WWW Wednesday (10/18/17)

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Hello, everyone! WWW Wednesday is a meme currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s very simple: answer the three questions and leave a link on Sam’s post.

The Three Ws are:

 

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

 

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Top Ten Cookbooks I’d Like

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It’s Tuesday again which means it’s time for yet another Top Ten Tuesday post! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week features a different theme or prompt for which you come up with a list of ten books or ideas. This week’s theme is yummy foods mentioned in books. I couldn’t really come up with much for this topic. The only thing I could really think of was the lemon tarts that Cath makes in Heartless! So I decided to do something related to food, but a little different: cookbooks I’d like. I don’t have any cookbooks, but these are all ones that I’d like either because they’re inspired by favorite series of mine or because they seem like they’d have lots of yummy recipes. Without further delay, let’s get into it!

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ARC Review: Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

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Published: October 17th, 2017 by Berkley | Series: N/A | Length: 368 pages | Genre: Adult contemporary fiction | Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley | Content Warning: biphobia, cancer, mentions of dieting & weight loss, homophobia, disease, death

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Summary from Goodreads:

A warm, wry, sharply observed debut novel about what happens when a family is forced to spend a week together in quarantine over the holidays…

It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she’s been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family.

For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity—and even decent Wi-Fi—and forced into each other’s orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems. 

As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down. 

In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive…

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Dos and Do-Nots of Building a Following

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Do: interact with other bloggers

Don’t: just comment and tell them to check out your blog

One of the staple pieces of advice given to pretty much every newbie is to interact with other bloggers in your community. This is a great way to drive traffic to your blog, but it also makes the experience much more fun! Being a true part of the community makes everything much more enjoyable. However, make sure you’re leaving meaningful comments and not just throwing links in people’s comment sections. Bloggers already have plenty of blogs they read, so if it’s obvious that you haven’t read their post and you just want to get your own page views, then there’s really no incentive for them to interact with you. You couldn’t be bothered to read their post, so why should they read yours?

Do: use social media to promote your blog

Don’t: contact random people with links

This is a similar point to my last one, but it is somewhat different. Social media can be a great way to promote your blog while building another community for yourself. But you shouldn’t just tweet a link to your blog to some random person who you’ve never interacted with before. (The exception to this being if they asked for links to blogs.) It’s quite rude and presumptuous, frankly. If you build meaningful connections with people on social media, then chances are they’ll give your blog a look.

Do: post regularly

Don’t: post random, two sentence posts just for the sake of posting

Another common piece of advice given to new bloggers is that they should post frequently. Some people, however, take this a little too far, posting pretty meaningless things just to have something new go up on their blog. While it is true that posting frequently/regularly is important when trying to build your blog’s following, you also want to make sure that you’re posting high-quality content. Don’t just post two sentences saying, “I started a reread of Harry Potter today! So excited to revisit this series.” That’s great for a tweet, but not for a blog post. If you really want to update your blog followers on your reread, maybe write a few paragraphs about why you’re rereading it or what your favorite parts so far have been. You want to make sure people have something interesting to read. That’s far more important than making sure there’s something new every day.

What other things can you think of that bloggers building their following may want to keep in mind?


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Disney Princess Sidekicks Book Tag

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I was tagged quite awhile ago to do this tag by Eva at Brilliantly Bookish. Her blog is great, so go check it out! Thanks again for tagging me, Eva! 🙂 This tag was created over at Book Princess Reviews – another awesome blog you should take a look at. 🙂

There aren’t really any rules to this. You answer the questions and nominate some people at the end. So let’s get to it!

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Top Ten Books With Creepy Covers

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It’s Tuesday again which means it’s time for yet another Top Ten Tuesday post! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week features a different theme or prompt for which you come up with a list of ten books or ideas. This week’s theme is books with fall covers/themes. I decided to tweak this a little bit and make it books with creepy covers instead. I couldn’t really think of many books with fall covers, but I always associate fall with creepiness because of Halloween, so I figured this theme would work well enough. Anyway, let’s take a look at the covers I picked out.

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