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Saturday, May 8, 2010
First things first, I want to say Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers who are reading this! Also, I just wanted to acknowledge all the women out there who want children but are unable to have them and to those who are still trying, etc. Mother's Day can be rough for some people in this situation and I just wanted you all to know I'm thinking of you too!!
As for reading, mine has been going very slowly lately. The last book I finished was The Postmistress which I will hopefully review soon. That was 5 days ago and I still haven't finished another book. That's frustrating for me! I'm currently reading a book that I have a blog tour for tomorrow so I need to finish it today. I think the main reason I haven't read much is since we got back from Chicago I've been having to catch up on a ton of schoolwork. I spent a couple nights staying up until about 2:00 am putting together a presentation for my human sexuality class on sexual trauma. (Well, the second night I was only up that late because I chose to go to the magic playoff game... but it was worth it). Anyway, I'm really proud of how it turned out! Since I work in the field, I feel really comfortable with all the information I have. But then I didn't even get to present this last week so I have to wait until next week. And I'm back to my crazy busy schedule so I just need to get used to it and get back into reading. I've received a ton of books lately, and tonight we went to Barnes and Noble and I bought The Carrie Diaries so I'm excited about that!!
Okay, there are two quick subjects I want to bring up. I could probably write an entire post on each of these, but I'll just mention them briefly here instead.
Integrity of Reviews
This is sort of geared towards authors and publicists, and I will be adding something about this to my review policy since I just realized I don't say anything about this. I am honest with my reviews. I think that as bloggers we have to be. While I don't like to hurt anyone's feelings, I will be honest in my reviews even if I don't like a book. Readers read this blog and need to know that they are reading my true opinion. I lose respect for bloggers when I start to suspect (by what they say or what they fail to say) that they are not being honest in their reviews because I use people's reviews to determine if I should read a book or not. If another blogger is not going to be honest, I will have to stop reading their reviews. (I am not saying that someone who has mostly positive reviews is dishonest... most of mine are usually positive too!) But along the same line, I also lose respect for authors who get snarky etc. when they read a bad review of their book. I understand it doesn't feel good, but when an author writes a book it's out there for others to read and like or not like. I have one particular author whose books I stopped reading after she left me a rude comment on my review of her book. And recently, I was informed about something that was said by an author, though she didn't leave a comment here. And in all honesty, because I (and most people) say why I don't like a book, I've still had people who say they planned on reading the book anyway. And I feel the same when other people write bad reviews if there reason for disliking the book isn't one that bothers me. So there's that.
The other issue that has bothered me lately is reviews with spoilers. There are a couple reviews I read recently that were laden with spoilers and that *immediately* turned me off from reading any more of their reviews. One of these books was one I've already read so it didn't ruin anything for me, but I would have been upset if I had read it prior. The other review I read was for a book I have on my TBR, and that review spoiled some major plot points/information learned late in the book. When I write reviews, I may babble on for a while about the book, but I try to really not give away much more, if any, of the synopsis than the publisher does. Some people put *spoiler alerts* in their reviews and these are good, although again, I won't read the review so they have to realize that they may be losing a large amount of potential readers for that review. Does this bother anyone else as much as it bothers me??
That's it for today!