Friday, 24 March 2017

The Blog Squad: A Blogger Collaboration - Part 6

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.


Blog scheduling - Do you do it?

I wish I did it!!! However I only manage to schedule the odd post or two; I’m not the most organised blogger in the world. :) I always end up with a few rough drafts, then a post or two that’s basically finished and then if I’m lucky I’ll be able to schedule a post in advance. 

 I know that I’ll do a Weekly Round Up (mostly on a Sunday), I vaguely look at Top Ten Tuesdays (once in a blue moon!) and then Wednesday's COULD be allocated to Waiting on Wednesday, and then Fridays I do The Blog Squad. I like to do a review at least once a week (although even THAT I’ve been falling behind on!) and random discussion posts crop up once in awhile… AS I said, I’m not the most organised blogger in the world!!

I’ve only ever properly scheduled The Blog Squad posts as the three of us live in different time zones and posting at the same time can only be achieved by scheduling. That being said, while I don’t “schedule” my other posts, I do plan them pretty well. I have a diary in which I write out outlines of posts (other than reviews) so it’s easy for me. But sadly, I haven’t been able to do that of late due to my college life being hectic! I’ll be completing my undergraduate degree in a couple of months and currently the only thing I’m planning are study time tables and stuff like that #notfun 

 But I do know that once my exams are over, like Amy, I’ll be epicly organized with blogging. For me, planning posts beforehand makes blogging so much easier and I always feel more relaxed when I know what’s going up on my blog the whole of next week or so.

Is there an acceptable number of posts per week for a book blog?

The short answer is yes: I’d like to hear from a blogger at least once a week or more. 

 I think that you have to be reasonably active in the blogosphere in order to have any real following and influence: Whether you post once a week or seven times a week, you just need to have SOMETHING. If I come across a blogger that posts content too irregularly then I find it difficult to take them seriously and probably won’t frequent their blog.

Okay this is quite a tricky question. I for one don’t like to post everyday. At the same time, I can’t not post at least once every week. A blogger does have to reasonably active. One post a month or so is NOT active. While I used to post about 4 times a week, currently it has reduced to 2 per week because of-you guessed it- exams! I’ll probably go back to 3-4 times a week after the exams but not more. I have many reasons for that. 

 A statistical reason is that find I get more comments on a post if it's on top of my blog for at least 2 days. If I were to post everyday, while I’ll probably get the same amount of comments overall, they’d be scattered across my various posts. (Does that make sense?) I think that’s because when we visit blogs for the first time, it’s the first post we decide to check out. The longer a post is at the top of the blog, more the traffic it gets. (but this definitely does not mean you should post just once or twice a month) 

 Another reason is that I don’t want to overwhelm my regular visitors. Readers can’t visit my blog everyday. I don’t want them to be faced with 7 or 8 new posts every time they visit. 

 Another more important reason is I don’t want to overwhelm MYSELF. I can only plan fun and enjoyable posts when I like doing it. Now if I start giving myself deadlines and pressures, I can hardly write happily. 

 I think it’s important to be active on your blog, and in the blogosphere. Commenting and interacting on other blogs is as important as posting on your own. You could post everyday and write amazing posts but for people to find your blog, they first need to know it exists. So go out there and make friends in the blogosphere!

Book Blitzes and Blog Tours - Your take

Book blitzes and blog tours are basically digital marketing campaigns for a book or an author and I love them! I am on the mailing list for both Xpresso Book Tours and YA Bound Book Tours and I will always participate in anything that catches my eye. Often these are smaller publications/ indie publications and one of the reasons that I’m blogging is to help promote and draw attention to the books and authors that I think should get it! 

 Blog tours especially are a wonderful way to see exclusive content like guest posts, interviews, excerpts etc. as well as reviews. While I prefer to do review spots when it comes to blog tours (so I know exactly what I’m promoting!) this isn't always possible with a tight review schedule and so being able to post other content is a great way to participate AND to show your readers something about the person behind the book. 

 Not only do book blitzes and blog tours promote the books and authors, but it also opens your blog up to more activity - especially if you are on Twitter!

I have participated in just 2 or 3 book blitzes and one blog tour.and truthfully I quite enjoyed them. Programs like Xpresso Book Tours do a really good job of organizing blitzes and tours. I do think these are a great way to get to know about new books; especially indie books. 

 I love book tours for you get so much information about a single book within the span - multiple reviews, author interviews and more help one get a pretty three dimensional idea of the book. I enjoy taking part and following book tours for this very reason. 

 I will be actively taking part in book tours from the month of May and hopefully help some wonderful indie authors and their books be recognized!

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Snippets From My Writing Journal #1: Dialogue

(FYI: My journal isn't purple, like the image above. I just liked the image.)

This is a post I'm kinda stressing about because I'm putting my writing out there for everyone to see, and what's worse, it's totally unedited and very, very rough. *hyperventilates*

But I do want to show you guys what I've been doing since the start of January this year, which is: writing a page a day in a beautiful pink journal I got for Christmas. I'm not going to show you every page (that would make for a lot of embarrassing posts and some of my snippets are just cringe, to say the least) but I am going to show you the occasional one.

Even though I finished that pink journal on the 21st, I'm still keeping up the daily writing. I have another lovely turquoise journal - with even bigger pages: EEEK - so I'm still writing every day.

Since I was stressing about you all seeing my very rough work, I've decided to show you Before and After. First, there's the very rough thing that I scribbled on the 12th of Feb, and then there's the edited version I edited today. 

Without further ado.....
Context: My two characters - Ryan and Alex, from my contemporary retelling of Hansel and Gretel/Rumpelstiltskin - are going to confront someone. Alex has to confront them, and Ryan's tagging along.  

Written: 12 February 2017. 

Now - THANK GOODNESS - I did some editing:

Yes, it still needs A TON of editing, but that's it for now! 

Thanks for reading! 
Stay tuned for next week's snippet, which will be focusing on description...

Do you write? Do you keep a writing journal?  Do you find it hard to write every day? (I DO I DO I DO)

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #25: 100 HOURS - by Rachel Vincent

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.

Release Date: 28th March 2017. 

A decadent spring break getaway on an exotic beach becomes a terrifying survival story when six Miami teens are kidnapped and ransomed. Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends. While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens. But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her. Now, as the hours count down, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t set aside their personal problems, no one will make it out alive.

The reviews for this book have been quite mixed so far, BUT DOESN'T IT JUST LOOK AMAZING? That cover is mind-blowing and perfectly sets what I imagine the tone will be, and the premise is INCREDIBLE. Thriller set in Miami, kidnapped teens, exotic beach, teenage drama, YES YES AND YES PLEASE.

Oh, I really really really hope I get to read this book when it comes out!

Anyone else excited for 100 Hours?

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (film) was more or less what I was expecting

The Girl on the Train - 2016
Cast: Emily Blunt / Haley Bennett / Rebecca Ferguson / Luke Evans / Justin Theroux / Allison Janney / Lisa Kudrow
Director: Tate Taylor.
Content Rating: R for strong violence, sexual content, language and nudity.
Source: Rented.

A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was a flawless thriller that I devoured deliriously.  As soon as I heard there was to be a movie - THAT WOULD STAR EMILY BLUNT IN THE TITLE ROLE - I was desperate to see it. Despite mixed critic reviews, my own hype could not be deterred.
I just had to see this film, and yet when I did, I came away with mixed feelings.

Emily Blunt - as Rachel

The location was a very poor imitation of the world Hawkins delivered so vividly in her book. The book is set in London - which gives it its strong atmospheric relevance - but with the movie having been filmed in New York, it just wasn't the same. It lacked the gritty, chilly, piercing atmosphere so tangibly described in the book and worthy of being a character in itself, and the story as portrayed in the film felt rather divorced from location because of that. Since setting and location played such a big role in the book, the movie felt weaker because it lacked that authenticity.

The cinematography wasn't as strong as it could have been. In addition, the time jumps in the beginning of the film were jumbled and sloppy, and if you hadn't read the book first, I imagine it would've looked like a mess. But thankfully, it did clear up as it went along.

Rebecca Ferguson - as Anna

The plot was almost as strong as the book's, even though it inevitably excluded minuscule details. But Taylor kept some of the key literal aspects as were in the book, and overall it felt like a faithful book-to-screen adaption. Occasionally the script would waver, and it wasn't as tight as it could have been, but it was decent.
Even though I already knew how the story would end, I was still thoroughly gripped and entertained throughout.  It didn't exactly get my heart racing, but it held my attention.
Another comparison I must make between the book and the movie: I felt like the movie emphasised the theme more than the book (as I remember it; since I read it a while ago) did. The theme being: we can think we know someone but we don't, we can see the beautiful outside impression but fail to see what lurks beneath (as Rachel saw Scott and Meghan's relationship), and etc, etc. The movie made that theme a lot clearer, and to me it became utterly thought provoking. 

Film bordered too closest on soapy melodrama. It had a strong soapy vibe to it, and frequently came across "dreamlike". It wasn't real enough, and was too melodramatic and unrealistic in places. It felt removed, distant, and almost divorced from real life.  I say "almost" because it scraped by, but the soapy aspect was definitely still there.

Hayley Bennett - as Meghan

I found the acting quality varied.  All the guys were weak: Theroux was much better than Evans, but still weak. Rebecca Ferguson, as Anna, was definitely the weakest of the females, yet she was still stronger than the guys. But Emily Blunt was phenomenal, and Haley Bennett wasn't far behind. Blunt is a brilliant actress (and my main incentive for watching the film) and she let herself be utterly consumed by and immersed in Rachel's character.  She was exquisite, and gave heart, empathy, desperation, vulnerability, and intensity to the character as vividly as though she'd been born Rachel. She was a heartbreakingly flawed protagonist, and I was unable not to root for her.
Rachel was far from being a hero, but Blunt made her impossible to hate. And I thought her ability to convey such complicated inner turmoil was brilliant.

I felt like the writers did skimp on character development, but it wasn't a big issue.

The Girl on the Train was a decent thriller despite a faulty setting, some weak acting, and a melodramatic, soapy tone.   
But it was ultimately carried by a phenomenal performance from Emily Blunt who delivered an Oscar-worthy performance.  Without a doubt, Blunt was the highlight. And I am tempted to rate the film 4 flowers just because of her performance...   

Would I recommend it?: Not really.
Would I watch it again?: Yes.  

Monday, 20 March 2017

CAN'T BUY FOREVER - by Susan Laffoon

Can't Buy Forever - Susan Laffoon
Year Published: 2015 - by Page Publishing Inc.
Pages: 218.
Genres: Young adult / romance / historical fiction /
Source: Thank you to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

In the early 1950s, Odessa Drake (Dessa) is rescued from a bleak existence with a single mother. She takes a chance on the unknown to work in a boarding house owned by a widowed great aunt in Mineville, New York. Dessa is devoted to Aunt Flo and especially a young man, Nicholas, who appears and takes shelter in the attic, the only available space. Four years pass. She looks forward to each day because of his presence, in spite of the tedious work. Dessa is now eighteen and knows little more of Nicholas than the day he arrived to work the mines. She knows only he is a remarkable man who has a limp and she trusts Nicholas explicitly. There is a familiarity both recognize and an unshakeable bond develops. Nicholas has reasons to keep his past buried. Dangers loom and become evident when Nicholas gets too close and exposes their bond. What is the mystery behind this threat? To discover the answer, they escape by railway heading West, colliding with treachery and uncovering secrets, mile by mile. Their journey is impossible, but, they are supported by friends who risk their lives to make sure a great love and lineage is preserved. Or is it? None will forget their odyssey as they proceed to their destiny farther than they imagined.

I love thrillers. And seeing as this particular thriller is blended with historical romance, I thought it sounded amazing.
Unfortunately, I just couldn't love this book. Or even go as far as to say I liked it...

The grammar was horrendous. I have never before seen such typos and grammatical errors. From the blurb on the back, to the author info, to the story itself, the sentences and spelling were a mess. The sentences were choppy, in passive voice, and the words were frequently in the wrong order. In addition, the tenses were constantly changing; leaping from present to past and then back again.
It was a mess.
The overuse of exclamation marks might have been bearable if they didn't constantly kill the drama and force me to roll my eyes at the story incidents.  As it was, they were ill-used and misplaced.

The story was so confusing. It started without proper set-up, without background or setting to let me get my bearings, and the scenes were jumbled and sloppy. The writing did nothing to evoke my senses, and the landscape/setting (which had great historical potential) was flat and one-dimensional. The description of physical setting in all of the scenes was also incredibly sparse.  
I was confused and lost, and the story never once redeemed itself. The writing was also cheesy, and the scenes jumped all over the place with no sense of logic or structure.  

I felt like the story began in the wrong place. The plot was threadbare, and the way the story began left no room for character development or plausible plot twists - at least the kind that was realistic. As it was, the story began with Dessa already having known Nicholas for years and didn't show her relationship background with any of the other characters. I also found it hard to believe that only now was she questioning his past and only now were they being threatened by external forces.   
It became obvious about halfway through the book that there was some magical, paranormal element at play; specifically to do with Nicholas. However, it was never fully explained, and felt unrealistic considering the historical "setting" and the events preceding the paranormal revelation. I wasn't allowed time to absorb the shock of there being some magic at play, because it was glossed over and poorly revealed. It was just badly done, and came across like the author had only thought of it halfway through writing the novel.

The ending of the book was also bizarre. Just bizarre.

The characters were flat and cliched. Dessa was your Bella Swan with even less personality and in need of even more saving, and Nicholas definitely fit the sexist, brooding, and in this story Mormon-version of Edward Cullen.   The romance was incredibly Twilighty, and in fear of giving spoilers, I'll just say that the age of the characters had something to do with it...
And the sexism. If you know me, then you'll know that sexist romances or sexist dialogue literally makes my blood boil. I actually exclaimed out loud more than once while reading through sections of this book - in shock.
Here are some of the things that passed between Nicholas and Dessa, which will illustrate my point:
- Nicholas insists on choosing Dessa's prom date for her and "interviews" each guy.
- Nicholas is constantly carrying Dessa around like she's a puppy and she's constantly in need of rescuing.
- More than once, Nicholas says to her:

"Now Dessa, don't make me hurt you," as if it's a threat WHICH IT IS.

- Now for the most horrifying part of the book: Nicholas marries Dessa while she's unconscious. No lie: she faints, and deduced from their conversation after she's woken up, it comes across like Nicholas purposefully wanted it that way.
Here's a paragraph from Dessa's friend's point of view (I've cut parts to shorten it, but kept it all in context).  

Nicholas married you".........."I didn't know what was going on until you passed out in Nicholas's arms.....Nicholas had to coax you to say the words on your own........."..........." Nicholas said he needed to marry you, so he could feel your thoughts closer and clearer while he's apart from you. {Part of the paranormal element, by the way} Being his wife makes it that much easier. He could protect you."......... "I knew you would have married Nicholas even if you had known. He was jubilant, hoping you'd feel the same when you discovered you were Mrs. Nicholas Westley."  

I'm sorry, but call me an independent female if I disagree with this incident. Personally, I'd like to have a say whether I marry a guy or not, and I would greatly appreciate it if he actually waited till I was fully conscious before getting me to say "I do." And I'd like to believe that most women would expect that, too.  

But the book wasn't all bad. It was a very unique story idea, and had a very sweet, heartfelt undertone. Relationships played a big role in the story, and I could tell the author cared about each of her characters.

I'm sorry to say it, but I thought Can't Buy Forever was badly written with flat characters, a sexist romance, sparse description, horrendous typos and cheesy writing. It had great potential, but I was disappointed. 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Weekly Round-Up: Reading and Watching

Hope you've all had a good week! I've been watching and reading a lot, but unfortunately the books haven't been amazing.   I've been binge watching The Musketeers series 1, and while it definitely isn't a great series, it's been fun and relaxing :) 
I also watched The Girl on the Train yesterday, and I'll be reviewing that this week. 

In other news, I've been keeping a writing notebook since the first of Jan this year, and on the 20th of March I'll come to the end of it. I'll go onto another beautiful notebook and keep writing a page every day, but I thought it would be cool to show you some of the snippets I've been scribbling down each day since the start of the year. So expect to see some of those soon :)  

Posts of the week: 

Book Review: The Helper
Book Review: Milijun

Having not enjoyed Fielding's previous book, I was hesitant to start this one. But it's okay so far :) 

This looks like a deliciously scary thriller, and I'll be starting it in a few months. 

I can't wait to read Lyrebird, and so when I saw it in a second-hand shop for a really cheap price, I grabbed it! 
I've already read The Help, but I bought this copy because I wanted an edition with the film cover ;) 
I've already watched Rogue Nation, but I loved it so much that I had to buy a copy. 

(I won't be reviewing any of these three). 

From this week on-wards, I've decided to hold off taking any more book photos. The reason: I'm becoming increasingly frustrated with my mediocre photo-taking skills, and so I'm going to wait till I can buy loads more flowers and a nice white sheet for a background. 
I'd rather deliver the best possible photos, and until then, I'm not going to force myself to take photos that don't meet that standard.  

How's your week been? What have you read or watched? 

Saturday, 18 March 2017

MILIJUN - by Clayton Graham

Milijun - Clayton Graham
Year Published: 2016 - by Publishers Pty Ltd.
Pages: 322.
Genres: Science fiction / adult fiction
Source: Thank you to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!

It is Australia in 2179. On a moonlit Nullarbor night, Laura Sinclair and son, Jason, witness aliens descend to Earth. The extraterrestrials endeavour to form a symbiotic relationship with humankind, and Jason is chosen as a genetic link in a bizarre trial involving the impregnation of human females with hybrid embryos and exploration of spiritual compatibility. Laura crosses swords with Major General Sebastian Ord from the Australian Defence Force, Eucla and Uriel, the enigmatic head of Milijun, a reclusive research facility in the outback. Following a disastrous armed attempt to capture aliens at Cocklebiddy Cave and a fierce confrontation at Eucla, Jason is abducted by an alien swarm. What follows tests the resolve of Laura to the core. Caught in a relentless web of frightening new technologies and alien mystery, spurred by the undying love of her son, she gains a strength of character she never thought possible. All she has to do is save herself, Jason and several women and unborn children from the scheming plans of man and alien alike ...

It's been a long time since I read a science fiction novel and since I've liked them in the past, I was eager to accept a copy from the author when he offered it to me.
Unfortunately, it wasn't as enjoyable as I was hoping it would be.

The language was repetitive. A number of phrases were very overused, and this became more and more frustrating as I read on.
The writing wasn't concise. There were too many words, the sentences were frequently too long, and much of what was said or described could've been drastically shortened; which in addition would have made a stronger point. I was unable to reap very much information or emotion from the overwrought sentences, and I frequently lost my train of thought because of them.  
There were some lovely descriptions.  Every scene was described in detail, and while this did get a bit much at times, it was ultimately vivid and tantalizing.    

It was very action-packed, which I loved. The last quarter of the book was exciting and gripping, and not a single chapter went by without some physical action or fight or battle.
There was a lot of science and scientific terminology.  This was a very heavy science fiction book, and unfortunately much of the science terminology, etc, was lost on me. It was definitely intelligent and detailed, but I found it very confusing. I think a science buff would be able to get more from it than I did.
I also really struggled to suspend disbelief and buy into Clayton's world.  And this brings me to: the world-building was lacking; but not in the usual sense. The place of Milijun and its inhabitants was very detailed and intricate, but I wanted to know more about the outside world.  I wanted to know about people's everyday lives and what jobs they worked at and how their families lived, but that - the world outside of Milijun and Laura and Jason's experiences - was incredibly vague. I was desperate for some "humanity", if I can call it that. I wanted to know how people lived and how the "normal" world operated. Instead, the focus was on the community of Milijun and its scientific aims. I was frustrated.

The book started off with a very cluttered cast, but they did become easier to keep track of as the story went along. Still, I didn't particularly like any of the characters. I found Jason annoying and weak, and Laura frustrating. Her character arc and development were very good, but I didn't like her personality. She was an irritating character who constantly acted without thinking, and while this could be attributed to her situation and undying love for her son, she was still hard to love.
The rest of the cast were left with vague personalities that I never quite got a grasp on. They could've been much stronger. 

If you love science fiction and all things science-related, I am positive you'll love Milijun
I like science fiction but I'm not mad about it, so I found the negative aspects of the book hard to ignore. It was a strong idea, but I thought the execution could've been better.  

Friday, 17 March 2017

The Blog Squad: A Blogger Collaboration - Part 5

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.


What makes you follow a blog?

There’s a huge variety of reasons that I might hit follow on a blog. Sometimes it’s because the blog owner is following my blog and I feel we have something in common so I will ‘follow back’, sometimes it’s because I’ve had a few comments on my blog from the blog owner and I want to stay in touch with what they’re posting. Without any prior contact though, the thing that will make me follow a blog the most is content that interests me. 

 I want a blog to keep me wanting to coming back - do we have the same taste in books? Do we read the same genres? Are there interesting discussion posts? Following a blog means that I will continually see notifications when there are updates etc. and I don’t want to see notifications for something that doesn’t interest me (obviously). 

 It doesn’t have to be that we read the same books - I’m connected to and follow a lot of bloggers that don’t necessarily read everything that I read nor do they read things that I would read, but we can connect on a more personal level. 

Blog layout is also definitely a factor - how easily can I find what I am looking for? Is the blog ‘easy on the eye’? It doesn’t have to be the most visually stunning masterpiece, but I don’t want to be turned off the blog because of the graphics or layout.

Ah! So many reasons for why I follow a blog! Sometimes it’s because the blogger is following me and I’m returning the favor by following back or sometimes I make friends with someone on Goodreads/ Twitter and hence decide to follow their blog. But mostly, it’s the content that makes me visit a blog again and again and eventually follow it. 

 Most of the blogs I follow have wonderful discussion posts, well written helpful reviews and interesting content basically! Also I prefer to follow blogs with good interaction and interesting conversations. 

 And as my friends have pointed out, blog layout is a factor - maybe not a big one but it’s there all the same. I’d like it if the blog loads quickly and is easy to navigate. When I’m confused by the blog’s layout, I’m not so keen to visit again. The design could be elaborate or simple or anything in between as long as it is clear and easy to navigate. 

 Also something very important, it should be easy to follow. Many a times I find a blog I really like but I can’t ‘cause I can’t find the follow button! I’d like to see some means of follow in the sidebar or the footer to make it easy!

Where do you find the blogs that you are currently following?

I find a lot of blogs from Twitter, Goodreads and other bloggers following me. I either follow using GFC Gadgets or using BlogLovin’. I try to challenge myself to visit new blogs on a weekly basis and leave a comment on a post to see if I might be able to make a new connection although this year has been a tough year for finding time to visit random blogs!

I’ve mostly found blogs via Goodreads Groups, Twitter and Instagram. I must say that Twitter group chats are a great way of meeting new bloggers and discovering similar blogs. Some really awesome blogs I’ve come across are via the comments in my blog! I’ve also discovered great blogs via Amy’s and Di’s comments too.

What makes you comment on a blog post?

There are blogs that I visit all of the time and bloggers who I’ve built a relationship with, and I’ll often just stop by their blogs when I see new posts of theirs coming up and leave a comment - just because we are ‘friends’ and I want to keep up our relationship. 

 If someone comments on my blog I will always make the effort to go back to their blog and leave a comment for them too because I totally believe in that and spreading the commenting love! 

 I love commenting either on reviews of books that I have read, want to read or just plain look interesting. I also love commenting on discussion posts that resonate with me - all the bookish stuff I love to talk about in real life!

The content. If I have views regarding the topic being discussed in the post or if I’ve read / looking forward to read the book being talked about, I would most definitely leave a comment. Sometimes, as Amy does, I leave a comment to support a new blogger. 

 I also comment on the blogs whose owners have commented on my blog. This is a part of the ‘comment back’ policy I follow! I love getting comments on my post and want to show some love to other blogs too! But yes, mostly if I’m leaving a comment on your blog, it’s because I love what you’ve written and want to show my appreciation as well as express my views.

If you'd like to read my answers, then hop over to their collab posts!

 We hope you’ve enjoyed Part 5 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!