Recommendations

Friday Favorites is an Enabler

May 10: Favorite Books that were recommended to you Where would I be without #bookstagram and all of the wonderful, plentiful recommendations I find there? Well, for a start, I’d be in a house with about 150 less books. Also, not buried under the weight of a TBR equivalent to most small libraries. I add about two books a week to my wishlist and my “note to self, check these out, they might be good” reminder list grows by leaps and…

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Friday Favorites Gives You a Show

March 8 Favorites: TV Shows to watch (when not reading). Bit of a puzzler this week. I . . . don’t actually consume much media other than my books. I am a book junkie. The husband mainlines Netflix shows, but it’s the way he GOES TO SLEEP, how can you possibly fall asleep with a show going and light and people talking and plots happening, WHO DOES THAT? If you quiz him about what happened in the show later he has…

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Guest Post: Happy Book Birthday to The Winner’s Circle!

A very special welcome to another member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group today! Her Baby-Boomer Chick Lit novel The Winner’s Circle is out today. Welcome to the blog, PJ Colando! PJ Colando was born and raised in the Midwest, yet unabashedly aspired for adventure elsewhere, following her parents’ model. She lives in southern California with her family, hobbies, and pets. PJ is the author of three novels in the acclaimed ‘FAITH, FAMILY, FRENZY!’ series and two books of memoir. Her short…

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Friday Favorites Goes Old School

Friday Favorites is a prompt created by Kibby at Something of the Book and it’s a brand new blog hop. Come and join us! Today’s favorites: Old School YA books (YA release before 2000) *rubs hands together* Alright, bookworms. Let’s get this party started. Surprising absolutely no one, Tamora Pierce is about to feature heavily in my list. She may, in fact, be the entire thing. We’ll see. Since I turned 13 in 2000 and I was an actual young adult in…

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The Time When an Author Responded to a Bad Review: And It Worked.

For the rest of us normal mortals: DO NOT DO THIS! No, I mean it. EVER. I see your fingers twitching towards that keyboard. DON’T. It’s the fastest way to make yourself look like a terrible person, no matter what a review says about your book. In light of recent events concerning an author who straight-up stalked a reviewer that had disliked her book, this seems like a good time to drag out and re-state my position on this issue. The ladies…

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Reading Wrap-Up of 2018

In the grand tradition of December, let’s do some wrapping up. Wrap some presents. Wrap-up your holiday shopping. Write lots of wrap-up lists. Wrap-up small, misbehaving children Krampus style to mail to . . . haha . . . ooops. Don’t do that. Got carried away there. But seriously kids, I’m watching you. The tip of Argentina is always a postal-service option. BEHAVE. ANYWAY. We were doing a grand book wrap-up for the year 2018. Let’s get down to business.…

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The Fall Book Tag

   Something about Rowell’s writing style feels like nothing I’ve read before, and I love it! I mean. This ending is iconic for a reason. The movie kind of captured it, but not . . . quite.  All of them are nonstop, brutal action, TBH.  I think I caught up on all of Tessa Dare’s backlist in two months, and then I couldn’t wait for this second book in the Girl Meets Duke series to come out.  All. The. Feels.…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems You Need in Your Life

I have a soft spot for these six lovelies. Some of them are older and therefore mostly forgotten, what with all the shiny new stuff coming out every year. A few are newer, but might not have had the best marketing. Whatever the reason, they’re the underdog and we all know I’m a complete sucker for the underdog. (Book descriptions come from Goodreads and let’s face it, I’m totally trying to suck you into reading them) Beauty Robin McKinley –Of course…

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Adding AllAuthor to Your Author Toolbox

Yes, there is BookBub.com. It’s right up there with the ginormous Goodreads as a top spot for recommendations and book lists. Pretty much every post or anecdote I’ve heard about BookBub emphasizes how amazing it is when it comes to promotion. I believe those posts, and I’m happy for those authors but . . . BookBub will promote you, and it will work, but it’s also common knowledge that it will cost you roughly an entire month’s worth of income. At least. If you’re…

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Books That Lived Up to Their Hype

Watching a book get smeared all over popular culture is a bit anxiety-inducing for me. When a book has legions of adoring fans, I want to trust them. I really do. They must like it for a reason, right? It’s popular and everyone seems to love it. But will I love it? Is it too hyped? Does it deserve all the praise? Wait, did yet another person just rate it five stars on Goodreads? Every bookworm knows this feeling. It’s anticipation, mixed…

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