Category: Discussion Posts

Up Close & (un)Conventional Bookish Babble ~ Birthday Girl & Credence ~ A Comparison

Up Close & (un)Conventional Bookish Babble ~ Birthday Girl & Credence ~ A Comparison

As y’all probably know, I’m a genre omnivore. If there’s something in literature that I won’t read, I’ve not found it yet. But why do I read? It’s not all about entertainment. Studies have shown reading fiction is good for us. It broadens our minds and changes our perspectives. It builds empathy, makes us better communicators, improves our memories, and enhances our understanding of the world. Being able to read about something in the fictional world that’s outside our comfort zone helps us comprehend and be empathetic to those things in the real world. That’s why I read whichever genre or trope speaks to me at the time and why I was able to enjoy Birthday Girl and Credence despite […]

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WTF Audible?

WTF Audible?

Is Audible stealing from their content creators to make their customers happy? Where will new content come from in the future if this is the case? I don’t know if I have been living under a rock lately, but I was only told about AudibleGate yesterday by Brandee. And I am incensed on behalf of authors and narrators. I did know that there was a return policy that is very different with Audible than any other company I have ever heard of. I have even used that to my advantage one time. That one time, it was for a good reason (IMO) when a narrator was in prison for something I could not condone, and the author of the series […]

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Up Close & (un)Conventional Bookish Babble #5 ~ Notes from the Nest

Up Close & (un)Conventional Bookish Babble #5 ~ Notes from the Nest

Up Close and (un)Conventional Bookish Babble Welcome to this week’s Up Close and (un)Conventional Bookish Babble. This is where we discuss whatever we feel like. It can be something about books or the bookish community, or it can be about something else entirely! I know that some of you may be past the empty nest stage and some of you may be nowhere close to it, but I wanted to share some things I’ve learned now that I’m ~4 months into empty nesting. Some of these things are serious and some are tongue-in-cheek…I hope you enjoy! Always, but always, go with the biggest meal plan for your teenage boy! Otherwise you’ll be sending more money to supplement his food budget. […]

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Safe & Sexy #55 ~ The Boss Who Stole Christmas

Safe & Sexy #55 ~ The Boss Who Stole Christmas

Safe and Sexy Thinking of my romances and safe sex at the same time started when I wrote my discussion post with the same name a long time ago! Not too long after, the idea of sharing quotes about that ensured that the feature Safe and Sexy was born. It’s where I will share a quote from a story I have read, and where there is a lot of hotness and sexiness, but where they still take the time to be safe! It’s important to me to read books that make me dream, but I also want them to be somewhat realistic. And to me, characters seem realistic when they take care of themselves and their partner(s)! Safe sex is a […]

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Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #154 ~ Pucked

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #154 ~ Pucked

  Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts Welcome to Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts, an original weekly meme hosted here at (un)Conventional Bookworms. So many of the books we read have food or drinks in them, some we’d love to try, and others we’d never ever want to taste… and we thought it could be interesting and fun to share some food and / or drink quotes…  If you want to participate, you can grab our logo if you’d like, or you can make your own, but please link back to us in your own post. The idea of Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well […]

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Up Close & (un)Conventional Bookish Babble #4 ~ “The End”

Up Close & (un)Conventional Bookish Babble #4 ~ “The End”

Up Close and (un)Conventional Bookish Babble Welcome to this week’s Up Close and (un)Conventional Bookish Babble. This is where we discuss whatever we feel like. It can be something about books or the bookish community, or it can be about something else entirely! Something Else Entirely 😉 I actually planned to do a post earlier in the summer about focus and/or motivation. Particularly what I was focusing on and what was motivating me. That never happened, mainly because my focus and motivation weren’t the blog…or even reading, really. My instinct is to apologize for being a “bad” blogger but I’m not going to in this case. This is because my focus and motivation this summer was my kids. Specifically my […]

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Up Close & (un)Conventional Bookish Babble #3

Up Close & (un)Conventional Bookish Babble #3

Up Close and (un)Conventional Bookish Babble Welcome to this week’s Up Close and (un)Conventional Bookish Babble. This is where we discuss whatever we feel like. It can be something about books or the bookish community, or it can be about something else entirely! In the last few years I’ve been noticing a distinction in the romance world. I think I get what the classification is supposed to be accomplishing but it’s having a negative effect on me. So I thought I’d get y’all’s take on it. I’m talking about the distinction or labeling of books as “clean” romance. When it comes to romance, I don’t steer away from anything. While I do like a story with the steam, I don’t […]

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Safe & Sexy #51 ~ Tattered

Safe & Sexy #51 ~ Tattered

Safe and Sexy Thinking of my romances and safe sex at the same time started when Lexxie wrote her discussion post with the same name a long time ago! Not too long after, the idea of sharing quotes about that ensured that the feature Safe and Sexy was born. It’s where I will share a quote from a story I have read, and where there is a lot of hotness and sexiness, but where they still take the time to be safe! It’s important to me to read books that make me dream, but I also want them to be somewhat realistic. And to me, characters seem realistic when they take care of themselves and their partner(s)! Safe sex is […]

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Up Close & (un)Conventional Bookish Babble #2

Up Close & (un)Conventional Bookish Babble #2

Up Close and (un)Conventional Bookish Babble Welcome to another Up Close and (un)Conventional Bookish Babble. This is where we discuss whatever we feel like. It can be something about books or the bookish community, or it can be about something else entirely! I was recently thinking about how I got into blogging. It actually started when I discovered the blogs of my favorite authors. I religiously followed the blogs of authors like Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Rachel Vincent, and Maggie Stiefvater. (Can you tell what genre I read at that time?!?) And then I read a book that was life-altering for me… The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. That book is the reason I turned my passion for books and […]

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Up Close & (un)Conventional Bookish Babble ~ #1

Up Close & (un)Conventional Bookish Babble ~ #1

Up Close and (un)Conventional Bookish Babble Welcome to our first Up Close and (un)Conventional Bookish Babble. As we each had done similar discussion posts, we merged the names and, voila! This is where we discuss whatever we feel like. It can be something about books or the bookish community, or it can be about something else entirely!   Hey y’all! This post was sparked when I had a dilemma last week. I had finished a book and needed to choose my next read. Sound familiar so far? 😉 So I looked at my list of ARCs and nothing really tripped my trigger. (I am nothing if not a mood reader 😛 ) Then I looked at my list of authors […]

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