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Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post here on Rainy Day Ramblings where I discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog. If you are participating, feel free to leave the link to your post in the comments. 

Here is the stimulating topic of the week:

Are you more inclined/ less inclined to read books that are compared to other popular books or authors?

How often do you see a comparison on a book cover or synopsis trying to draw your attention to the book. You might see something like “ For fans of Hunger Games” or if you like this author and this author, this book if for you etc....

To be perfectly honest, this gimmick does not make me want to read a book. In fact, lots of times it is a turn off. I don’t want to read a book that is going to remind me of another popular book out there. I want something original and new. So if you are trying to sell me a book because you think it is like these other popular books, I am going to pass. Then there is the whole author comparison. Again, I am not a fan of this because I would hope that each author I read has a unique voice. I don’t want to read someone who reminds me of other authors I read. Give me originality. 

I have also found that this ploy can backfire because there are times when I have read a book that is being compared, and I found that in no way the book or author is like the one they are being compared to which is why some readers picked up the book to begin with. 

I know this is a popular trick to get readers to try a book, but for me, it is a no go. I don’t pick up books because the publisher decided to slap a comparison on it. You can’t fool me!

What about you, will you specifically pick up a book because of a comparison on the front?

Next week’s question:

Debut authors/ New to me authors. What books have you read lately by new authors that you want to read more from?

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On-the-run ex-agent Peri Reed returns bigger and bolder than ever in this second highly-anticipated installment in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison's new suspense trilogy, The Peri Reed Chronicles.
Peri Reed’s job eats her mind, but for a special task agent in hiding, forgetting the past can be a blessing.
Betrayed by the man she thought she loved and the agency who turned her into the very thing she fought against, Peri abandoned the wealth and privilege of Opti for anonymity riddled with memory gaps and self-doubt. But when a highly addictive drug promises to end her dependency on those who’d use her as a tool for their own success, she must choose to remain broken and vulnerable, or return to the above-the-law power and prestige she once left: strong but without will—for whoever holds her next fix, will hold her loyalty.
Yet even now as then, a love based on lies of omission might still save her life. 
Audiobook
Published November 22nd 2016 by Simon Schuster Audio
Source: Publisher


 

Three stars: A second volume that didn’t live up to expectations.

Peri is trying to start anew. She owns a coffee shop, where she tries to remain incognito. Being an ex-Opti agent on the run means that she must constantly look over her shoulder. It doesn’t help matters that she continues to see the illusion of her ex lover and partner, Jack. Peri’s world comes toppling down when her past catches up with her. Bill hunts her down and injects her with a drug that is supposed to help her remember her drafts, the problem is that it is addictive. Now Peri is on the run again, and a drug addict. Who can she trust?

What I Liked:

  • I have to admit that this series is clever and original. I like that I never know what is coming and the twists and turns are spectacular. Always a wild ride with Peri and company. 
  • Peri is growing and evolving. In this book, she tries to remain independent. No more anchors or corrupt bosses who intend to wipe her memory and alter her future. Peri trusts no one except for Silas. I liked this stronger, fiercer Peri, and I am hopeful that she will continue to evolve into a kick butt character. 
  • Silas is back in this book, and I was delighted that he not only played a larger role but that he is also a love interest. It seems that Peri and Silas have a romantic past, but Peri can’t remember it. I am eager for more of this story line. 
  • Even though this one wasn’t as twisty as the first book, there were still some exciting developments. 
  • I love the action and danger in this series. You never know who is going to flip and be the villain. 
  • The ending was good. Most of the major story lines were done up, no big cliffhanger. 
  • I listened to the audiobook version narrated by January LaVoy. Ms. LaVoy does a terrific job with the characters. Her male voices are believable. I would definitely recommend this on audio. 

And The Not So Much:

  • I don’t know what it is about this series but I have a hard time getting into it. This book didn’t grab me like the first one, I lacked the thrilling memory wipes and twists that the first book had. 
  • I wanted more of the romance. I want to understand more of what happened between Peri and Silas. 
  • I didn’t find the story line as appealing in this one, and I was not a fan of the drug addicted Peri. 

The Operator was a bit of a disappointment for me. I want this series to grab a hold of me and hold me captive, but alas, I find that struggle to immerse into the story. This one lacked the suspense and the exciting twists that the first book presented. Still I like the concept and I am enjoying the evolution of Peri, so I will give the next book a go. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review. 

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Rainy Day Ramblings by Rainydayramblings - 4d ago

The Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share all the news and highlights on your blog for the past and upcoming weeks. Head over to Kimberly's for details and to link up!

Happy weekend. Did you rise and shine at the butt crack of dawn to watch the Royal Wedding? Sorry, not here. I would have to get up at 2 in the morning, and I am a fan of weekend sleeping in. I can catch all the highlights and recaps when I do decide to roll out of bed. In all honesty, I am rather tired of hearing about the wedding, even though there is something romantic about an American commoner marrying a prince. Sounds like a fairy tale romance from a book, right?

Sigh.... Another busy week. A field trip, the last one of the year and lots of end of year mayhem. We still have four weeks, but I know they will fly by in the blink of an eye. 

I have to admit, I am struggling with the negative headlines this week again. More racist rants, from the top on down and another school shooting. The one with the NYC lawyer made me sick to my stomach. Seriously.... what is wrong with people? I even saw it happen at my kids school. A student walked up to my daughter's third grade teacher and told her, "Someone told me you shop at Goodwill and get your clothes there." What?? This is a fourth grade girl. Whose child is this? The teacher handled it beautifully, she told the girl that she did shop at Goodwill and there was nothing wrong with that, and in fact, the cute shirt she was wearing came from there. She also told the girl that she felt like she was trying to be a bully and to hurt her feelings, but it wasn't going to work. Then the teacher told her class what had happened, and used it as a learning example. I sent her an email later that day complimenting on her reaction and how she handled the situation. Which leads me to say, we need more love out there folks. There is so much negativity and ugliness. Please do yourself and me a favor this weekend. Go out and doing a kind thing, whether it be donate your time, help someone or help a stranger, even if it is just saying something nice to someone in person or even online. Anything! We need more love folks! Stat! 

I am getting off my soap box now.....

Okay let's see what happened on the blog this past week:

Monday: Audiobook Review: The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

Tuesday: Tell Me Something Tuesday:  Are most of your review books for publishers or are you reviewing books of your choice?

 

Wednesday: Audiobook Review: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Thursday: Audiobook Review: Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

Friday: Friday Forecast

 

Received for review:

Nothing new this week!

Next up on deck:

Monday: Audiobook Review: The Operator by Kim Harrison

Tuesday: Tell Me Something Tuesday: Are you more inclined/ less inclined to read books that are compared to other popular books or authors?

 

Wednesday: Audiobook Review: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Thursday: A Prom To Remember by Sandy Hall 

Friday: Friday Forecast

 

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Rainy Day Ramblings by Rainydayramblings - 5d ago

May is slipping right by. This is a busy month as it is time for end of school, graduations and the kick off of Summer. I love this time of year as I am all about sunshine and outdoor reading. Have you selected your books for summer reading? If not, I have some excellent picks for you from next week's new releases. Let's see what will be hot on the shelves next week. (Click on covers for details). 

Forecast May 20th-26th

 

A few beach books up there just in time for the upcoming beach season. What interests you this week?

Forecast for Portland, Oregon: 

Saturday: H. L.           Sunday: H. L. 

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It says quite a lot about Jeremy Johnson Johnson that the strangest thing about him isn't even the fact his mother and father both had the same last name. Jeremy once admitted he's able to hear voices, and the townspeople of Never Better have treated him like an outsider since. After his mother left, his father became a recluse, and it's been up to Jeremy to support the family. But it hasn't been up to Jeremy alone. The truth is, Jeremy can hear voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous writing duo, The Brothers Grimm. 

Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next. But when the provocative local girl Ginger Boultinghouse takes an interest in Jeremy (and his unique abilities), a grim chain of events is put into motion. And as anyone familiar with the Grimm Brothers know, not all fairy tales have happy endings.... Young adult veteran Tom McNeal (one half of the writing duo known as Laura & Tom McNeal) has crafted a novel at once warmhearted, compulsively listenable, and altogether thrilling - and McNeal fans of their tautly told stories will not be disappointed.
Listening Length: 10 hours and 58 minutes 
Audible Audio, Audible Audio Edition - Unabridged
Published June 11th 2013 by Listening Library 
Source: Publisher


Three and a half stars: A masterfully woven modern day fairy tale with a touch of macabre. 

Jeremy Johnson Johnson has a great burden on his shoulders. His mother left years ago, and since then his father has been a recluse. Jeremy is about to lose his home because the bank is foreclosing on the bookstore where Jeremy lives with his dad. Worse, Jeremy feels like an outsider in the town because he has a secret. Jeremy hears voices, one voice in particular, the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one of the Grimm brothers. Jacob wandered the world for years looking for his brother Wilhelm. Jacob came to Jeremy’s home town, Never Better, when he was advised by another ghost that there was a boy who lived here who could hear him. This boy would also need protecting from someone who means harm. Who would want to harm Jeremy and why?

What I Liked:

  • Far Far Away is a unique book. It is a book that reads like an old fashioned fairy tale from old. It takes it time laying out story lines, weaving them into place and then a big gotcha moment near the end will change everything. Pay attention, people are not what they seem, and watch for the bread crumb clues that will piece it all together. 
  • I liked the writing. The story takes its sweet time. It is slow going early on, not much happens, but don’t be fooled, the story is being laid out. Small details that seem inconsequential will later play an important part in the story. It was brilliant seeing how it all came together. 
  • The story is told from the view point of a ghost. Not just any ghost, the ghost is Jacob Grimm, one of the famous Grimm brothers who collected the fairy tales of old. I was fascinated by Jacob’s view point, it gave the story an old world feel. 
  • I liked that I was never able to surmise who was up to no good, who the evil villain was and who the good guys were. I had certain characters pegged dead wrong. There are many chameleons in this one. I liked that I was always guessing.
  • The ending is bittersweet and satisfying. All the story lines are done up, and all is well. 
  • What made this read for me was the narration. I listened to the audiobook narrated by W. Morgan Sheppard. I loved Mr. Sheppard’s narration. He did a phenomenal job with the voices and the accents. His narration made the story far more interesting, and in all honesty, I don’t think I would have liked this as much if I had read it versus listening. 

And The Not So Much:

  • This book has a plodding pace. If you are not a patient reader, this book will not be for you. The first portion of the book moves at a pedantic pace, and it may seem like nothing of importance is happening, but in fact, there is a great deal going on. The author lays out a careful bread crumb trail with all these little snippets of information that seem unimportant, but they all come into play later in the book. Even the smallest things matter. If you take your time and pay attention it is worth the wait. 
  • What was the deal with the deputy?
  • I was left wondering about the ghost. What was his purpose all along? Was it to help Jeremy? I wish the story wasn’t so open ended.

Far Far Away is a thought provoking read that will enchant readers who love the old fairy tales. This is a book that takes its time laying out story lines that weave together brilliantly to form a masterful tale. This one requires some patience, but if you are willing to invest the time, you will like the pay out. I had fun with this modern fairy tale.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own, and Is as not compensated for this review. 

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Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision. With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever. 
Audible Audio
Published February 8th 2018 by Orion Publishing Group Ltd 
Source: Library

 


Four and a half stars: A world of beauty that hides the ugliness under the layers. Lavish world building, fascinating characters and dark secrets. A page turner!

In Orléans, beauty and opulence go hand in hand. Beauty is indeed skin deep as all the people are born gray and ugly. The only way they can look beautiful is to be transformed by the Belles. The Belles are a group of girls born with the magic of arcana in their blood, allowing them to work miracles. A Belle can completely transform a person’s appearance with her magic, but unfortunately, the changes aren’t permanent. Within a month or so, the changes fade, and the person returns to gray, unless they seek out another treatment. Beauty is revered above all, and the Belles are coveted. The Queen seeks out a Belle from every generation to be the favorite. Once Camellia receives the coveted crown, she begins to learn the dark secrets underneath the beauty. Camellia is forced to make a tough choice, will she risk her own life to save someone who can possibly rescue the kingdom?

What I Liked:

  • Whoa! This was one heck of a read. I am not sure how I missed this, but so glad I took a chance after reading some reviews. This is riveting. I loved the lavish world building, the outstanding writing, the concepts, the magic, the villains and the dark secrets beneath the facade. A page turner for sure! Don’t miss this one.
  • The world building was outstanding. I was immediately drawn into this lush, opulent world where beauty equates to wealth. The author does a tremendous job with her world building. I loved the details, and the way she captured the senses with her rich descriptions. Excellent!
  • The whole concept of the Belles was fascinating. The Belles are born with arcana, magic in their blood, that allows them to transform people. The gift comes at a price, and a Belle has to always be careful not to overextend the arcana. As the story progresses, there are some dark secrets revealed about the Belles regarding their origins, their fates and their futures. Loved it. 
  • The villain is outstanding. She sneaks up on you. Cruel, cunning and vicious to the core. Talk about manipulative. She gets what she wants at all costs. As her evil seeped out through every chapter, I shuddered, until it was to the point where I was nervous whenever she was on scene. A villain you love to hate!
  • The plot thickens and the mystery grows with each and every page. There is so much more to this than beauty hiding the ugly. I loved uncovering the treachery, and the twists were outstanding. Lots of surprises in this one. It was hard to put down. 
  • I loved that there was not a romance in this one. So refreshing!
  • The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger, but it wasn’t terrible. I was so caught up in the story, and then I was relieved when it ended in a good spot. I can’t wait for more. 
  • I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Rosie Jones. This was my first audiobook with Ms. Jones, and it won’t be my last. She was phenomenal. I loved her voices. Her characterization was spot on! 

And The Not So Much:

  • I was bothered by the fact that no one did anything to stop the villain. Why?
  • Edel was one of my favorite characters because she never followed the rules. I wish that she had a larger part, hopefully next time out. 
  • A few things were completely obvious to me, such as what was wrong with Princess Charlotte, and I am certain about the Queen’s illness even though it wasn’t revealed. Why didn’t any of the characters clue in? What was up with the King? 
  • I was bothered that it wasn’t explained how the common folk acquired beauty tokens. Were they part of wages or were they something bought? I also didn’t understand how those who couldn’t afford treatments lived?

The Belles was a fantastic read. I loved the exceptional world building. The creative story. The writing, the characters, the magic and the ugliness beneath the beauty. Plus this one features an unforgettable villain. If you want a book that will suck you in, look no further. This was a book I couldn’t put down. I can’t wait for book two!

I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review. 

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Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post here on Rainy Day Ramblings where I discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog. If you are participating, feel free to leave the link to your post in the comments. 

 

Here is our hot topic of the week:

Are most of your review books for publishers or are you reviewing books of your choice?

When I first started blogging, it was all about blogging to get advanced review copies. I thought it was such a privilege to be able to read all these new and shiny books before they even hit the book shelves. Fast forward seven years. While it can still be exciting to read books before everyone else, it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. 

Blogging is hard. Don’t think for one minute that it is easy to churn out reviews every week, answer comments and emails and read all the books. It takes time and commitment, and you are doing it for free. Oh yes, there might be some free books in exchange for the reviews, but let me tell you a secret... you can get all the free books you want at your library! So don’t make the mistake of getting sucked into reading tons and tons of books for other people. 

Reading books to please publishers and authors will make you a sad, unhappy blogger. I found the pressure to try and keep up with the books I requested, as well as trying to write positive reviews got to be too much. My enthusiasm for reading and reviewing was waning so I knew I needed to make some changes. 

I started by accepting less and less reviews copies. At first it was hard to not go on Netgalley or Edelweiss and request books, but once I broke the habit, it got easier. I started checking out more and more audiobooks and ebooks out online from my library, which saved blogging for me. 

Now days, I am reading more and more of the books that I want to read without deadlines or expectations. I am slowly going back through and getting through many of the ARCS that are piled up, and once that is done, I will be free. 

Blogging for myself is what is keeping me blogging. I don’t accept review requests anymore, and I have cut way way back on the books I request. Most of the time, I am reading books from the library that I want to read. That way, if a book isn’t working for me, not worries, I set it aside and don’t look back. I am so much happier. 

So if you are not loving reading and blogging because you are constantly reading and reviewing books for other people, perhaps it is time to make some changes. Get back to reading and reviewing what you love, and you will find that you are far happier. 


Next week’s TMST:

Are you more inclined/ less inclined to read books that are compared to other popular books or authors?

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Set in the near future, this action-packed YA novel—already optioned by Sony—will take readers out of their world and on a quest to become one of six teens sent on a mission to Jupiter’s moon. When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training, global scrutiny, and cutthroat opponents are only a few of the hurdles the contestants must endure in this competition. For Leo, the prospect of traveling to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—to help resettle humankind is just the sense of purpose he’s been yearning for since losing his entire family in the flooding of Rome. Naomi, after learning of a similar space mission that mysteriously failed, suspects the ISTC isn’t being up front with them about what’s at risk. As the race to the final six advances, the tests get more challenging—even deadly. With pressure mounting, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo, and the two grow closer with each mind-boggling experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives.
Audiobook
Published March 6th 2018 by HarperTeen
Source: Publisher

 

Three and a half stars: A thrilling, dystopian book featuring teenagers competing to colonize Jupiter’s moon. 

Another devastating storm has decimated another major city. Earth and all of its inhabitants are in extreme danger due to catastrophic climate changes. The only hope now rests on the shoulders of an elite group of twenty four teenagers, picked from the entire world’s population for their gifts. They will compete for six coveted spots to head into space. The destination is Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, where they hope to set up a colony and save humanity. Competition is stiff, as many have no future on Earth, and no families to return home to. Not everyone, though, is a willing participant. Naomi wants nothing more than to stay with her family and protect her brother, but her brilliant mind is needed on the mission. Who will stay and who will go?

What I Liked:

  • The Final Six is an exciting dystopian novel that features teenagers competing for a chance to colonize one of Jupiter’s moons in the hopes of saving humanity. I liked the thrilling story, the danger, the suspense and the science. It was an exciting and entertaining read. 
  • The competition was fierce, but I was pleased that, for the most part, the teens worked together and formed alliances. There was only one instance of a mean kid. I enjoyed seeing the relationships form, and how they looked out for one another. 
  • I liked that the story had a sense of urgency due to the cataclysmic conditions on Earth. Global weather changes brings huge storms with flooding and devastation. It was scary stuff. 
  • For all of you who want a romance, there is a little romance in this one. I liked that it started out as an attraction, moved into a strong friendship built on trust and respect before blossoming into a relationship. It was sweet and lovely. Just right for this type of story. 
  • I enjoyed the suspense. Things are not what they seem, and Naomi is constantly digging for the truth. Not all is revealed, so there are plenty of things to follow up on in the next book, such as what really lies on Europa. Why the urgency? What were the big scientists hiding and so forth. 
  • I listened to the audiobook version narrated by the author, Alexandra Monir and James Fouhey. It isn’t often you get an author narrating their own book, and Ms. Monir does an excellent job. I was impressed with the audiobook version. 

And The Not So Much:

  • The book ends with a big, fat cliffhanger, leaving everything hanging. I hate cliffhangers. 
  • I found the world building a little lacking. I wished that more of Earth’s current conditions were explained. There were all these devastating storms, but I didn’t have a sense of what was remaining. How high was the water rising? Where were the main populations? How were the crops and animals faring? 
  • Europa is a big mystery. I wanted more information on this moon. Why had they decided to colonize there? What were the conditions like? There were so many questions surrounding Europa.
  • Ugh... the whole mean kid trope rears its ugly head in this one. I didn’t like the cutthroat competition. It didn’t make sense to only take six. Each participant had a specialty, but what if one of them died? Then what? 
  • I thought some of the stunts Naomi pulled were a little far fetched. She couldn’t have gotten away with her exploits in that controlled environment. 

 The Final Six was an engaging, entertaining, thrilling and suspenseful read. I enjoyed the story, the characters and the race for space. This was an exciting book that I couldn’t put down. There were a few minor flaws, but not enough to deter my overall enjoyment of this book. I will be eagerly awaiting the next book. 

 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review. 

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Rainy Day Ramblings by Rainydayramblings - 1w ago

The Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share all the news and highlights on your blog for the past and upcoming weeks. Head over to Kimberly's for details and to link up!

Happy Weekend. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers out there. Pick up and the phone and call your mom, or if you can go visit her. I sure wish I could talk to my mom today. I am going to remember all the good times with my mom, and treasure this day with my family. Thanks moms out there for all you do. 

Hope you had a good week. Things continue to be busy around here as we are fast nearing the end of the school year. This last month is packed with activities, one more field trip to go. 

The weather is warming and it is finally starting to feel like Spring with a hint of Summer. I am ready for lots of sunshine and backyard days. 

I am still struggling with the blog. I have spurts where I get a lot done, and then things get busy, and I have days where I don’t get any blogging done. I haven’t hardly read a book, but  I did listen to a couple of audiobooks this week. I loved Dread Nation, unfortunately, it ended with a cliffhanger at the climax. Sigh... the frustration of YA. Still a great read. I am looking forward to more. 

In case you missed it: this past week, my Tell Me Something Tuesday: Do you really read excerpts when featured on blogs?  was of interest. Almost everyone who commented on the post admitted that they pretty much never read excerpts featured on blogs, so if you are posting excerpts, you might want to rethink your posts. Most people aren't interested, and few people read them.

Here is what happened on the blog last week:

Monday: Audiobook Review: The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

Tuesday: Tell Me Something Tuesday:Do you really read excerpts when featured on blogs?

   

Wednesday: Audiobook Review: Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

 

Thursday: Audiobook Review: Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

 Friday: Friday Forecast

 

Received for review:

Next week on the blog:

Monday: Audiobook Review: The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

Tuesday: Tell Me Something Tuesday:  Are most of your review books for publishers or are you reviewing books of your choice?

 

Wednesday: Audiobook Review: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Thursday: Audiobook Review: Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

Friday: Friday Forecast

 

That’s the report from Oregon. Hugs to the moms out there. 

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Rainy Day Ramblings by Rainydayramblings - 1w ago

Happy weekend! It's Mother's Day weekend, did you plan something special for your mom? I hope so. I sure wish I could give mine a hug. If your mom loves books, I have all the highlights from next week's new releases. Maybe you can find something for your mom. Here is what is coming next week. Let me know what books you like and what your weather has in store for you. (Click on covers for details). 

Forecast May 13th-19th

 

Anything for you this week?

Weather for Portland, Oregon:

Saturday: H 78 L 52 Sunny          Sunday: H 85  L 55 Sunny

Bright, warm sunshine ahead. It will feel like summer!

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