11 days left!!! Are you tired of hearing me excitedly ramble on about fall approaching yet? Because I never tire of Halloween, the colors, rainy days and everything pumpkin! Yeah, I am one of those 😉
This week aside from the usual current reads and quotes, I wanted to touch on a topic that was recently brought to light by another blogger’s review and our discussion that has followed. I hope you do not mind 😉
Protection (no not that kind 😉 )
Writing this has made me a tad nervous. While, it is in no form or shape an attack on anyone, it may hit some buttons. But several days and conversations later, this still resonates with me. So I am just going to jump in and try to keep it on the lighter side.
As bloggers and book reviewers, we hold authors in pretty high regard and for great reasons. It is after all, our love of reading and books that has brought us here. We respect the fact that countless hours and hard work have been poured into the titles we read, love and dissect. Authors rock!
Sometimes however, we stumble across or are even handed titles that just are not what we expected as the reader. We can be faced with that daunting task of writing a review that is less than stellar. It sucks, but we have made a commitment to our followers to provide honest, and unbiased opinions on the titles we share and review. Our blogs are our voices. The majority of us try to do this without ever attacking or tearing down an author directly. It would be poor form and unfair. We are not reviewing authors.
So what happens when we write a review that does not sit well with the author? While we work hard to remain true to our own thoughts and still respect the fact that this book is still someone’s heart and soul, who protects us, as the reviewer? What happens when a simple review turns into an unwelcome showdown or awkward confrontation? When do we decide that a professional line has been crossed?
Authors, have a lot of pull within the book community. Rightfully so! They are the driving force behind all we do. Negative push back can be overwhelming, hurtful and a major threat to our blog. Making the decision to stand up for our review can entail a mess that many of us would rather avoid. We cannot (well should not) out an author publicly. Doing so would be tactless and bring forth many unfavorable consequences. So how do we handle those rare and less than desirable moments when we are faced with challenging encounters?
Sometimes, these challenges can even come in other forms. Having to refuse a request to review titles can present issues. For example, I was recently spammed many times after having tried to politely turn away a title because I do not read that genre. It can begin to feel very uncomfortable, having to repeatedly decline a request. No means no, but I do not like being rude. I appreciate the enthusiasm of trying to promote a new novel. But we all have personal boundaries and sometimes they are crossed. Does deleting repetive emails after so long, without response make me a horrible person? We post our own guidelines, but they are sometimes overlooked.
While it is unwritten, we do agree to put ourselves out into the open when we begin blogging. We are welcoming feedback, and know that it will not always be positive. Reviewing is rough. We expect a certain amount of criticism. We are stating and comparing thoughts that not everyone will agree with. We rely on the community to maintain a civil environment, but that community is not just composed of other readers.
So I have really been stewing on this one simple question: How do we protect ourselves and the right to provide honest reviews without crossing the lines that can be detrimental to our blogs or viewed as unprofessional?
Just some food for thought..
Okay then, back to the easier stuff 🙂 My reads for the week include:
Throne of Glass
By Sarah J Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
“In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.”
This title is no stranger to many of you. Sarah J Maas seems to have acquired a mass following. Being a huge fan of fantasy, I decided it was finally time to jump in the pool and see why my feed is constantly flooded with her books!
The Apothecary’s Curse
By Barbara Barnett
Publisher: Pyr (Ebook expected date 10/11/16)
“This genre-bending urban fantasy mixes alchemy and genetics as a doctor and an apothecary try to prevent a pharmaceutical company from exploiting the book that made them immortal centuries ago.
In Victorian London, the fates of physician Simon Bell and apothecary Gaelan Erceldoune entwine when Simon gives his wife an elixir created by Gaelan from an ancient manuscript. Meant to cure her cancer, it kills her. Suicidal, Simon swallows the remainder—only to find he cannot die.
Five years later, hearing rumors of a Bedlam inmate with regenerative powers like his own, Simon is shocked to discover it’s Gaelan. The two men conceal their immortality, but the only hope of reversing their condition rests with Gaelan’s missing manuscript.
When modern-day pharmaceutical company Transdiff Genomics unearths diaries describing the torture of Bedlam inmates, the company’s scientists suspect a link between Gaelan and an unnamed inmate. Gaelan and Genomics geneticist Anne Shawe are powerfully drawn to each other, and her family connection to his manuscript leads to a stunning revelation. Will it bring ruin or redemption?”
This was a NetGalley discovery that simply appealed to my sci-fi/fantasy side. I am excited to see how this turns out.
Quotes this week are being pulled from two recent titles: The Wolf Road: A Novel by Beth Lewis & In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.
“You can’t admit to someone else what you’re too damn afraid to admit to yourself.”
― Beth Lewis,
“…shiny trinkets and frivolous spending make people forget what world they’re living in.”
― Beth Lewis,
“You been walking my wolf road all your life, Elka girl, clawing and biting right on mmy heels, begging for scraps and teaching and I gave ’em both. I gave you everything you’d ever need to walk right alongside me. You and me Elka, we’s twin flames, remember. Even if I ain’t living nor more, you ain’t never gonna be rid of me.”
-Beth Lewis, The Wolf Road
“People don’t change,” Nina said bitterly. “They just get more punctilious about hiding their true selves.”
― Ruth Ware,
“There was something strangely naked about it, like we were on a stage set, playing our parts to an audience of eyes out there in the wood.”
― Ruth Ware, In a Dark, Dark Wood
Happy Day before Monday! Here’s to one last day of rest (well for some of us).