So I pretty much spent my week preparing for Hurricane Matthew (which thankfully didn’t end up hitting us here) and then being exhausted from all the preparation, so I really don’t have much to talk about. It’s funny though how, as a kid, I never wanted anything serious to happen but always wanted the hurricanes to come close enough that school would be canceled (we don’t have snow days here, we just have hurricane days), but, as an adult, I don’t give a crap if some kids have to go to school, I just don’t want to deal with hurricanes period. Back then, I just got to sit around while the adults worried, whereas now I’m the one who has to do the preparing and shopping and news watching and planning and dealing with any aftermath.
I probably shouldn’t be complaining at all right now though since so many people really were horribly affected. It’s nearly impossible not to take some things for granted, but it’s times like these that make me remind myself to be extra thankful that I have clean water, electricity, my own bed to sleep in, etc. Sometimes there’s nothing we can do to help, but I think just taking some moments to be appreciative and take notice of the little things we have but often overlook is a good way to show respect. So when you get in the shower tonight, when you turn on the AC, when you read a book using a kindle or even a lamp, when you take a cold drink out of the fridge or heat up your food in the microwave, just take a moment to be thankful 🙂
One of the authors of Vespers (which I reviewed this week) posted this on her FB, and it just cracked me up:
Also, I’ve heard there are some people freaking out about Amazon’s new policy update which states products are no longer allowed to provided in exchange for reviews, so I just want to make sure every sees this line in the policy: “Book authors and publishers may continue to provide free or discounted copies of their books to readers, as long as the author or publisher does not require a review in exchange or attempt to influence the review.”
The only thing I’m not sure of is how we’re supposed to word our disclosures now? I’ve always used something along the lines of, “I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.” But that kind of makes it sound like the review is required. What’s the solution to this? Maybe something like, “I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher and have voluntarily chosen to give it an honest review.” Or maybe, “I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher. My review is voluntary and has not been influenced by this.” Which one sounds less weird, disclosure 1 or disclosure 2? Do I even need that voluntary part, or would that be implied if I left it out? This is so stupid because it still means the same exact thing, and everybody knows it -_-
Update: How about a third option, like, “I was given an ecopy of this book by the publisher. This has in no way influenced my review.” Or are we not supposed to put disclosure at all? But I feel like that’s still a required thing, so I’m really confused.
And should we be concerned about previous reviews? My guess is no, since I still have old reviews that have links to my blog in them even though links are no longer allowed.
Books I Received for Review:
Oops, I mean, “Books I Received for Free and Am Going to Write Voluntary and Influence-Free Reviews For”! Lol. But how did I receive so many books again?! Not to mention one is roughly 500 pages, and another is over 700. But believe it or not, I still have less than 30 unread review copies. And to be fair, the Nightmare one was only a preview, and I already reviewed it, and I haven’t actually decided if I’m going to read Transcendence. And the last three are in a series. As for the rest… The author of Life as a Teenage Vampire is also the author of one of my favorite series (The Incubus Saga), so I’m excited to see how she’ll portray my favorite paranormal creature! And the other two I got from NetGalley because they just sound good 🙂
Books I Finished:
I spontaneously decided I wanted to read a graphic novel on Sunday night, so I borrowed Day Men Vol. 1 from Hoopla. There wasn’t anything wrong with it, but I just never felt invested. Zoraida Grey was good though, mysterious and fun. And The Immortal Coil was great! Fairly action-packed but also with good characters. I will have reviews for all three soon.
Song of the Week:
“A Philosophical Question…” by Aesthesys – It turns out I’ve been kinda diggin’ chill instrumental music lately. This one kind of reminds me of… whales. Maybe even whales floating in space? I swear I have never done drugs in my life, despite how that sounds, haha. It’s something about that sound that starts around 1:35. It’s very trippy and echo-y. And space whales are totally a thing.
In Case You Missed It:
– I shared book covers featuring skulls.
– I reviewed A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky, an urban fantasy with quirky, absurd humor.
– I reviewed Vespers by Irene Preston & Liv Rancourt, a M/M paranormal w/ hilarious characters and a unique combo of vampires and religion.
– I posted mini reviews for 3 graphic novels: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Morning Glories Vol. 1, and iZombie Vol. 1.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer 🙂