Wanted: a co-blogger?

So, pretty recently the lovely bloggers over on pages unbound were talking about whether or not co-blogging is the blogging of the future, especially with standards being raised higher than ever to be better at all of the things connected to blogging (writing reviews & discussions, social media, photography, deadlines,…). They posed that maybe co-blogging could be everyone who finds themselves in this position might just be saved from their own high standards for the blog if they just could share the load with someone, a co-blogger.

In the comments it became apparent that there were quite a few people looking for a co-blogger but just didn’t know quite how to go about that. The ladies from pages unbound gave us some tips on how to create an add to attract a co-blogger, and here I am offering a different route for those of us who just don’t feel like creating an add will do the trick.

I myself am part of (as in I participated, not manage in any kind of way)the international geek girl pen pals, where people all over the world could sign up,list some of their interest and a couple of days later: voila: you were matched up with a pen pal that would be best suited to your personality/interests. And now here I am thinking that something just like this could be what will help us find our co-bloggers. A sort of dating site for bloggers, to find their co-blogger.

And so here that goes:

Mail your applications to: nieke.wille@gmail.com

Things that should be included in your mail to improve the matchmaking odds:

  1. Are you already a blogger?
  2. If you are a blogger, what are the topics you blog about?
  3. Would you like to keep your blog/join someone else’s blog/create a new blog?
  4. Which of these are you good at/do you like to do:
    1. write reviews
    2. use social media to grow your brand
    3. write discussion posts
    4. photography
    5. organize bookish events
    6. graphics
  5. which of these are you looking for in your co-blogger:
    1. write reviews
    2. use social media to grow your brand
    3. write discussion posts
    4. photography
    5. organize bookish events
    6. graphics
  6. what kind of posting schedule are you looking for? (daily, weekly, twice a week, nothing set in stone….)
  7. any additional comments?

Don’t worry, your personal information is perfectly safe with me, I’ll use your mail for this, and only this.

As to the timing I have for this matchmaking project, I think that it sort of depends on how many reactions I have to this post. But let’s just assume that things go reasonably well, then I should be able to pair people up within about two weeks. Come back to this post if you want an update on the process!

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Review: Throne of Glass–Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

 Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

How could I withstand a book that’s about the most renowned assassin in a Kingdom where magic once used to roam the earth? I’ll tell you how: I didn’t. I dove straight into this book thinking I’d love it with all of my heart. This turned out only to be partially true because I wasn’t as smitten as I’d hoped to be. At the heart of this book is a truly entertaining story about an epic assassin. But for my taste the book focused too much on things other than the nature of this young woman. Put plainly, the love storylines definitely got in the way of the good stuff for me. I’m not saying that Celeana isn’t allowed to have a rounded personality, because she really does. I actually really love characters that have a lot of depth, a lot of smaller things that make her tick. I enjoy finding out that she loves beautiful clothing and a lot of other small facets of her personality. But at times it got to the point that the kick-ass action scenes get shoved aside in favor of bonding time that is obviously setting up for a certain end-game.

But as I said the premise in this book was a lot of fun and it really did do the job of capturing my attention. The book could have definitely been lifted up to a higher level (in my opinion) if there had been more action, more bad-ass assassin moments, some great training scenes. I also wouldn’t have minded a little bit more description about the scenery. About most locations in this book I have only a very faint idea of what it looks like and I think that’s a shame. A big part of the book takes place in a glass castle, yet I have no idea of what it looks like other than that it’s made of glass (It just leaves me with so many questions such as: colored glass? different colors? how does the sun react around this glass castle?). I think it would have really added to the story to have more of a feel of the surroundings.

Still I have to say that I thought this book was fun, despite its shortcomings. I also admit to going straight for book number two, hoping to find a little more depth to the story and a little less love.

2014 In Books

It’s always enjoyable to look back on a year of reading, and it’s even more fun to do so together. This event is hosted by Jamie.

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Number Of Books You Read: 55
Number of Re-Reads: 7
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy
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1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

It would definitely be one of the Codex Alera books.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Throne of Glass. The review will be coming soon. But here’s the quick verdict: I was just expecting the focus of the story to be elsewhere and reality definitely let me down in this. But it was still good, just not as good.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?

The ocean at the end of the lane –Neil Gaiman.

I really enjoyed this book immensely and it was just something that didn’t compare to anything I’d read before. I will most definitely be reading more of his books next year.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

Probably any and all Percy Jackson books. I’m still very happy with pushing these books on people, they really deserve to be read.

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

Obviously I really enjoyed the Codex Alera series. It’s just such good fantasy with the focus lying on those storylines that really mattered to me. The world was also very interesting. The slight downside of this series was the ending. But it really didn’t ruin the series for me.

I also think that “The Silkworm” was a very worthy sequel to “the Cuckoo’s Calling”.


 

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Jim Butcher? Neil Gaiman? One of those two!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I’m going with “The ocean at the end of the Lane” again. It’s just unlike any book I’ve read so far.


 

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Any of the middle books in the Codex Alera series.

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Maybe Ender’s Game to get back into the story so I can continue on to the next book in the series.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

Blankets

I just love this and I loved the book as well.

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Kitai in the Codex Alera series. She’s definitely a woman after my own heart, I just loved reading the scenes with her that much more.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

Either “The ocean at the end of the lane” or “the silkworm”. Both of those were really beautifully written and outclass all the other books I’ve read this year.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

“Jonathan Livingston Seagull” or “Blankets”. They both did this in a very different way.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?

At the risk of sounding like the most original person: The codex Alera series.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else”- Neil Gaiman, The ocean at the End of the Lane

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Shortest: “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”

Longest: “Academ’s Fury” (Because “The order of the Phoenix” doesn’t seem to count according to Goodreads. I really need a re-read button on that site!)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

I don’t think any book really shocked me all that much this year. Better luck next year?

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Rose and Dimitri in Vampire Academy.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Lettie and the protagonist in “The ocean at the end of the lane’’”

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

“The silkworm”

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

“Jonathan Livingston Seagull”

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Choal from “Throne of Glass”

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

I don’t think I’ve read any debuts this year. But I really liked “the mortis” which was published in 2014, so that will be my pick for this question.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Codex Alera series, or the world in “Throne of Glass” series.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

I had a lot of fun reading the Vampire Academy books, especially the first three.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

“The time traveller’s wife”

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

‘’”Blankets” More people should definitely be reading this book.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

“Blankets”!!

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

“The ocean at the End of the Lane”

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Maybe “Throne of glass” because I just wanted so much more!

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book-blogging

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

I can’t really say I discovered a lot of new blogs in 2014. Or maybe I just can’t remember.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

I didn’t have all that much fun reviewing books in 2014, and it definitely showed in the amount of books I reviewed on here. So instead of picking a favorite I’m just going to say that I will try harder next year.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

This post is the one that I got most views on: Yay or Nay: Arc’s

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I actually don’t think I participated in that many events. So I pick this one right here!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

I’ve had a bit of a disappointing blogging year because my heart just wasn’t in it, and I didn’t even read that many books this year. So I’m just hoping that next year will be better!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Review: The reluctant Jesus

Discussion: Yay or Nay: Arc’s

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Definitely my review on Blankets because that book deserves to be more well-known!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I went shopping at a local, independent bookstore more often and I loved it. So I would encourage all of you to do the same!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I finished my Goodreads reading goal of 50 books. But I can’t say that I’m super pleased with myself because last year I read twice as many books! This year just wasn’t my reading year. But apparently I felt it coming because I didn’t set my goal very high.

looking-ahead-books-2015

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

The 1q84-series. I am so getting in on that next year!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
 
6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I really don’t follow the new-releases enough to have a most anticipated book for next year I’m afraid.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

Read more, write more. That’s about it Knipogende emoticon

Where I’ve been and where I’m going

So I’m finally back after my two month long, unannounced hiatus. I just had a lot of things to do this summer and very little energy for blogging. I was in Scotland for two weeks, travelling with friends. I also went to Finland for three weeks to participate in a school project. Both were a lot of fun and I would go back in a heartbeat!

But now summer is coming to a close and I still have two months before I start work. What better to do than restart this blog? I’m way behind on reviews, so those will be appearing in the near future. You can also expect some new discussions about book-related things. And maybe it’s about time that I got a bit more personal around here, so expect more of that as well.

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge: progress report

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge 2014

As I mentioned earlier, I am participating in this clean sweep challenge during the month of May. So far I haven’t done great actually. When I started out I knew this wasn’t going to be easy for me because I’m a huge mood reader. Add to that my internship and the fact that I enjoy watching some League of Legends All Star matches (which are just epic at times!) and you can totally see why I’m not doing very well on this challenge. Because I’m not. SO far I’ve started two ARC’s (The Martian by Andy Weir and the Reluctant Jesus by Duncan Whitehead) , and have finished three non-ARC’s. I know it’s silly of me to pick up non-ARC’s at a time like this, in the middle of the challenge, but I just couldn’t help myself. These books were just calling my name. And to be fair, they are all part of the same series (Vampire Academy) and I’m just too hooked that it’s hard to not read them.

But, seeing as I’ve still got time to get my act back together by the end of the challenge I’m hoping to be able to pick up the pace on reading ARC’s. I just want to get some out of the way so that I can at least say to myself that I did what I joined the challenge for.

 

For more info about the challenge, click the logo or this link right here.