Bluestocking Bookworm’s Posting Schedule

I figure if I put it down on paper, I will be more accountable to it. I hope, anyways.

Reviews: Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
Top Ten Tuesdays: On, well… Tuesdays!
Book Blogging 101: The second Wednesday of the month
Representation Matters: Fridays, frequency TBD
Great Debates: Sundays, frequency TBD

That is all I have for now. What do you think?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Getting Serious About Series

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fine folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. They totally rock, so check them out!

This week’s topic is Top Ten Series I Have Been Meaning to Start, But Haven’t — but I am going to do a little twist since I did a similar topic a few weeks ago. I am going to get Serious About Series and list five series I need to finish, and five that I will probably never touch again. So, without further adieu, and in no particular order…

Five Series I Need To Finish

The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan
I have read 11 of the 14 books in this series, but I need to reread the entire thing. There is a lot of intricate worldbuilding and a lot of character arcs to keep straight in these books, so going longer than 6 months between is not recommended if you are like me and can’t remember anything.

The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
I have read 5 of the 8 books in this series. I really like them, but I have to be in the right mind-frame to tackle one, as they top out over 1000 pages.

The In Death Series by J.D. Robb
I have read 25 of the (currently) 46 novels in this series. There are also a handful of short stories and I have read some of those. These are what I call my candy books. They are a light and fun read that I can knock out in a day or two.

The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas
I have read 4 of the 7 planned novels in this series, but will need to reread them all. For some reason I didn’t jump on Empire of Storms when it came out last year.

The Sin du Jour Series by Matt Wallace
I have read 3 of the 6 planned novellas in this series and while they have some potentially triggering content, I am a big fan.

Five Series I Have No Intention of Finishing

The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfield
I read book 1 a while back, and really disliked the message it was sending to young girls. The only reason I would read the rest is if my niece decided she wanted to read them. So I could be informed and able to fight the whole “You have to be perfect” message it seemed to send.

The Ashfall Series by Mike Mullin
In my early days of book blogging, I gave this book a scathing review, I hated it SO MUCH. Zero desire to finish out the series or to give it another chance, though the premise really intrigued me.

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
I was not a fan of City of Bones, and I am not a fan of Clare as a person. I was gifted all of the books, so it is not completely off the table, but I would have to be really desperate, I think.

The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner
I read book one before the movie was announced, and I was really unimpressed. I felt like it was a lot of telling instead of showing. And it was just… boring. So I will not be continuing with it.

The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
I was super excited to read this one, because Tumblr had hyped it up so much. Except that it was a big let down. I found it to be so cliche. I adore Mafi as a person, and I want to read some of her other work, but Shatter Me just wasn’t for me.


What series are you currently in the middle of? What series are you dying to binge-read? What series did you start and just can’t bring yourself to bother to finish? Comment below, and link me up to your TTT!

Stay bookish, lovelies!

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A Note About Book Blogging 101

So, I wanted to make Book Blogging 101 a weekly feature, but I think it is going to have to be a little less frequent than that. The simple reason is I will run out of content before to long if I post every week.

From now on, Book Blogging 101 will be on the second Wednesday of the month.

Stay bookish, lovelies!

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Medical Costs

This is a really hard post for me to write. I see the backlash in the community when similar posts go up, and I cringe. And now it is my turn.

In February, we got a letter that said I would be losing my health insurance. I planned as much as I could, and got a few months worth of meds on Manitoba Pharmacare for free, because my deductible had been met. Well, those meds are now out, and I had to get my refills last night.

I have an InnoviCares card, which gets me name brands at generic prices. Even with that, my medicine costs $375 (and change) per month.

I have been on the Nabilone, which has been controlling my pain very well, for a few months. It is great. I am starting Adderall today to try and see if it manages my ADD without headaches. I still deal with a large amount of fatigue, which makes a full time job not an option right now. I am looking and considering some part time work, though… even though I worry I am not ready to take on the work force again.

In the meantime, I have some ways you can help me out. And most of them won’t cost you a thing extra.

Affiliate Links

So, how affiliate links work is that you use them to buy your books, and then I make a small % of what you spend as a commission of sorts. You don’t pay anything extra, and I get a few cents per book towards my ongoing medical costs.

Chapters/Indigo Affiliate Link (Canada): Chapters/Indigo – Currently there is free shipping Canada-wide with no minimum. Check it out!

Amazon.ca Affiliate Link (Canada): Books on Amazon.ca

Book Depository (International — Free Shipping Worldwide!): Book Depository

Ko-fi

As I said, I hate asking for handouts, but the situation is kind of dire right now. This is a direct donation link, and I appreciate any amount you can spare.

My Ko-fi

Other Options

Would you be interested in buying handmade bookmarks or handmade cards from me? I received a major upgrade to my paper crafting arsenal this week, and if this is something people are interested in, I might look into it.


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I really appreciate it.

Stay bookish, lovelies!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books My Dad And I Have Bonded Over

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fine folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. They totally rock, so check them out!

This week’s feature is a Father’s Day-related freebie. I decided to hold to that theme, so if you are opposed to dads or Father’s Day for any reason, please feel free to skip this week’s post. Your mental health matters to me. ♥

My dad and I haven’t ever been super close, but one thing that has brought us closer together over the years has been books. So I want to talk to you about the books that we have recommended to each other, the books we have read together, and the books we have had deep discussions about.

           

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
My dad plays the bass drum in a bagpipe band, and he has since I was a small child. So, when I read Outlander for book club, I knew it would be right up his alley. He has since passed me and read all of the books in the series, and he loves the characters a lot.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
I am not sure if my dad has actually ever read this one, but it is one we have discussed at length… the nuance of the characters, the author’s beliefs, and the movie adaptation are all topics that come up.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
This is one I was sure my dad would love, but he never finished the audiobook. I thought the sass of the characters and the audacity of the heists they pull would be right up his alley, but we had to agree to disagree on this one.

           

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
Several years ago, my great aunt passed away. On the way to her funeral, my dad put an audiobook on in the car. That audiobook was one of the Namaah’s series of books, which is the third trilogy in Carey’s world that starts with Kushiel’s Dart. When I realized we were listening to what was essentially book 7, I had to start at the beginning. I am glad I did because Carey’s worldbuilding and characterization is amazing!

Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey
Similarly, my dad was listening to the second book in this series one day, and I went back and read the first. I really loved it and we both agreed that Santa Olivia was miles better than Saints Astray.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
I read this one for book club, and then a year or two later my dad said to me “You would really love this book… you should read it!” and was talking about Mistborn. Again, he has passed my reading of the series and completed it, but we had a great time talking about the way magic was handled in this world.

               

The In Death series by Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb
My dad picked this one up because it has the same narrator on audiobook as the Kushiel books. I caught snippets of several books and thought they sounded fun, so I picked them up, too. Once again, dad is caught up with the series and I am very much not.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
My dad told me when I was younger that if I only ever read one classic, it had to be this one. So I complied, and I wasn’t sorry.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This was a gift from my dad on Christmas the year it came out (before it was cool!). I devoured it. Then my mom did. Then my dad did. Every so often we have a family re-read, and we all sit there sobbing over the ending. This was one of my first major departures from the fantasy genre, and I have my dad to thank for that.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
These books were bought for me by my parents one year. The first four were out, and I think the fourth one had JUST come out. So 2000-ish? I put off reading them because I thought they were a different book I had seen in the library. Looking back, they had nothing in common except the names were similar. My parents read the first few books before me. Then, when the new books were coming out, we had three different bookmarks in them and we stole the book from bedside tables to be the one to get to read it next.


Are you close with your dad? Did books play a role in that? Did you do something completely different for your TTT? Leave a comment below, or link me up to your TTT!

Stay bookish, lovelies!

 

 

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Summer 2017 Comment Challenge – I’m In, Are You?

 

So, the lovely folks at A Kernel of Nonsense (Alicia) and Flylef Reviews (Lonna) are hosting this challenge for July 2017. The point of it is to be paired up with another blogger, and to get to know that blogger through commenting on their blog throughout the month.

I think this is great for a few reasons.

  • It means you have to post more, so your partner can comment.
  • There are so many book bloggers I still don’t know, and this is a great way to connect
  • Alicia and Lonna have included all areas of book blogging for matchmaking, including non-fiction!

I have never taken part in this challenge before, but I am really excited to this summer. I don’t know who my match is, but I plan to comment on as many posts as I can of theirs.

Have you ever done a challenge like this? Will you maybe take part in this one?

Stay bookish, lovelies!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten First Books In New Series I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fine folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. They totally rock, so check them out!

This week’s topic was a bit of a wildcard – “10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List” is the official line. But, as it is a truth universally acknowledged that a bookworm in the middle of eleventy billion series will always find more to start… I thought I would tackle Top Ten First Books In New Series I’ve Recently Added To My TBR. These aren’t so much a top ten this week as the ten most recent. Click on the covers to go to the Goodreads page for the book.

In no particular order, as always!

(There are links to pre-order or purchase the books below. Bluestocking Bookworm may make a small commission from purchases made using these links. Thank you!)

 

          

The Sumage Solution by G.L. CarrigerAmazon | BookDepository
The Girl With The Red Balloon by Katherine LockeAmazon | BookDepository
Scion of the Fox by S.M. BeikoAmazon | BookDepository

          

All Systems Red by Martha WellsAmazon | BookDepository
Want by Cindy PonAmazon | BookDepository
Borrowed Souls by Chelsea MuellerAmazon | BookDepository

               

Roar by Cora CarmackAmazon | BookDepository 
Kojiki by Keith YatsuhashiAmazon | BookDepository
Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle PendergastAmazon | BookDepository 
The Shadow Cipher by Laura RubyAmazon | BookDepository


What books have you recently added to your TBR pile? Are you like me, drowning in new series? Or do you have a specific genre you keep in mind? Comment below, or link me up to your TTT!

Stay bookish, lovelies!

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Book Blogging 101: What is the FTC, and Why Should You Care?

Welcome to Book Blogging 101! Every Wednesday, I will be posting something new about being a beginner in this lovely world of book blogging.

Sorry about the one-day-lateness of this post. I was having some computer trouble.

This week’s topic is about the FTC, and what you need to know about it as a book blogger. Please note that I am not a lawyer and that this post does not constitute legal advice in any way. I am simply stating my interpretation of the guidelines, and nothing more.

What is the FTC

The FTC is the Federal Trade Commission, an independent arm of the US Government created for consumer protection and business transparency. We as book bloggers, are a part of the marketing plan for books, and as such, some of the FTC Act applies to us.

OK, so what does that mean for me?

The FTC website has a really thorough Q&A about endorsements. This is what we are doing as book bloggers. We are endorsing a product, and as we have been given the product for free, it is important to disclose that to our followers. While the FTC only has jurisdiction in the USA, and they aren’t actively monitoring bloggers, the FTC disclosure is a good practice to follow. It keeps the US-based publishers safe, and it keeps you accountable and showing integrity.

Wait, wait, wait. What the heck is an FTC disclosure?

This is the bit at the top of many blog posts and reviews that says “I received this book for free from [Publisher/Author Name] via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.” And that is all it needs to say! You need to clearly state that you received the book for free in return for your opinion on it.

Also know that the placement of your disclosure is important! The disclosure must be at the top of any and all applicable review posts. You can’t just put it in a footer or on a policy page, because that is confusing.

So, what about books I buy for myself?

Nope! You don’t need to disclose anything about books that you buy. You also don’t need to disclose anything about books from the library, but it might help boost your local library’s use if people know they have awesome books!

Anything else I need to know?

If you have any sort of affiliate links, you need to disclose that you will receive a commission from those purchases. Simple wording is fine.


I really hope this topic helped you out today! Did you learn something new about the FTC? Once again, this post is not any sort of legal advice, but simply my interpretation and opinions. Please feel free to comment below with any questions or just to say hi.

Stay bookish, lovelies!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated 2017 Releases

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fine folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. They totally rock, so check them out!

Today’s topic is Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Last Half of 2017 and let me tell you, I have a WHOLE LOT OF THEM. This year seems like it is going to be a great year for books. I had about 40 Goodreads tabs open, but I somehow narrowed it down. And, without further ado, I present to you my list! In chronological order this time. Click on the images to go to the Goodreads page.

Please note that I may make a small commission from the pre-order links below. Thanks!

          

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau – June 6 | Pre-Order

I have had this book on my radar for a while and I am SO EXCITED THAT IT IS OUT NEXT WEEK OMG. It is about twins and magic and I NEED IT NOW PRECIOUS!

Lost Boy by Christina Henry – July 4 | Pre-Order

I really love the Alice duology by Christina Henry. It is dark and twisted and pretty much my kind of book. And now she is doing another dark retelling, this time with Peter Pan. Sign me up!

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana – July 18th | Pre-Order

This has been on my radar for a few months. It is an #ownvoices fantasy novel based on Indian lore. The advance reviews seem to be raving about it, and I am so excited to read it.

          

Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor – September 12 | Pre-Order

If you haven’t read the first two books in the Binti series, what are you waiting for? These books are magical in the best way. They tackle issues of race and gender and culture in a fantasy world that is just so intricate. And the books are novellas, topping out at under 100 pages. I am so excited for book three you guys!

Warcross by Marie Lu – September 12 | Pre-Order

Marie Lu is a lovely author, and I really enjoyed the Legends series. I can’t wait to dive into her newest adventure!

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao – October 10 | Pre-Order

This is another book brought to my attention by Twitter and the push for reading more diversity. This is an East Asian inspired anti-heroine story, and it sounds so amazing.

               

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – October 3 | Pre-Order

I have heard so much hype about this book. And that cover!

Renegades by Marissa Meyer – November 7 | Pre-Order

OK, so I didn’t absolutely love the Cinder series, but I am also kind of Marissa Meyer trash. So this will probably be an auto-buy.

Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi – November 14 | Pre-Order

I didn’t love the Shatter Me series, but this sounds too good to pass up.

Artemis by Andy Weir – November 14 | Pre-Order

I absolutely loved The Martian, and I am so happy that he is writing more! I can’t wait to get my hands on this one! Is it November yet?


So, what books are you looking forward to that are coming out in 2017? I had a really hard time narrowing it down to ten, let me tell you! Leave a comment, or link me up to your TTT!

Stay bookish, lovelies!

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Book Blogging 101: Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging

Welcome to a new Bluestocking Bookworm feature, Book Blogging 101! Every Wednesday, I will be posting something new about being a beginner in this lovely world of book blogging.

Today’s topic is Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Book Blogging. I think this is a great place to start for new bloggers, because it might help them differentiate between what they think they know about the industry, and what it is actually like.

  1. It takes a lot of time. I started blogging as a teenager because I thought it was a fun thing to do. But in order to really make it work, you have to work at it. Not to mention that in book blogging, you also have to make time to read the books you are planning on reviewing.
  2. Review copies are not free books. This sounds really bad, but I admit that I had this attitude when I first started book blogging. If you think of review copies as free books, you are hurting your blog, the author, and the publisher.
  3. You need a thick skin. People can be very rude when they don’t share your opinions on books, and you need to be able to let that nonsense roll.
  4. Copyright is important. Don’t steal other people’s images, reviews, blurbs, memes, etc. Always give credit!
  5. You are going to be reinventing. A lot. And this is really great. Your image as a blogger, your graphics, your blog layout, and your post format are some examples of places where you will always be thinking of ways to change how you do things.
  6. You need to interact with other people in the industry. When people comment on your blog, comment back. Talk to industry professionals. Send that tweet to the author you love! I have really bad anxiety so sometimes this really wears on me, but I believe in you!
  7. You aren’t going to be rich or famous. You aren’t paid to be a book blogger, and the monetization options that exist generally net very little money.
  8. The way to your follower’s hearts (and to boost page views) is through original content.
  9. You need a vision for what you want your blog to do. You don’t need to stick to it 100%, but it makes it so much easier to blog when you have a plan.
  10. Book blogging is a bit of a misnomer. There are so many other creative endeavors that branch from book blogging.

I hope this helps you! Please comment and let me know what you think of my first foray into Book Blogging 101.

Stay bookish, lovelies!

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