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Tips for requesting reviews

Image result for clipart tipsI’ve been meaning to write a post like this for a while. I receive a few review requests, and some are great. Others leave me feeling a bit cold!

As a result, I thought I would explain the sort of thing that I like to see in a review request. Obviously, this is all my personal preference and other reviews may be different. I’d love to know your thoughts! I’m not trying to be condescending, so I hope it doesn’t come across that way!

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My tips for requesting reviews:

  1. Say ‘Hello’.

Now, this might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many emails I receive that don’t start with a polite hello. I understand that authors have to send a lot of emails when trying to spread the word about their book, but a little politeness goes a long way!

2. Let me know a little about you. 

Obviously I’m not looking for your life story, but a little information, such as if this is your first book is always nice.

3. Show that you’ve at least glanced at my blog and, in particular, my review policy.

I’ve put a lot of work into my blog and making sure it gives someone all the information they need about me as a reviewer. I’m not expecting comments on every aspect, but a simple ‘I’ve read your review policy and it sounds fair’ would be a good step.

4. Limit the amount of information you send about your book.

A few sentences about the genre, length and synopsis of your book are great. It saves me a lot of time trying to find the information about your book on Amazon! However, a stream of comments from other reviewers won’t make me decide whether to review your book. I like to make up my own mind! 🙂

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Anything you think I need to add that I’ve missed? Let me know!

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Book recommendations?

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I’ve been away for a while, so I’ve missed quite a few releases! I’m really sorry if I hven’t replied to any emails or facebook messages.

So I was wondering, are there any books that you think I should be reading? Would you mind letting me know, please?

I’m at a bit of a loss for where to start!

Please email me at: kjreviews@outlook.com.

I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

~Katherine

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Do the greatest libraries have a white colour scheme?

When asked what their favourite library is, most people will say the library from Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (See left). Pretty amazing, right? White with a gold trim, it certainly stands out!

This is not the only great library that uses a white colour scheme, though. Here are a couple real-life libraries that use a white colour scheme, too.

Marfa Palace Library, Portugal.

How awesome does this library look? Apparently, there is a colony of bats that live here during the winter, eating the bugs that would usually damage the library books. How cool is that?

Admont Abbey Library, Austria

Yet another library with a white colour scheme. Apparently, the original collection of books were re-bound in white to match the colour scheme. I think this is taking the colour scheme a bit too far!

The George Peabody Library, USA.

With wall to wall bookshelves, this library is made primarily from iron. It may not have any sculptures, but it’s certainly striking!

The Theological Hall, Prague (Strahov Abbey)

This library is certainly striking. Just look at the detail on the ceiling!! Yet again, the colour scheme is white! I’m loving the globes in the middle of the room, too!

So, what do you think? Is there a reason for this white colour scheme? Does the colour scheme make a library great? Is the white supposed to be more inviting than dark wood panelling?

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Happy New Year!

Hello, lovely people!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas. Now, as 2015 draws to a close, I want to wish you all a happy new year! I hope 2015 has been wonderful for you, and that 2016 will be even better!

Now, the part of these posts that everyone dreads…. New year’s resolutions!

Mine are:

  1. Get back into blogging.
    I know I’ve been neglecting my blog lately, and I put so much effort into getting it started, so it’s been making me a bit sad. So, in the new year I vow to get back into blogging. I’m even considering making a sort of schedule so I know what I’m posting when, which may help!
  2. Spend less time worrying / Accept that things happen for a reason.
    I’ve never been very good at accepting change, so this year has been really hard for me. Lots has changed and I’ve struggled to come to terms with it all. As a result, I’ve decided to defer my PGCE for a year. It was a hard decision, but I feel it’s the right descision. There’s lots going on with my life (for example, my grandma is still quite poorly) and I’ve had so much on my mind that I’ve been making myself ill trying to cope with everything, along with trying to complete my PGCE.

I may come up with more as the year goes on, and I shall update my post if I do.
So, what are yours?
Again, I’d like to wish you all a very happy new year and I hope 2016 is amazing!

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2015 in review

Here’s my 2015 review. I’m over the moon with these stats! Thank you for making this possible 🙂 Happy New Year!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,700 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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All I want for Christmas is youuuuu!

So, its less than a week until Christmas! Who’s excited?! I know I am. Tomorrow I will be going home to see my family!

As I’m sitting here wrapping presents, I thought id ask what you’re all looking forward to this Christmas?

I’m looking forward to seeing my family and the dinner. There aren’t many presents I want, though I’m hoping for an amazon voucher to help with all the books that will be released in the new year!

Is there a particular present you want? Are you looking forward to seeing family? Are you looking forward to the Christmas dinner? I’d love to know!