Book Blog Mission: Organizing Blog Content

My mom used to tell me that having an organized system in my day to day life is half the rent. Now, what she meant by this was: If I kept my shit in the right places instead of leaving everything all over the house I would 1) find my crap again  2) I wouldn´t call her and complain about how I´ve looked “aaaaall day” for a can opener or a pen.

 

 

Fast forward 16 years-  Mom was right all along. Being organized and having some sort of organized system in life truly is half the rent. I find shit again. Took me a while but hey- wise quotes don´t have time limits.

Right now, I´m working on an organizing system for book blogging. Sounds terrifying, doesn´t it? I´m that person who has no idea what books I want to review next, what book to read next, what mug to feature for an upcoming Monday post, etc. * Am I alone with this problem? ( I probably am * sniffle * ) My brain is constantly book blog – fried ( pfft, who am I kidding? My brain burnt to a crisp already ).

At first, I thought this would be an impossible task to accomplish but then I started and couldn´t be more satisfied with the results.

 

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A genius attempt to live a more book blogger friendly existence. Just use a few IKEA storage boxes. Okay, that´s not so genius and I´m probably not the first person to come up with this idea but like I said- things don´t have time limits.

What you´re seeing is not an ad for IKEA ( boxes and that square shelf´s name I forgot ) but my book blog content corner. The left box is for books ready to review / ready to feature and in the right box are book-related items. Mugs, bookmarks, etc- Stuff I picked up during the week that I believe is worthy of sharing on my blog.

And guess what? This system works. It not only organizes my workspace but also keeps me focused on what to do next for my blog.

Since this picture was taken I´ve added two more boxes: 1 for DNF´d books and another for book cover discussions.

Voila! I´m a happy organized book blogger.

 

 

It´s the little things in life that bring us joy. ❤ It´s a few IKEA containers that can give things a new meaning. Hail IKEA  ( note: this is still not an IKEA ad )


 

Are you an organized book blogger? If so, what´s your secret? If not, why not? Do you think I´m going overboard? Let me know in the comments below so we can have a chat. ❤ 


 

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. It´s much appreciated.

Until next time, my dear bookish Padawans.

XO´s

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I Spied With My Bookish Eye: Busy Book Covers

Creativity has no limits…

…so they say.

Personally, I believe there should be a few limits when it comes to book cover art. The whole idea is to leave a positive lasting impression. Authors should want their books to have that wow-effect. It´s what triggers interest.

When I say `busy` I mean that a book cover image has more than one image. Most of the time there are story binding images of objects thrown into the mix for good measure.

While some authors/cover designers do a marvelous job at creating stunning book cover designs, others tend to over-do things. And more often than not, we´re presented with designs that raise questions.

As Coco Chanel once said ( and others before her ), ” Less is more.

Oh, I almost forgot- Before I continue I´d like to add a kind note:

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Alas, here are some book covers that could have used less.


#1

All In ( #2 Blackstone Affair ) – Raine Miller

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First Reaction: Confused
First Thought: They´re going to a casino now?!
Let´s Talk: It´s been a few years since I read The Blackstone Affair books by author Raine Miller. These romance books were a huge hit back in the day. The cover for ´All In` ( book #2 ) is, in my opinion, the least nicest to look at. Although the large black/white image on the upper half is okay, I think the details on the bottom half are a bit too much. Cards, chips and Big Ben? There are more than three fonts. All that´s killing my vibes a little. Back then I thought the cover was too busy. I haven´t changed my mind.

#2

Code Name: Ghost – Sawyer Bennett

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Code Name Ghost

First Reaction: Holy Hell
Let´s Talk: I haven´t read `Code Name: Ghost` by author Sawyer Bennett and I don´t think I will, either. The cover is extremely busy and quite revealing if you ask me. There´s an over-filtered guy looking like he has a headache, a city and… dog tags? Oh, come on. I mean- if this is what was chosen then by all means… but I think the image would have been a tad better without the photoshopped in tags ( it certainly wouldn´t have made the image less chaotic ). Personally, I think the whole cover is the definition of chaos. The fonts + the scenery + the guy + the dog tags… All that´s missing is a feather.

#3

Roustabout – Jane Harvey – Berrick

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First Thought: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Let´s Talk: Jane Harvey – Berrick has been one of my favorite authors ever since I read her back then-controversial romance `The Education of Sebastian`. When I saw the cover for `Roustabout`I nearly fell off my chair. What is happening with that cover image?! A guy on a bike ( okay ), a blonde doing the half turn – off-shoulder leather jacket -move ( okay ), there´s a road ( hmm ), and those twinkling lights in the sunburned sky? I can´t tell you what to focus on first. The story deserves a less busy cover.

#4

The Consequence Of Rejection – Rachel Van Dyken

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The Consequence Of Rejection

First Reaction: Defeated sigh
Let´s Talk: I´ve read most of Rachel Van Dyken´s books but I haven´t read `The Consequence Of Rejection`. And from the looks of it- I probably won´t read it. The cover… Either someone wasn´t able to make up their mind or someone thought they were being creative. There are two too many images. Again, I´m not interested in the fact that the cover is story bound- It´s the visibility I´m after. And right now all I see is three faded images in a collage style and a font that doesn´t work with the whole thing. Someone should have remembered what Coco Chanel said.

#5

Make Me – Jessica Lee

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Make Me ( Romance )

First Thought: Is it alive?!

Let´s Talk: Seriously, is it? Jokes aside- What am I looking at? Book info says this is a Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Shapeshifter, M/M story. With bondage? His ass is baboon red, the other half of the guy´s body is… Okay, so those are eyes on top. Oh, Jesus Christ on a popsicle… Someone wanted to win the creativity award with this one. When in doubt- Never mix images. Stick with one. Doesn´t matter which one just do it.


What are your thoughts on busy book covers? Do you like them/ dislike them or are you not bothered by them? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤


Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope you enjoyed.

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Inside and Out Book Tag

First seen on The Tattooed Book Geek and minutes later again over at Book Reviews / Jack´s Bedtime Reading. Both haven´t tagged anyone specifically but have instead invited anyone who would like to join in on the tag-fun.

Here we are. I decided to add my two cents into the tag-mix.


 

1. Inside flap/Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough?

Inside flap? The books I buy never have them. It´s book summaries on the back for me. Some have info overload and some lack info.

 

 

2. New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, E-Book, Paperback, or Hardcover?

Preferably paperback. Hardcover for my bookshelves because they look neat and clean and pretty. I´m generally against E-books and Audiobooks… I tried listening to an Audiobook while driving… and while ironing clothes. I almost drove over a red light and I burnt a hole in my jeans. Audiobooks are a no for me.

 

 

3. Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?

I´m a little anal when it comes to my books. They need to be in pristine condition at all times. Me writing in them would give me chest pain. So, I´m going for keeping things squeaky clean.

 

 

4. Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

 

First reaction after reading the questions.

 

Second reaction.

 

Third reaction

 

 

5. Ever read ahead? or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

I´m so guilty of doing this. Yes, I read ahead, but only if I can´t handle the suspense. I´m that unholy person who sometimes reads the last chapter first. I love spoilers so doing this doesn´t bother me in the slightest.

 

 

6. Organized bookshelves, or Outrageous bookshelves?

Define the word `organized`. If you mean keeping my books on my bookshelves then- No.

 

 

7. Have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

Yes.

 

8. Take it outside to read, or stay in?

Right at this moment, I´m having a head visual of a football team chanting “Take it out! Take it out!”. * sigh * I prefer to stay in and read. Although, I wouldn´t mind reading outside if it weren´t for my self inviting and Queen of asking 1000 Q´s mother-in-law.

 


 

That´s about it, dear bookish Padawans. I hope you enjoyed. I´m going to join Drew and Jake with their non-tagging philosophy and will not tag anyone in particular. Should you feel inspired to “tag” along then feel free to join in on the fun. Make sure to tag me so I can see what you have in store.

 

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Popular Romance Authors I Don´t Read Anymore

What once was is no longer…

 

Do you have an author you´re devoted to? That one special writer who touches your emotions with their words? I have one. Actually, I have a few go-to authors. Unfortunately, I also have a list of writers who I don´t reach out for anymore.

A huge shout out goes to Jess @Fiction No Chaser for inspiring me with her post Am I Growing Out Of YA? 

May it be due to the simple fact that I´ve grown out of an author´s style or because an author´s style has changed… I don´t consider myself a dedicated fan anymore.

But before I continue I´d like to leave a little informative note.

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Here is a list of popular authors who I don´t read anymore.

 


 

Colleen Hoover

 

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Hands down, I was THE fan. I gave the word dedication a new definition when it came to CoHo´s books. Since then the author has celebrated great success with her emotionally-charged books. I was able to follow the author as a faithful fan until 2018 when `All Your Perfects` ( check out my review here ) was published.

The Problem:  I think it´s safe to say that the author´s books and I  aren´t meant for each other anymore. For me, things started going downhill after I read `Confess `. I tried pushing myself to read every new release ( because- dedicated fan here and all ) but I wasn´t able to see the same beauty others saw. With every book, I became more disappointed. I started weighing my options: Should I read another CoHo book? Should I give another one a try? That´s when I pulled the breaks. I went from superfan to try to be a super fan then ended up being a supportive fan. Now I´ve called it quits and just admire the author´s older works.  It´s time for me to move on.

 

 

 

Tarryn Fischer

 

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Tarryn Fisher is known for pushing emotional limits with her books and I´ve adored the author for exactly that. The author´s a master of her craft.  `The Opportunist` was what captivated me back in 2013. A raw story that kind of haunted me for days. My last Tarryn Fisher read was `Atheists Who Kneel And Pray `.

The Problem:  I developed a dislike towards the writing style. Every book published between the books I´ve mentioned was more a miss than a hit for me. I felt a strong attitude in the writing I didn´t enjoy. The rawness was taken to new dimensions. I wouldn´t necessarily say I´ve grown out of Tarryn Fisher´s books but I´ve definitely moved on and don´t feel an urge to drop everything to read the latest release anymore.

 

 

 

J. Sterling

 

j sterling bannerJ. Sterling used to be an author I occasionally checked in on. I´ve read the majority of the author´s books. I remember having received an ARC of one of her books ( can´t recall for which book, though. It´s been sooo long ). I was an on and off reader for a few years until my interest in the author´s books stopped.

The Problem:  My tastes changed. J. Sterling is a wonderful author and her stories are lovely but for me, they aren´t exactly what I´m looking for anymore. Although- I will say that I haven´t written the author completely off. If someone recommends a J. Sterling novel to me and it sounds interesting, I will check it out.

 

 

 

Christina Lauren

 

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Ooooh, I was a fan of Christina Lauren. I´m actually still a fan even if I don´t reach out to the author´s books anymore. My first Christina Lauren book was `Beautiful Bastard`. Gosh, I remember when I first saw the cover and thought it was the next best thing since Mark Wahlberg in the Calvin Klein ad. The writing was refreshing and sharp. Exactly what I was looking for at the time.

The Problem: Too many books were released within a short period of time. Now, I´m normally not one to complain about these things because I´m usually the person who´ll bitch about not being able to read the next release right away. But with Christina Lauren´s books, I just wasn´t able to keep up- Not with reading other books from other authors in between. Before I knew it I had lost focus on the whole beautiful series and then ended up hissing my white flag.

 

 

 

Jodi Ellen Malpas

 

JEM bannerJodi Ellen Malpas was an author who could do me no wrong. Whatever that woman wrote- I inhaled it. First J.E.M. read: ` This Man  `. I´ve abused the `This Man Trilogy` and the `One Night` books to a point where the pages started giving away. If there ever was a go-to author then J. E. M. was it for me.

The Problem: My inner fangirl aged ( sounds so much better than admitting that I´ve aged ) I still love the books I have but I can´t muster up enough excitement for the authors’ other works.

 


 

Such big names in a little ol´ post. I´d like to add that I have nothing against any of the authors mentioned in this post. Remember- This is about their products, not about the people behind those products. All the mentioned authors are probably wonderful human beings with hearts of gold.

 


On a kind note: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher aren´t exclusively romance writers. Since they´ve written romance novels I´ve read I have included their names. Also: I did NOT read all the books in the featured images, only the majority and some I haven´t displayed.


 

Let´s chat: Who are your go-to authors? Do you have authors you don´t reach out for anymore? Feel free to drop some names in the comments below. ❤

 


 

Thank you for reading this post. I fully appreciate it.

I wish you all a wonderful day,

Many hugs,

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Switching Book Genres

Reading slumps- You can´t avoid them no matter how hard you try. And trust me- I´ve tried.

 

 

But you can prevent them from happening too often. I´ve gone through all the household tricks to overcome a reading funk but none have helped me as much as a genre swap.

 

The good old mixing genres trick.

 

I don´t know about you but I´m that person who will get annoyed really quick when reading too much of the same. Thoughts like  “Uugh, not this again.”  or the occasional  “For fuck’s sake” will slip out of my mouth, along with loud groans and even louder sighs when I get to the stage of having read too many romances.

 

It gets a little one-sided when I stick to one genre.

 

As much as I love my romances I do tend to find them boring as hell sometimes. Yes. I said it. You read that correctly. I get bored with romance. I can´t, for all that´s pink and fluffy, stand to read 10 from-friends-to-lovers / from-enemies-to-lovers romances back to back. The same would be impossible with thrillers or historical fiction.

I bet you´re thinking  “Why doesn´t she just read a different romance?“. Good question. Not easy to answer, though.

You see, as it is with any other genre, there are sub-genres. Romance is just an umbrella term that covers all bases. I don´t consider sub-genre changes to be helpful because no matter the sub-genre- A romance basically stays a romance.

YA college romances carry more or less the same theme as a second chance romance do. Erotica novels are literary pornographies but at the end of the day, they´re still romances. It´s all about the drama and fluff. There´s a common goal. The only drastic difference ( for me ) is the writing.

(NOTE: This is just my take on the subject. These are by no means facts.)

So, in order for me to keep myself from slipping into a reading slump and to maintain a healthy level of appreciation for books, I swap book genres.

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I like to compare reading with having meals. If you constantly eat the same dish night after night you´re bound to develop a certain reluctance towards the dish. As much as I love lasagne I couldn´t eat it every day. As with everything else in life: overindulgence can have a negative effect. I guess you could spice up your lasagne nights by changing ingredients but that won´t change the dish. A lasagne is still a lasagne. There´s no difference for me when it comes to reading.  A romance is still a romance no matter the sub-genre.

 

 

For me, it´s all about keeping a healthy balance when it comes to reading. Switch things up a bit by jumping from romance to fantasy or horror then back to romance. This not only prevents reading slumps from happening but also gives a reader the opportunity to get back to their favored genre with a clear head.

 

” I´ll have a roomie romance today and fairies dancing in a meadow next week.” 

 

This “technique” has helped me loads.

 

I know book bloggers who don´t have problems with sticking to what they prefer and what they love. They read and review for a specific genre that works for them without giving other genres another thought. These bloggers claim they love one genre and one genre only. I admire that. I think it´s great when readers stick to their guns.

 

Of course, I could just put a book down and call it a day when I´m in a mood. But where´s the fun in doing that? I figured out that it´s not always a matter of needing a break. A simple genre swap can be just as effective.


 

What do you do when you´re in a reading slump? How do you get back to reading when you´re in a funk? Tell me your secrets. I´d love to chat. ❤


 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. I hope this was somewhat helpful and if not, at least enjoyable.
Sending out many bookish hugs,

Have a wonderful day.

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