Book of Fire Tag: Avatar Blogger Award

Water. Earth. Fire. Air. I’ve heard stories about the old days, a time of peace when the Avatar Blogger kept balance between the Water Critics, Earth Reviewers, Fire Writers, and Air Readers. But that all changed when the Fire Writers attacked. 

Only the Avatar Blogger, master of all four blogging elements could stop the ruthless Fire Writers. But when the world needed them the most, they vanished. A hundred years have passed and the Fire Writers are nearing victory in the war. 

Some people believe that the Avatar Blogger was never reborn into the Air Readers, and that the cycle is broken. But I haven’t lost hope. I still believe that somehow, the Avatar Blogger will return to save the book world!

How to become the Avatar Blogger:

  • To become the Avatar Blogger and save the book world from the Fire Writer Lord, the Avatar Blogger must master all four elements.
  • To master an element, a blogger must be tagged in one of the four following tags: Book of Water Tag, Book of Earth Tag, Book of Fire Tag, Book of Air Tag.
  • Once a blogger has posted all four tags to their page, they can message the Order of the White Lotus (@onmybookshelff) on twitter to receive the Avatar Blogger Award. (Not first come first serve. Everyone can get the award!)

Rules of this Tag: 

  • Thank whomever tagged you
  • Answer the 7 questions below
  • Help other potential Avatar Bloggers by tagging 3 other bloggers.
  • Spread the love and read other’s posts

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Stepping into the Fire Nation might overwhelm you with all the red everywhere; clothes, buildings, banners.
Let’s see those pretty red book covers!


The Fire Kingdom is warm, with plenty of places for a tropical vacation., possibly even close to a volcano.
You won a prize for a trip to a tropical location. Where are you going and what books are you bringing with you?

Well I don’t really have a choice on this one, because my girlfriend would make me pick Hawaii, but I would be okay with a view like this:

Bamboo temple - Picture of Maui Eco Retreat, Haiku - Tripadvisor

I would probably bring a Wheel of Time book and my iPad since I have four books I need to read on there for different tours/personal interests.


The Agni-Kai. A high-stakes duel between two Fire Writers to defend their honour. 
What book would you defend till the end, even though others may hate it?

I don’t think a lot of people will ever hate this series, but I would defend the Redwall series till my dying breath. It got me into reading fantasy and it has always been dear to my heart.


Fire is a dangerous element and even the most skilled writers are at risk for getting burned. The Fire Writer Lord Zuko is a perfect example.
What is one book that has touched who you are, and will stay with you forever?

I think the Starlight Archive will stick with me forever. There are so many meanings that come from events and quotes in that book, that I know I will remember it forever. My future tattoo will actually be something that came from the books.


The origin of fire writing was to use the fire as an extension of the body, like it was a part of you. 
What is one bookish accessory or piece of memorabilia you can’t live without?

I don’t really have one specific one, but I’m really liking my Straw Hat Crew Funko Pops. I plan on getting the entire crew one day, but I like having their big heads popping up on my shelves.


A skilled fire writer can use fire to propel themselves through the air, almost as if they were flying.
Are there any books you are looking forward to reading?

Oh I could probably list a few dozen in this case, but that wouldn’t be interesting. I am really looking forward to reading the Witcher series as well as the Legacy of Ash series.


Fire bending is the only form of bending where you create the element out of nothing.
If you could make the perfect book, what would be included; 10 words or less?

Magic, trilogy, world building, monsters, romance, death, betrayal, books.


I am tagging:
I’m All Booked Up
Erin – Lavish Literature
Ash – For the Love of Books
Debbie – Debbie’s Library

If you have made it this far, you have mastered the element of Water, bringing you one step closer to becoming the Avatar Blogger. Good luck to you in your training.

5 Bloggers You’ll Want to Follow

Hello dear readers, I hope all things are going well for you in these troubling times. The world is a scary place, and some days it only gets scarier.

I thought about providing you with links and resources for you to support BlackLivesMatter, but I am not an expert on this subject at all.

If you are interested in supporting, please check out this page. It has some great resources that help out some good causes.

I decided to share some bloggers that I have enjoyed reading lately. Whether they’ve inspired me, or have some great content that has helped me, these 10 Bloggers are a great addition to the blogging world!

And please dear readers, stay safe and stay connected with your loved ones.

If you have any other great bloggers, please share them in the comments, or send me their social medias.
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Ren – A Bookish Balance

Not only is Ren a Canadian blogger, which makes her that much cooler, but she also has a gorgeous blog layout, some amazing pictures throughout her site, and writing skills any blogger should strive for.

She manages to sum up a book’s review in just a few short sentences, and she covers such unique books, I am sure she has something that everyone will love.

Looking at Ren’s blog is so peaceful. The colors flow nicely, her design skills are second to none, and I’m not even sure how to compliment her Instagram feed.

Some of my favourite posts on A Bookish Balance:
Mini Reviews: The Adventures of Pinocchio, The Picture of Dorian Gray, & Heidi
Mini Reviews: Miss Understanding, Whistleblower, & Stardust
Mini Reviews: Marriage of Convenience, The Love Prison Made and Unmade, & The Wallflower Wager


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New Lune

New Lune is a great resource for any blogger, especially if you are just starting out. She offers great resources, insights coming from personal experience, as well as some great resources and articles from a variety of different genres.

Her resources have been helpful to me and many other bloggers, and her website design is clean and effective.

Some of my favourite posts on New Lune:
How To Establish A Strong Social Media Presence
7 Apps To Download When You Are Bored
5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging


Joanna – The Geekish Brunette

Back to the book world, Joanna seems to live and breathe books. She is constantly coming out with insightful book reviews, unboxings, and other bookish content.

I have been following her blog since I started blogging, and it has been worth every second of it. If there is one book blogger out there that you need to follow, its Joanna.

She has all the content a book blogger could think of and more. Her posts have constantly given me ideas and inspiration, and I’m sure others can say the same.

Some of my favourite posts on The Geekish Brunette:
Book Review: Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson
Manga Review: Yona of the Dawn Vol. 24 by Mizuho Kusanagi
Book Review: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia #5) by C.S. Lewis


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Kat – Kbookreviews

Kat is the nicest blogger I have ever met. She is always willing to help another blogger out, and does it with a smile on her face.

She posts great book reviews and book tags, and never shies away from participating in a blog tour.

Kat has been an amazing help to me and my blog in the last few months, and I can always trust her to recommend a great read. She always knows just what book you’ll enjoy reading. Your wallet won’t thank you though, but your reading habits will.

Some of my favourite posts on Kbookreviews:
Book Review: The Fallen Angel (The Great Devil War #5), by Kenneth B Andersen
Book Review: The Lies Of Locke Lamora (The Gentleman Bastards #1), by Scott Lynch
Book Review: Legacy Of Ash (Legacy Trilogy #1), by Matthew Ward.


Sophia Ismaa

Sophia is absolutely brilliant, one of the most in-depth reviewers I have seen, and one of the best people.

She doesn’t always post book reviews though. She has such an amazing perspective on all things bookish and constantly comes up with eye opening articles on current events and their representation in literature, and her blog is a MUST to follow if you consider yourself a good and intelligent person.

Some of my favourite posts on Sophia Ismaa:
Why the Sansa vs Daenerys Feud is not Anti-Feminist
Milestone – My Writing is being Performed on Stage by Young Muslim Voices
Thoughts on the Various Reactions to Daenerys Burning Down King’s Landing


These bloggers are absolutely amazing, and deserve more love than I can give them.

If you have other great bloggers that people need to follow, or you also follow these bloggers and want to spread some love, please do so in the comments, or send them a message on social media!
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The Awesome Blogger Award

I was lucky to be nominated by the awesome and talented Kat over at KBookreviews. Please check out her blog for some awesome book reviews! She’s been an inspiration for my blog for a little whole now.
(The award was created by Maggie @Dreaming of Guatemala.)

The Rules?

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Credit the creator
  • Tag this post with #AwesomeBloggerAward
  • Answer all the questions given to you
  • Nominate some people
  • Write 10 questions for them to answer

Do you prefer Bookstagram or Book Twitter? Share your social links

Though I enjoy my Bookstagram, I will admit I am not very good at keeping up with it…so I have to saw Book Twitter is my way to go. It’s a lot more fun and it feels a lot less “fake” than Bookstagram can.

Do you listen to music while reading? Or have you a favourite song that you associate with a particular book?

I do not. Though I could have music playing quietly in the background while I read, I generally prefer just quiet background noise.

What would you like to be remembered for?

A small part of me wants to be remembered by everyone. Have my name engraved in history, because I believe you only truly die when someone mutters your name for the last time. If I had to be remembered for something, I honestly don’t know what it would be for, because there isn’t much in my life that would make me memorable.

Who is your favourite musician/band/singer?

Tough question to answer, because I don’t really listen to one more than anyone else, but I would probably say Zach Brown Band

Who or what are you most grateful for in life?

The cheesy answers of course, my friends, family, and my girlfriend (who might read this post because she only reads the ones that mention her)

What is your favourite book to film adaptation?

I’d say Lord of the Rings…because DUH, but assuming that didn’t count I would go with Life of Pi. I haven’t finished the book yet, but I know the movie was absolutely stunning to look at.

What are your hopes for your blog in the next year?

I have a few goals for my blog this year. My biggest one is to keep growing and trying to reach more audiences, but a close second one is to collaborate with some awesome bloggers…maybe Kat???

You are going away on a relaxing holiday for a week. Where would you go and what five books would you bring with you to reread?

If I am picking a relaxing holiday, I’m choosing somewhere tropical and warm..ideally with a few ruins nearby for me to explore.

I think I would just bring whatever books I was reading at the time. I’ve never actually re-read a book before (though I will be re-reading HP this year I think). I’d probably bring a backup or two, but I read LONG fantasy books so I doubt I’d get through more than one or two.

It’s nice to be important but it’s important to be nice. What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?

Oh I can’t even begin to imagine. Off the top of my head probably everything my parents have done for me. Kinda cheesy and it’s sort of their job, but they’ve done a lot for me over the years.

How many books have you read so far this year?

Four books so far this year: A Winter’s Heart, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Unholy, and Bullets, Teeth and Fists 3.


Here are the questions I came up with…but please feel free to answer as you see fit.

Since these questions are originally from Emer, I was asked to tag her. Another wonderful blog you need to check out.

  1. What is a random fun fact about you?
  2. What’s a skill you want to learn, or get better at?
  3. If you could have any fellow blogger take over your blog for a week, who would it be and why?
  4. What is your favourite alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink?
  5. If there was an Olympics for everyday activities, what activity would you have a good chance at winning a medal in?
  6. What is your favourite board/tabletop game…and if you don’t play any then what was your favourite game as a kid?
  7. What is one conspiracy theory you just KNOW is true?
  8. What color is the money where you are from?
  9. Who is one blogger that has inspired you in some way?
  10. What is your favourite quote or saying?

Like I said…answer any or all of the above. If I am tagging you in this post, its because you have helped me in some way as a blogger, whether you know it or not, you or your blog have inspired my blog in some way.

Reviewing My Own Blog

Hello dear readers, sorry for the almost week break from giving you the content you crave every day. I figured with the holidays I would take a break from writing on my blog, give you all a break from reading whatever I wrote, and plan out what I want to do for the next little while.

The idea to review my own blog came to me just last night, and I really liked it. I think it’s a good chance for me to do a bit of soul searching and give you my honest opinions on what I think of On My Bookshelf.


If I had to be blunt about my opinions on my blog, I’d say I am not totally happy. I love writing the content, and interacting with people on my posts, but I am not happy with my level of commitment.

I want my life to focus a little more on my reading and writing. I want to pour more of my soul and myself into my writing for On My Bookshelf.

I too often find myself writing posts the day they go up, most times moments before they do.

I want to finish them early, giving myself plenty of time to make them better, instead of rushing just to get them out.

This is probably the biggest issue I have with myself/my blog. I know the writing could be more insightful, which I also plan on working towards, but I think giving myself more time to write will give me the chance to be more insightful.


I am extremely happy I started this blog, and I want it to grow, so 2020 is going to be the year I stick to my goals. I plan on doing everything in my power to reach those goals (which I will write about on Thursday) and make On My Bookshelf more succesful than it already is.

It won’t be easy, that I am sure about, but I want to test my commitment and see what I can do.


I’m also not impressed with how On My Bookshelf looks. I went through a re-design a few months ago, and initially I loved the new look, but the more and more I look at it, the more I realize it just doesn’t feel right.

It doesn’t give of the same feeling that I want it to, and it just doesn’t quite seem to fit.

I’ve only had my logo since late 2018, so I am not sure I will change it up just yet, but I definitely want a new look to the blog, and possibly a little “mascot” to go along with it.


I don’t want to get too deep into what I want to achieve for the blog in 2020, because that is more of my goals which will come on Thursday.

I don’t totally love On My Bookshelf, but I am getting there. I think little by little, if I keep changing things to see what works, I will eventually find the On My Bookshelf that I am happy with.

What Growing Your Blog Might Mean to You

Hello there fellow readers! Hope everything is going well for you. Today I am going to talk a bit about growing as a blogger.

This isn’t going to be specifically about book blogging, but a blog in general. I’ll talk a bit about what “growing” a blog might mean to you.

This post isn’t going to unlock any secrets of the universe for you, and you’ve likely heard at least some of it before, but sometimes a reminder is always nice.


Growing your blog can mean a few different things for you.

First off, you might not care how big your blog is, or how many people read it. You could just be using it as a journal or diary to get your thoughts written down.

If that is the case, then I commend your commitment. Sometimes all you need is to get your thoughts down and out of your head. I know that has been helpful for me in the past, and if that is your goal with your blog, I hope it helps you too.


In terms of actually growing your blog’s reach and impact, I find there is generally two different paths to take.

1. You want the blog to grow, but remain small.
2. You want the blog to grow, and keep growing.


You might just want your blog to grow bigger, but you’re not really looking to have anything that makes money or reach thousands of people.

You probably enjoy blogging because you get to talk about your passion, whether its travel, books, make-up, or dozens of other things people have blogs about.

That’s the way I look at my blog…it’s something I enjoy doing and it’s something that lets me pursue the things I am interested in…books, writing and reading. Without my blog I would probably be reading and writing a whole lot less than I am now.

Because of my blog, I get to keep my writing skills fresh and explore different books and creative ideas.

With this type of blogging, you probably won’t be making a lot of money, if any…but that’s not what you care about. Sure, there might be some opportunities to make money, whether it’s doing a brand deal or through advertisements, but you’re not doing it to put food on the table.

The biggest reason you’d want to grow your blog in this case is just for fun. You want to explore other people’s content, read what they wrote, and engage with people.

You want to talk about the things you are interested in with other people who are interested in them. It makes sense, and so growing your blog helps you reach more people.


On the other side of that coin, there is the desire to grow your blog to make money and become well-known.

You’re probably a lot more limited in what topics you cover. Book blogging, for example, probably won’t be paying your bills, but you might be able to mix book blogging in with other passions you have too.

I personally don’t know of any bloggers that make enough money that all they need to do is blog, but my circle is fairly limited.

There is an opportunity to make good money through blogging though. Working with certain brands of companies can pay off very well if you are able to review some of their products, restaurants are always looking for positive reviews of their establishments, and I know video game reviews are fairly popular too.

In this case, you are probably a little less interested in establishing relationships and talking to people about your topic, but you don’t want to exclude that entirely. It is important to engage with audiences and people in the same field as you, but you’re more focused on the opportunities you can take advantage of.

The main goal is the numbers. You want to see the money you’re making, and you want the numbers to grow.


There is no right or wrong answer of how you want to grow your blog. There’s no scientific method on how to make your blog grow faster than others.

Next week I will go over some of the tools you can utilize when it comes to growing your blog.

They’re easy to use and access, and you probably already have experience with them in your regular routine.

Why I Took A Break

Like I mentioned in my review of the Drum Island Arc on Monday, I took several weeks off from the blog during the month of October, despite having several blog series ongoing.

There were a few reasons that I’ll get in to as to why I took a break, but I guess I should ket you know first that I am perfectly alright and there is nothing to worry about.

The biggest reason that I took the time off is because I wanted a break. Things at work, and home, and my social life were getting rather busy, and I felt that when I was writing my posts I was rushing through them and not really enjoying them.

I was mainly writing them just to get a post online and I wasn’t actually looking forward to writing every day like I wanted to be.

That’s the biggest reason I wanted to keep going with the blog, so that I could enjoy whatever I was posting.

I figured taking some time off and refreshing myself from the blog was a good idea for me, and for my content.

The second reason I took some time off from the blog, is because I couldn’t keep up with the goals I had planned for myself.

If you weren’t aware, I had set the goal of watching a scary movie every day in the month of October. At first I was able to keep up with this. Pretty much every day I would watch a scary movie before bed, and anything I was too tired to finish I would finish the next morning before work.

This worked out for about a week, but then I’d miss a movie for one of many reasons, and then another, and then another, till I was a week behind and couldn’t find the time to catch up at all.

I am a bit upset with myself for setting this goal but not sticking with it, but more important things in life were coming up and they took priority over watching scary movies.

The third reason, despite not really being a reason, is that I’ve been trying out new looks for the blog to make it look more like I want it to. This hasn’t necessarily taken away from my writing, but it has taken up some of my time that I would normally dedicate to writing posts.

The new blog format isn’t out yet because i am still finishing some final touches on it, but it will hopefully be out soon.

Anyways, thats the gist of why I was absent for a few weeks. I plan on coming back into the full swing of things over the next week or so, and I am looking forward to finding new blogs to follow and the new projects I want to begin.

100 WordPress Followers!!!

It’s been just over a year since I started this blog, but I have finally hit 100 WordPress followers.

I actually hit the milestone a few weeks ago, but I never had the time on Thursdays to write about it.

Finally I have found the time.

I am very proud of myself for keeping up with my blog for an entire year. There were a few times where I thought about quitting, but ultimately I enjoy it too much to give it up.

I like making the time to write posts for you guys. I am far from the biggest blog out there. One of the blogs I follow just hit the 11,000 milestone, but ultimately I am on my way to get there.

I have seen plenty of other blogs start after me, and reach the 100 followers much quicker, but there are many reasons for that I will not get into. Ultimately I am happy I have finally reached that mark, which was one of the goals I had set for myself in 2019.

I am genuinely surprised that I have 100 people that follow my blog. I am terribly sorry for all of those who get the notifications or read through my content, but thank you at the same time.

Honestly, without all of you guys I probably wouldn’t still be doing this. Being busy with life means I can’t dedicate my life to this blog, but seeing the slow and steady climb in followers has been a real boost when making my posts.

I’m not sure I will ever make the 11,000 follower milestone like other blogs I have seen, but I have accepted that reality.

I also took a look at making some money from runnign this blog, and I’ve seen a few opportunities to be able to do that, but I don’t expect this to pay the bills any time soon.

For now, it’s something that I enjoy doing, and it’s something that helps keep me sane through the day.

Words cannot express how thankful I am for all of you that read my posts. You must be crazy if you keep coming back, but I am thankful nonetheless.

So, from the bottom of my book filled heart, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.