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.
After everyone’s Feedburner feed counts went down to zero this week, there was a huge freak out over Feedburner going away. But Feedburner is not shutting down. A Feedburner competitor (FeedBlitz) has been reporting that Feedburner will shut down its APIs in October, and attempting to get Feedburner users to switch to their service. While it is true that Feedburner is shutting down its APIs, I have seen nothing that tells me how the APIs are used beyond being a tool for developers (from the Feedburner API website) and I’m not really sure the news deserves the panic it received last week.
I wrote about this on Facebook, if you want to know more. I won’t rehash it here. But I *will* say this: don’t believe everything you see on the Internet. Verify your source. Read articles from GOOD sources (good sources are generally considered to be DIRECTLY FROM THE SOURCE aka primary sources, so go beyond what bloggers–yes, that includes me–say, and what non-Feedburner or non-Google sites say). Read those articles all the way through. Consider the information with healthy skepticism. Do research on what you don’t understand.
Should we keep an eye on what happens to Feedburner? YES, ABSOLUTELY. But until we know for sure, there is no reason to panic. You can research your alternatives, but DO. NOT. PANIC.
If you need to do something, subscribe to your Feedburner feed. I’m subscribed to mine both through Google reader and email subscriptions. If there is an issue, I will know about it right away. I am reconsidering my need for a third party service to deal with my feed (I’m starting to think it’s really not necessary, especially since Jetpack offers an email subscription, which I’m now using). I am NOT panicking. I am doing research and I am evaluating all my options before I make a final decision about anything.
(For the record, this isn’t the first time Feedburner has had issues with stats being at zero. But it’s probably the first time it’s happened since GFC went away. So there you have it.)
On a Book Bender Recap
- Review: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield (8) — Satisfying in a sad, creepy way.
- Top Off Tuesday  — Where I coined the new tag line: “Brightening everyone’s Tuesday, one almost-naked man at a time.”
- Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (10) — This book absolutely blew me away.
- How Not to Make Friends on Twitter
- GLA on Reading the Paranormal: 50 Shades of Snow White by Sami Summers
- GLA on Reading the Paranormal: Goldie and the Three Doms by Patricia Green
Meanwhile, in Amanda’s World
- For some shenanigans, Kelly and I tweeted our thoughts on Virgin Hostage. You’re welcome.
- Sarah crowned me Peen Queen. The conversation digresses from there. (In a good way, though, because who doesn’t love a little vagina love from the peen?)
- Oh! The boyfriend and I decided to sign up for a 5k race to motivate ourselves to get back into running. I’m on this three day cycle of running, biking (cross-train), and rest. Except I had to take two days of rest this week because, um, I may have overdone my run the first time out.
- I declared Wednesday to be Wine Wednesday, and had fun with everyone who drank with me (in spirit or otherwise). Seriously, Twitter likes it when I talk about alcohol. And peen. (What’s not to love about alcohol and peen?)
- Yeah. I’m not really going to lie. My life was pretty boring this week.
Around the Book Blogging Community
- Rick the Zombie crashes Reading in Winter to talk about why zombies are better than vampires.
- Smash was quoted on the stepback of Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep. YAY SMASH!
- Was it just me or did not a lot happen this week?
what’s up with joey lawarence eyebrows? — I have NO idea. (Also, the lack of possessive here makes me think there is an eyebrow style called the Joey Lawrence.)
stalker love — Yes, the giraffe shifters love you.
die-hard grammar — I just… for some reason this term makes me laugh. Is there a type of grammar that’s die hard?
Read in 2012 (126)
- Wicked Werewolf Night by Lisa Renee Jones (2)
- I really had no idea what was going on here. Here’s my GR review.
- Heartsick by Chelsea Cain (7)
- Review 10/15!
- Virgin Hostage by Tiffany Towers (2)
- Kelly and I read (and tweeted our way through) this book. It was… not that great. Here’s my GR review.
- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray(8)
- Review 11/7!
- Red Fox by Karina Halle
- SO CREEPY.
- Shady Lady by Ann Aguirre
- A SIGNED COPY! Ann Aguirre held a giveaway of lots of her books. And I got a book. *thumbs up*
Amazon Wishlist (64)
- Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha
- Because it inspired RAGE in Kelly upon finishing (it was that good).
- The Diviners by Libba Bray
- Because Jenny the Supernatural Shark/Shobster said “supernatural murder mystery” and I was sold.
- Hunter’s Season by Thea Harrison
- If I have to explain this one, you don’t know me very well.
- Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
- BECAUSE KELLY SAID SO.
Unbreaking the Shelves Progress
Wow, I suck. I read two books from my own-must-read list, but added one. But… I have a couple books that are series out of order, so I might have to copy Kelly’s “series-out-of-order” shelf (Oh, am I copying Kelly? This never ever happens). My pending shelf may have technically gone down, but… well, I don’t want to talk about it.
Next week will be better, right?