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.

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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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10 Book Events/Festivals I’d Love to Go to Someday

Hello dear readers, we are back for another Top 10 Tuesday Post. This week’s theme is 10 Book Events/Festivals I’d Love to Go to Someday (Real or Fictional).

As always, thank you to That Artsy Reader Girl for hosting!

If you have any book festivals/events you think I’d enjoy or ones that I missed, let me know in the comments or on social media!
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 Miami Book Fair

Palm trees, ocean spray and hot and humid weather – even in the late month of November – offer a tantalising backdrop for the annual Book Fair in Miami. Highlights of the eight-day itinerary include the Street Fair, with more than 350 authors reading and discussing their work, and the popular Evenings With Series, which features nighttime readings and discussions with noted authors from the United States and around the world. Last year’s attendees included Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding and Dan Brown of The Da Vinci Code fame.


 International Literature Festival Berlin

Arabic poets and American short story writers, South Korean poets and their Russian colleagues, South African novelists and Albanian novices – each year in September, the International Literature Festival Berlin presents a celebration of worldwide literature across 180 individual events.


Brooklyn Book Festival

The sort of hip, smart gathering of literary minded folks that could only be found in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City and presents an array of literary stars as well as emerging authors. Expect film screenings, parties and bookish games galore.


 FLIP

The pretty coastal town of Paraty in Brazil (named for its frequent pirate visitors of long ago) draws thousands of visitors for FLIP, its annual literary festival founded by publishing powerhouse Liz Calder – who also co-founded Bloomsbury. There’s an emphasis on cultural exchange and guests can be found sitting in the charming, old-fashioned squares until the early hours of the morning discussing literature and the arts long after the scheduled programme of events concludes for the day.


Letterature

Held in the beautiful, historic setting of Basilica di Massenzio within Rome’s ancient Forum, meanwhile, is Letterature. Though more low profile than most, this festival attracts big-name authors who give smaller, more intimate lectures across a five-day period. They often share the stage with local bands and musicians in what is, truly, a celebration of literature in the most atmospheric of locations.


Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts

The pretty market town of Hay-on-Wye – on the English-Welsh border – has been nicknamed the ‘town of books’ and famously plays host to the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts in May. While this little community usually has a population of just 1500, it explodes in size during the event, with over 250,000 readers and writers descending for its lineup of bestselling author talks, workshops and book signings. Hay-on-Wye also boasts an absolutely brilliant selection of bookshops. Always a bonus.


Istanbul Book Fair

Bookworms who would like to combine their love of literature with the chance to visit one of the world’s most iconic ancient cities should make a point of visiting Istanbul in November, when the city hosts its annual International Book Fair. The fair draws book- lovers, intellectuals, authors, poets and publishers from all over the world to meet and exchange ideas over a period of seven days. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet authors, have their books signed, participate in an extensive list of workshops and debates and find many precious literary masterpieces to take home with them. The fair is easy to access from central Istanbul using the Metrobus.


Kerala Literature Festival

The Kerala Literature Festival is a relatively new-comer to the long list of literary festival hosts worldwide. The festival was first held in 2016 where it endeavored to provide a platform for discussion and debate for authors, artists, playwrights and poets. Here visitors have the chance to meet and discuss all manner of literary and other issues with both local and international professionals in the literature business. Discussions cover a wide variety of important topics including freedom of speech, the place of literature in modern education, languages in the digital age and much more. The festival is held annually in January or February at Kozhikode Beach.


Sydney Writer’s Festival

In May each year Sydney hosts the perennially popular Sydney Writer’s Festival, where people from all walks of life are invited to immerse themselves in the world of literature. The festival brings together some of the best literary minds in Australia and beyond, offering visitors an annual dose of inspirational events, most of which are presented at no cost. The guests are not restricted to authors and you will be able to meet and listen to representatives of a wide variety of literary genres including screenwriting, fiction and non-fiction, poetry, performing arts, biographies and children’s literature. The festival also presents an annual Children’s Festival of Moving Stories each year in November. Sydney Writer’s Festival is held at various venues throughout Sydney. 


ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

Often referred to as the “Greatest literary show on Earth”, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival has an impressive reputation to maintain. During its lifetime, the festival has hosted over 2,000 speakers who have come to educate and inspire more than one million avid readers. The five-day festival is held against the backdrop of the amazing Diggi Palace in Jaipur and includes many extension events. Although the festival is free for anyone to attend you can enhance your experience by signing up for a Delegate Package which will offer you access to the Delegate Lounge and several private events where you can rub shoulders with many of the prominent invited speakers. Aspiring writers have the chance to compete in essay writing and blogging competitions as well as to attend workshops to hone your writing skills. 


What literary festivals would you like to go to, whether they are real or one you’ve made up in your mind? Let’s talk about it in the comments, and make sure to follow me on social media!
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Top 10 Books that Make Me Smile

Hello dear readers, this week’s Top 10 Tuesday is about books that make me smile for any reason.

As always, Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

I had a bit of trouble with this week’s list because I don’t often smile when I read books? I have a few times that I can remember, but I’m going to count inside smiles as well.


Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. – Honestly there were a few times I was laughing from this book. It’s silly and fun, but serious and exciting. A classic book everyone should read.

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare – This book was a great ending to the trilogy, and the end for some character’s stories were really heartwarming.


The Girl Who Found the Sun by Matthew S. Cox – After almost an entire book of the protagonist being ignored and not taken seriously, when she is proven to be right at the end brought a big smile to my face.


Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques – This one brings a smile to my face for nostalgia than anything else. I will have a copy of this book till the day I die probably, and I will forever claim it is the reason I love fantasy as much as I do.

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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – I wouldn’t say this book is happy per se, but there were some character moments that were so perfectly developed I can’t help but smile when they happen.


Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson – There is one specific moment in this book that I have actually re-read a few times and it still makes me giddy like a little school boy.


The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – A lot of this book there is riffs between characters, but when they get mended in the end, it’s one of the best feelings.


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – This is one of the least happy books I have ever read, but you can’t help but smile at the end of it. The ending just leaves you feeling like smiling is all you can do.


Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto – There are so many sad and depressing moments in this series, but there are just as many, if not more, moments where you want to get up and cheer.


One Piece by Eiichiro Oda – Like Naruto, there are so many small moments in this series where you feel so fulfilled and happy that you can’t help but smile.


What books make you smile, and why? Let’s talk about them in the comments or on social media!
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Top 10 Tuesday: Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

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

Some of these won’t come as a surprise if you read my posts often, while others even surprised me. I will admit the lower numbers on this list are a bit sad…

Either way, I hope you enjoy!

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Mary Lu – 4 Books

Legend Series – I’ve read all four books in Lu’s Legend series and am interested in reading more of her books. I’ve heard she is a great YA author.


James Dashner – 4 Books

Maze Runner – I’ve read the first four books in the Maze Runner series. Originally they were the only books in the series, but I’ve heard rumors of there being more. Not to eager to get to the new books, but maybe one day.


Dan Brown – 5 Books

Angels & Demons, The Davinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Inferno, Origin – I’m a sucker for good conspiracy theories, and I would argue Dan Brown is a master at that field.


Brandon Sanderson – 7 Books

Mistborn, Stormlight Archive, The Reckoners – Though he is my favourite author at the moment, he is not the one I have read the most of. I just haven’t been able to get my hands on all of his works yet, but I imagine in a few years he will be bumped up the list.


J.K. Rowling – 7 Books

Harry Potter Series – Don’t really need to say much about this. She doesn’t have any books that interest me outside of the Harry Potter series so this won’t be getting any bigger any time soon.

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C.S. Lewis – 7 Books

Narnia – I imagine most book lovers have read of the Narnia series. I loved it when I was a kid. I honestly don’t know of any other books by Lewis, so I don’t know if this amount will get any bigger.


George R.R. Martin – 8 Books

Game of Thrones books (main story and world books) – I’m a big fan of high-fantasy books, and Game of Thrones is wonderfully written. Once the series finishes up I plan on increasing this count.


Cassandra Clare – 9 Books

City of Bones, The Infernal Devices – I read a lot of these books in middle school and high-school. I’m not in a rush to read any more books by Clare, but I wouldn’t be against reading more Shadowhunter stories


Robert Jordan – 9 Books

The Wheel of Time – If I can ever get back to reading my own books instead of ARCs and book tour books, I plan on bumping up The Wheel of Time numbers to 15, which is the rest of the series.


Brian Jacques – 12 Books

Redwall Series – These were the books that made me fall in love with reading, and I will forever hold a soft spot in my heart for them. There are a few more books in the series I want to get to eventually, and this may be the first ever series I re-read.


What authors have you read the most books by? Let me know in the comments.
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My 10 Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

Hello dear readers, welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday. Thank you to That Artsy Reader Girl for the topic as always!

I normally don’t do these when the topic is June TBR, Summer Books to Read, etc. because I don’t read as much as other people do, so I’d have maybe one or two books on the list, which wouldn’t be fun for anyone.

BUT, I’ve been reading a lot more this year than I normally do, thanks to book blogging, so I figured a six-month time period would be enough to make a solid list about.

What books are you planning to read in the rest of 2020? Have you read any of the ones on my list? Let’s talk about it.

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Of Myth and Shadow by Matthew S. Cox – I’m about a quarter of the way through this book, which I’ve been told is 1400+ pages long. I have a blog tour coming up for this book and it’s an interesting read to say the least.

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Dread Pirate Arcanist, Coliseum Arcanist, Plague Arcanist by Shami Stovall. I loved Knightmare Arcanist, the first book in this series, and the books are a quick and fun read. I plan on getting through them pretty quickly in the rest of 2020.


Heir of Doom by Jina. S Bazzar. I enjoyed the first one in this series quite a bit, and the author approached me to read the second one. I feel bad because it keeps getting pushed back in my TBR, but I will read it soon!


Mo Dao Zu Shi by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu. This one was recommended to me by one of my blogging friends Kat @ Kbookreviews. She said I would enjoy it, and since I don’t read a lot of Eastern Fantasy, that it would be good to expand my horizons.


The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin. I read some of Jemisin in university and I loved her work. It was such an interesting take on fantasy that I wanted to read more by her. I’ve heard each of these books are fantastic to read and might leave me feeling empty inside because of the emotions.


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. This is another series I’ve heard a lot of good things about, so I am excited to get into it, but I don’t want to commit to the whole series quite yet because I have also hear some not-too-good things about it too. Hopefully those ones are wrong.


What books are on your TBR for the rest of the year? Let’s talk about it in the comments, and make sure to follow me on social media!
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Top 10 Tuesday Turns 10: Visiting Past T10Ts

Hello dear readers, today’s Top 10 Tuesday is a special one, because it is the 10th Birthday!!

Because it is the 10th birthday, make sure you go check out That Artsy Reader Girl, the creator and host of Top 10 Tuesday.

I figured since it is the 10th birthday, I would share 10 of my favorite Top 10 Tuesday posts that I’ve written so we can relive some of the best ones.

I hope you enjoy, and as always, make sure to follow me on social media.
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My Top 10 Protagonists

10 Settings I’d Like to See More Of

5 Characters I Would be Friends With and 5 I Wouldn’t

Top 10 Bookmarks


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10 Beautiful Book Covers I Own

Children’s Books I Remember Loving

10 Signs You’re a Certified Book Addict

10 Longest Books I Own


Bookish Things I Want at my Birthday Party

Best Closing Lines in Books


Why Did I Add These 10 Books to my TBR?

Hello dear readers, it is time for another Top 10 Tuesday hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is 10 books I added to my TBR and I don’t know why.

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  • S. by J.J Abrams: I know there was a reason, because I remember being excited to add it to my TBR, but I can’t remember what that reason was.
  • Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult: I don’t even remember this book existing. I literally couldn’t tell you one thing about this book. I have no recollection of it at all.
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee: Another book I don’t remember existing. I looked up the author and she sounds good, but I don’t remember why I liked this book…I’ll have to look it up.
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: I know there was something about this book that piqued my interest. Another blogger recommended it to me but I don’t remember why.
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy: I have seen the movie, and I don’t remember liking it. Maybe I thought the book was about something else.

  • Strategy by Lawrence Freedman: A thick ass book about the history of strategy. I can already feel myself hating my 20 year-old self for wanting to read this book.
  • The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri: I’ve heard it is tough to read, and not overly engaging. Some intellectual part of me probably thought it would be a good idea.
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: I bought this book before I saw and started loving the movie. I’m putting it off until I am on my death bed because of an arrangement between my friend and myself.
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell: I hated this book in University and never got around to finishing it all. I read some cheat sheets on it though, and for some reason I decided to keep it around and finally finish it. No idea why.
  • The Atheist’s Guide to Reality by Alexander Rosenberg: I think I had an interest in religion and hating God way back when, but I have grown out of that phase now.

What are some books you added to your TBR and you don’t remember why? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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