Armchair Book Expo Introductions
- I am . . . a whole heck of a lot of things and these open ended things are never easy for me. I am a reader. I am a mom. I am a wife. I am a blogger. I am a full-time working mom who reads on her commute to stay sane. Lots of things else I’m sure.
- Currently . . . eating lunch at work, that’s when I do most of my blogging
- I love . . . A wonderful book that takes the stress out of traffic and grips me and makes me love the characters
- My favorite . . . color is purple. I don’t have a favorite book.
- My least favorite . . . hour of the day is wake up hour haha
- My current read . . . is a recent SYNC audiobook download freebie, Feed.
- My summer plans . . . are not special as I work full-time. But we are moving sometime before fall so that counts as summer plans, I guess
- My buddy . . . is my kitty cat who loves to purr on my lap
- My blog/channel/social media . . . is on the sidebar 😉
- The best . . . snack has chocolate
- I am . . . a reader, most importantly. Though, a reader with a full-time job that constantly gets in the way of my desire to be reading!
- Currently . . . catching up on blog posts, putting off reading the THREE BOOKS I need to review in the next two weeks. Maybe if I don’t think about that, the books will magically review themselves.
- I love . . . a book that has all the genres in one. Some romance. Some action\adventure. Some mystery. One stop shop for books.
- My favorite . . . book depends on my mood and that last book I finished. In this case, The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly. Or my default answer is Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.
- My least favorite . . . Poetry. I just don’t understand it.
- My current read . . . See above re: Four Legendary Kingdoms. Like Julie, I’m also listening an audiobook from SYNC, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and starting Roar, Cora Carmack’s new YA Fantasy.
- My summer plans . . . Work. And avoiding the scorching Texas sun. Though, I am planning a trip to Schlitterbahn. Because I’m an adult and can do what I want.
- My buddy . . . is my TV. It’s always on in the background. Even if I’m not paying it any attention.
- My blog/channel/social media . . . ditto to the sidebar.
- The best . . . way to motivate myself to exercise is knowing I have a good audiobook to listen to while on the treadmill.
Best Practices in the Online Book Community:
Let’s talk about our best practices within the book community. This can range from time management to the use of social media to even ethical obligations.
This is such a broad topic and could turn into a really long post if we want it to. I’m going to list out some of the best practices that come to mind immediately when I think about book blogging.
- Piracy – an issue and quite widespread. As book bloggers, it is our duty to obtain books in an ethical manner and encourage our readers to do the same.
- ARCs – we shouldn’t request ALL THE ARCS if we don’t have time to read them. This is something I learned a few years ago when I went Netgalley happy, and before I realized there was just no way to actually read all the books in the world.
- Honest reviews – we owe it to readers in the world to share an honest review of books in a professional manner. We shouldn’t lie or hype up a bad book, but we also shouldn’t bash books we didn’t enjoy either.
For me, the best blogging practices include:
- Plan and schedule ahead of time. I’m a planner in all aspects of my life. And whereas being able to plan ahead may not always work out for me, it’s easier for me to blog on the weekend. There aren’t enough hours during the weekdays for me to do everything I want to do.
- If you don’t like a book, don’t take that out on the author personally. There is never a reason to attack someone on social media. If you wouldn’t say it to someone in person, don’t post it.
- Don’t judge other people or bloggers for what they read or what they think of a book. We blog to get the word out on books we’ve read, whether we liked the books or not. Just be glad people are reading. No matter what they decide to read.