Making Money from Blogging?

I don’t know why, but this topic in the book blogging community is so sensitive, every blogger that has mentioned seems to write about it cautiously whereas other bloggers avoid bringing it up at all. Why not try to make money from something you enjoy doing for free?

In all honesty I don’t understand the problem, why is it frowned upon to try and find an income from book blogging? If you have any idea let me know in the comments! I understand the controversial aspect when it comes to paid book reviews, it’s a fairly tricky situation which is why I don’t think that’s something I’ll consider any time soon. As a blogger I know that the financial aspect of the book review would have no effect on my opinion but I also have no way of proving that to you as my audience, so I’d rather not have that doubt associated with my reviews in the first place.

BUT that doesn’t mean I haven’t considered other ways of making money from book blogging. By making money I mean an income that I can feed back into the blog, so I can buy a domain, host giveaways, maintenance of the blog etc. I’m a student so at this point I barely have enough money for myself let alone funding this blog…

One of the ways I’ve seen that you could make money is by providing services, for example:

  • Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Beta-reading
  • Providing blog tours, promotional services.
  • Designing book covers, or bookish merch

Immediately I was interested in being a beta reader, I’ve never been particularly talented in art/design so that was not an option, I’m not going to subject you to my horrific creations, let alone make you pay for them :’D. But doing further research on beta reading I realised that was something I do when I review as well. If you notice my reviews tends to go on for far too long. Naturally I analyse books when I read them, don’t ask me why it’s just something I do! Literally the notes I make when reading go on for pages and pages, that’s also why it takes me a little longer to post the review after I’ve read the book.

                                               What is a beta reader?

Its someone who looks over an author’s early draft of their work, they basically test it for readability and also try and identify inconsistencies in the world building, characters and if there are any plot holes. As a beta reader you’re not necessarily concerned with grammatical/spelling mistakes, you tend to look at the broader picture. You are also providing the author with an unbiased perspective, you could be notifying them when an aspect is not working, and might need adjustment to simply trying to help the author present their characters in a clearer way. I’m personally really interested in this so I’m seriously considering providing it as a service. I will probably do a trial run where I’ll accept manuscripts for free and see where I go from there! Let me know if you are aware of other ways of making money from book blogging and what you think of providing this service in the comments below! Also if I did offer this as a service would you be interested in it?

Faithful by Alice Hoffman: Review

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Title: Faithful

Author: Alice Hoffman

Published: November 1st 2016

Length:  272 pages

Source: Received for review from Netgalley

 

 

I’ve been really into contemporary fiction lately so I thought I’d try an adult contemporary! First of all, the cover of this book is sooo pretty! I was thinking about summing up the synopsis in my own words but I honestly don’t feel like I would’ve done it justice so, here’s the synopsis: ( from Netgalley)

‘Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.
What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.
Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap.’

Reading through this summary I immediately knew this wasn’t going to be a light read, but I was also interested in seeing where this story would go. I feel like as a reader I’m over the unrealistic/unrelatable happy endings, that to be honest don’t really satisfy me as a reader. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that the books I read are a work of fiction and one of my favourite genres is Fantasy but at the same time, I need to be able to relate and understand the plot and the ending for me to be fully satisfied with the book. ( okay I see a discussion post in the making!)

I loved this book, I’ll admit I didn’t finish it in one sitting and wasn’t rushing to the ending but I feel like this is one of those books you need to take in slowly… If that makes any sense at all :D.

Our main character Shelby is unlike any other character I’ve read about before, that’s what interested me the most. I’ve never been in this position before ( and God forbid I ever will be) but at the same time I really understood her perspective, understood the way she reacted to the accident.

She didn’t wallow in self-pity, but at the same time she was battling her own problems. How do you carry on living after experiencing something like that and being able to walk away with nothing but a few bruises whereas your best friend…. ( not going to spoil anything here)

The author also decided to make her family situation not the ideal that I usually come across. A lot of times when I read books about a tragic accident happening, there is always a loving support family at home, that I feel like the author includes to compensate for the horrific experience. But with this book the family dynamic was not that case, she had a loving support mother, but her mother was also dealing with a lot of problems herself ( again really trying not to blurt out a spoiler).

This book is probably best going into without knowing much, you let the book tell you it’s story without trying to predict what the ending’s going to be! I would really recommend this book to anyone, even if you don’t particularly like reading contemporary, this book will hopefully change that. It does have a bit of a slow start but once you get into it you won’t be able to put it down. Again it isn’t a light fluffy read, but once in a while I read books that would perhaps change my perspective, and make me more grateful for what I have. But it also helps me understand people around me that may be going through something tough, even including myself. This book was centred around grief and tragedy and even death but at the same, and I know just how cheesy/cliché this sounds, it does show you that there’s light at the end of tunnel. You just have to be willing to start and go through with that journey… Wow this got a little deep :’), in other news basically my book buying ban has gone out the window and I’m just going to admit it by making a book haul post! That should be up soon!

November TBR

Yes I know it’s almost over half way through the month so this post is a bit too late! I made a note on my laptop on my TBR and completely forgot that I didn’t actually post it (my memory is absolute garbaggggggeeeeee).

So here are the books I’ve planned to read this month:

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  • Upon the Tide by Ryan Jo Summers

I’m still trying out this romance genre thing so naturally when I got an email about this I was like HELL YEAH. Its basically about this fashion designer Pier Kincaid who is your typical workaholic! Her boss forces her to take a break so she heads down to Florida to meet her cousin. BUT hold up, she ends up being targeted by a gang of robbers and killers, and dragged along into this is Kade Wyatt. To escape from this gang, they end up boarding Kades boat. To be honest that’s all I needed to hear, I’m IN. Stranded in the middle of the ocean with a buff guy? Helluuurrr. Having some kind of thriller/crime aspect as well? Helluurr. So naturally I decided to read it as soon as I could…

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  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

One of my favourite comedians is…. Yup you guessed it Trevor Noah! I was just scrolling through Netgalley and came across this, I literally screamed! I would try and sum it up but I wont be nearly as good as the actual synopsis so here it is: (from Goodreads)

‘Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother: his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.’

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  • Heart Born by Terry Maggert

So I haven’t actually listened to an audiobook in a WHILE, so I decided to find something to listen to on my train journey. I skimmed through this synopsis and read just enough to know that I’d be interested, so here’s the synopsis: ( from Goodreads)

‘Her guardian angel was pushed.

Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where there violence and deceit are just around every corner.
His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival.
Until Keiron arrives.
In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.
Fall with Livvy and Keiron as they seek the truth about her heart, and his power, and what it means to love someone who will give their very life to save you.’

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  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

First of all the cover for this book is absolutely STUNNING. I really do love reading cultural fiction and I was OBSESSED with the TV adaptation of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. So when I read in a synopsis that if you enjoyed that classic you’d love this, I just HAD TO!

Here’s the synopsis: ( From Netgalley)

‘On 21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov – recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt – is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol.

But instead of being taken to his usual suite, he is led to an attic room with a window the size of a chessboard. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely.

While Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval, the Count, stripped of the trappings that defined his life, is forced to question what makes us who we are. And with the assistance of a glamorous actress, a cantankerous chef and a very serious child, Rostov unexpectedly discovers a new understanding of both pleasure and purpose.’

My TBR is pretty short, these are my last few weeks in Uni before I get a break so it’s all a bit hectic right now! I’ve also realised that I’ve started reading multiple books at the same time. I don’t know how I feel about it yet, but I will definitely have a post up about soon.

This is completely unrelated but I want to make more discussion type posts, my previous ones ( e.g. discussing the rating system) I really enjoyed making! I am someone who LOVES rambling so these kind of posts just let me get it all out  :”D . If you could leave me topic suggestions or questions in the comments what you would be interested in seeing THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL! I’ve had way too much coffee today…

 

Wicked Intentions: Review

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Title: Wicked Intentions

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Published: August 1st 2010

Length:  382

Source: Received for review from Netgalley

 

 

 

 

So I was still on my quest to find a romance book that I’ll enjoy when I came across this book on Netgalley! The synopsis like it was something better suited for me, being a blend of romance, historical fiction, crime thriller and having some aspect of fantasy…

Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:

A man controlled by his desires…

Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London’s most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand— she’s spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk.

A woman haunted by her past…

Caire makes a simple offer—in return for Temperance’s help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London’s high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control—one that may well destroy them both.

A bargain neither could refuse.

 Let me first address that Lord Lazarus is so like Christian Grey (from Fifty Shades of Grey) I thought I started reading the wrong book! If this book hadn’t been published around a year before FSoG I definitely would’ve thought she drew some inspiration from there or vice versa!

World Building: I actually really liked this aspect in the book, we start off with the main character Temperance in the streets of St Giles at night. Elizabeth Hoyt really set the vibe/atmosphere for the rest of the book within the first few pages. Immediately I knew I was going to whizz through this book.

Characters: I’ll be honest, for a while the interactions between Lord Lazarus and Temperance felt a little awkward and uncomfortable. You could tell the author was trying to hint something, but as a reader I just couldn’t pick up what that was! BUT as you read on you see a little development in Caires character, which made for some development in their relationship. If I’m honest my main interest was following the murder story…

I would probably classify this as a guilty pleasure read, simply because there were a few aspects of the story were questionable. But I generally enjoyed reading the book, I flew through it maybe in one or two sittings! Let me know in the comments what books you enjoyed reading that you would classify as a ‘guilty pleasure’!

 

 

 

 

How I stay Organised!

How I stay organised with my blog:

So whether you’re a book blogger or just a blogger in general I think you’d agree when I say you can’t maintain your blog without SOME form of organisation. Now you don’t have to have a bullet journal (I don’t, but they look so pretty!), or a complex system! When I first started book blogging I found it was quite easy to stay on top of everything, blog posts, book reviews but I think the more I blog the more pressure I feel…

Let me explain, first of all it is so easy to just drown in emails if you don’t make yourself sit down for an hour and sift through them (trust me, I know from experience). The longer I’ve been blogging the more book review requests I get, and if I don’t keep track of how many books I need to review, when the review should be up by and where I’m posting it, I feel like a lost soul…

So enough of my rambling let me actually tell you my VERY simple way of staying ‘organised’ (sometimes I fall off the wagon, that’s normal right? Side note: I literally had to make myself sit down and go through my emails last night, there were a lot of apologies being dished out… But hopefully this post will get me motivated to get back on it!) :

 

  • I definitely have to keep a small notebook where I write every book I’ve received for review, whether it be from Netgalley or an author/publisher, otherwise I find it’s so easy to just completely lose track of everything! I usually just jot down; Name of book and author, when it has to be reviewed by and who to contact once the review is done.
  • I also have a bigger notebook where I write rough ideas for blog posts and also rough drafts of book reviews. I feel like I’m more likely to procrastinate on doing something if I see it as this HUGE task. So what I do is just sit down and break down the structure of my review, make brief points about what I want to mention. This makes it less intimidating when I’m sitting on my laptop and staring at a blank document, because I know I have the at least the main points!
  • Also I find posting Wrap-ups and monthly TBR’s really helps me to read a lot more, I don’t have to gaze hopelessly at my shelf for hours on end. I just pick up the next book on my TBR and get on with it!

Again I don’t have the most complex of systems but knowing me I probably wouldn’t be able to maintain one if I did! If you’re looking for a place to start hopefully this should give you a general idea, or inspiration on how you want to organise yourself! I know this post was supposed to be up a few days ago but I still had my old laptop that crashed every 5 seconds. I have a new one (FINALLY) so onwards and upwards with the regular uploads *fingers crossed*.

The Loving Husband: Review

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Title: The Loving Husband

Author: Christobel Kent

Published: April 7th 2016

Length:  416 pages

Source: Received for review from Netgalley

 

I’m back with another review and this one is for a psychological thriller! So let me start by saying that this book shares the same vibe as Gone Girl, but I just didn’t find that it was as captivating as that story. I am someone who HATES leaving stories unfinished or even TV shows. I watched six seasons of Gossip Girl when I found it tedious at season 1. That’s just something I do. BUT I couldn’t finish this book and let me explain why:

For me it was a lot of aspects that contributed to me just feeling mehhh about the book. I didn’t hate it, but I also had no general feeling about it… First of all, I didn’t really enjoy the writing style, it felt a bit too choppy and disconnected from the story. I feel like as a reader there are some writing styles that just make the progression feel more natural. There are some books out there that I’ve read purely on the fact that the writing style was good enough for me.

Another factor was our main character Fran, I hate to say this but she was just dull. I personally didn’t find her relatable, and generally I wasn’t invested in her character. I think the basis of that is this, there were a lot of situations within the first 20% of the story ( I read this on kindle!) that Fran didn’t do the rational/reasonable thing. I know for the sake of the story she has to do something wrong blah blah blah, but I just felt like she didn’t put any thought into  ANY of her actions.

I don’t particularly like reviewing a book I didn’t enjoy reading, and I don’t think any book reviewer does. BUT I did start this book blog to share with you all my reading experiences, give you my opinion and let you form your own when you read the book. So here it is! Maybe in the future I’ll give this another try? Once reading begins to feel like work that’s usually when I fall into a reading slump, so I just step away from that book. If you’re into psychological thrillers and don’t have a particularly extensive TBR list, give this a try?