The Secret Life Of The Book Blogger

I wasn’t specifically tagged for this one, but I saw that Aman did this tag and tagged everyone in general, so I took a crack at it. This was actually really fun to write up, as a matter of fact. Yay for blogging moods!

Let’s get started!

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What is the best part?

Honestly, I think the best part is getting to create these bookish posts, about something I’m passionate about, and having other people read it and comment, and getting a conversation started from that. That’s my favourite part about blogging.

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What is the worst part?

The worst part is the coming up with ideas part. Ugh, why does creativity evade my grasp?!

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

I generally use Google images if I need stock images, but usually Tumblr if I’m looking for specific gifs to use in my posts. I’d love to have some decent rudimentary skills in Photoshop though, so I could make my own graphics to use.

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Who’s your book crush?

Really? Just one? Well, I guess if I had to choose a single one of my book crushes, I’d go with Daemon from the Lux series. Yeah, he’s an alien and could probably kill me without a second thought, but he’s hot and funny and witty. I like that.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Oh god, if I could get the queen herself – J.K. Rowling – on my blog, I think I would die and go to book blogger heaven. That would be a dream come true.

What do you wear when you write your blog?

A t-shirt, a pair of jeans, and usually barefoot. I’m a chilled out person.

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

It depends on how much inspiration I have – sometimes I can bang out a great post in twenty minutes and format it in five, but other times, it’ll take me a few sessions to get a post satisfactory enough to post online.

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How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

I honestly love the book bloggers – yeah, there’s drama when we get into heated discussions over certain issues, but overall, there is just so much love for books and book characters, and it’s amazing for me especially, to have this network of people I can gush about books to, when I don’t have anyone in real life who really understands.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

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I think it just depends on what each individual regards as being ‘successful.’ My blog has grown so much over the last year and a bit, and I now have over 200 followers, but I considered it a success when I even had just twenty-five followers! It depends what your personal goals are – if you feel like you’ve reached or surpassed those goals with your blog, then you’ve got a successful blog.

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I tag:

Alex @ Whimsy Pages
Kim @ By Hook Or By Book
Saara @ Pages Of Ink

#ReadThemAllThon Time!

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I haven’t properly taken part in a read-athon in AGES but since I’ve recently been obsessed with Pokemon Go, this is the perfect way to get my butt moving and actually posting.

This read-athon is being hosted by the fabulous Aentee (Read at Midnight) and it runs from August 14th through til September 4th. Basically you choose a book for each of the reading challenges, and for every one you finish, you earn a badge. Besides, Aentee has made some freaking awesome graphics for this, which is a definite plus.

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Thanks to Sasha’s recommendation video, I’m going to read ‘Ruby Red’ by Kersten Gier. This looks amazing and I can’t wait to get into it, and then hopefully the sequels.

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I’m going to re-read ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes for this one – that definitely made me cry when I read it the first time.

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Jenny Han’s ‘To All The Boys I Loved Before’ is my choice for this category because I’ve heard all things about this series, and I still haven’t read it. Might as well get it over and done with.

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I listened to part of the audiobook a while back, but I haven’t actually read the book yet, so that’s what I’m going to do – I’m going to read ‘Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe.’

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Talk about a great romance – I’m going to re-read ‘The Raven Boys’ and bask in the gloriousness of Blue and Gansey, and Blue and Adam.

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I think it’s about time that I dipped back into the Morganville Vampires series, with ‘Glass Houses’ for this category. Yay!

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Time to re-read ‘Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda’ again, methinks.

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For this one, I’m going to read ‘Unravel Me’ by Tahereh Mafi – it’s set in a world brought to a grey ruin, and it’s perfect for this category. Also, it’s been forever since I’ve read ‘Shatter Me’ so this is an ideal time for me to get back into the series.

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You can sign up any time between now and the end of the readathon, so if you’re interested in something to do between now and September, get on to Aentee’s post and sign up!

Happy reading, and catch ’em all!

Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Made Me Want To Do/Learn Something

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This week’s Top Ten topic is books that have made me want to do or learn something from reading them. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and The Bookish, and if you do one of the prompts set, you can link your post to their post and others can read your top ten. Cool, right? Lets start.
1. Sketching (Isla and The Happily Ever After)
I already draw a lot, but then I read Isla and The Happily Ever After, and my passion for sketching just exploded from there. I was inspired, sue me.
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2. Turning into an animal at will (Harry Potter)
Who didn’t read Harry Potter and wish they could be an Animagus like Professor McGonagall or Sirius? I like to think I’d turn into an animal as quirky and unusual as I am.
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3. An exciting adventure/quest (Lord of The Rings)
Like Charlie said:
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4. How to be a samurai or ninja (The Young Samurai series)
From the moment I started reading this series, I was hooked and I really, really wanted to be a samurai, and then later on a ninja (because why not?), and for a while that was definitely my dream.
5. Archery (Hunger Games)
Lets be real, everyone wanted to be a top-notch archer after reading about Katniss and her defiant bow and arrows.
 
6. Fly a spaceship (Scarlet)
Ugh, I want to fly the Rampion so much! Yet, I know Thorne would rather give up both hands than give up control of his beloved ship. Boo.
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7. Go to a grand ball (Cinderella)
This is all any little girl wants – to get all prettied up to just dance the night away at a ball with a prince. Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!
8.  Leaving a notebook with dares in a bookshop ( Dash And Lily’s Book of Dares)
I actually did this one! After I’d finished reading Dash and Lily, I made my own little book of dares and left it in my usual bookshop, but nobody picked it up. Oh well. I tried.
9.  Flirt with a Starbucks barista ( Fangirl)
I still haven’t done this one, mostly because I live nowhere near a Starbucks and also because I can’t flirt to save my life, but I would love to find the real-life equivalent of Levi who, lets be real, is a literal cupcake.
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10. Fall head over heels in love ( every romance book ever)
Hey, don’t judge me! I’m a hopeless romantic who believes in happily ever after, and love at first sight. I’m still looking for anyone who wants to date me, since it hasn’t happened yet, but hey, hope springs eternal.
What have y’all put on your lists this Tuesday? Send me a link to your post, and I’ll definitely have a look, because I’m genuinely fascinated about this topic.
Happy reading!

TTT – Ten Books Set Outside The US

I’ve done it. I’ve succumbed to social convention, and I’m taking part in a weekly meme/link-up. I’ve been blogging for over a year now, and this is the first time I’ll be doing this type of post, but..change is good.
In case you’ve been living under a metaphorical rock, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up thing hosted by a blog called The Broke and The Bookish. I’ve never taken part in this before, usually because I forget about it until Sunday, but since it’s Tuesday, and I’m looking for a blog post topic, why not?
This week’s topic is ‘Ten Books Set Outside The US That I’ve Enjoyed.’
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1. Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling) – this whole series is set in England (rainy, rainy England…), and since it’s my absolute favourite series ever, it’s the first one that came to mind when I saw this prompt.
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2. Me Before You (Jojo Moyes) – I had the pleasure of reading about Will and Lou’s relationship, set against the background of a small English town. This is a more recent read, but I definitely enjoyed this one a lot.
3. Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of An Unwanted Daughter (Adeline Yen Mah) – I read this way back when I was in third year of school (about 14 or 15). and I still remember how poignant it was, reading about this girl and her familial struggles in WW2 China.
4. Anna and The French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins) – I know this is going to be on everyone’s list, but it’s a cute story and I love it. I want to live in Paris!
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5. The Little Paris Bookshop (Nina George) – Another Paris read, yet I have no regrets. This one’s so sweet, it’s bound to give you a toothache.
6. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)– set in Germany, this is a quietly inspiring story about the power of books. A must-read for any book lover.
7. The Single Girl’s To Do List (Lindsay Kelk) – mostly set in London, with a quick trip to Canada in later chapters. I cannot express enough how much I adore this book as much as Kelk’s other writing. She’s a fantastic author.
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8. The Lord of The Rings trilogy (J R.R Martin) – it’s set in Middle Earth, but it’s not technically the US, so it counts.
9. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (Douglas Adams) – It starts off in England, and then takes a spaceship into the galaxy, so I’ve decided that it counts as part of this list.
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10. Angels And Demons (Dan Brown) – This one’s set in Rome, and it’s a fantastic book. It grips you right from the first page through til the very last word, and I was hooked the whole way through. Also, Illuminati conspiracy? Duh!
Wow, this was surprisingly hard to think of ten books outside the States…. Oops.
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I’d love to read your TTT if you’ve done it this week, so leave a link in the comments and I’ll have a look. Until then,
Happy reading!

#BookBloggerConfessions

I was browsing Cristina’s blog – because she’s awesome, obviously – and I came across this post she did way back in January about blogger confessions. Well, it got me thinking about what my own blogging confessions would be, and then this post came to be, because why not?
 
  • I procrastinate so much on reviews, it’s ridiculous. I have a long list of books I’ve read recently that I have reviews to write for them, but even when I do have time, I procrastinate and watch Youtube videos, or read more books.
  • Sometimes I go off on a tangent and do posts that aren’t in any way connected to books of any kind. I know this is a book blog, but sometimes I just want to write about other things.
  • I’m a sucker for a nice aesthetic. ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ Well, what if the book has a really pretty cover that makes me feel all happy when I look at it?
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Ravenclaw aesthetic!

  •  I’m obsessed with finding the perfect gif for every post.
  • I will more often than not use a Supernatural gif, because Supernatural has a gif for everything. #sorrynotsorry

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  • I’m not too stressed about getting fancy ARCs from publishers – if it ever happens, aside from on Netgalley, I will be thrilled but I’m not going to stress over whether or not I get one.
  • I hate book reviews that just focus on very academic things like the tone of the book, or the history of the author. When I read a review, I want it to be warm and welcoming and interesting, instead of being as cold and clinical as an operating table.

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  • I’m so grateful to all those bloggers who posted about getting started in the blogosphere. Otherwise, I would have been absolutely lost to get started.
  • I would love to have a bookstagram, or a strictly book-themed Twitter, but that’s too much work…
  • I worry that people judge me because most of the books I read are either Young Adult, or LGBTQ.
  • If I didn’t look unattractive on camera, and weren’t an awkward turtle, I’d be a Booktuber.
  • When I started, I was all on my own, in my own little corner of the Internet, but now I’ve got a small following – just about 200 followers – and I’ve made amazing friends in the book blogging community,
  • I want to get into audiobooks, but I’d much rather have an actual book in my hands, or my Kindle.

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  • Physical books will always come first for me, no matter how much I love ebooks and their handiness.
  • I hate writing meh reviews or even reviews of books I just didn’t enjoy, because I’m always afraid I’m being mean about it or the author.
What are your book blogging confessions? Spill your guts to me in the comments, and let me know what deep dark secrets you’ve got, or even just letting me know which of mine you agree with.
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Happy reading!

Blogger Interview – Heir of Glitter

So, here on Shih Tzu Book Reviews, I have  a little feature that I call Blogger Interviews (by the way, if anyone can  think of a cooler name, I’m all ears) and now it’s Olivia’s turn to get interviewed.

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I actually did a Blogger Spotlight on Olivia a while back, so once you finish reading this, take a jump on over there and have a gander at that.

Now…on with the post!

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Tell me a little about your blog – how did you come up with the name/URL for it?

I knew I wanted to include glitter somehow, because I love it as much as Magnus Bane does. 😄 Then I was trying to incorporate glitter into the title of one of my favorite books, which at the time were the Throne of Glass books. My ultimate favorite was Queen of Shadows, but I thought “Queen of Glitter” sounded a bit too girly, so I went with my second favorite, Heir of Fire. Then “Heir of Glitter” was born. 😀

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How long have you been blogging?

I posted my first post on September 13, 2015, so…nearly 9 months. 😀

What’s your favourite and least favourite thing about being a book blogger?

My favorite thing is interacting with other bloggers and talking about books, because I’ve yet to make any real life reader friends. 😉

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My least favorite thing…would have to be making time to write a post. Now that I’m on summer break I have much more time, but I try to balance reading a lot and posting frequently. During the school year, the challenge is balancing school work and blogging. :/

What’s been your favourite post that you’ve posted so far?

Oh, gosh…I don’t know. Probably any of my discussions, because I love talking to people and comparing opinions. 😀 I also like doing reviews, especially for hyped books it’s taken me forever to read – Vampire Academy, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and soon Six of Crows.

Are you planning any new features for your blog?

Not at the moment, but I might try to come up with something fun over the summer. 🙂

If you could take over any book blog for a week, who would you take over and what would you do with their blog?

I wouldn’t want to take over anyone’s blog, because it’s their own little spot of the Internet, and I know I wouldn’t want anyone taking over mine. 😉

If you could move to any fictional universe, which would you choose to inhabit?

PRYTHIAN. That’s from the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy, if any of you don’t know. ❤

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In your opinion, which fictional couple would you happily break up? And which couple would you lock in a room until they were happily, deliriously in love?

I would break up any relationship Tamlin got involved in. He doesn’t deserve anyone. He should be alone. 😄 But seriously, probably Lara Jean and Peter from my current read, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, because I don’t like Peter. ^.^

And who would I lock in a room to make them fall in love? Feyre and Rhys don’t need any help. 😄 So…Rose and Mason from Vampire Academy, because Rose needs to get over Dimitri. He’s seven years older and the idea of them is just weird. ._.

Who are your top five auto-buy authors?

Sarah J. Maas, Cassandra Clare, Rick Riordan, Marissa Meyer, and…probably Jennifer L. Armentrout. They’re all evil geniuses. 😀

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Pizza or Burgers? Neither. 0.0

Music or books? Both, but if I had to pick one, books. 😉

Guys or food? Food. Duh. Unless we’re talking fictional guys… 😄

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Tamlin or Rhysand? RHYSAND. ❤ I loved Tamlin in ACOTAR but after reading ACOMAF he can just leave.

Ugly and smart, or pretty and dumb? I don’t think anyone is really ugly, but…ugly and smart. I’d rather have brains than looks. 😉

Bath or shower? Shower.

Beach or pool? Beach, for sure. I don’t live close to any, but I definitely prefer them. 😀

Fiction or non-fiction? Fiction, of course.

Hermione or Katniss? Both…okay, Hermione.

Online or offline? This is hard. I like being online to blog and offline to read…but offline. Because if I didn’t read, I wouldn’t have a blog anyway! 😉

Girls or guys? Girls. I have nothing against guys, but I think girls are easier to relate to in books and real life. Not to mention, all but one of my favorite characters and authors are girls. It’s not intentional, it just happens. 🙂

John Green or David Levithan? John Green.

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LGBT books or hetero books? I like both, but I’ll always prefer LGBT because books need more diversity. 😀

Jace or Will? I love all Herondales! >.< But I guess I have to say that Will did steal a little bit more of my heart than Jace.

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(Credit – Felwyn on Deviantart )

Thank you so much for doing this, Olivia!

To anyone else, if you want to be a part of this feature, then shoot me an email at shihtzubookreviews@gmail.com, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy reading!

Book Haul – 18/04/2016

Guess who bought books?

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I swear, I don’t have a problem. I just like buying books for dirt cheap. The two Hush Hush books only cost me one pound for both! Although I did buy five books the other day when I only meant to buy one….. ANYWAY, moving on to the books I bought today:

I got the last two books in Becca Fitzpatrick’s ‘Hush Hush‘ series! Now I finally have all of them! I’ve read all but the last one so far, so now I can get started with that.

I got the second and third Game of Thrones books as well – score! I read the first book in 2015, and once I finish a whole host of other book sagas, I will tackle this one.

I also found a copy of Victor Hugo’s ‘Les Miserables‘ which I was not expecting to find at all. The last time I tried to tackle this doorstop of a book, I managed about halfway through before I had to return it to the library. Maybe next time I’ll finish it.

Also because the Game of Thrones books and the Les Mis book were in a 2 for a pound offer, I got ‘The Hunger Games‘ as well, making the whole lot only two quid for all four books. Besides, I’m addicted to collecting whole series’.

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I’ve decided I’m doing to do full book haul monthly wrap-ups at the end of each month, detailing what I bought. Would you want to read that? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!

~ Becca