Welcome to the New Year! Last year was rough and this year might be too. So, I thought I would help you, a fellow bookworm, with tips for the New Year. I and a few other bloggers are giving out top tips to you to boost your spirits. I hope at least one of these tips help you!! Below are some awesome bloggers so share some love and check out their blogs too. You like reading so I guarantee you will like their blogs too.
My biggest tip for readers would be to read for fun. I often find myself chastising myself for watching tv instead of reading, or even sometimes I’ll chastise myself for cross-stitching instead of reading, which is another one of my favorite hobbies. The point in this is to say: reading should be fun. It should not feel like a job or a task because at that point, you’ve lost the reasoning for why you’re a reader anyway.
It is okay not to read every single day, and it is okay not to read 3 books in a week just because you’ve done it before. Sometimes, I lose myself trying to reach a certain goal instead of just enjoying the books in front of me. So, slow down, enjoy, and just have fun with it. 🙂
About Katelyn Dickenson
My name is Katelyn. I am 26 years old. I am from Alabama (Roll Tide!), and I am working full time as a Labor and Delivery Nurse. I’m recently engaged, planning a wedding with my favorite man! I am obsessed with all things book-related, Disney, and Harry Potter. My favorite things to read are Young Adult Fiction and YA Fantasy, YA and New Adult Contemporary. I also enjoy science fiction and historical fiction occasionally as well! There really is no genre that I just won’t read, so I am open and encouraging myself to read more than just YA.
PortoBello Book Blog
Tip 1 – if you have enjoyed a book, please, please, please leave a review. It’s so important to authors to hear from their readers. You can shout about a book on Twitter, Facebook, or any social media. You can leave a review on Amazon, GoodReads, or various bookshop websites even if you didn’t buy from there.
You don’t need to write a big essay, just a few words saying what you liked about the book will be so appreciated by the author and the bookseller too. The more other readers can hear about a book and how much you’ve loved it, the more likely they are to buy a copy themselves. So it’s a win-win for the author and booksellers.
Tip 2 – I already have quite a few books on my radar for 2021 and one I am particularly looking forward to is The House Beneath the Cliffs by Sharon Gosling. It’s published by Simon and Schuster and due to be published in April.
It has such a gorgeous cover and I love the sound of it with its mix of food and friendship, secrets and second chances. Sounds just like my kind of thing. And since I live beside the sea in Scotland myself, although not beneath a cliff, the setting really appeals too.
I’m Joanne and I’m passionate about reading! I enjoy a wide variety of books but would say my favourite genres are contemporary fiction or thrillers and I also enjoy a good love story. I love hearing about what others are reading and look forward to sharing what I am reading.
I am a member of two book groups plus the wonderful Book Connectors on Facebook so have plenty of people offering inspiration about what new books to read. And plenty of people to share details of what I’ve been reading. I review for Lovereading and Netgalley, as well as sharing my reviews on Amazon, GoodReads, Twitter and Facebook.
Confessions of a Literary Addict
My tip might seem obvious, but I’d say it’s a good idea to make your goals relatively simple and don’t make goals you’re not super excited to complete. I’ve made them too complicated in the past and ended up burning out on completing them, and it wasn’t any fun for me. You can always expand on the goal later if you complete it quickly!
Like many kids in my generation, my parents refused to allow me to use my real name when browsing the glorious deathtrap that is the internet, and, thus, when asked by fellow Neopets users what I should be called, I referred to my username and was christened Nova. The name stuck, though the username didn’t, and here we are. I go by either, but online still scribe via Nova.
I enjoy wasting time with a good book, drinking far too much coffee than is probably necessary, and talking about my cat (Harley) endlessly.
I find interest in a variety of things and have been exploring around with questionable results. My blog reflects my life as it goes, and will include (but is not limited to) posts about books and readathons, my makeup finds and fails, and my cosplay adventures.
Brazen Babe Reviews
My tips for bloggers are mainly two things that I learned this year and they are:
- Stay consistent with your blog (if you have one): I noticed that when I posted more constantly, my clicks went up. I tried to at least post twice a week even though 2020 has been a literal mess, lols. Scheduling posts are the best thing to do especially if your personal life is extremely busy. Also, try to have more than just a blog, maybe start that podcast or youtube channel you always wanted to try. Cross-post as much as necessary but if you aren’t, let your followers know where else they can find you.
- Run your space the way you want. It’s easy to get caught up in what’s popular and trending. You will easily forget why you started doing the thing you loved so much, blogger burn-out is for real. However, I feel like with this pandemic; people are looking for more authentic content and it’s becoming really sparse. People will want you to review a certain way or youtube a certain way or podcast a certain way. Do what is right for you. As long as it’s done respectfully and doesn’t harm others, run a space that fits YOU. Fitting in with the cool kids is overrated, be yourself.
About Sharonda Isadora
Currently, I’m a grump and I love it. lols. Peace with my body, mind, and spirit is my forever goal. Simply, don’t mess with me or mine and we will have no problems. If I’m not reading, I’m attempting to journal (scatterbrained at times), coming up with ways to get AND stay healthy…issa struggle.
But mostly, I’m trying to find new anime and k-drama’s to watch. I’m pretty nice although I’m not much of a talker. I started blogging like most to share my love of reading, then other things started getting posted here. Not sure how long I will keep this going but for now, it’s here to stay.
I’m Sharonda Isadora, Owner and Blogger at Brazen Babe Reviews. You can find me around the interwebs at:
Ella’s Book Corner
Hello readers!! First I’d like to thank Alexis for giving me a spot in this post! Now, the new year may seem a bit daunting and it may make you feel obligated to make these crazy goals like read hundreds of books, finish x amount of series. But here’s my biggest tip for you all: don’t make reading a job a task or something you have to do! Keep it as a hobby, something that you enjoy doing.
Whether it be to connect with your creative side, your imagination, or to take an hour or two to relax. Making reading an obligation can slump you quicker than you think. Smaller goals are your friend. Trust me you’ll thank yourself at the end of the year for not pushing yourself to sprint and read over what you can achieve. Just remember that reading is always first a hobby and the idea is that you should use it as an outlet to escape from reality. So don’t pressure yourself into reading, sure push yourself a little, but don’t overdo it, it can do more harm than good.
My name is Ella, book blogging from Uruguay! I’m currently a uni student majoring in psychology, I like to read across all genres but love Thriller, Romance, and Fantasy the most. On my blog you’ll find, reviews, book recs, rambles about certain topics such as dnfs, being a slow reader, and what it’s like to be a Latina reader in this community!
Purple Shelf Club
Lastly is my tip to you! Live in the moment and try to make one of your new year’s resolutions to stop worrying about the things you can’t control. For example, you can control how many books you read, what you eat, and when you get up and go to sleep. You can’t control what others think of you, the traffic on the highway, or your work schedule. So, start with the things you can control.
Since this is a book blog, I will give you an applicable tip for reading books. Let’s say you want to read 20 books this year. You can control when you read and the noise level around you (for the most part). You can’t control unexpected events that prevent you from reading. You can’t control when you feel like reading or when you don’t feel like reading. So don’t pressure yourself to read.
Create a note on your phone, or put a list on your fridge and number it to 20 (or whatever your goal is). Every time you finish a book, write it down. That way you can see how far you’ve come throughout the year.
PRO TIP: Give yourself a reward for mini-goals. Every time you finish, let’s say 5 books, give yourself a reward. This could be buying a book from your TBR list, or even a bookmark or bookshelf decoration. Giving yourself mini rewards will encourage you to meet your goal!
Let’s Talk About It!
Today is a new day in a new year. I and a few other bloggers have given you tips for the new year that will hopefully boost your spirits and encourage you! So, what tip are you going to put into action?
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