What Can Go Wrong #2: Apparently I expanded my tbr shelf!

Welcome all to another episode of “What Can Go Wrong”?. Last week I made this a new game in which a random number generator picks me a book from one shelf, only I have now expanded that to two shelves! Already this is turning into a terrible idea!

You’ll see lots of familiar faces on the shelves-Agatha Christie, Tamara Pierce, Donna Tartt. But there’s not so popular books too! So we have a wide range to choose from! Let’s play!

Oh god. Oh no. No, no nooooooo

Sh*t. F*ck. No. Why does this hate me? The first pick was The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman and I enjoyed it a lot but this? *glances at pages: 732 pages. I have to read this in a week to get to pick my next book. If I don’t finish there’s a punishment. I haven’t figured out what the punishment is yet, suggestions would be good y’all. Anyway.

Goodreads Summary:

Few first novels have created as much popular excitement as The Pickwick Papers–-a comic masterpiece that catapulted its 24-year-old author to immediate fame. Readers were captivated by the adventures of the poet Snodgrass, the lover Tupman, the sportsman Winkle &, above all, by that quintessentially English Quixote, Mr Pickwick, & his cockney Sancho Panza, Sam Weller. From the hallowed turf of Dingley Dell Cricket Club to the unholy fracas of the Eatanswill election, via the Fleet debtor’s prison, characters & incidents sprang to life from Dickens’s pen, to form an enduringly popular work of ebullient humour & literary invention.

Here’s hoping that I can finish this in a week. Maybe. Doubtful. Wish me luck!

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book

Book TBR List: Top Five Dark Academia Books On My Radar

Hey y’all,

Lately I have discovered a love for dark academia and with fall on the way it’s the perfect mood read! So I gathered a list of the top ones that I have been dying for and thought I’d share it with you!

#1:

Who hasn’t seen this book floating around? It’s been super hyped up and I’m here for it. For those of you who don’t recall or haven’t known about it, Victoria Lee is also the author of The Fever King, which-shockingly-I haven’t read yet either. But this is high on my radar and I can’t wait!

#2:

Who has seen this cover? Because I sure haven’t! I like this cover and it intrigues me into wanting to read the secret history even more but it’s a solid 600+page book. Maybe someday I will get to it.

#3:

I have an arc of this that I still haven’t read-whoops. I’m hoping to get to my arcs soon, but I simply lost the will of writing reviews. I’m struggling to get back into it by building up to it. But I’ve heard great things about this book so hopefully I’ll love it!

#4:

I adore Leigh Bardugo, so why haven’t I red this yet?! What have I been doing all this time?! Why am I so behind on backlist titles?!? But this has mixed reviews and I am tentative in picking this up. Maybe for Halloween I might!

And finally…

#5:

This book looks so stunning! I have an arc of this too, but who here is shocked that I haven’t read it. *heavy sigh*. I’ve actually heard nothing about this book from anyone despite it’s being a best seller? Has anyone read this?

Those are the top five books that are Dark Academia that are on my list! Are any of these your favorites? What ones are you familiar with? I hope to get to these soon but probably wise not to hold our breathes lol.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

What Can Go Wrong? #1: Random Number Generator Picks My Weekend Read!

Hello everyone,

My tbr bookshelf!

I decided to start a series called “What Can Go Wrong?” where a random number generator picks me a book for the weekend and I will read it! I’ve packed books that I’ve owned for a year or more onto my shelf shown above. These are all books that some I really want to read and some I don’t. (Please do not pick Gilead!)

Here is the number chosen for me:

Yayyyyyy! Not Gilead!!!

Book chosen is this one!:

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. I have actually read this, but don’t remember a thing or if I wrote a review for it and really want to be able to knock out another series! I’m sure a lot of you already know about this book, but just in case…

GOODREADS SUMMARY:

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.

Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.

And that is the book chosen! I will replace it with The Pickwick Papers by David Copperfield (one I really don’t want to read but had for ages!)

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Get To Know Me: Ten Questions About Being a Blogger/Reviewer

Hello all,

Not my picture, used from Pinterest!

So I’ve been scrounging for content ideas and decided to figure a few things out for myself. This post is mostly for me, but I am still sharing as a reminder for later.

What is my blog about? Reviews, books, promoting the authors and publishers I love

How often will I be posting? After my hiatus I’m attempting to post at least once a day if I can. Or once every other day if I’m busy.

Blogging Plans? I would love to start blog hopping on others blogs but I have no idea how. I’d like to grow traffic on my blog but not through adding ads or making pop ups. I’d love to grow more original content too.

How long have I been blogging? My history shows that I’ve been blogging for 6+years now. I’ve learned a lot and I’m hoping to steadily grow more in terms of the things I’ll learn.

Biggest Blogging Goals? Transfer all my tbr books onto my blog from Goodreads, Amazon Wishlist, and other places like it. Also interview my favorite authors such as Stephen King, Jim Butcher, and Margaret Atwood as well as others. Make my blog stand out and be a safe place for those that have triggers in books and support LGBT+. Strive to promote indie titles more than mainstream titles.

Biggest Blogging Problems? WordPress is a bit frustrating sometimes. Also I have limited funds to support the author’s I’d like to buy books of, and I also blog from my phone these days so connectivity to internet can be a challenge.

Future upcoming posts-what can you look forward to? Blog hopping maybe. Interviews with authors. More frequent book reviews would be nice as this is meant to be a place to actually review books.

Blogging pet peeves? When researching people insist on using Pinterest to promote your blog, or having a gorgeous Instagram account, or a popular YouTube channel. No thank you. I should be able to blog and grow without all that or constantly doing follow for follow. I’m not about the popularity contest in terms of blogging. I just want to do my own thing with helpful hints and guides for the blogger not the rest of it too.

How long do you intend to blog for? Will you quit? I don’t think I’d quit but a future hiatus might happen again in a few years. I missed blogging and I doubt that I will ever stop unless something happens health wise. It’s a fun hobby for me as I’m sure it is for others too!

What do you do when you aren’t blogging? Read, hopefully. Sketching. Handling up on Real Life. Working on writing and publishing my own books. Browse Twitter, YouTube, and so forth. Enjoy myself, and try not to be too stressed out or anxious. But mostly I read and have fun.

And that’s all there is, folks. I hope to eventually get back into reviewing soon, as mentioned. If you have more questions feel free to ask in the comments. Glad to see you drop by and would love to hear your thoughts on all this.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

August Wrap Up: I read 24 books

Hello guys and girls,

August was a busy, hot month. The weather never cooled down but the reading picked up. I’ve read a lot in August, not as much as usual but certainly almost a book a day. Here’s my wrap up. I’m not going to list every book, as I couldn’t find photos for all of them but these are what I read:

A few classics, some romances, a ya or two and some historicals. My favorites of last month were Darkthaw by Kate A. Boorman, Eragon by Christopher Paolini (reread) and Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConagy. I also was delightfully surprised at Mrs. March by Virginia Feito, and I also liked but didn’t love A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle-I guess I’m spoiled by BBC’s Sherlock lol.

Anyway, that’s my wrap up, and I’m looking forward to next months books. Anyone read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

September TBR: I Haven’t Done One Of These In Ages!

Hello all,

Lots of things happening in September. September first is my birthday!!! 🎂🎉🎂 Happy birthday to me!!! (I’ll be 32 for those curious.)

Series September is also going on, meaning you try to knock out as many series as possible.

Magical Readathon is happening but I doubt I’ll participate in that one.

Becca’s Bookopolathon which I think I misspelled lol, is also happening. I’m not sure I will participate in this yet or not?

Big Books September is something I’m doing for myself in reading as many big books as I can seeing as we’re at the home stretch of the end of the year.

Here’s my potential tbr subject to change:

All the books I want to read!

Now I have read Eragon books 1 + 2 but I don’t think I’ve read book 3 and I know I haven’t read the last one.

I have read the Poppy War but not the remaining two.

I have read ALL of Pawn of Prophecy first original set up until the second series midway through.

And I’ve read book one of Sabriel but not the rest.

See a theme going here? Lol. I’m hoping to grab these from my local library and finish these all off hopefully. The rest I haven’t listed are ones that I’ve not read. These are some extras that I’m contemplating for series + big books:

Extra books I’ve been meaning to read!

I probably won’t get to all of these lol. And I’m still struggling in writing reviews, but I really am behind and hopeful that September can be my catch up month. Y’all can join me in #BigBookSeptember. I’d love for you to spread the word! Just tag me on Twitter as @Lovesbookandtea! What’s your tbr looking like? Read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

BOOKISH TBR: What’s On My Kindle Right Now?

Hello everyone!

I have quite the collection of books I’m attempting to get through in between my physical reads. Here’s what I have so far:

As I don’t know much about them being on kindle and not physical I’ll talk about them in my upcoming book reviews! Currently fixing to start “Days of Distraction” and looking forward to all of these. Are there any on your radar? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

History or Mystery? Top Six Books On My TBR

Hello everyone,

I’ve got quite the hefty tbr going and so I thought I’d share some that I’m looking forward to reading here soon (I hope!). In no particular order these books are high on my wishlist to read:

A historical fiction piece about a group of men surviving in Alaska while the leader’s wife makes her own efforts to survive.
After losing her husband to war, a woman begins to become a well known midwife and leads a revolution.
A married couple become separated by war and husband believes that his wife has died when a chance encounter shows otherwise a few years later.
A woman goes on a hunt for lost art, and becomes involved in a mystery a painting believed to have been destroyed might actually be around after all.
A woman homicide detective returns to Ireland after clues show up of a long ago missing woman.
A woman begins to question that the man she loves might be a serial killer.

Each of these have elements history or mystery that I’m eager to explore. Some are new releases, while others are are backlist titles I’ve been meaning to get to for ages. Are any of these ones y’all have heard of? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Discussion: Growing Your Blog

Hey everybody,

I’ve been attempting to fix all my old blog posts so you might have noticed some changes. At some point I’m going to have to sit and figure out a way to make my website easy to read for both my laptop and my phone. I use it on my phone more and am realizing it’s not what it could be in terms of easy access. Hopefully I can get all this fixed soon. But I am discussing today blog growth!

I’ve been blogging for SIX YEARS now and have 300 followers.

In the grand scheme of things that’s not a lot, and while I’m happy at all the new faces, I seriously need to step it up a notch. These are the tactics that I learned to help me get those followers:

Follow for follow, comment for comment, have a beautiful Instagram, have a prolific Pinterest account, write up guest posts on other blogs/bring in a guest to your blog, hold a contest, publish great content, be more social & write ten posts a day.

Now I don’t know about y’all, but all that work seems ridiculous. There MUST be an easier way to generate more traffic, more followers, and grow your blog as high as you possibly can. I’m overall lazy. I know that’s not a good quality, but again. There must be an easier way. I’m also not the most social of creatures and I fight just to keep up with commenters on my blog. All this work just to make a name for yourself? Ridiculous.

And there’s others out there who cheat and pay for their blogs to gain all the followers. I don’t know about y’all but I have zero funds. Covid, medical health care, and bills take up more than all my money. Not to mention education and what remains I use to buy books and a subscription for KU (Kindle Unlimited).

If you are looking for me to tell you an easier way-I’m going to be honest and say I have no idea what easier way there is. You are going to fight to make your blog stand out. It’s going to be hard. Your going to whine and complain and feel like you don’t want this anymore because it’s too hard. Or you can also easily get burnout like I did.

I have advice though!

Don’t give up. I spent a year away from my blog and yet IT STILL GREW. I know it’s hard, believe me we’ve all been there. But eventually you’ll bypass the hundred followers mark. Soon you will get to the thousands. You just need to be patient and stick with it.

Research, ask around, make friends, watch countless how to videos, learn

I spent a lot of time scratching at Google for tips, ideas, tricks. I talked to other book bloggers that had way more experience than me. I wrote reviews that were both good and bad and I learned more than I thought I ever would.

The community makes it worth it.

The people here are amazing and supportive and the best! You’ll make new friends and find people read as much as you if not more so. Growth may happen but don’t be upset if it takes a while. Even if it takes a year or years, you need to be patient and stick with it. Keep growing content. Keep being strong.

You’ll get there.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

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