Life as a Book Blogger with Julie from ChapterBreak

What is life like for a reviewer? What does it mean to be a book reviewer? How does book blogging impact their lives?… These questions tell a reviewer’s side of the story, and that is a side we hardly get to hear (compared to authors, that is). To bring a balance and to ask these and many more questions of book reviewers, we’ve started the weekly interview series – Life as a Book Blogger.

This week we have Julie from ChapterBreak answering our many questions about life and book blogging. :)

 

Julie

Julie is one half of the dynamic duo behind ChapterBreak (the other half being Rose). An environmental engineer by day and a book blogger by night, Julie loves to read books in the paranormal genre, whether they are paranormal romance, paranormal YA, urban fantasy, or sometimes horror; but she also enjoys dystopia, YA and NA contemporary. Sometimes she also does read regular fantasy and sci-fi. ;)

Aside from this Julie is also the co-creator of the popular ‘That’s What He Said Thursday’ Meme.

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10 Hilarious Someecards For Book Lovers

On Monday I shared 10 Hilarious Book Memes For Book Lovers here on the blog. Shortlisting 10 had been tough considering the number of cool memes out there. But as I searched for image memes across the internet, I came across a lot of postcards from Someecards, some so-so but others just plain hilarious.

Someecards is a site that allows you to make funny ecards and send them to people. You can customized almost everything on your card and even share them in the User Cards section from where the funniest ones are chosen and featured on the homepage.

Here are 10 Someecards that I think other bookish folk will enjoy too. Don’t forget to tell us which ones made you laugh in comments. :)

 

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10 Hilarious Book Memes For Book Lovers

Last week we talked about Bookish Memes – features or posts that run on specific days and are all about a specific topic. But memes started out as pictures – photos that had text added to them before they were made into greeting cards in the 1870′s, a time long before the internet.

Over a century later, there are a lot more types of memes but the one that catches the eye the most and is still the most popular is the image meme. These are usually photos, drawings, cartoons or images on which when you change the text, the image still makes sense. Just change the words and you have an all new meme.

Take a look at these memes of the Literary Husky….

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Meme directories are overflowing with memes. The fact that the same image can be made into so many memes, makes for infinite possibilities, but, we braved the meme ocean to find these 10 gems that will resonate with all book lovers! Don’t forget to tell us which ones you loved best in comments. :) (more…)

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3 Interesting Reading Challenges for Book Bloggers

On Monday we talked about Bookish Memes and listed out 7 interesting memes bookish people would love. :) But memes are just one part of the diversity of activities and opportunities in the book world. So, getting diverse ourselves :D, today we’re talking about challenges.

Book Challenges come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and more, but at a basic level it is a time bound challenge with a specific objective. It has a clear aim, goal and purpose that will enrich your reading experience and enhance your library.

There are a lot of challenges out there (and we’ll talk about them in the coming weeks) but for now, here are three offbeat Book Challenges to jump into before the end of this year. (more…)

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Seven Book Blogger Memes for Your Book Blogging Week

Did you know Meme is short for ‘mimeme’ which is a Greek word that means ‘imitated thing’?

Meme’s have been around for a while now, one of the first known cat memes dates back to the 1870′s when Harry Frees took photos of his cats, added text to them and made them into greeting cards. Meme’s however were first defined only in 1976 by Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene.

Meme’s have come a long way since then and today they are all over the internet is various shapes, sizes and types. But the ones we are interested in, are the ones related to book bloggers. These are usually a feature or post that is published regularly on a specific day, around a specific topic. The book blog or website that hosts the meme invites and engages other book bloggers to participate.

Hunting for meaningful memes we came across a lot of book related memes hosted by book bloggers out there. Here are seven interesting and quirky memes we think you should participate in if your are a book blogger. One for everyday of the week :) (more…)

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Life as a Book Blogger with Hannah from The Irish Banana Review

What is life like for a reviewer? What does it mean to be a book reviewer? How does book blogging impact their lives?… These questions tell a reviewer’s side of the story, and that is a side we hardly get to hear (compared to authors, that is). To bring a balance and to ask these and many more questions of book reviewers, last week we started the weekly interview series – Life as a Book Blogger.

Here is our second edition in the series with Hannah from The Irish Banana Review. :)

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Hannah who runs the Irish Banana Review has been book blogging regularly since 2011. She loves all books but has a special liking for Young Adult. When not reading or watching TV, Hannah is a Research Assistant in an asthma and allergy office.

She shares my passion for books when she says, “There are few joys in life as delicious as discovering a new author to love or a new novel to sink into.

 

This week we reach out to her to learn more about her life as a book blogger…
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5 Reasons Why You Need The Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin

As all book reviewers know, formatting a book review for your blog takes longer than writing the review itself. Most often, it’s the reason for procrastinating or not getting reviews done on time.

But what if this could be made easy? A system that would do it all for you without you having to worry about HTML tags and such? You just need to write; you get to focus on what you love doing best – writing/reviewing.

This is where The Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin comes in. The plugin is packed with all the good stuff that makes review formatting a breeze. Let’s take a look at why you should get the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin. (more…)

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5 Websites that Offer Awesome Blogger Templates for Book Bloggers

There are a lot of blog platforms out there that are used by book bloggers. But two of the most popular blog platforms used by book bloggers are wordpress and blogger. We spoke about WordPress themes last week but what if you have a blogger blog?

Blogger unlike WordPress doesn’t give a self-hosting option but what it does give you is a variety of templates that are easy to use, a seamless connection with Google+, and Google Adsense integration to earn money, among other things. It also allows you to create a custom domain for yourself.

With all of these features Blogger is a good platform for bloggers who don’t want to get their hands dirty with coding and rather keep things simple for themselves. But that doesn’t take away the need for a good blog layout and design. So we went looking and shortlisted 5 websites that offer awesome free blogger templates for book bloggers.
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Life as a Book Blogger with Ashley from NoseGraze

We get to hear about authors lives through interviews but you hardly hear a reviewers side of the story. What is life like for a reviewer? What does it mean to be a book reviewer? How does book blogging impact their lives?… To ask these and many more questions of book reviewers, we are starting the weekly interview series – Life as a  Book Blogger.

For a our first edition we’re are excited to bring you an interview with Ashley from NoseGraze.

Ashley is a book blogger and talented web-designer. She has designed the blog layout for some of the most popular book bloggers out there on the web. She is also the creator of the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin which allows you to focus on writing the review without having to worry about all the niggling technical details such as assigning stars or hiding spoiler content in your reviews. Apart for these Ashley also offers a host of other themes and plugins through her blog and website design business – Creative Whim.

When not reading Ashley is coding, gaming, drawing or blogging with that mug of hot chocolate by her side that she is so addicted to! :)

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5 Organizers to Organize Your Book Blog

Ask successful book bloggers and they will tell you that one of the key ingredients of a successful blog is consistency. Consistency doesn’t mean posting everyday but it does mean setting a schedule and sticking by it. Doing this though isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Life as we know it has a way of throwing a curved ball when you least expect it. And the unexpected can throw you off the path quite easily but being organized helps you wade through these crazy times. This is where an organizer for your blog comes in handy.

An organizer helps you as a blogger to keep your thoughts together, document ideas, plan your posts, track your progress, make to-do lists, meet deadlines, and much more. An organizer can and does so many things that just thinking of it overwhelms. So, how do you choose the right organizer for you from so many out there? How can you be sure your organizer will do all you need it to?

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