The Reading Obsession

Reviews of Fiction Books: Everything from Young Adult Romance to Crime Thrillers

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Matched

Matched - Ally Condie "Try it!" they said.
"You'll love it!" they said.
I said.

[Reblogged from The Armchair Librarian] My Beef with 'Bullies'

Originally posted on Goodreads here.

 

Okay, seriously, what the heck is going on here? What the heck are you doing, authors? STOP DOING THINGS. JUST STOP.



Please.

Just.

Stop.

At least for a moment.

Think about what you are doing to your so-called careers.



We are adults here, right?



If readers and reviewers are the stalker-bully-trolls you seem to think they are, why are you (yes, that's right, Y-O-U) the one obsessively following, threatening, harassing, insulting, cataloging, challenging, mocking, fretting over, and in general, just completely making a big deal of the individuals you claim you can't escape from?



You're not in a trap, guys. You're not being freaking persecuted. You've tied your own shoelaces together and are staunchly refusing to untie them. Then you're blaming your reviewers for causing you to trip. That's how ridiculous these circular arguments of "shut up, you're a bully and I don't have to listen to you because reasons" are. It's nobody's fault but yours.



That doesn't mean I'm not sympathetic. Maybe you're lonely or depressed. But the internet is not your therapist- don't be surprised when it argues back. You shouldn't be taking out your own issues on your readers and reviewers. That is not what being a writer is about.



Think about it this way: would you do such a thing to your coworkers?

Would you say, "Hey Bob, I don't really know you, but I know you gave me a shitty eval on my presentation and I'm having a miserable day so fuck you, here's a photoshopped picture of me banging your wife. Also, I posted your public information on my blog, encouraging my friends and family to throw feces at your house. LOL. But seriously, you suck. I am great."



And I'm really tired of you guys saying authors who disagree with you are just jealous. Am I promoting my own career by disagreeing with you? Well, yeah, in a sense. People like buying books from people who aren't jerks. They might not like them, but hey, at least they'll be willing to give you a chance. You know? But even if you're a good author, if you act like a jerk nobody's gonna want to take that risk. Because you're a jerk, and that's a can of unpleasantness nobody wants to open.



Really, the only one hurting your career, my dear Butthurt Authors, is you.

There is no Team Author. And if there is, I do not want to be on that team.



I'm a reader, first and foremost, and your behavior makes me sick. Because it's not even about writing, is it? You're using your reviews as an excuse to spew your misogynistic, ageist, racist, classist, sexist, ignorant bull-pocky.



I have no desire to partake in it.



Every time you insult a reader, call him or her stupid or ugly or pathetic...

Every time you post personal information to the public...

Every time you claim that you're too good for spell-check and grammatical errors...

Every time you berate your negative reviewers...

GUESS WHAT?



As for the negative reviews you're taking issue with?





I don't know what to do with you anymore, internet. I just don't. Sometimes it feels like you're going to heck in a handbasket, and I'm being forced to go along for the ride.

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart - Sarah MacLean 4.5 stars rounded up.
Definitely my favorite book of this series.

[Mini Review] Definitely, Maybe Fluffy

Definitely, Maybe in Love - Ophelia London

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Three-Point-Five Stars, Rounded Down to Three

 

ARC received from Netgalley

 

I might be the only female above, like, ten who hasn't read, or even watched, Pride and Prejudice. I know, I know, it's strange and unnatural, but I watched the Lizzie Bennett Diaries, if that slightly elevates your opinion of me.

 

Retellings are extremely difficult to write, and I usually find myself angry at them, since most of the time, they don't follow the source material well enough, and I've always wondered what it would be like if I didn't read the source material first.

 

Spring is a student in Environment Science, and needs help on her thesis project. Fortunately for her, Henry just moved in across the street. There's an instant attraction between them, but of course, Spring hates Henry right away.which is definitely not like any other New Adult book.

 

I found the romance way too quick, and yet, it was somehow very cute to watch.

 

A few times, I became bored and switched to a different book, but these were far between.

 

Like The Summer I Became a Nerd, one of the few words I can think of this novel is "fluffy". If you're between depressing books and want something more upbeat, this is the story for you.

Luminous: A Psyne Novel

Luminous: A Psyne Novel - Jasmine Angell Is it just me, or is the cover absolutely terrifying? Those eyes are staring into your soul.

Big Girls Do It Better (Big Girls Do It, #1)

Big Girls Do It Better (Big Girls Do It, #1) - Jasinda Wilder Due to reviews.

Definitely, Maybe in Love

Definitely, Maybe in Love - Ophelia London Read the rest of the review at The Reading Obsession.

Three-Point-Five Stars, Rounded Down to Three

ARC received from Netgalley

I might be the only female above, like, ten who hasn't read, or even watched, Pride and Prejudice. I know, I know, it's strange and unnatural, but I watched the Lizzie Bennett Diaries, if that slightly elevates your opinion of me.

Diary of Edward the Hamster 1990 to 1990

The Diary of Edward the Hamster 1990–1990 - Miriam Elia, Ezra Elia Read the rest of this review at The Reading Obsession

The shortest book I've read in the past few years? This book. One of the of the best books I've read in the past few years? This one.

It took less than ten minutes to finish it, but the emotions and the thought and the brilliance behind it is more than most books. I can barely write a logical review, because it's just so good.

Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, #2)

Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, #2) - Kresley Cole This was slightly better than the first book, but it was still horrible. And, because it was a cliffhanger, I'll have to read next book.

The Pentrals

The Pentrals - Crystal Mack I got an ARC of this from a giveaway! It's the first time I won a book! *wipes tear away* I feel so accomplished in life.

Dark Angel by T. J. Bennett

Dark Angel: A Gothic Fairy Tale - T.J. Bennett

Find this review and more at thereadingobsession.blogspot.com

 

I received this book for review from Entangled Publishing. There were no favors, discounts, or money in exchange for this review.

 

I absolutely love Gothic romances. Especially those set on a mysterious island, with mysterious people, and a mysterious atmosphere. So, the basic equation for things like this is: This Book + Me = Instant Love. Simple as that. Sadly, the literary world is filled with unpredictability, and over 50% of the time, this isn't the case. But, because of all the good karma I racked up in the past few weeks, the universe decided to do me a huge favor and make this book likeable.

 

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[Reblogged from The Armchair Librarian] LOCKED and LOADED is now OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can snag your copy here. I really hope you guys enjoy it!! :)

 

Also, the cover is weird because Amazon's ebook pubber did not like the cover Lou made, and I was too tired to mess with it until it worked.

 

xNenia

[Reblogged from Amanda Welling] Woman Gives Birth at a Barnes & Noble

I have a Buzzfeed addiction. This post was up today and it made me giggle. Some lady gave birth inside of a Barnes & Noble in California on Friday. That would of been an interesting night otherwise filled with book shopping and browsing. 

 

It also makes me think of the weird or abnormal things that have happened to me while out shopping or working. I worked in retail for a long time. I've seen some things that cannot be unseen.

 

For example:

 

- I once had a woman throw a box at me. It was a gift with purchase for spending X amount on fragrances. I asked her if she wanted it and I placed it onto the counter in front of her so she could take a look. She picked it up and chucked it at my head.

 

- I was working over the holiday season and I opted for an overnight shift at Macy's on 34th street in Manhattan. For the last two weeks before Christmas, Macy's was open 24/7 (I don't know if they still do this or not. I don't know WHY they did this while I was there or why cosmetics had to be open. Who buys cosmetics at 3 A.M? I digress.)

 

First night there, some drunk old man came into the store and pissed on one of our fake Christmas trees, while singing "O' Holy Night!"

 

Second Night, a group of drunk (or high, or both) teenagers came into our store and thought it would be a good idea to undress in the middle of the Junior's department while trying on clothes they obviously weren't going to buy. It took half of the security team to get them to leave the store. 

 

- I had a part time job during my first round of college at an indie bookstore in NYC. A woman mistook me for a therapist and unloaded all of her sexual frustrations with her husband. I heard all the details, including how she could never orgasm without assistance and how her husband had an abnormally small penis. This awkward conversation began with, "Hi. Do you have any books about sex after marriage?" 

 

- At one of my first jobs when I was about 16 or 17 years old, I had an older man in his early 50s come up to me and hit on me. It was weird enough to begin with, but then he told me I was pretty and started to follow me around. He couldn't speak normally. He had one of those holes cut into his throat and was using a device to speak out of. Luckily, my manager witnessed him following me around and not leaving me alone, so she had security politely ask him to leave.

 

Am I the only one this shit happens to? 

 

 

 

 

[Reblog] Badly Behaving Social Network Breaks Own Cardinal Rule: NEVER Delete a Book

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Goodreads has one rule above all others:

 

NEVER delete a unique book from the database. No matter what, especially if it's been shelved and reviewed.

 

They broke their own rule.

 

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