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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

This entry is my favourite, so far. I’m in tears. :|

#dearteenme    #catmull    #summer    #and    #bird    #authors    #ya    #teen    #me    #dear    #letter    #past    #postsecret    

Friday, 25 May 2012

Fan of so-and-so? Find out if you fit the stereotype! :) It’s pretty hilarious, though not entirely true.

#books    #authors    #judge    #book    #by    #lover    #lovers    #read    #reader    #bookseller    #stereotype    #opinion    

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

UPDATE: Goodreads Reviewers Attacked by Authors

I’m kind of proud of what’s happening now.

Veronica Roth’s Two Cents 

And also Phoebe North, I do not know you, or your writing, but I really like you. I feel like we could get along. Those guidelines are extremely fair and should be incorporated, for reals, in the idealistic world of authors and bloggers.

Many people were really offended by Julie Halpern's blog-rant about a “negative” review, which actually wasn't so bad. But to be fair, she said she wasn't bitter about losing the baby a few weeks into her pregnancy; I'd say she didn't know she was bitter and pissed at the unfairness of it. She probably took it out on the first “negative” review she saw. No, seriously, hormones people. And her uterus is/was tired. I would be pissed too. Not that I'm trying to give her excuses, but when my grandfather died (though I had him in my life for 12 years) I was pissed at the world too. Also when I bake intensely (like Cake Pops), I get irrational. E.g. me yelling at my sister to “STOP STOMPING AROUND”, when she's actually just sitting down. Stress sucks.

But the fact that authors are responding to the reviewers’ distress tells me a lot. It tells me just as much as it should tell them, when we review their work (even if the review is negative). It tells us (and them) that they care enough to stand up for reviewers (against inappropriate behavior), just as we care enough to assess their work, out of our sheer love of literature.

I mean, that’s the point, isn’t it? The common denominator is that we love literature. Reading, writing, reviewing, arguing, whatever! At least, I hope that’s the point.

Post-update: I, for one, would like to admit that when I write a negative review, I recognize the possibility of the author actually reading it and being hurt by it. I also would like to admit that that has never stopped me before, nor will it stop me in the future. Mostly because if I were an author (which I would love to be), I would not just look forward to those great reviews, but also those very creative negative reviews that actually kinda cut. It’s not the worst that could happen to me, right? And maybe I can use this to improve my writing somehow. Or maybe it will even provide some sort of inspiration. 

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Saturday, 7 January 2012

2012 Debut Author Challenge

Because I can.

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Friday, 6 January 2012

Book…thing?

I stole this from Loving Books so I could be not bored.

  1. What is your favourite book?
    Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones. That woman introduced me to a world of fantasy I never thought I could know. 
  2. Who is your favourite author?
    Diana Wynne Jones, Neil Gaiman, Michael Crichton, Tolkien (to name a few).
  3. What genre of books do you prefer?
    I find I lean towards fantasy, science fiction and young adult. However, I read a healthy amount of fiction and non-fiction as well. And I mean, healthy. I can basically like any genre, as long as it is written well. I tend to steer clear of Harlequin (tried it; hated it); romance (unless it’s unconventional and about lesbians or two gay guys or something/part of a regular fiction book); and most self help (I’m not pathetic, but I have read The Book of Awesome and such—I just don’t do “HOW TO MAKE YOU HAPPIER AND SUCCESSFUL”).
  4. What is your favourite book series?
    Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones; Sandman by Neil Gaiman; Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling; A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L’Engle; Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (oh, shut up, guilty pleasure); The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien.
  5. What books did you hate reading in school?
    Not many. Reading was a privilege and a pleasure. But I did hate Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare, as well as Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (let’s not go there). I also really didn’t like Othello and the Merchant of Venice. Not that I hate Shakespeare, I just preferred many of his other plays, including Macbeth, As You Like It (this one is like teen LOL), etc. OMG, I remember now. I hated reading LotR II: The Two Towers. Devastatingly boring. I’m not sure why, but I haven’t read it again since (when re-reading the trilogy I skip over the second book, lol). 
  6. What is the first book you remember reading as a child?
    Red is Best by Kathy Stinson (definitely my favourite); That Fat Hat by Joanne Barkan; The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch (I absolutely adored this); and various other Robert Munsch books.
  7. Bookstores or libraries?
    Both. But I prefer owning books.
  8. How many books do you own?
    Last time I counted it was reaching over 500, but that must have drastically increased or something (especially after this book sale in October where I bought $200 worth of books, but at like 25 cents to $3 each). 
  9. Do you read before bed?
    Yes. 
  10. What is your most comfortable reading position?
    Not quite lying down, but not quite sitting. I used to prop myself in bed, but I recently acquired this sofa that leans back with a foot rest and it’s just the perfect angle.
  11. What is the most recent book you read?
    I am still reading Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. I can’t keep track of what I last read because sometimes I finish several books around the same time. Don’t ask me how, I just label it magic and move on.
  12. What quote from any book will you never forget? Why is it significant?
    "Sentimental Drivel." - Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones. It taught me to be honest, but also to fantasize in a non-idealistic way. Imperfection can be beauty as well; and thus imperfections should exist in stories as much as they exist in reality.
  13. Science Fiction or Fantasy?
    Fantasy, hands down.
  14. What book do you regret reading?
    None. There were books that I didn’t enjoy, or didn’t even finish, but if I wouldn’t have read them, I wouldn’t have known that. I agree with that statement. 
  15. How large is your bookshelf?
    I have one regular Billy Ikea bookshelf, but I’ve stolen extra shelves for it so it has 7 sections, plus 1 section on top of the shelf. I also have a bookshelf (also Ikea) attached to the desk and appears to have only 8 sections, but it’s actually 16, since I use the other side of it as well (there is no backing; I’m doubling my books). I also use parts of my desk. I have a mini shelf, the size of a nightstand. My dressing table is overwhelmed by books…I can’t use the mirror. And my closet. The entire top shelf! I have about 8 columns of books. There is also two boxes full, at the bottom of that closet; one box under my bed; and three boxes in my crawl space. I am also pretty sure I sleep with at least two books a night, and there are some hidden in my laundry basket (LOL).
  16. On average, how many books do you read per year?
    Normally, around 50 per year, but last year I read over 200. :D NO LIFE.
  17. What book can you read hundreds of times and never get tired of it?
    Fire and Hemlock, Hexwood, and Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. And oddly, the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan (haha, I love my witches).
  18. Do you like to read outside?
    Not really. Maybe if it’s a private garden, but I hate people watching me while I read. It’s almost as creepy as people watching you while you sleep. Besides, I get really emotional when I read so my face is super amusing and easy to read.
  19. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a book?
    Imagination and creativity should be exercised more often. 
  20. Of the past year, what is the greatest book you’ve read?
    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern; Unwind by Shusterman; The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson; Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy by Stieg Larsson; Legend by Marie Lu; The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin; The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury; The Virgin Cure by Amy McKay; The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt; The Hollow trilogy by Jessica Verday; The Scorpio Races by Stiefvater. 

    So many more deserve credit. I’ve had a fantastic year for books. 
#authors    #book    #books    #bookseller    #bookshelves    #crichton    #diana    #fantasy    #fiction    #fry    #gaiman    #goodreads    #hobbit    #jones    #library    #lol    #lord    #loving    #michael    #neil    #never    #of    #own    #plays    #question    #quiz    #quotes    #read    #reader    #reading    

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

More on the GR Drama (Not a rant, just an update)

So, a lovely author named Hannah basically summed up how things on GR go and the drama involved.

Hannah’s Blog: Dear Readers/GR Reviewers.

But apparently this differentiation between appropriate author behavior and inappropriate behavior is non-existent for some (to the point of asking fans to up the good reviews to make them look better, srsly). Here is what one author, Leigh Fallon, had to say about a reviewer on GR:


There is the stupid cow from Goodreads who has been real nasty and keeps doing up really bad reviews of Carrier, then gets her friends to go in and ‘like’ her bad reviews so that that review will be pushed up to the top of all the lists. Now she’s put it up on Amazon! She is a disgruntled old cow who doesn’t like me and how I got published. There’s no point in saying anything about her or responding (she loves that) but what we can do is push her review back down the list by bringing all the good reviews back to the top. How do we do this? Well at the end of each review there is a little button where you can say whether you found the review helpful. Click YES on the good reviews. The more reviews you click YES you click on the good reviews the further down the list that bitch will go. If you leave a comment on the good reviews, that helps too. She’s already got over 20 of her buds to YES her review so we will need to find more people than that to YES the good reviews. There are about 8 pages of reviews (that’s about 7 reviews or something like that) so we can bury this horrible toe rag down the very bottom if you help me out.


As far as I’m aware, you don’t have to have bought anything on Amazon to get your vote to count. You just need to be a registered user. It only takes about 5 mins to go through all the reviews and YES the good ones. I’m not asking to dickie with the system or anything, it’s just moving a horrible review from the top spot. It’s so long, you have to scroll for ages until you get to the good ones. I’d really appreciated it help on his. I’d also love if you could maybe gets some friends or family to do the same.


Thanks a million, guys. You’re the best. 


Leigh 

You know what I have noticed though? The pattern is YOUNG ADULT/TEEN authors. I’m sure they’re exactly like Charlize Theron in the movie Young Adult, since apparently asshole is now a personality trait of some teen authors. And it’s too bad it’s giving other YA authors a bad rep., because there are so many brilliant YA authors out there.

#goodreads    #good    #reads    #read    #books    #book    #reviews    #review    #drama    #lol.    #wtf    #what    #is    #life    #authors    #author    #writer    #behaviour    #behavior    #readers    #reader    #literacy    #bad    #gr    #leigh    #fallon    #dan    #krokos    #awful    #young    

This. Is. Awesome. MORE, MORE!

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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer (A Prelude to an Evening with Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer)

(I have tears in my eyes from laughter.)

#lmao    #lol    #writers    #authors    #author    #writer    #prelude    #gaiman    #amanda    #palmer    #afp    #neil    #tardis    #doctor    #who    #romance    #horror    #humour    #humorous    #slightly    #weird    #good    #funny    #weird    #personality