This is Sunday, time to talk about my week and link back to our charming hostess Kimberly hosting The Sunday Post @caffeinatedreviewer
In my private life first
First news: I am back at work and it’s been busy, as usual.
I did have a highlight in my work week as I had an extended lunch with my daughter’s godmother who was visiting the town I work in for the day.
As she is a hard working girl too with lots of responsibilities and kids around the same age as mine, we had a hoot laughing about all our kids and works “problems”. We have a similar way of seeing and doing things, of reacting so it was really great to commiserate together with a grood dosis of humor!
When you see that you are not alone in these kind of problems, you get perspective and it helps going on.
Being a mom, a wife and a working woman I have often found that my girl friends are a tremendous help to “just keep swimming” whatever life throws at you!
Second news: one of my kids (I won’t say he or she) expelled me from IG or rather the account to have an “independent life from us. Something we (parents) can’t see.’
Well even if I can understand the need to grow up and be independent, THAT HURT! Maybe I am petty but in retaliation I cut my ties to our “Facebook family group”. There! Totally juvenile and immature I KNOW but deal with it!
I do everything for these kids and it made me feel like I was in middle grade school an one of my friends excluded me from his inner cricle. Even if he had a right to do it, it pained me.
Third news and the reason for today’s title: I have been attacked quite vehemently on my Facebook page yesterday after expressing my honest though unpopular opinion of a book!
I swore an oath when I began blogging (to me and myself) and even earlier, when I began writing my reviews to ALWAYS BE HONEST BUT RESPECTFUL.
Writing a “negative” review or rather a review for a book I did not like is the most difficult exercise because I don’t want to trash the book or the author but I still want to convey my own personal opinion. I think I take great care of doing this.
Yet yesterday’s review generated some very very heated comments on Facebook.
The great news was that 99% of the comments were people grateful for my review. Even if they did like the book or if they were undecided to read it or not. But the 1% who was aggressive did indeed shock me.
I tried to explain and calm things down but soon realized that, of course, it was just amunition and the best tactic was to say nothing back.
It made me also realize that authors must have a very tough skin because they must gather that kind of reaction very often! I’ve been lucky as I blog for three years now and this was the first time it happened to me.
I also saw how my words probably had triggered something deep inside these people. I had unvoluntarily awakened negative emotions and maybe touched old wounds that made them lash to me. For that I was sad.
But the same way authors can’t control their reader’s emotions and reactions, I can’t control “my” reader’s emotions either. Every one of us has a different past and some things that I say might seem perfectly innocuous for the big majority yet seem offending for others for whatever reason. I just have to make peace with this as I don’t plan to stop being honest and respectful.
Now good news of the week: my dog is getting better! She now walks on her four paws when she is outside or on a not slippery surface! Yes!
On the blog this week (click on the graphic to read the post)
I reviewed four books and have read two more books (hopefully reviews published next week but the social media turmoil put a dent in my plan yesterday).
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys was an audiobook (for my #2020AudiobookChallenge). It’s an older book but from my beloved Ruta and I really loved it!!! 4,5 Stars and amazing narration by Lauren Fortgang.
Spark by Aleatha Romig is a mobster romance, first of the trilogy. 4 stars
This is Forever by Natasha Madison is a sportsromance in the hockey world and my first by this author! 4 stars too.
Credence by Penelope Douglas is …controversial and was the review I am talking about above.
I told you that I would take it easy this year with blogging and post less because I was a bit overwhelmed but I still love our Top 5 Tuesday even if I put a twist on the topic sometimes like I did this week about the books I planned to read because of you.
On the blogosphere and the literary world
A quizz by Epic Read to determine what kind oy decade you’ll have based on your YA Fantasy persona!
TAKE the QUIZ HERE.
And this is my result!
Two fellow blogger’s posts to share with you this week!
Katie explains why the second book in a series often ….does not meet our expectations!
Sophie states all the reasons why she is taking a break from audiobooks
Pfew that’s it!
Now do tell me, how was your week? Better than mine? Smoother? Or maybe not?
Thanks for reading!