50 Ideas for your Book Blog

Discussion

Lately, I have found myself just having time to post my albeit not very long book reviews, I don’t think I have posted anything but a book review and the occasional author interview for quite a while. This is mainly due to time restrictions and I’m really having a great time reading so many awesome books that’s just mainly what I have wanted to focus on.

However at the start of the year while I was still having the inspiration to be extremely organized I sat down and wrote myself a whole lot of things I did want to include for the year. So instead of letting them sit in my draft pile not to be touched for the foreseeable future, I have decided to compile them into a post in case anyone else liked the idea. I find with discussion posts especially everyone has such a different take or differing opinion that it’s great to see just what everyone else is thinking on differing topics. So here is a list of a whole heap of things to maybe include on your book blog and if you have any other ideas comment below!

  1. A book review! I guess this is the most obvious one, review a book you have recently read.
  2. Participate in a readathon. There are so many readathons throughout the year with so many different aspects included.
  3. Participate in a Bookish Meme. There are so many different Meme’s to participate in every day of the week! Check out this to see a master list of different Memes.
  4. Participate in a reading challenge. This could be something like an A – Z challenge of authors or maybe just reading different books outside of your comfort zone.
  5. Participate in a Book Tag. You don’t have to be tagged to participate, just choose one that interests you and go for it! Here is a list of 100 different book tags.
  6. Let everyone know a little about yourself, dedicate a post to you, your hobbies interests anything you think someone might want to know.
  7. Dedicate a post about your blog, how did it come about, how has it changed, what was your inspiration?
  8. Do a post about your favorite books, how long have they been your favorite, have any new ones been added recently?
  9. Dedicate a post to your TBR, how fast is it growing what has been on there the longest?
  10. What’s your favorite book series or author? This could be a great way to find out about similar book series as well!
  11. Do you prefer traditional books, e copies or audiobooks? How have your reading habits changed?
  12. Dedicate a post to other bloggers you admire, this is a great way to show appreciation as well as everyone to get introduced to new bloggers they may not of known about.
  13. List a summary of everything you have read that month including links back to your posts, a great way to provide a condensed summary.
  14. Where do you read? Do you read on the bus, at home, whenever you can?
  15. What types of books do you most enjoy, is there a particular genre that you dedicate your reading time too or do you like to switch it around depending on how you’re feeling?
  16. How does your review process work? Do you take notes, write your review straight away, or dedicate a certain time each week to write your reviews?
  17. Where do you keep all your books, do you hoard them in different rooms, only have them on your kindle, hide them all over the house?
  18. How do you get your books, are you buying books on special, only visiting NetGalley, Kindle Unlimited?
  19. Do you ever give away your books? Lend them to friends? How do you feel about people borrowing books from you?
  20. What do you do when you don’t like a book? Do you write the review or do you only want to focus on positive aspects?
  21. What’s a book that’s made you emotional, happy or sad or maybe books that have just really had an effect on you?
  22. What have you done when a book has disappointed you, do you give the author another chance, if it’s in a series do you continue the series?
  23. Participate in a blog tour, these are a great way to keep you on schedule as well as getting to see all the latest books coming out. Rachel’s Random Resources is a great resource to get started.
  24. Shine a spotlight on an author, you can include an interview of all about their latest works.
  25. How do you schedule your blog, is it something you sit down and plan or do you review and write when you have time?
  26. Do you have any quotes from books that you just adore? Include a list and see if anyone has similar quotes.
  27. Do a guest post or collaboration with another blogger, this is a great way to meet fellow bloggers.
  28. What have you learned since you have started blogging, what has surprised you the most?
  29. Let everyone know what got you into reading, was it something that you just loved as a child, or is it something that you have grown into as an adult.
  30. Make your own Tag or Book Meme, is there always something you wish to be answered or want to participate in, make it yourself!
  31. Participate in a Cover Reveal, not only do you get to see an awesome book cover before anyone else, you get to show it off to all of your followers.
  32. Write about a topic that you would like to see more of in books, why is it important to you and why do you think it should be included more?
  33. Book Hauls! Show everyone what you have managed to get hold of within the last month!
  34. How do you feel about books that have been made into movies, are there any movies that have got you to go back and read the book?
  35. How did you come up for the name of your blog? Is there a meaning behind it or was it the first thing that came to your mind as you were setting up your blog?
  36. Who do you feel is an underrated author, let everyone know why they should check them out.
  37. What are your book-reading habits, do you read a book all at once, only read before bed?
  38. Give a tour of your bookshelf, whether it be virtual or real, is there a certain way that you organize everything?
  39.  Become part of an online book club, you may be surprised at what books you can get introduced to.
  40. Are there any characters that have affected you more than you would have thought they could? Who has stuck with you long after you have put the book down?
  41. Are there any books you think everyone should read at least once in their lifetime? Make a list and let everyone know.
  42. Create alternative titles for books that you love, is there anything you think has been titled incorrectly?
  43. What draws you to a book? How often do you judge a book by its cover?
  44. Do you have your own booktube account, link the account or let everyone know who you love to watch.
  45. Include a post, not anything to do about books, what’s been going on in your life or is there a particular issue that you feel needs more attention.
  46. Do you re-read books, why why not, is there any books that you will never get sick or rereading?
  47. Is there anywhere that you would love to visit, just from reading a book?
  48. What to do in a book slump? How do you manage to get yourself up and out of the dreaded book slump?
  49. Are you also a writer, showcase that writing!
  50. Make lists of all the things you want to be blogging about but never seem to have the time!

Leave a comment down below of your ideas!

 

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Book Review: Happy Ever …After by Seb Earl

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Synopsis:

When Emily wakes up in the middle of her bed, shaking and sweating from yet another Happy ever ... afternightmare, she knows it will not stop easily. The sexual assault she suffered eight years ago has left an enduring mark on her mind.

In the immediate aftermath, she moved back to live with her parents and, since then, they have happily provided sanctuary. But at what price? Emily is not free, and her inner doubt and anger are increasing their stronghold over her life.

Thrust into action by her best friend, Sarah, Emily finally finds the courage to move out and start a new life on her own. She soon meets Olivier, a charming French man.

As she realises how her future happiness depends on her ability to face the past, Emily begins the slow, and at times painful, journey to finding inner peace.

But can she truly put her ordeal behind her? And is everything exactly as it appears?

Review:

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Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Going into this book I prepped myself for a really hard hitting emotional read, as Emily faces her past and tries to move on with her life. Unfortunately, I felt that it just missed the mark. Now don’t get me wrong I did enjoy the story, while it was a bit choppy at times, I could see where the story was going, most of the reasons behind the decisions and emotions and I really liked the character of Sarah who just wants the best for Emily. Emily, on the other hand, I just struggled to like. I really couldn’t find the connection I wanted to really understand her as a character and she just kind of annoyed me at points.

The book itself was a slow start for me as I struggled through the first few chapters and while it did pick up I still never really found myself ‘lost’ in the story, there was definitely enough to keep me interested, just not enough to quite drag me in.

What I did like about the book was that it was able to show different aspects/personalities of secondary characters and I really liked how the author was able to add the next door neighbors as just that little bit extra to keep the story going. Also as everything ties up in the end and it just being a really satisfying ending I did feel it redeemed itself quite a few points. It just took a little bit to get there. While this is not a book I would read again, I would still be interested in reading any of the author’s other novels.

Rating: 3/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Maybe

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Book Review – The Cornish Village School – Second Chances by Kitty Wilson

 

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Synopsis

Ex-ballerina and single mum Sylvie is in trouble. Juggling her ballet classes in the nearest Second Chances (The Cornish Village School #2)town, preparing shy Sam for his first day at Penmenna Village school and trying to finally move out from the farm she shares with her cantankerous Uncle Tom means life is anything but easy.

Television Journalist Alex is facing challenges of his own. Seeking a calmer environment for his newly adopted daughter, Ellie, he’s swapped reporting in war zones for the school PTA in quiet Penmenna, where his best friend Chase has persuaded him to start laying some roots.

Fireworks ignite when Sylvie and Alex meet but as Ellie and Sam become instant best friends, will they be able to keep things strictly platonic for the sake of the children?

Review

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Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

So I didn’t actually realize that this is the second book in ‘The Cornish Village School’ but I can safely say that it does read well as a standalone book. Also on a somewhat related note, I now do really want to read the first book in the series!

We start of the book by being introduced to Sylvie and her son Sam as they are heading off for their afternoon visit to the beach, I really loved the pure excitement from both of these characters as they initially set off for the beach, it’s where they meet both Alex and Ellie and begin an almost instant friendship. (Living pretty close to the beach I can safely say I do not take advantage of visiting as much as I really should and after reading the first few chapters of this book I really wanted to get out and visit!)

This was a great character-focused book with a lot of different relationships coming in to play, there was quite a focus on the children as well as the friends and family of Sylvie and Alex which made it just that little bit more than a simple romance book. There were a few ‘secrets’ in the background but mostly I really enjoyed it being a straightforward romance book. I think perhaps there could have been a bit more focus on some of the place descriptions but it doesn’t take away from the story at all. For me, it was a great sweet little read that had me smiling all the way through.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Probably

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Book Review: Life After Death by Jackson Baer

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Synopsis

The Childs family faced the unthinkable… now they have a second chance.Life after Death
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The Childs family has endured a terrible tragedy, but the FBI’s shocking discovery has turned their lives upside down.

His kids have all moved on from the death of their mother, as has Isaac from the loss of his wife, but now that the FBI has finally solved the case, the Childs family must face the loss of Ramie all over again.

Each has their own relationships and their own lives, but all are upended due to unforeseen circumstances. As they maneuver these new lives, they must deal with love, heartache, and jealousy as a family, and the choices they face will not be easy.

Their decisions bring out the best in some… and the worst in others.

Review

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Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Life after Death is the second book in the America family series. It begins nearly straight after the events of the first book and as I started it pretty much as soon as I finished the first read just like a continuation.

From the first book which I reviewed here I had come to sort of expect the way in which the story would be told, there would be mystery, suspense and a lot of focus on the psychology of the characters as they navigate the new challenges in their life. Without wanting to give much away I will just say there is a lot to unpack with a whole lot more surprises along the way.

For me I enjoyed this book a little bit more than the first, in fact I have given it a whole extra half a star :), I think the author really gets into the flow of writing in this book and I got to admit I was more than a little bit invested in pretty much all of the characters, which led to me spending a  good portion of my time yelling at them internally not to do that. I was able to manage to guess more of what was going to happen within this book but it still made for a really enjoyable read.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

Blurb or Paragraph #2

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RULES:

Pick a book on your TBR that you haven’t read.

Copy the blurb from Goodreads or Amazon

Copy the first paragraph from the book

Vote on what makes you want to read it more blurb or paragraph!

The book I have chosen today is… 

Book Book by Fiona Farrell

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Synopsis:

As war is waged in the Middle East, a woman in New Zealand has her nose in a book. Kate is immersed in other battles, engrossed in eyewitness accounts of an earlier war in ancient Persia. She has grown up, left her Otago home and returned, and in all these years books have shaped her life and made sense of the world – offering mystery and solace, entertainment and enlightenment. In an evocative and moving mix of memoir and fiction, award-winning novelist Fiona Farrell writes of life from The Little Red Hen to Owls Do Cry, from T.S. Eliot to Aphra Behn. Frequently funny, always original, Book Book is another extraordinary offering from the author of The Hopeful Traveller.

First Paragraph:

Xenophon was distressed as well as the other Greeks, and unable to rest but having at length got a little sleep, he had a dream in that, in the midst of a thunderstorm, a bolt seemed to him to fall upon his father’s house, and the house, in consequence, became all in a blaze. ‘Being greatly frightened, he immediately awoke and considered his dream as in one respect favourable (inasmuch as being in troubles and dangers, he seemed to behold a great light from Jupiter) but in another respect he was alarmed (because the dream appeared to him to be from Jupiter who was a king, and the fire to blaze all around him) lest he should be unable to escape from the king’s territories, but should be hemmed in on all sides by inextricable difficulties.

Verdict:

This is a book a got in a random lot I bought online (I would highly recommend doing this, it’s way too much fun getting a box of random books and seeing what you get!) What first interested me about the book was the name ‘Book Book’ but onto the blurb vs paragraph.

For this, I think I’m going to have to go with the Paragraph. The blurb itself is intriguing and to be honest the first paragraph seems to go off in a whole other direction but it is making me want to keep reading. I think at this point it’s the mystery of how this ties into the rest of the book that is making it the winner today!

What do you vote? Does either want to make you add it to your TBR? Let me know!

 

Book Review: Come a Little Closer – Rachel Abbott

Synopsis

They will be coming soon. They come every night. Come A Little Closer (DCI Tom Douglas #8)

Snow is falling softly as a young woman takes her last breath.

Fifteen miles away, two women sit silently in a dark kitchen. They don’t speak, because there is nothing left to be said.

Another woman boards a plane to escape the man who is trying to steal her life. But she will have to return, sooner or later.

These strangers have one thing in common. They each made one bad choice – and now they have no choices left. Soon they won’t be strangers, they’ll be family…

When DCI Tom Douglas is called to the cold, lonely scene of a suspicious death, he is baffled. Who is she? Where did she come from? How did she get there?

How many more must die? Who is controlling them, and how can they be stopped

 

Review

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So it’s been a little while since I’ve posted a review or much of anything lately but I have been on a bit of a book binge lately and finally found some time and motivation to get back into blogging 🙂 so here goes….

Thank You to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was really excited to read the latest installment in the DCI Tom Douglas series! Tom is starting to feel like an old friend who I just can’t wait to hear what on earth they have been up too lately. Come a little closer was no different.

As with the previous books, it’s a fast-paced mystery that sucks you in from the first page. It’s a bit creepier or perhaps dark than the others but the intrigue is there from the get-go. As we follow the characters I spent a good portion of my time trying to guess what was going to happen, have to admit I only got about 20% correct (which is about average for good books!)

Now while I did enjoy myself while reading this and I would classify it as a ‘good read’ I did struggle with a few things throughout. The first being I did get quite confused with the flipping between the different characters, now while it does all come together in the end, it took a lot of concentration and a bit or re-reading to really grasp what was going on. Another reason for a slightly lower rating was, I just didn’t like the ending, I don’t want to give anything away but for me, although it worked and had the shock factor for the story I just wasn’t a fan, hey you can’t like them all!

Still saying that ‘Come A Little Closer’ is definitely a great psychological thriller!

Rating: 3.5/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Blurb or Paragraph? #1

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So today I thought I would try something different and look at a book I haven’t read and see what makes me want to read it more…. The blurb or paragraph!

RULES:

Pick a book on your TBR that you haven’t read.

Copy the blurb from Goodreads or Amazon

Pick a random paragraph from anywhere in the book

Vote on what makes you want to read it more blurb or paragraph!

The book I have chosen today is… 

The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

The Weight of Silence

Synopsis

It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn’s shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night.

Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler.

Calli’s mother, Antonia, tried to be the best mother she could within the confines of marriage to a mostly absent, often angry husband. Now, though she denies that her husband could be involved in the possible abductions, she fears her decision to stay in her marriage has cost her more than her daughter’s voice.

Petra Gregory is Calli’s best friend, her soul mate and her voice. But neither Petra nor Calli has been heard from since their disappearance was discovered. Desperate to find his child, Martin Gregory is forced to confront a side of himself he did not know existed beneath his intellectual, professorial demeanor.

Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

Paragraph

Callie had traveled deeper into the forest, beyond any spot she had been before. She was lost, the fawn had long since left to join it’s mother. Calli wandered around, trying to get her bearings. The trees here were thick and shielded the sun’s rays from her though the air remained steamy, heavy with moisture.

Verdict:

Okay so for this one I can easily say its the blurb that really makes me want to pick up the book. Perhaps I haven’t chosen an interesting enough paragraph but I basically opened up the book and went with the first one that I saw. Not that the writing doesn’t seem good but there is so much mystery in that synopsis and I’m way to nosy!

Blurb: 1                             Paragraph: 0

How would you vote??