Basics of Book Blogging: Day Eight: Book Blogger Dictionary!

Posted September 13, 2015 by Nori in Basics of Book Blogging / 16 Comments

It’s time for DAY EIGHT of the Basics of Book Blogging feature!!! Who’s excited? I AM! 😀

As I mentioned in the introduction post, this feature is going to be filled with mostly Q&A style questions, in addition to some links that you might find helpful. 🙂

Advance Reader Copy- more information on the site can be found on the “All About the ARCs” post from the BBB!

ARC Tours
ARC tours are when someone lends out an ARC to a group of people, and they all take turns reading it and then sending it to the next person. The last person to receive it then sends it back to the original owner. The people who participate in the ARC Tour do NOT get to keep the book, but most people are fine with that because it still gives them a chance to read a book they wouldn’t have been able to read previously.

Blog/Book Memes
Blog memes are really fun! There are a TON of them, and each one is different! I would say that the three most popular ones (from my perspective) are Top Ten Tuesdays (TTT), Waiting on Wednesdays (WOW), and Stacking the Shelves Saturdays (STS). For a list of a TON of book blogger memes, click HERE! 

Also, I noticed that someone asked whether there is such a thing as too many blog memes. Well, the answer is, it depends on what you count as “too many.” Personally, I post 2-3 blog memes a week, but I know that some people only post a meme once a week, and some people don’t post them at all! I would caution you from participating in more than 3 per week, but in the end, it’s your choice.

Blog Tours
I might as well explain the different people involved in blog tours so that you understand what I mean.

Blog Tour Organizers = the people in charge of running the blog tour
Blog Tour Hosts = the bloggers who participate in blog tours
Featured Author = the author whose book is being featured through the blog tour

The way that blog tours generally work is that YOU, the blogger, sign up to be a blog tour host through one of the blog tour companies websites. Then, the blog tour organizer sends you emails whenever there are blog tours that are in your genre of choice, and YOU get to decide if you want to join the blog tour! There is no pressure to say yes to all of the blog tours- actually, I would suggest that you do NOT sign up for too many blog tours. One of the rookie mistakes that I made was that I signed up for way too many blog tours as a newbie, and then got slammed with review books.  

Blog tours generally give you the choice of featuring the book in a couple different ways. The most common ways are reviews, author interviews, and author guest posts, but there definitely is some variety and other options!
Personally, if you’re looking to participate in some blog tours, I would recommend the following:YA Bound Book Tours   

Buddy Reading

What exactly is buddy reading? Well, it’s when you + another person/group of people decide to read a book at the same time and discuss it along the way. Generally people set goals such as “let’s read up until Chapter 5 by today and then read up to Chapter 10 by Friday.” This allows everyone to read at their own pace, yet still get the experience of reading and discussing with a buddy!

This is an acronym for “critique partner” aka a person who reads your manuscripts in return for you reading theirs. Also, they sometimes are used while writers are still in the process of writing their books, and are used as accountability buddies to make sure that they have an incentive to write. 

This is an acronym for “did not finish.” Also, here’s an important tip. There isn’t enough time in the world to read bad books! If you’re not interested in a book after reading 30% or 100pages (depending on your preference) just DNF it!

Edelweiss is one of the websites where you can get eARCs! More information on the site can be found on the “All About the ARCs” post from the BBB!

Instalove is when two characters immediately are attracted to each other (to the point of being in love at first sight). Now, this isn’t to say anything bad about ‘love at first sight,’ I’m just telling you what the term means. 🙂 

Netgalley is one of the websites where you can get eARCs! More information on the site can be found on the “All About the ARCs” post from the BBB! 

Have you ever heard of Secret Santa? Well, the OTSP Secret Sister Project is very similar to that, except it is only for members of the book community, and it lasts for SIX MONTHS! Plus, the main goal is to spread cheer, rather than just focus on the gifts. This is my first time participating and I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

Jaime at Fiction Fare did a great post explaining the basics behind the project. Check it out HERE! 

This is an acronym for “one true pairing.” Basically, it means the characters that you “ship” aka the two characters who you think should be in a relationship together.

This is an acronym for “Random Questions With Nori!” It is a random twitter chat that I host. 😀

Street Teams
Street Teams are groups of bloggers/readers who help authors spread the word/promote their upcoming releases! All street teams tend to work differently- some you have to apply to in order to join, and others are open to anyone. Currently I’m a part of a couple different street teams, but one I HAVE to mention is the Truthwitch Street Team. I’m a proud member of the Void Clan! (P.S. TRUTHWITCH IS AMAZING)


This is an acronym for Sunday Street Team! It’s a mixture between a blog tour and a traditional street team that I founded this year. For more information, click HERE!


This is an acronym for “to be read.” It is commonly used to refer to ALL OF THE BOOKS THAT WE WANT TO READ but haven’t had a chance yet.

This is an acronym for “work in progress.” It is commonly used by authors while writing up new books and bloggers while writing up posts!

Have any questions for me about this post (or about blogging in general)? Send me your questions  HERE and I’ll do my best to answer them soon! 🙂

Stay tuned for the next post in the Basics of Book Blogging guide tomorrow! 

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16 responses to “Basics of Book Blogging: Day Eight: Book Blogger Dictionary!

  1. I must be the only book blogger on the planet who absolutely can not stand to DNF a book. I don’t care if I’m not in to it at 30%, 50%, 75%, or however much. If I start it, I’m finishing it. It amazes me how all of you are able to DNF books so easily and quickly! I’m in awe of you. 🙂

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