5 Bloggers You’ll Want to Follow

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I decided to share some bloggers that I have enjoyed reading lately. Whether they’ve inspired me, or have some great content that has helped me, these 10 Bloggers are a great addition to the blogging world!

And please dear readers, stay safe and stay connected with your loved ones.

If you have any other great bloggers, please share them in the comments, or send me their social medias.
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Ren – A Bookish Balance

Not only is Ren a Canadian blogger, which makes her that much cooler, but she also has a gorgeous blog layout, some amazing pictures throughout her site, and writing skills any blogger should strive for.

She manages to sum up a book’s review in just a few short sentences, and she covers such unique books, I am sure she has something that everyone will love.

Looking at Ren’s blog is so peaceful. The colors flow nicely, her design skills are second to none, and I’m not even sure how to compliment her Instagram feed.

Some of my favourite posts on A Bookish Balance:
Mini Reviews: The Adventures of Pinocchio, The Picture of Dorian Gray, & Heidi
Mini Reviews: Miss Understanding, Whistleblower, & Stardust
Mini Reviews: Marriage of Convenience, The Love Prison Made and Unmade, & The Wallflower Wager


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New Lune

New Lune is a great resource for any blogger, especially if you are just starting out. She offers great resources, insights coming from personal experience, as well as some great resources and articles from a variety of different genres.

Her resources have been helpful to me and many other bloggers, and her website design is clean and effective.

Some of my favourite posts on New Lune:
How To Establish A Strong Social Media Presence
7 Apps To Download When You Are Bored
5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging


Joanna – The Geekish Brunette

Back to the book world, Joanna seems to live and breathe books. She is constantly coming out with insightful book reviews, unboxings, and other bookish content.

I have been following her blog since I started blogging, and it has been worth every second of it. If there is one book blogger out there that you need to follow, its Joanna.

She has all the content a book blogger could think of and more. Her posts have constantly given me ideas and inspiration, and I’m sure others can say the same.

Some of my favourite posts on The Geekish Brunette:
Book Review: Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson
Manga Review: Yona of the Dawn Vol. 24 by Mizuho Kusanagi
Book Review: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia #5) by C.S. Lewis


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Kat – Kbookreviews

Kat is the nicest blogger I have ever met. She is always willing to help another blogger out, and does it with a smile on her face.

She posts great book reviews and book tags, and never shies away from participating in a blog tour.

Kat has been an amazing help to me and my blog in the last few months, and I can always trust her to recommend a great read. She always knows just what book you’ll enjoy reading. Your wallet won’t thank you though, but your reading habits will.

Some of my favourite posts on Kbookreviews:
Book Review: The Fallen Angel (The Great Devil War #5), by Kenneth B Andersen
Book Review: The Lies Of Locke Lamora (The Gentleman Bastards #1), by Scott Lynch
Book Review: Legacy Of Ash (Legacy Trilogy #1), by Matthew Ward.


Sophia Ismaa

Sophia is absolutely brilliant, one of the most in-depth reviewers I have seen, and one of the best people.

She doesn’t always post book reviews though. She has such an amazing perspective on all things bookish and constantly comes up with eye opening articles on current events and their representation in literature, and her blog is a MUST to follow if you consider yourself a good and intelligent person.

Some of my favourite posts on Sophia Ismaa:
Why the Sansa vs Daenerys Feud is not Anti-Feminist
Milestone – My Writing is being Performed on Stage by Young Muslim Voices
Thoughts on the Various Reactions to Daenerys Burning Down King’s Landing


These bloggers are absolutely amazing, and deserve more love than I can give them.

If you have other great bloggers that people need to follow, or you also follow these bloggers and want to spread some love, please do so in the comments, or send them a message on social media!
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Top 5 Worst Rulers in Literature

Hello dear readers, I am back for another Top 5 Tuesday, which is hosted by Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic is the top five worst rulers in literature. I took the term “ruler” rather loosely, and sort of included anyone with a decent amount of power over other people.

What are terrible leaders from literature that you know of? Let me know in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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Let’s check out the list!


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Joffrey Baratheon – Game of Thrones

This provably seems like a pretty obvious choice. He was a terrible ruler that really only used his power for his own gain. He is a sadistic, cowardice monster that failed as a ruler time and time again.


Dumbledore – Harry Potter Series

Though he inspired many to follow him against Voldemort, I don’t think Dumbledore is a good ruler at all. He trusts none of his followers with important information, and because of that, almost makes it impossible for them to destroy Voldemort after his death.


Katniss – Hunger Games

The idea of Katniss = inspired an army. Katniss’ abilities = near useless and unordinary. She didn’t do much other than just inspire the army to overthrow the government. All she could really do was shoot a bow.


Noah – The Girl Who Found the Sun

Unwilling to analyze obvious information and was willing to let small children die because of poor leadership decisions. He was the leader of the arc, but he was willing to watch them all die without exploring every option of survival.


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Emperor Palpatine – Star Wars

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. The most powerful Sith Lord we’ve ever seen should not lost to a young twenty year old brand new Jedi. Sure he manipulated the events of the clone wars, but he’s terrible his own execution apparently.


What are other terrible leaders from literature that I missed? Let me know in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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Bookish Habits that I am Guilty of

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Hello dear readers, I come to you with another Top 5 Tuesday list, this time all about some bookish habits that I have. Top 5 Tuesdays are hosted over at Bionic Book Worm, and you definitely need to check out her blog if you love books.

Some habits are probably things that a lot of book readers do, and some might be more specific to me.

Bringing my Book EVERYWHERE

Almost everywhere I go, I have a book with me. Whether it’s to work, hanging out with friends, or even waiting on the elevator on the way to take my dog for a walk I have a book with me. Short bursts of reading actually gets a lot done if you do it often enough.


Multiple Books on the go

I have gotten much better at this in the last few years, but I tend to have two or three books and a manga or two going on at the same time. Usually they’re of different genres, but I usually jump back and forth now and then to keep things interesting.


Bad Book Buying Habits

I think all book lovers can appreciate this one, but if you leave me alone in a book store, I ALWAYS come out with a book or two. I’ve actually had my girlfriend drag me out of the store to prevent me from buying something.


Progress Bookmarks

I like to see the progress that I make when I am reading, so I like to have two bookmarks in my books. The first is where I started at the beginning of the day, or week and the second is where I am currently. It’s nice seeing big chunks of the book being finished a time.


Spoiler Free

You can’t spoil a book for me more than I do myself. As soon as I am hooked, I am searching on the internet for what comes next, what happens to the characters in the end, who gets what sort of magical powers. That doesn’t ruin the story for me either, because it is the adventure that we go on that I really enjoy.


What are some of your bookish habits? I know we probably share one or two, but I want to hear about what weird things you might do when it comes to books.
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Books That Blew My Mind (No, Not Literally)

Hello ladies and gentlefolk, welcome to yet another Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by the one and only, Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is five books that exceeded my expectations.

If you don’t already, please check Bionic Book Worm for some terrific Top 5 Tuesday ideas, and posts in general.

Fault in Our Stars

Like I mentioned in the review, The Fault in our Stars really blew me away on how it hit my soul. I did not expect it to connect with me or make me feel the way it did.


Bullets, Teeth & Fists 3

I had never really opened a gory book, or at least one that was gory for the sake of gore, but when I opened up BT&F, I was blown away that I didn’t hate it. I enjoyed reading it, and didn’t find it out of place at all. It has definitely made me want to read the first two.


Wheel of Time

Before WoT, the longest fantasy series I had ever read was probably Harry Potter, and that was nowhere near as intense. WoT opened my eyes to what a fantasy world could really be, and I’d probably say it opened the gateway to my true love of fantasy books.


Stormlight Archive

There have been three books released in this series so far, and all three have literally made me cheer out loud in public places. They are truly brilliant pieces of literature, and I am checking at least once a week on when the next one will come out.


Devil in the White City

To be honest this book is probably the one that blew my mind the most. I wasn’t cheering or jumping up and down in excitement, but I was definitely hooked. I didn’t think I’d be more interested in the story of an architect more than the story of a serial killer.

What are some books that blew your mind, you know there’s at least a few!
Let’s talk about them in the comments or on social media!
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Top 10 Tuesday: Bookish Discoveries of 2019

Hello dear readers, and welcome back to another round of Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s Top Ten list is all about Bookish things I discovered in 2019…so I hope you enjoy.

#1 Brandon Sanderson

I didn’t technically discover Sanderson in 2019, but I think I fell in love with him in 2019. I had read a handful of his works before, but I really found out how good of an author he really is. 2019 was a great chance for me to read some of the Mistborn series…and I can’t wait to read them in 2020, along with his new Starlight Archive book.


#2 Ink to Film

This is a podcast I found near the end of 2019, but it has been bumped up my list to be my next listen to. The first episode I listened to had me hooked from the start, and I like the varying perspectives of the same story. If you like books and their film adaptations, this podcast is definitely worth the time to listen to it.


#3 Fictional

The second of two podcasts on this list, and one for the classic literature lovers. This podcasts takes books, and gives them a modern telling. I like hearing the modern day versions of some classic stories. It’s sort of like Myths and Legends…but for books!


#4 Blog Tours

I got to be a part of my first Blog Tour near the end of 2019, and I was quickly looking for more. They’re a good opportunity to reach out to other bloggers and read their perspectives of the same book that you read.


#5 Dungeons and Dragons

Not necessarily a book, but I am counting it on this list. Dungeons and Dragons has been so much fun, for the little bit of playing that I have done. If you’ve played it before, then you know how much fun it can be.


#6 Audiobooks

I only tapped into the audio-book market this year, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it all. I loved how immersed into the story I felt, and even when I felt like I wasn’t listening, I was still absorbing the whole story.


#7 My Book

Not much has come out of this yet…but it all started in 2019. That’s when I came up with the idea of the story I wanted to write, and that’s when I came up with the determination to see it through to the end.


#8 Speechify

Speechify is this really awesome text to speech app I discovered. I can’t afford an Audible subscription right now, but I have a few book-tours ongoing, and since I find myself in short supply of reading time, Speechify can read PDF documents out loud, which has helped me finish a few books already.


#9 Short Stories

Not something I discovered in 2019, but something I found a new appreciation for. I actually generally enjoy short stories more than some full-length pieces simply because they are shorter, and often have interesting endings to them.


#10 Ten Games to Play in Your Head by Yourself

A book I got for Christmas, and one I have not yet cracked open. I keep hearing better and better things about this book, and I can’t wait till I have the time to read through it.


What are some bookish discoveries you made in 2019? Let’s talk about them in the comments, or on social media!
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5 Books I Got For Christmas

Hello again dear readers, and Happy Holidays to everyone celebrating out there. I hope you had fun times with your family, or by yourself. I know my holidays were filled with food, not a lot of sleep, and a lot of laughs.

As a self-proclaimed bibliophile, you can bet I ask for books for the holidays. I didn’t actually receive too many, which is good, but I did receive a couple and some gift cards to buy some…so I thought I would share them with you today.


The Alloy of Law

A Mistborn Novel, and the first book in the second Mistborn series. I am excited to jump further into the world and read more Brandon Sanderson…he is my favourite author at the moment.

The Wizard’s First Rule

I have heard of Terry Goodkind before, but I have never had the chance to read him yet. What better way to get to know an author than by reading the first book in a large series of his?

10 Games to Play in Your Head by Yourself

I AM SO EXCITED TO BE LOST IN MY HEAD PLAYING A BUNCH OF GAMES ON MY OWN. I love finding ways to pass the time, and I hear this book is great at doing this.

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek

Honestly, I am not sure what to expect from this book, so I am setting my expectations low so I am not disappointed. It’s apparently based off of true stories, so I hope its worth the read.

Fahrenheit 451

A classic if there ever was one. My girlfriend picked this out for me because it was the 60th anniversary edition. I got a poster with 100 books every reader should read in their lifetime and Fahrenheit 451 is in this list

Top 5 Tuesday: DEAR SANTA – I WOULD LIKE THESE 5 BOOKS!

This week’s Top 5 Tuesday comes from the one and only, Bionic Book Worm. This is the last Top 5 Tuesday of the year, and the topic is 5 books that I want to find under the tree.


Mistborn – Wax and Wayne Series

I bought myself the original Misborn Trilogy some time ago, and fell in love after the first book. I’m in the process of finishing the original trilogy, and would love to see a book or two from the second series under my tree.


The Rhythm of War

Though not technically released yet, I have heard that the fourth book in the Stormlight Archive’s series can be pre-ordered for its’ 2020 release. It is probably my favourite series right now, so if Santa didn’t get this for me, you can bet I’ll get it for myself.


10 Games to Play in Your Head by Yourself

I heard about this book through a YouTube channel that I watch, and it sounded like a really interesting concept. It’s supposed to help you pass the time, so I thought it would be perfect for me.


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The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek

Good Mythical Morning is one of my favourite YouTube channels to watch, and the two hosts Rhett and Link wrote a book together, so of course I want to get my hands on it to read it!


Surprise Me!

I have actually received a few books that were given to me that I didn’t ask for, and I have enjoyed them quite a bit. Just because its not on my list, doesn’t mean I won’t like it. Some times a random book will be a terrific find.


What are some of the books you want to find under your tree this Christmas? Let me know in the comments.