Bookish Thoughts #005: ‘writing a review: am i doing it right?’

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Sup everyone! It feels so long since I talked to you guys. Anyway,  there’s a question that has been nagging me for awhile now.

“Is there such a thing called a Right Review?”

Before anything else, I want to share how I ‘review’ before..

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DON’T LAUGH. I CONSIDER THAT AS A REVIEW BEFORE.

So yeah, pretty embarrassing. But every time I read that I actually feel proud of myself because it’s just a proof that I’ve grown as a reviewer. I think.

I have a confession to make. Sometimes I feel self-concious when it comes to my review. There’s a lot of questions swirling on my mind before or/and after I posted my review online like DID MY REVIEW EVEN MADE SENSE or WILL SOMEBODY ACTUALLY GET WHAT I’M SAYING? or OKAY I’M SEEING ERRORS. ERRORS EVERYWERE!

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That’s why I mostly just skim reviews. I’m so scared to accidentally copy a thought from a reviewer. And that is the last thing I want to do. 

That’s how I came up with this question. Should the review be so loooooong for it to be taken seriously? How about those who write short reviews (like me) Does it mean that our reviews doesn’t give the right information to the future readers? How about re-hashing what happened from the whole book.. if that’s what the reviewer did. IS IT EVEN CONSIDERED AS A REVIEW?

Here’s my take on this: I personally don’t rehash what happened on the books. At least, not usually. I write some backgrounds though so that readers will still know what the book is about from my perspective. But after those, it’s nothing but my thoughts. For me, as long as the reviewer expressed how she LOVED or HATED the book.. then that’s good for me. Then again, I do believe that it’s important to have standards. 

I even have this thing when my mind goes completely blank when I’m trying to review a book that I really loved. It’s a thing. I think some of you guys have it too, I’m not sure. But I try, REALLY HARD, to write a very intricate and honest review because after all, the authors also did a REALLY HARD job to write the book. 

Anyway, I really wanna know what’s your take on this. As a blogger, a reviewer, a reader or even as an author..

How do you write your reviews? Do you think there’s a wrong or right way to write one? Talk to me! 

Paula

Bookish Thoughts #004: Instalove And Why I Hate It More Than Economics

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I hate Economics. I might go around convincing others (and occasionally, myself) that Economics is something that I like and that I can deal with it in sporadic doses.

Warning: Don’t believe me when I say anything like that! It is bullshit in its highest form.

I DO NOT LIKE ECONOMICS and I do not know when in my life I will ever use the Marginal Propensity to Consume!

And it’s the very same with instalove. I DO NOT LIKE IT and I do not know why I see so much of it in books when it does not happen in real life!

Now, I understand the appeal. Really, I do. Can you just imagine how amazing it would be for this hot guy/girl to just look at you and in that one glance you know. You just know that this is the person you’re going to be with for the rest of your life. There’d be no angst or broken hearts or tears.

AND I WOULDN’T EVER TOUCH A BOOK FROM THE ROMANCE GENRE EVER AGAIN.

I think what bothers me most about instalove is the fact that there seems to be not one book, NOT EVEN ONE, that has gotten it right. And do you need examples?

Stepbrother Dearest. Anna and the French Kiss. Taint. Beautiful Oblivion.

I don’t even get me started on the monstrous disaster that was ROMEO AND JULIET.

And instalove in YA novels is a disease. So many readers encourage authors to look beyond the whole love-at-first-sight thing and yet, instalove is what seems to keep these YA novels selling. And why? Is it because people are tired of reading the slow burn that comes with a romance novel? Are we so impatient that we don’t want to wait for the protagonists to actually get to know each other before they nookie?

And dear Lord, do we even realize what we’re doing to young girls who read this crap? Here’s what: We’re telling them that it’s okay for them to “fall in instantaneous love” with the first hot guy they meet in high school. We’re saying it’s okay for them to be a part of these shallow, superficial relationships. We’re telling them to be clingy and commitment-phobic and keep unrealistic expectations for their “happily-ever-after.”

Am I the only one bothered by this? What do you think about instalove and its implications and effects?

 

 

Rhea[1]

Bookish Thoughts #003: the one about Book Merchandises

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Every book has that certain mark or logo that we want to wear. There’s also that accessory the character wears that we also want to have. Well sometimes we want to have something that symbolizes the story and the characters we love….

Well that opening sucked.

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What I’m trying to say is we want book merchandises. I noticed that I haven’t noticed much online fandom merch shop that’s Philippine based. There are some but the merch I want isn’t there. I can only find them in other countries. Some people can’t freely order internationally because of…some..things and so we depend on Philippine based online shops. I also noticed there aren’t much shops here that sell special edition or UK edition books. At first, I wanted to mainly sell fandom merchandises and sideline selling other edition of books and books that aren’t found here but things got a little complicated and so I decided to sell books first but I promise, when things get better, I will start selling merch because that’s what I really want to sell. This is my first time in business and you guys know how young I still am but I grew up observing my mom do business and she’ll guiding me. I will try to give the people quality service to the best that I can. Please be patient with me as I take my baby steps in both business and blogging. 🙂

So, what merch do you guys usually like? What books and edition of books that aren’t here in the Phil. do you guys like? What mode of payment do you prefer? and lastly, what shipping courier do you guys prefer?

Bookish Thoughts #002: ‘Goodreads Ratings? Pfft.’

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“If you aren’t on Goodreads, you should be. I’ve said it before, it’s like Facebook for readers on crack.”

And no one, ladies and gents, could have said it better than CoHo.

Today, as my first post on Her Book Thoughts, I’ve chosen to talk about Goodreads and it’s highly pathetic Rating Policy.

“Rating, schmating.”

No matter how long you’ve been part of the book blogging/reading/writing community, Goodreads is an undeniable and irreplaceable part of your life. And with good reason, too. It’s got everything that can accurately sum up the life of a reader: Books, Giveaways, Drama.

All three in abundance.

And before writing this post, I was talking to a few of my reader friends about how the site seems to be growing up before our eyes and how everything about the site seems to be changing.

“Except that Goddamned rating system,” they complained.

A lot of readers—hell, most of them—seem to hate the Goodreads rating system because of its inability to allow half star ratings. So you can rate a book from 1 to 5 but you can’t give, say, a 3 and a half. And here’s the funny part; Goodreads itself calculates the average rating of a book by adding 2 numbers after the decimal point. Like say, 4.45, 3.82, 1.06, etc. They’re all “our way or the highway” when it comes to ratings but readers have learnt to put up with it.

The problem is simple: There is a big difference between a 3 and a 4 star rating. For me, a 3 star rating is an average read, nothing out of the ordinary. But a 4 star rated book is very, very close to perfection. So when I find a book that’s smack in between the two, I have not other choice but choose either one.

I’ve seen some readers write in reviews that since their actual rating is 2 and a half stars, they’re going to “round it up” to 3 stars. Again, this makes no sense to me, because the entire point of a half star rating is that you want to rate a book between two full stars.

And Goodreads, seemingly, does not look like they’re going to give up anytime soon. A lot of people have tried setting up polls, talking about it on the Goodreads forums, even going as far as shifting out of Goodreads into Shelfari and LibraryThing because of this. Inspite of this, there doesn’t seem to be much happening on the ratings front.

So. Is it only me who seems to be having an issue with the rating scale Goodreads uses? Are you guys okay with it? Or have you gotten used to it? Have you shifted out of Goodreads because of it? Let’s talk!

 

 

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Bookish Thoughts #001: ‘take that book away from me. please and thank you.’

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Hey people! I don’t usually ask questions here on the blog because, well, tbh I’m too lazy to ask. But this question has been nagging me for weeks and I’m really curious about your answers. 

 

“What makes you back away from a Book?”

 

Let me tell you a story first.

Before I became a book maniac, I remember spending 2 days– yes, 2 days of just adding books on my Goodreads TBR. It just feels so good to press that ‘Want to Read’ button you know? Even though I know that my TBR will outlive me, I don’t care. I just kept adding and adding and I just based it on the cover. Who cares about what the book is about? NOT ME! and besides, my TBR is out of control already, IT CANNOT BE TAMED ANYMORE.

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Then I started reading some of them and WOW. I discovered a lot of things about myself because of that, like, I can actually *throw* a book across my room because of frustration.. I can press my forehead so hard to my kindle screen because of annoyance.. I can rant for 3 hours just because of a JerkPid (Jerk+Stupid) characters… and I FRIGGIN HATE LOVE TRIANGLES! See, I didn’t know that. Because in movies and soap operas they seem cool, romantic and even though I always ended up rooting for the loser guy, I still enjoy watching them. 

But books are different. Love Triangles in books are different. I avoid them now like I avoid Justin Bieber’s face, voice and existence.

Now I know what you’re thinking.. WHAT IF YOU’RE MISSING OUT? 

Trust me, I’ve thought of that. But I also thought of all the books I’ve read just because of the hype and disappointed me. I’m still mourning all the time I wasted. Still mourning!

I’d like to think I’m a smart and a practical reader now. Though I still consider myself as a wide reader, I want to put limitations too. Like, if the blurb hinted a LOVE TRIANGLE, I’m going to back away.. slowly.. and happily. If the blurb screams typical NA, I tend to back away too. And I admit that sometimes I feel like I’m missing out, what I do is that I read reviews. 

Now I don’t know if I’m the only one who do this. Do you back away at some books too? What’s your reasons? Share your thoughts!!