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text 2018-06-21 05:47

The weirdest thing happened to me today. I was on my book twitter and I tweeted that I finished a debut novel by one author and then was gonna read a debut novel by another author. Decided to tag both authors. Lo and behold not just a few seconds later, I was blocked on Twitter by the author whose book I was going to read next. I had been scrolling through her profile right before I tweeted (to double check if I spelled her book's title correctly) and was not blocked. Less than ten seconds (my tweet had a "9s" timestamp on it on my feed) I was blocked.

 

What the flying fuck? It's your debut novel and you're blocking someone who wants to give you money and read your book. 

 

I thought maybe she was one of the authors who hates fan tagging but she has retweeted other people saying they were reading/had read her book. So nope.

 

I thought maybe there was something she didn't like about my account. Nothing offensive, my last tweets were about cancelling Kindle Unlimited, my profile info just said I was into books and true crime podcasts. So... I don't think so?

 

My last thought is that she had a beef with the other author I tagged (who did not respond and did not block me).

 

But still. What the ever loving fuck. I'm definitely not buying her book now. Screw that noise.

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text 2018-04-15 07:18

Haven't done much reading so far this year.

 

I can recall finishing only one book: Heist by MJ Duncan. It was okay, glad I sort of didn't pay for it (due to Kindle Unlimited).

 

I've checked out many books from the library physically and via Overdrive but didn't finish any. Whoops.

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text 2018-01-22 06:48
Apologies

I had a goal to write one post a week for 2018 (with at least one post a month being a book review) and three weeks of 2018 have passed and I've only written one post! 

 

(On Wordpress, of course, I don't really post here since the website is so darn buggy)

 

I don't know why I set that goal since I have absolutely no idea what the non-book reviews posts would be even be about. I don't think anyone wants to read about my rambles about femslash fanfiction...

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review 2017-11-26 09:00
Goodreads' Censorship: G.R. Reader's Off-Topic
OFF-TOPIC: The Story of an Internet Revolt by G.R. Reader - G.R. Reader
The closest source I have to hand "the doctrine that knowledge, truth and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute" does seem to cover some of the arguments dealing with Goodreads' censorship. I don't deny that the world's a complex place but when you get down to the nitty gritty I don't see a third space we've carved out for yourselves between relative and absolute values. Literature is not just a social pursuit - if it was, it would be a hobby. Name an education free of the teaching of it in our society? And why would it be universal to our society in that way? It is, in Donne's sense, involved with our social sphere in a way that buying small-gauge railway models is not. But if you are determined that literature is just a social pursuit then indeed, we have no further point to discuss.
 
Amazon are compelling us. One may wish to view it simply as they are offering each of us a choice, and that if sufficient numbers of us choose then we will have in effect voted to change our society - in ways we may not have considered, in ways we may not want, in ways that a minority of us who have never purchased anything from them are powerless to resist. They are no more compelling us than cigarette manufacturers, or the government, or drug dealers, or manufacturers of greenhouse gases, or the nazis, and so on, and so on. I see the logic of laissez-faire capitalism, even extended to the cultural and social sphere. 
 
 
If you "suffered" at the "hands" of GR, read on

 

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text 2017-10-01 20:39
Shelf Shuffling

Renamed my maybes shelf and shoved a few from my to-read to the maybes shelf. Mostly those I know will be hard to find because they're obscure. 

 

I should fill my to-read shelf with the books I own but haven't read but... lazy.

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