It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #SundayPost #SundaySalon

The It’s Monday! What Are You Reading meme is hosted at BookDate

I’m also linking to The Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Reviewer

And the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

 

Life…

I haven’t had the best week health wise, primarily due to the heat triggering a migraine, so I didn’t get the reading done I’d hoped, but with the kids all returning to school today I’ll have free time again, so hopefully I’ll get caught up!

There is currently a debate raging on Twiiter sparked by an author claiming that authors in general don’t want to be @ tagged in reviews, whether opinion is good or bad. Though it is widely accepted (and rightly so) that you do not tag an author if your review of their book is critical, plenty of authors are pleased to be tagged where the review is full of praise. I personally long ago opted not to @ tag authors regardless, unless specifically asked to, for several reasons. Among them that there are authors who don’t want to read or think about reviews, especially immediately post-release, and for those that do, it’s not difficult for them to find them between google alerts, simple searches, and centralised sites like Goodreads. I also figure that publishers/agents/personal screeners (yes this is a thing some authors employ either officially or unofficially) will bring reviews to the attention of the author if they feel it’s appropriate (I always @ tag publishers). This is not to say I don’t think authors should be @ tagged in positive reviews, if you, and the author, are comfortable with it, you do you, but the current faux outrage on Twitter over the issue (which includes calls to boycott the work of the author whose tweet ignited the debate) is uncalled for. Remember: Don’t feed the drama llamas.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Losing You by Nicci French

The Girl With the Gold Bikini by Lisa Walker

Mr Nobody by Catherine Steadman

 

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New Posts…

Review: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave ★★★★★

Review: Saving Missy by Beth Morrey ★★★

Review: The Lawson Sisters by Janet Gover ★★★

Review: Losing You by Nicci French ★★★★1/2

2020 Nonfiction Reader Challenge: Monthly Spotlight #1

Six Degrees of Separation: Fleishman Is In Trouble to Peace

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans

Ever since the witch cursed Babs, she turns invisible sometimes. She has her mum and her dog, but teachers and classmates barely notice her. Then, one day, Iris can see her. And Iris likes what they see. Babs is made of fire.

Iris grew from a seed in the ground. They have friends, but not human ones. Not until they meet Babs. The two of them have a lot in common: they speak to dryads and faeries, and they’re connected to the magic that’s all around them.

There’s a new boy at school, a boy who’s like them and who hasn’t found his real name. Soon the three of them are hanging out and trying spellwork together. Magic can be dangerous, though. Witches and fae can be cruel. Something is happening in the other realm, and despite being warned to stay away, the three friends have to figure out how to deal with it on their own terms.

Anyone who loves the work of Francesca Lia Block and delights in Studio Ghibli films will be entranced by this gorgeous and gentle young adult novel about three queer friends who come into their power.

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Can You Hear Me? By Jake Jones

A memoir of the chaos, intensity and occasional beauty of life as a paramedic.

A young man has stopped breathing in a supermarket toilet. A pedestrian with a nasty head injury won’t let the crew near him on a busy road. A newborn baby is worryingly silent. An addict urinates on the ambulance floor when denied a fix. This is the life of an ambulance paramedic.

Jake Jones has worked in the UK ambulance service for ten years: every day, he sees a dozen of the scenes we hope to see only once in a lifetime. Can You Hear Me? – the first thing he says when he arrives on the scene – is a memoir of the chaos, intensity and occasional beauty of life on the front-lines of medicine in the UK.

As well as a look into dozens of extraordinary scenes – the hoarder who won’t move his collection to let his ailing father leave the house, the blood-soaked man who tries to escape from the ambulance, the life saved by a lucky crew who had been called to see someone else entirely – Can You Hear Me? is an honest examination of the strains and challenges of one of the most demanding and important jobs anyone can do.

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Mountain Road, Late At Night by Alan Rossi

A striking, compulsive and immensely powerful debut novel about what happens when tragedy strikes a family.Nicholas and his wife April live in a remote cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains with their four-year-old son, Jack. They keep their families at a distance, rejecting what their loved ones think of as ‘normal’. In the early hours of a Wednesday morning, they are driving home from a party when their car crashes on a deserted road and they are killed.

This is the story of what happens after the tragedy.As the couple’s grieving relatives descend on the family home, they are forced to decide who will care for the child Nicholas and April left behind. Nicholas’s brother, Nathaniel, and his wife Stefanie aren’t ready to be parents but his mother and father have issues of their own. And April’s mother, Tammy, is driving across the country to claim her grandson.

Experiencing a few traumatic days in the minds of each family member, Alan Rossi’s debut, Mountain Road, Late at Night is a taut, nuanced and breathtaking look at what we do when everything goes wrong, and the frightening fact that life carries on, regardless. A gripping, affecting and extremely accomplished debut.

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The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold

A former soldier turned PI tries to help the fantasy creatures whose lives he ruined in a world that’s lost its magic in a compelling debut fantasy by Black Sails actor Luke Arnold. Welcome to Sunder City. The magic is gone but the monsters remain.I’m Fetch Phillips, just like it says on the window. There are a few things you should know before you hire me:1. Sobriety costs extra.2. My services are confidential.3. I don’t work for humans. It’s nothing personal–I’m human myself. But after what happened, to the magic, it’s not the humans who need my help. Walk the streets of Sunder City and meet Fetch, his magical clients, and a darkly imagined world perfect for readers of Ben Aaronovitch and Jim Butcher.

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38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trin Carl
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 01:24:26

    Oh, I’m so glad there’s heat there..although not for your migraine. Minnesotans ask me all the time in the elevator of my apartment building whether it’s cold, and I say ‘not that bad’, even though it’s like five degrees out. You get used to all the crap. this is not meant to be a comparison comment. I just think it’s hilarious when you catch Minnesotans asking about the weather when they already know.

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  2. the bookworm
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 01:47:22

    Enjoy our books this week, Can You Hear Me? looks interesting.

    About tagging authors on twitter, I think it depends on the situation. If I didnt’ enjoy the book I won’t tag, but if the author provided me the review copy themselves, I definitely tag. And there’s a few authors whose work I regularly read that I will tag with each review and they share my tweet, it all depends.

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  3. A. Perveen
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 02:10:58

    I’m sorry about your migraine. But at the same time, it’s happy to hear that some part of the world is having heat because it’s fricking freezing on my side of the town.

    I like the list of books you’ve got here. 😍 Euphoria and The Last Smile sound great. Are you enjoying them so far? Would love to hear your thoughts.

    Hope the weather in your side of the world gets more pleasant and that you get well soon! Have a great weekend! 💕
    Leaving below the link to my Sunday Post in case you want to check it out later: 🙂
    https://saraabesukhan.com/the-sunday-post-4/

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  4. Bryan G. Robinson
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 03:16:01

    I think if you’re on social media, you ask for it: the good and the bad. It’s all in how you respond or if you respond at all, if you’re an author. Of course, I’m not an author, so I might feel differently if I was.

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  5. BermudaOnion
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 03:40:00

    Thankfully, I missed all the drama. I don’t tag authors and usually just email the publisher. Like you, I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer.

    I’ve been under the weather this weekend, too, so my reading and walking mojo haven’t been there. I’m feeling better and hope to get back into the swing of things.

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  6. thebookdisciple
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 04:25:16

    My issue with the author who said that was she made a generalization that most authors don’t like it. I don’t think she should speak for everyone. I don’t speak for all bloggers. If you don’t want to be tagged, then say so. Or, just ignore the tag and move on.
    Sorry about the heat! That is miserable!

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  7. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 04:28:12

    I tag the authors but I tend to be constructive even if I don’t enjoy a book. They don’t have to look at my tweet. Some people have said all publicity is good publicity. I’m sorry about the headaches. I did that, not migraines though, a couple weeks back.

    I hope you enjoy your time with the kids back in school. Happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  8. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 05:16:11

    I don’t tag authors anymore either, and that’s if I do actually tweet about my review at all, lol! Bloglovin’ automatically tweets my posts, so I don’t usually do anymore than that nowadays. I’m just too lazy I guess. I rarely go through Tweets so I missed the whole drama, but I wouldn’t get involved anyhow. I avoid the Drama Llama like you! Too many other important things in life to occupy my time. Hope your migraines abate and you’re able to feel well!

    Oh, only three starts for The Lawson Sisters? That was one I thought to look up because it reminded me of McLeod’s Daughters. I’ll check out your review. 🙂

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  9. Helen Murdoch
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 06:08:52

    I tend to @authors to say that I loved their book. I used to also post my reviews, but have stopped doing that so really they are just getting a positive message from me. I hope that isn’t annoying to them.

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  10. Carol
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 06:27:04

    I only tag in 5 star reviews. I figure they can find other reviews on their own! Re twitter drama…I think some accounts capitalize on these issues to build their following! Oops! My cynical side is showing!

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  11. Greg
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 07:14:50

    Hope you’re feeling better! And yes Twitter lately has been something. I mean, nothing new, I know lol, but there’s just so much drama lately. I generally don’t tag authors unless it’s a positive review and I’m coordinating it with the author, which has only happened a few times. Generally I just post the review. 🙂 And like somebody else said, usually I don’t even remember to tweet the review at all anymore ha!

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  12. Athira
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 07:20:47

    Ah one thing I certainly didn’t miss during my hiatus is all the drama on Twitter and blogs around reading and books. Sometimes even a simple statement or opinion take a life of their own.

    Hope you do get some good reading time this week – so sorry about the migraines. You can’t even rest and read when having a migraine.

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  13. Nicci (@SunnyBuzzyBlogs)
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 07:28:28

    The bookish drama llamas on twitter really bug my happiness. I’m so tired of the mad mob attacking something new every other week… Gives bookish twitter a bad name. 😦

    Sorry to hear you had a migraine! They are the freaking worst so I hope that’s the last one for a good long while!

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  14. Tressa @ Wishful Endings
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 07:53:22

    I hope you feel better and that you do get more time with the kids back in school! I second not adding to the drama. I really hate it when readers turn on people over an opinion that is just that and was never meant to be taken offensively. I just stay out of it.

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  15. Marg
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 08:05:43

    I spend very little time on Twitter lately because of all the drama llamas and to be honest, I don’t miss it that much. If I do go on Twitter I feel disconnected anyway, like talking into the void.

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  16. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 08:22:27

    I didn’t hear anything about the controversy on Twitter, but I’m glad to know about it now. I’ve never tagged an author, but I’ve often thought about doing so. Maybe not….

    I need to take time and check out the monthly post for the Nonfiction Challenge. It’s been difficult to blog while I am in Paris…not a real surprise.

    I’m sorry to hear about your migraine. Let’s hope your weather gets better there soon.

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  17. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 09:04:27

    I’m so sorry to hear about your migraine. I don’t have migraines though I used to and they’re so debilitating. I don’t spend too much time on Twitter but I saw the tweet you’re referring to. I think your way of handling it sounds really good and I think I might be borrowing it! Have a great week!

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  18. WordsAndPeace
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 10:01:46

    I find this controversy so ridiculous. I have only had very nice connections with authors when tagging them. I think if we were using common sense more often, life would be much easier for all.
    Wow, I have hard time imagine migraine because of the heat, though we did have temperature in the 50s today, which was a nice gift after so many cold and grey days. Take care of yourself! And enjoy all these books

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  19. sjhigbee
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 10:32:42

    I’m so sorry about the migraine and I hope you soon recover – I know it often takes several days to feel better after an attack:(.

    As for the fuss on Twitter – really??? As both a book reviewer AND an author, I’ll put in my tuppence. As far as I’m concerned, I’ll be very happy for any review – it means someone has read my book and then thought about it sufficiently to write about it. And if they want to tag me – then I’ll be able to thank them for taking the time. And as a reviewer – I invariably post the reviews I release on my blog on Twitter, thanks to the auto-button on WordPress, but the only reason I don’t tag the author is because I usually forget! All this nonsense about it being rude is load of old puff, as far as I’m concerned. Once you put your books ‘out there’ they belong to the readers – not you. And if you can’t cope with the fact you’ll get some negative reactions, then stop publishing – I’m not talking about being the victim of a trolling campaign – I’m talking about the inevitable reviewer who simply doesn’t like your writing.

    Though I’m also a tad fed up with all the indignation and ‘bitterness’ from reviewers, too. I read 68 arcs last year, of which I DNF’d 2 – the rest were enjoyable reads. I got to read them ahead of everyone else and it helped me to continue widening my reading – in return I provided an honest review, which I enjoy writing… If reviewers get to a point when it stops being fun, then walk way. No one is putting a gun to your head:))

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  20. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 11:11:25

    I agree about not feeding the Drama Llamas…

    Mountain Road, Late at Night looks so good. Enjoy your upcoming week.

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  21. yvonne473
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 11:20:43

    I’m sorry about the migraine. I suffer from those too. I hope you are feeling better. Have a great week!

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  22. littlemissstar55
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 11:53:27

    I hope you don’t get any more migraines – they’re horrendous. I hope you manage to stay cool, too. 💜

    I am really looking forward to Euphoria Kids – it looks so good!

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  23. Diane
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 12:19:19

    So sorry you were troubled with migraines this week. I’m happy to see you read what looks like some good books.

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  24. Sarah Sammis
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 14:38:47

    Euphoria Kids sounds good. Sorry about the migraines. I get them too. My weekly update

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  25. gulfsidemusing
    Feb 04, 2020 @ 00:59:44

    Sorry to hear about your migraine… they can be so debilitating! I caught a bit of the twitter flap over tagging authors. I never do, but have had authors like my reviews on goodreads. I suppose, like you say, it’s easy enough to find them if they’re interested. Have a good week!

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  26. Tracy @ Cornerfolds
    Feb 04, 2020 @ 01:29:06

    I hope you’re feeling better! I’ve been following the discussion on Twitter too, although I don’t have much to add. I only @ authors that I know pretty well already. Euphoria Kids looks really good! Enjoy all your reads!

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  27. Lisa
    Feb 04, 2020 @ 02:13:20

    The Last Smile sounds great — can’t wait to hear what you think. I mostly avoid Twitter, because it seems like things escalate to outrage way too quickly. No drama llamas! I love that. 🙂 Hope your migraines get better.

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  28. Ash JennReneeRead
    Feb 04, 2020 @ 05:29:45

    I swear the world has too much drama. Why do people feel the need to cause drama? And to boycott someones work because you don’t agree with something silly like that is just… well silly.
    I’m sorry about your migraines, I get them too, they suck.
    Looks like some good books!

    Ash @ JennRenee Read

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  29. tbretc
    Feb 04, 2020 @ 07:13:11

    Ha- don’t feed the drama llamas feels like a wonderful 2020 goal. I tag authors on occasion, but you’re right. They do tend to find the photos anyway, even if we don’t tag. And I always tag the publishers who have the ability to filter out the good/bad, if they want to. But sometimes I’ve had such wonderful exchanges with authors on Instagram (Bianca Maris, Lisa Stention and Liz Fenke), I’d hate to miss out on those relationships.

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  30. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Feb 04, 2020 @ 07:29:30

    I hope that you are feeling better!

    I have not heard of that debate but I always wonder if I am supposed to tag them. Lol. I don’t do it and now I probably won’t. Those are pretty good reasons not to. 🙂

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  31. bevbaird
    Feb 05, 2020 @ 04:10:30

    Hope you are feeling better. Having suffered with migraines for years, what bliss it is to be pain free. These books look so interesting. Will check them out

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  32. samantha1020
    Feb 05, 2020 @ 11:45:59

    Interesting about the tagging authors and Twitter drama. Twitter has so much negativity it feels like that I just don’t get on it very often (which means I miss this kind of stuff – not a bad thing). I was tagging authors but have also stopped for similar reasons as yourself. I’m certain they kind find my thoughts as well as anyone else’s if they just look so I’m good with that. I also do tag the publisher though in case they want to pass it on. I hope that you are feeling better now and having a great week!

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  33. susan
    Feb 07, 2020 @ 01:23:36

    Thanks for talking about this tagging issue. I had not seen the controversy on Twitter. I rarely tag authors & only if positive. I don’t need the drama llamas. Enjoy your week …. and I hope the heat lessens there. I will send you some snow from Canada.

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  34. Vi @Inkvotary
    Feb 07, 2020 @ 05:44:21

    Here in Germany, I got taught the “international” rule (while studying writing) that I can # an author/publisher any time (it is up to me) or @ an author in my tweet about their book when the rating is 3 and above. Below that no. That is how I handle it.

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  35. Beware Of The Reader
    Feb 07, 2020 @ 07:18:09

    Sorry to reply so late to your post Shelley and sorry that you had a headache! Now that’s crazy what’s happening on Twitter! And crazier to bycot her books as she is not impolite from what I read here!!!

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  36. Caffeinated PR
    Feb 08, 2020 @ 09:14:21

    I am so jelly of your heat but not the migraine. I will trade the cold and snow if it makes you feel better? I saw the drama, every so often that topic rears its ugly head. I don’t tag, not even the pub unless they asked me to and then only once.

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  37. waytoofantasy
    Feb 09, 2020 @ 05:22:43

    Hope the rest of the week was better, migraines are terrible.

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