The Liebster’s Award

Hello dear readers, I have a little bit of a treat for you today. I was tagged for the Liebster’s Award by the awesome Lauren at Lala’s Book Reviews. If you’re in need of more bookish content in your life, especially YA Books, her blog is the place to go.

There are a few rules that come with this award:

  • Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  • Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  • Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Questions I need to Answer:

Which author(s) continue to surprise you with their work?
Honestly I’d have to say Brandon Sanderson. He has yet to disappoint me, and the worlds that he builds are truly awe inspiring.

What is a book that you know like the back of your hand?
I don’t really know. I don’t often re-read books, but if I had to choose, it would be certain books in the Redwall series (Martin the Warrior, Mattimeo, etc.)

What bookish world captivated you to the point you wish you could live there?
Steelheart World (Brandon Sanderson). I think it would be cool to see some “superheroes” living an everyday life, but I think I’d have a superpower too which would be cool.

What is something that always brighten day?
My dog. Even on my worst days he always greets me with a happy smile.

What is go to drink at a coffee shop?
Hot Chocolate. Coffee is yucky.

Do you buy books for looks alone?
Usually not, but I have. I usually buy them based off their back-cover synopsis.

Are you a mood reader or do you plan out a monthly TBR?
I sort of just read whatever series I am in the mood for. I don’t read based off of how I feel, just what type of story I am looking for.

What are your top 3 upcoming releases?
Game of Thrones 6, Kingkiller 3 and Stormlight Archive 4. I can’t wait for my favourite fantasy series to come out. I need them NOW!

Are you up to date with the Shadowhunter world?
I am not up-to-date in the current Shadowhunter world. I was until the 6th book of the original series, but I haven’t kept up-to-date with it since then. I’ve also read the Clockwork trilogy as well!

What book do you own the most copies of?
The Illiad and the Odyssey. At one point I owned three different copies of each, but I have now dwindled it down to one of each.

What is your favorite bookish item to collect?
POP figures. I don’t have that many, but I have POP figures of my favourite Game of Thrones characters and I am slowly collecting all of the Straw Hat Pirates.


Nominating:

I am not nominating anyone, because a lot of the people that I would tag probably did this on their own.

If you see this post and you think to yourself “I wish people tagged me in one of these awards” then I am nominating you!

Answer the same questions I answered, I look forward to seeing your answers.

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Reviewing My Own Blog

Hello dear readers, sorry for the almost week break from giving you the content you crave every day. I figured with the holidays I would take a break from writing on my blog, give you all a break from reading whatever I wrote, and plan out what I want to do for the next little while.

The idea to review my own blog came to me just last night, and I really liked it. I think it’s a good chance for me to do a bit of soul searching and give you my honest opinions on what I think of On My Bookshelf.


If I had to be blunt about my opinions on my blog, I’d say I am not totally happy. I love writing the content, and interacting with people on my posts, but I am not happy with my level of commitment.

I want my life to focus a little more on my reading and writing. I want to pour more of my soul and myself into my writing for On My Bookshelf.

I too often find myself writing posts the day they go up, most times moments before they do.

I want to finish them early, giving myself plenty of time to make them better, instead of rushing just to get them out.

This is probably the biggest issue I have with myself/my blog. I know the writing could be more insightful, which I also plan on working towards, but I think giving myself more time to write will give me the chance to be more insightful.


I am extremely happy I started this blog, and I want it to grow, so 2020 is going to be the year I stick to my goals. I plan on doing everything in my power to reach those goals (which I will write about on Thursday) and make On My Bookshelf more succesful than it already is.

It won’t be easy, that I am sure about, but I want to test my commitment and see what I can do.


I’m also not impressed with how On My Bookshelf looks. I went through a re-design a few months ago, and initially I loved the new look, but the more and more I look at it, the more I realize it just doesn’t feel right.

It doesn’t give of the same feeling that I want it to, and it just doesn’t quite seem to fit.

I’ve only had my logo since late 2018, so I am not sure I will change it up just yet, but I definitely want a new look to the blog, and possibly a little “mascot” to go along with it.


I don’t want to get too deep into what I want to achieve for the blog in 2020, because that is more of my goals which will come on Thursday.

I don’t totally love On My Bookshelf, but I am getting there. I think little by little, if I keep changing things to see what works, I will eventually find the On My Bookshelf that I am happy with.

What Growing Your Blog Might Mean to You

Hello there fellow readers! Hope everything is going well for you. Today I am going to talk a bit about growing as a blogger.

This isn’t going to be specifically about book blogging, but a blog in general. I’ll talk a bit about what “growing” a blog might mean to you.

This post isn’t going to unlock any secrets of the universe for you, and you’ve likely heard at least some of it before, but sometimes a reminder is always nice.


Growing your blog can mean a few different things for you.

First off, you might not care how big your blog is, or how many people read it. You could just be using it as a journal or diary to get your thoughts written down.

If that is the case, then I commend your commitment. Sometimes all you need is to get your thoughts down and out of your head. I know that has been helpful for me in the past, and if that is your goal with your blog, I hope it helps you too.


In terms of actually growing your blog’s reach and impact, I find there is generally two different paths to take.

1. You want the blog to grow, but remain small.
2. You want the blog to grow, and keep growing.


You might just want your blog to grow bigger, but you’re not really looking to have anything that makes money or reach thousands of people.

You probably enjoy blogging because you get to talk about your passion, whether its travel, books, make-up, or dozens of other things people have blogs about.

That’s the way I look at my blog…it’s something I enjoy doing and it’s something that lets me pursue the things I am interested in…books, writing and reading. Without my blog I would probably be reading and writing a whole lot less than I am now.

Because of my blog, I get to keep my writing skills fresh and explore different books and creative ideas.

With this type of blogging, you probably won’t be making a lot of money, if any…but that’s not what you care about. Sure, there might be some opportunities to make money, whether it’s doing a brand deal or through advertisements, but you’re not doing it to put food on the table.

The biggest reason you’d want to grow your blog in this case is just for fun. You want to explore other people’s content, read what they wrote, and engage with people.

You want to talk about the things you are interested in with other people who are interested in them. It makes sense, and so growing your blog helps you reach more people.


On the other side of that coin, there is the desire to grow your blog to make money and become well-known.

You’re probably a lot more limited in what topics you cover. Book blogging, for example, probably won’t be paying your bills, but you might be able to mix book blogging in with other passions you have too.

I personally don’t know of any bloggers that make enough money that all they need to do is blog, but my circle is fairly limited.

There is an opportunity to make good money through blogging though. Working with certain brands of companies can pay off very well if you are able to review some of their products, restaurants are always looking for positive reviews of their establishments, and I know video game reviews are fairly popular too.

In this case, you are probably a little less interested in establishing relationships and talking to people about your topic, but you don’t want to exclude that entirely. It is important to engage with audiences and people in the same field as you, but you’re more focused on the opportunities you can take advantage of.

The main goal is the numbers. You want to see the money you’re making, and you want the numbers to grow.


There is no right or wrong answer of how you want to grow your blog. There’s no scientific method on how to make your blog grow faster than others.

Next week I will go over some of the tools you can utilize when it comes to growing your blog.

They’re easy to use and access, and you probably already have experience with them in your regular routine.

Why I Took A Break

Like I mentioned in my review of the Drum Island Arc on Monday, I took several weeks off from the blog during the month of October, despite having several blog series ongoing.

There were a few reasons that I’ll get in to as to why I took a break, but I guess I should ket you know first that I am perfectly alright and there is nothing to worry about.

The biggest reason that I took the time off is because I wanted a break. Things at work, and home, and my social life were getting rather busy, and I felt that when I was writing my posts I was rushing through them and not really enjoying them.

I was mainly writing them just to get a post online and I wasn’t actually looking forward to writing every day like I wanted to be.

That’s the biggest reason I wanted to keep going with the blog, so that I could enjoy whatever I was posting.

I figured taking some time off and refreshing myself from the blog was a good idea for me, and for my content.

The second reason I took some time off from the blog, is because I couldn’t keep up with the goals I had planned for myself.

If you weren’t aware, I had set the goal of watching a scary movie every day in the month of October. At first I was able to keep up with this. Pretty much every day I would watch a scary movie before bed, and anything I was too tired to finish I would finish the next morning before work.

This worked out for about a week, but then I’d miss a movie for one of many reasons, and then another, and then another, till I was a week behind and couldn’t find the time to catch up at all.

I am a bit upset with myself for setting this goal but not sticking with it, but more important things in life were coming up and they took priority over watching scary movies.

The third reason, despite not really being a reason, is that I’ve been trying out new looks for the blog to make it look more like I want it to. This hasn’t necessarily taken away from my writing, but it has taken up some of my time that I would normally dedicate to writing posts.

The new blog format isn’t out yet because i am still finishing some final touches on it, but it will hopefully be out soon.

Anyways, thats the gist of why I was absent for a few weeks. I plan on coming back into the full swing of things over the next week or so, and I am looking forward to finding new blogs to follow and the new projects I want to begin.

Wheel of Time Wednesdays: Script Read Through.

A few weeks ago the cast of the upcoming Wheel of Time TV show did a read through of the script.

Today, a short video was released.

Hope you enjoy!

100 WordPress Followers!!!

It’s been just over a year since I started this blog, but I have finally hit 100 WordPress followers.

I actually hit the milestone a few weeks ago, but I never had the time on Thursdays to write about it.

Finally I have found the time.

I am very proud of myself for keeping up with my blog for an entire year. There were a few times where I thought about quitting, but ultimately I enjoy it too much to give it up.

I like making the time to write posts for you guys. I am far from the biggest blog out there. One of the blogs I follow just hit the 11,000 milestone, but ultimately I am on my way to get there.

I have seen plenty of other blogs start after me, and reach the 100 followers much quicker, but there are many reasons for that I will not get into. Ultimately I am happy I have finally reached that mark, which was one of the goals I had set for myself in 2019.

I am genuinely surprised that I have 100 people that follow my blog. I am terribly sorry for all of those who get the notifications or read through my content, but thank you at the same time.

Honestly, without all of you guys I probably wouldn’t still be doing this. Being busy with life means I can’t dedicate my life to this blog, but seeing the slow and steady climb in followers has been a real boost when making my posts.

I’m not sure I will ever make the 11,000 follower milestone like other blogs I have seen, but I have accepted that reality.

I also took a look at making some money from runnign this blog, and I’ve seen a few opportunities to be able to do that, but I don’t expect this to pay the bills any time soon.

For now, it’s something that I enjoy doing, and it’s something that helps keep me sane through the day.

Words cannot express how thankful I am for all of you that read my posts. You must be crazy if you keep coming back, but I am thankful nonetheless.

So, from the bottom of my book filled heart, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

Top 10 Book Bloggers I Follow

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday was supposed to be the Top 10 Things that I eat/drink while reading.

This kind of confused me because I’ve never met anyone who has foods/drinks while reading consistently enough to be considered reading snacks or drinks, but maybe that’s just me.

I might have a cup of hot chocolate, or maybe a bowl of pretzels nearby, but even that’s maybe once a month.

Since this week’s topic doesn’t apply to me, and I wanted to give you something interesting, I figured I’d give you a different Top 10 that might interest you.

This week I am going to give you 10 different bloggers that I read and follow that consider themselves in the “book blogger” category.

They aren’t in order of least to most favourite, or vice versa. I’m just putting them in the list in the order I find them in my notifications.


Past Midnight

Yolanda, creator of Past Midnight  is writing with a long-lasting love of books and reading. She’s a mother of two, and has worked many jobs, until she finally found herself as a stay at home mom and a great book blogger to boot.

If you like romance or YA books I definitely recommend checking her blog out, but don’t be surprised with a review of a different genre now and then.


The Geekish Brunette

Joanna is a fantastic book blogger who originally had her content just on Goodreads and Instagram. Lucky for us she decided to make The Geekish Brunette where we get both book reviews and other great book-related content.


Belle of the Library

Holly, the creator of Belle of the Library has never quite grown out of her love for YA books. If you’re a YA lover her blog is the place to go, and keep an eye out for the book that she is working on!


The Bibliophagist

Book reviews, book tags, and plenty of other book related posts. Sarah (the first of many Sarahs on this list) somehow has time for all this awesome content. She’s been around on one platform or another since 2013 and has covered over 700 books. If romance is your go-to genre, The Bibliophagist is the place to end up.


Hamlets and Hyperspace

Sarah #2 of my list loves books, but if you get in between her and a book about Vikings just watch out. She’s mainly a Kindle reader, but will buy the books that she loves in a hard copy. Fantasy and Sci-Fi are her two most reviewed genres, with a few graphic novels mixed in now and then.

She does like Sharknado movies though…so if you can forgive her for that Hamlets and Hyperspace is definitely worth the time to read through. She’s been an awesome friend in the book blogging world and she was my first ever guest poster!


Ashes Books and Bobs

Ashley, the mind and words behind Ashes, Books, and Bobs has been a book blogger for about three years. She prides herself on giving her honest opinion at all times.

Of all the bloggers I follow she has definitely reviewed the most books that I have never heard of, which is so refreshing to see new books out there I haven’t heard of.


The Library at Woodring Estate

Sarah #3 on my list is a special collections librarian in the Midwest. I am a lifelong reader, occasional blogger, full time dog mom, and lover of all baked goods.

Honestly I don’t even know how to describe her blog other than the word warm. Might sound weird but whenever I read her posts I just sort of feel content and happy, like it’s the right place to be. I’m comfortable.


Chocolate’n’Waffles

Meggy thought it would be a good idea to write her About Page in third person, but we still like her blog anyways.

She calls herself a ” Grammar Terror” and I’m a little scared to put that to the test. She loves tea, chocolate and waffles, as well as making great blog posts about some great books.


Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub

Romance, Erotica, Westerns, and plenty of other genres. The Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub covers a lot of the lesser read genres, and it’s hard to stop reading her posts.

She won’t shy away from negative reviews if they are needed, but she stays respectful the whole time.


Welcome to MarieMcWilliams.com

Marie is an aspiring writer, and wants to share that love with others. She is a self confessed book worm and nerd and would probably prefer to spend her days reading and writing.

With some book reviews, and some original pieces written by Marie herself, there’s always something interesting to read on Marie’s blog.


What other book bloggers do you guys read? I love discovering new bloggers to get an idea of what people are reading and reviewing. Let me know in the comments.