A day inside the life of a book blogger

Good morning, good afternoon, good night everyone!  I hope your week has been going great so far. Today’s Wednesday, and I am back for this semi-regular feature where we will discuss all things blogging together…

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Last week, I talked about the hard times you can have while taking an hiatus, the struggles, the fears and questions you ask yourself. For this second blog post, I decided to tackle a lighter subject, and talk about blogging routines. Before anything, I want to link up to one of Cait @ Paper Fury’s fantastic posts, What Does A Book Blogger Actually Do, and highlight that this is not me wanting to copy this incredibly funny yet acccurate blog post.

Book blogging is a crazy, crazy, crazy business, really. We read, we review, we make friends, we think way too much about this crazy blog, as well. In order to keep things… well, in order, we all have some kind of routine, schedule, some things we do when we’re getting into the blogging frenzy, taking hours of our days dedicated to THIS. Today I wanted to share a little bit of my blogging routine with you, and because lists are fun and I do them all the time in my head, but rarely enough on the blog, let’s go!

 ✏️  I schedule EVERYTHING

Seriously, I’m one of these crazy bloggers scheduling everything ahead, because I love being in control and seeing what’s next and, let’s be honest, for me it’s a real time-saver, and I love it. Thanks to Reg’s planner (the amazing lady behind @She Latitude), I’m completely crazy about scheduling blog posts now.


 ✏️ I READ, and…don’t take notes

I don’t know if that’s a good, or a bad thing, but whenever I’m writing a review, I don’t have to go back through my notes, because I don’t take any. I have no idea whether I should, or not, though. I just think back about the books, look at my first impressions thoughts on Goodreads, and go ahead.

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✏️ I check out other blogs 

Whenever I’m on my blogging “duty”, I always start by checking other people’s blogs and commenting, before anything else. I really like to see what the others have to say before even getting to my own comments and everything.


✏️  I keep track of all my tags

If you’ve ever been tagged for a book tag or any tag, really, well…you know how these tend to pile up like CRAZY? I can’t keep up, really, but I keep track of everything in one of my drafts. This means no inspiration issue, I can always do a tag, and nothing getting lost either.


 ✏️ I schedule some tweets

I tend to do that more and more often: if Twitter isn’t my main source of traffic, it makes me happy to promote and not let things be dead for a whole day because I’m working/busy.twitter


✏️ I write down ideas and blog posts

I always have a Word doc on my USB key when I’m working, so if I think of some discussion idea, I can write it down quickly in order NOT to forget it. The phone works as well, just anywhere, but I always WRITE things down. So I’m guessing sometimes you will find me drawing a blank at what you said because I’m thinking, yeah, I’d do a blog post on that.


✏️  I take pictures of my books

Ugh, to be honest I admire awesome bookstagrams, while I’m barely able to THINK of an idea to take a picture of a book for my blog. This usually takes me five minutes.

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Okay, twenty.

✏️ I ask my sister for feedback

I already told you, and recently introduced you to my incredible sister Nyx. She’s kind of my secret sidekick, and I bother her a lot and she doesn’t scream when I text her suddenly asking her what she thinks about an idea I got. I ask her for feedback about 223435 times a day.


✏️ I check Goodreads

Goodreads comes up before Google whenever I type G on my search bar. That’s how much I am on Goodreads. I’m not updating whenever I read, but only when I start and end, but this doesn’t stop me from checking what others are reading ALL the time. It’s a blogger’s duty as well, because… WHERE ELSE DO YOU FIND ALL THE BOOKS SO EASILY?

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✏️ I freak out because BLOGGING.

Yes, more often than not, scheduling, trying to remember characters’ names when writing a review, losing an excellent idea you just had for a blog post… well, blogging is really a crazy, crazy thing to do, if you ask me.

 

What are some things you do every single day for your blog? Or do you have time-slots dedicated to blogging during a week? Do you just go with the flow, blog with your feelings or are you a crazy scheduler like I am?

Let’s chat in comments! 💬

Keep up with me : september 2016

Marie on social media
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Nyx on social media
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THERE, AND BACK AGAIN ☀️🌸 Moving a bit (yes. again). All of my blog posts are scheduled as usual but I won’t be as active on visiting / commenting as much until the 10th. Thank you for understanding 😳😘😘

 

Latest reviews 📚

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Bookish & blogging discussions 💬

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Travelling ✈️

#SFATW✈️

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Coming soon ✏️

➡️ Mark your calendars: the official start of #SFATW is September, the 11th! For more info, check out the master post.
➡️ My sister is coming back early September with a new and different article…yay!
➡️ And, as always, bookish and now blogging discussions coming, travelling, and some book reviews
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Souvenirs swapping between book bloggers with #SFATW

Good morning friends, happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far. September is almost here, and with it…some exciting surprises on the blog, starting with… Souvenirs From Across The World! Thanks to your sweet answers to this little project of mine, I’m making this a regular feature, so keep an eye on the blog in the coming weeks!

➡️To give you a taste of what’s coming, you can already read the master post : What is SFATW ?
➡️ Head over here to find the themes of every blog post for the coming months, starting September, 11th!
➡️ Finally, check out the ideas’box if you are thinking about sending gifts to other book bloggers.

Alright, this blog post isn’t meant to bother you with technical details, but to share what happened during the first try of this feature, and, hopefully, making you want to participate in the next round of Souvenirs From Across The World. Kind of a #shamelesspromo here, but also a way of saying, I LOVE ALL OF YOU.

🌏 From Brazil to Malaysia, Canada to France, U.S.A to England, Australia to Ireland, I travelled a lot thanks to each and every blogger who took time to contribute to that feature.

I want to thank a THOUSAND times everyone who managed to send souvenirs across their country, across the world, and those of you who shared their experience on Twitter. You guys are the absolute BEST. Without further ado, I wanted to share with you a bit of their adventure, and what some incredible bloggers received.

Preparation…

The gifts …

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💻 The sweet Jesalin, Fernanda and Donna shared their experience with Souvenirs From Across The World on their blogs as well! You can check out their recap here , here and here.

Once again, thank you for your thoughtful gifts, your generosity and overall awesomeness. Without you, this little idea would be nowhere, so THANK YOU 😘.

Get ready for the next round of Souvenirs From Across The World, starting this September with the blog post, and in October until December for the souvenirs exchange! I hope you’re as impatient as I am. Are you going to participate? Let me know in comments! 💬

Review: Lola and the boy next door, Stephanie Perkins

For some reason, I ordered and read Isla and the Happily Ever After before I read Lola. I know, I am not doing things in the right order there, am I? Maybe it’s because popular opinion has it that it’s the “worse” book of all the series? Worse being totally a bad word to choose, because that book was still fantastic. Or maybe it’s my consciousness knew this one would be the one I liked less? ANYHOW, I finally read all of that Stephanie Perkins series everyone loves. With moderation, because in my opinion, despite being very, very good, Lola was the weakest book of the trilogy.

SLOW BEGINNING, BUT AMAZING WORLD-BUILDING.

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“There are some people in life that you can’t get over.”

In this series, Stephanie Perkins plays with clichés, but she does it WELL. She’s taking us to Paris, the most romantic city of lights with strolls next to the Seine in Anna and the French Kiss, and we find the décor again in Isla. In Lola though, we are in San Francisco, and once again she takes us in the vibrant, ecclectic city with the colorful houses and where there is just so many different people coming from everywhere. Clichés of cities, sure, and tropes, as well. Here we are deaing with the boy next door, that boy Lola saw every single day as she was growing up, that boy that was her best friend, that boy that went away. Wait. Does all of these apparently very common tropes make this a bad book? No, no, no, not at all. Stephanie Perkins certainly knows how to build on some very common places, common relationships you read about in every single book you meet, and make it completely hers, and that’s what the most incredible about this story, and the series as a whole.

UNIQUE CHARACTERS

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“I don’t believe in fashion. I believe in costume. Life is too short to be same person every day.” ”

Know what makes a book really stand out? The world-building, if you’re talking about a fantasy book, sci-fi book, for instance. In contemporaries, it’s the characters that jump out of the page. Lola really did. With her personality, as complex as every teenager really is, yet original with her choices and her will to, every single day, become a new person by changing her clothes and putting on costumes. Lola stood out and she was a great main character, but she had her flaws, and ultimately this is what made this reading experience more painful than for the two other books in the series. Lola annoyed me. A LOT. She was so indecisive, she didn’t know what she wanted – which is perfectly normal sometimes, but during the whole book, it’s too much to handle, she was kind of unfair to her boy next door, Cricket. Despite these flaws though, she was still a good leading character and carried the story with her decisions -or lack thereof…-, her originality.

FAMILY? CHECK. CUTE LOVE INTEREST? DOUBLE CHECK.

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“Nathan nods. “Have a good time. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.” I hear Andy as I’m walking out the front door. “Honey, that threat doesn’t work when you’re gay.”

If there’s something I really enjoyed about Lola and The Boy Next Door, it’s the great, strong presence of the family. Everyone experiences teenagehood differently, but the most realistic experience is the one of the parents – single parent, tutor, obviously depending on everyone’s personal situation, but SOMEONE – being there and asking you who is that boy/girl and what are you doing and your parents having the awkward sex talk, wondering when you are coming home, etc etc. In that story, it’s the overprotective parents scenario, and if it can feel a bit overwhelming to read, at times, it felt really, REALISTIC. I liked to see both of Lola’s dads asking when Lola was coming home and being so, so worried. I loved her dads so, so much.

“What do you say to someone who is not the same and yet completely the same?”

If you’re into the boy next door trope, you should love this book. I am, and I absolutely loved the relationship, despite it having some flaws, a LOT of drama that could have been avoided, and some unnecessary hurt from both sides. I just love the different levels of feelings, the flashbacks and the confusion, the unresolved past and the blank space left for what’s going to become of their relationship. It is just WAY TOO CUTE and I smiled like a crazy person, because I couldn’t help myself.

NOT JUST A ROMANCE

“I know you aren’t perfect. But it’s a person’s imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.”

Strong messages aren’t always the strong suit of fluffy contemporary stories just like Lola and The Boy Next Door. It’s there to make you smile before anything. But there was something else here that made me enjoy the book more, and deserve its 4 stars despite Lola annoying me more than 100 times. It’s the message. It’s a story about being who you are, and people accepting you for it. No matter what costume you want to put on today, tomorrow, and the next months, and ever. It’s about people seeing you, the real you, under what they want to see and under the layers of clothes. And it was really, really good.

OVERALL

A colorful story, and not only because of Lola’s costumes. It’s a story about the boy next door, it’s a realistic teenagers’ love story, with its confusion and complications, with the parents being actually there asking and caring. It’s a story about being yourself, and finding the ones loving you for it, no less.

Final rating:  4 drops!

Did you read Lola and The boy next door? If you read the whole series, which book was your favorite?

Do you want to read the book / the whole series? Share your thoughts in comments!


 

Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the boy next door (Anna and The French Kiss #2),  Published by Usborne Publishing (UK edition), 1st June 2014.

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Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion… she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.

That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola’s past be the love of her future?

Fall in love with the international bestseller from queen of young adult fiction, Stephanie Perkins.

Bookish questions with a bit of sunshine

Good morning, good afternoon, good night, friends! I hope your week has been great so far, and that you are reading some lovely books. I’m finally back for some more regular posting and another lovely tag…

I was nominated by the sweet Louise @ Genie Reads for, once again, the Sunshine Blog Award, and Sush @ Fervently Curious. A huge thanks for these, and for the great questions I always love to answer. Because all of the questions are about books. Well, almost.

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How was your day?

As I’m writing this, my day’s been pretty tiring, but it feels good to be back home, and my mind is swirling with blogging ideas.

TruthAboutForeverFavorite fictional book couple?

Oh, this is way too hard. I read and loved Wes from Sarah Dessen’s book recently, so…I would go with him. Oh, and his love interest, you ask? ME?

Compare your favorite book to a vegetable.

Hahahaha now THAT is an interesting question, hm… I actually went to look at a vegetable list online because my brains just went blank. I actually don’t have a book’s name in mind, but if it were a book I hated, yet with a gorgeous cover, it would be easy: I’d compare it to beet. LOVE the color. HATE the taste of it. So yeah. I kind of avoided the question there, didn’t I?

Do you wear glasses or contacts, or do you have perfect eye sight?

I wear glasses, which is kind of funny because I don’t need them all the time. I can perfectly see when I don’t have those, but I get terrible headaches in front of the screen. If I close one eye though, it all gets blurry. I’m a one-eye freak, haha.

What is the color of your eyes?

Dull brown? No, okay. They are brown like chocolate. Sparkling when I think about a night…with my book.

When you’re reading, does your face show your emotions or do you have a normal reading face?

Haha, I WISH I could have a poker face on ALL the time. But I have emotions, too many, and tears falling down my face. Especially in public. I don’t know why I keep reading sad books when I’m surrounded by people.

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What do you love about books?

I don’t know if I should make a list or something, and I’m not sure you’d read it all, I could go on and on for HOURS. I love books because they are a tiny little world where you get to live a thousand tiny little lives.

What do you hate or dislike about books?

I really hate how people sometimes don’t understand how books are little babies and you shouldn’t put a hot damn MUG on it.

second chance summerWhat was the last book you cried over?

Second Chance Summer, by Morgan Matson. I ranted on the why and hows that book is beautiful in my review.

What do you like to do if you’re not reading?

Travelling, watching tv shows, EATING (but not so much cooking), planning my travels, writing. Oh, and blogging, commenting and talking with you guys!

Any weird talents like, being able to touch your nose with your tongue?

I don’t think so…I can freak out over a book for months. MONTHS. But that’s what everyone does, right?

Do you love travelling? Where all have you been so far?

I absolutely LOVE travelling, and I think it kind of shows on my blog, ahah. I have been lucky enough to travel with my family since I was little, so I can say I’ve been to a lot of places in France (my home country), and in the world. I’m not going to make a list because it’d be long, so you can check out my travel map!

Do you prefer e-books or physical books?

My love for physical books is ENDLESS. I can hug them and smell them and just, physical books, always. Even if I am running out of place to put them haha.

Do you buy books online or from a bookshop?

I buy most of my books online, because there aren’t any English bookshops close to where I live, sadly.

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If you could have a super power, what would you choose? Why?

I want ALL the superpowers, seriously, haha. To be honest, I’d love to teleport, to time-travel, to be invisible…. I think if I had to choose, I’d pick being able to see that, everything turns out okay.

What’s your dream job?

This. Working with books, around books, talking about books all day long. In publishing, in a bookshop, I don’t know. Just, books.

What is your signature makeup look?

Ohh hm interesting question! I’m always putting on eye-liner and a bit of mascara when I’m going out. I love people who can put off some lipstick, for some reason I can’t seem to -or maybe it just bothers me, haha.

Which celebrity would you love to meet?

John Green? He’s a celebrity, right? I would love to meet ALL the authors I love. And the cast of Friends.

What are you currently reading?

holding up the universeAs I am writing this, I’m reading Holding Up The Universe, and it is VERY good, guys. I love it.

Do you like reading indoors or outdoors?

I love both, even if I read indoors most of the time, when I’m able to read in the sunshine, there’s nothing like it…until you get the book mark on your skin forever.

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What’s the one thing/person that can always make you smile?

One thing: FRIENDS (the tv show. Couldn’t go without that one now, could I? Haha. One person: my sister.

Coffee or tea?

TEA all the way, all the time. I love tea, and I NEED to have tea like, all the time.

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How was YOUR day? What’s the best thing that happened to you lately? Oh, oh, what if you tried and compare your favorite book to a vegetable? It is so hard.

What do YOU do when you’re not reading? Let’s chat in comments! 💬

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