Saturday, 19 August 2017

A Blog Squad Special: Requesting a Review Checklist Infographic


We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions. 

 BOOKS.BAGS.BURGERS - Uma K 
 BOOK REVIEWS BY DI - Di Hewlett


This week we've collaborated to bring you a series of infographics. 

 Di will be showing you ‘How To Write a Book Review’ 
Uma will be showing you How To Be A "Social" Blogger

 Please take some time to check out the other ladies' posts when you can!






We hope that you've enjoyed this week's special! 
Are there any other infographics you'd like to see? 


If you have any specific questions you’d like us to address in the future, please let us know in the comments section below. Stay tuned for next week’s post!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

My One Year Blogiversary! Thank You


It's Part 2 of my One Year Blogiversary posts, and today I'm doing a huge thank you to everyone who's helped me and my blog and made my first blogging year so incredibly amazing.  

I also REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted to host a giveaway, but unfortunately I'm broke :( I promise I'll have one - or two - when I get some money again!  





I know I've left people out because this was a hang of a job, but if you aren't mentioned, I'm still thanking you! <3 

I am so grateful to have met all of you and I've learned so much from your amazing blogs and reviews. I can't wait to read all of your future posts, and thank you thank you thank you for every comment, follow, retweet, mention or ANYTHING.    
   



Jonathan Ball SA, Pan Macmillan SA, Penguin Random House SA, St. Martin's Press, Harper Collins, Readers Warehouse, Noks, Tazmin, Magdaleen, Eileen, Veronica, John, Rebecca, Ellie, Kim, Rachel, Jaye, Candy, Emma, Lisa, Melissa, Kelsey, Cara.....

THANK YOU <3 You've introduced me to so many amazing books and responded to my emails with such warmth and kindness and generosity.  I'm still in shock that you actually send me free books to review. 



I haven't shared my stats before, and I thought it'd be cool to see how the first year's been in terms of followers, etc. 

GFC: 128.

Bloglovin': 195.

Facebook: 50.

Twitter: 540.

Instagram: 150.

Review copies received since the very beginning: 46. 

Total published blog posts (so far): 321


THANK YOU FOLLOWERS AND PUBLISHERS AND FRIENDS!!


Hope you enjoyed this post! 

And thank you so much for making my first year of blogging so absolutely amazing Xxx <3

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #46: EVEN THE DARKEST STARS - by Heather Fawcett


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by Breaking the Spine and now taken over by Wishful Endings that highlights upcoming book releases we're excited to read. On my blog, I include movies as well.

EVEN THE DARKEST STARS - by Heather Fawcett

Publication Date: 5th September 2017.

Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance. But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer who is determined to best River, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit. The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and even worse at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth of their mission and of her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.


GHOSTS. WINTER. ICE. AVALANCHES.
Yes please and gimme.
Doesn't this book sound amazing?!!!???!! I requested an ARC a while back and never got a response (SOB) but I hope I'll be able to get a copy when it's published.
It looks sooooooooo good <3




Anyone else excited for Even the Darkest Stars?

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

My One Year Blogiversary! Interview


It's been a year, guys! A year!! I can't believe it. It feels so weird to know that I've been blogging for a year, when it actually feels like I started just yesterday. It's been an amazing - and stressful - time, but I am so grateful for everything that's happened and everything it's taught me. I wish I'd started sooner.

(FYI: I had to look over my 2016 diary to work out when exactly I started blogging, and I managed to narrow it down to sometime between the 15th of August and the 18th. I totally felt like Sherlock, by the way. And because I'm not sure of the actual date, there'll be another blogiversary post on Thursday).


As part of my celebrating, I asked you guys for any questions you'd like to know my answers to! So here goes:



1: (From Paradoxical GrenadeWhat's the best thing you love about blogging?

The community!! I absolutely love the friendships I've made online, the wonderful people I've "met", and the stunning blogs I've discovered. Nothing beats fangirling with fellow fans.




2: (From Angela) What is your favorite book, and what book would you recommend to anyone (they don't necessarily have to be the same!)?

My favourite book is probably The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, although it's so hard to choose just one! 
And the book I'd recommend to anyone would definitely be Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. Everyone needs to read that darling work of art. 



3: (From MellenyWhat made you decide to become a book reviewer and join the book community?

I joined Goodreads in 2014 after hearing about it from my friend, who is a blogger and reviewer. It just looked like fun! And I soon began to write short reviews on Goodreads for the books I was reading, because I enjoyed it.


4: (From GenniDo you ever feel overwhelmed or uninspired while blogging? What do you do to change that?

YES. I'm always feeling a bit overwhelmed, which is entirely my own doing because I'm OCD and I plan a ton of posts and make a thousand lists and give myself deadlines. But it's also kinda therapeutic for me, and I do enjoy it.
If I'm feeling too overwhelmed, I just take another look at my diary, see what's ahead, shuffle things around if I'm stressing, and it calms me down. I love having a schedule, but it's a good and bad thing for me.

If I'm feeling uninspired, I just take a break from blogging and go read or watch TV or something. It's always good to take a breathing break once in a while and fresh inspiration will often come when you're least expecting it.


5: (From GenniHow did you decide on your blogger design and your blogger name?

My blog name was a spur of the moment decision, and I love words and I believe they're magic, so I just quickly chose A Magical World of Words. I originally had another blog name, but I didn't think it was working, so I had to change it quickly. Hence the rush.

I always knew the colors I wanted for my blog design: deep pink, black, and white. And I wanted my blog to be clean, easy to navigate, and neat.
I've tried to make it like that :)


6: (From Genni) What are some of your favorite posts of yours?

I really enjoyed writing my Top Favourite Couples post, and I loved my blog tour post for Perfect, and I loved reviewing Miss. Sloane.


7: (From Abby) Can you do an eyebrow wave?

NO!!!!! And it's tragic. I mean, what's the point of me anymore.


8: (From AbbyAlso, describe your current WIP only using five words.

Scars. Pixie dust. Neverland. Shadows.


(Not very good, sorry!)


9: (From MelissaIf a library was burning and you could only save five books, which books would you save and why?

I'm answering as if it's my local library that's burning, so I can only save books they have in stock. I'd save: Crooked Kingdom, How To Fall in Love, Gone Girl, The Marble Collector, and The Assassin's Blade.


10: (From GeybieWhat are your MOST favorite books you have read since you started blogging?

I doubt I would've ever got to read Letters to the Lost or Perfect if I hadn't started blogging! Those two are definitely my favourites.


11: (From Tanya) Which author (or authors) do you consider auto-buy authors?

Leigh Bardugo, Cecelia Ahern, Gilliam Flynn, Paula Hawkins, Stephenie Meyer (it's a long story...), and A. G. Howard.


12: (From Di) Best blogging experience?


I have so many!! Probably when I got my first retweet from an author. And she's my favourite author: Cecelia Ahern. That was shocking and SO exciting.


13: (From Brooklyn) What inspired you to start blogging?

My friend, her blog, and her huge accumulation of free review copies.


14: (From Jollygirl) What's your favourite TV show? 

IT HURTS TO CHOOSE JUST ONE!! I have to go with a few: Arrow, Once Upon A Time, The Office (American version), Miranda, Gossip Girl, Parks and Recreation, White Collar....
I'll stop there.



Thank you to everyone who asked me questions! I had such fun answering :)<



Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed the "interview" <3

Monday, 14 August 2017

THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE (film) is too pretty and clean

THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE - 2017
Director: Niki Caro.
Cast: Jessica Chastain / Daniel Brühl / Johan Heldenbergh
Content Rating:  PG 13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, and nudity.
Source: Rented.


The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.






This film is pleasant. It didn't amaze me, it didn't make me love or hate it, but it was an understated movie delicately sprinkled with heartache.
I only watched it because I love Chastain so much. And she certainly carried it.


Visually, it's enchanting and idyllic. Gorgeous sets, striking costumes, and scenes delicately brushed with soft glows and ravishing tones. It's beautiful to watch - no doubt about it. And the cinematography is also stunning.

But the dialogue is boring, and often ruins scenes that would otherwise be extremely powerful in total silence. The characters often say things that don't need to be said, and thus the scene loses its emotional grip on the viewer. It's wasted.
Most of the scenes themselves are wasted opportunities. Some of them don't add to the story, and some just feel tedious when the plot's already taking too long to get going. There are heartbreaking moments, yet I never shed a tear; there are scenes I know I would otherwise be crying at (I cry extremely easy in movies) but I never did.
Why? Because they lacked punch.


It's too soapy. Pretty, too clean, and far too nice. It's too sugar-coated and lovely, and there's no emotional punch or real horror. The story's tragic, but the movie never whacks you with the realisation because everything's kept too comfortable; you feel sympathy for the characters, definitely, but it's not profound. Even when there are gut-wrenching moments (example: when that young girl is assaulted - off screen - by two soldiers, and later emerges from the alley with blood on her legs and clearly in shock) it feels romanticised. Here's a pivotal moment to showcase the utter barbarity of the Nazi occupation and what the soldiers were capable of doing to the common people who had no say, but the scene does not hit as hard as it could have. It doesn't mock or cast those types of tragic scenes in a good light, it just doesn't dare to make them real.

The acting is solid. The characters are slightly contrived, but Jessica Chastain gives an incredibly understated and heartrending performance. Her character gets decent development, and through her courageous but outstandingly humble and subtle efforts to help the Jews and save her own family, she's an inspiring heroine I never stopped rooting for. I loved the feminist example she was, and how her quiet strength got the spotlight.



The Zookeeper's Wife is beautifully shot, and shares a generally unseen and unheard of perspective of the War by focusing on the lives of people affected in a different way. But it's too clean and idyllic to pack the emotional punch the story so desperately needs.
Jessica Chastain's performance, although slightly contrived, is certainly what carries the film.


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Weekly Round-Up: Writing and reading and watching


Yikes, another week has just flown. And it was a good week, I think, although I didn't read a lot. 
I did a lot of writing AND FINALLY STARTED THE FIRST DRAFT OF MY WIP!! WOOHOO!! It's going really well so far, but it is slow-going. Still, I'm glad I've finally made a start on it. I was also thinking of maybe doing a blog post about the characters and the vague outline of the story to give you an idea of what it's about. Would that be something you'd like to read?    

I also watched a bit more Netflix this week. I've finished season 3 of Arrow (having spent most of the season fuming about its dropped standards and plot and character shortcomings. I also thought of doing a blog post about it, but I'm not sure how many of you are Arrow fans. Who'd be interested in a post like that?)   


Posts of the week: 
Book Review: WINDFALL
Book Review: STARR FALL






I'm buddy-reading You don't know my name with my #squad, and by myself I'm reading The Marble Collector and Silver Blood.   

I also finished these three books: 

(Reviews to come soon). 




I got these two beautiful paperbacks this week! And I've already finished reading Seven Days of You...






Aneta reviews My Lady Jane

Lauryn shares 5 Profound Book Quotes

Di reviews Scarlet

Uma reviews Six of Crows





Have you had a wonderful week? What are you reading or watching? Are you writing anything at the moment? 
Chat with me! 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU (Firebird #1) - by Claudia Gray

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU - Claudia Gray.
Published: 2014 - by HarperTeen.
Pages: 368.
Genres: Young adult / romance / science fiction / fantasy
Triggers/Content Advisory: There's a non-graphic sex scene. There's also a rape scene that is not explicitly depicted as rape, when in actual fact it is.
Format: Paperback.
Source: Library.
Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father's killer through multiple dimensions. Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite's father is murdered, and the killer—her parent's handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him. Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul's guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father's death is far more sinister than she expected.


THE COVER. I unashamedly admit that I picked up this book because I loved the cover so much. Yes, I'd heard of the story on Goodreads, but the cover did it for me.
I just wish I could say that the the inside of the book was as easy to fall in love with.


I didn't hate the book, though. The writing's sharp and elegant, and I loved Gray's style. The different settings Marguerite travels to are fantastic, and I especially loved the Russian-placed scenes. But that's basically where my "likes" stop.

The story is confusing. Information keeps getting added to the details of the time travelling and its limitations, as if the author's slipping in new info as she writes, without preplanning - subtly, but still rather sloppy.  It's also very slow and boring, and the plot meanders a lot. Not to mention the hugely frustrating info dumps whenever a new setting/era is introduced: Marguerite always gets the information handed to her on a silver platter whenever she steps into a new "world"; usually through other characters' dialogue. It's unnatural.
The time travelling and jumping to different eras also gets extremely tedious after a while.


“Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window. And science –that’s the most spectacular window of all. You can see the entire universe from there.”


The characters are verging on terrible. No one is three-dimensional enough, and there's far too much telling who the characters are, instead of just letting the reader see it for themselves. Theo's the only one I like, but his arc didn't go where I was hoping it would, so I'm angry about that.
I blame Paul and Marguerite and their stupid romance.

Marguerite isn't a bad heroine, but she's very dull. She's a capable girl and can look after herself, but her development is weak and her personality almost nonexistent. Not to mention how she starts the book off with watered-down motivation that did nothing to convince me she actually wanted to find Paul and make him pay for killing her father; I wish the author had made Marguerite more convinced of Paul's guilt at the beginning, so she could at least throw herself wholeheartedly into the story and then get a terrific shock and slowly change her mind when she learns the truth. But no, instead she starts off already halfway on his side. It did not work.

Paul's an awful character. So incredibly boring and inconsistent. Blame the different bodies he inhabits and the memory loss (it makes sense when you've read the book...) if you like, but it's still annoying and hard to read.

“Now I know that grief is a whetstone that sharpens all your love, all your happiest memories, into blades that tear you apart from within.”


NOW.
A huge thank you to Genni from Ready, Set, Read for directing me to THIS POST a few days ago. Until then, I had thought nothing more of a certain scene in the book: a sex scene between Paul and Marguerite while they're still in Russia. When I first read the scene, something did feel off to me, but I'm ashamed to say I didn't question it further. Thanks to the amazing post Genni pointed me to, I then saw the scene in a completely new light, and with searing clarity its atrocious subtext. Sickeningly, horrifically, it's a rape scene disguised as a "swoony, romantic" love scene. Please, please, please read THIS POST if you're considering picking up this book. Liam from Hey Ashers! explains and analyses it better than I ever could.



A Thousand Pieces of You is a slow jumble of bad plotting, predictable plot points, and weak characters and relationships. It's not badly written, but hardly the level of enjoyment, entertainment, and spellbinding romance I was expecting.


Friday, 11 August 2017

STARR FALL (Starr Fall #1) - by Kim Briggs

STARR FALL - Kim Briggs
Published: 2016 - by Inkspell Publishing.
Genres: Young adult / romance / thriller / contemporary
Pages: I don't know! I read the eBook, but I couldn't find the page number on Goodreads.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Implied sexual content and mild violence.
Format: eBook.
Source: Thank you to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
On the run from the Organization, Starr never planned on falling in love. Starr Bishop’s the complete package. A perfect smile, brains to match, and a winning attitude. Boys want to date her and girls want to be her. She’s the type of girl you want to hate, if only she wasn’t so damn likable. But don’t worry, she’s not interested in your boyfriend. Boys are one complication she can live without. When the Organization decides she’s not only the model student but the ideal assassin, Starr’ll need a lot more than high test scores and extracurricular involvement to get herself out of that commitment. Dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood is the last person she’d expect—or even want— to come to her rescue. From opposite ends of Webster High’s social hierarchy, their lives collide in one electrifying moment. Christian isn’t the Goth loner he pretends to be, he’s a part Cherokee, All-American boy who wants to be a hero, Starr’s hero. Christian makes Starr forget that the Organization is after her, but nothing will stop the Organization from collecting their top recruit.


I really really really wanted to like this book! I love thrillers with a dash of romance, and the cover is so stunning.
Unfortunately, though, it just didn't work for me.


But it's definitely exciting and fun. The writing flows well, it's fast-paced and easy to read, and I really liked Briggs' writing style. I flew through the book in about two days.
I didn't like the dialogue. Christian and Starr's conversations, particularly, are unnatural and uninspired. I just ended up cringing whenever they spoke to each other; their voices don't sound unique or realistic, and their exchanges are frequently out of character.

The plot is disappointing. It is fun, but there's too much romance and very little thriller. There are also a ton of questions about the Organisation, Starr's family and her friends, that are left unanswered. Everything is glossed over and shoved to the background to make room for Starr and Christian's "banter" and flirting. And when you don't ship them, it's just painful to read.  
In addition, the ending is completely underwhelming. There's basically no climax, and I was extremely disappointed having been expecting some sort of proper confrontation and fight.

I loved the female characters. Di is an awesome friend for Starr, and their interactions are fantastic. Jody and Sami are also vivid, brilliant characters, but their page time is unfortunately very minimal.

I really liked Starr. She's ambitious, driven, no nonsense and clever. She's a straight-A student, more cheerleader than the girl next door, but I liked that for a change; most of the books I've been reading recently have been focused on the underdog, and so it was nice and refreshing to appreciate Starr's personality. (Besides, there's nothing wrong with being the popular girl). I just wish she'd maintained her awesomeness when Christian came into her life...
I didn't like Christian at all. He's basically Edward Cullen meets Christian Grey meets childish adolescent. And that brings me to the romance:

I hated the romance. As soon as Christian steps into the picture, it's like the thriller aspect is pushed to the side so he and Starr can cuddle and flirt. Not to mention Christian is patronizing towards Starr, overly protective, extremely domineering, constantly saving her, and even going as far as to threaten her and kiss her to stop her talking. It has all the ingredients for an abusive relationship and it makes me sick and angry. It's unacceptable, repulsive, and an absolute insult to Starr's character - or her character's potential.
That isn't real love. It's a form of abuse.
Here are some passages that highlight the exact state of their relationship:

“Christian, I promise not to anywhere.” He shakes his head. “If I promise to be a good girl and stay right here, will you take a shower?”   “If you promise to be a good girl, and you promise never to sneak off on me again, ever.” His eyes darken – daring me to disobey him.

{Starr starts talking} His red-hot finger is back on my lips......"Starr, enough!” he warns. “We are going to the cabin. We are going to have fun. We will decide what plan of action to take later. Understood?” I nod my head, unable to say a word. He removes his finger, and I’m able to talk again. “But I - " His finger is back on my lips before I can finish. “Starr, we will discuss our plans later! There are plenty of ways I can keep you quiet, you know.” I open my eyes wide at his words, both a threat and a promise.

“Listen Christian, you are not going. You just got out of hospital. I’ll be safe with Ben.” His body tenses, his fists tighten, and his face turns a bright red. “You are not going unless I am with you! End of discussion!” His demeanor relaxes almost instantly. “Besides, if it’s as safe a place as you say, we’ll be fine. Won’t we?” He smiles.

{Starr’s talking about her friend, Frank.} “Well, Frank is not joining our operation!” he {Christian} thunders at me {Starr}. “Says who?” I roar back. “Says me,” he snarls and storms up the trail.




Starr Fall is fun, exciting, and well written, with fantastic female characters. But the romance isn't romance at all, and I didn't like how the thriller aspect was shoved to the side to make way for Starr's love life. 
I also hope that the second book answers at least some of the many questions that are left unanswered in this book.  


The Blog Squad: Part 21


We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions. 

 A MAGICAL WORLD OF WORDS - AmyNikita 
 BOOKS.BAGS.BURGERS - Uma K 
 BOOK REVIEWS BY DI - Di Hewlett

Where do you hear all your bookish news?


I’ve always used Goodreads a lot so I still go there to see what people are reading and adding to their TBRs and what is upcoming. 

I also get a lot of news from other bloggers - Waiting on Wednesdays is terrible for my TBR but it does keep me informed of books that are upcoming that I may not have seen before. Other blogger’s reviews also keep me informed of books that might have somehow slipped through the cracks, books I might not otherwise have heard of as well as backlisted reads I’ve missed and indie books to look out for. 

Buzz Books also feature books to look out for that are about to be released and I always try to get the YA editions to read the excerpts to try and see which books need to be on my TBR and what I should get super excited for. 

Edelweiss has some great publisher catalogs that I check out as well whenever I have the time. 

I have also signed up to a few publisher email lists by email so I really do have a lot of ‘news’ sources! It’s great though - I love reading about all things bookish.


Twitter and Bookstagram are two places where I find out about literally every bookish news. New releases? Best book covers? Bookish controversies? It’s all there ladies and gentlemen! Twitter always has the latest news and I follow oh so many bookish people that it’s pretty impossible not to know the latest bookish news. 

Also, Goodreads YA newsletters are wonderful things to see in the inbox! And also, Goodreads Lists are a great way of discovering new releases. I check the YA releases of list every month and add a couple dozen books to my TBR! I’ll probably be killed by my TBR falling on my head but oh well....

Also like Di, I’ve signed up to quite a few publisher email lists and I get these really awesome bookish emails which also contribute to the TBR that’s going to be the death of me.


Do you read other reviews of books you're about to read yourself? 


I actually have a strict policy when it comes to books that I’m excited to read: I try to keep away from all reviews, all hype and any conversations about those books until I’ve actually read them - I would hate to get a spoiler or to have preconceived notions of a book before I go into it. Sometimes I have no idea what a book or series is even really about before I go into it and often that’s the best way to start. 

When it comes to books that aren’t really on my radar then yes, I do read a lot of reviews before I actually pick it up - I like highly recommended books and I like to know that I’m not going to be investing my precious reading time into something I for sure won’t like. Then there’s the books that I hear about from people I would call my trusted reviewers - if I see a great looking book and a great review then that immediately becomes a book I’m excited for and I will add it to my TBR and avoid all other reviews/media about it. :) 

It’s complicated ;)


I don’t read reviews of a book I’m just about to review as I think that might subconsciously influence my own review. But I do read Spoiler free reviews of a book BEFORE I start to read it. I mean reading reviews is one of the ways in which I continue to add more books to the weapon of my death (my TBR of course!) It doesn’t take me more than 2 minutes to add a book to my TBR (I’m so ignorant of my impending doom) but it does take me YEARS at times to actually get to reading a book in my TBR ( I don’t want to anger the weapon of my death that’s why). It’s actually reviews that convince me to get that book out to go from the TBR shelf to read shelf. So reading reviews before writing a review? NAY! Reading reviews before reading the book? YUS!


How do you use Goodreads in correlation with your blog? 


I ALWAYS post my reviews to Goodreads because that is where I really started keeping all my bookish records and reading and writing reviews in the first place. If I’ve received a book for review that I didn’t really enjoy or had to rate negatively I may not post that review on my blog but I’ll still post it to Goodreads because even though I didn’t like it, it’s my own, very valid opinion and people deserve to know that there’s people out there that didn’t like the book and their reasons why. 

I personally don’t have affiliate links on my blog so I also link everything directly back to Goodreads from my blog. I try to remember to link all covers (which I get from Goodreads in the first place), all author names, series etc. 

It does help that Goodreads has a ‘post to my blog’ function that I use. I will generally post the review to Goodreads first and then let it create the draft post on my blog which I then tweak and develop into my final review post.


I actually post my reviews on Goodreads first. Then I click the little “Post to blog” checkbox at the right corner below the review box on Goodreads before I hit Save on Goodreads. Since my blog is connected to my Goodreads account, the review appears as a draft in my blog! I then edit it, add cool graphics and hit publish! 

I also add a link to the Goodreads page for the book in all my reviews ‘cause I know almost all my blog readers keep a track of the book they want to read on Goodreads. It helps to give them a direct link for that!


Come check out my answers over at their collab posts!: 





 We hope you’ve enjoyed Part 18 in our series of discussion posts! Please talk to us and let us know YOUR answers below. What do you think of our responses? If you have any specific questions you’d like us to address in the future, please let us know in the comments section below. Stay tuned for next week’s questions!