Blog Spotlight – Book Snacks

I’m back and hopefully going to balance my blogging life and real life a lot better than last week. Real life sucks – I’d much rather escape into fantasy worlds and live there for a while. However, I do live in reality, so to make that bitter pill a little sweeter, I’m going to do a blog spotlight! This week, I’ve been checking out Analee’s blog, Book Snacks.

The Blogger Behind The Writing:

This blog is run by Analee (isn’t that name really pretty? I’m considering calling my future daughter that) and thankfully I was able to read a lot about her on the About page of her blog. Yay for people who post a lot about themselves on their About page – even if I am not one of those people.

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Analee is an American-born teenager living in Ottawa at the moment, who enjoys books (obviously!), Harry Potter, Pretty Little Liars, The 100, and emojis. As far as books go, we have very similar taste – Cassandra Clare, J.K Rowling, Sarah J. Maas….basically anything YA. YA rocks, doesn’t it?

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Analee succinctly describes the feeling of blogging very well;

I can’t imagine ever stopping blogging, if I had to, I might post less frequently, but I definitely don’t plan on ever stopping. Blogging is a huge part of my life, definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. I honestly feel so close to all of you bloggers out there! You know, one time, I finished a book, and I was like, oh my god, so and so blogger would love this! As if that was a friend I saw everyday. And I guess, in some ways, it’s true. I mean, I don’t see any of you guys in person, but I do communicate and chat with a lot of you often, and I definitely consider you guys my friends. 🙂 It has been such a great time for me making new friends and fangirling over books with all of you many bloggers!

If you want to read her full blog story, check out this post.

The Blog Itself:

Let’s take a tour around Book Snacks.

I type in the URL and wait for it to load. When the page finally loads, it’s a very simplistic black/grey theme, with white text. I’m delighted to see that there’s different tabs up at the top with everything very helpfully linked to. For example, if I tap on the Book Reviews tab, it gives me a list of options; YA Book Reviews, ARC and Review Copies, Classics, Middle Grade, and New Adult. Then if I tap YA Book Reviews, it gives me even more options – dystopian, fantasy, historical, romance, etcetera. It’s so organised, and now I feel bad.

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She just does a whole lot of varied posts:

Book Reviews
Memes
Top Ten Tuesday
Teaser Tuesday
WWW Wednesday
Friday Finds
Book Tags & Blog Awards
Book Snacks Babbles (Discussion posts)
Promo Posts (Blog Tours, Book Blitzes, Spotlights)
Book News
Monthly Features
Book Wrap-Ups
Book Releases
Book Hauls

And everything’s all neatly organized!!!!

Also Analee also does really  awesome graphics for her posts – headers as well as her signature image. Check it out:

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Some posts I really loved are:

Book Review: Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Rip It or Ship It Book Tag
WWW Wednesday #40 .
Books You’ll Want To Cosy Up To This Valentine’s Day

Where To Follow Her:

Goodreads
Twitter

Blog Spotlight – Bookish Serendipity

Way back when I was just a baby blogger, I was a little lost as to what I was doing, so I looked for other book blogs to take tips from. I read their posts and got an idea of what I was going to post, and this blog was one of those ones I read way back then. This is my blog spotlight feature, and this is Jessica from Bookish Serendipity.

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The Blogger Behind the Writing:

This blog is run by Jessica, who describes herself in her About page as a mid-teen who is also: Reader. Lover of words. High school student. Writer. Blogger. Etsy owner. Entrepreneur. Food enthusiast. Dreamer. Capricorn. Book nerd. Pinterest lover. Aren’t we all? Well, some of it not so much, but you get the gist.

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Jessica herself is so pretty – I’m feeling a serious case of the envy monster on my back while looking at the photos on her About page.  Ugh, I wish I was that pretty.  Anyway, she’s also from Canada – home country of Anne Shirley of ‘Green Gables’ fame – and she creates bookish jewellery to sell on Etsy. I’ll put the link to her shop in the section at the bottom of this post, so once you’re done reading this, go have a look! The items on there are really gorgeous, and I wish I had all the money in the world to buy everything there – I mean, look at these!

That’s not even mentioning her AWESOME taste in tv shows – Supergirl and Once Upon A Time? I’m in love.

The Blog Itself:

It seems like forever since I’ve actually been on Jessica’s blog, but her theme is so gorgeous and cute – check it out.

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The only issue I have with it is that the colours are too bright, and against a white background, it’s hard to read what some of the comments etcetera are, but aside from that, I love how the blog looks. It’s all floral and pretty, and it makes me happy to just look at it. #aesthetic.

Also, I’m impressed with how organised the blog is – there’s different tabs up at the top for different parts of the blog and I can navigate so easily. There really is nothing more discouraging than having  to go searching for everything, and to spend ten minutes just looking for a type of post, so well done Jessica.

I’ve been browsing around lately, and here are some of the posts I really loved in particular – enjoy!

Red Queen – Book Review

Marissa Meyer – Author Interview (Ahhhh, I’m so jealous she got to do this!)

Throne of Glass – Book Review

Making Money From Book Blogging

Book Blogs To Add To Your Feed (A very cool feature, I think. Me likey.)

Where To Follow Her:

Etsy Shop

Pinterest

Twitter

BlogLovin

Google Plus

Blog Spotlight – Scatterbooker

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It’s another blog spotlight! This Sunday is about a blog I’ve been following since I started my own blog. It was one of the first blogs I followed when I was just getting used to the whole blogging scene. Everyone, meet Jade from Scatterbooker.

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The Blogger Behind The Writing:

This blog is run by Jade – an 80s girl who grew up reading ‘The Babysitters’ Club’ (best book series ever read by a little girl), and who now lives in Melbourne with her boyfriend and cat. Who says you can’t have it all?

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Jade enjoys reading (obviously), crocheting and knitting, and going to the gym. Like many bloggers, she’s also a procrastinator. Don’t worry, it happens to all of us. I’m practically the queen of procrastination.

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The Blog Itself:

Jade doesn’t have a very fancy blog theme – a simple blue/purple background, and a header the same colour. It’s simplistic, but it draws more attention to the actual blog posts. Content over design.

Lately, Jade has started doing the David Bowie Reading Challenge, which looks awesome. It’s a list of 100 books, and they actually look really good. I’m considering doing it as well. If you want to see the post, it’s here.

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Another interesting feature about Jade’s blog is that she has a series of posts on self-publishing which are definitely worth a look at – here, here, here and here.  

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Where To Follow Her:

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
LinkedIn
Instagram
Goodreads

Blog Spotlight – Heir of Glitter

It’s time for another Q, and slay – yeah, no. As much as I want to be, I am not Tyler Oakley, so instead of a Q and Slay, this is a Blog Spotlight, which is hopefully just as cool? Anyway, this week’s spitlight is shone on a recent blog find of mine, which I found via Ashleigh’s (A Frolic Through Fiction) award post. This is Heir of Glitter.

The Blogger Behind The Writing:

This blog is run by Olivia (“…I live for you, I long for you, Olivia…”) who is a high school student from the Midwestern States. Unlike a lot of blogs – mine included – who don’t have a lot on their about page about themselves, Olivia concisely describes herself in a few paragraphs (still more than mine), describing her hobbies and giving a short summary of her blog itself.

“I love YA (young adult) books and reading is easily my favorite pastime. I also love some movies, a handful of video games, and fashion. I have a strong sense of wanderlust and spontaneity, although I haven’t done much traveling yet.”

She has four pets – a dog, a parakeet, a kitten, and an older cat – and she’s met Rainbow Rowell!! That would just kill me to meet someone that awesome! Some other random facts about this cool blogger include that she has nine signed books in her possession, she loves scarves but hates the cold, and if she was trying to escape a desert island, she would have a phone, some food, a knife or dagger of some sort, and an outfit.

Currenly she’s reading ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee, and ‘The 5th Wave’ by Rick Yancey.

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The Blog Itself:

Now onto the really important part – the blog.

First, lets talk about Olivia’s blog aesthetic. As much as I say looks don’t matter, I am still a sucker for a pretty aesthetic. Olivia’s blog is really simply done; a white background for the posts, a nice lilac purple and a turquoise-y green for the blog background. There’s also a gorgeous sky header, that gives me a serious case of blog envy. Basically I’m in love with the whole aesthetic.

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As for the book reviews – a staple part of any book blogger’s work – she’s reviewed a whole load of books that I actually have read as well. She’s reviewed ‘The Sword of Summer’ by Rick Riordan, ‘Obsidian’ by Jennifer Armentrout, and the whole Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. The only issue I have is that the book reviews could be organised better. It took me forever to find where the book review link for ‘Shatter Me’ was, so maybe they could be organised by author? Just a suggestion.

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It’d be nice to have a page with links to all of Olivia’s other posts – book tags, award posts, etcetera – instead of having to search for them, but it’s like the Room of Requirement from Harry Potter – if you know what you’re looking for, you’ll find it sooner or later.

Some of my favourite posts include:

Eleanor And Park Book Review

Most Likely To Tag: Bookish Edition 

January TBR

Where To Follow Her:

Instagram

Twitter

Goodreads

Blog Spotlight – Captivated By Fantasy

A lot of book blogs that I find, I usually find them through other book bloggers in their comments or award posts, or through my own comments section.  This one is no exception  – I found this blog by accident, and I’m so in love with everything about it. This is Captivated By Fantasy, the spotlight.

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The Blogger Behind The Writing:

Peach runs this blog, and she’s totally awesome. Currently she’s studying English with Writing at university, but is an aspiring journalist at the same time. Go Peach!  Blogging is a great step towards being a journalist, so you’re on the right track.

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She’s a fan of the Saccone-Joly family on Youtube, loves watching tv series’ where she can get invested in the characters, and she is a divergent Dauntless girl. Everybody go give her some love over at her blog!

The Blog Itself:

Now we really get to the good part. Peach’s blog isn’t meticulously laid out – I couldn’t easily find her book tag posts or award posts – but I loved how organised the book review page was. Speaking as someone whose reviews were only just recently organised, I’m very impressed.  The reviews are arranged into ones she was sent for review, and other ones she reviewed.

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Here are a few posts I especially like:

The Frozen Book Tag

One Lovely Blog Award

Book Review – Fangirl 

Also, lets talk about the quote Peach has for her blog tagline:

“Some dreams are forgotten, others are published, help the author keep their vision alive…”

That is a quote for every book nerd to have in their heads.

 

Where to Follow:

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Blog Spotlight – The Quirky Book Nerd

I hope everyone had an awesome holiday, and got everything they asked for – aka, lots and lots of books. However, not even wild horses would stop me from blogging to you lovely people. This week, the blog spotlight is based around Ariana from The Quirky Book Nerd.

The Blogger Behind The Writing:

This blog is run by Ariana, who happens to be an ‘aspiring author and filmmaker’ in her early twenties. Her about page doesn’t give a lot, but I delved deep to find out more about this awesome blogger.

She’s a super Sherlock Holmes fan – as am I – and she loves Harry Potter. Duh! Anyone who loves Potter is deemed okay in my book. However she has never seen the Lord of The Rings or Hobbit films, which subtracts a few cool points. Just kidding.

The Blog Itself:

The blog itself is where it really gets interesting though.

The layout is very gorgeous, with a simple black and white and pink theme to it. I’m feeling a lot of blog envy right now. I love blogs with a cute aesthetic, after all.

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As for the posts, Ariana does a healthy variety of posts – reviews, memes, book tags and other discussion posts. That’s always a good quality for book blogs, because if it’s all just book reviews or just all memes, it’s boring. Also she rates her books in TARDIS’s! How cool is that?! Check out the following posts from Ariana’s blog:

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The Disney Tag (because everyone needs a little Disney in their day-to-day life)

Book Review: Red Queen

Infinity Dreams Award

Where To Follow Her:

Goodreads
Instagram
Twitter

Blog Spotlight: Spines And Covers

I’m back doing Blog Spotlights! I am back in the groove, and I’ve got some awesome Christmassy book posts in the works, but for now, I’m going to shine a little light onto one of my favourite blogs ever- Spines And Covers!

The Bloggers Behind The Writing:

This blog is run by four – yes, four! – awesome bloggers from all different places and of different ages. I don’t think I could do that – blogging on my own is enough work. Each of the bloggers on this blog are special in their own way, so you should definitely go check them out.

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Samantha is the original creator of Spines And Covers, but that doesn’t mean she’s washed up. Actually she’s evolved like a Pokemon, from reading mainly YA to reading classic literature and adult fantasy.

“I live in the real world, i don’t want to read about it.” That basically describes the second of S&C’s bloggers – Jessie. She’s a twenty-something who’s afraid her TBR pile will become an avalanche one day, and who is a fan of Hank and John Green (who isn’t?).

Next up is the night owl otherwise known as Ashley. A mother who also has a blog is someone to admire. She’s a YA junkie, with a serious love of Harry Potter (obviously), and describes herself as a ‘super book ninja.’ Agreed.

The fourth blogger in this quartet is Wren, who somehow manages to blog here at S&C, as well as on her own blog ‘Books in My Suitcase.‘ That’s wicked impressive, since I can barely remember to get posts on one blog sometimes. She’s a fan of DnD, anime and manga, and taekwondo/karate. That’s pretty sick, if I do say so myself.

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The Blog Itself:

I’m very impressed that four bloggers can work together like this. All four women are active on the blog, which is amazing since I’ve seen blogs with multiple authors just die out, leaving one person with all the weight and work. That’s not the case here.

The design of the blog itself is amazing as well – it’s so pretty that I’m getting a serious case of blog envy as I type this. Look at this gorgeous heading!

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It’s gorgeous, and not overdone, and it’s very easy on the eyes. I’m not a fan of blogs where I have to strain my eyes to read the text because the whole design is brash and overcrowded with too many widgets.

Here are some of my favourite posts on the site from each author:

Jessie: RockMyTBR and Song Tag
Samantha: Blogmas #5 Unpopular Opinions Tag
Ashley: Top 10 YA Fairytale Picks
Wren: Book Review – The Heir

Where To Follow Them:

Contact Page
Twitter
Facebook