I hate giving up on a book, but saying that I will quite happily throw a book as far away from me as possible if the thought of it fills me with dread towards reading. I want to love reading. It's a hobby, not a chore, so I will not force my way through a book I am not liking just incase it gets better, because from experience they rarely do.
I'm also not ashamed to admit a lot of my DNFs are arcs.
I suppose when it comes down to it, if you've paid for a book you want to get your money's worth whereas for an arc it's no skin off your nose if you don't finish it and the likelihood is the publisher would rather have no review than a negative one.
But, we're not here to discuss the pros and cons of dnfing, we're here for the books I did not finish!
I just sat and wrote a massive discussion about book piracy but after stepping away for a moment, I realised it was pointless.
There is never an excuse to steal books, and I'm not going to list reasons why. Wether you can or cannot afford books you do not get to have something just because you WANT it.
The reason this post is no longer a discussion is because it doesn't matter. People who are so set in their ways to steal a book because they want will do it. I can't help them. But what I can do is offer alternatives to those who don't have the opportunities to buy books that I do and just want to read.
After posting everyday over Christmas and New Year, I feel like I haven't posted in forever.
I guess that explains this post.
I don't really have anything to share with you except an explanation for why I've barely read and thus not posted as many reviews as I had planned: #amwriting.
*ARC RECEIVED FROM NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*
When Sasha’s best friend Xavier gets back together with his cheating ex, Ivy, Sasha knows she needs to protect him. So she poses as a guy online to lure Ivy away.
But Sasha’s plan goes sickeningly wrong. And she soon learns to be careful of who you pretend to be because you might be surprised by who you become…
Told in multiple points of view, Bad Girls with Perfect Faces is sexy and twisted with shocks at every turn.
I was really excited for this title having read the author's previous mystery novel Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls. Where SNFBG was exciting and mysterious, Bad Girls With Perfect Faces was bland and not thrilling at all.
If you're a booklover I guarantee at some point in your life you have uttered the words "I wish I could be paid to read books."
Of course, some booklovers do - editors and other publishing related jobs technically pay people to read stories all day! Even some bloggers get payment to promote a book they've been sent (hi, hello, publishers... I am willing to read for free - just send me the physical book!)
In all seriousness-ish, this got me thinking... what would be some amazing jobs for booklovers? Or rather, what jobs would we be incredible at... if they existed?
I love YA. I don't know what it is about books aimed at this demographic but they are both simple yet complext. Easy reads yet powerful, emotional. YA doesn't try to hide. It is what it is - it's not afraid to be itself. Adult books scare me. They try too hard to fit in a niche and if they aren't cheesy reads that verge on cringey they're big literary masterpieces full of big words nobody ever uses in real life and people read just to say 'I've read that, I'm so intelligient'. (Says the girl reading Les Miserables).
There are, however, a few good books out there that aren't YA. There are adult books that get it right. They haven't fogotten their purpose of telling a story and providing entertainment, and those are the books I want to praise today
Books are expensive. Even here in the UK where brand new books are some of the cheapest in the world. Of course, almost all of us have access to libraries but we can't keep those. They aren't our books to display on our shelves and look at as often as we desire. And eBooks are all tucked away on a device - not filling up our beloved bookcases! So, how do you keep up a book collection without breaking the bank?
Over the last year I have been trying to find ways to buy books and still save money. Today I'm going to share the tips and tricks I've learned.
*ARC RECEIVED FROM NETGALLEY*
Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.
Readers will experience Nina LaCour's beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard's glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon's imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno's story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick's charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.
This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.
'Meet Cute' is an adorable YA anthology full of stories about people when they first fall in love. I've slowly been creeping back into my usual contemporary loving self and this was such a good way to spark my interest back up!
I'll admit right now that I was lazy and didn't take notes during the reading process so I can't guarantee my mini-reviews for each story will be anything more than 'yeah, I liked this one' but is it really an emmanovella review if there's any detail?
Last year I avoided giving myself a monthly TBR as it made me feel forced to read those rather than books I was in the mood for, however, I'm bringing it back for 2018... or at least January.
I went a bit trigger happy on Netgalley and thus I have about 25 e-arcs to read and 10 of them being published in January... I know. I'm going to learn to request ones I actually want. I know I won't get through them all, and for that I am sorry, but I don't want to stress myself out by forcing my way through books I'm not interested in reading at this moment - especially as I find it so hard to read ebooks and can often only manage a chapter at a time.
I won't list every ARC, nor will this list be solely ARCs, but rather just the ones I am most keen to read and feel will be the most interesting to you guys!