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Forget about chasing the dragon, I do it with books.. Musing Mondays

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Books, Musing Mondays, Reading | 6 comments

Musing Mondays {January 14}

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What Was Your Latest “Real” Book Purchase? #MusingMondays

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Books, DIY Basic Recipes, Musing Mondays, Reading | 9 comments

Musing Mondays {November 5th}

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Each week MizB asks a book related question and bloggers answer with their thoughts about the given topic.

This Week’s Muse Asks…

“…What is the most recent book you purchased, or brought home from the local library? What made you pick it? Have you started reading it, right away, or will you wait for a bit? …”

My most recent purchase was at my first book signing and it was a signed copy of Botanicaust by Tan Linsey. I have had Tam here for an interview and also Botanicaust was a Teaser Tuesdays book in September. I plan on posting a review later this month.

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Confessions of a Moleskine Addict – Do you take notes while you read?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Books, DIY Basic Recipes, Musing Mondays, Reading | 5 comments

Musing Mondays {Sept. 10th}

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Bloggers, authors, reviewers and readers – What do you look for in a review?

Posted by on Aug 19, 2012 in Books, Musing Mondays, Reviews | 14 comments

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What do you look for in a review?

 

To answer this, I have to ask myself the same question? What Do I look for in a review? What do I think are important aspects to be included in a review? What is more important, how many stars it was given or the actual review itself? What should be included? These are more are questions we all ask ourselves at one time or another after becoming part of this reading community. Whether we are authors, readers, bloggers or reviewers.

I have a hard time with book reviews, reading and writing them. Before being exposed to the world of book blogging, I read reviews on Amazon and as of August 2011, on Goodreads. I read so much, all I was doing was giving them ratings and not reviews. I see now that I was not really doing much for the book than giving it a boost in its average rating, so I tried my hand at reviewing.

I approached reviewing much like any assignment from college I was unsure of. I researched, which meant I started reading reviews in depth. I starting doing searches and discovered some really cool book blogs I followed because they were reviewing my secret urban/paranormal mystery book fetish! I I was so interested in how some folks seemed to be making it like I do scrapbooking! It was journaled and had pretty graphics, and witty sayings. It wasn’t a book report like I wrote in the 8th grade, smoke being blown up the authors ass!

I look for honesty and personality in a review. I want a small experience, even if it is inly 300 words. I do not want it to be all shine, and yes I have written some complete shine on reviews, and I have no excuse other than I was not sure where I was going to go from “OMG IT WAS SO AWESOME! YOU HAVE TO READ IT!!! etc…” (Which friends and family do all the time with self/indie authors thinking it helps but it doesn’t at all! It not only gives the potential reader a false review, but it gives the author an unrealistic idea about how their book really is. UNLESS it is ass-blow worthy! THEN by all means make that ass shine!!)

I want to see the cover, and I want the cover at least 250 pixels high. Covers draw me in and being a cover whore lover at times this sells me right away. I want the genre, a synopsis and at least an idea of what the main protagonist is about. I want a general recommendation. I do not care so much about a rating, it is a secondary factor of interest for me, unless it is a tour stop. It seems that tour stops tend to have folks be a bit to political and touchy if someone needs to be critical of the work. (I know, again, I can be even if I am being fair and honest). I look for a buy link and love it if there is an “add to Goodreads” button!

Most importantly a review needs to be just that, nothing more. I avoid writing and reading spoilers, I do not see the point in posting them. They ruin it, especially for those of us that buy a lot of thriller/mystery/suspense novels. I want to know if they liked it, why they liked it, why I should read it and also what the reviewer likes to read so I know I am listening to a peer report in the same genre sect I enjoy. Those are the reviews I listen too. I want it to be well written, minimal typos and spelling errors. Sure, we all make them, again.. I certainly do! Especially if you are going to complain about an authors inability to have a book properly edited, perhaps you need to make sure your post/review is too!

Reviews are meant to put another light onto the book, whether good or bad. Have a sense of duty and professionalism when you write them. Show me your having fun and drive me to buy that book! That is how I write my reviews. I respect those that do the same for the books they review. I guess I cannot get to far away from the golden rule of do onto others… So shine on my book blogging banshees! Tell me why I should read the book! And thank you for asking me to be part of this wonderful hop to share what I look for in a review. I am so glad to be part of this, our online community.

What do you look for in reviews? Let me know, because every thing you tell me I can add to my toolbox to make my reviews better.

Please take the time to hop to each blog to see what other participants in this mornings hop look for in a book review!

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Musing Mondays – My favorite Snack Food While Reading (Recipe & Rambling)

Posted by on Aug 12, 2012 in Books, Cabin Cooking, DIY Basic Recipes, Indie Projects & Promotions, Musing Mondays, Reading | 4 comments

Musing Mondays {Aug 13th}

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Each week MizB asks a book related question and bloggers answer with their thoughts about the given topic.

This Week’s Muse Asks…

This week’s musing courtesy of http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com 

Do you snack while you read?  If so, what is your favorite reading snack?

I am glad this came when it did because I am sitting here miserably sick, yes again. It seems when your body is forced to endure almost three weeks of prednisone  treatments your immune system SUFFERS.. gee really? Well I am currently suffering from a horrible infection and the antibiotics are not working so the doctor is waiting to see if we need Cipro again. OK JUST bury me because I am not going to make it to my 45th birthday anyway… but back to the question on snacking! (PSST do not forget Kingdom is FREE today through Wednesday 8-15 too!)

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What to read next (Musing Mondays)

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in Books, Musing Mondays | 6 comments

Musing Mondays {July 2}

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Each week MizB asks a book related question and bloggers answer with their thoughts about the given topic.

This Week’s Muse Asks…

When you’re stuck for a book to read next what do you do?

Oh man good question this week. Hard to answer because I have a TBR pile for reviews that is threatening to virtually topple over and you can have a picture in your mind here of my thing clad feet twitching from sheer crushing blow to my virtual body.

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A Cover Whore’s River of Denial – Is the Cover Really Dead?

Posted by on Jun 18, 2012 in Books, Musing Mondays, News, Writing | 9 comments

Musing Mondays {June 18}

This Week: To have or Have not...

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Each week MizB asks a book related question and bloggers answer with their thoughts about the given topic.

This Week’s Musing..

MzB read an article, this past week, about book covers, and the difference between print & digital covers; about how the digital covers have almost disappeared entirely, while publishers decide to just skip right to the content. I to went and read this article and I suggest you get yourself over there and read the article too! Here is what this week’s muse presents for pondering, I hope you guys join in?

What do you think about this? Do you think the book cover is “dead”? Do you care whether the “covers” on digital books exist or not? 

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What’s the Length of….the LONGEST you have… and HOW long…?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2012 in Authors, Books, Musing Mondays, Reading | 21 comments

Musing Mondays {June 11}

DIRTY MINDED PEOPLE! This is a Book blog! Well maybe it COULD Have been what is the length of your… baguette or.. the length of your favorite wooden spoon handle…. but today, MizB wanted to know about the longest book I had read and how long it took to read it! Dirty minded people, how could you think I would EVER be so naughty *wicked grin*

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Each week MizB asks a book related question and bloggers answer with their thoughts about the given topic.

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This Week’s Muse Asks…

What is the longest book you have ever read? How long did it take you to read it?

OK, I have read a LOT of long books. I tend to think of a book as short if it is under 400 pages. Average length books are 450-600 pages and long books start around 800 pages. I like LONG meaty books. I read to bloody fast for my own good so the longer I can be entertained by one story the better.

Of all time

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Do you know where your dictionary is?

Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Books, Musing Mondays, Reading, Writing | 12 comments

Musing Mondays {May 28}

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If you were going to write a book….

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Musing Mondays, Writing | 0 comments

Musing Mondays {May 7}

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