I’m Trying Blogging Again!

Greetings to anyone still out there.

I’ve decided to try my hand at book blogging again. It’s NOT going to be as thorough as The Cheap Reader has been. It’s going to be lighter and more sporadic. I miss talking books in long form but I don’t miss the work I had to put into blogging to get things to the standard I wanted.

Truthfully, bookstagram is still where my heart lies. I like the visuals and I like that it’s easier to connect with other readers. It will absolutely  play second fiddle to my bookstagram account.


Alison In Bookland

You’ll find some book reviews, bookish lists, unboxings, and other bookish things. I don’t foresee it being updated daily. Weekly if I’m lucky. More than likely a couple of times a month.

Stop by and say ‘hello’!



Hello blog readers!

Long time, no chat. I’m sure many have you move away from following this blog since I’v abandoned it for so long. BUT if you’re still reading, Hello!


I’m sorry to have left my poor little blog unattended for so long. Unfortunately, long form book blogging really wasn’t doing it for me. It takes too long and I’d rather spend that time on reading.

I do still enjoy talking about books though. As a result, my Instagram account (@alisoninbookland) has evolved from a personal account into a #Bookstagram account.

This is SO much easier for me. It only takes a few minutes to set up a photo and a few more minutes to write up a caption if I feel up to it.

If by any chance you’re still interested in following me and chatting about books, hop on over to Instagram and let’s follow each other!



I’m on Instagram!

Hello friends!

I’m not sure if anyone is still following this blog but I’m still a bit in the bookish world if anyone would like to connect.

I’ve recently started using Instagram. I’m still getting the hang of it but of course my account is pretty bookish.

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@Owlcrate you’ve done another wonderful job! February’s box is outstanding! I was on the fence about the circus theme but I had no reason to worry. I love that everything in this box is useful. . 🎪The tote bag by @eviebookish is sturdy and beautiful. I’ve never read the Night Circus but I’m inspired to pick it up simply for the lovely bag. . 🎪@frostbeardmpls created a wonderful candle with the scent of Carmel Popcorn, Roasted Chestnuts, and Bonfire. It definitely smells like a good time at a carnival. . 🎪The mini doughnut lip balm by @geekfirelabs is fantastic! Normally I’m not a fan of food scented lip product. It’s fun for the novelty of it but it usually makes me sick after a while. Not this lip balm! It smells faintly of vanilla so I see getting good use out of it. . 🎪How cute is the playing card notebook from @atticjournals ? It’s made out of upcycled cards from casinos. It’s the perfect size for sticking in my purse. . 🎪The page flags from @girlofallwork are cute and handy! . 🎪And finally….Caraval by @stephanie_garber ! Initially this a was interesting sounding book but something that I would have picked up from the library. After all the hype of this box and seeing all the great reviews, I’m super excited to own it! . Interested in getting your own Owlcrate? Use my link to get March’s Sailors, Ships, & Seas box! https://owlcrate.com/refer/Aliso-LSCKDFFH #owlcrate #bookstagram #owlcratespoilers #owlcrateunboxing

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Hope all is well with you!

Saying Goodbye

I think it’s finally time to say goodbye. I stepped away from the blog back in September thinking I just needed a break to recharge my batteries. A few months turned into 9 months and I’m still enjoying my time away.

Blogging has been a great outlet for me. I started way back in June of 2011 when I was still in college. A lot has changed personally for me since then but my love of reading has never wavered. Blogging was a great way for me to keep track of the books I was reading as well as what I liked/didn’t like about the books.

Now I’m in a different stage of my life where blogging about all the books I read really isn’t a feasible goal. I have other things I would much rather spend my time on.

I do owe all of you out there a big thank you. There are the many authors who contacted me and gave me my first opportunities of professional reviewing. The many, MANY other bloggers who have shaped my reading tastes. I didn’t know you on a personal level but we knew each other enough that I could trust your judgement on books. You introduced me to so many things I never would have tried on my own. As a reader, you all know how special that kind of ‘relationship’ is.

With all that said, I’m not deleting The Cheap Reader. People are still coming across my blog. If reviews can help other readers, I’m happy for them to be found online. Who knows? Maybe in a few years I’ll get the blogging bug again and feel the urge to start blogging again.

Thank you for reading.


Taking a Break

This has been coming for quite a while. I’ve been feeling burnt out and less passionate about book blogging for a long time. My posting has been slowing down. I quickly throw together ‘reviews’ when I think about it. I’ve just been barely participating. As a result, the connection with other readers and bloggers is pretty much gone. Without conversation, blogging is pretty darn boring and lonely.

It’s time to pull the plug and step away from book blogging for a while. I want to read and enjoy a book without thinking about what to say about it. I want to read a book without having other bloggers’ thoughts about the book pestering me at the back of my mind.

I’m not sure if I’ll be back but I hope I do come back. I love interacting with other readers and love talking with others about the books we’re reading.

I’m not completely abandoning blogging. I’ve started a new blog where I’m sharing some of my library work. Feel free to hop over for children, tween, and teen displays, programs, and storytimes!

Book Review: “The Crimson Crown”

 alt=“The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4)” by Cinda Williams Chima

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Library

Other Seven Realms books

Summary from Goodreads:

A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed-Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love.

Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana’Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells’ inner turmoil, Raisa’s best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she’s falling in love.

Through a complicated web of lies and unholy alliances, former streetlord Han Alister has become a member of the Wizard Council of the Fells. Navigating the cut-throat world of blue blood politics has never been more dangerous, and Han seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it?

A simple, devastating truth concealed by a thousand-year-old lie at last comes to light in this stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series.


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