Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Why Reading Various Blogs Is Good for You

Unlike most of you who may be so updated when it comes to blogging world, I can consider myself to be a latecomer in blog to read many blogs in one place (I don't know the better term for this, English is not my first language, I apologize). I used to rely on Google Reader until big G decided to retire it. I had no tool for blog reading anymore. I was stuck, but couldn't motivate myself enough to find a solution.

After some digging, I finally visit Bloglovin and so far, it works for me. So, I started following other book blogs and since I also sell on Etsy, I follow tons of craft and DIY blogs to, even though I have no intention whatsoever so try the projects. Oh, I also have fashion and beauty blogs on my reading list, too. I actually subscribe to any kind of blog I find interesting and they actually helps me in some ways:

It opens my mind to a different point of view

I saw a craft blog once that features some cool items made from used books. As a bookworm, of course it made me cringe. How on earth would anyone butcher a book into a wall art, for example. As I read the blogger's explanation that she made it from abandoned book that was almost falling apart, I can definitely see her point. It's a good thing to bring back the book to a useful condition rather than leaving it alone tearing itself apart.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Awesome Bookish Sites for Bookworms

Hi folks, great to see you again! As a bookworm, I am sure most of you already have a Goodreads account, correct? For those of you who aren't a member, let me guess, you still visit that site regularly. I love Goodreads, despite of its weakness (hey, nothing in this world is perfect), but if you are looking for other bookish sites to visit, I have listed some for you. Here they are, I hope you find them useful.

Well, the site name gives it away already. It's not at all similar to Goodreads, in fact it's pretty different. If you visit Buzzfeed often, Bookish is like that. The contents are mainly list posts which can give inspiration on what to read next. The site recently has gone for facelift, and guess what, it looks so nice now with it's cleaner and easier to navigate layout.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Where to Find Free Stock Images for Your Blog Posts

I used to think that images aren't that important for a blog post unless it is a tutorial. Now I know that they're are indeed important because nowadays, with all the social media around the net. you want your post to get noticed. People are more drawn into images rather than full text post. Well, the saying "image is worth a thousand words" is not without reason, right? If you haven't include image in your blog posts, I strongly recommend you to. It helps with the social media as well as making your post looks good in thumbnails.

These are the sites I use frequently, mind you there are still tons of free stock photo sites out there, but some of them only display their images and don't have search feature. I am not a patient person who loves waiting for images to load, that's why I exclude them. Here they are:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Review : Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

Title : Horrorstör
Author : Grady Hendrix
Publication date: September 23rd 2014 by Quirk Books

Ignoring the title and taking a short glance of the cover, I would think this book to be an interior design magazine. I am sure some of you would think the same too! With the hot trend industrial Scandinavian style decor, Horrorstör is nothing like the typical horror book cover.

Meet Amy, 24 year-old slacker who worked at Orsk, resented her job but couldn't afford to lose her job, with her friend, Ruth Anne were asked by their boss, Basil to do night time shift. Basil believed there was intruder that needed taken care of. Desperate for cash and had no choice, Amy agreed to take the night shift and discover something scary that happened at the store at midnight.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Turning 30 : Life Lessons I've Learned So Far

Hello dearest readers! Great to see you again. As you know, 2015 is just around the corner. I am sure you have accomplished some stuffs this year, while some of you might still have things to accomplished. No worries, let me give you a virtual pat on the back. I will say goodbye to wonderful 20s and I will be 30. Phew, how fast time goes by! It's a food for thought for me, I am now not that young anymore and I should've been more mature and wiser. Speaking of which, there are some lessons that life taught me so far, which I find very valuable, and I hope those of you who are younger than me would find them useful.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Review : The Swallow : A Ghost Story by Charis Cotter

Title : The Swallow
Author : Charis Cotter
Publication date : September 9th 2014 by Tundra Books

Since I don't really read horror books, I thought why don't I give it a try. Deep down I love mysterious books, and I know horror might be a good start. Oh, the good thing is, The Swallow is a middle grade book, which is the kind I like because so far, it hasn't disappointed me.

The Swallow is a story about two girls, Polly and Rose. Both were thirteen and lived in the 1960s Toronto, Canada. Polly was a lively girl, love books about ghost, but not even once she ever came across one. Rose, in the other hand, had this gift of being able to see them. It made her frustrated because she felt like never being left alone.