Discussion: Do Reviews Need an About the Author Section?

Do Reviews Need an About the Author Section?

When I first started blogging, I did not include an “about the author” section in my reviews. Mainly because I didn’t know what I was doing anyway. But then I saw so many reviewers including that at the bottom of their reviews. So I started doing it.

Over these five and a half years, I have come across so many authors who don’t have their Goodreads author page set up, don’t have a website, or don’t have any social media – some a combination of two or all three of these things.

It is hard to also keep all those links updated in old reviews over the years if they change. And how would I know? I don’t go back into them and check the links. And it looks really bad (in my opinion) when you click on a link from a website and it does not work.

Recently I wrote two reviews. One author had nothing but a generic website with pictures of their books. That was it. The other had nothing. So I made an executive decision to completely remove the About the Author section at the bottom of those reviews.

Now I’m thinking of doing it for all of my reviews. Removing the About the Author section permanently. It would definitely save me quite a bit of time and hassle.

Is this a reviewing taboo? I really don’t know.

Do you include an About the Author in your reviews? Is it blogging etiquette to do so? What if I got rid of it?

WWW Wednesdays (8.15.18)

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This is a weekly meme 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?

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In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops symptoms of a serious disease, and everything changes. 

Chirp finds comfort in watching her beloved wild birds. She also finds a true friend in Joey, the mysterious boy who lives across the street. Together they create their own private world and come up with the perfect plan: Escape. Adventure. Discovery. 


 What did you just finish reading?

I finished I Love You More several nights ago, I can’t remember when. IT WAS SO GOOD! I got bored with all the actual definitions being in every chapter that the child, Picasso, narrated. I started just skipping over those entirely. The entire time I was reading, I kept thinking something was going to happen to prevent the three wives from meeting at the end of the book. I was shocked by the identity of the real shooter. I immediately questioned how the gun was not found with the description of what happened and how it was disposed of. It would have been found. Other than that, I just found is really weird and creepy and unnecessary that Oliver had a few chapters. They were creepy.

I started Ain’t He Precious? immediately after finishing I Love You More. I needed something a little lighter. It wasn’t quite what I thought it was. I wish it had more development on the family. It all centered around an old love and what was then and getting back together. I just wish there had been more.


What do you think you’ll read next?

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 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 Favorite…Birthday Memory

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it…The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.


Birthday Memory

My favorite birthday memory is from when I was in 4th or 5th grade. I can’t really remember which year it was. My mom let me invite a small group of friends and took all of us to the skating rink for my birthday party. It was the first time I had my own party without my brothers (one’s birthday is 10 days after mine, and then the other one is 10 days after that). It was so much fun and I enjoyed the girls I celebrated with, even though we didn’t stick together through middle school or high school.

Tuesday Teaser & Intro: Spring in Sweetwater County

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Synopsis ~ Spring in Sweetwater County

Forty years after the death of her true love, Judy Gaylord discovers he’s alive. With the guilt of her falling into the arms of his cousin to console her grief, she now must face the man she betrayed.

Dr. James Benjamin has dedicated his life to helping people deal with their post-traumatic stress disorder in hopes of forgetting about his own trauma. Not wanting to risk the safety of others, he’s spent decades alone, but when he sees the woman he never forgot from before the war, his heart awakens.

When circumstances force Judy and James to work together, they soon discover old feelings never faded. Judy must forgive herself and James will have to face his fear or they will miss their second chance.

 

Chapter 1

James Benjamin climbed out of the car, scanning his childhood home. Gravel crunched beneath his feet, the only other noise in the quiet countryside besides Eric Gaylord’s idling vehicle. He clutched the door, steadying himself as he took in the peeling paint, broken shutters, and overgrown front lawn. Only the spring floral scent and specks of purple wildflowers in the pasture looked familiar.


Teasers

“After all these years, I once again have to prove I’m alive instead of buried somewhere back in Nam.”

 

“She’s madder than a mule chewing on bumblebees.”

 

“After that, you can tell me why the hell you decided to come back here after swearing me to secrecy all these years.”


Would you keep reading? 

tuesdayTeaser Tuesday is hosted by The PurpleBooker. Post two sentences from somewhere in a book you’re reading. No spoilers, please! List the author and book title too. Link up HERE.

First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros was created by Bibliophile By The Sea and is now hosted by Vicki @ I’d Rather Be At The Beach. To participate, share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you’re reading or thinking about reading soon. Link up HERE.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Blogs/Sites

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Favorite Book Blogs/Sites

I feel like I just recently did this topic a few weeks ago, so I’m going to stray a bit…

You guys know I bullet journal. [If not, check out My Bullet Journal series.]

I buy a lot of stencils for my bullet journal. Probably too many. But I like choices and can’t keep anything consistent for the life of me. I have never been able to draw two eyeballs the same size and shape, or keep handwriting in a straight line and consistent in size and strokes. I buy a lot of stencils from a mother-daughter duo a Journal This Now!  They are constantly churning out new designs, which is great. I love that not only do they sell their stencils and make things easy to buy and order, but Janae also shares so many good tips and videos on how to do things. One of my biggest struggles is blending with colored pencils, let alone brush markers or watercolors. I like watching what she does and also mimicking some of her designs because they turn out so great. Mine are not as great, but still. They also have a Facebook page for the business and a Facebook group for users of their stencils to share their work!

I also buy a few stencils throughout the year from Jo at Oops a Daisy. I first found her on Instagram. She is located in the UK, so I don’t buy as many due to the price. I get really stingy about what I’m going to buy.  She shares a lot of ideas on IG.

What are some of your favorite sites?

Review: My Lady Governess

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Sock Monster
Author: Elise Clarke
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Release Date: December 2017
Length: 200 pages
Series?: no
Genre: Historical, Romance

One knight, one runaway heiress, one rollicking romance: A breath of fresh air in Regency romance!

Proud and haughty, Lord de Waare is almost as medieval as his castle…until he accidentally abducts a governess, who turns out not to be a governess at all, and who shows this knight that his heart is not as armoured as he thought.

A girl with a dangerous past, Marina would happily disappear again, but since de Waare won’t let that happen, then the least he can do is help her clear her name. But moving back into society is dangerous for her and for the stern man she’s coming to love. She knows the rules of honour and society, and she won’t allow de Waare to compromise the principles that define him.

But de Waare didn’t become the Crusader by accepting defeat. Faint heart never won a fair lady, and de Waares always win.

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

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My Thoughts 

Marina Frome takes her role as governess to her three charges seriously, but she is not one to cower to a bully. When Lord de Waare – among others – are invited to stay at the Kemp household while Lady Kemp preys upon her first daughter’s future husband and said daughter simpers like a fool. Marina sees the writing on the wall and intervenes in this plotting mama’s scandalous act, and winds up being abducted from her own residency by Lord de Waare himself – drunk, at that. The opening scenes were quite comical and albeit over-the-top with a fast pace.

On the way to his northern home, Tam discovers Marina Frome is not a frumpy, frizzy-haired, overweight governess. Instead, she is a slender blonde resembling a sprite with such a mind that there is no way she is anything but from the nobility. No servant would dare speak or act in ways such as she. Set to discovering her true identity, Tam gives Marina his own nickname that follows her throughout the book. Convinced she is ruined, Tam refuses any word on the contrary that he will marry her.

Marina soon discovers Tam’s dotting aunt, who seems to do exactly as he bids. A foreign concept to her. She also meets Tam’s younger brother who quickly falls into puppy love with her. Meanwhile, Marina is fighting her own growing attraction and affection for Tam. There are a few awkwardly funny scenes that weren’t fully fleshed out to reveal themselves as naive attractiveness and how Marina can’t handle that. The scene upon discovering Tam in the lake and stumbling all over in the snow comes to mind.

Soon Marina’s identity is revealed to Tam in the few items his friend collected from the Kemps. A small family Bible reveals her to be almost a princess in her own right. The gravity of this scene and Tam’s shock underscores just how massive a scandal this was when it happened four years prior. And the lies that were told only add up to one thing: greed. Marina would have gone on living in hiding, but Tam is determined to assist Marina in getting her inheritance back. And it starts with a visit to an asylum…

While Tam now knows Marina’s true identity, no one else does. They go on pretending, even as they travel to London. It is there that Tam’s wartime friends come into the light, as well as Tam’s very Moulin Rouge-like Uncle Quentin who tells such a tale of the war with the French…and Tam’s old flame, a tall, lithe, bombshell blonde. Once the troupe arrives in London, things take some very strange turns filled with surprises, jealousy, crazy, and blows to pride.

Despite her level head and all of her reflection over the past four years of her life, in addition to her own insistence of how spiteful and mean she was growing up (sometimes just because she could), I couldn’t reconcile such growth and maturity with the fact that Mariana STILL went into overly melodramatic hysterics and weeping on several occasions. The behavior was at odds with her character growth.

Just as there is a flaw in Marina’s character, there is an even bigger one in Tam’s. He lives and dies by honor, but he had an ugly nasty habit of domineering and physically abusing Mariana in what today would be labeled domestic violence. I also couldn’t reconcile that behavior with the man he seemed to be. When Mariana disobeyed him or refused to give in, he would grab her chin and jaw in his hand and jerk her head around to force her to agree with him on whatever subject was at hand. This didn’t add up to the character Clarke built of him being such a gentleman, right out of the Medieval period.

There was some superfluous wordiness at times that bogged down everything. I think it could have been worked out with some more editing and revising, or done away with altogether. I’m not sure the purpose of the particular scenes I’m thinking about being written in that way.

Overall, an enjoyable book if you can look past the few flaws. I did enjoy Marina’s character (minus the hysterics) and I loved Uncle Quentin’s own hysterically outlandish behavior. A roué indeed! I’m interested to see the books that feature Tam’s friends, the wounded Irishman and gorgeous hunk that is the prime meat of the marriage mart.

Sunday Post ~ So It Begins

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a weekly news post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase the books and other goodies you’ve received, and share news about upcoming events on your blog. Be creative and personalize it! To get in on the Sunday fun day, see the rules here: Suday Post Meme.


This week was crazy busy. Monday was my last day of freedom. Tuesday I called my yearbook officers for a work day. We met with our rep and ironed out our cover. We have our theme, colors, and visuals down. Now to pick out the fonts. We cleaned up the room quite a bit and I think it is going to be so much better this year with systems in processes in place that hold them accountable. Wednesday my mom and I picked up a bookcase I desperately need for my classroom and we hauled it up to school. Thursday my editor and I went shopping for the ten million things we needed to buy. We got started painting the A-frame (for marketing) but we couldn’t finish it all. I fixed the books and bookcase situation and then went home. Between these two days and the day setting up my classroom two weeks ago, I’ve already put in over 30 hours unpaid.

Friday was our first day back. It was a work day (YAY!) so it was nice and easy and slow, work at your own pace, and there were some middle school bebe’s up there to help out. I met the new peeps on my team and I think we are going to have a solid, no-snitch team this year that runs the Wild West like nobody’s business. Also, my partner K was trying to match-make me with my new door neighbor because he came in in the afternoon and asked if I was wearing house shoes (I was) and he said he was going to like me (in the “this is going to be a good year, we are the same kind of crazy teacher” vein). NO, people, there will be no matchmaking. He is married. K also went out of town, so Friday morning she brought Lacy Dog to my house and she and Baby had fun all day, and then Lacy Dog became the fun police when I got home. Yesterday they spent most of the day in opposite rooms.

I had an amazing hair day this week! It was done by late afternoon, but I captured it’s gloriousness below.

I also ordered some items from Amazon, including a scale that reads all kinds of things about your body. I opened it up yesterday and got it running. I was 100% positive I gained back all the weight I lost in April/May and then some. Yep, I gained 20 pounds from what I lost. How is that even fucking possible?? Going to get down to the grind with my keto again.

My middle brother – the one that never talks to anyone – superbly pissed me off Friday night. I honestly don’t think we can be siblings anymore with his viewpoints. It is going to be an awkward Thanksgiving when he gets leave and finds out it is going to be at my house.

I tried getting around to visiting and commenting. Even if I didn’t comment, I saw opened and read almost every post that came to my email. That’s a good step, right? I’m working on it, y’all. I’m going to try to be better about visiting today’s post today. What a concept! LOL

I have finished both of these books and I could not stop telling people (erm, my mom and partner K) about I Love You More. GUYS. Go read it! I am going to find something else on my list to start reading today.

I also realized that it is highly unlikely that I will meet any of my reading goals or challenges for the year, and it bothers me because THIS year was supposed to be THE year. *sigh* If only. I have got to get my shit locked down from now on.

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Book Blogger Hop ~ Happiest With A Book

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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.


Can you say this about yourself? Nothing makes me happier than sitting down with a good book. (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

 

I am so in love when I am down with a good book, but I can’t agree with that statement. I am happiest when I am spending time, enjoying the company of, and making memories with the people who matter most in my life – my family, my friends, and my best coworkers. Don’t get me wrong, at times I might want to be at home reading my book, but you can’t get those memories back.

WOW Moments Trying to Date Again

Since the break-up, I have tried dating. Tried being the operative word, here. I’m now convinced we live in a one-date culture today, but that’s another story. Today is all about stupid crazy shit these guys have said to me that are just HARD eye-roll moments.

So…you were going to either bail last minute or stand me up entirely? On a date YOU asked for? That’s been planned for 8 days? Mmmm. No, boy. I think I gotta wash my hair…

 

I love my friend Joyce. “I’d read that blog.” Well, y’all, I made it happen. Don’t even get me started on this crap. The lies or the blaming Christianity thing. No, honeyboo, that means you’re a Baptist. Let’s move on…

 

Dudebro doesn’t even know WTF he is. Too bad, he seemed cool. Obviously…not. But don’t call him a player. He’s not a player.

 

Y’all. This one had SO much potential. And then he no-showed…twice. So, player, but initially great conversations. Too bad. His New York balls and loud mouth were about to get him an “aight, bet” in a “abort, abort, fatal death mortality ahead” kind of way down here in Texas. Also, you gotta feed this unbiological Mexican girl the food of her country, dumbass. (Y’all, I have said this since I was in like 7th grade – my Mexican uncle will claim me, so don’t be hating.)

 

This just got me all fired up and roasty. Apparently someone got some chestnuts over an open fire. And yes, I did read this to my classes that day. You don’t get to be a misogynistic asshole. I have endured too much of that crap and I won’t stand for it anymore. I might also be getting feisty like an old folk in my “old” age, but IDGAF. Come at me, bro!

WWW Wednesdays (8.8.18)

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This is a weekly meme 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 I Love You More the other day and I was immediately sucked in. The story is told in alternating perspectives: Picasso’s (the first wife’s daughter), Kyle (the detective), and The Wives collectively. It is SO interesting. I don’t want to do anything else but keep reading and find out how all of this came together and how these women survived all those years knowing.

One man, three wives, the perfect murder. A scintillating novel of betrayal and conspiracy.

Picasso Lane is twelve years old when her father, Oliver, is murdered at their summer beach house. Her mother, Diana, is the primary suspect—until the police discover his second wife, and then his third. The women say they have never met—but Picasso knows otherwise. Picasso remembers the morning beautiful Jewels showed up at their house, carrying the same purse as her mother, and a family portrait featuring her father with two strange boys. Picasso remembers lifting the phone, listening to late night calls with Bert, a woman heavily pregnant with Oliver’s fourth child. As the police circle and a detective named Kyle Kennedy becomes a regular fixture in their home, Picasso tries to make sense of her father’s death, the depth of his deceit, and the secrets that bind these three women. Cunningly paced and plotted, I Love You More is a riveting novel of misplaced loyalty, jealousy, and revenge.


 What did you just finish reading?

I finally finished Spring in Sweetwater County. I’m not so sure about this book. It was medicore at best. I think I feel that way because it seemed so underdeveloped. There was some great depth with the secrets kept and the relationships of the characters today, but it just didn’t make it to the finish line. I actually rated this book the lowest I’ve rated a book in a long, long time. Only 2 stars. :/


What do you think you’ll read next?

But it will be one of my older NetGalley books.


 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! 🙂