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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Book Girls Don’t Cry: No, I Don’t Know What You Should Read!

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Book Girls Don’t Cry is a feature where we will discuss/vent/advise on a bookish topic. This feature is co-hosted with the lovely Amy at Book Loving Mom.

 

Readers Against Recommendations!



I am not a fan of recommending books to others – strangers especially! I know, it should come with being an avid reader, and especially a blogger, but I hate it. Don’t get me wrong. I love giving my opinion on books I have read. I love telling everyone to read this book I just read and loved. I even love back and forth “hey you should read this” chats with other bloggers – which happen on Twitter regularly. But that’s not what I mean. I mean in the cases where I’m asked to select books for others to read. Like, I will get a random inbox message from a past co-worker I haven’t spoken to in years who’s asking me what book they should bring on vacation. Or a new Goodreads user who emails me with “what books should I gift my 16yo niece?” (I swear this happened!) with no hints on what kind of reader they even are. Wait.. what am I? Your magic crystal ball? I swear, this happens at least once every couple of months. It’s as if people on my Facebook/GR think I will know exactly what they will love because I read a lot. Well, nope! One problem may be that I read a lot of genres – I can jump from paranormal to horror to contemporary in the same week. But I completely blank out when someone asks me straight up, to recommend them a book.

Now, you ask me what kind of books I would recommend if you loved The Hunger Games. Ok, at least that gives me some kind of clue to what books you like and I’ll throw you a few links your way. But even then, I could recommend you 50 books easily, so picking only a few and hoping they’re the right ones for you? WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME!! Honestly, most times I will just send them a link to my Goodreads shelf (and then they’re like… but which one is the best)? O_O *twitch*

For friends who I do know enough to send a few personalized recs their way, I still dislike it. Because what if they don’t like the book I recommend? What if they hate it? Where will we stand as friends if they do?? (that last one is a joke… kinda) But really, I could be responsible for making them waste all those reading hours they will never get back! Oh and if we talk about the opposite there for a minute. I’m always nervous reading a book that was highly recommended to me – or gifted – by a good friend of family. Gah!

Yes, I know that taste differs and no one should expect to love everything everyone else love – lord knows I’ve been the black sheep enough to know this, but still. When someone wants me to tell them what books they should bring on vacation (this was the most recent rec question I got), I cringe!

 

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Book Girls Don’t Cry… But They Do Have Potty Mouths!

Book Girls Don’t Cry… But They Do Have Potty Mouths!

Posted by on 08/25/2014 • 10 Comments

Book Girls Don’t Cry is a feature where we will discuss/vent/advise on a bookish topic. This feature is co-hosted with the lovely Amy at Book Loving Mom.

Hey guys! This time around Stella and I got together to chat about swearing in novels. We talk about all sorts, from when there is “too much” to the dreaded made up versions that you sometimes find. Watch and weigh in with what you think about some good ol’ bad words when you read.

 

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Book Girls Don’t Cry… Or Like All of the MC’s

Book Girls Don’t Cry… Or Like All of the MC’s

Posted by on 07/23/2014 • 14 Comments

Book Girls Don’t Cry is a feature where we will discuss/vent/advise on a bookish topic. This feature is co-hosted with the lovely Amy at Book Loving Mom.

We are back with yet another collaboration between myself and the lovely Stella from It’s Too Late To Apologize.  This time around we are talking about unlikeable characters in books.  I was reading a book recently and was talking to Stella about how much I hated the MC and how much I was loving the book overall and she was pretty floored by that whole concept so we had to vlog about it! Hope you enjoy!

 

Can you get down with a book even if you don’t like the main character? We’re looking for topic suggestions for future BGDC posts! What would…

Book Girls Don’t Cry… Or Go To BEA

Book Girls Don’t Cry… Or Go To BEA

Posted by on 05/28/2014 • 29 Comments

Book Girls Don’t Cry is a feature where we will discuss/vent/advise on a bookish topic. This feature is co-hosted with the lovely Amy at Book Loving Mom.

It’s finally the week of BEA and after watching everyone who is going get themselves pumped up for the last month or so I am now watching while they are all on their way to New York. I know my co-blogger, Giselle, left just yesterday morning and made the long drive down. As someone who is deathly afraid of flying and doesn’t enjoy travelling I am so thankful for social media so that I can live vicariously through all of my friends. Also, it’s great that Giselle is going because she has strict orders to grab a few of my must-haves for me.

Book Girls Don’t Cry… They Go See Divergent!

Book Girls Don’t Cry… They Go See Divergent!

Posted by on 04/30/2014 • 17 Comments

Book Girls Don’t Cry is a feature where we will discuss/vent/advise on a bookish topic. This feature is co-hosted with the lovely Amy at Book Loving Mom.

Hello there!  A few weekends ago Stella (It’s Too Late To Apologize) and I ventured out of our reading caves to go and see the Divergent movie.  Once it ended we went back to her place and filmed a joint review of it. Now, what is a little unique about this vlog review is that Stella has read the Divergent series and I haven’t read any of the books.  You get the perspectives from each camp and see how it worked without having read the book.  It ran a bit long because we had a lot to say but please let us know…

Book Girls Don’t Cry: A Day of Reading and Things

Book Girls Don’t Cry: A Day of Reading and Things

Posted by on 04/24/2014 • 22 Comments

Book Girls Don’t Cry is a feature where we will discuss/vent/advise on a bookish topic. This feature is co-hosted with the lovely Amy at Book Loving Mom.

 

A Day in the Life of Yours Truly

What is it like to be me? Since my life is super duper interesting I thought I’d make this week’s BGDC a bit more personal and give you a sneak peek into my daily life.

Starting usually around 7-8am, I’m awoken by a little 3 year old devil who doesn’t understand the concept of quiet mornings. Then after an hour of coaxing him to eat, get dressed, put his boots and coat on, then pick 10 toys until he decides which one to bring to daycare, I’m left all by my lonesome for a…

Book Girls Don’t Cry… or Fall For All The Romance

Book Girls Don’t Cry… or Fall For All The Romance

Posted by on 04/07/2014 • 28 Comments

Book Girls Don’t Cry is a feature where we will discuss/vent/advise on a bookish topic. This feature is co-hosted with the lovely Amy at Book Loving Mom.

Okay, so this is just starting to be far too much fun.  I got together with Stella (It’s Too Late To Apologize) again recently and we decided to talk about romance in novels.  No, not about the romance genre, but more so romance within books of multiple genres.  We ended up rambling about NA (could the people in these books get any more dysfunctional?), Insta-Love and even went into some erotica talk.  I hope you guys enjoy!

For those who don’t like to or can’t watch the video, here is a rundown of some of the points touched upon:

New Adult romances seem…

Book Girls Don’t Cry… Or Read ALL Of The Novellas

Book Girls Don’t Cry… Or Read ALL Of The Novellas

Posted by on 03/26/2014 • 38 Comments

Book Girls Don’t Cry is a feature where we will discuss/vent/advise on a bookish topic. This feature is co-hosted with the lovely Amy at Book Loving Mom.

I am super excited about this BGDC post this week.  A few weeks ago I got together with my good friend Stella (It’s Too Late To Apologize) and we had a very bookish afternoon.  We drank awesome tea (which I drove around my city to find the following day) and we talked books.  What was going to be an hour long vlog shoot, turned into a 5 hour chat session on her couch.  Right after we decided that this is going to be something we have to do way more often so I will have more of these vlogs to share with you…