Do Book Bloggers Clickbait?

In one way or another, we´ve all been confronted with clickbait before. You know, that moment when you see an interesting headline and click the link, only to have discovered that the article has little to do with the headline? Yeah, that. That´s clickbait in all its glory.

 

 

As annoying clickbait is, there´s no denying that it works. It´s wrong, for sure, but that doesn´t stop it from happening. Because people want views- They want attention. Is that a crime? Well, to want attention isn´t a crime. You can hardly fault anyone who wants their work to be seen. It´s the fact that a false bait is deliberately used to achieve that goal that doesn´t sit well with many.

Lately, I´ve noticed an increase of people blaiming book bloggers of clickbaiting.

 

 

Can book bloggers clickbait? It´s possible. It wouldn´t surprise me if they did use this tactic to gain views. I can´t say I´ve seen a clickbait post by a book blogger, though. Not yet. Up until this point, it´s just people abusing the word clickbait for lack of a better term to describe their anger toward something they didn´t like. The word itself has become a popular insult in the book blog community.

But do book bloggers clickbait? They could but I think it´s highly unlikely that they are using this form of trickery. I´m not denying book blogger´s clickbait existence, I´m just saying it’s not as widespread as it is in online journalism. From what I´ve seen, the supposed clickbait blog posts ( from book bloggers ) were either misunderstood or in fact, understood but not accepted due to personal reasons. Or the book blogger post didn´t fit with the intellectual standards of others. It´s 2020. Words mildly confuse many book people.

 

 

Should there be a moment when a book blogger uses clickbait to gain attention… Well, I can´t say there´s any reason to go ape-shit over that. This is not me condoning clickbait in any way, shape, or form but it´s hardly worth getting the pitchforks out, wouldn´t you agree? It´s irritating, especially when you believe you´re about to read something you´re really really interested in. But not life-threatening. A reader/blog visitor has the opportunity to ignore the clickbait once they realize what´s happening.

Again, I´m not saying I´m pro clickbait when it comes to book bloggers. I very much disagree with this method when it´s done intentionally because I think it´s pointless.

And because I would hate to be called a click baiter myself I´m going to repeat the headline of this blog post and answer the question directly ( to clear up any confusion )

Do Book Bloggers Clickbait? Yes and no, but I´m leaning more toward no. There is a huge chance that book bloggers word their headliners incorrectly or can´t find a better way to come up with something eye-catchy that would fit their blog post. Misunderstandings happen every day. Did you hear that Karen and Ken? Shit happens.


What are your thoughts on book bloggers who use clickbait?

What are your thoughts on book bloggers who´ve been accused of click-baiting?

Have you ever been called a click baiter or accused another book blogger of click-baiting?

Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤


Thank you for reading this blog post. I truly appreciate it.

Hope you have a wonderful bookish day.

Much love,

Books & Wine Monday: Advice From The Elderly On How To Survive The Heat

Hello and welcome back to Books & Wine Monday.

( Apologies for the non-bookish post and for the missing book + wine pic )

I hope everyone´s been doing well these past few weeks. Personally, I can´t complain. Life, with all its current difficulties, hasn´t been too harsh on me. How can it be when you sit in front of a fan and a portable air conditioning system from sunrise to sunset.

Life is grande when your eyelids don´t sweat. It´s also wonderful when you don´t produce boob and ass crack water.

I know, I know. Body fluid talk isn´t flattering. But I don´t really care. It´s hot. I´m melting. I need to complain. 38 C in the shade ( 100 F ) isn´t exactly my idea of living a good life if you know what I mean?

Speaking of living life- I haven´t done much reading this month. I can´t even remember if I read a book last month. I´ve been too busy collecting ancient advice from every elderly woman living in my area on how to battle indoor heat. Because you know, I live in a country where A/C only exists in grocery stores and some cars.

What I loved most about asking these elderly women ( I´m sure they are somewhere around their 80s ) was how willing they were to pass down their useful information and smart ass advice. Thanks to Gertrud from around the corner I now know I shouldn´t open the house door at all * insert major eye roll *. The other ladies, though, had some steady tricks they swore worked.

  1. Keep the shades down during the day but open your windows at night. Good idea but not really something I wanted to do since we don´t have fly screens on our windows. By opening our windows at night we´d be eaten alive by anything that has wings. Still, I can see this working.
  2. Open the windows at night and hang a cold wet towel over the curtain rod. Leave overnight and remove the wet towel before the sun rises. Then repeat. I figured this would be more effective for me because the towel would prevent any bugs from getting in. I tried this method out and… it works!!
  3. Build a swamp cooler. This one wasn´t new to me because my brothers and I used to build these when we were kids. Now, as an adult, I can´t seem to find the energy in this scorching heat to get in the oven ( that´s what I call my car now ) to get crushed ice ( another luxury we Europeans don´t always have in our homes ). But I will say this: If anyone does manage to get some ice just put it in a bucket and let the fan blow at it. The results aren´t enormous but the semi-cool air helps a little.
  4. Isolate your walls better. Yeah, that one really helped. Do I look like I´m going to tear down my house right now and spend a stupid amount of money I don´t have? Come up with a better one, Emma.
  5. Spend time in the basement if you have one. To be honest- This worked the best for me. It not only cooled me off but also made me aware of how much stuff I need to get rid of.

Then there were things like stay in the shade and drink cold drinks, buy a pool and sit in that all day, buy that new cooling pillow, etc. As much as I enjoyed these trinkets of wisdom I found they only work really well if you act fast, are on time or if the sun isn´t trying to melt your body and soul. Either way, I´m ready for Autumn and Winter.

Fingers crossed the weather will cool down pretty soon so I can get some much-wanted reading done. `Cause, I do miss reading. I never thought I´d say this one day but… I kind of miss writing reviews, too.

So, what did we learn today? That asking the older generation for advice is actually a good idea. Most were delighted that I came around, except for Gertrud. She wasn´t too pleased that I interrupted her daily plant watering routine. I guess that´s it for this week. I shall now try to peel my legs off this wooden chair so I can feel like a human again.

Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope you enjoyed it.

I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful week. Be sure to share the book love.

The Art Of Giving Readers Power

Kind of a sinister title for a blog post, don´t you think? The Art Of Giving Readers Power– Sounds dark and highly controversial. Well, I can assure you this blog post won´t be dark but I can´t guarantee this will be a controversial free read. That will be for you, as a blog visitor or as a dedicated follower, to decide. Either way, I hope you enjoy this topic as it´s been something I´ve thought about for quite some time.

The Art Of Giving Readers Power

One would think that readers are silent, harmless human beings. They don´t have any sort of power because they´re the ones at the end of the bookish stick. Readers and book bloggers just read and sometimes write reviews.

 

 

Many have failed to acknowledge the fact that readers are actually the ones who hold the imaginary golden fountain pen when given permission. 

Now, I know what you´re thinking. And you´re partly right. But hey, it´s okay.  Just know that I´m going somewhere with this post. Back to the imaginary golden fountain pen wielding readers.

When I say ” when given permission” I mean when authors consciously include their readers in their writing process or ask questions on social media regarding a new idea.

Sometimes we see posts that look something like this:

“If I were to create a Hero who has a temper, would you see the Hero as someone who´s abusive?”

“I´m writing a book. What would you like to see happen in this book?” 

Of course, these questions could be seen as an act of kindness. Maybe an author wants to honor their dedicated fans by letting them pick a direction for the author´s story. Or perhaps an author has lost their writing mojo and needs a little inspiration. You know, that certain push to get things rolling again.  Whatever the reason- Authors are giving readers the opportunity to give their input. Is this is a smart move? I think it depends on from which side you´re seeing this. 

As an author, I can imagine that having a reader´s input is extremely helpful. 

As a reader, I can imagine the excitement when an author asks for an opinion.

All this looks like a win/win situation for everyone. That is… If one wishes to see it that way. Personally, I´ve tried seeing author questions on social media as something special but failed because I can´t stop wondering about the reasons. 

Why on God´s green earth would an author want a reader´s opinion? Have they run out of ideas? Isn´t that the worst thing an author could do? I mean, authors come up with a story and write it. Is it necessary to listen to the crowd? 

 

The Art Of Giving Readers Power

Authors are artists. Some are desperately trying to make a living off of writing. Some writers are barely keeping the dream alive while others are still trying to set foot in the business. Let´s not forget that it´s 2020. We´re living in a fragile time where it isn´t as easy to be a self-published author as it was 10 years ago. Readers certainly aren´t the people they used to be. Even feedback has changed. 

Book feedback in 2020 is either extremely good or extremely hurtful or the feedback doesn´t make a whole lot of sense. “I´m giving this book 2 stars because the ink on page 23 was smeared.” * sigh * Sadly, decent feedback isn´t as popular as the extremes, so they often go unnoticed or are immediately forgotten. 

There seem to be three main types of reading tribes. The ones who´re overly sensitive. The ones who´re fairly neutral. The ones we don´t know exist because they don´t hang around social media. A pissed off reader will do all they can to voice their disapproval. Negativity spreads faster than a wildfire in our community. 

Some authors tend to think they can´t afford to receive negative feedback as this would jeopardize book sales. They can´t take risks in an already hot environment. 

And that´s what it boils down to- Book sales. At the end of each day, the artist needs to make a living. In our world, it´s become easy to offend and trigger people with the simplest things. In order to prevent that from happening authors ask their fans/readers questions and therefore give power. It´s also about keeping the existing fanbase happy. 

I agree- Greater crimes have been committed. It´s also good to mention that not all self-published authors take this route. But isn´t it still sad that many do?  

 

“If I were to create a Hero who has a temper, would you see the Hero as someone who´s abusive?”

This is clearly an author who´s unsure about how their character will be perceived by their audience. The author is aware that abuse is a trigger topic but doesn´t see their character as someone who´s abusive. To avoid future backlash they decide to ask a reader, thus giving a reader power. Imagine the author has a little over 1000 online fans/followers. 100 are regularly active but only 20 react to an author´s question regarding their work.

20 readers say that the author´s Hero is, without a doubt, an abusive asshole ( without having met the character ). The author has two choices at that moment:

    Not create a character with a temper

    Make a note to include abuse as a trigger warning
You see, the power had already been unleashed the moment the feedback came in. 20 readers voiced their opinions. 20 readers were enough to change the course of a potential bestseller. 20 readers are enough to fill an author´s mind with doubt. 

And because this system had proven to be useful for an author they repeat it. Authors are then unaware that they´re allowing their readers to influence them. In the end, readers will feel empowered that they made a change for the better. A change that wasn´t necessarily better for everyone else. And the more this happens the more changes we´ll see with writers. 

Tough subject, right? 

Now, I know there are readers/fans and authors who´ll find this whole blog post appalling. There´s no doubt in my mind that someone is reading this right now, cursing me from the comfort of their homes, for even having entertained this absurd thought. And that´s fine. 

There are readers who prefer when they´re asked for their opinions to make their reading experiences as pleasant as possible. And, of course, there are authors who are all too willing to cater to their readers’ needs. Which is also fine. I might not agree with that, but okay. 

Still, one simple fact can´t be ignored- It´s all about money. It´s all about sales. The dream needs to stay alive. Whether it´s a question about characters, the plot, content warnings, or even about the blurb… I don´t think it´s the best idea to ask about these on public platforms for everyone to see and leave a comment. 

In my most humble opinion, I believe it´s important for authors to write about what feels right for them. Writers create stories for us to read. They challenge us with their thoughts and ideas and push boundaries. Authors aren´t out to destroy their readers’ wellbeing in any way. I have yet to encounter an author who wakes up in the morning and thinks “Today I´m going to fuck em all over so they end up needing life long therapy.” I don´t believe that. Just as much as I don´t believe any reader has a right to think that authors SHOULD write stories the way they want them to be. Creativity should be encouraged and celebrated. Not restricted. 

The Art Of Giving Readers Power

Reviews from readers are powerful on their own and should be enough to help an author make any adjustments ( if necessary ). Social media should be used to interact with fans/followers in a fun way. But that´s just my take on the topic. 

Nonetheless- I wish each and every author all the success in the world. 


What are your thoughts?

Do you think authors should ask for a reader´s opinion?

Have you seen an author ask similar questions on social media? 

Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤ 

 


Thank you for reading this blog post. I truly appreciate it.

Keep sharing the book love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That´s Bookish Interesting- A Book Trigger Warning Site

When people ask me what´s it like to be in the book blog community I always give the same answer:

It´s interesting.

Because it is. Sure, it´s great fun to mingle with the book crowd and read/review and “research” on social media…  There´s always something new happening in the book blog universe. Just recently I stumbled upon something that caught my bookish attention. A site called Book Trigger Warnings.

Book Trigger Warnings is a site that´s dedicated to readers who´re looking for `safe` books to read.

Aah, okay.

 

 

In theory, not a bad idea. Some readers are sensitive / get triggered when reading potentially distressing material. Also, this idea offers insensitive readers, who´re looking for specific triggering elements, a way to feed their needs. The site can be seen as a win/win for both reader parties. 

In practice, though… This won´t be a simple thing to manage. Especially in a world where close to everything can be considered a trigger.

I won´t lie- I have mixed feelings about this site or any other site that promises `safe` options. I also don´t see the word `safe` anywhere near books. I can´t say I´ve met an author whose first priority was to write a safe book.

I accept a reader´s wish to want to read books that won´t trigger them. But where does the trigger list start and end?

Another concern of mine is: Most books already have trigger warnings. These are often included in online book descriptions ( either provided by a publisher or author ) or inside books. To include more trigger warnings would mean to reveal more information about the story. From my point of view, this means we´re moving further away from trigger warnings and closer toward spoilers. Not that I have anything against spoilers ( spoiler fan here ) but there are people who´ll literally threaten others if they mention more than what´s been printed on the backside of a book.

 

 

I can´t help but think about what book trigger warning sites do for authors / self-published authors ( or won´t do ). It´s no secret that most are already struggling with the trigger topic. Because trigger warnings influence sales.

 

  • Add no trigger warnings = Some readers could get triggered
  • Add a few warnings = Some readers will be triggered 
  • Add a generalized warning = Some readers will be triggered
  • Add any/all potential topic as a warning = Some readers will be triggered

 

A triggered reader will most likely leave a negative review. Negative reviews have the power to persuade potential buyers. So, an author is convinced they have to include trigger warnings for their books to not jeopardize their book sales. So far so good. But what if I told you that half of the triggered population isn´t genuinely triggered? Maybe they just don´t approve of certain elements in stories and demand to be warned?

The bottom line of all the points mentioned above is: Whatever happens, there will be triggered people. And there will be negative reviews. These can´t be avoided no matter what.

I applaud the people managing Book Trigger Warnings and wanting to provide safe reading experiences for their followers. It’s a genuine concept that targets a certain crowd. But I´m having a hard time wrapping my head around this topic.

We´re living in a world where people aren´t satisfied with walking away from something they don´t enjoy/like/approve of. The sole purpose of a book has always been to educate and entertain readers. By creating lists with `safe` reading options we´re helping readers stay in their comfort zones and unconsciously pressuring self-published authors to rethink their ideas for their future stories/to work harder on including the right trigger warnings.

Non-fiction can be a challenging genre for some readers. For readers who genuinely become emotionally distressed- I think the Book Trigger Warnings site could be helpful. It could also work the other way around for readers who live for emotional wreckage. But I truly believe many will misuse the site and that will take its toll on the publishing and self-publishing world.

Of course, I could be completely wrong about this topic. But then again, there is no right or wrong when it comes to trigger warnings. It all depends on the individual reader.

Despite my mixed feelings, I wish Book Trigger Warnings all the success, love, and chocolate cake in the world. May their site be as helpful as they hope it will be.

 


What are your thoughts? Feel free to leave a comment if you agree or disagree. ❤


Sending everyone lots of book love!

Have a wonderful day,

Book Review: The Queen´s Assassin – Melissa De La Cruz

Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia’s deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is why he’s the Guild’s most dangerous member and the Queen’s one and only assassin. He’s also bound to the Queen by an impossible vow–to find the missing Deian Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge, stolen years ago by a nefarious sect called the Aphrasians.

Shadow has been training all her life to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunts–to become skilled enough to join the ranks of the Guild. Though magic has been forbidden since the Aphrasian uprising, Shadow has been learning to control her powers in secret, hoping that one day she’ll become an assassin as feared and revered as Caledon Holt.

When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they’re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia. But as Cal and Shadow grow closer, they’ll uncover a shocking web of lies and secrets that may destroy everything they hold dear. With war on the horizon and true love at risk, they’ll stop at nothing to protect each other and their kingdom in this stunning first novel in the Queen’s Secret series.

 


 

The Queen´s Assassin ( The Queen´s Secret ) by Melissa De La Cruz is a fantasy gone bone dry.

Think of being served an overcooked turkey and having to eat that without drinking a sip of water during or after- That´s how this book felt.

` Bound by fate… Broken by love. `

The tagline on the front cover sounds cheesy as hell but that´s exactly what I was looking for. A fantasy romance with a bit of abracadabra or voodoo majoojoo that would ruin my emotional household. So, I bought it and… fell asleep after a few pages.

The next day I gave it another go. I fell asleep again. It took me a full week to finish The Queen´s Assassin because it was so sober. So dry. So utterly matter of fact. Not the multifaceted story I imagined it would be. It´s never a good sign when I fall asleep so often when wanting to read a book.

With that being said, I didn´t like the writing. I liked how the story started and I loved the world build but not how the story was told. The exciting moments weren´t exciting. The drama wasn´t dramatic. The romance wasn´t there. The mysterious parts weren´t gripping. The big reveal at the end didn´t faze me one bit.


Would I recommend this book? Not if you´re looking for something that´ll knock your fantasy romance world.

Will I continue the series? Nope.


The Cover – 3 Stars: It´s decent. Nothing special.

The Story – 2 Stars: Less adventurous than promised. Less gripping than I thought it would be. Plus, the writing did nothing for me.

The Characters – 2 Stars: Both did nothing for me as individual figures or as a couple.

My emotional state after finishing this book – Ready to move on.

 


This book is available online on Amazon.com