Book Blogger Insider Tag

ohhhhh I was tagged again *jumps for joy* I try to catch up with these things as I love answering questions and getting to know my other book bloggers. So let’s see here….

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I got tagged by Inkblottings (please visit, it’s a beautiful insightful blog!)

Rules are as follows:

Answer the questions below

Credit the creator: Jamie @ ALittleSliceofJamie

Tag at least 5 people

Have fun and eat cookies. Or ice cream. Yeah let’s go for ice cream.

Let’s go to the questions now shall we?

1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

– on my PC known to DESTROY MY ENEMIES WHILE I WATCH WITH GLEEEEEE! *ahem* got carried away there didn’t I?  Or I write them on my tablet (Ipad) when I’m watching TV with the husbando.

2. How long does it take you to write a book review?

–  An hour at the most. It’s the posting on other book sites that takes the most amount of time but that’s what Ctrl+C is for. 🙂

3. When did you start your book blog?

– Oh lordy. Back in the day of 2008. To be more precise, Summer of 2008. I had to go on hiatus due to life issues but I’m slowly getting the ball rolling again for 2018!

4. What’s the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

– The ones that just don’t like to respect your opinion and feel the need to insult you because they just don’t agree with your views. You know there’s such a thing as to respectfully disagree right? You can say “Well I liked the book because of <enter characteristics here> but I can see why you didn’t like this book..” this sounds respectful doesn’t it? instead of saying: “Oh holy shit you are so wrong what the hell is wrong with you, you suck get out of my face” This type of behavior is so juvenile and blatantly stupid. Why don’t you get out of my face and come back when you’ve had a bunch of adult cookies and milk and then come talk to me in a more respectful manner?

– Another thing. When people say “They feel bad for DNF and they don’t know what to do with the book and are afraid to tell the Author/Publishing company”
You know what I think of when I hear/see people say this?
I think of this:

Spare me the drama.
Why are you afraid to do it? did you suddenly forget this is YOUR opinion and believe it or not homies you ARE going to come across books you WILL NOT LIKE. Let them know. Albeit do it respectfully. If they get angry and start yelling at you then they’re in the wrong industry. People are going to not like their work. It’s part of the job.

– Word of advice? DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ONE STAR BOOKS. It happens. Move on to the next book before you start developing a reading rut. Those are more unpleasant than having to write a bad review.

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

– The Community!!!!!!!!

I love you peeps! you provide me with so many books to add to the TBR! your opinions may differ from mine and it’s wonderful to see we’re not mindless drones! I love to see what’s in your mailbox! I love to read what you’re up to! this is one of the most friendliest communities I have ever been part of and I’m proud of it. We keep reading and we keep going! never stop doing what you love to do!

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

– Everything I post is fun. Even the horrible reviews because I start ranting and raving and it feels good to let it out. Remember lovelies, this is a hobby. Not a chore. Everything about it should be enjoyed.

7. What is your favourite type of blog posts to write?

– I like ones like Book Blogger Hop, or tags like the ones I’m writing now because we get to know each other. And I meet new people and new blogs to read through!

8. When do you typically write?

– After I finish a book, or when it’s that time of the day for the post. I don’t really spontaneously decide to post something and write about it unless it’s something I have to share with all my book blogging friends.

9. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled up with your fur baby?

– I miss my furbaby. He would be with me while I would type of my reviews. But usually nowadays it’s with whatever drink is on my desk and my headphones on listening to music (mostly synthwave because it helps me focus)

10. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

–  I usually write them in a notebook that’s filled my reviews because I add notes and gives me a framework to what to write about when I post. This happens right after I finish the book as everything is fresh in my mind. Once I write everything on paper, then it goes to more coherent wording on the desktop 😀

11. How often do you post?

– Whenever I finish a book I schedule reviews on Tues/Thurs. Otherwise the rest are quiet or I get tagged 😉 I stopped feeling pressured to having to post constantly. It starts feeling like a chore if this happens. That’s  not the point of the book blog. This is my hobby and I’d like to enjoy it for as long as possible.

 

Well! that was fun wasn’t it? I enjoyed doing this one! If you would like to participate please feel free to do so and grab the questions and please give credit (as stated in the rules). And let me know if you did this or not. I would love to see your answers.

 

Toodles!

 

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A Subject to be Aware of. Definitely Recommend this one.

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In order to save her family’s farm, Roshen, sixteen, must leave her rural home to work in a factory in the south of China. There she finds arduous and degrading conditions and contempt for her minority (Uyghur) background. Sustained by her bond with other Uyghur girls, Roshen is resolved to endure all to help her family and ultimately her people. A workplace survival story, this gritty, poignant account focuses on a courageous teen and illuminates the value—and cost—of freedom. (From Goodreads)

This was a great eye opener albeit a sad read on what’s going on with the Uyghur and how they’re being treated by the Chinese government. They’re not a very well known group of people and after finishing this book it’s an eye opening experience.

Throughout the novel you follow the narrative of Roshen, who’s left her family behind and a potential fiance to work in a factory. As a reader you already have an idea on how this is going to go as factories over there are usually sweatshops with grueling horrifying conditions. What I was not expecting, and because I didn’t know much of these peoples is they’re on the bottom rung of the ladder everywhere they go. Since they don’t look like your average Chinese, they stick out as a visible minority and because their beliefs are very much different, they get treated horribly and are pretty much slaves.

You follow Roshen and a group of Uyghur girls as they toil through the factory under horrible conditions. You can feel their fear and mistrust, even amongst themselves because anyone can become an informant. What I was not prepared for, was for Hawa’s character. You already had an assumption about her because of her behavior but when she does something completely unspeakable on behalf of Roshen it was a complete blindside. The negative feelings you had towards Hawa disappears completely and is replaced with a kind of respect for what she went through.

Definitely recommended to read. It’s horrifying what these families and girls go through, and awareness is key.

I give it an 8 out of 10.

Slow plot, characters uninteresting except for one

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Mercy McClain joined the school board to protect the children of Teaville, Kansas, from the bullying she experienced as a child. When the worst offender from her school days applies for a teaching position, she is dead set against it. Yet Aaron Firebrook claims to be a changed man. Can he earn Mercy’s trust–and her support for the challenges to come? (From Goodreads)

 

I really tried to like this book, and to be fair it was good at the first third of the story. I was hoping the plot would pick up, and there would be more development throughout, but it just wasn’t there. Which is unfortunate because although this type of plot has been done in so many countless novels, it still had the potential to be good.

There wasn’t much to the characters in the book although Mercy seemed to have been the only interesting one and the only one with personality.  The chemistry with Aaron and Mercy isn’t that great and as you progress throughout the novel it’s always back and forth with them. You feel like you’re watching a never ending tennis match between these two where they’re not doing anything to gain advantage in the game. And well, to be frank it’s pretty dry.

Aaron  seemed like an all right character to read about, a guy out for redemption and feels bad for his past treatment of a lot of people (he was the town bully so to speak) and although it was nice to see part of his development and him trying to redeem himself it didn’t quite work out as I had hoped, he ended up being mopey, weepy but to the point where you have to wonder if he’s suddenly become emo. True, he’s had some pretty awful things done to him in the past but his constant mood changes from feeling good about changing, to moping on past regrets got old pretty fast, and this contributed more to the never ending tennis match I mentioned in the previous paragraph.

The secondary characters surrounding our main ones have each their own issues and problems and although Jimmy’s story was a good one, it just wasn’t enough to give this book justice. The plot was slow moving and dry with minor events happening in which it doesn’t make much of a difference to the story. Sad to say this book just didn’t quite cut it for me.

I give it a 2 out of 10.

Book Blogger Hop 4/13


Book Blogger Hop

Today’s question:

Is there a fictitious town in a book that you would love to live in? What makes it appealing?

Besides Hogwarts? I would love to live in the Shadowrun World. What’s Shadowrun? it’s a tabletop RPG that also has novels based on it. Their world is dark, gritty and there’s lots of cyberpunk influences, cities all filled up with lights but it’s dark at the same time (these gifs are from Blade Runner, but it’s similar to the world of Shadowrun):

Complete with flying cars and electronic billboards with massive advertisements. Maybe it’s because I have a great love for Synthwave music, and cyberpunk themes but this is one world I would love to live in.

How about you guys?!! let me know so we can discuss! have a great reading weekend!

 

Creepy House and a Scene not to be read at 1 AM…

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Evil doesn’t always look scary .Built at the turn of the twentieth century by one of the richest and most powerful men in the world, tucked away in the pristine Pocono Mountains, Summer Place, a retreat for the rich and famous, seems the very essence of charm and beauty, a scene borrowed from a wondrous fairytale of gingerbread houses, bright forests, and glowing, sunny meadows. But behind the yellow and white trimmed exterior lurks an evil, waiting to devour the unwary . Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy’s investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy, and destroyed his career. Now, Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top-rated ghost-hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night. To ensure success, she needs help from the one man who has come face-to-face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure. Disgraced and alienated from the academic community, Kennedy wants nothing to do with the event. But Summer Place has other plans . As Summer Place grows stronger, Kennedy along with the paranormal ghost hunting team, The Supernaturals, sets out to confront and if possible, destroy the evil presence dwelling there. But sometimes in a paranormal investigation, the ghosts hunt you… (From Goodreads)

The beauty of reading horror books is this: even though you’ve probably read this same thing or read the same horror book with similar plots, cookie cutter characters, etc, what really matters at the end of the day is; does it provide you with enough chills and creep factor to get you reading?

Thankfully, this one delivers!

The plot is pretty standard; haunted house that is on the market but nobody buys it. It needs a super cleansing and a group of people are gathered and led by a Professor who’s looking out for redemption. It seems pretty much like a typical horror plot out there but it’s well written and the flow is consistent. That being said, the real action starts about the last third of the book. Think of this book as an introduction to a cast of characters, and what their ‘gifts’ are like. Their background stories are provided, and everything leading up to the night at the house is well done. It prepares to reader as to what to look forward to (with some creep factor in between)

So let’s get to the creep factor. It’s definitely there. The descriptions and events happening is enough to give the reader chills and leaves it to their imagination. There’s plenty of loud noise moments, evil laughter, and things going bump in the night to contribute to the enjoyment of reading this book.

One particular moment that got me on edge was this part:

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I thought this particular passage was perfectly written and it still clings to me even after finishing it. It gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about something coming at me via the stairs.

The characters could have been better now, perhaps because it’s an introduction to the group but there’s not much substance to them (at least to some) I was a bit disappointed in George and Leonard because they had a lot to contribute but it seemed to have fizzled out when it really counts. For the most part it’s mostly John, Jenny and Gabriel in the spotlight. They’re all pretty much likable and their own storylines are good to read to provide more ‘fleshing out’ of the character.

It’s a solid horror story with a good ending. Of course it looks like there’s a second book coming out and I’m going to go and read it. I enjoyed this one immensely.

I give it a 10 out of 10.

 

Rich Historical Setting in a So-So Mystery

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Oxford University, in 1264, the savage murder of a young girl kindles a frenzy of suspicion between privileged students and impoverished townspeople. And when one of Falconer’s students who may have witnessed the crime narrowly escapes being beaten to death by a lynch mob, the Regent Master rushes to his defense. (From Goodreads)

 

This is a pretty short mystery to read through. Looks can be deceiving though. Despite being short, it’s packed in with some heavy duty stuff.

The setting for example. Very rich in detail and gives you a sense on how it was back then in William Falconer’s time. Add in some political intrigue, a Jewish Quarter, and some rioting and it gets pretty exciting. I really can’t get over how great the setting is. It’s so descriptive you can feel the darkness and the dampness that permeates throughout the novel. Morson also does an excellent job to stay close to historical accuracy here in this novel as well. Forensic pathology is frowned upon, and you even get to see Falconer try on a strange contraption that looks a lot like Medieval opera glasses at the time. 🙂

The plot is pretty straight forward although there is not much of a secret mystery element in it. The suspect list is not extensive (thankfully! You’ll see why as you read further into this review) and when revealed it’s not much of a surprise or an a ha! Moment. There isn’t much personality to the characters except Falconer and his student Thomas. Thomas is a particular dolt. A Farmer boy who managed to be gifted and chosen to study and be a Scholar, well, for all the idiotic moves he makes, you have to wonder how the University chose this guy to let him attend their school. He fumbles and stumbles at the worst times and always manages to get himself into some life threatening situations (and doesn’t learn from it). It was funny the first few times, but after a while it gets annoying and you want to slap this boy upside the head. (You don’t deserve Hannah’s attention, you twit).

I’m going to assume it will get better with other books in this series, and this one serves as an introduction to the series. Since I really do love the historical aspect I will stick with this series and see where it takes me. Historical mystery lovers will love the setting and theme of this book, the mystery part, not so much.

I give it a 5 out of 10.

Book Blogger Hop 4/6


Book Blogger Hop

 

 

Do you overextend yourself with too many reviews because you can’t pass up a book in hopes you will get them all done or do you carefully plan and be sure you can fulfill the deadlines for all the promised reviews?

 

I’m OCD this way…I carefully plan them. If there’s a deadline, that book gets moved up first. Otherwise I read at my leisure and schedule my reviews on certain days. If I run out of reviews to post. I don’t sweat it anymore. I used to and then I constantly felt pressured to post something. Now, I’m more laid back and post as much as I can. If nothing is posted I don’t sweat it anymore. I want my book blogging to be a pleasure, not a chore. 🙂

You all have a great Reading Weekend! husband will be at work so I’ll have more time to read (unless the gods of sleep decide to stop me)

Have a great day!