Day 8 — Your favorite book blogger moment


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{Day 8} YOUR FAVORITE BOOK BLOGGER MOMENT

When I had a difficult experience with an author, I was overwhelmed by support from the book blogging community.   All that support gave me the courage to not back down and to not be victimized.  Ever since then, I’ve felt obligated to help support the people who get bullied on sites like Goodreads.

By the time I came across the bullying mob that confronted and attacked this author, the drama had died down.  Instead of poking the hornet’s nest and possibly causing more drama by responding directly on the review, I wrote the author an email on Goodreads:

(author’s and reviewer’s identities have been removed)

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And it really warmed my heart when I received this response from the author:

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This is my favorite book blogging moment because I felt like just giving her a few kind words made a difference in her life that day.  I love books and the authors who write them.  I feel fortunate that book blogging has given me the courage to support authors even if it isn’t the popular opinion at the time.

What is your favorite book blogging moment?

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What I Expected vs What I Got — Goodreads

As much as I love Goodreads, it falls short on what I hoped it would be when I first discovered it.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love.  (source)

From this statement, I would assume that the focus of the site would be towards the consumer.  There’s two parts to Goodreads’ mission:

a) help readers find books they love

b) help readers share books they love

And here arises the difference between…

What I Expected vs What I Got

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1)  Book Recommendations

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What I expected:  I want my friends to know the type of books that I love and find that hidden gem that I’ll fall in love with.

What I got:  Recommendations of books in genres I never read or books that are clearly in need of a red pen.  These books are either written by the “friend” who send me the recommendation or suspiciously seem to be written by a close friend of that “friend”.

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2) Messages

What I expected:  When I get a message from someone on goodreads, I’d like it to be personalized.  I’d like for it to be about books or something casual that relates to books.

What I got:  It’s a tie between a random review request and contest spam.

3) Groups

What I expected:  I want to discuss books, genres, and related content with other people.

What I got:  The groups seem to be flooded with authors begging for reviews and bloggers begging for people to visit their blogs.

4) Reviews

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What I expected:  Well thought-out reviews that focus on the pros and cons of the book.

What I got:  Gifs.  Lots and lots of animated gifs.

5)  Quizzes

What I expected:  Quizzes that test my literary knowledge of books I have read.

What I got:  Quizzes from books I have either never heard of or never EVER wanted to read.

Basically…

What I expected:  A site to discuss book and book related things.

What I got: A site with members focused on self-promotion.

What are your thoughts about Goodreads?

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Feature & Follow #8: After your done reading

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Feature and Follow #8

This meme is brought to you by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Congrats to Once Upon a Coffin  and Paradays for being the featured blogs for this week.

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.

 

What do you do with your books after you’re done reading them?

Books are like pets to me.  Sometimes they’re well behaved and I really enjoy them.  Other times they shit on my carpet and tear up my furniture.  But, I still think that each one deserves a loving home.

If I like the book, then it goes on my bookshelf.  I lend out many of the books I love to my BFF.  I wish she’d get better about returning them.  Since she says she reads my blog:  Where are my signed copies of Suzanne Young’s A Need So Beautiful and A Want So Wicked?  Hmm?

If I don’t like the book, then it goes to the library.  I figured someone will like it.  The library either puts it in their general collection or sells it for $1 to patrons.

It does get a little more complicated if the book is signed and I didn’t enjoy reading it.  If it is signed and personalized to me, then I’ll keep the book forever.  There’s something special about an author signing my name on a book they spent years putting together and I’ll cherish that long after I forget what the story was about.

If the book is signed, but not personalized, then it really depends.  I’ll either do a giveaway or donate it to the library.  It makes me feel so good to know that the books stand a good chance of finding someone that will love them.

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10 Questions You’re too Scared to Ask – Author Interviews

Welcome to the all new author interviews from Lizzy’s Dark Fiction.

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Now, this is not your normal interview.  You will be asked questions most people are too scared to ask to your face.  These questions are dark, embarrassing, and/or intimate.  I will try to do this once a month.  Why should you participate?

Because, Lizzy’s Dark Fiction will giveaway a copy of your book alongside your interview at no cost to you!

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To enter:  Email me at lizzylessard (at) gmail.com with your name, book you wish to use for giveaway, and let me know you want to do the interview.  All genres of books will be considered, even ones not normally reviewed on Lizzy’s Dark Fiction.

What happens then?  You will be emailed the 10 questions.  You must explain “why” with each answer.  You are allowed to substitute one question with a “safe” question (a normal interview question), but doing so might hurt your chances of being picked.  I will pick my favorite interview out of everyone that has entered.  If you’re not chosen, you may re-enter.  Author contest will re-open as soon as the interview is posted on Lizzy’s Dark Fiction.  Since this is a reoccurring contest, there is no set end date.  Upon emailing me, you will be entered into the current contest and given the current set of 10 questions.

Not an author?

You can still join in on the contest!  

Comment with a list of questions you think are too dark for the normal interview.

 If I use your question, you get $1 to spend at Amazon for each question chosen.  You can submit an unlimited amount of questions, but duplicate questions will be deleted so please read the comments before yours before submitting.

Giveaway Restrictions:

  • US only:  Paperback books giveaway.  Book must be available through Amazon at a max pre-shipping value of $15.  I will be the one responsible for sending your book to the winner.
  • International:  Ebook giveaway.  You will be reimbursed for the purchase amount of the book through giftcard (default is to Amazon.com, but I’m flexible) at a max value of $15.  If your ebook is under $5, then we can offer two books for giveaway.  You will be responsible for gifting your book to the winner.  I will let you know what format the winner wants.

Questions currently on my list:

Character Questions:

  • Imagine your characters are on survivor.  Who will they vote out of the book?
  • Imagine your main character dies on page one.  Everything else remains the same.  Describe the new plot to your book.
  • Your main character commits a crime.  Describe how and why.
  • One of your characters kills another.  Who kills who.  How does it happen.  (Accidents allowed.  Extra points for creativity.)

Author Questions:

  • Reveal the darkest moment in your life.
  • Who do you think is the most overrated author?
  • What book are you ashamed to have read?
  • What is the weirdest thing that has ever been said or done to you by a fan.  (Internet stalkers count)
  • Reveal your secret “author” crush.
  • What scares you the most?
  • Scariest thing you have ever read/written.
  • Hardest scene you have ever written.
  • Name a topic that you refuse to write about.
  • Favorite monster/villain.

I Kill You Questions:

  • Remember the notorious author threat?  ”I’m going to write you into my book and kill you off.”  Describe how you would kill off this person.
  • What do you think is the worst way to die?
  • Pick a popular book character.  Write their death scene.
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Book Review: Two and Twenty Dark Tales (Anthology)

Two and Twenty Dark Tales:  Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes

Edited by:  Georgia McBride and Michelle Zink

Publisher:  Month9Books

Genre:  Horror

This anthology is available as an ebook and paperback from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  More reviews can be found on Goodreads.

In this anthology, 20 authors explore the dark and hidden meanings behind some of the most beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes through short story retellings. The dark twists on classic tales range from exploring whether Jack truly fell or if Jill pushed him instead to why Humpty Dumpty, fragile and alone, sat atop so high of a wall. The authors include Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leigh Fallon, Gretchen McNeil, and Suzanne Young.

It’s always hard to decide what to rate anthologies.  Some stories are amazing and others bore me.  So, I decided to to highlight the short stories that were dark, disturbing, and make this anthology worth buying.  5/23 lived up to their promise to be haunting.  These 5 stories were A+++.

Clockwise by Leah Cypress – A retelling of the hickory dictory dock rhyme.  Amarind was a princess transformed into a mouse and only the magic of a clock switched her back to a human.  She has to unravel the mystery behind the enchantment with the help of a witch.

Boys and Girls Come Out to Play by Angie Frazier – Bronywn tries to save her sister from the Beckoning, but she soon learns that you can’t deceive the witches in the woods.

Life in a Shoe by Heidi R. Kling – She can’t understand why her mother keeps getting pregnant when there’s no money to feed the children she has.

The Well by K.M. Walton – Jack and Jill are the only two left alive after a deadly virus kills everyone else in the world.

The Wish by Suzanne Young – Lauren hates her life so much that she makes a deadly wish upon a star.

A copy of Two and Twenty Dark Tales was provided by the publisher (Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review.

Since there are so many authors, I’m only going to spotlight the ones from the stories I loved in this anthology.

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