Updates: Winter Day

Welcome to Canada, where the weather was a beautiful 12 degrees yesterday and now it’s negative 12. What’s a better way to spend this cold, winter day? Stay home to read, do some research, do some writing  and watch shows!

Began watching Attack on Titan last night on Netflix and (of course) I’m hooked. I’m not someone who loves to watch anime or who even watches anime (I’ve got nothing against it, it’s just usually not my type… I’m more kdrama, I think– a select handful, at least). Totally love it. Thank you hype on Tumblr!

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Definitely forgot to mention here but I’ve set myself to start getting into the graphic novels business! Watchmen would be my second GN as I had gotten myself Sandman Vol 1: Preludes & Nocturnes as my first. Not only am I so overwhelmed with all the GN titles I want to read, it’s taking me a while to get around GNs. As someone who read just plain text all her life, I find it surprisingly challenging to read GNs — which of course I did not anticipate. Yeah, I’m that idiot that went, graphic novels? I can read through them like a breeze! WHOMP.

Well, I hope everyone is having a great day! Stay warm and happy reading 🙂

William Shakespeare says hi, and good day to you, human.

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EDIT: Have you seen the recent Vanity Fair photoshoot BY ANNIE LEIBOVITZ?

Definitely getting myself a copy!

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Introduction: Book Blog (+) and (-)

At the age of 13/14, I gradually became aware with the Book Blogging world (which then became Vlogging as well). I looked up to these people for they not only get the advantage of reading books in advance, their opinions matter to hundreds and thousands of people and I remember thinking: since I love reading, writing and sharing my passion so much — why not have my own book blog? 

So following that thought I did some research on what it’s like to run a book blog, what attributes of yourself is key to a successful blog, how to gain connections, etc. Upon seeing many opinions on running a book blog which ranged from: an absolute pleasure to it makes reading homework/this is too much/how do you do all that — I still decided to launch my own book blog which then had been poorly titled, Lit Up My World and fortunately, I did not struggle with requesting titles from publishers.

Now if you’re thinking of running your very own book blog here are a few key points to keep in mind:

Negatives

  1. Let’s just get this straight: if you wish to run a book blog solely for the reason that you  just want ARCs then please do not continue. Book blogging is not an express ticket to ARCs, it’s simply your platform to voice out (rather, type out) your opinions on books you’ve read or would like to read.
  2. It makes reading homework.
  3. This may be just me but you have to be a tad bit artistically inclined to design your own blog so then you can distinguish your book blog among the thousands of others.
  4. Time management, organization and commitment. This is something I’ve been very guilty about for weeks, if not months, because I just either couldn’t manage my time, did not have any organization in my life or the blog whatsoever and many days spent felt like I was too… tired to read, and truth be told, I haven’t read in a very long time and if I have, I slack off with writing a review on it. Sincerely apologizing to all readers/publishers. 
  5. You read the first book in the series and it’s an ARC… THE EXCRUCIATING WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL.

Positives

  1. “Do you get paid doing all this?” “YES! Through books” “Wow… isn’t that too much wo–” “yes and no, it’s worth it though”–> actual conversation I get when people find out I run a blog.
  2. It’s gratifying to know your opinion matters to people, that you influence people in selecting books through your passion.
  3. Great community! Everyone’s always helping each other out. Seriously, you can find a contact page on every book blogger’s site and they will accommodate any newbie because they know exactly how it feels. Especially speaking with the publishers’ publicists, they are all very nice and considerate.
  4. If you’re an aspiring author, practising your commitment and organization skills will greatly enhance your chances in finishing your first book or getting published

Tips

  1. Before requesting titles from publishers, ensure you’ve at least had 3 or 6 months of practice/ blog life. Unlike me, I did not prepare for it so now I’m struggling to cope with it — however, don’t mistake me. I LOVE my Ficsane Reads. 
  2. If you live outside of United States, or even if you do live in USA, have GoodReads and Netgalley. ARCs are expensive to make so sometimes they resort to sending them out through eARCs.

That’s all I can think of for now. I hope you study the art of book blogging before jumping into it but what matters most is that you ensure you enjoy it — the world, as it is, isn’t a pleasant place… let’s not add more burdens on your shoulder. Best of luck! Let me know if you need anything or any questions you’d like to ask.

 

Update: Rainbows and Books TBR!

Hello beautiful reader, having a rough day? Here’s a rainbow!

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Heavy rain on Monday, a rainbow that brightens the day during sunset. Ironically, I was having a bad day Monday so seeing this was really nice (Also, wasn’t Monday the day RAINBOW Rowell came to Toronto? It’s like a Welcome sign from Toronto’s weather! Ha!)

That aside, books– it’s evident, isn’t it?

I’m slacking off. I apologize, again, blogging isn’t easy and although my schedule isn’t all that filled up, I am also busy catching up with life. It’s actually so bad cause the last time I read was about two weeks ago and that’s when I finished THE BURNING SKY — which b t w, was splendid, stay tuned for a review! So this post is to just update you guys and show you the amount of books I’ve yet to read AND write a review from. Blogging is no joke, it makes reading homework. 

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I’ll be starting NEVER FADE by Alexandra Bracken and continuing to finish VICIOUS by Victoria Schwab!

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The next following days will be me trying so very hard to catch up on my book reviews, until then happy reading dear readers 🙂

In My Mailbox/Netgalley-Approved/Book Haul!

 

 

 
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Everything is a final copy and bought with my money, except for REVELATIONS by J.A. Souders, thank you Crystal!

In addition, I’ve been approved for multiple titles on Netgalley! Thank you to all publishers 🙂

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So very excited to read and review all of these! What are you currently reading? Comment below! 🙂

P.S. I’ve been on an incredibly long hiatus without intentionally being on one. Right now I’m aiming to catch up on all the reviews, I sincerely apologize to those who are waiting for a review/ the publishers because I’ve been really busy with life. Hopefully I’ll catch up sooner than later!

Have a great day!

I am going to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Toronto Premiere

It’s UNBELIEVABLE but all POSSIBLE thanks to Chapters & Indigo. It would be wonderful to reunite with some actors, maybe some crew that became really good friends with me and three of my other friends. If you don’t know, I’m Michelle Mags from TMI Source and wrote all the Set Reports for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – and after all those 54 days of filming, set scouting and hanging out with the cast and crew and dinner with Cassandra Clare, I get to now see the final product on the premiere!

All my stars are aligning and I can’t feel anything but thankful and ecstatic!

If you have yet to read the Mortal Instruments series, please do your life a favor and GET ON IT. Also, read the wonderful The Infernal Devices! (it’s actually my favorite)