Category: Bibliobanter


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My Audiobook Experience

My Audiobook Experience

Posted 20 April, 2012 by Amanda / 38 Comments

Reading versus Listening In grad school, I took a course on reading and listening in a second language. In order to understand how one reads and listens in a foreign language, it was important to learn how one reads and listens in her native language. As you might guess, there are plenty of differences between […]

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Visiting Prague Through Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Visiting Prague Through Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Posted 3 December, 2011 by Amanda / 26 Comments

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen the pictures of Prague that I have posted while I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone.  I can only imagine the challenges of setting a book in such a well-known city, and attempting to describe the city in a way that does it justice.  Because, […]

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How do you rate?

How do you rate?

Posted 28 October, 2011 by Amanda / 16 Comments

I have been doing quite a bit of thinking about how I rate books, especially with all the talk floating around the blogosphere about positive reviews (see Parajunkee’s Book Blogging 101 from 10/6) and after seeing Smash do away with her rating system.   For the seven months I have been blogging, I have been […]

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5 Ways to Guarantee I Will NOT Review Your Book

5 Ways to Guarantee I Will NOT Review Your Book

Posted 23 September, 2011 by Amanda / 42 Comments

Authors, listen up: this list is for you.  Now that I’ve been at book blogging for a few months and received my fair share of review requests, I’ve had some experiences that completely turn me off from accepting a review request, and feel it necessary to share.  Please don’t take this list as an attack […]

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Birthday Book Haul

Birthday Book Haul

Posted 25 July, 2011 by Amanda / 22 Comments

Alternatively titled: Why My Boyfriend is Incredibly Awesome It was never my intention to post about what I got for my birthday, but Kyle did something pretty darn cool for me, and I want to share. About a month or so ago, I discovered that Maggie Stiefvater and Tessa Gratton were coming to Minneapolis for […]

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How I Keep Track of my #RAK Books

How I Keep Track of my #RAK Books

Posted 7 July, 2011 by Amanda / 19 Comments

It’s no secret I like to be organized.  So when I signed up for RAK and started receiving and sending out books, I knew I had to do something to keep track of my books.  My solution?  A google form and spreadsheet.  And because I am willing to spread the love, I thought I’d post […]

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Bibliobanter: I’m tough to please.

Bibliobanter: I’m tough to please.

Posted 27 May, 2011 by Amanda / 5 Comments

As much as I love books, I am not given to extremes.  I took this into consideration when I crafted by rating system, as seen below (and on my Rating System page): A++ A+ A A-/B+ B B-/C+ C C-/D+ D D- F 5 4.5 4 3.5 3 2.5 2 1.5 1 .5 0 (I […]

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Bibliobanter: Review Philosophy

Bibliobanter: Review Philosophy

Posted 20 May, 2011 by Amanda / 6 Comments

I have been doing a lot of thinking about reviews (mine in particular) lately.  What makes them good?  What information is necessary?  I don’t exactly have concrete answers to these questions, mostly because I think it is highly subjective, but I can talk about how I approach reviewing, and more importantly – reading.  The short […]

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Bibliobanter: 5 Things I Like About Reading

Bibliobanter: 5 Things I Like About Reading

Posted 13 May, 2011 by Amanda / 9 Comments

I wrote this list back in 2009.  It’s still pretty accurate.  What are 5 things YOU like about reading? 1. I can learn new things 2. I enjoy getting caught up in a life other than my own 3. It’s a good way to escape reality 4. It is a constant source of inspiration 5. […]