BookTubing vs. BookBlogging – Is This Really A Thing?

Did we miss the memo?

Confessions of a Book Geek

2015-Discussion-ChallengeApparently, BookTube and Book Blogs are at war, and I’m wondering if I’m the only one who didn’t get the memo?

I decided to write this post to share my thoughts on why this perception may exist, and why I think it’s important for members of both communities to not be afraid to speak up and say, “hey, there’s actually no bad blood here”.

My awareness of this “issue” began with watching Thoughts on Tomes video on YouTube. A couple of days later, I actually stumbled upon this post, which was written by the Blogger in question in Sam’s video.

First of all, it is my opinion that Book Blogs and BookTube are two separate communities. Yes, both groups love to read and put reviews out there on the inter-webby-waves, but we are two distinct platforms, which overlap at times, but aren’t really one and the same. When…

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Sunday Post (July 26

Sunday PostThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday funday, see the rules here: Sunday Post Meme.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This was my last week to myself before all of the bustle of school starts. I feel that I’ve gotten ahead quite a bit in my reading scheduled and am ready for August. I am not, however, ready for school to start! Are we ever? 🙂

I do feel pretty accomplished, however. I listened to two audiobooks this week and I cleaned out my desk and reorganized a little bit. I cleared out almost an entire trash bag of various papers and brochures!

~ Last Week  on G1000W ~

I just want to say that I am astounded by the response I’ve received about my Art of Commenting discussion post!

~ This Week on G1000W ~

  • Tuesday
    • Review + Giveaway ~ The Secret Sister
    • Top Ten Tuesday ~ Fellow Character Book Nerds
  • Wednesday
    • WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday
    • Thoughts on Thursday ~ My Shipshape Shelves
  • Friday
    • Feature Follow Friday ~ The ARC You Want

~ Other Giveaways ~

~ Around Town in the Spotlight ~

Feature Follow Friday (July 24)

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowIt is the Friday Feature Follow!

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (links above) and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
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The Question:

If you had the money what would your own personal library look like? What would be in it? What colors, decorations, etc would you put in it? – The Realm of Books

My Answer:

I guess last week we got wires crossed or something. If I had the money, what my personal library would look like…Oh. Ohhhhhhhhh.

My personal dream library would of course be two floors, have a spiral staircase and one of those rolly ladder thingies. What are those called? I attribute all of these requirements to the first library I ever remember seeing: 

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I want it to be homey and lived in because I plan to spend a lot of time there, so the overly formal look has to go. I’d also like a window seat and a huge, puffy chair. My friend down the street has two and I want one so bad. 

Here’s kind of what I’m thinking: 

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An entire floor-to ceiling wall of books, and over there in the bottom corner would be that spiral staircase. Maybe I wouldn’t have two full floors if I had floor-to-ceiling books; maybe it would just be a landing and small cove of books with places to read. 

I am digging the plants. My library will be filled with all the plants I wish I could grow but cannot in the Texas heat. Oxygen central up in the library. 

The furniture would need to match the woodwork, but also be comfy. That furniture does not look like I could sit on it for more than thirty minutes. And I like to sprawl, lay down with my knees up when I read, so I definitely need some different items. 

Somewhere I also want an alcove bed…maybe somewhere behind  the spiral staircase. And a hammock. 

But that floor-to-ceiling window..I like but not so much. I do want light, but perhaps not that much light. Instead, I’d want something kind of like this set up…

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Because I fully plan on having a beach house. No joke. That is my dream. Living on the beach in a beautiful house. How I’ll pay for said house or what work I’ll do, I have no clue. I’m not sure if I want that wall to the outside to look like this, or if I want this to be incorporated into the landing at the top of the spiral staircase. 

I would have a hefty selection of romance books and murder mystery books. All of the works of Agatha Christie, Nora Roberts, Diana Gabaldon, Kristin Hannah, Elin Hilderbrand, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Walter Dean Meyers. A lot of European historical fiction (King Richard, King Edward, the Boleyns). A section for fairy tales and retellings. A gardening section. All of my favorites and all the books I say I want to read but can’t afford to keep buying. 

I would try to keep the color decor as natural and light as possible, and I found a beautiful round table painted light blue with a map modged on the top of it. That would be something I’d put in my library.

What is does your dream library look like? Leave a comment with your response and your Friday Follow. 

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She’s willing to risk heartbreak to find out…

 

Publication Date: June 29, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Negative Ion Series, Book One

 

With friends and siblings like hers, Kimber Forrest felt like all she had were enemies when dealing with her fractured love life…

Kimber wanted to be a lawyer almost as much as she wanted Roland Sampson, her older brother’s best friend. After pining for him for two years, Kimber finally accepts that to Roland, she will always be “his best friend’s kid sister” and nothing more.

During her first year of college, Kimber meets Samantha and her twin, ultimate bad-boy Jaxen Malloy, drummer for Negative Ion. Tatted. Muscled. Beyond gorgeous. Soon Kimber finds herself forgetting Roland and thinking only of Jaxen, much to Samantha’s disappointment. Like Kimber’s brother, Samantha wants Kimber as far away from Jaxen, female enemy number one, as possible since she knew all Jaxen would do is viciously hurt her. Not this time, Kimber insisted. Well-schooled on Jaxen’s reputation, Kimber decides to take what she can get, and ignore all the warnings to stay away from the handsome bad-boy.

Will Jaxen ever think of Kimber as something other than his “annoying” sister’s friend or could he possibly be falling for her, too? Kimber hoped so and, to find out, she was willing to take the risk of Jaxen breaking her heart… and soul.

 

 

 

 

Let’s see, what can I say about myself. Let’s see, what can I say about myself… I’m a writer. How’s that? Not enough? Um, okay. So hate writing about myself.

I’m a wife, mother and I LOVE words. I love the way they can come together and make a reader laugh, cry, yell, scream and curse like a sailor with itchy… skin. I’ve held several jobs/careers and ignored the ramblings in my head, begging to be placed in a novel or two.

I got my first non-picture book from my dad. He read any and everything and urged me to do so. Tristan and Isolde will always have a special place in my heart, so much so that I named my daughter ‘Isoldah’, (same pronunciation).

 

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: On Thin Icing

 

Today I’m excited to share the cover of On Thin Icing by Ellie Alexander! This is the third book in the Bakeshop Mystery series and releases December 29th, 2015.

 

Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the treats are killer good.

It’s the dead of winter in the sleepy town of Ashland, which means no tourists-and fewer customers-for Jules Capshaw and her bakery. But when she’s asked to cater an off-season retreat for the directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, business starts heating up…until Jules finds a dead body in the freezer.

“An intriguing new series.”-Reader to Reader

Someone at the retreat has apparently iced the bartender, a well-known flirt with a legendary temper-that is, before a killer beat him to the punch. Then, from out of nowhere, Jules’s own ex-husband shows up at the shop-and soon becomes a suspect. With accusations piling up higher than the snow-and thicker than a chocolate mousse cake-Jules has to think outside the (recipe) box to find the real culprit…and make sure he gets his just desserts.

“A delectable tale of murder and intrigue.”-Portland Book Review on Meet Your Baker

 
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Don’t miss out on the first two books!

 


About the Author:

Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.

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Giveaway:
Signed copies of Meet Your Baker and A Batter of Life and Death
A signed cover flat of On Thin Icing
Gourmet Hot Chocolates
Tea Assortment
Pound of Coffee
US only
Ends Aug. 10th
Prizing provided by the author, bloggers are in no way responsible.

 

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

WWW Wednesdays (July 22)

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This is a weekly meme originally hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading, but is now 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 reading The Banished Craft by E.D.E. Bell for an August tour. It is the first book in the Shkode series, and I could not pass it up after I realized the cover image was a library.

The Banished Craft is a genre-bending fantasy saga that follows the adventures of Cor, a woman caught in a dying world that does not accept her, and Atesh, a dragon scientist who’s been asked to violate his own ethics or put the lives of his family at risk. Follow their trials as they deal with a shattered world, mired in political upheaval, while they try to rediscover a lost magic. The Banished Craft begins the Shkode trilogy: a quirky and modern take on dragons and wizards, exploring themes of identity, prejudice, violence, compassion, and the ways we are all connected.


 What did you just finish reading?

By Saturday night I had finished reading the entire Lakeview series by Stacey R. Campbell. The books in the series are: Hush, Whisper, Silence, and Scream.

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The storyline starts with Blakely Henry in her journey of self-discovery at Lakeview Academy in Canada. Blakely graduates that year, so the second book follows her younger sister who starts attending Lakeview Academy. There is a short novella between books two and three in which Blakely searches for her biological father, and the final book wraps up Halle’s final year at Lakeview. It is the most exciting of all the books.

I also listened to not one but TWO audiobooks – all the way through! I didn’t particularly care for the narrator of the first book, but I did the second! Agatha Christie is not a new author to me, but Murder at the Vicarage was one of her earlier works. Ally Carter is a new author, although I almost had the opportunity to meet her. She came to my school this past spring! I enjoyed the narration and the story of I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You.


 What do you think you’ll read next?

 I’m going to pick up another Angela Carling book next. I was originally going to read this The Secret Keeper back to back with The Secret Sister to have some secrecy going on, but I had to rearrange my reading schedule.

When Seventeen year old Winter Merrill was compelled to make a bargain with the mysterious Secret Keeper, she knew there were rules. The most important one, the next time you have a secret, you will not be able to tell it….even if you try.

What she didn’t know is that her next secret if not told, would destroy her life and the life of Liam, the only boy she ever loved. Can Winter find a way out of the dark bargain that binds her tongue or will her deal with the Secret Keeper bring devastating consequences unimaginable even to her?


 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! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books & Characters To Celebrate Diversity

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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.

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Top Ten Books & Characters to Celebrate Diversity

I love this topic! I’m looking forward to seeing others’ selections to give me some more diverse books to read.

The Almond Tree

I think this may be one of *the* most diverse books I’ve ever read. The Almond Tree is divided into four parts, starting in 1955 and ending in 2009. Ichmad Hamid has grown up in his formative years in poverty in Israel, but through help from a few combined with his mathematical and scientific gifts, he is able to overcome Israel and go to America to persue his dream, to fulfill a promise to his father.

The hatred between the Israelites and Palenstinians, the Jews and Arabs, is overwhelming. It is the common thread and core of the entire novel. Ichmad has good friends who can see past this, for the person he is, and one saves him from ruin, but at a cost.

Leon’s Story 

I remember that as a young boy I used to look in the mirror and I would curse my color, my blackness. But in those days they didn’t call you “black.” They didnt say “minority.” They called us “colored” or “nigger.”

This is another of *the* most diverse books I’ve ever read. I read this short memoir with my intervention students this past school year.

Leon Tillage grew up the son of a sharecropper in a small town in North Carolina. Told in vignettes, this is his story about walking four miles to the school for black children, and watching a school bus full of white children go past. It’s about his being forced to sit in the balcony at the movie theater, hiding all night when the Klansmen came riding, and worse. Much worse.

Love Amid the Ashes

Love Amid the Ashes was a struggle for me to read. It is heavily based in the Bible.

The story revolves around Job, his family, and his religion. It follows the Book of Job from the Bible quite well – a prosperous, Godly, family man who loses his wealth, children, and his own health through some disastrous events.

Job’s story is intertwined with that of his Ischmaelite princess wife, Sitis, and Dinah, daughter of Jacob. There is a huge religious divide within their marriage that creates a ripple effect outward to all the other characters.

He Forgot to Say Goodbye

I read He Forgot to Say Goodbye in my college adolescent literature class, and I’m so glad I did.

Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove don’t appear to have much in common. Ram lives in the Mexican-American working-class barrio of El Paso called “Dizzy Land.” His brother is sinking into a world of drugs, wreaking havoc in their household. Jake is a rich West Side white boy who has developed a problem managing his anger. An only child, he is a misfit in his mother’s shallow and materialistic world. But Ram and Jake do have one thing in common: They are lost boys who have never met their fathers. This sad fact has left both of them undeniably scarred and obsessed with the men who abandoned them. As Jake and Ram overcome their suspicions of each other, they begin to move away from their loner existences and realize that they are capable of reaching out beyond their wounds and the neighborhoods that they grew up in. Their friendship becomes a healing in a world of hurt.

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

One Thousand White Women is a story told through the journals of May Dodd, which are discovered years later by a relative doing extensive family history research. May Dodd is a blight on the family tree that they tried so diligently to erase…but nothing can erase the tale that May Dodd shares about the Cheyenne.

The story follows May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial “Brides for Indians” program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man’s world.

The Burgess Boys 

The Burgess Boys is one of those books that reaches beyond the scope of just the two brothers – and their often left-out sister. The brothers are exact opposites in every way possible, except that the younger brother, Bob, idolizes his older brother, Jim, along with all of their hometown. Bob feels a sense of responsibility for their dysfunctional sister Susan, whereas Jim would rather wash his hands of it all. Until Susan desperately needs their help when her son Zach is accused of a highly offensive and racist act that blows up the national media.

Jim and his wife live the high life in New York, which is a stark contrast to the life Susan leads with her sullen son. Bob floats around trying to be parts of all of their lives.

The story is interchanged with those Zach has been accused of defiling, so they get some representation throughout the book.

The Warrior & The Flower 

The Warrior & The Flower was such an intriguing read! At first I didn’t think I was going to like it at all because – well, because it was diverse!

Yi, a retired soldier, has lost everything he loves — his wife, his daughter, and his home. He seeks refuge from his heartache by plunging into a secret mission for the World Emperor. The assignment takes him to the doorstep of a brothel, where he witnesses the madam beating a young girl. Drawn by the child’s striking resemblance to his lost daughter, Yi rushes to her defense and negotiates for her purchase — after all, how hard can it be to care for one little girl? But between the child’s inquisitive nature and the dangerous secret she carries, he gets more than he bargained for.

The First Fight 

The First Fight has an assortment of characters that have a wide range of backgrounds, skills and perceptions. The school is structured like Hogwarts, with four separate schools: clerks, mages, warriors and thieves! The students range from every socioeconomic background, and being royalty or upper class has no bearing or meaning on placement within the school.

For some of the characters, the School for Adventurers is an adjustment from their home lives. There are some who struggle with the assignments, some who struggle with the work, and some who struggle with one another.

This Heart of Mine 

When I was thinking about diverse books that I’ve read, I wasn’t sure whether to include This Heart of Mine or not. I ran back over the plot in my mind, and knew I had to include it. The main character’s name is Phoenix, and she is very aptly named. She is the girl “from the wrong side of the tracks” as a teen, but the all-star pretty boy quarterback falls for her. Of course his family doesn’t approve and rags on Phoenix at every (uninvited) opportunity. Riley starts dating someone of “his own kind.” Cliche, right? Wrong.

That day that seals Phoenix’s fate. That day that lands her on trial. That day she goes to prison – pregnant – because of.

Now she’s back in town after her release. The “at-risk” youth who was tried for murder doesn’t want to inconvenience or make anyone uncomfortable, but she literally has nothing…except all of the junk her mother hoards.

Broken Branch Falls

Broken Branch Falls is not only a cute and fun read, but it has a layer of stereotypes and conservative conventions underlaying the storyline. The First Law states that species need to remain pure…

Gabe just can’t let the idea go of the town being split up. The last person he wants to talk to is his mother, but he finally does, and it ends up sending him on a journey with a mission all over the land, where Gabe meets a friend from each must sector – and each species! They must collect some particular items along the way, to aid in obtaining the book from which the High Council uses to set and follow the laws. Once they have the book, Gabe discovers a chilling reason why the species shouldn’t fraternize – one that the High Council had been hiding for centuries….as well as the truth about the destruction of the human race.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Yefon: The Red Necklace | Sulan | Scrapbook of My Revolution