Welcome to The Book Robin Hoods

Hello!! I have recently received some very happy news… I am part of The Book Robin Hoods Bloggers! We are a group of bloggers who help review and promote author’s books. Please check out The Book Robin Hoods Webpage found here.

I am at the very bottom of this list but my blog is next to so many amazing ones! I cannot wait to get paired with some authors and read their books!!

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My January Book Challenge

So this year I am working on a number of challenges all at once.

I am trying to complete the Popsugar challenge for 2018 which can be found here.

I am also working on the A to Z challenge posted by a Goodreads group.

And for both lists I am reading from my current TBR pile which contains over 300 books. YIKES. This is part of #TheUnreadShelfProject2018 which you can find out more about on instagram.

There are also 20 bluebonnet nominees that I need to read found here. And my group of librarians will be picking 20 books for nominees for the Lectio Awards sometime soon. So I will need to read all 40 of those.

So I am breaking things down month-by-month and trying to read as many books as possible and cross referencing them to as many challenges as possible. This month, on instagram, @FoxandWit posted a fun January challenge with prizes if you finish.

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On the first of this month I finished Cruel Crown which is the novella Prequel to The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. That was before I had found this challenge and it didn’t really count towards anything. I picked the last challenge to complete first and finished This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab next. You can read my review here. 

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Next, I decided to just go ahead and make my list so I knew exactly what I was going to read.

I have been buddy reading the Lunar Chronicles with a group of bookstagrammers and have been loving it. The first half of this month they were reading Cress so I decided to read that for “A Retelling of a Fairy Tale or Legend You’ve Never Read. I had to order that one, so while I waited I picked up Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld for “A Steampunk Fantasy”.

Currently, I am about halfway through Cress so I still have three more categories and books which means I am about to start binge reading.

A Book with Snow in the Title: Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgewick 

A Book Published by an Independent Author: James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing by G. Norman Lippert

A Book that Sounds Interesting but has an Ugly Cover: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan

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I also need to read one middle grade novel for school this month and I started back to classes. I have 13 more days to read. Do you think I can do it?

Have you read any of the books I mentioned above?

Next month I am participating in Read-a-thin February hosted by the lovely Jessica. You can find information on her Youtube Channel here.

I have also been asked to join a Texas Writer’s Blog Group so look for information on that soon!

 

Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song

This Savage Song takes place in a world where violence breeds monsters. August is one of the rarest form of monsters, created by only the most violent of acts. August desperately wants to be human and tries to force the monster in him to hide. Kate Harker is the daughter of a man who is scarier than the monsters he controls within the city. Kate has been getting kicked out of every boarding school her father has sent her to, trying to prove to him that she can come home and be a daughter he can be proud of.

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I love that this book ended with a clean wrap-up so that you wouldn’t HAVE to read the Sequel, but you definitely will want to.

Our Dark Duet

Victoria Schwab is a genius. Her writing style is so easy to follow and this world she has created is dark, demented, and bloody. I couldn’t wait to go to bed each night so I could just pick up this book and continue to turn the pages of it.

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The characters in this book are so relatable. Although August is a monster who eats the souls of people tainted with violence, he acts desperately human for the majority of the novel. Like any teen, he wants to fit in and be good. He has a hard time giving into his monstrous appetite.

Kate’s story, though she is human, is much darker than August’s. I enjoyed her story line more just because she knew how cruel and relentless she could be, yet she was desperate for attention from the one parent she had left. I also enjoyed her more and more as the story went on and she started to remember more about her childhood and what really happened the night her mother died.

Would recommend this to readers of dark YA fantasy novels or dystopain YA readers. Solid 5/5 stars for me!

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Being a Bookstagram Rep

Since I started my bookmark store, BibliophilePrints, I have gotten to see both sides of repping, and why it is so important to small, independent companies.

For those of you who don’t know, being a rep on bookstagram means that your bookstagram is now representing a small company who thinks that you can help advertise their products.

Here is what being a rep IS and IS NOT: 

Being a Rep IS advertising and marketing for a company in exchange for some samples of their goods.

Being a Rep IS NOT getting free stuff.

Being a Rep IS about helping the store owner make connections and gain sales as well as followers.

Being a rep IS NOT about getting free stuff and posting once.

Now that we have established that being a rep is NOT getting free stuff for free lets talk about what small companies are looking for when they do rep searches and what you can do to catch their attention.

When a company puts out a rep search they are looking for bookstagrammers that they think can help them sell their products by taking clear, bright photos, interacting with their followers, and really genuinely can show that they enjoy their products.

Here is what you can do to catch shops attention:

  1. Have followers and interact with them! Don’t waste the company’s time if you just started your bookstagram and have 50 followers. Stores are looking for established accounts with a good amount of followers. When I am considering reps I am usually only looking at accounts with 500 or more followers. If you are newer here is how to gain followers on your posts:
    – Use the max amount of hashtags on your posts. Instagram lets you have 30 hashtags per post. Make sure those hashtags are relevant
    – Interact with people. Follow instagrams, like their photos, answer questions on posts and ask questions on your posts, watch people’s stories and reply to things, post on your story
  2. Feature products on your feed that the companies sell. If you want to rep for a bookmark company, take pictures of the bookmarks you already have. If you want to rep for a candle company, take pictures with the candles you already own. Even better, if you can afford to, buy something from the company and feature it on your bookstagram before the rep search is over or before it begins.
  3. Interact with the store owner! I don’t remember every entry of my rep searches but I do remember the people who talk with me and constantly comment on my posts!
  4. Read and reread the requirements for entry. Make sure you use the right hashtags and comment on their rep search post if it is required. Half the time when I don’t choose a beautiful bookstagram it is because I can’t trust people that can’t follow directions of entry. Simple as that.
  5. If you TRULY want to rep a company, keep entering their rep searches. I remember people that keep trying!

If you don’t get chosen, keep working on your account, keep posting original content, and don’t bad mouth the company. Small bookish companies have a tight knit community. Trust me when I say, if you get a bad rap, you won’t be a rep.

If you ARE chosen as a rep make sure to fulfill all your rep duties. I have had a couple reps who have not done this and if they apply to be reps for other companies I will be letting those other companies know this. When you don’t fulfill your rep duties you are wasting the company’s money and small companies don’t have money to waste.

If you are a small bookish company and you are thinking about adding reps consider a rep reward system to help motivate your reps, especially if they are only reps for one month or in their last month of repping for you. Keep in good communication with your reps. I HIGHLY suggest a rep group chat where your reps can send in their photos and so you can share news with all of them at once.

 

Do you have any advice for bookstagrammers wanting to be a rep for a company? Drop your comments below!