To sum-up: November 2019 + Changes are coming to the blog

November wrap-up

This post is much later than my wrap-ups usually are, but what’s new? I’ve become a mess who has no control over anything ever and has barely anytime for blogging anymore. More explanations below and at the end, so enjoy? I guess?

Stay tuned for the “What’s Coming?” section, I have quite a few things to announce hehe.
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A Reader’s Guide to Trello boards

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A while back (as in…August) I shared a glimpse of my #ARCaugust TBR on Twitter and it was a screenshot of a list from my much more elaborate and yet simple to put together AND to use TBR trello board. Shortly after that, I had a couple people ask me about it and how exactly I use it, so what better way to show than to make a detailed blog post about it? Is it much too late for it? Yes. Have they forgotten about it and don’t care anymore? Very likely. Am I still using that as an excuse to ramble about my neurotic organisational skills. YES. My moto is Better Late than Never. So yes, this post is a few months late, but at least it’s finally here. Continue reading

To sum-up: August/September/October 2019 (a mess)

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Is anybody out there? Is anybody even reading this blog anymore?

In any case…I AM BACK!! And for real this time, I’m not disappearing out of the blue again. I hope. When I went to check what the last wrap-up I posted was, it was July…so this will probably be a lengthy one, go get yourself a warm drink, a fuzzy blanket and settle for a long catch up session. If you want to, that is. Continue reading

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

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Jewish Book Recommendations

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For the first seventeen years of my life, the only Jewish rep in books I ever saw were Holocaust books. While I do appreciate the value of such books and I do think it’s an important subject that needs to be written about, it got really frustrating to see the same narrative over and over again. As I am half-Jewish and identify as a cultural Jew,  it’s frustrating to see such a complex identity be reduced to simple terms.

When I finally found books that featured Jewish rep and weren’t Holocaust fiction, it was like a breath of fresh air. I still haven’t read that many but with everyone I read, I feel a catharsis that I didn’t even know I needed. So without further ado, here are some books with Jewish rep that I loved and books with Jewish rep that I can’t wait to read. 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

Forgive me for I have sinned – Judging books by their covers

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This is my second time typing up half this post because my cat deleted it (seriously).

This is the first time since…. I don’t know since when to be honest, that I type up a post right before it’s supposed to go up. I usually do that at least a couple days before due date but oh well, the end of last week was a disaster (which I’ll talk about more in my wrap-up) so I spent the week-end just resting and reading and only did what was absolutely necessary (re: replied to pressing emails). ANYWHOO. My new favourite thing to do is ask random cryptic questions on Twitter and turning them into posts, on today’s episode: Fadwa Asks People to Send Her Book Covers Without Context. I asked for upcoming books because that reduces the chance of me having read them. Why? you ask. Because I want to guess what the books are about from staring at their covers. Continue reading

(Some) Book Blogging Pressures & How to Fight them

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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

My Productivity Tools – Or how to be a Master Organizer!

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If there’s one question I’ve been getting over and over and over again for the last two years or so is “but!!! FADWA!!! How do you manage to stay on op of blogging on top of everything else?” and let me tell you, it’s called Anxiety. Well, that and having a Virgo mother but, details. On a more serious note, a huge part of the reason behind me being so organized and on top of everything really is anxiety, I can’t really rest if it’s nagging at the back of my brain, so I HAD to find a way to visualize everything I have to do and actually…you know…do it. In this post I will share EVERYTHING I use to maximize my productivity in the hopes that some of it works for you as well.

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