Sunday, June 12, 2016

Ten Reasons I Love My Library


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish
This week's topic is "Ten Reasons I Love X -- could be a certain book, character, author, your indie bookstore, a fandom, a tv show, reading, a hobby, a genre. Honestly anything you want to gush about."

10. Running into relatives who also love to read.
9. Self checkouts....when they work. And also printed receipts are great. Instant bookmark.
8. The convenience of placing things on hold and having a holdshelf near the checkout.
7. The fact that the three branches of my library each have (different) nights of staying open late. 9PM close times are great!
6. I love being able to browse. I love happy accidents. Something catches my attention. A cover. A Title. An Author. A book spine. 
5. Weekly postings of newly ordered and newly received items.
4. Purchase request forms and interlibrary loans!
3. "Free" books, movies, CDs, audiobooks. (Free in theory, but, not for all. I live in a county that charges $50 a year. But it's ultimately worth it.)
2. The ability to TAKE RISKS with new authors and genres.
1. My library fuels my obsessions.

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

You should know several things before you contact me:

1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
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4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
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