Feature Follow Friday ~ March 24, 2017

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Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The goal of Feature & Follow is to meet new bloggers, make friends, and gain readers.

Books/Series in the Closet

What book/series do you love secretly and have a hard time admitting you love?

I don’t love the series, but I like it a lot. The adolescent, obnoxious, wish-I-knew-then-what-I-know-now middle schooler in me enjoys reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I have the first five or six (or seven?) books in the series. I’ve been contemplating with myself about keeping or getting rid of the books from my shelf, but I think I would like to pull them out on a bad day just to read and laugh.

This isn’t a secret, but I am very cognizant of pushing this series on people: Outlander. I think it has now grown to have a niche and strong following than it did even ten, twelve years ago. In college, I was embarrassed to talk about this book with others. It was in my closet then. When I first started my blog, I wasn’t embarrassed to share or talk about the books, but I was aware that there were going to be people who did not want to hear it and I could get some nasty backlash. I’ve seen it already out there and I didn’t want to make a platform available for that to happen to me.

Another book along the same lines about cognizance and blowback that is a book that will never die in my heart. I have talked about Looking for Alaska many, many times on my blog and what it means to me and why. I even created a feature on my blog, Famous Last Words, based around the reasons I love and advocate for John Green’s book. This is a book that most people judge and trash based on the fact that “she’s teaching them how to have sex” (oral, with a toothpaste tube – nothing ever comes to fruition – this is not uncommon and is realistic for the world we live in) and the question swirling around about Alaska. There is SO MUCH MORE to this book. Everything that Pudge and the Colonel do in their search for Alaska’s truth show great character, dedication, compassion,  and empathy – a lesson many are neglecting to teach their children in today’s world. I have become more open with sharing my history with this book and feel like I can now openly talk about it, and I realize it can make some people uncomfortable and they don’t really know what to say – and I’m OK with that and it’s OK.

It should also be no surprise that I am a huge romance reader. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I read Outlander at age 12. However, my mother always tried to hide the covers of what she was reading in public, and I have always felt embarrassed about reading this genre. Even reading next to The Man on the couch, I’m embarrassed for him to look over and start reading my page when it’s starting into a steamy moment. Why? Why am I embarrassed? I shouldn’t be. I can read what I want, when I want. It’s not something to be embarrassed about, but I am…because all my life growing up the concept of reading a “bodice ripper” was reinforced to me as being embarrassing and something to hide and do in private. However, I am not a fan of erotica. There is a clear and distinct difference between romance and erotica, and I find that some erotica is in the closet themselves trying to market as romance. I’m not down with that.

What books or series are in your closet? 

Book Blogger Hop #13

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


How do you handle negative comments left on your blog? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

I have only received a few negative comments on my blog, and that was a few years ago. If I am remembering correctly, it was from the author whom I reviewed. I simply ignored the comments and probably deleted them. Depending on the nature of the comment and the content of my post they commented on, I might reply, delete, or ignore the negative comment.

WWW Wednesdays (March 15th)

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This is a weekly meme hosted hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading?

I started briefly reading The Piper’s Price Monday night. I think I read two pages before I fell asleep with my Kindle. When I read The Neverland Wars, there was no indication that it was the first in a series. It ended oddly and left me with a lot of questions. You can read my review here. I was excited when I found out there is more! 

I also started listening to a new audiobook. I felt that enough time had passed and I am mostly caught up on reviews to start one. I started listening to The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. It’s kind of dry and passive voice. I listened all while I was working with my plants on Sunday.


 What did you just finish reading?

I finished reading To Move the World over the weekend. It started out really slow and was dragging, and then it picked up about 20% in. I love the cover and the story.

My students and I also finished The Phantom Tollbooth on Monday and they started taking their tests yesterday. I really, really liked the ending and the realizations and changes in Milo from the beginning to the end.


What do you think you’ll read next?

Next up are my most recent NetGalley approvals. I am hoping to have all of these finished by the end of April. It’s a stretch, but that’s what I want to try to accomplish.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading! 🙂

My Book Haul

I haven’t been keeping up with my haul in my Sunday Posts like I used to. I’ve neglected updating what I got in the last few months all year long, so it is well overdue.

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Purchased

I had a $50 B&N giftcard from two Christmases ago that I still have not used since there aren’t many in my area. I was already in the area for another important purchase, so I swung in to the closest location. Apparently a $50 GC will buy you two books at B&N. I walked out paying a little over $100 in books, and this is what I got:

Top Ten Tuesday: Read in One Sitting

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Read in One Sitting

These are all too-good-to-put-down books! While I don’t have the time to read in one sitting anymore, I so would read this all in one.

 

Which books do you highly recommend?  

Blitz + Giveaway: A Star to Steer Her By

A Star to Steer Her By
Beth Anne Miller
Published by: Entangled Embrace
Publication date: March 20th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

I’m scarred. Broken. I’ll never be the same.
But I will take this journey.

Ever since my last dive ended in bloodshed, I’ve been terrified to go back into the water. But the opportunity to spend a semester at sea is too good to pass up. I need to get my life back.

I never expected to love it this much. And I never expected Tristan MacDougall.

Rugged, strong, and with demons of his own, Tristan helps me find the courage I thought I had lost and heals me with every stolen moment we share. But the rules of the ship mean we can’t be together.

When a dive excursion goes terribly wrong, our only hope for survival is each other.

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I was standing alone at the helm, under full sails and a glittering sky, guiding the ship unerringly across the endless black sea with only the stars to guide me, like the sailors of old. It was amazing. This was why I was here, why I’d gone ahead with this semester at sea, even after everything that had happened. Because I loved the sea, and wanted it to be a part of my life.

I returned my gaze upward, focusing on my guide star.

“‘And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.’”

The low voice came out of nowhere. I spun to the right, where I could just make out the vague outline of someone leaning against the stanchion that held Speedy the motorboat suspended at the stern.

“Tristan?” As soon as the question left my mouth, I rolled my eyes in the darkness. Of course it was him.

“Aye, it’s me.”

“How long have you been standing there?” I hissed. “And where the hell did you come from?” I’d been at the helm for at least half an hour, and I knew he hadn’t been there the whole time.

There was a flash of white in the darkness as he grinned. “I’ve been here for about five minutes. You were so focused on staring up at the stars that you didn’t see me. I didn’t want to disturb you.”

“So instead, you just lurked in the dark until you could scare the hell out of me. Makes sense,” I muttered, trying not to be too thrilled that he’d chosen to hang out up here with me. “What was it that you said, anyway?”

“It’s from a poem. The full verse is:
“‘I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.’”

His lilting accent gave the lines a musical quality, and a shiver ran down my spine. “It’s beautiful,” I said, “and perfectly describes the way I feel. You didn’t write that, did you?” Because it would be supremely unfair for him to be kind, gorgeous, athletic, musically brilliant, and a poet, too.

 

My first book, written in elementary school, was bound in pink fabric and was about—what else?—a girl and her horse. I soon began cheating on horses with the sea, becoming an open water scuba diver at age 14. That love of the sea led me to a college semester aboard a schooner. I returned with fond memories of the exhilaration of being on a ship under full sail, less fond memories of hurling over the leeward rail on a daily basis, and a sailing bug I couldn’t quite shake.

In addition to horses and the sea, I have a fascination for all things Scottish (including, but not limited to, men in kilts), which I explored with my first novel, INTO THE SCOTTISH MIST (The Wild Rose Press, 2011), and carried into my new novel, A STAR TO STEER HER BY (Entangled Embrace, 2017). A native New Yorker, I work in the publishing industry and am always looking ahead to my next voyage, whether a short one on a dive boat or whale watch, or, with luck, a longer one on a tall ship. You can find me on the web at http://www.bethannemiller.com

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Cover Characteristics: Santa

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This is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. It came about when Sugar was wondering which cover to use for her #70 Cover of the Week post. Sugar kept on thinking of more than one, and they all seemed to have a theme/characteristic. So she decided to switch things up a bit!

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the week’s particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

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I didn’t do so great with this one, but it gave me some other cover ideas!

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