Shoutouts (Part 2)

Hey guys! I’m here with another round of shoutouts where I give some people that I follow on various platforms some recognition because, well, they’re awesome! Definitely check them out when you have a chance. Also check out my first round of shoutouts to see other awesome book people.

Blogger

AlexaLovesBooks – I recently started following her a few weeks ago and I love her content! She’s very thorough and concise when it comes to reviews and she talks about a lot of interesting topics. To top it off, she also cohosts various events, such as Love-a-thon and Flights of Fantasy. Definitely give her a look if you haven’t already!

Booklr

books-cupcakes – I’ve been following her for a while now and I love the content she puts out. She reblogs a lot of beautiful pictures, but she also has a lot of great original content, too, such as the Book Photo Challenge. It’s a fun event and she always keeps pretty positive whenever she talks about things. She also has a shop on Red Bubble, which I’ve purchased from before and I love her designs!

Booktube

ThoughtsonTomes – I’ve been following Sam for a while, probably a year now, and I love love love her content! She’s always so talkative and thorough in many of the subjects she talks about. She makes me laugh and smile and I think that’s really important when it comes to Booktube: connecting with the audience. Definitely check her out because she’s just a great person.

Bookstagram

Tris_has_a_nook – I recently (as in the last week) followed her and her content is so cute! I love seeing books on bookstagram and how people are so creative when it comes to pictures and she is no exception! She also has lot of pictures of her cat and her and her boyfriend, which are just as equally adorable. Check her out!

And there you go! Some awesome people who talk about books. Definitely check each of them out because each of their content is great.

As I’ve said before, I’ll try to do these shoutouts every now and then to recognize some awesome book people across the book community on multiple platforms.

If you have any suggestions for shoutouts, please let me know!

Shoutouts (Part 1)

Hey peeps. So, I’ve been thinking about this for a while now and I figured that I’m just going to jump right in and do it, and that is this: giving shoutouts to some awesome book bloggers/tubers/bookstagrammers/booklrs/etc. I feel like we don’t give each other enough credit, or we do only on the platform we use, so I want to reach out and share some of my favorite peeps and their content.

So, without further ado, I’ll list one person per category this time around and probably add more the next time I give a shoutout.

Blogger

ChocolatePages – Not only does Amanda have the best handle ever (chocolaaaaaateeeee), but she also does an assortment of posts, not limiting herself to just book reviews. She also does recipes and giveaways! I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t love to cook up new stuff every now and then? She’s very thoughtful and honest in her reviews and I definitely think you should check her out!

Booklr

books-and-cookies – Mary is such a sweet girl and I think that she is definitely a great booklr! She posts and reposts a lot of cool pictures and fun things relating to books, plus she has sections where she does book reviews and gives her honest opinion, as well. When she gushes about a book, SHE GUSHES. You can tell when she does or doesn’t like what she reads. Definitely check her out if you’re ever on tumblr! I believe she focuses mostly on YA books, but there is a mix in there!

Booktuber

RonLit – She is very intellectual and very sassy. I love her discussions as there’s a lot she talks about that I don’t normally see around the BookTube world. She does many reviews on classics and books she reads for her master’s classes, but she does mostly discussions on things in literature that can and should be talked about. She brings a fresh, fun take on topics and if you’re looking for someone who’s more on the adult/analytical/sassy side, definitely check her out!

Bookstagram

Bookaholic_Banter – She’s a fun person who uploads pictures of what she’s reading, fun pages, giveaways, and more on her profile and  the way she does them is simple, but it gets right to the point. I enjoy seeing her photos of what she’s reading and maybe it’ll spark my interest into what I might want to read at some point. She does have a main blog, but I follow her on Instagram, soooo there you go.

There you have it! Shoutouts to four lovely ladies and just a snippet of what you can expect to find on their pages/blogs/etc! I hope you check them out and maybe you’ll find something you like.

I’ll try to do these shoutouts every so often as I think it’s important to acknowledge fellow book lovers across the world! I promise to include all or mostly males next time.

Any people you follow that you recommend? Let me know who and which platform and I’ll definitely check them out!

Giving Honest Reviews

I think this is probably the most important thing when it comes to reviewing books, movies, or whatever else you review: be honest.

There are some people out there who try to bribe the reviewer into giving a positive review for some sort of benefit in return. But really, it’s not worth it because you’re not giving your full, 100% honest review of said product.

I’ve never had this happen to me, but it does happen.

Whenever I review a book or movie I’m always giving my 100% honest review. I think it’s important to share your innermost thoughts and feelings because then it allows other readers/viewers to get a sense for what the book or movie is like and they may or may not want to take a chance with it.

Now does this mean that your opinion will coincide with someone else’s? No. Don’t worry if your review is different from someone else’s. If you liked a book and rated it 5/5 stars and thought it was fantastic, while someone else rated it 1/5 stars and absolutely hated it, that’s okay. Everyone has differing views and tastes.

It can get a bit more stressful when a book or movie is super hyped up, though. You almost feel like you have to give it a positive review or rating. I’ve had this happen to me on several occasions with books that were super hyped up and felt bad for not giving it a decent rating. But in all honesty, if you didn’t like it or it didn’t meet your expectations, then rate it and review it as such.

But let’s not forget that when it comes to reviewing there’s a difference between giving an honest or critical review, and just being plain mean. Examples of each:

  • Honest/critical: This book, though written well with lovely prose and a great character arc, seemed to be lacking in world building. The author presented the characters in a fashion that helped me to get to know them better, but I didn’t feel like they belonged in the world that was being described.
  • Mean: This book had no depth or vision to it at all. I could’ve written it better and put in more detail here and there so the reader wouldn’t be totally lost like I was. Frankly, this author sucks at what they do.

Okay, I’m not good at giving mean examples, but you get the picture. One talks about the positive aspects of the novel while giving an analysis about why the characters were good, but the world building wasn’t as much and this can potentially lead to an explanation as to why that was for the reviewer. The other boasts the self and doesn’t really give a reason (or potentially lead to a reason) as to why they thought what they did, shooting down the author as being less than the person he/she is.

So, yes, while it is important to give honest reviews that people can look to and say, “Oh, this book sounds interesting, I’ll check it out,” or “Well, this helped me to see why I don’t want to read this,” the way you go about executing it is important as well.

Plus, I think people will call you out if you’re being mean in a review. At least I’d hope they would. I’d want someone to do that with me if I ever did that.

Always give your 100% honest review in any situation. Don’t let anyone try to persuade you otherwise. It’s important for readership and it’s important for having that trust that you build over time with your own viewers as well as authors, publishing companies, and other bloggers.

Do you ever feel like you have to botch a review just to make someone else happy? Do you feel pressured to give good ratings and reviews just because of the hype surrounding a book? Reflecting back on your past reviews, were you ever mean in any of them? Let me know.

Book Blogger/Tuber TMI Tag

I was tagged by Warisha at warishareads and since I thought these questions were really fun and thorough, I wanted to do this tag! It was originally created by JiixBooks on YouTube. Here are the questions:

1)Whose clothes style from a book character do you like?

Hmm. I think America’s from The Selection series by Kiera Cass. I love the idea of wearing gorgeous dresses all the time. So beautiful.
2)Your book boyfriend/ fictional crush?

Kaden from “The Kiss of Deception” by Mary E. Pearson. That boy, just… *melt*
3)Ever loved a character but than started hating him?

I… am not sure…
4)Biggest/Longest book on your shelf?

This is a hard question because does this mean height? Width? Book pages? Well, I’m going to go with pages, and that’s one of the Song of Ice and Fire books by George R.R. Martin. Mass paperback = thick copies.
5)Heaviest book on your shelf?

Probably my Broadview Anthology of British Literature textbooks. Those babies weigh a ton.
6)Do you have any book posters?

Unfortunately, not. >:
7)Do you have any book themed jewelry?

Do Walt Disney World Alex and Ani bracelets count? >> Or Mickey Mouse earrings?
8)Book OTP?

Clary/Jace from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Karou/Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bones trilogy by Laini Taylor. America/Maxon from The Selection series by Kiera Cass. And it goes on and on.
9)Favorite book series?

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas.
10)Favorite Book-to-movie soundtrack?

I quite enjoy the Harry Potter soundtracks.
11)A book story you miss/ wish would continue?

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli. I WANT A SEQUEL. AHHHHH.
12)Favorite stand-alone?

Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell. Nostalgia, romance, fanfiction. I mean, it doesn’t get any better than that.
13)Since when do you read books?

I started reading from a very young age and have always loved reading. I can’t pinpoint the exact time because my love for reading formed before my first memories did.
14)Which Hogwarts house are you in?

Hufflepuff all the way! Woo!
15)Quality you look for in a book?

The story has to be interesting to me. Vague, generic types of plots don’t intrigue me. Plus the writing style has to grab me, too.
16)Favorite book quote.

I just did a Top Ten Tuesday post on some inspiring quotes! My favorite, though, would probably have to be the one by George R.R. Martin. I love living thousands of lives through reading.
17)Favorite author?

Sarah J Maas, Mary E. Pearson, Cassandra Clare, Laini Taylor, to name a few.
18)Favorite book cover?

Hmm.. I do love the Shatter Me trilogy book covers by Tahereh Mafi. Those are some stunning covers, indeed. (The remake, not the original.)
19)Action or Romance?

Romance, foreverrrrr. ❤
20)Where do you go when a sad moment happens?

In a book? Um… I just keep reading?
21)How long do you need to finish a book?

Depends on the length of the book, how invested I am in the story, and how much free time I have.
22)How long is your mourning period?

Well, it depends on how affected I am. Something like “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth took me a while to get over and digest what I had read.
23)Least favorite Book?

April Morning” by Howard Fast. Boring. So boring.
24)Turn on in a character?

Humorous, sassy, caring.
25)Turn off in a character?

Jerk. Mean. Forceful.
26)Reason I joined Booktube/started book blogging?

Well, I started Booktube because I happened upon a video one day and thought it was really cool. Then I wanted a blog to make everything come together nicely. Frankly, I love my blog more.
27)Name a scary book?

I haven’t really read any scary books yet…
28)Last book that made you cry?

My Heart and Other Black Holes” by Jasmine Warga. Read my review here.
29)Last book that you gave 5 stars?

“My Heart and Other Black Holes” by Jasmine Warga.
30)Any favorite book titles?

Like, the titles themselves? I’d go with “These Broken Stars” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.
31)Last book you read?

“My Heart and Other Black Holes” by Jasmine Warga.
32)Book you’re currently reading?

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” by Stephen King.
33)Last book adaptation you watched?

Insurgent. Just… read my review.
34)A book character you always wanted to talk to?

Celeana Sardothian/Aelin Ashryver Galathynius from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. Or Rowen. OR Chaol. Or any of the characters from that book, except the king. He’s scary.
35)An author you always wanted to talk to?

Sarah J Maas. >> I mean, c’mon. Yes, please.
36)Favorite Book snack?

Don’t really have one.
37)Book world you want to live in?

The world in “The Kiss of Deception” by Mary E. Pearson. I think it would be cool to live in a different world with swords and battles and cute guys like Kaden… >>
38)Least favorite world you want to live in?

The Divergent world.
39)Last time you smelled a book?

I think it was sometime last week…
40)Weird insults used in books?

When it’s more geared toward their world and you don’t really understand how it’s an insult (more fantasy books).
41)Favorite romance book?

Straight up romance? I enjoyed “Enchanting the Lady” by Kathryne Kennedy.
42)Do you write?

I do indeed. I have a writing blog, I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo and am currently participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m working toward writing my second book while editing the first.
43)Favorite magical item?

Uhhh… Magic itself?
44)Your Quidditch position?

The crowd.
45)Name a song you connect to a book.

Is it cheating if I connect the soundtracks of book-to-movie adaptations to their books? >>
46)Favorite book related chat up line?

“Oh, I loved that book!”
47)Have you ever used it?

Probably.
48)Favorite book fandom?

All the fandoms!
49)How many books do you own?

Okay, I’m including the books I don’t currently have at my apartment and the books on my ereader. It’s probably well over 300 books.
50)Who do you tag?

All of you beautiful people!

But more specifically…

Blaise at thebookboulevard

Emily at bbooksmart

booksoverpeople

Annnnnd that’s it! If you want to do this tag, please do! Then link me back in the comments and I’ll check it out!