Monday, April 30, 2012

It's that time again! A Crazy Bookworm Survey

Good morning, Bookworms!
For those of you who have been a longtime follower of The Crazy Bookworm, you'll know that every six months or so, I like to do a quick survey for you all to fill out. For those of you who are knew to The Crazy Bookworm, I will really appreciate the 5 minutes you take to fill out this survey!

The reason I do this is to:

*Get your feedback
*See what you like best/least about the Blog
*Make any changes to the blog to make this a place you enjoy coming to!

I am so happy and proud to be a part of this AMAZING blogging community, and that is exactly why I do this survey. I want to know what you guys think, and what kind of experience you have while your visiting!

My goal out of this survey is to make The Crazy Bookworm a place you enjoy coming to. Where we can share our love for books and reading. Where we can support our favourite Authors and fellow bloggers!

The Crazy Bookworm is like my little home in this blogging community, and mi casa es su casa! This place is just as much as yours as it is mine!

Please take 2-5 short minutes to quickly fill this out, so I can make The Crazy Bookworm a better place for you!

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

What's in if for you?...A new Mailbox feature!

"What's In It For You?"
(Button to come...)

is a new mailbox meme that I would like to start. I am looking for and would LOVE to have other blogger's participate, with the linky list so we can have it reach as many people as possible in the blogging community.
What's In It For You wants to know what goodies were in your mailbox this week. Feel free to post any previous or upcoming blog news as well!
My Mailbox


For Review

*A HUGE thanks to Hachette Canada, Simon and Schuster Canada and Random House Canada for sending this awesomeness!**

What's in it for You?

Coming up this Week

The Hunger Games Movie Companion Review

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin Review

A Follower's giveaway!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Follow Friday/TGIF

FF 2012 Feature & Follow #94

Q: Have you had a character that disappointed you? One that you fell in love with and then “broke up” with later on in either the series or a stand-alone book? Tell us about him or her.

A: I can't say that I really had one that I liked then didn't by the end. But there was one character that I just couldn't get into...Elena from The Vampire Diarie Series. I love her character in the show, but she drove me nuts in the books!


Q: Reading Blues: We all get them from time to time. What helps you overcome those reading slumps when nothing seems to grab your attention?

A: I re-read one of my favourite books. It may be a Nicholas Sparks, or one of my fave YA books, but I'll pick something to give me that little break. And then, usually by the end. I am refreshed, my love for reading is sparked again, and in the mood for something new!
*Be sure to leave your link in the comments, so I can hop back!*

Happy Hoppin!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

From Plagiarism to Cyber Bullying

It is no secret with what has happened in the Blogging Community this week. There has been an act of plagiarism. I won't mention the person or the blog. I feel it is not my place. I don't want to point fingers or make this situation any more uncomfortable for any of the individuals involved. This person has issued a public apology, how you decide to take it is 100% your decision. I know my decision and how I will act on it.

I was going to avoid making a blog post. I thought "Just stay out of it. You know where you stand" but then the comments kept swirling and well...I just couldn't keep quite. As you may already know from my Dear Bully: Blogger Edition campaign, I am against bullying. All forms of it, including Cyber bullying. Any form of bullying is wrong. And I feel that the way some people have expressed their opinion on this plagiarism issue is just as negative as the act itself.

 If you don't agree with someone, or you are against something, you can express your opinion civilly and maturely. When you bring yourself down to such a low level as too call a person a bitch, scum, a low life, etc. that is not getting your point across. To me, that makes you a hypocrite. I do not agree with what happened, but that doesn't mean that I don't take into account the true feelings that the person behind it is feeling. If they had no worry about what they did, then that's an entirely different issue. This person knows what they did was wrong and unmistakable. They know that they will be facing serious consequences now when it comes to their reputation and character. To me, that is a big punishment. To be getting called disgusting names on top of that is completely unnecessary. You are being a bully when you do this, you are hiding behind a computer and forgetting that their is a real person, with real feelings on the receiving end.

There is a proper way to express your opinion, and there is an improper way. Name calling and belittling a person is improper. Words hurt, once they are said, you can't take them back. I understand that you may be speaking out of anger because your trust in this person is put into question or gone entirely. You may be frustrated, but lashing out and causing more harm IS NOT going to fix anything.

My thoughts on plagiarism haven't changed since I was 16 years old. When we had our first big Plagiarism issue in high school. I would be devasted if it happened to me. I don't want this post to be misleading. I don't want my readers to think I condone that behaviour. I don't. I would be saddened if it happened to me, and I would be saddened if it happened to you. My point is that you step back, gather your thoughts, and express yourself like a mature person, and please don't result into calling a person names. Hateful words will do more harm than good.

Monday, April 23, 2012

E-mail Etiquette: How to get me to review your book

Something I love doing as a Book Blogger is supporting self published authors, or authors who take promotion into their own hands. It's a competitive world out there in the land of publishing, so I like to do as much as I can to offer support. One way of doing this is by providing a review for your book. How do you go about this? You contact me. One thing I'm used to is getting e-mails from authors to review their book. And although I would love too, I can't review all of them. Here is a little guide on what I look for and appreciate in a pitch for your book review.


How to get The Crazy Bookworm to review your book!

Subject
Instead of "Review my book" or "I want a book review" make the subject line something that will want me to open your message and read what your book is about. Like: "title of book: A chilling Young Adult novel!" Or even just "Review Request"
E-mail

When it comes to the actual e-mail, it is important for me to know that you actually looked at my blog. You've looked through it enough to see if your book would be suitable for my site. Some examples of e-mails I have gotten are:
Example #1

"I haven't seen your blog, but you reviewed a book for my author friend and I would like one, too"

OR
Example #2

"Was wondering if you could review my science fiction, erotica novel"
If you can't take the time to look at my blog, to see if it is suitable for your book. Then you can't expect me to take the time to read and review your novel.
Example #2 shows me that person who contacted me didn't take the time to read my review policy. Because I clearly state that I don't read Adult Science Fiction or Erotica.
Introduce yourself
I get a lot of e-mails from authors who don't introduce themselves or give me any information about their book.
Example
"Hi there, was wondering if you would like to read my Young adult novel?
Yes, my blog is primarily a YA blog, but just because you mention that it is a young adult novel, doesn't mean I'll reply with a "yes!". Something I would suggest is:
Hi Cathy/The Crazy Bookworm
I came across your blog and thought it would be a great place for you to review my book! It is a Young Adult novel called Title Here and is about Synopsis Here. Here is a link to my website(or Amazon, goodreads, or anywhere that provides more info about your book) where you can learn more about my novel. Thank you for taking the time to read my e-mail!
Read my Review Policy
My policy is there to make things easier for you. I update my policy whenever there is a change that will affect my reviews or anything that concerns you. I try to make it as specific as possible, to make things a lot easier on you when it comes to contacting me for a review. When you e-mail me and it is very clear that you didn't read my policy than it makes it difficult for me to reply to you and explain that your book isn't suitable for my blog.
Example
"I would love for you to read my self help book. I have attached the PDF for review. Please contact me with your review link when it's posted"
Yes, I have gotten a large share of these e-mails! If the author read my review policy, they would have seen that I don't review Self Help books and I don't review e-books. Also, I think it is a little forward that you would automatically assume I will read it. Now, I am not saying that I won't review your book if it is only available in e-book. I suggest something like this:
"I understand that your not accepting e-books at the moment, but I really believe my book would suit your blog and I would like to see if you'd make an exception.
This shows me that you did take the time to read my review policy, and looked at my blog to see if your book would be a good match for it.
In Conclusion
Please don't get me wrong. I am not saying you have to go through my blog with a fine tooth comb before you contact me for a review. I am doing this more so to save you time and to better your chances at getting your book reviewed on my blog.

I love to support authors and to give them a chance. I am simply doing this post to show what I look for in a review pitch.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr


Faery Tales & Nightmares
Young Adult: 418 Pages
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: February 21st, 2012
Series: None
Challenge: None
Source: From publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website | Twitter
First impression: In the mood for something dark
Browse Inside at HarperCollins
Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments dark and light by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from beneath the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention—with amorous or sinister intent—relentlessly.
From the gentle tones of a storyteller’s cadences to the terror of a blood sacrifice, tales of favorite characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely novels mix with accounts of new characters for readers to fall in love with...or to fear.

Lush, seductive, and chilling, Melissa Marr’s stories revel in the unseen magic that infuses the world as we know it.

“A clear division between good and evil, right and wrong, would simplify everything, but life was rarely simple.”  

As much as I hate to admit it, I haven't read a Melissa Marr book. I have heard countless amazing things about her Wicked Lovely series, so I was finally excited to read some of her work.

All though short stories are not a part of my usual reading material, sometimes I am just in the mood for one. I can get a quick story in here and there throughout the day. However this was not the case with Faery Tales and Nightmares. I wanted to completely devour the book whole. Each story was just as amazing as the last. Every character was just as good if not better as one from a previous story. Although I wasn't familiar with the characters that made a return from the the Wicked Lovely, I enjoyed getting aquainted with them.

Melissa Marr's wirting style and story-telling made this book an enchanting read. I can definitely say she has made a fan in me! Light a candle, dim the lights, curl up on the couch and lose yourself in this magical book!

Last impression: A pleasant surprise!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Tips For New Book Bloggers




Question of the Week: Top Ten Tips For New Book Bloggers


  • Think about why you really want to start your book blog. Weigh out the pros and con's, then make the decision if it's something you really want to do. A book blog requires a lot of dedication!
  • Have fun! Although blogging seems like a second job sometimes, I can't help but enjoy doing it. The fantastic people and fellow bloggers that you meet makes the hard work totally worth it!
  • It's just a Blog. I love my blog, I adore my blog...but sometimes it can get a little overwhelming. The pressure of having post's planned and e-mails sent out can get me frazzled at times. When I need a break, I take it. I urge you to do the same. Whether it's just a day or a week, you'll feel great and refreshed and ready to get blogging again when your done!
  • Make friends. The blogging universe is always growing. And we are always happy to welcome a new blogger with open arms! I remember what it was like to be the small fish in the big sea when it came to blogging. It can feel a bit intimidating, but after seeing how kind and welcoming everyone was, I couldn't wait to start making blog friends!
  • Network and Promote. While your blog hopping, commenting and making friends, it is also important to get the word out about your blog. Join Twitter and Facebook, start a page for your blog. It helps to keep your readers updated with your posts, and also helps promote the content of your blog.
  • It's not about the free books. I can't help but shake my head a little when a person wants to start a blog just to get free books. The way I look at a book blog is to share and express my love for reading and to promote the authors I read. When I started my book blog I didn't even know you could get free books. When I got my first e-mail from an Author, I thought it was an Internet scam. If you want to start a blog for the free stuff, then that's not the right attitude, and your blog won't make it in the long run.
  • Personality. It's okay to show who you are through your blog. I love reading reviews and posts that have a little hint of who the person behind the blog is. Got a spunky personality? Let it shine!
  • Followers. When you get that first follower, you can't help but jump for joy. I couldn't believe it when I got that first follower. "Someone read's my blog!" I was like a kid at Christmas. Then you start to feel like a creeper because you are checking your blog every hour to see if you have a new follower. Well, stress no more because it's not about the amount of followers. I would still be blogging if I didn't have that one follower. Of course, I love all my followers now and I blog for them as must as I blog for myself, but you can't stress yourself out over the numbers.
  • Layout. It's your blog, you can do what you please with it. My advice is to keep the layout easy on the eyes. When posts are done in black font on a brown background, and you have flashy widgets everywhere, I find it very hard on the eyes. You want your blog to be a welcoming place.
  • Posts. Don't have a post for today, no biggie! Don't let yourself panic because you haven't posted something in a day or two. That's perfectly fine! Relax, and like I said, have fun! It's better to not have a post then to fill your blog up with meme's just to fill your blog archive.

Some great tips floating around! What are yours?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

In My Mailbox

The Crazy Bookworm has had a makeover! Just in case you thought you came to the wrong place, it's still me :)



For Review



Bought



**Special thanks to Flux Books and Hachette Canada**

What's in your Mailbox?

On a side note... My best friend, Dana entered Much Music's Coke Covers 2012 Contest. The video is below. Would love for you to check it out and rate it!

 


                                                 **VOTE HERE**

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Crazy Bookworm is in Transition...

Hi Everyone!

First off, I hope everyone had a very Happy Easter! I am still nursing a minor tummy ache from all the chocolaty goodness that I over indulged on over the weekend.

I just wanted to give a heads up that The Crazy Bookworm is going through a minor transition right now. I am now going with a custom .com domain which should redirect you in a day or so. Also, in a couple days, The Crazy Bookworm will be dawning a new look! Thanks to the wonderful Parajunkee, my blog will have a brand new look that is a little more...me!

So please bear with me over the next few days while my blog goes through these changes. Everything should stay normal, but if you are experiencing any issues, that would be the cause. Also, please feel free to let me know of any issues you may be experiencing with my blog via twitter: @Cat_B87 or you can e-mail me: crazybookworm@live.ca

Happy Reading!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Follow Friday


Q: What is one book that you would be nervous to see a movie adaption of because you think the movie could never live up to the book?

A: Even though I would LOVE to see this movie hit the big screen. I would be a nervous wreck until I finally saw it, to see how it lived up the the book. I'm talking about Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. My all-time favourite book!



*The Crazy Bookworm is going through a transition at the moment. A domain change and a soon-to-be blog makeover. So if you're experiencing any difficulties, it is mostly likely caused by that. Please bear with me!*

Happy Hoppin'!!

Leave your link in the comments so I can hop back!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Interview with a Blogger: Book Soulmates

Book ♥ Soulmates



 Please welcome Isalys & Vanessa from Book Soulmates

Isalys and Vanessa, Can you each share 3 random things about yourself?

Isalys: I am addicted to hand lotion and lip gloss, I'm obsessed with all things English and I am a total sucker for animated movies and anything by Tim Burton.
Vanessa: I absolutely LOVE squeezed lemon with salt, I eat sunflower seeds all the time and I collect notebooks!

What inspired you to start a book blog together?
It all kind of happened almost by accident. When we first met, we bonded instantly and then we found out we both love to read and it was like "BAM! We found our book soulmate!" Isalys was friends with Nely from All About {n} and one day while hanging out at B&N, we all ran into each other. Nely told us about this cool thing she does called blogging and how she gets to read all kinds of awesome books! It was like lightning struck. We grabbed "Blogging for Dummies" (literally) and next thing we know, Book ♥ Soulmates was born!

How has the blogging experience been for the both of you?
Isalys: It has definitely been a labor of love! We went into thinking that it would be all fun and even though that's true, it's also been a lot of work.
Vanessa: I definitely agree :) It's a lot of responsibility but we do it because we love it!

If you could only take 3 books from your bookshelf, which 3 would each of you chose?
Isalys: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. (BTW, I broke a sweat trying to answer this question, lol)
Vanessa: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Harry Potter (one of the last ones), and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

You could bring one book character to life for one day? Who would you each pick and why?
Isalys: This is probably totally inappropriate but I'd say Gideon from Lords of the Underworld because he has tats, piercings and electric blue hair...numero uno fantasy man!
Vanessa: Elizabeth Bennett because she just kicks ass :)

What is your favourite part of book blogging?
Isalys: The people! I've been blown away by the kindness, generosity, and all around awesomeness by the people in this community!
Vanessa: Meeting new bloggy friends and going to author events :)

What is your least favourite part?
Isalys: Having to come up with new ideas to keep the blog fresh. In a community of hundreds of blogs, it's not easy coming up with ideas that haven't already been thought of.
Vanessa: Writing reviews. I always have a hard time figuring out what to say without spoilers, lol.

What inspired you two to start your amazing feature: Random Acts of Kindness?
We wanted to bring readers and bloggers together and inspire them to pass along some kindness to one another. After all, we 'readers' have to stick together :P

We are only in month 4 of 2012. Do either of you have any reading goals you'd like to accomplish this year?
Isalys: I would like to read at least 80 to 90 books and throw in some more zombie fiction.
Vanessa: I know it may not sound like much, but I'd like to read at least 30 books this year (if not more!)

What advice would you give new book bloggers?
Network, network, network! Visit others blogs and leave comments and sign with your name and blog. Plan your posts and ideas ahead of time because they have a nasty way of sneaking up on you. Also, calendars will be your new best friend :)

Crazy Quiz x2!
Favourite Childhood Book?

Isalys: James and the Giant Peach and all the Berenstein Bear books
Vanessa: Fear Street series by R.L. Stine

Name one guilty pleasure you have?

Isalys: I loveee ghost stories and shows, particularly Ghost Adventures!
Vanessa: Watching Gossip Girl. I saw one episode on Netflix a few weeks ago and was hooked. Needless to say I'm all caught up now :)

Favourite film of all time?

Isalys: Beetlejuice, Nightmare Before Christmas, Sixteen Candles
Vanessa: You've Got Mail, Ever After, Sense and Sensibility, Under the Tuscan Sun, Pride and Prejudice, and Brave Heart... Sorry did you just say ONE movie? lol

Wizards or Witches?

Isalys: Witches (although I do love Harry Potter and he's a wizard ;)
Vanessa: Duh, Witches :P

Vampires or Werewolves?


Isalys: Vampires
Vanessa: Vampires

Thank you both for stopping by!

Be sure to stop by the Book Soulmates blog and say Hello! And while your there, sign up for there wicked awesome feature, Random Acts of Kindess.

Book Soulmates

Sunday, April 8, 2012

In My Mailbox/Happy Easter!


For Review



Bought



I can't wait to read all of these books! Some have been on my wishlist for so long!

*Special thanks to: Scholastic Canada, St. Martins Griffin and Source Books Fire!!*

What's in your Mailbox

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I hope everyone has a very Happy Easter!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Follow Friday/TGIF

FF 2012 Feature & Follow #91
Q: Have you ever bought a book BECAUSE of a bad review?
A: I can't say that I have. I've gotten books for review that have had bad reviews, and I have enjoyed them. But I have yet to buy one because of a bad rep.

Be sure to leave your link so I can hop back!

Happy Hopping!



Q: Book Series Finales: Which book, from any series has been your favorite ending? What about your least favorite ending?

A: For my favourite, I have to go back to the books that reignited my love for reading. The Twilight Saga. A lot of people I talk to didn't like Breaking Dawn but really loved it, and I loved how the book ended!

As for my least favourite series ending, I'll have to say The Vampire Diaries. Loved the books, just wasn't a fan of the ending. I won't go into details because I don't want to ruin anything for people who have yet to read it :)

What about you?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The One that I Want by Jennifer Echols


The One That I Want
Young Adult: 288 Pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: February 7th, 2012
Series: None
Challenge: None
Source: From author for review
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website
First impression: A light, fun read!


Gemma can’t believe her luck when the star football player starts flirting with her. Max is totally swoon-worthy, and even gets her quirky sense of humor. So when he asks out her so-called best friend Addison, Gemma’s heartbroken.Then Addison pressures Gemma to join the date with one of Max’s friends. But the more time they all spend together, the harder Gemma falls for Max. She can’t help thinking that Max likes her back—it’s just too bad he’s already dating Addison. How can Gemma get the guy she wants without going after her best friend’s boyfriend?


The One That I Want was EXACTLY what I needed to get out of my reading funk. For the past few weeks I've been falling behind in my reading. When I picked up this book, that instantly changed.

The One That I Want was the light, easy read that I didn't know I was missing. Once I started it, I could not put it down. I adored Gemma's character, and saw so much of myself in her. Jennifer Echols crafted such a great character in her!

I have only read one other book by Jennifer Echols previous to this, Love Story and I absolutely loved that one. I went into this one with high expectations and was not dissapointed one bit. The characters, the storyline and everything in between was perfect.

Thank you, Jennifer for pulling me out of my reading funk and giving me a great reading experience!

Last impression: Grab this book and hit the beach(or deck). Perfect for some fun in the sun!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Movie Monday: The Hunger Games

Rating: PG-13
Length: 142 Minutes
Release Date: March 23, 2012
Director: Gary Ross
Writer: Gary Ross/Suzanne Collins
Cast:
Jennifer Lawrence
Josh Hutcherson
Liam Hemsworth
Woody Harrelson
Based on: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.


**This review is spoiler free**

This is the time to show them everything. Make sure they remember you.-Haymitch Abernathy

After finally completing the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy, I could not wait to get myself a seat in the theatre and check out the movie. I must say, I was very satisfied!

For a PG-13 rating, I thought they did a wonderful job at portraying the horror that is The Hunger Games. That was one of the main aspects I was worried about, but I was shortly proved wrong. I also loved how they divided up the movie. The beginning we are learning about Katniss, her family, her relationship with Gale. Then we begin to learn about The Hunger Games, the Capitol and the history of all the districts. It was all very well done.

Jennifer Lawrence did an OUTSTANDING job as Katniss. I don't think they could have cast a better person to do the job. There were a few scenes that she displayed the perfect amount of emotion that I had to fight back a few tears. In fact, Katniss was not the only great casting choice. They were all fantastic. Rue and Cinna, Haymitch and Effie, Caeser, Gale...They all did a wonderful job!

When books hit the big screen, although people are excited to see the book come to life. You can sense that everyone is holding their breath. Worried how their favourite characters will be portrayed. What parts will make the movie, and more importantly what parts won't make the movie. Transforming a 300 page book into a movie is not easy, and it's inevitable that some scenes won't make the cut. The Directer/Writers did a great job at picking the book apart and putting it on the big screen. Everything that I loved about the book was in the movie. They even added a few tasteful touches that made the movie so much more enjoyable. Yes, not everything is in the film, but you won't miss out. They delivered just the right amount of the book to it's fans!

Overall, I absolutely loved The Hunger Games. I think everyone who had those initial worries about it's transformation can breath a sigh of relief. I look forward to Catching Fire!


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Ad Space Available on The Crazy Bookworm!

The Crazy Bookworm is now proud to offer Ad Space to anyone who may be interested. There are 3 different sizes available:


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If you already have an AD that you would like featured on The Crazy Bookworm, that is fine as well. We can discuss pricing based on size of AD and how long you would like it featured.

The Crazy Bookworm is primarily a Young Adult/Fiction site but is open to advertising other genres or book related content. The advertising space can also be used to promote Blog Tours, author websites, book launches, book trailers and/or book releases.

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