Friday, 28 February 2014

Random Rant: Book Politics, and This whole Lynn Sheperd and her "If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It" thing.

So...I don't know if you guys have ever really noticed, but I'm not really much for "book politics". My Random Rants range from talking about playing Tetris with my book shelf to my belief that Mr. Darcy was the first real 'bad boy' of literature.

But 'book politics' happen.

I subscribe to a lot of book blogs and I get tones of feed emails everyday with new posts to all the blogs I follow, and every once and a while I come across a post that I think of as 'political'. You know, when someone vents about..anything. I'm not even sure if this is really making sense, but i'm going to keep going anyhow and hopefully you guys will understand what I mean. The posts have been about someone accusing them of stealing their Meme, to people ranting about other bloggers that have copy-righted other bloggers work. Or, that one guy that accused bloggers of accepting a free copy of his book and never reviewing it, which  from what I've heard cause an innocent and well-lover blogger to close down her blog because she was sick of the drama. There was the author that straight-up copy-righted Jamie McGuire, and other well-known authors, works and tried to pass it off as their own, even getting bloggers to review it (which is how the plagiarism was discovered in the first place). It can even be the posts about how tough it is in the blogging world, or people's love and hate for certain genres. All of those are what I consider 'book politics', and generally I stay away from mentioning them on My Not So Vacant Shelf. 

And, its not that I don't agree with them...cause I usually do. In fact, I've been occasionally known to fist pump the air in support after reading their posts in support of their cause. I've even gone as far as commenting and being like "Yeah! You go girl". I've never actually commented that exactly, but get the idea. 

I'm a semi-silent supporter. 

And, I'm probably going to stay that way. 

Don't get my wrong there will be the odd post (like this one), but they will probably be rare.
Why? Because I joined the blogging community to blog about books, to discuss them, and give my honest opinion about them. I mean...isn't that the point? I didn't join for anything else. 

I never expected to get free books (which I don't really get that many of and even have to turn some down sometimes because I really just don't have time). 

I didn't joined to have 1000+ followers (which I don't). 

And I didn't join for any of the other random and sometimes silly reasons that others have and do join for. (Sorry, but some people do).

I joined because,

Dear Lord Almighty...I friggin' love reading.

I joined to be apart of a community so that when I see images like these:

I know there is someone else out there who gets it. Who looks at them and laughs, smiles, or shakes there head in acknowledgement. 

I bet that a lot of you are shaking your head right now...'cause you get it. 

I joined for the love of the books. 

But, again, don't think that means I'm against 'book politics' 'cause I'm not. Everyone has the right to their own know freedom of speech and all. And, some of the topics that they discuss are important and impacting to the literary world, and therefore the lovers of books (us). 

But, I've decided to just stick with the books.

However, there is one topic that I just couldn't stop myself from commenting on.

And here is my background story to it.

I'm an English major at Nipissing University. I know, I know, you probably wouldn't believe me based off some of the random mistakes throughout my posts. Sorry I hate proofreading especially if I don't have to. 

Anyhow, to the point! 

Sometimes people make me feel like I should be walking around with a copy of Jane Austen  snuggled under my arm. Instead of Jennifer L. Armentrout. 

I'm serious. And it really gets to me.

I have this one class where people sometimes discuss their favourite authors and everyone is like Palahniuk this, and Atwood that (I'll admit right away I've read both). And I've brought up Sarah Dessen or C.S. Lewis once and I just get these weird looks. And the funny thing is...I usually get these looks from non-English majors.

You see all the other English majors...they get it. They've analyzed C.S. Lewis, and Rowling right along side me these past four years, and they are the ones that go to the movie with me opening night to see how well they're interpreted the works.

I've actually had a really close relative look at me weird when they saw me reading Alice in Zombieland by Kresely Cole. Followed up with "You're an English major what are you reading that for?". I wanted to slap them in the face. 

But, I didn't.

I've had a different family member say that as an English major I shouldn't like Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, because they (this family member) felt it was crap. 

It really gets to me that anyone thinks they can set a precedence for what I can and can not read. For what I can and can not enjoy. 

Now a days people should just be damn happy when they see someone they know reading. Seriously, a lot of people I know and come across don't read books at all. But hey, that's their choice. I just feel like they're missing out sometimes. 

Anyhow, my rant came about because of an online article written by Lynn Sheperd titled, "If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It". 

In this article Sheperd basically bashes Rowling to stepping into a new genre with her writing after Harry Potter. I personally think she's jealous and trying to get publicity by start a sort of fight and getting some notice. I think if Rowling is a good writer in both genre then congrats to her, and her writing will speak for itself. is Sheperd is a good writer in her genre then her writing will speak for it self as well. I'll never know because after this I won't be reading her works. She comes across as a very close-minded person.

Now, messing with Rowling is something that makes me angry all on its own, but it was something else that she said that really got me rilled up. 

And here is my rant:

I am a reader. 

And yes I am an adult. 

And yes I read children's novel, and young adult novels. 

But, hey I also read and have read works by Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, Steinbeck, Hemingway, Nicolas Sparks, H.G. Wells, Neil Gaiman, Harper Lee, Stoker, both Shelleys, Charles Dickens, Tolkien, Palahniuk, Cormac McCarthy, Twain, and yes even some adult novels (you know the ones I mean). 

And no one should ever think they should be able to dictate what I read. 

Why am I saying this? 

Well there is an author out there who is bashing J.K. Rowling, and that right there makes me want to throw down the gloves, but hey people have opinions and they're allowed to be shared, some people are just jealous, and sometimes people have good points; however what REALLY PISSED ME OFF was when she said "it's a shame" that adults read her series because "there's so many other books out there that are surely more stimulating for grown-up minds", after she says she's never read anything Rowling has written. 

Last time I checked some books are just for fun. 

But hey, maybe if she read them she would see there is more to them. 

In fact there is enough in them that 'stimulates' adult brains in three University courses that I've taken so far. One of them, on children's literature. 

If she wants to vent about J.K. Rowling being a writer that writes well in multiple genres and therefore makes it hard for her to get noticed, then thats fine. But, don't. And I mean don't ever think you have the right to say that it's a shame I and millions of others (probably hundreds of thousands of them adults) enjoy reading children's novels. 

Because, aside from making me a bit upset, and make me think you're a little close minded, I pity you. Because you either have never read a children's novel or you simply don't get it. 

And really...that's a shame.

End of Rant. 

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Blog Tour Stop & Review Re-post: The Highlander's Reward by Eliza Knight

The Highlander’s Reward
Series: Stolen Bride #1
Author:  Eliza Knight
Publisher: Eliza Knight
Genre:  Historical Romance
Release Date: July 11th 2012
Pages:  260
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased

Because I truly wish I could marry a Scot.

She belonged to another… But was destined to be his…

Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she arrives in Stirling, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Besieged by rebels, she is whisked from her horse by a Highland warrior who promises her safety. But when he kisses her she fears she's more in danger of losing herself.

The last thing Magnus Sutherland wants is to marry the beautiful English lass he saved. As the laird of his clan, he has a responsibility to his clan and allies. But when Arbella is attacked by one of his own men, he determines the only way to keep her safe is to make her his. A decision that promises to be extremely satisfying.

Magnus brings Arbella to his home of Dunrobin Castle in the Highlands. And that’s where the trouble begins… Their countries are at war and they should be each other’s enemy. Neither one considered their mock marriage would grow into a deeply passionate love. What’s more, they were both unhappily betrothed and those who've been scorned are out for revenge. Can their new found love keep them together or will their enemies tear them apart?

I love me a Scottish romance. And this one was a little different than the many many others that I have read. This time he saves her, than marries her to save her some more. And this time it’s not about rival clans…oh no. It’s the war between the English and the Scottish in the 1200s and a certain Brave-hearted William Wallace ever makes a littler appearance. So it tickled the historian in my a little. Then there were the characters. Arbelle…she willing admits that she can somewhat fight, but that in a battle she may not be that good. But, she still tries. Points to her. Then there is Magnus…the big softy. Or so you think. He is a good man, but then he is determined to woo her. He says he won’t kiss her until she asks, but he likes the process of making her ask. Teasing her at every moment. She has an iron will I tell you. There were some things that I found a little off, like the fact that she falls for him in about two days. However, taking into consideration he time and the fact that he saves her twice and is a complete gentlemen…he’s a keeper and ever woman would know it. There was a lot of swooning going on.

Arbella—a fighter, but not a warrior and willing to admit it. But, stubborn as heck. Love it

Magnus—a good guy. A softy. A hunk. A Keeper.

Also, there was some battle, and promise of more to come.

The time in which they fall for each other seemed a little far-fetched. I guess I’m not a believe of love at first sight. For those that are they will probably love this.

Overall I found the characters interesting and the story line interesting as well. I never had to re-read anything or got confused (expect sometimes trying to remember who was who). Instead I was whisked away to a land filled with hot plaid-covered warriors with warm hearts that, in turn, warmed mine.

If you are a lover of plaid-covered warriors that make your knees feel like jelly…than this is for you.

Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning, Devil of the Highlands by Lynsay Sands, Pine Creek Highlanders Series by Janet Chapman, The Highlander Guard Series by Monica McCarty, The Montgomerys and Armstrongs and McCabe Trilogy by Maya Banks, Marriage to a Billionaire series by Jennifer Probst, Ugly Duckling Series by Manda Collins, Daughters of Glen series by Melissa Mayhue, Play-By-Play series by Jaci Burton, Don’t Mess With Texas by Christie Craig, Weldon series by Jennifer Saints, Ransom My Heart by Meg Cabot.

Read Completely:

Eliza Knight is the multi-published, award-winning, bestselling author of sizzling historical romance and erotic romance. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) Eliza likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. Being a self-proclaimed history nerd, she owns the acclaimed historical blog, History Undressed ( Eliza lives atop a small mountain, and enjoys cold winter nights when she can curl up in front of a roaring fire with her own knight in shining armour.
Twitter: @ElizaKnight

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