| LET’S TALK | NETGALLEY

let's talk about netgalley

Hello lovelies ! It has been a while since I last posted a discussion post, right ? Today I want to talk about Netgalley.

Netgalley is a website where book reviewers can read books before their official releases. They are usually called ARCs (for Advanced Reader Copies) or galleys.

Until a few weeks ago, I haven’t been interested in this website. Why ? Because you have a time limit to read these books. And I really don’t enjoy reading with a deadline. It’s feeling pressure over something that has always been a pleasure.

I think blogging is already enough pressure in itself haha ! I know you know what I mean !

Moreover, I am contacted via my blog or my bookstagram account so no need for another way, right ?

But lately, I’m changing my mind. I mean, I still don’t like feeling pressured while reading. But I now think that Netgalley can be really useful. It’s useful to us, bloggers, but also to publishing houses. It’s easier for them to contact book reviewers.

And it puts in light books that I wouldn’t have heard otherwise so that a plus !
But now that I have an account, I am struggling with it haha ! It’s not that easy to use !

That’s it ! What are your thoughts ? Do you use Netgalley ? Do you like it ? Any advice ?

| LET’S TALK | FANFICTIONS

lets-talk-fanfictions

Hello lovelies ! It’s has been a while since I wrote a discussion post ! Today I want to talk about fanfictions !

Many years ago I was a big fan of fanfictions. I was a member of a forum, and a very active member of the fan fiction section. I was writing and reading.
I was also often visiting fanfiction.net, a pretty famous fan fiction website.

But it was years ago. Up until a few months ago, I was afraid of reading fanfictions turned into actual books. It was more developed than I thought possible… Fifty Shades Of Grey, After, and many more.
I always refused to read any. I don’t really know why but I got this stupid idea stupid in my mind that a fanfiction couldn’t be a good book. A fanfiction can be great, but it’s still written by people that aren’t necessary writers. In my head, a fanfiction published as a book couldn’t be good. It’s probably because Fifty Shades Of Grey was heavily criticized for its writing style (and its content, but this post isn’t about it haha)

A few months ago I went to a signing event in Marseille, to meet Colleen Hoover. Anna Todd was there. And I talked with people who adored her books. I also learned that a big Romance festival would take place near my city, and Anna Todd would be here once again.
I decided I would read as many books from authors attending than I could. Hence I picked After. Of course it has its flaws, but I was really surprised by how addicting it was ! I was hooked.
I changed my mind about fanfictions.  There are good and bad fanfictions, as much as there are good and bad books.

 

What do you think of fanfictions ? Do you like them ? Have you read a book that used to be a fanfiction ??

| LET’S TALK | BLOGLOVIN

let's talk bloglovin

Hello lovelies ! It has been a while since my last discussion post ! Today I want to talk about the use of Bloglovin’ !

What is bloglovin’ ? It’s a platform where you can follow blogs. So far, it’s the same thing as the wordpress reader. But it’s better ! Why ? Because you can follow blogs from all the platforms. Which I found handy because I follow blogs from different platforms and  it was more convenient than the reader.
And it also gives more visibility to your blog.

I signed up a few months ago and tried to use it as best as I could ! But after a few weeks I gave up, I think. I wasn’t really using it to read posts from said blogs. And I was kind of annoyed by seeing the same posts on my reader on wordpress and on bloglovin…

But lately I’ve decided to give it another try. Maybe I wasn’t using it properly, who knows ?

Are you using it ? Do you have any tips ?

 

Here is mine : Bloglovin’

| LET’S TALK | BOOKISH PET PEEVES

let's talk bookish pet peevesHello everyone ! How was your week end ? Mine was and still is pretty hectic ! But I’m lucky because I’m not working until wednesday haha !

Today I want to talk about my bookish pet peeves, and also learn about yours ! I am almost “maniac” when it comes to my book. I want them to stay as pristine as possible ! And let’s face it, it’s almost an impossible mission !

Here are the things that annoy me the most

Broken spines

broken spine

After all the troubles you went through to avoid it, it’s finally here. The ugly broken spine.
I freaking HATE it. But sometimes it’s not possible to avoid it, even though you take great care of not opening the book too much !
Seriously, it makes me want to buy another copy of said book haha ! But my bank account wouldn’t agree !

When the plastic peels off

peeling off plastic

Okay I know I’m not the only with this problem ! I don’t know if that’s because I have sweaty hands or if it’s for another reason but on some books, the plastic on the cover starts to peel off …And that’s ugly and I hate it !

On the book featured on the photo, I tried to “repair” it thanks to the hair straightener technique. It works most of the time (even thoug you can sometimes still see what I would call aftermaths, but they are discreet.)

 

Sun burns

sun burn

Well at least that’s how I call it. I have a big row of books right under my window.
And I just recently noticed that the top of the pages were yellowish… Thanks sun, really.
It’s not pretty at all but it’s not as visible as a book spine when displayed on my shelf ! I’m trying to protect my books, but I won’t put a fabric or something else on top of it, right ?!

 

A mismatched series

mismatched collection

Yep. I’m sure it also annoys you, right ?
Now I’m really cautious when I’m ordering a book. I look very carefully to the publisher, and if I have to wait a whole year to get the right paperback version of a book, then I will. Yeah I’m looking at you Queen Of Shadows and The Raven King !

 

 

And that’s it ! I hope you enjoyed this post !
What about you ? What are your bookish pet peeves ?

 

| LET’S TALK | WHY I DON’T ALWAYS READ THE BOOK’S BLURB

let's talk about blurbsHello everyone ! How was your week end ? Mine has been pretty busy ! Anyway !

Today I want to talk about the blurb. Or summary. Or synopsis. I don’t really know how to call it. I often buy books without having read the whole blurb. Why, you might ask. Well, I found them full of spoilers, most of the time. Not major ones, of course. But about some events or issues we aren’t supposed to know about when starting the book. Things that happen a few chapters later. And it really bothers me !
So, usually I read the first sentences of the blurb, and that’s all. It’s enough to know what the book is about, and avoid any spoiler.

I also prefer when readers talk about the book (via booktube or bookblogs) because I find that they’re doing better summaries than the blurb itself.

In my opinion, it’s the best way to learn things about a book you didn’t know about ! They go straight to the point, and avoid spoilers ! (of course, I don’t stay for the whole review haha)

How do you do ? Do you read the synopsis, or avoid it ?

 

| LET’S TALK | WHY I AM READING IN ENGLISH

Let's talk ! why I'm reading in english

Hello everyone ! Today I wanna talk about something I’ve been asked pretty often : why I’m reading in English. You’ve certainly noticed that it’s not my native language !

It started when I was 18. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows came out and I needed to read it ASAP. Since it was hyper hyped, the English version was available in every good book shop ! Picture me on my bed, this big book right in front of me and a French/English dictionary next to me. I devoured it, finishing it in less than 24 hours (to avoid being spoiled by a so called friend). I realized then that I enjoyed reading it English and that it wasn’t that complicated after all.

But I never picked another book in English until several years later. I have read several YA books that were really badly translated in French. I felt it was rushed, and justified by “oh well it’s YA. Young readers won’t notice.” I HATED it. Spoiled my reading.
At that time I also started to think about what is now my life goal : moving to London and work as a community pharmacist there.
Which means that I needed to improve my English ( I felt like watching TV show in their original version wasn’t enough)So I started to read more in English. The Fault In Our Stars, TMI series, Ruby Red etc… And I realized that I preferred the original versions to translated ones because they were the author’s words, after all.

A few months later I got introduced to the bookish community thanks to Booktube. Which means that I found out about books that weren’t published in French yet. So I tended to buy more English books than French ones.

And now here I am, reading almost exclusively in English except for books I’m sharing with my parents, or from French authors !

And you ?
Is English your native language ?
If not, why are you reading in English ?

| LET’S TALK | BOOKSTAGRAMMER, BOOK BLOGGER OR BOOKTUBER ?

let's talk about bookstagrammer blogger booktuber

Hello everyone ! Today I want to discuss something that has been nagging at me for a long time : the book bloggers and the booktubers.

The first book-related social media I had was Bookstagram. I grew very fond of this awesome community. It amazes me how some people are able to take stunning shots of books. I don’t remember exactly when I changed my page to a bookstagram one but I really  don’t regret it. I love taking photos of books, searching for new trinkets, new ideas etc. It really grew on me. I “met” amazing people thanks to bookstagram !

Then I created this blog after I passed my thesis because I wanted to share my reviews somewhere else than on Goodreads.Slowly I started to post other book-related stuff, such as tags, awards, TV adaptations etc. I also learned (and still am !) how to create basic adornments for my blog. I’m trying to improve my blog step by step ! I really enjoy posting here ! I also discovered an amazing community and love to read posts every day.

But I have been watching Booktube for years now. In fact, it was my very first glimpse of the bookish community. And I’ve always wanted to start a booktube channel. In fact, my blog was supposed to be the first step before creating my channel. (and now I can’t imagine NOT posting here haha !)
There were two things that refrained me :

  • the camera (and I still need to buy a fancy one, and it’s not just for booktube)
  • my French accent

Now, there is another thing : the fact that I don’t know if I’ll have time to do everything : taking photos for instagram, writing blog posts and recording videos. It seems impossible ! And even though I would really like to own a booktube channel, I don’t want to neglect my blog nor my bookstagram page !

What about you ? Do you post on other social medias ? If so, how do you manage to do everything ?