BOOKISH THINGS THAT MAKE ME SMILE

Mabuhay, friends!

I’m so glad you take the time to stop by my blog every now again. I hope the days have been kind to you. The days have been nothing but overwhelming for me but writing today’s post has helped me realize the need to take a pause and breathe. Reality is unavoidable but if I could carve out some space where I can reset my mental health and gather my strength, things become a bit more bearable.

With today’s post, I’m highlighting a few bookish things over the past week that have made me smile. I love that by noting down the things I am grateful for, I gain a refreshing perspective on my life. I think, this could be something to continue on the blog. What do you think?

I hope reading my blog brings a smile to your face. Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

THE LIBRARY

Having grown up without a library, my first experience with a public library in Australia gave me a rush of giddiness. It’s almost funny how I am no longer as frustrated of being refused for ARCs. Actually, my ARC requests have gone down significantly because being able to request from the local library makes me feel less stressed about having to read all the new releases. It also helps a lot that my public library is only a five minute walk away!

MY BOOK REVIEWS

Ah, reviews. I love dissecting books and analyzing them closely but I find that orally reviewing a book comes easier to me than writing. So I used to feel really down whenever I saw my book review posts not getting as much attention as my book lists or discussion posts.

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NEW BOOKISH APPS

If you’ve been hiding under between the pages of your latest read, then I forgive you for not knowing about the latest apps for the book community. BookSloth and The Story Graph are similar to Goodreads in that they allow users to track the books the read and their TBRs. However, unlike Goodreads, BookSloth allows users to provide ratings on different themes of the books like the worldbuilding, the character development, and storyline. But what I love the most, is that it actually has a feature to help you track reading challenges! As someone who is terrible at tracking my reading challenges, I love this added feature.

The Story Graph is still in its beta stage, but I love that they have a reading statistics feature. It breaks down your reading according to the genres you’ve read, the mood and pacing of the books, the number of pages, and provides the average rating you give.

CAFFEINE TOURS

This goes without saying but give a massive congratulation to Shealea finally creating a website for Caffeine Tours! I’ve signed up as a host for some of the blog tours and have always had an amazing time working with Shealea. The company advocates for diverse representation in books and own voices authors. I love how through a book tour company, Caffeine Tours pursues its passion for books while also uplifting marginalized authors.

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🌺 What made you smile this week?

🌺 What’s your favourite bookish app?

🌺 Would you like to read more posts similar to this?

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17 thoughts on “BOOKISH THINGS THAT MAKE ME SMILE

  1. Charvi says:

    This is such a sweet post, Cam 🙂
    Definitely needed this. God, it’s been ages since I went to a library, especially the state library in my hometown. I’m really hoping that it reopens soon so that I get to just breathe in the books and be surrounded by books!

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  2. Louise @ Monstrumology says:

    I’m so jealous that your local library is so close to you! There used to be a public library five minutes away from my house but our city council decided to close it and tons of other libraries so now the nearest one is about fifteen minutes away by car 🥺

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  3. Lois says:

    I love writing reviews too and it always makes me sad to see how little interaction reviews generally seem to get in comparison to other posts. Dissecting and discussing a book is one of the blogging highlights for me.

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  4. Malka @ Paper Procrastinators says:

    Yes! The library makes me so happy! My library is super close by as well, and during the summer I love walking there with my friend! It was closed for a while because of Corona, but now it’s back open for contact-less pickup and I couldn’t be happier!

    I think that the book blogging community also makes me so happy! I love discussing books with people, and having a blog has provided me with a platform to discuss books with so many people around the world! Plus, I now get such wonderful and diverse recommendations for books to read, and in the process get to form so many wonderful online friendships!

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  5. jamishelves says:

    This is such a cute post, I feel you on the apps one. I love The Story Graph so much and discovering it made me so happy. Also, I had a library growing up but I live in rural Australia so it was very small, when I saw the big city library one near uni I was also giddy with excitement haha !

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