Beyond the Blurb | How to Crawl Out of a Reading Slump

Morning bloggers,

Well, if you’re reading this post, then you might have fallen into the same reading slump as I had recently. Reading slumps are rather fickle, almost as much as my mood reading. But there are several ways to beat it. But how do you get out of it if you’re not sure how you got into it? That’s where you need to do some detective work.

So don’t worry if you’re in one though. I’ll give you the advice to crawl out of your dreaded reading slump and get you back on track.

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Beyond the Blurb | Should the Book Community Fight over ARCs?

Okay, book bloggers,

I couldn’t sit on this topic for any longer. And for my next discussion post, I want to talk about the most recent social media spat.

Back in January, Twitter blew up with many bloggers discussing/arguing about ARCs. Susan Dennard, the author of Bloodwitch, stirred up the issue. You can see her Tweet below:

Now, as a marketing and publicity intern at a small publishing house, I do agree with her to a point. Yes, ARCs are expensive to print, ship, and depend on. It’s one of the publisher’s first line of marketing tools that target the right audience. When I see the print quote for ARCs, I want to make sure that all copies will reach the right readers and contact them to see if they’ll post their review.

As a blogger, I don’t agree with Susan completely. I’ve seen Instagram market books quicker and better than just a traditional review. Some of the biggest bookstagrammers like Bridget from Darkfaerietales_ and Kristen from My Friends Are Fiction have large followings. I’ve seen other bloggers admit they don’t always have time to read every single book they receive from publishers. However, a photo and publicity on Instagram are golden though.

So to get back to Susan’s comment, should we bloggers give up an ARC that we won’t read? Should the book community even bother to argue over this situation? Depending on your blogging influence, I don’t think we need to. We can provide a different type of marketing on another social media platform like Instagram. Read More »

The #NotAll Book Tags

Happy Friday!

Who’s ready for the weekend? I know I need it by now. I truly do. I found this tag on My World of Books, and it looked like fun. So check out Sahi’s blog!

You know me and tags. Once I see something great, I need to do it, even if there are reviews to do. 😅

#NotAll Cover Changes: A cover change you liked

I’ve been wanting to read the Grishaverse series since it came out, and I’ve been dying to do so when I finished Six of Crows. But what sealed the deal is the new covers. I like the original ones. However, the change makes me swoon.

#NotAll Adaptations: An Adaptation you love more than the book

I’ve read some passages from the book, and I knew it wasn’t to my taste. But the movie is my go-to movies though.

#NotAll Tropes: A trope you’ll never get tired of seeing

ENEMIES TO LOVERS. I’ll be eighty years old and still want this trope to slay me.

#NotAll Insta-Love: You insta-loved this insta-couple

The instalove is more so on Cress’ side, but I love Thorne and Cress together. They are one of my ultimate OTPs! I get all mushy when I think of them. 😍

#NotAll Love Triangles: An example of a love triangle done well

I typically stay with YA titles, but I feel YA is just littered with love triangles that usually don’t work. The exception may be ACOMAF and An Ember in the Ashes. But for an adult book to play this trope, the Cainsville series uses it rather cleverly.

However, I know how the last book ends, and I’m not sure I want to read it any time soon.

#NotAll Parents: Bookish parents who, you know, parent

So either parents are dead, dying, mentally unstable, abusive, or they are all of the above. So finding a book that matches this question took awhile. 😂 But this series has such a great family structure, which I love reading. But I don’t usually see it though.

#NotAll Villains: A villain you love

I haven’t read A Conjuring of Light yet, and I’ve seen only a few scenes with Osaron, but it is one villain I know I’ll love. I can’t wait to see what it does.

#NotAll Chosen Ones: A chosen one you can get behind

I’m just starting to read Heir of Fire, but I love Rowelin. This series may break me. But I don’t care. I adore Aelin. She deserves the same respect Kaz gets.

#NotAll Hyped Books: A book that lived up to the acclaim

My black little heart was so worried this book would not live up to any hype. But it did! And I absolutely love this evil, twisted retelling. Give me siren princesses who rip out hearts and siren-killing, cunning princes.

#NotAll *Insert Favourite Genre*: A book you’re not keen on from your favourite genre

I have a love-hate relationship with TMI. I’m not sure why I still read it (thankfully, not lately), but the last book was too messy and convoluting. Frankly, I’m not into the whole incest trope Cassie liked playing with. It still makes me shudder.

#NotAll *Insert Least Favourite Genre*: A book you liked from a genre you don’t often read

I rarely read contemporary thrillers. You all know how I stick to fantasy. But I’m still trying to healing from this gut-wrenching book.

Tag time!

No pressure. If you don’t want to do it or have already done it, that’s fine. But like always, if you do, link me up! I’d love to see your responses.

Even if I haven’t tagged you, and you’d love to do it, go ahead!

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