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Friday 16 August 2013

Friday Hop ~ Book Blogger Hop and Feature & Follow Friday

Were you a born bookworm or somebody got you into the habit of reading?

Born a bookworm! My Mother read to me when I was a child. I still own my very first book, a hardcover A4 book of nursery rhymes, scribble and all done by yours truly. Then as a child my nose was always stuck in a book, I didn't go anywhere without one, this pretty much continued throughout my childhood till I got to high school. From high school through to my early 20s I still read but my reading reduced quite substantially for me anyway. 

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly feature hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

The Rules:-
  • You MUST follow BOTH hosts Rachel @ Parajunkee and Alison @ Alison Can Read
  • You MUST follow BOTH Featured Blogs of the week (linked below)
  • Do your own Feature & Follow Friday post answering the question of the week and link to it at the bottom of this post 
  • Follow and comment on other participants Feature & Follow Friday posts! 

This week's Featured Bloggers

Thoughts & Pens


Q. Share something you’ve learned about book blogging or just blogging in general in the last month.

I don't have a huge amount of book blogging experience, but one thing that stands out to me is that blogging is a lot more time consuming than I originally thought, therefore, being organised is very important. Also don't sign up for too many blog tours, eARC's or accept too many books for reviews. 

I'm really looking forward to reading everyone's answer to this question as I know I'll just learn something new.

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Shane said...

SO true. Thanks for sharing such a good answer. Happy Friday :)


Jo said...

I think it's awesome that you still have your first book! My mom saved a bunch of mine, and I have them now in my home library. Every so often, I like to page through one or two, just for fun. :)

Traci Horton said...

You have great questions and answers today! I was a bookworm from birth too. My grandparents and parents passed that love of reading down when I was small. It was always, go and pick out a book for us to read. :)

I'm a big fan of organizational (in everything) and agree that it's really important to keep you on task and to make sure you're not overextending yourself. But you have to find a balance so that it doesn't rule you as well and then blogging becomes less fun.

Have a great weekend Angelica!

Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

Kimberly Wheaton said...

I wasn't expecting as many review requests as I receive, so organization is the only thing keeping me sane! I'm still trying to find a way to plan a bit better and keep track of everything without going insane. Book reviewing is definitely harder work than I thought 3 months ago. Thanks for stopping by my FF.

Kimberly @ Once Upon a YA Book

Brenda said...

Love your blog design! Glad to see you around at Daily Mayo

Silver's Reviews said...

I have EVERY book my son and I read. :) We even have the ones with the torn pages that he tried to eat when he was VERY small. :) Those are the most cherished.

I am a bookworm that grew into one. I wasn't born one.

My full post is in the link below.

Have a great day!!

Happy Hopping!!

Silver's Reviews
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VickiSN said...

How awesome that you still have your first book!!
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Kathryn Trask said...

Interesting your reading dropped off in high school. That makes me wonder why? Love that you have your first book. I had some books about Heidi when young. Awesome books. They were read on down through the family. One of my sisters appropriated it when grown up and had it recovered. I can look at it but can't have it! :(

Marilyn said...

Being organised is definitely important. I've discovered that if I prepare all my posts on the weekend it makes life during the week easier.

Thanks for stopping by my FF :)

Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

Laureen @ said...

That's really cool that you still have your first book. I was born a bookworm, too. I can't remember a time when I didn't love to read (though my mom keeps telling me that I didn't like to read at first... I don't believe her!). I started following you on Bloglovin'. Nice to meet you!

Laureen @ Ms. Bibliophile.

Diamond Nazaneen said...

I agree that it's über important not to take on too many eARCs or reviews. It gets overwhelming quickly and then there's no time to read fun books! >.<
Old follower!
Dee @ Dee's Reads My FF

Fantasy Is More Fun said...

Thanks for stopping by my FF! I'm a really new blogger and I still can't believe how time consuming it is! I love every minute, but it saddens me that my blogging will have to decline a bit when school starts because I just won't have the time :-( I've been very slow to sign up for things because I don't want to commit to something I can't follow through with, but I have been a little too eager over at NetGalley. It's so hard to turn down free books!! LOL Have a great weekend!

Lauren Berman said...

I was born a bookworm too - my Mom read to me in the womb and out.

Thanks for stopping by The Hottie Harem.

Angelas Anxious Life said...

I always like to stop by and just stare at your header picture!!! Love it!!

Charlotte said...

I am guilty when it comes to those e-ARCs. The moment I discover NG and Edelweiss and the Read to Review Programs in my GR groups, I was like a madwoman requesting all those lovely and irresistible ARCs. And now I am suffering. Whenever I look at my so so many ARCs, I can't help but cringe. *sighs*

Thanks for dropping by my FF. Following you on bloglovin! :D

Thoughts and Pens

Charlotte said...

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Istiningdyah Saptarini said...

You're right. Blogging is time consuming. I'm trying to not requesting many books at Netgalley and accept many review request since I've got a lot of books waiting to be read

Johanna Thiemann said...

I agree with you. I made the mistake to accept wait too many tours (with not exactly exciting books) AND too many eARCs. I'm still struggling with the last part.

Thanks for visiting! I'm following back via GFC and Bloglovin!

Lexxie said...

I'm very bad when it comes to ARCs - I can't stop myself from requesting more if my favorite authors show up on Netgalley... I'm very good about reading them all, though :)

Have a great weekend, Angelica.

Amy Logg said...

Your so right I think we might be blogger twins! I was really surprised by how time consuming blogging was when I first started - not just reading and reviewing, but participating in memes, commenting on other people's blogs and now I'm on Twitter too! But I've just started using a calendar to prepare when I will post what and getting upcoming posts ready for the week, so that I can just sit back and read! But like you I sometimes get a little excited with Netgalley & blog tours - hopefully my new calendar system will prevent from from taking too much on!

I also noticed you're participating in "Netgalley Knockout", I haven't heard of it, but it sounds like something I should do too!!

Paperback Princess said...

Amy I use Google Calendar to put up when my tours are due and I normally read the following week's events the week before, maybe I should schedule more advance LOL

Paperback Princess said...

Lexxie so long as your good in reading and writing up the reviews, you can request as many as you can :D


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