Saturday, 5 January 2019

Let's Journal: Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Notebook Review


Does it live up to the hype?




I’ve had my Bullet Journal for a few days now. Before I bought it, I was overwhelmed with all the options I had. Which journal should you settle on? The problem I had deciding was that I was a complete newbie to bullet journaling, so I didn’t know what I even needed. How many gsm do I need? How many pages? What colour? I just went with the popular choice which was the Leuchtturm 1917. Now, I’ve never bought a Leuchtturm before and I’m not the only one so here I am to help out anyone looking to see if it lives up to the hype.  

I got the standard A5 dotted notebook in teal that all the YouTubers and bloggers had because I wanted to look profesh, of course. 

So, I was super excited when I got it in the mail (Amazon Prime same-day deliveryyy!). I ripped it out of the packaging and examined it.



It’s definitely a teal colour which I’m happy with. It comes with two ribbons but mine were stuck together so I left them like that because I was sure if that’s how they’re meant to be.



Don’t worry I’ve cut them now! So, onto the interior. When you open the journal you have a page to write your name. You could also write any contact details you have so it can be returned to you.
We have a nice index inside with numbered pages, so you don’t have to write your own, and we have a pocket!





So how does it hold up ink-wise? Well You’ll be happy to know that your average ink pen doesn’t bleed through. I haven’t tested out my brush pens yes but when I do I’ll let you know. Although the paper doesn’t bleed it can show through as you can see here:


Original
The other side. Oops.

It doesn’t really bother me but I can see why it would be a problem for some. If you’re looking for more ink-proof paper then I’d recommend a higher 100gsm notebook like Dingbats which seems to have good reviews. All in all I’m pretty happy with my purchase and I’m excited to get journaling this year!

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Happy New Year! Let's (Bullet) Journal!


Hey everyone, how have you been?


So… I’ve decided to try a few new things this year. One of them is bullet journaling. I’ve been watching YouTubers like AmandaRachLee bullet journal for a few weeks now and I thought what better time to start than in the New Year. I thought it would be cool to document the process and see where it takes me, so here we go!

So, first things first, what is a bullet journal?


Bullet journals were an idea started by Ryder Carroll. It's basically a method of journalling that is meant to help you be productive and organised. You have a key that you use to log different tasks/events and you cross them off as you go. I've looked at some other bloggers and their journals are honestly amazing.

To begin, I had to buy a journal. Now I already have a whole load of notebooks already but apparently for bullet journaling you need a journal with dotted pages. This meant all my lined and plain notebooks weren’t going to be helpful here. After some research it turned out that one of the more popular brands was the Leuchtturm 1917. I hopped on Amazon and got one same-day delivery because I just couldn't wait to start.

At first I was just looking at the pages, too scared to write anything in case I ruined it. 

Then I got the courage to draw in pencil.

Then I mustered the courage to go over it in pen.

And at some point I had this:


It looked alright so I continued on to do my '2019 at a glance page'.




After rubbing out all the pencil I got this:


It's been super fun journalling so far and I'll be adding a new feature called Let's Journal! to the blog. If any of you guys have done bullet journals or a hoping to start one let me know in the comments. I'd love to hear some tips and tricks.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Guest Post: Don’t Know What to Read Next? Then Try The Book Lottery

Every time after you finished reading a book, you are plagued with a simple question. "What's next?"

It had only been a few seconds since you had clicked "mark as read" in Goodreads, and already the question is on your mind, and the world is watching while you make your choice. If only you knew what to read next ...

I know the feeling far too well. There are many books that I want to read, then there are a few that I have to read, and, of course, the magic ones that I would die if I don’t read them. In addition, my TBR pile looks at me from a hidden corner in the room - trying to guilt-trip me. The most forgotten books are ebooks that were cheap and … now the poor things are waiting on my eReader to be read. Just that I haven’t used the eReader since this millennium started and I can’t remember which books are on it.


However, there is one way out of this disaster that has always worked for me: The Book Lottery!


“What is a book lottery?” I hear you ask. The principle is rather simple - just like with a regular lottery nothing more than a stroke of luck decides the outcome. In that case it would be about money but in this case it’s about which book to read next.  
How is it going to work?

STEP 1: 

This might be the most difficult part. For the book lottery to work, you need to write down all the books that you would be able to read in this very moment. 


This includes - but is not limited to: books on your TBR, any books on your digital TBR, (A)RCs you were given without a deadline, books on your “want to read” that you can buy within a second and start reading, and books from your eLibrary that had always tickled your fancy and you could borrow in this very moment. In short, pretty much any book that you thought about reading and is available as of now.

Once you have your slips, we turn to step 2.

STEP 2: 
Find a pretty hat or jar. A cap is going to do as well. Then throw all those slips inside.

STEP 3: 
Mix and shake



STEP 4: 
Last but hardly least, comes the most important part: Now it is time to draw a "winner".  
Whatever title you pulled out of the magic hat/jar/cap is going to be your next read. This way you don’t have to decide yourself and hundreds of - hopefully - entertaining pages ahead of you






Happy reading!

Bio:


I am Susanne from https://www.floralcars.com/ – a rookie road tripper, blogger, and bookworm at heart. I regularly write about travel, lifestyle, and books. Naturally, I wouldn’t dare to leave the house without one in my bag.
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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Bad Reads: The 7 Stages of a DNF

Hello lovely people. I while back I made an infro graphic on the 7 stages of a DNF.

DNF = Did Not Finish

Lets be real. It happens. Sometimes that book everyone's been raving about just isn't that good. You force yourself to finish but it's just not happening. The reason I made the original post was because I was struggling to get through An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. Apparently I eventually finished it since I wrote a review of it although I did joke about writing half-review a few years ago for books I couldn't finish.



Like I said the last time, if you're really not enjoying a book it's okay to save it for later or maybe even give up on it completely. Reading should be fun and if you're not having fun get a different book.

Have you ever had to DNF a book? What was it?

Saturday, 1 September 2018

6 Awesome Ways to Promote Your Book



Here's a throwback to a post that I wrote a while ago that might be helpful for authors looking for ways to get there book out there. Let me know in the comments what ways your find most useful.



Okay, so you've written your book. You've published your book. Now you need to promote you book. When there are so many books around it seems hard to get yourself out there as an author. People aren't noticing your book in the crowd. Growing a following isn't going to happen overnight, it takes time and persistence and fortunately there are a few ways that you can help promote yourself:

1. Twitter

If you're an author and you aren't on Twitter already, then you need it ASAP. This is probably one of the easiest ways to reach out to other authors and readers who might enjoy reading your book. You need to build friendships and engage with others so that they can get to know the person behind the book. Tweet for you, not your book. Of course now and then you can plug your book but what really catches peoples attention is being interesting and showing your personality.

2. Goodreads 

As a Goodreads author you can find bloggers who may be interested in reading your book. If you're lucky someone will leave a good review which will lead to more people being interested in your book. Engaging with people on the group talk threads is as a great way to connect with readers and other authors.

3. Giveaways

This is ideal if you need more reviews. The best way to do this is to offer an entry into a giveaway if they follow you on a certain platform such as Twitter or Bloglovin'. You can offer various prizes, some pof which will of course be your book.

4. Start a blog

You're a writer so blog about it. Tell me about the journey you took to writing. What are the best and the worst things about writing? What are some good books you've found lately? Gain visitors and followers who appreciate your blog posts and then you'll later gain readers of your book. Think of your blog as a showcase of your writing and character.

Undecided? Here's how and why you should book blog.

5. Guest posts/interviews

Try to find a book blog which is interested in books that are similar to your writing genre. This way, when you write a guest article or interview with them, the people that read the post will be people that are likely to enjoy reading your book.

6. Virtual book tours

This is a great way to create buzz around your book because you'll have many bloggers promoting your book within the same time period. You can set it up yourself which will require sourcing bloggers who are willing to participate, creating banners, organizing giveaways and scheduling the tour yourself. This can be time consuming so an alternative that many authors choose is to hire a blog tour company to do it for them.