Blogger Recognition Award


The Rules:
  • Thank the person who nominated you and include their link
  • Give a brief explanation of how your blog began
  • Give some advice to new bloggers
  • Name ten nominees and include their links
  • Tag your nominees on Twitter to let them know

Book Buddies: Thank you so much to Nick (@NickRevws) at Out of This World SFF Reviews. He is an amazing supporter of bloggers everywhere, and an insightful reviewer. I would not have made near as many connections on WordPress or Twitter without Nick’s generosity. He always takes the time to boost my site and many others, especially newbies.  Here’s a fantastic review Nick wrote for Peter McLean’s Priest of Bones.

I was always encouraged to read when I was growing up. My parents and I would go to our city library every week, and my dad would sprint off to the spy novel section for his commute reading. My sister and I participated in all the read-a-thon events and were huge fans of Clifford and George. I also played a good deal of sports when I was young and began coaching when I started my teaching career. I was on the field for twenty years, but when our second child was born, I had to give it up because of the time commitment after school and into the evenings. I still help a couple friends and players out with events and lessons, but I have a good deal of free time now, mostly at night after the kids go to bed. That is when I do the majority of my reading. In January of this year, I started reviewing for NetGalley. It didn’t seem I had enough reach to get many of the titles I was requesting, so I started my blog. This has given me another outlet/ hobby that I can call mine, but unlike coaching, I can do it on my own time.

Here’s some tips that I have gotten over the past year of blogging, and just some lessons I have learned from my own experiences:

  • It helped for me to be on NetGalley for a couple months before launching my blog. This gave me some content right away instead of starting from scratch.
  • Be creative: Tell stories about your experiences with books, Make lists, Come up with fun titles for your posts… but don’t feel pressure to wow every time. A good review is great, but your own content can put some personality into your blog.
  • Every review doesn’t have to be a piece of literary analysis. When a friend asks us about a book, we don’t always go into an 8-part explication of the thematic subplots and symbolism… We usually stick to the basics: Do you like it? Why? Who would you recommend it to? Basically, it’s sometimes best to keep it simple.
  • Enjoy the perks, but don’t get caught up in them. In the last several months I’ve started to stray away from ARCs a little bit. I have 2-3 reads scheduled for each of the next 6 months. This allows me some freedom, and gives me the option of reading and reviewing books I have seen others rec. And I can go in other directions with my reading also. i.e. this graphic novel kick I’ve been on lately. And if I see another ARC I want, I can always try to request it. I’m just trying to stay away from drowning in ARCs. That can happen to any blogger who over-requests and gets backed up. I’ve been there.
  • Stay connected to other bloggers. Share their work and be an ambassador of reading and reviewing. We are all in the same boat. Have fun!

My Nominations. Note: Take this as a compliment, not as a requirement to complete your own post. I have chosen you because you have either helped me in my blogging or inspired me with your content.

Kaleena at Reader Voracious Twitter

Jennifer at Tar Heel Reader Twitter

Susan at Books From Dusk til Dawn Twitter

Tammy at Books Bones & Buffy Twitter

Lashaan at Bookidote Twitter

Lisa at Way Too Fantasy Twitter

Nicole at Thoughts Stained With Ink Twitter

Stephanie at Stephanie’s Novel Fiction Twitter

Thank you all and Happy Reading!

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  1. Congrats on your nomination, Paul! And thank you for nominating me. I loved hearing about your early reading (those readathons at the library were the best growing up!) and also your solid blogging advice. I am trying so hard with the ARC thing now and have tried to cut back on weekend posts just to give me a breather. Happy reading and enjoy your Sunday!

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  2. You had some really great tips there, so I definitely salute you on those and hope you’re able to reach some new bloggers so they can be ahead of game when they start (*she says, guilty of drowning in ARCs*). And thank you so much for the recommendation! I’m not sure when I’ll post this, but I definitely plan to. 🙂

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    1. I was thinking about this today… in the grand scheme of things, a couple extra books sitting around ain’t gonna hurt anyone. Always makes me feel good to know I’ve got something ready at my fingertips!

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  3. I sort of had a good laugh at the part about reviews being analytic pieces. I have to admit that I struggle more to tell non-reading friends about books I read versus writing it all up for a review on my blog! 😛 There’s like this balance of not sounding too smart, not dumbbing down the book too much and being able to build interest in them for the book, that’s just hard to do sometimes hahaha Especially between guys, if you ask me.

    Thank you so much for the nomination, Paul. I really appreciate the thought, and I have to admit that your love for reading and literature in general is contagious! Keep on doing what you’re doing (until it becomes a burden)! 😀

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