Aug 28, 2016

On beta reading and beta reading services - Inge @ Of Wonderland || LITHW16

Hey bookworms!

There's so much work put in the process between writing a book and publishing it! One of the best people out there to aid a writer is a beta reader - someone who reads through a manuscript and gives honest opinion - and bloggers excel as this job! Today Inge from Of Wonderland is here to explain the process and how you can build it up as a service offered to writers looking for some critique and opinion!

Aug 26, 2016

Be prepared to drown in feels || History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Title: History Is All You Left Me
Author: Adam Silvera
Release Date: January 17th 2017
Publisher: Soho Teen

OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold onto every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo's last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he's hiding something, and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo's death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin's own version of the truth both in terms of what he's willing to hide and what true love means.

Aug 24, 2016

Religion in YA - JM Cabral @ Book Freak Revelations || Diverse Reads 2016

Hi Bookworms!

It's been ages since we had a #DiverseReads2016 post here on the blog! We are currently in the religious diversity phase of the challenge, so today we have a guest post on religion in YA! The inclusion of religion in YA and its role in the plot has always been a rather sensitive matter. So today, we have JM Cabral from Book Freak Revelations to give his thoughts on religion in YA.

Aug 21, 2016

How to Plan a Blog Event - Claire @ Cover to Cover || LITHW16

Hey Bookworms! 

Blog events are awesome! I might be biased, as right now, I am running one myself, but still, creative and fun blog events are the best! And as bloggers, hosting a memorable blog event is a nice dream, but it also takes a lot of planning! So today, we have Claire from Cover to Cover, who has hosted Project Serendipity - a wonderful project which included bloggers exchanging notes and compliments to one another.

Aug 18, 2016

The book of my dreams || The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Title: The Star Touched Queen
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

Aug 16, 2016

Mastering the art of Bookstagram - Lisa @ Lost in Literature || LITHW16

Hi bookworms!

Today's #LITHW16 post is one of my own favs! :) Instagram - or rather bookstagram to be specific - has become a huge platform for book promoting and a major player in the publishing game these days! While on the surface, the secret to have a successful account might seem to be good photography alone, but in reality, there's so much more. Like all social media, instagram has its secrets and tips, and today we have Lisa from Lost in Literature to explain all about it!

I honestly couldn't think of a better person for this post! Lisa's feed is gorgeous, but what I love most is the connection and interaction she has built up with her followers! Without further ado, let me hand over the floor to Lisa, and before that, don't forget to check out her bookstagram!

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Aug 14, 2016

Kaitlin and Mish do the Harry Potter Spell Tag! || SPBT 2016

Hi guys!

Today's the last day of Summer Blogger Promo Tour! It was amazing to be part of the event again this year, and today, we have our last guest blogger of the event over at Chasing Faerytales!

Say hi to Kaitlin from Next Page Please! She's one of my bestest blogger buddies, and today, we both decided to do the Harry Potter Spell Tag!

Aug 12, 2016

BBCP #2 || Currently Reading

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Hi guys!

Today's the second day of  Gray Team's meme for BBCP - Classic Friday!

Today's prompt is Currently Reading, and if you wish to join us with the meme, feel free to grab the questions! :)

Aug 10, 2016

Running a successful design business - Hazel @ Stay Bookish || LITHW16

Hi everyone!

Before we start off with the post, I want to remind you all that the #LITHW16 twitter chat will be happening on Saturday, at 12 PM EST! Don't forget to grab the hashtag and join in!

That being said, let's shift the focus to today's post! Despite a blog being all about writing posts and sharing thoughts, it is vital to maintain it visually and aesthetically pleasing as well. Hence, the popularity of design businesses. If you are a skilled designer, chances are that you have at least flirted with the idea of running one at some point. So today, we have Hazel from Stay Bookish to explain how design businesses to work, and some tips to be successful at it!

Before I hand over the floor to Hazel, I'd also recommend her design shop wholeheartedly! She excels in creating beautiful designs with the most amazing colour palettes! I never regret choosing her to do my design! Check out her store here!

Aug 8, 2016

Building Author - Blogger Relationships - Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books || #LITHW16

Hi everyone!

It's time for the second post of Learnt it the Hard Way and today we have Rachel from A Perfection Called Books to talk about author blogger relationships!

Building relationships with authors is exciting and vital in a blogger's journey. There are never hard and fast rules on how to make friends, of course, but there can be certain things to consider when it comes to the diplomatic relationships between authors and bloggers. So, today, Rachel will be breaking it all down for you!

Aug 5, 2016

Introducing Classic Friday || #BBCP16

Hey guys!

In case you weren't aware, Nori being the superhuman she is, brought back her Book Blogger Creativity Project from last year, and I am part of Team Gray this time! The members of team gray thought and brought together an idea of a meme, and we are calling it Classic Friday!

The idea of the meme is to have a prompt every week, and to answer random bookish questions based on it, compiled by the team members! Today, we're kicking off the first day of the meme, and today's prompt would be TBR!

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Aug 4, 2016

The basics of coding - Ashley @ Nosegraze || #LITHW16

Hey bookworms!

Today we are presenting you the first guest post of Learnt It The Hard Way 2!

In case you missed it, Jillian and I kicked off the second edition of our blog event Learnt It The Hard Way on the start of the month! For those who don't know, it's a blog series consisting of blogging tips and tricks, and this year we're focusing on more external factors on blogging!

Today's post will focus on coding! If you're like me, then HTML would've been your biggest nightmare when you started blogging! Even after a year of blogging, I still get stuck with certain aspects of simple coding and has to run to help from someone. *cough* Jillian *cough*

So today we have Ashley from Nosegraze, to break it down and explain the basic coding knowledge a blogger would require! Ashley is not only an experienced blogger, she is also an expert at coding and even has a store for plugins and themes! Don't forget to check it out!

The floor's now yours, Ashley!

Aug 2, 2016

Top ten books I'd buy in a second if I was handed a fully loaded gift card

Hey bookworms!

It's been ages since I did Top Ten Tuesday! Today's prompt is top ten books I'd buy in a second if I was handed a fully loaded gift card, and since I am a broke bookworm, this list wasn't a hard one to compile!

Here are the books, I'd buy in a second if such a miracle did happen! Maybe someone can be kind enough to grant it during my birthday next month! *wink wink* :D

Aug 1, 2016

Introducing Learnt It The Hard Way 2

Bloggers, we all know how difficult it could be to run a book blog that requires a massive amount of time, effort, and complete dedication. With so many aspects in blogging that are bound to perplex us with so much mandatory regulations and mechanics, it is imperative that we step up and do something about it. But sometimes failure and confusion come into our path, without it meaning to. And we are left with no knowledge of what to do at all.

This is where we step in. Come in and take a seat -- we're so excited to have you here with us today for the second edition of Learnt It The Hard Way, hosted by Mishma and Jillian of Chasing Faerytales.