Category: Let’s Discuss

Jun 10
What Draws Me to a Book Cover? Let’s Discuss.

What Draws Me to a Book Cover? Let’s Discuss.

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I’ve been in a bit of a blogging and reading slump lately, and I started to think about a post I could write that would just feel plain fun. I landed on covers because I am one of those people who unabashedly judges a book by its cover, and I find it so fascinating how people are drawn to different aspects of a book cover and how my tastes vary drastically with some other bloggers’. So, what draws me to a book cover? I decided to analyze some of my recent favorites and came up with a few categories: Illustrated Covers! I actually came back up to the top and added this after I was done with the rest of the post because I realized that every single cover that caught my eye for this post was illustrated. Which isn’t to say that I don’t like covers that aren’t illustrated,… Read more »


Jun 04
Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

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I’ve been struggling with what to post lately, so I’ve just been sort of frozen with indecision. Posting randomness as if nothing horrible is happening in our world feels wrong. And disappearing seems strange too. (Especially in light of the fact that silence=being complicit in racism. I went to a local protest, but being silent here still isn’t right. I want to do more!) I feel like I should be supporting the Black Lives Matter movement in some way, but suddenly pulling out all my Black books and showcasing them seems icky somehow.  (I’m very honestly not judging anyone else who’s chosen to do this—for me, it just doesn’t feel right. Instead, I’d rather focus on making sure I’m covering diverse books all the time and be as mindful as possible of that.) But one thing I DO feel good about doing is spreading the word about Black-owned bookstores and… Read more »


May 26
Our First Junk Art Creations!

Our First Junk Art Creations!

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Instead of talking books, today I’m talking about a newfound hobby—junk art! A couple of years ago, I went to an art fair while on vacation in Michigan and came across this amazing artist who made art out of found metal items: old tools, car parts, silverware, etc. I was in love with so many of them, and I ended up buying two—one that’s hanging out right by my front door and another that I gave to my dad for Father’s Day. Choosing just two was almost impossible. Well, just recently my husband started talking about getting a welder. I jumped at the idea because it meant we can make junk art of our own!! And, just like that, a new hobby was born. We’ve been planning and gathering parts from neighbors while we waited for the welder to come in (though I’ll confess we cheated a little and made the flowers… Read more »


Apr 23
I’ve Been Impersonated on Instagram!! Let’s Discuss

I’ve Been Impersonated on Instagram!! Let’s Discuss

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So, this morning, a friend of mine contacted me on Instagram and asked if my account got spoofed. He sent me an image of my Instagram account… except it wasn’t! At first glance, it looked like me … my profile picture, my name, even the last five images I’d posted. The only slight difference (which is basically unnoticeable unless you looked hard) is that they added an underscore after my Instagram handle (so they used @nicolefictionaddiction_). IF YOU GET A FOLLOW FROM THIS PERSON (with the underscore after the name), PLEASE DON’T FOLLOW BACK! My first reaction was shock—what was this person doing impersonating me? And then worry … wait, what was this person doing while impersonating me? I mean, they couldn’t have had good intentions, right? Thankfully, my friend had noticed right away and let me know (thanks Malcolm!) and only 14 people had followed at that point. It looks like… Read more »


Apr 06
My Teenagers Are Reading Again and My Heart Has Never Been So Happy!!

My Teenagers Are Reading Again and My Heart Has Never Been So Happy!!

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My two daughters went through a long spell where they just weren’t really reading, and I cannot even tell you how sad that made me. I mean, these are MY kids; they can’t go around not reading books! I blamed it on teenagerism. But lately … they’ve been reading again!! My oldest is funny. She has all these qualifications, like she has to let me know she’s not really a reader. She’s a huge fan of anime and she’s always read a bit of manga, but lately she’s been reading light novels. In case you’re not aware (I wasn’t), light novels are Japanese books aimed at a YA or MG audience. They’re usually relatively short (around 250-300 pages) and they typically have at least a few manga-style pictures. They’re often made into anime (which is what got my daughter into them—she wanted to find out what happens in some of… Read more »


Mar 25
Google Searches Are Weird (AKA: You Found Me HOW?)

Google Searches Are Weird (AKA: You Found Me HOW?)

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So, the other day, I noticed that Celesta Rimington, author of the upcoming The Elephant’s Girl followed me on Instagram. Since I had recently announced my receipt of a review copy of her book, that didn’t seem excessively odd, but I hadn’t posted anything to Instagram about it (since it wasn’t a physical copy), and it made me wonder how she found me. For some reason, I randomly Googled her book to see if my blog somehow came up from just this one mention. I don’t even know why, but I clicked on the Images tab and found something that sort of shocked me: Relatively close to the top of the search results were two random images from my blog. One was the graphic for my February 2019 Wrap-up(???) and the other was a random Bite-Sized Reviews post. None of the reviews had anything to do with this book. Or… Read more »


Mar 10
All Those Deleted Drafts. Let’s Discuss.

All Those Deleted Drafts. Let’s Discuss.

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Bloggers, do you ever write down a post idea as a draft? Do you ever actually go back and write a post to go with that fabulous idea you had or does it sit in your drafts folder … forever. Not long ago, I was looking for a little inspiration for a post, and it suddenly occurred to me that I might have some ideas squirreled away as drafts. From time to time I’ll have a great idea for a post, but no time to write it. So, I’ll write down a title and save it as a draft. Sometimes I’ll even write a bit more than a title. Problem is, I almost never remember to go back and look at those drafts. And by the time I do, the flash of inspiration I had when I wrote that idea down has fizzled away, and I’m just no longer interested. (I’m… Read more »


Feb 25
Book-Related Anxiety. It’s a Thing (and I Have It). Let’s Discuss.

Book-Related Anxiety. It’s a Thing (and I Have It). Let’s Discuss.

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I realize this sounds like a joke. Book-related anxiety? What even is that? Being stressed about your bookshelves not being organized enough? Anxiety over not liking a book? Being worried that you might be crushed under your TBR? Well, no. (And sort of yes—except for that last one. I don’t really think I’ll be crushed by my TBR—though I could be injured.) Except I’ve realized that I have actual anxieties that are related to books. This probably isn’t healthy, but I don’t know how to get rid of them besides telling myself to stop freaking out. Which doesn’t work all that well. Some things I stress out about: I can’t read all the books.  This sounds obvious and utterly ridiculous, but I actually have a physical anxiety response when I think about all the books I want to read and the impossibility of reading them all. I’ll be reading someone’s post about an… Read more »


Feb 04
The Wonders of a Writing Accountability Partner

The Wonders of a Writing Accountability Partner

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I told you all in my 2020 Goals post that I’m trying to focus on writing goals over reading goals this year. That seems like it should be a no-brainer, but somehow while I typically don’t have any problem finding time to read, I always find a million excuses not to write. I have learned from “author Twitter” that this is not a problem that’s unique to me—take a quick scan across posts on social media and you’ll find that writers everywhere are finding creative ways to distract themselves: I’ve got a really important scene to write! This is going to be pivotal. I can’t wait to dive in! … Except the refrigerator needs to be organized. I can’t possibly leave the ketchup in that terrible spot for one more instant. And I should probably wash the extra spare sheets, just in case the regular spares get used. You never know when… Read more »


Jan 20
The Cybils Awards Finalists! Which Books Do You Hope Will Win?

The Cybils Awards Finalists! Which Books Do You Hope Will Win?

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The Cybils Awards finalists were announced on January 1st, and I was excited to see some of my favorite books in the lists! Apparently, 1047 books nominated across all categories. Wow! I thought I’d share all the finalists with you along with a few of my thoughts. I’d love to hear from all of you—what books would you like to see win?   I haven’t read any of the books for these first three categories, so I can’t comment on them much, but several look really cute!   I’ve read three of these and LOVED all three of them! Operation Frog Effect was actually my nomination (yay!!), but I also adored Maybe He Just Likes You and Song for a Whale. I’d actually be happy to see any of those win. If the other books are the same quality, I don’t know how the judges will pick!!   This is… Read more »