Midweek Mash

There seems to be a common theme running among my Midweek Mash posts of late. Exhaustion and crazy schedules. While this pattern continues, I am pleased to share that I received perfect news from the neurosurgeon this week and can mark brain surgery off of this huge to do list. It was not on the top of my “want to do” pile as you can imagine.

I am however, still slamming coffee like it’s going out of style and want to share a mini review and quick debate on speed reading!!! So let’s go!!!

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I had the pleasure of finally obtaining my copy of Folded Dreams- The Beginning this past week. This is an incredible short story by Pearl Kirkby @The Old Fossil WritesI believe several of you are acquainted with her and her lovely blog. I hope Pearl does not mind, but I want to include a mini review of Folded Dreams this week. The story just moved me.

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Folded Dreams-The Beginning
Author: Pearl Kirkby
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 70
Genre: Short Story

Goodreads Blurb:
When we reminisce, we think we’re looking back at past memories. But if Time is relative, rather than linear, exactly what are we remembering? The past? The future? Both? Folded Dreams – The Beginning was born in a college English Literature classroom, destined to become Folded Dreams – The Novel. Or was that the other way around?

My Thoughts:

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Folded Dreams – The Beginning intrigued me. How can you not pick this up with a synopsis like that? It called to me. This beautiful short story looks at life from an angle many fail to see or question. It is glimpse into the mystery that surrounds the very fabric of life and time, provided through the eyes of a child as she grows throughout the years. Pearl has certainly found a way to leave her mark with writing. There is a talent that bleeds through her words that is difficult to express. A connection is easily established with the reader and the experience feels personal. I cannot help but feel there is more to this short story than mere speculation or fiction. While short in length, Folded Dreams-The Beginning reads as only a story written with real passion can. There is an underlying importance and message that can be felt with each page. The perspective chosen for narration works incredibly well. Each reading experience is individualized and I would love to see what you take from this fascinating story. It is my understanding that a novel is in the works. I cannot wait to see where Folded Dreams and Pearl go from here!


Speed Reading & Reviewing

Okay, so sometimes I catch myself speed reading and I have to back it up a bit. I seem to be worse about this with eBooks, but it happens. I normally try to back track if I find this occurring on a title I am going to review. If you are one who can speed read, you know details can be lost in process. I have always felt like I am not providing a fair review if this happens. I am guilty of “skimming” if a title is too lack luster. But I openly admit this in my review when it happens.

Lately, I have noticed several reviewers (mainly that I follow on Goodreads) posting between 4 to 5 reviews a day! And I am speaking of titles that are easily 300 or more pages. That seems ludicrous to me.

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I understand some people have much more time. I do on occasion, due to health circumstances. However, I could never read 4 books in a day and feel I have given them honest attention.

So I ask you this, what’s the deal? Do I just really suck at speed reading or is there something else going on here? Sometimes I sit back and wonder if they are possibly pulling old titles off of the shelf and just writing a review, but then I notice a lot of the reviews are for new releases. I feel skeptical.

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I admittedly have even unfollowed several reviewers for this very reason 🙄 It just seems impossible and feels shady. Am I just that slow? How do you feel about this, or have you ever noticed it? I average 2 to 3 books a week when I am able to work. Maybe I am thinking about it too much, but a lot of time goes into my reviews. I know a lot of you work hard on your blogs. So how is this possible? They have mass followings as well. Thoughts?


Until Next Time

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I hope each of you are having a lovely week so far and not spending too much time in front of the computer playing vids 😉 You know who you are haha.

Cheers!

Danielle

28 thoughts on “Midweek Mash

  1. Yes! It often baffles me as well as to how some people can read/review 4-5 books a day and so day after day, week after week.. last week I felt like I was spamming people because I had finished 3 books over 4 days (I really got nothing done at home and I didn’t even want to!) so I had set them all at 99% for when I felt like writing a review for them. But then, as I said, I was like- sheesh, I just published 3 review posts in 2 days, people gonna hate me yo! XD
    I once unfollowed a blog because I got 5-6 posts daily and because I’m just anal like that, when I get a notification in my inbox, I read the post! *i know, it can be crazy at times* but it seemed superhuman and as you said- shady!
    On the other hand- man, what I’d give to be able to read 18 books a week like I’ve noticed some people do on Goodreads…

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    1. Haha if only we could read that many! then I would not have a “Want to read” list that was over 300 books long 😉 I have had weeks where I manage about 3 reviews, but 5 in a day!? No way. Maybe there are some gifted people who could do that, but aside from reading that fast, how can you even type that many reviews? Shady indeed!

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  2. Danielle, I am so glad that you mention this… Because I was sure that I was the only skeptic out there. I was actually just discussing this with my fiancé the other day. (Although I often rant to him about it…) I have a lot of free time because I don’t work a 9-5 at the moment, so I spend quite a bit of time reading. And I would say that I’m an average reader, as far as speed. I can read 1-2 books a week, sometimes 3 at the most. I know that everyone’s reading speeds are different, everyone’s comprehension levels are different… But I’m like you… I don’t see it being possible for a human being (maybe they are robots?) to read 3-4 books A DAY. Let alone be able to write an accurate review on the book.

    I don’t want to sound close-minded here, or pessimistic. But I feel that so many important details are missed if a person speed reads or skims through a book. I’m not sure how a story can be fully comprehended like that. I choose to read at an average speed, so I can soak in every detail and aspect of the story. Like you, there are times when I skim, if I’m halfway through and can’t take anymore, but I always mention that in my review (if I even choose to review that book). I recently discovered on my Audiobooks app that you can change the narrators reading speed! I never knew that button even existed. You can speed the reading up to different levels, like x 1.00, x 1.25, x 1.50 etc. So it could be possible that maybe that’s what they’re doing in order to be able to read through so many books so quickly. I don’t know… But I do agree with you, Danielle. And you are not the only skeptic out there, I can assure you. 🙂

    If anyone reading this is a super speed reader, reading like 1-3 books a day (and I don’t mean short stories or novellas), I’m very curious what your trick is… How do you do it? I’m interested in learning any tips on how to speed read yet still understand every detail of the story AND enjoy the story (which is the WHOLE POINT in reading!) Thank you! 🙂

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    1. You have summed it up perfectly. It just seems unnatural and I have a hard time taking the reviews they post seriously. To read and type all of those in one day! And haha, I have played with the audiobook speed before. I discovered that with Dummplin’ (the only audiobook I have listened to so far). Even if they are “listening” at a fast rate, surely they cannot be giving fair attention to these books to provide a thorough and fair review. I am reading, and making notes, and flagging pages haha. It is a real process 🙂

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  3. I tend to speed read through Ebooks, I swear I seem to get through them so much faster! I recently did a free trial of Amazon Unlimited and read as many books off of it as I could as quickly as possible before they started charging me. I think I could probably really recall only 2 or 3 of them. I can’t even tell you their names. I absolutely do not give it my full attention when I am reading like that.
    I agree, if you are a book reviewer that seems pretty weird. I think you owe it to the author and your reader to give the book your full attention. Something weird is going on if you’re able to get that many books done. I have to ignore everything, and just sit and read for hours to accomplish that. Maybe they don’t have kids, but still I find it hard to believe they can read that many books in short span of time.

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      1. Absolutely. If you can’t take it serious enough to actually read and absorb the information why should I take your blog serious? As well as I’m sorry but I’m not going to read a book review every day. I don’t have the time or the patience, I would get burnt out fast.

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  4. Go Pearl! 😀 I’m glad to see you liked her little book of strange things as well!

    As for the speed reading, I think everything pretty much has been said in the comments already, but I wholeheartedly agree on it being weird and smelling fishy! I bought a box of books from a guy a couple of years ago (in person) and he told me he had to stop buying physical books because he read one book a day and things were flying out of proportion in his house. He was married with 2 little kids and had a 40 hour work week. HOW. ON. EARTH?! I saw a Booktuber mentioning in one of her videos that she couldn’t remember if she had read a particular book recently, so she just decided to read it again. We’re talking about a time span of a couple of months here. How can you not remember what you have read? Or what it was about?! Only when you heavily skim through things is when this is possible. I’d rather be a slowpoke and actually read the fucking book than up my numbers and have no idea what the heck I’m doing. There’s also a girl on here who posts a ‘review’ on here every day which consists of ONE line. “Loved it. Just as good as the previous one.” or “Didn’t like this one that much.” Done! And all of her books are ARC’s. It’s fine if you’re not into the whole blogging thing, but Jaysus H. Christ, you owe the author a more proper review than that! Okay, so maybe everything hadn’t been said yet :’).

    Also, you know who you are…:’) :’) :’)

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    1. Anne 😅 you are on fire dear! One line reviews huh.. I saw a post were the blogger attempts to sup the book in 10 words (ingenious btw), but a one line review.. sounds even shadier. We are just going to have to pull up our sooks and show ’em how it’s done 😉

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      1. Well, it’s still pretty warm over here *nods*. 10-word reviews sound like someone has put some thought and effort into it, at least. The one line reviews…they’re on a daily basis. Just. Ugh. Haha! I see what you did there! 😉

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  5. YAS.
    Super sketchy. Do they just skim reviews from other bloggers and cobble together their own? That’s my guess! Even at that it would be difficult to write that many reviews.
    Maybe they have a room full of monkeys at typewriters?

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      1. I actually met Liz because of a *hisses behind hand* scandal going on in the book bloggers’ community last year in which a girl copied and pasted several parts of several bloggers their review of a book and then paste them together and pretend it was her own. She did this with ALL of her reviews. I’m still actually following her on WordPress to keep an eye on things! Plus, everyone deserves a second chance. But mostly to keep an eye on things ^^

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          1. http://cuddlebuggery.com/blog/2015/08/31/plagiarism-apologies-and-bullshit/

            I had just started to blog for a week or so at the time when Emily May called her out on Goodreads. Oh boooy. The thing is that I started following her after I already found this out. Same with Liz. And while we were ranting about how shitty it all was, we had no clue we were following her again at the same time :’). Until Liz connected the dots and remembered her name. Priceless. That’s about the only gossip you will get over here, though xD.

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            1. Disgusting.. I am glad I missed that whole episode actually. I would have blown up. I recently stumbled across a review after posting mine that I had to read several times before I convinced myself that it was just coincidence.. but I am watching. Awful stuff.. plagiarism.

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