Blogoversary; Helen Boyle Guest Post

Posted on 25 September, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment

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Hey Guys!
Today I have an amazing guest post from the inspiring fiction editor at Templar Publishing, Helen Boyle. She has written a post about how much the industry has changed since the internet started to become more prevalent in our lives. I really enjoyed her post and hope that you find it interesting too!


The Brave New Digital World

A post from Templar Fiction Commissioning editor Helen Boyle (@tbktweet) facebook.com/templarfiction @templarbooks

Blogging, tweeting, pinning, tagging, liking, linked in, retweets, trolls, klout scores, followers, good reads, apps, eBooks, ipads. All language now very much part of most editors and pr’s lives in the world of publishing. It’s a brave new digital world that changes continually but one that offers an exciting landscape where connecting with your readers, reviewers and customers is just one click/tweet/post away.

But it used to be such a different story. Now I hate to admit this, as it shows my age, but I remember when journalists or magazines would call in a cover image and you’d post or bike them a cover flat for scanning. When selecting an image from a photo library came as a set of slides to consider. When putting a teeny flash of foil on a cover was a BIG deal and reserved for major season leads. Press cuttings came on green sheets from a cuttings service to be copied to send to authors and kept in rusty filing cabinets.

Marketing departments revolved around dump bins and display bins, themed event days and character costumes. Now, as well as high profile advertising campaigns, they organise virtual tours, viral campaigns, digital advertising, videos, shareable assets, and initiate and develop digital conversations in a whole realm of digital spheres and networks.

Ten years ago we relied on a small select group of newspaper reviewers, (many of whom we still rely on) and respected and treasured librarians, (many of whom are threatened with extinction) and a handful of active kids magazines to spread the word about a new author, book or series.

But in today’s digital domain, there are armies of active bloggers, lovers of literature, champions of YA, middle grade, NA, non-fiction, picture books and all things book related. Wonderful, excitable, devouring readers of all ages, who spread the word with you, and who champion and welcome authors into this brave new digital world.

Blogs, Twitter, Facebook and social media can also help authors connect with other authors, via shared interests and loves. No long the isolated, ivory writer’s tower but a veritable cacophony of digital voices. Bloggers may often be shy and retiring in person, but online and amongst kindred spirits, they are kings and queens of content, vocal in their views, vociferous in their reading, extensive in their knowledge, gracious, grateful and gregarious in pixels and 140 characters. And most of them do it for the love of it, with no financial recompense or incentive. How amazing is that?

That’s why I love blogs, Twitter, and all the exciting forms of social media out there – because they connect me with fellow bibliophiles. It’s like walking into a wonderful independent bookstore, full of exciting titles, conversations and people wanting to recommend their favourite books to me.

Publishers are excited and (sometimes scared) by the swiftness of digital developments, but I for one, am super-glad to be navigating through it with book bloggers, tweeters, likers, pinners and posters by my side.

And just for the hell, here are some astounding social media facts that will blow your socks off. We’ve come along way in the last few years, imagine where we’ll be in ten years time?

  • Facebook’s 1.15 billion members make it the third largest nation in the world!
  • There are more than 250 million tweets and 800 million Facebook status updates published every single day.
  • If Wikipedia were made into a book, it would be 2.25 million pages.
  • 21% of the world’s internet population are using Twitter every month.
  • Over six billion hours of videos are watched every month on YouTube.
  • The first blogs appeared in 1998. Today, there are more 70 million active blogs.
  • 30% of the world’s entire population is now online, and social networking is the most popular and time-consuming online activity.

  • Thank you so much Helen for that informative and intriguing post! It certainly does make you think how much has changed and imagine how much will continue to change in the future! What do you think of this post? What about the stats posted?


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Posted on 25 September, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment


Blogoversary; Gabriella Lepore Guest Post

Posted on 24 September, 2013 by Faye - No Comments

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Hey Guys!
So today I have for you all the talented Gabriella Lepore, author of The Witches of the Glass Castle, How I Found You, and Evanescent. Three books that I devoured as soon as I got my hands on them, so it is an honour to have Gabriella on the blog for you today. She has written a guest post about how thankful she is to her readers and bloggers.


Hello, I’m Gabriella Lepore and I’m here to celebrate Faye’s second blogoversary! I’m an author of supernatural YA, and since we’ve been talking about how bloggers have contributed to the literary industry, I thought I’d jump in and share some of my personal thoughts on the matter. First off, I’d like to take the opportunity to show my appreciation to all the bloggers, readers, and reviewers out there! What would we do without you? You support, share, and spread the words about books you love, and give honest, heartfelt critique when you feel something wasn’t right. Your support means the world and your passion, commitment and enthusiasm for books makes it all worthwhile. You are a force to be reckoned with, and I salute you! xxx


Gabriella Lepore lives on the coast of Wales in the United Kingdom. She began writing at an early age and grew up with a passion for all things supernatural. She currently has three bestselling young adult books in print: The Witches of the Glass Castle, How I Found You, and Evanescent.


What a lovely message! Thank you so much for that Gabriella!


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Posted on 24 September, 2013 by Faye - No Comments


Blogoversary; Alexa Interview

Posted on 24 September, 2013 by Faye - No Comments

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Hey Guys!
So today I have for you all the amazing Alexa from Alexa Loves Books. She is completely adorable and amazing and is such a fantastic blogger and I’m really happy to introduce you all to her for my blogoversary! Hope you enjoy this interview!


Let’s start with some basics. What is your name and the name of your blog?
Hi! I’m Alexa, and I blog over at Alexa Loves Books. The name might not be all that original, but I assure you the content definitely is.

How long have you been blogging?
I’ve officially been blogging since April 2011, so that makes it 2 years and 4 months as of the month of August.

Do you remember the very first post that you wrote for your blog?
I actually do not remember my very first post, but I do remember that it was a review. I’m not overly fond of my initial reviews on the blog, so yeah, it’s not a surprise that I don’t remember it.

Does your blog have a set schedule?
I honestly do try to keep to a schedule. Mondays are for The Monday Mix, my weekly link-up. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are for reviews, although it occasionally switches up with blog tour posts and features.

Do you know, roughly, how much time you spend blogging?
Honestly, I couldn’t quantify it if I tried. But I normally do posts in bulk, which means I dedicate afternoons and evenings to doing lots of posts so that I can take lots of time off whenever I feel like it to read.

If you receive them, or even if you don’t, what are your views on ARCs?
I love receiving ARCs whenever I do. I try to do my best to read them in a timely fashion, though I must admit that it doesn’t always happen that way. Still, I consider them quite the privilege, and am always excited to get a new one, whether physical or e-galley!

How would you say blogging has changed your interaction with authors?
It’s allowed me to connect with them on a whole new level. Authors know who I am because of my blog! It gets me so excited that we have interactions on Twitter, and that I can let them know when they do or write something that truly excites me. Plus, my blog is totally a platform for me to promote the authors I love!

What about publishers?
I love that I get to work with some of my favourite publishers! It’s such a treat to work with the marketing and PR representatives who share my passion and love for books. I do try to work hand in hand with them to promote my favourite series.

Do you think you’d still read blogs if you didn’t blog yourself?
Yup! I totally read blogs way before I became a blogger myself, and that was a least a year’s worth of reading. It’s a great way to get book recommendations and make other friends who share our passions.

And finally, do you have anything to say about vlogs? Do you vlog? Do you watch vlogs?
I really enjoy vlogs. I haven’t really vlogged yet, but my sister and I have been hatching plans to do so eventually. The few videos that I have made have been pretty fun experiences, even though I think I look totally awkward in them. But I’m not averse to doing more in the future.

Quick Fire Round

Reviews or Features?
Reviews! I’m much better at writing those, honestly.

Comments or pageviews?
Comments! I enjoy seeing people’s thoughts on my posts.

E-mail subscription or RSS Feed (i.e. Bloglovin, Networked Blogs)?
RSS Feed, on Feedly! I really like using a reader to organize all my blogs.

Facebook or Twitter?
Twitter! Always Twitter. It’s such a fun place to have conversations with all of my book blogger friends.

Blogs or Vlogs?
Blogs! I’m much more likely to write things than film them, personally.


Thank you so much for answering all of my questions Alexa! What do you think of Alexa’s answers? Do you agree to preferring reviews over features or do you prefer features? Tell us all!


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Posted on 24 September, 2013 by Faye - No Comments


Blogoversary; Faye Guest Post

Posted on 23 September, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments

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Hey Guys!
Today I am here to write you all a guest post! I struggled to think of what I could write about around all of these fabulous guest posts that I’ve been sharing with you all and have decided that I would just tell you all about my blogging experience. I may end up repeating myself from other posts on the blog and for that I apologise but that just shows how true my feelings actually are. Hope you enjoy.


My Blogging Journey

Something you may not know about me is that before I started this blog, I had tried my hand at blogging about ten times before and it just never stuck. I would usually post for maybe a month and then get bored, or forget about it due to being busy and it would just be left to sit and “collect dust”. There was, however, one blog that I kept for two years, and that was my personal Tumblr. It took up a lot of my time but only because I was scrolling through everyone else’s posts. But while I loved Tumblr, the majority of my posts were just reblogs of pictures so it was never too personal and it certainly didn’t require a lot of work behind it to keep it running – not that everyone tumblrs this way!

So when I decided to start this blog, I actually didn’t think I would last much more than a month. But then something magical happened. I reached 100 followers and I felt a sense of purpose for my blog. I liked that people were reading what I was saying and I enjoyed when people commented on my posts. It suddenly occured to me that I didn’t want to just forget about this blog or give up on it like I had all the others. For, without me even realising what was happening, I was pulled into the book blogging community and once I had seen how utterly amazing and fantastic it was, I was very certain that I didn’t ever want to leave. Everyone in the community is so welcoming and friendly and before long I felt truly happy belonging to that community.

When I reached just six months, I was overwhelmed with myself. It was a milestone I had never thought I would get to and yet, that is exactly what I did. I knew that I never would have gotten that far if it hadn’t been for the support of my followers on the blog. Knowing that people out there are waiting on your posts and are reading your posts is the best feeling in the world. Then when I reached a year, I suddenly realised that it wasn’t just the people who followed my blog that I appreciated, but it was the community as a whole. Being able to talk to others about books is something I’ve never done in this capacity before and it is something that I am certainly not going to be letting go of very easily. Even if people no longer read my posts, if they no longer comment on them, I know that I wouldn’t stop blogging because I enjoy the community and, more than anything, I have learnt to truly enjoy blogging on here as well.

Yes, the community has had its share of drama. Yes, I have had times where I haven’t wanted to post. But despite all of this, I love belonging to the community and I love writing posts for this blog and coming up with ideas and just helping to publicise books for authors, who are always so thankful for it all.

I think, what I always need to remind myself, is that I belong to something special. This community may have exited for years but when I was a child, the possibility of this community existing wasn’t there. Internet was just being created, we used dial-up not broadband and having personal computers was absolutely unheard of. In a world like that, it is clear to see why a blogging community would never have existed. But now that we’ve moved on, I can’t help but be thankful for the internet. While there are so many negatives to the internet, some I’ve been a part of first hand, I honestly believe that the positives and the goodness on the internet overpower them completely. And so I am incredibly thankful for the internet, social media, and blogging in general. My life would definitely be very different without it.


What do you think? Is the internet amazing? Do you enjoy the community, if you’re a part of it? Tell me all!


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Posted on 23 September, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


Blogoversary; Emma Guest Post

Posted on 23 September, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment

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Hey Guys!
Today I am welcoming the lovely Emma Bradshaw, Publicity Manager at Bloomsbury UK, to the blog. She has written for you all a great post on her top non-bookish blogs! Emma is a lovely person to work alongside and I’m really happy to host her on the blog for you all to see!


Top Five Non-Bookish Blogs!

Happy blogiversary Faye. Congratulations on two wonderful years!

As Publicity Manager for Bloomsbury Children’s Books I spend a lot of time reading book blogs. There are so many amazing bloggers out there who have the most incredible knowledge of their area of expertise – whether it be picture books, YA fiction, fantasy, or something completely different. I am in awe of all of them. If you are reading this I would imagine you are equally aware of all of these literary superstars, so rather than preaching to the choir, so to speak, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about some of my favourite non-bookish blogs.

Fed Up and Drunk
I am a total foodie. I love eating in amazing restaurants, but equally enjoy cooking up a storm in my very own teeny tiny kitchen. Fed Up and Drunk is the blog for Food and Drink Guides. The guides themselves are fantastic for discovering new and exciting restaurants and the blog offers up even more foodie insights. The team take it in turns to write about their own culinary efforts, TV programmes, occasionally a cook book or two, unusual ingredients and more. I often while away a lunchbreak perusing their latest posts. It’s an inspiring blog full of fab ideas. Of course I may be slightly biased, as my sister is one of the contributors. I’ll leave you to guess which one she might be . . .

Good For Your Soul
Good For Your Soul is a celebration of all things fun (and not too expensive) in London, with the emphasis being on street food and markets. Written by Betty and Wern it’s a mostly gastronomic journey around East London and beyond, but also highlights things like beautiful parks, outdoor cinema and street art. Until I started reading their blog I had no idea just how many exciting little foodie gems were waiting to be discovered in Hackney. One of the things I love about this blog is just how stunning it looks: great design and brilliant photography. My mouth is watering as we speak, I’ve just been checking out the post on National Burger Day (YUM!). This is definitely worth checking out if you are new in town, or even if you’ve lived in London for years (like me), but not really explored East London in all its glory. You can follow these guys at @GFYSOUL. I strongly recommend you do!

Sassology
I was lucky enough to work with Lisa Lister during my time at Harper Collins Children’s Books. She is the most amazing person and a truly inspirational lady. In her own words, she’s a ‘tattoo-splashed, burlesque-lovin’, belly-dancin’, 1940s stylin’ rockabilly princess who writes make-life-better words for love AND money’. I think that pretty much says it all. But just in case it doesn’t, her mantra is pretty much this – whoever you are, you are amazing. Be proud of it – She’s been through some wonderful and awful times over the last year and her blog has made me cry and grin from ear to ear in equal measure. If you ever feel like you’re having a bit of a tough time, have a read of this blog. It will help you put things into perspective and remember just how brilliant life is.

Salad Pride
I’ve only recently come across this blog, but what a great idea – it’s a blog dedicated to salad recipes. If like me you are eternally trying to eat a little healthier and shift the odd pound or two, this is the perfect blog. Granted some of the recipes are healthier than others, and some of them don’t appeal to me at all (banana and kale, really?!?), but for the most part they hit the spot. David’s original aim was to see if he could create 365 recipes, which he has achieved, but did he stop there? Hell no, he’s still going. So, if you’re sitting at your desk feeling uninspired, take a look and brighten up your lunchbox.

Tea for Two
These ladies are sew darn (do you like what I did there?) clever. I’m impressed by anyone who can make anything full stop, but people who can wield a sewing machine are geniuses of a whole different level. I have an as yet unachieved dream to be able to make things for my flat – cushions, quilts etc – but the thought of attempting to make clothes terrifies me. The fact that Jen and Elena can do both is just awesome. And they make it all look so easy. Having looked at their blog yet again I’m now wishing I could head home right now and do something creative. I WILL book myself those sewing lessons!


I love the sound of all of these blogs! Thank you so much for sharing these with us Emma! What blogs above do you think you’ll head over to? What are your favourite non-bookish blogs? Tell us all!


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Posted on 23 September, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment


Blogoversary; Giveaway Announcement

Posted on 22 September, 2013 by Faye - 7 Comments

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Hey Guys!
So today I am finally announcing the BIG giveaway! I have a whole bundle of prizes to giveaway to a whole bundle of winners! Thanks to the wonderful publishers; Random House Children’s, Bloomsbury, Templar, and Strange Chemistry, as well as some books I’ve bought over the year, there are plenty of prizes for you all!


The Prize List

A Signed Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban
Rolling Dice by Beth Reekles
The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles
Fall Guy by Liz Reinhardt
Dearly Departed by Lia habel
Just One Day by Gayle Foreman
Cross My Heart by Carmen Reid
Fallen In Love by Lauren Kate
Yellowcake by Margo Lanagan
Turf by John Lucas
Ferryman by Claire McFall
Bomb Maker by Claire McFall
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Drummer Girl by Bridget Tyler
Sweet Legacy by Tera Lyn Childs
All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
Student Bodies by Sean Cummings
The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond
When The World Was Flat by Ingrid Jonach
Princess Academy; Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale
Blood Prophecy by Alyxandra Harvey
Three copies of Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black
The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher
Gloss by Marilyn Kaye
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
The Wolfstone Curse by Justin Richards
Signed Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Signed Losing It by Cora Carmack
Signed Faking It by Cora Carmack
Five Bundles of Swag

That means there are thirty-six prizes to be won!

** Please Note **
THREE prizes will be offered to the Scavenger Hunt winners.

Guidelines

- Open to ALL – However, Non-EU participants can ONLY win a bundle of swag (unless you win the scavenger hunt)
- Participants MUST be 13 or older or have permission from a parent or guardian
- No Purchase Necessary
- Winners will be e-mailed and will have 72 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.
- First winners picked will be offered a choice of prize, second winner will then pick, and so forth until all prizes are chosen
- I reserve the right to change or cancel this giveaway at any time
- You do NOT need to be a follower of this blog to enter, but it would be appreciated if you do.
- Ends 12th October
- Fill out the Rafflecopter below & GOOD LUCK!


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Posted on 22 September, 2013 by Faye - 7 Comments


Blogoversary; Damian Dibben Guest Post

Posted on 22 September, 2013 by Faye - No Comments

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Hey Guys!
Today I am really excited to welcome Damian Dibben, author of The History Keepers series, back onto the blog! If you’ve been with me for a while, you may know that Damian Dibben was actually the first author I met through blogging and I ended up spending the whole day with him during his offline book tour. Not to mention, of course, that his books are excellent and ones that I truly enjoyed! Today he has written a guest post for you all about social media and bloggers. Hope you enjoy it!


Social Media has Risen

BLOGGERS ARE BEST!

Even though kid’s and young adult books account for almost a quarter of all book sales, they manage only a fiftieth of space given over to reviews in national newspapers. A sad state of affairs. On top of this, many book reviewers are authors themselves (a peculiarity in the arts) which can lead to odd biases. Bloggers have redressed the balance brilliantly and given children’s authors the voice they deserve. They’re democratic, impartial, informed and most of all, truly passionate. And like kids themselves, they don’t stand on ceremony. That can be daunting, but always refreshing.

How else has the Internet changed the landscape of books? In my personal life, I was always on the fence about Facebook (though clearly dazzled by it as a phenomenon of our times). I somehow felt embarrassed at having the intimate information of others at my disposal, as if I was peeking into their houses at night. As a writer though, I love it. Timeline has become an invaluable tool, allowing everything to be collated and documented, photos, films, links, uploaded in a click and magically sorted in the most engaging and simple way. (I always remember Steve Jobs talking about calligraphy, the inspiration he got from simple type on page). Twitter is another thing: I am on it, but don’t quite have a handle yet. I feel like a twelve year old at a grown up party, not quite sure what to say – or who will listen. Though of course, keeping within 140 characters is a brilliant discipline for any writer.

Has success in social media become as important as writing a good book? Writing an engrossing, exciting, original story must be the first and greatest priority – but thank god for social media – and double thanks for bloggers – for starting debates and getting good books out there when they come along!


What an interesting guest post! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us Damian! Do you agree with Facebook as being invaluable with its timeline? Do you have any advice for Damian on how to approach twitter and fit in comfortably? And do YOU think social media is as important as writing a good book?


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Posted on 22 September, 2013 by Faye - No Comments


Blogoversary; Michelle Interview

Posted on 21 September, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments

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Hey Guys!
So today I am introducing you to the lovely Michelle from Much Loved Books. I’ve asked her a couple of questions for her. Michelle is really sweet and a great person to know. It’s been lovely meeting her and I’m really glad that I’ve been given that chance. Here’s hoping you enjoy meeting her too!


Let’s start with some basics. What is your name and the name of your blog?
My name is Michelle and my blog is called Much Loved Books.

How long have you been blogging?
Just over two years, I celebrated my blogoversary in July. Although I did have a blog set up before then but didn’t post anything on it. It took a long time for me to get the confidence to make it live.

Do you remember the very first post that you wrote for your blog?
Yes, it was a review and after searching I found the title. Carrying Mason by Joyce Magnin. When I first started I was horrendous at reviews and I hope that I have improved since then :)

Does your blog have a set schedule?
I try to post every Sunday with Stacking the Shelves, and I have a new feature with a USA blogger who I got to meet at a Rachel Caine signing, Book Wars that we post every Monday. I try to participate in Waiting on Wednesday or do my own feature, Book Twins or Books Around the World on Wednesdays, but that is only if I have a free Wednesday that isn’t needed for reviews.

Do you know, roughly, how much time you spend blogging?
A lot, I read as often as possible, before starting work, at lunchtime, when I get home, and when I’m in bed trying unsuccessfully to get to sleep at an acceptable time. I tend to leave me reviews till late and find myself at the computer for a few hours making sure I have posts set for most of the week, or all of the week. Basically my life revolves around my blog, and my computer time is now known as ‘doing work’ to my boyfriend.

If you receive them, or even if you don’t, what are your views on ARCs?
There are both good and bad things about ARC’s. I do love receiving them as it means I get to read a book I really want to read much earlier than expected and they are a great way for publishers to get the word out about the book. However I do feel pressure to make sure my review is up in time so I can justify having received an ARC and I do feel bad if I don’t get to it in time if real life takes over, or if I didn’t end up liking the book.

How would you say blogging has changed your interaction with authors?
I have the confidence to approach authors if I am looking for some who would like to help participate in an event I am hosting on my blog, although I do still feel nervous. I also find myself stalking following them on twitter and initiated contact with them or replying to one of their tweets, they seen more ‘human’ and not some distant figure.

What about publishers?
Blogging has given me confidence to approach publishers to request books I really want to review. The ones who I have worked with are all amazing and make me feel really welcome. Publishers have also given me the chance to meet some fantastic bloggers (like yourself) that I would never have met in real life when they hold events and brunches for us to attend.

Do you think you’d still read blogs if you didn’t blog yourself?
Yes, I read blogs for a long time before I blogged and I could never see myself being away from the blogosphere, it’s one thing that keeps me up to date with all the latest books, and without it I would not have heard of a lot of amazing authors, or met some amazing bloggers.

And finally, do you have anything to say about vlogs? Do you vlog? Do you watch vlogs?
I admire every single person who does a vlog, I have watched a few but not all. I would never have the confidence to get in front of a camera and talk about bookish things.
Kudos to all you vloggers out there.

Quick Fire Round

Reviews or Features?
Both???? :) Feature enable me to break up posts in my blog, but also give me a rest from having to get reviews up constantly. Reviews allow me to share my thoughts on books I have read, which is the whole reason why I started blogging.

Comments or pageviews?
Comments, it means that people have actually taken the time to read your post and take time to comment on it.

E-mail subscription or RSS Feed (i.e. Bloglovin, Networked Blogs)?
E-mail, it’s sent straight to my email which makes it easier to follow others blogs.

Facebook or Twitter?
Twitter

Blogs or Vlogs?
blogs


Thank you so much for answering all of my questions today Michelle! It was great getting to know you a little better! What did you think of Michelle’s answers?


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Posted on 21 September, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments


Blogoversary; Debbie Guest Post

Posted on 21 September, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments

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Hey Guys!
So today I am delighted to share with you all a guest post written by the stunning Debbie at Snuggling on the Sofa. Debbie is a really fun person to know and is really friendly and just someone I’m glad to call a friend – and incredibly glad that I have been given a chance to meet! For you she has written about how blogging has changed things for her, hope you enjoy it!


How Blogging Has Changed Me

How I Read
Before, I used to pick a book randomly from my shelf, read it, note the author if I enjoyed it, and move on. Now, choosing a book is often dependent on whether it is a review copy and the release date. While reading, I think about the rating I’m going to give it and whether any quotes stand out for me. I still note the author if it’s a good book, but I also pay more attention to the publisher. And the book stays at the forefront of my mind until that review is written. The process itself takes a lot longer.

What I Read
Before blogging, I actually read more adult books, namely of the girly chick-fic variety. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy these books just as much; I just don’t have much time for them anymore! Since I mainly get sent YA books, these take priority. I also read more ebooks than I used to (though not as many as I should). I very, very rarely have time to reread books. I dream about it, but it just doesn’t happen. Before blogging, and especially as a child, I was known for exclusively rereading books such as The Babysitters Club.

Who I Read With
I think this is the biggest change for me. I haven’t had any buddy-reads yet, but the amount I share and talk about what I am reading has gone up a lot. If I can’t decide what to read, I consult Twitter. I’ve made several blogging friends through events, and I love getting recommendations from them and finding out what they’ve been reading recently! Twitter is also useful for this, for hearing other opinions and quick links to blog reviews. I look forward to events for the opportunity to get together with other bloggers, and meet some new ones. All the bloggers I’ve met have been friendly and really welcoming into the community.

How I Organise my Reading
I did quite often have paper lists of books I needed to request from the library, as this was my primary source of books. Now I buy a lot more books and receive some from publishers or other booky people. The day I found Goodreads was a godsend. Now I can keep track of any book I like the sound of. I also have a record of all those that I have read, and separate shelves for the books I own, the books I would like to have and the ones I’m prepared to give away. Without Goodreads, I would be completely lost.

The People Behind the Books
Before blogging, I had no contact whatsoever with publishers, and very little author contact. I had attended maybe one or two author events. When I finished a book I enjoyed, I would quite often check when the next book was out, and then that would be it. Now, before during and after reading I will quite often tweet authors to let them know how excited I am and what I’m enjoying about the book. I quite often follow their personal lives (not in a stalker way), but because authors are genuinely nice people. I’ve attended lots and lots of events this year, from signings to launch parties. I’m also thrilled whenever I receive an email from a publisher. All the ones I’ve met at signings and other events have been lovely, and its nice to know how much they appreciate bloggers!


What a fantastic post! Thank you for that Debbie! I agree with so many of the things you mentioned above! Blogging completely changes the way you read, how you choose what to read, and who you contact. Before blogging I had never met an author before and now I talk to them all the time!
What about non-blogs who read blogs but never did before? How has having blogs around changed things for you?


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Posted on 21 September, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


Blogoversary; Rachelia Guest Post

Posted on 20 September, 2013 by Faye - No Comments

rachelia guest post

Hey Guys!
So today I have for you all the amazing and wonderful Rachelia from Bookish Comforts here for a guest post. She has written about her time in London meeting me! I really hope you like this guest post because it kind of made me tear up a little bit! I’m really happy I get to share it with all of you!


The London Experience

Hellllllooooo there! My name is Rachelia and I blog over at Bookish Comforts. I’m here today to celebrate Faye’s TWO year (!!) blogoversary by telling you just how lovely she is and my experience meeting her last year when I was studying abroad in England.

Faye was an early follower of my blog, and since we’re not too far off in blogoversary dates, it’s safe to say that we’ve almost known (virtually) our whole blogging careers. So when I announced I was studying abroad for a few months near the end of 2012 she said “ you MUST see me. :P We will make it happen. I’m thinking I should meet you in London and show you some awesome touristy sights – like the eye, dungeons, leiscter square, trafalgar square waterstones… etc“. True to her word, Faye and I made plans at the end of November to meet up in London to play tourist!

racheliaguestpost3 After she put graciously put up with a ridiculous amount of questions related to how to buy train tickets, and I convinced my flatmates that I wasn’t going to meet an axe murder and get killed (really!), I found myself standing amidst the hustle and bustle of Liverpool Station, trying to find Faye. Fortunately, she had worn a pink coat (to match her bright personality, of course) so it was fairly easy to find her. After exchanging hugs and giggles, we were off for our adventure. Before meeting we’d promptly decided that our initial ideas, the London Eye (eeek, heights!) and the Dungeons (eeek, scary!) wouldn’t work so we had settled on the Tower of London, which Faye herself had never been to either.

It was raining but we had a blast exploring the gruesome history of the Tower. Does that say something about our friendship? I don’t know, haha! But as a history student, I was majorly geeking out over all of it! We learned about the imprisonments and horrifying executions that occurred at the Tower of London – most famously that of Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII who was beheaded on May 19, 1536. We also dashed around the grounds, visiting the Crown Jewels (and laughing over the size of the Coronation Spoon – I was expecting souvenir sized, haha). Faye also got to experience a little bit of my hysteria as she talked me down from a panic attack due to claustrophobia as we climbed what has to be THE smallest freaking staircase ever up to the Bloody Tower. Quite the bonding moment, huh?

After our time at the Tower, we stopped to have a brief lunch, where we of course chatted non-stop about books and blogging. It honestly felt like we’d known each other forever. Faye is such an easy person to talk with and actually, my meals this day, just sitting and fangirling with her over various topics, are my favourite!

From there, Faye introduced me to the intricate tube network as we dashed here and there throughout the Underground, visiting the iconic Buckingham Palace. I honestly thought it was going to be fancier — like gold everywhere, haha! – but we had a blast taking selfies in the rain with all the other tourists!

racheliaguestpost1 Back on the tube, Faye promptly delivered me to bookworm Heaven, aka all 3 or 4 levels of Foyles bookstore, where we also meet up with Lucy from Choose YA and we of course, fangirled haaard over all the books and debated what to purchase. They managed to convince me to get the UK edition of one of my favorite books of 2011, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson which was signed and is a lovely memory of my time with them both!

With books in hand we made our way to a restaurant for a burrito dinner where we spent about 2 hours getting to know each other more, talking about books and laughing so hard our cheeks and tummies hurt! I got to hear all about Faye’s book she has written too (so good!) and I can’t WAIT to read it (*hint hint nudge nudge* haha). I hope someday I can see it on the shelves and buy it for myself!

A girl after my own heart, to start the beginning of the end of our day of exploring London Faye took me to the HUGE M&M Chocolates World in Leicester Square. Oh what I’d give for a fistful of British chocolate right now!! She also indulged my inner tourist and took me to the “tack” tourist shops that were really cheesy to get some souvenirs. After pausing for some slushies, we ended our trip at Oxford Street, taking in the magical Christmas lights display! It was really festive and a great end to my first time in London!

racheliaguestpost2 After soaking in all the holiday spirit, we made our way back to Liverpool Station, where I had to leave Faye. It was pretty sad knowing that I wouldn’t have time for another visit before heading back home to Canada after my semester finished. However, I knew that I had made a lifelong friend with Faye, and I hope that someday I will get the chance to play tourist guide for her here in Ontario, Canada and also, that I get to meet her back in London for another romp around the city! Faye is such a lovely, wonderful person and if you ever get the chance to meet her, do, for your life will be little bit brighter for it!


Thank you Rachelia for such a lovely guest post! I absolutely loved meeting you as well and this is one of the best days I had in 2012 and if I’m honest, one of my best blogging experiences! Thank you for sharing it with everyone so well!
To everyone else, have you ever met up with another blogger? What was your experience like?


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Posted on 20 September, 2013 by Faye - No Comments