Holiday Mixtape Book Tag

While I’m not officially participating in Bookending Winter 2020 since I’m just coming off hiatus, I could hardly pass up these musical prompts from Jeimy @ A Novel Idea — I mean, what’s not to love about a great seasonal book tag?

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[Bookending Spring] 50 Shades of Green

Not gonna lie, these blog posts are my main source of entertainment lately. So I was really happy to find this one by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads which was a much-needed gentle reminder that colors exist and are pretty and make me happy.

And that spring is coming — it hasn’t quite arrived in my hometown yet, but I can feel it in the air. Or maybe that’s pollen and impending allergies …

I actually put quite a few green books on my Recs to Calm Your Soul post (another awesome BE Spring prompt, by Lauren @ Northern Plunder), so you can check that list out too if you’re looking for even more!

Green is the color of spring, so let’s talk about your favorite green books you’ve read, and those on your TBR!!

This post is part of Bookending Spring 2020, which is organized by Sam & Clo!
Today’s prompt, “Calm Your Soul,” is hosted by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads.

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[Bookending Spring] Flowers Book Tag

Just because my hosting days are over doesn’t mean I’m done with Bookending Spring! (If you’re new to Bookending Events, they’re quarterly (seasonal) events aiming to bring the book blogging community closer together; this spring, the optional theme is organization and cleaning. 

If you’re new to my blog — hi, I’m Isabelle and it’s nice to meet you! If you’re a returner — welcome back, friend!)

Choose any 5 flowers to be your guiding prompt, and according to that, take a picture of three books placed in a stack whose covers are the colour of the flowers, preferably the books being – one book that you loved, one book that you didn’t and one that you want to read soon.

This post is part of Bookending Spring 2020, which is organized by Sam & Clo!
Today’s prompt, “Flowers Book Tag,” is hosted by Jayati @ It’s Just a Coffee Addicted Bibliophile.

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[Bookending Spring] Begin Again

Hello and welcome back to Bookending Spring on the Nine Tale Vixen blog! If you’re new to Bookending Events, they’re quarterly (seasonal) events aiming to bring the book blogging community closer together; this spring, the optional theme is organization and cleaning. If you’re new to my blog — hi, I’m Isabelle and it’s nice to meet you! If you’re a returner — welcome back, friend!

The past couple of days have been lots of fun for me, and I hope you’ve gotten some inspiration from my prompts and from Bookending Spring as a whole!

For my last day as your host, in the spirit of spring and new life, I’d like to take you back to the beginning … of your own blogging journey.

If you were to restart your blog / bookstagram / other media account knowing what you know now, what (if anything) would you change? What tips would you give to newbie bloggers?

This post is part of Bookending Spring 2020, which is organized by Sam & Clo!
Today’s prompt, “Begin Again,” is hosted by yours truly — if you do this prompt, don’t forget to link back to this post!

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[Bookending Spring] Autism Acceptance Character Tag (Original)

Hello and welcome back to Bookending Spring on the Nine Tale Vixen blog! If you’re new to Bookending Events, they’re quarterly (seasonal) events aiming to bring the book blogging community closer together; this spring, the optional theme is organization and cleaning. If you’re new to my blog — hi, I’m Isabelle and it’s nice to meet you! If you’re a returner — welcome back, friend!

It’s easy, in hindsight, to talk about all the ways my life would’ve been better if I’d encountered autistic protagonists early on — I wouldn’t have had so many misconceptions, which would have led to less internalized shame when I was finally diagnosed at seventeen, and in fact I might have recognized myself and found helpful resources much sooner.

But in any case, autistic protagonists do exist now. Although it’s still a bit of a search and definitely not yet widely accepted, there’s some great #ownvoices representation and I wanted to shout it out!

Celebrate Autism Acceptance Month with prompts inspired by stories by and about autistic people. (You don’t need to have read the books or to identify as autistic/neurodiverse.)

This post is part of Bookending Spring 2020, which is organized by Sam & Clo!
Today’s prompt, originally titled “Neurodiversity Acceptance Tag,” is hosted by yours truly — if you do this prompt, don’t forget to link back to this post!

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[Bookending Spring] Easter Egg Hunt

Hello and welcome to the first of three Bookending Spring prompts hosted right here at Nine Tale Vixen! If you’re new to Bookending Events, they’re quarterly (seasonal) events aiming to bring the book blogging community closer together; this spring, the optional theme is organization and cleaning.

If you’re new to my blog — hi, I’m Isabelle and it’s nice to meet you! If you’re a returner — welcome back, friend!

I know technically Easter was yesterday, but I’ve been wanting to make a digital scavenger hunt for ages so I absolutely had to jump on the opportunity when it presented itself. And since most of us are staying indoors these days, hopefully it’ll be a fun little bright spot in your week.

Find suitable titles, take creative pictures, answer riddles, and more to complete this digital scavenger hunt! (It’s not a race and there’s no time limit, so just have fun.)

This post is part of Bookending Spring 2020, which is organized by Sam & Clo!
Today’s prompt, “Easter Egg Hunt,” is hosted by yours truly — if you do this prompt, don’t forget to link back to this post!

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[Bookending Spring] Blog Maintenance Checklist

If productivity YouTube has given me one major takeaway, it’s to set up automated reminders and systems because you will inevitably forget. Plus, even if I know my GYST list somewhat by heart, it’s still fun and motivating to check things off lists!

Over the year or so I’ve been blogging, I’ve gradually developed my own routine of recurring blog maintenance tasks. Because let’s face it, I need Todoist and my planner to scream at me to do these things and not just let my blog slowly succumb to entropy.

I definitely didn’t come up with all of these items on my own, though I’ve made adjustments for my personal preferences and blogging situation; especial thanks are due to Becky @ Uptown Oracle, Clo @ Cuppa Clo, and Soph @ Bookwyrming Thoughts for providing so much blogging advice and emotional support.

This post is part of Bookending Spring 2020, which is organized by Sam & Clo!
It is not based on a prompt, but hopefully you’ll find it helpful in your spring tidying and for general organization going forward.

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[Bookending Spring | Book Recs] Calm Your Soul

Now perhaps more than ever, I find myself reading to escape reality. And when the future is so uncertain, I find myself reaching for books that I know will be comforting.

I’m sure I’m not alone in this, of course. But it’s a great excuse to share some of the books that help get me through rough days.

Recommend books that help with organisation, spirituality, mindfulness, or calming you down*.

*Yes, this could mean your go-to reread fiction book that mellows you out.

This post is part of Bookending Spring 2020, which is organized by Sam & Clo!
Today’s prompt, “Calm Your Soul,” is hosted by Lauren @ Northern Plunder.

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