1. Find a Book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?
1. Find a Book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?
It’s the third in a trilogy that I adore, but I’ve got some ARCs and buddy reads due soon. I won’t get to it for another month. Sad.
2. Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?
The Book Thief is about the Holocaust, which is a tough subject for me to read. I kept saying no to by book club, but they were relentless, so I had to give in. It’s not in my top ten favorite books. Lessons learned. Trust your fellow book buddies who know you well.
3. Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?
So many fellow Goodreaders were talking about it. Then I saw it on the bookshelf in the library of my apartment building. I snatched it up and plan to read it later this year.
4. Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?
Recommended as a buddy read with Medhat, a buddy from Goodreads. I loved it. Now we’re doing a buddy read this week on its sequel, Hidden Bodies.
5. Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube / Book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?
Beartown definitely lived up to the hype. It’s an amazing and powerful book that will absolutely rock your core to the point where you scream at the characters and the way people behave.
6. Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?
7. What book did you discover through a film / TV adaptation?
I hadn’t realized this was a book first when I watched the movie many years ago. I wish I had read it first…
8. Think of your all-time favorite book/s. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?
I read this in middle school and enjoyed it, but then I read it a few more times afterwards, which is where I found a love for the characters, messages and setting. It is nearly unmatched in my opinion…
I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
May has been a tremendously busy month for this book blogger, now finishing 9-months as the owner and creator of the “This-Is-My-Truth-Now” WordPress blog and website.
Note: This is 300% increase since last month, given all the previously read book reviews.
Note: This has gained 5 times as much interaction as last month due to more people reading the blog, responding to book reviews and participating in the 365 Challenges.
*** May 2017 has officially been the blog’s best and most popular month! ***
In the month of May, I only read 8 books. My focus was on re-designing the blog and figuring out how to best organize the content for different viewer types or readers.
I now have 14 books out of 20 awarded books on NetGalley with 2 badges: professional reader and 10 reviews.
3 out of 5 stars to the eleventh book, Cream Puff Murder, in the “Hannah Swensen” cozy mystery series by Joanne Fluke. And yes, it was hard to read without wanting a cream puff the entire time!Why This Book
I’ve been readin…
3+ out of 5 stars to I Found You, a 2016 thriller and suspense novel, by Lisa Jewell. Many thanks to NetGalley, Atria Books and Lisa Jewell for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.Why This…
3 out of 5 stars to Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, a new mystery and thriller novel set to release on June 13, 2017, by author Matthew J. Sullivan.Why This Book
For all us readers, who wouldn’t love a book with suc…
In addition to the 8 books I read above, I also wrote reviews for books I’d read in the past, but hadn’t taken the time to write any content besides a numerical rating. In the month of May 2017, I completed the following book reviews by genre (excluding the 8 that I actually read during the month):
I re-organized the site to have a primary menu item for all the major content in the site. Feedback has been very positive. Please continue to provide feedback. And remember, I can’t tell who provided which ratings or poll responses: it’s all anonymous. Feel free to share any other feedback about what you’d like to see or not see.
Wrote 3 reviews for Films & TV Shows:
Created a new menu where you can look up by genre, each author I’ve read and see if there are any book series or which reviews I’ve completed. You’ll also access content about the author and the book series to see if they may be something you’d like to read.
As part of the month, I completed two (2) “Spotlight on the Author” posts, where I included a link to the author and book reviews I’ve completed so far: Authors included:
I created a new book bucket list where I will keep a running list of 12 books that I must read before I die. Each of the 12 books is assigned a month when I will read it and post a review. Once completed, I’ll cross it off the list and add a new book for the next month:
I created a new series to recommend by genre, what are the best books to read by age, covering a range of 12 years for each post. In May 2017, I had two posts, which were:
|New books read||10||8||Focused on older reviews|
|Reviews (prior books)||40||157||I am on a mission to finish by 6/15|
|Tags||4||12||I was tagged a lot!|
|Film & TV reviews||4||3||I got busy with older book reviews|
|Visits & Trips||4||0||Not doing older trips, only new ones|
|General Blogs||4||13||I had a lot to say this month|
|365 Daily Challenges||31||31||On target!|
I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking. Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
After I finished looking at all the updates on Goodreads, WordPress and my other social media accounts this morning, and posting today’s 365 Daily Challenge blog, I began writing up a few reviews for books I’d read in the past. When I finished, I realized I’d written 350 book reviews in the last 9 months. I was shocked I’d gotten that far already. Just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for reading and providing feedback on all the reviews. I’m about 75% complete with finishing prior reads and hope to finish by the end of June. Below are some statistics as well as a link to the Book Review section here. This will help give you some insight into the different authors, books and genres I’ve read in case you want to go poking around in previous posts. Thank You!
Welcome to my collection of book reviews. My favorite genres are thrillers and historical fiction. I’ve broken the categories into the following 11 genres: (1) children’s literature, (2) classics [pre-19th century], (3) cozy mystery, (4) fantasy & science fiction, (5) general fiction, (6) historical fiction, (7) non-fiction, (8) other & about TV shows, (9) thriller & suspense fiction, (10) young adult fiction and (11) alternative fiction.
As May 2017, there are over 350 book reviews on my blog and website, ThisIsMyTruthNow. Within each menu, you will find all the books I’ve written a review for organized by genre. I first post the book review on Goodreads and then send it over to this site, where I explore more about the genre, book series and authors. Since I only started publishing book reviews in October of 2016, I have been trying to catch up on everything I’ve read to date. As a result, there are two types of book reviews being posted.
Book Review Type 1 – Full & Detailed
Book Review Type 2 – Short Summary
Thanks for stopping by and perusing the site. If you aren’t sure which genre the book falls into, you can also search by author in the next menu category called “Genre/Author/Series” or you can enter the book into the “Search” box on the main home screen. If you have any feedback, please share… I love to hear from everyone, as well as get book recommendations. To see my profile on Goodreads, click here.
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. <i>Note</i>: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
Thank you to Susan @ SusanLovesBooks for tagging me on the Goodreads Book Tag. Everyone should take a look at her site, as its full of great book reviews… current books, blasts from the past and a little bit of every genre. Good stuff! Here we go…
WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS ‘READ’?
It was a good read, full of horror and gore. But it should have been better. My review can be seen here.
“Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore” is a NetGalley award and I am 50% through. Good so far. “Dead with the Wind” is the second book in a cozy mystery series by a great author.
I saw it on someone else’s Goodreads profile and it looked fantastic. What if we chose our partner based on DNA? Scary…
It’s the next book to be published from the NetGalley awards I’ve won. Review due in 2 weeks!
Yes! I first rate the book on Goodreads using the 1 to 5 scale, and then I transfer them here to WordPress. The star definitions are:
5: Fantastic, a must check out for this genre. Changed how I think or made me incredibly happy to have known this work and I will tell everyone about it. Top-notch!
4: Extremely good and held my attention throughout. I connected with the story, want to experience more from the author/director/actor and will remember it well.
3: The all-around good work that had some strengths but also had some weaknesses. I’d recommend it to a friend but with a bit of caution.
2: Not of interest, missing major standards in either character, plot, theme, consistency, etc. Lost my interest way too many times.
1: Not even sure how this got published; how and why did I choose this work?
*My ratings scale considers the genre of the work meaning I could give a 5 to both a cozy and a famed traditional fiction novel or a cozy mystery. I interpret this to mean both are top notch in their genre, but it doesn’t imply that I think that a fun short mystery read is the same caliber as a Shakespearean play or classic coming of age work. Both can be incredibly good but are important for very different reasons.
Yes! It’s on my Home Page… 104 book. 2 books for every week. I’m currently at 49 books, which is about 9 ahead of schedule. I hope I can keep it up! See it here.
Sort of. I have a few books I’ve added on Amazon. I have a few items I’ve submitted requests for on NetGalley. And I recently started my “Book Bucket List.” Check the post out by clicking here. It has 12 books (one per month for a year) that I hope to read… then add a new one as each month passes.
I just placed an order today for 4 books
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain
“After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colors of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer’s breeze on their face, they should reserve as much praise for themselves as they do for the writer – perhaps more.”
― Jasper Fforde,
“Persuasion is not about force; it’s about showing a person a door, and making him or her desperate to open it.”
― David Mitchell,
“A life well lived is a life full of decisions.”
Oh no! I could go on forever… but right now, I have 4 primary favorites:
I have a few on Goodreads and Facebook, but I get so busy chatting with friends, I forget to check them or post in them. Do you have any good ones? I’d like to join a few new ones.
EVERYONE on my follower list. YES, that means YOU if you are reading this. I want to know all about your read habits and favorites.
I love fun little get-to-know-the-reader tags, where you find a bunch of new books, authors and tools. Happy Blogging!
I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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A very wise, important and thought-provoking post about rating books before one even reads them. Thanks to Bentley for sharing this on his blog… I am re-posting it for others to read.
Fair Warning: Unpopular Opinions Incoming!
I’ve been debating writing this post for quite some time now. I’ve titled it “Unpopular Opinions” for a reason. I’m fully expecting this to spark a bit of discussion and yes, disagreements, but given that we’re all civilized people with strong opinions that are all worthy of merit, I felt more and more compelled to share my thoughts.
I wanted to talk today about the state of Goodreads; in particular a disturbing trend I’ve been witnessing of people maliciously rating books before they’ve actually read them.
For the record, I also take issue with people rating upcoming books that they’re looking forward to 5 stars before the book has even been published, but that’s really not what I want to focus on here. Yes, that equally skews the ratings of any book, but I think it’s more pressing that we talk about the…
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It’s been another successful month of blogging, and as we come to a close on April, a few key things to share:
My target to have all the content updated and all ~500 book reviews updated from Goodreads on “ThisIsMyTruth” is June, 2017; however, there will be a lot of progress each week. I hope you’ll check it out and provide any feedback you think is helpful. I’m very open to hearing the good and the bad!
Thank you to everyone who has participated by commenting, liking, taking the poll or providing ratings. I’m having a tremendous amount of fun, trying to create a fun world for all of us.
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