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Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Names in the Title & Tips for New Bloggers

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Its that time of the week again were I post my Top Ten Tuesday post. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish as a fun way for bloggers to interact with and get to know each other a little better.

The official theme of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Tips for New Bloggers. But I’m in the mood to add to this theme and am also including ten Books With Names in the Title. So you get two Top Ten Tuesdays for the price of one! :)

Some of these are books I’ve actually read and some are books I’d like to read at some point in the future – I’ll add an asterick (*) next to the titles I have already read. Each book will have a blogger tip with it. Also, let me add that I’ve only been blogging for a little over a year, so I’m still a relatively new blogger too!

Adam Canfield of the Slash by Adam WineripAdam Canfield of the Slash by Michael Winerip* (MG)

New Blogger Tip #1: Create a Twitter account. This will enable you to get to know and interact with fellow book bloggers, which has been incredibly helpful for me!

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson LevineElla Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine* (MG)

New Blogger Tip #2: Be honest, but thoughtful and kind. You can say you didn’t like a particular book, but its not appropriate to turn your review into a bashing party. Its about the books not a personal attack on an author.

Zach's Lie by Roland SmithZach’s Lie by Roland Smith (MG)

New Blogger Tip #3: Visit other book blogs and comment. Its super helpful to visit other blogs to see what others are doing and to get to know your “neighbors”. If you leave a comment make sure it is a meaningful one (otherwise it seems like spam).

Aurelia by Anne OsterlundAurelia by Anne Osterlund (YA)

New Blogger Tip #4: Participate in bookish memes like Top Ten Tuesday, or In My Mailbox (or one of the many others). This is another chance to interact with other book bloggers and get to know the community you’re a part of. Link up with the meme so that others can visit your blog as well.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie PerkinsLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (YA)

New Blogger Tip #5: Schedule some of your posts ahead of time. I have no idea why, because this seems to obvious now, but I didn’t do this for months. I would stress and stress at the last minute to get a post up when I had tons of time earlier that I could have written it and had it scheduled.

Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise RennisonAngus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison (YA)

New Blogger Tip #6: Post frequently and regularly. The more meaningful content you have the better!

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long ShangThe Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang (MG)

New Blogger Tip #7: Share a little about yourself too. It’s good to let your readers know a little bit about yourself so you can help create strong connections. (I’m not the best at this but I’m trying!)

Suite Scarlett by Maureen JohnsonSuite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson (YA)

New Blogger Tip #8: Limit Your Scope. Are there specific genres you prefer over others? Are you a chick-lit blog, or a YA blog, or both? Focus on what you know and love so you’re not overwhelmed.

The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay ClarkThe Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark (YA)

New Blogger Tip #9: Read older books not just the brand new ones. Sure the new ones are shiny and pretty, but there are tons of awesome books out there that still deserve some love.

Welcome Callers This is Chloe by Shelley CoriellWelcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell (YA)

New Blogger Tip #10: If you’re not sure, just ask! Most of the book bloggers I’ve met online are pretty friendly and enjoy helping newish bloggers out. If you have a question about something, go ahead and ask. :)


16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Names in the Title & Tips for New Bloggers

  1. And here I was, thinking my tips were unconventional! I have your #9 almost exactly!
    Instead, I do not agree on #1. I know it’s true, but I still don’t like it, as I don’t like anything that shuts people off a given circle. My bad, I guess.
    Thanks for the tips!

  2. While I love all your suggestions (they’re all so so true!) I really have to agree 100% with your suggestion to share a little about yourself! Books can easily become a part of us, for whatever reason; maybe they bring up memories or we’re going through the same situation. I say bring this up in your review/post! Maybe someone else is going through that or has experienced that and maybe they’ll be inspired to read the book because of that. I like to share why a book was special to me, why it affected me or now holds a special place in my heart. I also feel that reading reading reviews/posts that help me to know the person behind the blog makes me feel more connected to that person and more apt to return to their blog.

  3. I enjoyed your unique take on the topic. While some of the “name” books are familiar to me, I had never heard of Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson!
    Adding older books to your reading repertoire is a good idea. It can get monotonous to see the same new releases reviewed over and over. Putting your personality into your posts is so important too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  4. I’m really glad I created a twitter, too. It is a lot more personal way to connect with bloggers. I will admit, though, that I don’t really want to connect with authors… it feels so awkward!

  5. I’m glad you said that viewing older books is good! I was wondering that, as I am planning on starting a book review feature on my blog. I’m planning on joining the Top Ten Tuesday next week.

    I also have a question: How unique should be the rating system? I’m thinking about doing types of teas so that I can teach people about my two loves: tea and books. But is that too obscure?

    • I think the tea idea is a cute one! I don’t personally use a rating system with BookTasty. Most bc I may give a book 1 or 4 but someone else might not and my blogs goal is to help others find books right for them :)

  6. I could say so much on each of your tips, cause they are SO dead on! I will admit that number 2 is true. I rarely have hated a book so much that I completely bash, but there are times I have to call Bullshit, esp. in a book whose review will be up very soon! I try to pre write most of my reviews and meme’s but I still prefer doing them the night before…

  7. Tip #9 is genius! i wish i had included it on my list. So many times a lot of blogs have reviews for the same books because the books either just came out or they’re about to come out so it can seem like you’re reading the same reviews over and over. Adding older books can set you apart from the herd. Good tip! :)

  8. Lol, I love that you did two in one here. =)

    I have to say that I especially love your tip #10. Because you’re so right! I’m incredibly introverted, but it’s easier for me to talk to people on the web. Even so, I was really afraid to approach other bloggers initially, and admit that I didn’t know things or ask for help. I’ve pretty much gotten over that (there’s still a few people I’m kind of afraid to talk to), and you’re right! The large majority of this community is filled with welcoming, open, and genuinely helpful people.

  9. I agree, getting a little personal on a book blog really draws in the readers! I know I get most invested in blogs where I feel like I “know” the blogger because they inject so much of themselves into their posts. That said, it’s something I struggle with when I sit down to compose my blog posts!

    Love your list of “name” books. Makes me think of “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.”

  10. Great points! I completely agree about reading older books, sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in brand new releases, but the older books are just as great as the new ones! I love using Twitter too, I’ve found so many great blogs through Twitter!

    The name books are great, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging had me giggling away to myself when I first read it!

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