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. :)


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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5 Ways to Make Your WordPress Book Blog Beautiful

Blog layout and design is just as important as writing in the blog world. It’s like in the world of books; an author may have written a great book but if the cover isn’t eye-catchy, a lot of readers would just give it a pass. A book doesn’t become a best-seller just because of it’s content, it’s cover, font, paper and other attributes play an important role in helping it climb up the lists. Blogs are no different.

But how do you get yourself an awesome blog theme, layout and design? To answer this question we went through over 50 top book blogs and here’s what we found out… (more…)

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All New Freado for Bloggers and Book Reviewers


A week or so ago, Freado went through a makeover and we like what we see, do you?

We’ve spent the last few months in analysis and research with the intent to make Freado better and easier for book reviewers and book bloggers to find books they will enjoy reading. We spent a lot of time talking to readers and reviewers to understand their needs before starting our efforts on a redesign. We then got in touch with them again to test our redesign and then made a series of tweaks. Finally we did another round of tests at BEA which Vikram attended last month.

We focused hard on making it easy for first time visitors to understand what the site is all about. And the extensive user testing has improved the aesthetics of the site and given rise to an easy to navigate interface.

Here’s a walk through of the new look and interface. Do tell us what you think in comments. We’d love to hear your feedback.


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