Will I Ever Read Every Book in My TBR Stack? {Book Blogger Hop}

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Every week, Billy posts a new prompt for us and today’s is:

Do you think you will ever read every book in your TBR stack?

Yes. It definitely won’t be any time soon, but I’ll get it done. After all, they’re on my tbr stack for a reason – I want to read them. Even if I no longer blog, I’ll still get to them eventually.

Do I Blog For a Living or For Fun? {Book Blogger Hop}

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Every week, Billy posts a new prompt for us and today’s is:

Do you blog for a living or for fun?

This is an easy one – for fun. Back when I started, I didn’t realize this blogging thing could be done to actually make a living, so that wasn’t even a goal of mine. And now that I know how hard you have to work at it, it will never be a goal of mine.

It’s kind of nice, though, when I get a little PayPal deposit from the 1 ad on my blog (it’s to the right directly under the 3 squares, if you have your AdBlocker turned on), but it has never exceeded $4 a month in the last 4 months I’ve used it.

I used to list a lot of affiliate links in my reviews, but I have literally never gotten any money from them, so I stopped. I only use 2 or 3 now, just for my readers’ convenience. My Amazon affiliate account has made a total of $8.57 in the lifetime of my blog (2 years and 4 months), which isn’t enough to even get real money (their smallest payout is $10).

So, to answer today’s question, I do not make a living from my blog, nor do I want to. Of course, making a little more money from it wouldn’t be the worst thing ever…

(Remember, this is just my experience. I’m sure there are lots of book bloggers out there who work their tushies off and are earning big bucks in the process, but that’s just not me.)

Does this surprise you? If you’re not a blogger, did you think it would be easy to make lots of money from a blog? For you bloggers out there, are you making a living from your blog? Am I wrong in thinking it takes a lot of work?

Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2014 {Book Blogger Hop}

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Every week, Billy posts a new prompt for us and today’s is:

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2014?

I decided to include any of the books I’m looking forward to reading next year, not just those being published in 2014. Unfortunately, that opened up the list to a ton more books that could be included, so I had an even harder time narrowing it down! Thanks goodness this isn’t a Top 10 list, because I don’t think I could have stuck with only 10. Here they are, in no particular order (except just this once, number 1 really is number 1!):

the warrior infinityglass breathe

isla and the happily ever after tiger's curse hopeless storm

fractured gone flesh & boone the fault in our stars

obsidian the treatment through the ever night empower

the probability of miracles pandemonium these broken stars

What Would I Buy with a 5 Minute Shopping Spree? {Book Blogger Hop}


The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Every week, Billy posts a fun prompt for us, and today is a fun one:

You won a 5 minute shopping spree from your favorite book store, what will you grab?

For this answer, I’m going to assume that I have to do the shopping spree today, so I’m only going to pick books that have already been published. I’m also going to assume that I’ve planned this spree like a boss, so I know exactly where each book is, allowing me to grab more in the 5 minutes I have. (I’m having a little too much fun with this one, I think). Here are the books I’m snatching off the shelves at record speed, in no special order (the covers lead to their Goodreads page):

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I had fun thinking about this one! I have several hundred on my wish list, so I had to think hard to narrow it down to this list. Not having soon-to-be-published books as options helped some. Have you read any of my picks? Any I should think about replacing? Leave me a link so I can check out your list, and have a great Friday!

How Soon After Reading Do I Post My Reviews? {Book Blogger Hop}


The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Every week, Billy asks a new question for us to answer. Today’s question asks:

Do you post your book reviews as soon as you have completed the book or do you wait a few days?

If only I were so organized! After I finish a book, I create a post template and jot a few initial impressions down. Then:

  • I check my editorial calendar and write some in a discussion post.
  • The next day, I open the post and jot a few more thoughts down. Then I hop over to Facebook “just for a sec.”
  • The next day, I fill out the easy things, like title, author, etc.
  • 2 days later, I add the purchase links and the other opinions links.
  • 2 days after that, I add the book’s summary from Goodreads, which jogs my memory. I add some sentences about my thoughts on the book.
  • The next day, I open the post and never touch it.
  • 3 days later, I add a few more thoughts, and try to really fill the post out. I make sure the post title is correct and the permalink is right.
  • The next day, I tell myself I need to get this done. I open the post and think for a minute. Then I check my email.
  • 2 hours later, I came back to the post and write some stuff down. I move a few sentences around and add some more stuff.
  • A day later, I add some more thoughts. I add the cover photo and the author’s picture and bio.
  • The next day, I edit it a bit and add some more of my review.
  • 4 days later, I finish the review. I add the finishing touches, like bolding some sentences, adding a pullquote and making “the sum up” thought.
  • 2 days later, I review the post and make any changes necessary.
  • Later that day I review it again, make sure everything looks right and makes sense.
  • The next morning, I hit the submit button.

So all told, I post my review about 20 days after I read the book. Yep, that sounds about right. I would give anything to be able to complete a review quickly, within a day or two of reading the book. Even if I hold it until the actual date I need to post it, I would feel so much better about having it done. Having that open review out there waiting to be finished messes with my head.

Are you a blogger who can get a review done quickly? Or do you have me beat in the procrastination department?

The Weekly Memes I Follow {Book Blogger Hop}

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The Book Blogger Hop is a recently resurrected weekly meme now hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

Today’s questions asks: What weekly memes do you follow on a regular basis?

Top Ten Tuesday is probably my favorite. There’s usually a huge number of people participating, and a top 10 list is something easy everyone can put together. It’s fun to see the various lists people create, you never see the same one twice.

I also like Book Blogger Hop by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. You know, this one. Billy usually has a pretty thought provoking question, and I’ve found the participants to be engaging.

Those are the only 2 that I currently participate in. I used to do more (Recommend A…, Book Blogger Confessions, Let’s Talk, TGIF @ GReads, Follow Friday, Teaser Tuesday, My Book Boyfriend), but either the blogger stopped running them or I lost interest.

I do miss the community aspect of the memes, though, so I’ll probably check out the Master List of Book Blogging Memes by Tanya at Girlxoxo and see what grabs my eye. Maybe I’ll see you at my next meme post?

I Don’t Like Your Book – Book Blogger Hop

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The Book Blogger Hop is a recently resurrected weekly meme now hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Today’s questions asks:

If you don’t like a book that you said you would review, do you graciously turn it down and explain why or do you struggle through it and hopefully come up with a half decent review?

I’ve been in this situation more than once. When I don’t like a book I’m reading for a book tour, I contact the author/publisher/tour organizer and say something like “I’m not going to be able to give this book at least 3 owls. Is there an alternate post you’d like me to put up?” Generally, I’ll get an interview or guest post to put up that day. Then I wait at least a month before I post the review on my own.

But for regular review books, I’m going to post the review, even if I absolutely hated it. That’s the point of this blog – to tell you what I think of books. Not just the good, but the bad as well.

Do you agree with my policy? Would you rather read only glowing reviews, or do you also appreciate the not so great reviews as well?

Book Blogger Hop – Writing Book Reviews

The Book Blogger Hop is a recently resurrected weekly meme now hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. It’s a chance for fellow bloggers to talk shop and for non-bloggers to understand a bit of what goes on behind the scenes of book blogs.

When you are writing your reviews, do you write them as you are reading or wait until you are completely done with the book?

This is one I’m always struggling with. It’s easier for me to finish up the review when I’ve been taking notes all along. I try to make notes in the physical post (to be rewritten later into the actual review), jot notes in my blog notebook, or in Evernote (which might be the best thing for blogging since WordPress).

Then, I get into the book, and the thought of taking notes flies right out the window. Unless something specific strikes me as noteworthy, I never remember to make note of my thoughts or feelings as I’m reading. Which is not good, because as soon as I’m done with a book, I hop right into the next one, then my thoughts about the previous book get muddled.

In fact, there was recently a book where I took copious amounts of notes throughout, and I think it really showed in my review. It’s a shame I can’t remember to do that for every book. I try, though. That counts for something, right?

Do you have any hints to help keep me organized and on track? Please share!