i feel like i’ve been doing so many tags lately!
but i actually do enjoy writing them because i feel like it maybe helps you guys get to know me a little better?? plus i love answering questions about bookishness and life. wow this intro has already been so awkward what the heck am i even doing these days. great job madeline.
the lovely fleur from fleurhenley.com tagged me for the liebster award (how very exciting!), so thanks for that!!
1. thank the person who nominated you! (did that)
2. answer the 11 questions given to you. (about to do that)
3. tag 11 other blogs and give them 11 questions to answer in their post (uhhhh we’ll see about the tagging 11 other blogs part)
do you have any advice for newbie book bloggers?
WELL. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I DO.
hehe i write a weekly-ish feature called guide for the newbie book blogger in which i explain allll kinds of things for new book bloggers and decode everything in what i hope is a helpful way. so far, i’ve covered topics like blog design, blogging voice, and review copies/arcs. in the next couple of weeks, i’m hoping to write some posts on reviewing books, scheduling posts/being efficient with your time, social media, growing your blog, etc!!
if you’re looking for an all-encompassing word of advice ummm maybe blog because YOU WANT TO not because of arcs or free stuff. you’re gonna be spending a looottt of time on this website whether it be on posts or design or whatever, and actually wanting to be doing this because you love it is going to be what makes you keep going. also, make your blog pretty. me like pretty
how do you take notes for your reviews?
uhhh about that. i don’t really?? sometimes i’ll jot down some very general thoughts in the goodreads update section, but i don’t ever write down a detailed list of what i’m thinking exactly in that one moment. i generally read very fast, and if i’m writing a full review of a book, chances are that i’m gonna do it right after i finish. otherwise “rtc” is going to be on my goodreads forever. rip.
however, i do sometimes annotate my books and highlight quotes i love + make commentary in the margins if i’m feeling ~fancy~ but this is never really for ya books– i only annotate books that i think i might have a hard time understanding.
the main reason why i don’t take notes for books i’m going to review is that i’m afraid that reading will become a chore, something that i dread instead of love if i treat it too much like work. most importantly to me, reading is something i do for fun and something i opt to do in my limited free time. i want to make it enjoyable for myself, and taking notes makes it feel like homework.
what is your favourite bookish social media platform? goodreads, book twitter, bookblr etc.
either goodreads or bookstagram. i love goodreads mainly because of the reading challenge. competition against yourself to read a ridiculous amount of books in a year??? SIGN ME THE HECK UP. i’m ridiculously competitive with myself
and others so thank you to goodreads for validating that. also, there’s something so heckin cool about a social media solely dedicated to bookworms.
bookstagram is obviously amazing because of aesthetic bookish pictures. that about sums up the purpose of my life in three words. but i am kinda picky about the accounts i follow, and there’s only five accounts that i really love: paperfury, lunarfoxes, silkreads, deckledpages, and properthieves. if you look them up, you might see a similar theme going on (except for paper fury).
what makes you want to read someone else’s book blog?
first and foremost, if you even want me to stay for two seconds on your blog, it has to be at least somewhat visually pleasing. THAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE. i’m sorry but even if you have great writing and content, i’m probably not going to stay long at all if your design has white text on a black page, or heaven forbid, comic sans. #stopcomicsans2017*
also, i like it when people have a blogging voice that’s fun to read. there has to be some semblance of personality and opinion in your writing (and preferably dry humor and sass) for me to keep reading. i only have so much time to read blog posts, and none of that time is going to be spent on boring writing.
finally, this is v random, but i’m much more likely to read your posts if you have a purdy post header image going on instead of just a blurry book cover or whatever. i use bloglovin as my post reader, and it has a grid layout that is extremely visual. but that’s the shallow part of me bubbling up.
*hello my name is madeline and i’m passionate about my hate for comic sans. i will never stop my fight for the annihilation of comic sans. never.
who are some of your favourite bloggers?
wow be prepared to spend hours stalking these people because they are so dern amazing:
- cait @ paper fury. wow she is so so funny and an amazing writer and SUCH DEDICATION.
- may @ forever and everly. also extremely funny and i love her blogging voice so much.
- alexandra @ twirling pages. AESTHETIC.
- ilsa @ a whisper of ink. love love love her posts and
- anisha @ sprinkled pages. love her bookish photos and FOOD.
these are just my very favorites who i get super excited about reading when they publish. in reality, i read about fifty other blogs who are all so lovely.
why do you blog?
i feel like i’ve answered this a hundred other times on other tags, but here we go again.
- i love the community. this is the one place that i feel really accepted and connected for my love of books
- i like creating content to help people. like i said in my satisfying blogging moments post, it’s so nice to feel like you’ve helped people with your writing and content.
- i’m passionate about books and reading. and i need somewhere to vent and spout all of my opinions.
what kinds of books do you want to see more of?
uhh there’s not really a specific genre i want to see more of, but i would LOVE to see more fantasy books with diverse representation, whether this be sexuality or ethnicity.
also, it would be absolutely DANDY to see more books with biracial protagonists. i can count the number of books i’ve read with half-asian protagonists on one hand. that’s an issue. there’s been such a wonderful increase in diverse books recently, but i’ve been disappointed to see that this hasn’t really included biracial protagonists very much. PEOPLE.
which movie adaptation do you think might have superseded the book version?
as a rule, i am disappointed by movie adaptations of books, and that’s that. also, i don’t really watch many movies because BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS are so much more fun.
maybe The Fifth Wave? i didn’t really like the book OR the movie, but i think that the movie was slightly better than the book.
what is one thing that you wish you could change about your blogging journey?
i wish that i had looked past that customization isn’t great on free wordpress started out with wordpress.com instead of blogger (and then eventually moved to wordpress.org like i am now).
here’s the thing: blogger is pretty good when it comes to customization (not great, but ok) and you can actually upload your own theme and everything. but the community is nonexistent, and you just feel very isolated. i feel like i could have grown my blog so much more and been part of a much more cohesive community if i had started out on wordpress.com. plus, it would’ve been so much easier to transfer everything onto a self-hosted website, and i could’ve actually transferred my followers with me.
what is the one thing that can make you hate a book?
the characters. i’m one for character-driven books, and if a book doesn’t have strong characters, i’m outta there. they don’t even have to be likable characters! they just have to be well-developed and not generic. *cough* the “omg i’m not even pretty and i’m so plain” character *cough*
also: minimal world building. i’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t skimp on the development of the setting. heck, the world building usually determines the whole vibe of the book DON’T UNDERESTIMATE IT. if you’re going to give me a generic ‘north’ and ‘south’ as my “world building” (cue the sarcastic air quotes) GET THE HECK OUT.
which book do you want to see be made into a movie / tv show?
OMG SO MANY. despite the fact that i am always disappointed in movie adaptations of books, i love the idea of them. i can so clearly see the filmography and aesthetic of books as movies/tv shows and generally i have a good idea of what i want the characters to look like.
some of my top priority books to be made into movies (bc obviously this is the top source for movie producers who are looking for new projects 💁🏻)
- THE SECRET HISTORY OMG WHY HAS THIS NOT BEEN MADE INTO A MOVIE YET THIS WOULD BE SO GOOD AND AESTHETIC AND WONDERFUL AHHHHHH. the plot line and everything about it is so adaptable.
- call me crazy but i’m actually kind of stoked for the Raven Cycle tv show?! i know that they’re probably going to ruin it and scar me for life, but there’s so much potential there for gorgeous filmography. and i feel like it would be such a feel-good show in general?
- A Darker Shade of Magic. nope nope nope they’re definitely going to ruin this one because this is my favorite of all time but I WANT IT SO BAD IT’S NOT EVEN FUNNY.
i don’t feel like thinking of 11 people to tag.
hahah too bad tag rules. i am so tired at this point that i don’t even care. wow breaking the rules has never felt so exhilarating.
if you wanna do this tag, do it. please.
- why did you decide to start blogging? what inspired you?
- what are your favorite types of posts to write?
- what are your guilty pleasure books to read?
- what are your biggest bookish pet peeves?
- who are some of your favorite authors?
- what are your favorite / least favorite tropes to see in books?
- what are some of the top priority books on your tbr currently?
- what makes you love a book?
- is the plot or characters more important in writing an amazing novel?
- what is your favorite thing about being a bookworm / book blogger?
- what are your thoughts about diversity in literature?
link me if you end up doing it!!