Category: Discussion

The ARC Entitlement is Out of Hand

June 27, 2017 | Discussion by Austine
The ARC Entitlement is Out of Hand

I feel as though there’s always something to comment on in the book community these days. Most recently, it’s been bloggers and book cons. BookExpo, BookCon, and just last weekend, ALA. Between these three events I’ve heard about ARCs put up on eBay during the event (including a personalized one which was like.. really?), bloggers stealing ARCs, and general rudeness. Sorry, not sorry, but this is going […]

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Blogging Expectations and Why I Hate Them

June 17, 2017 | Discussion by Austine
Blogging Expectations and Why I Hate Them

I am a book blogger. Pssh, no, really? Would NEVER have guessed that. Well, with blogging comes certain… expectations. It didn’t used to. I started out in 2011 and the only books I reviewed were ones I owned or borrowed from the library. After the first year, I would receive review requests here and there for primarily indie titles, some traditionally published, but mostly I […]

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#ArmchairBookExpo Day 2: What Do Readers Want

June 1, 2017 | Discussion by Tia Jenkins
#ArmchairBookExpo Day 2: What Do Readers Want

Today, one of our topics for Armchair BEA is What Do Readers Want and I figured I could talk about what I look for in books, how I rate them, and basically what speaks to me as a reader. I’m one of those horrible book lovers who buys books based on covers. I can seem to help it! Those pretty covers are just too tempting to […]

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Make It or Break It: The #ArmchairBookExpo Book Edition

June 1, 2017 | Discussion by Austine
Make It or Break It: The #ArmchairBookExpo Book Edition

You walk into the store and see a counter filled with new releases. Beautiful covers stare up at you from that table and you can’t resist picking one up. You buy it, take it home, and find out that despite that pretty cover, you really don’t like the book. Has this happened to you? One of today’s theme topics is all about what makes a […]

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Book Community, Meet Social Media (An #ArmchairBookExpo Discussion)

May 31, 2017 | Discussion by Austine
Book Community, Meet Social Media (An #ArmchairBookExpo Discussion)

Social media is a struggle. Think about it. If you’re a reviewer, there is this expectation that you will have at least one social media page, more likely several, so that you can “compete.” Now I don’t mean that reviewing or reading or anything of the sort is a competition because it’s not. HOWEVER, stats matter, and those pages help to build yours up so despite […]

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So You Want to Write a Book Review…

May 28, 2017 | Discussion by Austine
So You Want to Write a Book Review…

Great! Wanting to write a review is the first step! I’ve been doing this for over 6 years and I think one of the hardest parts about writing reviews is being motivated enough to actually write them and not just start a new book. General Tips Now there’s no right or wrong way to review a book because it’s your thoughts but if you’re looking for a […]

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The Secret to Getting ARCs – Requesting Books

May 21, 2017 | Discussion by Austine
The Secret to Getting ARCs – Requesting Books

Hello again! I’m back with Part 2 of my ARC requesting tutorial…thing. If you missed the first part, you can check it out through the link below. Since I already covered all that stat business, time for the best part: requesting! I’ll be talking about requesting both electronic and print ARCs so depending on what you’re interested in, keep scrolling! This post is going to […]

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The Secret to Getting ARCs – Building Your Blog Stats

May 20, 2017 | Discussion by Austine
The Secret to Getting ARCs – Building Your Blog Stats

I know what you’re probably thinking. FINALLY someone cracked the system and is willing to share their wisdom with the world. Because getting ARCs must be a big secret, right? How do those other bloggers get all those books? What are they doing that I need to be doing? Without further delay… the secret to getting ARCs is… there is no secret. I’ll wait until the boo’s and […]

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