Ramblings from my pages… #3

Welcome to the third instalment of Ramblings from my pages… – a new weekly feature here on Keeper of Pages. This post was inspired by It’s Book Talk’s “5 on Friday: Things I’m Loving Lately” – it differs slightly, similar in that it will feature bookish and non-bookish topics, but different in that I will ramble about things I’m loving, hating, wishing for, links I’ve enjoyed, life updates – you name it, I may just ramble about it. The only staple feature of this post will be concluding it with a cool link I found around the web.

Before we crack on with this weeks post, I just wanted to say thank you to you all, I can’t believe how well received this new feature has been, the engagement, and comments, have been unbelievable, and I’m incredibly grateful! Thank you!

In this week’s ramblings, I’m talking about: The Abominable Book Club, making blogging fun again, and YouTube. I’m in a bit of a YouTube blackhole at the moment, so that’s what makes up half of this post! Whether you read the entire post or jump to the section(s) you’re interested in, I hope you enjoy my ramblings. Note: if it’s green, it’s a link, click it!


Abominable Book Club

The Abominable Book Club is a new UK subscription box that specialises in horror and thriller books! They just launched this month, and only ship within the UK at the moment, with hopes of opening international shipping in the future. In the words of the curators each box will contain:

“a featured book curated and chosen by us (to be discussed on our forum!), a locally-sourced luxury treat made in Wales, a random, mystery second-hand book in the horror or thriller genre, an exclusive bookmark designed by us, and a handful of hot beverages to take the chill out of your spine during those nocturnal reading sessions!”

If you ask me, the UK has been crying out for this box, we need a horror box in our lives! And if that wasn’t exciting enough, I was lucky enough to be chosen as an Instagram Rep; so I will get the first book for free in exchange for sharing an unboxing and promoting the box. If you’re on Instagram, I highly recommend you give them a follow, @abominablebook, they have a horror collection to be envious of.

You can find out everything you need to know about this new subscription box, and make a purchase/subscribe at: www.abominablebookclub.com.

And don’t forget to use my code KEEPER10 for 10% off your first box.


I’m on this mission to make blogging fun again – if you caught my first rambling, you’ll know I spoke about scrapping blog tours in 2019, a decision I feel so much better for making, never say never, but for now, as of 2019 they are out! Thanks for all your comments on that post, it was good to see what blog tours mean to different people. This is kind of a continuation of that post….

Blogging.jpegI can’t remember whose post I saw it on, but it was on Instagram,  🙈 (shout me if it was you, or you know the post I’m talking about); it said “reading is my joy, not my job.” That has stuck with me because it’s the complete truth! And I need to get back to that joy in my book life. I’ve been blogging pretty sporadically lately, and I’m not reading as much as I used to, and that’s largely due to it not being fun anymore, but I’m getting there. And I have to shoutout Eva @ Novel Deelights for being my sounding board, allowing me to rant and just being an all round awesome person. In exchange, I’m helping her up her Instagram game, lol!

You may also have noticed, I scrapped my monthly wrap up last month, because I hate putting that post together, and my new rule is, if it’s not fun, scrap it! My blog was created as a place to collate my book reviews, every other post is additional, and from now on, the minute something is no longer fun, it’s gone! I’m going to think about the monthly wrap up, and see if I can think of a fun way to rejig that post so it’s more than posting links to all the books I reviewed that month. I really enjoy Zuky @ BookBum’s wrap up because I enjoy her life updates, I also really like Marija @ Inside my Library Mind’s wrap up post, she does it as a ‘favourites of the month’ so it features more than books. But, I’ll think about it, and see….


So, what have I been doing as I’m not reading as much? Well, I’m in a YouTube blackhole! It starts off with me watching one video, and then I go where the links take me. One of the things I like to watch are auditions from TV talent shows. I don’t watch them on TV because it’s all so staged, it gets on my nerves. But, I did stumble across this audition that basically killed me – it’s a sibling band called We Three, they auditioned on America’s Got Talent 2018 and did an original song, a tribute to their mother who passed away from cancer. It caught me unawares, and made me quite emotional.

YouTube link, incase embedded video doesn’t work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb2XquQ_upc&feature=youtu.be 


If you watched the video above, I don’t want to leave you feeling emotional, I’d much rather leave you feeling terrified, by introducing you to The Sacred Riana, an Indonesian magician and illusionist. I first discovered The Sacred Riana when she won Asia’s Got Talent in 2017. And I’m so annoyed that she was on this year’s America’s Got Talent, and the judges, Simon in particular, acted like they’d never heard of her, like it wasn’t planned for her to enter. What was even more frustrating was they had her do the same acts, just tweaking a few things. She is incredible, but it was a money move to have her enter the American version of the show, as she’d already won the Asian version.

But, whatever, she is amazing, here’s one of her performances from Asia’s Got Talent.

YouTube link, incase embedded video doesn’t work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MG-bvSY2f_4


Affect vs. Effect

Hands up if you confuse the two? This is my ‘go-to’ article to remind myself of the difference, on pilcrowproofreading.co.ukPesky Words (Homophones) – Affect vs. Effect.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, and you’ll join me next Sunday for some more ramblings.

If you missed last week’s rambling you can find it here – topics: Penguin Ink Editions, spooky October reads, black history month, and Bull.

35 thoughts on “Ramblings from my pages… #3

  1. Dudette! Don’t be doing no shout-outs at me! People are going to start thinking we actually *gasp* like each other! 🤣

    I’ve had a blast this week, honestly. Even though I’m pretty sure I could have squeezed in another book if you hadn’t distracted me so much 😉 And yes, the Instagram master class made my head explode but still. Good times 😂

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    1. But it’s all part of my plan, if they see me being nice to you, they’ll never believe you when my darker side comes out to play 😈😂

      Like I said, if I’m not reading, I’m happy to distract you 😂 And I’m expecting to see three new post next week. In our next session we’ll make sure you’re using the right hashtags on your Instagram posts! 🤣

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  2. I love your new, fresh approach to making blogging fun again. With the time crunch I decided to read blogs like that too- and to some this might sound a horrible thing to do… but wrap ups are one of those posts that I tend to ignore purely because I needed to me more efficient with the time I spend on blog hopping. I used to visit everyones every post religiously just to show support and engage but as I did visit blogs religiously, I had also seen pretty much all of the content that was included in the wrap up so I thought- hang on, I could go and read someone’s review instead of getting a repeat of week’s or month’s worth of something I had already seen. I know, I know- this is totally unpopular opinion but it’s how I manage my blog hopping because I simply needed to make changes. I also now that wrap ups are popular posts so I am not at all throwing shade at it. My point is- if you find- whether writing or reading posts- that it’s simply not working, it is time to cut it out. Because when you do not enjoy what you’re doing it sucks the absolute life out of the activity… It’s like reading books- if it’s not working, DNF and move on!`Life’s too short anyway to even get through our TBR so onwards, hey! 😀

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    1. If I want my blog to make it into the new year, I have drop those things that aren’t working for me! 😂 I don’t think you should ever feel bad for skipping posts, I tend to skip Author Guest Posts, unless the topic is really interesting. Our time is limited and I’m only now accepting that you cannot check in with everyones blog every day, and that’s okay. I’d love to have the time to read everything, but it’s simply not possible, the same with sharing posts to twitter too, I’ve had to cut back because I simply don’t have the time to share everything, but I always try to comment meaningfully on posts when I can. I valuer a thoughtful comment that shows someone engaged with my blog over an unread twitter share. But again, it’s not possible to comment on every blog, and again, I’m now okay with that! 🙂

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      1. You know, I totally agree with that comment: “I value a thoughtful comment that shows someone engaged with my blog over an unread twitter share.” .. it’s of course always great to get that share, but truly, how visible will a tweet be on twitter that don’t have the right hashtags? I am always thankful for people taking the time to share but if I had to choose, I would rather that genuine engagement as well…

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  3. Great post Janel. I’ve had a change of job and it’s made me take a look at blog tours I take part in. I think reducing certain things is sometimes necessary and even taking the odd day away from social media helps as well. I do like to see Wrap up posts but I think I have only ever done a couple myself and found they are time consuming to set up. I do like posts that include other things like what someone’s been doing or thinking… basically I’m being nosy 😁

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    1. I’m so glad you’re enjoying these posts, they’re my favourite to put together. I think for blog longevity, it’s key to find what works for you! And, yes to days away from social, for the sake of our mental health if nothing else!! I used to dread missing a day without checking in, knowing I was missing everyones blog/twitter post, but now I can take days off guilt-free (although I’m addicted to Instagram, no days off there, lol).

      I think it’s nice to get to know the author behind the blog, and in some cases, knowing a bit more about a person helps me understand why they might enjoy certain books 🙂


    1. Thanks Mairead, I’m really have fun with these posts. I love Instagram, I had it months before I started my blog, so it was my first initiation into the book community, my first love 😂 but most importantly, I really enjoy it. It’s taking time, but I’m getting back to that blogging enjoyment. I think I’m finally accepting that I simply cannot check in with everyone’s blog every day, lol, which is really helping too. Hopefully as autumn rolls in, we’ll both rediscover the joy in books/blogging. ❤️

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  4. Great post Janel I hope you are able to make blogging fun for you again. I listened to that song by We Three and I much as I tried not to cry it didn’t work. I lost my dad to cancer almost 3 years ago.

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    1. Thanks, Misty. I’m on the right track to getting back to the enjoyment I had when I first started blogging, and I think I need to if I want to continue blogging!

      I’m sorry to hear about your dad, I haven’t lost anyone to cancer and I found it emotional, so I can only imagine how it was for you. I think it’s such a touching song, and the fact that they are all siblings just melted my heart ❤️

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  5. I completely agree, if blogging starts to feel like anything other than fun, it’s time to change tack. Love your attitude about this, and your ramblings, as always! PS I always remember affect vs. effect from a post on Grammar Girl (I think) that used the sentence “The arrow affected the aardvark.” I use that more often in my work than I’d like to admit! 🙂

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    1. I think I’ve entered my “no fxcks give” mode in relation to blogging, but if I want longevity, I need it do what works for me. At the moment these ramblings are my favourite post to writes, so there’ll be plenty more of them!

      I think effect and affect are the two most wrongly used words in history 😂

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      1. That’s exactly it, if you want to maintain anything over a longer time it can’t be something that stresses you out or requires more than you’re able to do regularly. I’m glad you’re finding what’s working for you because I always love reading your thoughts 🙂

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  6. I’m glad you’re finding what works for you with blogging! I know how it feels to reach a point where it’s not fun at all. My hiatus was long but it made me realize what I missed about blogging (the connections with other book lovers) and sharing my thoughts on books. So that’s what I’m doing and as you said, if it’s not fun I’ve cut it out. I’m curious about your thoughts on if you think blogging is slowly being abandoned by many for bookstagram? I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers aren’t keeping up their blogs but still reviewing and sharing books on instagram

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    1. There’s certainly a few books I’ve [mini] reviewed on Instagram but haven’t on the blog. I love Instagram, it’s my favourite of all social platforms, I had it for months before I started my blog so it was my first initiation into the book community. As a creator of content, I find it easier than blogging, in the sense that a caption is quicker to write, less formatting etc, and I mass take my photos and probably have a catalogue of about 100 photos waiting to be uploaded.

      As a reader, Instagram is an instant visual which is great for putting books on my radar. And you have the bonus of DM. I love reading blog posts, and interacting in the blogosphere but it’s more time consuming. If I had to pick one platform only, I’d trash twitter instantly 😂 be sad about my blog, but keep Instagram!

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  7. I love this feature so much Janel. I normally catch up with blog posts the day after they go live but with this one I read it yesterday as soon as I saw you had posted and made a note to myself to find time and comment today! I love the sound of that subscription box, horror/thriller?? Sounds BRILLIANT. 🤗😱

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  8. Love your mentality on making blogging fun again! I need to get into that mindset, blogging feels like a bit of a chore at the moment! Thanks for linking to my wrap-up! Opposite to you I love making those posts 😀

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