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ARCs… helpful yet hurtful, in my opinion. [Discussion/Blogtober]

These are all my own thoughts and opinions. Everyone has different experiences so if you have different thoughts, I’d love to discuss them.

I’m going to talk about these points as well as my own complicated relationship with ARCs. First, let me show you what’s currently on my NetGalley TBR:

I’m finally happy with my tbr on NetGalley because I went through a phase where I was requesting way too many, and it was overwhelming. Especially when I didn’t like the books a lot or felt pressured to read them quickly since I was approved for a few which all came out the same day. These are all books I’m looking forward to reading and writing good reviews on.

And this is what I have pending:

I’m still waiting on these 7 books. The longer I’m waiting, the more I’m wondering why I even wanted them in the first place. Honestly I think there are two books on there I really want at this point… Love, Unscripted and A Good Girls Guide To Murder. The rest were part of binge requesting I now regret. The other books don’t make me excited. I wish there was a way to just cancel requests and just create a system so if you cancel, you can’t request again. It’s better than leaving a reader waiting and wondering if they will be chosen. I hate the am I good enough for this book game? It’s wearing thin, and it hurts me. I’m sure it’s not great for other readers either.

Yes, I was declined for 33 books. It’s a discouraging number, and I end up feeling like I am not good enough when I am trying my hardest. I understand publishers need to promote books and do their jobs, but I have been trying so hard with my blog it feels like I’m a failure when I get rejected. This makes me not want to read, and I don’t think this should be so tough on my reading. But it is. Reading should be fun, and I’m putting unneeded pressure on myself for a hobby I’m supposed to love.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about ARCs recently… especially because of posts from Morgana at Morgana’s Book Box and Jess from Fiction No Chaser.

Each post brought up some interesting points for me. Specifically, I want to bring up points from each because these posts were very thought provoking for me.

In regards to Morgan’s post, the points which really resounded with me were:

  • The NetGalley trap and how you end up with a huge TBR pile.
    • This has done so much harm to me as a reader since I decided to go back to blogging. I thought I needed to read all of these books and write the best reviews so authors and publishers would love me. Then I would have an amazing blog, and I would be so happy. All I did was place a lot of stress upon myself and made reading A chore. I am constantly stressing about how much time I have to read and how hard it is to finish books I don’t like so I don’t end up with lower ratios.
  • ARC policy and having to give a review.
    • I know ARCs are voluntary. But I end up feeling like I have to write a huge review to make the publisher or author happy. Sometimes I don’t have a lot to say about a book, other times I don’t. I end up stuck in this trap of forcing myself to write a good review even when I didn’t enjoy the book because the author sent me the book or because I don’t want to hurt my chances for approval. Especially when you are approved right before the release date and there seems to be even more pressure to get it done.
  • All the reviews that begin with I received this book in exchange… etc.
    • I am guilty of doing this too because it’s supposed to be done because of rules. I understand this. It just makes reading reviews less enjoyable. I wish there was a way to just send a thank you via NetGalley to both parties so reviews can stop being weighed down by this. I’ve grown so sick of writing in this my reviews, and I don’t even want to look at other reviews when this is all I see. I want to just send an email privately to say thank you instead of this whole writing in my reviews and causing me to not want to write reviews, which is something I enjoy doing.

With the post from Jess @ Fiction No Chaser, I really liked her points about:

  • ARCs can be very overwhelming.
    • This is all about NetGalley again. I like how you can request a lot, but I think there should be a limit. That way, you can actually get through all the books you need to and enjoy them. Otherwise it’s just getting them done by the pub date and either rating them low or writing a fake review just so you can keep up. It’s not good for anyone.
  • NetGalley and its ratio system
    • The ratio system is tough. It causes readers to either plunge down because of too many requests…or you just write poor reviews to keep it up. I feel way too much stress when I lose my 80% badge and then stress until it’s back. This takes away my joy from reading. I am sure I’m not the only one who feels this way.
  • eARCs… preference for them, how they should be available worldwide, and the harm of poorly formatted eARCs.
    • eARCs are easier for me. I can have them on my iPad or iPhone so I can read anytime or place, which is convenient. I also like how easily they can be accessed versus paper ones. Paper ones usually make me sad because I would see more popular people get those sent to them or at events. I understand these people have influence and work well to help promote books, but it’s hard when you don’t have the influence to get those books or the money to go to events. EARCs are accessible for everyone. That’s why they should be available all over the world. They are a lot of readers and they all deserve access to books, not just some people. Some people can’t afford books, and this gives me them a way to read. Poorly formatted ARCs just make me annoyed. I got a few from Harlequin, and I was shocked since they are since a big publisher. If you want your product to do well, take the time to do proper formatting so your readers can enjoy the book and not give it a lower rating for an easily fixed issue.

I’m curious to know what everyone’s thoughts on ARCs are. If you love them, awesome. Or if you feel like me, let me know. This is an interesting topic I’d love to talk about. I’m sure everyone can bring a different perspective to the table, and I would love to delve into all sorts of thoughts about this topic. Let me know below. And thank you once again to the people who inspired me to write this. You can find their blogs above. Be sure to check them out.

Until I rant about books again,

5 Perfect Autumn Reads [Blogtober]

Here’s another prompt I’m struggling with a little bit. I can’t think of a lot of books I would consider perfect for autumn so I’m going to talk about some I have already talked about, and I will discuss some I’m excited for which release soon.

I know many people are looking forward to the new Bardugo book, and I am one of those people. I’ve seen this book has some very dark elements… so I’m even more intrigued to delve into this novel. The cover is a little creepy and perfect for fall.

Spooky middle grade is awesome all year round, but it’s extra fantastic during the fall. John Bellairs writes some awesome creepy mysteries. There are so many he’s written, I would suggest starting here because the movie is so cool too.

Harry Potter is perfect for fall. I don’t need to say a lot, but I’m sure a lot of readers know what I mean. Snuggling up with a Harry Potter book under a blanket with some cider sounds like a dream. How could you not just love Harry Potter during the fall?!

I haven’t read this yet, but I just get fall vibes because of the night on the cover. I’m thinking it’s going to be a little magic and maybe creepy so I can’t wait to dive into this and see what all the hype is about.

I read this one about four years ago so I don’t recall all the details. I’m pretty positive I rated it 4 stars, and I liked it. Anything about creepy dolls is a win in my book. Ha ha. I’m funny. It also won a Newbury Honor so I know it’s amazing.

And these are my 5 choices for some perfect autumn reads. I’d love to hear about what you want to still read before winter. Let me know.

Until I rant about books again,

October TBR [Blogtober]

I haven’t been sticking to a TBR recently because I have been trying to get through the massive amount of NetGalley books I’ve accumulated. I’m currently down to 14 I need to read with 12 pending. I do not plan to go on a requesting binge again because it almost drove me to a massive slump. My TBR can change. So this is a tentative TBR for this month.

The first two books on my TBR are for sure since these are the ones I’m currently read. They are:

The Young Elites has been on my TBR for years. Something told me to read it finally. The supernatural power thing definitely seems like an October feels thing. I am liking this book so far. I have liked everything I’ve read by Marie Lu.

This is a thriller I picked up from kindle Unlimited. I need a break from romance for a bit so this was in the popular section. I just started it, but I’m curious to see how Jessica Shaw is going to handle the situation of finding out she was a missing child and the story behind what happened. I have a feeling I am going to really like this one.

Here are a few more books I want to read this month (hopefully):

Started this last month, need to actually finish it.

This just seems like a fitting October read.

Since I’m reading the first one… makes sense to read the second.

Of course I need to know how it all ends.

Cats. Enough said.

I love my cats. Here they are:

Daisy.
Buddy.

These are some books I hope to read this month. At least I want to try and stick to some type of list. I’m also going to be reading NetGalley books, but I think most of them come out next month (I could be wrong). There will also be more kindle Unlimited books in the mix. I’m really unsure.

If you are doing Blogtober, I’m excited to see the posts and TBRs. It’s cool to be doing an event like this. I wanted to do a readathon… and I’ll possibly be doing Trope-athon at the end of the month. Readathons usually make me nervous, but I am weighing towards actually doing it so be on the look out on a TBR for that soon.

Until I rant about books again,

Blogtober [31 Days of Blogging?!]

I’m still new to blogging. So this sounds rather daunting. Currently I’m a stay at home to a six month old. Here we are below:

I’m a big believer in privacy for my baby. Hence covered face. But he’s cute, I swear.
Month long challenge. Are you ready?

So I’ve decided doing a book blog was going to be my thing. Along with being like a super kick ass mom like Beverly from The Goldbergs. When I heard about Blogtober today, I thought it would be awesome. The creator of the idea has the prompts here.

Below are the prompts for the month. I’m pretty darn excited. It helps me stay consistent and plan ahead, which is fabulous.

Let me know if you’re going to be doing #blogtober as well. I love supporting fellow bloggers and adding more people to my reading list. Happy Autumn! Here’s to the start of a great month of blogging.

Until I rant about books again,

Six for Sunday [Books I Read At School]

The creator of this weekly Sunday book prompt is A Little But A Lot. The month of September has been school themed, which I think is pretty neat. This week, it is books you can recall reading at school. I’m getting old so I don’t remember all of them, but here are the six I do remember.

  1. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. – I remember thinking this book was so strange, that a future like this could never happen. Now I look at the world about ten years later, and I can see how it’s kind of already started. Definitely a good book though.
  2. The Great Gatsby- All I remember is talking about what the eyes on the billboard mean and the green light. Oh yeah, myrtle is killed. When I think of this, I think of the Leonardo DiCaprio movie. Yikes.
  3. Tess of the D’Ubervilles- This Book was so boring. So boring. And such a shamer of females who have sex outside of marriage even when it’s rape and it’s just a gross book. It still makes me annoyed to think about it.
  4. 1984- I didn’t understand why we were talking about the snow globe back then, and I didn’t think it could happen. Once again, I was damn wrong. Especially regarding the depletion of language in the book juxtaposed with some language of today.
  5. Hamlet- Why is the only thing I remember about reading this in high school was doing an oral presentation on it? I remember in college there’s a weird modern movie version. I mostly just think of The Lion King.
  6. The Hunger Games- I read it for a college class. Everyone was like this book focuses on war, and all I could think about was how much I loved Peeta. Oop.

These are the six books I remember from school. What books do you remember? I can’t be the only one who read these for school, I think… make sure you check out other six for Sunday posts or let me know if you’re doing one!

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Gooodreads Monday [September 23]

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!

Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid’s Tale

In this final volume of the internationally celebrated MaddAddam trilogy, the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of the population. Toby is part of a small band of survivors, along with the Children of Crake: the gentle, bioengineered quasi-human species who will inherit this new earth.

As Toby explains their origins to the curious Crakers, her tales cohere into a luminous oral history that sets down humanity’s past—and points toward its future. Blending action, humor, romance, and an imagination at once dazzlingly inventive and grounded in a recognizable world, MaddAddam is vintage Atwood—a moving and dramatic conclusion to her epic work of speculative fiction.

Oh, my goodness. So this has been on my TBR for ages. Oops. I’ve been into this trilogy since I read Oryx and Crake in high school. I’ve been a fan of Atwood since high school, and I bought this book like eight years ago to read it. I don’t know why I keep putting it off when I know I’m going to like it. However, it’s been so long I feel like I should reread the other two books so I’m fully cognizant of the events in prior books so I’m not confused as hell. So I need to get to this one eventually, but I have so many other books too. I really have no idea why I keep adding books to my Goodreads Tbr. If anyone has read this, I’d love to hear what you think. Atwood is such a good author, I love talking about her books.

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Six for Sunday [Characters I’d Love To Be Friends With]

Another first for me. This is from the blog, A little but a lot. The month of September seems to be school themed. So anyway. Here are six characters I’d love to be friends with.

  1. Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter. I don’t know about you, she just seems like she would be a lot of fun. I like weird and just think being friends with Luna would be absolutely amazing.
  2. Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments. I wish I was a bad ass. Isabelle is a bad ass, and I just need a friend who is to afraid to be kick ass and brave at the same time.
  3. Lada Dracul from The Conquers Saga. I can’t imagine anything cooler than a friend who impales her enemies. Enough said.
  4. Jane Eyre. I just really want to be friends with her because it’s my favorite book. And I think she’s so interesting, I’d love to talk to her about growing up how she did and how she survived mentally.
  5. Matilda. As someone who loves books and was the same way as a kid, it would be cool to be friends with a girl who loves books just as much as me and has magical powers.
  6. Jo March from Little Women. Jo is so strong and determined. She never gives up on her dreams to be a writer. I want the same tenacity and strength she has to, especially when she has to deal with tough times in her family.

Those are all of the book characters I would love to be friends with. I know it’s a lame list, but I can’t help who I am. I would love to know who you would want to be friends with or if you like any of these characters as well. If you do your own S4S post, I’d love to see it. And be sure to check out the original creator of the post as well.

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The Book Addiction Tag [Tag Post]

No one tagged me to do this, but I took it from Kitty over at Kitty Marie’s Reading Corner. I’ve wanted to do a tag post for awhile, and this one seems perfect to me. I’m not even sure who I would tag, but I’m tagging Amber at amberinoface and Holly at Holly Reads A lot.

So here are all of the questions from the tag:

1. What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
2. How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?
3. Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
4. How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
5. How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
6. Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?
7. How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
8. Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
9. What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
10. Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (i.e searching bookshops, online digging, etc.)?
11. A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?
12. What are 3 of your main book goals for 2019?
13. Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
14. Describe what books mean to you in five words.

  1. I try not to go to long without reading because it’s so important to me. The longest I can go now is a few days at most. There was a time period when I wasn’t reading a lot. Right after Ever was born, I had no time and it was depressing. So I have gone weeks, but now it’s days before I lose my mind.
  2. I have my phone with me at all times so I have the Kindle app or Libby at all times. I currently have about 20 NetGalley books, 9 Kindle Unlimited Books, and another 100 or so random books on my Kindle. Oops.
  3. I read my books and usually donate them to other people when I am done unless they are favorite books. They usually go to Ethan’s sister or I post them for free online for people to pick up. I have piles of unread books the way it is. I’m trying not to hoard too many.
  4. I could spend all day in a book shop if I’m alone. But I have a baby and impatient partner after a certain amount of time so I’m not sure how long it would be now. Probably about twenty minutes before someone had a melt down. But if I’m alone, I’m savoring the books and taking my sweet time.
  5. I spend a lot of my time reading when I can. If I’m able, it’s all I do. But I do have a six month old so I don’t always have time to read. I read while he’s playing or napping. And when he’s in bed. So I guess I read about four hours a day or so. That’s on a good day though.
  6. I want to read all of the time so I have my iPad or iPhone nearby. I’ve been mostly ereading lately. I have a lot of books to read, but ebooks are easiest at this point.
  7. Probably around 200. Give or take a few.
  8. It’s all I talk about besides my cats, baby, or Hulu shows. I don’t really have an enthralling life.
  9. I read IT a few years ago. I don’t think I’ve read anything larger than that. I did read some of the GoT books, but I gave up because there was too much to keep track of.
  10. I usually preorder all Sarah j Maas and Cassandra Clare books no matter what.
  11. I can’t recall… but I’m a major fan of DNF now because my time is precious, and I’m not going to waste it on books I don’t enjoy.
  12. Become a better book blogger, read more romance, and stop being scared to try new books. I’ve been decent about meeting my goals this year.
  13. I’m hoping Ever will want to be a reader because he sees me read all of the time. So I’m hoping he’s a future convert.
  14. Happiness. Important. Fulfilling. Enjoyment. Life.

This was a fun Tag. Anyone who wants to do it, I’d love to see your answers so comment below if you do the tag.

Until I rant about books again,

First Line Fridays [September 20]

This is my first time doing this so please bear with me if I’m bad at it!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Here’s the first few lines:

Everyone had their dirty little secret, and Darla Michaels fully intended to keep hers under wraps. She cinched the belt on her trench coat, pulled a long brunette wig over her short black hair, slipped on her Jackie O sunglasses, and climbed out of her cherry-red Mercedes roadster, which she’d parked across the street in case anyone she knew happened to drive by.

What book is this from?!! 🤔🤔🤔🤔

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Blurb:

When the beloved Farm Café in Topaz Falls burns to the ground, widow Darla Michaels comes up with the perfect plan to help her friends rebuild — a Cowboy Christmas Festival complete with a sexy bachelor auction and a benefit rodeo. But to pull it off, she has to pretend to be engaged to Ty Forrester, the irresistible bull rider who keeps testing her keep-things-casual policy.


A fake fiancée wasn’t on Ty’s Christmas list this year, but it’s the only way to get his family to visit over the holidays so his NFL-star brother can draw more tourists to the festival. The engagement wouldn’t be such a problem if Ty wasn’t starting to have real feelings for Darla. Knowing he can’t go on pretending, Ty prepares to tell his family the truth-but then he and Darla discover a precious little Christmas surprise that just might help them embrace a whole new life together.

This book is being released on October 29th so be sure to check it out if you enjoy Christmas stories and cowboys. And check back around then for my full review. I’m currently reading this book and enjoying it so far. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley.

If you’re interested in reading this book, preorder through Amazon.

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2019 DNFs [So Far]

I know book reviews and wrap ups are great. But I’m also trying to write other posts which could be interesting. I used to not be someone who DNFs books, but I have too many books to read at this point. Not to mention, I have a five and a half month old so my reading time is precious to me. I DNFd 15 (!!) Books this year. So far.

I used to push through books but now I just DNF them. That’s easier. Sometimes I just remove them completely and don’t even count them to DNF if I just read a short bit. It’s how I make my reading system work for me.

I got this book from booksirens. It was much too sci-fi for me, I just couldn’t get into the premise. I would say it would be great for YA sci-fi fans. Just not for me.

Another book from booksirens. The problem with this book is I did not enjoy the romance. I was like three chapters in and the main character was being asked by her potential love interest to show him her goodies. This was so he would agree to fake marry her. I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes so I decided no.

The dialogue in this YA book was too simplistic. It seems like it was meant more for tweens. I liked the message of being eco conscious with clothes and such. I also didn’t love the gay best friend being a stereotype.

Just another new adult romance I couldn’t get into. I think my issue was yet another cliche romance I wasn’t feeling. This seems to happen a lot with the office romance books to me.

This is about two people who meet after bad relationships and fall in love. It just was not interesting. I felt like nothing was going to happen so I just ended up being unable to finish the book at 75%.

The narrator was a mess in this book. And I just was so upset when I read reviews to see if other people shared my thoughts. I want to avoid spoilers, but I don’t understand the appeal of this book.Didn’t like the language and structure of the book. I only made it ten pages in before I gave up.

I thought this was going to be an adorable romance. It was a Christian romance though so it wasn’t for me. The story had cute aspects, but I’m not religious so the book wasn’t the right fit for me.

I read this while I was being induced and dealing with a newborn. I wasn’t about a really long book regarding dragons I found super boring so I just put it down. I am not a huge adult fantasy fan. I do love Samantha Shannon’s other series though… I can’t wait for the last book. It’s been so long…

This book was too dry for me. I also think I had issues reading it because I was pregnant with a boy at the time. Not that I’m worried about Ever becoming like the child in the book, but I just couldn’t deal with the narrator incessantly going on and on. I plan to try again in the future with this one since I have heard it’s worth the time. I will probably do it on audio.

I only tried up to page 50, but I didn’t feel any desire to read this book. I thought the forensics and setting could keep me going, but I did not care. Also, the spoilers I read about annoyed me. Maybe I’ll try this again someday, but I have other books to read so this will be a did not finish for now.

This book was annoying at the start when the main character went on and on about being a social media influencer. Then it got worse when the love interest when mmm juicy ass and she walked in on the guy just grabbing his balls while he was naked.it was supposed to be like some cute story, but I was super turned off so no thanks.

I just saw this as a bad rip off of The Kiss Quotient, but just bad. It was so dry and uninteresting. The reviews also aren’t great.

I just was not in a good mindset to read this book… it’s about homelessness and mental illness. I know it’s going to be a good book, but I have been reading a lot of romance so it just doesn’t work currently. I will probably pick up a copy from Amazon soon though.

And those are all-of the books I have put on my DNF list for now. I’m hoping the rest of 2019 is just filled with good reads but I’m currently in a reading slump so guess I shall see what the rest of the month will bring…

Until I rant about books again,