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Bookstagrams: what sorcery is that??!

Hey bookworms!!

 

So, if you follow me on Instagram (@beautyandthebeastlybooks) you might have noticed that I’ve been a bit obsessed with “bookstagrams” this week.

 

What are those? Well, they’re IG accounts to post about books. Usually bookstagramers post BEAUTIFUL pictures, very Pinterest-like.

 

And I’ve started taking cooler pictures and changing my own feed too! The bookstagram community is very very cool! There are shout outs, representation challengers (where we can be chosen to represent brands for candles, book boxes subscriptions, jewerly, etc..). The bookstagram community is very friendly and I love every new account I got to meet this week. I’m really excited about it.

 

You all know I’ve been in the indie community for YEARS now and sometimes I feel a bit down over it. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE it and I love meeting new friends and connecting with new authors. But sometimes I feel like it’s too saturated. And I found a great niche with the Bookstagram Community. I haven’t been this excited in a long time! Every time someone new follows me (HAVE YOU FOLLOWED ME YET??? LOL) or like my pictures or comment on them I get so excited! And I find myself planning new pictures and the props and backgrounds. It’s really addictive!!!

 

Here are some of the pics I took this week that I really liked! 🙂

 

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Here are some examples of bookstagram accounts that I LOVE:

 

@littleliterarybird

@thebookishthings

@littlelibrarie

@cityofpapers

@lisa_lostinlit

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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Movie Trailer: Fallen by Lauren Kate

 

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Hello everyone!!!

 

 

I’m SO EXCITED to show the movie trailer for the Fallen movie!! It’s based on the series by LAuren Kate and I started reading them YEARS ago!!

 

It’s always so exciting when they make a movie based on books we’ve read, right?!

 

Plus, Daniel is looking GOOD in the movie!!! I can’t wait to watch it!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

Carol

 

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Fifty Shades Darker Movie Trailer (and a Thank You note to E.L. James)

 

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Hiiiiii everyone!!!

 

I know, another post so fast??! Things are changing over here!!! Plus I’m in the makings of starting a secons blog, in Portuguese! Between my jobs, college and two blogs it’ll be a wonder how I’ll find time to read! LOL

 

Anyways, today is a pretty special day! The official trailer for the Fifty Shades Darker movie was released! I’m not sure I’ve told you guys but I read FSOG YEARS ago when it was still a fan fiction and before it was even thought of becoming a book, much less the phenomenon it became!

 

I’ve always been an avid reader, I learned to read way before my peer and when I was 10 I was already a hardcore reader, so I’ve been reading a lot for 17 years now. But the Fifty Shades Trilogy and E.L. James brought something that was definitely missing in my reading life: book friends! Back then no one really read here (reading is kind of a “new” hobby and trend) and no one really got my obsession with books. But with the release of FSOG and the start of the indie comunity more and more authors started releasing theie own books attracting more and more readers. So thankfully for FSOG I met so many wonderful fellow readers and got tobecome friends and interact with authors!

 

Anyways, here is the movie trailer! I LOVED Fifty Shades of Grey Movie and I have a feeling Fifty Shades Darker will be even better! Darker is my favorite book from the trilogy and Jamis looks awesome in this trailer! I LOVE that he is buffier! He is definitely HOT!! And I love how he and Dakota interact! Now I can’t wait for the release of the movie!! ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

Carol

 

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I’m a reader not a sheep

Hey everyone!!

 

Back in the day, the one way I could express myself was by writing. I don’t write as much anymore, but today I feel this urge to do it.

 

I LOVE the indie community and the book world. You will never know how much and how important it is to me! It is so important that when something about it upsets me, it screws with other areas of my life too. This is very much so “real life” to me!

 

But I don’t know…a lot has changed since the last 4 or so years since I’ve met my first “book friends”. I still love them and their recommendations and I’ve met so many other people too! I’ve loved almost every moment of it.  I’m not a person that trusts easily, people in my State are known for their suspicions ways. But somehow I trusted so many people in my book community. Most of them were worth it, because I have friends who are there for me and who are very important in my life! But as it was expected, not everyone is trustworthy. I’m not talking about an author, or blogger, or a reader soecifically here. I’m talking about people. And people disappoint us, that’s true. I’ve reached a point that I know who my friends are and who are the people I can talk to and count on.

 

I’m naturally a confrontational person, I know. I don’t conform, which can be hard. I don’t back down on my opinions and ideas because they are different than others. Those can be flaws, usually they are. But they can also be qualities.  I’m passionate and loyal and I have this undescribable urge to defend others (hence me going to Law School).  Those are traits I’d love to find in my friends. But I guess not everyone shares the same wants. Because it seems in the way of me being “different” than others I’ve lost  a little bit of myself and I might have lost “friends” as well.

 

It’s inevitable. People take everything too seriously. I do it often. But someone having a different opinion over a book or another person than you is nit motive to delete them on social media or ostracize them. I respect other people’s opinions, but let’s be real. We all see our side first, we are programmed to do so. But it is so hard when others don’t even want to see your side to, right?

 

I’m not the same person or blogger or reader I was. Now I’m a LOT more selective (ahem, picky lol) of the books I read. I owned up the fact I won’t read some authors are pretty “big deals”. But one thing hasn’t changed and I don’t think it ever will: I will always be honest. I will always love supporting and shouting out about books and authors I love. I will always be loyal and support the ones I love, even when they don’t do it back (some friends say I shouldn’t, and it mind sound stupid to support people who constantly show you’re not important to them, but I can’t be different). Support should be given freely, although showing respect and love for the supporters is always appreciated! 😉

 

But to be honest, trying to support people who throw your ideas and support away for the next “shiny” thing is exhausting.

 

But we can’t make people listen to us. We can voice our opinions and ideas. And can only hope for their best either they believe us or not. There are authors whom I love, both their work and personally, who wrote books I don’t like. I still respect them. I can still be loyal to them. I don’t need to kiss ass and lie to show my support.

 

It’s hard when you have no idea if you’re doing a good job, if everything you do for someone is enough. I think I do, but there is a LOT I can do better. A LOT. But does it mean that what I do is not enough? What is enough after all? Because when we think what we’re doing is enough, why can it be so easily brushed off in the end? Because of one thing I disagree my entire history of supoort and my entire work is now invalid? That’s a shame. And that’s why supoort should be given freely, without expectations. Right?

 

No one in the whole world will meet all your expectations, no matter how hard you try. . I’m not here to please people (I try to, not being disrespectful and being upfront, but we can’t make other peoole love us), when I do it, I LOVE and I love helping others when I can. But I will not kiss anyone’s ass to be recognized I will not lie about something I don’t like or something I disagree. If that makes me a horrible person, I’m sorry. I’m the kind of person who will always tell you what I think, what I believe. It may be harsh, but when you’re as passionate as I am, it’s rare not being at least a bit harsh over the things we love.

 

Lots of people love to say “I appreciate your honesty”, until you’re honest with them. Because when you’re honest, suddenly YOU are the problem. You are wrong, after all everyone else shares the same opinion. Your different one has got to be wrong. Being diffreent is not wrong!!! Having a different opinion than others might not be something you agree on or not what you want, but that DOES NOT MAKE WRONG!! But you know what?! For me it’s okay to be different, I thrive on it!! It is better to be different and even ostracized, than being a sheep that is following others to get the “war” spoils. Because the book world? Sometimes it is a WAR! And honestly, I’ve reached a point that people I love and made me care so much for the book world are actually making me not give a s*** if I’m here or not. I’m not interested in fighting a war. I want to read and make friends and have fun! It is not my job to fight for someone’s book to be seen. It’s not my job to carry their insecurities. It’s not my job to make someone “make it”. All I do spreading the word out about books I love is simoly because I want and LOVE it!

 

Sometimes the oerson who has the different opinion or who has the guts to tell the truth or being honest, sometimes they are not the problem. Sometimes we are the peoblem and we never realize it. I’m a problem a LOT of times but I can recognize it. But I’m sorry if I think it’s not alright to ostracize someone for being different than your usual followers, for being homest and for actually having a critique bone in their bodies and the guts to say it!

 

In what world it is alright to ask people for 5 stars reviews to look good, but it is wrong to say the truth and be honest?

 

The Book World for me is the greatest scape, I love connecting with people all over the world, specially over books, but enough is enough and I reuse to be part of the attention war. If you want a loyal follower, who will always be honest and who will listen for countless hours, who will do everything in their power for you, I’m here (just remember that maybe my 100% will not be enough for you but it doesn’t mean it isn’t 100%). Now, if you want a sheep, I’m sorry but that person is not going to be me.

 

Being a supporter and being loyal doesn’t make us sheeps. Support doesn’t mean acquiescence. It doesn’t mean ass kissing. In a world of ass kissers,,be a follower! 😉

 

 

P.S.: I know some people will read this and hate it and say I’m whining and I’m jealous. ANd that’s okay with me.  I like when I find people who have diffent opinions and ideas. My conscience is very clear! Being friends with me does not require having to agree with everything I say! 😉

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When Reading becomes a “Show”…

Hey everyone!!!

 

I have some venting to do…and the best way I do it is writing. Hopefully some of you will get how I’ve been feeling too!

 

This week I’ve been struggling with the Social Media madness the book community has turned into. In two days into the week I’ve already seen so many people BRAG on groups and sometimes on my feed as well. I don’t see the need to show off you have a book others don’t have just to make others jealous or make them feel bad for not being besties with an author. I have NOTHING against people posting pics of their ARCs or books they get from authors, specially when the readers do so to spread the word out about an author or thank them. What I absolutely have ZERO patience is people doing stuff like that in a rude and obnoxious way just to get attention or make others jealous. We left highschool a long time ago so I don’t get it.

 

Nothing in the world will ever please everyone, and everything has a good and a bad side. For me the good side of the book community  will always surpass the bad side, but I’ve been getting tired of feeling down because of the downside of it all. I just want to read my books, connect with the authors and spread the word out about them! Easy, right? I thought so too!

 

But we’re living a time in which people think they can say or do anything they want because they are hidden behind a screen. The power of the keyboard!! So why not use this power for the good, like our authors do for us??! I REALLY doubt people would knock on other people’s houses to say nonsense to them or to act rudely. So why do it in Social Media???

 

I miss the good ole days when reading was about the books and not who was better than who and who has more books, who has read more books, who gets more ARCs, who knows more authors. I guarantee every author out there LOVES to get new fans, and I believe they are THANKFUL to get every new fan they do.

 

I’m not saying I’m better than anyone, I’ve had my share of drama and stuff happening to me, but there’s a point we gotta choose to be quiet and that is what I’ve been doing this week on Social Media. I’d rather quit for a week, get my energy back and stay away than see things that purposely hurt me.

 

Lately I’ve seen some new people on groups and appearing on my timeline and I always like to get to know new people,and I love that we can reach so many pepole to our own book tribe, but when they appear just to stir drama, or to be the new alpha on the block and stuff like that? Makes me wanna go back in time, I have to admit. 😦

 

 

I genuinely like to help anyone I can and connecting with new people (specially ones that have the same taste in books as I do) is one of my all time favorite things in the entire world. But when people are rude about it and are obnoxious trying to get all the attention and show off to the world they are so much better than others, it gets me really down. There will always be someone who has “more” than we, but we don’t need the constant reminder. What I will not do is help spreading out the word about people who treat others badly or are so focused on themselves, either it’s an author, a blogger or a reader. I don’t care, I just don’t have what it takes to play the game most of the time. I’m too honest for that! But one thing I’ve learned in the past couple years is to avoid this situations, to step down instead of dwelling on them. And that is what I’m trying to do with this mini FB break…

 

I wish everyone just focused on reading and talking about books instead of trying to be the better than everyone, instead of competing for attention. There’s no need for that!!! I HATE to feel like I’m competing for attention so when I see that kind of situation my gut feeling is to leave, because I’m not here to compete with anyone for anything. I believe there is space for everyone, specially if we do something different, that stands out!

 

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So I’m focusing on my reading. I feel like I’ve been slacking this year. I’m almost at book 300 but I feel like I should have read much more, considering how I’ve read the past 3/4 years. But then I’ve become so picky this year and college and all my jobs have been very hard on me! I plan on compesating it next year though.

 

I’m also focusing on the blog, I had a book-themed photoshoot  and I will change a bit of the blog’s face in a couple days/weeks. Plus Christmas is almost here and it’s my FAVORITE time of the year. I wait all year long for it (this is the part that I say “wow, the year flew by” – but I’m gettting a bit tired of 2015 so I won’t say it haha).

 

What am I gonna do about this Social Media Gone Mad thing then? NOTHING. Yes, N-O-T-H-I-N-G!! I can’t control everything and I’m tired of trying to. So I will focus on doing my job, on spreading the word about authors, helping new ones, reading and I’m gonna start writing again. The people who matter will know I’m here doing all I can for my favorite books and authors, so that’s what I will focus on. If I’m not doing enough I truly apologize, I will always try to do better, even when I procrastinate! LOL

 

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But one thing I’d like to leave with you all…I’m not someone easily offended by stuff (I don’t care about paper cups, or xenophobia, I tend to just IGNORE the things I see and don’t like, although this whole post is about something I can’t ignore, I chose to quit being so online for a while to ignore all I see that I don’t like…), but I’d like to ask each of you to think about what you’ll post, to put yourself in the place of someone else that might read it, because we can avoid unnecessary hurt and drama this way. Think about if it’s really necessary to say something, because since we deal with written words a LOT of the meaning of what we say might get lost or not gotten, after all we can’t really know what someone meant by something they wrote. Use your voice to spread the love, the positivity, to say things that will mean something (good) to others. Use your voice to help others, to spread the word about your authors and books in a good way…Sometimes we love a book or an author so much we get too enthusiastic or crazy, but let’s remember it’s JUST A BOOK! 🙂

 

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That being said, I’d REALLY appreciate your feedback on the blog, on posts you would like to see here (or that you usually like in blogs), what changes you would make, if you like some video posts…Thank you so much for still following me after all this time and for reading my posts!!! I absolutely LOVE when I see people from ALL parts of the world read my posts!!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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The Gryffindor Girl

Hi everyone!!

So, this is not my usual type of post, although I’ve been writing this “articles” lately, this one is going to be a bit more forward.
I’ve been MIA again, but not only from blogging but from almost everything book related, and that includes my FB groups, which are my favorite place to hangout on the internet.

“Is this going to be another one of those whiny posts?”, you must be asking yourself.

A few weeks ago I wrote an article called “The (not so) Lonely Blogger” , where I mentioned it’s been a while since I last wrote, and that I somehow lost myself in the last 8 years or so. Guess, what? I might not have found myself, but I did find a way to write again…maybe not my short-stories or even my full-stories, but this is the way I’ve found to write and I’m quite enjoying being able to pour my words out in here. Back then whenever I felt overwhelmed or down, I’d write a short story or I’d create a new world, new characters, new people to say what I couldn’t. I’d love to go back to that (and it’s not even for publishing), but while that doesn’t happen, I’m going to speak a little for myself now…

So far I’ve been more political about it, but I’ll just come out and say something now…I know, haters, gonna hate…but I just freaking hate ASS-KISSERS!!! I miss the good ole days the book community wasn’t so infested by them! Everything felt more genuine back then.

I know, nothing lasts forever, people change, bla bla bla…I know I have a hard time with changes, but lately I don’t see how the changes I’ve been seeing are for the best. It seems like it’s all about competitions. Authors competing with authors for who releases the next “big” hit, bloggers competing with others for the best reviews, most views, for who has more likes…and worse, readers competing for who can kiss more ass! I’m sorry, but that is true!

I’ve never thought I’d see the day my authors, who I idolize beyond reason, would disappoint me like they’ve have. And I’m not even talking about specific people here, so many has been acting different. You can call me catty, jealous, or whatever you want. It doesn’t change the fact that this is happening. I wish every author I love success, I truly do. But at what cost, sometimes?

Lately so many reviews have been misleading us readers, we can’t trust the early readers ratings anymore…it’s all such a big BUSINESS! I’m not complaining about authors making money, my God, no! I want them to make BIG money, I contribute to it, after all. But does it have to be by stepping on the ones who have been supporting them since the beginning? Does it have to be by misleading readers into thinking their stories are what they aren’t? What happened to the honest that based the indie community in the first place???
Whatever happened to “I’m only here because you read my books” ??? What happened to being thankful and recognize the ones that have been supporting them from the beginning?

And now I can already hear your thoughts “Why do you keep blogging then?”, “Why don’t you leave then?” and  “You’re spitting in the plate you eat!” …

Am I? Spitting in the plate I eat? Seems like being honest isn’t viewed as highly as attracting more sales and likes lately. And why don’t I leave and stop blogging and supporting authors? Because I’m REAL! I can’t do that. I’ve tried. I’ve left some groups, I’ve been quiet, but I can’t stop loving reading and supporting the ones who create the stories I get so lost into! I LOVE reading and I LOVE connecting with authors and fellow readers around the world, and I’ve been saying that from the beginning of my blog, since it was still Sex and the Books. I genuinely LOVE helping authors in any little way I can. Do I need the recognition? Not in the way most people would think, no.

It’s part of human nature to want to be loved, to be respected, to be admired. I absolutely LOVE when I recommend a book to someone and after they read it they thank me and become fans like I am. There is few better feelings in a book nerd life! Also there a few better feelings in a book nerd life, like being recognized as a fan, as a supporter. So yes, I like the recogition, but not at the point of starting to kiss so much ass that I become what I most hate in the world: just another one.

I strive to be different, I don’t like to conform. So what if  everyone loved a book and I didn’t? What’s wrong with me saying it? It’s not the Middle Ages, people!! We don’t live in a world where we can’t say what we think! If I don’t like a book, doesn’t mean I love an author less… There are authors whom I ADORE, but that doesn’t mean I love, or even like, every one of their books.

All I’m saying here is that the whole book community has been hard on me lately. Not because anyone said anything, but because I’m so disappointed. I’m very hard on myself and I expect people to live up to my expectations, but bottom line is that expectations are only wishes, no one can live up to every expectation we have. So, I don’t blame only authors, bloggers and readers. Hell no, I’m to blame here too, if not most than anyone. It’s my fault I expect too much, it’s my fault I love too much and It’s my fault I give people 150% of myself. And yet…sometimes I don’t get even 10% of that back. Hell, I used to, but somehow I’ve became just another one in the see of a lot of someones…

How that happened? Was it my fault? Have I not supported you enough? Have I not kissed ass enough? Have I been too truthful? Maybe that’s because I live too far? Maybe it’s because my culture is different (yes, I’ve been blamed for being brazilian and don’t understanding american people are just like “that”)? Maybe I’m just way too naïve and what I once viewed as friendship or even likeness was just someone being “nice” enough..

I’m way too hard on my fellow brazilian fans, my friends know this. I love being able to read in English, talk in English and everything that involves different cultures, but in the end of the day I am Brazilian. Maybe too Brazilian…But no matter our many flaws, do you know what is our best treat? We LOVE so hard and we have so much fun! So yeah, sorry, I’m not going to change the fact that I love you authors, I might not be showing it right now, but it doesn’t mean I don’t. So many of my book friends support so many authors without then and no one knowing it! Even I do that. I’ve shouted out about some authors I found out and somehow people actually trust my opinion on books, so I got people into reading their books and become fangirls like I am. And these authors probably don’t even know it…But I do and it makes me happy, makes me happy that people thank me for introducing them to their stories. Makes me happy when I see them getting successfull and makes me so damn pround when I see authors I’ve been reading from the beginning to get their books into the brazilian bookstores! They might not even know me, but I always recommend them as one of “my” authors, the ones I follow since forever…

So if that makes me a bad fan, I’m sorry. I’m sorry if I’m not good enough anymore, if I became just another one…My default system is to like every author whom I’ve interacted with (until they do something to make me feel different), but of course there are the ones you connect a bit differently, that you start to LOVE. Regardless, I LOVE interacting with authors. With readers. Making new friends. It’s one of my best qualities and despite my many many flaws, despite having the shortest fuse in the history of the world, I’m beyond LOYAL to the ones I love. I’m a Gryffindor girl, after all!!!

I’ve been hardcore reading for longer than most indie authors have been writing, and I can honestly say that despite all the drama and bullshit, this last 5 years have been my best reading years! And that’s why it saddens me to see authors succubing to the ass-kissing, not genuine fans, to see authors forgetting the ones who support them since the beginning, to see bloggers recommending anything that’ll make their views higher, to see beta readers not giving authors the advice they are there to give…and it saddens me that I’m writing this kind of post, that I never thought I would.

I’m PMSing so yeah, everything is hightened right now for me, but the disappointment has been here for a long, long time. I’m trying to find myself again in the sea of new releases, I try to find that one that will push me up and make me love reading all over again. And I have lately.

I’ve found some new indie authors who BLEW MY MIND in the last couple of weeks and they reminded me why I loved doing this, why I love reading, why I love connecting. Their talent makes me want to be a part of this community. Your talent, does it!

Despite the disappointment, the sadness and everything I will continue to look forward to read more books, to find the next amazing author, to support the ones I already know and love. But if I get a bit down, it’s not because I want your attention, or because I don’t support you, that is just me trying to surface. A funny comparison…in 2013 when we had a lot of riots all over our country, something happened. The riots started because of the protest, the peaceful protests. The riot people infiltrated themselves in the prostests and started destroying public patrimony and hurting people. And you know what the protesters start doing to help the police see who were the real protesters and who were the anarchists? And while the violent, fake protesters who were there just to break things started their riot acts, the real protesters, the ones who were there to fight for better things sat down on the floor. Tha way the fake ones would be recognizeable.

So if I’m too MIA it’s because I’m sitting down, I’m letting the braggers, the ass kissers and the fake fans do their work. Or maybe it’s just because my computer is a piece of crap…haha
I LOVE to shout out to everyone when an author is amazing, when they are generous, when they show me their generosity. Whenever I get a signed book, a swag, a mention, a like…or whenever I LOVE a book, if I show it to the world, now I’m showing off. And I’m not. I’m showing the author off, I’m showing the world how wonderful they are. I don’t recommend books I don’t like, I don’t shout out abot them, that’s just not me.

In the words of one of my favorite bands, Muse, “they will not force us”. We book lovers, will always love books I just need to learn to love everything a little less, I’ve been burned so many times in the last 5 years for loving and trusting too much.

And then something, or someone, like Cecilia London and her book Dissident, happen to my life and I just THANK the HEAVENS I’m part of this book community. I thank them I get ARCs and that I get to read and know books before the translated versions come to Brazil, if they are picked up. Because that just makes EVERYTHING worth it. The feeling of belonging to a world where amazing books get to be published is so overwhelming. Even more overwhelming than the sad feelings I’ve been having lately! I thank many, many authors who made me love reading even more than I did.

Without you authors, and fellow readers, I wouldn’t be who I am today. And I wouldn’t be finding myself again, baby step by baby step! I might not be good enough, but your talent and books are for me. They are good enough to make me not want to quit, to still support my books and authors. You are good enough that despite the bullshit and ass kissing, I still love you so so hard!!

In the end of the day I’m just a little point in the universe of shining book stars. I would love to make the difference, even the smallest one, in every one I meet out there, because despite writing being a business and authors wanting to make money, they do it for us, because we love to read.  So let’s keep up the good reading! Let’s be proud, let’s be less competitive, in the end of the day, everybody making it, doesn’t sound like such a bad idea, right?

 

 

 

XOXO

 

Carol

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Have you ever judged a book by its author?

You know that saying “Never judge a book by its cover” ? Well, I don’t. Not necessarily. I don’t mind the covers, unless it’s somthing really creepy. But usually a “bad” cover doens’t mean I won’t read the book.  Of course a well-thought and well designed, beautiful cover always attracts us more to the books.

Want to know a secret? With the exceptions, of course, I don’t usually like covers with models in it, specially partially naked ones…I’m weird, I know. I just LOVE creative covers. Not saying I don’t like the ones with models, I can mention lots of covers I loved with models on them. What I like most is when we can see an author (and the designer) puts thoughts into the cover.

Anyways, this article isn’t actually about book covers… I was talking to a friend earlier today about this, and it was not my first conversation about it and I decided to share my thougths on it…

Do you judge a book by its author? Judging is such a strong word, though…I try really hard not to judge anyone, and I like to put myself in their shoes, because I don’t know what I’ve ever do if I was in someone’s position in certain situations. But then, sometimes we can’t not have a more expressive opionion.

If you ask me this question, I would answer NO. I don’t, because I basically have nothing to do with what an author do or don’t in their spare time. Unless, it’s to offend a reader or a fellow author.

When I write a review or rate a book, I can say with certainty I don’t keep in mind my friendship with the author or if I got an ARC, otherwhise there would be no point in rating or reviewing the book. I completely separate myself, and the book, from the author. That’s the way I do things. So no, MOST OF THE TIMES, the author and the book are separated to me. But then to which point can we separate them?

There are authors I won’t read anymore, not because of anything they did outside their books, but basically because I got tired of their writing or the fact they write the same thing again and again. Again, that’s me and I don’t bash them or say who outside my close circle of friends. Because I think it’s just plain disrespectful to go to an author page and start telling them I didn’t like their books and stuff like that. There is NO POINT in that! The rare times I gave constructive criticism to authors, without being asked, were by messaging them and on both times, both authors were amazingly cool and comprehensive about it. I just don’t do that, even on PM. It’s a different thing when an author asks us our opinion, but even so I keep it privately between me and the author.

If something in the book bothered me enough to mention in my review and I feel I need to say it, I do, but respectfully. I actually HATE giving negative feedback, there’s nothing worse than not to like someone’s work and having to tell them. That really sucks. At the same time I know I’m quite exigent and picky, I know that my opinion is valuable too. So that is another thin line that must not be crossed…

But when the problem is not about what an author wrote, but whay they said or did outside of their books? Social media is the COOLEST thing ever! It’s because of it we’re able to connect with authors and book friends ALL AROUND THE WORLD. And, I’ve said it over and over, that is one of my favorite things about my reading addiction! But then Social Media can also be a b***. Sometimes we all feel the need to outpour our feelings and to say whenever comes to our mind. But what about one of those posts is not funny anymore, it’s plain judgemental, or disrespectful to the readers, or rude to people in general? I’ve seen authors bashing others publically, sometimes bashing a book without even reading a whole chapter…when is that ok?

Again, of course no one, and I include authors there, because they are just as human as any of us, has to like everything or the same things others do. I certainly don’t. I do believe authors should support each other. It’s a ruthless world out there and with the ammount of books released every week and month, it’s becoming harder to get their works known. Of course no author has to be fake, or pretend to like someone’s work. Just don’t say anything about it if you don’t like it! But bashing a fellow author, or calling them names, or bullying them? That is one of the rare things that do make me “boycot” an author. Call it judging, but well, I don’t want anything to do with an author who is not respectful of his/her peers and his/her readers! No matter how good their books are.

When I decide to not read an author anymore the most influencial factor is their writing, if I didn’t like their previous work, or if they write the same things over and over. So no, I don’t usually judge a book by its author. But when it involves an author being completely disrespectful to another? I just don’t feel the need to interact with that author anymore, or support them in anyway.

The same goes for the way authors treat their fans. It’s hard, because we all are fangirls at a point or two. But there’s nothing more fullfillig than seeing a good author who appreacites her readers and fans. Who thank them, who talks to them at book signings, who get back to them!

This is not a jab at any authors, and as far as I know I’m talking about things I’ve seen in the PAST. So there is no new drama in the book world. At least I haven’t seen any…

Anyways, I’ve read books with “poor” covers that were amazing. Just as I’ve read books with amazing covers, that were poor in content. I don’t care for poor personalities (although an author who is AWESOME is always an exciting PLUS), I do care for humility and respect.

So if I ever disrespected any of you, authors, I do apologize. I’ve grown a lot in the last couple of years, specially in the way I say what I thought about a book. There were some books I gave 1-2.5 stars (I keep track of all my read books and ratings through Goodreads), but I try not to be rude to the author. Just as I don’t like to judge a book by its author, I wouldn’t like to be judged by my opinion or review, because if I say I didn’t like a book or that it had a bad vibe, a bad ending, poor writing or anything like that, I’m not attacking you. I’m stating what I thought about the book, I’m being honest.

I won’t rave about books I didn’t like, I recommend them on my FB page. I have no problem writing reviews for books I didn’t like, and if you don’t see any in my blog is not because I’m being an “ass-kisser” or trying to please someone. I’ts basically because I don’t review as many books as I should (I know, I’m a poor excuse of a blogger, plus my computer doesn’t help so I almost cry when I have to start it).

I just wanted to say that me not liking a book has nothing to do with my opinions about the author. The book is the book. A person can be bad and still be talented. Just as he or she can be the coolest, best person in the world, and not being a good writer. It happens. So my answer to my earlier question would be no, I try not to judge a book by its author. But it has happened that I boycoted an author by the way he or she acts towards other authors or readers, but only in extreme cases. Most of the time I don’t care, because we don’t know everyone in the world, but we do know the image someone portraits. So if an author is being mean to people, I don’t really feel like reading his/her work. But again, I don’t follow EVERY author in the world and I usually follow them AFTER reading their work. So what they do in their spare time is none of my business, unless I see bullying and stuff like that, I don’t give a thought about it.

I do like when authors know how to use Social Media in their favor and choose to interact with us readers in a good way!

I’m interested to know what is your opinon about it…do you jugde a book by its author? How about you authors, do you judge readers based on their opinions about your work?

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The (Not so) Lonely Blogger

First of all I don’t want to sound ungrateful or whining with this post. I just figured I’ve been feeling like this for some time now and writing has always been my chosen method to work things out.

When I say I used to be a writer I’m not calling myself an author, but this week I decided to revise some of my “work” and my old texts. I was good. I’m not bragging or fishing for anything, I actually was good. Writing was my thing, much more than reading and I’ve ALWAYS been a hardcore reader.

When I first met my “original” book friends on the internet (shout out to my American, Austrlian and South American friends), it was (probably still is) the best thing that could have happened to me. It was 3, maybe 4, years ago. It was charmed by a blog I came across one day looking for a new book to read. I used to read almost only paranormal books, because I became obsessed with them for a while. Back then ai couldn’t find any new releases in the bookstores, books took so longto get here translated, that’s how I discoveed ebooks.Good thing I could read in English… So I found this blog called Supernatural Snark. And I was CHARMED by it. By a girl who reviewed books, who got them before they were published because her opinion mattered. I was charmed by the fact people actually looked for other people’s opinions on books. I’ve always been a hardcore reader, but for me it was always a very lonesome activity. I was never bullied for reading, but people didn’t get it. Most still don’t.

Actually reading is kind of a “new” thing here in Brazil. Sorry fellow brazilians, but it is true. I used to be friends with the librarians at my school (I went to a catholic – jesuit – school and back in the day they couldn’t even buy The Devil Wears Prada, because of the title) and they even asked me if I wanted them to order me books withtheir discount. When the dean was changed I saw the library changing too. And more people started to go there for the books and not the computers. It was thrilling, they started making awards for whoever got more books (I got them for 3 years haha) and it was always my place. Where I felt at home.

Back to Supernatural Snark. So I was charmed and thanks to it, I got new recommendations and got hooked on Goodreads. And then I found even more books. I used to read fanfictions too. So I read FSOG before it was FSOG, when it was a fanfic about Bella and Edward. A couple months later I saw this book called FSOG on Goodreads. The rest is history. I met those five original book friends (Kim, Kelly, Rosie, Pam and Elmarie) through Goodreads. And they introduced me to Book Groups on Facebook. Because of them I met other friends, became a part of countless groups and started interacting with authors….BAM! It was almost like I was in that library at Loyola (my school) again. But ten times better. I was actually “friending” and talking and interacting with AUTHORS.

I’ve left some groups, I’ve became closer to some new friends, I started my own groups and I started my own blog (back then this was called Sex and the Books).

I remember when I was in one of my first FB groups I met girls who were writing their own books. These were the days all authors we know now were indie. THAT  charmed me and I started to think I could go back to write again. I could publish my own books!

I didn’t go through with it. For no reason whatsoever. But this week I realised it’s been almost 10, I mean TEN, years I haven’t written! I have stories, I have character’s profiles, I have notebooks and notebooks filled with my words. When did I become the girl who doesn’t write???

I’m not complaining, because in a way I’m still the girl who reads, so that is more than enough for me. Because opinion in a book actually matters to some people. People come to me for recommendations, authors actually are friends with me, I get to be mentioned in acknowledgements, I get asked for help, I get to help authors translate to Portuguese…I get to be me.

The struggle is real, when you do prefer to live inside of a book or in your Internet life, because people actually gets you. Does it mean I forget my own “real” life? Hell no! I’m still a student, a teacher, a friend…but living inside the books is what makes everything so worth to me.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, I’m mostly grateful to know reader friends and author friends. I’m beyond honored when they choose to talk to me, to be my friends, to mention me. But lately I’ve been seeing the Book Community I love so much turn into something I don’t  like so much. I actually thought of leaving Facebook, Goodreads, friends and books…Of course you might be thinking I’m a whining bitch wanting attention…Am I? Maybe! Change is always frightening and I’ve seen Book Community and Indie World change so much already!

I’ve seen authors who were truly indie become something else, I’ve seen bloggers stealing author’s work, I’ve seen jealousy, I’ve seen cattiness, I’ve seen the Book version of Mean Girls…and in the end of the day I still think it’s all worth it. Because deep down we all love our authors, our books.

I am too intense, I take things very seriously, specially if it’s something I love. And I can say with absolutely certainty, there’s nothing I like more (except for my family and a few friends) than reading. Than interacting with authors, than helping them and helping spread the word about them. Them recommending books. Than discussing books. Nothing. Do I need I life because of that? Well, that’s people’s opinion, because in  mine I chose to make this all part of what I call “life”.

The idea I had about what my life would be now 10 years ago is so different than what it is now. But I have to say, sixteen year old me would be off the charts proud of what I decided to take as such a great part of my life. I hope one day I can really make this love I have for books my life, but so far I can rejoice in the fact that even though to some people I have no life, to me and my book friends, this is the life!

So why is this called The (Not so) Lonely Blogger? For some time now I’ve been feeling lonely, because I’ve been seeing so much jealousy and ass kissing around the book world. The blogging world. I don’t even like to call myself a blogger..Not because of that, but because I have 100% sure I’m a shitty blogger. I can throw a bunch of excuses, my Internet suck, my computer suck (that one is the worse, because my computer can barely turn on for me to write my posts ;/)…but the truth is, I’m not even half the blogger I want to be.

But I am still a reader and even if my blog is to small, or too unknown, or too honest, or too simple. I’m still a reader, whose opinion should matter. I’m tired of the comparisons between the BIG blogs and the small ones. What makes a big blog BIG? Is it their massive following? Is it their reach, or their opinion? I’ve unfollowed so many blogs lately. They might be big, they might be small, but they should remain honest.

When the blog was Sex and the Books I got a bigger reach, because people looked for “sex themed”stuff on their searches and my blog would pop out! I know Sex sells…but I don’t want to be definited by it, or by the fact I don’t have a HUGE reach.

This post is not a jab at bloggers, God, no! I LOVE bloggers, just for the fact that they started this whole thing we call Book Community. They spread the word out about authors, they work so, so hard. But lately, it’s become such a business. I miss the good ole days where it was all about our opinions. I know it’s hard. It’s hard when we are friends with an author and we don’t like their story that much, it’s hard when we get an ARC and we don’t want to hurt anyone. It’s a fine, fine line. But isn’t it worse when people lie? When people kiss ass in exchange of a friendship? For me it’s all about honesty. I decide if I should write a review or not when I don’t like a book. Lately I haven’t been reviewing books I dind’t like, but I haven’t been reviewing that much…mostly because my computer is really bad and I don’t feel like it, because sometimes it seems that my small blog opinion doesn’t matter.

I get CHILLS when I recommend a book and someone thanks me for it. Do you have any idea how much rewarding it is to have this kind of impact in someone else’s life? Than you  know how it must be for authors. I can say that I’m always honest about it when I praise them, when I pm them, when I fangirl them. I don’t ever ass kiss someone for a mention. Do I feel like a kid in a candy store when I get recognized by an author? Hell yeah, I’d like to see who wouldn’t feel honored by it. Do I expect it? Hell no! I pimp them, I spread the word out, I love them, because of them. Because of the words they weave to create stories that have such an impact in my life!

So if you ask me if I will ever get back to that dream of publishing my own book…my answer would be probably not. Not because I can’t. But right now I just feel like it’d be an immense pressure. I sure don’t know how you authors deal with all that. Not only the pressure of putting your ideas into paper, but the pressure of waiting to hear people’s opinion, the pressure of pleasing others, the pressure of having the right people pimping you, the pressure of having a good cover…so I RESPECT each and every person who has the guts to put themselves out there! Not because I don’t have the courage, but because you are my HEROES! You create the one thing I can see myself doing for the rest of my life!

And that is the sole reason I want to keep being a part of this Book world. Actually no. That’s not true. My friends, my incredibly special, supporting friends, either readers or authors or both. You’re the reason I keep going. You’re the reason I keep faith Book Community.

Of course ass kissers will never stop, of course jealousy will ever be present. Of course haters gonna hate. To each their own tastes. To each their own form of pimping, of blogging.

But mine will remain based on honesty. On love and on the extreme proud feeling I get when I call authors friends. On the fact that although I might not have a huge following, my opinions matter.

So authors, never forget our opinions (the genuine ones, not the rude ones, please ignore the stupid people who are rude, they are not even worth it) matter, either we are big, small, just a reader, a fellow author…whoever we are. After all, book exist because we readers, read and have opinions on them.

And readers, never forget your opinions, our opinions, do matter too! Spread the word out, leave the reviews, support your authors.

No one will ever please everyone. I have authors whom I love, I have authors whom I used to love but not so much now, there are books everyone loved and I didn’t, there are books I’ve been called “sick ” for liking. But you will never see me bullying someone for having a different opinion, for not liking the same things as I do. In fact my best friend (hi Aud o/)  has such different tastes than me, but yet we discuss books and also have the same opinion on them. My friends can atest, I LOVE discussing books, even when someone has a different opinion them me. I’m very, very picky. I love controversial talks and sometimes it feels like no book can please me. But when some do, they make my whole day, week, month and year!

I’ve seen some people saying they didn’t want to leave a 3 stars review in fear of offending an author! That’s someone else’s prerrogative, but since when a 3 stars is a bad thing? For me it still states I liked the book. Of course  4 stars mean I really liked it and 5 stars mean I can’t shut up about it the book. But how did we become a world where we are afraid to offend an author for having a different opinion? In my belief, if you are honest, but respectful, I don’t see why someone should be angry or offended. You like the book, not as much as you would have hoped, but you still did.

I can put myself on the authors shoes too. OF COURSE, they hope to get raving reviews, of course they want 5 stars ratings. And putting yourself out there for this kind of scrutiny is not easy AT ALL. But I like to think they also want the truth and kind words. I have NO RESPECT for a reader who is rude about their opinions, or a fellow author who dishes another author.

I feel lonely sometimes not because I’m a small blogger, because I live far away and can’t meet authors  (that’s probably why being friends with them is so special)…As I said, I KNOW I’m not a good blogger. But I also know I’m an HONEST one. So I feel lonely in a sea of fish kissing asses, because I refuse to do so. Because I refuse to become a blogger who is just following trends, because I refuse to be the same as everybody else.

I’ve felt unnapreciated so many times lately. Because by labeling a blog BIG we sometimes forget the small ones. The BIG ones were once small too. I know most people call them BIG because they reached a huge following. Do I wish a lot of people followed me? Of course I do! Do I resent them for having that and I don’t? Never. I respect them and I look up to most of them for reaching that point. But to me, if I have ONE view on my posts, that’s still a person who took her time out of her life to read one of my posts. So to me, the real BIG thing about blogging is actually doing for love.

Doing not to get ARCs, not to get recognized, not to be mentioned, not for the following. I don’t consider myself or my blog big at all. I do consider this post BIG, huge actually ahaha. I disgressed so much, but I want you all to see where I’m coming from. Because I’ve dedicated 16 years of my life, more than half of it, to reading. So to everyone one out there who ever read one of my posts, who ever read a book I recommended, who ever asked for a recommendation, to every author who ever talked to me, THANK YOU, because that is what make it all worth it. It’s not about being BIG or FAMOUS, it’s about being real and to me you all made my life in the last 4 years, in all its flaws, in all its adversities, in all its problems, the best 4 years ever.

This week a new author I’ve discovered made my whole day. I wrote her first review and she actually put it on her website. I felt so happy, because somehow me being a no one from Brazil, from a small blog I impacted her somehow. I wish all the BIG blogs get to read her book, because she deservers all the recognition they can give her! Wheneve a BIG blog reads a book by one of my favorite authors or one of my author friends I feel immensely PROUD of them and of the fact I know them! But sometimes the whole book community makes it look like the opinions that matter are the ones from the bigger blogs. I love them too, I love the fact them can reach so many people. But everyone’s opinion matter!

Being a no one from Brazil is actually more rewarding than you could ever believe because without knowing or meaning you all made me feel like someone in a point or two. She will probably never see this, but to the lovely owner of Supernatural Snark, you impacted my life more than you could know. You started the chain that brought me closer to what I know I want to do for the rest of my life!

To everyone new blogger who ever felt insecure, keep up. Everyone started from somewhere. If you love doing it, you are already being rewarded! To every author out there, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, either I’ve read your work or not, I truly appreciate your courage! To every author who ever trust their work to me, thank you too! I try my best to honor it!

And to all those authors who are my friends, you have no idea how much I appreciate it. You make my day just by being you! There is no feeling like discovering a new book, a new author and spreading the word out about them! And when people like it and thank you for it and become friends with them too? It really feels like my work has being worth it!

I swear, this is not a jab at anyone, this is me needing to pour my heart out. I’m not looking for recognition, attention or to brag. If you’re thinking “you should get a life!”, I often thought so myself. But what can I do? Booking is the life! 🙂

And if you are wondering…I’m still friends and I still LOVE those fantastic 5 girls who introduced me to this world, even when I feel like I don’t belong to this world anymore, I still LOVE the feeling of meeting new book friends. And I still CHERISH the fact I can be friends with authors and spread the word out about them! And I still CHERISH the feeling of gratitude everytime one of them talk to me. So this is no jab, this is no critic (maybe to ass kissers, sorry, but that I can’t change), this is just me trying to find the sixteen year old girl in me who would go to a library to feel at home.

And writing this I realise I’m not lonely at all. Even when I think differently, even when I don’t kiss people’s asses, even when I’m small…I might not consider myself a blogger, at least not the one I could, and should, be. But I consider myself the most lucky reader. I might feel lonely as a blogger, but as a reader, I feel like I won the lottery everytime I finish a book and get to talk about it to my friends and to its author!  So yeah…home for me is actually not a library, but this (not so) little thing called a book.

Oh…and authors, the first ever Latin quote I’ve learned so many years ago is still my favorite and that’s why I cherish you forever:

“Verba volupt, scripta manent” – The words fly, the what’s written stay…

XOXO

Carol

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My Signed Books Collection

What’s up, Bookworms?!!?

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while…As you know I am Brazilian and I live in Brazil.

So my chances to go to Book Events and Signings are very little and so are my chances of having signed books. But even so, I’ve got some!

Some I bought from the author, but I only do that when I really, really, REALLY love a book and/or author, because it gets super EXPENSIVE for me…I have to convert the dollar to my own money – real- and add a brazilian tax we have for buying things in differnt currencies from credit cards. So a U$15 book would cost almost R$50.00 (reais – my money) without the shipping fees…

I do plan on saving this year to go to a signing event and also to buy at least one signed book from a favorite author per month…Hopefully I’ll get to do both!!

But enough of that! Here are my signed books…3 are in Portuguese and who knows me, knows I don’t particularly like reading in Portuguese, since I am fluent in English, I prefer reading in the original language of my books, because a lot is lost in translation…and some type of scenes sound way less vulgar in English than in Portuguese LOL

But last year I went to TWO very special signings. I met Sylvia Day and Tammar Webber and since both events were promoted by their Brazilian publishing houses/editors, I had to buy at least one book in Portuguese.

I ended up buying Easy and Breakable by Tammar Webber in Portuguese, but I wish my original paperback had arrived in time so I could take it too… 😦

I currently have 19 signed books, but since one (a book in Portuguese by Sylvia Day) is currently with my friend on loan, only 18 will be featured here.

 

Unspoken Memories by Gabbie S. Duran: This is my first EVER signed book and Gabbie was kind enough to send it to me as a gift.

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The Education of Sebastian and  The Education of Caroline by Jane Harvey-Berrick: Jane also gifted me both books. I was floored with such generosity when I came home and there was this huge box waiting for me!!!

 

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Reflected In You by Sylvia Day: I managed to find this one in the original paperback (Brazilian paperbacks are a bit different, the paper they use is thicker and the covers too…it’s one of the reasons they are so expensive here – it’s still cheaper to buy imported books in bookstores than books in Portuguese).

Sylvia is the first author I got to know personally and it’ll always be a special memory to me! She was so sweet and gentle and talked quite a lot with me! 🙂

 

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Easy and Breakable by Tammara Webber: I loved how her Brazilian publisher decided to maintain the original title instead of translating it (the title translations mostly never work – don’t start me on FSOG!)!! Tammara is such a pretty lady and so sweet to all her readers. They even brought a translation to help the readers who didn’t speak English!!

Easy was also one of my first ever indie books and I read it so long ago that when I saw it on Brazilian bookstores I got SO excited!!! LOVE Lucas and Breakable IMO is even better!!

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With the Father and Remembering Joy by Jenni Moen: Jenni is another great find and an author I consider a friend of mine! She is also super sweet and gifted me these two books! I LOVE With the Father and how unexpected the story is! I also LOVE the Joy series and I’m going to order the two books soon, because they have BEAUTIFUL new covers!!

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Contessa, Olivia, Dear Jon and Livvy by Lori L. Otto: Lori is another generous author, who I helped with some Portuguese translations and she sent me the Choise series as a gift. Their covers are SO, SO PRETTY!! I love the watercolors!!! And Lori is such an incredible author!!!!

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The Original Sinners (Red Years: The Siren, The Angel, The Prince, The Angel and The Mistress – and White Years: The Saint and The King) by Tiffany Reisz: Well, Tiffany IS the author of my favorite series, after all. So I splurged and bought all the Original Sinners books published in December as a Christmas Gift for myself. What a surprise it was when I opened the big box and saw how Tiffany signed the books! It was so funny and sweet! LOVED it BIG TIME!!

 

 

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I can definitely sign my own #NERD card, because to me, there’s nothing cooler or more special than interacting and being friends with authors. I wish I lived in the US so I could go to many signings and buy books all the time, but even being so far away, I still feel pretty great about knowing writers and having contact with them! So whenever I get one of these packages at home, I have this indescribable feeling! It’s the feeling of having your dreams coming true!!!

 

What about you, do you have many signed books? Tell me in the comments!

 

XOXO

 

Carol

 

 

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Carol’s Favorite Books of 2014

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Hello  everyone!!

 

First of all, let me wish you a proper HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2015 bring a lot of happiness and books to you!!

I finally get to post about my favorite books of 2014. I read 355 books in 2014, my goal was 350 a hundred less than 2013.

And from these 355 books, I had about 80 listed favorites, but I took some down, which was harder, and here are my 55 favorites for this past year. I will list them by order of reading and I won’t compare them and rate them between each of them, that way it’ll be all fair. They all stand a place in my favorites, so they all deserve the same recognition!

BUT, when asked I always say my most favorite book of the year was The Saint by Tiffany Reisz, because I can’t remember all of them by heart.

And there’s a new category I’m adding…my favorite series/debut author of the year. It is by far The Kane Trilogy (Degradation, Separation and Reparation) by Stylo Fantôme! She did an outstanding job with this books and you can’t say she is a “newbie” by reading them. But I’m getting ahead of myself and you’ll see all of those on my list below!

For some of the series only one or two are favorites, but it doesn’t mean I didn’t like the others, I mostly did, but I liked one or two books in the series better, so they remained favorites. Some series aren’t in order, because as I said, I’m listing them by order of read. I’m also adding the links to my reviews (for the ones I wrote them)!  Enjoy!

 

  • Lifers by Jane Harvey – Berrick –  5 stars – (Full review HERE)
  • Unravel by Calia Read – 5 stars (Review HERE) – Powerful full on angst read
  • Therapy by Kathryn Perez – 5 stars Powerful full on angst read
  • Making Faces by Amy Harmon – 5 stars – AMAZING BEAUTIFUL story
  • Left Drowning by Jessica Park – 5 stars – angsty read, one of the best books I’ve ever read in my life!!!
  • Rock Bottom (Tristan & Danika #2) by R.K. Lilley – 5 stars – again I LOVE this series, but this one is MY FAVORITE FROM THE WHOLE SERIES. Tristan is PERFECT and this one wrecked me!!!! ❤
  • Breakable (Contours of the Heart #2) by Tammara Webber – 5 stars – I liked this one better than Easy, which is one of my favorite books. I also met Tammara here in Brazil in November and she’s a sweetheart! I’ve had already read the book when it released here, but I got a signed Portuguese copy now!!
  • Falling (Fading #3) by E.K. Blair – 5 stars  – this is another that I liked his POV than hers and Fading is also one of my favorite books! This book was awesome! Loved Ryan’s POV and there’s more about their present/future too!
  • Push by Claire Wallis – 5 stars – I’m struggling with this one, because book 1 was absolutely FANTASTIC and although there’s a cliffhanger I’d like to forget I read the sequel, because unfortunately it didn’t live up to the first book’s awesomeness…I prefer to think the shocking (and so GOOD) cliffy ending was the real ending, because the story got flat in book 2. The first half of it was good and then it felt like it was just a filling plot.
  • Bang (Black Lotus #1) by E.K. Blair – 5 stars – This book was such a mind f*** and so freaking GOOD! From page 1 it held my attention! Book 2 can’t come soon enough!!
  • Mid Life Love (Mid Life Love #1) by Whitney Gracia Williams – 5 stars – This book was just AWESOME! It has a CEO, which is my weakness/guilty pleasure in books, but it’s different than what I’ve read before! I like both this one and the sequel, but this one is my favorite!
  • Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters #1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie – 5 stars –  This spin-off from The Addicted series is so, so good!! Connor Cobalt was such a SURPRISE! He’s like Chuck Bass (from Gossip Girl – the tv show, not the books)!!
  • Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey – 5 stars (Full review HERE) – R.S. Grey is another author who scored a place on my go-to, auto-click authors. I LOVE her sense of humor and her characters are the BOMB!!!
  • Reciprocity (Breach #3) by K.I. Lynn – 4.5 stars – God, Nathan and his filthy mouth!! I’ve missed him since last year!! This series is just so freaking GOOD! I love the characters and their struggle. They felt real and relateable and I love how we see their day-to-day lives in the books!
  • Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon – 5 stars – Do I need to say anything more than James Fraser????!!! SWOOONS! Although this book is so long it should be considered at least 2 books on my GR Challenge lol.
  • Dragonfly in Amber (Outlandert #2) by Diana Gabaldon – 5 stars – This one is just as amazing if not even better! I absolutetly LOVED it!! The whole series is a favorite of mine, although I’m still on half of book 4…
  • Rainfall by Melissa Delport – 5 stars (Full review HERE) – This book was POWERFUL and so well written it is still with me. This story is incredibly brilliant!
  • Playing in the Rain by Jane Harvey-Berrick – 5 stars – Even though this is a short story, it isn’t short of talent and emotion. True talent can’t be measured by the size of the author’s book. This story is beautiful and although it’s short it has everything it should (and more)! It made me cry, laugh, smile and fall in love between its pages!
  • The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3) by Deborah Harkness – 5 stars – This series is one of my favorites and it doesn’t even feel like paranormal. It’s packed with history, mystery, adventure and even time-travel. This was a wonderful finale to the series!! Mini review HERE.
  • Wife Number Seven by Melissa Brown – 5 stars – This book was different from everything I’ve ever read! Really good!!
  • Blood and Bone by Tara Brown – 5 stars (Full Review HERE) – This book was such a mind-wreacking-f****ing!! LOVED it!!
  • Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright – 5 stars – This is a paranormal and seriously one of the HOTTEST books I’ve ever read. But it also has a GREAT story!!
  • Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Illona-Andrews – 5 stars – This book was just WOW! This is one of my favorite paranormal series and in this book Illona-Andrews were spot on!! It’s the reason I love paranormals. The story is amazing and everything connects. The ending was such a surprise and I can’t wait to see what comes now!
  • The Story of Me (Carnage #2) by Lesley Jones – 5 stars – Again this is the case where both books are good, but I just LOVED the sequel more. This book  was FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!
  • The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years #2) by Sarina Bowen – 5 stars – As I mentioned I LOVED getting to know Sarina’s books this year. This is the second book in the series, but it’s about different characters from book 1, although they are in this one too! Loved it as much as The Year We Fell Down.
  • Degradation (The Kane Trilogy #1) by Stylo Fantôme – 5 stars (Full review HERE). This is THE debut series in my opinion and Stylo is my AMAZING finding for this year! I’ve recommended these books for so many people, they are just incredible and she maintained the character’s and story’s consistency during the whole series!!
  • The Education of Sebastian (The Education of…#1) by Jane Harvey-Berrick – 5 stars – Well, I’m a HUGE Jane Harvey-Berrick fan and I’ve read The Education of Caroline like 2 years ago. It’s a sequel, but it can be read as a standalone and when I read it I decided to skip the first book because of the age difference, because I thought it would bother me and how silly I was. I missed on this AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL story for almost two years. I love, love, LOVE The Education of Caroline (my favorite between the two of them), but this first book is just so incredible! Knowing the charactes from years before I got to understand them even better than I did. I can see how they grew up and how they learned with their past. 
  • With the Father by Jenni Moen – 5 stars – You can say I have a weakness for priests as well, but this book is different than ANYTHING I’ve ever read in my life. It was such an incredible suprise. When I finished I had such a WTF moment! Jenni Moen did amazing with this one and it takes talent and balls to write a story like this! She was featured on my Favorite Books of 2013 list with the Joy series and here she is again. And the funny thing is that I didn’t realize she was  the author of the Joy series after I read With The Father! This is a truly brilliant story!
  • Bait (Wake #1) by M. Mabie – 5 stars – This book is full on agnsty, but it hurts so good! I absolutely fell in love with the hero and I can’t wait for book 2! I just want to hug Casey and never let go!!!
  • Ten Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti – 5 stars  This book is incredible! Pefectly written and amazing story!!
  • Addicted After All (Addcited #3) by Krista & Becca Ritchie – 5 stars – This was the perfect ending to Lily and Lo’s story! I look forward to seeing more of them in the last Calloway sisters books.
  • Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes #1) by Beth Flynn – 5 stars – this book was EPIC! It’s hard to explain this book without giving anything away. It’s amazing and it’s something you have to experience for yourself to understand why I freaked out after I finished! Beth is an amazing, talented debut author. I wish I found more books like this!
  • The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon – 5 stars – Simply BEAUTIFUL! Amy Harmon is so talented and writes such powerful stories!!
  • The Sect by Courtney Lane – 4.5 stars – This book was creppy, super dark, disturbing and ultimately BRILLIANT! I loved it and Courtey seems to be only improving her writing!
  • Chasing the Tide (Reclaiming the Sand #2) by A. Meredith Walters – 5 stars – this was the perfect closure to Ellie and Flynn story! It’s the closure that was missing in the epilogue of Reclaiming the Sand. Their story is simply beautiful and A. Meredith Walters words are poetry and flow so well!
  • Easy Virtue (Virtue #1) by Mia Asher – 5 stars – Mia gives us an anti-heroine in this book and she is a great character. I love how Mia doesn’t sugarcoat Blaire’s flaws and I also love both male characters in this book!!
  • Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie – 4.5 stars – Reading this book felt like I was watching a movie. A real good one!

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There is actually one more book, but I didn’t list it because it’s a book in Portuguese, by a Brazilian author. It’s called Encontrada (Found) and it’s the sequel of a book that I didn’t like that much (3 stars). But Encontrada is definitely a 5 stars read and I was pleasantly suprised by how much I liked it!! Specially because I don’t like brazilian authors besides our classics.

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 Now..wanna check my List of Favorite Books of 2013 also? Here is the LINK.

Now…I already have 16 read books in 2015 and I have about 3 favorites (Contessa by Lori Otto, The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz and The Traveling Man by Jane Harvey-Berrick)!!

 

XOXO

Carol

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