Book blogging vs. booktube – pros, cons and thoughts

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Today’s post topic is one that has been on my mind for a little while now, so I was really happy when it ended up being chosen by my patrons for the month of September. Now that I’ve spent over a year making videos regularly, and five years blogging, I feel like I am equipped enough to discuss both. Not only as their separate platforms but side to side, comparing not only the platforms themselves but also the workload, the opportunities, all of that through the lens of my own experiences. Although some of the things I am planning to tackle are facts, some other things might just be my own preferences.

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Let’s talk about my experience as an international reviewer

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I’ve officially been a reviewer and content creator for a solid five years now and have been thinking about making this post for…maybe two or three of those? But for some reason I can never quite find the right things I want to say or how to say them but I think I’ve stalled enough and I’m hoping that words come to me as I write. I can hear you maybe ask: but why now, Fadwa? Maybe just general dissatisfaction? Maybe one too many incidents? Maybe being pushed aside and overlooked one too many time? Definitely watching all the US vs UK reviewers arguments while the rest of us watch back and forth like it’s a tennis match. Probably a mix of all the above. And this was also requested by my patrons for the month of July so…you know, gotta do it. Continue reading

My 2020 reading and blogging goals

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I am here today with a post that is supposed to go up a teeny tiny bit earlier in the year, but OH WELL! I was busy posting other things and I’m only now getting around to talking to you all about all the goals I have for my platforms and my reading this year. I do have more goals that are geared more towards my career and my personal life but I will spare you those since that’s not what you’re here for AND I do not feel comfortable with sharing most of them haha. Continue reading

Word Wonders’ Blogging and Reading Round-up – 2019

Round up

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Another year has gone by which means it’s time again for one of my favorite posts to compile, and that’s the end of the year round-up, summary, wrap-up, or whatever you want to call it!! This year was SO WEIRD, because although it started off being one of my greatest years reading and content creating wise (and it objectively still is), the last few months, it all slowly went downhill and I’m not as happy with everything as I was anymore. But OH WELL! It’s okay! Things happen! 2020 is a new year and a good time to strive and hope for better!

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My (not great) feelings about book ratings

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Since the start of this year I’ve been struggling a lot with rating. It started as me having an existensial crisis over 5 stars ratings because I rated considerably fewer books 5 stars this year compared to the ones before so I started wondering as to why that was. Was I reading less quality books? Are my reading tastes changing? Am I more critical? As well as changing my mind about the ratings I give books well after the fact. So it’s safe to say I’ve been having about a million thoughts about rating systems, star ratings and the value we put into them racing through my head for a major party of 2019.

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My -humble- 2019 Book Blogger Awards Nominations

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WHO’S EXCITED FOR THIS? BECAUSE I AM!

I actually debated for a couple weeks whether to nominate people or not, and if so whether to do it anonymously or on the blog. But honestly this is just yet another excuse for me to shout about my faves and tell you all just how much I loved them and their content so YES! THIS IS HAPPENING! I’m nominating folks for the 2019 Third Annual Book Blogger Awards which are honested this year by May @ Forever and Everly. Continue reading

MUSLIM VOICES RISE UP – Being a white passing Muslim in a White Privilege world

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Welcome to Muslim Voices Rise Up, a month-long project taking place during Ramadan where Muslim authors and bloggers share their experiences on various topics. This project is dedicated to centering Muslim experiences and showcasing the diversity within our own narratives. You can find more info, along with other blog posts for this project, on the introduction post. On this blog post, author Nadine Jolie Courtney will be talking all about her experience as a white passing Muslim woman in a world that puts white people above all else. It’s a very open and honest piece that I really encourage everyone to read until the end. Continue reading

How I fell back in love with Blogging – the burn-out aftermath

How i fell back in love with blogging

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A few weeks ago, when I talked about book blogging pressures, I mentioned how in Summer 2018 I had my worst blogging burn-out to date and was even considering quitting my blog altogether. And I thought that I would go from there and explain what helped me get out of that state of mind and love creating content on here like I did when I first started. Continue reading

(Some) Book Blogging Pressures & How to Fight them

Blogging Pressures

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Book Blogging is a wonderful adventure, but it does not come without its downsides. And I’ve been meaning to write an unfiltered post about book blogging pressures I and many (if not all) of you have felt at least once along the way. But I never knew how exactly I wanted to approach it and just siting all the ways in which book blogging stresses me out sometimes just didn’t feel quite right for how I envisioned this post unfolding, especially since it’s something quite a few awesome bloggers have talked about before. Then a few days ago, it dawned on me, while struggling with all these things, I also picked up some ways so battle them or at least make them easier to handle so why not rant about them AND share the tips I’ve picked up along the way. Continue reading