I’ve been putting off writing this post for almost 2 months now out of sheer laziness. However, these past two days I’ve been trying to catch up on my BookTube subscriptions and it has reminded my why I love BookTube as a platform so much. I seem to engage with it in bursts currently, which is something I need to work on and make it part of my routine. Earlier this year, I hit upon the idea to pair my posts here on Unputdownable Books with similar videos from my favourite BookTubers so I can give them a shoutout in what I hope is a different way. I hope this helps you to discover some amazing BookTube channels to follow and I hope you like their content as well. Without further ado, let’s get into the list!
The bookish community has undergone several changes in the past few years and one of the most important steps in the right direction is the push to publish more diverse books. Readers have been clamouring for more stories that represent the world as it is today with all its diverse glory. However, there is still a lot of work to be done here, which is what articles like the one on The Guardian that states only 1% of UK’s children’s books have BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) main characters show. With social media, it has become easier for publishers to gauge what their audience wants and yet we continue to see little to no improvement in the state of things. While there are multiple reasons why the status quo isn’t changing at the rate it’s supposed to, today I want to bring up one of the issues that is rarely addressed when it comes to diverse books and publishing.
Looking to add some fun into your reading routine? Readathons are just the thing for you! They usually take place online on one or across several social media platforms so you can connect with fellow readers and share your progress. They can be as short as 24-hour ones to elaborate month-long readathons. Some are low-key and don’t demand too much but some are quite challenging with a set of rules, points systems, progress trackers and giveaways too. Today I want to highlight some of my favourite readathons that I think everyone should take part in!
I had another post planned for today but had to change my mind at the last moment. I didn’t have enough material for it and wanted to do it full justice as it’s something close to my heart so I will be posting it next Saturday. As for today’s post, I have decided to bring back my series on tips for book bloggers in a bigger and better way to help out the community I’m a part of. Please note that I will be talking about what has worked for me based on my experience, so if you don’t agree with me or have something to add, please let me know in the comments so everyone, including myself, can learn something new. With that little disclaimer aside, here are my personal tips to write a good book review post.
2018 had been a good blogging year for me but I decided to take my content up a notch in 2019, which meant doing things that scared me. One of those was to write to authors I adore with all my heart to see if they’d be interested to do a Q&A on my blog. Roshani Chokshi, one of my favourite authors of all time, has a book coming out on January 15th for which I’m very excited, so I decided to send out an email and see what transpires. To my absolute delight, I heard back soon and she was sweet enough to take time off from touring, writing, wedding planning and celebrating the holidays with her family to answer a few questions. If you’ve read my December wrap-up post, you’ll know that The Gilded Wolves is on the list of my most anticipated January releases. I haven’t stopped shouting about my love for the Aru Shah series, which made it to my best of 2018 and yearly wrap-up post! I also raved about A Crown of Wishes, the companion to The Star-Touched Queen on my blog back when it had a much smaller audience. My point is that it’s no secret that I love Roshani’s writing, so I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to chat with her! With that gushy introduction aside, let’s dive in to the Q&A part!
You know what’s frustrating about relying solely on your memory to be organised? It’s a fallible thing and it’s so easy to miss even the most important stuff. I’m guilty of missing out on so many tags and awards that people have tagged me in, all because I’m so bad at keeping track of things. However, here is an award I was kindly tagged by the most wonderful Charvi @ Not Just Fiction. Thank you so much for this honour, Charvi! Let’s get into the post that I promise will be more fun than this wreck of an introduction.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for August 14th, 2018 is: Favourite Bookish Blogs/Websites.
If you’re reading this for the very first time or are a regular reader of my blog, I’m so very grateful to you! I’m finding so much happiness in blogging and connecting with readers all over the world thanks to your support. However, this post isn’t about me or what I’m up to. I’m writing this to thank all the friends who have stuck with me through my blogging journey and have influenced me to become the blogger and reader I am today. These lovely people have not only liked my posts, commented on them, shared them and endorsed my blog but also replied to my tweets and loved my Bookstagram pictures. They are so good at blogging that they inspire me to do better. They have listened to me rant and validated my feelings. I can’t possibly limit this list to a 10! Without further ado, let me introduce these amazing people on my blog today! I must mention that most of them fall under multiple categories and I’ve listed them in this way just for convenience.
I wanted to do something different today, so here’s a (hopefully?) original idea where I talk about the books I’ve seen everywhere – on book blogs, on Twitter and Bookstagram. I’m considering doing it again, so I’ll only list the book that came out in the first half of 2018. I’m considering books where the publisher really invested in hyping up the book and also people on the book community doing it just because they really liked the book. There is currently a discussion going on book bloggers and influencers getting paid for their work just like influencers promoting other kinds of products do, which I think is something we as a community really need to talk about. For me, as book blogging is something I do as a hobby, I’m quite happy with receiving books in exchange for reviewing or promoting them. However, as someone who in the future wants to take this up as a profession, I do really want to see people being paid for all the hard work they put in to composing interesting posts, meeting deadlines, setting up for beautiful photos and so on. Now let’s get into the post!
I’m posting on a unusual day, but please bear with me because I was sick yesterday and didn’t schedule this post ahead of time. 10 points from Ravenclaw for failing to plan ahead for sure! Today I’m bringing you a fun post that would have been lovely around the end of February, but I couldn’t get around to it until now. In all fairness though, Charvi from Not Just Fiction tagged me only in the middle of April, so I’m not fully to be blamed here. This was originally created by the Booktuber Bookadoodles and the way it works is that we take the awards for the popular Oscar categories but we get to pick books as winners! Sounds interesting? Then let’s just dive right in!
I know I complain a lot about how busy my life is, but I somehow manage to scroll through social media even on the days I have no time to breathe. I’m sure it’s the same for everyone else out there too. If you enjoy books, you can definitely find like-minded people just about on any platform, but the most interactive ones (to the best of my knowledge) happen to be Twitter and Instagram. While it is very simple to express an opinion and have the entire world pay attention to what you have to say, I for one am not a fan of putting forth every thought to cross your mind on public display. I don’t tweet or post often on social media, but watching from the sidelines has taught me a lot about what to say, what not to say and how to get your message across effectively. I decided to share my learnings with you all here today and I hope you take away some valuable lessons as well.