Some people do “Things I’ve Learned in my First Year of Blogging” posts, but I want to do one now. There’s no special occasion or anything. I’ve just been thinking about my experiences while blogging.
8 Things I’ve Learned Since I Started Blogging
Side note: When I first thought about starting this blog, I spent weeks reading advice posts on different blogs. Not only book blogs, but mommy blogs, lifestyle blogs, any blog you can think of.
I wanted to know everything I needed to do. Because research.
(I ended up learning a lot and then getting super overwhelmed so I started without feeling like I was really prepared anyway.)
So when you see the words “I read a blog post” throughout this post, you’ll know what’s up. Because I’ll say it a lot.
1. First of all, blogging is a constant doubting-yourself game.
Not trusting yourself, not believing in yourself, and so on. I had no idea. I thought having a book blog would mean slapping out some book reviews and people would love it, just like that. Not so.
Anyway. I’ll go into more depth in my points below.
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Oh Fall. The season of sweaters, crisp wind, pumpkin spice, and apple cider. If Christmas didn’t exist, Fall would be my favorite time of the year.
Here are the books I’m looking forward to reading this Fall. With a hot cup of tea next to me, preferably.
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I’m sure most readers have opinions about the appearance of the books they read. Some people complain about cover designs, quotes on the covers, those “permanent” stickers.
I have forceful opinions about beautiful titles, but I also feel strongly about something else: Photos of real people on book covers.
I will elaborate…
When I read a book that I love, it’s almost as if I’m seeing a movie in my mind. When the characters are speaking to each other, running for their lives, laughing, etc., I see it…
I love that while the same characters are described in books, the characters I see are probably different than the characters you see. Even if we’re reading the exact same book.
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I have read so many good books lately. Of course, I’ve read some ehh or pure awful books, too. But the good ones have been really good. Here are some of them, for your TBR-adding pleasure!
5 of My Favorite Books Since I Started Blogging
1. The Last to See Me by M. Dressler
Ahh, this book was so good. It’s a story of a haunted house, but from the viewpoint of the ghost herself. So different and so interesting. And perfect for Halloween. Read it, I’m telling you!
Read my full review here.
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I think there’s an unspoken idea in book blogging that if you really don’t like a popular book, you usually keep those feelings to yourself. (I know you all don’t do this, but bear with me here.)
We don’t want to be that person. We don’t want to complain about someone’s favorite book, resulting in that particular person (or many persons) huffily clicking away from your blog and never returning. As bloggers who want people to read our blogs. We want readers to stick around.
But since you’re here and this was kind of a prompt on Top Ten Tuesday, I’m going for it.
So this is…
Unpopular Opinions I Have About 5 Popular Books
Stick around, will ya?
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How was everyone’s August?!
I am happy we’re one month closer to Fall. You’ll see some serious Pumpkin Spice spirit up in here once the crisp weather finally comes.
I read 5 books in August. We went out of town, which always means my reading goals take a kick to the crotch. It’s a step down from the 8 I read in July, but it’s fine.
First, in my actual life…
1. I’m sure you’re tired of hearing about it, but did you watch the eclipse?! We were in a 91% totality zone that day so we had a pretty good view. It was neat?? I mean, I wasn’t freaking out about it or anything, but I was glad I got to look at it.
2. I won three giveaways recently! I won “The Girl with All the Gifts” by M.R. Carey from Books, Bones & Buffy. And an epic giveaway from @stmarkseve on Instagram. And a $10 Amazon gift card from Savings in Seconds. Anddd I won a book from Goodreads Giveaways. What is my life right now!! (This is not normal for me, trust me.)
This is what I received from the @stmarkseve giveaway!:
3. The two book clubs I’m a part of start this month! I do one with friends at my house and another at the local library. And they are both so much fun. I have missed them over the summer. So… yay!
4. This month, my first request for a book on Netgalley was declined… It’s totally no big deal, but I’m still over here like:
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I could readily tell you that historical fiction is my favorite genre. More specifically, historical fiction about WWII is my absolute favorite.
My biggest reason I love it so much is because I love to see the bravery, compassion, and endurance of the human race. It’s awful to witness the bad, but it’s amazing to witness the good: the kindness and gentleness that existed even in the heart of horror.
That’s why I love it.
A lot of books about WWII are ehh, but some are so special, I’ll be rereading them for years to come.
So without further ado, here are…
The 5 Best WWII Books
(that may or may not be hidden gems?)
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Oh, this book… It’s powerful, sad, and very moving. Just so good.
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