Collab (Discussion): The Pros and Cons of Book Blogging!

Hey there guys! I recently collaborated with Fernanda @ Mystery Date with a Book. Don’t forget to visit her awesome blog! Anyway, together, we bring you-

Pros-

🔷 The community – I love how friendly and welcoming everyone has been since I began blogging. When I first started, about a year ago, I read a few blog posts about trolls and people who simply had too much time in their hands leaving rude comments on people’s blogs, but my experience has been the complete opposite! And I love my followers for it! Everyone has been so supportive of my (sometimes silly) ideas, that they drive me forward and encourage me to keep coming back to this little URL which I like to call my own.

🔶 Keeping up to date with book releases – My Reader feed is filled with new and exciting book reviews… EVERY. SINGLE. DAY! So when there’s a big book release coming up all those wonderful book bloggers will keep me up to date.

🔷 Being able to give your opinion on all things book related – It’s not often that you can say exactly what you want in life, but when it comes to books, the blogosphere is like a giant stage and the mic is in your hands. Just let it all out. Here you can voice your opinion on something you’ve read, no matter how controversial your opinion might be. Your blog is YOUR stage. You set the rules.

🔶 Giveaways! – Aaaahhhh! Enough said… haha!

🔷 Fangirling- Oh the joy of meeting people with the same book taste and gushing about it together. It is simply the best feeling and definitely one of the best parts of book blogging! Before blogging I had nobody to share my bookish love with but now… 🙂

🔶 Getting Recommendations- One of the major plus points of blogging is getting recommendations every other day. Whether it is a new release or an old one, you are never short on the matter about what to read next.

Cons-

🔷 Pressure to post frequently – I don’t know if it’s just me or does anybody else feel pressured into posting as often as possible? I used to post a lot more frequently before I started working, but now there’s so much going on that I don’t always have time to post, and that’s ok. As I said before: My blog, my rules 

🔶 The importance people give to stat numbers – Now, I’ll be the first to raise my hands and admit that yes, I do look at my blog stats on a daily basis. I’ve always kind of liked numbers. They just make sense to me. So blog stats seem like a logical unbiased way of measuring how your blog is doing, right? WRONG! You don’t need high stats (AKA thousands of views per month) in order to be a successful blogger. If you do what makes you happy, then you are successful. It’s that simple. Even if you want to turn your blog into a business and earn a living from it, you can still do it without those super high stats. Just down go down the same route everyone else is taking. Be creative! Be you!

🔷 Blog envy – Haha! Yes, I’m guilty of having “blog envy”! Let me explain, I think envy, in general, is an ugly thing, especially when it comes out as a vicious act or poisonous words. But if your blog envy is more like a sense of admiration and awe towards other bloggers then it could actually be a good thing! It can push you out of your comfort zone and encourage you to come up with brilliant ideas on how to improve your own blog!

🔶 ARCs (Advanced Review Copies)- We can’t deny the fact that one of the biggest parts of being a book blogger is that we have access to advanced review copies. As much as they are a boon, too many ARCs hamper the joy of reading as well, especially when we have to review it by a particular time limit.

🔷 Time Consuming- I really wish blogging was a super easy job. Yes, we love it so much but nobody can deny that it’s pretty time-consuming. It takes loads of time to format the posts, find accurate pictures and gifs and then there’s the actual writing.

🔶 Blogging Burnout- When all of the cons get too much, we suffer from blogging burnout. During that time, inspiration doesn’t come easily and there are times we just want to give up on blogging. But it is important to remember why we started blogging in the first place, for our own self, because we love books and love gushing about it and it makes us feel happy. And in the end, that’s what matters the most.


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So, guys what are your thoughts on book blogging? Agree or disagree?

Daydreaming Discussions: Reading multiple Books at a Time!

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Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today I wanted to talk about-

So, I have developed a habit of reading multiple books at a time. When I started blogging, I saw so many people reading 2-3 books at a time, some even 5, so definitely that was quite shocking as well as surprising. I couldn’t even imagine how some people could read so many books at a time and I was like:

Okay, so not this dramatic but oh well sometimes I quite can be…. But that’s a discussion for some other time. Or maybe not. 🙂

If you had asked me about this five years ago, my answer would have been oh hell no! But my perspective has changed over the years. Now, I can easily accommodate 3 books at a single time, sometimes even squeeze in a fourth one. I mostly read one paperback along with 1 or 2 e-books. A few days ago I was discussing this with my friends in college and their reaction was something like this:

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And I was like ding ding ding… new discussion topic(ing!).

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Anyway, list most of my discussion posts, this will have a pros and cons list as well. So here goes,

Pros-

🔹 First of all, I’m a very moody reader, I love fantasy and science fiction but in the midst of the death and drama, I sometimes need a little break or two and that’s where a second or third book comes in.

🔹 There are times I need to finish a review copy but I am not feeling like it, so adding another book alongside that works wonders for me. It kind of gives me the necessary break from that book so that I end up enjoying both of them!

🔹 When a book fails to hold my attention, I put it down and gorge one or two others before picking it up, or sometimes I read a chapter of that book along with the other books if I really want to finish that one and yup, I’m in the end before I know it.

🔹 It saves time. Duh! When you have a HUGE tbr pile like mine, reading multiple books at a time helps to catch up with that enormous pile of books just sitting there waiting and calling your name…

Cons-

🔹 One (and only) of the major setbacks of reading multiple books at the time is when you have got a brain of a squirrel! Sometimes when I read a book and jump to the next one, the information tends to mash up which leads to utter chaos and confusion. Oh well, you get what I mean.

But seriously, there are quite simple methods to solve this one, if you go through the same problem like me (which I tend to forget 99% of the time… but shush!)

🔹 Make notes while reading.

🔹 Or you can also read one chapter at a time. It helps to remember things more clearly. But hey… when have you seen us bookish people just leave it at one chapter?

You guys know what, this post should have been up an hour ago but I was searching Supernatural gifs which led me to Pinterest and then…. I got lost! And before you guys ask any questions regarding this, I’ll just leave this here…


So guys, what are your thoughts on this matter? Do you love reading multiple books at a time or prefer to give your full attention to a single book?

Daydreaming Discussions: Favourite fictional couples whom I adore to death!

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Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today I wanted to talk about-

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First of all, happy Valentines day guys! ❤ I hope you all are having a great day so far! I spent my day binging on the show: Full House (Thai version) when I should actually be studying for my exam on Friday! Nonetheless, I looooved it so much! It was seriously so cute and I loved the storyline and the acting although I wanted to murder everybody at one point but let’s forget about that, shall we? But there was definitely cuteness overloaded moments! I think…. I will start reviewing shows and movies and stuff like that, that I recently watched. What do you guys think?

Well, I digress. Let’s come back to our today’s discussion. Here is my list of favourite couples! So without further ado…

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Jace and Clary: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare- Clace is one of my the most favourite couple ever! Forbidden romance is one of my favourite tropes and I absolutely loved how it was executed in the book. The chemistry between them is crackling and I loved how they were always there for each other, no matter what. While we are on this topic, anyone watching season 2 of Shadowhunters?

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Alec and Magnus: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare- Do I even need to say anything? I probably will. Sooo… I always shipped Malec and in Shadowhunters, Malec is just perfection. Utter perfection. I couldn’t have wanted a better cast than those two in the show.

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Simon and Izzy: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare- Their relationship evolved gradually within time and I loved every second of it. Although I love bad boys but Simon is the exact kind of guy that I would love to date in real life. And Alberto Rosende is… ❤

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Logan and Sadie: Saven series by Siobhan Davis- The relationship between Sadie and Logan is goals! I simply adored these two. They went though so freaking much, yet their love for each other never faltered. I loved how much they trusted and respected each other.

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Feyre and Rhysand: A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas- Ah… I shipped Feysand from book 1 and I was simply ecstatic when my ship actually sailed! I can’t wait to read book 3 in this series, May puhleeease come soon!

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Levi and Cath: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- I loved Fangirl so much and Levi and Cath were just so cute together! Yes, they had their ups and down but I loved how their relationship was portrayed.

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Ron and Hermoine: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling- Isn’t this picture just so cute! 😀 I can’t give enough reasons to convey how much I love these two! Ron and Hermoine are two unique characters and together they were simply epic.

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Ezra and Kady: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff- Ezra and Kady were just asdfghjkl!! Even after their breakup (which of course they actually didn’t want to!!), they were ready to do anything to save each other. I simply loved the friendship between them.

Lily Rowan

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Lily and Rowan: Worldwalker series by Josephine Angelini- I recently read this series and I absolutely loved it! I loved Lily and Rowan sooo much!

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Heath and Zoey: The House of Night series by P.C and Kristin cast- I really, really hated Heath in the first few books but I didn’t realize when I had actually fallen for him. (I sound so cheesy right now!) A lot of people hate Zoey for the boy drama which is pretty huge but in the end, I shipped her with Heath, although I loved Stark but Heath was just Heath, nobody could replace him, and even Stark knew that. Stevie Rae and Rephaim were another couples in this series whom I simply adored!


Lets Chat

Sooo, guys do we have any favourite in common? And if they are not on this list, then who are your favourites?

Daydreaming Discussions- Top 15 books I can’t wait to read!

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Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today I wanted to talk about-

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So here goes my list:

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1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas- I can freaking wait for this book! The first two books in “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series were pretty awesome and the way book 2 ended, I am in dire need of this one.

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2. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare- I am of the biggest Cassandra Clare fans and I freaking love the Shadowhunter universe. Though I haven’t read Lady Midnight yet (*looks adoringly at the bookshelf*) but I binge read once I have this in my hand.

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3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber- I really enjoy reading books which have siblings and this book has them plus the blurb sounds totally intriguing.

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4. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo- It’s about Wonder Woman guys!! I caaaaaan’t wait to read this one!

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5. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones- This one sounds too interesting to pass it up and it also has goblins and stuff…

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6. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco- That cover though! Also, this book has witches, necromancy, and siblings… all the things I love!

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7. Cold Summer by Gwen Cole- I love me some time travel! And this one sounds interesting as hell.

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8. Traveler by L.E. DeLano Colour me interested when I heard that this is another time travel with elements of fantasy. Yay!

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9. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi- I really enjoyed The Star Touched Queen, it was one of a kind and I have high hopes for this one.

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10. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard- This book sounds exception. A love story between a girl who can’t hear and a boy who can’t talk, I absolutely can’t wait to read this one!

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11. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon- Indian Americans. Arranged marriage. Need I say more?

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12. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli- I LOVED Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by her and this one sounds equally as awesome!

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13. The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle- A girl with epilepsy.A cute boy. One project.

14. The Illuminae Files- book 3 (Untitled) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – Illuminae was a freaking fantastic read, I still haven’t read Gemina yet but I shall recover that soon enough.

15. Saven Deliverance by Siobhan Davis- This one is the last book of the Saven series, as much as I am excited to read this book, I am sad this series is going to be over because it’s one of the best series I have ever read!


Lets Chat

So guys, do we have any books in common? Which books are you the most interested in reading this year? Share your thoughts with me!

Daydreaming Discussions- Best books of 2016!

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Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

First of all Merry Christmas guys!! ❤ I hope you had a great day or is currently having one so far. I definitely enjoyed today. It was one of the best days ever!

So, today I wanted to list down all my favourite reads this year. Although it was mostly a crappy year for me but bookishly it was quite awesome. It was obviously quite tough to choose from 155 books! (I’m still reading the 155th book but oh well…) I freaking can’t believe I have read this much this year when my original goal was to reach just 70! Nonetheless, here are my top favourites-

Best Standalones:

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Best Completed series:

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare- I only had book 5 and 6 to finish this year and oh my gooood, MI is the one of the best series ever! I love this series so god damn much and the last book in this series was simply mindblowing!

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The Royals trilogy by Erin Watt- Well… what’s to say about this, I really enjoyed this trilogy. I loved Reed and Ella and well all the Royals. It was definitely a juicy and entertaining read.

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Worldwalker trilogy by Josephine Angelini- I sooo needed this trilogy in my life! I still need to finish the last two chapters of book 3 but well I can already tell I am going to love it. The plot is so intriguing and I love Lily! And Rowan too!

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Best series that are ongoing or I’m still reading them-

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Lets Chat

So that’s pretty much it! Hope you guys enjoyed this short post. Don’t forget to let me know what your favorite reads were this year!

Daydreaming Discussions- Thoughts on Rereading.

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Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today’s topic is-

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Today I wanted to discuss how rereading affects our bookish life. So hear goes…

Pros-

1. Reignites our love for the book

When we reread a book, we fall in love with that book or series once again. Re-exploring those worlds, meeting our favourite characters is such a wonderful feeling.

I reread the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare a few months ago and boy I freaking loooved it so much!

2. The next book in the series is coming out

It’s the most common reason to reread a book, sometimes we can’t remember what actually happened in the previous book and the sequel is coming out pretty soon. It’s a good reason to reread the other books in the series because it jogs our memory otherwise the sequel feels like a jumbled mess of confusion.

Oh it happened to me before. I couldn’t find a single review or anything to remind me of the key ingredients of the previous book and I was mostly confused through the sequel. If you are like me and you easily forget details about a book, it’s better to reread the previous book(s) rather than be in confusion which stops us from enjoying the sequel as well.

3. Old favourites can surprise

If you are in a book slump or perhaps don’t have any new books by your side (I know… this rarely happens! but…), it’s a good time to reread an old favourite. It brings back a level of comfort and also our happy place.

4. More Insight

Before I started blogging, I don’t think I used to read critically but after I joined the bookish community, a lot of my bookish habits have changed, so reading a book the second or third time definitely gives a different perspective about the book and we can look at it with a new insight.

5. Movie adaptation is coming out

I usually read the book just before the movie comes out and it’s so much fun to watch after reading the book. But if a book has been read a long time before the movie, rereading helps to refresh our memory.

Cons-

1. You already know what’s coming next

Even if we have forget most of the part, when we start rereading some parts start coming back so it doesn’t remain as thrilling or exciting as the first time.

2. You may end up disliking it

Unfortunately this happens. Sometimes rereading a book after a lot of years may not give you the same feelings that you felt all those years ago and you may end up disliking the book or even hating it. 😦

For example, I want to reread the House of Night series but seriously it’s sooo long, it’s twelve freaking books but I am also afraid I may not harbour the same feelings towards the book I did all those years ago, so I don’t think I am going to be rereading that series anytime soon.

3. Time Consuming

Reading is time consuming and rereading is definitely more so. Who has the time to reread a book when there are countless books joining our TBR pile every day? It’s such a valid reason and I have used this one as well because seriously soooo many books, so less time.

Conclusion-

It all comes down to our personal preference. I reread a book if it’s my absolute favourite and if reading that book again brings me a certain amount of joy. This is also a big reason why I prefer binge reading a series because then I don’t have to reread, so my time saves and I don’t forget the key details as well.

But if I loved a book, then I’ll definitely come back to it, no matter what.


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So guys, what do you think about rereading? Do you love rereading or do you rarely do it? What are the some books you would love to reread?

Daydreaming Discussions- What do We Bloggers Love the Most!

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Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today’s topic is-

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We bloggers love a lot of things. And of course we loooove books! But today I thought I would share a few things that makes us book bloggers go ballistic crazy other than books. At least makes me go cray cray! So let’s jump in right in!

1. Sharing the bookish love

The reason I became a book blogger was because I had nobody in my real life with whom I could share my bookish craziness with. That’s why I ended up creating a blog and I am having an awesome journey so far! We bloggers get to share our bookish love with each other, it’s such a relief to talk to bloggers who have read the same book and love the same genres. Of course, diversifying in new genres is an added bonus!

2. Fangirling together!

Ah, one of my most favourites! Don’t we just love fangirling together! When both the parties have read the same book, we can go on and on about that. I love having those conversations. And all those bookish feels!

3. Comment love

I personally loooove comments! I think for us bloggers, comments do play a vital role. Comments let us know that we are not alone in this bookish community and that people are actually reading your posts. That means a lot to me. When I started out new, I did’t think people would read my blog, let actually follow it but comments proved that I am  not alone. Which brings me to my next point…

4. Followers

How much we say that followers don’t count, they kind of do. Even if it’s only a teeny-tiny bit. Who doesn’t love getting that notification saying that we have got a new follower! I know I blog for myself but I feel so happy when someone follows my blog, it makes me feel all the hours I spent writing a post is so worth it!

5. Getting recommendations

This is such a wonderful feeling isn’t it? 😛

But I seriously love getting recommendations. Discovering new books and then ultimately falling in love with them is one of the “bestest” feelings ever. And when people say they loved your recommendations, that’s a total whole new level of feels!

6. Making new friends

The thing is… most of my friends are internet friends. By joining the blogging community a gained a lot of bookish friends which is sooo awesome! Thank you guys for being here for me! It seriously means a lot!

7. And of course, new book releases!

How could I end it without at least one bookish topic? 🙂

Anyhoooow, I am always eagerly waiting for new releases, even though I am pretty broke. Well almost 99% broke. Nonetheless, even when I get to buy the book a year later, I am always enthusiastic about a new release. There are a lot of books that have released this year and a lot are going to be released, I don’t have the money to buy all the new books immediately because they are too pricey sometimes but the exciting feeling doesn’t ever go away if it’s a book I reeeally want to read. What about you?


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Sooo, what do you guys love the most as a book blogger? Lemme know in the comments!