Top Ten Tuesday: Essential Online Resources for Bloggers and Readers

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Online Resources for Book Lovers. These kinds of posts are always so informative. I always feel like there are so many resources out there that I just haven’t discovered yet and thanks to these posts, I get to see what everyone else is using to make life as a blogger and reader easier. I hope you are able to find some great resources from my list.

  1. Canva – Canva is essential for all us bloggers who aren’t graphic designers. Every graphic you see on my blog was designed in Canva. Everything I design on here makes me feel more professional and less embarrassed by my lack of graphic design skills. I think I blocked out what my blog used to look like before I discovered this website because it wasn’t pretty.
  2. Thesaurus – If you have been reviewing books for a while, you understand that sometimes finding the right word is so hard. I always have a tab open to a thesaurus to help me in those moments when the right word is so elusive.
  3. Evernote – Evernote is where I type out ideas for blog posts, it’s where I type out Instagram captions, and even where I write reviews when I am not at home. I always get my best ideas when I am out walking my dog and because I don’t have the best memory, having this app on my phone is essential.
  4. Snapseed – If you ever wondered what kind of editing app I use for my photos for Instagram, it’s Snapseed. I’ve tried multiple editing apps, but this is the one I always go back to.
  5. Photopea – I haven’t gotten a chance to explore this site a lot, but I heard that it is just like photoshop but free.
  6. Nightlight podcast – A few weeks ago, I was really craving horror, but I had a full TBR and couldn’t pick up any horror books, so I went online to search for some horror podcasts and came across this one which features stories from Black writers.
  7. Diversity in Horror Fiction – I just came across this blog this year and it is a great source if you are looking for diverse horror stories. There is a pretty exhaustive list of horror fiction by BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and disabled authors.
  8. Hoopla – So I just recently discovered that some libraries allow you to stream movies and music from this app. Amazing.
  9. San Jose Public Library – This year I also discovered that some libraries are issuing digital library cards because of Covid and after searching and searching, the first I came across was San Jose Public Library. If you live in California, you can sign up. This was such a blessing for me because my library does not have a very good selection of audiobooks but this one does! I’ve also had luck with the Anaheim Public Library and though I haven’t signed up yet, I believe Berkeley Public Library is also doing the same. I don’t know if this is something other states are doing, but it’s worth checking out.
  10. Fellow Bloggers – Don’t forget that though we are a small community, we are a great resource when it comes to books and blogging. If there is a certain kind of book you are looking for or you have a question about blogging, odds are that there is someone in the community who can help you out. If you ever have a question for me, do not hesitate to ask ❤

Do you also use some of these resources? What is your go-to app for blog graphics and photo editing? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own TTT posts, so I can visit!

Top Ten Tuesday: You Are NOT a Bad Book Blogger If…

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Bookish Pet Peeves. I do have some bookish pet peeves, but I’ve learned over the years that every reader is their own person and my own pet peeves should not hinder other readers, so I usually keep these pet peeves to myself. As a result, I wanted to make this week’s post a little more positive and let you all know that you are not a bad book blogger even if you feel like you fall short sometimes. I’ve been blogging for seven years and consider myself a veteran at it, but I am still in the process of unlearning some of these things. Whether you are a new blogger or have been here for years, I hope you know that no matter where you are in your blogging journey, you are amazing for starting this journey and are deserving of appreciation.

You are NOT a bad book blogger if…

  1. …You don’t post a review of an ARC before its publication date – I know this is one of the reasons why publishers send out ARCs, but sometimes life takes precedence and it’s okay if you get to an ARC late.
  2. …You don’t review everything you read – We are not machines and we shouldn’t expect ourselves to review everything we pick up. Sometimes it’s nice to read something and not think about how you’re going to summarize your thoughts.
  3. …You don’t adhere to a strict blogging schedule – Sure it’s great to get a post out exactly when you intend and it’s great to have consistent content on your blog, but you don’t need to participate in memes every week or post a review every week. You determine your own schedule and you should always give yourself some slack.
  4. …You don’t buy every book you read – I know book haul posts get a lot of attention, but over the years, I feel like they also put too much pressure on bloggers to buy buy buy. You don’t have to own every book you read. For some of us, the library is the answer and for others its ARCs.
  5. …You don’t have time to blog hop – One thing I never anticipated before I started book blogging was the social aspect of it. I thought I would read books, post reviews, and that would be it. I had no idea a whole community existed and that I would become a part of it. I want to support my fellow bloggers, but I don’t always have the time to do so and that’s okay.
  6. …You don’t continue every series whose opening novel you liked – I would love to have all the time in the world to finish all the series I’ve started, but sometimes you just lose interest or other series become more important.
  7. ….You aren’t on every social media platform – Book blogs. Book Twitter. Bookstagram. BookTube. BookTok. Bookterest? There are so many platforms out there that demand our full attention. So many places where we could promote ourselves and our content, but doing so would be a full-time job in itself and it isn’t plausible to be present to the same degree everywhere.
  8. …You take hiatuses – This year I took the longest hiatus I’ve ever taken from blogging and you know what? I feel fantastic. Not having to blog reduced the amount of stress in my life and provided me with the space I needed to regroup and come back stronger.
  9. …You sometimes hate blogging – I have had days where I have absolutely dreaded opening my computer to blog or catch up on comments. I promise you that this is normal. Blogging may be a labor of love, but it is labor nonetheless.
  10. …You feel guilty about various aspects of blogging – I struggle with guilt a lot. I always feel like I could be better, that I could do more, that only if I put a little more time or effort into blogging, I’d finally feel satisfied with my blogging career. These are all lies. If you feel guilty it’s probably because you’ve put a lot of pressure on yourself. Pressure can be good. It can push you to be better, but it can also suck all the fun out of what should be an enjoyable hobby. The best advice I can give you is to learn to be gentle with yourself.

FINALLY…

Hey you, I hope you have a good week! Also be sure to leave a link to your TTT post, so I can visit!

Top Ten Tuesday: Sixteen Latinx Releases to Add to Your TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Freebie. I am currently celebrating Latinx Heritage Month and I hope you are as well. For this week’s topic, I am highlighting books by Latinx authors that are coming out the last few months of this year. I hope you add some of these to your TBR and support Latinx authors beyond this month. Covers linked to Goodreads.

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1. Miosotis Flores Never Forgets by Hilda Eunice Burgos

Publication Date: October 5, 2021

2. Everything Within and In Between by Nikki Barthelmess

Publication Date: October 5, 2021

3. The Throwback List by Lily Anderson

Publication Date: October 5, 2021

4. Dragonblood Ring by Amparo Ortiz

Publication Date: October 12, 2021

5. Our Way Back to Always by Nina Moreno

Publication Date: October 12, 2021

6. The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

Publication Date: October 12, 2021

7. Concealed by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Publication Date: October 19, 2021

8. We Light Up the Sky Lilliam Rivera

Publication Date: October 26, 2021

9. Dreaming of You by Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Publication Date: October 26, 2021

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10. Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed edited by Saraciea J. Fennell

Publication Date: November 2, 2021

11. When We Were Them by Laura Taylor Namey

Publication Date: November 2, 2021

12. You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith

Publication Date: November 2, 2021

13. Spin Me Right Round by David Valdes

Publication Date: November 2, 2021

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14. Manu: A Graphic Novel by Kelly Fernández

Publication Date: November 2, 2021

15. I’m Not Hungry, But I Could Eat by Christopher Gonzalez

Publication Date: December 1, 2021

16. Queen of Urban Prophecy by Aya de León

Publication Date: December 28, 2021

Are you adding any of these to your TBR? Is there a book by a Latinx author that I didn’t mention coming out at the end of this year that I should know about? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Most Anticipated Fall 2021 Releases

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Books on My Fall 2021 To-read List. How is it already fall? Where the heck did summer go? The only thing I’m truly looking forward to this season is cooler temperature and Halloween of course. This week I am sharing my top ten most anticipated fall releases. I wish I had enough time to get to them all, but alas, as bookworms, we are burdened with never finishing our TBR. Covers linked to Goodreads.

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1. We Light Up the Sky by Lilliam Rivera

Publication Date: October 5, 2021

2. Dragonblood Ring by Amparo Ortiz

Publication Date: October 12, 2021

3. Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

Publication Date: October 5, 2021

4. Our Way Back to Always by Nina Moreno

Publication Date: October 12, 2021

5. Jade Fire Gold by C.L. Tan

Publication Date: October 12, 2021

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6. The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera 

Publication Date: October 12, 2021

7. Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

Publication Date: October 19, 2021

8. Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

Publication Date: October 19, 2021

9. A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger

Publication Date: November 9, 2021

10. A psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown

Publication Date: November 2, 2021

Are you excited about any of these as well? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit!