Category: Let’s Discuss

I’ve Been Stalking Your Goodreads. Let’s Discuss.

I’ve Been Stalking Your Goodreads. Let’s Discuss.

I’ve recently been in one of those moods where I glance through the 100+ audiobooks in my Hoopla Favorites list and … just don’t see anything I want to listen to. I know that’s utterly ridiculous—there are so many fantastic books on the list! But sometimes you just don’t feel inspired to read what’s right in front of you. I typically see my Hoopla audiobooks as “freebie” books. So often, my reading feels scheduled because […]

Posted March 18, 2021 in Let's Discuss / 18 Comments
Balancing Spending on the Blog, Making Money, and All the Moral Dilemmas that Go Along With It

Balancing Spending on the Blog, Making Money, and All the Moral Dilemmas that Go Along With It

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about supporting local bookstores as much as possible. I’ve always supported local bookshops by attending author events and buying books at those, but they haven’t been happening in person recently and I haven’t attended a ton of online events. In the past, I’ve sent books for US giveaways through Amazon because it was the cheapest method, but during COVID I’ve tried to send via local booksellers or Bookshop.org (which […]

Posted March 9, 2021 in Let's Discuss / 25 Comments
Unbiased Reviews: Is There Such a Thing?

Unbiased Reviews: Is There Such a Thing?

Every once in a while I’ll see someone talk about how they don’t trust certain reviewers because they think their reviews are probably biased. I’ve thought a lot about this. What does it mean to be biased, and can we really ever claim not to be biased in our reviews? After all, biases can’t be helped. Even if we did absolutely everything we could to avoid conscious biases, what about subconscious biases? Lately I’ve been […]

Posted February 11, 2021 in Let's Discuss / 32 Comments
Inspiration or Perspiration: Is It Time to Make a Blogging Schedule?

Inspiration or Perspiration: Is It Time to Make a Blogging Schedule?

I’ve always subscribed to a laid-back method of blogging. Basically, I have no specific schedule I stick to (except in the case of blog tours, which I rarely even participate in anymore). I also almost never write posts in advance or have specific days or times that I blog hop and comment. There are several reasons for my lack of a schedule:  I’m horrible at sticking to a schedule (in life as well as blogging) […]

Posted January 28, 2021 in Let's Discuss / 29 Comments
The 2020 Cybils Awards Finalists! Which Books Do You Hope Will Win? Did Any Favorites Not Make the Cut?

The 2020 Cybils Awards Finalists! Which Books Do You Hope Will Win? Did Any Favorites Not Make the Cut?

The Cybils Awards finalists were announced on January 1st. Of course, I helped choose the MG speculative fiction list, but I was excited to see what made it onto the other lists as well. Apparently, 987 books were nominated across all categories. That’s a lot of books! I thought I’d share all the finalists with you along with a few of my thoughts. (Thanks to the folks at Cybils for the wonderful graphics!) I’d love […]

Posted January 6, 2021 in Cybils, Let's Discuss / 11 Comments
2020 End of Year Book Survey (& Year in Graphs!)

2020 End of Year Book Survey (& Year in Graphs!)

As usual, I’ve adapted this from The Perpetual Page Turner’s End of Year Survey! 2020 READING STATS Number Of Books You Read: 147 Number of Re-Reads: 0 Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy/Paranormal And this is my pathetic reading for the year. Can you guess when I started reading for the Cybils Awards judging? LOL! It’s a darn good thing I did the judging because I was in a crazy slump!! I mean, look […]

Posted January 2, 2021 in Let's Discuss, Monthly Recap / 20 Comments
The Would You Rather Book Tag

The Would You Rather Book Tag

I’m not sure where this version of this book tag actually originated, but I saw it over at a GREAT read. (I’ve definitely seen other versions of it as well.) I thought it was a really fun one and decided to jump in! Would you rather only read physical books for the rest of your life or only audiobooks? This is kind of hard, actually. I lean toward physical books, but this is the rest […]

Posted November 10, 2020 in Let's Discuss, Tags / 11 Comments
Off On a Basement Writing “Retreat”

Off On a Basement Writing “Retreat”

Starting tomorrow, I’m going to try to hole myself up in the basement and focus on writing for a whole week. I have no idea how successful this will be, but I figure it’s worth a try. I had been considering going on a real writing retreat, but right now my family’s quarantined anyway until November 1st (more about that in my Sunday Post tomorrow), and my mom’s here with us, so I figure I […]

Posted October 24, 2020 in Let's Discuss / 22 Comments
My Successful Sneak Attack Using Fiction. Let’s Discuss

My Successful Sneak Attack Using Fiction. Let’s Discuss

Sometimes talking with your kids about an important subject is hard. Depending on the kid, a conversation might be brushed off or misunderstood. This was the case with my youngest when it came to having conversations about the fact that his sister is transgender. My youngest was the last one in the family to consistently use proper pronouns and call his sister Jade—it’s not like he was willfully rebelling. Noah has a cognitive disability that […]

Posted September 18, 2020 in Let's Discuss / 30 Comments
Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag

Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag

Well, I’m a little later than everyone else with this tag this year, but I figure we’re not THAT far past the mid-year point, so I’m still going for it. Besides, it will make me feel better about my current state of non-reading to remember the good things I read earlier in the year. 1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020 It just so happens I’m going with my two March Best of […]

Posted July 16, 2020 in Let's Discuss, Tags / 35 Comments