July Wrap Up

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Books Read

I read a total of 8 books this month! I would like that monthly number to be more around 10, but I also won’t rush my reading. 7 out of 8 of them were ARCs, so I’ve been slowly working through my current mountain of ARCs, which is great, but I can’t wait to get to some back list titles!

 

 

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson5 Stars

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager4 Stars — Publication Date: July 2nd, 2019Check out my review!

Shadow Frost by Coco Ma4 Stars — Publication Date: October 1st, 2019

 

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis5 Stars — Publication Date: October 1st, 2019

Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo3 Stars — Publication Date: October 8th, 2019

Pricked by Scott Mooney4 Stars — Publication Date: August 13th, 2019Check out my review!

 

The Gossamer Mage by Julie Czerneda 3 Stars– Publication Date: August 6th, 2019Check out my review!

The Bone Ships by RJ Barker5 Stars — Publication Date: September 24th, 2019

So you may be looking at all of these titles and asking yourself, where are all of the reviews for these books? Well I have been reading ahead and holding my reviews until closer to publication. So you can expect to see reviews for all of these books on the blog soon!

Total Pages Read

This month I read a total of 2771 pages! So I don’t do a wrap up every month, but I am going to try and get into the habit. I think this is actually a low page count for me, from looking at the other months when I did page totals. I think a large part of this is because The Gossamer Mage took me so long to get through, it just really dragged for me, but I don’t like to turn page counts or book counts into a competition against myself. The most important thing is I read three books that I gave 5 star ratings to!

EDIT: So I forgot to count the pages for The Well of Ascension somehow… so my page count is actually 3552 pages, which is more like my normal average.

Favorite Books Read

So this month I actually had three 5 star reads, which is amazing. Ever since I investigated what my 5 star reads have in common in my What Makes a Great Book? post, I have been reading titles that I like better. I totally recommend going through your 5 star reviews and seeing what the titles have in common.

My favorite book of the month was The Well of Ascension and behind that is The Good Luck Girls. The Bone Ships was also a 5 star read for me, but I loved the other two a bit more. Ever since I read the first Mistborn book, The Final Empire (check out my review here), I found that I want to read one Sanderson title a month because I love his writing and I want to make my way through his entire backlist.

Top 3 Posts of July

Top 5 Books about Royalty I Want to Read

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager — Blog Tour and Giveaway

Top 5 Books set at Boarding Schools I Want to Read

Introducing Top 5 Saturday Series

So I probably should have written a whole post introducing this series, but I didn’t do that, so I figured I might as well mention it now. This July I brought back a series I had started in October, which is my Top 5 Saturday series. Every Saturday I pick a topic and then I share the Top 5 books that I want to read in that topic. Everyone is invited to join, and I tag 5 people every week to join in on that topic. Share your top 5 books of the current topic– these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want. It’s already started to get pretty popular, so I hope that you join me! If you want to read more about it you can check out this past week’s post here.

The topics for August are:

8/3/19 – Books with Asian Settings

8/10/19– Books about Assassins

8/17/19 – Books with Found Families

8/24/19 — Books about Dragons

8/31/19 — Books with a Road Trip

Stats

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4,587 views

2,709 visitors

822 Blog Followers

July has been my greatest month so far! My blog just seems to keep growing, and I would like to keep it that way! I finally got 800 followers, I had been stuck in the 700’s for ever, so that was really exciting. 2,059 of my views come from search engines, and my How to get ARCs – A Guide is now the number one on Google when you search How to get ARCs. Of course I always hoped for something like this to happen, but never really expected it.

 

 

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  1. Wow your stats are through the roof! And you totally deserve it. I’m so happy to see that. Great job on all your books you read in July! I need to read so much more, and maybe I should keep some of the reviews until closer to publication date. I just hate to wait lol. I hope you keep doing this monthly wrap up post 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I try not to focus too hard on stats and everything, but my blog keeps growing, so that’s wonderful. I always forget to do wrap up posts, and this one came late, but I’d like to get into the habit of doing it.

      As for books read… I would like to read more like 10 a month, but it always winds up around 8. But I got ahead somehow with reviews, so I’m trying to read ahead and hold a bunch until closer to publication. So far I’ve got a bunch waiting!

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    1. I don’t know how you get to number one Google spot with reviews. It seems more doable with topic posts. I want to stay in the number one spot though, so I think I might go back and update that post. I wrote it last October I think.

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      1. I wanted that post to come up on Google when I made it, so I read a lot of blog posts about search engine optimization. Now I use the information I learned all the time in my blog posts. It’s really just that one article that gets readers from Google all the time. But it’s literally half of my monthly views now.

        When I had an ARC of The Wicked King I posted my review really early and included quotes in my review, so I wound up getting a lot of views on that post from Google in the months before it came out.

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      2. Yeah see I have no clue about any of that stuff. And with everything going on life wise I have no mental capacity to figure it out. Maybe if things settle down I will be able to put more time into getting that together. I would really love to sit down with someone and put effort into that but right now it isn’t possible. I guess I should be proud of where my blog is considering I haven’t been able to do any of that side.

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      3. Some of the tips to make you more Googleable are really easy. Like use headings- Google sees them as more important info. Also when uploading photos to your post rename them. So if you are posting a book cover with your review, rename the photo file as “Title by Author Book Review”. Since Google reads the HTML of your post that will throw the title in again, and that will help it become more googleable. Just little things like that help a ton. Also linking back to old posts of yours and linking out to other websites really helps, but only when appropriate.

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      4. I hadn’t thought of the photo piece- I will have to try and get into that habit. You mean separate the post into headings- like plot characters? That would mean writing my posts completely different for the most part. Some don’t even work like that… I will have to mull that over lol. I have gotten into the habit of trying to link to other posts in my blog as much as possible… I hated that it seemed kind of self-congratulatory or too promotional (I can’ think of a better word) but got over it. I link to Amazon but that hasn’t helped much- I do tag other blogs where I can. But I’m not sure if that is what you mean?

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      5. No I mean just using headings when you can. So like for my reviews I use Summary and Review: 4 stars (or whatever the rating is) and just have that part as a heading. For things like Top 5 posts I will make a heading for the topic (Asian Settings). Just using them when it works for you. Google will see the title as the most important thing and then the heading as the next important, numbered 1-5. So you can use heading 1, heading 2, and google will basically order them from most to least important and use them to show what your content is and make your post come up on a search accordingly.
        Tagging other blogs when you can is great, or back to old posts of your own. So like, if you mention a book that you’d read in a saturday post, I mention it and then say (Check out my review) and link my review. Little things like that really help. Linking to amazon helps a lot too. But the photo piece is something super simple that really really helps.

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      6. Yes I do link my posts and I have taken more care with my headlines since Juneish and it did make a huge difference!I do link to my other blog posts more consistently since the Summer Fling started When I can I always link to others because I don’t like taking credit for what isn’t mine. I am going to start renaming my pictures this week. Thank you for that advice! I had no idea that made such a huge difference. I would never had thought of it.

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      7. Headings and photo names are both tips that I didn’t really think mattered until after I started doing it! I tend to only link to other blogs when it’s appropriate, so I do it for the Saturday Tag. I also link everyone’s posts who participates at the bottom. Do you mean headlines as in title of your post, or just headings? Apparently headings help Google determine what is most important about your post.

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      8. For your blog? I merged my Twitter followers a while ago when I linked my blog to twitter so all my posts were instantly shared. It actually increased my views by like… 60 percent or something when I did it. How do you merge Goodreads? Or do you mean Goodreads and Twitter together?

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      9. Okay I will have to check that out then! I have like.. 1500 Goodreads friends. That’s how I got into reviewing is through Goodreads. I realized that Goodreads has read and review programs and I could get free books that way. Then I got a free book through one of those programs and the author owned this reviewing website called Romance Junkies (back when I actually liked romance) and invited me to review for them. I did that for quite a while and they introduced me to Netgalley and eventually I realized I could get more ARCs if I had a blog, so I wound up creating one.

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    1. It’s my How to get ARC post that is ranked high on google, I have no idea how to get reviews up higher. Although I did write a review of The Wicked King months early that got tons of Google views. Because people Googled Wicked King spoilers and I said my review was spoiler free. But I also included quotes and I find that when my reviews have quotes in them they get more views.

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      1. Oh wow.. That’s funny!

        On quotes… I have noticed that they always get more views, that and reviews that are a part of a blog tour or reviews where I include preorder information. Also my review of The Wicked King got tons of views and while I did include quotes, the search terms that people used the most was “The Wicked King spoilers” and in my review I mentioned that it was spoiler free, so since I used the word spoiler my review popped up.

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