Let’s Talk Bookish: What is your posting type?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. Discussions pertain to topics related to reading or books. Share your opinions, and spread the love by visiting other “Let’s Talk Bookish” posts.

Prompts:  Everyone blogs differently, how do you do it? Do you schedule posts long before they’re published, how long? Do you write several drafts of a post and edit them, or do you not edit at all? Perhaps you simply write a post and put it up for the world to see immediately? There’s no right or wrong answer!

I really like this question! It’s about time I reflect on how I post and figure out how I might do better.

I’m such a mood everything so it’s only been in the past few months I’ve started to develop some sort of schedule. Memes, such as this one, have helped me with structure and consistency. I try to schedule memes ahead of time–maybe a week or more. I’m also prone to make make last minute changes, such as changing the song I’d like to highlight on “Music Monday” or a book on “First Lines Fridays.”

Book reviews, on the other hand, can be dependent on a few things. For ARCs, I use Notion to keep track of publication dates, using it as a deadline as much as possible. I try to ensure I read and review by that date or before, although this doesn’t always happen. Usually, I read it and then post within a few days–I really need to be better at scheduling these beforehand. Occasionally, I read books that won’t come out until a few months later. When this is the case, the book review can be scheduled months in advance. For instance, I already have a November book review scheduled because I was so excited to receive the approval. For non-ARCs, I read and post as soon as I can. I don’t usually have a set TBR for those, so I don’t usually have these reviews scheduled. Again, maybe something I can improve on as well.

When writing, I usually have a draft or two a post. I run my final draft through through Grammarly because I know I often unintentionally omit words. It’s like that text you thought you sent, but it only happened in your head. I will revise a sentence or add a new one and run the post through Grammarly only to discover my eyes tricked me and the sentence doesn’t look like the one I had in my head.

What is your posting type? Do you have any tips or suggestions? I’d love to know!

First Lines Fridays 1.7: Gloom cluttered..

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Gloom cluttered the whole of the tower, and within its dark folds stood a magician. She wore a grim smile and an ink-black suit. Both cut severe lines, softened only by the tendril of fog that plumed from her mouth.

The magician swirled her hand through the air. The fog tightened and heavied, it twisted and reshaped, and at last, it settled around her shoulders. The smokiest of magical cloaks. One that held close the quiet.

But it was not enough.

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by Heather Kassner
ASIN/ISBN: 9781250764003
Publication: August 3, 2021

In order to survive on her own, twelve-year-old Rooney de Barra collects precious moonlight, which she draws from the evening sky with her (very rare and most magical) lunar mirror. All the while she tries to avoid the rival roughhouse boys, and yet another, more terrifying danger: the dreaded thing that’s been disappearing children in the night.

When Trick Aidan, the worst of the roughhouse boys, steals her lunar mirror, Rooney will do whatever it takes to get it back. Even if it means leaping into a pool of darkness after it swallows Trick and her mirror. Or braving the Plentiful Darkness, a bewitching world devoid of sky and stars. Or begrudgingly teaming up with Trick to confront the magician and unravel the magic that has trapped Warybone’s children.  (from Goodreads)

Doesn’t it sound so good? I’ve heard so many great things about Kassner’s books. The first lines hooked me already. I’m excited to see where it leads.