Saturday, December 29

Where CW from The Quiet Pond and Vera Recommend Books to Each Other (And You Too!)


This post is part of A Winter's Tale, an event running through December for which we invited eight of our favorite bloggers to talk about their favorite books, authors etc. or share an interesting discussion. They have gone all out and gave us even better, more professional content than we expected, which is to say something. If you're here, don't forget to enter our month-long international giveaway here.

Today, we are happy to welcome:

CW from The Quiet Pond!

I discovered CW's blog a while ago, back when she was blogging at Read, Think, Ponder. Sadly, I could only follow her for a couple of months before she quit blogging, but I've remained a follower of her twitter, and found quite a few amazing books thanks to her recommendations. There's just something so convincing and genuine in her voice and her recs are always top notch. So, of course, I couldn't be happier that she 1) started her new blog, The Quiet Pond, and 2) agreed to guest-post at The Regal Critiques. I'm so excited for y'all to see what the two of us did here, and can't wait to hear your feedback! - Vera 💙

                                                   

Thursday, December 27

Hidden Gems I Stumbled Upon Over the Years {Holly from The Fox's Hideaway}


This post is part of A Winter's Tale, an event running through December for which we invited eight of our favorite bloggers to talk about their favorite books, authors etc. or share an interesting discussion. They have gone all out and gave us even better, more professional content than we expected, which is to say something. If you're here, don't forget to enter our month-long international giveaway here.

Today, we are happy to welcome:

Holly from The Fox's Hideaway!

Holly's blog was one of the first I discovered as a new blogger, and it remains a favorite of mine to this day. All the work and heart she puts into her posts is really visible, and her love & dedication for her blog has inspired me so much during the years. She is friendly, welcoming and truly creative - and for sure one of my favorite bloggers. - Vera 💙
                                                   

Saturday, December 22

Favourite Books or Favourite Authors - A Discussion by Olivia from Olivia's Catastrophe


This post is part of A Winter's Tale, an event running through December for which we invited eight of our favorite bloggers to talk about their favorite books, authors etc. or share an interesting discussion. They have gone all out and gave us even better, more professional content than we expected, which is to say something. If you're here, don't forget to enter our month-long international giveaway here.

Today, we are happy to welcome:

Olivia from Olivia's Catastrophe!

Olivia is one of my more recent discoveries, but I've fallen in love with her post and videos super-quickly. She comes up with some of the most interesting ideas I've ever seen, including stuff I would have never thought of myself. She also happens to be a kind and lovely person, and so I'm incredibly honored to welcome her on The Regal Critiques today!   - Vera 💙

                                                   

Thursday, December 20

A Long Overdue Author Discovery: Where Ann from Dual Reads Talks About Her New Favourite Author


This post is part of A Winter's Tale, an event running through December for which we invited eight of our favorite bloggers to talk about their favorite books, authors etc. or share an interesting discussion. They have gone all out and gave us even better, more professional content than we expected, which is to say something. If you're here, don't forget to enter our month-long international giveaway here.

Today, we are happy to welcome:

Ann from Dual Reads!

I discovered Ann the same time I discovered Clare (yes, the one who's a 'regal critique' now!) and I became an instant follower of their blog, Dual Reads. Since then I've come to cherish Ann not only as a blogger, but also as a person - she is a lovely human being and I'm so freaking happy that I can call her a friend. - Vera 💙
                                                   

Saturday, December 15

Faith, Books and Esa Khattak: A Think Piece by Riza from All That Is Cultural


This post is part of A Winter's Tale, an event running through December for which we invited eight of our favorite bloggers to talk about their favorite books, authors etc. or share an interesting discussion. They have gone all out and gave us even better, more professional content than we expected, which is to say something. If you're here, don't forget to enter our month-long international giveaway here.

Today, we are happy to welcome: 

Riza from All That Is Cultural

I discovered Riza at a time when I was not really into blogging- but that didn't stop me from following what she's been doing and seeing how she's been growing as a blogger and just how much she's been contributing to the bookish community. It was, therefore, no surprise that her name was one of the first that popped into my mind when when Vera asked me to recommend a blogger for this event. I love what Riza's been doing so far and I'm incredibly excited to see all else she has in store for us in the future- and yes, you need to check out her blog ASAP if you haven't already! I'm super excited about what she's come up with for us because it resonated with me so much, and so without further ado...scroll down already! -Ruzi 💙
                                                                      

Thursday, December 13

The Seven Deadly Sins of a Synopsis {Tessa @ Crazy for YA}


This post is part of A Winter's Tale, an event running through December for which we invited eight of our favorite bloggers to talk about their favorite books, authors etc. or share an interesting discussion. They have gone all out and gave us even better, more professional content than we expected, which is to say something. If you're here, don't forget to enter our month-long international giveaway here.


Today, we are happy to welcome:

Tessa from Crazy for YA!

I honestly can't recall when I discovered Tessa, but what I do know is that her blog is a treasure. She shares both hyped and underhyped titles, and her posts are always so articulate and well-phrased. No matter if I agree or disagree with her on a book, I always close her blog feeling like, yeah, that was time well spent. So I'm extremely pleased & hyped & othergoodfeelings to welcome her at The Regal Critique as a guest-poster. - Vera 💙

                                                                     

Picking a book to read is difficult. There are just too many books and so little time, especially if you are a chronic Twitter procrastinator and Netflix binger like me.

I barely have the to do my own laundry, let alone spend time on books that aren't my taste. Thankfully, the publishing industry has evolved to provide summaries aka a synopsis, with books these days to help readers decide if a book is right for them or not. This is an amazing idea in theory, but sometimes it falls short in practice.

Here are the seven deadly sins of a bad synopsis:

Saturday, December 8

Top 4 Underrated Series Roberta @ Offbeat YA Will Never Stop Shoving at People


This post is part of A Winter's Tale, an event running through December for which we invited eight of our favorite bloggers to talk about their favorite books, authors etc. or share an interesting discussion. They have gone all out and gave us even better, more professional content than we expected, which is to say something. If you're here, don't forget to enter our month-long international giveaway here.

Today, we are happy to welcome: 

Roberta from Offbeat YA!

We've been huge fans of Roberta and her blog for a long, long time now, so it was a no-brainer that we wanted her to be a part of this event- especially since this isn't Christmas-themed because - for those of you who don't know this already-  she isn't the biggest fan of Christmas ;) Anyhoo, we're happy to have Roberta here with us today and we love what she's come up with for us- hope you do too! 

                                                            

Hi Regal Readers! Roberta from Offbeat YA here. Vera was so kind as to ask me to participate in TRC's December event, and I jumped at the chance of spamming... I mean... creating content for this awesome blog. Since I'm passionate about indie/small pub/all along underappreciated gems in the YA field (hence my blog's name), I decided to talk about some of my favourite underrated series today. 

Please bear in mind that the only reason why a couple of them only have a handful of reviews on Goodreads is that small publishers don't have the resources to market their books - therefore, the authors ultimately decided to take matters into their own hands and give the series the ending they deserve, no matter what. (Plus, not everybody leaves reviews on Goodreads. Shocking, I know). So, when I say "in progress", it does mean the story will get wrapped up eventually! Soon or soon-ish. OK, end of rant. Here goes...

Thursday, December 6

My Attempt to Embrace Winter {Sam from We Live and Breath Books}




This post is part of A Winter's Tale, an event running through December for which we invited eight of our favorite bloggers to talk about their favorite books, authors etc. or share an interesting discussion. They have gone all out and gave us even better, more professional content than we expected, which is to say something. If you're here, don't forget to enter our month-long international giveaway here.


Today, we are happy to welcome: 


I've been following WLaBB for quite a while, so Sam was pretty much a given when Clare and I first brainstormed for bloggers to invite. What I admire about her and her blog - besides the adorable sloth-theme which is 1000% precious - is the way she is able to engage her readers; no matter if she's reviewing books or discussing an interesting topic, it feels natural to join in on the conversation in the comments. - Vera 💙

Now, without further ado, here's Sam's post!

                                                                        

It’s that time of year. There’s a chill in the air, and the threat of snow is imminent — WINTER



Saturday, December 1

A Winter's Tale - Opening Post + International Giveaway


Happy December, y'all! It's me, Ruzaika, making an entrance here quite a bit earlier than anticipated because the situation called for it- sounds glamorous, but not really, because it's the end of the year (like, where did the year even go, right?) and we're all suddenly busy trying to meet deadlines and survive what's left of the year and trying hard not to freak out and...well. I'm going off the course here. Let me rephrase.

What I meant to say is, Vera and Clare worked hard to bring together some of our favourite bloggers for a blogging event this month- quite alike what we did with A Christmas Story the past couple of years- but it's obviously Winter-themed here in order to make the grinches feel welcome (yes, Roberta, we're looking at you! xD), and to be inclusive of those who don't celebrate Christmas. We love ALL of you and know that centering an event around a holiday not everyone is celebrating is unfair. 

I'm here today to officially kickstart the event with a list of all the wonderful blogger-friends who will be guest-posting here throughout the course of the month.  Excited already? No? Well, you will be once you see the amazing people we have lined up for the month!


Without further ado, let me present-