WordPress told me that I should get off to a good start by introducing myself and this blog. Well, essentially, this place is just an extension of Instagram and Goodreads. On IG, I participate in Bookstagram, which is a community of book lovers who post about the books they’re reading, merch, challenges, and general bookish news. Of course, there’s a limit to how much you can say on Instagram, so naturally a blog gives you a bit more range!
I’ve been on Bookstagram for a while, but I’ve been reader for most of my life. Having an outlet to talk about books has been a positive influence in my day-to-day activities; I have more motivation to read, and I find out about really great books (and sometimes not great!) to add to a never-ending TBR. Here’s what I’m really into when it comes to books:
- Books that are set in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. So in short, books set in the United Kingdom;
- Books that are about any of these countries above or their politics, culture, history, etc;
- Thrillers, suspenseful fiction, and mysteries;
- Books set in the Victorian era;
- Classics, especially British Literature.
If you’ve followed my Instagram, you’d probably notice that I review all sorts of books. I read across all genres, publishers, and authors. Sometimes, I review ARCs and gifted books, which will be noted and always reflect an honest opinion and feedback.
Additionally, I want to sprinkle in reviews of media and bookish merch. I’m a over-consumer of television and movies, and more likely than not, they fit into the above categories set for my fav types of books. As for merch, I sometimes have rep codes available. They’re in my bio on Instagram with direct links to shops.
How I Review Stuff: A Novice’s Guide for Thoughts and Feelings
I am not an expert at picking out breakthrough observations. I’m not a wordsmith, and I definitely don’t think my views are super special. I think the purpose of reviewing books is…
- Telling a potential reader what the book is about, what stood out positively, and what sort of content is covered or discussed thematically.
- Telling a potential reader what (if anything) I didn’t enjoy about the book in a constructive way which also minimizes spoilers (or at least, if the book is discussed in full, alert the reader of spoilers blatantly so they can choose whether to proceed).
- Providing feedback to authors if requested. Most of the time, these books have been through so many reviews, editors, and prying eyes before I pick them up. By then, what I have to say is more of a reaction than advice. However, sometimes special circumstances arise, such as ARCs or unpublished content. In those instances, I think it’s better to be constructive and less public about any possible negative feedback. After all, I want all books to find their target audience.
Anyway, like I said, I’m not someone who has studied the intricate elements comprising the greatest works of literature; I don’t have any special qualifications that make my opinions more valid than anyone else. All I can say is that I’m a reader and a nerd, and I just want to talk about it! So, feel free to follow on Instagram or on this blog, and we can get to it!