Tuesday Talk-What gets you through the Holidays???

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

It is a know fact that sometimes the holidays are difficult to get through. Maybe it’s because you’re single and you are dreading to have to explain to your mother/aunt/uncle why you aren’t currently dating anyone. Maybe it’s because you have a difficult family and you’re dreading the drama.. Or maybe you just simply hate the holidays.

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Haha, okay maybe things aren’t this extreme but reading this made me chuckle. If you had the same reaction, your welcome 🙂 So, here’s the thing- not everything is easy and holidays can sure throw a curve ball in an already hectic slushy wet mess of a thing we call winter.

My weekly question is:

Do you love or hate the holidays?

What are some of the things you do to pick you up when you are down?

 For me, it really depends on the year. Some years, I love the holidays and all the magic that surrounds them. But then there are the years were I just can’t handle my family, the extra drama, and I feel like an outcast or outsider trying to pretend like I fit in.

This year, I’m feeling pretty neutral about the holidays. It’s fun seeing how excited my kids get but I’m not really feeling that excitement. I’m also not feeling any negative or bad feelings. It’s more like another thing on the long list of things I need to check off.

Some of the things I do when I am down-

  • Read a favorite series or gush worthy book. Nothing spells distraction like a book you can lose yourself in
  • In college I once wrote on my dorm mirror: Smile, you are beautiful. Everyone morning and everyone time I would pass the mirror, I would read the message. And eventually, I started to feel that way.

I’m excited to see what you do to pick yourself up. Happy Tuesday Everyone 🙂

Tuesday Talk- Gifts

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! I still can’t believe it is already December. And with December, at least for me, comes miles of snow and blistering cold weather. At least it’s supposed to. Looking out my window, I still see great grass and the temperature flexing between mid 30’s to low 50’s. But Mother Nature is planning on taking care of that. This week is FREEZING!!

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As we get further into December, it is impossible not to be surrounded by holiday decorations and upcoming gifts.

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Which brings me to my question

Assuming you participate in the holiday of Christmas, what gift do you want most this year?

I am always asked what I want for Christmas and I always have the hardest time coming up with an idea. Don’t get me wrong, there are things I want. But I always seem to forget what they are around holidays and birthdays.

So tell me, what do you want this year?

Tuesday Talk- If we were having Coffee

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

If we were having coffee…

Coffee

If we were having coffee, I would say how disappointed I am that I couldn’t run my first marathon. But that disappointment is also what is failing my drive to be better, to get my body in right shape it needs to be. I would tell you how running has transformed my life and how I look at myself.

If we were having coffee I would confess how I am not sure how to juggle my life anymore. Going back to work has been the perfect move for me, but it has cost me time with my children, time away from what I love, and just time in general. I would tell you about how much I miss my kids but how I love helping other families and kids with special needs.

If we were having coffee I wonder what we would talk about…

Would our conversation be light, talking about the weather or upcoming events? Would we talk books, life, or something more?

If we were having coffee, what would you say?

Tuesday Talk- Book content, Ratings, and should Authors be limited in what they add?

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

This topic idea came to me a couple weeks ago after reading a book review. I’m not going to name who the reviewer was so please don’t ask. But as I was reading the review I found it interesting how the person, in a way, connected her negative feelings towards something and transferred that into the book.

This person went on a tangent (a long paragraph) about how they despise drugs and hate reading about it in books. I completely get this because lets me honest, I have done the same thing. There are just some things I really don’t like reading about.

But the blogger didn’t stop there. They went further and stated how this type of book draws in young readers and how it wasn’t fair to expose them to things like drug abuse. The blogger followed this up by stating this was their opinion on the matter and ending further discussion.

Lets take a look a the book:

Pure TortureSome of the hashtags/shelves that go along with this book are: alpha-male, immaturity, man-ho, asshole-hero, romance, new-adult..

Synopsis:
Cody’s the sexy drummer extraordinaire of the hard rock band Oblivion. Kitty’s the little sister of one of Cody’s band mates and she’s had a secret crush on him for years.

When the band are back home for a few days, the chemistry between them is both unexpected and undeniably off-the-charts.

She quickly realizes that the prospect of having what she’s always fantasized about is a very real possibility.He quickly realizes that although he feels this mind-blowing attraction towards her, she’s the little sister of one of his band mates – he would get his ass kicked from here to hell if he ever laid a finger on her!

But can Kitty convince him? After all, no one else needs to know, a one-time hook-up might suit both of them…or could it ruin everything?

Warning: This story contains hot rock stars, sizzling sexual encounters and language that you would expect from heavy rock musicians used to a life of sex, booze and rock and roll. Pure Torture contains graphic sex scenes and is strictly 18+ only.

Here’s my question or more discussion I am interested in having:

Should authors limit what content they put in their books just because their book might draw a younger audience?

In many ways authors already add ratings to their books, similar to movies. But instead of pg13, you get Ya, Na, erotica… Is that enough of a warning or should authors do more?

How do you feel about exposure? Again, similar questions- should authors limit the content they expose their readers to?

Feel free to answer all, any, or just comment on this topic. It will be interesting to see how everyone feels.


My personal feeling on the matter is anyone and everyone will read what they want to read. You can’t stop a young child from picking up a Steven King book. I think it is unfair and unrealistic to ask authors to limit their creativity based on the notion that younger readers might come across something that others wish they weren’t exposed to.

The sad reality is bad things happen in our world and we cant ignore the issues and refuse to talk about them. They are still going to be there.

As a mother do I want my boys reading about “man-ho” sex, drugs, and rock and roll.. Well, not particularly at a young age. But those topics aren’t going to be new to them. My kids are going to be exposed to what drugs are, what sex is, etc. so they know how to handle different situations they will find themselves in.

Again this is my personal opinion, but you can’t fear exposure. If you try to shelter someone, it just creates ignorance. And often times ignorance breeds stupidity and dump choices.

Now do I think the author should maybe write a warning on their book if it contains strong sexual scenes, yes. Because not everyone wants to read about that and that is just fine.

Tuesday Talk- Blog Awards

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

 There are a lot of blog awards out there. The one most common is the Liebster Award. But there are so many others out there. In order to receive an award, you must be nominated by your fellow bloggers.

I’m curious, what do you think of blog awards?

  • Is it something to help pass the time?
  • A popularity contest?
  • Something not to take serious but more fun?

How do you think people are chosen for awards?

  • Is it because their blog stands out from everyone else?
  • Is there something special about their blog?
  • Maybe the blogs that get picked are the ones that comments the most?

Or do these awards even register with you? Maybe you care less about blog Awards.. Either way, I’m curious to know what you think.


Personally, I think they are meant to be fun and not taken too serious. But I can see how they might cause some jealousy and maybe make some people envious.

My thought is that is you really want to do one of these awards, answer questions about yourself and nominate others, just do it! Yes, it might defeat the purpose of the ‘award’ but why not have fun. Blogging is all about having fun 🙂

Tuesday Talk- YA Books, love them or hate them?

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

YA books seems to be one of those categories people either really enjoy or they find annoying. What is it about these books that draw people in? Is it the flirtatious yet timid love interests? Or maybe it’s more about being able to relate better to the main character?

But for those who don’t like YA books, what is it that pushes you away? Are the characters too immature? Are you unable to relate? Or maybe the plot isn’t as sexual as you would like?

My Question this week is: 

  1. Do you love or hate YA books?
    A- If you love them, why? What draws you to these kinds of books?
    B- If you hate them, again why? What are these books missing that you find in other books?
  2. If you are a fan of YA books, name a couple books that fall in your favorite category.

I know hate might be too strong of a word, but I think you get the idea. Feel free to answer all or one of the questions above 🙂


Personally, I find myself moving further away from that genre. The biggest reason being, and gosh I hate saying this, is that I am getting old enough that the characters aren’t relatable or their immaturity gets in the way. That’s kind of a hard thing to look past.

But honestly, I can’t say I hate all YA books because I have read some really entertaining ones.  Below are a couple series I have enjoyed. Going through my shelves of read books, I am actually a little surprised with how many YA books I do enjoy. Still, in comparison to my other shelves, my YA shelf is the smallest.

Divergent

Under the Never Sky

Mythos Academy

The Storm Siren

Tuesday Talk- Book Reviews that Let you down??

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

Today’s Tuesday Talk is coming from a fellow blogger- lianakeyblog. If you haven’t checked out her blog, you should. It’s not only entertaining but I really enjoy what her blogs get at. She not only writes books but she is also a writer herself.

Anyway, she wrote in on the topic of Book Reviews. Now, it is true I have already written a couple posts on Book Reviews, more to the point on what we are looking for in a review. If you want to check them out, you can find them here: Tuesday Talk- Reviews and What We Want Part 1 and Tuesday Talk- Reviews and What We Want Part 2

But what Liana Key is getting at, is something different:

How about the authenticity of book reviews? I reviewed a book that mainly had 4&5 star ratings and every review said how funny it was but I never laughed once! It’s like they all copied the previous reviewer, in fact two reviews were exactly the same! Not the first time I’ve seen it either! – lianakeyblog

How many times have you looked at other reviews that talked a book up only to find the book was a horrible disappointment?

I think the question is, how much weight should we put in others reviews? If most of them lead to disappointment, then why read them at all?

This weeks question is exactly what I said above- How much weight should we put in others reviews? And Have you come across reviews where it seems like others just hit copy and past from the ones below them?

I’m really interested to see what you think about this. Most of the people following my blog are fellow book bloggers. I can’t help but wonder, are we waisting our time by writing reviews that could very possibly only end up a disappointment to others?