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Happy Early Valentine's Day And Reading Update!

Hello! This year has been insanely busy for me! It’s both good and bad at the same time. I’ve gotten a lot of reading done, but I still feel like I’m very behind. I have high hopes that I will remain caught up and take a huge chunk out of my back-list here soon. I hope everybody has been reading amazing books! I’m behind on reading blogs, but I will catch up on that too!

I’ve been rearranging things to figure out what works best for me. I stopped doing the daily page counts. I’m still adjusting. When you get used to doing something for so long, it’s weird to just not do it anymore. If it remains something that makes me uncomfortable, I may put the page count back in action. We all have our quirks.

I’ve also taken off the schedule. I don’t mind having a scheduled blog, but I was feeling pressured to post specific things at specific times. I’m a free spirit when it comes to planning. Don’t get me wrong. I try to keep routines going. But most of my routine is trial and error. It’s seeing what sticks and what doesn’t fit. I’m considering at least doing a book haul blog every Friday. If this is something you’d like to see, let me know.

I will make it a point to post a personal blog post every day from here on. I will browse daily memes. I actually am putting strong consideration into keeping up with the WWW Wednesday blogs. Those were very fun to make and I feel like it gave me more accountability on my reading. If there are any recommendations, please feel free to leave them in the comments.

Lastly, I’m strongly considering starting making TikTok videos. I’m not fully sure yet. I’ll definitely keep everybody that’s interested updated if I do. My main plan is to do book reviews. I’m considering doing lip syncs too. It seems like a lot of fun. And quite frankly, I spend a lot of time on the app, might as well make a use of it! Haha! If you don’t already, please follow me on my social media. The links are posted on the right. I follow anybody who follows me! I do that here too!

Have a great rest of the week!

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Willow’s Book Chat: Series VS Stand Alone

All book lovers have preferences. Some prefer a certain genre to other genres. Some prefer a specific point of view over others. Some prefer to read books that come in a series over stand-alone. Most of us will read out of our comfort zone and dab into everything anyways.

Today I’d like to talk about book series and book stand-alone novels. They both have their benefits. I used to not see it that way. I used to only read books that were in a series. I was a horrible book snob. Once I fully embraced the book community and all that it had to offer, my point of view changed. I will always prefer book series to stand alone novels, but I do enjoy stand alone novels now.

Reading a book series has many advantages. To start with, you have more than one book in order to read all about the characters and their world. To me, book series are like television series. You get to digest a little part of the story with each book. You can even binge read a series if you’d like. I guess length of series does need to be taken into account. I personally don’t mind how long a series goes on as long as it stays consistent. If it’s obvious that the series has come to its end, please end it. Other than that, the series can have 50 books and I’m cool with it. I’m sure this is a pretty unpopular opinion.

Now, I’m not an expert at stand alone novels. I don’t really read much of them. I do read them though. I can say that the stories are amazing. I can see the point that there are some stories that are meant to be told, but not in a series. The point of the story can be wrapped up in one nice little book. I do wonder if some books can be broken down. The first book that comes to mind is Gone With The Wind. Would it have been better as a duology? Or is it good as it is? I see stand alone novels as a movie of sorts.

In the end, both book series and stand alone novels are to give us book lovers a story to love and gush over. They are meant to entertain us and tell us a story. In some cases, they are intended to tell us several stories. I just recently discovered book series that are a collection of stand-alone novels that take place in the same world. I thought I’d hate that, but it’s really refreshing.

What are your thoughts on both? What are your preferences? When do you feel an author should stop writing in a series? When do you feel a stand alone novel should be turned into a series? What are your thoughts on duologies and trilogies?

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Willow’s Book Chat: Book Reviews

It would seem this would be a pretty straight forward topic, but it’s not. Well, not entirely anyway. There are many factors that can be talked about when it comes to reviews. The types of reviews. The authenticity of reviews. The amount of reviews.

Types Of Reviews

If there’s anything I’ve noticed is that nobody reviews the same way. There are all different ways to review. I used to feel embarrassed of my reviews. I thought that they were stupid and very juvenile. I’d see these elaborate reviews that I loved. It discouraged me greatly.

After awhile, I learned that I am writing the way I’m comfortable with. I’m getting the point across in a way that fits for me. That’s what matters in my opinion. As long as you’re reviewing the book and giving your honest opinion, you’re helping the author. Right?

Review Authenticity

I read a lot more reviews than I used to. Some reviews just make me so angry. It’s so obvious that they aren’t authentic. And the sad part is, people take their review seriously. That takes away a potential reader. I once read a review that gave a book a 1 Star Rating. The review stated that they didn’t read the book because the cover model looked like a serial killer.

Let’s look at this from another angle. I have been blessed to have been given many free books through my review years. I’ve always given my honest review. Yes, I have a huge list of books I still need to read, but I’ve reviewed every book I’ve finished. I once rated a book 3 Stars. I liked it, but I didn’t really enjoy it that much. I stated why in my review. The author messaged me and requested I rewrite my review and change the rating to 5 Stars. I haven’t accepted any more books from this author.

Final Thoughts

While reviews may not mean anything to me, I know they mean the world to authors. If I could find a way to encourage more people to review the books they read, I would. In a heartbeat. I can’t stress enough how easy it is to review a book. You’re essentially telling the author and those who read the review what you liked about the book and why, and what you didn’t like and why. It can take a few sentences or several pages. Whatever you’re most comfortable with. Just make sure it’s honest and comes from the heart.

What are your thoughts on reviews? How often do you write reviews? What’s your review style? I look forward to your answers and opinions!