In My Life
My camera’s wifi adapter broke this week, so that’s made me sad. I’ve become so dependent on it because it eliminates a lot of trial and error. It’s just so much quicker to accurately shift around items within my frame when I can simply glance at my iPhone screen. Now I have to keep moving to and fro between the frame and my camera’s screen or viewfinder to make sure my photos are composed the way I want them to be. I’m still deciding if I’m willing to fork over the money it costs to replace it.
I made a renewed attempt at a TBR (to be read) jar. You can see it in the photo above. Let me tell you, it was a feat stuffing all those folded sheets of paper into the jar. Jumbling them up is a futile exercise. Looks like I need to make a TBR box instead because I’ve only added the fiction titles I own. I still want to add the non-fiction titles and library ebooks I’ve bookmarked. They’re available 24/7, so totally made for TBR jars, unlike physical library books which would require me to actually make a trip to the library to borrow a title I pull from the jar. Not ideal TBR jar material.
Guest Post on Ethnicity at The Mile Long Bookshelf
What does this mean for me, not ever seeing myself reflected in books? That is the question I answered at The Mile Long Bookshelf. When Amber asked who would like to share about their personal experiences about mental illness, LGBTQ+, race, class, gender, etc, I knew I had to take her up on it. Being marginalised in literature is one thing. Being invisible means something else entirely. That is the reality for many who are of mixed ethnic descent.
My aim this year is to significantly reduce the TBR pile of books I already own. I tallied the books on my shelves, ebooks as well as (pre-orders) as of Dec 31, 2015. I arrived at a staggering 316. With that, this year I will only buy books I absolutely want to read on the spot, sequels to books I’ve already read or books that are an absolute steal. However, even when it comes to sales, I restrict myself to books already on my general TBR pile on Goodreads — no maybes for me.
That being sad, my orders of Double Helix by Nancy Werlin, Every Day by David Levithan and My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter arrived for me to re-read. I also got The Fix by Natasha Sinel and Like it Never Happened by Emily Adrian because I want to read them soon, so I didn’t wait for paperbacks. Of course, I pre-ordered Passenger by Alexandra Bracken! It’s one of my most anticipated 2016-reads, so there was no way I was going to pass up on it. Lastly, I picked up The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen at a book sale that I randomly passed by. This was the only available copy, so I had to grab it very quickly and at 70% off, well, it was a really good deal!
On the Blog
You may have noticed the transition I’m making with the images I post on the blog. I’m adding text to the image headers, so these will be more shareable on social media. That’s something I wanna get better at this year, so I hope this experiment of mine will pay off. Plus, this does add a little more cohesion to the overall feel of my blog and I like that. This does mean though that I’ll be reformatting all my previous posts. I expect to take one to two months till I’m done.
This week I announced Bookstagram 101. I’ll be posting tutorials over the coming weeks to help newcomers to the bookish Instagram scene. At the same time, I hope to answer questions and address uncertainties that bookstagrammers might have. For example, how to deal with copyright, achieving consistency, etc. This series of posts will be separate from my photography tutorials which focus on the more technical aspects of photography.
I also reflected on re-reading books I loved before and am loving the thoughtful comments that others have been leaving behind. I’m also surprised that so many of them actually aren’t that much into re-reading books. This week’s Bookish Scene: Project 52 theme is Wanderlust. I had a lot of fun with this one because I love exploring new places, be it in real life or through books.
As usual, Hot off the Press went live, featuring the YA books that were released this week.
For drama geeks, you might wanna check out Cut the Lights by Karen Krossing. It definitely brought back memories of my own theatre days.
Around the Blogosphere
- 2016 Love-a-thon sign-ups are open! This year Alexa has three lovely co-hosts to make this a bigger smashing event. Anyone in the online book community (book tube, bookstagram, blogging, booker, Twitter, you name it!) is welcome to join.
- Abeer @ Turn to page 394 showcased subscription boxes. Their popularity has been on the rise, so if you’d like to know what you can expect if you subscribe, Abeer has you covered.
- Nuzaifa @ Word Contessa made a case for redefining strong women in YA fiction.
- Tonyalee @ Lilybloombooks isn’t bothered by love triangles.
- Peach @ Rebelle Reads believes in romance as the key to making a book great.
- Genevieve @ The Reading Shelf outlined the archetype of former wild child older sisters.
- Claudia @ Penmarkings questioned love interests that are way older than they look; i.e. characters who are hundreds of years old but get romantically involved with teenage girls. (This has bothered me many times over.)
- Cyra @ Rattle the Pages loves novellas and is curious about your thoughts.
- Silvara @ Fantasy of the Silver Dragon asked, do you purge your books?
- Nicole @ Bitches with Books expressed her disagreement with fiction in non-fiction.
- SJ Bouquet @ A Tree Grows in Bookland talked about the problem of judging a book by its average Goodreads rating.
- Cristina @ Investigating YA for Intelligent Readers is making an effort to read more narratives by Latino authors.
- Kaja @ Of Dragons and Hearts has high expectation but wants to try and judge books from the same authors separately rather than comparing if their newest books are better than older ones.
- Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog used to read on her Kindle before transitioning to physical books. She talked about the differences from her perspective. Pretty interesting since most readers transition in the other direction.
- Lola @ Lola’s Reviews wondered if you visualize while reading.
- Krystal @ Books Are My Thing discussed when characters, books or movies become more than just that.
- Laura @ Boats Against the Current discussed reading speed.
- Cait @ Paper Fury maintained it’s perfectly acceptable to have an enormous TBR pile.
- Amber @ bookutacksamber lowered her Goodreads reading challenge goal and explained why.
- Bekka @ Pretty Deadly Books set one book for her Goodreads reading challenge goal.
- Pixie @ Great Imaginations is saying YAY! to reading challenges.
- Mishma & Jillian @ Chasing Faerytales identified pros and cons of joining an established blog based on their own experiences.
- Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts reflected in her journey in blogging organization.
- Dana @ The Unprinted Protagonist decided to embark on a 25-day total blog clean-up.
- Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction shared what blogging has done to her bookshelves.
- Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary pointed out the disparity of book bloggers not receiving payment while other types of bloggers (fashion, lifestyle, etc) do get paid for doing essentially the same thing.
- SJ Bouquet @ A Tree Grows in Bookend listed 20 reasons to hate blogging.
- Aentee @ Read at Midnight considered the integrity of book blogging.
- Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Delicacy can’t quite shake the guilt over unsolicited review copies that she’ll probably never read.
- Xan @ Twirling Pages defended negative reviews.
- Nemo @ The Moonlight Library explained why there’s no room for “constructive criticism” in finished books. Once they’re published, they won’t be recalled to be improved and then re-published.
- Tracy @ Cornerfolds questioned if she should drop reviews of less popular books. In order to stay current, she feels like it makes more sense to review newer releases that generate more blog traffic in order to stay relevant in the book blogging world.
- Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure outlined tips for resisting ARCs.
- Alex @ Fiery Reads posed the question: Do you judge someone based on the Goodreads average rating?
- Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight weighed the pros and cons of numerical ratings.