Should your blog be more niche?

Should your blog be more niche?

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the types of books we review on this blog and whether or not our tastes are too varied. Between Ashley and I, we’ve reviewed: Classics, Contemporaries, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, New Adult, Paranormal, Regency Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Suspense/Thrillers AND in both YA and Adult varieties And as I keep trying to expand my reading list, this will only grow to include even more subgenres. Now, my big question is: Is this a problem? I do not claim to be a blog expert — oh gods, faaar from it. I’m a pretty small fish in a big bookish pool. I feel like most other blogs I follow have a specific niche within the bookish world. They predominately stick to YA or Adult, and mostly review the same genres of books. There certainly are bloggers who do have a bit of variety, and of course… Read more »

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Review: The Shattered Court

Review: The Shattered Court

Sometimes you need a light fluffy read, especially if you are rebounding from a particularly challenging or frustrating story. In the case of the Shattered Court, I had just finished The Winner’s Crime, a book that I enjoyed overall but whose characters I wanted to shake silly. I think the vast difference between what I had just experienced (she loves me, she loves me not, she loves me…) and what I was undertaking made me more forgiving of The Shattered Court’s potential foibles. The Shadow Court is fantasy lite, a story filled with witches and wizards, minimal world building and a lusty duo at its core. I should have been raging against some of these details, but somehow it worked for me just fine. The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Sophia and Cameron, the former a young witch who is 32 people away from the throne and the… Read more »

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Shut up and take my money: The allure of Kindle deals

Shut up and take my money: The allure of Kindle deals

Here’s the situation: every day I get at least one email with a bunch of books on sale for Kindle. Instead of deleting it, like a wise person would, I look to see what’s for cheap. Many of the books I pass on (I’m not going to download every book I come across), but if it is 1. a book I’ve heard of before with positive reviews and 2. less than $1.99, I will buy it. The inspiration for this post comes from Val, who said she needed to pay attention to Kindle deals. I actually think I pay way too much attention to Kindle deals. I end up buying these books, and almost never get to them in a timely manner. I have a knee-jerk, it-is-on-sale-and-therefore-it-should-be-mine reaction. I started a shelf on Goodreads for these kinds of books now. That way I feel I am at least cognizant of what I actually purchased on a… Read more »

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TTT: The books we’ll probably never read

TTT: The books we’ll probably never read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is books we’ll probably never read, which is an … interesting … topic. I have a would-never shelf on Goodreads, but it is empty. I don’t really pay much attention to books that I wouldn’t read, I mean, I only have so much time so I focus on the ones that I would. So, I’ve attempted to make some sense of this topic. It might become a little rage-y. First, a little story. I was browsing Netgalley (as one will do when bored) and saw a book called Asking For It, which came with a warning about rape fantasies. *shudder* I texted Ashley (again — of course) and she was as outraged at the idea of that… Read more »

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Monthly Wrap Up: April 2015

Monthly Wrap Up: April 2015

I’ve gotta say, April was a spectacular reading month for me. So much good stuff, and half of them were eARCs, which is fortuitous. Usually I don’t have good luck with those, but something was in the air this month — I got accepted for nearly every request I made on Netgalley, and I really feel like I am in the swing of things again on the blog. So many posts! And comments! Thank you to everyone who has been reading my posts over the last few weeks, especially. I feel like I’ve returned to form a bit. Now, when I asked Ashley what her fave read was for the month, she literally said: “I had a lot of bad eggs in April.” Guh, sorry — I’m all enthusiastic over here, and she’s probably sick of me saying, “I read the best book yesterday!” But I am so darn excited…. Read more »

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TTT: Top ten characters whose skills we envy

TTT: Top ten characters whose skills we envy

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week was a bit of a freebie, so we decided to pick characters whose skills we admire, envy and just plain covet. 1. Lisbeth Salander’s hacker skills From The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Lisbeth Salander has many qualities I admire and envy. Namely, her insane hacker abilities. I know most of this comes from her photographic mind (also something I envy), but I really admire women who know the ins and outs of computers, coding, technology, and the interwebs. Rock on, Lisbeth! 2. Claire Beauchamp/Randall/Fraser’s medical prowess Hailing from Outlander, Claire seriously has it all: sass, smarts and street cred. I’ve always been fascinated by the medical field and if the desire to write wasn’t as strong as it… Read more »

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Review: Black Iris

Review: Black Iris

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind — Ghandi Sorry to get all high and mighty on you, but Black Iris and I were just not meant to be. No doubt, this story will probably resonate with many readers, the type of people who enjoy characters who are so absorbed that they can’t see beyond themselves. I like dark characters too, but the redemption of someone dark, even if its solely to that in-between gray area, is what turns me on as a reader. In Black Iris, no one goes through a redemptive arc, or an arc of any kind. It is the same self destructive behavior, on repeat. I’m no saint, and I don’t want to pretend I disliked the story because there was a lot of seedy behavior happening. I was a teenager, a college student. I’ve never had a curfew. So I am not casting… Read more »

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Anne’s five mini reviews: March 2015

Anne’s five mini reviews: March 2015

I decided to get back in the swing of things and started doing more book reviews. But sometimes short and simple works just as well as lengthy and laborious. I had some great reads in March, including a rec from all of you who voted for in my Readerly Advice post, as well as two DNFs that just didn’t thrill me. Kushiel’s Chosen (re-read) by Jacqueline Carey (Phedre’s Trilogy #2) It is a little crazy for me to think I’ve never reviewed my favorite series on the blog before. And even worse yet, I’m starting with book two à la mini review. My love for this series is strong. In this second installation, the little contentment that Phedre established is shattered, sending her on another wild goose chase. She commits some follies, looses the trust of her greatest ally, and meets some amazing characters along the way. There is a lot of greyness in… Read more »

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Review: The 100

Review: The 100

I first learned about The 100 via the CW. I saw a trailer a few months before the show aired and was really intrigued by the idea that mankind hasn’t stepped foot on Earth in over 300 years. The whole society was really well thought out. You break the law, you either get floated or if you’re kept in confinement until you turn 18 and wait for a retrial to determine your fate. Sound cruel? Maybe. But in outer space, life is extremely precious, let alone oxygen and resources. The first few episodes of the show really had me hooked, but as the season went on it felt like the show was trying to split into too many directions without any solid foundation. I had no idea it was based on a book and when I saw it available on NG, I was curious to see what the original source… Read more »

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Review: Never Marry a Viscount

Review: Never Marry a Viscount

I picked this up as an insta-read – just for something fluffy to read in between my “real” books. Randomly, I started reading it on the train, since it was one of the few books already downloaded. I was super skeptical to begin with, but I was hooked from the very first page. Honestly, I was not expecting to like it so much! Even though this was the last in the trilogy, besides missing a few minor details, it read like its own novel. And, to be honest, the description of the other Russell sisters made me glad I picked this one instead. They seemed vapid, selfish and just plain stupid. I was expecting a fun, light-hearted regency fiction novel. But, what I got was a blush-worthy historical fiction romance. I mean reading on the train can be difficult (especially when you’re swinging all over the place), but it’s a… Read more »

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