My 2014 Reading Stats

So, I apparently spend way too much time reading. I joined Goodreads in 2011, and in 2011 and 2012, I logged 300+ books each year. I didn’t do a very good job of logging in 2013, and my Kindle is full of books that I’ve read and not checked off yet. I finally determined that I just wasn’t going to get to it and I’ll just have to mark those book read without a confirmed date as I run across them.

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Holiday Buying Guide 2013: Middle School Readers

Holiday Buying Guide 2013: Middle School Readers

Do you get that “deer in the headlights” look when it’s time to buy a gift for your favorite middle-schooler? You know they’re probably too old for children’s books, but they may not be ready for (or care about) all the romance that seems to be in every Young Adult novel. Well, thanks to my own twelve-year-old (who wasn’t quite as helpful as I’d hoped he’d be) and a few other parents of middle-schoolers, I was able to put together a list for you. Continue reading

What I’m Reading This Week

I just finished Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action by Nick Vujicic. What an amazing, inspirational book! I’ll have a review up soon. Up next is Cupidity: 50 Stupid Things People Do for Love and How to Avoid Them, then Love at Last Sight: Thirty Days to Grow and Deepen Your Closest Relationships.

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No, there is no significance in the timing of those last two titles and the fact that my divorce has finally been filed after 18 long months and will be final any day now. Not on my part, anyway. I’m just trying to get through my overdue review list and I’m reading physical books before I start on the ebooks. I’m convinced, though, that God has a sense of humor, so I’m not saying the timing is a complete fluke.

What are you reading this week?

Clean Out Your Shelves and Get Free Books With Paperbackswap.com

Trade Books for Free - PaperBack Swap.

Are you using Paperbackswap.com? If you love books, you should be. I’ve been a member for years, I’ve gotten 40-50 books from other PBS members, some of them books that were hard to find elsewhere without paying a fortune. (The more in-demand a book, the longer you have to wait for it.) Most of the books were for my kids, though. Books I didn’t have to pay for. Continue reading

How To Find Free Ebooks You Actually Want to Read

One of the best things about having an e-reader is getting free books. It’s like going to the library without having to chase the kids down the aisles (my children have inherited my, um, affinity for books).  I don’t mind paying for a well-written ebook, but I’m no idiot. I’ll take free any day. Unfortunately, when you start picking up free books, sometimes you get exactly what you paid for. Fortunately,  there are many great authors who offer their books for free. Many of them are exclusively on Amazon, but some are on other venues as well. I have a Kindle, so this post is focused on Amazon freebies, because that is what I know.  (You don’t have to have a Kindle to read these books. There are free Kindle apps for almost every device out there, including your computer and phone.) There are some Nook sites out there, but I haven’t used any of those, and can’t tell you how well they work. (You can get books in any format from Project Gutenburg.) The Kindle sites are listed in the order in which I discovered them. Just because. Continue reading

How To Get Started Writing Book Reviews

I’ve written (twice) about how to get free books to review. (Here and here) But after a couple people asked me how to get started reviewing, I realized that there was a whole ‘nother blog post there.

This is not meant to be an exhaustive, my-way-or-the-highway list, rather it’s a helpful-tips-to-get-started list. These are in no particular order; just some things to get you going. Continue reading