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Book Blogging V.S. Booktubing

 

So I’m a few weeks into my book blogging and I’m loving it! It’s very therapeutic to discuss my likes and dislikes in writing and reading. I’m really enjoying what I’ve been able to post so far. I’m still getting used to how to use this site and how to follow people or find people to follow.

I’m also surprised by how easy it has been for me to come up with things to blog about in the book world! I currently have about ten topics I want to post about, but I’m trying to only do three posts a week.

I’ve even got a schedule going! Tuesdays are my Book Tag Tuesdays, Thursdays are usually reviews, and weekends are when I post the more in depth discussions. If you have any topic ideas, let me know!

I did video reviews on YouTube for about a year and I enjoyed it but it started to get to the point that I was putting too much thought into it (or maybe not enough). I would have to record a video once a week and I only like recording when I’m home alone, in the beginning that was fine because I worked nights and my husband worked days but now we’re on the same schedule so I would have to shoo him out of the house to feel comfortable recording. I also hated editing and you can tell in my videos. I wanted to post more videos but I also didn’t have many video ideas.

That’s when the idea of book blogging came up and I just went with it! I still have all my videos up on my YouTube channel and I plan on keeping them there, but I probably won’t be doing anymore book related videos.

So how am I feeling about blogging versus booktubing? Ah, I have created a list of what I like an dislike about both. Spoiler alert, I love book blogging more!

 

Booktubing

Pros:

  • You can eventually make money off of it (if you’re the handful of booktubers that have a huge following).
  • I had a handful of subscribers (24) which got me a handful of views.
  • It gave me a reason to read at least two books a month.

Cons:

  • I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I wanted to.
  • I read more while booktubeing but it made me feel bad that I wasn’t reading two or more books a week to review.
  • Didn’t have time to read, record, edit and post.
  • Ran out of ideas, causing my videos to lack in entertainment.
  • I was VERY shy, even just by myself in front of the camera.

 

Book Blogging

Pros:

  • So many topics to discuss.
  • Haven’t ran into any trolls.
  • I don’t have to worry about what I’m wearing or if my hair looks good. No one sees me while I blog!
  • I have more time to figure out how I want to come across or what I want to say.
  • I’ve gotten more followers in one month than the entire time I did booktube.
  • I feel like it’s easier to discuss books on here, versus on booktube (again, trolls are mean on there).

Cons:

  • I can write so many posts, but for some reason, I don’t like reading them. Listening to book related videos interests me more.
  • WordPress is kind of confusing to me.

 

Any ideas on what you would like me to discuss for next weekend?! I’d love to hear your ideas!

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The Ultimate Book Tag

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Yeah, I wish I didn’t because reading would keep me awake but sadly, I get really car sick.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Probably Maggie Steifvaters. She was the first author I recall reading that had multiple POV’s and also wrote from a male perspective. I wish I could write in a male perspective as well as she does!

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Twilight. 1.) I haven’t read HP. 2.) Prefer tons of love over action. 3.) I love quick, easy reads. Twilight was just that.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?

I did when I was in college. Now, in the adult world, I just carry a big purse with my book in it, a notebook to write novel ideas or blog notes in. Along with my wallet and other necessities.

5. Do you smell your books?

Not recently released books, but I do go down into my ‘library’ and smell the old books.

 6. Books with or without little illustrations?

Without, I tried reading an illustrated YA book and HATED it.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? (Ex. I read Twilight before I read HP and thought the writing was amazing but read HP and now think Twilight is a little bit of a joke.)

Twilight as a joke?

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Why are all these questions ragging on Twilight?! Haha. But seriously, I loved reading Twilight. I didn’t even get passed chapter one for Harry Potter (probably because I was pretty young when it come out). I guess if we’re talking series, I loved the Hunger Games while reading but afterwards, I thought it was just like all the other dystopian YA.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Not really, I had a huge collection of Babysitter’s Club books, but that’s about it. No funny stories!

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Probably my small catechism if we’re counting that. It’s about ten pages long I believe.

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10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

We have a ton of big books in our collection, but if we’re talking my YA books, that would be The Host by Stephanie Meyer (which I hated by the way).

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11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I do, but doesn’t everyone now? At the Raven King book signing, Maggie asked how many people want to become writers and half the room raised their hands. I’d love to at least get one book published. It doesn’t even have to sell! I just want to know that I have something out there and one person has enjoyed it.

12. When did you get into reading?

I’ve always enjoyed collecting books, but I didn’t get into reading until I was a senior in high school. Yay Twilight!

13. What is your favorite classic book?

Not big on classics. But I loved reading Fahrenheit 451, and I’m a big fan of Macbeth.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

Of course, those were also usually my favorite teachers too. Creative writing especially.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

Accept it, always room in my collection.

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16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

I don’t really read in those sub genre’s but I guess the Matched Trilogy could be compared to Hunger Games, with the love triangle and government always watching.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?

When I did ‘booktube’ for about a year, I always had issues saying the words ‘um’, ‘like’, and ‘and’ all the time. Here’s my awkward booktube channel.

18. What is your favorite word?

Nepotism. But I hate the idea of it.

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19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

Nerd… it’s the only title I would happily accept out of the three.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Vampires. I’ve never read any fairy books, but I’ve loved almost all the vampire books I’ve read. I just can’t imagine a full book on fairies being interesting. The only fairy I enjoy is Tink from Peter Pan.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

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22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Werewolves, though both would terrify me if I were to encounter one.

23. Zombies or Vampires?

Zombies, duh.

 24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Oh, that’s a tough one! Probably love triangle.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Full on romance.

Book Blog Newbie Tag

Hey readers! Me again! Today since it’s Friday, I thought I’d do a fun book tag. I was going to do a Camp Nanowrimo update but if I’m being honest… I’m slacking on my novel. There’s always June’s Camp Nano right?

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Welcome to my Book Blog Newbie Tag!!

1.) Why did you start this blog?

I started this blog because I feel more comfortable writing than speaking in front of a camera. I did booktube stuff for about a year and got a handful of subs and about 14k video views but I just don’t feel myself when recording. I feel like I can put more effort and creativity into a blog that I couldn’t do with the videos. If you do want to check out my video’s you’ll find them here.

2.) What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?

Do cat memes count?

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Haha, I’m serious though. I’m a major cat lady, so I thought it would be fun to put a bunch of cat pictures into my blogs. Cats + Reading = World Domination

3.) What are you most excited about for this new blog?

I’m excited to finally be doing something I love. I went to college and received a degree in English, and I feel like this is a decent way to use it. Yes, I’m not making money but everyone does tell you to do what you love. Well here I am!

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4.) Why do you love reading?

Ah, I’m not too positive. I used to hate reading, up until my senior year of high school I dreaded books. Then the Twilight pandemonium hit and I devoured the books! I mainly read young adult so I think I like reading because it let’s me live the high school life I never had. Does that sound cheesy or dumb?

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I was kind of a quiet person in high school, I had a great group of friends, but I never partied or really dated anyone. The characters in the YA novels seem to have way more entertaining lives that I did/do.

5.) What book or series got you into reading?

Twilight! Durr! I was 17 when I read those books and I believe Twilight was already one or two years old. My friend recommended it because I wanted to start reading more, when she showed me the book I was all…

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But then after I read it…

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I will always love those books and disown anyone who says they’re awful.

6. What questions would you ask your favorite authors?

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But seriously, I read mostly contemporary YA, so the book usually ends without me having an questions. If anything, I want to know what happens after the final kiss. I’d also just want to know how long it takes them to write a full novel, where they get ideas from, just your basic writing questions.

7.) What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome?

Probably reading books enough to post a review. Sometimes I get in a reading rut and can’t seem to get through at least one book a month. I work full-time and have a busy schedule, so reading happens right before I fall asleep. I also have the issue where I use the same books over and over for every tag.

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8. When did you start reading?

Can’t pinpoint an actual age… I just remember growing up with a bunch of books in my room.

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 9. Where do you read?

You can find the answer to that, here, in this fabulous blog post for that question. Enjoy!

10. What kind of books do you like to read?

Contemporary YA mostly. The occasional New Adult/ Romance. I usually stay away from fantasy and what not but I’m trying to branch out a little.

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Looks like that’s all. If you guys come across a tag you’d like me to do, send it my way! Have a fantastic book weekend! I’m currently reading the first Raven Boys book! They’re so dreamy!!

Books vs E-Books (The Great Debate)

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Here lately I’ve been purging a lot of items around my household (clothes I haven’t worn in forever, shoes that never actually fit me, old kitchen stuff we never used and never will use, all my useless items). One thing I can’t purge though, books.

I’ve always been anti-e-book. I love smelling an actual book, being able to see how much I’ve read, feeling the copy in my hands, being able to stare at my bookshelves and see how many books I’ve read and so on. I bought a Nook (Barnes and Nobles version of the kindle) in college and I read a couple books on there but didn’t enjoy books as much when reading the electronic version. Plus I hate the idea of having to charge a freaking book!

I’ve been getting into the idea of ‘tiny house living’ too. I’m not saying I want to live on a trailer with a compost toilet and hardly any bed space in the loft, I’m saying I just want to move into a small little cottage one day. Maybe a 2-3 bed, 2 bath, small finished basement or upstairs house. The house we currently live in is 3 bedroom, 2 full baths, 2 half baths, and finished basement. I like my house but I feel like there’s too much space for just me, my husband and our future child (and when I say future, I mean a child in about 3-5 years).

Let’s get back to books.

You can’t have a ton of books and a tiny house. We currently have five bookshelves full of our books. Is it time for me to stop and just go to e-books only? I’ve been debating it, but then I just keep on buying paperbacks because of the beautiful covers. I also like having the actual copy when I do my video book reviews because it gives my viewer something to look at instead of just me. I think if I purchased a kindle, I might be more likely to start reading less paperbacks and more e-books, but my heart is still torn.

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Maybe once I finish my current TBR pile, I’ll go to e-books. Or maybe I’ll keep on buying the actual book because I’m terrified of the day that books and bookstores no longer exist.

For now, picture me as this cat. Happily surrounded by my ever-growing book collection.

***This cat is Mr. Boogie’s long lost twin!!***

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My Reading Spot

If you’re like me, you can’t read just anywhere. I’ve tried to read in many places, my couch, my bed, outside on a nice day, on a long car ride, etc. I can never relax and concentrate enough to read in these places, there’s always a distraction. So where is the one place that I can shut the rest of the world out and just read?

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This is it. I don’t even know how old this chair is but my husband brought it with him when we moved in together. I have a weird love for this chair, when my husband and I were just dating, I’d take naps in this chair while he played Hearthstone, I’d write on my laptop while he typed his novels on his desktop and I would relax after a long day in this chair. It’s leather, so in the winter I have to bundle up in blankets and PJ pants but in the summer, it’s coolness is glorious.

This is my chair. This is my happy place. My reading spot.

As you can see, sometimes my cats think it’s cute to hop in my lap and get some cuddling action. They don’t bother me too much (I don’t think they like the leather, they prefer the couch), but sometimes I have to ditch my reading spot and lock myself in my room to get through a book.

My dream is to create a room filled with books and put this chair in it. Sadly, it’s too large and heavy to fit down the stairs to our current makeshift library.

Where do you prefer to read?

***Pictured above, me with Ichabod Crane the cat. She’s pretty good about just chilling in my lap and not getting in the way. Boogie man (our other cat), however, isn’t so good at giving me space.***

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn Book Review

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I was so excited to read this book all because of the cover, remember when your librarian told you, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ Well I did, and my hopes of entertainment were shattered. This book had one major thing wrong with it, punishment for child pornography. Everyone knows that if you distribute or view a picture or video with someone under 18, that you’ll be charged with child pornography, but clearly not the kids in this book.

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Mercedes is just your normal high school girl that has a mom who’s never around, a friend who is completely oblivious and a boy who loves her, except she also has a big secret. She helps the virgins of the school through their first time so they can give their girlfriends good first times. (Why did I think this was going to be a good book?)

This book is filled with too much unnecessary drama and teen angst.

****Spoiler****

When Charlie starts sending the video of Mercedes with one of the other guys around, Mercedes should have immediately called the cops (are there no cops in this town?) she didn’t know she was being filmed so she would have been off the hook. Charlie, however, would have been in deep trouble, along with everyone at the school that watched the sex tape. THIS KILLED THE BOOK FOR ME!

I gave this book 2 stars on good reads for this reason. Check out my video rant for more.

So here’s the wonderful rubric break down:

Enjoyment/feels

Characters/ships 5

Plot twists 2

Un-put-down-able 3

Re-Read Worthy 1

Characters

Representation 1

Likeability 2 (only because I loved Zach)

Development 3

Plot

Predictability  1

Complexity 1

Conclusion 2

Reality 3

Writing

POV’S 2

World Building 4

Language/Word Choice 3

Voice/ Style 3

Quotable 1

Themes/ Content

Complexity 1

Execution 1

Meaningful 1

Unproblematic 1

Total: 40/100

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Though I gave this book a very low grade, I will give the author another chance if she publishes again. This book would have been way better if Charlie hadn’t been such an awful human being and if Mercedes read up on law instead of all the online gossip about her.

 

 

 

Honesty is the best policy (I was banned from RedditGifts WTF?)

How embarrassing?

Yes, I’ve been banned from all Reddit gift exchanges because of a scamming giftee. You see, I have only had one good experience in reddit gifts and it was for the bookmark exchange last year. I also was paired with an awesome gifter for the book exchange last month (you can see the awesome books he got me here), but the person I was supposed to send to was a nightmare!

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I figured I would send him an autographed copy of Goblin Wars along with a bunch of swag and a cute Jon Snow bookmark from an Etsy shop. Stu packaged the book and swag, got the tracking number and sent it via Media Mail. I tracked it all the way to the guys front porch (thanks USPS), I also gave the giftee the tracking number and gave proof of tracking to reddit like I always do. Well, my giftee claims he never received it. He went me pictures as ‘proof’ that he received an empty mailer. It’s obvious a book was in there from the crease in the envelope, and it had been opened (he said he opened it to see if the book was in there, you can feel a book, bud.) It’s obvious I’ve been scammed by someone saying I scammed him. Even if Reddit un-bans me, I doubt I’ll ever participate again because of this scammer that just wants to get a crap ton of free books.

The only reason I’m venting is because I hope he at least sent a gift to his giftee and that when he signed up to be rematched that he doesn’t scam the next person.

Please humans, be kind. Don’t scam people. Don’t troll the internet.

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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So, it’s been a VERY long time since I have read a YA vampire book and this one didn’t let me down (that is, not until halfway through.) The following way I’ll be reviewing this book is by a rubric grading system that jennaclarek from YouTube created in order to give an unbiased grade to the book you’re reviewing.

I wanted to read this book because I saw a handful of booktubers discussing it recently and what sold me on it was the book trailer. Holy moly! The book trailer gives me shivers! This is pretty much how I looked during the whole video.

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The book started out fantastic, and ended perfectly but the middle was a bit horrible. I expected more romance but this wasn’t like your usual vampire YA novel. You hardly even see the two love interests together. The ending through, gave me all the feels.

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So here’s my rubric breakdown:

Enjoyment/Feels

  • Characters/ships-4
  • Plot twists-5
  • un-put-down-able-3
  • Re-read worthy-1

Characters

  • Representation- 5
  • Likeability- 5
  • Development-4

Plot

  • Predictability- 5
  • Complexity-5
  • Conclusion- 5
  • Other- 4

Writing

  • POV’s- 2
  • World building- 3
  • Language/ word choice- 5
  • Voice/ style- 3
  • Quotable- 1

Themes/ Content

  • Complexity- 5
  • Execution- 4
  • Meaningful-2
  • Unproblematic- 5

Total: 76/100

This weekend I’ll post my video review for you guys to check out which will give you a more opinionated view from me.

 

Let’s get serious (What I’ve Been Doing, Book-wise)

I just realized I started this blog in 2015 but I haven’t posted since. I’m going to start connecting more often throughout my YouTube, Goodreads and this blog, it’s all about making connections right?

So what have I been up to involving books? I got married about five months ago on Halloween, our wedding was everything I wished for with only a few mishaps (our photographer went to the wrong church, and I only had one bite of my cake!) Why am I bringing our wedding up on a book blog? Because our flowers were made out of books, duh! How could two book lovers not have something book themed in their Halloween wedding? You can find the person who did our flowers on Etsy. The flowers were from old fairy tale books, I even had the store owner make us a Christmas ornament too, we had some gears, keys and a skull on my bouquet also!

I’ve also been trying to post videos on my YouTube channel more often. I’m up to 25 subscribers, and almost 14K video views. I try to post once a week, but recently decided I’m going to post whenever I feel like it until I hit 100 subscribers. I work a full time desk job, so I haven’t been able to read as often as I could last year. I find tag videos (even though I haven’t been tagged) and do the ones that match my personality. I’m hoping to hit 100 subscribers before the end of the year. I’m pretty much doing my BookTube channel for me alone, it feels like I’ve accomplished something every time I finish a book and post a video review. Go subscribe! Breanna Reads-Berks

Stu (my husband) has been pushing me to start editing one of my books. I chose to continue working on The Last July, which is a young/new adult book about a summer camp romance that can never be because the camper falls in love with a camp counselor. I currently have 31k down and am shooting for 75k. I’ll be participating in Camp Nanowrimo this April, so if anyone wants to do some word sprints, let me know!

And finally, the other thing I’ve gotten involved with is expanding my Goodreads account. I became a moderator for the group, Baby, You’re So Classic. We read a different classic book every two months and then discuss it. Currently we’re reading Pride and Prejudice. I hated being forced to read classics in college, so I’m hoping to expand my reading list in this group.

Here’s the books I’m currently reading or getting ready to begin!

 

Until next time friends!!

Oh, and this happened. Do you get it?

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