Day #15 – Book Blogging Mentors

15 day blogger challenge button 1To answer who my book blogging mentors are all you have to do is look at my blogging BFFs from Day #3. That basically sums up all the people that I look at for ideas and support. Michelle taught me everything I know so whether she is blogging or not, she gets a shout out every time. But instead of repeating myself with my mentors, you can just look at the post, I am going to use this post to tell you about the three blogs that I aspire to be like someday. They mentor me in a different way as the mentor me to be better, to one up myself, if I can.

1) Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit – Has one of the most professional and well done blogs out shanynthere. It’s smart and classy and done right. She hosts challenges every year and opens them up to anyone, you don’t even have to be a blogger to participate. She has been a huge support to me and I aspire to pick up some of her tips on my little baby blog.

2) Kristi at The Story Siren –  I first found Kristi on Goodreads and then quickly became a follower of kristiher blog. Like Shanyn her blog is super professional and well done. She has done a variety of eBook deal posts as well as reviews and great giveaways. I particularly like her In My Mailbox meme. Besides having the cutest new baby she is so super nice and a pleasure to chat with on Twitter.

3) Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner – Jamie’s blog is a newer blog to me. I found it because of the Tuesday link up Top Ten Tuesday and became an instant fan. jamieProfessional as well, Jamie also has a lot of fun with her posts and things are never really uniform(she recently wrote a letter to an author instead of a review). The set up of her blog is one of my favorites and I LOVE that she puts a post it review at the end of a full review.

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Day #14: Reading Deal Breakers

15 day blogger challenge button 1This is actually a fun post because there are a few things that are deal breakers for me. Not some much that I’ll stop reading, as I usually like to finish a book. But more on the lines of I really can’t believe I’m reading this deal breakers. Stuff that is so annoying/absurd that I find myself rolling my eyes more than should be humanly possible. What are these deal breakers you ask? That’s funny, I was just about to tell you. 😉

  • Poorly written book. I can’t stand a book that is so poorly written that you start to believe you are the one that is insane. I just read one not that long ago that left me scratching my head
  • The cop out ending. Okay, I get it, everyone likes a happy ending. I understand that. But don’t get me pulled in and then  throw a twist at me and then tie it all up with a nice bow. I’m talking to you book. You know who you are!
  • Epilogues. I’m not really a fan of the epilogue. I find more times than not that it doesn’t add to the story. In fact it usually takes away.
  • A dumbed down book. I don’t like to feel that an author is writing down to the audience. Just because the book is YA doesn’t mean it the readers are stupid.
  • Idiotic plot points/devices. I hate reading a scene in a book and wondering why the heck it was there, what was the point.

Honestly there are probably more, but those will suffice. So, what are your deal breakers? Do they match any of mine?

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Day #13: Underappreciated Book

15 day blogger challenge button 1I do a lot of book recommendations. You know this if we are friends on Goodreads. I love to read a good book and suggest it to others and hope they like it too. Now a lot of those books are “mainstream books” like Pivot Point, Divergent, Delirium, Anna and the French Kiss, Second Chance Summer. They are books that most, if not all YA readers and book bloggers alike have already read. Now an underappreciated book, that is a little harder to recommend. I mean what is the definition of underappreciated? That is really the key to this post.

Well after giving it some serious thought I kept going back to #11 on my 15 Books related confessions post and I’m going to do the one thing I haven’t really done. I’m going to suggest Tabitha Suzuma’s book Forbidden.

This book is a hard sell. I’m the first to admit that. When I first read the description and saw some of the shelves it is on on Goodreads I was wary. Straight up, the subject is forbiddentaboo and makes myself and I’m sure many others very squeamish. Because it is a story about a brother and sister that fall in love. Now I’m not talking about a Clueless kind of love where there is no blood relation, I’m talking about biological brother and sister. But with that said, this book is really so much more than that. It was my first Suzuma book(she is a British author and her stuff isn’t readily available in the states) and I was wowed with her ability to tell such a heartbreakingly beautiful story even through the taboo subject of incest. I kid you not my heart was broken for these two kids and the end…OH MY GOODNESS that end!

Like I said, I don’t really like to recommend this book because it takes a lot of guts to read it and it isn’t for everyone. But I really do think it is an amazing story that is wildly underappreciated because of the subject. Suzuma is an awesome story teller and everyone that is adventurous in their reading should pick this up and give it a chance. It was worst it for me.

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Day #12: Fighting Blogging Fatigue

15 day blogger challenge button 1Blogging fatigue is definitely not a myth. Sometimes it is just hard to come up with ideas or to want to write a review or to even have the time to do any of the above. My blog is newish and I have already had the fatigue more than once. Sometimes it comes on because of the weather, sometimes it’s the books I read, sometimes it’s the lack of comments of certain posts. It is a hard thing to fight off, but it is possible to do. And how you ask? Easy, you talk to people. You chat over email or twitter or any other social media. You read a book you don’t need to review and don’t actually review. You ask for ideas and suggestions from your blog readers. Sign up for a weekly link-up. They are simple and not a lot of thought has to go into all of them. Most importantly you remember your blog is for fun and if you aren’t having fun it is okay to take a break.

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How do you fight blogging fatigue? Do you use any of the tricks I do?

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Day #11: 5 Best Blog Posts

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I find today’s challenge to be well, a challenge. Five of my best blog posts? What does that mean? Posts that have had the most views? Posts that have had the most comments? It’s kind of vague. So what I’m going to do since my little blog isn’t all that old, still a baby really, I’m going to show you the 5 posts I’m proud of myself whether a lot of people liked them or not.

1) Anna and the French Kiss Review – I loved being creative and dressing Anna in this post. It made the review stand out for me. And if you pay any attention at all to me, you know how much I loved this book so of course it has to be on my list. Honestly I think I wrote this review after the 3rd time I read the book, they all start to blend after a while, but it was still as fantastic as it was the first. Sigh, I need a 6th read ASAP!

2) The Program Review – I worked HARD on this review because I loved this book that much! I wanted to make sure people wanted to read the book without giving too much away about what happened. I wrote and wrote and wrote for this review and had someone read it over. She suggested that I cut it down into two but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it so alas my extra long review of The Program was born. Not sure how many cared to read it, I myself sometimes don’t like to read reviews, but I’m proud of it none the less.

3) And It Begins… – My very first solo blog post. I was terrified to do this. It was fine when I was writing reviews at Galleysmith for Michelle because it wasn’t my job to schedule posts and review all the books and keep people interested. But I was supported into this and taking the plunge was rewarding in the end. Looking at the old posts I can see how in a few short months I have grown as a blogger and I hope to continue to do so.

4) Boston You’re My Home: Love That Dirty Water – This post really speaks for itself and all that went on in Boston at this time.

5) Second Chance Summer Review – The book that created the idea for Second Chance Sunday(which I’m hopeful I can start a link up on as soon as I can figure out how to do it on WordPress and if anyone is interested). When I started the blog I was trying to think of a few weekly post things I could do and I saw Morgan Matson’s book sitting on my shelf and it came to me. Why not share the love of the books that were read before. Not everything has to be brand new. And Second Chance Sunday was born.

So there you have it, the 5 posts I am personally the most proud of. They may not have a lot of comments or a lot of love, but they are special to me for different reasons.

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