Thank The Books It´s Friday

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Thank The Books It´s Friday!

 

Boy, what a week it´s been, huh? Makes me really want to sit back and drink a whole bottle of wine alone and just think about how peaceful life is… offline. Let´s bring out the Friday squirrel to celebrate the weekend, shall we?

 

 

And while we´re at it, let´s hope no author on Twitter decides to make ungrateful statements for the next… I don´t know… 5 – 20 years? Possibly never again?

I´m sure you´ve seen the recent book Twitter shit-show created by the ( to me very unknown ) author Elizabeth Bear.

 

 

A kind reminder to people who tag authors in book reviews. How thoughtful. How ballsy. How generally rude.

Of course, I disagree on so many levels with this statement. The whole tweet is just a load of bullshit. It´s generalized and targets everyone in the book community. It´s also not specific enough. Are we talking all review posts or just the negative ones? I haven´t learned the art of sniffing out the specifics yet so it would´ve been slightly helpful if the author had been more clear instead of presenting a limited and highly unprofessional tweet.

This tweet caused quite a bit of a stir in the book-Twitter community. Book bloggers, authors, and even readers stepped forward to voice their disapproval. I can´t blame them. The tweet was a virtual slap in the face. Oh, speaking of face slaps… After having followed the thread for some time I spotted something even more disappointing.

 

 

Neil Gaiman, too?! Bitch, that burned.

 

This is, without a doubt, a touchy subject. It shouldn´t be, though. For all I know, the majority of the book blog community isn´t fishing for praises, compliments or even acknowledgment when tagging authors in positive review posts. Tags aren´t meant to cripple authors emotionally or piss them off.

I mean- sure. Authors have the right to voice their opinions. Go ahead and do your worst. But if that means pissing off a huge chunk of the book community then I´d say that´s not the way to win new readers or keep the ones that´ve been loyal ( indirectly waving at you, Neil Gaiman ).

A piece of advice for Elizabeth Bear: Try not to speak for all authors next time. Also-socializing is wonderful but not mandatory. A simple mention in your bio would´ve prevented a whole lot of backlash.

 

 

Uugh. See? A royal shit-show. People, we´re not even halfway through February and there´s already drama. I recently made a bet with a fellow book blogger on when the next literary shit will hit the fan… My bets were on late Spring, early Summer. * sigh *

 

So what else is new?

 

Oh! I´d like to give a loud Fuck you, very much to my daughter´s friend and their mom for giving me and the kids Scarlet fever. I´m on day 4 with a temp of 39°. I feel like I can fry eggs on my skin at this point. To be honest- I never thought adults could catch the Scarlet fever. I was wrong. I was also wrong to think this would pass quickly. As of now, I´m sofa bound with nothing to do but snooze off a few times during the day from being so exhausted and suffering during the night. Yes, dear friend´s mom… I hate you with a passion.

I decided to go online book shopping tomorrow. Deep down I know it´s just frustration shopping but at this point- I don´t give a rats ass.  * purposefully ignoring the stack of unread books next to me *

 

That´s about it for this week, my dear bookish Padawans. I hope you didn´t suffer too much through this minor aggressive post. My apologies. I´m not feeling so hot. I´m actually burning!

 

Before I go: Did you watch the Twitter show? What are your thoughts on the author´s tweet? Should authors make such demands? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat ❤

 

Sending out lots of health and great positive vibes!

Enjoy your weekend.

Much bookish love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Bookish Memes That Hit Close To Home

And here we are once again. It´s great to have everyone back for another bookish meme parade. This time we´re Team – Reader.

A friend once said readers don´t really have problems. Well, guess what? We have more than you´d think. Granted – We´re dealing with first world issues… But, they´re still issues, ya know? Things that frustrate us, annoy us and even things that make our blood boil.. Those are OUR issues.

Alas! We shall begin with 10 Bookish Memes That Hit Close To Home…


 

#1    Rational Investment

Although, you won´t see me saying anything out loud when standing in front of a $25 book. I´d just wordlessly let a tear roll down my cheek and hope someone will have pity and buy me the damn book.

 

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#2    The Science Behind Our Relationship With Books

This explains E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G.

 

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#3    A Book Addicts Life

4. How I´m going to finish the books I started months ago

5. Thinking about starting a new book

6. …

 

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#4    It´s The Movement That Counts

We give our brains a good workout. That should be enough.

 

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#5    Life Goals

I definitely see myself on a remote island with an unlimited supply of cocktails and books. That will also be the day when my reviews will be a simple ” Fuck yeah” or “Fuck no”.

 

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#6    It´s All About Priorities

No comment.

 

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#7  The Ugliest Face Of Our Book Universe

Bah. I hate, HATE books with the movie version cover. * Storming off to get a much-needed bottle of rosé*

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#8  Our Empty Threats

That´s what we do. We´re so passionate about our books that we even threaten no one in particular while reading. The words just come out of our mouths. It´s not our fault.

 

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#9   Our Determination Is Limitless

I seriously don´t know why people keep doubting us when it comes to wanting to finish a book. We said we would, right?

 

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# 10   The Good Ol´ Cliffy

This is actual footage of me when I encounter a cliffhanger. Even the dialogue is spot on.

 

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That´s a wrap for today. I hope you enjoyed the 10 Bookish Memes That Hit Close To Home.

 

Which one is your favorite? Which one can you relate to? Leave a comment below. ❤

 

Have a wonderful day.

Much love and many hugs,

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10 Most Revealing Book Titles

Hold your knickers in place, folks, because this is going to be a special awkward post on the 10 Most Revealing Book Titles! Because the internet doesn´t have enough of these `Top 10 Most…` posts.

Don´t tell me you didn´t see this coming. Seriously, you just had to know I´d not only want to reduce myself to examining book cover images. Nu-uh, mister / missy. I´m going to take this a step further and tackle book titles, too!

Because there´s a whole book universe filled with crazy, suspicious, revealing book titles out there, especially in the Lit-world.

We´re all good at judging a book by its cover. I say a title deserves just as much judgement.

A book title is important. Just as with the cover image, the title represents a book. The title has to be just as eye-catching as the cover image to grab a reader´s attention. Besides, a book without a title is going to be a bitch to find. Can you image the chaos title – less books would create in our world? I´m not going to even try imagining that because my brain will probably start to hurt after 5 minutes.

Remember the part where I mention how a title represents a book? Yeah, some writers / authors ( whoever the foo foo picks a title ) take this little aspect too far and reveal the who story – Just with a few words. And some…. * bracing myself for this one * just don´t give a hoot or they give too much of a hoot- thinking they´ve gone all creative with their book titles. These people haven´t understood the meaning of `make or break`. In many cases, authors tend to break more than make.

Another thing I´d like to add is: If you have a wild imagination ( like myself ) and find humor in almost everything in life ( even book titles. ESPECIALLY book titles ) then you´ll have a hard time finding a title that´s actually interesting instead of humorous. For example: When I see a book in a bookstore with the title `What If It´s Us`my mind will immediately create a convo that looks something like this: “What if it´s NOT us, huh? What if it´s the other guy with the comb – over in aisle 3? What if I was a giant? Would they let me have all the corn flakes boxes for free?” Do you feel my pain? No?

Still, `What If Its Us`is, despite my weird ways, a great title. It´s catchy. It makes me want to find out more about the book. The title doesn´t spoil the story.

Nevertheless – Book titles are a matter of taste. What I find weird doesn´t mean it IS weird.

Here are my 10 Most Revealing Book Titles! Feel free to chip in the comments below if you agree or disagree with this list of quirky and questionable book titles.

  1. Drive Me Wild – Julie Kriss

I see what ya doin´there. A guy with arms as thick as my thighs, tatts and a little thumb to lip action… add the revealing title and I know without reading the blurb what the book is about. Do I find the title catchy enough? Nope. Ain´t nothing driving me wild here.

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2. Good Gone Bad – Giana Darling

I really appreciate not having to buy this book now because I know the story has a character that´s gone from good to bad. And by the looks of the guy´s face in the image… He looks like he´s giving me the “You really sure about getting this book?” look while escaping prison. Is the title catchy? Not for me. Too revealing and not interesting enough for me.

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3. Once Upon A Texas Christmas – Katherine Garbera

Of course. A Texas Christmas. Gottcha. I predict Texas and Christmas. My gut tells me I´m not far from the truth. Aside from the fact that I loathe Christmas romance novels I´d say this would never be something I´d want to buy. Is the title catchy? No. It´s too long and something people can easily oversee, unless they´re looking for this particular type of read.

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4. Uncockblockable – Shay Savage

Damn! What a title. To tell you the truth, I wouldn´t know what to do with a book with that title. Probably never read it because it has the word cock in it. Look, I have a potty mouth and can be vulgar with the right company… but the word ´cock´doesn´t necessarily belong in a book title. I might be alone with this opinion but hey… it´s a turn off for me. Also, the title is placed in the worst place ever. On a shirt? The author´s name is more prominent than the title. Do I think the title is catchy? Yeah, for the wrong reason.

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5. Possessed By The Vampire – Kellie McAllen

Is this some weird spanky spanky vampire romance? If so, then I´ll pass. Is this perhaps a romanticized bloodsucker tale about a young woman who is mad with lust and a vampire who´s dying to control the young woman´s libido? Is that an Aztec temple in the background?! Do I think the title is catchy? NO! The title is a tad too tacky for my taste.

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6. The Bull Rider´s Christmas Baby – Laura Marie Altom

Understood. The baby is due on Christmas. His/her father is a bull rider who I assume is also a cowboy ( the hat is a dead giveaway ). No more details needed now. I can go to bed at night knowing I skipped this potential brilliant read that has Christmas feels, a cowboy / bull rider and a baby in it. Is the title catchy? Absolutely not.

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7. The Hero And The Hacktivist – Pippa Grant

Thank you, dear person who picked the title. It would have been a bitch finding out what the characters do for a living while reading. Who wants to do that anyway? Reading is too much work. The more you reveal on the cover the better. Do I find the title catchy? I find the cover flippin´lazy.

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8. Held Captive By The Cavemen – Shoshanna Evers

Tell us more, dear person who was in charge of the title. Would be a shame to leave out all the other bullet pointers. Do I find this title catchy? Uuhm… I don´t know what to think. I can´t stop all the naughty comebacks in my mind for this title.

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9.   The Loneliest Alpha – T. A. Grey

Oh, this is a bit depressing. The alpha is not just lonely – He´s the loneliest Alpha, probably from all Alphas existing. He ain´t looking so lonely on the cover image, though. Hey, Alpha of all Alphas, explain yourself! You´re sending off some mixed signals here. Do I find the title catchy? Good Laawd, no.

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10. Everyone Poops – Taro Gomi

* slamming hands on table * I KNEW IT! Lol. This is by far my favorite weird book title because it´s not only weird, it´s double weird because it´s for children. I don´t know about you but I think the poop topic doesn´t need further explanation because there´s no avoiding the act itself. Why this needs a book is beyond me. What would book #2 look like? `Everyone Poops Different Shapes and Sizes`?

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That´s it for now, dear bookish Padawans. Don´t worry, though…There´s more to this category than you could ever imagine. A whole book universe filled with weird book titles. Stay tuned. ❤

But before I leave…

Do you have a favorite book title that reveals too much of everything? Let me know in the comments below. ❤


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The Problem With Honest Book Reviews From Book Bloggers

There´s a problem with honest book reviews from book bloggers. Did you know about that? Have you already figured out what the problem is? It´s tiny, almost miniscule microscopic, but it´s still there. I´m even positive this problem doesn´t even bother anyone, either.

Honesty. Probably one of the trickiest and most misunderstood word existing. We all want honesty but it´s often not accepted or appreciated, depending on the type of honesty that´s been given. Negative honesty is never welcomed. Positive honesty is always appreciated.

But what about the unnecessary type of honesty? Like- the mentioning of honesty in book reviews?

 

In the ever growing book industry, book bloggers / readers are confronted with writers from every bookish corner. We´ve got the indie writers, the self – published authors and the traditional published authors. And every single one of those writers, no matter the niche they occupy or the genre they write in,.. they all  need feedback ( as I´ve so cleverly mentioned in my post on 5 Reasons Why Book Reviews Are Important.) Feedback usually comes from readers. But that´s a whole other bedtime story for another night. ( and some day I will get to how opinions affect authors ) And they all want honest opinions. Okay, fair enough, right? Shouldn´t be that difficult to accomplish. In fact, this should be the easiest part of a book blogger´s job. Yet….. there´s a problem. A weird one.

 

Ever picked a review to read and noticed how those reviewers include a

“this is my honest opinion”

line? Whether that line is on the top of a review or skillfully weaved into a review… Reviewers often ( if not always ) add that line or use the words honest opinion.

Isn´t that just fabulous? Everyday, indecisive readers get to read an honest opinion on a book. If you take a few seconds to think about it… Mentioning  honesty isn´t really necessary because it should go without saying that the review on any book is honest. Why bother, otherwise, right?

But the word holds more power than one would think. Honesty. Because we get blindsided about the actual fact and meaning.

“Oh wow! We´re getting an honest opinion.”

When in reality, you´re getting one person´s point of view. It´s their honesty. No one elses. It´s not the honesty above all honesty.

It´s irrelivant to include “This is my honest opinion.” because I, myself, assume I´m getting an honest opinion anyway. That was my honest opinion right there.

But for a book blogger to include such info? Can someone see where I´m going with this? It´s confusing.

I have yet to come across a book blogger who went out of their way to lie in their reviews.

Okay – If we leave out the special people who review books they haven´t read ( yes, dear book – loving – Padawans. That´s a thing. And these people can be spotted easily ) then there´s no reason not to think a review isn´t always honest.

I agree with you all that this isn´t world shattering business but it´s still something to think about.

Dear book bloggers, why do you add that line? Is it because you want to prevent a war? Is it because maybe you feel better including the honesty disclaimer? Why do you do it, if you do it at all?

 

Maybe it´s because book bloggers have been asked by publishers or authors to include the honesty bit in reviews…. Which is fine. Doesn´t mean it makes more sense to me because ( see reasons above ) it still doesn´t make sense ( does this make sense?!).

So, there´s my answer to the problem. Including an honesty line doesn´t carry much meaning.

I would love to read your thoughts on the subject Honest Opinions In Reviews!<3

 

Thank you all for reading this blog post.

PS: In no way was I trying to be offensive to fellow book bloggers who include the honesty line in their reviews.

Much love,

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The Book Blog Makeover

There comes a time when change is needed. Not only for the purpose of keeping up with the year / decade / century but also because change is a much-needed process we all have to go through. The change I´m talking about is a personal change. It´s actually a first world problem if you don´t see it from my point of view.

Bah. My blog needs a makeover. It´s boring the shippy dippy out of me. White with white and maybe a contrast speck here and a nuance darker there. It´s driving me bananas, to be honest.

Although, I picked the theme and the colors because I thought everything together represented me to the T. I don´t have much color in my life ( this is not a metaphor for some deep-rooted issue I have. I mean- I might have a deep-rooted issue but I´m waiting to deal with that when I´m 80+ years old ). When I say I don´t have much color in my life I´m telling you that there is literally not much color around me. Like, at all. Every color is subtle. It´s either black, gray or white for me.

I´m either a brooding emo or the sun is shining out from my behind. That´s how you can imagine what my house looks like.

So, to give my blog a makeover is somewhat difficult. What should I do? What colors do I pick? What about feathers, arrows, antlers, flowers? Should I go for something bold and sophisticated or maybe add something girly like hearts and… more hearts? Glitter and rainbows? How about unicorns? Do I even go for something trendy or stick with something timeless? I´m not even sure why I´m putting so much thought into this subject.

Pardon the overly dramatic gif. I felt a dramatic moment creep up but it´s gone now.

 

So, I´ve decided to go age appropriate with a nice feminine touch. I´ve also decided, the theme and colors are staying… for now. I can´t stomach too much change at once that´s why I´m going to ease my way into this blog makeover at a snail’s pace.

Some of you might have already noticed the changes. Some of you probably haven´t. What a great way to enlighten you now!

Alas…. I present… the mini blog makeover in progress.


 

The Rating Stars

A disliked system to rate books ( so I´ve noticed and been told ) but I love it and can´t imagine my reviews without them. Star ratings make my life easier and hopefully other lives as well.

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Book Synopsis & My Thoughts

This is something I feel that is important to add to reviews because…. Well, what´s the point of a review if I don´t share my thoughts, am I right?   So, to highlight the synopsis and my thoughts I decided to separate them and add a nice graphic to help readers understand which is what ( because you just never know who get´s confused, you know?)

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The Signature

This is just a fun feature I decided to include because typing my name on the bottom of every post looked a tad sad and dull. Not sure if my name looks all too spiffy in a graphic, either, but it definitely lightens up the picture.

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Another change some of you may have noticed would be my added  `Before & After Review feature. This is a whole new kind of review world for me and it´s fun. Time consuming but still a joy. To reread older books and write what I thought 10 years ago and compare that to my 10 years later opinion.

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Also, I thought it would be a little helpful to stick to a short, 4 day, weekly theme to not overwhelm myself or get confused ( because, old lady here, remember? )

 

Monday – Mug Monday & Bookish Talk

Tuesday – Review Day

Wednesday – Meme / personal book related discoveries, fun stuff

Thursday – Discussion posts / rants

Friday – Optional for tags or other extremely fun stuff

Saturday – Day off

Sunday – Day off

On the first of every month I´ll upload a Reading List and every last day of each month I´ll admit my failure of reaching my reading goals for the month.

 

So, this is going to be a taking baby steps changing process. Hopefully before 2018 ends I´ll have the blog makeover done and ready. Oh, and…. I went for the feathers and flowers ( in case you haven´t noticed ).

 

Thank you all so much for reading my overly exciting blog post about my insignificant blog decoration issues. It means the world to me that you even stopped to look.

 

Until next time, my dear bookish Padawans,



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