Asking for Books // Is it rude?

Happy Monday my reading horses!

No, I’m not asking for books. This is another topic of discussion. So, I have a book tok and I have had one book toker send me a book on my wish list.

I was so excited that someone was my book fairy. It’s a nice feeling, but I never ask for it. I did send books to two people before, but I have seen some book tokers have new followers and then ask them to send a book.

In my opinion, following a book toker then to turn around ask them to buy you a book is incredibly rude. And not only that, that is unnecessary pressure on the person who is being asked. I have not been asked to be someone’s book fairy but if I was asked by a new follower, I would be put off by it.

If I can afford to do so, I will happily buy a book on someone’s wish list. But expecting it is kind of setting a high standard. As if that is the only reason to follow and the only reason to be on a platform with other books lovers.

What do you think? Let’s discuss.

What’s in a Rating? // Does it make a Difference?

I’ve kind of wondered about this and I would really love to know your insight. I remember a while back about how someone stopped rating their books. For the life of me I can’t remember their reasonings but it was about then that I always thought why a Rating was important.

I’ve never been one to rate things on a scale to be honest. Not even movies or TV shows. Why does a star rating matter so much? I know there is probably a genuine reason, but do you look to ratings or the review itself?

Now I HAVE rated books before in the past, but more so because in my mind I thought I had to. I haven’t done so unless specifically asked.

Let’s discuss. Do you rate books? Why or why not? And do you think it’s just as important as the review itself or not at all? I want to know and please keep it civil. Just a fun post. No right or wrong answers here.

// Digital Reads Blog Tour // Cover Reveal // Hiding Cracked Glass by: James J. Cudney #DigitalReadsBlogTour #CoverReveal

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I’m not moving anywhere ever again! Whenever this house I’m sitting for is sold on the market, I come with the house! Total squatters rights! Unless they offer to buy me a house…then maybe, but till then, nope! Not going anywhere else. I refuse!

So, until then, how about we get a look at James J. Cudney’s cover reveal for his book, Hiding Cracked Glass. You already read through my rant, you have to see the fabulous graphic I did to promote the book cover now. It’s law. Bookish law. The highest of laws. I win! Enjoy! Continue reading “// Digital Reads Blog Tour // Cover Reveal // Hiding Cracked Glass by: James J. Cudney #DigitalReadsBlogTour #CoverReveal”

// Audio Book Review // With the Fire on High by: Elizabeth Acevedo #AudioBook #WithTheFireOnHigh #ElizabethAcevedo

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With the Fire on High by: Elizabeth Acevedo
Published May 7, 2019 by Quill Tree Books
Young Adult/Fiction

With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free. Continue reading “// Audio Book Review // With the Fire on High by: Elizabeth Acevedo #AudioBook #WithTheFireOnHigh #ElizabethAcevedo”

// Audio Book Review // The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by: Grady Hendrix #AudioBookReview #Horror

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The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by: Grady Hendrix
Published April 7, 2020 by Quirk Books
Horror/Paranormal/Fiction

Patricia Campbell had always planned for a big life, but after giving up her career as a nurse to marry an ambitious doctor and become a mother, Patricia’s life has never felt smaller. The days are long, her kids are ungrateful, her husband is distant, and her to-do list is never really done. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true-crime and suspenseful fiction. In these meetings, they’re more likely to discuss the FBI’s recent siege of Waco as much as the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood.

But when an artistic and sensitive stranger moves into the neighborhood, the book club’s meetings turn into speculation about the newcomer. Patricia is initially attracted to him, but when some local children go missing, she starts to suspect the newcomer is involved. She begins her own investigation, assuming that he’s a Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy. What she uncovers is far more terrifying, and soon she–and her book club–are the only people standing between the monster they’ve invited into their homes and their unsuspecting community. Continue reading “// Audio Book Review // The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by: Grady Hendrix #AudioBookReview #Horror”

// Book Review // The Happy Ever After Playlist by: Abby Jimenez #BookReview #AbbyJimenez #Romance

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The Happy Ever After Playlist by: Abby Jimenez
Published April 14 2020 by Forever
Women’s Fiction/Contemporary/Romance

Two years after losing her fiancé, Sloan Monroe still can’t seem to get her life back on track. But one trouble-making pup with a “take me home” look in his eyes is about to change everything. With her new pet by her side, Sloan finally starts to feel more like herself. Then, after weeks of unanswered texts, Tucker’s owner reaches out. He’s a musician on tour in Australia. And bottom line: He wants Tucker back.

Well, Sloan’s not about to give up her dog without a fight. But what if this Jason guy really loves Tucker? As their flirty texts turn into long calls, Sloan can’t deny a connection. Jason is hot and nice and funny. There’s no telling what could happen when they meet in person. The question is: With his music career on the rise, how long will Jason really stick around? And is it possible for Sloan to survive another heartbreak? Continue reading “// Book Review // The Happy Ever After Playlist by: Abby Jimenez #BookReview #AbbyJimenez #Romance”

// Book Review // Sister Dear by: Hannah Mary McKinnon

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Sister Dear by: Hannah Mary McKinnon
Published May 26, 2020 by MIRA
Mystery/Thriller

When Eleanor Hardwicke’s beloved father dies, her world is further shattered by a gut-wrenching secret: the man she’s grieving isn’t really her dad. Eleanor was the product of an affair and her biological father is still out there, living blissfully with the family he chose. With her personal life spiraling, a desperate Eleanor seeks him out, leading her to uncover another branch on her family tree—an infuriatingly enviable half sister.

Perfectly perfect Victoria has everything Eleanor could ever dream of. Loving childhood, luxury home, devoted husband. All of it stolen from Eleanor, who plans to take it back. After all, good sisters are supposed to share. And quiet little Eleanor has been waiting far too long for her turn to play. Continue reading “// Book Review // Sister Dear by: Hannah Mary McKinnon”

// ARC/Book Review // Logging Off by: Nick Spalding #BookReview #LoggingOff #ARCReview

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Logging Off by: Nick Spalding
Published April 7, 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
Fiction/Humor

Andy Bellows is in a right state. Plagued with insomnia, anxiety and neckache, he’s convinced there’s something seriously wrong with him. And the worst thing is that his doctor agrees. The diagnosis: Andy is in the grip of a self-destructive addiction to technology—he just cannot put that bloody mobile phone down.

Texting, tweeting, gaming and online dating—technology rules Andy’s life. His phone even monitors his bowel movements. So how will he cope when he’s forced to follow doctor’s orders and step away from all of his beloved screens?

From having to leave the flat in search of food like some kind of Neanderthal to engaging in conversations with actual people, Andy’s about to discover just how bewildering—and scary—the analogue world can be.

And when his sixty-day detox hits the headlines—making him a hero to suffering technophiles everywhere—Andy is sorely tempted to pack it all in and escape in the nearest Uber.

Can he get himself out of this mess, and work out how to live a better, technologically balanced life…without consulting Google even once? Continue reading “// ARC/Book Review // Logging Off by: Nick Spalding #BookReview #LoggingOff #ARCReview”

// Audio Book Review // The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by: Abbi Waxman #AudioBook #BookReview #AbbiWaxman

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by: Abbi Waxman
Published July 9, 2019 by Berkely
Fiction/Women’s Literature

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is? Continue reading “// Audio Book Review // The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by: Abbi Waxman #AudioBook #BookReview #AbbiWaxman”

// Summer Reads Blog Tour 2020 // ARC Review // Breath Like Water by: Anna Jarzab #ARCReview #InkYardPress #BreathLikeWater

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Breath Like Water by: Anna Jarab
Publish Date May 19, 2020 by Inkyard Press
Young Adult/Contemporary

Susannah Ramos has always loved the water. A swimmer whose early talent made her a world champion, Susannah was poised for greatness in a sport that demands so much of its young. But an inexplicable slowdown has put her dream in jeopardy, and Susannah is fighting to keep her career afloat when two important people enter her life: a new coach with a revolutionary training strategy, and a charming fellow swimmer named Harry Matthews.

As Susannah begins her long and painful climb back to the top, her friendship with Harry blossoms into passionate and supportive love. But Harry is facing challenges of his own, and even as their bond draws them closer together, other forces work to tear them apart. As she struggles to balance her needs with those of the people who matter most to her, Susannah will learn the cost—and the beauty—of trying to achieve something extraordinary. Continue reading “// Summer Reads Blog Tour 2020 // ARC Review // Breath Like Water by: Anna Jarzab #ARCReview #InkYardPress #BreathLikeWater”