Around the Book Blogosphere #12 — Spoilers, Re-Read Challenge, and the Future of Book Blogging

Around the Book Blogosphere #12 — Spoilers, Re-Read Challenge, and the Future of Book Blogging

“Around the Book Blogosphere” is a feature to share posts from other book blogs or other book-related websites that I have enjoyed reading.  Book blogging is all about sharing the love, right?

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SWIFTOBER CONTINUES!


I am having so much fun following Novel Sounds‘ Swiftober posts. I know I shared her post last week, but dang, they’re really good.

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BOOK BOYFRIEND ELECTION: THE POLLS ARE OPEN!!

Check out My Book Muse’s Post for an EPIC Giveaway.  Cast your vote in the Google Doc HERE!

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DOES SKIMMING MEAN YOU DIDN’T READ

The ladies at Cristina’s Book Reviews write the best discussion posts.  This week they talk about skimming books.  Personally, there are times when reading I find myself skimming.  I’m still reading the content, I just may not be reading every word super carefully. I still know what is going on in the story. I usually skim when I’m bored.

What are your thoughts on skimming? Do you skim read?

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A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia GrayYou guys know how I love Belle of the Literati, right?  Well, she wrote a FANTASTIC review of one of my most anticipted YA reads, A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray.

I think you all need to check out her review.  She’s throwing around all of my favorite things like alternate dimensions, fate, and destiny.  HOLY CRAP! This book sounds so good!  It releases on November 4th!

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Pre-Order A Thousand Pieces of You
Add on Goodreads

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SECRET GIFTS

Have you ever left something behind in a library book for the next reader to see? Cristina’s Book Reviews wrote a quick post on this and I thought it was such a great idea.  I’ve seen instances where a publisher will do a “Traveling ARC” and each blogger will write something in the book.

I think this would be fun to do with a library book or even a book and pass it along to some of your book friends. It would be like a chain buddy read. 🙂

Check out Tricia’s Post!

What do you think? 

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A BOOK FOR FANS OF FRIENDS TO LOVERS TROPES!

Read an Excerpt & Review at A Love Affair With Books

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NEW K.A. LINDE SERIES!

Read about it HERE.

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IS BOOK BLOGGING DYING!

Nereyda from Mostly YA Book Obsessed wrote a very thoughtful post on The Future of Book BloggingShe made a lot of great points!

I’d like to know what you all think about the current state of the book blogging community and its longevity.

I can tell you that I will be blogging about books until it’s no longer becomes fun for me. I blog because I love books, plain and simple. I don’t make any money at it, though I wish I could because it would support my book buying habits.  😉

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UGLY LOVE BOOK TRAILER

If you can’t see the book trailer click here.

Mollie has done it again! She made a beautiful book trailer for Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (My Review)!!  I’ve waxed poetic before about how much I love Mollie from Tough Critic Book Reviews. She doesn’t post as much anymore, but I find her reviews to be refreshing and respectfully honest.  She also makes badass book trailers.  I’m not even a huge book trailer fan, I find some to be cheesy, but Mollie’s are so thoughtful and beautifully done.  My favorite one is still the one she did for The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay.

Subscribe to her channel on Youtube! Seriously!

THE ARGUMENT FOR AUTHOR-READER INTERACTIONS!

 I’m sure most of your saw the concerning and creepy article penned by author Kathleen Hale last weekend. The blogging world was (and still is) very much abuzz with her confessions of stalking a reviewer who 1-starred her book.  For some, this has put a chilling effect author/reader interactions.

Into the Hall of Books wrote a very thoughtful post on why relationships between authors and readers should continue.
Check it out

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KILLER QUEEN:  NICHOLAS TURNER INTERVIEW

It’s no secret that I love Painted Faces and Killer Queen by L.H. Cosway.  This week, Under the Covers Book Blog interviewed my favorite drag queen and sexy man, Nicholas Turner.  Here is a little snippet:

What first attracted you to Freda? And what made you fall in love with her?

I saw her in a picture and thought, my, my, aren’t those a glorious set of breasts. When I met her in person I was instantly smitten with her smart mouth. I don’t recall the exact moment at which I knew I loved her, aside from when my good friend Phil slapped me across the face and told me so. Perhaps I loved her from the very beginning and didn’t even realize it.

Read the full interview here

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PLAYING IT SAFE by Barbie Bohrman


Check out Vilma’s Book Blog for an Exclusive Excerpt from Barbie Bohrman’s newest release, Playing it Safe!! I read Bohrman’s Promise Me and really liked it!

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SPOILERS SUCK!!!!

 My Book Muse had a great post this week about spoilers.  She listed some books that have been ruined for her due to spoilers and now she won’t read them. I’m sad to see Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher on her list because that is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. I would have been major pissed to have that one spoiled.

Have you ever been spoiled?  Would you go back and read the book(s) that have been spoiled?

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THE RE-READ CHALLENGE!

Kelly from Belle of the Literati and Hannah from Soo Obsessed With are doing a fun re-read challenge.  I know you may think, “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That.” But give it a chance.  More Info on the Challenge is here.

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COVER REVEALS

* Click on the links to check out some of the cover reveals you may have missed! *

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Reviews I enjoyed reading!

BURYING WATER by K.A. Tucker — 5 stars
Reviewed by Three Little Birds Book Blog

“There’s something about Kathleen Tucker. Something about her writing, and I don’t know how to accurately describe it. There’s just something about the way it makes me feel. Her writing is elegant without pretense;  simple yet complex. In this novel, she uses all facets of her talent to create a story that is remarkable and original.”

ROWDY (Marked Men #5) by Jay Crownover — 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Reviews by Tammy and Kim

“…Ultimately this book is about finding your home whether it is a place, a person, or multiple people. I adore this group of misfits who have made a whole functional family together. All of these characters have a  special place in my heart.”

MORTAL GODS  (Goddess War #2) by Kendare Black — 4 stars
Reviewed by Head Stuck in A Book

“An exciting and refreshing take on the Greek Mythology, this is one series that has me captivated and thirsty for more!”

Battle by K.J. Bell — 4 hearts
Reviewed by A Love Affair With Books

“Battle is a low drama, high impact beautiful story about what a person will do for love. KJ Bell does it again with delivering book boyfriends that make our toes curl!”

LEAD ME NOT by A. Meredith Walters — 4 stars
Reviewed by Lost in Literature

“Meredith Walters dealt with Addiction in such a real way, I could feel the withdrawal make was suffering through like I was right there with him experiencing it with him. I could feel his desperation when he needed the next pill. I could feel Aubrey’s heart break when she saw him transform into his alter ego right in front of her eyes.”

THERE YOU’LL FIND ME by Jenny B. Jones — 4 stars
Reviewed by Into the Hall of Books

There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones is so excellent. It has all of the emotions and feelings that you want in a book – there is funny, heartwarming, sad. There are real-life young adult issues and issues that are relevant to today.”

SWEET UNREST by Lisa Maxwell — 4.5 Snow Flakes
Reviewed by Winterhaven Books

“It’s been a long time since a story as captivated me in a way that I simply could not put the book down at any given point. It’s the kind of story that you can just relax and sink into and let the escape take you way.”

THE SIREN by Tiffany Reisz — 4.5 stars
Reviewed by LitSlave

“This book was CRAZY. I mean Søren is CRAZY and Nora is CRAZY! Lol! I had no clue what would come from page to page and I clung to that so freaking hard. I read so much and can usually always guess what’s ahead.”

STEALING PARKER by Miranda Kenneally — 5 Oranges
Reviewed by Snuggly Oranges

“Kenneally brought the chemistry that did have me swooning for them at first. But Kenneally writes realistic fiction and not escapism. When it comes down to it, student-teacher relationships are not exactly healthy. I was seriously impressed by how it was handled.”

NEANDERTHAL SEEKS HUMAN by Penny Reid — 4 stars
Reviewed by The Book Bosses

“In this story we have a bossy alpha male and a loveable, smart dork named Janie. Janie is not always the sharpest tool in the shed but she has endless amounts of trivial knowledge that she spouts off at all times and she cracked me up. I wasn’t always laughing out loud but I did read most of this book with a big, goofy grin on my face.”

MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr —4 stars
Reviewed by Lost in Literature

I thought this was the perfect book to read in the Fall, right before Halloween when scary, creepy books were on the brain. And let me tell you, this one definitely have me the chills.”

THEY ALL FALL DOWN by Roxanne St. Clair — 4 stars
Reviewed by Good Books and Good Wine

They All Fall Down is an eerie read chock full of suspense and big reveals. There are actual heart pounding moments as the story unfolds.”

BETA by Jasinda Wilder — 5 stars
Reviewed by Three Little Birds Book Blog

“Beta was everything that I wanted. Overflowing with action, sex, angst, drama, suspense, and terror, this story kept me on the precipice until the very last page.”

INFINITY + ONE by Amy Harmon — Top Shelf!!
Reviewed by The Book Hookup

“I don’t want to give away the excitement of this story because the adventure is something you should experience for yourself, but I will say that I had a very hard time putting this one down!  As always, Ms. Harmon’s writing is fantastic.”

ON THE EDGE by Allison van Diepen — 5 stars
Reviewed by Reading Lark

“In addition to being a big fan of Maddie, I loved the romance in this one. It’s swoon worthy and epic. I don’t want to ruin anything, but her love interest is sure to become your next Book Boyfriend.”

Share the link to some of your favorite posts in the comments!

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ENCORE!!

Natasha is a Book Junkie shared an Exclusive Excerpt from Love, In Spanish by Karina Halle.  All you Mateo lovers should definitely check out her post!!

Check out this AWESOME BOOK SALE of Charles Sheehan Miles’s Thompson Sisters series.  Krystle from K&M Book Haven has been telling me I need to read this series for a LONG TIME!

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  • Thanks for the mentions, love! This is a really cool feature. Love it!

  • Aww thanks for the shout out! Glad to be a part this feature — so cool!

    There You’ll Find Me has been on my TBR list so long that I forgot about it — glad to see it’s a good book & thanks for the reminder!! Oh I can’t wait to read a Thousand Pieces of You!! Must read that review!! Thanks again!! 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing my post about skimming! It was fun to write! This is a great wrap up post! The future of book blogging post is really interesting!

    • You’re welcome!! I am a skimmer (at times). 🙂 I follow so many blogs so it’s fun to do a little weekly digest for those that don’t. 🙂

  • Megan, I love this feature as well. Well done! Oh, and imagine my surprise when you linked one of my reviews! Thank you.

    Okay, I have a lot to say, as usual. 😉

    I read the article about the future of book blogging. There were a lot of valid points but I was a little confused at times. I’m sure there was a lot of emotion put into it. I agree with most of it. Like you, we do this for fun. I don’t trust all of the crazy 5 star gushing anymore. I used to be sucked in and then I realized that it was way too over the top. I give a lot of 3 and 4 star reviews but unlike the writer of that post, 2 stars doesn’t mean that I didn’t like it completely. I can still find merit to the book but I can’t really recommend it. It means that it was just okay for me. I also don’t read a lot of reviews before reading because I’m terrified of spoilers. I don’t even read blurbs. I will look at the ratings though and maybe the first sentence or two. Unlike the writer of the piece, I don’t see a lot of 1 star and 2 star reviews and I feel somewhat obligated to write those reviews because not too many people will. I don’t do it to be mean. I do it because I blog to talk about books and that’s just part of the complete package.

    One of the complaints I see a lot from other bloggers is that no one sees their posts. Well, I often think it’s because there is a lack of originality and THAT is what is killing book blogging. I tell people who ask me how to get their posts seen, “Don’t do what everyone else does.” I don’t think anyone believes me. LOL. Megan, your blog is very original. you are one of the only ones that I still follow and read. I just finished a book and one of my first thoughts was, “I wonder if Megan has read this and liked it?” 😉 We used to care a lot about numbers but I will say now that they two of us have changed our tune. What do more Likes on FB actually give you? Nothing. Nada. More free books? I’m not sure I need anymore and honestly, most of the time I’d just rather buy my own. It gives me a sense of separation from the author. I think bloggers and authors are way too close most of the time.

    As far as drama, I don’t think I’d see any of it if people didn’t keep mentioning it. I pretty much only see it in the one blogger group I am in but I’m thinking of leaving the group simply for the reason that I’d rather not know. Sure, the whole author-stalking thing was a little scary but I think I would have been fine not knowing that. Ignorance is bliss. A lot of bloggers are a big part of the problem by stirring the pot too much. There is this “Let’s Get Em!” mentality about bloggers and authors who do things wrong, like getting paid for reviews or being mean. Unlike their page. There ya go! Easy peasy! Talking about the drama just adds to the drama.

    Re: spoilers: I’m a total FREAK about spoilers and if I get spoiled ahead of time, then I usually don’t read the book. And when I say I’m a spoiler FREAK, I mean that I see things as being spoilers that most people don’t think are. E.g.
    This book has a HUGE TWIST= Spoiler to Hildy.
    90% OMG! OMG! NO!!!!!!!= Spoiler to Hildy
    I cried and cried and cried at the end of the book= Spoiler to Hildy.

    See what I mean? LOL

    I didn’t read the post about skimming yet but I will. I do skim a little, but usually when I’m really not connected to the book and I just want to be done. I don’t skip parts, I just go through it super quickly.

    Thanks for the great post.

    • HAHAHA!! Hildy, I love you. Yeah, the blogging world is saturated. I agree.

      Thank you for saying such nice things! I’m glad you like my blog. I love yours too. I love you and JJ’s honesty when it comes to reviews. We’ve talked about this before. (LOL! I’m having flashbacks to when I word vomitted on your post.) I try to blog about what I want and what I would want to see if I were a blog reader. That’s why I usually don’t do plain promotional posts. Instead of doing those, I’d rather do my own little feature that would be more fun to read and interact with, you know?

      I don’t care about Facebook Likes anymore. I’m not going to beg anyone to follow my blog. And in all honesty, I think the best way to follow blogs is either by RSS Feed (I use Feedly), Bloglovin’ or by email. That way nothing is hidden. If people want to follow it then great! I’m glad! But I would rather have a small audience of people who read and interact with me and each other than thousands of people who follow just because they want to follow my giveaways. I haven’t done a giveaway in awhile (and trust me, I have a crap ton of things to giveaway…it’s overwhelming).

      And I totally stalk you before/after I read a book! LOL! There are a few people whose bookshelves I will check to see if they like a particular book. If a book blows up (like a certain book this week on FB) I usually don’t run to read it. I’m leery of it. Is it REALLY as good as [insert random person here] says it is?

      “Talking about drama just adds to the drama.” <--- THIS! I totally agree. That's why I never comment or post about any of the drama because it just spreads it. I will talk to people I trust privately if I must, but overall I keep my mouth shut. When in doubt, just shut up. At the end of the day, I just want to read and discuss books. Books I loved, liked, didn't like, etc. I wish everyone would bring it back to basics and just chill out. We're blogging because of books, not to start a riot. That's not to say that some things don't need called out, but the constant posts get a little overwhelming. You and I agree on the whole spoiler thing. I'm sure I've been guilty of the "OMG NO!" in the past, but I'm trying to be better. LOL! I hate spoilers. There was one book that was spoiled for me, but I will still read it. It was a love triangle and it was revealed which guy she chooses. I forgot who it was now, so yay! haha

  • I’d really like to edit the above post. LOL

    One more thing. My blog partner and I were saying the other day that we honestly don’t enjoy most blogs. We think it may be better to unlike a lot of pages and then we will see the ones we like and be able to participate more. I think the whole blogger world is over-saturated and we have sort of shot ourselves in the foot by doing so many giveaways to get LIKES. You end up getting uninvolved readers of your blog. I think less is more. Follow a few and participate. That sounds good to me.

    • I wouldn’t change a thing that you said. I wanted to edit what I said on your post a thousand times. I don’t want to offend anyone. But it is what it is. I keep it real. That’s how I roll. 🙂 #LetItAllOutHildy

  • Thanks for the shout-out! This is a great feature. 🙂 And I’ll totally be fixing that spelling mistake… 0_0 LOL!

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  • I need to check out that Left Behind book. I love friends romances.
    I loved that Ugly Love trailer. I love that audiobook.
    I’m participating in Kelly’s re-reading challenge. I love rereading books. I think it’s important to reread a few books every once in a while and stay away from that ‘OMG I HAVE TO READ ALL THESE ARC’S NOW’ mentality. Keeps it fun 🙂 I love how you randomly re-read or li-listen to books.
    I finished Made For You and thought it was creepy and awesome!
    I’ll be reading All Fall Down soon and On the Edge.

    • I am going to tackle a lot of ARCS in the coming weeks. #Excited.

      I randomly reread things ALL THE TIME. IT’s a blessing and a curse.

  • Oh wow, thanks so much for the link, Magan! So thoughtful. You make a lot of great points in several places you linked to, actually. Right on the heels of the big Hale drama, I chose to stay off of twitter for a few days because I think there was one or two reading a book that another one or two had already read, and it was like they were discussing almost every scene on twitter. I LOVE discussing books and readalongs SERIOUSLY. They’re one of my favorite things about reading! But take it behind the wall of twitter, ladies! It was a book that I want to read but DON’T want spoiled. BOO!

    I saw that Emma Hart raved about the new Linde book! I haven’t read any of hers but AGAIN I have several of them on my Kindle.

    I love re-reads as much as I love audiobooks so the reread challenge is something to think about for me. HOWEVER I tend to stink at challenges! I don’t know, I don’t know. But I reread ALL THE TIME.

    Love this feature. Love it! Thanks again for featuring me. (: