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'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.

Lately I’ve been thinking about something I want to change about my blog – or add, it’s just how you want to see it. My main hobby and passion is reading, but something else I love to do is watching TV shows and movies. I’ve had a couple of blog posts about this, like my top 10 favorite movies/TV shows, my favorite TV shows or my explanation on why I love Disney so much and this made me think: I want to highlight this. I’ve added a ‘watched’ section to my monthly recap posts, but what if I give it a more prominent place on my blog?

This idea was inspired by Celine’s move from Nyx book reviews to her new blog Irresponsible cactus. I could never leave this place and start something new, but I’d love to branch out some more like Celine. There are also blogs I follow like Nerdette reviews and Reviews from a bookworm who often post reviews from movies or Rinn Reads with her Turn off the TV feature and Amber recently started her Books in motion feature. I love to read them and I've found some great recommendations there.

My blog will always be mainly about books and everything that has to do with reading, but why would I restrict myself to only that if there are so many other things I like? Now, my main reason for this post is asking you, how do you feel about that? Would you be interested in more different posts? I have the idea that would show more of my personality, because I’m not only a reader. I know this is my place and I can do whatever I want, but at the same time I don’t want to post content you aren't interested in.

Things you could expect are topics like: best animation movies (according to me), posts with short reviews from movies I've seen that month, if you like X you would like Y, book/movie combinations, mood recommendations and hopefully a lot of Disney/book comparison posts. I don’t think I would post them very often in the beginning, just to see how it works out.

This also brings me to a discussion topic. Is a blogger only a book blogger if their content is solely about books or can they still carry that name if they post about different things too? I feel you could post about more things if at least 50% of your posts is based on something bookish. It doesn’t have to be a review, but discussion posts, bookish confessions or tips count as well. I like the diversity!

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  1. I think it's amazing that you've decided to branch out.It's a great idea!
    I don't think a book blogger must post only about books.I appreciate it when bloggers talk about their personal life, feelings and passions.After all, books are a huge part of our life, so what's wrong with featuring other aspects of life too?
    I think it will create a good relationship between the blogger and readers. It helps the readers to see more of the blogger behind the scenes.
    Looking forward to see what you've planned.

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    1. Exactly! I think it's great to get to see more of a blogger.

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  2. Haaa! Irresponsible Cactus is just an awesome blog name :D I should really get back to reviewing some of the movies I watch since I watch a ton and I want to maybe, just maybe, write sometimes about shows since I feel like twitter just isn't enough of an outlet anymore. I just love my shows so hard. I would love to see you talk it out with us and spread some tv and movie love :) You know.. the tagline for your blog is where fairy tales come true and that's the most amazing thing imo since a lot of the shows/movies you watch are fantasy based or don't happen in our world and I feel like that goes with your blog and why not parade some fantasy love from other forms of art not just literature, so go ahead and bring it, Mel! :)

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    1. Eep. I'm so glad you like the blog name! :D

      And I totally agree with the rest of your comment. Fairy tales aren't limited to books, and it would be so much fun to see posts about movies in the same genre.

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    2. Siiri, that would be great! Another thing to fangirl about :) And yes, most of the things I watch are definitely in the fantasy/fairytale genre.

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  3. Hell yeah Mel!! I'm all for expanding your content (ha ha ha can you tell by looking at my blog?). First, it makes you a little bit different than other bloggers, because not all of us are interested in the same thing. Like you're in love with Disney, I'm in love with Marvel and just don't enjoy watching Disney movies as much. BUT I love reading about it since it's your passion and I like to see your point of view. Which leads to second, spreading your content makes you become a little bit more personal with the reader and so more appealing. Which again, leads back to the first point. At least that's what I try to tell myself when I go and write a post consisting only of "Sebastia Stan is rude. Chris Evans is rude. Marvel is rude.".

    Anyway, I'm not sure if what I just said makes sense. My brain became a little bit fuzzy while I was writing this. But heeeey I can't wait for the content you've got planned for us ;)

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    1. Marvel is awesome too, by the way :D Haha, you made sense, thanks for the support Sandra!

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  4. Amazing post Mel. <3 Thank you for sharing :) And omg. I want you to blog about other things as well. That would be awesome :) I am a book blogger, but I would just call myself a blogger. As I mostly blog about books, but if I want to blog about anything else I will do so. Just haven't found anything yet, hah :D Anyway. You are awesome. <3

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  5. It's totally great that you're branching out, Mel! For me, I usually only post movie/TV reviews if they're based on books or if they're super popular, and that's because I hardly watch English TV series/movies.

    On The Social Potato, we did our Recaps, Rants and Raves feature (for TV series) which received good feedback, even from our reader followers, so I think it's totally fine that you're going to be posting something new! :)

    Good luck!

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  6. I think this is a great idea Mel! I mean, you love reading (we all know that) there's no shame in branching out. I'd love to see what you're going to add to your blog and I'm sure I'll love it equally as much as the content you share with us now! :)
    Go for it!

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  7. I think it’s nice to have different topics that aren’t book related. It keeps repetitiveness at bay. In my case, I’m self-confessed anal retentive so I want things in a certain theme/category. I own a book blog and anime & manga blog. It does up the work by some notches but I both enjoy blogging on both. I think you should think about it carefully and what really works for you.

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    1. Thanks for that advice Mitchii. I thought about it and for now, I'm going to combine my fairytale love with movies and see if I can branch out to reviews for other movies too :)

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  8. I think it would be great if you also posted about your other hobbies and I think it's fun if bloggers are doing that. Ofcourse the focus can still be on books, but with some other posts as well, and if some people aren't interested in those post they can always skip them.

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  9. I was considering branching out and reviewing movies as well as books. It goes totally against my blog name, but I think it would be something that I enjoy doing, so I'm definitely going to give it more thought. I love to watch TV shows (not that I have much time for those any more) and I have recently started going to the cinema more. How To Train Your Dragon 2 inspired me to review movies :D I would love to read some of your posts as well! And I definitely think you can still call yourself a book blogger if you talk about other topics as well. I love reading about other things, and it makes the community more eclectic :D

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    1. I would also say to you: go for it! I always love reading about movies, because it has given me some good recommendations in the past :D

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  10. Go for it, Mel! I'd love to read more about your other interests. I love animation, so I'd be thrilled to discuss that with you to the moon and back! I also like reading about other hobbies and stuff that book bloggers have. I post about my art sometimes (although I need to more). And IMO, a blogger is still a book blogger if they have half or more posts about books or bookish things.
    Looking forward to a discussion post about animation (notice my subtle hint there?!) ^_^

    -Dee's Reads

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    1. Haha, well, you are in for something good, because I hope to talk a lot about animation movies ;)

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  11. I don't mind reading the occasional off-topic post on the book blogs that I follow, and if they are featuring movies / TV shows reviews that are based on novels, even better! Too many of 'em makes me start to lose interest though, so it's a fine line IMO. Best of luck with your new venture!

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    1. I will keep that in mind. I'm definitely not planning to post more about movies than about books.

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  12. It's your blog Mel - I think you can do whatever you want with it! If you want to add some more non-book posts, go ahead and do that! :D I think it's a great idea to do so - it will really help you not get burned out of reviewing, and if you are in a reading slump or unable to read for a period of time, this can definitely come in handy.

    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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    1. I definitely feel extra motivated at the moment. I have so many ideas!

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  13. I definitely think book bloggers can post other things, that's what keeps it fun and interesting!! I would definitely be interesting in reading different types of posts from you Mel :) I love reading posts about TV because I'm also a bit obsessed with it... and oooh Disney comparisons, yes!

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  14. Ooh, do it! :D I'd love to hear what you think of movies and tv shows! There are so many that I'm unaware of, or thinking about watching but haven't decided. I will love anything Disney related, too! :)

    I think it's perfectly fine for book bloggers to talk about other things! I agree keeping at least a slight majority focused on books would keep you designated as a "book blogger", but I don't think we really need those labels anyway. We blog about what we enjoy! I can't wait to read your new posts, Mel!

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    1. I always love recommendations from other bloggers too, so I hope I can help you out :D

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  15. Yes, yes, yes, I love this idea! I've been trying to branch out more myself but it's been a gradual process with posting playlists and there's a new feature I've in the works.

    I really want to read more posts that are bookish in some ways or not at all such as posts about movies and TV shows.

    I think it's okay for a blogger to post other stuff as long as they're also posting about books be it discussions or reviews or top ten Tuesday lists.

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  16. I used to be what we call a book blogger, posting book reviews and only book reviews. I grew tired of doing that because it didn't really reflect who I was. I love reading blogs that talk about books, films, life in general, travels, anything that can help us know a bit more about the person behind the blog. It's a personal space which means you can do whatever you like! So go for it, don't hesitate ;).

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  17. I love that you're expanding the topics that you talk about on here! I too am a huge TV/movie fan, and while I've posted about TV and movies here and there, I think that it may be fun to do it somewhat more regularly. I think that I may start out slow and add a watched section to my week in review posts when I've watched something particularly good that I want to talk about! :)

    -Em @ Books & Cleverness

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    1. That's how I started out too :D Until I got the feeling it wasn't enough, haha.

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  18. Do it! I feel like your blog really is a representation of yourself and there's definitely more to be passionate about than books. To be frank my favorite posts I write are the fun discussion ones were I veer off my usual book talk and enter more feminist rant category. Sometimes talking about something different than the norm can feel so great.

    I really do enjoy seeing some variety with posts and having more media covered than just books would be great to see. I also feel like we have similar tastes with movies/tv shows so reading your posts on those I think would be an awesome way for us to become closer. Talking about tv shows and movies is also just so much fun. We interpret things on totally different levels so that'd be cool to compare and contrast.

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    1. I love to read those posts Larissa :)! Sometimes it is fun to write other things.

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  19. I would love this! I'm a huge TV person and I'm always trying to think of ways I can add it a little bit more of that to my blog. Sometimes it's hard because I feel like the "if you like this, then you'll like this" feature is so popular, but I honestly always love reading those posts so I don't even think it matters haha. I think that your idea of doing stuff with Disney/animated movies in particular is a good one! I haven't seen too much of that around.

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    1. I hope to make it a little more original with my own twist, although I'm still not sure how to do it. I'm working on it :D

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  20. I completely understand where you are coming from. I've actually started a second blog as a result, so I have a place to share TV, movies, sewing, cosplay, collecting stuff etc. Everything that doesn't fit on my regular blog.

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  21. I'm a big BIG fan of this idea, Mel. I like reading you thoughts on books so why wouldn't I like reading your thoughts on other things? And I'm sure everyone here feels the same way! Your blog is your space and you get to post what you want, and I think your readers absolutely appreciate that! So definitely, go for it :D

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  22. That's such a difficult question! I think the hardest thing is thinking about your audience. I mean I adore Disney as well (it my was honeymoon destination for crying out loud) but I make sure to keep my Disney side to tumblr and my bookish side to Blogger. I don't know, it could just be me, but I don't like mixing worlds.

    This is your blog though, do what you want.
    Good luck Mel!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

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    1. I understand where that comes from, but I guess I just need to try it out to see if it works. Otherwise I'll keep thinking 'what if?'

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  23. As you could probably already expect, I would love to read about different stuff than books (: Books are awesome and a big part of my life, but it's not like all of us only read and never do anything else. There are plenty of other subjects that would be great to talk about too, and I think it would only make your blog better and more unique ^^

    Thanks so much for linking me up!

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  24. Non-review stuff is always great, and it's also nice to sometimes see more personal stuff from bloggers, too. I think the 50% thing is a good guideline, and it also helps when a blogger has been around long enough to establish an identity/following that you have! Bottom line is always to do what makes you happy, though. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. I think that is the best advice, thanks Wendy :)

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  25. I definitely think you should branch out, Mel! I've found that when I post non-bookish posts on the blog, they are always well received. I actually think it's kind of refreshing to see a post about movies or life-related things in a sea of bookish posts on my feed. :D

    And I agree with you about the 50% ratio. If 50% is bookish, then the blog is most definitely a book blog, just with heaps of extra awesome stuff, as well!

    I love the sound of the ideas you mentioned briefly, and definitely look forward to reading those posts! Especially the Disney related ones ^.^

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    1. Ha, I'm happy everyone is looking forward to the Disney posts, I'm so excited about those.

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  26. You know what's funny? I actually just started considering doing something like this over at my blog too!! So clearly I am a HUGE fan of this idea Mel!! TV shows and movies are their own kind of stories too so to me it really fits in well within a book/review blog. I would LOVE to read about your favorite shows and movies and to be honest, it's one of my favorite additions to your recap posts :D Brilliant idea, I can't wait to see what you come up with!!

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  27. I would love to learn more about you and I think those post ideas sound great! If you have a passion about something else you should definitely share it! And I think that as long as your blog has bookish content you can definitely call yourself a book blogger.

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  28. I think the definition changes from person to person, but I feel that the book blogger community embraces anyone even posting regularly about books as a book blogger, even if their content is an assortment of topics. And just go for whatever you want to do! I would totally support you, Mel.

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  29. Obviously you should blog about whatever floats your boat ;-). I find the question about who counts as a book blogger interesting though since I'm honestly not sure. I think that adding in TV and movie posts fits pretty well with what a lot of book people like since they are still awesome stories, but now I'm wondering how publishers feel about blogs that mix it up versus blogs that just discuss books. But like I said, blog what you want and we'll still love you :D

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    1. Oh, yes, never thought about that! I guess publishers don't really care as long as you post your reviews? :p

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  30. I'm all for book blogs that choose to expand their niche - I adore seeing non-book review posts on other blogs! I've experimented with some lifestyle and inspirational posts on my own blog and let me tell you that your readers will love a change of tone. My reader base has expanded so much since I've made changes and I feel happier posting about my non-bookish interests!

    Good Luck-Looking forward to your new content! :)
    xx

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    1. I never thought about that, but yes, it opens the blog for a bigger audience. That would be gerat, thanks Nuzaifa! :)

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  31. I think it's a brilliant idea. I started my Films for Thoughts feature because I realised it was silly to restrict myself to just talking about books. I have so many TV shows and movies I love, it seems only right to talk about those as well. My top 20 list on my favourite non-Disney animated movie was probably how it all started, and it was so much fun to do. I would be more than happy to read posts that aren't about books, be it movie reviews, lists on your favourite shows or anything else.

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  32. I agree whole-heartedly with you, Mel. If 50% or so of a blog is bookish, while the rest extends to other content, it still very much counts as a book blog. Personally, I'm more into compartmentalising things, so life stuff etc belongs on a different blog, not my book blog. But it is true what many have said in their comments before me—non-bookish content also adds to your personality and gives us a glimpse of who you are beyond a bibliophile. So if you decide to expand, I would support that choice :)

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  33. I think it makes the blog even more interesting if it features some other than bookish posts. Really. But if there're a lot of those off topics, I'll probably stop reading the blog. It's mainly books why I'm following it so...

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