Thursday, May 28, 2015

Armchair BEA Day 3 : Character Chatter & Blogging 101

Happy Day 3 of Armchair BEA! Hope you all are having a great time. Onto today's topics:
Character Chatter

Once I joined the blogging community I got really swept up into the Young Adult Genre. I read mostly Fantasy and Science Fiction growing up so I dived right into books like The Hunger Games, Cinder, Divergent, Matched and more. It was quickly apparent that female characters and writers dominated the YA scene. It was wonderful to read an abundance of female characters in various types of stories, but I found myself really being drawn to YA books with male narrators.

So here are some books with amazing male narrators:
Ready Player One & Leviathan

Wade from RPO and Prince Aleksander from Leviathan are both young men with missions that they have foisted upon themselves. Both of these boys also have remarkable women in their lives who give them unconditional friendship and support. It is also wonderful seeing romance and all the uncertainty  that comes with it through the mail perspective.

Vladimir Tod & Steelheart

Both Vlad & David have wonderful narrative voices. They are both smart and often sarcastic. They also both have suffered the loss of family members, which shapes their character and leaves them with heavy hearts. What I love about both of these characters is their wry sense of humor and the hope that burns inside them.

Blogging 101
Despite 5 years of blogging I always learn something new every day. I've been fortunate to have some good blogging mentors, and have developed my own personal code of blogging through trial and error.

Visual Tips
It’s really worth it to get a professional blog header or template for your blog. Either study how to make the changes yourself or pay someone to do it for you.
Don’t have excessive buttons or pop ups on your blog. I get really turned off when I’m trying to read a bloggers post and subscribe buttons or other widgets pop up.
Brand Across Platforms
When I started a profile on twitter I had no idea that I would be a book blogger so I picked the name @yogikai. Now I wish my twitter profile was that of my blog, but I won’t change it since many other Bloggers and Authors know me by that handle. So I really suggest you use your blog name on a Twitter, Tumbler, Facebook & Email account.
Keep Your Review Books In Check
Last Summer I had over 200 unread physical books. They were a combination of Arc’s I picked up form Comic-Con and the ALA Annual and purchases on my E-reader and in bookstores. I became really stressed out about the number of unread books so I put myself on a book buying ban and as of today I have zero book son my TBR Pile. So rein in the Netgalley binge downloads, and limit the amount of review offers you say yes to.
Also give yourself a break when it comes to unsolicited review books. If I find a lot of books coming in I make sure to do a spotlight post on them where I thank the publisher and I also tweet out pictures of the books. That way I don’t feel stressed if it takes me a while to read the books. I also suggest sending a copy of your review to the publicity contact as soon as possible.
Remember Why You Started Blogging

I’ve been very fortunate that my blog has stayed at a manageable level. It is impossible to not compare your blog to others, but its more important to remember why you blog. I blog so I have a forum to discuss my favorite books and socialize with other readers. So that is the main focus of my posts.

Say Thank You
If someone retweets your review or  comments on a blog post take the time to respond to them with a simple Thanks!
Hope you enjoyed these tips!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Armchair BEA Day 2:Visual Expressions & Social Media

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Visual Expressions
Though I read a lot of comic books and graphic novels, lately I’ve been reading a lot of Children’s books. Mostly for research for a project I’m working on, but also because they are a great palate cleanser between other genres.


This is a gorgeous little read that I discovered on Scribd. This is a wordless book but each picture speaks volumes. Flora wants to be a flamingo. She prepares her self and goes and stands behind one. What unfolds next is a gorgeous and fun ballet as she finds that imitation isn't as easy as it looks. I loved this book so much. A must read! Or should I say a must view?
Nana In The City
Nana isn't a wordless book but the art in it captures your full attention. The story revolves around a young boy who is nervous visiting his grandmother in New York. The artist really  captures the beauty of the change of seasons on the East Coast, and the pleasures of city life. A very sweet message and a great all ages read.

Social Media
Twitter is my main source of connecting with my blog. I have a Facebook page but I’m very bad at updating! You can find my Twitter account  Here. I’m also on Blogger. The Blogger I-phone app is a lifesaver since I don’t have a laptop. I send my posts in draft format to my blog from windows Live Writer and can publish them from my phone any time.

Facebook Groups
Though I have good intentions in regards to socializing with other bloggers life often get in the way. However Facebook groups have resulted in me having some great interactions with fellow bloggers. Here are a few I belong to:

Fit Readers

The fit readers is an offshoot of Book Blog Walkers. Because of this group I discovered the Lose It app which resulted in me know being 20 pounds lighter! The group is really helpful with recipes, health articles and moral support for those tough days. I’m really greatful to know them.

Coyer Community

I discovered the Coyer group over a year ago through the Clean Out Your E-Reader Challenge. I have really gotten my E-reader under control because of this group. I went from having over 120 E-books to my current total of 22! I’m really excited for the summer event coming June 20th! Sign ups are now open!

I also belong to the Book Bloggers Do It Better group where we share posts and have wonderful discussions. Happy Armchair BEA Day 2!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Armchair BEA: Day 1: Introductions & Library Love

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It’s time for another Armchair BEA! I love this event because so far, going to BEA hasn’t been in the cards for me. With social media however, and this great event, it’s possible  to be a part of the event online. Netgalley has also started making the arcs from the show available digitally which lessens book envy. So now on to today’s topic!

Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging?
I’ve been blogging for over 5 years. I discovered the blogging world through twitter. A lot of bloggers i connected to were very helpful and supported my blog early on which gave me the confidence to keep going.
What does diversity mean to you?
Diversity means that the various sizes, ages, ethnicities, and belief systems of the majority of humans on the planet are explored in popular fiction.  We’ve come a long way baby, but there are miles and miles to go before we can be even remotely equal.
What is one book everyone should read?
I would gently suggest that fiction fans check out Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, even if you know nothing about the 80’s, gaming life and think you don’t “like” Science Fiction.
What book are you reading right now?
I’m reading The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

What book are you most looking forward to reading this summer?
Star Wars Dark Disciple by Christie Golden Love Star Wars!!
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what author would you want to bring with
Jane Austen!

Library Love
I’m part of the Los Angeles Public Library, Mid-Valley branch. Their website is Here
The Library has been especially important to me this year since I put myself on a book buying ban in January. I’ve been using the library for all genres especially the Attack on Titan Manga series and the latest Zom-B books. I also like to go into the new releases for Young adult and Children books. Recently I’ve also been checking out exercise videos and classic films that aren’t on my Netflix or Hulu accounts.
My library also  has a wonderful app that allows me to put books on hold and renew them. have a great week! I’m looking forward to reading everyone's posts.