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How to blog when you have a busy life

Hey Virtually readers! I feel like I haven’t written a post about blogging for a while, and I’m about to start my first official week of university, so this post is about how you can blog (a time consuming thing), and still, like, have a life. This week, now I’m not quite on holiday, I’ve been ridiculously busy and have had very little time to write posts, but I’m still doing ~okay~, although I guess we’ll have to see if I can take my own advice for the rest of the semester. Continue reading “How to blog when you have a busy life”

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Discussion: Why blogging makes me read things I dislike, and not read what I do like

All the time in the book blogosphere I see people saying ‘I want to read this but I don’t have the time’, or ‘all these new releases are stressing me out’, ‘I want to read X backlist title but I’m trying to keep up with new releases’. This is a post in response to that. It’s not about how all new releases are terrible (because there are so! many! good! new! books!), but rather that not letting how popular a book is determine if you read it. Continue reading “Discussion: Why blogging makes me read things I dislike, and not read what I do like”

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Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Invictus is as glorious as it is shiny. Time travel novels always have the potential to fail because they are too confusing, and I’m not going to say that Graudin avoids this entirely; she does not. However, she succeeds on a higher level: her story, as well as being a hell of a lot of fun has really excellent Indian rep possibly the best I’ve ever seen or at the very least the one I most related too in YA and yes I have read When Dimple Met Rishi but more on that later juggles the anxiety and joy that even the mere concept of time travel, let alone it’s all-pervading role in a story, can evoke. Continue reading “Invictus by Ryan Graudin”

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Giving a book/author a second chance


You may or may not have heard of Sabriel, which Shanti fangirls about with alarming frequency, as do some of our other friends. However, I picked it up in 2014 (I think. A long time ago, anyway), got about 40% through, and the DNF’d it. I recently finished the audiobook and really enjoying it, which made me think about giving books second chances. Continue reading “Giving a book/author a second chance”

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How to write a kick-butt book review (that people actually want to read)

Hi Virtually readers! I’m not sure about you, but reviews tend to be the posts that get the least traffic and comments on Virtually Read. This seems strange to me, considering reviews are basically the backbone of what book bloggers do. While I can’t claim that I’ve hit the ‘book review that everybody wants to read’ formula yet, I have learned something about book reviewing since I started (pls don’t read my first reviews they’re terrible), so that’s how this post could help you. Continue reading “How to write a kick-butt book review (that people actually want to read)”

blogging · books · shanti · Shar

The THIRD BLOGOVERSARY aka what is this

Hi Virtually Readers! Life is crazy sometimes and we have been blogging for three years. That’s 16.8% of our lives. It’s almost unbelievable that three years ago two girls sat by a laptop and signed up for wordpress and started to write about books.  But, obviously, we’re very happy to be here. As you may notice, we have a new design! Isn’t it pretty? We’re still working through a few kinks, but Shar did this a few weeks ago and I supported her and offered somewhat helpful advice along the way.We are going to have a giveaway at some point during this year, but our lives are just a bit busy right now, so that won’t be for a while.

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blogging · not books · Shar

Mysterious Search Terms

Hi Virtually Readers! Cait, a most wonderful blogger, ‘replies’ to her search terms in her monthly recaps. Shanti and I have always found this most amusing, so today I’m going to reply to some of the search terms that lead people to our own blog. Also, our blogoversary is in two days (!!!) (yes, we won’t shut up about it. This only happens once a year, after all). So this seemed a fitting thing to do? We have more celebrations planned for next week. Some deliberate misunderstanding, and a great deal of gentle mocking, is going to go down.

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Blogoversary| Ask Us Questions


Hi Virtually Readers! Our 3rd blogversary is next week! That’s kind of hard to believe and pretty exciting. One thing we thought we’d do to celebrate is get you guys to ask us questions which we’ll answer next week.

About what? Anything, really. Blogging tips (because we’re *totally* experts), how we write posts, what we do when we’re not reading or blogging, why we started this blog, how to be as fabulous as we are…. anything. (If we don’t like the question, though, we won’t answer it. So just consider that before you ask what I’ve named my left little toe.)

All you have to do is enter your questions into this google form here. If it’s not working, please tell us and I’ll try to fix it.

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New Blog

What is this? A new blog! What are you doing, Shar and Shanti? Don’t you like this blog?


Fear not, mortals. We’re not moving. However, Shanti and I have both been wanting to have a blog dedicated to things other than books for a while now. Daylight Differentials is going to be for our thoughts, opinions, and anything that isn’t bookish. If this interests you, then you should totally go and follow us there or on Bloglovin. 

If you just like our post about YA books, don’t worry, we’re not abandoning Virtually Read. In fact, something low-key exciting is going to happen to it soon. You’ll know all about that when it happens. Daylight Differentials is going to have more sporadic posts. Unlike Virtually Read, we won’t have a posting schedule, so posts will probably be more infrequent (but still quality. Fear not). But if you want to hear about our travels later this year or general thoughts now, you should totally follow us.

Have you ever wanted to start a non-bookish blog?