The Pond Gets Loud: 8 Book Bloggers Share Their Experiences of Balancing Blogging and Life – Part I

Bao the round corgi, barking loudly. Text underneath says: The Pond gets LOUD; 8 book bloggers share how they balance blogging and life, part one

For once, the Pond is not quiet. It is loud.

Bao the round corgi, with his mouth open wide, barking, and mid-leap through the airWhen you investigate the source of the noise, you find Xiaolong trying to soothe Bao, the corgi that she adopted last year. But no matter how many pets and treats that Xiaolong tries to give him, Bao will not stop barking!

Before you can ask Xiaolong what’s wrong, Bao cranes his head to look at you and jumps out of Xiaolong’s arms and runs up to you. He’s stopped barking. Xiaolong looks a little perplexed.

“He came back from visiting some friends and he kept barking! I think he wants us to read something. It must be important.”

At this, Bao nudges the fat envelope tied to his collar. You crouch down, remove the envelope from Bao, and tear the flap open. Inside is a bundle of handwritten letters!

“What’s inside, friend?” asks Xiaolong. She is petting Bao, who is now quiet and splooting, and seemingly placated after you opened the envelope.

You hand one of the letters to Xiaolong and unfold another to read for yourself. And together, you begin reading the letters.

Greetings, friends. Welcome to The Quiet Pond!

I expect that we may get a lot of new friends and visitors today, so warmest of welcomes to you. My name is CW, and I am the blogger behind The Quiet Pond. You have just met Xiaolong, my Keeper of Magic at The Quiet Pond (here she is pictured on the right), and her pet corgi, Bao. (If this is your first time at The Quiet Pond, I hope you have some time to explore the Pond a little. I hope you enjoy your stay.)

The context

Today’s post means a lot to me.

Very recently, there were some discussions around the book blogging community regarding the value of book bloggers. Read More »

The Rise of the Empress Series – A Juxtaposition Between Good versus Evil; In Which the Good was Great and the Evil was Boring

TEXT: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Julie C. Dao (left); Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix, Julie Dao (right)

The Rise of the Empress duology was a thoroughly unexpected series, and, even more unexpected, was that reading these two books reminded me of two important things. First, sometimes your expectations are completely wrong and that you should check them at the door. Second, that it’s not always a bad idea to give a series a second chance.

The Rise of the Empress duology written by Julie Dao consists of two books: the first is Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and the second, which takes place years later but centers on a different character (and thus can be read as a standalone if the reader wishes), is called Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix. As a whole, the Rise of the Empress duology is an East-Asian reimagining of Snow White, set in a fantasy world inspired by the Far East.

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The Pond’s Most Anticipated Reads of 2019, Part IV. – Eight Self-Published & Indie Books To Support in 2019

TEXT: The Pond's Most Anticipated Reads; eight self-published and indie books to support in 2019. Image: Xiaolong the pink axolotl, reading a book and sitting inside a book tent and fort, surrounded by books.

Welcome back, friends! I hope you all have had a lovely week and that you are ready for my final post of The Pond’s Most Anticipated Reads series for 2019!

A goal of mine for 2019, and something that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time, is to do more to support self-published and indie books. As someone who was initially invested in mainstream books, I genuinely did not know that self-published books were a thing and I was naive to the challenges that all authors went through, especially authors who self-publish. I’ve had the pleasure of reading some spectacular self-published books in the past (shout out to Soft on Soft!), and I now know and strongly believe that self-published books and their authors deserve all the love and support.

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The Pond’s Most Anticipated Reads of 2019, Part III. – Eight Diverse Books That I’ll Inevitably Love in 2019

TEXT: The Pond's Most Anticipated Reads; eight diverse books that I'll inevitably love in 2019. Image: Xiaolong the pink axolotl, reading a book and sitting inside a book tent and fort, surrounded by books.

Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening friends! Welcome back to the Pond and thank you for being here today.

After delving into the many lists on Goodreads about new releases in 2019, I had planned to write a short and sweet ‘top 8 most anticipated books of 2019’. However, I soon realised that one post detailing my top picks for 2019 was not only inadequate, but also impossible. Today, therefore, is the third post of my week-long event of The Pond’s Most Anticipated Reads of 2019!

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