Posts By: Rashika

Friday, February 12, 2016

On Blog Tours

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There has been a lot of discussion in the community about blog tours and I am here today to add my two cents to the conversation.

So. Blog tours. I really like them, but I understand what people mean when they say blog tours are filler posts. The thing is though, it really isn’t as simple as that (or at least in my opinion.) I think blog tours can also be really creative especially when hosts are allowed to have a bigger part in their posts.

Also, a lot of my blog tour posts tend to be review posts (especially in my experience) so in that way, they really aren’t that much different from regular blog posts and are just a way of getting a large amount of reviews for promotion purposes.

But admittedly, after being asked to do review after review for blog tours I get tired because I like being able to express my creativity when sharing blog tour posts. A while ago, I got to do a “Would You Rather” post with an author and it was so much fun because I got the chance to come up with questions that didn’t just make me laugh but ones I really wanted to know the answer to. It was so much fun to do and let me engage with the author in such a fun way. I have also seen blog tour posts where people get to come up with cool mood boards and fun text message conversations with characters from the books AND THOSE ARE SO AWESOME TOO.

I think the key to having fantastic blog tour posts is allowing the person who is posting to become involved in the process. I know one time, I was asked to do a guest post and didn’t even have the chance to come up with a question. I had one assigned to me and that made me a little upset because that made the blog tour post I took so much time and effort to set up feel like a generic filler post, something I couldn’t personalize and really make my own.

That’s basically where I think blog tours could be better. I think blog tours are such a fantastic opportunity for all of us to creatively showcase/promote a book in ways that aren’t reviews. I think they should be FUN instead of an obligation and just another fun way for book pushing. 

How do you feel about blog tours? Do you think they can be good? What different things would you like to see in terms of blog tours?

Female Leads That Influenced Me When I Was Growing Up

Female Leads That Influenced Me When I Was Growing Up

Posted by on 02/04/2016 • 11 Comments

I am of the opinion that books are amazing (DUH.) Over the years, I have gained so much knowledge from books and learned so much about the world. Reading hasn’t just been a form of escapism but a way of filling all the gaps in my knowledge. Today, I wanted to dedicate a post to all the amazing female leads who inspired me growing up and who have helped define the person I want to be.

 

You might know Madeleine L’Engle as my no.1 hero because her books changed my life but it was Vicky in specific from the Austin Family series that really helped me out during my awkward pre-teen phase. In A Ring of Endless Lights (one of the best books I’ve ever read, FYI) Vicky is surrounded…

Diverse Picture Books

Diverse Picture Books

Posted by on 01/25/2016 • 5 Comments

So, picture books. A lot of you might not read them yourselves but if I might say so, there are some fabulous picture books out there and yes, picture books that are ‘diverse.’ I am currently taking a Queer Lit class at my college and one of my classmates mentioned that she wished picture books weren’t so generic. She mentioned how nice it would be if she could read some pictures books aloud to her kids that weren’t based on heteronormative ideals and I wanted to shout that there ARE some amazing pictures books out there. AND HERE WE ARE. With me recommending some diverse picture books to you guys. ENJOY.

 

Goodreads Links

My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis

Last Stop On Market Street by…

Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Posted by on 01/20/2016 • 9 Comments

Passenger AKA the much awaited, highly anticipated time travel romance. I had hoped it would be everything I wanted, I had hoped I would swoon and die because cuteness, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. Passenger was by no means a bad book, I just had a hard time relating to the character and getting behind the romance (which is kind of a big deal given that it is a time-travel romance.)

Etta is really my biggest problem with the book. It isn’t that she is fundamentally flawed, I just couldn’t get behind her as a character. Her privilege, growing up the way she did and in the century she did, is so blatant and her ignorance of it really bothered me. Being with Nicholas did make her realize that she was…

Diverse Books to Look Out For in 2016

Diverse Books to Look Out For in 2016

Posted by on 01/11/2016 • 11 Comments

As some of you might know, diversity is super important to me and I strive to promote it whatever chance I can get. So today, I am presenting you with a list of some really cool diverse books coming out in the year 2016. PREPARE TO ADD EVERYTHING TO YOUR SHELF if you haven’t already. Not only do all of these have stunning covers, but they sound pretty awesome too!

Goodreads Links

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This Is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

Vicarious by Paula…

Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Posted by on 12/23/2015 • 14 Comments

I am a bookworm (hopefully there are no doubts about that) so a book that featured an evil library definitely got my attention. Ink and Bone also had a lot of hype surrounding it and some of my most-trusted peeps loved it. When I finally dove in, I was expecting my mind to be blown and it wasn’t necessarily blown but there is just something about this book. It’s really really slow but it is also really fucking amazing.

If you love fascinating villains, this book is for you. The Library is the villain here. The library essentially controls the world so there is definite dystopic quality to this book but don’t be turned off by that if dystopias aren’t your thing. The library isn’t some mindlessly evil villain….

YA Recommendations based on Jane Austen’s Works

YA Recommendations based on Jane Austen’s Works

Posted by on 12/21/2015 • 15 Comments

Are you a fan of Jane Austen? Do you love re-tellings of her works? I DO. I am always on the lookout for them since her books feature some of my favorite romance tropes so I decided to put together a post featuring some re-tellings I’ve read and some that I hope to get around to reading!

 

Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations of your own? Let us converse about the amazingness of  Mr. Darcy books.

 

Review: I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Review: I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Posted by on 12/17/2015 • 8 Comments

Reasons to read I Am Princess X

1. All about the friendship. Seriously, who doesn’t love a book that focuses on friendships of all relationships. Friends are important!

2. If you like books involving scavenger hunts, this book is for you. In the book, May has to put together a bunch of clues to find out what happened to her friend and how she might be able to find her. YAAAS.

3. The mystery. It comes with the scavenger hunt aspect of the novel but the book kept me on my toes. At one point while I was reading, my phone buzzed and I almost jumped out of my skin because I was so absorbed by the novel and the mystery.

4. The images. The comic strips with Princess X are…