Affiliate links, and my thoughts on them When I started out blogging, I made myself a promise not to advertise anything on my blog. I decided this mainly because I wanted to avoid clutter, as well as possibly annoying my readers with ads, but most of all I wanted my blog focussed on content. My blog is a hobby and somehow the thought of making money from it just felt weird to me. However, as the title already states, I changed my mind on the use of affiliate links. Deciding to become an affiliate only took (almost) three years, but my perspective on it changed a before that already. When looking at other blogs I often encountered affiliate links to the Book Depository, Book Outlet, or…

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A few months ago I had NEVER read a graphic novel or a comic. I had been curious for a while, wanted to try my hand at them, but was incredibly intimidated with the vast amount of titles out there. So I asked around in the blogging community for recommendations, googled things like ‘where to start if you want to read graphic novels’ and here we are, a few months later. I think I might’ve developed a slight addiction, because right now I’ve already gone through Saga volume 1 to 5, The Wicked + The Divine volume 1 and 2, Ms. Marvel volume 1, I’m halfway through Nimona and I have the first volume of Lumberjanes lined up for when I’ve finished that. Whoever thought it…

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About two weeks ago I finished reading Air Awakens by Elise Kova, and at a certain point in the book there was this scene where the two main characters discussed ‘reading about something’ vs ‘actually experiencing it’. And this scene stayed with me (keep in mind that I read an ARC and some things could be different in the finished copy). “Your problem is that you rely entirely on books.” “What’s wrong with books?” She was forced to ask. He stopped, turning on his heel to stare down at her. “What is wrong with books is that you cannot learn how to really do things from books.” He ignored her open mouth, continuing, “They are starting points for principle, theory, and concept. Your mind understands, but your…

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A few days ago I sat in the train, on my way home, when I picked up a conversation between three people that were sitting three rows behind me. A girl was telling her friends about a book she’d read and loved. Which of course peeked my interest. Because I am the kind of person that, when I see somebody reading, I do everything to find out the title (like leaning over or dropping something, anything to get a peek). And hearing people talk about books makes me happy, so of course I was eavesdropping. However, the conversation took a different turn when one of the other girls claimed she hated the book (and the third agreed). Because she started backtracking, and claimed it wasn’t that good after all. She didn’t…

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