An Obvious Way to Read More Books: A Discussion

Hello Everyone,

It seems lately that a lot of my close relatives and friends can’t find the time to read. They don’t want to either, but at the same time they do. It’s a weird reading slump and I have felt a huge reading slump this past year making me take an almost year long blogging hiatus.

How did I fix it?

Simple answer-I didn’t. I still feel that slump wanting to push it’s way back into my life. I adore reading but the past year it was hard. I went from reading to instead focusing on art and gaming. And it’s been a struggle coming back to reading.

I managed to get my act together a few months back and now I’m reading anything from one to two books a day. How?

Easy.

I have no social life…lol, no I’m serious. I have few friends as I’m primarily an introvert. I like being alone with my books and my pets. I like tea more than coffee and I like not being on social media countless hours of the day because god is that stressful.

My main reasons and explanations as to how I read so much probably might help you…if you’re willing to meet this halfway:

°No more games. At least not countless hours of games. Schedule your gaming time responsibly. It will help, I promise.

°No more YouTube. Again, get off social media. Unless it’s research or homework or tied in with growing your blog? Bye-bye Twitter and YouTube and Discord.

°Make a Reading Schedule trust me! This will definitely help you read more! Make sure you put in at least two hours minimum for your reading time and you can easily knock out those tbrs.

°Focus on the good books. Dnf as you need to. Believe me, it took me a bit to actually get in the habit of dnf’ing books I truly wasn’t liking or enjoying. If you have to read it for school, that’s one thing. But don’t continue a book that you really aren’t enjoying and dnf it. It’s okay. Really.

°Pick small books. If you want to read more books consider picking small books that have been on your tbr for agessssss. Small books can easily increase the amount of books you’ve read for the month. And also? Novellas count! So do graphic novels and comics! Just read something!

°Have fun. Don’t stress about your tbr. Seriously. This is all about reading for fun. Enjoy what you’re doing and take reviews seriously in making sure they are spell checked and all but you gotta have fun doing this too. Don’t be so stressed out about blogging and statistics in being famous. Remember about reading just for pure pleasure? Do that again.

°Make your family leave you alone for a couple hours. Ask politely for your family/friends to get back to you later. You need downtime and you need to handle up on your own comfy cozy setting for a while. Rest. Relax. You deserve it.

°Make sure all chores are done. Get things in the house handled and phone calls done before diving into a book. It’ll help in the long run-trust me.

°Pick a room and shoo everyone away. Distraction doesn’t help in terms of reading. I know, believe me.

°Make sure you have a drink/snack. Even if it’s a small book, or something else entirely snacks and a drink are a necessity so that you don’t have to get up for that later. I generally have a glass of tea with me and some chocolate!

I do hope all of that helps in your getting more books read. I know it seems like a lot of sacrifice but the payout is worth it, in reading more and therefore learning more too. If you have suggestions for more tips in reading more, please let me know in the comments! Or if you have questions, I’m open for chatting on Twitter @Lovesteandbook.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Discussion: Growing Your Blog

Hey everybody,

I’ve been attempting to fix all my old blog posts so you might have noticed some changes. At some point I’m going to have to sit and figure out a way to make my website easy to read for both my laptop and my phone. I use it on my phone more and am realizing it’s not what it could be in terms of easy access. Hopefully I can get all this fixed soon. But I am discussing today blog growth!

I’ve been blogging for SIX YEARS now and have 300 followers.

In the grand scheme of things that’s not a lot, and while I’m happy at all the new faces, I seriously need to step it up a notch. These are the tactics that I learned to help me get those followers:

Follow for follow, comment for comment, have a beautiful Instagram, have a prolific Pinterest account, write up guest posts on other blogs/bring in a guest to your blog, hold a contest, publish great content, be more social & write ten posts a day.

Now I don’t know about y’all, but all that work seems ridiculous. There MUST be an easier way to generate more traffic, more followers, and grow your blog as high as you possibly can. I’m overall lazy. I know that’s not a good quality, but again. There must be an easier way. I’m also not the most social of creatures and I fight just to keep up with commenters on my blog. All this work just to make a name for yourself? Ridiculous.

And there’s others out there who cheat and pay for their blogs to gain all the followers. I don’t know about y’all but I have zero funds. Covid, medical health care, and bills take up more than all my money. Not to mention education and what remains I use to buy books and a subscription for KU (Kindle Unlimited).

If you are looking for me to tell you an easier way-I’m going to be honest and say I have no idea what easier way there is. You are going to fight to make your blog stand out. It’s going to be hard. Your going to whine and complain and feel like you don’t want this anymore because it’s too hard. Or you can also easily get burnout like I did.

I have advice though!

Don’t give up. I spent a year away from my blog and yet IT STILL GREW. I know it’s hard, believe me we’ve all been there. But eventually you’ll bypass the hundred followers mark. Soon you will get to the thousands. You just need to be patient and stick with it.

Research, ask around, make friends, watch countless how to videos, learn

I spent a lot of time scratching at Google for tips, ideas, tricks. I talked to other book bloggers that had way more experience than me. I wrote reviews that were both good and bad and I learned more than I thought I ever would.

The community makes it worth it.

The people here are amazing and supportive and the best! You’ll make new friends and find people read as much as you if not more so. Growth may happen but don’t be upset if it takes a while. Even if it takes a year or years, you need to be patient and stick with it. Keep growing content. Keep being strong.

You’ll get there.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Discussion: Making Ten Posts a Day

Hello all,

In researching how to grow content I came across usual tips such as write more and post often but one caught me off guard.

Make ten posts a day.

A day.

Ten.

I’ve been in a hiatus the last year, and going from nothing to ten posts a day seems rather… excessive.

Granted, sure, you’d generate content but would it be good content? I like making one post per day before the hiatus and I try for quality rather than quantity. I want my blog not only to look nice but to showcase my work well!

I can’t begin to imagine making ten posts a day. Would y’all like me making ten posts a day? Or just one to three posts every few days?

What do y’all think? Be sure to tell me in the comments because I genuinely want to know your thoughts on this!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Discussion: That Darn Blogging Slump

Hello all,

So, I have been stressed out and struggling with making new posts for my blog. Y’all may have noticed I was gone for almost a year on an unexpected Hiatus. But I’m struggling in coming back especially since I somehow increased in followers despite my being gone. 🤔

First thanks for all those who stuck around and also hello new followers! We’re almost nearing three hundred! Awesome!

Back to the slump!

I have spent some time figuring out what I want to accomplish and what I NEED to achieve with my blog. I used a lot of helpful resources on Google that really helped me figure out what I want to do. Here’s my goals:

∆ post more reviews

∆ make those lists for the topics I’ve been meaning to (safe LGBT books that aren’t full of triggers for example)

∆ engage with other bloggers (I’m really not much of a social person but I try)

∆ link those book reviews to publishers/authors/etc

∆ make a fully comprehensive list of trigger warnings, tag books that are NOT just mainstream traditional publishing but also indie and books on KU

∆ fully integrate all my wishlists onto Goodreads

∆ interview other bloggers, authors, and others

Now a lot of that I need a computer but don’t currently have wifi which has been my main problem! I’m doing all this by phone! So if you have advice I would love you to comment below!

I’m sincere in making more posts and stepping my toes back into blogging. I have missed it but this past year has been rough as I’m sure all of you feel the same. I still am learning all about blogging and it feels that I will always be learning something new. I’m grateful for all of you helping me out along the way. This community has been awesome and that’s one major reason miss blogging.

Thank you,

-Pass Me That Book.

McKillip Through the Ages: A Guide

This is something new that I’m doing, and it was first published over at Fantasy Souls (https://fantasysouls.home.blog/), where the title of the article is the same as this post. It’s my first published article, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. Go take a look if you’d like. Or you can read it here!

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McKillip Through the Ages: A Guide

Patricia A. McKillip. Almost every serious fantasy author knows her name, because she’s that good at what she does. Some books of hers I like more than others, but the fact remains that she is a prolific, amazing writer that everyone should read when diving into fantasy for the first time. She opens peoples eyes to the wonder of fantasy and imagination, to romance and adventure, to war and death. She has been a fan of mine since I was thirteen years old, and my mother handed me a book labeled “The Forgotten Beasts of Eld” and I had devoured it in a single day.

She’s a good way to start reading more fantasy. She’s diverse, has strong female characters, realistic imagery, and believable plot lines. She’s as famous as they come, right up there with Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Elizabeth Bear, and many many others. She’s one of my all time favorite authors, but few people are reading her works any more-at least, few that I’ve noticed.

She writes strong high fantasy, as well as magical realism. Her latest book Kingfisher, is one that I haven’t yet read, though have been saving for a rainy day. Kingfisher looks to be just as impressive and engrossing as her other books in the fantasy genre, though I have admittedly heard mixed reviews-both good and bad-about the upcoming novel.

However, despite the mixed reviews, Patricia McKillip remains firmly one of my top ten favorite female fantasy writers, for various reasons. I’ve read almost all of her books, and I recommend that you do as well, especially if your new to fantasy. Yet it doesn’t matter if you start with her first published novel, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld or her latest novel, Kingfisher, released in 2016 by ACE books. All of her books are worth giving a try in my humble opinion, new and old.

And for those of you who wonder who does the cover art for her books. From what Google and the Author’s Website has told me, it is the fabulous artist: Kinuko Craft. She has a page on the author’s website for your perusal though you cannot get in touch with the artist through that page from what I’ve read on the website: http://www.patriciamckillip.com/Craft/

Patricia McKillip has had author interviews from various peoples over the years as well, from Locus way back in 1992 and 1996, as well as for the 25th World Fantasy Convention written by her husband and that one is called “Voyages”. All interviews can be found on her website here: http://patriciamckillip.com/misc-interviews/

One of my favorite quotes from her during one of her many interviews is:

“I started writing because I was too young to know better.”

I did the same, because isn’t that how all great writers start? I don’t believe myself to be a great writer, let alone as good as the great Patricia McKillip, but one day I can only hope to be as well written and prolific as one of the many female authors that I’ve always greatly admired.

However, until I become as famous a writer as Patricia McKillip, I will continue reading books instead. For isn’t that what writers are always saying? Read read read, write write write?

In closing, keep writing Patricia McKillip. Because I will definitely keep reading!

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