I have a few features and memes that I rotate through on the blog, in addition to the reviews that create the fundamental basis of it. Here are some of the ones that I use!
In My Mailbox/Stacking the Shelves
hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren
Previously, I participated in In My Mailbox, hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. She’s no longer blogging, so now I do Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. This is a feature that occurs on Sundays, where I’ll talk about the books that I got in my mailbox that week.
Top Ten Tuesday
hosted by the Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme on – you guessed it – Tuesday where the host blog releases a prompt. It’ll say something like “Top Ten Travel Books” or “Top Ten Book Covers” and bloggers come up with a list of books that fit that description. It’s a great way to find recommendations!
Waiting on Wednesday
hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
Waiting on Wednesday is also a weekly meme, focusing on books that aren’t out yet and reads that bloggers and readers are pumped about. I’ll pick a book from my handy upcoming-releases spreadsheet, give y’all all the Goodreads/official info, and write about why I want to read it.
The Grind is a news feature that I recently started with the goal of making important news accessible to YA readers and teens. Because I plan on working in publishing, I devour news of the industry and make it a goal to stay updated on trends, publishers’ announcements, deals, and anything else relevant to young adult or publishing. I likely post once a month, drawing from sources like Publishers Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and more.
If You Enjoyed
My standard version of a recommendations post, this feature starts out with the description and small thoughts on the book it’s based on. Afterwards, I come up with a list of six to ten books that fit the criteria, broken down into categories. For example, if you liked The Book Thief, I’ll break down my recs into categories like “if you liked the slow building intensity” or “if you liked the heart-wrenching history and atmospheric details”. Make sense?
A Day in the Life
This is my version of an updates post. Especially if I’m caught up in the throes of “regular life”, I might toss out a Day in the Life post. What is it? Well, this post will have what I’m reading, what I’m up to, what blog posts are interesting, etc,.
My trailers post is one of my favorite posts to work on, especially getting excited for upcoming reads. If there are enough book trailers a month to plausibly post them, I’ll round them all up in a list-style format and post the videos on the blog. Book trailers are a cinematic way to get exposed to the books coming out and I love watching them!
Silver Linings Discussion
This is one of my tried-and-true features that has been with me since the beginning. Especially since I’m news-oriented (re: the Grind) I’ll often find issues and concepts that I’d like to write about. I’m a reader, but I’m especially a writer. I’m opinionated. So whenever I have something that I feel the need to talk about – from hot topics like banned books to personal opinions like audiobooks and strong characters – I’ll post a discussion on it. There are quite a few of those on the blog because I love love love talking about this industry and everything that affects reading.