Literary Blogging 101: How to Properly Send a Book Review Request


I am going to start with my disclaimer, I am not a pro at these and I get ignored/rejected more times than I get approvals, but it doesn’t mean one shouldn’t try at all, we wouldn’t get anywhere if we stopped pushing.

I am an international book blogger and I love reading. If I bought all the books I read, I wouldn’t be able to afford my basic amenities, because books for me are expensive wants. This is why Literary Blogging has been a huge lifesaver for me, I get to read books I want in exchange for my honest review, that’s an awesome win and you to can also have that.

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A Blind Date with a Book

On 20/04/19 Bookish Species, hosted it’s first ever event “A Blind Date with a Book” at Page Book Store, in Ikeja, Lagos. Nigeria.

People came out to chill with fellow bookish people & lovers, had fun, made new friends, ate as we engaged in literally discussions, had fun-filled sessions & shopped for more books. The bonus was everyone got to go home with a mysterious book, and extra free books and other bookish swag.

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Bookstagram Tips by Lara Kareem

Bookstagram Tips

This is a popular request, that I’ve gotten so often, it would be a sin if I don’t deliver it! I’m no pro at #bookstagram, but I’ll gladly share with you these few tips ♥️


First thing first, the camera you’re using to take your pictures determines the quality of your images. That doesn’t mean you’ve to buy a standard camera to take pictures for the ‘gram (all I have ever used for bookstagram over the years are my phones) so just invest in a phone with a good camera because images should always be crisp and clear, instead of blurry and grainy.

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Literary Blogging 101: The Literary Blogging Community

The moment I crossed the threshold and entered the literary online community, my mind was instantly blown away! I was a kid with a sugar addiction, unleashed in a new world with all my favourite and yet to be discovered favourite treats.

The online literary community is gigantic and one of the most fabulous thing about it, is we’re a community who take pride in helping one and another, yes there are always the bad eggs within every community, but there is always somebody out there who would gladly guide, help and uplift you and your blog, trust me.

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Literary Blogging 101: Why Your Blogging Voice and Style Matters.


Blogging Authenticity

Why blog if you won’t let yourself be heard? Each and every one of us, who take blogging seriously and are now members of the Blogosphere has a voice. The Voice I’m referring to is showcased in the way we write, what we create and how we show it to the world, our own special kind of style, which makes our contents our own.

It’s quite easy to lose one’s voice when blogging, due to various factors and I’m going to explain some of the ways bloggers can lose their voices and style below and why it’s always good to stay true to our voices.

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Literary Blogging 101: Content Creation for Literary Blogs.

ContentConsistently putting out blog content can be very hard or easy depending on if you’ve figured out your niche(s), what works for you and your schedule. But you don’t have to worry about figuring out your niche since this is a guide for Literary Blogging. Your niche mainly deals with books and the fact that there are thousands of people who have literary blogs, content creation couldn’t be easier.

In today’s post, I’ll be listing and explaining various kinds of content literary bloggers can create content on to post about.

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Literary Blogging 101: Blog Design 101 for WordPress Beginners

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Blog Design 101

I didn’t get the hang of designing my blog until recently and I am absolutely not a pro at it. What I did was Google. Google is key people and extremely important (also you need to know what you’re googling, to find the goodies) Google has helped me discover a lot of things (posts, blogs, editors etc.) that have greatly helped in designing my blog. Aside from Google, asking other people also helps a lot. You can make a post reaching out to bloggers and so many people will respond to you and just like magic you have many different options to choose from and learn about various users experiences.

We all know that there are many various platforms that are being used to host various Blogs/Sites, but I am more conversant with WordPress, I will try to cover as much ground as I can possibly remember about designing when it comes to it. Please note that I am not a professional when it comes to this and everything I am writing or showing is free to do and use by anyone, nor do I claim to own any of them, if they aren’t mine.

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Literary Blogging 101: Writing Book Reviews


A book review should be full of nothing but the reader’s honest opinion. Doesn’t matter if you bought the book, borrowed it or got it from the author or publisher. Every writer has a voice, the voice is what determines a review because if a review is honest, it comes from the heart. It’s the writing of our reading experience, the good, bad and ugly.

A review can start off with us loving a book and at the end of writing it, we come to the realization we actually hated the book or vice versa. That is to say, reviews are unique and we should never think we always have to stick to a certain required template or format.

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Feature: Book Review My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite + Author Q & A

Title: My Sister, the Serial Killer

Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite 

Genre: Fiction, Mystery Thriller & Nigerian Literature.

Publishers: Doubleday Books (20/11/18) Narrative Landscape (?/12/18) & Atlantic Books (03/01/19)

Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends.

“Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer.”

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Literary Blogging 101: Blog Hosting


The beauty about blogging is your blog can be whatever you make it out to be, it’s solely in your control. Research and planning is the key to successfully starting any kind of blog. This enables you to know the pros and cons when it comes to the niche(s) you’ve decided on embarking on. But in this case, you’re already decided as this is to give you an idea of starting a Literary Blog.

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