Return to Book Blogging
The past two weeks were a rather exciting weeks in the blogosphere yet somewhat disillusioning too. By now most everyone should have heard of Kathleen Hale and perhaps Richard Brittain as well.
Many bloggers were in uproar and rightly so. Personal safety is a valid concern, especially when you hear of authors who stalked book reviewers over negative book reviews. Scary. On a happier note, I thought the past week was exciting because I was back to reading posts from other blogs which gave me plenty of material to read.
Tagging Due Dates on Library Books
The Pain of Overdue Books
For all the love I have for libraries, one thing I despise are library fines. I’m sure I have paid a hefty sum in my life thus far. In the 90s (goodness, that sounds so long ago), library due dates used to be stamped on the borrowing cards. Keeping track was a lot more convenient.
Don’t get me wrong, I like electronic borrowing stations because they save a lot of time but I tend to lose the receipts. I can check online or wait for email notifications that my books are due but 5 days’ notice for 7 books I didn’t read yet isn’t helpful.
Now, I realize that my solution to this problem is extremely simple but seriously, it’s always little solutions like these that escape us, no? So yes, I am henceforth sticking little post-it notes on library book spines with their due dates. This way I have a much better overview of which books I need to read sooner and in which sequence.
Tagging due dates is particularly helpful because now I don’t need to log into three library accounts just to find out when this one title is due because I can’t remember whose library card I used to borrow it. Yes, I have a kind sister and father who willingly surrender their library cards whenever I ask them to.
On the Blog
Blog PostsOctober 26th
- [27 Oct] Photography #1: An Introduction
- [30 Oct] A Year with my Kindle Paperwhite
- [1 Nov] The Significance of October 31: Reformation Day
- [2 Nov] Retrospect #43-44 (Double Edition): November 2nd
Around the Blogosphere
Bloggers & Blogging
- Cait @ Notebook Sisters lists ten types of book bloggers. This is hilariously spot-on!
- Megan @ Adrift on Vulcan has misgivings about hosting giveaways. Spoiler: It stems from ungrateful giveaway winners who suck all the joy out of giveaway hosts.
- Kristen @ My Friends are Fiction asks, What was your gateway YA book?
- Ana @ Read Me Away shares what kind of Romance books she likes. I’ve got to say, her list is a good one. Like her, I tend to roll my eyes and squirm at overly mushy romance in books but there are concessions I’m willing to make.
- Jess @ My Reading Dress believes in aesthetic liberty over moral responsibility for authors, even if they are writing YA books.
- Sana @ Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile spotted the trend of island settings in YA.
Rating & Reviewing
- Rachel @ Parajunkee makes a case for reviewing books one did not finish.
- Kayla @ The Thousand Lives explains she she is backing away from requesting ARCs.
- Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner thinks that in theory, re-reading is wonderful but she has yet to practice it.
- Cait @ Notebook Sisters questions if we really need to be on all social media sites.
- Ashley @ Nose Graze maintains that follow-backs are pointless. I couldn’t agree more. On Instagram I keep getting comments asking for F4F (follow-for-follow), which annoys me tremendously. I don’t want an artificial follower count and neither do I want to flood my feeds with content I have no interest in.