Friday, September 16, 2011

Blog Hop & TGIF

Book Blogger Hop
This week's Book Blogger Hop question is:

“As a book blogger, how do you introduce yourself in your profile?”

Basically, this is not my strong suit. Thinking about this question made me realize that you really have to search, or deduce, that I only read YA books. And that a book's content is important to me. I have a decent NetGalley profile (I think) but my blog one basically says I have a son & I wear big sun glasses.

So, blogging friends, how do you introduce yourself? I could really use some help with that.

This week's TGIF question is:

Book Disappointments: Have you ever come across a book you were so stoked to read, but it failed miserably in your eyes? 

I don't remember feeling that any book has failed miserably, but a couple left me feeling disappointed for one reason or another.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano. I was pretty critical in my review of Wither. And that may have been in response to all the positive buzz I kept seeing for it. It didn't work for me. There was no reason to have polygamy in that story. If that fact ends up becoming a plot point, good for the author. If not, it's a plot hole (in my opinion). Plus, pop-culture polygamy is a personal annoyance to me (Big Love, Sister Wives, etc). But that is completely because I'm a Mormon and people tend to think Mormons are currently polygamists. And we're not. Like, not at all. 

Shade by Jerri Smith-Ready. When the YA Crush Tourney was going on, it seemed like half the twitter avatars turned to Team Kilt. I was really looking forward to reading the book. And there are so many good things about it. Mystery, creepy dead people, special powers, funny writing. But there's also frequent profanity (especially the f-word) and some sexual content that was more descriptive than I'm comfortable with. So, despite all the good about it, I don't feel comfortable recommending the book. And that made me sad.

This week at Read This Instead...

Read the first two chapters of Crossed? Check out my ARC review here.
A little BBAW fun.


  1. Hmm...I've been wanting to read Shade, moreso after the YA Crush Tourney. I'll probably still give it a day. :P

    OTOH, I LOVED Wither. But, yeah, the polygamy definitely increased the ick factor for me. I could have done without that, but I can see why it might become necessary for the story. I just hope it becomes less dominant in future installments.

    And thanks for stopping by! Following back. :)

  2. New follower via Book Blogger Hop hoping you will follow us back at thks in advance x

  3. I loved Wither. I thought the polygamy was a little weird... for folks who are desperately trying to repopulate a dying Earth they sure are lackadaisical about it. And the family dynamic in that situation HAS to change -- with only a few years to reproduce before you die, human children who can't survive on their own aren't gonna make it. It was a dark story, but not dark enough, I thought.

    From your profile: How close are you to becoming a college professor? Are you working at a college now, or are you still working on your master's degree?

  4. Starryeyedjen, I hope the same for the Wither series. I think I'm probably done with it, but I'm curious how it all ends up. And if you're interested in Shade, go for it. Everybody's different in what makes them uncomfortable.

    Beckvalleybooks, thanks. I'll be sure to stop by.

    Madigan, I agree it didn't seem like they were really trying to repopulate the earth in Wither.
    I finished in Master's and was working at a college in academic advisement. I got to teach a class as part of that, and really liked it. For now I'm doing the stay-at-home mom thing, but I hope to get a Ph.D. later in life. We'll see... :)

  5. Yeah, I don't even like to think about my profile. Wither was a huge disappointment to me and I loved Shade but I agree it's a hard one to recommend because of all the unnecessary stuff in it.

  6. Happy to find your blog, Kathy! I'll have to check out the "TGIF" meme! I just saw it on another site as well. :)

    I'm Mormon too, but I actually didn't have a problem with Wither. The father wants his son to reproduce, so he gets him multiple wives to create more opportunities for that possibility. It's a sad story since he was obviously in love with his first wife and since the girls' lives are so short. There may have been "holes", but, for me, the polygamy aspect wasn't one of them.

    I'd heard Shade was steamy. I've thought of reading them, but probably won't. :)

    Happy weekend!

  7. Intros are hard. I have a hard time being concise. Well, I have a hard time being concise in all things, lol. But, I like personal introductions so I feel like I'm interacting with a person not just a blogger. I think your intro is great. It's nice to know that you're mom and your husband is an illustrator. :)

  8. This week’s Book Blogger Hop really threw me a curveball.

    That’s because I don’t call myself a book blogger. I never even considered myself a book blogger. Sure I blog about books and book-related topics week after week. But for some reason I never saw the label of “book blogger” applying to me.

    If you’re wondering why then please hop on over to my blog and find out –

    Howard Sherman

  9. Jenny, I don't know if I've look at your profile, but the picture is pretty cool. The dark waves make me think of a mysterious (or dystopian) YA book. :)

    Em, I'm so happy you stopped by. I should clarify that the polygamy in the story bothered me because there were more men than women. They didn't need to double up on wives when there was already a shortage of women. It was more the logic behind it that I didn't think made sense.

    Jenni, thank you! I'm afraid I beat people over the head with stories about my son. So I try to be careful about that.

  10. As far as the profile, I think what you just said would be fine. I'm terrible at profiles. I dred writing them. But a little something about what makes up your family and what your favorite books are/what genres you prefer works well most of the time. :)

    I'm sorry to hear those two disappointed you. Wither is on my shelf to read next so I hope I'm not in agreeance. I have heard very mixed things about it though, but with all the buzz (good and bad) I can't help but want to pick it up. As for the Shade series, I'm surprised because I've really heard nothing but good things about them. But again, that's one I haven't gotten to yet, but it's on my list! lol

    Thanks for stopping by my friday hops as well!

    ♥ Sarah

  11. I love reading your thoughts on books Kathy!!

    I actually enjoyed Wither for the world development but I hated the polygamy and especially the young 13 year old girl in it....As for the shows....Leave it to Hollywood to glamorize something so terrible and stereotyped on your religion.I watched both shows and the Sister Wives- yeah I think they are crazy, I could never share my husband with anyone.

    Most of the books that bash my faith tend to tick me off the most.....

  12. New follower here.

    I've actually been looking forward to reading both these books and appreciate your honest thoughts about them.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  13. I haven't read Shade yet, but I was planning I'm not sure I want to. I'll have to think about it more.

  14. New follower from the hop. I start in my profile that I read YA. I forgot that I changed it recently cause my old profile only mentioned being a mommy and loving to read. I changed it a few months ago to what it says now which is basically saying I love all kinds of YA fiction.

  15. Sarah, I hope you end up liking them both. I think I like books better when I read mixed reviews. Then my hopes aren't up too high. And the main problem I had with Shade really was the content. The story is well-written.

    Tina, having her be 13 really grossed me out, too! I couldn't share my husband, either. :)

    Aeicha, I hope you like them. I think I'm in the minority for both books.

  16. Penelope, that's a tough one. I don't know why some books bother me more than others, but that one really bothered me. I suppose you can always stop reading it if it's not for you.

    YA Book Lover, nice. I need to change mine to mention I read YA. :)