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.
Drea has a conversation about challenge withdrawal going on here: http://dreasbookfetish.booklikes.com/post/670145/day-26-a-book-that-changed-your-opinion-about-something
When the 30 day book challenge is over, I know I am going to miss having the prompts to help me think and I will really miss seeing everyone’s responses. Would any of you be interested in some type of ongoing challenge?
(Edited to add a couple of sites with ideas behind the pagebreak.)
When I was posting on LiveJournal I used to participate in the Friday Five every week. For those of you who are not acquainted with it, it is a set of 5 questions or prompts posted every Friday in a community. Participants respond in their own blogs and then post a link back in the community. They are still going. Last week’s Friday Five was:
Music & You!
What artist-song describes your: [Bonus points if you linky to a Youtube video.]
Most of the ideas come from member suggestions. I think it would be possible to do something similar but book-related. It wouldn’t have to be 5 prompts/questions, either. Maybe just a Friday Book Discussion Topic?
Another possibility is a writing challenge for anyone who is interested. I love the 100 word (drabble) challenges and I used to participate in those all the time. They really force you to make your words work for you.
I would love to hear other suggestions.
Here is one catch to all of this, though. I do not have time to run anything like this. I can probably help come up with prompts/questions for either or both ideas or for any better idea anyone has. But I can’t be in charge of getting it up every week. If I knew how to post a gif, there would be a picture below of someone tossing a ball into someone else’s court ...
Edited to add: Here are two other groups with ideas/challenges. Note, I am not suggesting that we just appropriate their ideas. But they might be helpful or something some of us would want to participate in: