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Book Blogger Test

Thank you to Pooja @ lifesfinewhine for nominating me! She’s a wonderful person with a wonderful blog that I highly recommend you checking out. If you’d like to read her responses, click here.


Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog
  2. Answer the ten questions asked on this post (there was only eight?)
  3. Nominate at least five people to do it also
  4. Let your nominees know you nominated them

QUESTIONS:

Describe your perfect reading spot.
That’s a tough one! As long as it’s quiet and comfy any spot will do.

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Tell us Three book confessions
I’ll do you one better! Here are links to posts where I talk about Popular Books I’ve Never Read – Part 1  |  Part 2

When was the last time you cried during a book?
Never. Although, I nearly cried while reading Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier (Sevenwaters, book 3). So many feels in that book.

How many books are on your bedside table?
3 beside me. 16 behind me.

What’s your favourite snack to eat while you’re reading?
I don’t eat while reading. Too risky lol.

Name Three books you would recommend to Everyone
Any book by Tamora Pierce, John Flanagan or Lynn Kurland!

Show us a picture of your favourite bookcase on a bookshelf
Not sure if I understand what this question is asking. But I currently don’t have books on any shelves. Summer cleaning.

Describe how much books mean to you in just three words
Books are life.


I really liked this test and enjoyed answering the questions. If you’d like to take this test, feel free to do so. As always, happy reading!


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What I’ve Learned About Blogging

I’ve been blogging on The Bookshelf Corner for more than a year and a half now, but I’ve been learning about blogging and how to blog for the past few years. Today I thought I’d share what I’ve learned about blogging so far.


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*the first two are reposted advice I gave for a previous award

1.Don’t feel obligated to post every day. Post as little or as often as you’re able to and not because you feel you have to. This is something that can make blogging feel stressful and not as fun as it can be. We all have other obligations that will take precedence over blogging, such as work or school. Sometimes life happens – you’re sick, on vacation, have a family emergency, or had a bad day – and you just don’t feel like posting. And that’s okay! People will understand. We’ve all been there. Set a posting schedule that works best for your situation.

2.Find your blog’s niche. It can be one specific thing or multiple things. My passions are books and writing, so my blog’s niche centers around things related to those areas. A blog that has a focus – a niche – is easier to understand than one that’s all over the place.

3.Posts can be any length. Write as little or as much as you want/need for each post.

4.It’s helpful to break up long posts/paragraphs with a graphic/media. This is a visual thing. Too much text can look clunky or get too long-winded (so to speak) to keep the reader’s attention – whether the reader is interested in what you’re writing or not. Sometimes a long paragraph is necessary to fully get your point across and that’s okay. Sometimes you’ll have a long post because there’s so much to talk about and that’s okay too. You don’t always need a graphic or media in a post.

5.Tags and Categories are always helpful for you and the reader.

6.(On WordPress) Remove the Meta from your blog. Honestly, don’t know what it’s for and it doesn’t seem to be useful. Also, I was once told to get rid of it so no one could log into my blog (you never know).

7.Titles should pique the reader’s interest and indicate what to expect.

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8.Using a calendar (of any kind) is a great way to keep track of posts and when you plan to post. I am someone who needs a calendar, planner, sticky notes whatever to function and be organized. It’s good to see what you visually have planned.

9.Use your own words. Cite appropriately (if applicable). Your post. Your words. Your voice.

10.Use royalty free images and/or link back to the original source.

11. Learn basic HTML code. This is useful information for any blogger to know because every blogging site has plans that offer different levels of coding you can do.

12.Interact with others by Following/Commenting on other’s blogs and posts. Blogging offers access to a wonderful community of those who share the same passions as you.

13.Link to other social media sites you’re active on.

14.Links should open to a new tab so that readers can easily get back to your blog.

15. Menu/Sidebars are key to a user friendly interface. Help your reader out by making sure they can easily navigate throughout your blog.

16.Be you. Have fun with it.


I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Again, this is just what I’ve learned during my blogging experience, which doesn’t mean you can’t do what works best for you.

What have you learned from blogging so far? What blogging tips would you add to this list? Let me know in the comment section below.

As always, happy reading and happy writing!


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August Happenings!

Happy August, everyone!

It still kind of feels like it’s June but, no, it’s legit August 3, 2017 – which is just mind-blowing. We have 5 whole months left of 2017 and there’s still so much to accomplish! There’s not a whole lot happening this month but I will be engaged in try-hard mode to get stuff done. I’m really behind in a lot of things.

Here’s what’s happening this month:

 

The Blog
I will be posting Tues/Thurs/Sat for the next two weeks, then every day from the 19th to 26th. Afterwards, I will be taking a personal no-obligations vacation until September 1st.

The Bookshelf Corner was nominated for three awards this month – very exciting! Thank you, thank you to Laura @ thebookcorps and Mischenko @ ReadRantRock&Roll for nominating me. That was very kind of you. In case you missed those posts, you can check out the awards I was nominated by Mischenko here and by Laura here.

The blog also reached a huge milestone of publishing its 200th post and did its first interview with new author Hannah Bucchin, whose debut novel, Paintbrush, was released last month!

 

The TBR List + Novel Updates
I have made no progress with either which is really disappointing. Work has been tough, that is, I’m more often than not very tired afterwards. I am going to do my best (try-hard mode!) to make substantial progress by next month.

Once I finish my summer reading, I have an exciting Fall TBR list (sneak peek) planned that I can’t wait to get started on.

 

Book Recommendation of the Month

The More I See You by Lynn Kurland
(de Piaget, book 7)
Published by Berkley Publishing, October 1, 1999

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As always, happy reading and happy writing!


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Double Award Nominations

Recently, Mischenko @ ReadRantRock&Roll nominated me for two awards – thank you very much! I decided to combine both into one post because of the blog schedule I already have set up. I recommend you checking out her wonderful blog.


The Versatile Blogger Award nomination #2

Mischenko’s responses – https://readrantrockandroll.com/2017/07/17/award-the-versatile-blogger-award/

My previous responses – https://thebookshelfcorner.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/the-versatile-blogger-award-nomination/

The Rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • Nominate at least 15 blogs of your choice.
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself!

7 Facts About Me:

*I’ve done a lot of facts about myself for these awards so some of these may overlap with past posts.

  1. I love animals
  2. Wolves are my spirit animal
  3. Blue is my favorite color
  4. I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half now
  5. I love food
  6. Siberian Huskies are my favorite breed of dog
  7. I hope one day I can go see the Olympics in person

The Sunshine Blogger Award nomination

Mischenko’s responses – https://readrantrockandroll.com/2017/07/22/award-the-sunshine-blogger-award-2/

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How Does It Work:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Mischenko’s Questions:
Is there something you can tell readers about yourself and your blog?
Nothing that I can think of that I’ve already not posted about.

What satisfaction do you get from blogging?
Sharing my passions with others who are passionate about the same things.

How do you bring traffic to your blog?
Tags, concise titles, I try to write engaging and interesting posts.

What’s something that you’d like to improve on this year?
Keep on schedule.

How do you get motivated to blog?
Hmm that’s a tough question.

Do you have any favorite books this year?
I’ve read so many great books this years. Perhaps I’ll make a post about it some time in December.

Are there any songs you’re into right now, or music artists?
Moonlight” by Grace VanderWaal

What do you like to do with your spare time?
Read. Write. Watch gamers and vloggers on YouTube. Watch tv.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully still happy and healthy. And hopefully have a dog(s).

If you could choose ONLY 5 subjects to read on other blogs, what would they be? (Books, music, film, health, etc.)
Books, writing, anime, arts & crafts, cooking.

Do you make money from your blog? If not, do you have plans to try in the future?
Nope and not sure.


I currently don’t have any nominations  for both (and no questions that I can think of for the second). But if you’d like to respond to either of these awards, feel free to and link back so I can read your responses! Have a great day, everyone!

Happy reading! Happy writing!


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Mystery Blogger Award nomination #3

Thank you to Laura @ thebookcorps for nominating me for this award 🙂 She has a great blog that I think you’d enjoy as much as I do. You can read her responses to this award here.

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma.

The Rules:

1. Put the award logo/image in your post.
2. List all the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
4. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
5. Nominate 10-20 people and notify them
6. Link back to the creator of the award.
7. Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with a weird or funny question.
8. Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours.


Three (New) Things About Me:

  • I’d rather play sports than watch sports.
  • I love watching shark movies. Jaws is my favorite.
  • I hate using fans even when I’m sweating and really hot. They’re too loud. I’ve yet to find a decently quiet fan.

Laura’s Questions:

1. If you could time travel to only one period of history, which would it be?
Medieval times, definitely.

2. What is your favourite TV show/movie?
Tough question…. Favorite TV Shows (currently): Family GuyImpractical Jokers, and The Golden Girls. Favorite Movies (released within the last year or so): Sing and The Lego Batman Movie.

3. What is your favourite country/city you’ve traveled to? And if you haven’t traveled, what country/city have you always wanted to visit?
Thanks to two of my favorite authors, Lynn Kurland and Juliet Marillier, I really would like to visit Ireland, Scotland, and England.

4. What classic novel have you always wanted to read but haven’t/or DNF’d?
Hard to answer. All the classic novels I’ve read (that I can recall) I read for school assignments so had to finish them to get a good grade. I’m not really a fan of classic literature in general.

5. Is there a book that you wish you had come up with instead of the original author?
Off the top of my head…The Hunger Games and Harry Potter. Mostly because of the intricacies of the stories and tension within the plots.


Since I’ve done a few awards back to back over the past month or so I’m not going to nominate anyone this time around. But if you’d like to do this award, feel free to! Or if you don’t but would like to answer the questions I would have asked nominees, I’d love to read your responses – leave them in the comment section below.

My Questions for Everyone:

  1. What is one of your favorite books? And which actors/actresses would you cast in the movie adaptation of it?
  2. What book(s) sum up your life so far?
  3. What is one of your favorite quotes?
  4. What book(s) got you hooked on reading?
  5. Which 5 authors would you like to having a round-table discussion with about all things books and writing?

Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours. >>> Book Review: Once and for All by Sarah Dessen


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Welcome New Followers!

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Recently, I’ve had several new followers and I thought I should, first, thank you (new Readers) for taking the time to read my blog and follow me, and, second, welcome to The Bookshelf Corner!

And I’d like to extend that thanks to ALL who have read, liked, commented, viewed, and/or followed my posts and this blog. It’s been so nice to connect with you all and share my passion for all things books and writing.

It’s difficult to put into words how much I appreciate you lovely people but Welcome, Welcome, Welcome! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I hope you enjoy all the posts that are to come. Have a great day everyone!

And, as always, happy reading and happy writing!


To learn more about me and this blog, check out the About Me page.

You can also follow me on Goodreads and on Twitter @bookshelfcorner.


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July Happenings!

Welcome, welcome, everyone and happy First Day of July! I hope your summer has been going well and that June brought you much success. June was a crazy busy month with this blog but lots of cool things happened. I read a few really great new books. I started a Twitter for this blog. Mischenko @ ReadRantRock&Roll was very kind to nominate me for The Leibster Award and the Entertainer Blogger AwardLaura @ thebookcorps was also very kind to nominate me for the Blogger Recognition Award. Thank you, thank you to you both!

On a side note, I haven’t been able to read much of other’s posts lately (so sorry!); work has just been super busy. But hopefully, things will calm down soon and I’ll have more time to blog and reader your posts.

Here’s what’s happening this July:

The TBR List:

Last month I read 6 books, all from my TBR list, 3 were from NetGalley. I am still reading Slaves of Socorro by John Flangan and Blood Guard by Megan Erickson. Hopefully, I’ll finish those soon. I’m 2 books away from completing my Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge!

Other books I plan to read this month from my Summer Reading list: River of Dreams by Lynn Kurland, Dreamer’s Daughter by Lynn Kurland, Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, and Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce.

The Blog

I’ll be posting a couple of blog milestones this month and plenty of book reviews along with new content.

For the next several weeks, I’ll only be posting Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday after which I’ll be taking a personal no-obligations vacation for two weeks (which means no new blog posts during that time).

Novel Updates

I took a break from writing because it was stressing me out and I was at a lost for words but I’m ready to get back to work starting Tuesday. Here’s where I’m (still) at with each project:

YA Idea #1 Status: 9,000+ words; 5 chapters written so far [YA Fantasy]

YA Idea #2 Status: concept written but may partially change; still considering YA but genre is now tbd

YA Idea #3 Status: concept written [YA Science Fiction & Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling]

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Book of the Month

I’d be remiss if I didn’t recommend Daja’s Book (Circle of Magic, book 3) by Tamora Pierce as this month’s Book of the Month. This, this is the book that started it all – my avid passion for reading. This YA Fantasy story was amazing and so were the other books in the quartet. I highly recommend Daja’s Book and all the other books by Tamora Pierce.