Recently went to my local Books A Million store and boy was it a bit eye-opening! Take a look and see why!
I know I disappeared for a bit. I had shoulder surgery in April. Then my home repairs took nearly a month to complete. But that’s in the past.
Today’s video is about Barnes and Noble and their attempt to dissuade shoppers from buying books there. You probably read that and thought it was a typo, but no! Watch and you’ll see.
My to be read (TBR) shelf took a major hit last year due to my reading and slowly I’ve added more and more to it once again. Some of these are newly owned and some aren’t. Which books are on your TBR shelf waiting to be read?
Top Five Wednesday is hosted by…I have no idea. But you can find the Goodreads group here. Today’s topic is incorrect ratings, which is essentially about reading a book and realizing no one agrees with you.
Which books fall into this category for you?
Recently went to my local store and somehow managed to make it out without buying the entire store. Have you bought any new books recently?
It was announced last week that real life superhero Dr. Fauci will be featured in a forthcoming children’s book to be released this summer, and I’m here for it!
What are your thoughts?
Last week it was announced just about everywhere that BN would be releasing a new Nook device in collaboration with Lenovo. Main question: does it make any difference right now? Tell me what you think.
Last week there was a bit of “uproar” over Amazon’s decision to no longer sell certain books on its platform. Several US Senators had sent a letter requesting additional information regarding this decision. Amazon’s lengthy response stated rather clearly that the company would no longer sell books that label LGBTQ identity as mental illness.
Personally speaking, this is another great move within the book industry. Knowing books like that are being written reminds me of where we were as a society a hundred years ago when seemingly every ailment or condition was treated as a mental illness.
But that’s also not the point. The point is Amazon is a retailer. Retailers decide what they will or won’t sell on their platform. Every retailer makes this decision. So it should come as no surprise that Amazon made a decision about products listed on its site, though many would have you believe this is akin to censorship. If I own a bookstore down the street and decide to only sell romance novels or audiobooks or erotica, that’s my choice. Just like it’s Amazon’s choice here.
Last week it was announced almost out of nowhere that several books published by the prolific author would no longer be published because of racist stereotypes. I remember reading an article the following day that showed his books taking half the top 50 slots on Amazon’s charts. That’s insane.
Now I’ve just read an article that says his book sales quadrupled last week. I mean, what? It seems many people think there’s a possibility that this may happen to some other titles, so they’re buying and buying and buying his books before it happens. People can spend their money however they’d like, but this comes across as a bit tone deaf. Rather than acknowledging that he likely has other titles that may be problematic, it seems everyone is just buying the books as quickly as they can.
I could search through the archives on here and find several posts about not reading. I started the year on an all-time high. I’d finally reached my goal of 50 books in a calendar year. There was no stopping me. Fast forward two months and I haven’t read a single page since mid-January.
At first I was pacing myself. No need to fly through every book in sight. Then life happened. February gave me some phenomenal memories. Then things fell apart. I became distracted by every possible thing, besides my books. But I’ve made a recent decision that will hopefully give me lots of free time in the coming days, weeks, and months. What better to do than get back into a reading groove?
Just have to round the corner and get back into it.