Midweek Mash

Mash is served!


This week’s helping includes a look at recent Instagram changes (for all of us Bookstagrammers), variety vs trending, and quick July re-cap. Spoons up! Dig in!


So what the hell is going on with Instagram!? This feels like a case of mistaken identity. I opened up my “Bookstagram” account yesterday when I returned home to see a large stream of disappointment and frustration. Everyone was barking about Instagram not being SnapChat. And as I am always, I was late to the party and confused. So I research, honestly not with extreme effort. By research, I really mean I read a small article and called it good. I have become pretty adapt to the fact that social media tends to update as often as we change underwear.

As far as I can tell Intstagram has decided to follow suit with SnapChat. That is not too bad, but why do I need two SnapChat accounts? In a world revolving around social media, I am constantly seeking ways to minimize. It is not that I am incapable of learning and growing, but do I honestly need to juggle 20 different accounts to reach the community. No. This seems like unnecessary burden. But I a can always ditch one for the other. There were a few complaints that concerned me though. They were somewhere along the lines of this..

“I noticed I am not reaching my full audience since the update..”
“My feed is no longer in chronological order..”

As someone who enjoys connecting with fellow bookstagrammers as much as I enjoy the blog community, this snagged my attention. I don’t want to miss posts from my favourites, and I sure as hell want to reach my audience.  Don’t get me wrong, I know change is inevitable. In fact, it can often be a good thing. I work in a field that revolves around change. You pull up your panties and move on. So I begin scoping things out..


And I see the option to view stories across the top of  my account and then I locate my feed. Odd. It looks pretty normal just spiffier, and I even have the option to somewhat moderate comments now. That is a bonus. So far, so good. I have no interest in stories, but they seem entirely optional, so I am obviously missing what the real issue is here. What is the issue? Can someone please clarify? Am I missing something that is going to affect my very small audience, but important audience? There seems to be a significant amount of debate swirling around this update. So poll time!

Variety Vs. Trending

I notice a lot of reviews I come across tend to be a the same books. Please understand this is not a stab or a complaint. I get it! We all want to read what is new and hot. I do as well. I cannot wait for HeartlessI enjoy these reviews and they can be very valuable when making the decision on where to spend my hard-earned “book” money. They also keep me up to date on what’s trending. So before you read any further, rest assured this is merely discussion pertaining to my own blog and not an attack. I love your reviews!

But I have a special place in my heart that cannot help but seek out old or undiscovered titles. I have a thing for variety. Sometimes I begin to tire of Potter and Pokemon posts. I know the cover of A court of Thorns and Roses like the back of my hand and I do not own a copy.  Nope! Never read a single one. Oh dear I hope I did not just lose half of my followers with those last few sentences.

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So while I have done away with my TBR I am hoping to begin incorporating more titles that are less reviewed as of late. My goal is to find so hidden gems and hopefully expose of few of you to something a little less ordinary from time to time. Mixing it up can be fun! I also know as someone who cannot keep up with all of the latest titles, that it is great to find solid recent reviews on older and unfamiliar books.

How do you feel as bloggers about the decision to incorporate older titles? Is this something that you already do or feel that you could appreciate? I want to understand what my followers are looking for when they visit Books, Vertigo and Tea. Feedback is everything! So please let’s talk preferences!

July Wrap-Up

A few days late, but here is a quick summary of what I liked and disliked this last month. Enjoy!
(Reviews are available for each title & can easily be located through search on my homepage!)


♦ Not A Big Fan ♦

July was a pretty big month for me. I managed to wrap up 10 books. I hadn’t realized just how many titles I completed last month until I composed this post. I try not to put pressure on myself in regards to reading, which is why I felt it best to do away with my TBR. And I do enjoy my annual reading challenge, but refrain from allowing myself to become too competitive. For me, reading is an escape and should never feel like work. I do regret that I did not snag a fun reading challenge earlier in the year so I am contemplating making a new one of my own for 2017. Do you enjoy reading challenges and stick to TBRs? Please feel free to share any new challenges you picked up this year!

That’s it for me today. I many other not so fun tasks awaiting me. As always, I hope you have a terrific week 😉

Bye Bye Now,
Danielle 🙂


11 thoughts on “Midweek Mash

  1. I’ve seen the cover of A Court of Thorns and Roses also countless times and I still don’t know what it’s about. But it must be really good 😉. I like a mix of older and new books, it doesn’t have to be all new. I must confess I have older books too but the new ones get on top more often, others are reading them and then I can’t wait to read it too, but I certainly would’t mind posts!

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    1. Yes it seems to work the same for myself as well. I end up reading the new titles. I get excited! I am hoping to find some newer titles that I haven’t seen as much about. I just enjoy variety 😊 I also seem to have a backlog of ARCs so plenty if new reads and reviews still coming haha. I have just been wondering if reviews of older titles can still capture a large audience or do we tend to go straight for the new stuff?


  2. Just a quicky because I’m not supposed to be here at all *shhhhhhhh*, but I just want to read some stuff of my favourite bloggers once every couple of days. Sometimes I begin to tire of Potter and Pokemon posts. I know the cover of A court of Thorns and Roses like the back of my hand and I do not own a copy. . Girl, that’s just SO spot on, I almost choked on my macadamia bar here :’). Sometimes all you have to do is look at the cover of what’s being reviewed and go…oh gawd, not that again! I still read most of it, though, and just like you, I’m not attacking anyone who only reviews the popular books either. I mean, hey, they usually deserve the hype and I want to know what’s new and exciting as well :). But as for older and unfamiliar books , I’m 100% with you at discovering those gems in their midst! And I sure as hell review them on my blog as well because like Haruki Murakami said: “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” . I never read any Murakami, though. Because he’s too popular :’D. *plays Alanis Morisette’s Ironic*

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    1. Haha Anne!! Oh how I miss you! I knew you would get it. I am sure I will read them all. But what about all of the hidden gems just waiting to be discovered!? It is the same with my Instagram feed. The pics are amazing, but how many angles can you shoot the same book from? Is there a challenge I am unaware of on bookstagram? 50 shades of Harry Potter? Haha. No I seriously do not think less of or hate on anyone, but I just have to branch out. That is why I am so late to the game usually. I look forward to your glorious return and will gladly take the quickies when I can get them 😉

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          1. I think my cat just liked and unliked this message like 5 times with his chin on my touchpad, so sorry if that caused a notification spam xD. I hope to be back this upcoming week! 🙂

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