Category: Discussion Posts

It’s My Sixth Blogoversary & I’m Starting a New Chapter of My Life! + Giveaway!

Posted July 26, 2020 by Nori in Discussion Posts, Giveaway, My Features / 15 Comments

Today marks SIX years of my blog existing in the world!

When I started ReadWriteLove28, I never expected it to last this long. Let me tell you all a secret. When I started this blog, I was in high school and faced a huge turning point in my life. After two years of playing a varsity sport, I decided to give it up. It might not seem like a big deal to some, but it was a decision I made after days upon days of ruminating whether it was the right decision or not. In the end, I decided that it was best for me to leave the sport and so I did. I decided to spend my extra time on something that I truly loved which was reading. I started this blog because I wanted to share my love of reading with the world.

Little did I know that instead of me changing the world with giving book recommendations, the book community would change my world. I started off as a newbie blogger, unsure where to start. I read lots of “How to Start a Book Blog” posts and even emailed a couple of bloggers to ask for their advice. I signed up for blog tours and wrote book reviews. I started participating in book memes like Top Ten Tuesday as I saw lots of other people doing it.

At that point, my eyes were wide open. I was eager to be in the book community and I wanted my blog to stand out. I was nervous that I would not be accepted in the book community, that my time would be wasted by blogging. I thought, what’s the point of a book blog if people don’t read the posts?

But slowly, my mindset changed. 

Instead of putting popular bloggers on a pedestal and looking up at them, I started interacting with them on Twitter. I realized that they were fellow book lovers. Instead of seeing them as my goal, I started making friends. I started blogging and creating posts regardless of whether I thought they would be viewed or not. And slowly but surely, my follower count increased and the number of views on my posts also increased. I was proud of myself but more so than that, I was filled with happiness. I had a strong community of friends all over the world who all shared my passion for reading.

But then, I started college.

All of a sudden, I didn’t have much time for blogging. I tried my best in the beginning to keep writing posts whenever I could, but I barely had time to pick up a book. I was focused on succeeding while in college and so my blog slowly started to die. Let me say this: I do not regret putting my blog on the back burner for those four years. I did what I needed to do and I would make the same decision again if I needed to do that. However, I felt like there was a piece of my heart missing. I didn’t have time to read, to write blog posts, or even to go on Twitter and talk to my friends. I didn’t even write a post to celebrate my fifth blogoversary.

And then, I graduated college.

I first thought, YAY! I finally have time to read and blog! I started reading a bit again. I went on Twitter and even held a #RQWN chat. It was fun! I put up a couple of posts. I thought that everything would go back to how it used to be. But instead, the more I tweeted, the lower my Twitter follower count went. When I posted on my blog, I barely received any views. It seemed like many of my old friends weren’t active anymore and I lost confidence to gain new friends. What happened? Is it worth it for me to continue? These thoughts persisted in my mind.

Now, I’m one week away from starting my full time job.

It’s the start of a brand new chapter of my life. Should I close this old chapter known as ReadWriteLove28? I found the answer when I was cleaning up my room.

Recently, I found some cards that I received from members of the book community. I haven’t talked to some of these people in years, but seeing the messages in their cards brought a huge smile to my face. (In case you’re curious, the people are:  Kelly / Melissa / Bayy / Sarah / Cassie / Jamie / Heather / Sabrina / Harlee ). These are just a small number of cards that I have received over the years. After looking through the cards, I remembered something important.

I do not blog based on the number of views on my posts.

I do not blog based on the number of people following me on Twitter. 

I blog because I LOVE READING.


So, today I am making a vow to myself. I will continue this blog. I will continue to cherish the friendships that I have formed over the years. I will continue to read and promote the books that I love to the world. Even if I don’t have much time, I will make time, because this is important to me.

I’m also extremely thankful to the many friends in the book community who haven’t given up on me even when I’ve been on hiatus for so long. I want to give a special shoutout to Lauren   / EllieMishma / Anna /  Jodi / Aila / Sarah / Sophia / CJ / Carrie / Sush / Chels.

This was a slightly heavy post, so thank you to everyone who made it this far. I appreciate each and every one of you. To celebrate this new chapter in my life, I will be hosting a giveaway.

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For the bloggers out there, have you ever felt similarly to me? What did you do to move past the feeling of not being good enough? For everyone else, how do you manage to find time to read even with a busy schedule? Let me know your thoughts below!

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AMAZING AMAZON BOOK DEALS!!! You’re not going to want to miss this post!

Hello hello everyone!!! I was searching Amazon today and realized that there are a TON of discounted YA books! I started tweeting using the #yabookdeals hashtag but I didn’t want to flood everyone’s feeds, so I decided to make a post instead. Click the cover to be taken to the Amazon page! PAPERBACKS UNDER $6!!! (some are under $5!) MY TOP PICKS THE REST OF THE DEALS! HARDCOVERS UNDER $7!!! DISCLAIMER: […]

Posted January 27, 2018 by Nori in Discussion Posts / 2 Comments



HELLO THERE EVERYONE!!! Guess what? It’s me, NORI! After 2 MONTHS, I AM FINALLY BACK!!! (Being back makes me as happy as being surrounded by cute puppies 😉 ) Now, all jokes aside, I would like to give an explanation for why my blog suddenly went on hiatus. This past fall, I started a new chapter of my life…called college. While I knew that the bar was going to be […]

Posted July 18, 2017 by Nori in Discussion Posts / 9 Comments

Top 16 Books I Read in 2016!

Top 16 Books I Read in 2016!

Today I’m going to be highlighting my favorite 16 books from 2016! I couldn’t pick an absolute favorite book (two are tied) but the rest are listed in no particular order!!! 1- TIED. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (click HERE to see my review) 1-TIED. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows When We Collided by Emery Lord Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky […]

Posted January 16, 2017 by Nori in Discussion Posts / 5 Comments

Book & Blog Resolutions f..

Book & Blog Resolutions for 2017!

Today might not be January 1st, but I don’t care! I’m going to post about my 2017 resolutions anyways! 😉 My hope is to accomplish more than 2 (unlike last year). But hey- who knows what the future will bring? Anyways, let’s get started! READING GOALS Read 12+ books for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge! This challenge is hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl!         […]

Posted January 12, 2017 by Nori in Discussion Posts / 3 Comments

Taking A Look Back at 2016R..

Taking A Look Back at 2016…

Hello everyone!!! Guess what? I finally scheduled some posts so there will be some great *new* content coming your way soon! I wanted to start by apologizing for my unofficial hiatus. As most of you know, I started college this fall! I’m happy to report that I love it, but it doesn’t give me much time to blog. So, if I don’t have blog posts up as often as I […]

Posted January 8, 2017 by Nori in Discussion Posts / 2 Comments

Introducing…the Girl Beh..

Dear blog readers, Thank you so much for sticking with me these past two years. Starting this blog is honestly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. I have learned so much and made friends from all around the world. Plus, my eyes have opened up to the publishing industry, and I feel as though I have a deeper understanding and love for reading. But, here’s […]

Posted August 27, 2016 by Nori in Discussion Posts / 16 Comments

Harper Summer 2016 Tour: How i..

Harper Summer 2016 Tour: How it Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes Review + Discussion Post + Giveaway!!!

Mini-Review Important note- there are a lot of themes in How It Feels to Fly that can be triggers. If self harm, eating disorders, or extreme anxiety are triggers for you, do not read this book. With that being said, HOW IT FEELS TO FLY is a book that I think is extremely important. Personally, I related to the main character, Samantha, more than I care to admit (but more […]

2016~ The Year of Interactive ..

Why hello there everyone! It’s Day Two of 2016 and I already have a discussion-y type post for you. WOOT WOOT! I love discussion posts- they’re awesome because they get everyone involved. (Everyone meaning the blogger, the reader, etc…) Anyways, I’m often asked…”How do I make my blog more friendly/get more views?” Well, there’s no true answer to that question, because it depends on a LOT of variables. But, a general […]

Posted January 2, 2016 by Nori in Discussion Posts / 14 Comments

2016 Blogging Resolutions!!!

2016 Blogging Resolutions!!!

EEEEEEEP EVERYONE IT’S 2016!!! I am so excited to continue my blogging journey in 2016, and I have some specific yearly goals/resolutions that I wanted to share! TAH DAH!!! Read Tamora Pierce Challenge! In case you missed my challenge post (HERE), I’ll give you a quick explanation. Basically, I want to reread ALL of Tamora Pierce’s books during 2016, and want YOU to join me! Check out the post to sign […]

Posted January 1, 2016 by Nori in Discussion Posts / 12 Comments