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In the Spotlight [23]: Blogger Interview – Michelle @ Because Reading is Better than Real Life

Hello kids! Today I’m very happy to feature Michelle from Because Reading is Better than Real Life. You all probably know I have a HUGE weakness for Blog designs. Not only blog designs but anything that is visually pleasing. Art, drawings, landscaping, home décor, websites, book covers. You name it. So, I’m JUST SO IN LOVE with Michelle’s designs! Her blog, her button, her header, her Limabean Designs. Just take a look at the images below and tell me if … Keep reading

What a week [40]: What is your Blogger Age? Part II – The Kid Blogger’s Playground

Welcome to my weekly recap where I shared what happened last week in my Reading Bookshelf, Writer Desk and Blogging Corner. My featured section for this week is my… Blogging Corner Welcome to Part II of my First Blogiversary Week Extravaganza Remember my story about being a toddler blogger? Remember THOSE posts I’m didn’t like too much? WHY I DON’T VISIT YOUR BLOG Well, VERY often one of the reasons listed was… BECAUSE YOU POST TOO MANY BOOK TOURS I was like… WOW… … Keep reading

What a Week [39]: Blogging Tip – What is your Blogger Age? Part I – Identity Crisis

Welcome to my weekly recap where I share what happened last week in my Reading Bookshelf, Writer Desk and Blogging Corner. My featured section for this week is my… Blogging Corner First Blogiversary Edition In my What a Week [38]: Blogging Tip: Does your blog design work for you? we shared our thoughts about blog design [thank you all for all your comments, you are all fabulous! 🙂 ]. and I realized I haven’t changed my blog design for months! So… I … Keep reading

In the spotlight [20]: Blogger Interview – Lexxie @ (Un)conventional Books Views

Lexxie is one of my favorite people in the Blogosphere! 🙂 Why??? Well… let’s start by saying SHE IS A TEACHER! there is nothing awesomer than a teacher (well maybe a book blogger but again she is that too!). Then on top of that Lexxie is a MA student, a mom of FOUR [four!], a wife and still has time to read gazillions books and write great reviews. Oh… now that I mention her reviews… [WARNING] Lexxie is also a terrible influence! … Keep reading

What a Week [38]: Blogging Tip: Does your blog design work for you?

Welcome to my weekly recap where I share what happened last week in my Reading Bookshelf, Writer Desk and Blogging Corner. My featured section for this week is my… Blogging Corner If you visited my blog last year you probably noticed that I was kind of obsessed with my blog design, always changing it, and very often either crashing the blog or recovering from the last crash. 🙂 I was never happy with the way my blog looked. Always pursuing the Ultimate Design, which I … Keep reading

What a Week [36] – Blogging tip: Are there books that we should NOT promote?

Welcome to my weekly recap where I shared what happened this week in my Reading Bookshelf, Writer Desk and Blogging Corner. My featured section for this week is my… Blogging Corner I wanted to share my thoughts with you because this has been bugging me for a while. I enjoyed Tiffany‘s The Siren, so much that I gave it a great review. However, there was a statutory rape scene that made me feel really uncomfortable. Even thought my policy is not to … Keep reading

What a Week [34]: Blogging tip – How cluttered is your bookish life?

What a week last week was! Welcome to my weekly recap where I share what happened this week in my Reading Bookshelf, Writer Desk and Blogging Corner. My featured section for this week is my… Blogging Corner   Today I wanted to share with you my thoughts about my book hoarding problem and my cluttered bookish life. 🙂 As I mentioned in my post  “Godspeed 2015… Hello 2016” I don’t have much time to read now, so I need to choose my books carefully. And that … Keep reading

What a Week [30] – Blogging tip: 5 lessons I learned when my WordPress theme crashed

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you enjoyed the holidays 🙂 Last week I was on vacation and I took the time to revamp my blog, new year, new look! Now I have a soft watercolor background and I added new images and sliders to features pages: Eschaton [it is all over] Disturbia [enter at your own risk] Otherworld [dare to enter] and XXFactor [Girl Power] Also… the end of the year was an opportunity to reflect on how I could do things better … Keep reading

Blogging tip: How to write a book review part VII: Oh noooo… a DNF!

I think many book reviewers feel the same way: No one likes to have a “Did Not Finish” (DNF)! There are tons (as in gazillions of tons) of books out there. When a book reviewer decides to read a book there is usually because there was SOMETHING about it. The author, the premise, the blurb even if it was only the cover or because it was the sequel of a fantastic book. Something made that book stand out from the other … Keep reading

Blogging Tip: How to Write a Book Review Part VI: Oh, that Voice!‏

In some of my book reviews and on part IV of this series What is “Good Writing?” I talked about how “good writing” could make me read pretty much anything. The writing is the first thing you notice. Before the settings, the characters, or the story are revealed, there is the writing. But often what keeps readers turning the pages is not only good writing as in good  language, grammar, structure and pacing but the unique way the author chooses to use those elements or what is known as writing style. So you have a book that is well-written … Keep reading

Blogging Tip: How to Write a Book Review Part V, What to read next?

On my post What a Week [13] – Confessions of a free eBook hoarder I mentioned I have more eBooks that I would ever be able to read. If you add all the review copies I have, to decide what to read next is almost impossible! But first… how did I pick the books I have? I picked my books because… Of the genre. I’m mostly reading fantasy, sci-fi and dystopian/apocalyptic. The premise (as described in the blurb/synopsis) seemed edgy, taboo, sinful, or provocative. Of whatever otherworldly … Keep reading

Blogging Tip: How to Write a Book Review Part IV, What is “Good Writing”?

I consider at least five elements when reviewing a book: writing, theme/premise, plot/story arc, characters, and world-building. However, the writing is by far the most important. I have finished books of premises or genres that are not my favorite just because the writing was so enthralling I couldn’t stop reading. But what is “good writing”? After reading many articles by readers, writers and bloggers the consensus seems to be that: “good writing” is “natural writing” “Natural writing” flows easily and … Keep reading

Blogging Tip: How to Write a Book Review Part III, Keeping it constructive

I think all book bloggers face this challenge often: that book that has great elements: writing, story arc, plot,  and characters. It keeps you turning the pages… you finish it… BUT. At the end you are like… hum…. Something didn’t quite clicked. It is my review policy   not to publish bad reviews. I only review books that I liked, with at least 3 stars rating . For me is that book that falls in the grey 3.0-3.5 stars area. You want to give it a … Keep reading

Blogging tip: [4] lessons learned about staying sane II – Blogging effectively

In Four lessons learned about book blogging, PART I: setting goals and limits, prioritizing and staying sane! I talked about how I wanted to limit my blogging time to five hours a week. In order to do that I needed to find  ways to blog more effectively. So far, blogging effectively for me has been about: 1. A reliable platform 2. The right tools 3. Staying organized 4. Multitasking 5. Awesome partners A reliable platform. This includes domain, hosting, and blog design. Domain and hosting. I’m very … Keep reading