Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 5

Jun
03
6 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Clock Rewinders

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description borrowed from On a Book Bender]

As I took the previous week off, this will be a rewind of the past 2 weeks. Time goes fast!
 The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)
  • I reviewed Candlewax for NetGalley.
  • I also reviewed Grave Mercy (and loved it – you should definitely check it out!)

 

Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)

  • My design is finished! Cialina did an amazing job! I am so happy with the new look and I am so excited to explore what I can do with WordPress. (Also, if any of you had my old button, would you mind switching it for the new one?)
  • Armchair BEA starts tomorrow! While I’m sad that I can’t make it out to the real thing, I’m so excited for the event. I have no idea if the sign ups are still open, but if they are, you should join in!
  • I signed up for the Outlander Read-along. It starts the 11th, and you can join here.
  • Unfortunately, the rest of my life is… well, not so great right now. Mega huggles and thanks to Amanda, Kelly and Julie for talking me through the stress.

 

Around the Corner

(Blog posts I found awesome since the last post)
  • Vicky from Books, Biscuits and Tea talked about Reading and Blogging Slumps and asked what we do about them.
  • Smash from Smash Attack Reads had a really interesting post about whether it’s good for authors to post comments on your reviews. I’ve always been part of the “extremely flattered” camp, but she brings up some really interesting points from the other side that made me rethink that.
  • Ruby from Ruby’s Reads hosted a debate on WordPress vs. Blogger. I kind of wish there had been something like this up when I was deciding to move! Not that I regret my decision, but I enjoy getting as many viewpoints as possible.
  • Kelly from Reading the Paranormal had a great Spotlight post on building community and what that means as book bloggers. She makes a ton of great points, and I’ve got the post flagged as something to use as a guideline when interacting with the community in the future.
  • Author Beth Revis had a great post on handling negative reviews that I think applies to a lot of life. Plus, it made me laugh, which is great considering it’s such a serious subject. I’m keeping this one bookmarked for the next time I’m down about a, shall we say, difference in opinion.
  • Amanda, founder of Clock Rewinders, shared with us The Responsibility of having a Successful Idea. I only found this post this morning, but it’s making me wonder if I should continue with Clock Rewinders – I hate intruding on others’ space. I’ll be spending a lot of time this week thinking about that, and whether I would like to continue, or come up with something of my own to feature the blog posts etc. from the week. One thing I do know, is that I’ll be removing the New Book Gazette section of my Clock Rewinders posts as of today. It was never something that I really was that attached to – I turned to Clock Rewinders as a way of having a post to feature other bloggers, and as an incentive for me to become more active in the community. As I may have said before, I’m not a big fan of the “let’s show off all these wonderful books we got!” mentality – I’m here for reading, the end, period! I don’t see the point in the jealousy those kind of posts can cause, and I find them difficult to comment thoughtfully on. Add to that the fact that I find searching up tons of book covers and formatting them into the post a pain (even though WordPress makes it much easier) and I’m happy to see that section go. As Amanda points out, that was never the point of Clock Rewinders, and if I continue to do these posts, I would like to do my best to stay true to the creators’ vision. Anyway, if this ends up as my last Clock Rewinders post, this is why.

 

Reading Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next)
Read:
  • Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade – I finally got around to reading it!
  • Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – finally I am making up for the holes in my reading of my first (genre) love!
  • Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins – I almost put this down about 80 pages in. Shame on me! It was GOOD!

Up next:

  • Advent by James Treadwell – currently reading for NetGalley, but it’s going kind of slowly. I may have to put it down.
  • Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore – this one is due the 11th! ACK! I gotta get reading!

 

And that was my week. Well, 2 weeks. If you have any great posts that you think I missed, please let me know!





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6 Responses to “Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 5”

  1. I love your design!! The colours are fantastic and it’s really clean :)

    Thank you so much for the mention! x

    • Anne says:

      Thanks! I love it too :) I don’t know how she managed to read my mind on what I wanted, but somehow she did!

      You’re welcome! You deserve it, it was a great post :)

  2. I turned to Clock Rewinders as a way of having a post to feature other bloggers, and as an incentive for me to become more active in the community.

    This is all Clock Rewinders was supposed to be. My main goal in posting about both CR and Bout of Books was just to talk about how much hard work things like that can be, and how it can suck the fun out of blogging. It was also my way of explaining why I chose to remove the linky: it wasn’t supposed to be a meme and I wanted to continue having FUN with CR. It wasn’t fun for me as a meme with people OUTSIDE of my Google reader. As long as CR participants in my Google reader, I’m going to be reading/commenting on their posts anyway, so it’s not a big deal.

    Also, I just want to say that I never intended to make people rethink participating with that post. And I would be sad if it ended up making you quit.

    • Anne says:

      I know, sometimes you just need to get a rant out there, and I can totally understand that. But at the same time, I don’t want to be butting in. I loved the feature before I started participating, but I didn’t ever ask to participate at that point because I saw it as a personal thing you did, and I didn’t want to ruin that for you. I only joined once you made a public announcement that we could. Even if it’s not what you intended, that post seemed like you regretted that decision, at least a little, and I would hate to be one of the ones that made it worse.

      That said, I would never want to make you sad! So, in the end, I’ll probably continue with CR. But it’s still a lot to think about, you know?

      • You were NOT one of the ones who made it worse.

        I’ve even seen “Clock Rewinders – come see the books I got!” tweets, and THAT is what makes me regret the decision to let people continue joining. It’s the people who saw other people posting, who then decided it was cool and needed an IMM alternative. If you followed my blog to begin with, then you know the point of CR. If you thought it was a cool name and you needed another place to share the books you got, then it’s not the right feature for you. Does that make sense?

        • Anne says:

          Yep :) And I totally understand the not being an IMM alternative thing. I mean, CR is about creating community, and the way I see it, at best IMM was a way to… I don’t want to say show off, because people seemed genuinely excited about the books they got, but it wasn’t a way to connect really. At worst it creates jealousy, which divides the community. So yeah, I totally get it.

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