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New Year, New Features

Happy New Year, all! I hope you had a wonderful and safe time ringing in the new year.

With a new year comes changes and you will notice some around the blog. I have updated the look a bit (still working on my color choices – that’s the most difficult part for me) and I am adding some new features in addition to the reviews and random posts.

One of those features includes Teaser Tuesdays a couple of times per month where an author provides us with a teaser from their new release or upcoming release and a giveaway. You will also see some Throwback Thursdays once or twice per month where we feature an author’s earlier works via review, interview or guest post about that book. Of course, there will also be a chance to win that book, too!

I have also brought back the Freebies and Giveaways tab and plan to update it as often as possible with some free books and giveaways I think you should check out. Of course, every author you see on So Many Reads has been read by one of the reviewers and we would recommend them to you!

If you don’t want to miss out on any of these cool features plus the reviews we post twice per week, follow via email. We only post about 4 times per week, so you won’t be inundated with emails.

I really appreciate all my readers, and am hoping this year will provide you with some fun features. Here’s to a fabulous 2015!

~Amy

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

All of us from So Many Reads would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

We will be taking off the last two weeks of this year to spend time with family, read some books and prepare the blog for 2015.  Thanks for being a follower and we look forward to bringing you more books in the new year!

 

Raise Your Glass

It’s Friday! Are you all ready for the weekend? Most of you that know me know that I love music as much as I love books. I tend to listen to the same songs over and over when I find one I like. Well, this past week it has been Pink’s Raise Your Glass. Thought I would share with you!

What song are you listening to this week? 

Critical Book Reviews

As a reader, I look up to authors. I truly do. I have always said that authors are my rock stars. They are crazy, wicked talented and I do go a little fangirl when I meet them (usually in my head because I am too starstruck to make any sudden moves). But, one thing I have also learned is that they are real, down to earth people trying to make a living like everyone else. The spend days, weeks months and years to get that story just right for their readers. The more readers they have the more the pressure goes up to deliver again. How in the world do they withstand that pressure?

In the past year I have become an Author’s Assistant and have gotten to see a different side to the book world than I did before. I have gotten glimpses of what an author can struggle with from the pressure they put on themselves to the pressures readers put on them. It is a tough industry. I really don’t know how they withstand criticism the way they do. Since learning about the author-side of things I have also witnessed several behaviors from readers that break my heart. I get that not everyone will like a book whether it is the plot, cover, characters, etc, however, us readers need to keep in mind that authors spend a lot of time on their books. And, they are humans. They will make mistakes. There will be typos in books. There might be something a character does that you just don’t agree with.

When it is time to review a book that you think has flaws that you feel you must point out, think about how you would want to know. Some things may need to be mentioned in a review for other readers based on how it made you feel. However, some things should be mentioned privately with an author. Almost all authors have ways to contact them via their website or Facebook Page. So, why not drop them an email or message about something you would like to discuss with them about their book?

The purpose of this post is to just remind readers out there to think about authors as humans. They are writing because it is their passion. They want it to be perfect and enjoyable to readers. If you have negative feedback, share it with them in a constructive way. You never know where that might lead. It can be very helpful to the author and you might develop a new relationship!

Facebook Friday!

TGIF! I am not sure how many of you know, but fellow reviewer, Candy and I run the So Many Reads Facebook Page. We post throughout the week often sharing deals from authors  you have seen on the blog here or new releases from them as well as other fun bookish things we run across. While I can’t promote everything on the blog, if you want to know about Feebies or discounted books we recommend, give us a follow/like on Facebook. We also offer opportunities for you to talk about your favorite authors, books, book boyfriends, etc.

Today on Facebook it’s all about the Freebies, though. I will be posting free books I recommend throughout the day and you are welcome to add any of yours under the Free Fridays post pinned at the top of the Facebook Page. It’s a great way to learn about new books that others have read. Sometimes we see all the free books and can’t figure which ones are worth the read or not.

I hope you all have a reading-filled weekend! Hop on over to Facebook and check us out!

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