Wow, I've been a book reviewer for more than 2 years now! It started with the split second decision to join Netgalley, and then it turned into creating a review request page, and now I've received more books than I care to count through Netgalley, from publicists, and from authors. I have so many I … Continue reading How I…Am Working My Way Out of a Reading Slump (revisited)
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is books that you won't let anyone touch. I've always been such a huge fan of reading that I would loan out my books left and right. I would get so excited when … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch
The Lily Cafe is thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in the book blog tour for Jason Allen's debut novel The East End! Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, and what better way to sit back and enjoy the long weekend than with this suspenseful novel that takes place over the very same weekend? … Continue reading Book Blog Tour: The East End by Jason Allen
A book cover is a reader's first introduction to a book. Usually. It's important as it's supposed to grab a reader's attention, but I often forget about it since I mostly read on my Kindle. But, when I'm browsing, the cover holds a lot of power. The Image Says a Lot Genres tend to have … Continue reading Life Between the Pages: Start at the Cover
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. I follow several book bloggers and kept seeing these lists every Tuesday, so I finally followed the link one day to find out more. They look like fun, so I decided to start doing some of them. This … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: (First 10) Books I Reviewed
I love reading self-published books. I never know exactly what I'm going to get. Sometimes it's fairly standard for the genre; sometimes it's unexpected. Sometimes the writing is quite conventional; sometimes it's unusual. In general, though, I've found the books I don't hate and/or abandon usually fall into one of 3 categories for me: Well … Continue reading Life Between the Pages: Editing CAN Make or Break a Book, but Sometimes the Story Shines Through
I've been a huge reader all my life. In high school, if people didn't know me as the girl who played the harp, they knew me as the girl who always carried the thick books. I went everywhere with a book. I still do; there's one book that still hangs out in my car (it's … Continue reading Life Between the Pages: The Reviews Just Won’t Stop Stacking Up
When my husband surprised me with my Kindle almost 10 years ago, I went a little book crazy. I got book after book with little regard to whether I actually liked the summary. Needless to say, there were quite a few books that I started and then wondered why on Earth I thought I'd like … Continue reading Books: Abandoned or Did Not Finish?
The Lily Cafe is going through a change. I can't tell if it's permanent or temporary, but evolution is usually inevitable. Growing up, books were some of my best friends. I could always depend on them for adventure and countless daydreams. They were a way of life for me. I needed them. That remained true … Continue reading A Bookish Transition or a Bookish Phase?
At the beginning of the year, I had a lofty goal of reading a book a week. I was doing quite well until mid-February when an absolutely annoying book dragged on for about 3 weeks. I just lost interest in reading. I read here and there, but am definitely not reading a book a week … Continue reading How I…Am Working My Way Out of a Reading Slump