If I didn’t like it, would I stay away?

If you read a book you ended up hating, would you stay away from future books by that author, or would you give them a second chance?
This has happened plenty of times before. As long as I don’t have an ethical problem with the author, then I’d try again. For instance, I read a book recently that I didn’t love but I went ahead and bought the second because I wanted to find out what happens. Unfortunately, I haven’t picked it up again yet, and I’m not sure I will.
I like to give everyone a fair shot at reading, and I know that what I don’t like may be something other people like. For instance, Twilight by Meyers, was such an awful book to me. It portrayed a weak female lead, and I worried about younger girls reading that series and thinking that that’s a proper way for a young woman to behave. Ladies, we’re stronger than Meyers wants us to believe. I think a book like that can be very damaging to younger readers.
Because she doesn’t believe in strong female characters, I’m staying away from her books. I read the whole series in order to see how Bella developed but I was disappointing to find out that the only change in her character happened near the end of the book.
The same goes for Fifty Shades of Grey. I hated the first book, but I’m going to finish the series because I don’t want to judge a book based on what I’ve heard, because, as a book blogger, I want my readers to be able to trust me, and judging a book based on what I’ve heard isn’t ethical.
I want to write a whole post about BDSM erotica in Fifty Shades of Grey and but that’ll come later, once I figure out how to protect it from younger readers who may not be ready for that.
So, the answer to this question is that it depends on both the author and the story, and how I want to represent myself as a blogger.
Happy reading!

I Can’t NOT Rearrange My Bookshelves

 

Book Blogger Hop

Do you re-arrange and move books around on the shelves or move books off of your bookshelves to another area after a certain amount of time or do you just leave them the way they are?

I move my books all the time. No placement will satisfy me more than a few weeks. I get a book high when I rediscover books I haven’t read but want to read. Usually I have a bookcase for (some) of my series and another for #booksfortrade and ARCs to review. On that bookcase I also have books on my TBR.

Right now I can’t figure out how to sort the books because I have too many I should rid of. Those books I know I should #booksfortrade but I just cannot part with them.  They are being wasted, though, sitting on my bookshelves, and I know that they’ll never be read unless I do something about t hat. They should have wonderful new homes. Rearranging a bit more will hopefully get me to pass those on.

Book Mail from March and April

It’s Monday which means that it’s time to showcase the books I got recently. There are many, some of which are ebooks from Netgalley. I’m thinking I’m going to be a wild woman and read more than one book at a time. I got a lot of book mail from Twitter last month, with several more on da way! Here’s what I have so far:

 First, let’s look at my Twitter Book Mail

Netgalley Book Mail

  • A Face like Glass by Frances Hardinge
  • Concealed by R J Crayton
  • Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

OwlCrate Book Mail

Other Book Mail

  • Daughter of the Pirate King
  • The Vanishing Throne

Book Sale Book Mail

 
These are the books I picked up at the book sale. I donate most of the books I get from the book sales but there are quite a few I got, thinking I could donate them, then I found out that the Veterans Association here cannot accept hardcover books. I started out by donating them to families overseas but then I realized I couldn’t afford to continue to do that so I opted to just give them to the VA Hospital by my house.
Unfortunately, it turns out that they do not accept hardcover books, which was pretty much all I stocked up on (because hardcover books are so much fun to get!) so I was considering selling them and using the money I get from those sales to buy more books to donate to the kids in African schools and paperbacks for the veterans 😀
Anywhoo, look at all dat book mail and tell me if you have any of these! I super-duper want to know what you thought. You can also link me to your reviews so I can pop on over and take a look.
Happy reading!

The Sunday Post 5/15/16

sunday post meme
A lot has happened in my life that left my blog unattended. I’ve resigned from my position as a merch manager at my bookstore, I’ve turned in my reward points for a Barnes and Noble gift card.

As far as my book blog goes: I’ve received a bunch of ARCs from publishers through both my bookstore job and my life as a book blogger. I’ve loaded my online cart with books I really want to own but just haven’t yet and I’ve officially given up on cleaning my apartment (non sequitur much?).the crown's gamethe outliers

I also got back on Instagram though I haven’t posted much. On Twitter I’ve been a busy bee, by both defending feminists from the online any swarms of woman-hating wasps (oh, interwebs, you so funny) and retweeting contests that offer books I’m DYING to read.

I’ve been stalking all the posts about assholes selling ARCs that they got from BEA (dudes, just be happy you got to go there. This girl can’t afford to yet…) and feeling sad for the authors and astounded that any book-lover would do something like that.

I decided that I’m going to try something new since my lazy ass won’t review books as regularly as necessarily; something that I’m quite excited about (#grammarfail) because it’ll keep me posting interesting thingy-ma-bob-ers: reviews of book series that I’ve read rather than planning on reviewing individual books that I never get around to. The problem is that I read faster than I can blog so my blog has been put on the back burner, even though it’s one of the things I love most.

I’ve hit another reading slump, where my time has been devoted to Hulu, where I fry my brain cells with way too much TV. It’s to the point where I’m worried my brain won’t be able to handle reading. Which me luck, peeps, that I’ll be once again become my true self and have my head in a book and this blog.

I haven’t been following up with my reading challenges, which I believe may be part of the reason why I haven’t been reading. I was so excited to participate but then work got in the way and I totes forgot that’s what I was doing.

As for this coming week, I’m hoping to review one or two books I’ve received from publishers, starting with The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and The League of Regrettable Superheroes by Quirk Books, one of my favorite publishers of all things awkward and awesome.

I also have to get my ass in gear and keep up with all my other social media for this blog (Tumblr, Twitter, this freaking blog, Instagram, Facebook, Google + and all that jazz) because I absolutely LOVE social media and I’ve been sad that I’ve been away for this long. (To the right and the bottom of this post  you’ll find the buttons to follow my lovely self so check them and in case they’re more your thing than this.)

Keep checking back for more memes, Sunday Posts’, book hauls, and reviews! Follow me on any of the social media thingies that you are glued to, much like I am. I’m considering doing another Booktube post on my new channel (links to follow if I do act on that) so I shall keep you posted on those developments. While I love recording my reading via video, the editing process is beyond me and incredibly frustrating so I’ll probs be sticking with my written blog for the most part.

Whelp, be sure to follow me on some form of social media to keep up with the books I’m reading (like reading my picture journal on Instagram). Or, you could Tumbl(r) into my other blog (get it, GET IT I’M SO FUNNY GET IT). I’m also on Twitter if none of these be your thang as well as Facebook and YouTube (but I’m not actively updating it). Oh, also, Pinterest, the Destroyer of My Lunch Breaks. 

Peace, homies, and super-duper happy reading to you!

Thursday Bookish Memes, or, What I Like in a Book, Harry Potter quote, and 3rd Sentence from “Crown of Midnight”

Booking Through Thursday
 
What is it about stories that you love? Is it the stories themselves? The people? The plot twists?
 
 
What do I love about stories? Uh, everything. You can’t have a story without plot and characters and people driven toward some outcome. If I don’t like a character, I probably wouldn’t put down the book just for that, though if the plot isn’t interesting, that’s where I draw the line. I can deal with an asshole/weak character if there’s a strong plot like a dystopia world, that’s usually interesting enough that I can survive the book while hating the character.
 
Ah, the plot twists. I don’t continue to read a book unless it surprises me or, in the case of Suffer the Children, where nothing was surprising, I plow through it as quickly as I can for the sake of moving it from my TBR shelf to my “Read” shelf at Goodreads.
 
(I’m picturing Fifty Shades of Grey and Twilight as the exceptions to my I-can-deal-with-weak-characters, though I made it through those too, even though the characters were insufferable.)
 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week

 

I’m picking my all-time favorite quote for this one:

Light can be found in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light. –Albus Dumbledore


Third Sentence Thursday (pick random page)
 
From second book in the Throne of Glass series, Crown of Midnight:

Dorian stared at the odd spiral staircase. Celaena had found the legendary catacombs beneath the library. Of course she had.

As if I wasn’t already excited to read this book, I now absolutely cannot wait until chapter 44.

 
 

 

Friday Memes: Donations, Barnes and Nobel, and Goodreads

It’s time for Friday memes!

Friday Finds

Uh oh, guys. I’ve outdone myself. My boss let me look through a pile of YA books that had been donated and pick a few so, naturally, I picked twelve. And then I was reminded of my Barnes and Nobel gift card and The Throne of Glass when I returned a book (The Outer Temple of Witchcraft, I just couldn’t get into The Inner Temple of Witchcraft enough to justify keeping the next book) and couldn’t help myself. :O

I couldn’t sleep last night so I ended up perusing Book Outlet and came up with eight more books (all you have to do is check me out on Goodreads to see everything I plan on reading) to add to my list. I really need to reign it in when it comes to books. Just kidding! My birthday is two weeks from now so you can be damn sure what I’m asking for is books =)

If you are a relative of mine, check out my Amazon wish list. That’s right, Aunt Wendy, I’m looking at you! If you’re not a relative you can still check it out but obviously you do not have the same obligation my relatives do around birthday time.  Also as a side note, I realize now that The Sweet Far Thing isn’t book #2 in Bray’s “Gemma Doyle” series, it’s #3. I quickly filled the missing part in, though it won’t be here for a while longer.

Without further ado (Omg, I spelled that right!), I present to you the books I got from the library and Barnes and Nobel:

In case you can’t see the pictures:

  • Beautiful Creature’s series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl–I didn’t love this first book but I’m willing to give the series a try.
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray–I read this years ago and I remember loving it but I can’t remember much about it.
  • The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray–Never read this
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card–I felt like I needed to own this. I’ve read it several times but never completed it.
  • Trapped by Michael Northrop–I know nothing about it and it probably won’t be something I enjoy but I took this, because, you know, FREE.
  • The Book Thief Markus Zusak–I cannot for the life of me remember if I ‘ve read this.
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas–got this with my BN gift card
  • Matched by Ally Condie–I’ve seen this ALL. OVER. And I  also don’t know a thing about it but considering I work in the YA section a library I feel it is my duty to read it.
  • Extras (from the Uglies series) by Scott Westerfeld–I get the general idea just from the title of the first book alone. This is probably either going to be a hit or miss.

I’ve actually already read Beautiful Creatures but it was too long ago to write a review of it. I’ll have to brush up on the first book before I continue with the series. I also got Extras by Scott Westerfeld even though it’s not the first book because I it’s a series I want to eventually read. Maybe next paycheck I will take care of Uglies series, at the very least.

So, what did you guys put on your TBR shelf?  (Whether it’s simply on Goodreads or on your shelf.)

Book Beginning’s on Friday

I’m working my way through Fiddlehead though I’d much rather be reading The Glass Throne and pick a non-fiction book to work through (that’s what I’ll be doing on my Friday night, what else?). It’s not that Fiddlehead is bad, it’s just so incredibly similar to Boneshaker, a book I used in my thesis on zombie lit but I wasn’t super in love with. Cherie Priest is a talented writer, though, and she does come up with some cool alternate histories (think: Steampunk) not to mention some awesome female leads.

But, since I should get through Fiddlehead this is the book you’ll get the first sentence or so on.

Sally Louisa Tomkins stood her ground. She jerked her elbow free from the congressman’s hand and refused to take even one small step toward the door. Instead, she planted her feet on the speaker’s stand and turned on him, pointing a finger between his eyes. “I came here at your behest, Mr. Caperton, but I will not stand for your disrespect.”

BOOM. Mr. Caperton so got owned. This bit came from the prologue and I was disappointed to find the first chapter did not start with Tomkins. Oh well, what can you do? (Pick up another book, but I have a review I promised to write.

I do have a question for my readers: do you want to see me review the first book in the series, like with Beautiful Creatures, or can I be excused from it and start reviewing the second book?