I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.
I ... um ...
ALL OF THEM!
I suppose there is some book somewhere that I don't want to read, ever. I just can't imagine what it is. Maybe something that is mostly gross pictures.
There are three books I am looking for copies of, but I have previously read all three of them so I am not sure if they count. I'm going to use them, anyway.
The first is a romance that comes up fairly often in discussions. It's a wonderful, epic book:
I used to have a copy and I may still, but it's become buried on my bookshelves if I do. I am not paying $16 for a new copy. I really want a kindle version, just because I want to read it again but it is too thick for me to easily read even the paperback with my messed up wrist.
The second is a book my parents owned and let me use sometimes, but guarded zealously. I do not know what happened to it after my father died. There are copies available used but I'm not willing to pay that much, especially for a book that has (justifiable) wine stains on it. However, it has a lamb shank recipe in it that I want so badly I could cry. Maybe I should have used this for my book that makes me cry yesterday.
The poor cover is screwed up. :(
The third is a book I don't know the title or author of. It is a children's picture book with lovely illustrations. It's about a family of anthropomorphized dogs (poodles, I think, though there were other breeds in the book). It's set in late Victorian or Edwardian time. The eldest daughter of the family was engaged to be married, but ran off with a poor poet dog. I remember the mama dog swooning and collapsing on her chaise. I also remember the two younger children playing in the park with a hoop and stick and a little sailboat. That is all I remember but I want a copy of it very badly. If anyone knows the title or author, I would appreciate the information!