and have a chance to win one of her amazing books! 😀
Writing & Book Questions!
One: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I’m not sure if I can pinpoint an exact time, but definitely sometime in high school.
Two: how long does it take you to write a book? It’s different for each one, although I’d say I probably spend the same amount of hours on each book, some books I just write in a shorter span than others. On average it probably takes me about six months to finish a draft.
Three: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I almost always stop writing in the middle of sentence.
Four: Where do you get your inspiration for your books? Most of the time I couldn’t tell you where I get ideas of inspiration from. It could come from a conversation about something specific with a friend that gets me thinking “oh this could make an interesting story”, or it could be a picture that I see and imagine a life behind it. Most of the time I don’t think my books are inspired by anything specific, although Tickets To Karasvale was directly inspired by a trip to Amsterdam
Five: When did you write your first book? The first book I wrote was in grade 12, so 2005, and it was about 85 pages. The first book I wrote that I actually published, I started writing in 2012 or 2013. I don’t remember exactly, but it was around there somewhere.
Six: What do you do when you’re not writing? Read, binge TV shows, and workout mostly.
Seven: How do you come up with the titles for your books? By complaining to my friends about how I will never have a title for my book, haha. Titles are actually super hard for me. Chloe Diller was a title that my friend and I came up with sort of by accident because when she was reading the first draft, we kept call it “the Chloe Diller Book” until finally we just thought, “maybe it should be called Chloe Diller. “Saving Mason” went through three different names before I settled on one that felt right to me, and Tickets To Karasvale consisted of brain storming and many filled notebooks pages with the help of my boyfriend at the time. Titles are the worst, ha.
Eight: What is the most different part of writing a story? Picking a title, ha. But for real, I think it’s when I’m not writing it anymore. When all the drafts are done and I can’t go back and add things or change things anymore because it sort of feels like I’ve lost a friend. I get so lost in my stories when I write them, and creating worlds for my characters is almost like creating a world for myself too. When it’s over it’s like I’ve come home from dropping my best friends off at the airport and I’m never going to see them again.
Nine: What book(s) were the most enjoyable for you to write? I wrote a dual POV story with a friend of mine, and we alternated chapters. It took place over one night at a concert, and I LOVED writing it with her. It was always the highlight of my day when she emailed me her newest chapter. And then writing my chapter to go after it was always the easiest any kind of writing has ever come out of me.
Ten: Are you working on any new books at the moment? Can you tell us about it? I’ve written the first draft of a cutesy YA romance (which has yet to be named, surprise, surprise), that follows a boy and girl who used to be friends, and have to become friends again when they get paired up in a school project. It’s super wholesome, deals with different family dynamics, and has LGBT+ and type 1 diabetes rep! I’ve also currently started writing a cutesy adult romance which features my two favourite love tropes: fake dating, and famous people falling in love with non-famous people. It also does not have a title. Because titles.
Paperback or hardback? This one always depends for me! It depends on what the cover looks like, really. Or if I have the money. Mostly I just like my books to match. But for physically reading, I think I think I like hardbacks better. It’s super easy to curl up in my chair and keep a hardcover open in my lap.
Writing or Reading? Writing, because getting lost in my own worlds always feels magical, even if there’s no magic involved.
E-Book or audiobook? Audiobook, but I’m not picky with them!
Who is your favorite author? It’s maybe weird to say this since she has only published two books, but Erin Morgenstern. Both of her books completely and 100% transported me into another dimension when I read them. I can’t get over how real she makes magic feel for me, and I just want to live inside her stores. I hope she never stops writing.
What is one book you could reread over and over again? I have no idea! I haven’t read anything more than twice. But rereading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was a very magical experience, so maybe I’ll say Harry Potter.
Books by Nat!
Tickets To Karsvale is not currently published; however, you can read it for free. You can help Nat publish it by reading it on swoonreads here!
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Hello fellow readers! This has been on my mind for a bit now ever since I finished reading Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott. I can’t find much information about this so it’s mostly just me rambling. It’s so frustrating when publishers don’t continue publishing an authors work. Do they do it because they don’t like it? Because the books not selling well? There just isn’t enough people reading it?
Two books come to mind when I think about this topic. The first one is The Archived by Victoria (V.E.) Schwab.
The first book was published in 2013 and the second book came right after in 2014. After that there was no hope for a 3rd book. I know booktubers were going crazy trying to get the publishers to finish the trilogy. I was confused as to why they wouldn’t. The first book has a solid 4 star rating on goodreads and the second has a 4.25. The book finally has a title on goodreads but there still is no known release date.
The next book that comes to mind is Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott.
The first book was published in 2014 and the second came in 2015. This one frustrates me because they could afford to change the covers but never release a 3rd book. The first has a 4.05 rating and the second comes in at a 4.26 rating on goodreads. Rumor has it that Victoria might self-publish it someday.
This lead me to my why? At first I assumed these books were not getting a 3rd book because they weren’t getting great ratings. Both series are above 3 stars so that ruined my theory. I then thought maybe it’s because no enough people on goodreads were rating the books. Each of these books has less than 11,000 ratings. But then I discovered Jade City by Fonda Lee has all of the books published and the first book only has 6,000 ratings on goodreads. This ruined my theory, too.
How is this fair to the readers or the authors? I loved Fire & Food. After I heard there might not be a 3rd book, I became hesitant to read the second book because I heard it has a pretty good cliffhanger. As a reader, I don’t appreciate getting invested in a story and the characters only to be told that their story is done before it’s actually over. I’m not sure if that makes sense. The authors put in blood, sweat, and tears for their stories and to be told their story will not continue is hard.
Why are books with less than 3.5 stars still getting the next book to the series? If a series on goodreads has 4 stars, it usually means the majority of people enjoyed it. If it wasn’t selling a lot, I feel like this is a problem for the publisher. They’re not advertising the book to the best of their ability. I don’t think it’s fair to take it out on the loyal readers and author who wrote the story.
I’m not in the publishing industry so I’m not sure how things work. I just know as a reader, it is so hard for me to start series because I’m always scared the next book won’t be published, and i’ll be left with so many questions. It also fills me with rage for the author because their work isn’t being 100% published. If the publishers won’t publish the next book, I wish they could at least release a statement explaining why. It’s not fair to the readers to patiently wait and wait and wait and wait and wait for a book that will never come.
What do you guys think? Do you think it’s good they don’t finish a series? Do you think it sucks? Let me known down below! ❤
Hello! First thing first, I’m not here to write a post saying your blog is terrible if you don’t have these features. I’m just here to talk about things I really appreciate in a blog! These are the features I try to add to my blog because I love when people have them! 🙂 Also note, these are in no particular order.
I absolutely love a great header! I think they make a blog look super neat. I think they add a little bit of pizzazz. I hated my blog so much until I created my header and now I’m obsessed with my blog. I’m always showing it off. I want to update it but I also currently love it. I’m weird, I know XD Here are some headers out of the many blogs I follow that I freaking LOVE. Just click on each picture and it will take you to the bloggers ❤
*If you don’t want me showing your blog header, let me know and I will kindly take it down ❤
Two… Easy to access follow buttons
I cannot tell you HOW many times I stumble upon an absolutely GORGEOUS blog but they don’t have a follow button anywhere. I would love to keep up on their content but it’s impossible. I also hate when the only follow option is to follow via email. My email gets clogged up enough as it is. 😦
Three… Post Banners
These are not necessary at all. I will not not follow your blog because you don’t have these. I just think they’re a nice personal touch. I’m a visual person so I just think they make a post look pretty neat! I feel like the ones I make are always too busy, but I like them XD Here are some beautiful examples of blog banners I love from the wonderful people I follow. ❤ Click the post banners to be taken to the bloggers page!
*If you don’t want me showing your blog banner, let me know and I will kindly take it down ❤
Four… Pictures, Pictures, PICTURES
This is probably one thing that makes me not follow blogs unless the post is really amazing. As I previously stated, I’m a very visual person. I hate when people just list books without pictures. For example: My January Wrap-Up *lists books with no pictures*. I love going on blogs and seeing new gorgeous covers. I don’t like having to put in extra work to look to see what a book looks like. Does that make me a terrible person? 😮 This leads me to my next point…
Five… No Links
I hate when people list the books with not only zero pictures but no link to goodreads or something!? I’ve come across several TTT posts with people just listing the books to the prompts with no description of the book. This probably makes me sound terrible but I hate putting in extra work to search a book to find out what it’s about as much as I hate putting in effort to see what the book looks like. XD
Six… Spoiler Warnings
Enough said? I mean… who just happily writes a review with no spoiler warning in either the post or the header? There are many times I refuse to read reviews because I’m scared about reading a spoiler on accident. I only read the reviews from bloggers I absolutely trust. I’ve been spoiled more times than I can count because of zero warnings. Me no likey.
Seven… Simple, not busy.
This one really depends on how well the posts are written. I don’t necessarily like when everything on the blog is crammed together. I’m also not found when there is a super bright background with black text. It always hurts my eyes. If you like it then that’s wonderful! 😀
Eight… Not posting the same thing for every single post
Oh man. I’ve stumbled upon a few blogs that only have the same thing posted. I mean every single post they have are just Top Ten Tuesday posts or just book reviews. I like a little originality. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, I just personally don’t like reading about the same things all the time!
Nine… End Signatures.
Honestly, no idea why I love these so much. I just think they’re super cute. I made myself one but I’m debating if I want to change it. I think I want a white background so it blends in with my blog a little. I’m not sure what they’re exactly called, but they’re just a signature or something at the end of a blog post. Here are some examples from amazing bloggers 😀 And as before, just click on the signature and it will take you to the blogger ❤
*If you don’t want me showing your end signature, let me know and I will kindly take it down ❤
I think this goes for a lot of bloggers, I love interaction! I didn’t join the book community to simply talk to myself! I really appreciate when bloggers reply back. It makes me feel like I matter. I just think it’s neat to have a conversation with someone who took the time out of their day to read your stuff. YAY FOR FRIENDS!
What makes you follow a blog? Anything particular? What do you like to do for your blog? Let me down below! 😀