Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2019

 

Ah, another month has passed. I’m glad but somewhat sad to see it go. May is always a fantastic month for readers. So I’m happy to see my TBR list grow.

I’ve kept quiet on my personal life, but I have to say that even though I’m struggling, I know the book community is keeping me sane. So I want to thank everyone for all the support.

So while May is gone, I am eager to see what June will bring.

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Brave Book Tag

Morning, darlings!

Another Disney tag, you say? Hell yes! I am down for Brave. And with my heritage, I am equally for some Scotland rep. After this hellish week, Disney makes me feel good.

I want to thank Sha and Mandy from Book Princess Reviews for tagging me. You two don’t know how much I needed a happy post. Love you!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Favourite Books Released in the Last Decade

Morning, readers!

I got sidetrack when The Hot Zone came on TV. So I’m not surprised I’ll have another late night. My body may hate me when I wake up though.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The last topic of the month is books released in the last decade.

I knew not being thorough with my Goodreads account would bite me in the ass someday. And that day has arrived. I joined Goodreads in 2015, so I’m going off the books’ release dates, not the year I read them.

I hope you love the post!

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Beyond the Blurb | Book Blogger Interaction Etiquette

Okay, book bloggers!

You know I can’t offer author interaction tips without giving you some. I’ve witnessed several bloggers struggle with interacting with authors. So learning proper etiquette at whatever stage in your blogging career isn’t bad. You’re growing as a blogger. And I, too, am constantly learning in this ever-changing environment.

In my last Beyond the Blurb post, I discussed how authors should interact with us. For my next one, I want to provide tips to bloggers who may not know how to communicate with authors. Again, I’m not an expert. But I wish to give any advice that has helped me.

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Beyond the Blurb | Author Interaction Etiquette

Morning, bloggers,

Who is ready for the next book community controversy? If you haven’t heard, Erin Swan, author of Bright Star, quickly learned the ire of the book community when she joked about “cyberstalking” a reviewer. The community was quick to condemn her and her actions.

We live in a constant online world. Every single act or statement will be judged, screenshot, and ridiculed. Social media has made life harder for many people, especially authors. So their online presence is a delicate balance. As a blogger, I’m always learning new and old etiquette to follow. But I know the most important tips so I don’t ruin my credibility. But I see more authors calling out readers personally.

For my next discussion, I want to discuss the proper online etiquette authors can follow to prevent any negative press. I’m not an expert. I’m still learning as a blogger. But thankfully, my publicity and marketing courses have given me valuable tips. If you’re an author who’s struggling, here are some tips you can go by:

 

Never—and I Mean NEVER—Stalk Reviewers

It’s 2019, but apparently, people have forgotten about that little fact. However, cyberstalking is somehow a joking matter, when in fact, people have had their lives ruined, have been killed, or raped. Never joke about a serious and criminal act.

If people don’t understand how serious the situation is, remember when Kathleen Hale, author of No One Else Can Have You, admitted to stalking a reviewer. The YA community rightfully refused to support her and her book. Now, she’s publishing a new essay collection about the whole incident. Appropriate? Hell no. But hey, the Guardian wrote a piece about her stalking. So I guess she’s in the clear.

Authors need to realize that joking about what Kathleen has done is beyond deplorable. I and other bloggers shouldn’t have to fear for our safety and sanity simply because we accepted a review request or bought a book, then reviewed it.

Yes, even though she has apologized for her actions and her words, Erin never went to this degree. She simply looked up the reviewer’s online presence. But not everyone stops at that curious look. People take it further, which is why heading down that path is never a good idea.

( Screenshot courtesy of Paige from The YA Kitten.)

 

Never Call Out a Reviewer

Like I’ve stated before, reviews aren’t meant for authors. Yes, they support the author. But they are meant for potential readers. Calling out reviewers because they’ve given your book a one-star review or even a slightly negative review doesn’t help your publicity campaign. Rather, it can easily harm it. We live in a cancel culture now. So we can’t fuel it any further than we should.

 

Rethink That Tweet

Sure, delete that Tweet, but I’ll bet you a ridiculous amount of money that your followers have screenshot it. And it’ll follow you forever. So think before you Tweet. It’ll save you a headache.

 

Don’t Expect Readers Owe You Anything, even a Review

I’m still debating this concept. Sure, readers agree to do a review when they accept an ARC. Sometimes though, they decided to DNF the book or didn’t feel comfortable with writing a review because the book’s content is too graphic, or it’s affected them on a personal level. I understand ARCs are expensive, and the sole reason behind them is for readers to review them. But we need to realize that this outcome doesn’t always happen.

 

If You Question What Your Next Step Should Be, Step Back and Don’t Make the Situation Worse

Listen to your inner voice. It’s there for a reason. Trust your gut. And please, do not make an already difficult situation worse. There’s no reason to inflame the problem. Your online life can be destroyed within one click.

 

Has an author ever broke online etiquette with you or a blogger friend? What other tips do you think authors should follow? What do you think about this situation?

The Bookish Adventure Tag

Morning, bloggers!

I took a small break during my blogging schedule. I needed a rest to recharge my batteries so I can back into the swing of things. I’ve been wanting to catch up on some posts. Stephen from Stephen Writes tagged me. Thank you for introducing me to this fantastic tag! Don’t forget to visit his blog.

I’m thrilled to get started.

Rules

Imagine that you are an intrepid literary adventurer- braving the harsh bookish wilderness, traversing jungles of pages and slashing through vines of words. Where in the vast world of books would you go?

  • Write about one place mentioned in a book you wish you could visit and why.
  • List 3-5 things that you would do there.
  • Mention which souvenirs, if any, you would bring back with you.
  • Then tag some more literary explorers and please link back to the creator (Umairah @ Sereadipity) so I can see all of your adventures!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

Happy Tuesday, bloggers,

Oh goody, I get to show the world of how weird I am. Scratch that. You probably already know. But I might as well give you more examples, am I right?

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The next topic is all about books we don’t want anyone, including other book lovers, touching. Frankly, I don’t let anyone, except my Mom, go near my books. I don’t let anyone borrow them either. So since I don’t own many signed or special copies, they hold more meaning for me. But I may have an awful case of OCD. I don’t know which.

So let’s get to the list, yes? I hope you enjoy the read.

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Who Am I Book Tag

Who else is dying for this weekend? I am thrilled to have a long weekend. Or at least, I’m happy to have more time to read and forget everything else I should be doing.

I found this tag on Hammock of Books. I loved what Kay wrote and wanted to take a try at it. Obviously, if you haven’t checked out her blog, you’re missing out.

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The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

Okay, evildoers,

You know I won’t walk past this kind of tag. And then I saw Jess, my devious twin from Fiction No Chaser, post it. And well, my resolve fizzled. Actually, it’s nonexistent. So let’s not go there. Not worth it, right? Right.

Before you get to the rest of my post, go and give Jess the admiration she deserves. If not, I may hurt you. You know, for a person who 5′ 2″, I threaten people at an obscene rate.


WRATH | What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Gena Showalter. I was so thrilled to get into her first series. But when she killed my OTP and gave a lame excuse, my love for her and her series shriveled up.

 

GLUTTONY | What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

The series is my guilty pleasure. I prefer the newer series better, but I have an affinity for Church, Magnus, and Silent Brother Jem.

 

SLOTH | What book have you neglected to read due to laziness?

I’ve looked at this book and walked by it every day, but I still can’t pick it up.

 

PRIDE | What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

Most of the time, I have a sarcastic lit to my voice, and it doesn’t help I swear worse than a well-educated sailor. I do not need a book to sound like an intellectual. I’ll trip on my own two feet and kill any chances of convincing you. 😂

 

LUST | What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?

Dominant, territorial, broody, cocky, silent characters may be my downfall. If I find a real man who has these attributes, I AM A DEAD WOMAN.

…A ridiculously large ego is also good, even if it annoys me to all hell.

 

ENVY | What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

This choice may be a cheat, but Meeghan is my book fairy godmother and has gifted me the Australian copy of Aurora Rising. I opened up her email and legit cried when I read it.

I’ve been waiting for a good moment to mention her kind gift. So thank you, darling!! 💜🖤💜


I Tag

Laurie | Merline | Loretta | Meg & Leah | Brittany | Sarah | Amy | Destiny | Mandy & Sha | Ainslee | Suzy | You!

Top Ten Tuesday | My Most Loved Book Adaptations

Happy Tuesday!

I truly believe nature forgot it’s supposed to be Spring right now. But I can’t complain. I’d rather be warm underneath a blanket instead of dying in my sweaty meat suit.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The next prompt is all about the page-to-screen freebie. And I want to talk about TV shows and movies I adore, but I haven’t read the books that inspired them. Ugh, how can I possibly call myself a book blogger if I haven’t read the books?! Hear me out though.

But more importantly, enjoy my fan-filled post.

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