Category: Let’s Discuss

Feb 22
Great Reasons to Get to Know Your Bookish Friends Better

Great Reasons to Get to Know Your Bookish Friends Better

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I was tempted to take this week off from the blog completely just to catch up on commenting and visiting my friends in the blogosphere, but I decided I couldn’t bear to disappear completely for the week. Instead, I decided to write a quick  post to tide you all over.  🙂 Great Reasons to Get To Know Your Bookish (AKA Book Blogger and Other Booklover) Friends Better: Books aren’t everything. I know, it’s practically sacrilegious to say this, but we are more than the books we read. (I mean, we’re at least 1% something else, right?) Getting to know your bookish friends’ other interests lets you know them more as a person. You can give them better book recommendations. Recently, AJ @ Read All the Things commented on one of my reviews and mentioned that she might be interested in giving the book a try. I know she’s not a fan of books that heavily… Read more »


Feb 05
Fun with SPAM!

Fun with SPAM!

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It’s time for a new installment of Fun with SPAM! Ah, the dreaded spam comments … we all know them well. Once again, a crazy comment made it through my spam filter and made me laugh. It reminded me that it was past time to revisit one of my favorite goofy topics: Spam. Once again, I decided to take a peek into the abyss of the Spam folder to find a few gems and imagine … what if I was really going to reply to these random crazy comments? Take a look at what I might say. Right away I am going away to do my breakfast, afterward having my breakfast coming yet again to read more news. Thank you for the compliment, but I’m a bit nervous for your health. If you keep having your breakfast coming yet again, you should probably see a doctor.  Your child are designed for… Read more »


Jan 25
Which Types of Reviews Are Most Effective? Let’s Discuss!

Which Types of Reviews Are Most Effective? Let’s Discuss!

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I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. I do a mixture of reviews on my blog, and I sometimes feel what types are the most effective. So, I decided to do a little analysis. WARNING: I make no claims here about my scientific skills. I tried to crunch some numbers, but I did this more as a fun exercise than a scientific query. Keep that in mind! I looked at all the reviews I posted in 2017 and did a little comparison. First off, let me tell you what types of reviews I compared: Bite-Sized Reviews: This is where I review four or five books in one post, and each review is (relatively) short. I don’t use bullet points or anything. I just talk about my impressions of the book. (I never have a giveaway with these.) “Regular” Reviews: One review per post (sometimes two, if the books are in a… Read more »


Jan 20
My Book Outlet Weakness (& Why My Latest Haul Is All Your Fault)

My Book Outlet Weakness (& Why My Latest Haul Is All Your Fault)

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Book Outlet’s Boxing Day sale is pretty much impossible for a book lover to resist. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. It’s not a personal weakness. No way! I have WAY too many books on my shelves, but whenever this sale comes around, I suddenly find way more books that I need now! And they totally get me with their “spend X dollars to get Y dollars off” because I’m always so close to that next level—of course I need to find a few more books. That was the case with this latest haul. I managed to get $30 off (by getting my cart up to $75). I know I’m being a slave to marketing, but this is one of those cases where I just can’t bring myself to mind. When I figure out what I spent per book it’s only $2.68 per book—that’s less than I’d spend on postage to trade books… Read more »


Jan 16
My Writing & Reading Goals for 2018

My Writing & Reading Goals for 2018

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I’m a little late with this, but I wanted to get my 2018 blogging, reading and writing goals written out so that I can (hopefully) track them. Otherwise, I’ll whisper them to myself and then pretend they don’t exist! Writing Goals Complete a second edit of Meet You in Convinerimus (the current working title of my middle grade book) and submit it to at least ten agents. I can’t get published if I don’t submit the book! I have gotten some excellent feedback, and I’m working on an edit based on that—I need to kick it into high gear! Attend a writing workshop. I really want to attend a workshop or craft-intensive conference this year. I’ll probably do that instead of attending ALA/BEA. Read more writing craft books/materials. Again, I need to work on my writing skills if I want to succeed. I’m giving myself a challenge of reading four craft books… Read more »


Jan 01
Top 10 of 2017: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2018

Top 10 of 2017: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2018

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I’m a day late with this one, but I decided to post it anyway. This is the last post of the Top 10 of 2017 Event, which was hosted over at Kimberlyfaye Reads. TOP TEN BOOKS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2018 I’m only including books from the first half of the year because I could easily come up with 10, just from those first six months. These are listed in order of release date. 1. The True Queen by Sarah Fine If I hadn’t done this post, I actually wouldn’t have even realized that this book was being released tomorrow!! I loved the first two books in this series—how could I have missed this last one’s release? 2. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman Um, this is Neal Shusterman. Do I have to say more? 3. Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner I didn’t know until relatively recently (within the past few… Read more »


Dec 30
Top 10 of 2017: The Best of 2017!!

Top 10 of 2017: The Best of 2017!!

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I’m participating in the Top 10 of 2017 Event, which is being hosted over at Kimberlyfaye Reads. Each day has a different top ten list associated with it (you can see the list in the image above). You can choose to complete some or all of the lists. Feel free to join in at any time! FAVORITE BOOKS I READ IN 2017 I cheated and split this into two categories (and it was still hard to pick just 10 in each, especially in the fantasy category since I read so many of them!) CONTEMPORARY: Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed I actually haven’t even reviewed this one yet, and it isn’t published until January, but I feel like if I leave it off the list, it will never get the recognition it deserves (by next year’s list, it will have been a very long time since I read the book)…. Read more »


Dec 29
Top 10 of 2017: Cover Love

Top 10 of 2017: Cover Love

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I’m participating in the Top 10 of 2017 Event, which is being hosted over at Kimberlyfaye Reads. Each day has a different top ten list associated with it (you can see the list in the image above). You can choose to complete some or all of the lists (I’m not sure yet if I’ll be doing them all). Feel free to join in at any time! TOP TEN COVERS OF 2017 I’m pretty sure all of these were actually 2017 releases. I actually forgot to look at that at all when I was putting this together, so it’s just lucky that all the prettiest ones were new releases!   What were your favorite covers of 2017? I want to know!  


Dec 27
Top 10 of 2017: Best Boys in Books

Top 10 of 2017: Best Boys in Books

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I decided to participate in the Top 10 of 2017 Event, which is being hosted over at Kimberlyfaye Reads. Each day has a different top ten list associated with it (you can see the list in the image above). You can choose to complete some or all of the lists (I’m not sure yet if I’ll be doing them all). Feel free to join in at any time! TOP TEN MALE CHARACTERS I READ IN 2017 I switched this topic up a bit. Instead of specifically listing best book boyfriends, I decided just to list my favorite boys in books (of course, those lists often overlap, but not always). Just like with yesterday’s list, I’m using books that I read in 2017, not necessarily books that were published in 2017. 1. Broody McHottiepants from Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me It should be quite obvious why… Read more »


Dec 26
Top 10 of 2017: Favorite Females

Top 10 of 2017: Favorite Females

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I decided to participate in the Top 10 of 2017 Event, which is being hosted over at Kimberlyfaye Reads. Each day has a different top ten list associated with it (you can see the list in the image above). You can choose to complete some or all of the lists (I’m not sure yet if I’ll be doing them all). Feel free to join in at any time! TOP TEN FEMALE CHARACTERS I READ IN 2017 I’m using books that I read in 2017 for this list, not necessarily books that were published in 2017. 1. Iku Kasahara from Library Wars I mean, she’s fighting for life, liberty and the pursuit of reading. What else could you possibly want? 2. Meg from Etched in Bone Meg is one of my all-time favorite characters, and the latest book is no exception. She’s got a great balance of strength and vulnerability. And… Read more »