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Share something you’ve learned about book blogging or just blogging in general in the last month.
Don’t get too attached.
- to the authors whose books you review
- to the reviews you write
- to social media and blogging communities
- to your blog
- to the drama on Goodreads/Amazon
To the authors whose books your review: The more friendly you are with authors, the harder it will be to remain non-bias in your reviews. Are you really saying that the book was the best thing since Harry Potter or do you just not want to hurt that nice author’s feelings? Don’t jeopardize your integrity because you’re afraid of feelings getting hurt. If you think you’re too close to an author to write a review of a book objectively, then don’t do it. If you read a book by an author you like, but you don’t like it, there are ONLY two good options. 1) Don’t write the review. 2) Write the damn one-star review.
There are times where I read a book that someone else recommends and I’m like “WTF kind of medication was she on when reading this? IS THIS EVEN ENGLISH?” Firstly, if there are grammar issues…there’s no way you can rate the book 5 stars. I don’t care if it’s your sister. If people can’t trust your reviews to be accurate, then no one will want to read your reviews.
To the reviews you write: There will come times where people will think your opinion is crap. It may be the author. It might be other reviewers. It might be some random hobo who just happened to be browsing Amazon. Your review will be criticised and dissected. You could potentially look and/or feel like an idiot when you read the comments on your review. The best thing for you to do is DISTANCE yourself from responding until you can answer without being emotionally estranged.
- Figure out if there are errors in your review or if some moron is trolling you.
- If you’re not wrong, find evidence in the book to support your review.
- If you’re wrong, fix it!
If you approach the situation logically and not emotionally, then you will come off as the better person. Crying on twitter or accusing the other person of harassment only makes you look like you’re attention-seeking and looking for drama. Let SOMEONE ELSE point out the obvious.
To the events unfolding on social media: Don’t try to answer every tweet or like every Facebook status that pops up in your feed. It’s okay to have a life outside of the internet. I used to always feel guilty that I wasn’t participating enough in the community. But, it’s okay to miss out on #authorevents on Twitter. It’s okay to not respond to that email within five minutes. It’s okay if you don’t retweet every single post on Tribbr. It’s okay to have a life outside of blogging.
To your blog: You have my permission to not post every day. You know what? How about tomorrow we both take the day off from blogging and go yard-sailing. We can go hunt for some bargain books and bookshelves. Sound good? Don’t worry, there is no blogging police that will email publishers and say, “Don’t give so-and-so this ARC because she didn’t post on last Thursday. There were exactly 26 hours between posts.”
To the drama on Goodreads and Amazon: There is a war between authors/reviewers. And you know what? I don’t give a flying fuck. It’s a handful of people on both sides who can’t separate the internet from real life. It doesn’t really matter if someone did call you a wet diaper on Goodreads. If they do it to your face, well, then I have a fresh, wet, stinky diaper you can slug them with.
So, why is it so important not to get too attached?
Because the reason YOU started a book review blog was because you love BOOKS. Don’t let the hobby ruin your passion for books.Read More
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Describe How You Shop For Books.
I do the majority of my book buying at two different stores and my shopping habits are complete opposite. Amazon is the go to place for buying books for other people, while my local indie store is my place of preference for books for me.
Online at Amazon
I’m super selective about books that I buy for myself from Amazon. The majority of the time I only buy secondhand books and that’s because it’s so difficult to track down the exact book I want in a local store. I do spend a lot of money in other departments at Amazon, but books will sit in my cart for months until I finally decide to buy. More often than not, I’ll hold the book in my Amazon cart, but buy the book itself from my local indie store.
If a book is available only on ebook, I will exhaust all other methods of tracking down a paperback version before I commit to paying even 99 cents. I don’t like paying for ebooks ever. I would rather spend $10 on a paperback than $1 on pixels. I just love being able to look at my bookshelf and remember all the emotions and thrills I got from reading it just by staring at its cover.
I also like using Amazon because its free shipping with my Prime account. This saves me money on giveaways. It also makes it easier, cheaper, and faster for me to ship books I love to my family on the East Coast.
Local Indie Store – Changing Hands
I drive past a half dozen other bookstores to go to this one. The staff is so helpful and friendly. The books are arranged in an easy to understand order (unlike Barnes & Noble), and each shelf contains staff suggestions. I start outside the store where they have children’s books at discount prices. I’ve picked up most of the board books for $4.
Once I get inside, I head to the back of the store. This is where they keep the teen section and science fiction section. There’s used books mixed in with new books. So I’ve picked up the earlier books of series second hand and then bought the latest release. And if you’re extra lucky, you can find a purple bookmark in the book, which means that it is a signed book. I like how they don’t charge extra for any of the signed books.
I can typically pick up 5 books for $35 (mix of used and new). I seem to spend most of my money on the wooden toys my kid loves.
I’m much more of an impulse buyer when I’m in a store. If the book is signed and the cover looks pretty, then I’m totally going to spurge on it. If it is secondhand and looks remotely interesting, I buy it. And if I can’t seem to find anything else to buy, I’ll buy a book or two just because I drove 30 minutes to get to the place.
At Christmas time, I spent $300 on books, the majority of them signed. It cost me $75 bucks to get a signed copy of Twilight for my sister (she’s a fanatic) but it referenced the store in particular so it had double special meaning and they shipped it to her for me.
What are your book buying habits?Read More
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So last weekend, my hubby convinced me to get out of the house. We went out to dinner with another couple and then hit the bar. Well, THIS gal struck up a conversation with some random dude about epic fantasy authors and ended up buying this 640 page book off of Amazon. It showed up today on my doorstop. Great.
Damn you One-Click Purchasing!
But, hey, at least it looks good! Check out The Belgariad by David Eddings on Goodreads. Has any one read this? It’s suppose to be an oldie but goodie!Read More
Keegan’s Chronicles Trilogy Set (Books 1-3) by Julia Crane
Sixteen-year-old Keegan is struggling to keep her huge secret from her friends–she’s an elf, descended from a long line of elves that live in secrecy alongside humans.
In elfin society, mates are predetermined but not allowed to meet until they are eighteen. Against tradition, Keegan’s brother Thaddeus told her Rourk’s name because his visions warned him she’d need Rourk’s protection, especially since Keegan will play a key role in the coming war between the dark and light elves.
Keegan, is only alive now due to Black Magic, and her bond with her Chosen is broken. She cannot remember Rourk at all.
For the first time, she feels like a normal teenager. She is dating Donald, her long-time crush, and everything seems perfect. But Rourk still feels their bond, and despairs for the woman he was always meant to love.Keegan’s best friend Anna is determined to find a way to use her powers to return Keegan’s bond, no matter what it takes. The question is does Keegan even want it?
Keegan has dealt with a lot over the last two years: Death, black magic and the loss of her bond to her chosen mate. But on her eighteenth birthday, the bond with Rourk returns.
Now, Keegan faces her hardest decision. Tradition requires elves marry at eighteen. If she accepts the path laid out for her, she will be spared a lifetime of physical and emotional pain. But will that life ever really be her own?
Really enjoyed this book. The story draws you in, and the characters are engaging, especially Rourk. I’ve never read a book about elves, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. This was really good. Would recommend to anyone interested in a quick, fun, paranormal read.
– Amazon Reviewer
I am not one for Elves or Fairies but yeah these Elves RULE! What is not to love? You have an age old prophecy, destined loves, a great family and amazing friends. Not to mention …. Rourk *yummy* All that is left is the amazing way it all is put together into this fantastic story.
– Amazon Reviewer
If you pick up this book, I’m sure it will not disappoint, it had everything, it was cute, yet dark..and well that combo just makes for a perfect book on my shelf, Julia has truly written an amazing read. (:
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