March in Review | adventure log

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The Adventure Log is my monthly wrap-up post!

Happy Spring to my fellow friends in the Northern Hemisphere, and happy April! March was a wild month for me, and I’m surprised it flew by as fast as it did considering I didn’t really do anything? Okay that’s not true because I did work a lot on the blog and improving my patreon, but other than that? I basically listened to Nightwish all month with a focus on their older discography and continued to mourn Marko’s departure from the band.

There are no fools in this post as the past year has been enough for all of us lmao. Let’s move beyond horrible “jokes” as a society, okay?

Let’s touch base on all things March and check in on how I’m doing with my 2021 goals, shall we?

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Evergreen Content and Book Bloggers | SEO Basics

Greetings gentlefriends to the first Reader Voracious guide of 2021 – all about evergreen content and book bloggers. The book blogging niche is a quirky one and it’s no secret that a lot of “tried and true SEO ‘musts'” just don’t work for us due to the nature of our readership and content. But that doesn’t mean we can’t tweak these tools for our niche.

It’s been so long since I’ve released a new guide into the world and let me tell you… I finally feel like myself again. This post and its follow-up coming next month have been in my drafts for literally months. I’ve worked on them off and on as time allowed, but the scope kept growing exponentially as I have a lot of Opinions…. because today I am here in defense of the book review. Let’s get into it!

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Announcing New & Improved Patreon Tiers ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

The Reader Voracious Patreon launched in May 2019 and over the past two years I’ve been so fortunate to build a small patron community as I carve this new path of creative expression. It’s been an interesting experiment as when I launched my Patreon there really weren’t other book bloggers in that space. Even now it remains taboo for book bloggers to seek financial support and compensation for the work we put into our blogs… but that’s a discussion for another day.

Over the past couple of months I’ve been tinkering behind the scenes to expand my Patreon offerings and give me an outlet for posts I want to write but don’t necessarily have a place here on Reader Voracious. And I’m so excited to announce the new Patreon perks to you all – but no pressure to join, ever!

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Review: The Damned (The Beautiful #2) by Renรฉe Ahdieh

911? hello? I’d like to report a murder of my heart at the hands of Renรฉe Ahdieh. ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ While this book wasn’t as big of a slam dunk for me, I am in desperate need of the third book (also since when is this not a duology?). If you were left wanting for paranormal in The Beautiful, let me tell you that you’ll love the expansion of the worldbuilding and supernatural elements.

While this review is spoiler-free for The Damned, it may contain spoilers for The Beautiful so tread lightly if you haven’t read the first book in the series.

If you’re a fan of mutual pining and star-crossed romance, this series is certainly for you. The Beautiful features one of my favorite slow-burn romances, and The Damned has torn the two lovers apart, breaking my heart in two. Bastien and Celine were put through the ringer and I appreciate that this series installment grapples with those events before moving forward.

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25 Books by Asian Authors to Read Now and Always | #StopAsianHate

The past year has been a wake up call for many privileged people in the United States and beyond. The pandemic highlighted systemic barriers designed to disenfranchise people of color and disabled; it feels like now more than ever, people are finally beginning to open their eyes. But there’s a lot of work to do.

With the rising incidents of hate crimes against Asians in the US and around the world and the heartbreaking act of domestic terrorism in Atlanta last week, I wanted to put together a list of books by Asian authors to read and a list of ten actionable steps we all can take to stop Asian hate. I don’t want the burden of educating people to fall on the Asian community, but also because I want to uplift some of the amazing books by Asian authors you should be reading.

This post of full of recommendations for you, gentlefriends! We’ve got books I’ve read, books that haunt my TBRs, and a list of action items of ways you can help Stop Asian Hate. Grab yourself a cup of your favorite warm beverage and get comfy…

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