Tuesday, 15 April 2014

On My Soapbox: Booknerds Etiquette

I've only been blogging for around fifteen months, but you don't need to have an exorbitant membership count or audience to be entitled to an opinion. To say we're a proud and close knit community is an understatement, but as more and more readers are taking their reviews online to share their opinions, it seems we may be forgetting how to set an example of how we support one another. Over the past few weeks I've seen gripes, complaints and bloggers almost ready to walk away from a blog that they've poured their hearts into, all because as book bloggers, it seems some us are losing our way.

Don't comment and run

Most bloggers are interested in what others have to say, even if we're all petrified of having a storyline inadvertently spoiled. But some bloggers like to cut and run. If you participate in any weekly features that are reproduced over hundreds of blogs, you would have had a runner visit. They're the one that makes a random blanket comment that could apply to just about anything, then they leave their link. They aren't meaning to be rude, they simply want comments for their own blog. They generally don't care what you're blogging about, it's all about traffic. If you're guilty of commenting and running, please stop. It's better not to leave a comment at all. Instead, choose a few blogs that you actually enjoy their content, and comment on articles or reviews that interest you.

Be honest with your reviews

If you don't enjoy a particular book, never be afraid to make your opinion heard. You're entitled to it. Just be mindful of your language (something I'm guilty of on occasion), be respectful and don't attack the author themselves, but you can critique a book however you see fit. A few probably wonder, but have never expressed how genuine some reviews they've come across are when you see buying links. Chatting to another blogger a few weeks ago, she brought up how she had concerns that some blogs may inflate their reviews in a more positive light, believing that purchase links for that title may go unclicked. Surely that isn't the case, but she raises a valid point.

Take inspiration from, but don't copy blog designs

This one runs rampant at the moment. I can see how easily it happens, you click on a snazzy blog and think, I want that! No one can stop you from using the same template (provided it's not specifically made for that particular blog), but change the colours, don't try to replicate their graphics and certainly don't give yourself a similar name. It's bad form. The overall look of your blog is part of your own unique branding, be an individual or others will see you only as the replica blog with no imagination.

Don't lift content... Create it yourself

This is one of the biggest issues that is a sure fire way to anger bloggers. There's been those who copy reviews, those who have pretended to review advanced reading copies that they've never received, even lifting policies, similar profile summaries and giveaways that don't really exist. There's no achievement in taking someone's hard work and calling it your own. There are so many websites now that take original content and crawl the internet to find duplicate posts and if that doesn't scare you into putting in the work yourself, imagine how upset you would feel if another blogger had stolen your content.

Don't get too personal

Some bloggers love personal content, myself included. A funny story about one of your kids, your husband being an idiot? I'd like to read all about it. But no one really wants to know about your grandmother who enjoys nude bingo, or how sexually excited Fifty Shades of Grey rated on your horned up scale. It's too confronting, not to mention gross. We're all busy individuals, so how do you expect the blogger on the bus using their iPad, to read your nice little tale about your husband thinking about a penis enlargement. Eww, we don't want to know, don't share it and for the love of god, don't surprise us with photos.

What is your most important piece of book blogger advice?

Monday, 14 April 2014

Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott

Fire and Flood (Fire and Flood: Book One)
Written by Victoria Scott
Published in Australia April 2014
366 Pages
Thank you to Scholastic Australia
Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying, and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Stacking The Shelves and Weekly Wrap #017

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online bookshops, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course eBooks. Hosted by Tyngas Reviews.


●  Vote for me in the Best Australian Blogs competition Here
●  I've decided to amuse myself by following obscure former celebrities on Twitter. Feel free to make a suggestion in the comments section below.
●  The Divergent movie was released in Australia this week and it looks incredible. For those of you are still undecided whether or not to catch it on the big screen...

Publisher Paperbacks

Red At Night by Katie McGarry

Red At Night (Harlequin More Than Words)
Written by Katie McGarry
Published April 1st 2014
84 Page Novella
Find more information at More Than Words
In Red at Night, Stella and Jonah are total opposites. She's the girl with purple hair from the wrong part of town. He's a high school senior who hangs with the cool crowd. Until a car accident leaves him haunted by guilt, and Jonah starts spending time at Stella's favorite refuge… The local cemetery.

Stella knows she should keep her distance, after all, she spent her girlhood being bullied by Jonah's friends. Once he's sorted out his tangled emotions, Jonah won't have time for her anymore. Too bad she's already fallen for him.