No We Don’t Do It For The Free Books

 

Hey guys, here to spill some tea on this sunny and freakin’ freezing Friday morning.

So, no one has complained about this, it’s not like people have been throwing this accusation in my face, but it’s something I feel like talking about today because we do know people say this:

‘Book blogging means free books’

Yes. It does. But, when people say you do it for the free books, accuse us of being cheap, and so much more, it makes me super annoyed to the point where I feel like I’m in an anime.

 

So now let me roll out my rant.

There is no specific cost to being a book blogger, yes some spend more than others, yes some of use free wordpress, some of us have our own domains and self host, there’s so much variation but we tend to have one thing in common.

We love books.

Oh and another thing we have in common.

We are dedicated.

Book blogging is time consuming. There’s no lack of posts explaining just how time consuming it is either. We don’t just write posts, we think of content we revamp our sites, we do social media to some extent, and not only that but we read books, obviously.

Oh the eARCs/ARCs are free, but we also give our time for free.

Yea, I was very excited to start getting free books, I won’t lie, NetGalley is like a dangerous place for me to go because of that, but, do you know what else? I still buy books. And even if I didn’t, I write these posts and promote these books with everything I have. Sure, some of us are not as well known as others but we’re all here trying our best, FOR FREE to promote.

And it’s not the publishers and authors that accuse [not all the time or most of the time anyway lol] us of doing this for the free books, it’s people who don’t realize the effort we put in.

I’m sitting here, my house in disarray and you know what? It’s gonna stay that way because I’ve made commitments and yes sometimes we take a while to get to some of the books, and yes we will write negative reviews, but we always try.

There are graphics, twitter chat threads, bookstagram reviews, goodreads and amazon review write ups, and I sometimes get in over my head, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I’m also lucky enough to be in the position to buy a physical/final copy of eARC/ARC books I really enjoy. And since book blogging I definitely buy more books in my case, and I do book subscription boxes sometimes, and guess what, you don’t need to do any of that to bookblog, and if you ‘just’ review free books, that’s just as important and valid.

We do it for a love of reading, a love of books, to support authors, and if we get some free books for it, that’s no one’s place to judge.

Probably the people that need to read this won’t, but still, I’m here for my fellow book bloggers and saying, read that free book, review to your heart’s content, and keep being awesome.

Bookending Autumn Approaches!!

Hey guys

I was sad I didn’t get to participate in Bookending Summer at all, I was so busy but I cleared my calendar for October and I’m happy to say I’ll be hosting again and there are some amazing prompts.

How does this amazing event happen?

By the hard work of the creators, Sam and Clo

And I mean, so much hard work goes into this and they’re amazing for it, LOOK at the official logo/graphic, isn’t it so pretty?!

** THAT IS RIGHT, THAT FEATURED IMAGE IS NOT MINE, I DIDN’T MAKE IT, I’M NOT THAT TALENTED**

WHAT IS IT?

Bookending Autumn is one of the quarterly events, running under the umbrella term “Bookend Events”, aspiring to bring the book blogging community closer together! Bookending Autumn has a theme of fall/autumn and all things Halloween, but you DO NOT need to stick to this theme at all!

WHAT COUNTS?

Posting a minimum of 3 blog posts (you can use the prompts or not, up to you)

Taking part in the Twitter chats

[Now, you don’t have to do ALL of them. You can do one or both. It’s totally up to you.]

THE RULES

Book reviews don’t count as part of the event – but you’re more than welcome to still post them throughout the month. Just remember they won’t count as part of your 3 posts

Not restricted to a theme/topic – you can post about whatever you want, however,  we do encourage discussion posts and/or creative post types to branch out and have fun!

General Topic Ideas: Discussion Posts, Tags/Awards, Memes, Writing Themed Posts, Blogging Themed Posts etc.

You MUST include the Bookend Events logo somewhere on/within your post, this is so we know which posts are part of the event/got inspired through the event. It also helps us with blog hopping.

How to Sign-up

Go to the official announcement here, and fill out the form:
Bookending Autumn 2019

 

^^This post will also give you the list of prompts and you should really check them out because they are SO SO SOOOO awesome!

 

If you’re curious, here’s my info from the announcement page Sam put together:

(October 17-20)

Thursday 17th October

 Candy Tag

An original tag using different candies to match up with books, like ‘candy corn, a book that reminds you of blah blah blah’

Friday 18th October

13 Days of Halloween

13 Books &/or Movies to get into the spirit of Halloween/Day of the Dead/Samhain/All Hallow’s Eve

Saturday 19th October

 Monster Mash

 What’s your favorite ‘monster’ in a book, and what’s a favorite book with said fave monster?

Sunday 20th October

Which Witch?

 If you could be any witch or warlock from any book, which witch would you be and why? Would you be a Hogwarts student? Part of Coven, or maybe more like old school Sabrina the Teenage Witch?

Now go check it out and sign up!!!

August Rewind

 

My August Reads

 

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^^I had so many problems with this book, it’s just not for me^^

 

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^^Another one that wasn’t for me but this wasn’t problematic like Never Have I Ever ^^

 

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Favorite Posts from around the book blogger-verse

 

Isabelle @ Bookwyrm Bites: How I Created My Custom Rating System

Sam @ Fictionally Sam: Why Do You Read?

Michelle @ Michelle Likes Things: Why I Banned Myself From Requesting ARCs

Ruby @ Ruby’s Books: Wednesday Chatter: Musings About ARCs And ARC Bans

Kal @ Reader Voracious: Chased By A Flock of Seagulls

Clo @ Book Dragons: 2 Year Blogoversary! (ft. My Favourite Posts)

Susan @ Novel Lives: His Hideous Heart Editor, Dahlia Adler Discusses Reimagining Of Classic Literature With Marginalized Narrators, Conquering Her Fears As An Editor And Future Projects In A Blog Tour Interview -Releases 9/10 via Flatiron Books

 

What I’ve Posted

Charity Shop Finds!

Content/Trigger Warnings

Descended Author Interview: Amanda L. Almaraz

Ed Bookfest Day 1

Ed BookFest Day 2

Ed Book Fest Day 3

Harley in the Sky Cover Art

My First Book Box/Unboxing!! [Fairyloot August Spoilers]

The Tag of Rage and Sorrow

Favorite SciFi Books: The First Half Of 2019

Thriller Thursday

 

Again, I was so so so honored to have been nominated in the Book Blogger Awards, but a HUGE congrats to the winners and of course the other nominees!

Edinburgh’s [International] Book Festival was great, and I would really like to go to again next year, so fingers crossed!

I’m trying to work out train fare for the Jay Kristoff event in Glasgow next week but if I can’t go, well, I’ll just give my ticket to someone who can!

Still waiting on our house, we may get it before I turn 31, but since that’s in October…I mean, maybe not, maybe by the time I’m 40. *Insert a lot of cursing in various langauges here* But I am still hopeful about moving!

So this month I got to see Holly Black for the first time, along with Joanne Harris and Alexander McCall Smith and saw Samantha Shannon a second time!

Also! I got my first two books from Orbit Books UK and I feel so special!!!!! AND

If you all notice, I really love Canongate Books, they’re one of my favorite publishers and they made me their August Blogger of the month!

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No More Lies – Blog Tour

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Blurb:

Kent Fisher Mystery #4

Kent Fisher gets more than he bargained for when Detective Inspector Ashley Goodman enlists his help with a ten year old murder. She’s on a mission and needs a big case to put her career back on track.

And they don’t come much bigger than Miles Birchill, Downland’s wealthiest and most divisive resident.
Not for the first time, Kent has doubts about the case, forcing him to make choices. But who do you trust when everyone has something to hide?
Caught in the middle, he has no alternative but to solve the murder, unaware that his every move is being watched.
The Kent Fisher novels offer a fresh and contemporary reworking of the classic whodunit and murder mysteries of authors like Agatha Christie.
Book Info
Pages 252
ASIN (ebook) B07QCPDZ9Y

Where to Buy the Book

Amazon

 

My Review

As you all know by now, I’m a sucker for mystery books! I was happy enough to grab up the opportunity to read this and be part of its blog tour. It’s a fun read, Robert Crouch likes to tease you with the mystery while also integrating Kent’s own whirlwind of a personal life. I hadn’t read the other books in this series and wasn’t really too thrown off by that fact so it can definitely be read as a standalone! I like that Kent Fisher isn’t a private eye but just a man who enjoys unraveling a mystery. Not to mention you have to find some humor in the situations he gets himself into. I would say it was definitely a quick read as well so it’s the perfect book to grab up and read in your spare time. This book is more about Kent himself than the actual mystery but everything does tie in and I like how Crouch wove that all together! [Also I think Ashley was terrifying lol]

Knowing how Crouch’s style is now, I will certainly pick up the others to read, I feel like I’m missing out now.

Not to mention…No spoilers but that ending was such a surprise! I loved it and it definitely hooked me into wanting to read the next book. So when does it come out?

 

About the Author

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Inspired by Miss Marple, Inspector Morse and Columbo, Robert Crouch wanted to write entertaining crime fiction the whole family could enjoy.
At their heart is Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. Passionate about the environment, justice and fair play, he’s soon embroiled in murder.
Drawing on his experiences as an environmental health officer, Robert has created a new kind of detective who brings a unique and fresh twist to the traditional murder mystery. With complex plots, topical issues and a liberal dash of irreverent humour, the Kent Fisher mysteries offer an alternative to the standard police procedural.
Robert now writes full time and lives on the South Coast of England with his wife and their West Highland White Terrier, Harvey, who appears in the novels as Kent’s sidekick, Columbo.

Website
Twitter
Facebook Author Page
Amazon Author Page
GoodReads Author Page

 

The Rest of the Tour

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TBR Alphabet Tag

Doing a tag today, this looks like so much fun, thank you Angelica @ The Book Cover Girl for tagging me!

Rules:

  • Name a book title from your TBR for every letter of the alphabet (can exclude words like ‘the’ if need be) these must be books that you have physical/e-book copies of and not ones you intend on getting but haven’t yet.
  • Try and include different authors for every single one
  • At the bottom of your list put how many you could fill in (out of 26)
  • Tag other people to join in and link back to the person who tagged you!

 

A

The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie

B

Brothers by Da Chen

C

(The) Children of Men by PD James

D

(A) Death in Harlem by Karla FC Holloway

E

Echantee by Gita Trelease

F

Fixed Odds by William McIntyre

G

The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng

H

The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart

I

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

J

Jade City by Fonda Lee

K

Kennig & Gold by Christopher M. Struck

L

Leviathan by Scott Westerfield

M

(The) Mobster’s Lament by Ray Celestin

N

The never game by Jeffrey Deaver

 

 

O

One? by Jennifer L. Cahill

P

(The) Phantom Forest by Liz Kerin

Q

Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston

 

R

(The) Red Labyrinth by Meredith Tate

S

(The) Spec Set by Taya Okerlund

T

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

U

Under Ordshaw by Phil Williams

V

Viper by Bex Hogan

 

W

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

X

I got nothing.

Y

Still nothing…

Z

Aaaand now I give up

Oh look, it’s finished!

So that brought me up to 23/26, not too shabby!

Tagging:

Isabelle

Michelle

Sophia

Whoever else wants to do it.

Happy Friday you all! AVENGERS TOMORROW, YAAAAAAS!

 

 

 

 

 

Crap Critiquing Skills

I’ve been thinking about my ratings lately.

I love how people toss them out or definitely have an actual system.

I don’t, my three cups of coffee for a thriller or fantasy means it was pretty good, not great.

Three coffees on a poetry book means it was probably a bit boring at parts.

2 coffees is usually not great, sometimes I give things higher ratings if I think that it’s more enjoyable for a target audience I wasn’t included in. Like let’s face it, I’m not 16, but sixteen years old me might have loved it more, and if that’s the case, up the rating goes, who the hell am I to judge if a YA book is good for YA or not?

[UNLESS I think it’s harmful, or just does not promote something important for teen girls, such as when a book uses pop feminism to somehow put down other kinds of girls. That’s not cool. That’s not how it works. Okay, different tangent for a different day but there you have it in miniature so you know where I’m coming from! Don’t teach girls and boys abusive relationships are cool, don’t teach boys it’s not okay to cry, and don’t make it seem like makeup doesn’t make you a genuine person and I won’t hate your novel lol]

I also tend to just enjoy so much. Again unless it has issues that I realize, and sometimes I don’t’ realize something is an issue because I’ve never thought of it and I have to look to my fellow readers/writers/bloggers for support and learn and grow, I tend to just give books good ratings.

So, really, the fact of the matter is, I am crap at critiquing.

But is that a huge problem? Hmm maybe, maybe not but book blogging has forced me to think of my reviews more as I’m writing and before I post. I want to make sure I at least attempt a pros and cons list when I can, to show readers things that may not suit them despite my positive review but sometimes I just don’t have that much to say about the book! However, I promise guys, I really am learning as I go. So maybe it is a huge problem and a lot of you are like ‘Haley why do you love everything’ but I am trying to be more objective.

I also know that when I do remember (even if it’s after a review has gone live) I do try to post content and/or trigger warnings. NOT so much on a book whose plot clearly states this is gonna be dark, such as like say a thriller about serial killers told in the first person. But if it’s a book that’s like ‘oh yes a mystery, let’s see what happens’ and then boom gore upon gore, then I do try to remember to let you all know. So again, growth. Things I didn’t usually think about before have to be on the forefront for me. Because I know sometimes I appreciate the content warnings if I’m not expecting a book to have anything in gross detail. For me, people can’t really give trigger warnings for my sorts of triggers but I do try to remember things I think will generally be good to warn ahead, violence, deaths, drug/alcohol usage, abuse of any sort, but if you ever see a book you think should have more warning to it, please let me know, I’ll always appreciate that.

I’m about to write up my Crown of Feathers review and I know I’ll be warning about animal deaths and such, I don’t want someone to pick up a book because of me and be traumatized, that’s not my goal for those who are kind enough to read my blog.

So I guess what I’m saying is, thank you all for putting up with me being on a steep learning curve. I may be crap at critiquing but I’m always going to better myself for you all. However I think we’ll just have to all accept that I’m too easygoing with books, I just tend to like what I read. [Except for the time I don’t, and then I turn into a very salty and smarmy book blogger].

Thank you all, promise I’ll keep trying to grow.

Toodles

The Currently Reading Tag

Not sure who to tag for the creation of this tag (let me know if you know!) but I shall go ahead and tag Kal @ Reader Voracious as she tagged me [Thanks Kal!!!]. Also, used tag 4x in that, I’m impressed with me already.

How Many Books Do You Usually Read At Once?

I usually can only read one fully at once, the drive in me to finish what I start is high, buuuut, occasionally I may up to 2 or 3 at once. Right now though I’m on beat back the NetGalley mode and I’m just reading one at a time and chucking them in a pile lol.

How Do You Decide When To Switch Between Multiple Reads?

So, if a book is just going slow paced, I may switch after a chapter, or if it’s not slow paced but the chapters are 20+ pages, I may like to switch between that and a much shorter book which I will inevitably finish in a sitting and have somehow managed to just read one at a time again in the end lol.

Do You Ever Switch Bookmarks Partway Through A Book?

No, but I don’t really use bookmarks unless I am reading more than say two at once. Also, I mean I just memorise the page number. *Shrug*

Where Do You Keep the Book(s) You’re Currently Reading?

My Kindle goes where I go in the house, I suppose actual books are either on the nightstand or the side table in the living room. I do not have a fancy or special place for current or tbr books.

What Time Of Day Do You Read The Most?

Night time, I have time during the day but the problem is that my time is divided between blog hopping, writing blog posts, doing chores and cooking, and so I usually put off reading until night time.

How Long Do You Typically Read In One Session?

Uh….a couple of hours usually? But can totally be more, some nights I’ll read 3/4 hours depends on how tired I am, the pacing of the book, and uh, if I just plain feel like it lol.

Do You Read Hardbacks With the Dust Jacket Off?

Who keeps them on? I mean I suppose if you’re out and about but I think the dust jackets are too pretty, and reading in bed they just slide about and annoy the crap out of me.

What Position Do You Mainly Use To Read?

Uhhhh sitting up? I…Idk, laying down but sitting up? Omg lol this question is making me think too much.

Do You Take Your Current Read With You Everywhere You Go?

If I’m going on the train, sure, but I tend to get carsick while reading too much unless laying down in the car so that’s a no for me on regular travel I suppose. I always bring books with me when I go somewhere for holiday but chances are that I won’t read lol.

How often Do You Update Your Goodreads Reading Progress?

Too much. I am that annoying person who updates every time she picks up the book unless I know it’s going to be a lot during the day, most of the time I try to exert self-control but that rarely works out for me. [*NetGalley list looms in background*] I actually love GR for that reason, updating progress, it’s great when I put a book down for a while and since I don’t use bookmarks much, I can just go look up what page I was on if I’ve forgotten.

Tagging:

Jayati

Kristina

Isabelle

And everyone else who wants to do it!

Toodles!