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The Ethics Of Book Blogging: Separating Books And Authors

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)The Selection (The Selection, #1)Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)
 

     Recently, I reviewed Red Hill by Jamie McGuire as part of the book's blog tour , and I had written a honest review that conveyed to readers that I liked it, but I did have some qualms with the book. Jamie McGuire tweeted me and she addressed my review in an appropriate, respectable manner and she was also so nice! Then, I was reminded by a friend how she had attacked bloggers multiple times for disliking Beautiful Disaster. Had McGuire turned over a new leaf and decided not to take negative reviews personally--I like to think so, but you never know.

 
       All of this made me think, can you really separate an author from their book? So many of my book blogging friends will NOT read a book by an author who has attacked readers in a way and I definitely respect that decision. I also respect my friends who will read a book, even if the author is a complete bully and I totally understand their situation completely. 
 
     I myself find it hard to decide whether or not to read a book by an author who is a bully. On one hand, if the book is a book that I've been dying to read, does it really matter who the author is? As much as I would like to think that it doesn't matter at because I just really want to read the book, reading an author's book is supporting them. It doesn't matter if I borrow it from a friend, borrow it from the library or buy it at a secondhand shop, reading a book supports an author, whether I like it or not.
 

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This is how authors should behave!

Beautiful Disaster  - Jamie McGuire

    I honestly never planned on reading this because reviewers I trust have indicated that I wouldn't like this book. Recently I was asked to be on the Redhill blog tour, and I agreed to do it because it sounded like an interesting book. I wrote a honest review that conveyed to readers that I liked it, but I did have some qualms with the book. Jamie McGuire tweeted me and she addressed my review in an appropriate, respectable manner and she was also so nice! She explained to me why she had included a section in a book that I found 'icky and unnecessary' and how it had seemed appropriate after doing some research. This is how authors SHOULD handle criticism and it pleases me that such a renowned author was so appreciative of my slightly ambivalent review. 

 

    It's really awesome to see an author who is so considerate to readers, someone who understands that readers are allowed to have different opinions. Someone who doesn't attack readers who don't post only 5 star reviews for their book. 

 

    Let this be a lesson to all authors, misbehaving gets you nowhere, so why not actually encourage people to read your book by being considerate! I will definitely try to squeeze in Beautiful Disaster ASAP :)

 

The Evidence: 

My latest book haul!

I have a feeling y'all will be jealous :)

Finished :)

Forever  - Maggie Stiefvater

I'm finally finished it, it only took foreverGet it, haha? Anyway, I wasn't a fan of the ending at all.
 

Born Of Deception by Teri Brown COVER REVEAL

Born of Illusion - Teri Brown

Cress Reading Progress

Cress - Marissa Meyer

~64%: I love this book so much, I think I'm going to try to finish it up tonight. I have a feeling there's going to be a HUGE plot twist soon ;)

Blog Tour: Tomorrow by C.K Kelly Martin (Yesterday #2)

Yesterday - C.K. Kelly Martin

Cover Reveal For Push, The Sequel To Rush by Eve Silver

Rush - Eve Silver

Top Ten Tuesday: Series Conclusions

Review: How To Love by Katie Cotugno

How to Love - Katie Cotugno

    How To Love isn't the type of book I normally would read, in fact I don't usually read contemporary/realistic fiction. If I hadn't received How To Love for review, I most likely would have skipped out on this one. I'm really glad that I didn't pass over this one because it definitely left an emotional impact on me and has opened my mind in so many ways. How To Love has definitely broadened my reading tastes and that's an impressive feat in my mind.

 
      Prior to starting this book, I was worried that How To Love would be too angsty and read like a novelization of MTV's Teen Mom. This novel is nothing like the aforementioned TV show and there are few easily recognizable similarities between the two. How To Love manages to be thought-provoking, cute and fluffy, and extremely poignant at the same time. 
 
     Katie Cotugno is definitely a master at playing readers' emotions and it's easy to see how her poetic roots influenced How To Love. Each sentence and word seems to have been deliberately chosen to evoke certain emotions from the reader. To say that How To Love is poetic feels like an understatement, How To Love manages to be lyrical and elegant in it's own right. This may be Cotugno's debut novel, but How To Love has all the signature qualities of a talented, experienced writer.
 
       How To Love takes so many social issues and manages to make them easily accessible. Themes regarding family, first love, relationships, and teen pregnancy are conveyed to the reader in a perfect manner. How To Love is important on so many levels and it will definitely be a novel that so many will be relate to.
 
         I loved the character development of Reena, our protagonist whose life veers off course when she becomes pregnant. Many reviewers have commented on her behaviour and personality in a less than favorable manner, but I think many reviewers were a bit harsh on her. Reena was abandoned by her boyfriend and she is left to deal with her child and her religious family ON HER OWN. It was hard for my mind to fully understand how hard it must have been for Reena to be in such a less than ideal situation. I definitely felt for her, but I knew that I could never fully comprehend her struggles because I have led a life that's far different. 
 
           The romance in How To Love was the major driving force of the novel and it's definitely everything I expected and more. Seeing Sawyer and Reena fall in love again and again really turned me into a pile of mush. It was so adorable and I felt like swooning throughout the entire novel. I really didn't expect to the romance as much as I did.
 
             The major downfalls for me personally were the pacing and the angst. I really loved the storyline and writing, but I felt that this book ran a bit too long at nearly 400 pages. The pacing went a slowish pace towards the middle and it seemed to drag for a bit. The pacing and the angsty moments of How To Love really went hand-in-hand for me because that's where my enjoyment of this book went a bit downhill. As soon as the novel started to get more angsty, my interested started to wane and the pacing started to bother me. Don't get me wrong, How To Love isn't overly angsty, but the minimal angsty moments that the novel comprised of really bothered me. 
 
             Despite a few personal faults, I really felt emotionally captivated by Reena and Sawyer's story. This isn't my usual cuppa tea, but it managed to be one of my favorite contemporary novels that I read this year.  How To Love definitely has alot going for it and I wish Cotugno all the best luck with her debut novel! I am definitely looking forward to Cotugno's sophomore novel in hopes that it will be as poignant as How To Love! 

Pre-Reading Thoughts

Waterfell - Amalie Howard

I want to love this one, but I have a bad feeling that it's going to disappoint me. I'm really reluctant to start it, despite the fact that I have an ARC. I really don't want to end up in a reading slump!

Red Hill - Jamie McGuire

~26%: The alternating POV isn't the most effective tactic, but it's executed well. I keep waiting for all of the characters to meet up!

 

~14%: At the moment, this is surprisingly good and extremely entertaining. So far, there is only a slight touch of masochism, but it isn't enough for me to DNF. 

Reading Progress!

Red Hill - Jamie McGuire

~14%: At the moment, this is surprisingly good and extremely entertaining. So far, there is only a slight touch of masochism, but it isn't enough for me to DNF. 

I made it...

Reblogged from Mike Mullin, Author:

Goodreads decided to "apologize" finally!

Read Goodreads' terrible apology

 

Goodreads' apology is just a lame effort to combat all of the backfire they received last week. It doesn't feel sincere and it really hasn't solved much at all, they will still delete author-related shelves and reviews. The fact that they are sending the 21 their content back does make me happy, but it feels arbitrary. The damage has already been done and the salt has been poured onto the wound. I'm still 100% Booklikes and this announcement hasn't made me want to switch back at all. 

Cover Reveal For Defector by Suzanne Winnacker (Impostor #2)