Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and I shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week.
Clock Rewinders is almost one! I went back and found my very first CR post. That was on June 5th, 2011, and while the format of posts have changed over the past year, the reason for this feature has never changed. It is about building and celebrating this book blogging community. With this in mind, and the plagiarism drama that won’t die, I have made a decision not to link or discuss this kind of drama on my blog. The unfortunate truth is that rehashing and bringing attention to these kinds of situations means that the drama continues and refuses to go away. Giving drama more fuel to burn does not build community; it tears the community down. While there have been some shitty things done and said, and I will never condone them, I don’t want drama on this blog. Unless I’ve created it. Please know that not linking these situations does not mean I am not aware, or that I do not have an opinion regarding the matter. I am, and I do. But if it’s not my drama (i.e., if I have not been directly affected by it), it does not have a place on this blog.
As of 5/13, Clock Rewinders has no linky.
A list of blogs who usually participate is on my Features page.
On a Book Bender Recap
- Joint Review with Kelly: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews – Keeps you on the seat’s edge. (and woe! WOE! this is the last Kate book that’s been published. Kelly and I need more ASAP!)
- Top Off Tuesday — Stray Hearts… or Pants?
- Review: Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly – Ironically, the angels saved this book.
- Joint Review with Smash: Stolen by Lucy Christopher – This book has warped my mind.
Meanwhile, in Amanda’s World
- I went back to work this week. It wouldn’t have been so terrible, except my allergies are pretty bad (and probably worse since I don’t have a/c in my car and have to drive with the windows down, and yes, I’m back to my two hours/day commute) and so I’ve spent a lot of time not interacting online. So, if I’m quiet or not responding to comments or giving short replies, that’s why. Life has been pretty shitastic lately.
- Rachel taught me the phrase, “Chuckin a sickie.” It’s an Australian phrase for calling in sick. Though I didn’t call in sick, I did love learning something new! And thanks to Rachel for keeping me company at 4am in the morning on Tuesday when I couldn’t sleep. >.<
- On Tuesday, I stayed up for 20 hours (not on purpose) and learned that Rockstar makes an energy drink with extra caffeine. It certainly kept me going, though 10 hours for the caffeine high to wear off was a little extreme.
- I think I’m experiencing a bit of a blogging down swing. It’s not that I’m burnt out (yet), just that I have a little less motivation for blogging and everything that comes with that.
On 25 Hour Books
- *is still waiting for Tara’s vlog*
Around the Book Blogging Community
- Ellie from Curiosity Killed the Bookworm posted about email etiquette and using the BCC field. If you host events or anything that involves emailing a lot of people, you need to read this post.
- Alissa of The Grammarian’s reviews makes my list twice, first by posting about Nutella popsicles (um, YUM) and then by posting a great message to bloggers that you need to read if you have ever felt lost, or under-appreciated or burnt out. Or if you’re a blogger. Yes, it’s that good.
- Angelya at the Oaken Bookcase talked about five things she learned as a newbie blogger.
- Kelly of Reading the Paranormal talks about what to do with genre burn out and wants to know what you do.
- River of the Book Brats had an amazing post about the appearance (or lack of appearance) of people of color in YA books and the entertainment industry in general. River has a very important message here, and it’s one that needs to be said and spread.
- Thanks to my local-ish indie bookstore, I was able to see this post, by Tiana Smith, about how beauty is portrayed in books. I know I’ve said this a lot already in this round up of posts, but you should read this. It echos every thought I’ve had about the traditional American beauty seen as blonde haired and blue eyed while the “plain Jane” is brown haired and brown eyed.
- Our very own Christi (of Smitten with Reading) announced on Tuesday that she is publishing her own books, and is need of book bloggers for review. Congrats to you, Christi!
- Kiersten White wrote about profanity in YA books, which I think was partly in response to Gayle Forman’s post in response to an article about giving ratings to YA books. I already liked Gayle Forman, but I like her even more now, for saying everything I already think about the problems of rating books like you would movies.
- Ilona Andrews gives us a snippet of Kate 6! And considering Kelly and I are bemoaning the lack of more Kate books, this was rather nice.
- The cover of the sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Days of Blood and Starlight) was released. Thanks to Kelly for pointing me at this.
- Michelle Hodkin tweeted this, and I nearly died. Seriously, there are half-naked Disney princes.
1 m štiky — This is apparently Czech. štiky means pike. Beyond that? *shrugs*
tuesday sexy time — Yup. Got that. We call it Top Off Tuesdays, though.
fallen book series spoiler — *smacks you*
grammatical errors in published books — I’ve found them.
short heer dog — Hmm. Short hair dog?
Read in 2012 (48)
- Monkeewrench by PJ Tracy (7)
- A mystery set in Minnesota (Minneapolis, specifically) that was an interesting read. I will likely continue with the series.
- Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (8)
- I was so sad after finishing this book! Mostly because I just didn’t want it to end.
- My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent
- I didn’t rate or review this one, since I wasn’t really sure how it connected with the series. It was good, though.
- Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
- Yes, this is STILL ON MY LIST. I’ve been lazy about listening to it. But not because it’s terrible. Far from it. If you need any convincing about how awesome this audiobook is, you just have to read Mandi Kaye’s review of it this week.
- My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
- I actually have this one, the prequel, and the next story in a “volume 1″ book, but I think it makes more sense to separate them. Plus, it means more books to add to my Goodreads challenge.
*This week I realized that this number is out of whack because whenever I use my phone to scan and update my list, it adds both versions to my list (e.g., if I add a book I want to read to my to-read list, and it defaults to the hardcover version, and later I buy the paperback version, it will show that I have both the hardcover and paperback on my own-must-read list). This is a big part of the reason why I add a book I want to read to my Amazon wishlist rather than a Goodreads shelf.
- Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
- After reading On the Edge, I had to get both books out in this series. Yes, I liked it that much.
- Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews
- Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
- You all know I rated Anna and the French Kiss a 10, right? After that, I couldn’t not get Lola, too.
- I’ve still not added anything to my list. The cause of this may be that whenever I find a book I like, I’m generally more inclined to just buy it rather than add to my wishlist. There haven’t been a lot of books catching my attention lately, either, which is likely part of it as well. So, question: what books made your wishlist this week?