This blog post was inspired by another blog post written and published by the lovely Danielle, from Books, Vertigo & Tea. If you haven´t visited her blog already then I highly recommend you do so. There´s… More
15 funniest book memes guaranteed to make you smile, chuckle, giggle or even laugh out loud!
That is – If you´re a book nerd.
- When reality guy clashes with book hero.
2. It´s NEVER just a book!!
3. 1 a.m. is like Happy Hour for readers.
4. Books bring out a readers chocolate side.
5. Everytime. E.V.E.R.Y.T.I.M.E.
6. Some things are just uncalled for.
7. It´s not the love but the husband´s farts that forces you back to reality.
8. His farts won´t be missed, either.
9. Until my dying day.
10. You tell ´em, Suzy! I got your back on this one.
11. A book lover´s golden moment. The highlight? A powerpoint presentation.
12. Some questions are better left unspoken.
13. Have I mentioned how relaxing reading is?
14. They never listen.
15. What? Jesus!
That´s it for now.
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Happy Mug Monday! Today I´d like to share a simple yet calming picture I did the other day. Books in blue, topped off with my everyday mug and my Ikea blanket that looks rougher than it actually is.
We all have those mugs we constantly use. It´s the one we always look for when wanting to drink something hot. A go – to mug, if you prefer. That mug in the picture is my one and only mug. I´ve had it for years. You can say that I´m slightly attached to it.
As for the books- I´ve been rearranging my books ever since I moved into my own apartment. I treated my books as I do my clothes. Whites to whites. Blacks to blacks. And everything else that´s multi – colored goes on the awkward shelf ( Yes. I have one of those. It´s where I keep every book that has a busy cover or is so colorful that I can´t bare to look at it. Lol. Don´t judge. I already know I´m weird.).
It wasn´t until recently when I realized that I had just as many blue books than I do black ones. An idea was born:
Why not rearrange my books in a way that would pep my livingroom a little? Rearrange my books so my girls can think mommy is the coolest person alive?
My grande idea was to sort out the covers by using the rainbow system.
I´ve seen so many Instagram posts with bookshelves full of books sorted out by color ( First red then orange.. followed by yellow, green, blue, purple You get the picture ). How hard could it be to copy that idea even for my own pleasure? It didn´t look hard.
I could do it. I COULD DO IT! * shouting from a mountain top *
No. I couldn´t do it. * hanging head in defeat *
Needless to say – My idea didn´t work out as planned. BECAUSE (!!!!) I hate to see series and trilogies separated. That drives me completely bonkers! I can´t have all Black Dagger Brotherhood books spread out like a willing chicken.
And the book size issue. Don´t get me started on that.
The end result of my glorious idea? I went back to my old system. Within seconds I felt more at ease. Such a shame. If only all books came in the same size…. life would be so much more easier.
I´ll just stick to taking a certain color out once a week and stare at the books for a while before putting them back. ( I´m sure that´s considered a bookish problem. Bookish problem #458)
Blue Book Feature
Kings Cage – Victoria Aveyard
Take Me Home – Nancy Herkness
Reveiling Ghosts – Jeannine Allison
Black Swan Affair – K. L. Kreig
Between Here And The Horizon – Callie Hart
Greengate , Blue
I hope you all enjoy your Monday ( even if there´s little left of it). Stay safe and take care.
How far would you go to find The One?
A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner—the one you’re genetically made for.
That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance and love.
Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…
A word-of-mouth hit in the United Kingdom, The One is a fascinating novel that shows how even the simplest discoveries can have complicated consequences.
I repeat- I do NOT like thrillers…. that much. But after reading the synopsis for `The One` from author John Marrs, I just couldn´t pass this read.
When book bloggers refer to a book having the „whole package“ then we´re not only referring to what´s inside a book… Having the whole package also means that the cover image, the title and the tagline fit with the story.
If I had to use one word to describe this book I´d say: Awesome!
What an idea! What a story! Does any author care about my heart rate?
`The One` belongs to those books that make you think hard. The famous „What if…“ question pops up alot during this read and funnily enough, that question sticks with a reader long after the book´s been finished. Then you get stuck with asking yourself “Would I..?” which is angonizing for MY brain. If that doesn´t say how good this book it then I don´t know what does.
Interesting. Entertaining. Gripping. Thrilling. Intense. Unpredictable.
I cannot remember the last time I was so invested in a story.
And I certainly cannot remember the last time I drove by my best friends house and shoved a book under her nose and begged her to read it. Turned out, she was just as flashed and impressed by the idea and even bought her own copy of `The One`.
There isn´t much I can say about this story because enough is already in the synopsis so I´ll stick to the love gushing…
I´ve read quite a few thrillers before and none have had such an impact on me like `The One` had because the story, in general, feels like it´s not too far-fetched. And that´s also another aspect that plays with a reader´s mind.
Would I recommend this book? Most definitely.
Would I re-read this book? Absolutely! Once I´ve recovered.
The Cover – 5 stars ( Perfect cover for a perfect thrilling story.)
The Characters 5 stars ( Interesting individuals dealing with interesting consequences = Even more interesting characters)
My emotional state after finishing this read – I still haven´t fully recovered.
WARNING: This article is about book spoilers.
“Don´t spoil the story!”
“I don´t want to hear it!”
“Great. Now I don´t need to read the story because you spoiled it for me.”
Book spoilers. There´s nothing more a reader hates. To have a story spoiled for them.
That´s a book spoiler. Pretty informative, right? You know exactly what a book spoiler is. But you don´t, really. Because book spoilers aren´t necessarily book spoilers.
Believe it or not- Readers have their own definition of a book spoiler.
But who get´s to decide what an actual book spoiler is, and what´s not? Is revealing an insignificant piece of info enough to be considered a spoiler? Is explaining a story a spoiler?
I think it´s obvious that revealing an end scene / the end of a book is considered a major spoiler. That´s just ruining it right on the spot.
But the rest? Who is the judge of what a true spoiler is or not?
If you want an answer from off the top of my head I´d say that it depends on the person / reader. Some readers don´t mind when a review reveals minor details and some go completely ballistic when a tiny bit of detail is mentioned. It´s a matter of opinion- Like everything else is.
I´ve been reading more often, than not, how readers don´t want to be spoiled. Something I completely understand and respect. But what I don´t understand is:
Why attempt to read a book review if you don´t want to be spoiled?
Has anyone ever thought of book spoilers as book teasers? Because book teasers are often included in reviews, too. Let´s see what the definition of a book teaser is:
Oh-HO! This means a book spoiler isn´t actually any different from a book teaser. Technically- A book teaser is a spoiler. It reveals an aspect of a story others would have found out themselves, for sure.
Book teasers come in a few forms: Graphic quotes ( a line taken from said book included with a lovely fitting graphic), excerpts, or book teasers can be built in reviews ( 3 lines that are enough to tickle a reader but not enough to full spoil the story). Funnily enough- teasers ( in all their many forms) are excepted. But it´s not okay to reveal a spoiler? I´m confused.
I´m a book blogger. That means, I read a book and then I write a review that´s hopefully helpful for those who are looking for their next read. I include the following in my reviews:
- Title, author, special features in form of graphics ( e.g maps, book cover, gif )
- Plot summaries ( If needed. Sometimes the synopsis, provided by the author / publisher, goes into great detail )
- A one – liner ( One-liners can be used for quick social media posts that could hook a reader )
- Including useful info (Main characters. Were they credible? Which were my favorite characters. )
- Personal experiences ( Was I able to relate to the characters? Did I experience a similar event as the characters?)
- My opinion ( Did I like the book? What was my favorite / least favorite part/ scene?)
- My recommendation ( Would I recommend said book? And to whom would I / would I not recommend said book?)
The above are what I try to include in all my reviews. Sometimes, a book doesn´t allow me to add all at. Sometimes emotions play a bigger role and over rule everything else. But one thing I try my best to do is: Not to reveal, what I think could be, spoilers.
That´s harder to accomplish than one would think.
When I write my reviews I take my time to think of what can be seen as a spoiler and what not. I read the book´s synopsis twice before adding a plot summary ( because who wants to repeat what´s already available, right?). I sit and wonder and ponder and break my little head over words and sentences. My biggest problem is not how to write a review- It´s about what information I can include to avoid someone telling me that my review contains spoilers.
These days, I feel like I should include a spoiler warning in all my reviews. You just never know who´s going to spot something they consider a spoiler. And I do add spoiling warnings.
I want my reviews to be read. I mean- That´s why I´m spending my free time writing and publishing them in the first place.
Other bloggers want the same thing- For readers to read their reviews.
How does a book blogger recommend a book without revealing a tiny, itsy bitsy piece of detail about a story? Because when I read a review where someone just repeats the synopsis and doesn´t give me something more, other than a “I really enjoyed this book / I loved this read.” then I will hop on to the next review that hopefully has something more convincing. I would rather read something I don´t already know. I need that little convincing push.
A book blogger not only writes a review. In that moment when a book blogger publishes their review they recommend a product. They want others to see WHY they´re recommending the product. They want you to know HOW they came to love / hate the product. They want you to find out WHAT is so special. No one wants to buy the whole cow, but everyone wants a taste of the milk first. They want to know if a product would be something they´d also like or dislike. If a review is so diplomatic and 100% neutral then I, as a reader, have no flipping clue what a book is about. In that moment, I don´t need to waste my time with a review and can stick to reading the synopsis until I turn blue and purple.
So, my question still stands: What is considered a book spoiler?
I´ve talked to alot of people and have learned that many despise any type of book spoiler. Which is fine. To each is their own, I say. But in that moment where you´re talking books with someone, face to face, who doesn´t like spoilers… you´re completely handicapped.
“Don´t spoil anything.” They say, often in a frantic, slightly louder voice. ( as if saying that in a normal tone wouldn´t work as well. Lol)
Well, if that doesn´t kill a conversation on the spot then I don´t what does. So you find other ways to try to convince your friend / family member / neighbor to buy the book that´s REALLY good.
“It´s a great book.” You say and you leave it at that because your hands are tied. Conversation = Over
On to the next subject which is usually food. * insert laugh*
Book conversations are safe when both parties have finished reading the same book. But, recommending a book is just as much fun as discussing the aftermath.
Personally, I don´t mind spoilers. I actually belong to those people who can listen to someone rave about a complete story in great detail and I´d STILL want to read the book.
I can literally hear you all holding your breath and see you shaking your heads now. But I truly don´t mind spoilers at all. Why? Because everyone perceives a story differently. Everyone explains a story differently. I might envision something entirely different.
For me, there are 3 different types of book spoilers:
- Minor Spoiler – This is where a review adds a little more detail about the story than the synopsis has already revealed. A minor spoiler does not reveal the story.
- Random Opinion – This could be anything from quoting a piece of a dialogue to ranting about what a certain character has done to evoke stong feelings from a reader. Random opinions do not influence my book purchase.
- Major Spoiler- This is where something highly significant is revealed, such as: sickness/illness, plot twists / game changers, ending scene. Anything that can actually ruin a story for someone.
I understand the concept of spoiling. I also understand and respect others when I´m told not to spoil a book. I would never go against someone´s wishes.
There´s a fine way to avoid spoiling ANYTHING for ANYONE. It´s called “giving a spoiler warning” beforehand. Two words- that´s all it takes to make the world safe for spoiler haters.
That way, the person reviewing a book can always wash their hands in innocence. It takes a few sublte words to make a major impact on a bloggers reputation. Because no one likes to be thought of as the one who ALWAYS spoils.
So, after all that´s been said… I think it´s safe to say and to point out that whatever a reviewer does, it´s always wrong. Or always right ( depending on a person´s perspective).
This article is dedicated to those who hate spoilers and to those who spoil. You are both loved.
Because working off Febuary´s reading list was so successful I thought I´d go ahead and introduce March´s reading list.
I wish I had more time to include more than just a handful of books for this month. But I think my husband might not appreciate me reading on our 13th wedding anniversay, which is also on St. Patrick´s Day! Also, I think my friends would kick me to the curb if I showed up at their birthday parties with a book.
I´m not even going to try to do that this year. ( Yes. I´ve tried it once. Didn´t go down so well. *g* )
Do I have major plans besides letting my hubby take me to dinner and help my friends become older? Yes! I plan to read 4 books.
It´s going to be a romantic kind of month:
Well, semi romantic. I´ve heard great things about The Silver Cage. It´s supposed to be a tragic read. Have any of you read it yet?
Then There Was You – Claire Contreras ( romance )
The Silver Cage – Anonymous ( dark romance, LGBT)
Brighter Than The Sun – Briana Pacheco ( romance )
Forgetting Me, Remembering You – Monica James ( romance)
All 4 are highly anticipated reads and I cannot wait to get my hands on these!
In case you´re wondering what happened to the Febuary books- Do not fear! Reviews are near! Be sure to look out for my Febuary recap to check out my ratings and thoughts.
I bid you all a wonderful weekend! Stay safe and take care.