Book Blogging Firsts Tag

Hey (: yes it’s another tag, this time all about my blogging firsts. Thank you so much to Lauren @ Twenty Seven Letters for tagging me to do this tag. Make sure you check out her answers, along with the rest of her wonderful page.

I haven’t been blogging very long at all – only for a couple of months now– so in some ways I guess you could argue that it’s too soon to be doing a tag like this. As it’s all about blogging firsts my answers aren’t exactly going to change though and, even after this short time, I’m quite looking forward to looking back at my blogging experiences.

First blog name and design?

My names stayed the same so it is, and always has been, Bewitching Books, Ravenous Reads. I guess in some ways the name was one of the hardest parts to start with because how on earth do you come up with a blog name? Or a book name for that matter; I have no idea how authors come up with those! I started off by trying to think of what it should be about which was simple enough: books and reading. Then I started trying to think of alliteration involving both of those because, when in doubt, turn to alliteration :L I really liked the sound of both bewitching books and ravenous reads but wasn’t sure which to pick. I toyed with the idea of adding a few more words in with either but then ultimately decided that I was happiest with them together because for me books are bewitching and what’s better than a read that makes you dive into it’s pages ravenously?

As for my design… well it hasn’t had a chance to change yet either. I use the ‘Button’ theme on WordPress and got my background from Toptal Subtle Patterns . I’ve tried to use a couple of vectors as page breaks too and would love to edit some as blog post headers some time but I have to say that they’re a total nightmare to edit for me. The recommended program causes my computer to freeze and they don’t open correctly in my version of Photoshop so yes, it’s challenging. Plus my editing skills are abysmal.

First blog post?

My first blog post was my book review for The Cruel Prince which I’ll mention in slightly more detail in the next question since that’s focused on reviews.

My first non-review post was Quarterly Catch Up: First Edition which is a bit of a monster of a post length wise. It starts with my top ten books which I wanted to read last year but still need to hurry up and get on with! It’s then got the release posts for the first three months of the year which basically explains the length. Then it finishes with a few of the slightly older books that I most want to read and the series that I’m desperate to re-read or finish. So basically it’s a lot of book lists rolled into one.

I feel like technically my first post was Most Anticipated Reads 2019 though. That’s the post that made me want to start blogging and the page that I worked on first. I made the mistake of posting it as a page rather than a post though.

First book review?

As I said above my first blog post was actually a review but I thought I’d save the details for this question. I saw Readers First mentioned in a book that I was reading and was very tempted to try it out but continually put it off, I guess because the idea of writing a review seemed daunting? Then, when I checked one day, I saw that The Cruel Prince was coming up as a potential book to receive a copy of and that changed everything. It was one of my most anticipated books of the year so I absolutely had to try and get a copy. Then when I found out I was going to receive one I was literally jumping for joy. So The Cruel Prince ended up being the first book that I ever reviewed and is the reason that I joined Goodreads, rather than just browsing it without having an actual account. It’s also the first that I posted on here because I started the year off with The Folk Of The Air series as The Wicked King had just came out.

You can read my review for it here.

First meme participated in?

Although I’ve seen some pretty amazing ones I haven’t actually participated in one yet. There are definitely some that I’m tempted to try out – I just can’t seem to decide which one to go for tbh. One day, hopefully, I’ll take part in one. I love seeing other people’s posts about the ones they’re involved in after all. Eventually I think I will try out the ABC Book Challenge but I think that’s classified as more of a challenge/tag? The Friday Face off is another that I’m tempted to take part in though; I love comparing all of the different covers of the same book that are out there.

First discussion post?

My first discussion post is: Is It Unusual To Prefer Reading Reviews Of Books That You’ve Read?. I feel like the title is pretty self explanatory as to what it’s about. I wrote it partially as a discussion but also partially as an explanation since I always feel a little guilty if I don’t read every review that I see. Sometime I have reasons not to do so though which are explained in that post. So yes the explanation part of it was a big reason for posting that particular post but I wanted it for it’s discussion elements too as I was genuinely curious as to whether anyone else felt the same as me?

First book blog I followed?

So I was going to say that I wasn’t 100% sure as I was looking at several people’s blogs at roughly the same time when I first started out. I think that the blogs that I’m following are listed in order though so I’m fairly confident that the first book blog that I followed is Spines That Shine. I loved reading the reviews that I found on there and I’ve also got to say that their Bookstagram photographs are gorgeous! There are some absolutely fabulous book reviews over on that blog so you should definitely check it out if you haven’t done so already.

First follower?

Does this mean overall or follower who is a book blogger as the last question wanted one of those? My first two followers seemed to happen pretty much together. The first was Lucid Being – Ash who’s page is full of absolutely stunning pictures, followed very closely by Ailish Sinclair who has a couple of fascinating sounding books coming out so you should definitely check their pages out to learn more. The first book blogger to follow me is the same as I mentioned in the previous question Spines That Shine.

First book I read because of other bloggers?

Is it bad to say that I haven’t got any books that fit this question yet? I’ve added plenty of books to my TBR since starting because of other bloggers but so far haven’t had a chance to read any of them yet. So, as I don’t have a true example, I’m going to make a guess at what my first book based on a blogger will be. And that is either Red, White & Royal Blue or The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo. Since starting out I’ve seen so much hype about those two books that I’m definitely going to have to check them out. I just haven’t done so yet as I’ve been struggling a little with reading plus there are so many other books that I’m already desperate to read too.

So those are my blogging firsts; hopefully I’ll get the two that I haven’t truly done yet sorted out soon as well.

Once again thank you so much to Lauren for tagging me in this post, I really appreciate it and I loved reading your answers. I especially enjoyed the background story to your blog name!

I Tag:
Emma @ AFCTL
Madison @ Madison’s Inkwell
& Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

Obviously, as always, there is absolutely no pressure to do this tag; I’m just rather curious about your blogging background stories. If anyone else wants to do this tag then go ahead. Or share some of your own answers in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.

15 thoughts on “Book Blogging Firsts Tag

  1. Hello Charlotte!
    I really enjoyed reading this post and finding out a bit about how you got started as a blogger. I think I use the Button theme on my blog as well (or maybe I use Button 2- not sure if it is different haha!)
    Evelyn Hugo is a great book! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much (: I’ve noticed that quite a few people do, I guess because it works quite well for blogging. Plus you can customise it quite a bit and make your page your own still.
      Yeah I’ll definitely have to pick it up soon as I’ve heard that a lot (:

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  2. I loved hearing about you blogging firsts!! I think your name is really cool– it flows really nicely and I love the alliteration!! And you know immediately what you blog is about so that’s great!!
    It is so cool that The Cruel Prince was your first post and got you to get goodreads and everything!! As the series has stayed with your for your journey so far.
    The Friday Face Off challenge sounds cool as I quite like comparing book covers too!
    I loved your first discussion post as I felt exactly the same about reading reviews of books you have and haven’t read!!
    Red, White and Royal Blue and Evelyn Hugo are very hyped in the book community and probably encouraged me to read them as well!!
    Great post!! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much ❤️ I’m surprised it didn’t take me longer to find a name tbh as that’s the sort of thing I really struggle with. Like with reviews I don’t find them too hard to write on the whole but when other sites want a title for one I’m like ‘what? I don’t know :/’
      Yeah it’s kind of a shame that it’s ending. But it was such a wonderful book to start off with and I was just unbelievably happy to win a copy of it.
      Yeah I love comparing covers (:
      Thank you ❤️ I’m glad that there were people who felt the same as I was worried people would just be like ‘but that’s the point of reviews’. I do think with some books it’s nicer to read them afterwards though for the reasons I said before.
      I’m glad you enjoyed then both (: I have the first of them on hold atm but I have no idea where I am in the queue. I might look into ordering the other later too actually. If there’s no queue I’ll wait but if there’s a waitlist (which I imagine there will be) the sooner I get on it the better really
      Thank you so much ❤️

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      1. Of course 💛 I know it hard to come up with names, it is important but you have to be brief as well !!
        Yes hopefully it will be a good end!! Yes that is so cool!! 😍
        It is quite fun 😂
        No I agree if it a book you want to read then you want to go in not knowing anyone elses opinions on it because it can influence how you see it. I agree as you have the knowledge of the book you can discuss your opinions and specific parts!!
        Aww.. hopefully you will get to them soon then and yes I imagine there will be a queue with it!! 😂

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      2. That’s true.
        Yes fingers crossed. I’m so excited and nervous at the same time :L
        Yes that’s exactly it. I also think they’re good if you’re uncertain about a book though as they sometimes have details that instantly make you decide whether or not the book is for you.
        Thanks, hopefully. My copies now being transferred so yay 😀 although I think I must have been 16 or 17th in the queue. Wait that was for Starless Sea :L I’m still waiting for the two I mentioned to you. Sorry I’ve just mentioned the waitlist on that one a lot lately and got mixed up.

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      3. Ah.. Yes I get that!!!
        Yes so true, book reviews have convinced to pick up books with small details such as soft character etc. as you don’t get that in a blurb!!
        Yay!! 😊
        Of right I see. No it’s fine I get mixed up all the time 😂 Exciting that you are getting the Starless Sea though 🌟

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      4. Yes me too (: sometimes the little details really capture my interest.
        Yeah I can’t wait to see what it’s like! I got a few new releases that I’m exciting for actually. I’ll send a picture of them later (:

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    1. It’s ok (: sorry for not reading your last few reviews – two have been of books that I’m avoiding all reviews of until I’ve had a chance to read the books and I know the other was the third in the series. I’ve saved the emails to remind me once I’ve read the book though. And I’ll keep an eye out for your review of Coral too 😊

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