Dali’s Daily Diatribe

This should be Dali’s almost never Daily Diatribe, yeah! I know.

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October 09, 2015 10:08pm
I got to stalk 200+ people this week all in the name of being an author assistant. I also got to give my opinion on who got to be on a Reviewer list or not. I know our blog isn’t that big, but bloggers out there, make sure your links work, that your search works. That people can stalk you, LOL!! And authors, I would love to review you. I’ve made several great friends by accepting your request, but for the rest of the year I’m not accepting anymore because I don’t want to let anyone down. Happy reading everyone!!

September 28, 2015 4:34pm
So one of the main reasons I’ve been so busy lately besides a new job and beta reading is because I’ve also been dabbling at being a writer’s assistant. It’s pretty cool, but there are a lot of activities I didn’t know wen’t on behind the scenes. Wish me luck, perhaps I’ll do an awesome job and switch jobs again and become a full time writer’s sidekick!

July 27, 2015 1:24pm
It’s been almost a year since I posted here. So I think I should just give it up. I wanted to use this section as a way to communicate what I was doing and thinking regardless of whether it was book related or not. A lot has happened. I’ve become a very active BETA reader to several awesome authors. I’ve also become a Street Team Leader. Because of this I’ve also reduced my reading challenge, but that’s OK since these other two activities have kept me very busy. I also changed jobs. I left a relatively easy and boring one to one which is constantly challenging me, which also takes up a lot of my time. Again, it’s OK since I still have time to read.

July 29, 2014 10:48am
So I’ve been putting almost day tips on how to help the environment on my personal FB Page and Free books every other day on our FB Book Blog. So I haven’t really had time to rant. May be I should just link this to my daily book reading??

July 2, 2014 10:20am

I’m working on my reading list, but combining it with a Save the Planet campaign. Is that weird? Well, I’m kind of wacky so I guess it fits. This is what I want to do. I want to do a ❋❋❋ QUICK FLASH GIVEAWAY ❋❋❋ each time I read anything remotely eco-friendly in a book. I’ll be giving away any book of the winner’s choice of $3.99 o less. So stay tuned and feel free to recommend a book where you know I’ll find a reason to do a giveaway.

June 25, 2014 7:43pm

I’m working on a new rant here… about rating books in general and DNF in particular.

What do you think when you can’t/won’t finish reading a book, should you rate it or just leave it be? To me, rating a book that you haven’t finished is like rating a restaurant where you’ve only eaten the salad or a car which you’ve only ridden in the passenger seat. Of course you’re entitled to your opinion and do what you want, but is it fair?

To each his own, right? But hey… it’s not like we don’t have massive amounts of information resources at our fingertips. So why, oh why don’t we use them to make wise decisions about buying and reading books? It’s not like authors or us want to spend time and money on something we won’t enjoy.

I have never not finished a book and only have two one-star ratings. I’d like to think it’s mostly because I chose wisely, perhaps it’s because I’ve been lucky, there’s even the possibility that I’m a bit lenient at times.

So, here’s my advice. If you’re unsure of a book (to you AND myself), don’t just read the blurb, check out the average rating (usually a 3.75 and above is a good sign), read the reviews, both good and bad, read the 3 star reviews too. Check out the author. And if you’re still not sure, ask friend who know your likes. If that’s not an option check out you can do a book comparison with other people on GoodReads and see if what you like coincides with them and then see that person’s rating.

I came across an exchange between several different minded people regarding this topic. The really sad part was that it became and aggressive, nasty attack on one of them when an author who I think hasn’t even read the book decided to intervene or just blatantly express her very unpleasant and unsolicited opinion.

I’m posting these quotes from the author who will remain completely anonymous because we actually have some of her books reviewed here.

“I’m an author and I rate books I don’t finish one star all the time. People do the same to my books…”

“No, no, no. You have to say something like,

You should try writing a book before opening your big, fat mouth! Writing is hard work and you’re just jealous that you can’t amount to anything, you butt-hurt, basement dwelling poop-face!

1. Point out that the person hasn’t published any books, and therefore doesn’t know shit (and might even be a failed, bitter author)
2. Insult their physical appearance
3. Trivialize opinion by making them sound like undesirable losers
4. Utilize ridiculous insult
5. Defend author

Bonus points awarded for typos and caps-lock.”

What value system was this woman raised with? I think this person is not old enough to realize that an attitude like this will bite her in the ass one day. But she is old enough to publish books and mostly not be acting like a bully adolescent.

I’m truly disappointed.

June 11, 2014 6:31 pm

I went to get some cold water and realized I had A can of beer left. I’m going to save it for later when I’m in my comfy living room with the book I chose to read later. But I also noticed the can still had the plastic binding on top. You know the ones, the little rings that binds a six pack together. What do you do with those? Do you just toss them? Please don’t! For starters cut them up and then get them in your recycling bin. If you don’t have one, start one up 🙂

June 10th, 2014 11:29 am

Every day I kept putting this off I gave myself the excuse that very few people actually see this that they wont miss it. But the truth is, I should never give myself excuses for slaking off. So some quick updates on my reading, because I REALLY haven’t slacked off on that.

From my last post’s list, I can say I’ve only read about half of those books. Mainly because I wasn’t at the front line of the read/review list and by the time I got to one, Alpha for example, I had read that it left something to be desired. The ones I have read all have reviews and the rest I haven’t taken off my TBR but are on a kind of stand by while I read other books I’m more eager to get my hands on.

So, until next time….

May 2nd, 2014 6:00 pm

Oh my gosh! It’s been almost a month and I haven’t posted ANYTHING! And the truth is there’s been so much going on. So a few updates on my reading list which is what I imagine most of you are interested in. I have several books I would love to real all at once:
– Maybe Matt’s Miracle by Tammy Falkner
– To professor, with love by Linda Kage
– The Sin Brothers series by Rebecca Zanetti
– Daisy does it all by Kylie Gilmore
– Alpha by Jasinda Wilder
– The King by J.R. Ward
– …

April 16th, 2014 1:18 pm

Just finished reading Searching for Perfect. I think I found my perfect eco-friendly car. A “super sleek black Tesla… Complete battery powered and emission free.” (Excerpt from my ARC)

April 9th,2014 8:02 pm

It’s friking-fraking official. I’m in a writing review slump. I just finished reading Inked Armor, the sequel to Clipped Wings. I loved both, but I just re-read my review for Clipped Wings and it’s pretty cool if I do say so myself. The problem… I can’t seem to get inspired to write a review for this one. And the bigger problem, I’ve had this “writer’s block” for the last several books 😦

April 9th, 2014 5:34pm

I’m soooo excited right now! I just finished Helena Hunting’s Inked Armor and it was great, but that also means that once I’m finished with the review, I get to start a new book! Did I just experience a bookgasm??

April 2nd, 2014 5:05pm

I was accused of being afflicted by technology today. I didn’t say much at the time because I was reading on my eReader. But I few minutes ago I got a call from my friend Ceci. You might think to yourselves “yeah, so?” Well, the fact that I had my cell phone a) with me, b) charged, c) turned on, d) paid for so I could GET the call is a miracle in it self. That’s how afflicted by technology I am NOT and now I felt the urge to tell you all by using mass means of communication using technology 😉

BTW I’m going to seriously consider deducting points towards my ratings every time I feel an author is not conscious about such things as wasting water. I’m thinking about all the water Grant and Harlow wasted during their shower.

April 1st, 2014 5:57pm

No joke, it takes me at least 2 hrs to write a review… is that a lot or nearly not enough?

March 28th, 2014 5:21pm

Can you believe it? My To Be Read GoodReads list has 1123 books on it. And what do I do? I go to the free books section in amazon to see what I find! I am SOOO not ashamed to admit it. So I came across a book the looked like just what I need called The Girlfriend Contract by Lucy Lambert. It’s about exactly what you think it is: the latest version of Pretty Woman in a book. The thing is… it’s just the first episode and I’m totally hooked!

March 27th, 2014 11:24pm

So I read Taking a Shot, the novella by Catherine Gayle included in the Seduced by the Game Anthology. I just couldn’t wait and I’m glad I didn’t. I cried but I loved it. I also finished my ARC of Still Life with Strings which I also loved and now, besides doing a bit of procrastination regarding my review I’m also debating what to read next?

March 26th, 2014 11:47am

SQEEEE!!! I just got my Seduced by the Game ARC! Help fight cancer with Hockey Fights Cancer by reading this anthology!!

March 24th, 2014 6:58pm

I just finished posting my review for Then Came Alexandra. My review for Third Degree was posted about two days ago, and guess what? I’m not going to continue with Colleen Hoover’s Maybe Someday because I just got my ARC for Still Life with Strings!

March 20th, 2014 9:44am

Do you plan the books you’re going to read? I try, here’s my immediate reading order:

Third Degree by Julie Cross (Provided by NetGalley)

Then Came Alexandra by E.L. Todd (Provided by E.L. Todd)

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (Provided by me because I really want a tear jerker)

Expecting by this time my ARC for Seduced by the Game. A hockey anthology by several authors including Catherine Gayle. I’m really looking forward to reading about Babs and Katie.

Aftershock by Sylvia Day

LOL… my GR’s TBR is 1k long so I’ll stop here. Have a great day.

March 13th, 2014 10:20am

“The spirit of the wild must pass to all of you now. You must tell each one you meet: if you would find Pan, take up Pan’s spirit. Remake the wild, a little at a time, each in your own corner of the world. You cannot wait for anyone else, even a god, to do that for you.” ~ The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4)

March 11th, 2014 10:14am

“The wasting of finite resources is everyone’s business”

― Stephenie MeyerTwilight

March 8th, 2014 8:48 pm

Has anyone read Kristen Ashley’s Fantastical? I really love her books. I know, I should upload all my KA reviews but bare with me. This is not about reviews, it’s about the moment where Cora Goode (spoiler alert if you haven’t read it) comes back to our world and is making a sandwich and realized how much wast we produce simple with every separately packaged American Cheese slice used to make one. Do you have an alternative? Because I don’t and I love my sandwiches!!

March 6th, 2014 10:00 pm

Take a folding cloth bag in your purse every where!

March 5th, 2014 10:00 am

I mention in my about profile that I’m a tree hugger, right? I wanted to know, are you guys eco friendly readers or writers? What’s that? Well, in my current read (Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan), I was just about to write a scolding note about the heroine using bad, ugly plastic bags while shopping and therefore having her purchases spilt all over the ground when the cute meet in the book happened. So I couldn’t help myself but smile. But during that moment Bree berated herself for not remembering to take her cloth bags with her. So good for her and Mia for mentioning it in the book!

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