Blogging things I am very behind on // Because procrastination! And other distractions!

Hi everyone!! How are you? I hope you’re doing well since the last time I’ve spoken to you guys, which wasn’t that very long ago actually. 🙂 Today, I wanted to talk a bit about blogging habits… a bit more of an unconventional topic, though perhaps?? I don’t even know what inspired this post, honestly, but it’s something that I was wondering if anyone else had dealt with? Blogging, as we all know, takes much time and there are certain things you need to work on regularly, of course, like blog posts. But that’s not the only thing that goes with blogging! There are so many aspects to it which I am TOTALLY BEHIND ON, apart from blog posts (though I’ve been getting better at preparing blog posts so YAY), that can still be important! And I wanted to share those today!!

Tags and awards.

WHY AM I WRITING THIS POST is the true question here?? I’m like revealing my true procrastinating self here, that’s not very good for my image oops. 😛

But okay, the amount of tags I have from this year and the past two years is INSANE. I’ve lost count of what I’ve been tagged in and when, gosh I haven’t so much as opened a tag in so long! There are so many I’ve accumulated, and I just don’t know where to start haha.

Updating my menu bar/categories

My categories are kind of a mess? I definitely want to make things simpler for people to find, and less confusing! Mostly I’ve been procrastinating on that one because I just recently added a category and now I have to go through my published posts to add them to the category and I CRY. Question: How did you guys organize your posts??? Feel free to let me know how I can improve my categories/menu bar!

Keeping up with other blog posts

I promiseeeeee I will be better with this!! I AM TRYING I PROMISE. I’m super super behind on so many blogs? Binge commenting will be a very very huge part of my blogging life for a very long time. Thankfully it’s the summer and although I’m not free persay because I’ve taken a summer course and I have work, etc. I am more free than I was which is something!! So more blog hopping YAYYY. I’ve missed reading everyone’s posts so much. *cries*

Updating my sidebar

This, too, hasn’t been updated in forever, much like my categories! WHY AM I SO BEHIND ON THINGS. WordPress is pretty easy to use, and there are lots of widgets options, etc,  and I’ve been meaning to make my sidebar more cleaner and neat, because not only is that better for YOU but also I feel like it’s way too cluttered?? So DECLUTTERING YES. Someone push me to do this?

Updating my review index.

So I saw in my stats the other day there were people clicking on my review index pages? And um *laughs nervously* I’m honestly scared as to what they found there?? like my old reviews 

Not anything bad, mind you, but like I haven’t went as much to CLICK on them since 2015 or 2016, let alone update them with more recent and recent-ish reviews? Just the horrible old reviews that I never want to look at ever I totally want to spruce it up a bit more, make it fit with my theme and make it more aesthetic! (Because it’s just so boring at the moment.) But I get distracted very easily and I never actually sat down to do anything about it? #oops

Writing reviews

Speaking of review indexes and recent reviews… erm. I haven’t been writing that many reviews lately? I don’t even want to know when my last one was posted/written?? *hides*

It’s not that I don’t want to or even that I haven’t been reading, I do and I have!! Just… not actually sitting down to write the reviews? I KNOW, I KNOW. I’ve given up the idea that I would review each and every book I read BUT I will definitely go back to writing reviews a bit more often, at least for books I’m really excited for! I really do want to write more of them!! SOMEDAY. Pray for me. It’s so great to share my thoughts and fangirl over a book.

Updating my ‘About’ page.

I love About pages! Whenever I discover a new blog I love to see their About page. And my About page was A LOT worse once upon a time *shudders* but it still needs some major updating and work haha. Some things like the type of posts, things I like, are so totally out of date it’s kind of funny?? And I definitely want to make it seem more of “ME” and add graphics and such. Why do I never do it? I don’t know man. (THERE’S A MILLION THINGS I HAVEN’T DONE.)

Ahem.

What blogging things are you behind on?? (Or are you a very very put-together blogger in which case I PRAISE YOU and ask you to teach me your waysssss?!) How often do you post reviews on your blog? Someone push me to get these done I’m procrastinating too much! #halp ALSO bonus: Tell me your most recent favourite read!! I’m falling into a slump and need to either fangirl if I’ve read/loved the book or get BOOK RECS YES.

HAPPY WEEKEND!!

Books I’m scared to read // Because pain + heartbreak galore???

It is a well-known fact, by now, that books = pain. If you were not aware, wellll now you know!! Of course there are some books that are full of FLUFF AND SUNSHINE which is good because they partially heal the hole in my heart after reading the particularly emotional ones (*cries*) but there are still a whole bunch I am currently half-avoiding like the plague?? And so I thought I might share those with you guys today!

Oh my gosh, these 5 books literally have a black and blue-ish colour scheme and IT’S SO OMINOUS it must be a signnnnn of all the heartbreak omg. It’s so aesthetic though I kind of really love it because often in my lists the covers don’t match at all and I cry. BUT THESE ONES DO. So yayyyy!!

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare: I’ve probably said this so many times, mentioned this book so many times, but I will neverrrrr be ready for this one!! Until, like the third book is released but that’s in another TWO YEARS and I can’tttt. Apparently the cliffhanger in this one is brutal and AGH. Struggles.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber: I haven’t heard anything of heartbreak for this one?? Mostly I’m scared to read it because there’s been SO MUCH HYPE and I’ve kind of been putting it off for that reason I think? Because what if I don’t like it? I mean, I know it’s not a big deal if I don’t but I WANT to like it. But if I don’t?? Strugglesssss.

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma: Okay, so this deals with a controversial topic? But apparently it’s really good but also very heartbreaking? Sooo I have double the reasons to fear!! Because it’s a story about incest and that’s not really my scene?? But there’s also been lots of hype from other bloggers I know saying it’s good SO I AM TORN.

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab: Ahhh don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited for this and I probably will end up reading it sooner than LoS haha. I’m just worried because this is the last book of the Monsters of Verity duology and I am kind of really scared as to what will happen?? MY POOR CHILDREN. ❤

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera: Firstly, it’s Adam Silvera! AKA Heartbreak galore??! Secondly, it’s titled, THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END. Could you get any more heartbreaking (and spoilery loll) than that?? I’m going to get attached to these characters only to have them ripped away from meeeeeee WHY.

Looooook now it’s an orange-y/pink/brown theme!! I love this but also SUPER SCARED. Yes.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: I’m not sure about the amount of PAIN found in this one (but knowing books probably there is) but guys!! HYPE HYPE HYPE was everywhere when this was being released omg. And I started it once but didn’t get into it?? So indeed I am fearful because I really do want to like ittttt. *cries*

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson: It’s Morgan Matson! How can you be scared of a Morgan Matson book?? Stop judging meeee I’ve heard this one is heartbreaking (shouldn’t be surprised at this point but here we are) and this made people CRY so guyssss must. prepare. for. heartbreak. I do want to read this though!!

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios: Another book I’ve heard is super emotional or at least has made them cry!! WHYYY will books not allow my heart to rest in one piece?? I’ve done nothingggg to them. NOTHING. I think.

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson: Okay, out of all of these ones, this one seems like the one that deals with the most… tough topics? I can’t do it justice, seeing how I haven’t read it but reading other reviews, makes me want to read this book asap but also run and hide because EMOTIONS. And heartbreak!! But it also sounds so incredible. So.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak: I knowwwww I still haven’t read this book?? Stahhp looking at me like that. 😛 I swear I will read it! I will!!

That was a surprisingly short list/post?? Either I am forgetting books/don’t know about other emotional books or I’m actually a fearless reader who is hardly affected by emotions? Shh I can dream. But TELL ME: which of these books have you read?? How much do I need to fear them??? Are they very heartbreaking/painful, not very much? Or which of these books do you still have on your TBR/have added to your TBR? OOH and what books have made you CRY??! Let us discuss!! While admiring the aesthetics of these covers and crying over the fact that books can stomp on our hearts so easily.

I hope you guys have an AMAZING day!!

Types of commenters // Because categorizing things is my favourite? + I reached 1k (!!!) + GIVEAWAY

Thought since like, Wednesday (?): Either the 1000 is made of random bots or there are actually people who followed and read my posts??? I DO NOT KNOW. 

[Okay, but I recently finished Geekerella and the MC had like, 30 000 followers on her blog over the course of a few days?? HOW??? (Oh right, fictional being. Ha.) ]

Helllo everyone and I hope you’re doing well (and enjoying Father’s Day)!! I am so glad it’s the weekend omg though it’s ending so quickly?? I have extended family over and it’s super hectic (which is why I’ve been slower with blog hopping and comments!) but weekends are weekends!

In other news, in case… somehow you didn’t read the title?? (idk it could happen I guess) I REACHED 1000 FOLLOWERS!! Don’t worry, I won’t go all mushy on you but to all of you who reads, likes, and/or comments on my posts, thank you so much, it honestly means the world to me and one of the biggest reasons I continue to blog.  So THANK YOU ily guys so much!! ❤ (I still half feel like I’m dreaming but whateverrr apparently it’s real?)

So I talked a bit about my thoughts on comments last time, and it inspired me to come up with: A LIST! Because people seem to like those (same #lists4ever) and also because categorizing things is a pass time of mine (lol), this time we’re going to focus on: Types of commenters*!!  As my ever-so-grateful thanks for all of you who follow (and comment) on my blog. 😉 ❤ AND! I have a little extra surprise for y’all at the bottom as well which I also revealed in the title!! Am I kind of forcing you to stay and read this post yes yes I am.

*WHYYY is commenter underlined in red??? I even added it to dictionary STOP IT’S A WORD (isn’t it)?

1. The Loyal Commenter

MY HEART. ❤ There are those bloggers who are just so on top of their blogging and commenting game, you know?? And they pretty much always remember you and stop by to leave a comment or like your post and just AW THANK YOU. ❤ ❤ I don’t ever get to really shout my appreciation for the incredible bloggers who do that, so this is for you guys, I swear, blogging would NOT be the same without me having you guys on my side and I’m so glad that I met you! I aim to be this type of commenter. ❤ SOMEDAY. Thankfully it’s the summer so I’ll have more time to make sure I’m on time for blog hopping haha.

2. The PASSIONATE commenter

This is the commenter who has a tendency to USE CAPS LOCK ALL THE TIME. (Same honestly..) And you always know right away when their name pops up in your notification a semblance of what their comment will be like!! And it’s always SO much fun to talk to them or reading their comment because they’re just so enthusiastic! THANKS LOVELIES.

3. The Sporadic Commenter

These are the followers who don’t always show up on your notifications with a comment, but they do stop by from time to time! 🙂 I think I fall into this category sometimes, for some blogs. Like the ones I follow, but not as regularly, you know? Because I’ve learned, it’s impossible to keep up with every post in your Reader ahah so I just try my best. So thank you, to any sporadic commenters out there who choose to comment once in a while!

4. The Surprise/New Commenter

Often times I also see these to be the people who like my posts regularly, but don’t often comment? So it’s kind of a surprise (a really good one!!), when one day you see their comment on a post! I also put the ‘new’ commenter with this, which is someone who hasn’t ever commented on your blog before! It’s another lovely surprise, finding someone new on your blog. I love all and anyone who takes the time to read and comment, so THANK YOU, surprise commenters!

5. The Binge-commenter

IS THIS ME?? YES IT IS. You might not always see this blogger right away when you post something, but sooner or later they will appear and comment on MANY if not all, the posts they missed, all at once.  ME ME ME ME ME speaking of which I need to finish doing that later next week there are too many blogs I haven’t caught up on.

They will also be slightly terrified of the blogger being annoyed with their spam-like comments (since there will be so many of them) BUT THEY MEAN WELL, I PROMISE. ❤

They meaning I. 

6. The comment-for-a-comment commenter

Wayyyy too many ‘comment’s in there oops. I think this is the all-around commenter that everyone has gotten AT LEAST once, if not more omg. The commenter that leaves ‘great post!’ and/or leaves their blog link, usually. I’m not going to say I have anything against these types of comments, cause I don’t! Not really? But I’ll admit reading more personalized comments mean a bit more to me. But nonetheless, to all the ‘Great post!’ people out there, I still appreciate you taking the time to stop by haha.

7. The short-and-sweet commenter

I think often this type is mixed with another type? Like sporadic, maybe? But either way, these are just the commenters who are usually right to the point, with concise and short comments… I just realized the title is very self-explanatory. SO. Either way, I love reading these comments! (LOOK I MADE MY COMMENTARY SHORT.)

8. The longer-the-better commenter

And obviously, there’s the opposite, which are the longer comments! Sometimes rambly, sometimes not. I think that kind of depends on the blogger, you know, if they have a lot to say on one topic or if they talk about different topics that makes the comment longer. I personally love long comments, especially since I often write many of them myself haha and also it means so much to me knowing they took the time! ❤ There’s just so much to talk about and they’re often so insightful!

9. The conversational commenter

This is the commenter that flits from topic to topic, commenting on so many different things you end up having a whole different discussion than the one you originally started off with!! You may have met one, you may have not, but they’re SO great to talk to ahah and I feel like we’d totally be best friends if we ever met in person?? ❤

10. The silent supporters

And finally, this is actually for the people who DON’T comment! For anyone who likes, or reads my posts because I know there’s a lot of you so thank you even though this is a types of commenter post, it still means a lot to me. 🙂


Now, what you’ve been waiting for…
THE GIVEAWAY!!

I’ve wanted to have one ever since I reached my two year blogoversary, so I decided to go ahead and have one in honour of reaching 1k!! BECAUSE GIVEAWAYS. And BOOKS. ❤

It’s going to be really similar to the one I did last year, but this time I’m being a bit more specific in the sense that instead of the prize being any book from The Book Depository, I’m choosing to do any 2017 YA DIVERSE BOOK (key words, guys) that has been released!! I consider myself to be a diverse reader and so I couldn’t think of anything more fitting. ❤

Not limited to these at all, but these are some ideas! I haven’t read all of them, but some of them like THUG, The Upside of Unrequited, A List of Cages, those ones are AMAZING and I’ve heard so many great things about all the other books as well. ❤ Sorry for not being able to leave the links to Goodreads!

But first, a few of the boring rules I’m copy and pasting from last year’s post!

  • One winner gets to choose a YA 2017 released diverse book from The Book Depository up to a value of $25 (Canadian dollars).
  • Open internationally as long as Book Depository ships to your country. (Details here.)
  • Giveaway begins today (June 18th) and ends in around 2 weeks on July 3rd, 2017!
  • After the contest time I will be randomly choosing the winner through Rafflecopter and notifying them by email on the same day. (July 4nd, 2017)
  • Winner has 48 hours to respond before I choose another winner!
  • You must be 18 years of age to enter or have parental consent to provide me your mailing address.
  • Winner’s personal information will be kept private and will not be publicized or used in any way other than to ship the book.
  • I’m not responsible for shipping the book! Book Depository will be handling that, I’ll just be inserting your address.
  • Entries will be checked and deleted if they don’t qualify—so no cheating please! PRETTY PLEASE. ❤

HERE‘s the link to the giveaway!! GOOD LUCK!

Okay, now that I got that out of the way!! WHAT TYPE OF COMMENTER ARE YOU??! You could be more than one (I know I am) so tell me down below! Also, because it’s part of an entry for the giveaway, whether or not you’re entering, feel free to let me know what 2017 diverse book release YOU would like to win??! ❤ LET US DISCUSS and again, thank you to everyone who has ever commented on my blog and to everyone who followed me who may or may not be reading this post! 🙂

How important are followers and comments to being a ‘successful’ blogger?

Thought of the day: It’s hot today and I really really want ice cream. 

Hiiii everyone!! How are you all today? Today I’m here with a blogging discussion, because it’s been SO LONG since I last did one and they’re so much fun to write! (Though half the time I have no idea what I’m writing, but shh. Minor details.)

So, I was glancing at my stats the other day, and I’m almost at 1000 WordPress followers?! I’m currently at 998, without counting my email followers. And gosh, I’m just so surprised and shocked and so THANKFUL, above all, that there are actual people out there who read (and sometimes even enjoy?? I hope???) my insaneeee sleep-deprived rambles omg haha. ❤

Which brings me to this post! I’m planning a follower-themed appreciation post when I hit 1000 (and possibly a giveaway? POSSIBLY. I am a poor broke bookworm, but fingers crossed!!) but for now I’m going to just share some of the thoughts I’ve had on blog followers and being a ‘successful’ blogger!! LET’S GO.

Defining blogging success:

It’s SO SUBJECTIVE?? I feel like everyone has different goals and ideas on what it truly means to be successful. In the eye of the beholder, or whatnot. Maybe it’s reaching a certain amount of followers. Maybe it’s reaching a certain amount of comments or likes per post. Maybe it’s achieving a goal, whatever that may be. But from a general, outside perspective, the common idea is that being a ‘successful’ blogger, means you have perhaps, a large follower count, lots of interaction (comments), and views. In the book blogging world, maybe a blogger who receives a lot of ARCs and review copies.

Now, I don’t know about all of you, but to me, my idea of success lies primarily in reader interaction AKA comments. Views, likes, I’m glad for all of it, but comments feel a lot more meaningful to me, because they’re how I get to actually TALK to people, which is a huge part of blogging for me. I always feel so grateful for anyone taking the time to write a comment to let me know their thoughts, and hence I always do my best to reply to the comments on my blog, obviously, but also on the commenter’s blog.  Maybe it’s a form of validation, kind of?? That what I’ve written is useful, or enjoyable or whatever, and that I’m not just talking to myself haha. But of course, I completely understand if you don’t comment, because time is precious and sometimes we don’t have enough of it. *SIGHS* Personal struggle, here.

But yes, for me, comments is a way I measure success, if you will? Don’t get me wrong, success is not limited to that at all, and there are so many different things that play into your own view of success, but interaction is one of the most important parts of blogging for me, and so comments mean a lot in my mind! 

Impact of followers

So we’ve established the importance of comments! But.. of course it doesn’t stop there because we also have FOLLOWERS. I’d be lying if I said followers weren’t important ahah. Because even though they’re not necessarily an indicator of success, interaction-wise (you could have a huge amount of followers but not really have as many comments, for example), I just think there’s this appeal, in our minds, to reaching those milestones. No one celebrates the achievement of a certain number of comments (not outwardly anyway haha) but reaching the 100 followers, 200 followers, 300, 400, 500, etc etc marks? IT FEELS GOOD, it makes us happy. Even if it’s just a number. And so we set goals, expectations, hopes, that one day we’ll reach an even bigger number and so on, you know? There’s nothing wrong with that, with being proud of your achievements or even wanting a bit more. We’re human, it’s normal.

Oh and!! To tie it back to my previous point, there’s this idea that a large amount of followers = a lot of comments. After all, more followers mean more people will view your post, a larger possibility for people to comment, etc etc. Wow, we’re really getting double the temptations here.

But because I’m extra contradictory, there’s also the question of dead followers?

Because a large amount of followers does not necessarily equal lot of comments? Or even a small amount of followers does not equal less amount of comments, in fact there are so many blogs out there with perhaps a lesser amount of followers but with so much interaction on their posts. Because followers, are not always a reliable indication of anything when not all those followers are actively reading your blog: AKA what I refer to as dead followers. The majority of these I’d consider to be the non-book blogs, for me. Most of the people who comment on my posts (being an active follower) are book bloggers? So. The non-book bloggers… I don’t know what they’re doing honestly haha. They might still read my posts, but who knows.

But wait… does success = lots of followers yes or no???

From comments to reaching milestones to dead followers… where did this discussion go?? I DON’T KNOW.

Verdict: Maybe? Maybe not? Sometimes? HELP ME OUT HERE. A large amount of followers means at first glance the blog seems like it’s really popular which could be synonymous with successful… But on the other hand not all of those followers necessarily follow the blogger’s posts, yet at the same time a large amount of followers give a higher chance for lots of comments, which can be an indicator of success?

I am very much over complicating this. SOMEBODY STOP ME. 

Ahem.

Okay, maybe success for some people is defined by their follower count? But when you think about the many bloggers with a lower follower count who are still achieving so much–they are totally successful! So to me, there’s no number associated with success. Followers are super great and make you feel super great, for sure and I’ll always aim for that high follower count haha but being successful with blogging is something you measure based on your own goals.

Okay, so this post was kind of a complete mess? I’ve abandoned these discussions for SO LONG haha whatever ability I had to write somewhat coherent posts has disappeared. 😛 But I hope that made a bit sense?? Let me know your thoughts on this!! What does success mean, to you? Comments, followers, both, or neither?? What are your opinions on followers–is it something you care about or not really? Any other thoughts?  Bonus: feel free to tell me your favourite ice cream flavour!! 😉 

7 things all readers wish they’d known before becoming a bookworm // But nobody told them (#rude)

Yeah, so the ‘they’ and ‘them’ I’m referencing in the title? TOTALLY NOT TALKING ABOUT ME. Nope. 

Hello everyone!! I hope you guys are all doing well! ❤ I’ve kind of been MIA lately since my last post, but I’m back today with another post for you guys–another list (can you tell I love them?) but this time the focus is on us bookworms! 

Revelation you are maybe not aware of but kind of true: Becoming a bookworm is not really choice? It just decides to attack you suddenly after you realize, hey, I like books! Let me read more of them! And there you go. But like, there’s those moments you’re sitting there and you wish there was some sort of manual letting you know what you were getting yourself into because being a bookworm is dangerous and full of pain? (No? Just me? Okay.) Well, here’s that manual you never asked for or thought you needed!!

1. Reading books will be your favourite things of ever but it will also stab you in the back with all the feels???

I never knew I had so many feelings??? Or that my emotions can flip flop that fast?? One second I’m SOBBING ON THE GROUND because my precious children go through so much pain but the next I’m there squealing and smiling because it’s all SO BEAUTIFUL and agh. Stop messing with my heart, you cruel creature book! I love reading so much but never ever ever could I have predicted how invested I would become and how easily a book can break my poor fragile heart! Being a bookworm is dangerous omg, I told you.

2. You will be broke and/or sobbing miserably because you can’t buy those NEW BOOKS 90% of the time.

Just me? Yes no? (Fyi another 45% goes to me sobbing over my incomplete TBR and 95% due to my broken heart, shhh no such thing as just 100%.) Thing is: as much as it would be fabulous to spend all our money on books, there are certain other responsibilities most of us have! (ew. Responsibilities.) And so being an avid bookworm means that you will fall into at least one of these situations: a) you’re broke because you went way too book-buying-happy in the bookstore, or b) you decided to be sensible and not buy all of the new books but you’re suffering because YOU WANT THEM. Or perhaps you’re a bit of both?? Either way, being a bookworm gets much difficult and having a warning might’ve been useful?? Maybe then you’d have more money so you can save up for books instead of those useless baby toys you wanted as a kid. Which might rob you of your childhood

Sample of new releases that sound SO FABULOUS but like I can’t read them yet because I have other expenses? (ugh) *cries*

3. You will become obsessed with having your books match in size and cover and you will sufferrrrrr.

I wrote a whole post rant on this (among other whiny things) previously? And so I won’t go into it again but GUYS. Anyone who appreciates the value of physical books can relate on the fact that books, in series, mostly, that do not match in size or cover are utterly horrible and UGH. But like, I didn’t mind unmatched books before?? I don’t think I even notice haha because my prebookworm days were back when I was an oblivious little child with no care for aesthetic or owning books, even. Sooooooo being a #bookworm did this to me?

4. You will become double your age (if not more #me) before you come close to finishing your TBR.

Honestly, if we were to go by my Goodreads TBR? I WOULD NEVER FINISH. No joke. I have almost 2000 books on there I think? Over 1500 for sure, so. UM. Somebody needs to take Goodreads away from me and also block all the book recommendations I get from blogging?? (nooooooooo don’t actually you monster) And I know most (sane) people have smaller (but equally daunting, perhaps!) TBRs and so I think most people understand my TBR struggle hereeeeee. I am SO questioning my ability to finish the books on my TBR? I will be SMUSHED under all the books. Why did someone not warn me in advance how dangerous this is???

5. Waiting for books will be the bane of your existence.

And everyone said it would be climate change hahahahaha how cute. Anyone who has ever waited for a book to be released… a year later? This mostly applies to series, but I’m sure it has happened to any of you at one point. Waiting a whole year (or even more?!) for the next book is horrible ahghhhh. I mentioned this in my other post too, but honestly! So much can happen in a year; My house might collapse, my sister might steal my books, I become broke and can’t buy the sequel…? Better just give me the book now?

*sigh* You never thought being a bookworm would involve (somewhat figuratively) screeching because you finished a book and the sequel doesn’t release til 12 months later but SURPRISE!!

6. Books will completely, utterly take over your life.

I mean, I started a BLOG just to fangirl about books? And honestly, I don’t think there’s been a day that’s passed without me thinking SOMETHING related to books, whether it be shrieking about having nothing to read (but have a Mount Everest-sized TBR) or what 2AM book-themed post I should write next. AND thanks to blogging, I now probably spend wayyyy too much time fangirling about YA books (because there are so many like-minded people on here and ILY SO MUCH) and any normal person would think I have a problem? 😛 Irl, I bet my friends have gotten tired of me saying “Oh my gosh I just read this AMAZING book” or “That totally reminds me of this book I read!” #mybookwormlife in a nutshell, I’m telling you.

7. Almost everyone in life is now beneath your high standards thanks to fictional characters.

Thank god hardly anyone I know in real life reads my blog. Seriously though: Despite the amazing people we have in our own lives, fictional characters are kind of better? Sometimes! Like, I recently-ish finished the Lara Jean trilogy and I just want a Peter (or John Ambrose McClaren, tbh) in my life? *cries* Or Reid from The Upside of Unrequited (complete soft boy preciousness) or JEM? Or like even for my best friend standards?? SIMON omg. AND NINA. (Disclaimer: I love my friends, I swear I do.) And the WEASLEY FAMILY. Agh. So perfect and beautiful I want them to be mineeee too?! Bottom line is: fictional characters are kind of the best and I want them to be realllllllll. *cries* And I don’t know about you, but I totally have a high standard for guys to date now. 😛 (Kidding, kidding! Mostly!)

Sooooo I think we can all agree being a bookworm is dangerous, tragic and frought with obstacles?? And it would’ve been helpful to be warned in advance of such things? BUT. I think we can also agree that no matter what, being a bookworm is one of the BEST THINGS EVER and even if I did know in advance all of these (tragic) effects of being a bookworm, I would never ever ever not want to be a bookworm. Because it is fabulous! And plus, the book blogging community is one of my favourites ever and everyone is the nicest and just AHH so much love. ❤ ❤

Wait that wasn’t the point of this post at all oops. 😉 We must not forget the dangers and tragedies of being a bookworm!! Have you gotten tired of me yet.

TELL ME: What did you think of my super helpful manual of things all bookworms should’ve known in advance before becoming a bookworm??! Personally this is like my bookworm life in like (*checks word count*) 970 ish words honestly. xD Let me know your thoughts!!

I grow your TBR once again!! // LGBT books that I’ve loved or need to read asap

HI GUYS!! Guess who messed up the order of her own blogging schedule?? Meeeeeeeee! I had been intending for this post to be my first post of June but I accidentally scheduled my mini list of websites/html codes that I find useful for book bloggers ahead of this one so OOPS. I don’t even know how that happened???? -_- But I digress.

We’re now in June, which means it’s Pride Month!! ❤ In honor of all the people in the lovely LGBTQ community (ILY guys) and for those looking to support Pride Month book-wise, I wanted to do a post recommending LGBT books I’ve read/recommend and also the LGBT books that are on my TBR* (BECAUSE I HAVEN’T READ ENOUGH OF THEM. And I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeed to!) Warning: this will be a longggggg list because of course I’m on a mission to grow your TBR once again. 

*I’ll be linking up with Top Ten Tuesday for this week’s prompt of 10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List even though LGBTQ+ isn’t a genre and I have more than 10 books here and also despite the fact this post wasn’t originally planned to be a Top Ten Tuesday post? LET ME LIVE.

featuring a LGBTQ+ main character

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: I can literally squeal about this book ALL DAY. All I can say: readitreaditreaditreaditreaditreadit if you haven’t already!! Features some of my favourite characters ever (SIMON MY LOVE), a super adorable romance and great relationships plus m/m romance and gay protagonist!! LOVE SO MUCH.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: OH HI it’s just one of my most favourite author/books ever??? This book will break your heart, put it back together, and break it AGAIN. And you will loveeeee it. Deals with a lot of tough issues though, including homophobia. HEARTBREAK. Features a gay protagonist and side characters!

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera: The second novel from Adam Silvera was no less outstanding!! Perhaps a tad bit less heartbreaking than the debut, but omg still SO MANY FEELS. My heartttttttttt, omg Adam Silvera what are you trying to do to us???? Obviously not BREAK IT. *glares* Sooooo much love for this! Ft. gay protagonist and side characters.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: Dual-narrated and so UTTERLY BEAUTIFUL!! One of the narrators, Noah, is gay and so precious and aghhhhhhh there were so many wonderful, complex relationships and I had SO MANY FEELS. ❤ ❤ Just read it!!

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: SIMON AND BAZ omgomgomgomg *squeals* *dies* Rainbow Rowell is such an amazing author, and yes, this has hints of Harry Potter influences but AGH. Doesn’t matter because it’s just so fabulous and its own story with an m/m romance I ADORE.

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley: SO MUCH queer and LGBT diversity!! One of the main characters, Gretchen, is lesbian, and in a relationship with Toni, who’s genderqueer and spends a lot of the book questioning where she falls on the male-female spectrum. Was so interesting to delve into these characters’ stories!

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine: AHHH a non-sexist fantasy with magic that also features a bi main character??! I KNOW. It’s just as fabulous as it sounds!! Though I’ll admit the bi rep flew over my head when I first read it OOPS. But looking back I totally can see it! There isn’t as much of a focus on it as I would’ve liked, though nonetheless appreciated!

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich: A love triangle where two guys are supposed to win the hand of a girl but end up falling for eachother! LOVED the concept, I was a bit disappointed by the execution but props for the romance, it was so lovely to read! M/m romance.

More Than This by Patrick Ness: Seth, our protagonist, is gay, but the focus isn’t on that at all. It just is. Most of the book is like, sci-fi and oh my gosh it’s SO WEIRD and very disturbing?? But I really liked it and loved how Ness integrated Seth’s homosexuality seamlessly! ❤

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin: Featuring a gender fluid main character and exploring different relationships and the utter meanness of some people (ugh). Really liked it, props for tackling another area of the LGBT spectrum.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo: Featuring a transgender female main character!! This actually reminded me a lot of the previous book, despite the difference in topic, simply because a) I read them both around the same time and b) the plot was kind of similar? Like certain parts? But maybe that’s just me. Either way, really enjoyed it!

Every Day by David Levithan: This book is so unique! It follows ‘A’, who wakes up every day in the body of a new sixteen-year-old, regardless of gender, sexuality, appearance, etc. As such, Levithan takes the opportunity to explore a wide variety of stories, some short, some long, all worth reading. There’s a trans character, gay/lesbian, and tons more diverse characters apart from that as well!!

ft. LGBT side characters

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: AHHHH Becky Albertalli will forever be one of my number one recommendation for diversity and contemporary!! This book is one of my favourites, featuring fat rep, two lesbian moms (who are so utterly fabulous I can’t even) and an interracial f/f romance between Molly’s twin and this girl named Mina. AGH. So much love!!

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz: The main character’s dad, Vicente (who is also one of the BEST BOOKISH FATHERS EVER) is gay and there is also lots of diversity and food and no romance!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: It’s been a while since I read the book, but Patrick is gay I think? I, like so many others, love this book so much!! It does not shy away from hard topics but it’s just such a great coming-of-age story. ❤ One of the best!

Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: Okay, so it’s not the main focus of the book at all but Jesper is gay and there is a side m/m romance!! Also this book gets extra points for POC and disability rep and it’s also a fantasy novel?! Diversity is big in contemporary lately but fantasy is still lacking I think so this is FABULOUS.

Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab: RHYYYYYYYY!!! One of my favourite princes who is also POC and gay and ahssfjahgojreogknjvna. He’s not the main character, but he might as well be by the way he STOLE MY HEART. *cries* I adore him and Kell’s bromance so so much and his romance with a certain someone ofc *winks* This series is one of my absolute favourites, GO READ IT. ❤

The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater: Omg in addition to the fact that this series is magical and has fabulous characters, we also have gay main characters??! AND I SHIP IT SO MUCH AND AGH. My precious children. I need to read The Raven Cycle though omggggg somebody give me that push I know it will be amazing??!

Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness: I don’t talk about this series enough??! But I ADORE IT SO MUCH and Patrick Ness is one of my favourite authors of ever!! And plus, Todd’s adoptive fathers Ben and Cillian are so great. ❤ ❤  Patrick Ness is so great with including LGBT characters in his books! (Also #ownvoices!)

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: MAGNUS omg. ❤ I know he’s a favourite for a lot of people, and I’m no exception?? He’s bisexual and just so comfortable in his own skin (I suppose living for as long as he has can do that) I love his character. Him and Alec thoughhhh omggg. (Is that a spoiler? I don’t think so?) Also ugh I hate using the City of Bones cover but the alternate one is in a different size and it wouldn’t look good. #struggle

Released books

Bisexual Rep

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde: ONE OF MY MOST ANTICIPATED READS EVER and I still haven’t read it?!?! AGHHH. I swear I will! A fandom book with POC, autistic and bi rep??! Mineeeeeee!! This book might also fall into the f/f romance section (other books listed below) but I’m not 100% sure.

It’s Not Like it’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura: Tons of diversity including bisexuality rep and an f/f interracial romance also #ownvoices and it released this May and I NEED TO READ IT.

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate: Another May release and eeeeeeee  features a bisexual Chinese-American MC, lots of diverse side characters (I think) and a f/f romance (I’ve heard)! SO ❤

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake: Features lesbian/bisexual MCs (one or the other or possibly both?) and sounds AMAZING.

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy: Book that explores sexuality and has bisexual rep! YES PLEASE. I actually started this a bit back but then had to shelf it because I wasn’t in the mood and I didn’t want that to affect how much I enjoyed it. Will pick it up again for sure!

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: There’s amazing friendship and no romance?? *gasp* Tons of diversity! MC Frances is bisexual and befriends Aled, who is asexual (!!!!) and likes boys. (Says me who hasn’t read the book but bless detailed reviews)

F/F Romance

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour: F/F romance! Everyone makes it sound AMAZING and I haven’t read any books by Nina LaCour yet but they sound utterly fabulous.

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan: Nina LaCour again! And David Levithan! I imagine this must be great pairing omg. ❤ Ft. gay characters and a f/f romance AND m/m romance too I believe! I heard it’s adorableeeee and I WANT.

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley: I’ve only read one other Talley book, showed above, but she writes amazing YA contemporary featuring TONS of LGBT diversity and queer teen girls!! This is no exception, featuring POC and a f/f romance!

Ash by Malinda Lo: I adoreeeee retellings so hearing this is a Cinderella retelling WITH a lesbian main character and hints of f/f romance? Give me all the rep, please, thanks, also it’s so great to see a queer retelling, and this was released a while back too! #success

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember: This is a pretty recent release–either May or April of this year–and it’s a Little Mermaid retelling featuring (#ownvoices) bisexual rep and a f/f romance that I’ve heard to be AMAZING. GIMME. ❤

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown: A F/F (forbidden?) romance that sounds so utterly cute and also explores familial relationships! I think.

Look Both Ways by Alison Cherry: F/f romance that sounds super adorable!! I saw this book at my library, I really need to check it out.

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst: I actually had started this one before?? I was like, 20% in but I kept picking up other books in favour of reading this one because I was just SO BORED and I never got this finished! OOPS. I hardly DNF books soooooooo UM. I really do plan on picking it up again though!! Features f/f romance between main characters and it’s a fantasy too!!

The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine: The first book, The Imposter Queen also has bisexual rep though at the time of reading that had kind of flown over my head oops. But woo! This book features an f/f romance between the MC and a side character. I really need to read this sequel soon!

10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac: Features a lesbian main character plus a f/f romance I think? with anxiety and explores a variety of relationships! I NEED.

M/M romance

Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski: Features two gay main characters (Meg and Linus) and their lives. I believe there is either a m/m or f/f romance? Both, I think actually. Just putting it under f/f romance because Meg’s name comes first haha but anyway it sounds so great and I love the cover!

Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa: Ummm so this falls into multiple categories?? But I’m like kind of confused because there have been contradicting reviews. The blurb says it’s about a girl, her gay best friend and the boy in love with both of them? So bisexual rep too! Possibly a m/m romance?? Sorry, I’m way clueless on this one.

True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan: This sounds a bit like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (which I ADORE) but with a gay/questioning boy and I believe a m/m romance! ME WANT.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz: I WILL READ IT THIS SUMMER I promiseeeee!! Features a gay protagonist and m/m romance, if I’m not mistaken! Everyone loves this and I have no doubt I will tooooooooo. Probably my most anticipated m/m romance book.

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley: Ahhhh this book is an absolute must read for me for sure!! It focuses on Sol, who is agoraphobic and has anxiety plus panic attacks, and who also happens to be gay. From what I’ve read, this isn’t his only defining quality and that is MUCH NEEDED because he sounds like a well-rounded character and aghhh I need this.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan: Unlike most of these other books, this one was released back in 2005 and also #ownvoices! I haven’t read many of Levithan’s books before, but I heard this has great characters and romance (I mean… the title and cover?) and people always recommend Levithan for a m/m romance and queer rep so. #needtoread

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson: So this is like a sci-fi contemporary kind of book?? Idk. But so many people loved it! Featuring a gay boy as protagonist, this book does deal with really tough topics as well (trigger warning!!) like suicide and rape. According to reviews, anyway.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: I think this book features a m/m romance?? But I’m not 100% sure, though I’m pretty sure? Feel free to correct me on this! It’s about Achilles (duh) and his friend/lover Patroclus.

Other areas of the LGBT spectrum:

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard: This book sounds AMAZING. Featuring a trans character (I think!!) and exploring gender stereotypes/roles in society. Also set in Canada, which is totally unrelated but GO CANADA! I’ve saw this a few times in my library, really need to pick it up!

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore: I lovedddd the author’s other book, The Weight of Feathers and I’ve heard so many great things about this one??! It’s also a magical realism kind of book and features a transgender Pakistani boy and just AGH. I NEED.

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson: This book has a transgender teenage main character (actually I think it’s dual narrated so there might be two MCs) and it sounds so good!!

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio: I almost forgot about this book!! Omg. I heard so much about this book waaaayyyyy back when I first started blogging and the book was released. It features an intersex main character, which I’ve never ever seen represented so far and apparently it’s great rep at that! I WANT TO READ.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee (June 6, 2017.): This book releases tomorrow!!! *cue squeals* And it has asexual rep!! This list has been SO FULL with gay/lesbian, bi books and that is so great but we’re lacking characters on other parts of the LGBT spectrum? SO YESSSSS for this book!!

Unreleased books

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (June 27. 2017.): I hear this book to be filled with tons of diversity, including a bisexual narrator, m/m romance, possible asexual side character?, ethnicity diversity and SO MUCH MORE great traits (apparently lots of sass and touring and so LOVE) I absolute can’t wait for this book.

27 Hours by Tristina Wright (Oct, 3. 2017): I could CRY with joy at the amount of amazing, amazing, AMAZING diversity rep in so many areas!! A cast of diverse characters including; multiracial & bisexual boy, afrolatinx bisexual trans girl, gay boy, pansexual and POC girl, asexual boy with two moms and many more side characters are queer. Info retrieved from Shauna’s lovely review! I NEED THIS BOOK SO MUCH PLEASE WHY IS IT SO FAR AWAY??!

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (Sept. 5. 2017.): A fantasy ‘perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo’ featuring a gender fluid main character?!? YES PLEASE oh my gosh how amazing is this??! Fantasy needs major advancement in terms of LGBT+ main characters and this is so great. I only hope it’s good rep!!

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (Sept. 5. 2017.)Y’all know already how much I love Silvera’s books!! AGH. I will die at the end of this book* for sure omg. Featuring a m/m romance that I believe takes place over a day? Something like that and ahhg IJGI EJefH fjikjfo *cries*

*Horrible pun I’m sorry. 😛

That took SO MUCH MORE TIME than I thought it would! I really need to take the time to create a Goodreads shelf for LGBTQ+ reads?! Omg. I just spent over an hour on this post?? But it honestly felt like nothing??? #lifeofabookblogger I hope you guys liked this list of LGBTQ+ books in honor of pride month!! I tried to include as many as I could because obviously I am not giving up on my evil plan to make sure your TBR grows even larger than it already is I wanted to make this as inclusive as possible. 🙂 Kind of hard though because so many YA books feature the same type of LGBT rep, but hey, it’s progress!! I adore the amount of diversity found in YA contemporary books these days (but fantasy needs to up its game yo). Also this post has made me notice the ratio of my books read to books unread in this list and it is too large (*cries*) Must change that. I have too many books on my TBR aghhhhh.

But let’s talk!! What did you think of my list of LGBT+ books? Did I grow your TBR??! Mission accomplished! Which of these books have you read/do you want to read?? Any particular favourites?! Talk to meeeeeee so we can fangirl about diversity and all the good things. Happy Pride Month to everyone as well!!

Websites + HTML codes all bloggers need! // Making your life 124% easier

HI GUYS!! How are you? I’m on a ROLL this week in terms of scheduling posts haha, for me, anyway. *throws confetti* Next week will be busier though, so heads up! Not a full blown hiatus (hopefully) but it all depends on time and if I can write up a post in time over the weekend. (SO GLAD it’s the weekend!! Blog hopping time!!) But anyway! Not the point. I’ve wanted to make this kind of post for a while now, actually, but didn’t have enough material, persay, to showcase, I guess. But now I do!! There are certain (FREE) websites and HTML codes I’ve used/currently use that made my life SO MUCH EASIER and just overall useful tech-ish hacks when it comes to blogging and such, and I wanted to share those with you all, just in case some of you were unaware of it! SHARING IS CARING AND I AM HERE TO MAKE YOUR LIFE 124%* EASIER. As stated by my title. Because titles never lie.**

*Don’t question the number.
**SHHH.

Canva

I USE THIS ALL THE TIME, GUYS. It literally saves my life when it comes to blog design, NO JOKE. It’s free, it’s pretty flexible, offers a huge variety of options, it’s super easy and simple to use and great for designing headers and such!! Literally the majority of the graphics on this blog has been made by Canva and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Bless the creators, I am in awe with their creation.  Mostly I use elements from other sites, like background pictures and such, from Google or Freepik, and then I can choose font, colour etc. It’s literally so great! I would 100% recommend this to anyone ever, whether they’re a blogger or not!!

An example of what I made with the help of Canva:

The pink watercolour cloud thingy is the only thing I got from elsewhere, the rest was designed thanks to Canva!! They have a great selection of fonts, I use the Brusher font most often for my posts nowadays, and I also like the… Josefin Sans font I think? The arrow thingy at the bottom is also one of the free graphics Canva offers. It hardly takes me any time to make graphics as a result! Basically: I adore Canva??!

Freepik

My other saviour!! I love Freepik so much, it has such beautiful designs! However, I am a bit restricted with this one due to the fact I don’t have Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator so it does limit my options. But! That doesn’t stop me, for I do use many of its designs and am able to make things with the help of Canva. Most recently I had used a Freepik design for my bullet journal, and simply added the word May in Canva. And I won’t lie, I’m very in loveeeee!! I love these two colours and watercolour-esque flower wreaths are my weakness. FREEPIK I LOVE YOU.

Pixlr

I actually haven’t used this one as much, I’ll admit! It’s like a free Photoshop though? So I have no doubt I will be experimenting with this one more when I have more time. ❤ Definitely worth checking out, when I used it it was super straight forward and hey, how can I complain with a free Photoshop?? I do love this resource and can’t wait to use it more. Though with Canva being so fabulous that may not happen for a bit. 

PicMonkey

I actually used this quite a bit when I first started blogging, as it was one of the free sites I found (along with Canva) back then. I haven’t used it as much recently, but I did make quite a few designs with this and it’s a great resource!! My only complaint is that the ads make it really glitchy sometimes (for me, anyway) which makes working with PicMonkey kind of annoying. Or maybe it’s not the ads and just the way the site is?? If you upgrade though the ads go away and you also have more options, but I’m all about the free stuff? Sooooo. For edits, touch ups, etc. though it’s quite handy!

HTML (don’t ask me what it stands for) is one of the ways to kind of customize your blog a little! It’s a bunch of code I don’t understand, but it can be very useful sooooo it’s in this post!! Example:

Changing the font size of text.

I only recently discovered this actually! But I love it so much and I occasionally overuse it but it’s okay. It’s so helpful because I love inserting little tiny text comments in my posts, and of course it works great for making things larger as well which is super useful!! One of the codes I always have on hand when I’m blogging omg.

<span style=”font-size: 12pt;”>text here</span>

12 is the default font, I believe, so basically it’s the font size you’re seeing at the moment! To make it smaller or larger, just replace the 12 in the code with a number of your choice and BAM. Font size changed.

LOOK I DEMONSTRATED THE TINY FONT. (hahahhaha) [btw, for the tiny size, I used 10, and the previous sentence is in 16. :)]

OH! Important: if you’re going to use this, remember to use it in Text instead of Visual when writing your post or else it won’t work. The amount of times I forgot about that tiny detail and pasted the code in my Visual editor instead… #oops

Hyperlinks

Now, you might be like, why do you need hyperlinks? When writing posts in WordPress, of course, it gives you the ability to just click on the insert/edit link tab and it essentially creates the link for you. But I think having the HTML code for a link can actually be super helpful–particularly in, say, a comment. Whether you want to link a blog, or post, or whatever, by using an HTML code for your link to appear with a word, like this instead of the whole url like https://booksnacksblog.wordpress.com/, it makes your comment a lot less clustered and more, I don’t know.. neat I guess??? There’s nothing wrong with leaving the whole link though!! It’s just a helpful hack if you ever want to link something in the comments.

<a href=”URL HERE“>text here</a>

If I wanted to link to, say, my blog, in a comment I would just replace the bold parts with my own info, so the URL HERE part with https://booksnacksblog.wordpress.com and after that my text, Book Snacks. And then voila! The HTML code would then turn into Book Snacks. MAGIC!

If you ever use this in a post (though if you have the option to use the WordPress one I wouldn’t see the need, but either way) just remember to insert it using the text tab instead of visual, once again, and you’re set! But in the comments, just use it as it is (replacing with your link and text, ofc) and you’re good.

Pingbacks*

Jackie @ Too Much of a Book Nerd wrote a lovely and super super helpful post on pingbacks for WordPress users!! GO check it out if you haven’t already or if you are clueless as to how pingbacks work and why yours aren’t working! Pingbacks are so great and so important if you’re, say, tagging someone in some sort of tag or award, or even if you want to give them a shout out or highlight a post you’ve read. Let that blogger know by simply linking to one of their posts! It makes lives SO MUCH EASIER and it’s always a lovely surprise for the blogger as well! Haha.

*This is not HTML? But still very very useful and worth mentioning and a hack kind of? Soooo it counts.

Adding a colored text box

I used this a lot previously for my book reviews and I don’t use them much outside of my reviews? But they do look super cute and I don’t know, if you ever want to separate something, maybe a quote? Or whatever suits your fancy. Now, I honestly would love to make this easy for you guys and have the code right in this post as with the other ones but this one is a bit more complicated and has a lot more factors, so I’m just going to leave a link to this post that helped me out SO MUCH when I was trying to figure out this whole text box thing. Again

I’m not good at coding at all so I hope you’ll forgive me when I pass this on to the expertise of whoever wrote that article thingy haha. But this is an example of what I mean by the colored text box! There are SO MANY different ways to do this, in terms of how it looks and what colors you use, so just check out the post I linked to if you want to know more about this! It offers so many options and explanations. 🙂

Adding custom widgets

WordPress actually makes having widgets pretty simple. Widgets, you probably know, are most often found on the sidebar of blogs, that have a variety of things chosen by the user. Common widgets I’ve seen are things like a search menu, recent posts, most popular posts, follow button, etc. Yet, what if you want to add something else? A photo, or a little bit of text? Or, if you’re a book blogger, you may want to show your progress on your reading challenge on Goodreads if you have one!

Let’s start with Goodreads, because as a book blogger I ADORE GOODREADS and also this reminds me I need to update my widget for my reading challenge whoops. Basically, start by clicking on your profile picture at the top right corner, which leads to a dropdown menu sort of thingy with options like View Profile, Friends, My Quotes, etc. Near the bottom, press “Account Settings”. Once you do that, there will be another variety of options at the top, starting with Profile, then Settings, Email, Feeds, Apps, Widgets, and a couple more. Can you guess which you click on?? WIDGETS, WOO.

And there are several different widgets you can choose! BUT. Just remember, if you have a WordPress.com blog, so a free one, there are a few restrictions and you can’t use a few of the widgets offered.

But, if you scroll down to the bottom, you will find the Reading Challenge Widget! It shows what it looks like and beside it, offers a text box with the HTML code that you copy and paste into your blog. 

For that part, just go to your blog’s Widgets, and choose the Text widget way at the bottom. Insert the HTML code you copied from Goodreads, save, and VOILA. There’s also several other Goodreads widgets too, so feel free to experiment a few times!!

Aaaaaand I think that’s it!! If I find any other amazing sites (find me something that I will love more than Canva though. I’LL WAIT.) or other HTML/Wordpress tips and hacks, I will definitely make another post for you guys. But for now, which of these do you use? Do you have any other tips that have made your life easier?? Do you want to have more blog-focused posts? Let me know in the comments!! LET US BOND OVER BLOGGING THINGS. ❤ Share your wisdom.