Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

Finished it in a day. I was at the tipping point and this pushed me over the edge. Made some massive changes. Immediately. I love how the book doesn't focus on a prescriptive plan, but instead gives guidance and trusts that if the reader is invested, she will do what is best for herself and … Continue reading Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

Buddy Read for Black History Month

Just popping in to invite you all to join in on a Buddy Read of the nonfiction title The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. Jamise (@spinesvines) and I are co-hosting a Goodreads group for this buddy read and are hoping for so many readers to join us! We … Continue reading Buddy Read for Black History Month

Fifty Shades of CALM DOWN

(CONTEXT: I asked on Instagram in my stories in a poll if I should read Fifty Shades of Grey since I never had - and things BLEW UP.) Rating: 3 STARS Wow. I honestly thought reading Pride and Prejudice this year would be my literary accomplishment, but nope. This was it. The one I tore … Continue reading Fifty Shades of CALM DOWN

While you grew up on Harry Potter, I grew up on these

(Originally posted on Instagram) est. 1980 For context, see all of my thoughts on this in my Instagram stories highlight titled “HP outrage fuel” and see the review below for what started the mass of curses being put upon me. I love what J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter have done for children’s literature and generations … Continue reading While you grew up on Harry Potter, I grew up on these

Friends’ Most Memorable Reads of 2018

IT'S HERE!!! My absolute favorite project of the year! I selected a completely new group of my reading friends from Instagram this year and asked them for their 10 most memorable reads of 2018. PLUS, I asked them to give me three words that describe them as a reader, and as you'll see, that guideline … Continue reading Friends’ Most Memorable Reads of 2018

New Instagram and Twitter Handles

Popping in really quick to let you know I have changed my Instagram and Twitter handles! On Instagram I am now @kate.olson.reads (goodbye @theloudlibrarylady) On Twitter I am now @kateolsonreads (goodbye @theloud_library) You may have noticed the header of this blog has changed too......yup, new branding to reflect myself in a professional way, less about … Continue reading New Instagram and Twitter Handles

New Releases for March 13, 2018 and MORE!

It's another whirlwind blog post week! Ready, set, GO! Here are all of the fabulous review copies I have from publishers for March 13 releases! I have read 3 of them and am excited to read the rest. Now for the 3 of the publisher-provided titles that I have already read and reviewed on Goodreads … Continue reading New Releases for March 13, 2018 and MORE!

11 Instagrammers to Love from

Hey, hey! Look at this!  This fabulous new website (a member of the SparkPoint family - I'm sure you have heard of BookSparks!) included ME in a list of their "11 Instagrammers We Love! I gave them a list of my favorite books from 2017 to be included on the site, but didn't know … Continue reading 11 Instagrammers to Love from

Disclosure Guidelines for Book Reviewers

UPDATED on May 16, 2018 with this email from one of my publishers: Hi bookstagrammer, I have some updates about our current disclosure rules. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) here in the US has been getting more and more aggressive in recent months with cracking down on social media influencers and the brands that partner … Continue reading Disclosure Guidelines for Book Reviewers

Dear Authors ~ Part 2

Dear Authors ~ Wow, who knew so many of you wanted/needed advice on engagement? The response to yesterday's post has been surprising to me, so I'm sacrificing my 5 am reading time to pound out Part 2 right away. Before I head into tips, though, I just want to say that I was absolutely serious … Continue reading Dear Authors ~ Part 2