How do you rate a book? Are you someone who if they enjoyed a book they give it five stars and then work the ones they liked less by so many stars? Or do you base it on a scale of your choice because it had this or that in it? Do you give out 5 stars all the time? Or save it for those extra special books that you fall in love with?
As you can see from the above image from Goodreads, I’m rather picky about giving out 5 stars and have to be blown away by the storyline and the characters. If I give a book a half star rating then I round it up instead of down which is probably why I have so many 4 star ratings.
I can’t help but wonder how others rate books so feel free to leave comments :D
First things first, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I hope you had a great year and read lots and lots of good books!
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I’ve decided that for this year it’s going to be to be a better blogger.
I’ve been rather bad in updating this blog over the past couple of months with my new job and Christmas getting all my attention.
I have to admit though that I haven’t really been writing much. I have two stories on the go: a sort of paranormal/police case/romance story that will likely not go anywhere but I’m enjoying writing it nonetheless, and a Bounty Hunter romance–inspired by my reading of book 1 in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series–that may also not end up going anywhere but we’ll see.
I’m hoping to get the blog up to date soon and to keep it updated. I’ll also try and do some more author spotlight posts, where I focus on not-so-well-known authors whose stories I’ve enjoyed.
So after six trips to New York over the past eight years, I think my love affair with the city is over. I think everything has been done by us that could have, apart from an actual boat ride to the Statue of Liberty but we did get on a boat and go around the island so I think that’s close enough.
This year there were a lot of road works and things happening and it made everything seem so crowded and I didn’t like it. But me and my mum did two things we hadn’t done before; we went to the Central Park Zoo and we went to The Highline.
I’ve added a few pictures I took while there:
One of Lord & Taylor’s Christmas Window displays
Warlords.com Advertisement in Times Square
A view of a painted building from the Highline Park
A snow leopard in Central Park Zoo
I also didn’t get much reading or writing done although while waiting in Manchester Airport, I got a brainwave for how to overcome the bit I was stuck on in my new writing project–the P.I. Romance–and I’ll be writing it in soon and seeing if I can finish the current chapter.
As for the reading, I only managed one and a half books–the Morganville series–and I have to admit I’m not really in any hurry to finish it as it will be hard to leave Claire, Shane, Eve, Michael and the rest of the gang for good…but I must.
So I think I’ll be taking 5 books away with me because although we might spend a good 8 hours walking around throughout the day, we also spend quite a few hours between trips out in the hotel room.
I’m hoping to finish off Rachel Caine’s Morganville series meaning Fall of Night and Daylighters (books 14 and 15). I’m also going to take book 3 in Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series, The Forever Song. And then the last two will be Gena Showalter’s Alice in Zombieland and Alice through the Zombie Glass.
Hopefully I’ll get at least three and a half books read in the 6/7 days I’ll be abroad :D
I know that as of late I’ve turned into a terrible blogger, not writing anything for months but I can’t say much is happening on the writing front. I keep adding bits to my “on-the-go” stories but i’m not getting too far with them. I’m off on holiday soon and will be taking my trusty pad and pen with me to see if I can get inspiration for my current story–a contemporary romance–while I’m there.
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In other news I’ve been quite busy in the reading department. I’m desperately trying not to buy too many ebooks as I already have about 300 on my kindle but I can’t quite say the same for paperbacks.
These are some of the paperbacks I’ve bought from local charity shops for either 25p or 50p each. Bargain! The ones on the top row are from today. I’m in book heaven :D
So the latest proof copy of Charlotte & Sebastian arrived about a half hour ago in the post. It looks so much better colour wise now that I’ve done in it two separate pieces instead of one big one.
There are still some issues though.
The cover is still a little pixelated, the writing on the back is too close to the spine, the floral swirl on the back isn’t all the right colour and, though I can’t do anything about this, the title and author name are not on the spine. Scratch that last one since I cant change that.
I must admit though, that I’m really pleased with it. What do you guys think?
So I’ve just published Charlotte & Sebastian to Smashwords and enrolled it in the site-wide promotion–which means it’s FREE!–so it is now available to read in various formats and hopefully it going through the “meat-grinder” process hasn’t made it unreadable. Unfortunately, it hasn’t automatically been added to the Premium Catalogue, and been made available to other sites–B&N, iTunes–but I’ll be working to make it so when I get in from work later. Happy reading! :D
I’ve enrolled my books in the current Smashwords promotion running this month only. That means you can get Cat’s Wolf, Wolf Claimed and The Sapphire Diadem for free with the code SW100 at the checkout.
I had this idea to do some merchandise in relation to my books: bookmarks, postcards, badges etc and have just been scouring the net trying to find some reasonably priced ones. I found this site that looked promising. Less than $10 for 50 bookmarks. Uploaded my design and everything and still cheap and then I go to checkout and suddenly it’s charging me $90 delivery. Should have known it was too good to be true :P
So my question to my lovely readers/fellow bloggers and writers is: do you know a good value site for merch printing?
AND for those of you who don’t own a kindle, I’m publishing Charlotte& Sebastian to Smashwords on Friday or Saturday – the 18th or 19th of this month! :D