One of the most important things about the book blogging community is that it’s a COMMUNITY. There are all kinds of ways to support one another out here, and sometimes, the thought of doing so can be overwhelming. After all, most of us only have so much time and money, and if you throw in factors of mental health, there’s only so many spoons to go around before we can’t do more without stepping away to recharge.
But there’s still plenty of ways to support the bloggers you love, whether you’re a blogger yourself or just a reader, and I’ve compiled a list today to take out some of the time and stress of figuring out what the best way to show your love and support is.
The second best thing in the world next to books is probably cute animals. The third best thing, though, is bookish merch, which is the star of today’s post (much to the irritation of my bunnies, who demand their own limelight; maybe another day)!
The possibilities at this point are pretty limitless, but here’s a spotlight on some of the coolest kinds of merch around, plus some places to get it from small time creators! Hide your wallet away now if you’re not here to get unreasonably tempted…
As someone who starts way too many of their Weekly Wraps begging for the universe to grant them more time for everything, maybe I’m not the most qualified person to talk about how to balance your time between the demands of the blog and the demands of life.
Then again, if only professionals were allowed to talk about managing time, they’d probably make it sound like a breeze, and the rest of us would be left scratching our heads and wondering where the struggle is.
SO! Here we are, with an entirely unprofessional guide to making balance happen/recovering from it when it doesn’t. It’s not perfect, but neither am I, and maybe this will help someone else the way it’s helped me.
Every now and again, it seems like the bookish community talks about whether or not you should DNF a book, or what makes a book good, but I’m not sure I see folks talking much about how to choose what books you end up reviewing in the end. It’s not a clear cut process, but there’s a fair few decisions involved, which means that hey! It’s probably worth chatting about!
So here we are: a whole post on how I, at least, figure out which books I actually intend to review on the blog. It’s not quite a flowchart, but I’m starting to wonder if it might work well as one… 🤔
Not all things in life can be balanced, but I figure that quite a few of my posts can. And since I brought you all kinds of beautiful tropes on a silver platter earlier this month, it’s time to dive deep into the exact opposite.
Oh yes. Today’s post is a steaming pile of Nope Tropes™ that I would be happy to never run into again, filled to the brim with salt.
What can I say? I’ve got to burn off some spite every now and again, and this is one way to do it!
It’s about time I finally dug into the gold mines: tropes. There’s so many good ones out there, and even though we see them time and again, we KEEP COMING BACK because they’re just that good.
Here are a few of my personal favorites, though, complete with recommendations for books that use them (because it would be irresponsible of me not to hand you books that scratch the exact itch I’m describing)! I can’t say they’re ranked in any particular order, but I can say that they’re the best of the best, at least in my eyes, and I can’t get enough of them.
Sometimes, the hardest part about book blogging is making up your mind. Seriously, it’s hard to decide what book to read next (especially if you’re a mood reader), or how to structure your reviews (I’m still not sure I have this worked out).
Choosing ratings, though? Oh geez. How are you supposed to put a number on a book?How do you boil it all down to a number one through five? Is there witchcraft involved? Bribery? Throwing a dart at a spinning wheel and seeing where it sticks?
(The answers are see below, we’re getting to that, yes, no, and sometimes.)
But hey, that’s what this post is for. I’ve managed to figure out how to rate books without wanting to tear my hair out, and it’s high time I share that knowledge. I’ll even start off easy, saving all the complicated ratings witchcraft for last! Really, you have nothing to fear, I promise.
Yes, even you, the person who doesn’t like ratings at all. I see you. I’ve got you covered.
It’s a terrifying fact of book blogging that eventually, the slump comes for us all. It tends to sneak up right when you’re teetering on the edge of burnout, and then…IT PUSHES YOU RIGHT OVER THE EDGE.
I say this from the bottom of the blogging slump pit. I know. I’ve been there. And because I’m climbing out of it, I figure I might as well share my words of wisdom along the way.
At least, I think they’re wise. But how about you be the judge of that?
While TAZ: Balance is the love of my podcast life, TAZ: Amnesty is giving it a run for its money. Featuring oddball cryptids in the West Virginia woods, monsters with a purpose bigger and darker than we could ever know, and a trio of player characters who are SOMEHOW mostly finding their footing in this weird world they’ve been hurled into, Amnesty is the charming spooky woods arc I didn’t know I’ve been waiting for.
Which NATURALLY means it’s time for another set of book recommendations! Characters are listed in their rough order of appearance, so if you’re not caught up with Amnesty, you can duck (HA) out whenever you really need to.