The Book Blogger Insider Tag

Hello friends, happy Wednesday! I hope your week got off to a nice start. Today is book tag day, and the lovely Reg @ She Latitude tagged me to talk about…my book blogging habits!

This is a topic I never get tired of – and I guess you probably noticed…so here goes for a couple rules and a fun game of Q&A.

Rules

Answer the questions below.
Credit the creator: Camryn @The Writing Crafter.
Tag at least 5 people.
Have fun!

1) Where do you typically write your blog posts?

I usually write all of my blog posts on the couch – while the tv is running on the background. Like right now, with 2 Broke Girls playing.

2) How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

That’s actually a great question I wouldn’t know how to answer, because I have no idea ahah. I’d say that writing the review, when I’m inspired, can take about fifteen minutes. If we’re counting formatting, editing and all the way up to scheduling the review…we’re more looking at an hour, an hour and a half haha.

3) When did you start your book blog?

I started over two years ago now, and writing this makes me feel so ooooooold. Also…Is it a good or a bad thing that I can’t remember just what the hell I was doing with my life before this?

4) What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Oh boy. So many different things come with this territory, so many drawbacks I never imagined. I’m going to make blogging sound like a chore right here, but it really isn’t. The worst thing has to be that blogging takes SO.MUCH.TIME.

5) What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

I don’t need to think about this twice: the best thing about blogging is the community. Finding my kind of people who love to talk about books just as much as I do, being able to fangirl without feeling like I’m some kind of crazy person.

6) What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

Hm, this is kind of a hard question to answer, I am never entirely satisfied with something I’ve written because I am too big of a perfectionnist to ever be. But I think some of the blog posts I’ve had the most fun to write were mostly discussion posts:

7) What is your favourite type of blog post to write?

I think it shows, but my favorite kind of blog posts to write are discussions, whether they are bookish or blogging-related. I’m still really surprised to see how much, by just pouring my heart out and ranting about my own blogging issues and sources of happiness, people seem to really relate to it and answer to it so well. They are my favorite and most successful posts just as well,…so I think I got the jackpot here.

8) When do you typically write?

I usually write on the weekends and in the mornings, it’s where I schedule and write most of my blog posts.

9) Do you review every book you read?

Noooooooooooo. When I first started, I thought I had to, and tried my best to do so. But I quickly realized that I read way more faster than I could write my reviews, and gave up the idea of reviewing every single thing I read. I always share a bit of my thoughts on Goodreads, and write reviews for the books I really want to talk about the most on the blog and the books I got lucky enough to receive as review copies.

10) How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

I write all of my reviews…well, I don’t have a particular routine for when I write reviews, but usually since it’s in the morning, I have my cup of tea and maybe a bit of tv on the background.

11) When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

Right after finishing the book. Ha. HA. HA. This has never happened to me, oops. I tend to take ageeeeees before writing a review, mostly because I am procrastinating a lot, and I think maybe it’d be better if I wrote the review right away, but I can’t seem to do that.

12) How often do you post?

Now this is a question I would have answered differently two years ago, and it’s always great to see how much I’ve changed and my blogging ways changed since I started this. I used to post about 4 to 5 times a week, but since I’ve graduated, I changed my blogging routine to 3 times a week, because writing blog posts take so.much.time. But I love it.

My Tags

I’d love for these lovely bloggers to take time to answer these fun questions:

Kat @ Life & Other Disasters

Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings

Lais @ Harumansae Books

Swetlana @ Reading Through The Night

Quick question: am I the only one waiting AGES before I review a book? If you’re writing it right away, tell me your secrets? Also, do you review every book you read, why or why not? Let me know in comments!

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65 thoughts on “The Book Blogger Insider Tag

    1. Ohh thank you so much 🙂 Well, I find the show very funny, you should try! Episodes are only like 20 minutes long, so if you don’t like it…you won’t lose a lot of time aha 🙂 Have a wonderful day! 🙂

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  1. Nice tag! It’s very hard to review a book right after finishing it because I’m a fast reader and It’ll usually take me more than a week to review a book. I used to review every book that I read but now not so much because it’s definitely time consuming.

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    1. Thank you so, so much Raven! ❤ I am the same way, and when I finish a book I don't always have time to review it right away :). Do you review only the books you have loads of things to say on, then, or how do you pick the books you review, if you don't mind me asking? 😀

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      1. Well, I mostly review YA and NA books that I loved and also underrated books that needs to be spotlighted. I don’t review two star rated books unless they are popular or hyped. Sometimes I also read adult books like psychological thrillers and erotica but I don’t review those in my blog.

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  2. Haha, you’re not alone! Sometimes, I’m a good book blogger and review the book the day of or a couple days later, and sometimes I do it weeks later. 😂 I think I have, so far reviewed every book I’ve read in some capacity, but I don’t think I’ll ever review all of the ones I read when I blog.

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    1. Haha thank you so much, I’m happy to hear I’m not the only one procrastinating and taking weeks to write a review 😂😂. Reviewing every single book we read would be…well, veery time-consuming just as well, I guess.

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  3. Thank you so much for nominating me! This will be a fun one to do for sure! 😀

    I usually try to review every book I read, but then I also don’t read a ton of books during a month so it’s doable for me! Out of the 7 books I’ve read this year I was able to review 5 of them. 🙂 I usually wait a couple of days at most, otherwise I feel like I won’t remember what I was feeling and why I was feeling it.

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    1. You’re welcome, I hope you’ll have fun answering these questions! 🙂
      I understand the feeling, and more than often I regret not reviewing the book right away haha. I try to keep note of a couple things in my phone in order not to forget too much things ahha 🙂

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      1. I actually highlight in my books, I’ve recently started taking notes of scenes I really enjoyed in a notebook and then once I’m done reading I do a quick list of the things I enjoyed and didn’t enjoy – which I figured would help me out quite a bit. It worked almost too well with A Gathering Of Shadows, I ended up with a 2k word review. xD

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      2. Ohh well that’s a fantastic idea, I should try and do that just as well 🙂 Hahaha, well…at least long reviews just shows how much you had to say about the book, and that’s usually a good sign ? :p

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  4. I hate you when you say a review takes you 15min, hahahahahaha The last one I wrote took 40 minutes and the one I’m posting tomorrow took an hour… and I still have to tweak and edit it!!!!
    We both write posts during weekends and mornings, yay! I usually am either too busy or too tired to write in the afternoon and I go to bed too early to blog at night 😦

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    1. Hahaha, erm, sorry my sweechie? :/ I don’t know if this makes you feel better, but I can stare at the screen for a looooooooong time, the 15 minutes really are from the moment I start writing haha, before, I can gather my thoughts for like an hour haha.
      SAME, exactly the same my sweechie…I wish I could blog on the evenings but I always need to go to bed early, I feel like a grandma haha.

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  5. I definitely don’t review every book I read. I typically only reviews ones I felt strongly about, or think other people might enjoy reading. If a book just made me say “meh”, I usually can’t be bothered to review it – like you said, blogging takes time, and as a working adult time is too precious to waste!

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    1. I agree with you – reviewing and blogging already takes so much time, and I read much more than I can blog, so….I guess we have to make choices ahah 🙂 Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

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  6. Great tag! I love how much I learned about your blogging habits, Marie. This actually makes me feel a ton better. No, I don’t review every book I read on my blog. I try to review them all on Goodreads, though. These might be a single sentence or small paragraph, nothing crazy. When I post a review on by blog, I make certain I expand on this and develop my thoughts more. I decide a bit randomly which books get full posts. It has to do with my procrastination. I might wait 6 months to write a review just because now it feels right. Who knows.

    Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. 😉

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    1. Ohh thank you, Jackie! I didn’t tag you officially in the post, but if you want to do it I would LOVE to read your answers to this just as well 😀
      And thank you for saying this – it makes me feel soooo much better for being a slow reviewer ahah 🙂

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  7. I write mine right away, but it’s only because I have nothing to do with my life otherwise 😜 If I don’t have access to a computer right away, I quickly jot down notes in my notes app.

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  8. Great tag and I love your answers! Haha, indeed, I can’t remember what I did with my life before blogging either 😉
    I used to review books in the next 1-2 days after reading AND I tried to review every book I read but now… ahem.. now I don’t anymore because as you say, I also read faster than I write and blogging just takes so much time. And I started procrastinating a bit more, so now my reviews also get written later. But I still remember most of it, so it’s all good 🙂

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    1. Oh thank you so much! 🙂 Haha well I’m glad to hear you remember everything, I sometimes have to look up the character’s names again hahaha I’m so bad at this at times haha.

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  9. Great post Marie. I 100% agree with your choices for the best and worst things. The time issue is so sad because it’s like for me, I have all these ideas but then I never get chance to write them or when I do have chance it doesn’t come out right…
    The community is a blessing. I can safely say without the community I wouldn’t be where I am today.

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    1. Thank you so much! It is so hard to find the time to put all of our ideas into action, but…Well I want to hope that we’ll manage to keep up with the best ones 🙂
      I completely agree with you about the community, it’s the best. ❤

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  10. It takes me weeks to review books too and even then, most of my reviews are almost always super short because I cannot express myself to save my life. 15 minutes to write a review? It takes me that long just to type the title and author (okay, maybe that was an exaggeration but you get what I mean). Congratulations on two years! Here’s to two more years! 😀

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    1. Hahaha well I’m glad I’m not the only one taking ages to write reviews ahah 🙂 15 minutes really is the time it takes once I start the first sentence…it takes way more time before that to think about how I should start this haha. Thank you so much!! 🙂

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  11. I completely agree about the best and worst things!

    I’m one of those people who writes book reviews asap after finishing a book. If I don’t, then I forget stuff, but also the reviews I need to write start to pile up which stresses me out. Doing reviews one at a time as soon as a finish a book makes them a lot more manageable and simple and stress-free.

    I don’t review every book though. I don’t know how people do that either! I read too many to fit them all in. But I have started reviewing more of the books I read than I did when I started, so I’m creeping toward reviewing every book without meaning to lol.

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    1. I understand, and sometimes I wish I could do that just as well. Reviews are piling up soo quickly, but I don’t have the time to write anything blogging related during the weeks (except if I want to lose sleep, and if I do I’ll be sleeping on my desk at work which is…no good haha).
      Thank you so much! Please let me know if you manage to write all the reviews for aaaall the books haha 😀

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  12. Great answers for this tag Marie. I pretty much agree with you on all of them, but seriously how do you write the amazing reviews you do in only 15 minutes?! Please share your secrets because I just finished a review that took me an hour to write, and sometimes it can be even longer than that if it was a book I really loved. I need to learn to manage my time better!
    The book blogging community is really amazing though isn’t it? Honestly my favourite part about starting my blog is meeting everyone I’ve met on WordPress so far and talking about books, kind of makes up for the fact everything takes so much time! 😀 ❤

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  13. Wonderful tag! I definitely don’t review every book I read, and the main reason is that for some books, I don’t really have much to say. Like, there are books which I enjoyed but wouldn’t be able to elaborate on, and for those ones, I generally don’t write a review and just mention them in my wrap up!

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    1. I understand the feeling – I wanted to review everything at first, but then realized I didn’t have much to say about the book to turn it into a full review :/ Thank you so much Anushka! 🙂

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  14. I love this tag! It’s awesome that you can write posts with the tv on in the background because I can’t at all. When I’ve tried I always end up watching whatever is on the TV and ignoring what I was doing on the computer. Most of the time I have to write with nature music because it helps me concentrate better for some weird reason 😂😂. As for writing reviews, I used to write them straight after I finished a book because I didn’t take notes but now that I do I usually wait until the day after I finish it or on rare occasions a few days. If I wait for too long even with notes I forget too much lol. And I’m with you on reviewing every book you read. Sometimes I either read it too fast or just want a fun zero review pressure read. Great post, Marie!! 😊♥

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    1. Hahaha, well…I’m not too focused on the TV, really, it’s just a bunch of background noise…and when it’s a TV show I’m addicted to or something I want to watch, then…I’m not too focused on my blogging anymore ahha. Ohh it’s great you can listen to nature music ahah, it can be very peaceful I guess and help focusing? Ahah 🙂
      Thank you so, so much Melissa! ❤ ❤

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  15. I always love your answers because it seems like I could always relate to you, Marie hahaha 😛 I don’t usually blog while watching tv but I do listen to music, and speaking of I love Two Broke Girls! I never intentionally watch them but when I randomly find them on tv, I love it. It’s hilarious hahaha 😂 I’m the type of person who reviews almost all the books I read and do it right after I finish the book. Hahaha I guess it’s because I like to record my thoughts, so I review every books I read on goodreads (though there might be some exceptions for books I feel indifferent about). I don’t post all of them on my blog though hehe I do it right away because it’s the only way I can. If I wait a few days or after I read another book… well, it never goes well. I forget everything unless the books are really exceptional hahaha great answers ❤

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    1. Aww this makes me happy you can relate, I feel less alone ahah 🙂
      Do you do full, long review on Goodreads just as well? I admire you so, so much ahha, I don’t have time to write full reviews of every single book everywhere – or I feel like I don’t have enough time anyway to do it all ahah :/

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  16. Much like how I study and/or do work, it’s gotta be totally silent (or at least no audible conversation etc. in the background). That’s how I focus best, I guess. I think it’s fine to make blogging sound like a though…although the better word as to how I’d describe it is to call it a habit; then it feels less like a “chore” if you’re following some self imposed scheduled. Kind of like working out…but for your brain haaah.

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    1. I agree with you, blogging definitely has become a habit, I have a little schedule every day, then different on the weekends when I need to write all of the posts ahah. I guess it can’t be called a chore if we are doing it for ourselves and, well…kind of liking it even if it makes us crazy at times ahah 🙂

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  17. Love this, Marie!! Oh my gosh, I gave up trying to review every book I read a while ago because it is. So. Hard. Nowadays I just record a little bit of my thoughts (because I have the worst memory ever) and leave it at that, unless it’s a review copy or a book that I really want to share with everyone ahah. And yes, blogging takes up so much time?!!? And I don’t have enough of that aghhhh so frustrating. But the blogging community is absolutely amazing for sure, and is so worth the effort and time ahah. Lovely tag, Marie! ❤

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much Analee! ❤ ❤ It is worth the time for sure, but I couldn't review every single book on my blog for instance…I would need like, a gazillion more hours everyday to do so haha 🙂

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