I could sit here for hours and I still would not be able to mention all of the blogs out there that deserve it. There are so many unbelievable writers with amazing pages, and I know they have worked incredibly hard to earn their followings. If it weren't for those blogs and the inspiration they provide me, I would not be doing what I love today.
Personally, I have only had one major interaction with an author, but there have been many little run-ins with them online, and every single author has been kind. Some will comment on posts when their books have been featured, and others have even reposted my pictures. Every time this happens, I am always sure to remind myself that they don't have to do these things. I know I'm not a big platform for them to be supporting, so the fact that they pay any attention to my little baby blog is such an honor. I hope that I am able to go out and meet some of my favorite authors in person in the future.
If you would've told me a year and a half ago when I started this blog I would be doing all of these weird things for a book page on the internet, I probably would've laughed at you. But, here we are and yes, I do actually do all of these crazy things. Don't worry, though, it's all worth it for great photos, blog posts, and even just to have some fun.
1-2 Star Books
This past week has been a little crazy for me. Next week school starts, so everything has resumed at once, which hasn't allowed me to post anything blog related this past week. (No need to fear though. Once school starts, I will have a solid scheduling base around which to plan my posts.) The point is that I've had a bit of time to reflect on my blog and realized something strange. I haven't read a single book below three stars since March of 2016. That was before my blogging days. And since that two star book, I hadn't read one below three since April of 2015. (I'm looking at you, The Kill Order.)
As you can imagine, upon this realization, I started to panic. Do my readers think I don't ever read a bad book? Am I too nice with the books I read and review? Why do all the book I read end up being my favorite? And with these questions came some very surprising answers...
Flowers and Books, and Tags, Oh my! (A Post in which Ashton Answers Multiple Questions About Books and Relates Them to Plants)
Hooray For Tags!
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Gerbera: a book that everyone should read // We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
We Were Liars is an amazing summer mystery that I recommend to anyone looking to spice up their reading. The less you know about this one, the better. Just pick it up and enjoy.
Rose: favorite timeless classic // Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Of course, I'm going to say Harry Potter. If you haven't read it yet, where have you been for the last 20 years? Put down whatever you're reading and pick this book up!
Carnation: your prettiest book // These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
This was one of the first young adult books I fell in love with and fell hard. I read it back in middle school and still recommend it every chance I get!
Baby's Breath: a childhood favorite // The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards
I highly recommend this book. I don't ever see people mention it, which is really sad because this book was the best book that I read in elementary school by far. I am really hoping to get a reread in here soon, so I can properly recommend it.
Peony: favorite romance book // Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
If you need a warm and fuzzy, feel-good read, pick up this book. It is a wonderful romance story filled with lots of happy moments, cute jokes, and adorable romantic scenes. This book is for sure going to satisfy your romance needs and bust through any reading slump you might have.
Daisy: a summertime read // Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
I just finished this book, and nothing has made feel more summer-y than this book. I immediately wanted to pick up and start traveling. This book is perfect for anyone who didn't get a chance to travel this summer, or if you've always wanted to go on a road trip.
Tulip: a cozy winter read // My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins
This book is an anthology of 12 short romance stories all set around the holidays. It's a such a fun, quirky book, and is great if you don't have enough time to sit down with a full book during the holidays.
#BTAT17 is Here!
THE BOOKTUBEATHON IS FINALLY HERE!!!!! Nothing is more exciting in the summer than read-a-thon season! The BookTubeAThon is a yearly read-a-thon hosted by the lovely Ariel Bissett over on YouTube. It is an event that brings together book lovers and reviewers on all platform across the interwebs, including BookTubers, Bookstagrammers, and the fabulous bloggers on Twitter (who up until now I haven't realized are nameless nomads. Don't worry, Twitter peoples, you are loved nonetheless!). It is a time where everyone can join in on united reading through Twitter sprints and YouTube and Instagram challenges for all to participate in. If you want to participate and are looking for where to start, click play on the video below for all the details!
I absolutely LOVE the book community on Instagram. There are great books, great people, and most of all, great photos! If you are looking to start a bookstagram, or just wanting to post a picture of the book you're #currentlyreading, here are some tips on how to edit your pictures.
Part 1: Taking Your Photos
Now, before we start going to town, we need to prep for our bookstagram photo shoot. Make sure if you are taking your photos inside, you take them where there is a lot of natural light. I am fortunate enough to have a sun porch in my house that provides the perfect place to take my pictures, but you can take your pictures any place with lots of light. Windows, doors, and the hole in your roof are all perfect for natural light.
You also want to make sure the background of your photo is in order. If you're taking your picture in your bedroom or in front of a bookshelf, make sure that everything behind the focus of the picture is pleasing as well. Nobody and I mean nobody wants to see your dirty laundry on the floor behind your current read.
Tips for taking great photos:
I am so proud to say that I've been blogging for a full year! Thank you guys for sticking with me through thick and thin, and I hope to continue for many years to come!
The Book Insider,
'How do you scroll down?'
First things first, find a user friendly website builder. I use Weebly, but I know that a lot of bloggers use WordPress. Once you have decided on a blog name, design, and layout, you are ready to start cranking out posts. What I like to do is find a day of the week that I'm not busy, sit down, and write a few posts ahead of time. This way, I don't have to worry about writing a blog post when I have homework and practices to get to. Another tip is to come up with post ideas before sitting down to write. That way, you know what things you are going to write about, and you're not staring at a blank screen.
2. Social Media
I definitely recommend getting an account where you can plan your social media posts ahead of time. I use Buffer, but I know some people use HootSuite, and other websites with the same idea. Nothing is more stressful for me as a blogger than worrying about social media posts. Another tip along these same lines is to take all your Instagram pictures ahead of time, especially when you have both time and good lighting.
3. Reading Habits
After you start blogging for a little while, you start to see a decrease in your reading output. Make sure you are taking a book everywhere with you. You'd be amazed how much reading you get in while waiting in line or a few free minutes during lunch. Getting a book read is an essential part of book blogging, and I sometimes get so worked up about what's going on online, that I forget why I'm really doing this. It's to share what I've read online and discuss it with other people with the same interests.
Do you have a blog or any blogging tips? Please share them in the comments below!
As she starts figuring out this weekend's post,
This is going to take a while. I'm a fantasy author. We have trouble with the concept of brevity."
Did you participate in the BookTubeAThon? What read-a-thon should I participate in next? Leave your comments below!
While she recovers from her reading extravaganza,
"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them."
Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.
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