Category: Let’s Discuss

Feb 07
Let’s Discuss – I’m a Series Failure

Let’s Discuss – I’m a Series Failure

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Lately, I’ve been noticing that I am HORRIBLE at finishing series, and I started thinking about why. And I realized something – it’s all about the fact that my reading habits have changed dramatically since I started blogging a couple of years ago. I never used to know about all of the latest releases. I heard about books kind of randomly – often when I saw them at the library or when a friend mentioned them. Quite often, I wouldn’t start reading a series until it was already complete, so I would just read the entire series all at once. Now, I usually know when all the newest books are coming out, so I’m constantly starting new series. Keeping track of all the series I’ve started is sometimes really difficult. And I’m not always as motivated to read new books in a series immediately because I feel like I have… Read more »


Feb 01
February 2015 Discussion Challenge Link-up (& Giveaway)

February 2015 Discussion Challenge Link-up (& Giveaway)

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Welcome to the February monthly link-up for the 2015 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! We are seriously blown away by the response to January’s link ups! You guys came up with some amazing topics, and we have enjoyed reading them, so keep ’em coming! If you don’t know what this challenge is all about or haven’t signed up yet (but want to), head on over to the challenge sign-up page to learn more! Or, if you’d rather not join, you can still check back to see some really fantastic posts from a variety of bloggers. Win-win. Not that you guys seem to need any help coming up with stuff but if you’re a little stuck this month, try your take on some of these topics: Let’s talk shelves: Namely, how do you organize yours? Buying Books:… Read more »


Jan 29
Let’s Discuss – I Wasn’t Stressed About Blogging Until I Found Out I Was Doing it Wrong

Let’s Discuss – I Wasn’t Stressed About Blogging Until I Found Out I Was Doing it Wrong

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Okay, I have to start off by saying that I don’t really think I’m blogging wrong (but that got your attention, right?).  But I was inspired to write this post because I do sometimes feel under pressure to blog a certain way (or to avoid blogging a certain way) and I start to stress out when I feel like I’m not making everyone happy. And here’s the thing – THAT’S ALL ON ME. Because the reality is, you can’t please everyone. And, honestly, you shouldn’t even want to. What kind of person would that make me if my main focus was on making everyone else happy? Lately, I’ve seen a lot of talk about the problems with the book blogging community. Now, I have to confess that I’m a somewhat insecure person sometimes, so when I read posts or messages from other bloggers that I admire and trust about things that are going “wrong” I tend to internalize that. I… Read more »


Jan 24
Let’s Discuss – Why Authors Write Insta-Love (No, Really – I Think I Know)

Let’s Discuss – Why Authors Write Insta-Love (No, Really – I Think I Know)

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We all know that insta-love is one of the biggest bookish sins. Almost everyone hates it. Really, when was the last time you read a book with insta-love and thought, “I’m so glad those characters fell in love as soon as they met. I hate it when characters wait a whole week or two before they really fall for each other”? Um, never. (Though, I did do a post awhile back about whether or not insta-love could ever work and found that there are times it’s more palatable than others.) So, why do authors do it? Do they just have no idea that readers don’t like insta-love? Have they never read a review of a book with insta-love, so they’re just unaware it’s a problem? Are they just lazy? I don’t think so. Okay, so I exaggerated when I said I think I know why authors write insta-love, but I do have a… Read more »


Jan 14
Let’s Discuss – The Irresistible Pull of ARCs

Let’s Discuss – The Irresistible Pull of ARCs

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Let’s face it. I have plenty of books to read. I don’t need more. Really, shouldn’t the shelves full of books be enough to satisfy me? But then I go to an event or click onto NetGalley or Edelweiss … and there are all these books. They’re calling to me. It’s like there’s a magnetic pull, and I can’t resist them … At BEA, I felt like I was really using restraint. I was making an effort to only pick up books that I was genuinely interested in and that I was 99% sure I would read (or I did pick up some that my kids would read – that I intended to read along with them, but that hasn’t happened as much as I’d hoped). I still came back with way too many books, apparently, because I haven’t read them all. Some of them I haven’t read because when… Read more »


Jan 08
Let’s Discuss – Online Identity: Who are You Online?

Let’s Discuss – Online Identity: Who are You Online?

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Lauren over at Shooting Star Mag asked me recently to help her spread the word about the recently released movie, Ask Me Anything. The movie was written and directed by Allison Burnett, who wrote the novel it was based on, Undiscovered Gyrl. Now, I have to say that I haven’t read the book or seen the movie, so I can’t really say much about either, except to say that I’m intrigued (and I love Britt Robertson), so I’ll definitely be checking them out. But the discussion post idea that’s inspired by the movie sounded like a good one, so I thought I’d go ahead and write one. In the movie, the main character is a blogger, and she apparently shares quite a few details about her life on her blog. So the question is, how much do you share on your blog? Do you use a pseudonym? Do you post pictures? Do you… Read more »


Jan 02
2014 End of Year Book Survey

2014 End of Year Book Survey

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   Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner has once again created her annual End of Year Book Survey and I thought I’d join in the fun! 2014 Reading Stats Number Of Books You Read: 205 I know it says 206, but I noticed that one book was duplicated in the list. If you want to see all the books I read (bigger than tiny pictures) click on the picture and you’ll be brought to my Goodreads list!   In Goodreads, I generally round up if I have half stars. Still, as you can see, I generally liked most books that I read. The books that aren’t rated are a mixture of books that I read for our homeschooling (I only rate those occasionally) and books that I’ve edited. (I don’t review books that I edit because it seems like a conflict of interest and I can’t really be unbiased.) Because… Read more »


Jan 01
January 2015 Discussion Challenge Link-up (& Giveaway)

January 2015 Discussion Challenge Link-up (& Giveaway)

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Welcome to the first monthly link-up for the 2015 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! If you don’t know what this challenge is all about or haven’t signed up yet (but want to), head on over to the challenge sign-up page to learn more! The basic idea is that we want to encourage more discussion posts, so we’re hosting this challenge to get us all discussing! Even if you don’t decide to join us, still check back here occasionally so that you can read lots of awesome discussion posts! Joined us, but you’re not sure what to discuss? Here are some ideas: There are no required discussion topics for this challenge (and no specific dates that you need to post on). You can talk about anything that has to do with books or book blogging. But some participants told us that… Read more »


Dec 26
Let’s Discuss – What Bookish Things Did Santa Bring? (Plus the Oh Christmas Tag)

Let’s Discuss – What Bookish Things Did Santa Bring? (Plus the Oh Christmas Tag)

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I was thrilled this year to get a beautiful bookcase for Christmas!! The bookcases in our house are all completely full – overflowing, really – and so I was super excited to get a new bookcase to put in our bedroom. My new bookcase is oh, so pretty and perfect in every way except one – it still doesn’t hold all of my books!! (The picture above doesn’t show all of my random books that were sitting around, only some of them!) I do have one small shelf that I’m going to add some bookish knick-knacks to … So, I was more than thrilled when I came home and my husband said, “So, do you want one more bookcase or two?” Best. Husband. Ever. We’re getting two more. One more this size and a smaller one in the same style. Woo hoo! So, what kind of bookish gifts did you get for… Read more »


Dec 19
Let’s Discuss – Why Culling My TBR List is an Impossible Task!

Let’s Discuss – Why Culling My TBR List is an Impossible Task!

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I tried. I really did. But in the end, I epically failed. I have determined that there is absolutely no way to get my TBR list down to a reasonable number of books. No way. I know you all think I’m being dramatic (and I am, of course), but this is a real problem that plagues me. I MUST get my TBR under control!! Right now (after my failed attempt at culling the list), I have over 1100 books on my Goodreads TBR. Even though I read A LOT (I just passed my 200 book goal for 2014 yesterday), it would still take me six years to read all of those books. And that’s assuming that, in the next six years, I find no new books that I want to read. Um, yeah, that obviously isn’t going to happen. Oh, and did I mention that 99% of those books have been added to my… Read more »