Morning, friends. Unfortunately, today there is no Top Ten Tuesday because the topic is favorites of 2014. Those of you who have been here from the beginning know we make a “big” deal about this closer to the end of the year with a two-part blog post series. I’m prepping those posts and would love to chat up our favorites later in the month, so be on the look out for that. In the meantime, I thought I’d finally post this discussion entry that I’ve had in a draft folder for… well a long time.
here. We start by merely looking at our bookshelves to know that we do have an
inability to rarely, if ever, pass up a pretty book. Some of us even like to
purchase multiple copies of something if it’s released with a shiny new cover
or a foreign version. Recently the lovely Amber Stokes wrote a post about her book
buying tendency that funnily enough coincided with my own thoughts just prior
to that in relation to review books. I’ve more recently been thinking about
being a book blogger and all that entails.
out the books I have bought vs. those I was sent for review, because a.) it’s
easier that way and b.) the publisher sent copies are what I *have* to read
over those I own – in my mind, there’s a kind of obligation to read those. Much
as I’ve loved having opportunity to be a part of this community, I’ve recently
realized that I have to find a better way of scheduling what books I review –
or more accurately, I need to be sure that I don’t wind up with a gazillion
books at the same time because I need to give myself room to “breathe” and be
able to also weed through the books I have on my bookshelves.
the book blogging journey and some of the things I need to learn still.
believe it’s important. There was a time when it didn’t matter what a popular
author wrote, I “had” to have their new book. Now, I have easily learned to let
that mentality go – though can admit to still purchasing on cover alone. For
the most part, that no longer applies to my reading habits – I’ve taught myself
which genres or authors most suit me and while I am always willing to try new
authors, most of all, I still use those parameters and ask the right questions.
Is it a genre I like? What have fellow book reviewers said? Does its summary
regard. What some readers may not realize is (and I think I speak for all
reviewers when I say this): I never relish writing a review that is less-than
positive, yet it’s outweighed by my belief that all opinions should be
sincerely and honestly given. I’ve also been called out by a reader as regards
one of my 3-star reviews, who questioned why I gave the product three stars
when my review didn’t reflect that rating. What are your thoughts on reviews
that share the bad? I have a problem not
reviewing a book – even if the conclusion is so-so, when I’ve been sent it by a
publicist or author because that was the expectation – that an honest review be
given in exchange, plus with exception to the rare book, there is always something good to be said about a
book and I don’t remember rating much of anything below a 3-star.
ratings, recently I’ve come across lots of Booktube chatter about the Twitter
hashtag movement, BeCritical and some of the conversation has to do with
ratings. I love how booktuber Karina E. puts ratings into perspective: if you go by
Goodreads (which seems pretty universal), a 3-star rating does mean that the
reader “liked” the book making me want to reevaluate the books I’ve rated – a
three rating isn’t necessarily “bad” in the world of GR, which for me, really
put things into perceptive.
get tour invites, check the dates, and think, “that’s a long way off” while
assuming I’ll be all “caught up” by then. Wrong. Usually I do this with more
than one novel which means I receive a whole cache of books in a very short
timeframe. Even at that, what I try to do is read the books in order of their
release dates and/or tour dates, something that sometimes forces me to put
aside a current read in favor of reading something that has a tour date looming
ahead of me.
from the date we’re on, this is why usually no matter how much I wish to read
it, I hold off.
reading a book, but rarely go that route. Instead while I’m reading, usually I
begin typing my review even if it’s only disorganized thoughts because
sometimes… the thoughts… the feels… the emotions, it’s all too “present” to let
set without getting it down on paper. I make a habit of writing every night (or
3-5 times a week at the least), which makes it easy to type out early thoughts
of a book, then walk away until I finish the book and return to polish it.
do you have to offer? Have you been given advice that helped? Share any bookish
or not bookish thoughts you have – it’s welcome!