Posts Tagged: discussion

Dec 15
Channel Surfing: I’m a Marshmallow!

Channel Surfing: I’m a Marshmallow!

I just finished binge watching all three seasons of Veronica Mars and I can’t believe I went this long NOT being a fan of the show! One of the reasons I decided to finally watch was because I made the mistake of watching the film first. I had a ton of questions and to be truthful found the film to be a bit ah boring. It was boring to me in the sense that I had NO idea what I was getting and who was who. While the film introduces people to the world of Veronica Mars, it follows the format that the show does; that being old cases tend to pop up in a future episode. I was totally lost and I had no one to turn to because… Read more »

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Sep 04
When Your Favorite Author Goes Off The Deep End

When Your Favorite Author Goes Off The Deep End

Yesterday, one of my favorite authors had a very public Facebook meltdown. It quickly escalated from there and soon everyone who blogs about books was talking about it. I’m at a complete loss as to what to say. I’ve made no secret of my love for her and her series, but at the same time I can see where she was coming from. In a nutshell here’s the Facebook post: What brought it on? I’m asking the same question as many of you. I feel that in some ways, Cain was misunderstood. Now, don’t get me wrong-the way she went about it wasn’t the best way. But sometime last week she posted how One Kick didn’t make the New York Times best sellers list and it was the first time… Read more »

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May 05
Channel Surfing: My Problem with Love Triangles

Channel Surfing: My Problem with Love Triangles

I’ve made no secret of my love for telenovelas (Spanish soap operas) and once a year there’s always one novela that captures my heart. This year it’s Lo Que La Vida Me Robó (What Life Stole from Me). It stars the love of my life Sebastian Rulli and Angelique Boyer. It’s a remake of Bodas de Odio (Weddings of Hate) and Amor Real (Real Love) and unlike these two, Lo Que La Vida Me Robó is set in the present. A quick summary: In order to pay the family debts, a daughter is married to very rich man and gives up the love of her life. Later, she finds out about the arrangement and when the love of her life comes for her, she has to make the painful decision:… Read more »

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Apr 14
Overcoming Blogger Guilt

Overcoming Blogger Guilt

I have a confession…I have blogger’s guilt. Mostly, when it comes to the frequency of posting. It’s not that I’m not reading, but rather my mojo when it comes to writing reviews or discussion posts has gone missing. Maybe my blogger’s mojo is on some island enjoying an umbrella drink and the warm sunshine, but I’d like it back. I have a stack of books that I read, but reviews need to be written and there’s zero inspiration. Then…there’s the whole guilt regarding being a book blogger and keeping up with the world of publishing. Before when I was unemployed, it was easy to keep up and see what was going in the world. Now? Not so much. I feel so guilty when I miss book related events in the… Read more »

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Jan 24
The Round Table: Inscriptions

The Round Table: Inscriptions

In our last Round Table discussion, I brought up signed books and if you read your copies. A lot of you said you read them and that made me feel better about reading them especially well loved copies that have been since signed. Today, I’m wondering about inscriptions in those signed books. Do you prefer the standard signature only signed books or do you prefer something more personal? I personally prefer something more personal because I feel there’s more of a connection with an author besides the standard signature. I’m perfectly aware that authors (and really popular ones) are on a time limit especially at book signings. And yet, I admit to feeling a bit disappointed if all I get is my name and the author’s signature. Although I like… Read more »

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Jan 09
The Roundtable: Reading Signed Books

The Roundtable: Reading Signed Books

Signed books! I love them and yet loathe them. Why? On the one hand, it’s like winning the lottery when you get a book signed. It’s your opportunity to fangirl / fanboy with the author about what a great book they wrote and you have something personal. Then I find myself with a slight problem especially when it comes to rereads and not wanting to touch the signed copy! I imagine a hundred years from now at an auction house a future descendant selling it and it not going for more because of stains or wear around the edges. Yeah I’m weird like that. Blame the historian in me. Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776-1847) once remarked that a gentleman needed three copies of every book: one for keeping, one for reading… Read more »

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Oct 23
The Round Table: Plagiarism & the Letter P

The Round Table: Plagiarism & the Letter P

I’ve been meaning to get this discussion post up for the past couple of weeks, but things keep getting in the way. Lately, there seems to be a rise in plagiarism cases and with the growth of self publishing there’s bound to be a few more (I’m aware it happens in traditional publishing as well). I’m not going to discuss the morality of it since the concept of plagiarism is modern. Christine de Pizan’s The Book of the Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry is basically Honore Bonet’s The Tree of Battles, but she disguises aspects of Tree of Battles by writing a dream sequence with Honore to discuss what he’s written. Throughout my academic life, I’ve sat through a dozen lectures regarding plagiarism and the fallout. In my final… Read more »

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Sep 18
The Round Table: Voices in Your Head

The Round Table: Voices in Your Head

In our last Round Table discussion, I asked if you imagined famous people as book characters while reading. This time I’m curious about accents. I have a confession…let’s say I’m reading a historical fiction based in Victorian England, I don’t hear a British voice as I read. Nope. The characters may be 100% British in print, but in my head they sound like normal Americans. Even if I read a book set in Scotland it’s rare that I can hear a Scottish accent as I read and that makes me sad because I lived in Scotland for a over a year! One would think I would easily slip into accent as I read, but it doesn’t happen. Even if an author writes words where you can clearly hear the Scottish… Read more »

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Aug 28
The Round Table: Famous People As Book Characters

The Round Table: Famous People As Book Characters

As I read Veronica Roth’s Divergent last week, I got to thinking: do the book characters you imagine ever mirror real life actors, singers, athletes, or models? For example, I know a person who only pictures Matt Bomer in all the books she reads no matter what. Most of the characters I read remain faceless. By that I mean, they aren’t based on anyone real (as far as I know). I have yet to picture a celebrity as Gideon Cross and my ideal Cross isn’t anyone people have suggested (ie: Henry Cavill, etc). Although there are times when I do picture a celebrity for a brief moment and it is just for that small moment in time and then it passes. For example, in a scene in Jessica Lemmon’s Tempting… Read more »

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Jul 17
The Round Table: Falling Out of Love With a Book

The Round Table: Falling Out of Love With a Book

Have you ever loved a book or a series so very much and thought it was perfect only to change your mind a year after you read it? I find myself contemplating the fate of a once beloved book. What makes us change our minds? Does it have to do with our emotions at the time of reading or is it due to a moment in our lives? The series in question won’t be mentioned here, although a few close friends have listened to my frustration. Part of the reason why I’m disenchanted is because of the author’s fans. Let’s call this author V. There are two types; the first is the casual reader and the second is rabid. By rabid I mean they treat V like they are some… Read more »

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Jun 11
The Round Table: A Peek Into My Review Process

The Round Table: A Peek Into My Review Process

About two weeks ago, I received an email from author asking if I’d change my review rating for a book she wrote because she fixed several of the issues I pointed out. This was for a review written months ago and while I’m glad the problems I brought up were addressed, I feel as if I’d be cheating by changing the rating. First of all, I’d have to reread the book to see what changes were made and second of all, I’m not in the same mindset when I first read the book. How many times have you read a book and thought it was brilliant, but reread it later only to change your mind? I don’t consider myself a difficult / picky reviewer. I do have an academic background… Read more »

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May 19
The Round Table: Limited Edition Ebooks, Next Big Trend?

The Round Table: Limited Edition Ebooks, Next Big Trend?

I originally titled this as: An Open Letter to (insert author’s name), but in the end decided it wasn’t an open letter to her. I wasn’t going to mention anything or touch upon the whole pull from publishing, but I was annoyed this weekend with Michelle Leighton’s announcement. I haven’t read Until I Break, BUT I do trust what bloggers and reviewers have to say. At times I question the whole feedback process an author receives from beta readers and trusted bloggers. I’m not saying that 100% of the feedback isn’t constructive because I know it is. What I do question, if a lot of readers are writing to tell you that x / y wouldn’t happen in real life, then you have to take a good look at what… Read more »

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