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Book Blogger Insider Tag

Hello my lovelies! Welcome back πŸ™‚

I hope you’re all ready for another tag where I basically spill all my blogger secrets… And you learn how much of an absolute mess I am? ^^’

I was tagged by two awesome girls: Jess @ Beaucoup Books and Sam @ Rivermoose Books – thank you so much! Please do check out their blogs for some amazing bookish content ❀

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Rules:
1. Answer the questions below
2. Credit the creator JamieΒ @ALittleSliceofJamie
3. Tag at least 5 people
4. Have fun!


1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

At my desk, on my laptop.

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

The writing process usually doesn’t take long. About half an hour to one hour. Notes help a lot with this. It’s the whole editing bit that stretches it into roughly two to three hours.

3. When did you start your book blog?

I posted for the first time on June 16th, 2016. But WP always wishes me a happy anniversary on a different month so I’m assuming I created my account at a different time… I don’t remember what it is, though.

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

I think the worst thing is definitely creating a posting schedule and being consistent with my content. I’m someone who loves structure and organization but fails miserably at it, so it’s a struggle hahaha

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Everything else? I mean, the sharing of opinions and experiences, the connection with other bloggers, the learning something new everyday, the constant flux of recs… You name it! I love that I’ve made so many friends here and that so many people have read/enjoyed my posts, it’s something I had never dreamed of. So thank you! ❀

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

I’m not sure… I always end up having fun with every post, but maybe tags? Because they’re more interactive and creative and a lot more engaging?

7. What is your favourite type of blog post to write?

I personally love writing reviews and that’s what made me want to start blogging in the first place. But, like I said, tags are usually super fun too.

8. When do you typically write?

I usually write my posts in the morning, when I have the time. I feel like my head’s fresher and my thoughts are clearer than if I were to write at the end of the day, when I’m tired and not my best.

9. Do you review every book you read?

I try to but of course that doesn’t happen. I have tons of books that I haven’t even rated and that’s bad because I don’t remember if I liked them or not xD I also have a lot more reviews on Goodreads than on the blog.

10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

I usually like to have some tea and something to eat (chocolate chip cookies are my favorite). I need quiet when I’m writing/reading so no TV, but sometimes I like instrumental music as background noise.

11. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

I try to get around to them at least three days after I’m done with the book. Sometimes I don’t feel ready to write down my thoughts right away because my enthusiasm/dread are a bit too high so I like to mull over it for a while before forming a concrete opinion. That way, my reviews become a lot more rational and not just pure emotion.

12. How often do you post?

Ideally, I would like to post twice a week. But that doesn’t always happen, and sometimes I’ll only post once a week. It depends on how busy I am and whether I have something in mind to write about or not.

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I Tag:

BookstormGirlΒ β€’Β Lilly @ LairofBooks β€’ Heidi @ BookLoverBlogs β€’ Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books β€’ Kate @ Melting Pots and Other Calamities β€’ Melanie @ Mel to the Any β€’ Anna @ My Bookish Dream β€’ Kiersten @ Once Upon a Spine β€’ Rendz @ Reading with Rendz β€’ Inge @ The Belgian Reviewer β€’ Laura @ The Book Corps β€’ Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek β€’ Pages Unbound β€’ Pryiasha @ Books and CO.Β β€’ Alaina @ An Infinite Book WorldΒ β€’ Sam @ Sam’s Little CornerΒ β€’ Marisa @ Marisa the RedheadΒ β€’ Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews β€’ Panic at the BookstoreΒ β€’ Claire @ BooksCoffeeandRepeatΒ β€’ The Bookcover Girl β€’ Royal Reader β€’ Cassiopeia’s Moon

As always, no pressure to do this! πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for reading and until next time!

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Did you enjoy this tag? Let me know what some of your answers would be! q^β€Ώ^ q

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115 thoughts on “Book Blogger Insider Tag

  1. OOoh, this was a lot of fun to read, Sophie! I always get so interested to know how other people blog and if I’m the only one to do something a certain way. It was cool to kind of compare what we do. I definitely agree about doing reviews by at least 3 days because then you forget so much after and then you’re a mess and I get confused. XD And reviews – I kind of used to hate them when I was so behind, but they really are so fun to write and discuss it. Wonderful tag, and thanks so much for tagging me!!

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    1. Thanks, Mandy! Yeah, me too πŸ™‚ That’s why I love checking out these types of tags even more than doing them hahaha
      I definitely HAVE to do it within three days because of my crappy brain. I tend to forget so many important things and even though notes help a lot with that, if I don’t remember how I felt while reading the book then it’s sort of pointless xD Sometimes I even mix up books, storylines and characters and it’s just a mess xD
      No problem! I hope you have fun with it ❀

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  2. That was fun. I’m always amazed at book bloggers and how much they read and then how they capture all that detail in a cohesive way. And everyone seems to have a style of their own. I like tags too – both reading and writing. Well done.

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  3. I feel kinda guilty that I don’t edit my blog posts that much–I proofread them for errors and if it needs re-writing, I’ll rewrite, haha. And I’m the same way with music while writing–I can only write with orchestral music, like George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” or “American in Paris” since words start to get jumbled in my brain. I can listen to music with words when I’m studying or doing math. πŸ™‚

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    1. Well, proofreading them is already quite time consuming! As long as you’re satisfied with the end product, that’s what matters πŸ™‚
      Ah great choices! I will add them to my next playlist hahaha I could never study or do math while listening to music with any lyrics in them. I can do very few tasks like that xD Mostly just chores and tasks that require no real focus… So I envy you!

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      1. Thank you! And yes, you definitely need to listen to them! They’re great! What’s weird is that if I have to process words and understanding their meaning, I can’t process lyrics. But if it’s numbers and memorization, I can do with lyrics… It’s very funny! XD

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  4. Wonderful answers, Sophie!!! We have some blogging quirks in common which is pretty awesome! Like the amount of time it takes me to get a polished post ready to be published is about the same as you! Editing and catching all my errors (and switching my songs on YouTube) takes up a lot of time! Instrumental music takes up the most amount of space on my playlists and I love listening to it while I write! Thanks so much for tagging me! I can’t wait to answer these questions!

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    1. Aw, thanks Rendz! That’s awesome indeed πŸ˜€ I guess we’re both perfectionists hahaha I’m never satisfied with my posts until I’ve done like twenty revisions xD
      Instrumental music is the best ❀ So versatile and it doesn't mess up my focus.
      No problem! I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

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  5. Another wonderful post (of course), I was most surprised at reading that some of the post you write only take you half an hour. That is amazing, especially considering that they are all of such a high quality! This was a really fun read, and it was nice to read a bit of background on you and your blog😊 Great post!

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    1. Thank you, Michel! Hmm yeah, the writing part is the easiest for me (especially with tags, answering questions is a breeze). It’s only when it comes to more in-dept reviews that I get a bit of trouble.
      Aaaww, that’s so sweet! And coming from such a great quality writer such as yourself, these compliments mean even more to me ❀ ^_^
      Glad to hear you've enjoyed reading this, and it didn't make me look like too much of a mess hahaha
      Thanks!

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      1. You do know that with comments such as these, you are totally making me blush right? Thanks so much. This really makes me smile. So very kind of you to say this 😊😊
        Well; trust me on this your in-depth reviews are also very good πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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  6. I completely agree that creating a posting schedule and being consistent are the most difficult things with book blogging. Life tends to try and get in the way. But thank you for the tag! I’ll have it up… soon. I have a few scheduled posts before that (and I try not to do a lot of tags after one another πŸ˜› )

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  7. Thanks for doing the tag! I’ve tried writing at my desk but it messes up my back so bad! I feel guilty because I bought myself a lovely desk and I never use it 😐

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    1. Sure thing! Thanks again for tagging me πŸ™‚
      I’ve tried writing on my bed and on the couch and that’s when my back starts to hurt actually hahaha I’ve always had a bit of a posture problem so it’s never completely fine but at the desk it works a bit better… Maybe you’re the same?

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  8. I love to see how someone else tackles this blogging thing and I’m always curious to see how long someone else takes to prepare a post or write a review. I always think I spend much more time preparing than the rest but I guess I’m still normal when I read your answers :-). I write at my little desk as well (not in the morning though, the best inspiration always seems to come at night when I’m in my bed and I think back to a novel) and I really have to start writing up a review sooner, sometimes I leave it a week and it’s sometimes too long, I’m already too invested in another novel at times :-).

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    1. It’s super interesting, isn’t it? I love reading about everyone’s methods as well!
      Aaahh you’re so lucky. My brain is so tired by the time night comes I have all this free time but no energy to spend it doing anything productive xD So I just end up using it for stuff like watching a movie or something.
      I used to take the longest time to do a review and would actually postpone it so much I would end up not do it at all. So I decided to be a bit ruthless with myself and establish those three days as my limit hahaha I have the same problem!

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    1. Me too! That’s why I always enjoy participating in these sorts of tags and comparing everyone’s methods πŸ™‚
      Notes are lifesavers for someone with the memory of a goldfish such as myself xD And I’m glad to hear that (although not glad you suffer through it too, just feeling of understanding hahaha)

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  9. Lovely answers for this tag, Sophie! I always try and take notes right after I am done with a book, because it usually takes me ages to write the review and… I like remembering things haha. But I often forget to take notes… I’m so bad at this, really, I always need a reminder to do that πŸ˜› I’m with you on having tea while blogging and chocolate chips, that’s the perfect combo πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you, Marie! Ah yes, notes are great and so helpful… I don’t know what I’d do without them! My memory is so crappy hahaha
      If a book is super engaging and fun I sometimes forget to take them as well. But I always make an effort to try and write down the most important stuff, at least πŸ™‚
      Perfect combo indeed! ❀ πŸ˜€

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  10. I loved reading your answers for this tag Sophie. πŸ™‚ I actually always enjoy learning more about the blogger behind the blog and this is the perfect tag to allow me to do that.
    I personally am not a fan of writing reviews, I mean I still enjoy writing them but they’re definitely my least favourite post to draft, and I always write my posts in the evening because that’s when my head is fresher, so I’m kind of the opposite of you in those aspects. However I do agree that the best part of blogging is the interaction; sharing opinions and connecting with other bloggers. It what makes it all worthwhile in my opinion! πŸ˜€
    Great post, and great answers for this tag as well. I really did love learning more about you and your blogging life. πŸ™‚ ❀️

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    1. Thank you, Beth! ❀ Me too, it's just such a big part of blogging and one we have so little access, sometimes we actually forget it's there? Hahaha it's weird!
      Ah that's interesting πŸ™‚ I guess it makes sense since reviews are so much time consuming and require so much focus on one's part, whereas tags and such are a lot more freeing. But I still love writing my opinion on things and also structure so that's what most appeals to me πŸ™‚
      At first, I got into blogging because I wanted to share my passions but what's the point of that if there's no one to share them with? And that's when I realized how much more meaningful it was to have others engaging and sharing this with me ❀
      Thank you so much, hon! I always love to know more about you as well through these types of posts πŸ™‚ Feel free to do this one if you wish! It's quite fun ^^

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      1. That’s all right. πŸ™‚ Yeah I think for me I just find tags more fun because it talks about lots of different books rather than reviews that focus on just one. Maybe it just means I need to come up with a new review structure or something. I dunno it’s something to think about for future me. πŸ™‚
        It’s a good reason to get into blogging, but yeah I’m my opinion what makes it so much fun is talking to other people; sharing opinions and recommendations. I’ve discovered so many amazing books and even non-book things through blogging.
        That’s all right. I’ll definitely keep that in mind. I do have something planned kind of related to this but different that’ll give people a look into my life outside of my blog! πŸ™‚ ❀️

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  11. this is one of my favorite tags!! it was so fun to do and it’s so fun to read other people’s too. also i really admire how immediately you write reviews after reading the book?? i usually write a crap review a million years after the fact

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    1. Right?? Mine too! Oh I do try to keep it under three days but sometimes I fail too… And even fail to write a review altogether xD But mostly, I do manage to do it. If I wait longer than that, I just know I won’t be able to write a decent review. But everyone’s different so you do what works best for you ^^

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  12. Oh my gosh, I thought I commented on this last night? THANK YOU FOR THE TAG, LOVE! And this is seriously looks like such an amazing tag! I loved your answers, and it was so cool seeing an “inside view” on another book blogger! Happy reading, love! And thank you again! πŸ’–xx

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    1. Hahaha no problem! ❀ I do that sometimes too, there's just so many notifications it's hard to keep up ^^'
      I love this tag and reading about all my fellow bloggers' habits and methods! It's just really cool to see what everyone's doing and how well it works for them πŸ™‚
      Happy reading to you as well, lovely, and I hope you have fun with this! ❀

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    1. Thanks, me too! Different people have different working methods and it’s always inspiring to read about them – maybe even get tips on how to do something in a better way πŸ™‚
      When you first start, it’s hard to get that sort of experience but afterwards you just don’t know how you could have lived without it! ^^

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  13. Who can write a book review while watching Netflix?! That is some impressive multi tasking far beyond my capabilities.

    I totally get you with the scheduling thing. In the past few months I just sort of let myself let it all go a bit. Blogging got to the point of causing me significant stress, which is certainly not how things are supposed to be! Right now I have promised myself to post once a week, and if I can do more than that, great, but I’m not going to freak out about it.

    I am so impressed with you writing reviews right after you finish reading. I am TERRIBLE for getting really behind, leaving it like a month and then having to pull something together from all of the pages I folded down (but don’t remember folding down) because I liked something (not always obvious exactly what) on them.

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    1. I know, right?! I was confused too xD I am so bad at multitasking, it’s actually pretty sad ^^’
      Oh I’m sorry to hear that! It’s always a bit frustrating when you don’t get things to be your way but blogging should be mostly an enjoyable experience so I’m glad you’ve taken measures to reduce stress and just take it easy. Once a week is more than enough in my experience. I can never understand how people can post more than twice a week, and sometimes every day!
      I do that more as a way to make things easier for me, so that’s my motivation hahaha I have terrible memory and procrastination issues so if I postpone it for more than three days, I know I will forget most of what the story is about and how it made me feel, as well as not want to write it at all. And that’s just not good!
      Either way, you should do what’s best for you πŸ™‚ If you feel like a month is still okay, then by all means follow through. But you can always try a different approach and see how it works. Nothing to lose πŸ˜‰

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  14. Thank you for the tag! πŸ™‚

    Great answers! I also enjoy writing in the morning versus afternoon/evening/night. My goal this year is to try to write a review for every book I read, but it’s been a challenge so far, lol. I also need quiet (maybe soft music in the background) when writing a review. Anyway, I can’t wait to do this one! Hopefully I’ll get it done by next week!

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    1. Sure thing! Oh thank you so much πŸ™‚ Well best of luck with that, then! It’s always rewarding to feel like you’ve been able to write down your thoughts on a book, isn’t it? Like you’re preserving a memory. Especially if they made you feel something significant πŸ™‚
      I’ll look forward to it! ❀

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  15. Ah yes my blogging anniversary doesn’t coincide with the date I started posting either πŸ˜‰ And yeah, I relate to not being able to review every book πŸ˜‰ And I think mulling it over really helps with reviews (but then I’m always really slow with getting reviews up πŸ˜‰ ) Great answers!!

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    1. It’s always a surprise when WP wishes me happy blogiversary and I’m like “wut, no it’s not” XD
      I think it’s unrealistic to hope you’ll review EVERY single book you read. I mean, ain’t nobody got time for that hahaha But I try to review almost every single one… Usually.
      Thank you so much! ❀

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  16. I love how interactive tags are too… they are a lot of work to write but it’s part of the fun too. I’d LOVE to write my reviews just 3 days after, I do too but hyped books I struggle for months after, lol. I have a new review format that has been a Happy way to focus my thoughts! β™₯️ Great seeing your process Sophie.

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    1. Sometimes they are super hard to write but sometimes they’re easier than most posts, too? It just depends on the type of tag I guess πŸ™‚
      I try my best but it doesn’t always work that way hahaha I’m no superwoman, and we all have so little time to spare already that reading becomes a priority. I like reviewing my books not only to share my opinion on them but also because it helps me keep a better memory of them. I’m terrible at that too xD
      I love your new format, Dani! And whatever works for you, that’s the most important thing πŸ™‚
      Thank you, hon ❀

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    1. Thank you, Jamie! Exactly, that’s the strategy that has best worked for me but it’s not always possible…
      I prefer reading lying down as I end up getting a bit crampy if I seat for too long. Plus I do most of my reading before bed so it’s a lot more convenient to just fall asleep holding my books hahaha

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  17. This is a cute tag, I might have to do it myself! I love how interactive book tags are too and need to do them more often. I’m with you on having a need for structure and organization, I drive myself up the wall if I miss posting on a day that I say that I will and try to schedule posts accordingly. Great post! πŸ™‚

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    1. Please do! I’d love to read your answers πŸ™‚
      There was a time where I didn’t do them much and ended up accumulating so many xD So I try to get a few out every once in a while now.
      Right?? Our perfectionist brains will implode at the slightest disturbance and it’s both reassuring and maddening hahaha
      Thank you, Jamie! ❀

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  18. Awesome answers, Sophie. Definitely gave me a nice idea of what your book blogging habits are like hahah Pretty cool to see how much you enjoy doing tags though. I’ve stopped doing them a very long time ago and have been thinking of doing them again, but man, tagging peepz, being up to date with the ones you get tagged to do and having original ideas that aren’t repetitive is a bit hard hahahah

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    1. Thanks, Lashaan! Hahaha if chaotic habits work, then yes xD
      I used to do them a lot but then realized how much they interfered with my review posts so I just started posting more reviews instead. I was accumulating so many, though, that I thought it’d be a nice idea to try them again πŸ™‚
      I’d love to see some tags on your blog! It’s always cool to read other people’s answers ^^
      Hahaha I know what you mean. I always wonder if people will get bored of the same answers over and over again so I try to get some variety in. I also keep a document with all the tags I’ve been tagged and also some I’d like to do. I usually just tag the people who I interact with the most plus the people who’ve tagged me recently. If you plan it beforehand it becomes super easy, if a bit time consuming. Keep it in mind πŸ˜‰

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  19. Awesome answers! Like you, I try to write my reviews within three or so days of finishing the book but recently it’s been difficult because I’ve had uni assignments. I did a review for ‘Dracula’ but I finished it about a month ago!

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      1. Exactly! Books can evoke such strong emotions. I’ve had books that have made me cry and in that moment, that emotion is very real for me. Trying to recapture that moment a few weeks down the line is difficult. The intensity of it loses its edge and it’s difficult for you to evoke for yourself, let alone other people!

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  20. Nice answers! It’s always interesting to read other bloggers blogging habits, especially if they are similar or different to my own! I try to write my reviews a few days after reading as well, but I have read 2 books at the beginning of January and still have to write their reviews…Oops… Thanks for the tag!

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  21. Yesssss! The editing of a book review takes so long for me too! And I’ll usually sit on it for a day or two or three and glance over them once during those days. Just to make sure I didn’t miss anything, clean things up or take my emotional ranting or fangirling down a level or two lol. So I love that you try to make your reviews more rational and less emotional. It’s definitely a hard thing to do at times! Wonderful tag!

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    1. Same here! I’m absolutely OCD about every single one of my posts but reviews are particularly difficult hahaha
      I think a certain degree of fangirling/emotional ranting is quite healthy but I don’t want my reviews to be all about that and have no substance whatsoever. Readers won’t be able to form an opinion from that alone and authors will surely not be able to figure out what they could improve.
      Thank you, Jen! ❀️

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  22. Yay! I know you a bit more now haha.. I admire that you can write a book review 3 days after reading. I am itching to write it as soon as possible so I don’t forget any details. I like your writing review setting. Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite too πŸ™‚

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    1. Yay! I love getting to know other bloggers to but have to admit it’s a bit nerve-racking to expose myself in any small way… Especially because I feel like such a mess sometimes πŸ˜‚
      Me too! But that’s why I wait, because I don’t want my emotions to cloud my judgement. I keep notes on all my books so I don’t forget anything πŸ™‚
      Ahhh yes, sweets and writing come hand in hand for me hahaha
      Thanks for the support, Jasmine ❀️

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  23. That is my struggle too! Having a schedule more than being consistent, because I do post a lot but it’s usually last minute!! I dream of the day I will schedule posts in advance.

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