Day 7 – Top 10 Book Blogger Pet Peeves




I wasn’t quite sure where to go for this one, so here are the top 10 pet peeves in regard to blogging/reviewing.

1.  When I’m sent a PDF review copy from the publisher/author/blog tour.

If you have a kindle, then you understand that PDFs and Kindles are as compatible as dogs and cats.  Sure, there’s always the one odd couple that clicks, but the majority of the time they don’t work well together.  The font size is super tiny and nonadjustable.  The search, notes, and dictionary don’t work in the document.  The formatting is atrocious.  Sometimes, my review copy looks like it has just been attacked by a mob of wingdings.  There’s missing letters, sentences, or even whole paragraphs.  I can’t handle it.  No PDFs…ever.

2.  When WordPress forgets to publish my scheduled post.

I usually procrastinate to the point where this doesn’t happen, but when I try to be proactive, WordPress “forgets” to post my post and I still have to scramble to get the post up in time.

3.  When a giveaway has more hurdles than a high school track.

I like entering giveaways.  I don’t like having to tweet, post a blog comment, AND follow 8 different ways to enter a giveaway.

4.  When my brain refuses to produce a “meaningful” comment.

People like meaningful comments.  These are the comments that give the blog owner that warm, fuzzy feeling and make them say…oh, yeah…someone loves me.  There are times where my brain is right there and has a million different witty things to say.  There’s also times where I’m as uninspired as….yeah, can’t even finish that metaphor, since it ironically requires inspiration.  The best I can come up with is “great review” or “it sounds like something I would like” or the most uninspiring comment ever “+1″.

5.  When people friend me on Goodreads, Google +, Linkin, or Twitter just to send me a review copy of their book.

I am more than a review service.  I am a person.  Socialize with me before you sucker punch me with a review request.

6.  When there is no unhelpful button on Goodreads reviews.

Why is it that on many popular books that the top review is either a fangirl or a troll?  Neither of which have actually reviewed the book and provide any meaningful advice on whether to purchase or not purchase the book.  I want the option to promote the reviews I like and mark down the reviews I don’t — just like on Amazon.

7.  When people quote mistakes on an ARC.

Guys, there is a disclaimer in the ARC that specifically tells you to check with the final product before quoting from an ARC.  Things are fixed.  Things are changed.  I saw this one review where this person gave a one star review because there was ONE sentence that wasn’t grammatically correct in an ARC.  OMG.  Not only that, but 85 freaking people agreed that this was a huge deal and that it was a way better review than the other hundred or so that reviewed the whole book and not one sentence.

8.  When authors have blatantly obvious grammatical or spelling errors in their review request.

It will make me delete your email.  Please don’t ever say “my English isn’t good”.  No, not what I want to hear when I’m trying to decide whether to spend 4-8 hours reading your book.

9.  When there are more gifs than words in a review.

I like gifs, but I need context to understand exactly what and why you choose to use a gif.  Why did you choose a facepalm or a dancing fat man?  What does it really mean?  I over think things too easily.  Just tell me.  Leave the showing to the author and the book.

10.  When bloggers I love have blogs that I hate.

There are some people who I think are absolutely amazing.  I just can’t ever find anything worth commenting on when I visit their blog.  It’s either in genres I don’t read or it’s all promotional bullshit.  It kills me that I can’t reciprocate the love I feel for them via their blog…but I can’t.

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F&F 11: Blogging Tip, Don’t get too attached


Feature and Follow #11

This meme is brought to you by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Congrats to the featured blogs for this week Thoughts and Pens and No Bent Spines.

For this meme, you can follow me however you’d like.  Whatever makes you come back a second time!  Leave a comment and I’ll be sure to follow you back.

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.

  1. Figure out if there are errors in your review or if some moron is trolling you.
  2. If you’re not wrong, find evidence in the book to support your review.
  3. 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.

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Book Blogger Challenge – Day 6

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Good Books And Good Wine

It’s not too late to join in!  Sign up and participate at Good Books and Good Wine.

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

signed books

A couple of the books I’ve bought signed (or have had signed) from Changing Hands Bookstore.

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?
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Fool For Books Giveaway Hop

It’s April Fools Day somewhere in the world, but this is no joke.  You can win a $10 Amazon giftcard as part of the Fool for Books Giveaway Hop.  This hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.  Giveaway is opened INT and winner has 48 hours to verify email address before another one is chosen.


Check out other giveaways going on at Lizzy’s Dark Fiction:

Author Interview – Coral Russell

Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop

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This is how bookworms ‘drunk text’!

david eddings the belgariad

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!

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