Romancing the Blog: Ex Libris

It’s day 4 of our Romancing the Blog event and today’s guest is Stella from Ex Libris.  Please help her feel welcome and if you make it to the end of her post, we have an event long contest running…

Hi Everyone! I’m Stella the blogger behind Ex Libris and I also blog as the Latin Lover at Book Lovers Inc.  Thank you Jen for inviting me over, it’s a pleasure to talk to your lovely readers 🙂

I have three big passions in life: reading, baking and traveling. I could tell you all about my love of books and how I’ve been a voracious bookworm ever since I learned how to read, but I think most of you have and live the same story so I will rather tell you about the many ways in which blogging has changed my life.

I discovered blogs existed 2 years ago and after a few weeks of deliberation I jumped in and started my own book reviewing blog Ex Libris.  Since I created my blog a couple of things have changed, namely:

– I live in constant anxiety (and guilt) of my inbox. It is a continuous battle against the flood of e-mails and I can’t see a resolution to it any time soon *sighs*

– I have to follow some sort of reading schedule. Before my blogging days I read whatever my fancy dictated. Nowadays I have to take into consideration release dates, dates for which the review is to be scheduled and other pressing “blogging” issues. Thankfully I still have a large margin so when I’m craving historical romance I can take a break from the contemporary romantic suspense, but I have to keep an eye on my blogging calendar.

– I have become (or at least make efforts to be) more organized. Blogging requires me to keep a calendar, track of correspondence, organize events, keep charts, tables, and countless other information stored away for author stops, giveaways, contests, etc.

– My room is full of books. I always had a lot on my shelves but since I started blogging I’m always running out of shelves. So books are on my desk, bedside table and everywhere on the floor. I tiptoe in the dark trying to find my way from the door to the bed I have to sidestep piles of books looming on my way there. But who said I don’t like the excitement of building my own book maze?

– I have to smuggle books home because if my mom catches me bringing another book home I get a tirade of having way too many books… though I always tell her that’s not possible 😉

– I’ve discovered fantastic new authors and series and broadened my reading horizons by discovering some genres I never would have dreamt of reading before blogging widened my views. I discovered sci/fi and fantasy, grew to love contemporary romance and get to indulge my every reading whimsy by having the choice between such a wide variety of genres and books!

– I’ve come to know many like minded bookish friends with whom I can discuss all my readings and bookish thoughts and have so much fun! 🙂

And these are just the tip of the iceberg. Yes, blogging takes a lot of time, but it has enriched my life in so many ways I truly find it a blessing.

Thank you Jen for inviting me over and having me participate in your Romancing the Blog event, it was a pleasure!

If you would like to get to know me better, stop by my blog, or shoot me a tweet, I’m always happy to make new bookish friends 😉

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66 thoughts on “Romancing the Blog: Ex Libris

  1. Jeanne Miro says:

    Hi Stella –

    I love your posts on Ex Libris and Book Lovers Inc! I don’t know how you find the time to be posting on both! I have a problem just finding the time to stop by and see what you’ve posted!

    Now if I could just convince my boss that I need to take the time at work to find out more about books instead of working. Since that’s not going to happen it’s only 15 minutes a day when I’m working so forgive me if I can’t stop by more often!

    • Hi Jeanne, so nice to see you here! 🙂

      Oh yes, blogging takes a lot of time, and with my very demanding daytime job I find I am constantly in need of more time *sighs* The ideal job would be to be a travel/theatre/book/restaurant reviewer, I would love that! 😀

      • Jeanne Miro says:

        Stella –

        If you ever get that job as a travel/theatre/book/restaurant reviewer just let me know because you’ll need a travel companion to not only keep you company but to help you make reservations and find the best places to eat!

        I’m all set to go – have luggage – will travel – I’ll also carry all the books and make sure our Kindles are full of just the right books!

  2. erinf1 says:

    Thanks for a fun post! I love Stella’s blog(s) and I enjoy both so much 😉 I admire her for all her hard work and dedication to the blogs! Thanks so much!

  3. cheryl c. says:

    I am impressed with your organizational skills. I enjoy reading your blog. BTW, my husband is the same way about my piles of books. I have to hide some from him! I am just a reader, not a blogger, but I am a readaholic.

    • Hey Cheryl, thanks for stopping by! 🙂 And lol I know, seems those of our friends and family members who aren’t readaholic can’t understand our addiction, tsk tsk.. ;-p

  4. Hi Stella, I obeyed and followed you here 🙂 Nice blogpost, and I do agree with you, with some exceptions: I don’t do much required reviews, as I prefer to read my own books, and the one that catches my fancy. I really have trouble when I “have” to read a book.
    And no, you really can never have too many books! Just imagine your own home with a whole wall filled with bookcases and books in a few years or so.

    • Hey Aurian, so happy to see you took the virtual journey and came to say hi 😀

      And yes, one of my big dreams is to have a library, a room dedicated solely for my bookshelves and comfy armchair when I “grow up” (or can afford it) ;-p lol

  5. miki says:

    I guess i understand too the feeling of wanting to read the book that interests us at the moment and not necessarily the one we have too. I don’t receive request review yet of so few that’s easily manageable but at the moment i would like to read some books and can’t so i can keep them for your challenge and they are calling to me so strongly ^^

    i hope your holidays were great
    take care

  6. Glittergirl says:

    Stella ~ Wow do we have a lot in common. I love escaping into books. I started with historical romance and then discovered paranormal romance. From there I branched to contemporary and found a little erotica. I have books all over my side of the bedroom. I tell my husband when he starts complaining that if he took his old law books to the office I would have plenty of room for mine 😉

    • LOL such a great comeback Glittergirl! 😀 (and being a lawyer I know full well how many of those thick books we had to read through..)

      I’m just like you started with HR, then discovered PNR and fell for contemporary at last. Such a great thing that romance has so many subgenres! 😀

  7. *waves to Stella*
    Lol, smuggle in books. Well bf know I am crazy about them, and he sure is glad I hide them at my parents since we got no room 😉

    • Hey Blodeuedd! *waves back* Happy to see you!

      For the past 2 years I ordered most of my books at the office so I could smuggle them home. But when I changed jobs I thought it better to have them sent home and that’s when my problems started.. lol ;-p

  8. Hi Stella!
    What I admire is the organization skills you have and I am always amazed by your posts and how often you write them! Good work. And I guess your e-reader is a good way to trick your mom 🙂

    • Lol my ereader sure helps, I shudder to think what my family would say if they were aware of the thousands of books on my Kindle 😉

      And thanks for your kind words Lobo, blogging has really forced me to be a bit more organized, though I still ahve to go a long way..

    • Hi! *waves* Well the ratio is about 70-30 for reading vs. blogging. I usually make most of my reading on the commute on my way to and from work which is about 2 hours per day. The problem is that once I’m done with a book I start with another one instead of taking some time off to write the review. But if I’m on the go in the city I prefer to busy myself with reading then just gazing ahead..

  9. gamistress66 says:

    Stella — enjoy your blog. not sure there is such a thing as too many books 😉 & they do add mental challenge in the building & maneuvering about those mazes 🙂

    • I know! And I usually like it, except when I’m trying to find my away around them at 2am and don’t want to wake the household with my stumbling ona pile. But it certainly is an enjoyable challenge 😉

  10. Hey Stella, I love reading your blog. I don’t always post there, but I do read the emails. I love reading books and I like seeing what other people read.

  11. Linda says:

    Hi Stella! Keep on the good work on blogging. It helps lazy readers like me discover new books, authors & of course the giveaways are always appreciated when one is on a book budget! I couldn’t ever keep a blog; it’s too much work which I’d rather spend reading =) or reading other’s blogs.

    • Hi Linda! Thanks, hope you’ll enjoy your visit at Ex Libris and Book Lovers Inc, make sure to stop by there are a lot of giveaways going on right now, just saying 😉

  12. Crystal Newman says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by and giving us the interview. I really love reading your blogs.

  13. Maureen says:

    I do admire the organization and time it takes from the people who run these great book blogs. I read Stella’s blog and appreciate her willingness to navigate through her book maze.

  14. Carol L says:

    Hi Stella,
    Loved your post. I too have what looks like a mountain of books in my room. I’ve been slowly trying to make it into other rooms. lol But, my daughter just raises one eyebrow and says between her books and mine we’d look like hoarders. And…? 🙂 I do love your blog, your reviews and opinions. You have introduced me to many new Authors after reading your reviews and I’m grateful. Thanks so much.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    • Hi Carol! *waves* Thank you so much, there is nothing that could make me feel better than hearing that you discovered some new favourite books/authors thanks to me, I’m so glad you did! 😀

  15. Margay says:

    I know what you mean! I used to say my tbr pile was more like a mountain, but these days, it’s a mountain range!

  16. Olivia Tan says:

    Hi Stella ^^
    I admire the organization skills you have.
    And I think your e-reader is a good way to trick your mom, lol

    thanks for the fun hop


  17. ClaudiaGC says:

    I like Stella’s blog very much! It’s a nice mix of reviews, interviews and giveaways! 🙂

  18. Diane Sallans says:

    I have enough trouble getting a comment written, so I can’t imagine how much time it would take me to writer a blog post, much less two!

    • Oh I know Diane, sadly my time for commenting and visiting blogs is much less than I would like 🙁 But that’s why I try to subscribe by email, that way I don’t miss out on the posts 🙂

  19. Hi Stella,

    I’m an old follower of yours too so this is cool that you’ve stopped by here too. I really don’t know how you do it! 2 blogs? I have trouble keeping up my 1 lil one! Loved your points too. I too have discovered so many new authors and genres.

    Do keep it up!

    • Hi Abby! 😀 (*whispers* and I also guest review at a 3rd lol 😉 But true that it requires some organization otherwise I wouldn’t be able to keep up with everything.

  20. June says:

    I do love both of Stella’s blogs. I have been planning to start a blog, even setting it up in the beginning stages, but then real life interfered, lol. I really don’t know how all these wonderful blogs are run so great.

    • Hey June! Well, that’s how I started as well: wondering how my favourite blogs were run and how it was possible to do them so well, and then it just snowballed from there, and now I can even do some basic HTML tweaking (which I was so much scared of at first 😉

  21. I so appreciate all the hard work you and the other book bloggers do on reviews and interviews. Definitely my go-to for finding new books to read depending on my mood.

  22. Laurie says:

    Hi Stella-I learned something new, I did not know you were at BLI too. Blogging is a lot of work and I think you do a great job! Thanks for sharing with us!

  23. Barbara Elness says:

    Hi Stella,
    I follow and enjoy both blogs (Ex Libris and Book Lovers Inc). I agree with you, it’s impossible to have too many books. 😀 Now having somewhere to store them is another story. ;D

  24. Amanda Ray says:

    Stella, I love your Ex Libris blog. I don’t honestly know how you have the time to do all the blogs, read and travel. I’m with Jeanne- whenever you get the job as the travel/theatre/book/restaurant reviewer, I’d be willing to tag along- even if it was only in the southern part of the USA. 😉

  25. Maria pronounced Mariah says:

    Those of you with blogs are so dedicated! I love your blog and don’t know how you find to do all you do! You bloggers are super women!

  26. I love your three passions! And I also agree with the rest of the list. I’ve learned to do the same as far as organizing, having a reading schedule, etc. Haha, smuggling books. It’s funny and sad that it’s come to that 😉

    • Yep, that’s what I tell my mom who installed the love of reading in me, sad that now I have to hide my books from her watchful eyes lol ;-D (despite the amount of books in my room she is happy I read that much because now she always asks me for recommendations 😉

  27. I have the same problem with bookshelves hehe. It has gotten better since I have my Kindle, but I still don’t have enough space :/

    I’m still working on a calendar for my blog. I’ve tried with google calendars and outlook calendar but I think I need something print, because I forget to check them hehe.

    • It took me some time to get used to it but I use Google calendar and check them several tiems daily, least I forget to contact an author/prep a post. And I just love the colour-coding, helps me really see what kind of post it is in a glimpse 😀

  28. Elizabeth says:

    I really enjoy Ex Libris! It’s so time-consuming just following blog hops and things like that, that I admire someone who can blog consistently and well…

  29. I’m always running out of book shelf space. But I’m not interested in a kindle for books. ( i just want a fire for internet mobility) I love the feel and smell of them and wouldn’t want to get rid of my books and go digital.

  30. Stacey A Smith says:

    I know how it fill to have more books then you a place to but them.glad i finely got a kindle to keeps some of my newer one on because there is know more room on my shelves

  31. draconismoi says:

    Wow, I feel like a slacker. No organization, calendaring, or budgeting goes into my reading habits.

    Which may account for my haphazard reviews……..

    Now I’ll go finish one! On principle. There was a BLI request for Dragons. I can DO IT.

  32. Carin W says:

    I love the book maze, I myself am building book towers LOL! Carin

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