Category: 2015 Discussion Challenge

Join Us for the 2016 #ShelfLove Challenge! Plus the 2015 Recap

Join Us for the 2016 #ShelfLove Challenge! Plus the 2015 Recap

All in all I did pretty well with the 2015 #ShelfLove Challenge. Yes, I did buy books, but when I look back at my bookshelves, I could easily list the books that I bought. I contemplated each purchase I made and even reduced my freebie clicks (that’s easy to do if you unsubscribe from every mailing list that offers them). In looking back over the past year, it was a common theme among the #ShelfLove participants that restraint was learned. We learned our book buying triggers (it’s work stress for me!). It is possible to actually set a budget and stick with it. And one might be able to live without owning ALL THE BOOKS! (Although that one might be still up for debate.) I took advantage of my Discover Rewards Dollars to buy books on Amazon. I hoarded (and never cashed in) points on MyPoints (request an invite). I have figured out last week, that I have over $25 stashed away in my iBotta app (referral link). I probably have access to over $100 that I could spend on books right now plus the holidays are coming and I’m almost certain to get more gift cards. I have definitely […]

10 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on December 9, 2015
What Does “We Need Diverse Books” Even Mean? | A Note from the Director

What Does “We Need Diverse Books” Even Mean? | A Note from the Director

Over the last year I have attended several different science fiction and fantasy conventions. At most of these events I have attended or participated in discussions about the representation of diversity in books. The conversations have gotten heated and frustrating because almost everyone in the room seems to agree the there is not enough diversity in books. And it’s not that I disagree and it’s not that I agree, it’s just not what I’m looking for in a book. Maybe it is because I’m white girl living in Middle America and the majority of my friends look just like me. I’m more concerned about reading a quality novel that grabs me and doesn’t let me go until the last word than I am that a particular character is black or white, gay or straight or looks and acts just like I do. When I read The Hunger Games, I did not see Rue and her district as African-American or Black or dark-skinned. I saw them as oppressed farmers and Rue as a young girl fighting for her life. And then I saw the movie. Does it make sense that Rue’s District is assigned with this ethnic group? If Panem is […]

10 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on November 23, 2015
#ShelfLove Challenge: Giving Thanks for Not Buying Books

#ShelfLove Challenge: Giving Thanks for Not Buying Books

Just a quick note before we jump into this month’s #ShelfLove Update! Last week’s Scenic Sunday post included a quote from James A. Owen. It is one of my favorite quotes about getting through life. I have found Mr. Owen’s life and professional story to be inspiring. Currently the first book in Mr. Owen’s Mediations series is for free for a limited time. It’s well worth the read. Get the book on Amazon.com today. Now on with the show! Lots of people laughed at me at the start of the year. “You’ll never make it a whole year without buying a book,” they said. Well, they were right. I didn’t make it a whole year without buying a book, but I did make it several months before I broke (damn work with its stress). So am I thankful I helped mastermind this challenge and participated? Short answer, heck yes! The #ShelfLove Challenge allowed me to figure out my book buying triggers were stress and meeting authors in person. I attempted to find other outlets for my stress (not very successfully) and find other ways to get books. I started vetting available ARCs via NetGalley and tour hosts as a way […]

33 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on November 1, 2015