Gratitude

It’s been well over a year since I started bookstgramming and a little over 6 months since I started book blogging and I just wanted to stop and take some time express my gratitude to the bookish community.

When I restarted my bookstagram (I had one back in 2015/2016 but deleted it), I never thought I would get more than 400 followers. Now I’m at 2.6K and am utterly amazed by it. So many doors have opened for because of my bookstagram and I am so grateful for it. I’ve gotten review opportunities and have participated in a bunch of Instagram tours because of it. Same thing with my blog. Having a blog made getting review requests so much more easier. I absolutely love reviewing books and promoting them, so all of this has been a dream come true!

And then of course I want to say thank you to all my wonderful bookish friends I’ve meet through all of my bookish sites. It’s phenomenal connecting with bookworms from all over the world. You guys are the best!

Once again, THANK YOU for taking the time to read this and for supporting me in all my bookish endeavors!

xoxo,

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Review: Campaign Widows

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Rating: ★★★½

I received this book for free from the publisher (Harlequin) as part of their bookstagram publicity campaign. 

This book and I got off to a rocky start. In the beginning, I had a hard time connecting with the book and the characters. I typically get sucked into chick lit, but I didn’t with this one. To me, it felt a bit like fan fiction in the beginning. It kind of felt like I was reading someone’s fantasy election season. Like the 2016 election was so bad that they just created their own.

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Once I hit the halfway mark, things got a whole lot better. The story finally seemed to be picking up and I was able to connect more with the characters. The friendship between the widows also started to blossom at this point and that’s when the book actually started to work for me. However, their friendship never reached its full potential. I would loved to have seen more of them together. A lot of the times two or three of them would be hanging out but not all four of them. 

Out of all the widows, I loved Cady and her storyline the most. She had the most development and was really the glue that brought everyone together. 

As much as I loved Cady, my favorite character was Parker. I loved his sense of humor and his bar was such a genius idea. 

Overall, this was your average chick lit novel, just with an election backdrop.

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The future of my blog and bookstagram

As some of you already know, I will be starting law school in August and consequently, will be moving in a few weeks. With this move, some things may be changing to my blog and bookstagram.

In regards to my blog, I may not be posting as much in the beginning of July to mid July. Moving is incredibly time consuming so I probably won’t have much time to pop in here to post or read other blogs.

As for my bookstagram, I will probably be changing my theme. I will still keep the three column look and the borders, but will be making some changes. I will still keep one column of quotes because those are easy to post and people love them. I was thinking for the other two columns, for one to be indoor pictures, and the other to be outdoor pictures. I’m moving to a very beautiful city and the school I will be attending is drop dead gorgeous, so outdoor pictures is something I want to incorporate. For the indoor pictures, it will probably be a mixture of what I currently post: flat-lays and shelfies.

As for actual reading time, I have no idea how much time I will have to read. I will be going to school again, so that cuts out a lot of reading time. But, I will be living by myself (I currently live at home with my parents), so that may give me more time to read. I will keep you all updated on how it goes once I’m settled in.

Also, if you would like to help out a soon to be broke law student, please consider buying me a coffee by clicking here.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

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Quarter year reading update

With the end of March, we’re about a quarter of the way through the year. How time flies! I’ve been reading a lot a the past three months so I wanted to give you guys a little reading update.

How many books have I read?

So far I have read 31 books, which is really good for me. I’ve never started out a year this strong.I’m currently on a gap year so that’s probably why. I don’t have schoolwork to worry about.

How have I been doing on my reading goal?

For my reading goal this year I did the same thing as last year, which was to start low and adjust as needed. I did this so that I wouldn’t be overwhelmed and pressured to read. So far for these past two years, it’s been working great! I set my goal at 30, but once I got close I upped it to 35. I’m really happy with this method.

What have I been reading?

I’ve read all 8 of Jacqueline E. Smith’s books. She is an amazing Indie author who writes the best books. I’m seriously in love with her writing. I really recommend her book, Trashy Romance Novel. I’ve also read quite a few books from other Indie authors such as Control Freakz by Michael Evans and A Cactus in the Valley by Olivia Bennett.

Additionally, I finally read The Hate U Give and it was as amazing as everyone says it is. I also finally read Lolita and damn that was a crazy book.

I’ve loved most of the books I’ve read but a few of them (particularly The Echoes of Love and What the Valley Knows) were just so-so.

25 out of the 31 books I’ve read so far have been books I won in giveaways or review copies that the author or publisher gave to me and I am so thankful for that. Having a bookstagram and a blog has opened so many doors for me and I am eternally grateful for the opportunities that have come my way.

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Some of the books I read so far this year

What’s next?

More books of course! I definitely have some books that have been sitting on my TBR shelf for too long, like Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann, that I’m hoping to read soon. I start law school in August, so that will affect my reading time. For right now, I’m trying to enjoy all this free time I have to read!


 

How are you doing this year in regards to reading? Are you on track for your goal? What have you been reading? What has been your favorite read so far? Tell me in the comments! 

xoxo,

Jessica

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A bookworm’s guide to bookish social media sites

There are an abundant amount of places for bookworms to connect with others online. My guide will give you a brief overview of each one along with my personal thoughts on them. Click on the banners to be taken to each site to join and learn more!

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Goodreads

Goodreads is by far the most popular site for bookworms. It does have it fair share of problems (like the recent changes to its giveaways) but overall it is an excellent place to catalogue all your books, read reviews, discover new books, and chat with other book lovers. It is also one of the most social sites out there due to its popularity.

To friend me on Goodreads click here.

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Bookstagram

Bookstagram is the bookish section of Instagram. It’s a wonderful community filled with people from all over the world who love reading. Plus there are some gorgeous pictures of books! Since it is Instagram, it’s super easy to use. It just takes a bit of looking to find bookstagram accounts. I suggest looking up #bookstagram and starting there. You’ll quickly get the hang of it.

To follow me on Bookstagram click here.

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BookLikes

BookLikes is like the child of Tumblr and Goodreads. Its format is very similar to Tumblr, with the added ability of shelving books. They have giveaways but the selection is incredibly limited and the quality of books aren’t great. I also find that the website is super glitchy and slow. Every now and then I’ll get super frustrated with it.

To follow me on BookLikes click here.

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LibraryThing

LibraryThing is a cataloguing site like Goodreads. I mainly use it for the giveaways. Outside of that I don’t find it terribly exciting. It’s pretty much the same thing as Goodreads, so I only go on it to look at giveaways and post reviews.

To friend me on LibraryThing click here. 

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ReadFeed

ReadFeed is a cataloguing app. It’s relatively new so not very many people use it. Because of that, it’s not that interesting to use…yet. Only time will tell if this will take off.

If you want to follow me on ReadFeed, my username is @oddandbookish.

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Litsy

Listy is basically Instagram and Goodreads combined. It’s an app that is pretty much all pictures and short blurbs, and users can add books to their stacks and rate them. Their rating system is a bit different. It goes “Pick, So-So, Pan, or Bail” (no star ratings here). There is also a thing called Litfluence which is a number that goes up with every like, comment, etc. you receive. The downsides to this app is that like ReadFeed, not very many people use it. Many people create an account and abandon it shortly after. The other thing that drives me nuts is that it has a 451 character limit on posts. I always have to post a super abbreviated review on there which I really don’t like doing.

If you want to follow me on Litsy, my username is @oddandbookish.

The Bottom Line: If you’re looking for an easy place to connect with your fellow bookworms, then I suggest joining Goodreads and/or Bookstagram. The other sites are okay to join as well, but they each have their tradeoffs.

Are you on any of these sites? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! 

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What’s in a name? The story behind my username

As you know, my username and the title of this blog is oddandbookish. How did I come up with that name, you may ask? Well here’s the story (it’s really not that interesting):

Oddandbookish is my Bookstagram username as well and it was the first place where I used it. Now I use it on all my bookish sites.

When I was creating my Bookstagram I wanted a unique name. I previously had a Bookstagram back in 2015/2016, but I deleted it when I fell into a huge year long reading slump. Back then my username was @bibliophile.life, which was the most generic username ever. You can’t get anymore basic than that. I knew this time around I wanted something more unique and memorable.

So I got to thinking and my mind immediately went to Beauty and the Beast. The live action movie had just come out the previous month and I was listening non-stop to its soundtrack. I had also just finished reading Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly, which is a Beauty and the Beast spin-off novel. That book got me back into the reading game. I loved the way Belle talked about reading. Plus the cover was gorgeous and I wanted to show it off on Instagram.

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The book that got me out of my slump. See, I told you the cover was pretty.

So as I was thinking, two words came into my head: odd and bookish. Odd because the townspeople think Belle is odd. Bookish because Belle is obviously very bookish. And thus, oddandbookish was born!

Well there you have it. I told you it wasn’t very interesting.