I’ve been at this book blogging thing for a little over two months now, and I’m happy to report that it’s been one of the best experiences of my life. I started getting involved in the YA bookish community in January of this year through Twitter and after a few months decided I would give blogging a try as well. I was so inspired by all the of the amazing bloggers I met and their kindness, generosity and support. The gifting and sharing between bloggers is so overwhelming. A HUGE thank you to everyone that’s shared ARCs, awarded fantastic giveaways or sent little cards/gifts to me just because. You know who you are and your kindness means so very much!
Day 18: books by favorite author — from the moment I read #ThroneofGlass I knew @sjmaas was going to be a favorite! Can't wait to add #HeirofFire to this collection! Thanks to @andiabcs for gifting me the amazing tote bag! #30daysofbookstagrams #bookstagram #SarahJMaas #CrownofMidnight #TheAssassinsBlade
I won’t lie though, the journey has been overwhelming and discouraging at times. I’ve worried over how many posts I should be publishing each week and if I’ll be able to read a book fast enough to post a review on Monday. My stress levels over how many visitors I have to my blog each day or how many official blog followers I have can get a little out of hand. I get really insecure a lot and wonder if my posts are even interesting to other readers and how I’ll never be as “cool” as the other bloggers I’ve met.
How am I supposed to real ALL THE BOOKS AND review them when I keep buying more? This pile has only grown in the month since I took it! Talk about pressure!
To combat all that pressure, insecurity and stress is the joy I get out of reading and sharing the excitement with other readers. I’ve fallen in love with books that I never would have heard of otherwise and fangirling with the rest of you over amazing books is basically the best thing EVER! There is nothing I love more than finding a good book and then convincing a friend or family member to pick it up and start reading it too. Case in point, I loaned my copy of The Grisha Trilogy to my 12-year-old nephew and I just heard from him that he’s absolutely loving it. I’m desperately trying to convince him to make an appearance on the blog as a guest poster. I’ll keep you posted.
New on the blog this morning…my somewhat coherent thoughts on Ruin & Rising by @lbardugo. I dug deep and tried to find the words to describe how I felt about the final book in the #Grisha Trilogy. Stop by the blog and let me know what YOU thought. Link in profile. #bookstagram #bookreview #ruinandrising
Putting this here because the book was so amazing and I’m super proud of my book levitating abilities.
So, all this blabbing and venting leads me to the topic of my blog post for today. I know a lot of you out there reading this are seasoned bloggers with years of reading and writing under your belt, and SO many of you have been so supportive with your tips and advice. What I’d love to is extend the Twitter advice line and gather some of your favorite blogging tips and tricks into one place. My hope is that not only can I refer back to this post in times of need, but other baby bloggers can find useful information as well.
Bought myself these adorable #ChuckTaylor sneakers today and immediately thought of #OpenRoadSummer by @emlord1. They're a little bit Reagan and a little bit Dee! Can't wait to rock them this summer on some epic East Coast road trips with my very own #MattFinch! #bookstagram #shoegram #IReadYA #YALit #finchettes
Another thing I love about the bookish community on Twitter? The dialogue between authors and readers. I mean…isn’t Emery Lord THE.SWEETEST?!