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Monday, November 16, 2020

8 Reasons I WON'T Visit Your Blog

I recently did a post called 8 Reasons I Visit Your Blog, so I thought I'd do a little opposing post to talk about the things that make me not want to visit your blog (or not return once I have visited).  These are my own personal reasons, and may not reflect the masses.  Thanks to Meg Ryan for helping me illustrate.

1. Automated music or sound effects. I seriously hate this. Most of the time, I won't realize my volume is turned way up, and I open a blog and *BAM* I'm blasted with some random music or other noise, and I basically pee my pants and click on five hundred things in my frantic attempt to close the window. If you have this, I will not be returning (sorry)!


CRINGE!



2. You're a jerk. Listen, I'm all about the snark. One of my favorite book blogs is Cuddlebuggery.com, and Steph, Kat & Meg have perfected the snarkasm. I'm talking about just flat out being a tool. If you spend your time looking for reasons to jump down anyone and everyone's throat, or you're just waiting on people to screw up or say the wrong thing, I just don't even have time for that. See ya (not sorry)!





3. Your blog is too cluttered. I get that everyone has different tastes, and this is totally a personality thing, but my brain just can't handle five thousand and seven different colors and patterns happening at the same time. It makes me stabby.






4. You misspell a ton of words on a regular basis, or your grammar is terrible. I'm not overly picky about this (I don't think). I mean, I don't keep my posts completely proper, and everyone makes mistakes (I probably have in this post (like possibly using too many parenthesis (but at least I said "too many" and not "to many."))), but if your post is filled with mistakes, it just looks like you didn't care enough to even use spell-check.






5. Your posts are almost all made up of memes or blog tours. Again, this is personal preference, but I'm just not interested in reading those types of things over and over. I'd rather read a blog that only posted once a week with something original than one that posts daily memes or tours etc. I'm just like, "Hello?  Is this it??"






6. All your sidebar pics or ads are hanging off your sidebar. Ok, I know I'm being nit-picky here, but when you do that, it just . . .






7. You are entirely too loquacious or sesquipedalian. If your blog is replete with a copious magnitude of superfluous, discursive ruminations, then I am inclined to expeditiously dematerialize, never to return.


Uh . . . what?




8. Your posts are all geared toward your blogging friends. Don't get me wrong, I think it's awesome that bloggers have made such good friends (I know I have), and they all visit each other's blogs, and know all the inside jokes. But if I'm not part of it, I don't get it, and it just makes me feel left out. I'm not saying you shouldn't, I'm just saying I probably won't be sticking around.







These are just a few of my pet peeves when it comes to blogs (they might be a tad exaggerated), and just because something bugs me doesn't mean it's the same for everyone, or even most people. What are the things that keep you from returning to a blog? I hope it's not excessive gif usage, or I may be in trouble . . .
P.S. All these gifs, pics and videos are from French Kiss, which is an older movie, but so cute, and so completely quotable! You should check it out


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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Do You Organize Your Books?

by andye

I am NOT an organized person.  I really, really wish I was.  I want to be organized.  Organized people seem so together, and....shiny.

But I am not.  And I kind of hate all you methodical freaks!  Kidding....really.

Although I did like this definition from UrbanDictionary.com

1. organized
a word used to describe people who are too lazy to look for things
"Did you clean your room?"
"No...organized people are too lazy to look for things." 
 Even though I'm not organized, that doesn't mean I'm messy.  I like for things to be clean and look nice.  That just means I throw everything away.  I don't keep anything.  Pictures the kids draw?  "Aww, honey, that's so cute!" *trashed* Yep, I'm that bad.  BUT!  Now that I've become quite the book hoarder, I've had to come up with a system for ALL THE BOOKS!


As I mentioned before, my house is kind of a library.  I like having books in order so that when people come over, they can easily spot books that they might like.  I know some people like to organize in alphabetical order, by author or by title.  My older daughter has her bookshelves sorted by color, which I love.  But both of these ways make it hard for me to easily find books to recommend.

So I organize my shelf by genre.  

All my rom-coms are together, my time travel, dystopia, fantasy.  Then, within those categories, there are often sub-categories.  Like in paranormal romance it's divided into vampires, werewolves, angels, etc.  And then to further complicate things...or make things exciting, depending on how you look at it, each section is sorted by color. 

The reason I like to sort by genre is because when people come over, they tell me they really liked Divergent, or whatever, and I can say, "Here's my dystopian shelf!  If you like Divergent, you'll probably like the books in this section!" The other day one of my good friends was over and she said, "Oooh, this is my section!  I can tell by all the pink and blue books."  Heehee.  Chick-lit!

Of course this does not include my shelves of unread books or ARCs....but that's a whole different post!

So, what about you?  

How do you like to organize your shelves?  Or do you just toss books into the air and hope they end up in the right place?




Friday, April 3, 2020

My House is Kind of a Library

by andye

At any given moment I have no less than 20 books "checked out" of my house.  My friends know that when they come over (which is a lot), they're leaving with a book in their hands.  Sometimes people come over just for the purpose of picking up a book, or dropping them off.

My house is a library, AND I LOVE IT!!


I love that people know me as the book girl.  I love that they know that I'm ready with an endless list of recommendations, for every type of reader.  I love that moment when they've read a book I gave them and we get to talk about it.  I just love it!

It's like a challenge.  Matching up a person with the perfect book.  


One of the biggest reasons that I actually buy books that I've already read, is so that I can loan them out to people.  I mean, I do want to have books that I've loved on my shelves, but half the time I know I'm not going to read them again, but I buy them anyway just so that I can share them with all my friends.

Oh, and if I have a matching bookmark?  That's just icing on the cake!  

The only problem I have with this system, is that I'm horrible at keeping track of who has my books.  Like, who has my copy of The Forest of Hands and Teeth?  It's been gone a long, long time, and I have no idea who has it.  I tried keeping track, writing down who checked out what and when, but I just failed miserably.


How about you?

Do you loan out your books?  Do you have a system for keeping track of who has what books?  Do you care about what condition they're in when they're returned?  And most importantly, DO YOU KNOW WHERE MY COPY OF THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH IS?






Wednesday, January 1, 2020

8 Reasons I Visit Your Blog

by Andye

Let's face it, we pretend that we do this all for the love of reading and writing, but the truth is, we want people to read what we're spending our time and energy on. But what gets people to take the plunge? I don't know about you, but here are 8 reasons that I'll come visit your blog.


1. You've come to my blog and have left comments on my posts. I'm a little slow on this one because I tend to be on the oblivious side, but even I start to notice when the same person has been visiting and engaging with me. I'll be reading comments when all of a sudden I think Hey! This awesome person has been coming around a lot! I should probably check out what they're all about! And then I do!


2. You reviewed a book I'm really interested in. This is kind of an obvious one, but worth noting. 

3. You review a book I've never heard of. When you're a book blogger, it can get pretty repetitive visiting blogs that all have the same posts, the same books, the same memes, etc. So, when I see a review with a cool looking cover and I've never heard of it, it really piques my interest.

4. We're friends. Again, I'm not as good at this as I should be, but usually at some point in time I realize that if I'm friends with people, it's kind of crappy if I don't ever check out what they basically spend half their lives on.



5. You hook me with your Twitterspeak. There is no one who does this better than Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner. She says things like this . . .


. . . and I have to know! What, Jamie? WHAT IS THE BEST MEDICINE? WHAT DID YOU LOOK AT IN YOUR OWN LIFE? I'm nosy, and I think you know it, Jamie. You're using my nosiness against me! *ehem, sorry. Anyway.

6. You post something conversational. As much as I like reviews and interviews and such, my favorite posts are the ones that are more personal. Well, they don't even have to be super personal, just something different. If it's about books, that's even better.

7. You post something I need. Especially when I was a new blogger, trying to figure this whole thing out, if you had a post on how to improve your blog, or html (Thanks Parajunkee), or how to deal with publishers etc., you would have my love forever.



8. You write the words "8 Reasons I Visit Your Blog" or some other number with some other list. Not sure what it is about lists, but I just have to click it.

How about you? What hooks you and forces you to *click*?

(Don't miss my opposing, "8 Reasons I WON'T Visit Your Blog".)


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

THE STEEL PRINCE by V.E. Schwab // Review and Giveaway

THE STEEL PRINCE
Shades of Magic Vol 1
by VE Schwab
Andrea Olimpieri (Illustrator, Artist)
Enrica Eren Angiolini (Colorist)
Print Length: 112 pages
Publisher: Titan
Publication Date: March 6, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
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Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab and torn from the universe of the Shades of Magic sequence, this all-original comic book prequel to A Darker Shade of Magic is perfect for fans of bloody, swashbuckling adventure and gritty fantasy.

Delve into the thrilling, epic tale of the young and arrogant Prince Maxim Maresh, long before he became the King of Red London and adoptive father to Kell, the lead of A Darker Shade of Magic.

The youthful Maresh is sent to a violent and unmanageable port city on the Blood Coast of Verose, on strict orders from his father, King Nokil Maresh, to cut his military teeth in this lawless landscape.

There he encounters an unruly band of soldiers, a lawless landscape, and the intoxicatingly deadly presence of the newly returned pirate queen, Arisa…
 Guys! Who else is incredibly excited that there is going to be more in the fascinating world that Victoria Schwab created in her Shades of Magic series?

When I first heard she was coming out with a graphic novel, I figured it would just be the original series recreated. So when I found out that it would be new original stories, I was thrilled. Prince (later to be King) Maxim probably wouldn't have been my first pick for a spin-off (prequel), but after reading The Steel Prince, I'm really glad she chose him. And, of course, Isra, who will one day be the head of Maxim's city guard.


This beginning to Prince Maxim's story is about a young rebellious Maxim, before he takes the throne, and becomes one of our favorite love/hate characters. I loved seeing his dissident side, and also, honestly, his naivety. He sees the world from the viewpoint of a sheltered young man, who has never really faced the real world or true danger. This makes him rash and a bit superior, but determined to do what is right, and to see others do the same. I actually saw a bit of Prince Rhy in him (just a bit).


My favorite character, so far, though, has to be Isra. I loved how jaded and hard she was, but she still refused to take the easy path, and instead fought for what she knew was right. She reminded me a lot of Lila Bard, who I adore. I'm really looking forward to learning more about her, and seeing how she becomes the head of the city guard.



The awesome thing about this being a graphic novel, and not a novella, is the incredible art work. It was amazing getting to see the magic come to life on the pages. The illustrator and colorist did a beautiful job of bringing this story and this world to life. I can't wait to see what comes next!

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