Seven Deadly Sins Tag

Hi everyone, and welcome to my answers on the Seven Deadly Sins tag! I have no idea who started this tag, but I got tagged by Ner from Cup of Coffee and Book (thanks!).

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Greed – What is your most inexpensive book?

I have a pretty big collection of free books on my Kindle, and lately I’ve  been visiting the charity shop more often. They sell books for little over a buck, it’s awesome!

Wrath – What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Laurell K. Hamilton. And even stronger with Anne Rice. I LOVE The Vampire Lestat, but didn’t really enjoy The Wolf Gift. Her books are very hit or miss, and I’m quite cautious before I pick one up, even though she’s the creator of one of my favourite characters of all time (Lestat).

Gluttony – What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

Harry Potter! I’ve read the first three books over fifteen times. When I was young, I would just read the first three, and when I was finished, start over again. No shame!

Sloth – What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

Ahhh, so many! One I feel particularly bad about is The Wise Man’s Fear. I’ve talked about how intimidating I find that book before, and truthfully, I’m just too lazy to read it. And that while I adored the first book by Rothfuss.

Pride – What book do you most talk about in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

Ha, I don’t really try to come across as an intellectual reader. But because as part of my curriculum we have lit history classes, I do feel kind of awesome that I’ve read so many classics. I’m quite well-versed in Dickens, Kafka, Zola, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Turgenev, Dostoyevsky and Cervantes, so on many topics I appear to be very well-read.

Lust – What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?

Hard question. I think I find the same things attractive in both; loyalty, humor, honesty, self-confidence. Although I love tortured characters, I’m kind of sick of the wishy-washy female. I don’t really care about appearances, so I don’t have any preferences how my characters look.

Envy – What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

This set of Harry Potter books. They are AMAZING. And I can’t justify buying yet another set of Harry Potter books, I already have two ):

If you haven’t done this tag yet, and do want to, I’m tagging you!

How Much Time Does Blogging REALLY Cost?

I think on one thing bloggers can all agree – no matter if you blog about books, fashion, writing, or nature – blogging costs a lot of time. More time than you’d expect. Only when real life become busy, we notice just how much time we actually spend on our online outlets. 

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There are so many different facets to having a blog. There is the rather obvious one: writing blog posts. But even this isn’t so simple as it sounds. Many posts need preparations – books have to be read, movies have to be watched, products have to be tested. Other posts need a flash of inspiration and a lot of brainstorming. If you’re getting a bit more serious about blogging, you probably also have to find a way to spread posts, to make sure your blog won’t accidentally go without posts for over a week. This schedule needs to stay up to date.

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Even if you’re a fairly laid back blogger, posts have to be shared. The easiest way to do this is through social media: Twitter, Facebook, Google+… But you can’t just promote on your account, and that’s it. At least, you can, but it won’t work. Social media accounts need interaction to work well. And then there is the bane of my existence: crossposting. If you’re a book blogger, you’re probably posting your reviews on your blog; but also posting them on Goodreads, Booklikes, or Amazon. Or all of those.

On one typical blogging day, I roughly kept track of how much time I spend on my blog. The result was rather baffling, even for me. I spent three hours, just to keep my blog updated. In this time I wrote a review (15 minutes), scheduled a review (10 minutes), updated my schedule and made a to do list (15 minutes), posted a readathon update (10 minutes), responded to comments and tweets (5 minutes), wrote a discussion post (45 minutes), responded to emails (10 minutes), crossposted to Booklikes (10 minutes). And between these chunks of doing actual blog work I found myself checking Twitter over and over again, spending over half an hour interacting with fellow readers.

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And this isn’t an anomaly. Keeping Nyx Book Reviews up to date probably costs me about ten to twelve hours a week. And that’s without reading anything. So on top of those ten hours, I also at least spend six to twelve hours reading. Having a nice book blog is taking me as much time every week as a part-time job would. And I’m not getting paid a dime for it.

So how do you guys cope with this? How much time does your blog upkeep take every week? Do you ever feel like blogging is sucking away all of your free time?

Choosing What Book to Read Next

Yesterday I finished reading Lover Awakened. It’s one of my favourite books, and it captured my full attention until it was over. But then it was time to choose my next book. I stared at my shelves and drew a blank. I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to read next. How do you guys what to read next? Do you just go with your gut feeling, or do you have a system?

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Often I just stand in front of the holy shelves of bookish awesomeness and take the book that captures my attention. More often than not though, I don’t have that luxury. There are review books to be read on a deadline, and those should be read first. However, constantly reading books you have to read is the perfect recipe for a reading slump. My compromise is usually by picking a small amount of books for review and books for fun, sticking them on a pile, and choose my next read from that pile.

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Of course this means that it’s very easy to deceive yourself and only read books you feel like, but those few manageable review copies sitting on that small stack aren’t nearly as intimidating as my ARC shelf. On my current TBR pile, there are three books for review (the bottom three) and three for funsies. Once a book has been on the stack for a very long time (as Unhinged has been) it starts to guilt me into reading it. It’s a really nice system for me, and it works well most of the time.

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The only disadvantage to this system is that I tend to completely forget the books on my Kindle. Especially Netgalley books are often neglected by me (which is why I barely request them anymore). I love reading on my old Kindle Keyboard though, so it’s a shame I don’t use it as often as I’d like to. I’ve tried using paper TBR lists so I can include ebooks as well, but those are too rigid for me.

How do you keep yourself from forgetting your ebooks? How do you choose what to read next? I’d love to know!

Wicked Wildfire Readathon 2014

It’s that time of the year again: time for the Wicked Wildfire Readathon! Hosted by the lovely April and Kat from My Shelf Confessions, the WW Readathon is a week and a half long event dedicated to reading. My first WW Readathon was years ago, and I met so many lovely people through the chats. I’m looking forward to participating again, since for the first time in forever I’m actually free to do so. If you want to participate too – the readathon started today, so hurry! There are also two Twitter chats, and you can keep track of the other participants on their posts or the #WWreadathon hashtag.

Goals:

  • Finish at least two books. I’ve been in a bit of a slump so I don’t want to overextend myself
  • Visit at least 10 blogs of other participants
  • Try to participate in one of the Twitter chats

Updates:

Monday 14th

Summary: The boyfriend was here today, and I spent a lot of time reading while he played Fallout. Made great headway in the book I’m reading
Progress: 100 pages read in Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

Tuesday 15th

Summary: Busy day! Visited my grandmother in the hospital (she’s doing okay) and had a board game night. All in all it was a pretty nice day, and still got some reading done between happenings
Progress: 50 pages read in Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

Wednesday 16th

Summary: Time for some blog upkeep and relaxation. Already got a nice hour of reading time in the hour long train ride home from my boyfriend’s. After dinner I managed to finish my first book for the readathon. In the evening I picked up Choker and managed to read 75% of it before bed.
Progress: 150 pages read in Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward, finished the book! And some 180-ish pages in Choker by Elizabeth Woods

Thursday 17th

Summary: Finished up Choker in the morning. Good but slightly disturbing book! Since I missed the train on my way to our Dungeons & Dragons night I had the time to read quite a bit in Our Broken Sky.
Progress: Two books finished (ChokerLover Awakened). Reached my two-book goal. Also read 40% of Our Broken Sky.

Friday 18th

Summary: Since Our Broken Sky is a novella, I easily fit it in between other pursuits.
Progress: Finished Our Broken Sky novella. Finished three “books” in total

Saturday 19th

Summary: Eep! What to read next? The Cure for Dreaming just arrived, and I just couldn’t resist! Read the entire book. Usually I feel kind of burnt out after reading so much, but I blew through this one. Cat Winters’ second book didn’t disappoint.
Progress: Finished The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters, making a total of four books

Sunday 20th

Summary: A very hot and relaxed day. Since I don’t like reading physical books when it’s so hot (sweaty hands + paper isn’t a good combination) I picked up my Kindle again. Started Golden.
Progress: Read 75% of Golden by Jessi Kirby, closing in on five books

Monday 21st

Summary: A nice rainy day. Temperatures are a lot more bearable today. Finished Golden
Progress: Finished five books in total

Tuesday 22nd

Summary: Again very warm. Put a blanket on the grass outside and started Anna Karenina
Progress: Read 100 pages in Anna Karenina (on top of my five finished books)

Wednesday 23rd

Summary: Some more reading on my blanket! Making pretty good progress
Progress: At page 150 in Anna Karenina (on top of five finished books)