shiny new content plans!

Hello, bookish friends! Today, I’m going to be sharing some new content plans that I’ve been cooking up. I’ve been thinking about starting a few new features here on Cotton Candy Book Witch, and I would like to share them with you all.

bookish news is good news

This is going to be a news feature sharing good news in the book community. The current plan is to share information such as new features by book bloggers, exciting book deals, releases to keep an eye out for, upcoming readathons, virtual book events that are happening, and other book-related happy news that is announced. This feature was originally going to focus more on explaining what people were subtweeting about on book Twitter in a given week because half of my TL is people subtweeting and the other half is people asking what is going on, but I realized I really want to focus on bringing more positivity to the book community, at least on my blog. I still might do a kind of “ICYMI” Twitter account for that, but for now this feature is going to focus on good news in the book community.

I’m also debating doing a bookstagram featuring this news. I really like the format of another bookish news related instagram, Bookish You Should Know, and I’d like to do something similar with Bookish News is Good News. I did start a Twitter account for Bookish News is Good News, @NewsBookish, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to maintain it because I’m focusing on growing my own Twitter following.

Please let me know in the comments if you would be more interested in a Bookish News IGN Twitter account or Instagram.

book blogger highlights

I’m not sure about the name of this feature yet (if you have ideas, feel free to share in the comments!) but I’ve really liked discovering new book blogs and blog hopping lately and want to give back to the community. This feature will spotlight new book blogs, other blogs I discover, posts I like, and cool blogger features.

weekly wrap

I had been doing the Sunday Post for a long while now as a weekly wrap up, but stopped doing it because I wasn’t sure if the host blog was even still active, didn’t see others still doing it, and didn’t like posting on Sundays. If I do another wrap up post every week, I’d prefer to do it on a Friday or Saturday, so I can include books read on a previous weekend and have that be my weekend post.

anticipated schedule

As for the first two features, Bookish News is Good News and Book Blogger Highlights, I want to make those biweekly features, so every other week I’ll do one of them. I could probably do Bookish News weekly, but I want to have room for other content and the posts would have more to feature if I used newsworthy items every two weeks, so that remains the current plan.

Anyway, those are some exciting new features to look forward to on Cotton Candy Book Witch! I am really excited to begin putting these together and am confident I have a lot of great content to share for both.

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posts to read to get to know me

Hello, friends! Since I have been getting to know a lot of new bloggers and people in the book community lately, I wanted to compile a list of posts you can read if you want to get to know me better. I feel that the posts I’ve chosen accurately capture what this blog is about and also gives you an insight to me as a person.

  • how to be a literary witch – This was one of my earliest witchy posts and one of my favorites still. I feel like I do a lot of these things on this blog, and have really taken the “literary witch” moniker to heart in my own journey with witchcraft.
  • things that happened and what i read during quarantine – I really enjoyed writing this update post about quarantine happenings, and I feel like it gives you a really good picture of the types of books I like to read and a look into some of my hobbies and some stuff about my personal life.
  • reevaluating my 2020 goals – This post clearly shows you what’s important to me, as it is a reevaluation of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of 2020. I’m also including it because goals posts are some of my favorites to write.
  • why merricat blackwood is a witch – WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE is one of my favorite books, so it only makes sense to include this analysis of why Merricat, the MC, is a witch. In the book, I feel like her witchcraft was a lot more subtle than the way they portrayed it in the movie, as a small note.
  • things i want to do – this is another personal post that I wrote while I was struggling with mental health issues. I’m happy to report I’ve done a lot of these things, and am in a much better place now. I’d actually kind of like to do a recap of this post to see how many things on it I’ve ended up getting to do.
  • swiftathon: how i did – I’m using my Swiftathon wrap up from their Lover-related readathon because if you follow me you’re going to find out ASAP that I am a MAJOR Swiftie.

I feel like these posts are a pretty good summary of me, my interests, and what you’ll find on this blog. I’m so excited to get to know my recent followers more, and I hope my blog can bring you some sunshine, joy, and good book recommendations!

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a list of book blogs compiled for your reading pleasure

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen my tweet asking for links to new WordPress book blogs started in 2019 or later. I was not expecting to get a lot of responses, but I was pleasantly surprised to end up with a long list of new blogs to peruse. Today, I want to share some of the book blogs I discovered because of that tweet and list those and a few others I’ve discovered lately here for your personal reading pleasure.

If you are reading this and responded to that tweet but don’t see your blog listed, fear not! I’m planning to make a new feature highlighting new blogs and blog posts that I like to help others find new blogs and give back to a community that has given me so much.

Without further ado, here are some of the blogs I’ve discovered recently:

A Little Shelf Righteous

I was so happy to discover Meg’s blog because her recommendation posts are especially killer. She has written recommendation lists on a variety of topics, including books for Folklore fans (ft. one of my childhood faves, THE LUXE), books by Black authors, reads featuring the rich & famous trope, and more. I even managed to discover some new titles I hadn’t heard of through her blog that I quickly added to my TBR list, and I’m sure you will, too!

Rae’s Reads and Reviews

What immediately stuck out to me about Rae’s blog was the uniqueness of her content. Her posts are extremely creative, from book tags (including this one based on the new Chloe X Halle album) to book recs based on Gospel songs.

Eleanor Sophie

Eleanor Sophie is a literary/lifestyle blog that I enjoy for the variety of topics she posts about! I especially enjoyed her post about her first impressions of Folklore (#sorrynotsorry for all the Folklore post hyping). I’ve also gotten a lot out of reading a bunch of her smart, detailed reviews, which are often of books that weren’t on my radar before.

Rin’s Reads

Erin migrated over to WordPress and started a new blog last month! If her early content is any indication of what’s to come, I’m definitely going to be a long-time follower! I’ve especially enjoyed her review of BOYFRIEND MATERIAL and her wrap up post for Reading Rush, in which she also discusses the hosts’ problematic actions.

The Diverse Clan

The Diverse Clan just came to be this month, and I am so pumped for it! They were founded with the goal of boosting content by marginalized bookish creators. They already have some great features on their blog, including a diverse bookish creators masterlist, information on important issues happening globally, and a place you can apply to be a contributor! I am excited to see content from a variety of creators about diverse books and can’t wait to see what they come up with!

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August readathon roundup

Hello, and happy August! Last month, I really enjoyed participating in the Pop Culture Readathon, and was very excited to motivate myself to read through more readathons in August. The problem was, when I started looking for August readathons to participate in, there were just. So. Many. And even though I’d like to participate in all of them, one must not make oneself crazy over the number of readathons they are participating in.

Still, there are A LOT of great events happening this month, so for this post, I’m going to highlight a few of the ones I found really appealing and tell you about them and how you can sign up. So, without further ado, let’s get on to the readathons!

Short readathons

Diversify That Shelf – August 10-19 – Host: Noura – The goal of this readathon is to read more diverse books! There will be prompts for this readathon to help you pick your reads, but Noura says in her intro post that she wants it to be pretty low-key, and you can use the same book for multiple prompts! To sign up, just tag Noura in your TBR.

Avatar: The Last Page Turner – August 1-14 – This is a readathon themed around the show Avatar: The Last Airbender. There are 4 teams based on the type of bending (Water, Air, Fire, Earth) and prompts that go along with each. Check out the announcement video here.

Galleyathon – August 10-16 – The goal of this readathon is to clear your NetGalley (and Edelweiss) TBRs! There are prompts you can follow listed on their Twitter account. To participate, tag your progress tweets with #galleyathon

Dewey’s Readathon: Reverseathon – August 7-8 – I used to love participating in Dewey’s Readathon, a 24-hour readathon that usually happens in October and April. I haven’t been able to read much during it for the past couple years, but I really want to give their reverse readathon (meaning it starts at night instead of in the morning) a try this year. You can sign up here and even if you only read for an hour of the readathon, you still count as a participant!

Month-long readathons

Tropeical Readathon – August 1-31 – Registration closes August 8! This readathon is all about tropes. Tropeical Readathon is genre-based with boards and prompts for different genres of books. You can find more info here.

Meteor Shower Readathon – August to October – This readathon, which you can find at the handle @MeteorReadathon on Twitter, is being hosted to celebrate the release of MISS METEOR by Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Kay Mejia by reading all their books leading up to MISS METEOR’s release!

Magicalathon – August 1-31 – Found at @Magicalathon on Twitter, this is a fantasy-based readathon. You can choose a team such as school of fae, school of assassins, and more, and read based on the prompts for that team.

Here & Queerathon – ALL YEAR – Oh hi, of course I have to plug in my own readathon. We are reading queer books either by queer authors or with queer rep ending on December 31! You can find more info on signing up under the tab for forms.

Latinx Readathon – August 1-31 – This is, of course, a readathon all about reading Latinx lit! They have a board with different prompts, which you can double up on, and you can sign up by filling out this form.

This is by no means a complete list of readathons happening in August because there are A TON, but I hope it’s enough to get you inspired and reading!

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