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Where We Get Our Books!

Where We Get Our Books!

From musty secondhand stacks to shiny shelves, electronic, advance, borrowed, or bartered–there’s no wrong way to get a book. (Well, of course there is… but we won’t speak of that now.) We thought it’d be interesting to chat about this, and to see where and how our bookish friends obtain their books. Here’s where we get ours. K’s Book Acquisitions I think I’m a pretty disciplined book buyer.  I make sure I buy only books I absolutely love and will read again in the future. I seldom buy books on a whim — and when I do I make sure it’s on sale. Having said this, I do occasionally get the irresistible impulse. Curses! So where do I get my books? Quite a few places. Number one: the bookstore. I shop at Chapters (the Barnes and Noble of Canada). And mostly, I shop the online store. Attention Canadians, become an… Read more »

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A Visit to Almanzo Wilder’s Farm

A Visit to Almanzo Wilder’s Farm

Do you have a bookish place you’d like to visit? My list is ever-growing, and includes someday-journeys to Prince Edward Island, The Hundred Acre Wood, and Klickitat Street. The dream book trip, however, was one that was just realized for me: a visit to Almanzo Wilder’s farm in upstate New York. I love the Little House books so much that I re-read them practically every year. My favorite book has always been Farmer Boy, in which Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about her husband Almanzo’s boyhood, so when one of my best friends conveniently had his wedding in the Finger Lakes, I gleefully plotted out the 5-hour day trip to Malone, New York. Which is out in the middle of nowhere, but that’s part of the charm! As my husband and I set off on our journey, it seemed Little House-appropriate that we would have to travel so far to get… Read more »

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Summer of the Sequel Giveaway! (and apologies)

Summer of the Sequel Giveaway! (and apologies)

Dear Friends, I’m getting on a plane in a few hours, but before I go, I have to apologize for being so absent lately. Aside from all three of us being pretty busy this month, I’ve also dealt with a scraped eye (ow!), houseguests, and some rather time-consuming family issues. I’m sorry to say that I’m behind on answering emails, choosing prize winners, and shipping out books–but I promise those will be tackled as soon as I’m back! July has turned out to be a huge time-suck, and I apologize profusely for being so behind. I have to confess that I’ve also been going through one of those phases where I’m just feeling generally burned out by blogging in general. Between an unpleasant anniversary earlier this summer, watching more reviewers getting attacked, dealing with trolls, and working through some general frustrations and disillusionment in general, I honestly haven’t been feeling… Read more »

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Plagiarism in the YA Community: My Own Experience

Plagiarism in the YA Community: My Own Experience

Plagiarism continues to plague the YA community. At least four bloggers reported last week that their reviews were copied, and there are doubtless many more undiscovered. What’s the big deal when blogs aren’t technically “professional” publications? For one thing, in a crowded community that is saturated with blogs, individual voice and identity are increasingly important factors in maintaining an audience. Plagiarism is not a victimless crime. Based on their dishonestly earned followers, plagiarists receive: — ARCs that should have gone to someone else — Tour spots that should have gone to someone else — Votes/comments/praise that belong to someone else. — Reviewer rankings (GoodReads, Amazon, etc.) that belong to someone else. They’ve also duped friends, followers, publishers, and authors, all of whom have interacted with them on the implied faith that they’re dealing with someone who has earned their respect and trust. People who steal content may believe that they’re… Read more »

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The Cost and Value of Book Blogging + Survey

The Cost and Value of Book Blogging + Survey

The Value of Book Blogging I believe there is value in what book bloggers do. From time to time, that’s something that’s easy to lose sight of, since both marketing buzz and drama can add to the noise that surrounds a book’s release. But if you’re ever feeling discouraged, it’s crucial to remind yourself that if we weren’t an increasingly important piece of the puzzle, we would not have the access that we do. Bottom line: Netgalley, Edelweiss, and ARCs are an option for us because there is a demand for citizen reviews. Even as more mainstream media outlets are covering Young Adult literature, how much of that coverage is determined by the publisher’s marketing push? How many worthwhile books never get noticed by newspapers and magazines because there isn’t enough time and space and interest to review it all? And of those few books that are reviewed, how do… Read more »

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Q & A with Dan Krokos

Q & A with Dan Krokos

It’s always great to find new male YA authors, particularly those who create strong, thinking heroines. If you’re a fan of science fiction thrillers, False Memory will definitely take you on an exciting ride full unexpected twists and turns. Author Dan Krokos chats with us today about his impressive debut, as well as the sometimes-bumpy road that new authors have to face in today’s world of social media.     About False Memory TMG: Hi Dan, congratulations on your novel. I really enjoyed the fact that the book is such a smart thriller, touching on everything from gene therapy to brain wave manipulation. What was the genesis of this story? How long did it take you to write it? DK: I had the first kernel of the story back when I was writing my third manuscript. It was an urban fantasy about a new kind of magic that gave people… Read more »

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Moving On…and Thank You

Moving On…and Thank You

I’ve started a half a dozen blog posts over the past month or so, but nothing ever seemed right.  I even had one that was going to post this morning, before more events unfolded and things got waylaid yet again. I’m tired of talking about delusional fantasies and idiotic accusations, however. This is all getting in the way of my life and damn it, it’s getting in the way of my posting reviews and posting a gazillion book giveaways. I’ve been remiss in allowing myself to think that I needed to write anything about this before I could get back to reviewing, and I’m going to do my best to get back to that with some semblance of clarity soon. For now, very briefly, I want to confirm that: Yes, I’ve seen the latest attempt to create scandal and seek attention by the infamous Vanity Author. I’ve seen HuffPost Books’… Read more »

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