Book Bloggers: 100+ Links to Everything You Need to Know

Book Blogging Resources

I’m always on the lookout for blogging tips and tricks and various tutorials, and I get quite a lot of emails asking for advice on how to get started, or how to do this and this. I also remember how clueless I was when I started this blog three years ago. I didn’t know what I was doing and I know it took me a while to figure it all out. I’ve learned an awful lot throughout the years and while I simply don’t have the time to sit down and write it all down, I decided to do the next best thing. So, I created a long list of ALL the things I think you might need or want to know as a newbie (or not so newbie) book blogger. If you’re thinking about starting a book blog but not sure how to get started, I hope you get some ideas from here. And if you’ve been blogging for a while but, just like me, you’re always looking for new information, I hope you find some new tricks among these links. Enjoy!

How to Start a Book Blog

How to Write Book Reviews

Photo Editing Tips and Tricks for Bloggers

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No Books Allowed – August 2014 (X Factor Auditions & Barcelona!)

No Books Allowed

Welcome to No Books Allowed. This is a monthly feature hosted by Raimy from Readaraptor, which is used to discuss things things in life which aren’t connected to books. This post can be used to talk about days out, music, TV, video games, films, etc for all those book bloggers out there who do occasionally do stuff other than read and go to book events!

Aloha, booklovers! It’s been so long. SO long. I wanted to write my No Books Allowed posts for June and July so badly because SO many things happened this summer, but I never seemed to have the time to sit down and put my post together. But I finally have a quiet hour so I can FINALLY update you all and tell you what happened this month. Beware, it won’t be short. But it will be fun, I promise! So, here goes.

The X Factor

I kicked off this month with two brilliant events. Namely, the X Factor UK auditions and boot camp. No, I wasn’t a contestant. Believe me, you don’t want to hear me sing. No, I was in the 5 thousand-strong audience watching other people who, unlike me, can sing. Or think they can, anyway. I’ve watched and loved the show pretty much from the beginning (although I stopped watching it after Cheryl and Dannii left), so now that Cheryl and Simon are back on the panel, I knew I had to be there.

I’ve never been to a recording like this before but I’m not joking when I say it was one of the coolest, most surreal experiences of my life. I’ve watched this show for years. I watched these people while I was curled up in bed in my comfy PJs, stuffing my face with pizza, and now… I’m suddenly there. And not only there at the arena but right behind the judges’ table, in the second row. In the SECOND FREAKING ROW.

Cheryl Cole X Factor 2014

X Factor 2014 judgesa

Un-freaking-believable. The following week I also went to one of the boot camp recordings, which, again, was so much fun. I mean, when 5,000 people are singing/shouting Dirty Dancing’s ‘Time of My Life’ with the contestant even at midnight… it doesn’t get any better than that, surely?

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Showcase Sunday #87 + I’m on Holiday!

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here.

Hello everyone! I have LOTS of new books to show you today but I wanted to let you all know that I’m on holiday until this time next week and won’t be around much as I’m not taking my laptop with me. I’m taking quite a few books, though, so I’ll be back with lots of reviews for you.

Incoming

Showcase Sunday #87

Guinea Pigs Online books

Ghost Moth | Crossing the Line | Eren
Guinea Pigs Online | GPO: Bunny Trouble
| GPO: Viking Victory | GPO: Christmas  Quest

I already uploaded and resized these images when I realised I already showed you Ghost Moth in last week’s post – sorry about that! I usually put my review copies in one pile and completely forgot this one arrived earlier.

Anyway, lots of shiny new books to check out this week – many thanks to Pan Macmillan, Constable & Robinson and Quercus Kids for them! Eren is truly stunning (I posted two close up images of the front and back cover here and here, if you’re interested – I love them) and I’ll have a special excerpt for you in early September.

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No Time For Goodbye Readalong: Week 5 + An Exclusive Giveaway!

No Time for Goodbye readalong

Good morning everyone and welcome to our very last No Time for Goodbye Readalong discussion! If you missed the previous recaps, make sure to read them here before reading this post because (understandably) it WILL contain spoilers. And if you’ve just found us and not sure what this event is all about, you’ll find all the information you need on the No Time for Goodbye sign-up page.

Ah, the last ten chapters. It’s my second time reading this book but they still managed to keep me on the edge of my seat until the very end. There were actually quite a few details I still didn’t remember (Rolly’s secret being one of them) so it was a brilliant read even for the second time.

We finally hear the truth about Cynthia’s family and what happened on that fateful night 25 years ago and boy, what a story it is. Her dad, Clayton Bigge, had two different identities. He had a wife and a son in one state, and a wife, a son and a daughter in another. He had to split his life between the two, pretending he was going away on business every time he drove off to his other family. Mind-boggling, I know.

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Showcase Sunday #86

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here.

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! Did you have a nice week? Mine went by surprisingly quickly, which I’m really happy about because this time next week I’ll be sitting on a plane en route to Barcelona! I’ve never been to Spain before so I’m really looking forward to it. Plus, it’ll be nice to soak up the sun on a nice beach with a good book for company. :D

In other news, since I know a lot of you (including me) prefer to leave blog reading, commenting and scheduling for the weekend because we’re busy during the week, I decided to start a new weekly newsletter. If it sounds like something you’d like to be part of (you know you want to!), you can subscribe at the very top of the page or by clicking here.

Incoming

Showcase Sunday 86

Ghost Moth | Reunited

I met the lovely Karin – who came to London on holiday – last Saturday and she gave me her copy of Reunited, which I’ve been meaning to read for ages. Although I’ve heard mixed things about this one and even Karin said it wasn’t as good as she expected, I’m really looking forward to picking it up. I love road trip books and I’m always looking for new ones to read so it sounds perfect!

Ghost Moth is a review copy from Hachette, which arrived yesterday. I’ve seen this a lot on Twitter and is a genre which I haven’t read lately, so it’ll be a nice change from YA and crime fiction. :) Thanks, guys!

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Bout of Books 11 – Goals!

Bout of Books 11

Bout of Books is a  week-long read-a-thon organised by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It runs from Monday, 18th August to Sunday, 24th August. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

I’ve always said it but I’ll say it again: Bout of Books is one of my favourite read-a-thons ever. It was the very first bookish event I’ve ever participated in three years ago and this is where I met some of my oldest bookish buddies, who I consider very good friends even today, so BoB will always be a special event for me.

I wasn’t sure if I would be able to join in this time because I’m going on holiday on the 24th (and who knows how much time I’ll have between work and packing) but I really need to catch up on reading and I need some motivation – plus I missed chatting to you all – so I decided to sign up. AND I CAN’T. WAIT.

My goals:

  • Finish two books: I’m not the fastest reader and I know I won’t have an insane amount of time, so finishing two books would be perfect already.
  • Participate in as many challenges as I can (at least 1 each day)
  • Find new people to follow on Twitter and the blogosphere: One of the things I love about BoB the most is how great the community is and how many friends you can make in one week, so I’m really looking forward to chatting to you all.

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No Time For Goodbye Readalong: Week 4

No Time for Goodbye readalong

Good morning everyone and welcome to our next No Time for Goodbye Readalong discussion! If you missed the previous three recaps, make sure to read them (you’ll find them here) before continuing with the story or reading this post, as we’re nearing the end of the book and it WILL contain spoilers. And if you’ve just found us and not sure what this event is all about, you’ll find all the information you need on the No Time for Goodbye sign-up page.

Chapters 31-40 revealed a lot of information we’ve been missing and I think it’s safe to say we got to a point in the story where we have a pretty good idea what might have happened 25 years ago and what’s going on with Cynthia’s father and his double identity. All we missing is the reason for all this, an explanation.

After waking up to an empty house and realising his wife and daughter are gone, Terry decides to visit Cynthia’s ex-boyfriend Vince, whom she used to date back in high school before her family disappeared. As it turns out, Vince had nothing to with it – or Cynthia and Grace’s disappearance, for that matter – but he did see something that he hadn’t told anyone back then. On the night her family vanished, Vince was parked in front of her house, waiting for her to come outside – but she never did. Her mother and brother did, however. Shortly after they got home with a drunk Cynthia, Cynthia’s mum and brother left in a hurry. They both got in her mum’s car and drove away. A couple of minutes later her dad stormed out and drove off after them. Vince had no idea what was happening but what made things even more fishy was another, unknown car, which has been parked outside the house ever since Vince got there. When Cynthia’s dad got in the car to follow his wife and son, the unknown car went after them. Vince couldn’t see the driver but it was probably the same dark car Terry saw lurking around Grace’s school.

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