Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Post #24

I participate in two great weekly memes, the first is Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

The second is, It's Monday! What Are You Reading  is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey her meme is exactly as it sounds, share what you are reading and/or what's next on the ever growing TBR

Friday, April 18, 2014

Femme Fatale Fridays: Charlotte Vale


A femme fatale, translating to "Deadly Woman" in french, is an alluring, seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers in bonds of irresistible desire. Often this leads them into compromising, dangerous and deadly situations." ~ Wikipeda


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Book Review Formats

Last week I read a blog post written by Kimba The Caffinated Reader on review burn out and mixing it up.  While I have not gone through review burn out I think it would be grand to try something new.  The post made me reexamine all the book reviews I have prepped and personalize/tailor them to the synopsis/genre.  I actually looked back on a meme I have been doing off and on, Femme Fatale Friday, a focus on femme fatales in literature.  I wrote letters, suicide notes and eulogies to describe these characters/stories.  I was creative.  While my freestyle review formula is fine and does work, I'd like to branch out and express a little of those creative juices floating around somewhere.

I've currently set my fallback as a breakdown with "initial thoughts, fond of, not fond, final thoughts"  but other ideas (some taken from Kimba) are:


  • Speed Dating 
  • Journal Entry
  • Medical Report
  • Obit/eulogy
  • Suicide Note
  • Bullet Point
  • Top Ten (David Letterman Style)
  • Tweet it! 140 words or less
  • The 5 Ws and H
  • Character Compare/Contrast Circles
  • Acrostic Poem -- take one word and expand off of each letter (Book Log OGreatness)
  • Newspaper article
  • Ad
  • Wanted Poster
  • Brochure
  • When my brother was in elementary school, he started every single paper with "Have you ever wondered?"  and no matter what the subject concluded with "Well if you ever wondered now you know."  In homage, I could expand off of that.
These are just a few, but there could be many more.  How do you review? do you have a set formula or do you mix it up?

Now I have one last inquiry, I've notice lately that several bloggers include a rating and an "About The Author" on their review posts.  Do you think either are an essential.  I've debated including a rating but I have always thought it gives your impression/overall view on said book too affirmatively, but maybe that's just me.  What do you think?


Monday, April 14, 2014

Radio Shelf Pleasure


Last week via an email I became aware of an awesome new program for book lovers, Shelf Pleasure.  I could rattle on about what a neat concept this idea is but I typically become incoherent so instead, below is the information provided to me.

** First Show Airing April 16th! *** Read the press release ***
Shelf Pleasure Radio is a weekly show for women who love to read. The show presents unique show segments (high-profile author interviews, the latest publishing news & trends, fun reading features etc.) that will engage women bibliophiles. Kristen (book editor/Shelf Pleasure co founder) and Liz (book publicist with Liz D Publicity & Promotions/Book’d in Burbank lit event organizer/veteran book club leader) are deeply involved in the book community. Their collective experiences, expertise, and industry contacts create a show that’s not just informative, but also a bookish good time.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Week in Review 4/13/14

I participate in two great weekly memes, the first is Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

The second is, It's Monday! What Are You Reading  is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey her meme is exactly as it sounds, share what you are reading and/or what's next on the ever growing TBR