Showing posts with label #bloggerconfessions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #bloggerconfessions. Show all posts

Friday, June 2, 2017

7 Reasons Why I Prefer Young Adult books over Adult books | #BloggerConfessions

It's not a secret that I love young adult books. Even though I'm slowly but surely starting to be MAJORLY out of the target audience, my love for these books just becomes stronger.

Here are 7 reasons why I prefer YA over Adult books.

7. They make me forget how old I am
I don't know about you guys, but I'd do anything to go back to being 15. I wish I had appreciated it more back then

6. I can relate to them more
I don't feel like a grown up, even though I'm in my twenties, I just don't feel like I'm there read. Reading about high school still seems closer to what I'm doing with my life than reading about taxes and secure jobs I'm exaggerating

5. YA represents *me* more
I'm not trying to say either target group has better books available, not at all! But it's just a fact that it's a LOT harder to find diverse voices and characters of ethnic backgrounds other than white in adult lit, especially Literary Fiction. I feel more represented in the genre.

4. Opportunity to learn from other cultures
Sure, I can just pick up a book set in a different country from the adult section, it's not like there's a shortage of those. But there's no equivalent to a good fluffy YA contemporary with a an ethnically diverse main character. Learning about other people's cultures has never been easier and more effortless.

3. YA isn't constantly trying to prove something
Seriously, sometimes when I read adult books it feels like authors are one-up'ing each other (or at least trying to) all the time. Who's more inventive, who's weirder, who's deeper, WHO HAS WRITTEN THE NEXT CLASSIC. Maybe this is just a thing I think personally, but I feel like most YA doesn't even have that. Nobody's trying to prove anything. Of course there are exceptions to everything.

2. Teenagers accomplishing things!!!
There is something insanely comforting about reading about people younger than me going on crazy adventures and visiting paranormal worlds. I wish I had discovered YA books when I had been younger.

1. Who likes adulting?
I mean, let's be real here: being an adult sucks. For me, YA is more of an escape specifically because it makes me completely forget all the stress that comes with being an adult.

Do you prefer YA over Adult books? Why/ why not?

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What Book Blogging Really Is Like | #BloggerConfessions

Today I'll be letting you guys in on a couple of secrets about blogging. 

I think we all know blogging isn't as easy as it looks, but what is it really like? 

~ Well, come in and find out ~

  • #1: Obsessing over self-imposed deadlines
90% of the time you won't have a deadline for reviewing a book. Sure, with ARCs sometimes people will say "review before or close to the release date", but in real life any and every review whenever helps. 
The only deadlines I've ever had were those that I invented myself; the more review copies you accept, the more stressed out you get - the more you obsess. Ugh

  • #2: Side-eyeing other bloggers' follower counts and trying to keep up
It's not necessarily a matter of getting jealous, it's more about feeling left behind. Feeling like people surpass you. I definitely do try to keep up with my friends, to look at people's follower counts who have been blogging as long as I have, and it's really not a good habit. Adds unnecessary stress.

  • #3: Cringing at old posts
All day, every day! Sometimes I click through my old posts and cirnge at every single one. I don't think this will ever stop.

  • #4: Having slight breakdowns when all ARCs come at once
Again, this goes hand in hand with #1

  • #5: Refreshing the page 100 times after a new post went online
Do people like it? Did I make an annoying mistake that will make me cringe for 10 hours? Will this post do well? Will people hate it? You bet I'm refreshing my site 3829829 times every time a new post goes online.

  • #6: Really not reading that much
Yes, we're book bloggers, but reading is really not even half of what this gig is about. Maintaining a blog site is so much work from formatting, to designing, to brainstorming, to writing posts, to commenting, to replying to comments and so many more things! 

IT'S REALLY SO MUCH WORK, and in addition to that, many bloggers have day jobs and/or go to school, and there really isn't that much time left for actual reading. Sometimes I go months without reading a single book, but you guys would never know from looking at my blog because all the reviews are queued up as if nothing happened. Muhaa #trickery

  • #7: Wrestling emails
Review requests from authors, requesting books yourself, dealing with regular inquiries - I spend a good hour daily just replying to emails. Book blogging is really a surprising amount of office work.

  • #8: Crossposting until you want to throw out your computer
Crossposting is a must if you want your blog to grow and the bane of my existence. You must crosspost every single post to every social media platform you have, sometimes even a couple of times to give it the maximum exposure. 

Some sites can do this automatically for you and you can cheat a bit with Wordpress widgets, Google+, and Bloglovin, but you'll always always still have some outlets left to crosspost manually to. Sigh.

  • #9: Theme customization until somebody cries (it's probably me)
Just when you think you've reached that point in your blogging career where you're confident with your old posts, your theme, everything about your blog - oh boy, you'll have another crisis incoming.

I don't believe that blog themes are ever complete, I actually just changed something about it yesterday. Who knows, maybe I'll completely redo the entire site next month and then spend another year completely customizing it to my likings! Wow, just the thought of that makes me want to quit blogging!

What are some of your #BloggerConfessions? 

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Annoying Things People Say to Readers #BloggerConfessions

Sometimes you just gotta be real with everyone and just tell 'em.

Sorry to you guys who have to keep up with this! 

"I don't have time to read. I don't know how you can read so many books."
Well, but you do have time to keep up with all Game of Thrones episodes. Strange.
If you like doing something and have limited time, make time for the thing.

"Omg, that book is huge! I could never read a book that long. Isn't that getting boring?"
The more book, the more fun.That's because you're weak.

"Don't you think you already have enough books?"
No. There is no such thing as enough books. I'll stop when my whole apartment just consists of books. I'll make furniture out of my books. Watch me.

"Why don't you watch the movie instead?"
Why don't YOU read the book instead?

"Hey, so, you gave me this book to read and I may or may not have thrown it into the fire/got it catastrophically wet/ cut out pages I didn't like" *acts like it's no big deal*
...aaaand you're going on my never-giving-you-anything-ever list. Respect other people's property.

"Haha, why are you crying , it's just a book!"
Hold on... let me just drop this on your head and then say "it's just a book" and "no big deal".

"What are you reading?"
*shows cover* *mumbles something*
"Okay but what is it about! :)"
*looks into the camera*
#get a hint 2k16

"Have you read this insanely popular book where *SPOILER* does *SPOILER* and they all *SPOILER*"
Well, I haven't. But now I don't have to. Thank you.

"*thinks I know all books ever because I read a lot* *gets upset when I haven't read their favorite book*"
I'm flattered that you think I am all-knowing. If you'd like to worship me as your god and savior, please build a shrine and leave offerings on every full moon.

What annoying things have people said to you before?

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

10 Things That Annoy Me About Fellow Readers | #BloggerConfessions

While I love the reading community dearly, there are always some people who make it hard for everyone. 

Whether it's the stranger in the tube who frustrated me by manhandling a library book, or the passionate reader who thinks they have to shout at me until I start liking their favorite book.

Here are 10 things that annoy me about fellow readers:

1) Patronize
The one thing that's so great about books is that there is a book that they'll love for everyone out there. There's no reason to give anyone crap for liking something they don't.

2) Damaging books that don't belong to them
Especially with library books or borrowed books. You can do whatever you want to your own property, but it makes me furious when people write in library books or damage a book I've loaned to them. It's disrespectful and rude and there's no excuse for this behavior.

3) Complaining about how people handle their own property
As long as a book belongs to you, you're allowed to do whatever you want with it. Set it on fire, tear it apart, write in the margins w h a t e v e r. But book snobs will give you crap for exactly that at any chance they get and it's super annoying and classist.

4) Not giving back books
Nothing is worse than me getting excited for my friends to read a book I've given to them. I'm waiting days. Weeks. Months. Still no answer. When I ask about the book, it's usually either "oh I forgot reading it" or "oh yea I read it 4 months ago". Please don't make me ask for my book back.

5) Being mean to people who don't share their opinions/taste
I'll never understand the urge to fight people who don't have the same taste? They're not going to magically change their minds.

6) Considering everything they like high-class literature and everything they don't, inferior
When you read a lot, you know that there is a HUGE difference between popularity and quality. But at the end of the day everyone can like what they want and it shouldn't be any of your business.

7) Rating books that aren't even released yet on Goodreads
Oh my god??? This??? Why??? Ahhh???? Usually it's either 5 stars or 1 star, no inbetween. If you haven't read the book - DON'T RATE IT!  Sure, if you've read an advance copy, you have every right to, but what the everloving hell is it with books that got announced half a second ago already getting rated by the fandom??? Why why why

8) Only reading recent releases
I don't understand this. I genuinely do not. There are SO MANY books out there and even I, a person that always and at all times takes on too many review copies, still read about 60% backlist titles. If you're not a blogger and just read for pleasure, why only the new stuff???

9) Liking what everyone else likes, just because
I have to admit, I do roll my eyes at people who similarly to 8) only list people who have been #1 in the  NYT bestselling section in the last 5 years. Any and every favorite authors list that goes something like Rainbow Rowell, Sarah J. Maas, Marissa Meyer, Marie Lu .... while these authors certainly are talented, HOW is it always this combination on everyone's favorite authors list?!
What did you read before these authors got published? I assume you read books before you found out about them. Or... not??

10) Judging others: You read "shitty" books = you're stupid
The amount of times I've seen usually not very well-read people insult everyone who enjoys 50 Shades of Grey or Twilight, is insane. 

Everyone who must enjoy these books must be stupid, because they're bad books! Everyone who reads smutty historical romance is an idiot! Yes, totally because what you read for pleasure directly tells you someone's IQ. What kinda logic is that? Not the logic of a smart person.

What things are your #BloggerConfessions about other readers?

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