#Bookstagram5.0

After much thought, I have decided to rejoin Bookstagram, yes, you read that right. I’m rejoining Bookstagram. I will be following my favorite authors, Etsy shops, and publishing houses, I may also follow other readers whose accounts that I enjoy. I’ll probably most likely be posting what I’m currently reading with no props, book mail if and when I get it, and library hauls. I’m probably not going to follow everyone that I followed last time.

My new Instagram name is ashley.reads88 and will be connected to my Twitter account.

*I will also not be doing follow for follow, I am going to be extremely picky about who I follow.

#January2021CalendarGirls

Hosted by Flavia the BibliophileDani @ Mousai Books, and Darque Reader Reads. Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile.  It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers, and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl. Just like the song, each month has a different theme. Each blogger picks their favorite book from the theme, and on the first Monday of the month reveals their pick in a Calendar Girls post. Make sure to post back to the hostess’s post, and I will make a master list for the month. The master lists allow everyone to see the other Calendar Girls’ picks and to pop on over to their blogs. Thus, we all get to chat about books and even make some new friends!

The theme for January is Look to the Future: Most Anticipated Release.

My pick for this month is:

Honorable mentions:
Cazadora by Romina Garber
Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson
Bridge of Souls by Victoria Scwhab
Everything That Burns by Gita Trelease
A Crown So Cursed by L.L. McKinney

#HowToGetFreeLegalEbooks

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Today, I’m going to discuss how to get free eBooks LEGALLY outside of the obvious Nook and Kindle deals that you can get from emails such as Bookbub, Bookperk, LitFlash, and other email newsletters that send out eBook deals.  Yes, I put an emphasis on legally, I do not condone or support piracy, however, I do acknowledge that I come from a place of privilege that not everyone has and might not have any other option.

Epic Reads Insiders– Sign up to become an Epic Reads Insider.  Epic Reads is a YA imprint of Harper Collins Publishers.  Every once in a blue moon Epic Reads Insiders will send out surveys whereupon completing the survey you can download a free eBook, you will need the Glose app to read on your Nook, Phone, or Kindle and you can also read the books on your computer on the Glose website.  You’ll also need to create an account with Glose.  Epic Reads Insiders also has giveaways where you can win Advanced Reader Copies.

RivetedLit– RivetedLit is a website from Simon Teen.  Every month RivetedLit posts full-length books that can be read for free.  There is no app for RivetedLit so you’ll need a WiFi connection to read the books online.

NetGalley– You’ll need to create an account.  Most book bloggers use NetGalley.  NetGalley is a great way to get free eBooks, while they are Advanced Reader Copies, it’s still a great way to read and review upcoming publications.

Edelweiss– Edelweiss is similar to NetGalley but I don’t use it, as it’s not as user friendly and I have better luck with NetGalley.

And last but not least my favorite place to get free eBooks:

The library.  Yes, the library is my favorite place to get eBooks for free and my favorite apps for this are Libby and Hoopla Digital.  Libby is an app created by OverDrive and I use it more than I use OverDrive.  Hoopla Digital is also a great app as there are never any waitlists for eBooks.  The difference between Libby/OverDrive and Hoopla is that you can read books borrowed from Hoopla in your web browser, with Libby/OverDrive I’m pretty sure you need to download the apps.  However, I do not recommend having eBooks borrowed from Libby/OverDrive sent to your Kindle device, read the eBooks right in the Libby/OverDrive apps.  I personally love reading right in the Libby app, it gives you estimates on how long it will take you to finish the book you’re currently reading.  If you want to know why you should never have your Libby/OverDrive eBooks sent to your Kindle device, I highly suggest reading this article from Publisher’s Weekly.

I did not include Audiobooks in this as I don’t listen to them often.  I also did not include Scribd as it’s a subscription service, and the whole point of this post is FREE.

#April2020CalendarGirls

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Temporarily hosted by Flavia the Bibliophile and Dani @ Mousai Books. Normally hosted by Katie @ Never Not Reading and Darque Reader Reads. From Katie’s blog: Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile.  It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl. Just like the song, each month has a different theme. Each blogger picks their favorite book from the theme, and on the first Monday of the month reveals their pick in a Calendar Girls post. Make sure to post back to the hostess’s post, and I will make a master list for the month. The master lists allow everyone to see the other Calendar Girls’ picks and to pop on over to their blogs. Thus, we all get to chat about books and even make some new friends!

The theme for April is National Library Week- Favorite book I discovered at the library.

I think this is a great topic, while many libraries are closed right now, it is still important to show support for them.  One of the ways that you can support your library through this time is to utilize digital resources for borrowing eBooks, Audiobooks, Magazines, and Movies.

Since being a volunteer at a local library I have come across some great books.  My choice isn’t a single book it’s a series and an author.  My pick for this month is The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer.  I think Chris Colfer is a brilliant author who has a way with building amazing worlds and creating great stories.

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Photo from Bookstagram (which I no longer have but downloaded all my data)

 

#Bookstagram4.0

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At the beginning of the month, I wrote a post about how I was going to delete my Bookstagram and I wanted to give my readers an update.  I deleted my Bookstagram, and honestly, I am so happy that I deleted it, I am much happier since I left Bookstagram community.  I follow my favorite authors, publishers, and Etsy shops on my personal Instagram.  Speaking of my personal Instagram, I have been posting my current reads in my stories and even created a highlight.  I also created a photo album on my personal Facebook page so family and friends that don’t follow me on Instagram can see what I’ve been reading.  Who knows, maybe the Bookstagram community will change and I’ll feel like joining again at some point down the road, but for now, it’s best that I’m not a member of it.

#RecentBookishThoughts

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With everything going on, there have been a few things I have seen on Twitter regarding the book community that has kind of bothered me a little bit.  I have seen tweet after tweet from members of the community about how to still support local and independent bookstores through this situation.  While I do think it’s important to show support for indie/local bookstores, what has bothered me is that some of these people have yet to acknowledge the fact that there are so many people that can’t afford to buy books from local and Indie bookstores and rely on libraries.

What I haven’t seen a lot of people tweeting is how to show support for libraries during this time (I do have a thread which you can read here).  All 24 branches of the Boston Public library have closed along with many other libraries in the Commonwealth.  All schools in the Commonwealth are also closed.  For some students, school and public libraries are their only source and access to books. School libraries do offer online resources and eBooks, however, eBook selections might not be as extensive as public libraries but should still be utilized.  Also, for others, libraries aren’t just a place to get books, it’s their source of internet access, a place to get help, answers to questions, learning how to use technology.  I also have to acknowledge that there are people who don’t have any access to libraries at all.  During this time it’s important to support both local/indie bookstores and your public library.  You can support your public library by using OverDrive/Libby, Hoopla Digital, Kanopy, RBdigital or whatever eBook/Audiobook service your library uses.

I hope through this time everyone stays safe!

#ReReading2.0

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know that I have made it no secret that I love to re-read books. You can view that post here, and a few years ago I even created a challenge with the goal of rereading books. I saw this meme:

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And it put things into perspective. This meme made me realize how important it is to reread books but not only that, it made me realize the books that I always find myself re-reading other than Harry Potter. The books that I always find myself re-reading are:

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Stuart Little by E.B. White
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

There are other books that I re-read but not as often as the ones that I listed.

#Bookstagram3.0

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Today’s discussion is going to be about Bookstagram.  I’ve written two previous posts about Bookstagram which can be found here and here.   In the last one that I wrote, I discussed how I thought that Bookstagram was changing and how I didn’t like what it was becoming.

Today I’m going to discuss my new feelings about Bookstagram.

I’m still not a fan of what Bookstagram has become, I love it for following my favorite authors but other than that I don’t like it at all anymore.  Bookstagram has changed so much since I first joined, and in my honest opinion it hasn’t changed for the better, it has changed for the worse.  I feel that Bookstagram is no longer about the books, I feel that it has become about who has the best theme, who has the most likes and followers, which account has the best props and I’m not about that.  I’ve also stopped posting, the last time I posted was January 28, 2020.  With that being said, I have made a list of authors and publisher accounts that I follow and at the end of the week, I will be deleting my Bookstagram and following the authors and publishers from my personal account which I will not be giving out.  Deleting my Bookstagram is what is best for me. 

I will of course still be active on Twitter and Goodreads.

#BookishAcquistionTracker

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I did a poll on both Instagram and Twitter to see if people wanted me to write a post about how I track how much money I save by borrowing books from the library, and the votes were unanimous.  Today I am going to discuss how I track how much money I save by borrowing books from the library and what I use to track my book acquisitions.  In my 2019 Bookish Year in Review post I posted the following statistics:
          Books that I purchased
          Books acquired using gift cards or free
          Money saved from borrowing books from the library

To keep track of my monthly book hauls I use these pages from BibliophilePrints:

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As it has a spot for the price, even when I borrow books from the library, I go to the *Barnes and Noble website and look up the prices of books that I borrowed.  Unless the book is only available as an eBook or paperback in which I will use those prices, I always use the hardcover prices regardless of the format that I read (personal preference).  I then write the total price saved each month on a blank space on the page.  Prices of books that I purchase will always be reflective of the format that I purchase.

To track how many books I bought or acquired with a gift card or for free, I use the following excel spreadsheet:

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I have other spreadsheets that I use to track other stats, but I won’t get into those as they aren’t relevant to this post.  I will also not be making them available.

*I only buy my books from Barnes and Noble as it is my personal preference.  I refuse to purchase books from Amazon (there are plenty of articles online about how horrible Amazon is for buying books), and I won’t even get started on the Margaret Atwood mess (that can be Googled too).  If I can get to an indie bookstore I will buy from them, but as I have literally no shelf space if I purchase any books, they will mostly be eBooks.

#BookPriorities

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Today I am going to discuss how I prioritize the books that I want to read.  Now, I am a mood reader, I do not make TBRs unless I am doing a readathon with reading challenges.  However, there are books that I prioritize over other books when it comes to reading them.  The books that I own while are a priority, they aren’t a bigger priority over library books and ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies).  I have a strict review policy, you can read it here.  If I am reading an ARC, it is one that I have requested from NetGalley.

I put reading library books and ARCs above the books that I own because those books are on a deadline.  Yes, I can renew library books, and I have done so many times, the only time I can’t renew library books is if there is a hold on them.  And when it comes to ARCs it isn’t often that I miss the deadline for them as I don’t request that many.

How do you prioritize the books you want to read?