What did I miss? {6/10 – 6/17}

Jun
17

6 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Memes, What did I miss?

What did I miss? is a new feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews. I thought it was about time I feature weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

[review] Every Day by David Levithan — You probably already love Mr. Levithan. Well, this will only make you love him more.

Let’s talk ARCs — My thoughts on ARCs and their popularity.

[review] Grace by R Rodriguez — My first one-star review. (I think.)

Top 10 Beach Reads — My personal top 10 fun, guilty pleasure beach reads.

Whip it Up Mondays — How to make your own popcorn at home without all those icky preservatives and fake butter.

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This was a bit of a spontaneous reading week for me. I never intended to read Grace or Every Day, but they showed up in my inbox and I just couldn’t resist. I never packed all of my TBR books to take with me to my internship, so right now e-books are actually the most convenient and easily accessible.

As some have noticed, I took down my Follow Friday meme post. I’ve decided to take an indefinite break from Follow Friday and TGIF (or any other weekend memes that may appear). To be honest, while they increased traffic to the site, they never really left me with very many new followers, if any. Most times it’s just been people coming by, leaving spam-like comments that they leave on every other person’s FF/TGIF post, without a care in the world about what I do. I realized that, while the memes were supposed to be leaving me happy about connecting with the community, they were actually upsetting me; they became “filler” posts. But like I said last week, I’m trying to make The Grammarian’s Reviews more content focused. And to do this, I think it’s best to stay clear of these for a while.

Feeling pressured from book hype? — Kelly addresses the pros and cons of book hypes, and how your expectations can either be met or left hanging.

Cialina reviewed Flirting in Italian — I’d been very much looking forward to reading this one. It sounded perfect for summer. But then I found out it was a total dud. Bummer.

BEA Recap — Mandi over at Never Too Fond of Books recaps her week at BEA. But what separates her recap from the rest is the priceless doormat picture.

Book Trailers, yea or nay? — Anne at Creativity’s Corner discusses the inner workings of book trailers and how they are used to attract readers.

Can you judge the quality of your own work? — Jennifer Hubbard, an author I immediately fell in love with, briefly questions the act of judging your own writing.



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What did I miss? {6/3 – 6/10}

Jun
10

10 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Memes, What did I miss?

What did I miss? is a new feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews. I thought it was about time I feature weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

Grammar: a love/hate relationship — My thoughts on being a grammar lover, and grammar nazis.

[review] White Cat by Holly Black — The first book in the Curse Workers series. Highly recommended!

My “real life” experience with reading and books — Part of Armchair BEA week, in which I discuss how my family came together through their love for reading and Harry Potter.

The Best of 2012 — Part of Armchair BEA week, in which I single out my favorite book of 2012, and list some upcoming hopefuls.

An Introduction — My kickoff post for Armchair BEA week, in which I interview myself.

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In other news, I acquired Red Glove AND Black Heart by Holly Black – the next two books in the Curse Workers series! I’m soooo excited to begin reading Red Glove, especially because I’ll be reading along with Amanda. Book buddies ftw!

I also participated in Armchair BEA this week (for a second year), and while it was fun at first, the fun quickly tapered off halfway through, which was a bit of a bummer. I really enjoyed it last year. This year just didn’t click with me. Too much focus on Beyond the Blog stuff left me unable to participate, which ultimately just sucked all the fun out of it. However, I ended up meeting some pretty cool people that I now enjoy talking to on Twitter. So yay!

I’ve also gotten better at scheduling posts! Just about all of this week’s posts I’d scheduled in advance! It made me feel so… productive. So I’m definitely trying to get posts finished ahead of time. It’s a time saver and means I don’t have to scramble around after working all day, trying to put something together. I’d rather take my time with my posts and provide better content. I think it’s been going well. I’ve been getting a lot more feedback on posts and seen a tiny increase in traffic to the site. Whether there’s a correlation between these things or not, I don’t know for sure, but I’m going to take it that way.

Got a Kindle, or thinking of getting one? — Amanda talks about the pros and cons she’s discovered over the course of a year with her own Kindle.

Cialina reviewed Red Glove just after I happened to finish White Cat — Her review made me super pumped and hopeful to continue the series!

Online book clubs — Amanda at LIO, while talking about how she goes Beyond the Blog, mentioned her online book club. I had no idea such things actually existed. Sure, I’d heard of them before, but for older people. But what really caught my attention was that Amanda’s club employs Skype for communication. How frickin’ awesome is that? Reading and talking about books? Online? I’d love to organize something like that, if it were possible and garnered enough interest/availability.

Sarah posted some beautiful shots of NYC — With this past week being BEA week, I was hardcore longing to be in the city; these pictures helped to make me feel like I was there, if only for a few seconds.



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Independent Book Blogger Awards

Apr
10

1 COMMENT • This post is filed under: Uncategorized

 

 

 

 

 

Goodreads and the Association of American Publishers is having a contest for non sponsored blogs to win all-expenses-paid trips to BEA this year!

Do you know what this means for me? A heart attack from excitement, that’s what! I never got to go to BEA last year, which was the first year I’d ever heard about it (thank you, blogosphere!). And, as it stands, I won’t be able to make it this year, either. Finances really are a pain in my butt.

But I’d LOVE to go. Capital L-O-V-E. It’s not just about the swag or books. It’s my future. If I’m going to make it in the publishing world, I want to know what it’s like. I want to speak with authors and their crews. Really, I think of my going to BEA as one big field trip, or compressed internship. Attending the conference would benefit me in so many ways.

…Can you tell I’m a student? Hah!

But really, I would appreciate any and all support in this contest. I won’t tell you to vote for me . But I will say that if you’d like to help and think TGR and myself are deserving of this trip, then you can click the vote button to the right of this post, in my sidebar.

Thank you!



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