The Book Blogger Insider Tag

My first book related tag for 2019, y´all! And what better way than to start by giving some book blogger insider insight.

A huge THANK YOU to Norrie @Reading Under The Blankie. I shall give my best and find answers for these Q´s.

Are we ready?  * waiting for the collective war cry reply * I guess we are. * cracking knuckles*


Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Uuhm, at home. At the diningroom table. Because the table is angled in the right position so I can still watch TV. There was a time I tried typing blog posts while sitting on the sofa but…. I always fell asleep. So, the diningroom table it is.

 

How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

I´m going to have to go with Norrie´s answer. Anywhere between half an hour to five months or possibly never.

 

When did you start your book blog?

I started this blog in 2016 but have been blogging for longer than I like to admit.

 

What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

If there was a negative side to having a book blog I don´t think I´d have one. Unless I´d be sharing a book blog with an asshole. Then the worst thing would be that asshole.

 

What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Definitely the community.

 

What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

Hands down- My favorite blog post would be the Spam Box Treasure. I find immense joy in receiving and sharing spam comments.

 

What is your favourite type of blog post to write?

Probably the one´s I haven´t uploaded yet. * insert snort and laugh * I´m very snarky and have no filter so most of my blog posts end up evil and left as drafts. * hiding face * But my fav types of blog posts are the ones where I analyse book titles or cover images.

 

When do you typically write?

At 8 p.m. Right after the girls go to bed. It´s the only time when I have absolute peace and quiet.

 

Do you review every book you read?

Almost. Very few I refuse to review because they´re either too good and whatever I´d say would never do its justice or the book was so horrible I can´t seem to find it in me to waste time typing anything useful.

 

How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

I don´t have any fur babies 😦 But I do drink 1 cup of hot chocolate and way too much coke every night and eat a bowl of cornflakes around midnight all while listening to music and keeping one eye on the TV. But listening to music and eating is a must for me while writing reviews.

 

When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the books? Two weeks after finishing the book?

Again- Within a few hours up to 5 months or even a year later. It all depends on my mood and what´s on TV or if husbutt has some earthbreaking news to share. Right now I´m on day 3 for 1 review.

 

How often do you post?

In general? Or just reviews? I try to do a minimum of 3 posts a week with 1 being a review post. Everything else is a bonus.

 

Puuh. That was tough. Thanks again, Norrie for nominating me.

I tag EVERYONE to participate in the fun!

Much love,

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My Most Viewed Posts 2018

So, I had an idea. Granted, it´s nothing outrageous but I thought it would be interesting to review my own blog. To see what worked really well and what didn´t, ergo: which posts received the most views in 2018.

I´m not normally interested in numbers and stats. I work with numbers all day so I´m not too keen on checking more out in my spare time.

I will say though that I was a little surprised when I reviewed my own blog the other day. Shocked, even. From all the posts I´ve posted last year the ones I thought weren´t worth it generated the most views. And then I realized that my blog had gone through a phase where reviews were more popular than discission posts and the other way around.

I´m not sure if this has something to do with specific books or authors, or if it has something to do with the right targeting, using the correct keywords, but it was definitely something to think about.

If I´d sit down and take my time to analyse everything ( which I won´t because I don´t have any nerves left ) I might get behind the actual reason as to why certain posts gained a nice amount of views and why others haven´t.

So, without further ado here are my most viewed posts in 2018.

 

 

most viewed discussion

♥     Hot Book Topic – Faleena Hopkins Trademark Escapade

♥     What Does A Book Blogger Do?

♥     The Importance Of Reading Breaks

♥     Religion In Romance Novels

The one topic I never thought would get attention was the Faleena Hopkins post. Dear pink fluff, that one sky rocketed and showed me numbers I haven´t seen in years. For some reason, I wasn´t too late for that gossip and thought I´d try to write a post about it. If only I were better at the gossip game….

The next surprise was the What Does A Book Blogger Do post. I never thought anyone would be interested in finding out what it is us common foot folk do. I guess I thought wrong.

And then the Religion In Romance Novels post. This one is very tricky as it didn´t generate lots of views on the day I posted it but it is the post with the highest views in 2018. To be honest- I wasn´t sure in the first place if I was doing myself a favor by posting an article on religion in romance novels. I don´t believe in God and was afraid of the backlash from religious fanatics. In hindsight, I´m glad I took that risk, though.

most viewed fun

 

♥     15 Funniest Book Memes You´ll Relate To If Your A Book Lover

♥     Book Cover Trends: Part 1 ( Romance & Historical)

♥     Book Cover Trends: Part Two (Paranormal, Fantasy & Horror)

♥     10 Funny But Painfully True Book Memes

♥     10 Funny / Not So Funny Author Memes

 

These posts were extremely fun but so exhausting to create. I bow before all the hotshots who do these posts all the time because I couldn´t. Not even for all the glorious views they´ve generated. I have a few more book cover trends posts I want to upload this year but the rest? I need to be in a good mood to create another 10 funny…. .

 

 

 

most viewed reviews

♥     Book Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

♥     Book Review: The Silver Cage – Anonymous

♥     Book Review- The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

♥     Book Review: What He Doesn´t Know – Kandi Steiner

♥     Book Review: What He Always Knew – Kandi Steiner

 

Reviews are a universe of their own. Sometimes you generate views with a popular book and sometimes you don´t. Sometimes an older book gets all the spotlight. That´s just the way it is. Many things have to be taken in consideration when it comes to romance reviews.

1) Romance is not the most popular genre ( it´s children´s fiction and fantasy, for those of you who wanted to know ). Statistics show that women´s fiction doesn´t sell as well as YA fiction, historical fiction and mystery / thrillers do. I´m not surprised and can live with this.

2) Views vary with the type of publishing. I´ve had more views for a world wide bestseller than I have had with the majority of my books from self published authors.

3) Timing is everything. From what I´ve noticed, the timing plays a crucial role when it comes to reviews. If I wanted for my blog to achieve something then I should be glued to my laptop screen minutes before release day or for any new reveals. This generates views. Strike while the iron is hot. But since I´m a lousy book release spy I end up reading and reviewing new releases much later and that generates less views ( for me ).

 

 

 

most popular months

♥     July, August, November 

And here I thought people would be on vacation and doing… vacation things instead of reading posts during the summer. I was wrong. November doesn´t surprise me, though.

 

 

total posts posted

♥     178

Not bad considering how much I slacked. That´s roughly a post every other day.

 

All in all I can´t say 2018 wasn´t successful. And looking at how well some posts did I do think I have a better picture on what type of content works wonders for my blog and which don´t.

 

Have you reviewed your blog? Do you check your stats regularly? Let´s chat ❤

 

Thank you for reading. I hope you all have a wonderful day.

much love,

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Thank The Books It´s Friday

It´s FRIDAY! And not only that… it´s also the end of November. Here is my current thought on the last day of November and the fact that it´s Friday.

squirrel fuck

Yes. Thank fuck it´s the weekend. The whole month has been depressing enough with it´s droopy gray short days. Now we welcome the 4 seasons in darkness.

Not that I mind the shitty weather. I actually like it. It definitely gives me the awesome excuse to read.

But this isn´t a post about the weather… or cute squirrels thanking fuck all. This is about me introducing my new theme. My new weekly / monthy sum – up.

That´s right. I´m just sprouting out ideas left and right at this point. I could have stuck with the usual Sunday Sum -Ups and what – not… but I hardly felt like using that idea because it´s not me. I´m lazy. Sunday´s are my lazy days where I do absolutely nothing except spend time reading everyone elses Sunday Sum – ups.

No. I wanted to do something less Sunday related and more Friday – ish. Friday, for me, is the best day of the week. It´s when I have the most time and when I feel completely content.

So, starting today, I´ll grace you all with my Thank The Books It´s Friday!

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There ya have it. Very unoriginal banner for the theme but hey… It´s good enough for now.

As for the monthy recap on my own well being:

I´m fine. All´s good. Suffered from one minor cold but now I´m as good as new. Now husbutt has the mini cold and he´s suffering all kinds of grueling deaths. He just told me that my typing on my keyboard feels like I´m trying to turture him into the grave.

The book – ish recap is a little less dramatic but still exciting.. I promise.

I´ve managed to knock off quite a few books from my TBR pile. Remember, the one I cleaned out? Yeah. The remaining books that seemed remotely interesting… like the one´s I´d actually want to read were read and I even managed to write reviews for those long forgotten paperbacks.

review recap

 

 

A Curse So Dark And Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse so dark and lonely

A fairy tale retelling that lacked depth. I wish I could have loved this more.. but I couldn´t. Too much of everything and not much of what´s needed for a fantasy. 3 stars. If you missed my full review just click here.

 

 

Optimists Die First – Susin Nielsen

optimists

An impulse purchase that landed on my TBR pile. Thankfully, it didn´t stay there for long.  A nice YA read with light parts and parts for a reader to think about. There´s also a romance, but not the type you´d expect. 4 stars. To read the full review click here.

 

The Light In The Wound (#1) – Christine Brae

 His Wounded Light ( The Light In The Wound #2) – Christine Brae

 

I liked Book one but not as much as book #2. This duet is a relationship focused romance with all the feels and angst. To read both reviews feel free to click here for book #1 and here for book #2

 

Emerge ( Evolve #1) – S. E. Hall

emerge

`Emerge` from author S. E. Hall did many things… just nothing good for me. Didn´t like it at all. Would you like to know why? Click here

 

Not to forget a Before & After book review….

Easy- Tammara Webber

Easy

A little fluff and a little romance packed with a heavy topic the characters struggle with. If you haven´t already, you check out my review here.


 

November Discussion Posts And Other Fun Stuff

 

⇒ November Bookshelf Clean – Out

⇒ Mug Monday & Blog News

⇒ What´s On My Bookshelf Tag

⇒ Locked In A Book Store

⇒ 10 Funny / Not So Funny Author Memes

⇒ Why Star Ratings Are Frowned Upon

⇒ The Problem With Honest Book Reviews From Book Bloggers

⇒ When You Think You´ve Seen It All ( incl. screenshot show )

⇒ Spam Box Treasures: Part 4


 

Pretty accomplished, huh? Let´s see what December brings us.

Until then, my sweet, cheerful bookish Padawans…. Share the book love. ❤


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The Problem With Honest Book Reviews From Book Bloggers

There´s a problem with honest book reviews from book bloggers. Did you know about that? Have you already figured out what the problem is? It´s tiny, almost miniscule microscopic, but it´s still there. I´m even positive this problem doesn´t even bother anyone, either.

Honesty. Probably one of the trickiest and most misunderstood word existing. We all want honesty but it´s often not accepted or appreciated, depending on the type of honesty that´s been given. Negative honesty is never welcomed. Positive honesty is always appreciated.

But what about the unnecessary type of honesty? Like- the mentioning of honesty in book reviews?

 

In the ever growing book industry, book bloggers / readers are confronted with writers from every bookish corner. We´ve got the indie writers, the self – published authors and the traditional published authors. And every single one of those writers, no matter the niche they occupy or the genre they write in,.. they all  need feedback ( as I´ve so cleverly mentioned in my post on 5 Reasons Why Book Reviews Are Important.) Feedback usually comes from readers. But that´s a whole other bedtime story for another night. ( and some day I will get to how opinions affect authors ) And they all want honest opinions. Okay, fair enough, right? Shouldn´t be that difficult to accomplish. In fact, this should be the easiest part of a book blogger´s job. Yet….. there´s a problem. A weird one.

 

Ever picked a review to read and noticed how those reviewers include a

“this is my honest opinion”

line? Whether that line is on the top of a review or skillfully weaved into a review… Reviewers often ( if not always ) add that line or use the words honest opinion.

Isn´t that just fabulous? Everyday, indecisive readers get to read an honest opinion on a book. If you take a few seconds to think about it… Mentioning  honesty isn´t really necessary because it should go without saying that the review on any book is honest. Why bother, otherwise, right?

But the word holds more power than one would think. Honesty. Because we get blindsided about the actual fact and meaning.

“Oh wow! We´re getting an honest opinion.”

When in reality, you´re getting one person´s point of view. It´s their honesty. No one elses. It´s not the honesty above all honesty.

It´s irrelivant to include “This is my honest opinion.” because I, myself, assume I´m getting an honest opinion anyway. That was my honest opinion right there.

But for a book blogger to include such info? Can someone see where I´m going with this? It´s confusing.

I have yet to come across a book blogger who went out of their way to lie in their reviews.

Okay – If we leave out the special people who review books they haven´t read ( yes, dear book – loving – Padawans. That´s a thing. And these people can be spotted easily ) then there´s no reason not to think a review isn´t always honest.

I agree with you all that this isn´t world shattering business but it´s still something to think about.

Dear book bloggers, why do you add that line? Is it because you want to prevent a war? Is it because maybe you feel better including the honesty disclaimer? Why do you do it, if you do it at all?

 

Maybe it´s because book bloggers have been asked by publishers or authors to include the honesty bit in reviews…. Which is fine. Doesn´t mean it makes more sense to me because ( see reasons above ) it still doesn´t make sense ( does this make sense?!).

So, there´s my answer to the problem. Including an honesty line doesn´t carry much meaning.

I would love to read your thoughts on the subject Honest Opinions In Reviews!<3

 

Thank you all for reading this blog post.

PS: In no way was I trying to be offensive to fellow book bloggers who include the honesty line in their reviews.

Much love,

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August Bookish Recap

I feel awkward. It feels like I´ve been away for aeons when in reality… I´ve only been gone for close to 3 weeks.

 

Oh, how I´ve missed this! Although this might not be of any significant importance I´m gonna go ahead and share my mini medical adventure with you all ( before getting to book business ).

It all started with a weird eye migraine. Oh, you don´t know what that is? Neither did I, at first. All I knew was that it freaked me out to see stars and then nothing. I was blind on one eye for 15 minutes and then I regained my full eyesight again. You can imagine how quick I was at the ER. 4 long waiting hours later I was told that I had an eye migraine and that it´s not that uncommon. In fact – Many people suffer from eye migraines. What triggers these vicious attacks are heat and stress. I live a relatively stress – free life so the heat was to blame.

Then a summer flu followed. It took 3 days for it to hit me hard and another 3 days for me to think I was dying a slow and painful death ( yes. I´m dramatic like that. Lol ). And during those 3 days I was mentally coming up with ways to find and torture the unfortunate soul who gave me the flu in the first place. I was down for a little over a week. THEN…. Just when I thought my health was improving I made the fatal mistake of acting like I was fit and ready to act normal. I had a relapse. One I´m still not fully over yet.

3 weeks later…. I´m still wearing my PJ´s day and night and carrying a box of kleenex around the house. My house looks like a dump, I have been living off of chicken soup, water and peppermint tea, my kids show me their homework from a safe distance, and the husbutt is telling everyone that he´s grateful for getting that life insurance last year ( because, you know – I might not survive this flu ).

The sad part – I had ( and still have ) so much time and not once did I find the energy to read, let alone reach my August reading goal.

So, instead, I´m going to use all my strength now and do an August recap. Sound good?

Let´s do this so I can hop under my covers again and self-pity myself again.


 

August Reviews

Book Review- Running Out Of Air by K. T. Swift

running out of air

 

Book Review: Perfect Harmony – Emily Albright

Perfect Harmony

 

Book Review: Hush, Hush ( Hush, Hush #1) – Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush Hush

 

Before & After Book Reviews

 

Book Review: Up In The Air (Tetralogy) by R. K. Lilley

before and after

 

Book Series Review: Consequences #1-#4, Aleatha Romig


 

Honorable Book Related Posts

How To Annoy A Book Blogger: Do A U.S. Only Giveaway

The Spam Treasure Box: Part Three

My Favorite Hiding Spots To Read

The Sunshine Blogger Award

My Instagram Truth


 

Currently Trying To Read

Church. – Stylo Fantome

Church.

That tagline! Sheesh…. ❤


 

Okay lovies… this is it for now.

I can´t wait to catch up on all I´ve missed out on! Friends / blogs I follow…. I´ve been missing you loads! ❤

Until then, my dear bookish Padawans.

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