15 Day Book Blog Challenge – Day 12

15-Day-Challenge

This awesome challenge is being hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine. It seems like a great challenge, so I thought I would check it out! I am going to post one of these every two or three days, interspersed with book reviews. Enjoy, and feel free to join in!

Day 12: How do you fight blogger fatigue?

Fatigue in general is a part of my every day life. I am constantly sapped of energy. I am constantly fighting to do the things I want and need to do. So how do I fight blogger fatigue? The same way I fight other fatigue. I pace myself. If I am having a good day, feeling productive and in the zone, I will queue a bunch of things to post. That way, I can take some time off and not have to blog every single day.

I also realize that at the end of the day, if people are going to get angry at me over being MIA for a few days due to not feeling up to blogging… it is not the end of the world.

So how do you fight blogger fatigue? Or do you even get blogger fatigue?

15 Day Book Blog Challenge – Day 11

15-Day-ChallengeThis awesome challenge is being hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine. It seems like a great challenge, so I thought I would check it out! I am going to post one of these every two or three days, interspersed with book reviews. Enjoy, and feel free to join in!

Day 11: Show off! Five of your best blog posts!

Oh man, I hate tooting my own horn. I don’t even know if I will have five, but here goes nothing.

Awesome Post #1 – Awesome because it was one of the first posts I made on the blog, and I feel like my opinions were pretty well stated.
Awesome Post #2 – Awesome because the author of the book I reviewed commented on it!
Awesome Post #3 – Awesome because it is a snarky review. I don’t normally post those, but I am proud of my snark in this case.
Awesome Post #4 – Awesome because I get existential about book reviewing.

I don’t have a fifth, yet. Do you have a favorite post of mine? What post(s) on your blog are you most proud of?

15 Day Book Blogging Challenge – Day 10

15-Day-Challenge

This awesome challenge is being hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine. It seems like a great challenge, so I thought I would check it out! I am going to post one of these every two or three days, interspersed with book reviews. Enjoy, and feel free to join in!

Day 10 – How do you choose what book to read next?

I have a really hard time picking what book I want to read next. Like, really hard. A lot of the time, I will make my husband pick. Or I will just go through my to-read list on Goodreads and pick whatever jumps out at me. Occasionally if I can’t pick between a few books, I will read the first page or two of a few different ones and see what grabs me.

I have thought about doing a TBR jar, but I have so many books… I don’t know if it would work.

So, how do you pick what to read next?

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – Day 9

15-Day-ChallengeThis awesome challenge is being hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine. It seems like a great challenge, so I thought I would check it out! I am going to post one of these every two or three days, interspersed with book reviews. Enjoy, and feel free to join in!

Day 9: Why do you blog about books?

I thought this was going to be a long and convoluted answer, but it really isn’t. I started blogging about books because I want to be an author someday, and I thought that blogging about books and posting book reviews would be good for me in a few ways. One, it would help me identify what it is in other writing that I didn’t like so I could avoid those pitfalls in my own. Two, I hoped it would bring me into the fold of the publishing world a little more.

And then there is reason three, which is why I continue to blog about books. I just love to read and to share what I think about what I read. I don’t think my opinion is the be all and end all, and I love talking to people with differing opinions from mine. A conversation about books is always a good time, in my mind. I mean, come on. I tried to get my husband to read The Hobbit with me before we saw the movie so we could have our own little two-person book club!

So, what makes you blog about books?

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – Day 8

15-Day-Challenge

This awesome challenge is being hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine. It seems like a great challenge, so I thought I would check it out! I am going to post one of these every two or three days, interspersed with book reviews. Enjoy, and feel free to join in!

Day 8: Quick! Write 15 bullet points of things that appeal to you on blogs!

  • Updated fairly frequently
  • Clean layout without too much clutter
  • Easy to navigate
  • Pictures of books being reviewed, and links to Goodreads so I can add it to my shelf if it interests me
  • Personable tone… I don’t like being talked down to about anything, least of all books
  • Includes places other than the US when doing a giveaway
  • Isn’t afraid to get personal now and then. I like to know about the bloggers on more than just a literature level
  • Communicates with people who leave comments

That is really all I can think of right now. I am pretty easy to get along with, but I will say that design and clutter are the two big things that tend to drive me away from a lot of book blogs.

How about you? What do you like in a blog, and what is a one way ticket out of there for you?

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – Day 7

15-Day-Challenge

This awesome challenge is being hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine. It seems like a great challenge, so I thought I would check it out! I am going to post one of these every two or three days, interspersed with book reviews. Enjoy, and feel free to join in!

Day 7: Talk about your blogging quirks.

Ooh, quirks you say? I have many quirks, but I don’t know about any that pertain to blogging specifically. But let me think about this, and I am sure to come up with some entertaining tidbits for you.

  • I am very OCD about some things, especially layout. If the spacing is off, I tend to get a little freaked.
  • I agonize over the best time of day to post my content to get maximum readership from non-followers.
  • The fact that I can’t do custom design on my blog as it is drives me batty. It is pretty much the sole reason I want a self-hosted blog.
  • I feel like my reviews really need work. I am not happy with how they come out 9/10 times.
  • When I really love something and get excited about it, I pretty much go into fangirl mode and can’t form coherent sentences. But when I don’t like something, I have no problems tearing it apart piece by methodical piece.

That is all I can really think of. Do you notice any quirks of mine? How about your own?

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – Day 6

15-Day-ChallengeThis awesome challenge is being hosted by April over at Good Books and Good Wine. It seems like a great challenge, so I thought I would check it out! I am going to post one of these every two or three days, interspersed with book reviews. Enjoy, and feel free to join in!

Day 6: Describe how you shop for books.

Ooh, this will be fun. I have a few different ways I shop for books. First thing you should know is that I don’t think I have ever bought books online for myself. I have done Christmas shopping that way, ordered a bunch of books and got free shipping. But for myself… I prefer to shop in person.

Sometimes I know exactly what I want. These times I will generally go into the local big box book store, which I hate, but it is handy. I am generally pretty good about being in and out in a timely fashion when I am searching for something specific. But I have one hard and fast rule when I visit the big box store… I always stop at the bargain section. You never know what you will find there, and ours is actually quite large.

Because I am on a limited budget due to health, I tend to be really picky about what books I buy brand new. They have to be books I will love forever. They have to be books I am dying to read, not just kind of sort of want to. Because books are expensive, and while they are awesome, I can’t afford them most of the time. I also very rarely buy brand new releases for this reason. Hardcovers make my wallet cry.

This brings me to the other way I shop for books. The local children’s hospital puts on a massive used book sale two or three times a year. Next one is in September. So stoked. At these, pretty much all bets are off. I take my list of owned books so I can make sure I don’t buy duplicates, and then I gorge. If something looks even remotely interesting and is under $3 (which most of it is), it comes home with me. Frequently I walk away from these sales with stacks of books, over 50. And it usually costs me under $75. I have found rare books, mint conditions of beloved series, odd books… it is the best thing. I spend a good few hours browsing the sale because it is horribly disorganized.

The other thing I love to do when I am feeling down and the book sale is not on… I use the library request system. It is like a shopping cart, and I feel like I am buying books, but I am not. Then I go pick them up, read my new babies, and take them back. Which usually works out well because I generally don’t get too attached to the books from the library.

How about you, how do you shop for books? Are you a one-click Amazoner? Or can you be found in the bowels of a used book store lovingly stroking spines?