Book Talk: I’m Going to Take a Break From Reading and Here’s Why

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With a staggering stack of ARCs from publishers, it might be crazy for me to take a break from reading. Maybe I should backtrack. I’m going to relieve myself the pressure of reading as many book as I can this week and just focus on maybe reading one book (From Twinkle, With Love) simply because I like Simon Schuster Canada and I don’t want to ruin my relationship with them. *Whispers* Sorry, Harper Collins Canada in advance. I’m not in the mood for heavy YA fantasy right now so reviews from me may be a little delayed. 

I got the flu…

But anyways, the reason why I decided to take a break from forcing myself to read as much as I possibly can is because I got the stomach flu a week ago and I think a part of my brain died. I’m being dramatic. Nothing actually died. But I’ve been in a funk where I can’t get into a story like I did previously. *looks awkwardly at ForeverRomance* I’m a romance reader but I can’t even feel excited from reading a romance novel. I think I’m dead inside at the moment.

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Is Buying an Amazon Kindle Worth It?

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I’m not a stranger to ebooks so I’ll save you guys the dramatic reveal that I read them and sometimes prefer them over physical books. They’re easier to carry and when I’m in a funk, I can switch from one book to the next in less than 10 seconds so what is there not to love?

For a while, I have been using an affordable tablet from Walmart that was around $100 CAD after tax. It’s an android tablet so I was able to download a lot of apps, surf the net, and watch videos. Basically a bigger version of my phone except the battery level lasted around 4 hours and would dry up and die by day 2 if I left it on. I read most of my ebooks there and it served it’s purpose: I can read in the dark. However, the allure of the Kindle Paperwhite got to me. I wanted something that had a battery level that lasted longer than 4 hours and knew that if it was anything similar to my previous ebook reader and Amazon Kindle’s Canadian competitor, Kobo, that it would do a very good job.

Now I bet lots of people are wondering is it worth it? So I thought I would give you a quick run down.

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It loads pretty fast

Unlike Kobo, Kindle loads pretty fast. While I had many experiences with my ereader lagging while turning the page, my Kindle so far does a very good job at keeping up with the pace of my reading speed. The Kindle store loads fairly quickly and makes shopping for more books easy with it’s simple tap functions and scrolling options.

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5 Unconventional Tips to Help You Read More

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As a reader, I’ve researched many ways to read MORE. I know that because of my busy schedule at work, my social calendar, and my day-to-day activities, it’ll be hard to always read. The problem with these blog posts or articles is that it always the same tips.

Carry a book with you at all times, set a scheduled time to read, set reading goals etc. While these are all effective ways to read more, it gets boring when you are telling yourself everyday at 8 PM you will read for an hour. It’s routine. It’s forcing you to read that may or may not suck the enjoyment from reading.

So, I figured there has to be ways to read more without the same tips. I’ve come up with 5 that hopefully will help you as much as it helped me. Hopefully, you haven’t heard of them before.

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I Started Being ‘Nicer’ With My Reviews And Here’s Why

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We grow as humans.

We hopefully learn from our mistakes and become a ‘better’ person. You know that type of person that’s really kind, compassionate, sympathetic, patient, and basically any ‘good’ adjective there is out there?

Over the past few years of living, I realized that through self-growth and development, I learned that in the past I was an…asshole. More specifically, I was an asshole in my reviews. I mean, why not? I have the right to stand by my opinions and I solely believed that my readers wanted the truth and nothing but the truth. If I were to be extremely honest, I actually wrote my reviews thinking nobody would read them and therefore, they were open diaries to myself. I wanted to let the future me know why I exactly hated this book if I were ever to go back to it and wonder why my belly burns whenever I see it.

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I Have an Odd Reading Problem

 

chatting with remarakablylisaObviously, I’m a reader.

I have a blog filled with majority of book reviews and promos. My instagram is dedicated to photos of books. And for the past month, I’ve spent 3 hours each week taking photos of books and I’ve read over 20 books for the month of February.

Reading is a hobby. For some, reading is taken more seriously. I remember for the past two or three years since starting the Goodreads Reading Challenge that it wasn’t just a challenge to read a certain amount of books each year but how many books I can read to surpass my personal goal. Then it went to being competitive against myself and beating my personal best.

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BOOK TALK: Why You Should Stop Reading

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I know.

When you first read the title, you were probably going “WHAT?!”

“What do you mean I should stop reading? Aren’t you a book blogger? Shouldn’t you be encouraging me to read the next book on my tower high TBR?”

While I technically am supposed to encourage my readers to read MORE and find MORE books to read and fall in love with, it’s important to give yourself a break.

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Sometimes, you might not even want to stop. You have another book on your mind as soon as you finish the one in your hands or you have an ARC that’s about to be released so now you feel the pressure of that release date. However, should you really read more?

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BOOK TALK: Are you too honest with reviews?

As readers, we should understand at this point that book reviews absolutely mean everything to new authors and generally, all authors. Without reviews, authors will not be able to spread the good news of their books they worked so hard on and receive the pretty pay check they are essentially working for.

As an ARC reviewer and a book reviewer of many books printed by Indie authors and New York Times Bestsellers, I know that my reviews are straight from the heart with sometimes very few censors. I swear. A lot. I get excited. Many times. And yes, I get angry and disappointed and frustrated a lot too.

I believe I’m being fair with most reviews, expressing my concerns with characters and their development, advancement in plot, and overall the story itself. I even add in my reviews a recommendation to my readers to let them know the bottom line. Should you pay for the book or should you pass it up.

Often, I find myself being lenient with authors. I suggest to read other books prior to the one I’m reviewing if I didn’t really like it or I suggest my readers to read the books after some others.

Like I said before, I work with a lot of indie authors now. These authors are self-published or just starting their careers as writers, promoting their first published novels through big influencers so that their work they worked so hard on won’t go unnoticed. My reviews alongside with everyone else’s on Goodreads and Amazon will help promote the novel as well as take them down a notch. And because authors understand this concept, there’s a lot of things happening right now with review culture.

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FLASH BOOK REVIEW: Lip Service by Jessa James

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Title: Lip Service
Author: Jessa James
Publication: January 13th 2017
Pages: 98 pages
Synopsis:

Carter:
She’s mine. I want her. I need her and I’m tired of waiting.

Emma:
He’s all I think about but I can’t wait for him any longer. Tonight’s the night. I’m punching my V-card. 

I might be a f#cking saint waiting for her to be ready for what I want to give her. When I overhear she’s going to ditch her virginity with some random bar guy, I decide she’s not giving those soft curves and luscious mouth to anyone else.

After tonight, she’ll never doubt who she belongs to again. And when she’s screaming my name, she’ll realize I’m prepared to give her a hell of a lot more than just LIP SERVICE. I want forever.

Lip Service is a stand-alone, fast read with a HEA and NO cheating! If you like dirty bad boys who know exactly what they want, insta-luv so hot it will melt your panties, and a guaranteed Happily Ever After – one-click now!

MY RATING: 5/5 STARS

I am seriously loving Jessa James and her books. This one was a very good one and to be honest, I had my doubts. We have another heroine who wants to lose her virginity and a dominating man that will fight tooth and nail to have that place secured as his.

We see the inner conflict, Emma has with losing her virginity to not just a stranger but also to someone more familiar…like her boss, Carter. Someone she’s nervous about because she’s not sure if she can sex without emotions with Carter since she’s already in love with him from the start!

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TEASER: I DO(n’t) by Leddy Harper

I DO(n’t) by Leddy Harper is releasing August 10, 2017!

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Blurb:
I fell in love with Holden York when I was six years old.

Most of my youth came with spiral notebooks filled with doodles, wedding plans, and “Janelle York” looped in bubbly handwriting.

However, one night in Vegas changed everything.

I woke up to more than just a fantasy of my brother’s best friend.

Five years later, I’m standing on his doorstep confronting him about the secret he kept from me.

If you think this is the story of how we rode off into the sunset together…
You’re so wrong.

But if you think this is the story of how Holden blackmailed me into living with him…
You couldn’t be more right.

COVER REVEAL: King of Code by CD REISS

 

King of Code, an all-new intriguing and sexy standalone from CD Reiss is coming September 18th!

From New York Times Bestselling author, CD Reiss, comes a sexy tale of secrets, intrigue, betrayal, and a love worth crossing a continent for.

Taylor Harden is a man on the edge.

The edge of fame. The edge of untold wealth.

The edge of utter humiliation.

He built an unhackable system, and in front of everyone, it’s hacked.

His reputation goes from king to goat in a split second. Boom. Like that.

Some dude in Barrington, USA (AKA Nowhere) has locked down Taylor’s code, and if he doesn’t get it back, he’s going to be wearing a monkey suit for the rest of his life.

Except, this guy? This hacker from Nowhere? He’s not a guy.

Harper Watson’s all woman. And she has a plan for Taylor, his code, and his body.

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