August Wrap Up// ft. The Current Most Talked About Series

Hi everyone! I recently returned from vacation and I’m back to blogging. ❀ School has also started for me which means balancing reading, blogging, and school. I think I underestimated the amount of time school and extra curriculars take; so during the school year I will try my best to post at least once a week. Today’s post is my August Wrap Up, sorry for the late post!

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Reading

Books I Read

I read the same (well, basically the same) number of books as last month. I feel that since I read around four books a month during the summer, I’ll probably read two books a month during the school year. Although I would love to read more, I’m a slow reader, so I guess that means my TBR will never get smaller πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‚ If I read (or average) two books per month for the rest of this year, I’ll be very happy!

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Spoiler Free or Spoiler Filled Reviews: Which Do You Prefer?

Hey everyone! As you are reading this I am on vacation 😊.

Today I want to discuss book reviews and their format.

Whether it’s occasionally or frequently, most book bloggers post reviews- and I’ve seen them in different formats. Most of the ones I read are spoiler free and talk about the book in a broader sense, giving readers their overall impression. However, I’ve also seen reviews where bloggers talk about the specific contents of the book and go into more depth. Other reviews have a mix of both non spoilers and spoilers.

Recently I’ve realized that I enjoy reading all formats of reviews, depending on the “situation.”

I love reading non spoiler book reviews when I haven’t read the book but I am interested in the story. This way I can decide if the book is one I want to read. I read these reviews for a general opinion and summary. Of course, non spoiler reviews can also be read by people who have read the book- but for me, I find it less interesting.

On the other hand, I really enjoy spoiler filled reviews when I’ve read the book because it’s interesting to see another reader’s perspective on specific scenes. It’s so fun when I read something I relate to and can say “Ah that’s exactly how I felt!” Spoiler filled reviews are also great for my fangirl moments! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚ In my opinion, when I’ve read a book, spoiler filled reviews are the most fun to read!

The reviews I wrote when I first started blogging were separated into a spoiler free and a spoiler filled section. However, currently I write only spoiler free reviews because that’s what I’ve seen most bloggers do. In addition, I want to keep my reviews short since I find that readers often skip or skim over review posts. I also understand that non spoiler reviews are applicable for all people (ie. people who have read the book and those who haven’t), which lets the post reach a wider audience. Perhaps in the future, I may go back to writing some reviews with two sections- one for non spoilers and one for spoilers.

That’s all for this post; I just wanted to compare and discuss these types of reviews! Which kind of reviews do you prefer to read? If you write reviews, which ‘type’ do you like to write? Do you relate with how I feel about non spoiler and spoiler filled reviews? Let’s discuss!

Blogging Changes + Updates// ft. I’m Going on Vacation

Hey everyone! Today’s post is a short update on everything about blogging and how that might change slightly now that school is two weeks away. Let’s start!

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Side Note: I wrote a post yesterday called Struggles of Being a Book Blogger; I loved writing this post. It would mean a lot if you checked it out! ❀

First off, I will be going on vacation to Cuba with my family from tomorrow until next week. I’m so excited to sit outside all day under the sun and read! Hopefully I will be able to read a lot on this trip. πŸ™‚

I likely will not have wifi in Cuba, or will have limited access. Therefore I may not be able to reply to comments right away or read many posts from other bloggers. However, I have one scheduled post and I’m trying to write another one before I leave.

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Struggles of Being a Book Blogger// Too Much Focus on Numbers, Finding Balance, and More

I love reading and book blogging. It is a part of my daily routine and I’m so happy that it is ❀️ . But of course, blogging is time consuming and at times can be overwhelming. So today I thought I would share some reading and blogging related things that sometimes overwhelm me; and I would love the hear your thoughts as well! I’m sure book bloggers can all relate to the fun we have while blogging but also to the hard work it takes!

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Too Much Focus on the Numbers (and feeling down when a post doesn’t do well according to statistics)

I love to blog because I love to read and write about my thoughts. However, I also love to have discussions and would like to have a (small) impact on my readers. Often times this leads to me putting too much focus on statistics.

I don’t think looking at numbers is necessarily a bad thing as this is a good way to track your blog’s audience and growth. However, the success of a blog is not purely in the numbers, it’s also about if you enjoy it! Focusing on numbers can be frustrating; I’m sure many bloggers can relate to when a post they loved writing doesn’t get as many views and interactions as they hoped 😫. Every comment means so much to me!


Similarly, as a book blogger,Β there can be a pressure to read more books, to focus on the numbers. Reading is something book bloggers absolutely love doing but it can be stressful when thinking about the number of books you’ve read and need to read. This one is difficult to discuss because when it comes down to it, it is true that bloggers who read more books have a higher chance of reaching a wider audience. However, I feel that it is important for us to make sure reading is always a passion and that it never feels like a chore!

Keeping Up with Other Blogs (and discovering new blogs)

Interacting with others is a great part of blogging. It is fun way to be informed and share opinions. Blog hopping is also something I love to do because it’s an amazing way to meet new people. But this can take up a lot of time! Reading and commenting on other blog posts can take just as long as writing a post, and the pressure of this can be overwhelming.Β I try to read blog posts of the people I follow as well as from blog hopping. I also see many other bloggers who always comment on the posts of others which is so amazing! I just wish I had the time to read more blogs 😭.

Keeping Up With Other Social Media

Many bloggers today have social media accounts such as Instagram and Twitter to reach a wider audience. Again, this can be time consuming and stressful! Social media for many bloggers is not their first priority, however, a good following these platforms can help a blog’s following.

I have a Twitter account and I envy the bloggers who are able to post daily creative tweets. I also have a Bookstagram (although I haven’t been posting lately) and wow it takes so long to take photos and edit them! Book bloggers spend so much time to post creative content on these platforms.Β Please go support more bloggers on their social media!

Finding Balance

In conclusion, although it may be overlooked, blogging takes up a lot of time and energy. Blogging not only includes writing posts, it also includes reading, commenting on other blogger’s posts, posting on social media, and more. On top of this, many bloggers do not blog as their full time job. Therefore, it can be very difficult to find balance between blogging and the other important aspects of a day. I’ve been blogging for three months now and even now it is still difficult for me to make sure I’m not reading and writing 24/7. It is important to take breaks, even it is from something you love. Finding balance is key to sustaining a passion! πŸ™‚

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Let’s discuss in the comments! Do you relate to any of these struggles of a book blogger? Do you put too much focus on numbers? Do you have social media? If you do, does it take up a lot of your time? How do you find balance between blogging and other passions?

Thank you for reading,

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The Unique Blogger Award!

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a good day. I was recently nominated for the Unique Blogger Award by Brianna (@Brianna the Bookworm) and Kat (@The Perks of Being a Day Dreamer). It makes me so happy that I was one of their nominations. Thank you so much! ❀ I will be answering both their questions in this post. I’ve answered some of these questions before but I’m going to try to come up with slightly different answers this time. πŸ™‚

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Rules

  • Display the award!
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
  • Nominate 8-13 bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family!

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