Book List 2017, Reviews

Review: Seriously…What am I Doing Here? by Ken Schneck

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Title: Seriously…What am I Doing Here?

Author: Ken Schneck

Genre: Travelogue/Biography

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Bookish Miscellany, Bookish Things, Confessions of a Book Addict

Finally!

I am turning 30 years old this year,  and it has taken me about 24 years to realize that what I read should not matter to anyone else. And, even more unfortunately, that what other people read should not matter to me.

Because in the end reading is about immersing yourself in a world that makes you happy. And who are we to judge each other for what in those worlds makes us happy.

I read romance novels. I love romance novels. Some of them.

I read fantasy. I read YA. I have a hard time reading literary fiction, not that I don’t love some works of literary fiction but my brain feels better when I’m in an urban fantasy world, surrounded by the supernatural.

You can judge me for it if you want, but I’m going to let my freaky little book flag fly.

However just because I read these things, and enjoy them does not mean there cannot be discourse surrounding certain books.

We can enjoy books and still be critical of their content. But when it comes to talking to someone who loves something that deserves criticism, is it not better to approach them gently instead of confront them? Perhaps they don’t know, or understand what might be problematic in the book they’ve just read.

Criticize the content, not the reader.

After all, aren’t readers supposed to be more compassionate?

Announcemet

Introducing the newest contributor

Hello everyone!

I hope you’re all having a good weekend! Here in Canada it’s a long weekend so I’ll apologize ahead of time for all the spam because I am reading up a storm.

I just wanted to let you know I’m no longer a team of one here at A Lovely Little Book Blog. One of my dear friend’s Luke has joined me and will be reviewing and writing about books and bookish things. I’ll nudge him this weekend to get him to introduce himself and what kinda books he is into.

Some of what we’ll be doing (hopefully) is reviewing the same books in a point counterpoint kind of way and just talking about things we enjoy in terms of reading, writing styles etc.

So please give him a warm welcome!

Thank you!

Bookish Miscellany

Reading when you’re struggling…

Sometimes in life I struggle. We all do. Sometimes those struggles swallow you up and drag you to what I call “the pits”, modeled after a sandy wasteland that used to exist near my childhood home.

You try and struggle through the sand, make your way to the top, and on the way your reading is one other thing that makes it seem worse. Not the act of reading itself, but the act of feeling pressured to do so.

Giant, human sized…NFL player sized to be read piles, towering next to beds, toppling over when nudged. eReader filling, overwhelming books, just waiting for you to devour them.

But trust me. Its okay. The beautiful thing about books is that they last forever. And sometimes, they can help you get out of the pits.

Grab a book. Any book. A book you’ve read a million times, or a book that you’d never thought you would enjoy.

Read about people in pain. Read about happy people. Read about people slaying dragons and allow them to help you slay yours.

Pile up blankets and pillows and sink into them and remember that when you feel alone, if you look in a book you can always find your friends.

And please if you need help, ask for it. Don’t be in the dark alone. Don’t be in the pits alone. Your story is unfinished, still developing. Don’t end it before it’s end should come.

Book List 2017, Reviews

Series Review: Harper Connelly by Charlaine Harris

Series: Harper Connelly

Author: Charlaine Harris

Genre: Supernatural/Urban Fantasy

Warning: Lots of death talk. Sexual assault. Drug use. Domestic abuse.

Silver Lining: Justice

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My reviews do involve minor SPOILERS

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Book List 2017, Reviews

Review: Day Shift (Midnight Texas # 2) by Charlaine Harris

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Title: Day Shift

Author: Charlaine Harris

Genre: Supernatural

Warning: Elder abuse

Silver Lining: Those responsible get what’s coming to them?

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There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, Texas, where the residents like to keep to themselves. Even in a town full of secretive people, Olivia Charity is an enigma. She lives with the vampire Lemuel, but no one knows what she does; they only know that she’s beautiful and dangerous.

Psychic Manfred Bernardo finds out just how dangerous when he goes on a working weekend to Dallas and sees Olivia there with a couple who are both found dead the next day. To make matters worse, one of Manfred’s regular — and very wealthy — clients dies during a reading.

Manfred returns from Dallas embroiled in scandal and hounded by the press. He turns to Olivia for help; somehow he knows that the mysterious Olivia can get things back to normal. As normal as things get in Midnight…

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Book List 2017

Review: True Colors by Anyta Sunday

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Title: True Colors

Author: Anyta Sunday

Genre: LGBT Contemporary Romance

Warnings: Descriptions of car accident, burns and death. Childhood bullying.

Silver linings of warnings: Beautifully written scenes in which the characters deal with the aftermath of such tragedy.

Overall Rating: 

Oskar used to be Marco’s best friend. His everything. His sunshine yellow.

But that was before. Before Marco stopped being a hot jock. Before he learned to live with scars and pain. And before Oskar tore their friendship apart.

Now the boy next door has returned home, determined to rekindle his friendship with Marco, and Marco’s more afraid than ever. Afraid of getting hurt. Afraid of being humiliated.

Afraid of falling in love.

Can Oskar find a way through Marco’s fear, back into his heart?

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