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Upcoming & Immediate Changes (including Review Disclosure Policy)

If you’ve followed my blog since the start 3 years ago, then you know that I took almost 2 years off before starting back up again this past June/July. I’ve been very fortunate that many of you have subscribed and followed me since then! But the focus of my blog has shifted significantly since it began.

When I began blogging, I posted mostly about myself and about my writing pursuits. Since starting back up this past summer, I’ve been focusing on book reviews and related bookish topics. I’ve been overwhelmed with the response to the change in focus, and I’m very happy about that, but it does mean I’m going to need to make a few changes.

So I’m giving everyone fair warning… Over the next month or so, I’ll be making a lot of changes to my site. Some are necessary changes, and some are just fun things I want to do.

But one immediate change needs to be made… Due to the high volume of e-mails I receive daily for review requests, my Review Disclosure Policy must be updated, effective immediately! I’ve listed the immediate changes below:

Current:

  • I accept both e- and print books. Please note that I do prefer to receive actual print books, as I’m kinda old-fashioned in my note taking and it’s easier for me to reference my notes while writing my reviews. (Also, they smell better than my Kindle.) If you’re sending an e-version, please send in .mobi.

Updated:

  • I accept both e- and print books. Please note that I do prefer to receive actual print books, as I’m kinda old-fashioned in my note taking and it’s easier for me to reference my notes while writing my reviews. Therefore, when on the fence about reviewing a book, preference may be given to those willing to offer a print book. (Also, they smell better than my Kindle.) If you’re sending an e-version, please send in .mobi.

Current: 

  • I will respond to all requests (except in the scenario later in this list). While I try to respond within 24 hours, this is not always possible. Please be patient.

Updated:

  • While I do try, I cannot guarantee a response to all requests. If you have not heard back from me in two weeks, please feel free to resubmit your request. When resubmitting, please let me know that you are doing so.

Current:

Updated:

  • I am on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and LibraryThing. I will post reviews to Amazon as well, although I cannot guarantee those reviews will not be removed. I have had problems with Amazon approving and then later removing my reviews in the past. I cannot be responsible for removal by Amazon. I apologize in advance should this happen. (I do try to stay up to date and in compliance with all of Amazon’s review policies.)

Current:

  • I do accept books for review consideration from publicists, agents, authors, etc. Yes, this includes self-published authors. It does not mean that I will agree to receive every one that is suggested. Please, do not take it personally and do not get nasty. While I may not be open or able to review your current book, I may be dying to read and review the next (or even a previous one). However, negative responses to my declining to review will result in me not responding to future requests or emails from that author.

Updated:

  • I do accept books for review consideration from publicists, agents, authors, etc. Yes, this includes self-published authors. It does not mean that I will agree to receive every one that is suggested. I receive a large volume of review requests and therefore can only accept every request. Please, do not take it personally and do not get nasty. While I may not be open or able to review your current book, I may be dying to read and review the next (or even a previous one). However, negative responses to my declining to review will result in me not responding to future requests or emails from that author.

Addition to Current Policy:

  • Acceptance of a book for review does not guarantee that that book will be reviewed. While I do try to review every book I accept, not every book is a great fit for me and I will not review a book I did not finish reading. If a book is accepted and is later DNF’d, I will contact the person who requested the book be reviewed via e-mail to let them know.
  • When deciding whether to accept a book for possible review, preference will be given to books written by authors I have previously reviewed, books in the below categories, and books featuring positive representation of bi-racial characters. Please be sure to mention these in your review request. (It also helps if you actually follow/read my posts.)

 

Thank you all for understanding the necessity of these changes. I hate even having a review policy, but I found it to be a necessary evil very quickly! Also, I’m totally open to suggestions!!! I’m so thankful to the book blogger community for helping with so much over the last few months and would love some feedback!

As always, comment below or use the Contact Me form! I look forward to hearing from you!

The Lying King by Alex Beard – BOOK REVIEW

Title: The Lying King
Author: Alex Beard
Publication Date & Publisher: September 4th 2018 by Greenleaf Book Group Press
Genre(s): Children’s, Humor
Length:  54 pages
ISBN: 13:978-1-62634-528-7
My Rating: 5.0/5.0

Description (from Goodreads):

Can warthogs fly? Do tigers eat broccoli?

For answers, follow along as Warthog lies his way to the throne in this timeless, yet most timely, Tale from the Watering Hole.

Will the Truth catch up with the king?

​Find out as Alex Beard’s whimsical animals come to life to illuminate real world truths for children of all ages. With a nod to Aesop and Kipling, this funny and pointed parable has lessons for everyone, from the playground to the boardroom and beyond!

My review:

The Lying King is incredibly timely given the current political climate in the U.S.A. It reminds me of Dr. Seuss in that it has an obvious “hidden” statement. As Seuss wrote Yertle the Turtle King with Hitler in mind, I’m sure that author Alex Beard had the problem of lying as an acceptable practice in our current society in mind, when he wrote The Lying King.

I often wonder what the effect the current situation both here and around the world is going to have on our children. They are growing up in an environment where you cannot click on the television, read an article on the internet, or watch the news without seeing someone getting ahead, profiting both monetarily and politically, by spouting obvious lies. I love that Beard wrote a book like this that unequivocally tells our children that Lying is NOT okay! It is NOT acceptable! And it’s certainly NOT a way to become king!

As Beard says in The Lying King:

‘Cause that’s in the end how it always goes down…

The king who tells lies loses his crown.

The illustrations in The Lying King are fun and I enjoyed them just as much as the story! I’m sure I’ll be reading this one for many years to come…

I definitely recommend this book for anyone, not just children.

I received a free review copy of this book through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Program. This in no way influenced my review.

What do you think of The Lying King? Have a suggestion for my next read? Leave me a comment below!

Are you planning on purchasing The Lying King? Please consider using one of these affiliate links: Amazon, Book Depository

Blogoween (I told you I’d post my participation announcement before the 1st! 😜)

As I semi-announced in this past Wednesday’s WWW Wednesday post, I’ll be taking part in Blogoween (Bookblogger Style) this year!!

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Graphic made by the Amazing Anthony @KeepReadingForward

What is Blogoween???  I’m glad you asked…

You can find out more by visiting Clo @BookDragons, but it’s basically a time for us book bloggers to take October and spread some wonderful bookish Halloweeniness across the internet. (Yeah, I said Halloweeniness… Of course it’s a word – I just used it in a sentence, did I?!?)

While there are 3 different participation levels to chose from, I’ll be participating in Level 1. I REALLY want to do Level 3, but realistically that’s just a little much for me at the moment.

Level 1: 13 Days of Blogoween

  • Pick any 13 days to post
  • Don’t have to be consecutive
  • Don’t have to post on Halloween (but you can!)

Level 2: Pumpkins & Spice

  • Must post on the 24th Oct through to the 31st Oct (that’s 7 posts)
  • Must be consecutive posts
  • Must post on Halloween
  • Can’t change level

Level 3: Ghosted

  • Posting EVERY DAY (that’s 31 posts)
  • Can mix Autumn themes into your posts
  • If you find within the first few days it’s too much, can switch to Level 1

One of the best parts about participating in Blogoween is that you’re not alone! There are some wonderful hosts who’ll be giving prompts all along the way. So you don’t even have to worry about blogger’s block! Here are the hosts for each week:

1st Week ~

Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward: Mon 1st – Wed 3rd
Kaleena @ Reader Voracious:Thu 4th – Sun 7th

2nd Week ~

Camilla @ Reader In The Attic: Mon 8th – Wed 10th
Lauren @ Northern Plunder: Thu 11th – Sun 14th

3rd Week ~

Jamsu @ jamsudreams: Mon 15th – Wed 17th
Anna @ The Bursting Bookshelf: Thu 18th – Sun 21st

4th Week ~

Sam @ Fictionally Sam: Mon 22nd – Wed 24th
Soph @ Bookwyrming Thoughts: Thu 25th – Sun 28th

5th Week ~

Clo @ Book Dragons: Mon 29th – Wed 31st

Visit the hosts and/or sign-up to participate! It’s going to be a great time!

Are you participating in Blogween? Thinking about participating (or just have something to say)??? Comment below!

Happy Blogoween Everyone!!!

Get Weird: Discover the Surprising Secret to Making a Difference by CJ Casciotta – BOOK REVIEW

40947713Title: Get Weird: Discover the Surprising Secret to Making a Difference

Author: CJ Casciotta

Publication Date & Publisher: September 11, 2018, Faith Words

Genre(s): Christian Living/Practical Life/Personal Growth

Length: 217 pages

ISBN: 978-1-5460-3191-8

My Rating: 3.5/5.0

 

Description (from Goodreads):

Most of us grow up believing it’s more important to fit in than to stand out. But there’s something different about you…and it matters.

What if your weirdness was the key to changing everything? What if the outrageous, imaginative, crazy ideas that live inside your wildest dreams are actually there on purpose, divinely preinstalled to help others?

Knowing what makes you weird is the best thing you can offer your art, your business, your friends, your family, and yourself. It’s the essence of creativity, the stuff of movements, and the hope for humanity. It’s time to quit painting by numbers, conforming to patterns, and checking off boxes. It’s time to GET WEIRD.

My review:

I enjoyed reading Get Weird, and CJ Casciotta definitely knows how to inspire people to be their truest, weirdest selves!

While the book is a Christian Living title, it doesn’t read as such. Casciotta includes references to scripture and Christian beliefs, but also includes plenty of other references. To be honest, about halfway through the book I had to go back and double check that what I was reading was actually something I’d consider a “Christian Living” title. The flow of Casciotta’s writing and the way he weaves words just isn’t what you’d expect from a book like this… you aren’t going to find scripture on every page or a how-to explanation on how to increase your faith.

What you will find in this book is a lot of inspiration to be the weirdly wonderful you you were made to be! As a person that’s always had a hard time fitting in, this was a really great read for me. I definitely felt a little more comfortable with my “weirdness” after reading Get Weird. I recommend it to anyone else that struggles to accept their uniqueness in a world constantly encouraging them to embrace sameness.

Thank you to FaithWords for providing me with a free review copy of this book. This in no way influenced my review.

What do you think of my review of Get Weird? Have a suggestion for my next read? Leave me a comment below!

Are you planning on purchasing Get Weird: Discover the Surprising Secret to Making a Difference? Please consider using one of these affiliate links: Amazon, Book Depository

 

WWW Wednesday -September 26, 2018

img_1384-0Hello everyone! It’s time once again for WWW Wednesday ! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

Don’t know what WWW Wendesday is or how to participate??? All you need to do is answer the following three questions and link back to Taking on a World of Words, or you can put your answers in the comments on her blog! (You can also leave your link in my comments to be sure I don’t miss your post!)

The three WWW questions are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Here’s what I’m currently reading:

I just started reading Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Seek by Anthony O’Neill today… As you probably know by now (assuming you read my WWW Wednesday regularly), I never say what I think on a book until I’m pretty far in so nothing to report so far on this one!

I am really enjoying The House By the Cemetery by John Everson!!! I’ll probably be finishing it up today (assuming the migraine I’m trying to keep at bay allows it). This has been a great start to my list of books I want to post about for Blogoween.

(No, I haven’t “officially” signed up for Blogoween yet… Yes, I’m going to… At some point before October 1! Yeah, I know that’s in 4 days, stop pestering me…)

I recently finished:

I CANNOT WAIT to gush about these three books I recently finished reading!!!

Not the girls you’re looking for by Aminah Mae Safi… seriously, I NEEDED a book like this when I was younger!

Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar had me sobbing most of the time, but I know I’m going to be reading it over and over again and forcing anyone I can get to listen to me to read it!

A Home for the Redeemed by Sue Behnke was also a great read!

Stay tuned for the reviews for all these to be posted over the next week!

What I’ll be reading next:

 

What’s your WWW? Any thoughts on the books above?  Leave a comment or send me a message through the Contact Me page.

Want to support my laziness??? Feel free to leave a link to your own WWW Wednesday post in case I miss it over on Taking on a World of Words. (The link list is long over there guys, and I’ve got a lot of books to read…)