Four Reasons to Read a Novella

An interesting post by Bethany House on novellas as a way to try out a new author. I really enjoyed Love by the Letter (no surprise, since I am a big Melissa Jagears fan) and Out of the Storm. I can’t wait to give Appalachian Serenade a try and I grabbed the others for future reading as well.
Downloading these from Amazon sent me down the rabbit-hole of looking for more novellas to use as possible entry points for other authors, even pre-ordering one by Patrick W. Carr.

Bethany House Fiction

Earlier this month, I wrote a post on some problems that authors face in knowing how many free books to distribute to reviewers. That said, we also realize that sometimes it’s hard to take a risk on a new-to-you author without knowing if you’ll like their writing style.

One of the ways Bethany House has recently dealt with this is by releasing free ebook-only novellas, available to download for free on an ereader, iPad, or your computer. Before coming to work at BHP, I don’t think I’d ever read a novella, so it was an entirely new form to me. Here are a few reasons I’ve come to appreciate novellas as a reader, and why you might want to give them a try.

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One: They’re basically like those little mini boxes of chocolates. You have a sampler of a variety of different styles so you know exactly what you like…

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Book/Series Review: A Bride at Last (Unexpected Brides book 3) by Melissa Jagears

12545 ABrideAtLast_mck.inddMelissa Jagears excels at telling a mail-order bride story with an unexpected take.  A Bride at Last is the third book in her Unexpected Brides series, which begins with the prequel novella “Love by the Letter.”  While each of the books in the series can be read as a stand-alone, I suggest reading them in publication order for maximum enjoyment as characters do reoccur in each. Continue reading

Blogging 101 Day One: Introduce Yourself to the World

Hi there!  My name is Yvette and I love reading and sharing about books.  I began posting reviews on GoodReads in 2013, and later on booklikes (I was just going to try it out, to compare the two, and now I can’t seem to give either up), partly because I missed the book related interaction I had with students when I was an elementary school teacher.  I found that the interaction, however, was limited (and that groups with reading schedules don’t suit me) and I felt a growing desire to have a space for my book reviews that felt more like it was my own.

I was living in my sister’s guest room, waiting to be given the closing date for my new condo, when I decided to stop wishing I knew how to blog and just start one.  So I signed up on WordPress and published my first post soon after.

The majority of my posts, so far, have been book reviews.  There have been a few posts on book related topics, and I will continue to include these kinds of bookish thinking posts.  Though most of my posts have been about fiction books, I want to expand this to include explorations of cookbooks, craft/hobby books, and other topics.

I’ve dreamed of being an author since I was quite young, and someday… meanwhile, I get quite excited about books and I want to share that excitement with others who love to read.  I also hope that my blog can encourage more reluctant readers to pick up a book.  Blogging and reviewing are also ways I can give a little back to the authors whose work  I enjoy.  And OK, yes, I do get a little thrill when an author or publisher quotes a review – interaction with an author or publisher is like getting a little shot of bookish adrenaline.

I haven’t had much time to devote to my blog (my condo is small at 522sf but it was a bank owned “AS IS” property, so much of my spare time is spent fixing, organizing and thinking about fixing and organizing), but I am hoping to improve both the blog’s appearance and my management of it.  Primarily, though, I hope to improve the content and consistency of my reviews and other posts.

I would love to connect with other people who enjoy books, whether that be fiction or cookbooks or any other type of book I write about.  Online interaction is an aspect of book review sites and blogs that I find challenging. I am hoping that as my life settles down in this new home and city, that I will have time to devote to improving my blog and my interaction skills.  This is the primary reason I signed up for Blogging 101.

I’ll end this post with a question, and I do hope you’ll leave a response if you’ve stuck with me this far.  Do you think that cookbooks, craft/hobby and similar nonfiction book related posts would be suited to this (primarily fiction) book blog or would it be preferable to explore them on a separate blog?

Book Review: From A Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

fromadistantstar_mcquestion_skyscapeamazonAfter listening (I listen to “Booktube” while I work) to Jen from TodayinJensLibrary describe From A Distant Star, I spotted it on NetGalley and immediately requested it. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find the video to remind myself of why it sounded so good, only the wrap-up video where she gave it 3 stars. And I think that is a fair rating. I had high hopes, tempered by Jen’s review (which I heard after requesting it) and a bad experience with a better known YA alien possession novel. I was a bit disappointed, but will still rate it 3 stars as the story was interesting and I did find some positive points. Continue reading