It’s not Valentine’s Day without some talk about love interests!
If you’re like me, you’ve probably been around the internet long enough to witness people have some very strong opinions about which characters should end up together. It’s always a contested subject, and when you talk about YA, the staple love triangle tends to figure in, among other things. So what makes a good love interest? What makes us care?
YMMV, but today, I’m spotlighting some features that make for interesting LIs. ❤️
I haven’t talked about it at length before, but I have one super valuable tool for blogging: a bullet journal. It’s not terribly hard to find one for yourself and make it work for you, and it’s so easily customized given just a little bit of time, effort, and colorful embellishments (from crayon to fancy watercolor, up to you)!
And because I like using it so much, AND because we have a new year hovering just around the corner, today I’m going to lay out exactly how I make my bullet journal work on behalf of my blog!
(I’m also using this opportunity to introduce the mascot for Dragon’s Den Discussions, the lovely red bookwyrm above. He doesn’t have a name yet, but for the next day and a half, you can vote on Twitter to decide his fate!)
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.
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