Posts Categorized: For Discussion

Jan 08

The Stacey Jay Kickstarter, Bullying, and Hypocrisy

I’m not usually one to wade into blogger drama, and I have TRIED to stay quiet on Stacey Jay’s Kickstarter campaign, but I feel like I need to write this post.  First, I’ll mention that I tried to read Jay’s book, Princess of Thorns, a couple of weeks ago, but I DNF’d after around 50 pages.  Not bad, but just not for me.  So when I heard that she set up a Kickstarter to fund the sequel, my response was a shrug.  But… Read more »


Jun 05
What Was in the Latest Book Riot Subscription Box?

What Was in the Latest Book Riot Subscription Box?

It’s that time again!  Time to discuss the contents of the latest Book Riot subscription box! For those of you unfamiliar with subscription boxes, you can check out my reviews of the earlier boxes here and here.  In short, subscribers pay $50 for each of these boxes which are mailed four times per year, and the contents of the box are a mystery until you open it.  (People outside the U.S. can subscribe too, but there is a hefty shipping… Read more »


May 25
So, You’re Going to BEA?  Ten Tips To Make the Most of Your Experience

So, You’re Going to BEA? Ten Tips To Make the Most of Your Experience

I made my first trip to BEA last year, and it was quite an incredible experience.  It can also be a bit overwhelming.  For you first-timers, especially, I hope I can pass along some tips to help you make the most of it.  I decided not to go this year, but I’m hoping I can make it next year! 1) PLAN, PLAN, PLAN: This is the only way to stay on top of all of the author signings and galley… Read more »


Mar 13
What Was in the 2nd Book Riot Subscription Box?

What Was in the 2nd Book Riot Subscription Box?

Back in January, I wrote a post to review and discuss the contents of Book Riot’s first subscription box.  (You can check out that post here to see that review and to get a bit of background on subscription boxes.)  Based on the comments on that post, the general consensus seemed to be: “This is a cool idea, but I don’t know if that stuff is worth $50.”  Let’s take a look at the items that just arrived today in… Read more »


Feb 01
Playing the Series Catch-Up Game

Playing the Series Catch-Up Game

My reading tastes have not always skewed towards YA.  But when I began my blog a year ago, that’s what I was reading, so YA became the primary focus of my blog.  Since I got a bit of a late start, I’m now playing “Series Catch-Up,” and it seems like February is a big month for sequels and trilogy enders.  So now, despite the fact that I’m behind on my ARC schedule (and feeling very guilty), I’m going to toss… Read more »


Jan 30
A New Way to Add to My TBR: The Desk Calendar Method

A New Way to Add to My TBR: The Desk Calendar Method

Several weeks ago, I discussed the contents of Book Riot’s first subscription box.  One of the items in the box was the Book Lover’s Desk Calendar.  Now, I have no use for this item as a calendar.  But what I DO like is that each page of the calendar features comments on a recommended book.   I thought this would be a good opportunity to expose myself to some new authors.  So, I’m going to choose one book each month… Read more »


Jan 08
What Bookish Goodies Were In the Book Riot Subscription Box?

What Bookish Goodies Were In the Book Riot Subscription Box?

Many of you are likely familiar with the Book Riot website.  You may be less familiar with “subscription boxes,” so I’ll take a moment to explain.  Imagine a mystery box of goodies that shows up on your doorstep every month or three months.  You pay a fixed amount for a subscription without knowing what you will receive, but you are assured that the value of all the goods in the box will exceed the cost of your subscription.  I’d heard… Read more »


Dec 26
Those Waiting on Wednesday Books…Were They Worth the Wait or Not?

Those Waiting on Wednesday Books…Were They Worth the Wait or Not?

All of those Waiting on Wednesday books…They SHOULD be the books that are among the best we’ve read this year, right?  They’re certainly among our most anticipated.  But when we finally get around to reading them, were they worth the wait?  Or, did we even read them at all?  For some of them, perhaps we lost enthusiasm as we became aware of negative buzz. I wanted to take a look at all of the books I featured in WoW posts… Read more »