WOOHOO!!! I’m so, so, so excited to present to you……the new and improved Tempest Books!
As you can see, there’s a shiny new header — designed by yours truly — that I’m absolutely in love with! I didn’t hate my old header, but I’d just gotten kind of bored with it, to be honest. It was cutesy and feminine, which is definitely “me,” but I wanted something a little bit more…fun. And also something that was more thematic with my brand.
The name of my blog is Tempest Books because I was actually named after one of the characters in the Shakespeare play The Tempest, which (from what I’ve gathered — I unfortunately haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my Books To Read Before I Die list!) is about people traveling on a boat that goes through a storm.
The word tempest in general means a violent storm, and it’s often associated with the ocean. So my little anchor motif that I’ve been using around the blog (like for my star ratings and in my old header) is definitely fitting, but it wasn’t quite as bold and in-your-face in regards to being in line with the title of my blog, so I decided to change that!
So now, in the header, there’s some waves and ships and a cool font that very vaguely gives me a nautical vibe. And I redesigned my follow buttons as well! They’re now photos in circles instead of the written-out words like I had before, and each button is surrounded by some rope. I also added Pinterest and Instagram buttons, which I didn’t previously have. I love them!
Another change I made was now I also have a favorite quote (which I will change weekly) underneath my “currently reading” and “up next” books in the right sidebar.
I also decided to change my profile picture to a more updated version (it’s this new one now on Twitter as well, so you can hopefully still recognize me!).
And, lastly, I also decided to revamp my star rating icons and make them ships instead of anchors! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, because I thought that it was a little hard to tell how many stars I was giving something with the old pictures, so I’m hoping this will fix that problem. Some of my already scheduled reviews for the next few weeks might still have anchors, but I will start integrating the ship icons into new reviews from now on.
So how do you like all of my changes?? I’m dying to hear your opinion 😀