My bookish rambles, October 18th, 2020: bookshelves, blog graphics and more

This is my first real bookish rambles post, and I am so excited for it! I got so many amazing topic ideas from all of you, and it’s going to be so much fun for me to do this!

You can read my introduction post, but here is a short summary about what these posts are!

My bookish rambles is a weekly feature on my blog, where I post about all things bookish! I’ll talk about topics that interest me, and also topics you want to know my opinion on, and answer any questions you have for me. At the end of each post, I link a form where put in any questions, or any ideas for future topics.

Kymara asked:

What is your experience with different genres? as in- did you ever attempt to read out of your comfort zone? did you ever hate a genre you tried?

In general I read middle grade and some young adult books, although that is less a genre and more an age category. I read a lot of historical fiction, contemporary, and a fair amount of fantasy. I’m pretty open to anything though.

Classics, however, aren’t books that I really read. I tried Pride and Prejudice once, but I only got a few pages in because I didn’t really get the writing. That was a little while ago though, so I could probably try it again. I wouldn’t say that I hated reading a classic, I just didn’t enjoy it.

Do you like curling up inside with a blanket to read books (winter reading) or reading books outdoors (in summer)?

Honestly, both of these are amazing ways to read, but if I had to pick one, I would pick curling up inside with a blanket to read books. I love warm, fuzzy blankets, and I love reading during the winter, especially when it’s raining outside. I do love reading outside though, in the summer.

Color-coded bookshelf or alphabetical?

I don’t actually do either of those! My bookshelf is right now organized mostly by genre, sort of by how much I like the book, and a little bit by color within the shelf. I don’t think that I would ever be able to have the patience to organize my books by author though!

Katie asked:

Ebooks, audiobooks, or physical books

I love reading all three formats, but physical books are definitely my favorite. There is just nothing like having an actual physical book in your hands to read.

Unpopular opinions?

I… really don’t know. I feel like most unpopular opinions would be about really hyped books, but I haven’t read that many.

Are book boxes worth it?

I’ve only ever gotten book boxes from one place (Owlcrate), and I’ve gotten two of those so far, so I can’t say much. In my experience though, it’s been worth it, and overall just so fun to get the box in the mail, and to be surprised by whats inside.

I do think that it really depends on what book box you’re getting, and what you’re looking for in one. There are so many out there, and they are all going to be very different.

What are the best ways to grow your blog? (through Twitter, Pinterest, etc.)

I am… probably not the best person to ask. The only other social media platforms I’m on are Instagram and Goodreads, and I don’t really promote my blog much on either. On Instagram, I don’t really talk about my posts much, and on Goodreads I’m not super active, I just post my reviews.

In my experience though, bloghopping is the best way to grow your blog, and even better, to really connect with other people in the community. Reading and commenting on other blogs can grow your own blog, but you also can find inspiration from other blogs, and make lots of friends. I could probably be doing more to grow my blog, but I would rather spend more time reading and writing than on trying to grow my blog more, because I don’t really care about that as much.

And a last thing about bloghopping: don’t just do it to get people to come to your site. You should be visiting other blogs because you’re interested in the content, and if you are commenting, make it genuine.

How do you get good blog graphics?

I don’t have a lot of experience or resources to answer this, but I’ll try!

I edit my blog’s designs using Canva. It’s really straightforward, and I’ve found it easy to use. I got the floral design in my post dividers and blog header, and the watercolor from Freepik. All of my graphics are by Marifdez. I don’t know how exactly I stumbled onto all of this, but one thing that was really helpful to me (and that I check back with approximately 235632 times a week) is May’s guide to blog design. It’s really helpful, has links to tons of free resources, and it overall amazing.

I also think that figuring out what graphics you like is a lot of trial and error, and just going through a lot of designs to figure out what you like.

Your views on JKR?

I’m actually really glad Katie asked this, because I haven’t been sure how to address what JK Rowling has been doing.

JK Rowling is the author of the very famous Harry Potter series, and if you weren’t aware, she is very transphobic and has been posting a lot of transphobic comments on twitter. A couple months ago she posted a bunch of them, and that seemed to be

Also I have only ever read the first Harry Potter book, and I didn’t really like it, I guess because it just wasn’t for me.

Anyways, I do not support her at all. Transphobia is never okay, and she is using her enormous platform, to spread really harmful messages.

And to all trans people: we love you, you are valid, and we support you. Trans women are women, trans men are men, non binary people are non binary, and I do not agree with anything that she is saying.

I definitely think that we need to stop supporting her, but I do recognize that the series has meant a huge amount to so many people, and that it’s hard. Kay wrote a really amazing post about all this that I really encourage you to read, because she addressed this so well from the standpoint of someone who has loved the books for a long time.

Best bookish businesses you know?

Owlcrate is the book subscription box I talked about before, and it’s really great. It’s the only bookish business that I can think of that I’ve bought stuff from though, so I don’t have much for here!

Julie asked:

Which new-to-you authors, books, or series would you recommend?

A new to me book that I recommend is Tweet Cute, by Emma Lord. I read this book just a few weeks ago, and it is so amazing and adorable, and I loved reading every moment of it.

A new to me author is C. G. Drews, who has written A Thousand Perfect Notes, and The Boy Who Steals Houses. I first read her books the spring, and I loved them both so much!!

I also just finished reading Aru Shah and the End of Time, the first book in the Pandava Quartet and I love this book so much! I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, because Aru is such an amazing character, and Roshani Chokshi is such an amazing author!!

Wrapping this up…

I had so much fun with the first real post in this new series, and I hope you had fun reading it! Thank you so much to everyone who submitted topics: it was so helpful! Because WordPress is annoying, I think that a few of your responses didn’t go through last week, but I’d love to hear from you!

If the form isn’t working, you can fill it out using this link:

Or, of course, you can let me know of any topics or questions you have in the comments! I’d love to hear from you!

What do you think about this new feature? What are some bookish things you’d like to hear my opinion on? Chat with me in the comments below!

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