July Reading and Blogging 2020 Wrap-Up - Novels and Nebulas

July 2020 Wrap-Up: The Seesaw Effect

July was a month of highs and lows, of idle days spent staring at the pouring rain while listening to an audiobook and frantic work as the clock marched towards midnight. I had a pretty good reading month even though I fell into a slump midway. Self-care took a severe hit and I’m ending the month an exhausted mess. However, my adherence to my blogging schedule, stats and engagement has climbed since June, which is a big reason to celebrate. Let me tell you all about it in my July 2020 wrap-up!

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Mini Book Reviews: Stars and Sorcery BOTM (Jan-Jun 2020) - Novels and Nebulas

Mini Book Reviews: Stars and Sorcery BOTM (Jan-Jun 2020)

This might be an unpopular opinion but I love reading and writing reviews quite a lot. Even though they don’t get as many views as other types of posts, I write them to share my thoughts and hopefully convince people to pick them up if I liked them. I run a monthly book club on Twitter called Stars and Sorcery, which focuses on reading sci-fi and fantasy books by authors of colour. Most of the books chosen as the Book of the Month (BOTM) for the club are backlist titles, so I don’t get to highlight them as much on my blog. Today, I decided to write mini reviews for each of the BOTMs of Stars and Sorcery between Jan-Jun 2020.

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4th Annual 2020 Book Blogger Awards: Nominations - Novels and Nebulas

4th Annual 2020 Book Blogger Awards: Nominations

I’ve been putting off writing this post for far too long but it’s finally here. I had a very hard time selecting my favourites as my blog hopping has dropped drastically in the past year. However, that just means I’ve become bad at commenting and liking but haven’t actually stopped reading posts. Before I spiral into a pit of shame and guilt, let me quickly walk you through my nominees who absolutely deserve every award in every category! Let’s celebrate some lovely book bloggers in my 4th Annual 2020 Book Blogger Awards nominations post.

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10 Best Fantasy Book Covers (Jul-Dec 2020) - Reading List by Novels and Nebulas

10 Best Fantasy Book Covers (Jul-Dec 2020)

I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets a little click-happy when I see pretty covers. Today I bring to you all my aesthetically pleasing favourites hoping to persuade you into adding them to your TBRs as well. I put in a lot of research into picking books that I’ve not seen a lot of hype around. True to my style, they are all diverse books across middle grade, young adult and adult age ranges. Are you ready to discover these lesser-known titles with the best book covers coming out between Jul-Dec 2020?

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Indian Lit Readathon 2020 Announcement - Novels and Nebulas

Indian Lit Readathon 2020 Announcement

It’s the best time of the year again because the Indian Lit Readathon is back! This time we’re doing things a little differently and can’t wait to see what you all think. It’s being hosted by Shruti @ This is Lit, Charvi @ Not Just Fiction and myself this time as well and we had a lot of fun organising as usual. Our official hashtags are #SavePusthakRajya and #IndLitReadathon20. Intrigued? Read on to find out what we have in store for Indian Lit Readathon 2020.

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Top 10 Exciting SFF of July 2020 - Reading List by Novels and Nebulas

Top 10 Exciting SFF Releases of July 2020

The publishing industry and book community in general is going through a much-needed process of change right now and I’m feeling hopeful about a more inclusive future. That said, I want to play my part by hyping up as many diverse releases as possible in my monthly posts. July 7th seems to be a huge release day for SFF, with as many as 8/10 books on my list coming out that day. Most of the titles are YA but I’ve thrown in a couple of adult SFF and one middle grade novel. Get ready to loosen your purse strings for these amazing July 2020 SFF releases!

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020 - Novels and Nebulas

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020

How are we in the middle of 2020 already? It’s simultaneously been the longest and the shortest year, and the time distortion is really throwing me off. However, I want to shift the focus from this mind-boggling fact and celebrate the highs and lows of the first half of the year with you all today. I challenged myself to pick a different book for each of the questions, changed some of the wordings and added one at the beginning to round it out to 15. I really hope you like my answers to the mid-year book freak out tag and find some interesting books to add to your TBR in 2020!

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Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag - Novels and Nebulas

Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag

Today is a special day for me and I stumbled upon the perfect blog post to showcase that. Bree Hill originally created this tag as the Get to Know the Romance Reader Tag, and Madi @ The Book Pusher adapted it for fantasy readers. I’ve played around with the order of questions, so check out this post by Sahi @ My World of Books for the original format. If you’ve read any of my blog posts, you would know that I’m a huge fan of fantasy books. I’ll be digging in a little deeper and talking about my fantasy origin story, favourite books and more, so let’s get started!

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The Ultimate Book Blogger's Guide to ARCs - Book Blogging Tips by Novels and Nebulas

The Ultimate Book Blogger’s Guide to ARCs

Writing this post is giving me a major imposter syndrome because I don’t consider myself an expert on this subject in any way. As an international blogger, I’ve only received a handful of ARCs and only one physical ARC in 3+ years of book blogging. However, as an experienced blogger, there are a few tips I would like newbie bloggers to know and be aware of, so I felt compelled to talk about it. I will be linking to resources where I think others have said it better than me, so I highly encourage you to check them out. With that out of the way, let’s move on to the good bits of my guide to ARCs.

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