Feature: Armchair BEA 2013 – Day 2 – Blogger Development & Genre Fiction


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Blogger Development

Considering I’m fairly new to blogging and have only been at this for almost a year and a half, I feel like I’m still a newbie myself. I have branched out of my book blogging and done some BookTubing where I record videos of my book hauls and even my wrap-up videos where I talk about the books that I have read for the month. I find that even the Book Tube community is super friendly and also just as accepting as the book blogging community. No matter where you are in the world, no matter what you do, book people are accepting to everyone!

As for supplementing income through my blog, I haven’t even thought about doing it. I feel like this is a hobby that is volunteer based and I wouldn’t even think about getting paid for it. I have my own service designing templates and graphics for fellow bloggers so that’s where I can go “pro.”


Genre Fiction

Some of my favourite genres to read are Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopia, Romance, Drama and Adventure. When I’m reading, I want to be taken out of reality and plunked into a different world, a different setting, which is why I find (don’t hate me!) realistic and contemporary fiction to be boring. I know! It seems crazy right? But I pretty much love all types of fiction books. Below are some recent books that I think everyone should add to their TBR lists!


  1. bn100

    June 28, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Like all kinds of genres

  2. Ratri Anugrah

    June 21, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Well, yes, I agree with you about the contemporary. But I read few of them because I have to.

  3. Jaime Lester

    May 30, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Out of the Easy was a seriously great story. I finished it in no time flat because I could not put it down! Jessica Shirvington’s series is one of my favorites ever, and I am getting ready to dive into The 5th Wave!
    I really don’t have a favorite genre. I have disliked and loved books in all of them. I read to escape, as well. To live in a different reality for a little while. Not because my life isn’t great. IT is! I am a happy girl! But I love living those adventures like they are my own! I choose which genre to go with depending on that days mood.

  4. Jamie (Jay)

    May 30, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    I fully agree about blogging and book tubbing. So many wonderful people with whom it is easy to just be yourself.

  5. Meg @ A Bookish Affair

    May 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I have a soft spot for dystopian too.

  6. Carrie @wvredreads

    May 29, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Booktubing is completely new to me and something I am going to have to check out after ABEA. And books are my getaway too which is probably why I read so little non-fiction.

  7. Maureen E

    May 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    I loved Rick Yancey’s Monstrumologist series, so I’m so glad to see that The 5th Wave is getting attention! I haven’t read it yet myself (waiting on a hold) but I hear it’s fantastic. 🙂

  8. Lisa @ Just Another Rabid Reader

    May 29, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    You know, I feel the same way about books. I read to be transported, to escape. I don’t want to be forced to face reality and tough subjects in my reading.

  9. Rachelia (Bookish Comforts)

    May 29, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Whaaat? We’ve been blogging almost the same amount of time?! It’s funny, because I TOTALLY don’t think of you as a newbie – you are so put together and good at this Giselle 🙂

    I love your vlogs, they add a great variety to the types of posts you do and you are just really good on camera!

    Oh, I really want to read Out of the Easy! Need to find time and then get my hands on it, haha.

    I also blogged about my development as a book blogger and genre fiction.

  10. Ems

    May 29, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    I just bought The 5th Wave, so I hope it’s as fabulous as everyone says! 🙂

  11. michelle birbeck

    May 29, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    I’ve never thought about getting paid for my blog, either, but it is certainly something to look into in the future!

  12. Laura @ the Booksmartie

    May 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Ever since I finished Between Shades of Grey I’ve wanted to read Out of the Easy – it sounds like such an amazing book and I love the author! Also, I have yet to read Emblaze, but the rest of Shirvington’s series was already amazing and her new book sounds intruiging, too!

  13. Julie @ MyBookRetreat

    May 29, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I have to admit I have different tastes in genre fiction – I prefer books that are more realistic! But I completely agree with you in terms of making money on my blog. I do this for fun. I have a day job. This is my hobby!

  14. Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

    May 29, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    I love genre fiction too for that reason. I see enough real world stuff on the news every night!

  15. Ashley

    May 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    I love your blogger “who-to” stuff. That talks about content, approach, designs, how to attract readers. They have certainly helped me this past year! I love your video approach to some posts, it certainly show some of your character!

    I personally think your blog is amazing, and so are you!

    Ashley @ My Two Cents

  16. Kimmy

    May 29, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    I’m with you – I’d rather read about something other than the ‘real world’, so I tend to stay away from contemporary.

    I keep hearing such good things about the 5th Wave! I bought it but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet – perhaps I should move it higher up on the TBR list!

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