Saturday, February 28, 2015

My Book Haul 2/28/15

My Book Haul

In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.

For Review:

This was a surprise in my mailbox, as I'd already been sent an ARC. I guess the book gods decided that I needed a finished copy as well? Maybe I should play the lottery while my luck holds? Since it was unsolicited and I already have the book, will be having a giveaway for this one to spread the love.

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Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident. (Goodreads)

What did you receive this week?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Write On Review-a-Thon {13}

Write On Review-a-Thon {13}

The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. It’s 2 days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Friday, February 27th and Saturday, February 28th.

Review-a-Thon Details:

  • Reviews can be of the written variety or in video format.
  • This event is not limited to book reviews. If you write/vlog reviews for movies, super cool gadgets, or anything else, you are welcome to participate.
  • To participate, create a post on your blog with a list of reviews you need to complete. 
  • On February 27th, get working on those reviews!
  • There will be a wrap-up post linky on The Book Vixen on March 1st.

Reviews to write:

  • Captive by Aimee Carter
  • Uncle John's Weird, Weird World
  • Personal by Lee Child
  • Spider by Jennifer Estep
  • Art of Neil Gaiman

Reviews to format:

  • Anni Moon
  • Last Words
  • Worlds
  • Since You've Been Gone
  • Vanishing Girls
  • Love & Miss Communication

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Old Posts: To polish or not to polish?
The last time my computer crashed, it crashed hard. I lost everything, including all the pictures that I had uploaded to my reviews. Because I had saved the bookcover pictures I used in my reviews to my hard drive, when my PC crashed, all the pictures disappeared. Now I use photobucket to play it safe, but I'm left with lots of old reviews with no pictures.

One of my goals this year is to replace the missing pictures. I like seeing what the bookcovers look like when I'm reading reviews, so assume that others do as well.

Well, I didn't get very far. While I was charmed to see what my old reviews looked like (wish I could write short reviews like that again!), I hadn't included any information about the book. No title, Goodreads link, author's name, synopsis, etc. Just my review, all alone in all its glory.

So I added the missing information to one review, then stopped because I wasn't sure if I should continue. Was I destroying my old reviews by bringing them up to my current standards? If I changed them, then I'd lose the record of how I began. What to do?

I once heard a story about an old sailor who went into a tattoo parlor to have his tattoos retouched. The tattoo artist tried to talk him out of it, pointing out that if the faded tattoos were retouched, then they wouldn't be 40 year old tattoos any more. They may have been old and faded, but they were the originals and told a story. Not sure if the sailor took the artist's advice or not, but I've always liked that story.

So now I'm left with a dilemma about whether or not I should update my old reviews.

On the one hand, I could preserve my old reviews and just add the bookcovers. I'm 99% sure that I had bookcovers on all of my reviews, so I'd just be replacing something without any new additions. That way I'd have a record of my old reviews and can always look back to see how they've evolved.

On the other hand, I could update the reviews to include all the missing information and bring them up to par, so to speak. I've read more than one post recommending that we polish our old reviews to breathe new life into them and expose them to new audiences.

I'm leaning towards just adding the bookcover and not messing with the original review. But then the anal part of me speaks up and wants to update everything!

So please help me out? Do you update your old reviews? Am I making a mountain out of a molehill and shouldn't even worry about the missing pictures? Does anyone care if there's a link to Goodreads? Do you want a synopsis? I put the title and author's name in the post title, so is that enough? I need advice, as the voices in my head keep arguing! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Obsession In Death book review - another great Dallas/Roarke story!

Book Review: Obsession In Death by JD Robb (Alexia's Books and Such) Title: Obsession In Death
Author:  JD Robb
Release Date:  February 10, 2015
Publisher:  Putnam
Source:  personal library
Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She - and her billionaire husband - are getting accustomed to being objects of attention, of gossip, of speculation.

But now Eve has become the object of one person’s obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her - again and again…

With a murderer reading meanings into her every move, handling this case will be a delicate - and dangerous - psychological dance. And Eve knows that underneath the worship and admiration, a terrible threat lies in wait. Because the beautiful lieutenant is not at all grateful for these bloody offerings from her “true and loyal friend.” And in time, idols always fall… (Goodreads)

My Review:

Obsession In Death is the is the 40th book in JD Robb's In Death series. The fortieth! I don't think I've ever stuck around a series for even half that long because I tend to get bored, but this series just keeps getting better and better!

One of the things that I love about these books is how the characters change over time. For instance, Eve started out a loner who was happy to be alone and didn't want anything to do with other people. She lived for her job and that was it. Over time, she met, fell in love with, and married the perfect man. She also collected quite a few friends, which still bewilders her most days.

In this story, Eve realizes just how many people have entered her life and may now be in danger because of their connection to her.

The killer is obsessed, and being the center of attention is hard on Eve. She wants the focus to be on the victims and on bringing their killer to justice, not on her. I really love how focused Eve is on the job and how she doesn't let anything get in her way!

Another nice thing about this series is that you can read the books as stand alones and don't need to read them in order. While knowing the history adds an extra dimension to the stories, it's not required because the author does a nice job explaining everything you need to know. Would be a little too intimidating to have to go back and read all 40 books!

Another well-paced plot with an interesting storyline. JD Robb (aka Nora Roberts) is an incredibly talented writer and I really love the universe she's created! I don't usually like police dramas or mysteries, but she's really sucked me in with Dallas and Roarke! Already looking forward to the next one!

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