Blog Post Ideas for Book Bloggers

Hello fellow book bloggers,

Blogging slump is no fun – we end up writing so many posts it’s hard to come up with new ideas sometimes. I get  stuck in “reviews + weekly wrap ups” a LOT and no other posts at all, and don’t always feel very creative. That is totally fine and you totally don’t have to create new content all the time, but it’s really fun to do so, and if you’re trying to get more traffic, it’s also an interesting way to get new readers.

So I gathered a list of ideas for bookish posts and I hope you guys find it useful! I sure had fun writing this list (and it took a lot of time).

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1. Seasonal posts

This is a classic book blogging strategy. Every year I create a draft for some of the holidays or special days and compile lists of recommendations for, or some other bookish discussing around the holiday. For example:

January

  • Releases of the new year you’re looking forward to
  • New year resolutions, bookish or otherwise

February

  • TBR/Recs for Black History Month
  • TBR/Recs for Romance Week (Valentine’s day)

And so on! For more ideas, read my post ideas for bookish posts, month-by-month.

Examples: Winter & Christmas Book Recommendations, International Women’s Day: 10 Book Recommendations, 10 Book Recommendations for Fall

2. Anti-TBRs

What are the books you plan on NOT buying and why? Some I wrote: #1#2, Hyped Books Released in 2019 That I Am Not Going to Read

3. If you have Instagram, show off your aesthetic

Or how your Instagram aesthetics has changed over time. Bookstagrams are so pretty and really nice to look through. You can also show the behind-the-camera and share tips and tricks for photographing books!

4. Write about books that are coming soon

Quite often through the year, there’s a cycle of new releases hitting the shelves, and it’s really fun to look through those and pick a few that catch your eye or that you heard of before. You can do that per week, per month, per season etc.

Examples: Happy New Year! + Books Published in 2018 I Look Forward To, Books coming out August/2017 I’m dying to read, Books Coming Out on 2019 I’m Looking Forward To, Upcoming 2020 Releases I’m Looking Forward To

5. Create a quiz

I am not very good at creating quizzes, but they are SO MUCH FUN. If you have a paid version of WordPress, there are some plugins you can use for creating better quizzes: WP Beginners – 9 Best Quiz Plugins for WordPress (2019). Some quizzes to answer if you want to get inspired: Fun Quizzes for Bookworms!

Some quizzes I created (on the free WP): How Similar Are Our Reading Tastes?, Which Overly Specific Typical YA Couple Are You Based on the YA Books You Pick?, What Kind of Book Blogger Are You? Continue reading

The Best Books I Read in 2019

Hello readers!

It’s that time of year when best of / worst of lists come up, and obviously I’m hopping on that train and I’ve been working on this list all year to make sure I don’t forget any!

I try to choose maximum 3 books per category, but it’s always super hard to choose only three, especially in categories where I’ve read literally dozens and dozens of books (thrillers and fantasy, for example).

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New Favorite Authors

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. I am in LOVE with the two thrillers they wrote so far and hope they continue to blow my mind and rise my blood pressure. An Anonymous Girl especially was such a favorite. There’s a book coming up in 2020 and I’ve got an ARC and I am SO EXCITED.

 

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Books that disappointed me in 2019

Hello readers!

It’s the end of the year again and I’ve been hesitant in making posts like these in the past, but I think they generate such great conversation and I do love reading other people’s posts. So this year I’m talking a bit about books that disappointed me for one reason or another, mostly because of the way they were advertised and how my expectations were when starting the book versus what the book actually was. I don’t think any of these bad – they just weren’t what I hoped.

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The Water Cure came to my attention because it was being talked about as a feminist sci-fi/speculative fiction where toxic masculinity was literally toxic and I was SOLD. Unfortunately, this is not really the case and I didn’t love the characters either, so it was disappointing to me in more than one front. I would’ve liked to know when reading it that it was actually more of a cult story, but I doubt my rating would’ve been different. Continue reading

Books I’m Taking on my Birthday Trip :)

Hello readers!

It’s my birthday! The last year in my twenties starts today, and we have a lovely weekend planned which includes bookstores and brunch and nice wine (not at brunch, that is). As I will be on a trip and taking a long train ride there, I’m obviously taking way too many books (especially considering I will buy more books there), but I like having options so I can decide what to pick up depending on my mood! I feel like that is something a lot of bookish people do.

So the three books below are the ones I’ve decided to take and I’m not sure which I’ll start with! They’re all so exciting, and also kind of aesthetic together.

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The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy / Goodreads

Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #2) by Tamsyn Muir / Goodreads

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk / Goodreads

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Have you read any of those? Which should I read first?

Upcoming 2020 Releases I’m Looking Forward To

Hello readers!

So, 2020 is very close now and it’s that time of year when we start thinking about the books that will be published soon and get excited for them! I love reading posts like these and seeing what is new, what will coming out soon and what we’ll have to impatiently, painfully wait for. Around June I will do another post like this, since a lot of second semester releases are announced later into the year, and I am hoping to add a lot more books to the list of most anticipated books of 2020 by then!

Without further ado, here are the books that come out this year that I want to read the most!

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Young Adult & New Adult

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January 28th A Heart So Fierce and Broken, by Brigid Kemmerer

I’m really looking forward to the sequel to A Curse so Dark and Lonely, which was such an amazing read full of mind-blowing twists. I eagerly await the mental breakdown this book will bring upon me!

February 4th The King of Crows (The Diviners, #4) by Libba Bray

I love this series so much! The dark, atmospheric and with more than a hint of horror books are set in the roaring 20s, and each character is so alive, vibrant, flawed and brave. And so very human. This is one of the best YA series of all time, in my opinion, and I am looking forward to its final installment!

 March 3rd House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas

I am not sure how I feel about this book, honestly! But I highly anticipate it and I’m curious to see what people make of it. As far as I know it will be another NA story, like ACOTAR, but I  don’t know much more than that.

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March 3rd The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett

This is said to be part Anastasia and part Sleeping Beauty, it looks so magical, winter-y and great, I’ve also heard amazing things about it from other bloggers and I’m quite excited to read it!

March 17th The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee

I have an eARC for this one, so I’ll definitely be picking it up! It’s the story of Noam, who has the power to control technology, finding out about his powers and how they could help depose of the despot government in this futuristic country of Carolinia. Book 2 has stakes even higher than book 1, so I’m curious to see how this goes!

May 5th My Calamity Jane (The Lady Janies #3) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

I loved the first two books of this series and I’m excited for this one! I don’t know much about Calamity Jane’s story, but I’ll read it up before picking this up.

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I am excited to see how this series ends – it’s one of the best good-MC-turned-evil I’ve read, so I’m curious to see where it goes. We follow Rielle as she descends into the villain we know she will become and fully embraces being the Blood Queen, and also Eliana, a thousand years later reluctant and unwillingly becoming the Sun Queen and trying to fight the Emperor. This series is SO full of twists, shocking betrayals, magic and I really enjoy it! I will be glad to read its final book this year!

Unknown Untitled (Legacy of Orïsha #3) by Tomi Adeyemi 

This is the third and final installment followign Children of Blood and Bone and I’m really excited!! This is such an intense, fast-paced fantasy with West African-inspired world building and magic (including death magic, which is so cool). I highly recommend this series!

Middle Grade

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February 4th Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #3) by Jessica Townsend

This is book 3 in the Nevermoor series, which is a lovely, cozy story that makes me happy every time I pick it up. If you love magic, whimsical stories and a fantastic heroine, you should surely pick this up – it reminds me of the way Harry Potter makes me feel when I read it!

Science Fiction

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February 11th Daughter from the Dark, by Sergey and Marina Dyachenko

I have not read Vita Nostra yet, which is a crime, but I am still super excited about this sci-fi with gorgeous cover by the same author.

Unknown Untitled Solarpunk Novella (Untitled Solarpunk Series #1) by Becky Chambers

I love sci-fi, so I’m excited to branch out a bit and try a solarpunk novella, especially because I think Becky Chambers will do a great job with it!

Fantasy

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June 2nd Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb #2) by Tamsyn Muir

The second installment, following Gideon the Ninth, sounds so, so good and has a wonderful cover! I LOVED book 1, so I’m really hyped for book 2!

October 1st The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) by R. F. Kuang

I am nervous and excited for this last book! This is such an excellent series.

Unknown Jade Legacy (The Green Bone Saga, #3) by Fonda Lee

YES!! This is probably on my Top 3 books I’m excited for! This is one of my favorite fantasy series of all time, with such vibrant world of clans fighting for power, where members train to be able to wield jade in order to gain superpowers from it, like strength, speed etc. It’s such a political series but also full of fight scenes and rich culture, scheming, betrayal, loyalty, murder. I love this and I’m excited for the final installment!

Unknown Moon Witch, Night Devil (The Dark Star Trilogy #2) by Marlon James

The first book of this trilogy was one of my favorite fantasy reads of 2019, so I’m really excited to see the story from another point of view! In this African-inspired fantasy series, we follow a search group whose mission was to rescue a boy, and they failed. Maybe the boy still lives, but he is probably dead. Each one has their own hidden reasons, dark secrets and are utterly untrustworthy. On book 1 we followed Tracker, who can track anything by their smell no matter how far, as he tells his side of the story from a jail cell. On book 2, we hear the side of the story of the witch. I am BEYOND excited, she’s my favorite character!

Historical Fiction

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February 6th The Illness Lesson, by Clare Beams

This book tells the story of a school for young women in 1871, in which all students suddenly start getting sick, with rashes and other unexplained symptoms. The Illness Lesson is about women fighting to be believed, about their minds and bodies. Sounds like a powerful feminist book and I look forward to it!

February 11th The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Mercies is a feminist 1600 historical fiction in which all the men in an island die and the women are left to rule. I heard about this book from Callum’s Most Anticipated Releases of 2020 and it just sounds brilliant. It sounds a bit like The Water Cure (which I was lukewarm about), but I think this might be more up my alley.

March The Mirror and the Light (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy #3), by Hilary Mantel

This finally has a release date! In fact this was also on my most anticipated releases of 2019, but I believe the 2020 date is now official so we can definitely expect it to be published!

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April 7th Miss Austen by Gill Hornby

This book tells the story of Cassandra, Jane Austen’s sister, several years after Jane’s death. It sounds poignant and so interesting!

Mystery and Thriller

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January 14th How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann

This novel is set in a small town in Alaska, where Elisabeth’s sister disappeared twenty years ago. She now must fulfill three requests from a man who just commited cold-blooded murder and is now in jail for it – but who claims to know what happened to Elisabeth’s sister. This sounds like a mystery with a bit of literary fiction in there, too.

January 23rd The Dilemma by B.A. Paris

I haven’t decided if I’ll pick this one up actually, but I think so – Livia is having a birthday party, her daughter won’t be there and her husband has no idea that this isn’t a problem for Livia and she’s actually relieved about it, because she’s got a secret. The synopsis left me curious because there isn’t much of one at all.

February 18th The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The blurb says this is a ghostly story, which I’m always partial to. A girl who works at the Sun Down Motel decides to investigate mysterious occurrences in the motel that might just be haunted. I love a good story about small towns and big secrets, and this seems to be one of them!

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March 3rd You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

I loved the other two books by these authors, and I’ll definitely pick this one up! It’s the story of Shay, who has no job, no place to live and no love life to speak of, and sees herself thinking of ending it all. So when two glamorous sisters offer to help her, she can’t possibly refuse, but what could they want from her?

April 28th He Started It by Samantha Downing

I loved My Lovely Wife! And this book is about a family that gets together after many years of not seeing each other when the grandfather dies and leaves a mysterious note for them. This seems to involve family secrets, murderous tendencies and with inheritance money at stake. Sounds really good and I’m excited!

June 4th Sisters, by Daisy Johnson

This is described as having roots in psychological horror, so I was not sure where to classify it and will leave it as “mystery” for now. It is about two sisters called July and September who have always been very close. Their relationship is to be tested when a boy enters their lives. I loved Everything Under, so I’m really excited to read this!

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July 7th Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

I loved loved loved Lock Every Door, and this happens to also be one of my sister’s favorite authors, so I think we’ll probably buddy read this one!!

Contemporary & Literary Fiction

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January 14th Cleanness, by Garth Greenwell

All I know about this book is that it’s about “foreignness, obligation, and desire” (as per description in Goodreads) and that the squad wants to read it, so when I saw it in Edelweiss, I could not resist getting an ARC!

January 28th My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth

This is the story of a young woman who, as a teenager, had a relationship with her teacher and now must face her past and decide how much of what she believed to be a beautiful love story was actually predatory. This sounds intense, dark and gripping and I’m excited to read this debut novel!

February 6th Strange Hotel by Eimear McBride

The blurb says this book isn’t written in the same odd, difficult prose of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, so I am quite curious. It’s the story of a woman who goes from one hotel to another, and remembers her own story as she goes.

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February 11th Indelicacy, by Amina Cain

This is the story of a woman who works cleaning a museum but dreams of becoming more. To achieve that, she marries a rich man, but that doesn’t really help her fulfill her dreams and her new life is as full of constraint as before. It’s a feminist, ghostly book about class and status quo and I am super excited!

February 25th Apartment, by Teddy Wayne

Apartment is the story of a young man who lives in an apartment his parents got for him so he can go to his writing program. Feeling privileged and guilty, he decides to let a student move in with him, and what starts as a friendship becomes more complicated as the power imbalance between them becomes more apparent.

April 21st If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

This debut novel sounds so gripping, emotional and dangerous: set in Seoul, it tells the story of four people whose lives stand precariously and might depend on each other’s tentative friendships to keep going. It also involves a super-wealthy heir, K-pop stars and extreme plastic surgery, and this novel just sounds amazing.

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April 21st Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh

I loved My Year of Rest and Relaxation, so I was going to read any new novel by this author anyway – but Death in Her Hands sounds wonderful. It’s the story of a woman who finds a note about another woman who died in the city she just moved into. As she tries to uncover the secrets of her death, the protagonist becomes obsessed and starts to love her grip in reality. It sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it!

Romance

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March 10th Undercover Bromance (Bromance Book Club #2) by Lyssa Kay Adams

The first book was so much fun, I’m excited to jump into the world of the Bromance Book Club with soft men trying to make their marriages work! This book follows Liv and Mack, who I desperately want to see work out. I love the premise of a book club where men read romance books, and I’m excited to read this!

April 21st Girl Gone Viral (Modern Love series) by Alisha Rai

I’ve been wanting to read something by Alisha Rai in a while, and this book’s synopsis sounds really cool: a shy girl who used to be a model suddenly sees herself becoming viral after someone live-tweets her and a guy she met in a cafe, but they weren’t on an actual date. Sounds cute!

May 5th The Heart Principle (The Kiss Quotient #3) by Helen Hoang

I loved the first two books, and I’m really looking forward to this story!

My Most Anticipated 2019 Books: did I like them? Did I even read them?

Hello readers!

Every year I post my most anticipated reads, and normally when I look back at those posts, I haven’t actually read a whole lot of those, but found other new releases that caught my attention more. I’m selecting just the 15 books I actually was most excited for, because I put a LOT of books in 2019, including stuff I wasn’t all that crazy about, so the post would be insanely long.

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I read A Curse So Dark and Lonely and have an eARC for the next one! This was a really good book! I didn’t love the writing but the plot was really interesting, and the world too.

I ended up winning Kingsbane in a giveaway and already read it! It was so good, and I can’t wait to read book 3.

Okay so apparently I was desperate to read The Vanishing Stair, which came out in January, and now it’s not even on my TBR anymore… oops. Continue reading

If you liked this book, try this board game! feat. @cliosboardgames

Hello readers!

It’s December, and for the past two years it’s been tradition that Clio’s Board Games and I write a post together. We’ve known each other for years now and have been gifting each other books and board games for just as long. You should definitely check out Clio’s blog if you like board games, if you’re interested in history and if you like sassy, well-written posts.

I think these kind of posts are really cool to have around Christmas time, because a lot of us are wondering what to gift someone who has a hobby that you’re like “hummm I don’t want to give a book to a person who reads so many books, I’m not sure if they’re read this already” and such, so it’s a nice option to give a board game based on their literary tastes! This has worked super well for me so far in real life.

Here are the other posts we wrote together:

Bookish Boardgames Recommendations #1 + a guest!

If You Liked This, Try This! – Books and Boardgames Edition

And on Clio’s blog you can see what I wrote, giving book recommendations based on board games!

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Anti-TBR: Hyped Books Released in 2019 That I Am Not Going to Read

Hello readers!

It’s time for another Anti-TBR post! I love writing these because it’s fun to see that I actually have some level of self-control and that my to-be-read pile could be much, much worse. I am not hating on any of these books at all, some of those I’m actually a bit sorry I’m not more interested in.

I tried picking up as many hyped books as possible when I first started blogging, wide-eyed by how awesome everything sounded, but by now I know my taste better and would rather read fewer hyped books and more books that I actually think I will love.

What books released this year are you not going to read despite the hype?

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There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

I actually enjoyed When Dimple met Rishi, but since I read that book my taste has changed so much I don’t think I’d enjoy this one nearly as much. A pity! But I heard it’s really cute.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

I haven’t read the Shadow and Bone trilogy, neither do I intend to. So this book, following characters I don’t know, didn’t really interest me much.

Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake #3) by Rachel Caine

I don’t see a point for book 3, honestly. The story was excellent on book 1 and a bit less convincing on book 2 and I don’t want to read I book I don’t see the point of. I’m waiting to see more reviews, but unless I pick this up on Amazon Unlimited some time, I doubt I’ll read it at all.

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If you liked this book, try this F/F book!

Hello readers!

I really enjoy posts of “if you liked…, then read…”, so I thought it would be a nice idea to spread some F/F love and recommend some books based on other books you guys may have liked. Some correlations are more obvious than others, and I normally try to match books by the feelings they gave me as well as the plot, where possible, but you’ll see me matching fantasy with scifi, contemporary and fantasy… to me, if they had the same energy, they’re a match.

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If you liked Sadie, by Courtney Summers

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…try Missing, Presumed Dead, by Emma Berquist!

This is a bit of a stretch, but hear me out. They are both YAs with girls who are after revenge, and are full of anger. While Sadie is a contemporary thriller that goes dark in a painfully realistic way, Missing, Presumed Dead has ghosts and some romance thrown in. It’s dark and gritty, but not in the same way as Sadie, and it’s not as heart-breaking, in my opinion. But if what you liked about Sadie was the main character being driven by rage for the murder of an innocent girl, I think you will enjoy this F/F pick! Continue reading

Top 5 Books Released in 2019 I Want to Read Before the Year is Out

Hello readers!

It’s November and I, like many of you, probably, am starting to panic about all the books I wanted to read before the year is out. I normally try to get as many newer releases (and ARCs!) reviewed as possible before the end of the year, because I know that once the new year begins, it’s harder for me to pick up older books. I know it’s a defect from being a book blogger, and I have a plan to help correct that! Anyway, here are the books I want to finish by the end of 2019!

Edit: I changed the last book as it was kindly pointed out that the book I had there was actually published in 2018.

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Ninth House, by Leigh Bardugo

I just bought this book and I’m so excited!! I really enjoy the author’s writing and I’m curious to see how an adult book from her is like – I have been burned out on the YA side lately, so it’s exciting to see an adult fantasy release.

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This is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

This is probably one of the books I’ve been looking forward to the most! I’m hoping to read it this weekend already!

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Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune, by Roselle Lim

I have been changing my mind about this one about a thousand times, but I just received an eARC from Netgalley, so this definitely tipped the balance in favor of “yes, I’ll read it”. I love the premise of the book, and although I’m hesitant to pick up another YA, I think this will be really nice!

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Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

This is a recent addition to my TBR, and I was lucky enough to get an eARC from Edelweiss! So I’m super excited to pick it up soon!

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The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern

This is the one book of the list I don’t own yet, but hopefully I’ll get it soon!! I’m quite excited about all the amazing adult fantasy books coming out this year!

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Which books do you want to read until the end of the year?