Book Blogging 101: The Basics

No matter your niche, there are some basic things, which apply to all blogs. Including: blog name, blog URL, theme, overall appearance and the platform you choose to have your blog on.

This is going to be a brief rundown on the things you should be considering, when making your blog, these points are focused towards people wanting to start a book blog. So, let’s get into the basics.

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Bookending Winter 2018 Announcement!

*sips tea* It’s finally here, the announcement post for Bookending Winter HAS ARRIVED! Are we excited? I know Sam and I are excited, we’ve been hard at work on all things Bookend related which you know…is a lot. Thankfully having a partner  in crime helps, so enough of my rambling. Read on to find out all about this event.

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What Is It?

Bookending Winter is one of the quarterly events, running under the umbrella term “Bookend Events”, aspiring to bring the book blogging community closer together! Bookending Winter has a vague theme of Christmas/Winter, but you don’t need to stick to this theme at all! This year we’re joining forces with Amy @ Little Booknerds In The Corner to bring you the 12 Reads Of Christmas Readathon as a seasonal add on!

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What Counts For This Event?

  • Posting a minimum of 3-5 blog posts (you can use the prompts or not, up to you)
  • Taking part in the Tidyathon
  • Joining in with Amy’s 12 Reads of Christmas Readathon

Now, you don’t have to do ALL of them. You can do one, two or all three. Mix and match how you like, it’s totally up to you.

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Content Guidelines

  • Book reviews DON’T count as part of the event – but you’re more than welcome to still post them throughout the month. Just remember they won’t count as part of your 3-5 posts
  • Not restricted to a theme/topic – you can post about whatever you want, however,  we do encourage discussion posts and/or creative post types to branch out and have fun!
  • Autumn and Winter have more of a Halloween and Christmas theme added in, but you don’t need to include that if you don’t want to
  • General Topic Ideas: Discussion Posts, Tags/Awards, Memes, Writing Themed Posts, Blogging Themed Posts etc.
  • You MUST include the Bookend Events logo somewhere on/within your post, this is so we know which posts are part of the event/got inspired through the event. It also helps us with blog hopping.


this is the logo you’ll need to use somewhere on your post/featured image 🙂 

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How To Sign Up

Join in on this fun by filling out the form! When you sign up, this allows us to see who’s taking part/planning to take part. It’s totally ok, if you end up not being able to take part etc. It’s to give us an idea and make sure we know who we’re blog hopping to.

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Hosts & Prompts

When we ran Blogoween, we had Hosts, who came up with prompts. Our events still have wonderful Hosts, who create prompts to help you out if you’re stuck. You don’t need to do these prompts at all, but if you want to–you totally can!!

Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward (1st Dec – 3rd Dec)

Saturday 1st
Prompt Title: Christmas Characters Tag
Explanation: A brand new tag featuring popular Christmas characters and holiday traditions.

Sunday 2nd
Prompt Title: Dear Santa…
Explanation: Dear Santa, I’ve been good this year and all I want for Christmas this year are books….

Monday 3rd
Prompt Title: Winter Wonderland
Explanation: It’s a Snow Day! Now what?

Imogen @ Imogen’s Typewriter (4th Dec – 7th Dec)

Tuesday 4th
Prompt Title: Holiday Season TBR!
Explanation: What books do you want to read by the fire this season?

Wednesday 5th
Prompt Title: Audiobooks for the Sleigh!
Explanation: Audiobook recommendations for Santa to listen to as he drives around delivering presents!

Thursday 6th
Prompt Title: 2019 Releases!
Explanation: The books being released in 2019 that you’re excited for.

Friday 7th
Prompt Title: Written by Elves!
Explanation: Santa’s elves spend their year making the presents for all the good girls and boys. Describe your dream book that they would write for you if you were very very good this year.

Lauren @ Northern Plunder (8th Dec – 10th Dec)

Saturday 8th
Prompt Title: Warming Your Winter
Explanation: A look at some bloggers I’ve been reading this year, reflecting on friendships and good blog posts.

Sunday 9th
Prompt Title: Fireside Favourites
Explanation: Favourite reads of 2018 that I recommend picking up to pass the time whilst snuggled in with a hot coco next to the fire.

Monday 10th
Prompt Title: Reading Goals for the New Year
Explanation: Setting out a plan for what books I’d like to read in 2019

Julia @ Fable Hunter (11th Dec – 14th Dec)

Tuesday 11th
Prompt Title: Christmas Cover Hunt
Explanation: 5-10 book covers in red, green, silver or gold. Bonus points if it is Christmas themed (snow, trees, presents, etc..)

Wednesday 12th
Prompt Title: Holly Jolly Mistletoe
Explanation: What character couples would you want to see stuck under some mistletoe? (Can be enemies, friends, characters you wish would have been together and weren’t, your favorite character couples)

Thursday 13th
Prompt Title: Holiday Exploration
Explanation: You received Harry Potter’s cloak of invisibility for Christmas this year! Where would you go and what would you do? (Can be in the real world or a bookish one!)

Friday 14th
Prompt Title: Holiday Traditions
Explanation: Discussion of my favorite books and movies to reread/rewatch in the winter and why.

Camilla @ Reader In The Attic (15th Dec – 17th Dec)

Saturday 15th
Prompt Title: Winter Market
Explanation: Choose a world or more than one, and describe its Winter Market. What commerciants would sell? Which toys, sweet treat, and other nice objects?

Sunday 16th
Prompt Title: The Bookish Cenone
Explanation: In Italy the Cenone is a must. We sit down both at the Vigil and on Christmas day to eat with the family. This year, you decide to organize two days of special dinners for the winter time. Characters from the last two/three books you read, will be at your door to join in on these festivities. They’ll come with a gift, maybe bring some food too. How will your night unravel? What gift/s did they bring? Will you all survive? Just imagine if a villain ring your bell door…

Monday 17th
Prompt Title: The Befana comes by night
Explanation: During January Italian kids usually get visited by the Befana. (an old woman who flies on a broom; honestly no idea why we just don’t say she’s a witch). Inside socks made for the occasion, she leaves sweets for the good kids and a piece of coal for the bad kids. This time you will be the Befana and your role is to distribute books. Which books would you gift to good people and which one you will use as punishment?

Erin @ Bluestocking Bookworm (18th Dec – 21st Dec)

Tuesday 18th
Prompt Title: Handmade Gift Ideas for Book Lovers
Explanation: I will list 3-5 handmade gift ideas ranging in difficulty, with steps, that you can make for your BFF (your bookish friend forever).

Wednesday 19th
Prompt Title: Gruß vom Krampus (Greetings from Krampus)
Explanation: Unlike Santa Claus, Krampus (a half goat, half demon) of Central European folklore concerns himself with naughty children. Which fictional characters deserve a visit from Krampus this year, complete with coal in their stocking and a swat with some birch branches?

Thursday 20th
Prompt Title: Throwback Thursday – Holiday Edition
Explanation: I will post a list of 10 prompts about holidays past (a photo of your first holiday season, what did you do last December, what was your worst New Years Eve, etc). You can do one, or you can do them all!

Friday 21st
Prompt Title: Lord/Lady/Liege of Misrule
Explanation: In ancient Roman traditions, one peasant was nominated as the leader of the Christmastime revelry. Which SUPPORTING character from a book that you have read this year would you like to party (whatever your definition of party is) with?

Sam @ Fictionally Sam (22nd Dec – 24th Dec)

Saturday 22nd
Prompt Title: The Grinch Who Stole…Books?
Explanation: books you wish you could steal, this could be rare editions of your favorite books, a collectors edition, or the overall idea of the book from the author!

Sunday 23rd
Prompt Title: The Holiday Photo
Explanation: Characters you’d love to have with you in your christmas card/photo

Monday 24th
Prompt Title: Christmas Dinner Tag (Original)

Amy @ Little Booknerds In The Corner (25th Dec – 28th Dec)

Tuesday 25th
Prompt Title: Christmas Gifts
Explanation: As Christmas is a time of giving, list down 5 books you would give to your friend and family this Christmas.

Wednesday 26th
Prompt Title: Post Christmas Chilling
Explanation: After eating Christmas dinner you feel very sluggish. List down 5 books that would be perfect to read while you feel like this.

Thursday 27th
Prompt Title: Hopeful New Years
Explanation: As New Years is fast approaching, which book/books would you like to read before the clock strikes midnight on New Years Eve.

Friday 28th
Prompt Title: Yearly Thoughts
Explanation: Time to write your yearly wrap up. What things in the bookish year were things you were happy about? This could include anticipated book releases and/or bookish events you went to.

Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts (29th Dec – 31st Dec)

Saturday 29th
Prompt Title: Dear Fictional Characters, Come Hang Out with Me
Explanation: Tell us the fictional characters you want to come hang out with you as you ring in the new year.

Sunday 30th
Prompt Title: Forget Christmas, It’s Time to Steal the New Year
Explanation: Villains don’t steal Christmas, they steal the New Year. Tell us about the villains you’d recruit for the New Year, or any other villain and new year combination.

Monday 31st
Prompt Title: Ring in the New Year!
Explanation – Tell us about your goals, dreams, aspirations for 2019! What are you hoping for next year?

Using Hosts Prompts:

  • MUST link back to the original prompt
  • Prompts can be posted AFTER the Hosts prompt date, but NOT BEFORE e.g you want to do Amy’s prompt which goes up on the 25th. You can post it on the 25th and after that date but not before the 25th

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SEASONAL ADD ON ALERT!

Seasonal add ons are exclusive to that one event, unless the person we teamed up with, happens to run the event again and it overlaps one of our other events.

Can you hear the sirens? This event we’re teaming up with Amy @ Little Booknerds In The Corner to let you join her readathon as part of this event! That’s right guys, reading means you’re taking part in this event, if you’re doing Amy’s readathon.

What does this mean? Well it means you can choose to just take part in her month long readathon, or take part in that and something else. Either way, if you take part in her readathon, you took part in Bookending Winter 2018!

Sharing On Twitter

  • tag our twitter account @bookend_events in any posts you do towards the event so we can see them. Blog hop to them and share them.
  • Also mention our personal twitters @Sammers65 and @eloisethewriter to doubly make sure we don’t miss you.
  • Feel free to @ us if you’re doing the readathon/tidyathon and using twitter to give updates
  • Tag the tweets with the #BkendingWin2018!

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IMPORTANT

(this section will be updated with new and relevant information/links, so make sure you bookmark this post to find all relevant links in one place)

Bookend Events Overview/Info (ALL EVENTS)
Events Running Time: 1st December 2018 – 31st December 2018
Participants Sign Up Form
Tidyathon Info
Amy’s Readathon Info
Grab The Official Logo! (you want the logo, which says Bookending Winter by the way)

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Sam will also have an announcement post, over on her blog! This is so you all know you can go to either of our blogs, to find the relevant information. The Tidyathon post will be exclusive to my blog, but Sam will have the link back to the post when it’s up.

That’s a wrap on the official announcement post, I know it was a lot to take in but please reread it if you’re confused. Then if you’re still confused, just comment and Sam or I will be about to help you out.

 

Fictional Monsters I’m Running From

Wheee my blogoween posts are here you guys! I went with Level 2 meaning you’ll be getting back to back blogoween content from me, until Halloween! I’d also like to say, that I’m super behind with blog hopping both with blogoween posts and just in general. But I haven’t forgotten, I WILL get round to you all.

I’m starting it off by doing Kaleena @ Reader Voracious’ Creepy Crawlies prompt.

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Grievers

Now I didn’t actually finish this series in book form, The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I read the first book, started the second and just…lost interest? I wasn’t connecting with the characters and like my favourite character is Newt *sobs* anyway, I have seen all the films. Which you know…ruined me that way. But from what I read in the first book to that movie adaptation, personally I think they did a really good job.

Particularly Wes Ball (the director) for his creation of the Grievers cause well…I didn’t fancy my chances in the book. But on screen you guys, I’d run away hell I wouldn’t even be a runner. I’d learn how to climb and run on top of the walls permanently.

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Forsaken

From the Shadowhunter world, these creatures were once you know, mundanes. Until they received runes which were too potent, powerful for their human blood to handle. Meaning they erm turn insane, become disfigured and will mindlessly follow orders.

Now, unless I had Will or Jem…or even Emma or Jules near by to come save me. I don’t fancy my chances against these erm…creatures. Also they’re difficult to kill, if I remember correctly you need one of the seraph blades. And I don’t about you guys, but I’m not usually carrying one of those blades round, in my pocket.

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Basilisk

I’ve never read Harry Potter, nor do I intend to read it. Yet I can’t make up my mind if I’d want to run from the Basilisk or try and befriend it? Seeing as I’m a Slytherin and all… *raises brow* I think I’d take my chances above ground, not in its own territory cause erm, I don’t fancy being cornered and eaten alive in underground tunnels.

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So these were the three which came to mind, what are some creatures/monsters you’d hate to encounter in real life? Would you run from them or would you try and fight them?

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Languages, Translations Of Books & Knowing English

I’ve always loved languages. Maybe it comes from my love of reading? I do know that I’m not a fan of learning languages academically, they were alright until it came to my GCSE’s. Then it was just…oh well I have a crap memory. Within the bookblogging community, we come across so many people who not only love books, but who also have learned English as their second language.

I dedicate this post to anyone who can speak, read, understand two+ languages. I know bits and pieces of French and my German is a lil’ better in terms of reading it. But I can’t speak it, off the top of my head.

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Languages

THERE ARE SO MANY! Honestly, anyone who can speak another language I envy you. I also am in awe of all those, who learned English as their second language, cause that takes some doing. However, I can’t help but feel like eventually English will literally obliterate all other languages. It’s known as the ‘universal’ language. And books are also published in English, so for those who have it as their second language, that will undoubtedly cause problems.

I did a quick Google search and these are the hardest languages to learn (obviously it’s still down to the person, as to how hard they find it)

  • Finnish
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • English
  • Mandarin

They’re in no particularly order – but these are the languages which are some of the hardest to learn. So…I’d say you’re all doing well if English is your second language.

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Translations of Books

I asked a question on the discord server I’m part of, which was this.

is it more expensive to buy books in English or your native language?

The overall opinion was that it’s more expensive to buy the books, in their native language than in English. There are many problems with this,the main one being if they have family members who may like a certain book. But they can’t read/understand English well, they’re not going to be able to read the book.

Whilst it’s useful I suppose to read in English, as it helps your English vocabulary grow, and you learn more about the structure of the language. I’d have thought it’d be nice, to have the option to read it in your native language. If English wasn’t my native language, I’d certainly want to try and read books in my native language. But the price difference between English and their Native language is pretty absurd.

I then went on to ask this question: so we have an issue with not all books being translated?

The answer is yes. Sometimes they stop translating before the end of a series, mostly it’s just not all the books are being translated which is understandable. So many books come out each year, it’d be hard to translate them all into every language needed. As well as that, we have to take into account the cost of translating the book/s and then reprinting them.

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Knowing English

Reading books in your native language, doesn’t make you any less of a reader, for not reading it in English. No matter what other people say, know that if you read in English, you’re doing really well cause I couldn’t read a book in another language and understand it.

But please don’t forget your native language, even if the world wants you to, don’t. Languages are wonderful things, it’s sad that some are nearly dead, because they’re part of our culture. Part of our history.

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Is English your Native language or second language? Let me know your thoughts on everything I’ve talked about, from learning languages, to the chances of English wiping out the other languages. Down to your thoughts on books being translated into your native language. 

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Blogoween: Content, Hosts & Prompts

If you have no idea what Blogoween is, click here and you can go read the sign up post, which has all the information. If you’re here and are taking part, yayyy *throws pumpkins and spice at you* I honestly CANNOT explain to you guys my excitement for Blogoween. I think it’s mainly down to working with some of my fav people on this project, PLUS we’re plotting a Blogmas one *smirks*

But you’re all here for Blogoween, so Halloween and Autumn themed prompts is what you’re going to get!

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Content

Blogoween is supposed to be fun! Don’t sit there stressing yourself out, over not having any ideas. Equally, if you have a ton of ideas, use them!

Guidelines

  • ONLY Halloween/Autumn themed posts allowed
  • Book Reviews MUST be Halloween/Autumn themed OR Horror/Paranormal/Thriller/Crime/Mystery in genre
  • Can use Hosts prompts (not compulsory)
  • Feel free to create your own prompts JUST check the list further down to make sure yours isn‘t similar to one of the hosts‘.

 

When Using Hosts Prompts

  • Can’t post before Hosts prompt date (e.g if you like a prompt on the 10th you can’t do it and post it before the 10th)
  • Must link back to hosts prompt post
  • Can post prompt AFTER Hosts prompt date (e.g if it went up on the 23rd you could post it any day after)
  • Can post the prompt on the same day as Hosts if you want

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Hosts

You should know roughly who is hosting, if you read through the first post. As hosts we’ll do our best to blog hop to all your wonderful posts, I myself will make it my personal mission to get to you all. May take a while, but I’m determined. If you have any questions about individual prompts, you’re best to ask the Host of that prompt. For any general questions about Blogoween, leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you ❤

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Prompts

Below you’ll find all prompts that we Hosts have come up with, pick ‘n’ mix as you please. Equally you can ignore them totally and do your own. Prompts will be posted on blogs, at 10am UK time.

Host: Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward

Monday 1st
Prompt Title: Halloween Creatures Tag 2.0
Explanation: A tag based on popular Halloween Creatures 1.0 
Second Version will feature better prompts, possible new creatures (and some removed)

Tuesday 2nd
Prompt Title: Favourite Halloween/Fall Coloured Covers
Explanation: Gather your favourite book covers with Halloween/Fall colors, Orange/Black/Yellow/Red/Brown, and share in a post. Can also use books from your bookshelves and take a photo. Props are optional and encouraged. (can be an instagram challenge)

Wednesday 3rd
Prompt Title: Trick or Treat!
Explanation: Choose who and/or where they would like to go Trick or Treating!

Host: Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

Thursday 4th
Prompt Title: Top 5 Books about Witches
Explanation: List your Top 5 favourite books about witches

Friday 5th
Prompt Title: Creepy Crawlies
Explanation: Fictional monsters/creatures that you would hate to encounter IRL

Saturday 6th
Prompt Title: An Evening of Mystery & Murder (prompt inspired by Clue)
Explanation: You are hosting a Halloween-themed dinner party and seven of your favourite morally gray fictional characters and/or villains have accepted your invitation. Sometime during the party there is a murder, and there are only seven suspects – you and your guests. Who did you invite, who was murdered, what was the murder weapon, and where in the house did it occur?

Sunday 7th
Prompt Title: They Got My Back
Explanation: 5 characters you would want with you during the zombie apocalypse

Host: Camilla @ Reader In The Attic

Monday 8th
Prompt Title: Gory Magical Sweet
Explanation: Create one or more snacks (sweet or savoury) and a drink (if you want), all must be Halloween themed. Should be created with a mix of common food elements and parts of our beloved mythical and magical creatures. Just to be clear: things like rainbow unicorn sparkles aren’t gory. Get morbid.

Tuesday 9th
Prompt Title: Bookish Monster Bender
Explanation: You’re transported in various book but a bad surprise awaits you. Everything is horror and death, because a monster version has taken over the story.

Prompt objective is to do a monster bender version of book characters. You can choose who you want and imagine a dark horror version of their novel (you can add or not your ideas about the horror – re-written blurb or “how things went wrong”) and themselves. But the main thing to do is create a monster out of bookish characters. I suggest you look up on the internet a bit of the videogame Bloodborne monster aesthetic for inspiration. Oh, and don’t hesitate to add yourself to the scenery, survival weapons included. Or die.

Wednesday 10th
Prompt Title: Local Supernaturals Who Demand A Book
Explanation: Share your local stories of ghosts, supernaturals and what happens round your area. Either where you live, or nearby; can also share your own personal scary experience. These are the stories which you think, deserve their own novel – could add a blurb to the story. Can share as many stories as you wish as long they’re: horror/supernatural/scary/ghostly etc.

Host: Lauren @ Northern Plunder

Thursday 11th
Prompt Title: Spell List
Explanation: Using horror or halloween themed books create Book Spine Spells!

Friday 12th
Prompt Title: Loving the monsters always ends badly for the human
Explanation: Exploring and recommending my favourite creatures – vampires!

Saturday 13th
Prompt Title: 31 Horror Movies in 31 Days (2)
Explanation: I’m watching 31 horror movies throughout October; check out what I watched this week.

Sunday 14th
Prompt Title: Grimoire Notes
Explanation: A look into the horror books I’ve read so far this month, any reviews posted, thoughts on the books read, and what I plan to read throughout the rest of the month.

Host: Jamsu @ jamsudreams

Monday 15th
Prompt Title: Shapeshifter
Explanation: Characters You’d Like To Dress Up As In Halloween

Tuesday 16th
Prompt Title: Love Spells
Explanation: Favourite Ships at least one must be a supernatural creature

Wednesday 17th
Prompt Title: Hexes & Curses
Explanation: 10 Characters You’d Curse

Host: Anna @ The Bursting Bookshelf

Thursday 18th
Prompt Title: Top 5 Non-Horror Halloween Movies

Friday 19th
Prompt Title: Top 5 Thriller books

Saturday 20th
Prompt Title: Top 5 Bookish Costumes

Sunday 21th
Prompt Title: Review of Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
Explanation: It’s a new take on the zombie genre

Host: Sam @ Fictionally Sam

Monday 22nd
Prompt Title: The Sacrifice
Explanation: Characters or creatures that would die first in a horror film

Tuesday 23rd
Prompt Title: Bonded, Bewitched, Drowned
Explanation: Halloween version of Kiss Marry Kill with your favorite characters

Wednesday 24th
Prompt Title: Barely Breathing; Forever Haunted
Explanation: Books you’ve read that have left you emotionally crippled.

Host: Soph @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

Thursday 25th
Prompt Title: The Halloween Games
Explanation: Halloween-themed Hunger Games

Friday 26th
Prompt Title: What Spoopy Creature Are You?
Explanation: QUIZ (on the host blog), but everyone else can ponder what kind of spooky creature they would be

Saturday 27th
Prompt Title: Toil and Trouble
Explanation: Villain Halloween Theme – would you want a villain as a roommate, a villain as a companion in a haunted house, etc.

Sunday 28th
Prompt Title: I Summon Thee!
Explanation: Anything to do with resurrection – characters you wouldn’t resurrect, characters you would resurrect, etc.

Host: Clo @ Book Dragons (that’d be me 😉 )

Monday 29th
Prompt Title: Halloween In A Fictional World
Explanation: pick any fictional world that you’d love to experience halloween in

Tuesday 30th
Prompt Title: Trapped With You
Explanation: characters I’d want with me if I were trapped in a haunted house

Wednesday 31st
Prompt Title: The Veil Is Thin
Explanation – The 31st Oct is supposed to be a day when the veil between our world and the otherworld, is at it’s thinnest. As such, it was originally a day to ward of evil spirits; what spirits are you hoping to ward off? (e.g. paranormal characters, evil characters, writers block, procrastination etc.)

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Sharing On Twitter

Just a quick note, if you do have a twitter account and share your blogoween posts. Please, the hashtag, to help us hosts and other participants find your posts and tweets relating to the event.

#blogoween

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That’s all my lovely ghosties, if you have any questions about the prompts, make sure to ask the host themselves. Alternatively, if for some reason you’re nervous about asking the host, just yell at me. I’ll ask them for you and get back to you as soon as I can. This is the first time for us doing Blogoween Bookblogger Style, so please bear with us. We’ll be learning from our mistakes, for Blogmas this year. So that next year, they’ll both be better, run smoother and be more fun!

I will also be creating both a Blogoween and Blogmas page on my blog, with posts and all relevant information included there. Enjoy plotting your spooky posts! And I can’t wait to blog hop to you all!

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