Armchair BEA – Blogger Development & Genre Fiction

May 29, 2013 Armchair BEA 31


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Blogger Development

I’ve come a long way in the last 18 months of blogging. When I first started blogging I didn’t really feel like it would be something I would stick with, mostly because I start/stop a lot of things, but I fell in love with the book blogging community pretty fast.

It did take me awhile to really branch out into the community. The first few months I was writing things and posting things and I would get a comment or two but it took me like 3 months before I realized that people aren’t going to magically find me – I have to find them!

Last year at this time I was preparing to be at BEA and freaking out about not having enough posts/reviews scheduled because I just couldn’t seem to get ahead. Over the last several months I’ve been much more relaxed and taken a “I’ll post when I post” approach, which is a million times less stressful. I plan to get back into the groove I was in before, but I know that it’s OK if I only post two posts one week instead of five.

As time goes by I continue to grow as a blogger. I’ve made quite a few changes to my blog over the past year and a half and I’m sure there will be more in the future. If I ever reach the point where I am not growing and changing as a blogger that will be a sure sign that I need to reevaluate why I blog.

In the future I plan on writing more discussion posts and sometime in June I will reveal my brand spanking new rating guidelines… if I ever settle on what I want them to actually be. Ratings are a tough business people!

How have you developed as a blogger?

Genre Fiction

genre of choice

If I had to pick one genre, and only one genre, to read for the rest of my life it would be contemporary romance. It can be YA or adult, though if I had to chose between the two I would chose adult. No matter how many great books I read in other genres, contemporary romance is my automatic go to when I need some comfort or I am in a reading slump or whenever.

Why contemporary romance?

Not gonna lie – it’s the happily ever after. The real world life is not perfect and sometimes relationships don’t pan out and sometimes people don’t have the ability to change. In books anything is possible, even the most ridiculous things. I don’t care that it doesn’t make the most logical sense for the two characters to be together, I enjoy reading how they got there.

I like that these books are fun and cute and can make me laugh and make me cry. I’m also partial to “series” books, where each book is about a different couple, but they all take place in the same town or they know each other in some way and then you get to see little glimpses of the previous characters in future books.

Contemporary Romance Suggestions

Whether you are new or old to contemporary romance here are some great choices:

Jill Shalvis Simply IrresistableKristan Higgins  Until There Was YouSophie Kinsella Can You Keep a SecretMeg Cabot The Boy Next DoorJennifer Crusie Bet Me

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis takes place in one of my favorite fictional towns, Lucky Harbor. Someday I am going to live here with it’s beautiful nature and hot guys.

Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins is quirky and fun and a little heartbreaking too. I could have put any of her books on this list, but I really enjoyed Posey’s quirkyness so this is a good place to start.

Can You Keep A Secret by Sophie Kinsella is a barrel of laughs. It’s my favorite of all her standalone books. It’s ridiculous and funny and it’s the perfect read when you’re feeling a little blue.

The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot is another funny one. It’s told through emails and the unique approach made it more fun (it’s not annoying like you think it would be).

Bet Met by Jennifer Crusie is another ridiculously fun book. The premise is a tad (ok, a lot) outlandish but it doesn’t matter because you’ll enjoy yourself the whole way through.

What’s your genre of choice? Why do you love that genre more than the others?


31 Responses to “Armchair BEA – Blogger Development & Genre Fiction”

  1. Petty Witter

    Another great BEA post, I only wish I had known about the event sooner, its a wonderful opportunity to get to know you a little better.
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    • Kimberly

      It is really hard to pinpoint it specifically that’s for sure! And everyone’s ratings are so different!

  2. a barmy bookworm

    Nice tip – you have to go out there and bring in the followers. I think I’ve been v lazy and am just hoping people will come along and find me! ;0)

    • Kimberly

      I started a more personal blog that lasted for oh… 3 posts lol. Books just speak to me ;)

  3. Amanda

    I feel the same about about start/stopping things. Last time I tried blogging, it didn’t stick. But I’m back and I feel the same way about it – I just love it and don’t see it stopping any time soon. Also – I do love contemporary romance also! I don’t read it as often anymore, but I like to stay on top of new releases and developments in the romance community!

    • Kimberly

      I don’t read contemporary romance as often either, but it is my go-to for comfort and boredom!

  4. Laura @ the Booksmartie

    My experience in the beginning was so similar to yours! I would spend hours working on my blog without hopping over to others to show them I exist :) And then, I made sure I had a post at least six days in the week. I still like that kind of consistency, but if I can’t find the time one day it’s not the Titanic going down for me anymore :D
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    • Kimberly

      I like the consistency as well, but I like the piece of mind that I get from knowing that it’s ok if I don’t have something to post.

  5. Lindsey

    I’m a romance girl myself. I love a little bit of paranormal thrown in though. I’ve been going back and forth lately between adult romance and paranormal romance. I loved “Simply Irresistible” and have “The Boy Next Door” on my TBR list.

    My Genre @ Lindsey Gray

    • Kimberly

      Simply Irresistible is by far one of my favorites. I don’t mind paranormal, but I lean towards contemporary.

  6. Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader

    Another great post, Kim. I like the way your blog has developed over the past little while. The style and look is very friendly and inviting.

    I don’t read a whole lot of romance, but do enjoy books by Meg Cabot and Sophie Kinsella — I guess I’m more into chick lit type romance than romance romance (if that makes any sense LOL). I find they are great books to read when I’m in a reading slump and just need something light to pick me up.
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    • Kimberly

      That makes perfect sense! I know exactly what you mean. I lean more towards the chick lit side, but I like either.

  7. Stormy @ Book.Blog.Bake.

    I start & stop a lot of things too, which made deciding to actually create a book blog HARD for me. I didn’t want to stop something & then decide not to follow through. Now I can see myself doing this for quite awhile, though. I’m not a huge contemporary romance fan, but I do like Meg Cabot, so maybe I’ll give The Boy Next Door a try!

    • Kimberly

      Meg Cabot is freaking hilarious!

      I guess all those other things I’ve started and stopped just haven’t been in my heart, otherwise they would have stuck like book blogging has!

    • Kimberly

      I fell in love with the Shopaholic series first, but I know a lot of people who prefer Kinsella’s standalones, and that’s cool too!

  8. Alexia561

    I’m still working on being more relaxed about when I post, but starting to get back into my groove. It’s a little funny how much pressure we put on ourselves. I like the HEA endings too, and they’re sort of my comfort food. Don’t read much of them anymore, but I still have a soft spot for Debbie Macomber and Nora Roberts.

    Enjoy BEA!
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    • Kimberly

      I have never read a Debbie Macomber book, but I went through a Nora Roberts phase where I read anything and everything that she wrote.

      I agree that we put the pressure on ourselves. No one has ever told me how to blog, but I have this idea in my head of the “right way” and I it’s hard to shake it!

  9. Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    I love what you said about going out and finding people. That’s my philosophy exactly. I can’t expect people to visit my blog if I’m not visiting theirs. And how will they even know I exist if I don’t tell them! Great point!