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Goodreads LISTS: Have you added books?

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With so many book sites available, it’s hard to know which ones to consider using or supporting. As part of May, I’m going to share my profile and the websites I use for both (1) choosing / reading new books and (2) advertising my own books. I’m certain all of you are familiar with and/or use Goodreads, so I don’t need to explain much about it; however, there is a Goodreads tool that I would like to discuss with everyone: LISTOPIA.

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Under the BROWSE menu item is a dropdown for LISTS where you can search various user-voted books to see what is recommended for various categories like ‘Best Family Values Books’ or ‘Top Page-Turners.” Lists can be created by different users and can be as generic or specific as you like. The Goodreads Librarians will merge them if they feel two lists are similar, and authors can’t vote or add their own book to a list. I like that there are some rules around them. Let’s talk about the value of these lists:

If you are in a certain mood and want to search for a list on a topic such as “books to make you cry” or “books with a main character who has Asperger’s Syndrome,” there’s probably an available list with at least one hundred books on it. Reader’s frequently check here to find a book that maybe they’d never previously heard of or thought about. Goodreads members can either (1) create a list or (2) add a book to an existing list. You can add multiple books to the same list and choose the order for them, too. As the votes tally up, the book moves up the list to the coveted Top 10 spots.

If the list is existing, and the book is already there, you click on the VOTE button:

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If the book is not on the list, you can add from the next tab:

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Once the book is on the list, if you have more than 1, you can determine the order on the right side:

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And if you want to check on what you’ve added or voted for, look in the upper right section… I’ve added my friends (Candace and Misty) to the list and will be working on adding others in the next week.

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If you are a Goodreaders user, I’d love to get my books added to a few lists. I’ve noted a few below, but feel free to choose others, too. Thank you in advance for helping out!

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Goodreads List to add FATHER FIGURE

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Goodreads List to add WATCHING GLASS SHATTER

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Note: Authors, let me know if you’d like me to add your books to any Goodreads lists. You can leave a comment here or private message me on Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc.

 

 

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Readers’ Favorite: Are you on this site, too?

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With so many book sites available, it’s hard to know which ones to consider using or supporting. As part of May, I’m going to share my profile and the websites I use for both (1) choosing / reading new books and (2) advertising my own books. Readers’ Favorite is a fantastic find that has become a go-to solution for me in the last few months.

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For readers, Readers’ Favorite is great because if you commit to writing a public review, you can download a book for FREE. It could be from a favorite author, a new writer you’d like to try, or anything in between. All genres included. It’s an easy-to-use interface to share your review (similar to Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.). There are other opportunities to connect with authors and win books, too.

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For authors, Readers’ Favorite is a FREE site to get a review… but the MOST important part is that this qualified as an EDITORIAL REVIEW via Amazon. On your Amazon profile, you can highlight 5 editorial reviews which are often the place reader’s go to see something considered ‘professional’ in the industry as opposed to an everyday reader’s review. I’ll share more about Amazon in the next week, but it’s been a fantastic help to me. I’ve gotten a review for both of my books, included it in the EDITORIAL REVIEW section on Amazon, and found a few new book readers from it.

The user interface is very friendly, but the best part is they are connected to tons of social media platforms and share your review EVERYWHERE. They create press releases, book giveaway options and contests for you to share. You can get email or text updates depending on your preferences. You can see the reader’s profiles on certain platforms. It’s very useful for any authors looking to get a quick review (got both of mine within 2 weeks of posting), and then you can RATE the REVIEWER!

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So… check this one out for finding new FREE books to read and/or getting a FREE review on your book. If you’re interested in reading either of my books, consider leaving a review on Readers’ Favorite once you’re finished. Download both books for FREE on this site or via Amazon to have permanent copy @ Watching Glass Shatter (.99 cents today) and Father Figure (FREE from 5/6 thru 5/10). Leave reviews or share the current Reader’s Favorite reviews through the links below:

 

Agatha Christie Readathon – Wrap Up & Links

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Our April 2018 Agatha Christie Readathon was a smashing success.  I am thankful to everyone who participated by reading, reviewing, or spreading the news. I had so much fun chatting with readers, bloggers and friends this month. As a re-cap, in case you missed any post or were waiting until the end, below are the links to the prior posts and the 4 dedicated book pages to find all the reviews. Kudos to everyone for such fun!

 

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Background on the Agatha Christie Readathon

I’m an avid mystery reader and one of my favorite authors is Agatha Christie. I shared a post on this wonderful writer several months ago and have a dedicated page to her on my blog. Click on both links to see what I’ve read or said in the past. I’m holding an Agatha Christie Readathon in April. For more information, click the link and see the background and guidelines below. Essentially, we will read 1 book for each week in April 2018, then post our reviews.  You can join in and read with us — either 1, 2, 3 or all 4 weeks! The goal is to revisit an old favorite, connect with new bloggers, and share the love we have for this fantastic author. Voting in the pools was held from 3/1 thru 3/14, and the results are in for which books we will read in April:

  • The Secret Adversary (Other) – Read By 4/6, Post Review on 4/7 (Week 1)
  • Peril at End House (Poirot) – Read By 4/13, Post Review on 4/14 (Week 2)
  • The Body in the Library (Re-Read) – Read By 4/20, Post Review on 4/21 (Week 3)
  • Murder at the Vicarage (Marple) – Read By 4/27, Post Review on 4/28 (Week 4)

If you’re interested, please respond below in the comments with which weeks or books you want to read. I will create a separate page for each one and list all the sites where you can find the reviews. You will post the review on your site, and I’ll link it from that page so everyone can see them!

Please share with your followers so we have even more participation. Thanks!

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Below is the structure and guidelines of the April Agatha Christie Readathon:

  • In April 2018, we will read 4 books written by Agatha Christie.
  • We will follow a schedule (6 days to read, 1 day to post review):
    • We read the first book from Sun 4/1 thru Fri 4/6, then post reviews on Sat 4/7. It will be from a non-series book I haven’t read.
    • We read the second book from Sun 4/8 thru Fri 4/13, then post reviews on Sat 4/14. It will be a book from the Hercule Poirot series.
    • We read the third book from Sun 4/15 thru Fri 4/20, then post reviews on Sat 4/21. It will be a book I’ve already read but I will re-read another time.
    • We read the fourth book from Sun 4/22 thru Fri 4/27, then post reviews on Sat 4/28. It will be a book from the Miss Marple series.
  • You can read only one week, a few weeks, or all four weeks — your choice.
  • Reviews/Posts can be any format, but you will link back to my main page where I will then list all the blogs or websites who are participating so that everyone can find your reviews.

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About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where 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.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: 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.

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7 Film Reviews – Quite a Variety

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As a kid, I didn’t watch very many movies. My parents weren’t big film or movie buffs, so I didn’t see most of the popular flicks. I am an only-child and spent more of my time reading or thinking. Over the years, I’d catch maybe one movie per month, but I was more a TV sitcom watcher. Then, when it rose to over $225 per month, I canceled cable last month. I now only watch shows when they show up on Hulu, Netflix, or Amazon after the season is over. For some reason, I’m just about caught up on everything and had a lull in my television viewing time. W and I decided to pick a few movies and managed to catch seven (7) in the last two weeks, which is quite rare for us. We’ve been to an actual movie theater twice in the last two years. I thought I’d share my opinions on these movies since they range from love story to biographical account and comedy to thriller. A few were converted from books, too. Here goes…

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CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

  • I saw the book all over Goodreads. My friend, Medhat, told me I needed to read the book and watch the movie. A few other friends kept talking about how the guy from Arm & Hammer products was in it (I had no clue what they were talking about). So… we caved last weekend and watched the movie even though I hadn’t yet read the book. I’m a bit sad I did this in the wrong order, which is rare for me.
  • Loved it! So many great scenes from the emotional drama to the potential for something to be requited or unrequited. It also takes place in Italy, and I’ll be there for 2 weeks next month, so it is quite fitting. I shed a few tears at the end. I saw myself in a few scenes. I didn’t realize at first that it took place in the 1980s and kept wondering why it was so risky for them to be together. Sure, there was an age difference, but it wasn’t too many years apart. That’s when I picked up on the time period. Oops! Sometimes I’m a little dense or have tunnel vision when I get focused on the story or backdrop.
  • Definite recommendation. Must read book first. Says so much about how we should live our lives rather than how we do live our lives.

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FUNNY FARM

  • A ~30ish guy quits his job and moves to the country with his wife to be a writer. I don’t have a wife and I haven’t yet moved to the country, but this could be me! W thought I’d enjoy the film, but I secretly believe it was a way of saying “why do you want to move to the country?” since I keep casually dropping heaving and unloading hints.
  • Chevy Chase is always funny. It’s a bit overdone at times, but if you like this sorta thing, it’s pretty solid. It’s also from about 25 years ago and comedy is much different an entire generation later.
  • A definite recommend for book lovers and writers. If you like silly and stupid humor, it’s also a barrel of laughs. And if you like the concept of small towns, married life issues, and real estate, you will adore it.

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LAST CALL PITCHES

  • I love movies where the cast sings. I saw the first two which meant I had to finish out the trilogy. And John Lithgow had a guest star role. It has to be fantastic, right? Oh… well… what’s that rule about the third film always being the letdown? I think I fell for the trap again.
  • It wasn’t exactly bad. But it wasn’t good. I loved many parts of it. But none of the male cast returned, so I felt a bit of a disconnect. With the premise being the girls all broke up with their boyfriends, it sorta made for a different type of movie. I’m totally good with the all-women focus, but it felt a little too formatted and formulaic in how it came together.
  • Add in the wacky premise of a USO tour with a famous rap artist, and I just kept looking sideways at the TV and W. What are we watching???
  • If you watched the first two, you should see it. If you’ve never seen these movies, please don’t start with this one. It won’t make you see the awesomeness of the original.

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IT

  • Another case of not reading the book first. It always happens that way for me with Stephen King. I’ve never read his books. I’ve seen some of his movies. I caught a few minutes of the original It (TV show or TV movie, I don’t remember). I love scary movies. I wanted to feel my heart thump and my skin crawl. It didn’t happen. It was a bit of a letdown from the fear-factor. I laughed at Pennywise the Clown’s antics. There were a few scenes where I was a tad nervous, but on the whole, it was just an okay movie for me.
  • The camaraderie with the kids and actors was strong. The balance between story and visual art was really great. The underground scenes were stunning. And I hear there’s either a second part or a continuation? I need to look up more about this and maybe read the book in between. I didn’t dislike it, but it just didn’t wow me like I’d hoped.

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DARKEST HOUR

  • I’m a huge monarch and royalty buff when it comes to the historical aspects (not the soapy drama components in today’s world of ‘what are the royals doing?’). I’ve studied most of the UK throne changes and adore the Tudor, Elizabethan, and Victorian periods. But I hate politics of any sort. So, I wasn’t sure if I’d like this one… but I definitely did! I watch The Crown regularly and enjoyed John Lithgow in the Winston Churchill role, so I assumed I’d like this movie.
  • Gary Oldman is amazing! I loved him in Harry Potter, but this was fantastic. I forget how versatile and adept he is at truly becoming the role. It’s a heavy film, and there are a lot of political machinations going on behind the scenes, but well worth it. It’s a highly recommended suggestion from me. It even has Rose from Downtown Abbey in it, which made the film even more interesting.

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THREE BILLBOARDS

  • I knew very little about this one. It did not look interesting. And although I do like Frances McDormand, I wasn’t keen to watch it. But it was the best of the choices one night, so we gave it a chance. And all I can say is… I am an idiot for thinking it wouldn’t be an amazing film. Wow, it completely took me by surprise and falls into one of those films that actually made me change my opinion of a character I severely hated to someone I really liked.
  • I’d love to talk about the ending. But I’d be spoiling it. The best way I can liken this movie is to say… imagine there’s an event that happens resulting in several people being pit against one another in a small town. All this stuff happens, but you don’t know because you’re just hearing the story months or years later. And when you hear the story, you only hear parts of it. You never actually know the full story. And you have to decide or judge for yourself the difference between right and wrong.
  • I loved this film and am a bit amazed and angered by the ending all at once. The acting was top notch. There were so many scenes were I wanted to get my shotgun and poke the barrel at a few characters myself – just like what happened in the film. But I don’t own one, so that wouldn’t work. Instead I just grunted and had another Jack Daniels & whiskey. It served its purpose. I definitely recommend this movie, but go in prepared — it’s psychological and you won’t get all the answers you want.

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ME BEFORE YOU

  • I read all 3 books. I held off on watching the movie so I didn’t get corrupted in how I pictured the characters. The film was beautiful. It brought to life many of the fantastic scenes in the book that made me love the characters, drama, and pain. Casting was pretty strong, but I definitely feel the book captured the emotions better than the film.
  • It opens up so many questions about life and trust. What’s fair versus dealing the hand you’re given. Love comes in many forms. Jojo Moyes is a wonderful author. I need to read more from her. I’ve only seen a few episodes of Game of Thrones, but the actress who plays Lou seems quite versatile in her roles. I loved seeing the actress who played Queen Victoria, Jenna Coleman, in a different type of role. And the actor who played Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter – he’s all grown up.
  • If you’ve not seen it, please be sure to read the first book before seeing the movie. It will make you have a stronger connection or attachment to the story. It’s a tough one, and the ending is definitely controversial.

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TAG: Fight Like a YA Girl

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Thank you so much Patty @ Moohnshine’s Corner for tagging me on this cool tag. It’s the most difficult one I’ve ever done… and she’s gonna pay for it one day. Possibly with a cake… Hahaha! So fair…

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The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator Krysti at YA and Wine
  • Match at least one YA girl with each of the themes below.
  • Tag as many people as you like!

 

1.WARRIOR GIRLS:

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2. GIRLS WHO FIGHT WITH THEIR MIND:

  • Hermione from Harry Potter. She always knows the right spell to deal with the enemy.

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3. GIRLS WHO FIGHT WITH THEIR HEART:

  • Lou from Me Before You. At first glance, it may not appear that she does, but in the end, her heart brought her back to him and tried to convince Will to change his mind. She may or may not be a young adult, but in my mind, she was young enough.

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4. GIRLS WHO ARE TRAINED FIGHTERS:

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5. STRONG GIRLS OF COLOR:

  • Rue from The Hunger Games. She stayed in the game for a long time.

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6. GIRLS WHO FIGHT TO SURVIVE:

  • Lisbeth Salander from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. She will never die.

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7. GIRLS WHO ARE WEAPONS MASTERS:

 

*** See anyone from The Hunger Games ***

8. GIRLS WHO DON’T CONFORM TO GENDER ROLES:

 

*** See several from The Hunger Games ***

9. GIRLS WITH KICK-BUTT MAGICAL POWERS:

  • Lyra from The Golden Compass. Imagine what Lyra can do with the alethiometer.

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10. STRONG GIRLS IN CONTEMPORARY NOVELS:

  •  Pretty Little Liars

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11. SERIOUSLY FIERCE GIRLS:

*** See anyone from The Hunger Games ***

12. MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK WITH A STRONG LEADING LADY:

 

  • WOW!!! Too many to come up with,  but none are Young Adult. I’m gonna have to think about this one… suggestions?

Nominations To Do This Tag

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where 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.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: 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.

June 2017: Monthly Wrap Up

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June has been a good month for this book blogger, now finishing 10-months as the owner and creator of the “This-Is-My-Truth-Now” WordPress blog and website.

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Key Metrics in June 2017

  • Site Metrics – NEW for this MONTH
    • 11,876 – Views
    • 3,094 – Visitors
    • 277 – New Followers (Thank You! Total Followers right now is 740)
    • 6,622 – Likes
    • 1,973 – Comments
    • 170 – Posts (average of 6.75 per day — due to older books reviews)

Note: The # of posts went down a little bit while the number of interactions went up a bit. That’s good news. But I gained 33% in followers. Wow!

*** June 2017 has officially been the blog’s best and most popular month! ***

Books Read in June 2017

In the month of June, I only read 5 books. My focus was on finishing all the previously read book reviews, which are now complete and total almost 500. I also earned my 80% badge on NetGalley, which you receive after writing at least 16 reviews out of 20 awarded books. I completed 17, but then I was awarded 4 more books, so I’ve slipped back just under 80%. I’ll fix it in July.

Books Read included

Watch Me Disappear
really liked it
4 out of 5 stars to Watch Me Disappear, a new mystery and suspense thriller, set to be published on July 11, 2017 and written by Janelle Brown. Many thanks to the author, NetGalley, Random House and Spiegel & Grau for this Advanced Reade…
tagged:
1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-june
No Turning Back
really liked it
4 out of 5 stars to No Turning Back, a thriller and suspense novel released on June 15, 2017 by Tracy Buchanan. Many thanks to the author and to the publisher, Crooked Lane (thanks, Sarah!) for suggesting this book and sending it to me. …
tagged:
1-fiction and 7-read-2017-june
The Marriage Pact
really liked it
4 out of 5 stars to The Marriage Pact, a thriller and suspense novel written by Michelle Richmond and set to be released on July 25, 2017. Many thanks to the author, NetGalley and the publisher, Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine…
tagged:
5-netgalley, 1-fiction, and 7-read-2017-june
A Likely Story
liked it
3 out of 5 stars to A Likely Story, the 6th book in the “Library Lover’s Mystery” series, written in 2015 by Jenn McKinlay. A good continuance in the cozy series and a quick read. Basic, but fun. Fans will enjoy it, but seemed a tad bit …
tagged:
2-fic-cozy-mystery, 1-fiction, 7-read-2017-june, and 3-fic-multi-bo…
See What I Have Done
really liked it
4 out of 5 stars to See What I Have Done, a historical fictional account of the “Lizzie Borden Axe Murders,” written by Sarah Schmidt and set to be published on August 1, 2017. Many thanks to NetGalley, Grove Atlantic Monthly Press and t…
tagged:
5-netgalley, 1-fiction, 7-read-2017-june, and 4-fic-historical-fiction

Books Reviews Written in June 2017

In addition to the 5 books I read above, I completed nearly 500 book reviews since starting the blog. The counts break down as follows:

  •  25 – Children’s Literature
  •  93 – Classics (Pre 19th-Century)
  • 177 – Cozy Mystery Fiction
  •  12 – Fantasy & Science Fiction
  •  47 – General Fiction
  •  28 – Historical Fiction
  •  10 – Non-Fiction
  •   8 – Other / About TV Shows
  •  66 – Thriller & Suspense Fiction
  •  24 – Young Adult (YA) Fiction
  •   3 – Alternative Fiction

365 Daily Challenge

Characteristics – Click Here

  • Adaptable (81)
  • Assertive (82)
  • Clumsy (83)
  • Blue Color (84)
  • Inspirational (85)
  • Only-Child (86)
  • Dancer (87)
  • QuestMaxGoaly (88)
  • Humble (89)
  • Resolutionary (90)
  • Brown Color (91)
  • 5W?-25% (92)
  • Inoffensive (93)
  • Meddlesome (94)
  • Challenged (95)
  • Distant (96)
  • Far-Away (97)
  • Purple Color (98)
  • Social (99)
  • Morbid (100)
  • Sullen (101)
  • Independent (102)
  • Tolerant (103)
  • Relevant (104)
  • Orange Color (105)
  • Opine (106)
  • Idle (107)
  • Early-Riser (108)
  • Momentary (109)
  • Solution-Oriented (110)

 

365 Challenge Surprise

  • How everyone responded to the Sunday List Posts on Colors… we love our colorful characteristics, don’t we?

Site Polls & Feedback

You helped decide two key things:

  • “Father Figure” is the book I will start writing in July.
  • “The Bear & The Nightingale” is the book I will read from my Book Bucket List.

Tags & Awards

Tags

  • Participated in 11 tags (click here)
    • 6 Book Tags
      • Candy Books
      • Rapid Fire Books
      • Ruler of the Books
      • What Cats Do In Books
      • Mid-Year Freak Out Books
      • Unpopular Opinions Books
    • 5 Non-Book Tags
      • Friends for Days
      • Desert Island Discs
      • Soul-Ripping Romance
      • Romance Fails in Fiction
      • Anything But Books

 

Awards

  • Nominated for 8 awards (click here)
    • Blogger Recognition #2
    • Unique Blogger #2
    • Sunshine Bloggers #3
    • Sunshine Blogger #2
    • Entertainer Blogger
    • Real Neat Blogger
    • Liebster Discover New Blogs #2
    • Cramm

Film / TV Show Reviews

Wrote 2 reviews for Films & TV Shows:

Genre / Author / Series

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:

Book Bucket List

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:

What Age Do I Read This Book?

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 June 2017, I had one re-post as a result of a partnership with Nel @ Reactionary Tales:

Final Thoughts

  • I set my June goals during the May month-end update. Let’s see how I did:
Goal Plan Actual Comment
New books read 10 5 Focused on older reviews
Reviews (prior books) 100 108 I got ’em all done plus 8% more!
Tags / Awards 4 19 Way more than I expected
Film & TV reviews 3 2 I got busy with older book reviews
Author Spotlights & Age/Genre Reads 8 3 I got overwhelmed with tags and awards!
General Blogs 4 6 More To Say Than Expected
365 Daily Challenges 30 30 On target!
  • Thank you for reading and commenting. I am really enjoying interacting with everyone. Please feel free to suggest any changes you’d like to see or for me to consider.

July 2017 Goals

  • 8 – New books read
  • 8 – Find books I previously read and write the review
  • 4 – Tags / Awards
  • 2 – Film & TV reviews
  • 2 – Author Spotlights
  • 2 – What do I read by genre and age?
  • 4 – General Blogs
  • 4 – “Father Figure” Posts
  • 31 – 365 Daily Challenges

 

About Me

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.

TAG: Rapid Fire Books

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Many thanks to ReadRantRock&Roll for posting this tag and encouraging me to give it a chance. You must check out Jenn’s site, as she has amazing content and is such a sweet person. Her blog has everything you need and want to know about life, food, health, books and fun. This one is the Rapid Fire Book Tag and it appears to have been originally made by GirlReading over Youtube, so be sure to stop by and check her out HERE.

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Question 1: E-Book or Physical Book?

I was always a physical book reader, but I’m learning to like e-readers. I download through Kindle Reader on my iPad and read in bed when my other half is sleeping. Less light than a book light, and I can easily switch back and forth to check Goodreads!

Question 2 : Paperback or Hardback?

No preference. I rarely get hardback books anymore, as I read new ones when they first come out by getting them through NetGalley or other ARCs; they’re e-reads most of the time. And when I buy older books, I go for the paperback because they are cheaper and I don’t really keep books anymore — unless it’s a high 4 or 5 rating. Can’t find a space for everything unfortunately. But I love seeing all the books! 

Question 3 : Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

Both. I was always an in-store book shopper, devastated when they started closing up. I had a Barnes and Noble two blocks away, and we’d go every other weekend to peruse the shelves and buy a few books. It closed for a year’s worth of supposed renovations, and the nearest one is 20 blocks away. I love book stores, but that’s 30 minutes each way, which is a lot of time to lose. I started buying more online or getting books thru ARCs at that point. But if the brick and mortar tore opens up again, I’ll be back.

Question 4 : Trilogies or Series?

It doesn’t matter… I love serial fiction. Something about staying with the same characters and setting is fundamentally natural to me.

Question 5 : Heroes or Villains?

Villains all the way. I want the good guy or girl to win out, but ultimately, I love it when the villain wreaks havoc across the entire cast!

Question 6 : A book you want everyone to read?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It’s about a book, so readers must love books if they are reading, right? The Holocaust is a tough subject, but this book has a fantastic balance with an ethereal quality to Liesl as she struggles to survive.

Question 7 : Recommend an underrated book?

I don’t know! I would have to comb through my Goodreads list of read books, but off the top of my head, I think more people need to read Kate Morton’s historical fiction and mystery books. It has everything from characters to plot to suspense to beautiful lyrics without getting too far off the deep end or caught up in scenery description.

Question 8 : The last book you finished?

No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan. A mystery and suspense thriller about a woman who kills a teenager to protect her young infant. But how is it connected to The Ophelia Killer from twenty years ago? Come on, you know you wanna find out! 

Question 9 :The Last Book(s) You Bought?

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes. It’s the follow-up to the first in the series, You, where a psycho stalks someone and then finds himself with an even bigger issue.

Question 10 : Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

A plastic bag. I was on a train and that’s all I had left from the Starbucks scone I purchased as a snack before heading out to Long Island to visit my parents.

Question 11 : Used Books: Yes or No?

Yes, I’m OK with used books. I often borrow from the library in my co-op building. We have about 30 shelves of nearly 1200 books… I’m always finding something to read when in between ARCs (which never happens anymore) or purchases. 

Question 12 : Top Three Favorite Genres?

Mystery. Thriller & Suspense. Historical Fiction.

Question 13 : Borrow or Buy?

Buy. I tend to look for new books 90% of the time and then pick-up ones from other people or libraries about 10% of the time. It’s just a matter of time and what I want to read. ARCs come first. Then series I enjoy reading (so I have to buy the new book). And last, I search for new things or books on my TBR. 

Question 14 : Characters or Plot?

Both, but plot edges out slightly. I can connect to a book with a great plot but bad characters; however, if the plot is boring, I won’t be happy. 

Question 15 : Long or Short Books?

I think I prefer middle, can I say that? I like to read a lot, so shorter makes more sense. But I need depth in a story, so they tend to be longer. Oh… it hurts… Longer. Longer books if I had to choose. Please stop harassing me with these choices!

Question 16 : Long or Short Chapters?

Short chapters all the way. Helps keep focus and find break points for food, sleep and errands.

Question 17 : Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

 

You by Caroline Kepnes. Just bought the follow-up book.

The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth. Sticks in my head.

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown. Just read it last week.

Question 18 : Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

Cry. I like to laugh, but in a book, I want emotion.

Question 19 : Our World or Fictional Worlds?

I like both, but I enjoy reading historical fiction more than fantasy.

Question 20 : Audiobooks: Yes or No?

I have never tried one, but I want to… need to find a new book to try. Any recommendations based on what I like reading?

Question 21 : Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Yes. If I don’t know the title, author or the cover doesn’t look good, I won’t usually read it without a strong recommendation.

Question 22 : Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Since I like serial fiction, probably TV series adaption. It lasts longer.

Question 23 : A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

I’m not sure I preferred the movie adaption, but I thought Lord of the Rings was just as good in both formats.

Question 24 : Series or Standalone?

Series all the way! Couldn’t you tell from the previous answers?!?!   😛


 

I am not tagging anyone specifically as this is the kind of tag everyone should do. So please jump on this little bandwagon! I expect at least 5 people to go for it! 🙂

 

About Me

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!