Category Archives: Book Blogger Confessions

BOOK BLOGGER CONFESSIONS {4}

Hey Bookworms, and welcome to another edition of, Book Blogger Confessions! This meme is hosted by For What It’s Worth & Midnyte Reader.

QUESTION: Vlogging. Have you ever vlogged (video blogging)? Why or why not? What do you think makes for an interesting vlog? How does a book review vlog compare to a written review in your opinion? What are a few of your favorite book review/author vlogs?
ANSWER: Vlogging is a topic that has been occupying my mind a lot lately. I really want to vlog, but I feel SO awkward when I watch back the videos! Maybe I’m just being too overly-critical, and everyone who watches it would think I did a fine job, but I don’t know… the other thing holding me back, is that the only camera I can use to record is on my smart phone. Which isn’t too big of a deal, since my phone takes better photos/videos than my actual camera. I also only have the Windows Movie Maker on my computer for editing, and I find it tedious. 
For an interesting vlog, you have to make yourself interesting. No monotone voices, no appearing bored or like you aren’t having fun filming. You have to pick interesting topics/memes (which there are tons of that BookTubers participate in). The only difference I can come up with for a vlogged book review over a written one, is you can get more in depth and have a longer written review than one you vlog. I would think of a vlogged book review as a condensed version of a written one.
I have a few BookTubers on that I follow on YouTube, but I really don’t have any favorites or ones that I watch regularly. I tend to be a fair-weather viewer, unfortunately. But I’ve been meaning to find the ones I really enjoy to get tips from for when I really do break into the BookTube/vlogging world!
Happy Reading!

Book Blogger Confessions {4}

Hey Bookworms, and welcome to another edition of, Book Blogger Confessions! This meme is hosted by For What It’s Worth & Midnyte Reader.
QUESTION: Author interactions. Have you ever emailed an author to tell them you loved/disliked their book? As a book reviewer, do you think we should cross that line? Do you mind when authors re-tweet or comment on reviews? Does that intimidate you in any way in regards to review writing, knowing that they may be reading it? Do author interactions – both pro or con – change how you view their work?
MY ANSWER: I have not emailed an author before; though I have most definitely told them in person at BEA and at the RTBF. I have commented on an author’s blog before, to show my love, but I try not to get all fangirl on them! I casually mentioned to Gennifer Albin at RTBF that I loved her lipstick. It was like, internally I was all, ‘OMG’ but really, as amazing as authors are… they are just down to earth normal peeps (usually… lol) like you and me! I don’t think that there is anything wrong with emailing an author to show your appreciation for their work, and if you are using an email address from their blog, etc then they probably expect it/would like to see it. 
I personally, again, go all fan girl when an author re-tweets or comments on my reviews! It is awesome that they take the time to comment and to me it’s their way of saying “Thanks!” or “Much appreciated!” It’s really beneficial to them because then you are probably more apt to read more of their books and review them when you know they take time to check out your blog or tweets. I’ve picked up books to read that normally I never would have, just because the author was so awesome when I met them in person. I never feel intimidated knowing an author may read my review, because I try to keep my reviews as respectful as possible, even if the book wasn’t my cup of tea. If I don’t think I can find anything positive to say about a book… I will not review it. 
I think it’s cool when authors take the time to talk to us, and interact with us. It reminds us that they are still regular people, and that they do appreciate bloggers and readers taking the time to read and review their work. I think it’s a very symbiotic relationship that works both ways.
Happy Reading!

Book Blogger Confessions {3}

QUESTION: BEA, ALA. Have you ever been before? If you’ve been before, share your experiences; both pro & con. If you haven’t gone before, do you participate in online events like Armchair BEA? Do you hope to go one day? Do you feel too intimidated to go? Are you jealous of the big book hauls and tweet during the events?
MY ANSWER:  I did attend BEA for the first time this year; and while I am

planning on writing up an entirely separate post on my experiences, I will do just a brief overview here.

As I said, this was my first time attending, and I don’t think I can really give a fair set of pros & cons for several reasons: 1. I was so overwhelmed by the size and amount of people and stuff to do, that I ruined it for myself – rather, I allowed my anxiety to ruin it for me. I can’t lie, I could feel a panic attack brewing deep within me… and I went on Saturday, which I think was the lighter attendance day of all the days. 2. I didn’t plan well. AT ALL. I didn’t set up an agenda for myself, I didn’t plan who I wanted to see, or make myself a list to follow so that I didn’t get overwhelmed. 3. I went with my best friend, who is a book lover, but is not a blogger, and does not have the knowledge of up-coming releases and authors like I do. Basically if she is a level 1 book geek, then I’m like level 246 (Like my completely random #? lol) She really was only interested in finding books for her daughter (my adorable god-daughter – did I mention my bff is my boyfriend’s sister? Well she is, and no we weren’t friends first. We became friends after boyfriend and I started dating!) and attending the Author Breakfast that included Diana Gabaldon (If you haven’t read her Outlander series and you love historical fiction… get on that!) So anything after the breakfast was all mine for the taking! I will expand more in my separate BEA post)
Do I participate in online events like Armchair BEA? No, but I will in the future. I think it is an awesome way to participate without attending.
Do I hope to go one day? I want to go again; especially now that I know what to expect. But I want to go on the day when all the bloggers go and do meet ups, etc.
Do I feel intimidated to go? Hell yes – even though I’ve already gone! When I say this place is gigantic, that’s even a bit of an understatement. It’s so freaking big that I was swallowed up and exhaustedly spit out at the end!
Are you jealous of the book hauls and tweets? Uh huh! Absolutely! I left with just a few ARCs, most not even ones I really wanted/planned to get. Not that I’m saying that in a spoiled brat, Violet from Willy Wonka sort of way either. But what I got compared to some other bloggers is piddly.
Thanks for reading about my adventures in blogging 🙂
Happy Reading!

Book Blogger Confessions {2}

QUESTION: Does participating in book tours/cover reveals and author guest posts drive traffic to your blog? What types of problems have you encountered when hosting them? As a blog follower, are you ever turned off by these kinds of posts? How much publicity is too much?
MY ANSWER: I am rather new to being a host of book tours, blasts, cover reveals, etc. so I will base this on my experiences thus far. Does it drive traffic to your blog? Yes, actually, I do see spikes in page views when I post a tour/blast/reveal, mostly if a giveaway is attached as well. What types of problems have I encountered when hosting? None. As a follower, am I turned off by these posts? Nope. I think they are an integral part of blogging, both for the author, reader, and blogger. How much publicity is too much? I will say that it is kind of frustrating when you flip through your blog feeds and see a plethora of posts identical to your own. What will make a reader visit your post over someone else’s? Since it’s the exact same post, they aren’t going to visit every blog on their feed who posted the same post. So that I can say could be “too much.”
Thanks for stopping by to read about my adventures in blogging 🙂
Happy Reading!
Laura

(REVAMPED!) Say Anything {12}

Hey everyone! So I’ve been scoping out some other blogs to get ideas on how to fancy up my own little piece of the book blogger world. I’ve always enjoyed my Say Anything post, because it gives me the freedom to kind of do a ‘freestyle’ post where I can talk about anything – book or non-book related! So I’ve decided to mix my own ideas with those of Smash Attack Reads Let’s Talk post, and For What It’s Worth‘s Book Blogger Confessions post. 
Let’s Talk {1} 
Have you ever been inspired to do something creative by reading about it in a book? Examples cooking, baking, trying a new food or drink, making jewelry, designing clothes or shoes and even bookish inspired vacations.

Hmm… thinking… thinking… does wanting to become a kick-ass super heroine that can take on the world and succeed not count? Darn. Okay, let’s see… (wow, this is tough! How can I flip through all of the books I’ve ever read to decide?!) …alright. Let’s go with vacations. Because of Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly and the Revenants Series by Amy Plum, I want to go to Paris, France something fierce! Especially how Donnelly has her main character, Andi, travel through the underground catacombs. How cool is that?! And then I’ll choose Lisa Bergren’s River of Time series and my newfound love for Italy (present day and Medieval) that I now have! 

Book Blogger Confessions {1}
Have you added or considered adding additional reviewers to your blog? Why or why not? If you have, please share how you found the right match when bringing new people to your established blog. Did you encounter any problems? 

Oh yeah, I have definitely considered it. Why? Because being an adult sucks! There are all of these responsibilities like jobs and keeping your house clean and making dinner, and all those boring things that get in the way of blogging whenever I want to. So yes, it has crossed my mind to offer up guest reviewer (or permanent reviewer) spots. I haven’t done it yet though. Why? I don’t know. I think probably because I would be very picky in who I chose, and I might end up driving myself crazy trying to find someone with the exact same vision of my blog as me. We all know that isn’t possible – because everyone is different. I do think about what another reviewer could bring to the blog though; as far as making it the best it could possibly be. But the whole giving up power thing is definitely a toughy. Maybe some day I will take it more seriously, but for right now I enjoy being single on my blog 🙂

Happy Reading!
Laura