The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News

August 24, 2014 meme, The Sunday Post 41

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  Grab a cuppa and let me bend your ear (eyes?) for a few minutes with all my bookish news. 

Sunday Post




This week when I was scanning my bookshelves for books that I own by authors who use initials rather than names for a discussion post that I was writing, I made a discovery.  I found two books I didn’t even know I owned!  I don’t know how they slipped by my spreadsheet and I have no recollection of buying them (they aren’t arc’s).  Did the book fairies leave them?  If so, hope they leave more!  I love happy surprises like this.  But do I need to worry, do you suffer from book amnesia?

And the other book thing that happened me this week that I feel is worth a mention is that I wrote a fairly negative review for I book I read and didn’t enjoy. The book was given to me by the author and of course being all too aware of author drama that explodes through the blogosphere all too often, I was wary of repercussions.  However the author dropped me a lovely, genuine email thanking me for taking the time to read and review.  All too often the negative stories take off and I just want to take the time to acknowledge how lovely some authors can be.  Ginger Scott, you are a lady.


Second Chance Sunday – What happened here this week:




Second Chance Sunday – What caught my eye.  Why not go Sunday visiting?

Miranda @ Tempest Books asks the question Should You Buy Final Versions of ARCs?   I don’t feel I need to as I don’t mind whether I have an arc or a final copy in my possession.  But for a much-loved arc, I will sometimes giveaway a copy via amazon or the book depository as this is my way of showing my support to the author.  I do think reviews and buzz are another way of doing this though.

Leanne @ Oh The Books has created an Adventure Journal – Across the Universe – it’s just so beautiful and it’s such an inspiring way to show how a book moved you.  I wish I had that skill.

Ashley @ Nosegraze wants to know  Do You Have a Subscribe via Email Option?  I don’t and I wrote a bit about why I don’t follow blogs by email some time ago.  Do you?  Would you like to see an email option here?  I am considering it again.



Books I have received to review:


A crack in everything CursedBeautiful Day


Thanks to O’Brien Press for A Crack in Everything.  I’m excited at the chance to try out a YA Fantasy book by an Irish author.

Thanks to Bookbridgr and Hodder & Stoughton for my copy of Cursed.  Only my second JLA book and I didn’t love the first one but from the synopsis I’m hopeful about this one.

Thanks to Bookbridgr and Hodder & Stoughton for Beautiful Day .  That cover is just so PRETTY, it makes me want to dive in.  I have a feeling I’ll need the tissues close by for this one though.



Books I have bought:

Isla and the Happily Ever After


Just the one.  I bought Isla and The Happily Ever After with my audible credit.  I have started listening but unfortunately I am finding the narrator voice a bit off putting.  Which is disappointing as I loved the narrators for Anna and Lola.  The story is great though so I’m hoping I can get over this issue.


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Well, that’s  my week wrapped up.  Happy Reading to all. 


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41 Responses to “The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News”

  1. Greg

    That’s nice that the author was able to accept a less than glowing review gracefully. It doesn’t always have to be drama right? 🙂 Seriously that’s great to hear and kudos to that author. I agree with you on your initials post, I have that reaction sometimes when it comes to initialed author names. Of course they might have very good reasons, but I still sometimes wonder…

    • trish

      The negative author reactions always spread wide and far so I wanted to take the time to highlight that not all are like that. And it builds up karma as it makes me more likely to accept further review requests knowing they will respect my opinion.

  2. Red Iza

    Very good reaction from the author 🙂 I had noticed about the authors with initials, a gender problem I think, but since it doesn’t bother me whether it’s a man or a woman writing… Have a great reading week !
    Red Iza recently posted…Sunday post #24 : what’s up ?

    • trish

      I agree it’s mostly a gender issue and I think publishers may push it too to boost sales but it irks me that someone has to hide their identity. I feel it just fuels the issue and I rather time was spent promoting why gender shouldn’t matter.

  3. Camille @ Girl meets Books

    It was nice of the author to accept your review. During my very early days as a book blogger, I was part of a book tour and my stop was both a review and guest post stop. When my post went live, the author contacted me and asked if I could take down my review from her guest post on my blog. I was really offended and maybe a little traumatized and let’s just say I am not reading any of her books ever again. So it’s great when authors recognize your opinions on the books they publish.

    I am still waiting for ISLA to become available in our local bookstores and the waiting is killing me. I’ve wanted to read this for months already. ^_^
    Camille @ Girl meets Books recently posted…Sunday Post (27)

    • trish

      That’s awful Camille and to be honest I wouldn’t have taken the review down. It’s your blog, I’d more likely to delete the guest post. When we accept books, we can’t guarantee we’ll like them. Authors have to be prepared for a review when they ask for one. We are NOT unpaid publicity for them.
      Isla is fun, hope you get it soon :). I love that it’s set in Paris again.

        • trish

          I get that totally. I see some of my early reviews and I know I held back a little. I still gave an honest rating but I wasn’t as vocal on my opinions as I would be now. The more I review though, the more I find my own voice and believe in my opinions.
          I’m glad you haven’t had any more experiences in that vein. It’s such a shock when you have to deal with something unpleasant like that.

  4. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    Yay for Isla! I’m very excited about that book! ^.^ Anna and Lola were perfection in my opinion, so I’m sure Isla won’t let down. That’s really nice the author thanked you anyway for the not-so-positive review. I honestly tremble if I have to send negative reviews places. I don’t want people to think I’m being mean if I don’t like them. 😐
    My Sunday Post!
    Cait @ Notebook Sisters recently posted…Beautiful People || Let Me Talk About My Car Thief

    • trish

      Well the story is great so far and I really like Isla as a character. So if the narrator doesn’t work, I’ll have to go buy the book. I do find I’m getting more used to her voice but it doesn’t really fit the character in my opinion. And the narrators for Anna and Lola were fantastic so I suppose I was expecting more of the same. Could just be me though!
      I know negative reviews are never nice. But sometimes they have to be done. It’s more important for me (and I’m sure you too) to be honest about my feelings for the book than worry about the author reaction. Having said that I do try not to be mean, I just say what I thought.

    • trish

      I know a positive reaction is such a relief. You just never know what to expect. I’m glad some authors get what it means to expect an honest review, we are not unpaid pr for them.

  5. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Wonderful story about the gracious author….I am pleased.

    As for finding books you didn’t remember buying or receiving…that is a good one! I’ve never had that happen, but I have bought books that I already had and cringed when I realized it.

    Usually, when in doubt, I postpone until I can check my blog.

    Beautiful Day looks like a lovely read…enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.
    Laurel-Rain Snow recently posted…AUTHOR’S HOME PAGE

    • trish

      I’m anal about adding books to my spreadsheet so I have no idea how these slipped in! It’s a good find though especially as one if them is one I really want to read and now I can 🙂

  6. Lola

    I usually have a fairly great memory when it comes to books, I usually know whether I own a book or not and if I own whether I own it in paperback or e-copy. But ofcourse there are some books where I don’t think about a lot and then if I come across them on my shelves I tend to be happy I remembered that book. It sounds like a nice surprise to find books you didn’t know you owned.
    I have heard from the drama surrounding negative reviews, but I personally always had good experiences and most authors where pretty professional about me not liking their book. I’ve had a few short e-mails with replies that only contained thanks or something like that, but i’ve never had any drama surrounding a negative review.

    I’ve read Cursed a while ago and I enjoyed it, I think i gave it 4 stars. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers who got Isla this week, I might have to give this series a try, lots of people seem to love it!
    Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #88

    • trish

      In all fairness, I have a smooth ride with authors too. It makes life easier as you hear so many horror stories.
      Isla is such a cute story, I love the Paris boarding school setting. That was my favourite part of Anna too.
      Good to hear Cursed worked for you

  7. Rita @ My Home of Books

    The Long Fall looks good to me, and my hat’s off to Ms. Ginger Scott for being gracious about a negative review. It’s too rare all these days to hear this.
    So glad you “found” new books–isn’t that always fun?
    Have a great week with those lovely books.
    Rita @ My Home of Books recently posted…Weekly Wrap-Up 8/23-8/26/14

    • trish

      I know between finding books, reading some great books and a graceful reaction to a negative review, I had a great week. I’m excited about all this weeks incoming books too 🙂 I’m so grateful for all the good vibes that blogging adds into my life.

  8. Jenna @ Rather Be Reading YA

    I’ve loved all of Ginger Scott’s books and I really support her as an author so I’m glad to hear you had such a good experience with her even though you didn’t like her book.

    I just listened to the sample of Isla on Audible. It seems like the narrator overenuciates, especially at the end of words, just a little bit.
    Jenna @ Rather Be Reading YA recently posted…Weekly Rewind: August 17-23

  9. Alma @ Journey Through Fiction

    Oh gosh, what an amazing author! There are so many bad stories surrounding authors and negative reviews, it’s wonderful to hear a positive one.

    I haven’t hear of A Crack in Everything before, I’ll definitely check it out when it’s released. It sounds really good! I’d like to start reading more Irish authors, but I don’t have much luck finding anything that appeals to me.

    Hope you love all your books, have a great week and happy reading!
    Alma @ Journey Through Fiction recently posted…StS and The Sunday Post – August 18 – 24

    • trish

      I think when it comes to Irish authors I see a lot more chick-lit than any other genre. So I’m delighted this one is paranormal, I’m keen to read it soon and fingers crossed it will be as good as the cover hints!

      And I know! That’s why I wanted to highlight this reaction, it’s not all drama and daggers 😀

    • trish

      I love Abigail’s books, they always leave you wondering just what the hell is really going on. And they make me squirm around the place too as they characters are often horrible but you still somehow like them!
      Isla is super cute 🙂 Have a great week Cyn.

  10. Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More

    That’s great you had a positive experience with that author. I also get nervous if I don’t like a book but it does happen. Everyone has been talking about Isla so I plan to check out this author. I hope you enjoy it and have a great week!!
    Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More recently posted…Weekly Wrap-up 17

    • trish

      It definitely happens as there is no way we can love all the books. Even with favourite authors I often find some of their books don’t work for me.
      Isla is cute and I love the setting in Paris. I don’t love the whole series as much as some people but it’s a pretty solid one with lots of adorable characters.

  11. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Glad to hear about your positive author experience! I’ve got a few books coming up that were sent by the authors and I’m a little nervous about not liking them! Yay for book fairies! I’ve had that happen a few times but mostly because I get a lot of books through paperbackswap and my paperback shelves are double-stacked so it’s been awhile since I’ve seen what’s in the back! I should go exploring just to see what I have in fact. Hope the book fairies brought you something good!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…This Week in Reading – August 24th

    • trish

      I’ve been lucky and have never had any real unpleasantness from an author. Most of my problems actually came from authors whose books I didn’t review, I had a few that kept pestering me to read their book but I knew they weren’t to my taste. But that is the worst I came across and that isn’t too bad really.
      Happy exploring! Hope you find something great 🙂

  12. Dee @ Dee's Reads

    I haven’t read cursed, let me know how u like it! I love her writing 🙂 although I haven’t read any of her new adult or adult books.
    I rarely buy final versions of ARCs, unless I really love the book and cover (like I put Prince of Shadows on my wishlist). I also just bought Iron Prince, bc even tho I had the eARC, I own all the previous books in the Iron Fey series and just had to have it 😉 lol.
    Dee @ Dee’s Reads recently posted…ARC Review: The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm

    • trish

      I’m the same, I don’t see the point in buying a final version of the ARC unless you flat out love it and HAVE to have a copy. Those ones are totally justified!
      I’m looking forward to Cursed and hope to get it soonish 🙂

  13. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    I really appreciate authors like that. Writing negative reviews are hard enough as it is, and to worry about the repercussions that come with it from hurting someone’s feelings is always nerve-wracking.

    Bummer you’re not loving the Isla narrator- audiobooks are tricky because of that reason. I’m glad the story still is good though! I have to read Lola at some point! 🙂
    Jessica@Lovin’ Los Libros recently posted…Stacking the Shelves #76+Weekly Wrap-Up

    • trish

      I always listen to a sample first so I don’t usually have a problem. With Isla though as I loved the narrators for Anna and Lola, I just didn’t bother as I assumed it would be the same. Lesson learned!

      Writing negative reviews never feels good as you know the book is someone’s baby. But it’s inevitable when you read as much as we do. So a gracious attitude from the author is such a relief.

  14. Leanne @ Oh, the Books!

    Oh I totally do! I have one other already finished and scheduled for next week. Plus I was looking over my notes for A Million Suns and have at least 4 more fan art things I want to do for that book. o_o And I’m not even finished reading it yet! I do hope the inspiration keeps coming as I read since I’m having lots of fun marking up pages in my adventure journal.
    Leanne @ Oh, the Books! recently posted…Almost Here! (September 2014)

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