Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Typographic Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is typographic book covers (book covers with mostly words on it).

What book covers did you pick this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Five Blogging Tips Amanda Relies On

Hey, lovelies! I’ve been thinking about writing a ‘blogging tips’ post forever. But I never felt like someone that was qualified to talk about that. I realized that my tips are just things that work for me. Not everything that helps me succeed will work the same for you, but I want to share the things I’ve found really work for me after 7 years of blogging.

Schedule Your Posts

This is honestly the biggest thing that helps me post continuous content. I work on blog posts and reviews when I have free time, but I’m usually working a month ahead. So, since it’s September. I’m currently working on Blogtober posts and maybe even some things for #SciFiMonth in November.

I like to work ahead. It’s really great if I don’t end up having time (my kids certainly keep me busy), for a week or more to work on the blog, I usually have plenty of posts scheduled ahead of time to allow me that time.

Choose a Set Posting Schedule

I think it’s a great idea for anyone who blogs to have a consistent posting schedule. I post every day Monday through Friday, which is more than usual, I think. Each week here on the blog, we share Top Ten Tuesday, WWW Wednesday, a book review on Thursday (usually), and Monday & Friday I share recommendations or TBRs or other list-like posts.

Having this plan makes it easy to know what I’m going to post each week. I have what I call ‘post skeletons’ saved to my computer so once a month or so, I can copy that skeleton and just paste it as a new post for WWW Wednesday and Top Ten Tuesday. Then Antonia and I can just add in our book selections as needed.

Plan Your Content

This sounds really similar to the above information, but since we know what kinds of things we will post M-F, I have a list of post ideas that I add to whenever I have a new idea. I keep this in my notes app, so I can add to it anywhere. This running list is really useful when I work on my Monday and Friday posts because often I’ll have made my entire list already (deciding which books to include in each post is what takes the longest for me), and then I just have to add the covers and descriptions.

I also want to talk about the recurring weekly posts we do. Top Ten Tuesday and WWW Wednesday are two read posts to participate in each week. Top Ten Tuesday gives us some of our highest number of views. These posts are great for any blogger, but I think especially for any new bloggers or anyone struggling to come up with bookish content to share.

Choose Topics That Interest You

This feels like it should be obvious but write and talk about the books and genres and things that interest you. It definitely comes across when I’m blogging just to get posts out compared to when I work really hard on posts I’m interested in and excited about sharing with the world.

Don’t buy and read only the popular books unless that’s what you’re really interested in reading and writing about. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel like I can tell when someone is only reading popular books because they think that’s what they’re supposed to do, but they’re consistently not enjoying those books.

Read and write about things you’re interested in and passionate about. If you don’t, blogging will become another chore you have to check off your to-do list.

These are my few simple tips for anyone that wants to read them. I feel like I’ve been a blogger for so long that I should have more to say, but that’s all folks.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Fall 2022 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books On My Fall 2022 To-Read List

Pahua and the Soul Stealer by Lori M. Lee

Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim

The Storm Runner by J. C. Cervantes

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace

The Empire of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

What books are on your Fall TBR?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Fall 2022 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is books on my fall 2022 TBR list.

The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May

Wildwood Whispers by Willa Reece

We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu

The Body Scout by Lincoln Michel

Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco

When Life Gives You Vampires by Gloria Duke

The Scratch Daughters by Hannah Abigail Clarke

These are some of what I’m hoping to read this fall. Whats on your list?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books With Geographical Titles

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is books with geographical titles.

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

The Weeping Tide by Amanda Foody

The Valley and the Flood by Rebecca Mahoney

All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal

These are my picks this week, what are yours?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved Enough to Buy

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books I Loved So Much I Had to Get a Copy for My Personal Library. I don’t buy a lot so I’m going to do a mix of books I read first then bought my own copy and books I’ve already read but still want to buy.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Graveling by Kristin Cashore

The Key Trilogy by Nora Roberts

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Sal and Gabi by Carlos Hernandez

The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

What books do you love enough to buy?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: School Freebies

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is School Freebie. I’m choosing books with schools/ training programs.

The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Alta by Mercedes Lackey

The Awakening by Nora Roberts

Love, Jacaranda by Alex Flinn

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

What books with schools do you love?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Boarding School Recommendations

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is a school freebie. So, I’m going to share my ten favorite books that take place at a boarding school.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin

These are my favorite books with boarding school settings. A few of them are only sort of boarding schools but that’s okay. Do you have any books that are set at a boarding school?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Completed Series I Want to be Continued

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Completed Series I Wish Had More Books.

Sal and Gabi by Carlos Hernandez

The Pandavas by Roshani Chokshi

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Dragon Jousters by Mercedes Lackey

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

What completed series do you want more of?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Completed Series I Want Continued

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten series that are completed but I want continuations.

Monk & Robot series by Becky Chambers

Wilderwood duology by Hannah Whitten

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

The Serpent Gates duology by A.K. Larkwood

The Age of Darkness trilogy by Katy Rose Pool

The Gilded Wolves trilogy by Roshani Chokshi

The Final Six series by Alexandra Monir

The Devouring Gray duology by Christine Lynn Herman

The Girl From Everywhere duology by Heidi Heilig

These are some series that I’d love to see restarted. What books made your list this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Love That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books I Love That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago.

The Demon King by. Inca Williams Chima

The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

The Witness by Nora Roberts

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist

Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Fire by Kristen Cashore

What older books do you love?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books From Ten Years Ago

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten books that I love that are over ten years old.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Identical by Ellen Hopkins

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

What’d you pick this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Hilarious Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Hilarious Book Titles. I had trouble coming up with anything for this one so I’m tweaking it a little and doing Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers

What books make you actually laugh out loud?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books Settings I’d Visit

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten book settings, whether real or fictional, I’d love to visit.

The Evolution of Claire by Tess Sharpe
I’m obsessed with Jurassic Park. I want to visit so badly, but specifically, during the time of Claire’s internship when the park’s mostly under control and not yet reached Jurassic World antics.

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Seattle is on my USA to visit list.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
I want to visit the mysterious, time-traveling train.

The Weeping Tide by Amanda Foody
I’d love to visit any of the places in this series, but I love the sea, so obviously, I’d prefer to visit there.

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
The! Wilderwood!

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
Yes, please, I would like to visit the library in Hell.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
I would very much like to get tea from Sibling Dex at their tea cart.

Fable by Adrienne Young
A ride aboard the Marigold? All my pirate fantasy dreams would come true.

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
Can Antonia and I somehow get the House of Wind for a few nights as an Air B&B or something?

The Iron Fey by Julia Kagawa
I could have put any number of books here for this bookish setting, but this is the one that popped into my head first. Who doesn’t want to visit the Fey at some point in their lives?

What books did you pick for this prompt this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Book Settings I Want to Visit

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books Set In a Place I’d Love to Visit (real places or fictional).

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I would love to go to the University and just live in the archives.

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas – I’m not sure I’d want to live in Crescent City because I’m not a city person in general but it sounds so cool.

A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers – All of the places in this one just seem so peaceful.

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan – I want to live on the Nautilus so bad.

Artemis by Andy Weir – The. Actual. Moon.

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan – Camp Half-Blood!

The Awakening by Nora Roberts – I would love to go to both Ireland and Talamh.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – I know Fjerda is kind of terrible but I would love to see the Ice Court.

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan – Egypt would be amazing to visit.

The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory – This elven city sounds like the absolute perfect place to live.

What bookish places do you want to go?