Hi everyone! How are you doing this week? I’m super tired, but that’s life with a baby, right? It’s Tuesday and that means I’m here with a new installment of Top Ten Tuesday, the weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. For this week’s topic, we get to list our favourite online resources for book lovers. I decided to not only list some resources I use as a reader, but also some that I use for this blog. So let’s jump right in!
When you’re making a list of online resources for book lovers, it’s almost impossible to leave out Goodreads. It’s the platform where you can post reviews, see what your friends are reading, and make an endless list of books you want to read.
This website was launched in 2020 and its purpose is similar to Goodreads. The major differences? It’s not owned by Amazon, lists content warnings for each book, and it looks a million times better.
Social media is how I mainly learn about new books. Especially Twitter is good for this, because the authors and publishers you follow will promote other authors and you’ll discover tons of great books that way!
If you want to find out more about an author’s books, you can either scroll through their Twitter feed, or check out their website. Unfortunately, not everyone keeps their website up to date… This can be quite annoying when you’re looking for an upcoming book’s publication date, especially with the current supply chain issues.
This is more a resource for book bloggers than readers. I like to write my blog posts in Google Docs before I paste them into my WordPress editor. I also keep spreadsheets of books I want to buy, and the pageview stats of this blog.
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As I mentioned, I use WordPress for this blog. Once upon a time, I had a Blogger site but I used that one for personal stuff. I was hesitant about making the switch to WP for Traversing Chapters, but I really like it! The difference between the .com and .org continues to baffle me though, I can never remember which one is which. WordPress also has a ton of themes you can customize to suit your tastes, but I leave that to my fiancé, who is waaay more tech-savvy than I am!
I don’t know the first thing about Photoshop, other than the fact that it’s expensive. Instead, I use free alternatives to create and edit images. Pixlr is a great option for simple photo editing like cropping, while Canva is my favourite tool to create graphics like the header image at the top of this page. It’s fun to tinker with and you can get great results with a minimum of design skills.
When you love reading and blogging about books, you need books, right? You can buy them in a brick-and-mortar shop or online, find them in a library, or… get them for free! On Netgalley, you can request free ebook copies of many upcoming novels, in return for a review. Not every request will be granted though and you’ll probably need to start with some less popular titles to “build your reputation”, but I can imagine it’s a great feeling when you do get approved for that big book! (I have never requested a book yet, to be honest, I just assume no one’s going to approve me for them lol)
I only just recently stumbled upon this one myself and haven’t tried it yet. But it sounds like a useful resource, so I wanted to share with you. If I get this right, you can read the first couple of chapters of available books for free, and then leave a review. For international users, that’s it. But people in the US have a chance of winning a copy of that book. How amazing is that? This Belgian is so jealous!
And finally… this blog (hah!)
This is hands-down *the* best resource you can find if you love books and blogging. And the person managing the website is so humble too! Okay, I’m just kidding, of course, but I do hope you found this post useful and it helped you discover some useful websites and tools!
What are your favourite online resources? Let me know in the comments! Happy reading!