My Future Content

Hello past, present, and future word forgers, if you didn’t know by now, I am in the process of re-branding my blog and social media channels.

If you want a bit of an update on why that is, you can read my Updates to ‘On My Bookshelf post that I wrote last week.

I don’t want to give too specific of reasons, but basically I dislike the way my content is being viewed/not viewed and it has become a bit boring and uninspiring lately.

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So… What can you expect from me in the near future?

The goal is to have a newly designed blog and social media channels in the next few weeks. It will continue to have some bookish content, but it will also have some content that focuses on marketing tactics and the marketing world (both broad ideas and some specific ones too).

It is much more interesting to me than the bookish world’s current posting styles. I don’t read enough to post about the dozens of different books that I read because I don’t read that many books.

I read enough to post reviews and the odd extra post, but that’s about it.

Instead, I hope to help people grow their blogs by talking about different marketing ideas, practices, and strategies.

Plenty of other bloggers come up with “new” and “unique” posts that are supposed to help people grow their platforms, but they are really just the same message said over and over.

There is such little difference that I would bet a lot of money on what a blogger will talk about in a post like that and I would probably win.


I can’t say my content will be 100 per cent unique. I’m sure I will have my own repetitive content just like any other blogger, but I hope to come up with some actual helpful content that it will help people.


If you have any post ideas about books, marketing, or something in between, please feel free to share to share. I have some ideas in mind already, but I want to know what content you would like to see!

Quotes from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts…but you cannot deny he’s got style…” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.” 
― JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


“Youth can not know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.” 
― J.K. Rowling , Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“Don’t put your wand there, boy! … Better wizards than you have lost buttocks, you know!” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scars than almost anything else.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by an invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“Mistletoe,” said Luna dreamily, pointing at a large clump of white berries placed almost over Harry’s head. He jumped out from under it. 
“Good thinking,” said Luna seriously. “It’s often infested with nargles.” 
― J.K. Rowling , Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Updates to ‘On My Bookshelf’

Hello dear readers, I have some personal news for you today.

As you may know, I started this blog in September 2018 as a school assignment and quickly fell in love with it. I went above and beyond for the assignment and eventually took the blog to a whole new level – with daily content.

This included book reviews, top 10 lists, bookish news, discussion posts, quotes, and more.

It was a lot of work, and I missed a few days here and there, but for the most part I was dishing out content every day.

My morale went up and down with this approach. I saw some book bloggers that started after me or at the same time grow much quicker than I was.

I tried coming up with new bookish post ideas – trying to differentiate from what everyone else was doing, and it worked to a degree.

Still, it didn’t have a drastic change in my numbers.


I have some major problems with the bookblog/tube world that have made me dislike blogging a lot in the past few months.

I won’t get in to them because I’m sure nobody really cares and I don’t want anyone to feel like it is them I am calling out.

Instead I want to tell you what is going to come next for On My Bookshelf.

Well in the coming weeks you can say goodbye to this book review blog. I am giving it up and getting rid of it.

In its place, I want to design a new site and a new brand for myself. I don’t want to limit myself to book review and other bookish content.

I don’t enjoy discussing it the way the rest of the bookish world does, so I am going to take my own spin on things.


I am currently in the process of re-designing everything about On My Bookshelf into Word Forge.

This will be the new name of my site and will not be about just bookish content any more.

Instead I want to focus on other things I am interested in:

  • Graphic Design
  • Writing
  • Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Branding
  • and more

I want it to be a huge melting pot of book blogging, marketing/branding resources, writing tips, updates on my current WIP, and more.

It’s going to be half portfolio, half reviews, half marketing guide, half updates on my writing (yes I know its four halves)

I want Word Forge to turn in to something that I can maybe even make money off of one day, whether that’s consulting people, working freelance, or anything else.

I never felt truly at home in the bookish world. I was an outsider looking in, with just enough in the game to stick around.

Now, I am going to play my own game and see where it takes me. Maybe this will be amazing, maybe this will be a disaster. Either way, I have big plans for the future, and I hope that I can see this idea bloom in to something amazing.

Bookish News: July 29, 2020

Hello dear readers, if you’re looking for bookish news, you’ve come to the right place.

I’ve searched a couple of my usual bookish news sources and found some fun articles that may be of interest to you.

If you’re willing, I’m sure others would like to see some bookish news that I missed, so if you know any, please feel free to share on here or social media.
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NEW RELEASES AND MORE FOR JULY 28, 2020

SCREEN TIME IS MONEY: HOW AUTHORS MAKE MONEY ON EBOOKS

2020 BOOKER PRIZE LONGLIST ANNOUNCED

The Celebrity Bookshelf Detective Is Back

10 Reasons We Love The Write Reads

Hello dear readers, welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic was a freebie, so I thought I should give some love and appreciation to a fantastic bookish community that many of us enjoy.

If you are reading this and don’t know what The Write Reads is, please check out the twitter page. It has definitely been one of the best decisions I’ve made as a book blogger.

Don’t forget to follow me on social media for more bookish content coming out every day of the week!
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So…what are ten things we love about The Write Reads?


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The Community

One of the best parts of The Write Reads how big it is. As this post is written, there is just over 30 thousand followers on Twitter.

Of those 30 thousand, there are some fantastic people. People from all over the world follow The Write Reads, and everyone I know has made friends with someone in the community.

What’s great is that when people see someone is a part of the community, they will almost always greet you with a warm hello and likely follow your blog.


The Book Tours

One of the best parts of The Write Reads community is the book tours. I have read some amazing books thanks to these tours, and have already bought a few books in the series that I have read from a tour.

The tours are also a great chance to read other people’s thoughts on the books you enjoy, and find some really fun reads along the way.


The Variety of Books

I have seen a few book tour groups that focus mainly on one genre of books. This isn’t bad per se, because it gives people exactly what they are expecting. What’s great about The Write reads is that you’re never bored.

I would say there is more of a focus on the fantasy genre for The Write Reads, but there are so many different book tours happening year round, you have more than enough time to explore something new.


The Featured Posts

The Write Reads features a book review and bookish discussion post every day. Thats 30 thousand possible eyes on the posts that are featured.

Even to some of the largest book blogs out there, these numbers are a huge impact.

The sheer organizational skills and effort that managing these posts almost every day of the year is tremendous. It probably takes hours every day to plan everything out.


One of the Nicest People

Imagine managing hundreds or thousands of people for featured posts, book tours, and prize winners. It can be extremely daunting and stressful. It could drive people crazy.

Even through all of that, you will never see a mean word associated with The Write Reads. You will read nothing but supportive, hilarious messages that will brighten your day.


Wants Others to Succeed

Managing The Write Reads is no easy task, but you’ll see nothing but support. Whether you have thousands of followers or dozens, The Write Reads will stand in your corner supporting you, wanting you to succeed and helping you in any way possible.


Helps out the Little “Guy”

The support is appreciated by all, but especially so from the smaller blogs. The Write Reads doesn’t discriminate on the size of the blog and sharing their posts with the 30 thousand followers was one of the best moments of my life when may blog was first growing, and I am sure it has helped many others as well.


A Long-time Friend

It doesn’t happen to me often, but whenever I have a chance to have a quick chat, it is like I am talking to an old friend.

There is always a sense of friendship and kindness on the other end of the conversation, and you’ll never feel like you can’t have a conversation.


Timely Replies

I don’t actually know where The Write Reads is based, but if I am going off the Twitter page they are in Ireland.

I’ve sent emails at all times of the day, and gotten timely replies no matter the time. I expect some delays, especially when a new book tour is announced, but you’ll likely never have to wait for long to get the reply you are looking for.


Personal Reason

We all have a personal reason we love The Write Reads. It might be because of a certain tour, or maybe you needed to re-schedule a post, or maybe just because one of your best blog posts was shared on Twitter.

Whatever it might be, The Write Reads is an amazing friend to all book bloggers, and if you haven’t yet followed them and joined the community, I would highly recommend doing so.


Why do you love The Write Reads? Let’s show our love in the comments, or on social media!
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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Hello dear readers, I welcome you back to the magical world of Harry Potter.

I have reviewed the previous four books in the series so far, but if you were interested in my review of the Goblet of Fire, you can find it here.

There is a lot of controversy over whether or not I should be even talking about the Harry Potter series. J.K Rowling is a walking, talking ball of controversy.

Despite that, we cannot deny that Harry Potter was a major literary milestone for a lot of readers in my generation, so I do think it deserves the attention at the very least.

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Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author: J.K Rowling
Rating: ★★★★☆

There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it’s haunting Harry Pottter’s dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?

Harry has a lot on his mind for this, his fifth year at Hogwarts: a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a big surprise on the Gryffindor Quidditch team; and the looming terror of the Ordinary Wizarding Level exams. But all these things pale next to the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named – a threat that neither the magical government nor the authorities at Hogwarts can stop.

As the grasp of darkness tightens, Harry must discover the true depth and strength of his friends, the importance of boundless loyalty, and the shocking price of unbearable sacrifice.

His fate depends on them all.



Friendship is Important

We all know Harry is basically nothing without his friends. He isn’t the best wizard we have ever seen, but he does have some good friends that are smart, loyal, and dependable.

We get to see some of that loyal friendship in Order of the Phoenix. Harry is trying to gather together an army to fight against Voldemort, and after some convincing, manages to band together a good number of Hogwarts’ students to train them for an inevitable battle against the Dark Lord.

Most of his army is made up of Gryffindor students, but we get some from various houses too.

It’s nice diving a little deeper into the other characters in the Potterverse. We don’t get to go that much deeper, but we venture out from the trio and explore other people.


MAGIC!!!

We finally get to see some magic in this book, and it is my favourite aspect of the book.

Most of the other books, casting spells seems secondary to the rest of the story. Harry even struggles with trying to cast some basic spells in a few books, so seeing more spells in this book is nice.

I wouldn’t say I am thrilled with it, but I am glad casting spells was more of the focus than before.

Most of the spells we see Harry and the DA practicing are spells we learned in the past, which sort of defeats the purpose, but I honestly don’t mind too much because these are spells that we’ve seen before, but we get to see them in a whole new light.


The End is Nigh

Order of the Phoenix is the start of the end of the Harry Potter Series.

The first two books set up the Harry Potter world. The third book gives us a bit of backstory and deepens the world for us. The fourth book is a bit of an odd one. A lot of it is pointless, right until the end when the big bad guy is revived and re-introduced to the world.

Order of the Phoenix makes the threat a lot more real. Voldemort is back and the world knows it.

We don’t get to know the entirety of his plans and we don’t get to see him for too long, but we get to see him at his full strength and the threat it brings.

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Final Thoughts

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is one of the better books in the Harry Potter series.

Like the rest of the series, it deepens our exploration of the Potteverse, but this time we get to see more magic.

Magic is weirdly something I don’t remember seeing often in the Harry Potter world, at least not directly.

It often goes on in the background and we don’t always get an understanding of it.


What did you think of the fifth installment of the Harry Potter Series?

Let’s talk about it in the comments or on social media!
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Solve it Sunday: True in All Particulars

Hello dear readers, welcome back to another Solve it Sunday riddle. I hope you are enjoying these puzzle-solving posts. I don’t think they attract a lot of attention, but I like trying to figure out the puzzles as I write them

I wish you luck in solving this one and, as always, the answers are in the comments!


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Several statements are given below. You may assume – for the duration of this problem – that they are absolutely true in all particulars. From that assumption, you should be able to provide an answer to the question that follows.

  • No one goes to a party without brushing his or her hair.
  • Untidy people are never fascinating.
  • Alcoholics have no self-control.
  • People with brushed hair look fascinating.
  • No one wears white gloves, unless he or she is going to a party.
  • A person is always untidy if he or she has no self-control.

Do alcoholics wear white gloves?