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A Comprehensive List of the Recent Kidlit Sexual Harassment Allegations

February 12, 2018 Uncategorized 9

Trigger warnings: sexual harassment/abuse/assault, manipulation

Update #1: Allegations against Dan Wells and James A. Owen have been removed, as the accuser of Wells recanted and it appears the allegations against Owen were false and the comment was deleted.

Added C.L. Rose due to high demand, though the accusations against her are of abusive behavior and enabling sexual harassment, not sexual harassment herself. As far as I am aware, she has not been accused of directly committing sexual harassment.

This is solely to document the allegations of sexual harassment brought to light by Anne Ursu’s Medium article and in the comments on the School Library Journal post “Children’s Publishing Reckons with Sexual Harassment in Its Ranks.” This is not any statement on whether allegations are true or false. I have preserved both screencaps, which you can click for the full-size image, and the text of the allegations. Not everyone can scroll through the litany of comments posted and our community needs a quick reference.

If you would like to trust me with your story or alert me to further allegations that need to be added to the list, please email me at theyakitten@gmail.com

Jay Asher

Jay Asher accusations 1 and 2

 

 

 

 

 

Jay Asher accusation 3

 

 

Jay Asher accusation 4

 

 

 

Accusation 1: “I find it bizarre and horrifying that nobody has named Jay Asher. I am equally horrified at hearing of his disgusting Twitter claims of being so very pro – #MeToo and #TimesUp. The irony is incredible, and belongs in an episode of Black Mirror.”

Accusation 2: “After the Medium essay by Anne Ursu, people want us to name names. They want to know “who.” I will say the name from my story: Jay Asher. Happy , now?”

Accusation 3: “I was also one of those in Anne Ursu’s survey and the name from my story is also Jay Asher.”

Accusation 4: “I,too, experienced predatory behavior from Jay Asher. He uses SCBWI to find young, new writers. When I discovered his true nature, I cut off all communication and tried to warn other women through the whisper network. He found out and used threats and intimidation to quiet me. Well, Mr. Asher, the intimidation stops NOW. We will no longer whisper.”

James Dashner

James Dashner accusation 1

 

 

James Dashner accusation 2

 

 

James Dashner accusation 3

 

 

James Dashner accusation 4

 

 

James Dashner accusation 5

 

 

James Dashner accusation 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Dashner accusation 7

 

 

 

 

Accusation 1: “I was also in Anne’s survey, and the name in mine is James Dashner.”

Accusation 2: “I would also like to add that James Dashner was the man in my story in Anne’s survey.”

Accusation 3: “I was not in Anne’s article, but I have been harassed by James Dashner.”

Accusation 4: “I have been harassed by James Dashner as well.”

Accusation 5: “I wasn’t in the survey, but add me to the Dashner list.”

Accusation 6: “I was not in Anne’s survey but one of the stories sounded almost identical to mine. My harasser was James Dashner. He preys on female debut authors. Beware. Beware. Beware.

“I would like to clarify that the harassment/abuse from James Dashner was not a one-time unwanted touch or a joke I took the wrong way. It entailed months of manipulation, grooming and gaslighting. He offered to be my “mentor” using praise and flattery of my writing, and promises to use his connections to help elevate my career to the level of his. But it was all a bait and switch. When I made it clear that I was not going to give him what he wanted in return, our “mentorship” relationship ended. It took me a long time to realize that every move he made was carefully calculated. He has his manipulation down to a science. I realize now that I was not the first to fall for his tricks, and I was not the last. I feel deeply sorry for everyone who fell for his manipulations after me. I’ve tried to nudge others and warn on the so-called “whisper network” but I have always worried that talking about it publicly would harm my career or family. Even typing this is making me sweat buckets. Thanks for listening.”

Accusation 7: “#MeToo but no more. I quit writing. At first it was Dashner. A fluke, right? Then later Charlie Pulsipher and recently Dan Wells. And the other women just protect, saying boys will be boys and I’m a snowflake. I can’t trust anyone.” [Note: the accusations against Pulsipher and Wells have been recanted. This remains solely due to the Dashner accusation, which was not recanted.]

Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie accusations 1 2 3 and 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherman Alexie accusation 5

 

 

 

Sherman Alexie accusation 6

 

 

 

Sherman Alexie accusation 7

 

 

 

Accusation 1: “I was in Anne’s survey as well. Mine was Sherman Alexie.”

Accusation 2: “I saw Alexie speak at a library conference several years ago, and I saw the way he interacted with the (mostly female) attendees before and after his talk. That he has sexually harassed people is not at all surprising to me. I believe you and I’m sorry you had to deal with that.”

Accusation 3: “Another raised hand for Sherman Alexie.”

Accusation 4: “Yes, me too with Alexie.”

Accusation 5: “Sherman Alexie. #Me too. I know of several others. I think there’s a very good reason (or many very good reasons) he stopped all appearances and disappeared from social media almost immediately after Weinstein.”

Accusation 6: “i dined with Sherman Alexie several years ago with a group of librarians and, throughout dinner he talked pretty continuously about sex, told us that he loved all types of women (age, body type, level of attractiveness, HINT HINT) and showed us his hotel room number. He also said that at author conferences no one slept in their own rooms. Maybe not harassment per se, but definitely gross. I don’t doubt he’s done worse.”

Accusation 7: “Sherman Alexie: me too. Looking forward to the end of him getting to do whatever he wants to young women with the full knowledge of the people in power.”

Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Pena accusation 1

 

 

 

Matt de la Pena accusation 2

 

 

Matt de la Pena accusation 3

 

 

 

 

 

Accusation 1: “I wonder if any of Matt de la Pena’s students have weighed in. A friend took a writing class with him and recounted several tales of transactional sexual relationships with his students and creepy behavior.”

Accusation 2: “I didn’t respond to Anne’s survey but Matt de la Pena is someone to steer clear of.”

Accusation 3: “Matt de la Peña. You are powerful and respected in this industry, you should be ashamed of the way you speak to and treat female students. Your business is how we write, not how we look. Among several inappropriate comments, you minimized me down to my appearance in a moment of my education that I worked hard for, that should have been one of my proudest. You made me feel small and objectified. I resent it. I am not shocked to see that I am not the only student you abused your power over.”

Stephan Pastis

Stephan Pastis accusation 1

 

 

 

Stephan Pastis accusation 2

 

 

Accusation 1: “A dear friend of mine asked me to post this for her as she doesn’t feel comfortable adding it herself. ”My story was in Anne’s article. The man was Stephan Pastis.””

Accusation 2: “Stephan Pastis has sexually harrassed me too.”

Richard Paul Evans

Richard Paul Evans accusation 1

 

 

Accusation 1: I have been sexually harassed by Richard Paul Evans (author of the MICHAEL VEY series).”

Tristina Wright

Tristina Wright accusation 1

 

 

 

 

Accusation 1: “I am very nervous posting this… I feel scared I might be tracked down. I have had a terrible experience with trying to tell people because she’s a woman.

It’s known among a very small circle, and I’m sorry for those it hurts. I was a teenager, and I’m enby. I was sexually harassed by Tristina Wright. It went on for a long time. I eventually had to delete my social media accounts and restart under a new name. She has a reputation among young people on social media. After her appearances on the conference circuit for her debut book it was known. Steer clear, especially if you are young, thin, and have long hair. She has a type and she is relentless.”

Chris Howard

Full disclosure: I made this post. The harassed person told me their experience with him in 2013/2014 and I still have the chat logs from when they told me even though the person and I are no longer friends. I will not be revealing their identity. I posted it to warn others because this is red flag behavior from a married author and because there may be others.

Chris Howard accusation 1

 

 

 

Accusation 1: “An account from a former friend I no longer speak to: when she met Chris Howard of Rootless and Night Speed fame at an event, he was very flirtatious with her despite him being married. I’ve got the messages from our conversation in my email account.

I’ve already said the same thing off-anon on my own accounts, I’m simply posting it here for anyone else he might have done the same with.”

Tim Wynne Jones

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Accusation 1: “Tim Wynne Jones was one of the faculty members at my MFA program. At the end of the residency, he initiated an unwanted hug which he held too long, and then used as cover for nibbling my earlobe.”

Tessa Gratton

Tessa Gratton accusation 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accusation 1: [in reply to another  comment] “Was this Tessa Gratton? She is a predator.”

Someone alleging to be the original commenter said Tessa Gratton is not the author they’re talking about. This accusation remains on the list due to the separate claim she is a predator.

Tim Federle

Tim Federle accusation 1

 

 

 

 

Accusation 1: “I have experienced predatory behavior from Tim Federle. I am a male. This was also at the SBCWI conference some years ago. He expressed interest in my book and invited me to his room to go over my query letter. I was 18 and starry eyed because he was a respected author for kids. When I arrived at his room and got out my laptop, he closed it and began kissing me. I was shocked at first. I was not assaulted, but it was all under false pretenses. He preyed on me in a very disturbing manner.”

Michael Neff

Michael Neff accusation 1

 

 

 

Accusation 1: “Michael Neff, the director of the New York Pitch Conference, took advantage of a post-conference dinner to grab my arm and make it clear he could grant me publishing favors in exchange for sexual ones. He singled me out because I was young and inexperienced, and often tried to get me alone at the conference with the promise of information and mentorship. Thankfully, I was able to evade him”

Stephane Marsan

Stephane Marson accusation 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accusation 1: “Adding to the chorus of accounts here, Stefane Marsan (an editor from France), approached me at RWA in 2015 after the RITAGHs award ceremony at the bar when I was alone and more than a little drunk. He wouldn’t stop TOUCHING me. My hands. My arms. We were surrounded by romance publishing elite, Tiffany Reisz was in my line of sight with her Rita award and yet he felt comfortable cornering me, offering his business card and telling me how big of a star he’d make me in France. He had me there for ten minutes. Always touching. As soon as I’d move one hand he would have the other already on me. Touching. Stroking. Smiling.

“I nodded and smiled, because I didn’t want to offend him – in case he was a big publisher – but in my head I kept thinking does he really think I’m this stupid, that I’ll sleep with him for a publishing contact? Because the subtext was heavily implied. I had no one at the conference I could go to. I was new, entirely alone and without friends for backup.

“I returned to my hotel room where my husband and infant son were sleeping – I scoped him out on twitter just to be sure he was a real editor, which he was. Then I threw out the card, and had a shower to wash his ‘touch’ from my body. It never occurred to me to report him because I’d dealt with this kind of behaviour so often at my workplace, it was like another Tuesday.

“It never occurred to me that I could or should report him, and I almost didn’t share this here but a friend managed to help me track him down from the RWA guest list cache and I screamed when I saw his face pop up on scream. All I had was a first name and his face branded in my brain. About 5’7-5’9″ with curly brown hair, paunchy in a tailored suit, trimmed beard and trendy glasses. He spoke with a heavy french accent. That’s it. But my friend is a genius, so now I can say his name. His full name. Stephane Marsan”

Mo Willems

Mo Willems accusation 1

 

 

 

Accusation 1: “I was quoted in Ann’s article my predator was Mo Willems.”

Jenny Bent

Jenny Bent accusation 1

 

 

 

Accusation 1: “As far as agents and editors being held responsible there were a ton of them in the bar when Jenny Bent got completely wasted and tried to grind on a very handsome editor of romance while his wife was in the same room. Women can be abusers too.”

Peter Yarrow

Peter Yarrow accusation 1

 

 

 

 

 

Accusation 1: “Chiming I’m here with another nightmare person to avoid. Peter Yarrow, author of the song and picture book Puff the Magic Dragon molested me when I was a young teen. It was a grooming situation where he took me under his wing, wrote to me, gave me tickets to shows, backstage passes. He meant to so much to me. It took me years to talk about it, even to my family, because I was so ashamed. I found out later he’d done the same to a 14 year old girl in the 70s. He went to jail and was pardoned by Jimmy Carter. He blamed groupie culture in his behavior and mused on how jail wouldn’t have happpened to Mick Jagger. He hides behind his social justice work. I saw some little girls reading his picture book after it came out a few years ago and I nearly tore it out of their hands.

“I was thinking about keeping this post anonymous because dragging up these memories is painful and I don’t want to deal with the repercussions. But I think people deserve to know what he’s done and probably still does.”

Earl Lewis/E.B. Lewis

E.B. Lewis accusation 1

 

 

 

 

 

Accusation 1: “Add the opportunistic Earl Lewis [or E.B. Lewis as he likes to refer to himself as] to the list. He took advantage of me on two different fronts and I did report him. Thankfully he isn’t on the board anymore.”

Drew Daywalt

Drew Daywalt accusation 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accusation 1: “My story was also mentioned in Anne’s article, and Drew Daywalt was the one that made me never want to return to Los Angeles. This is really tough for me to post, even anonymously, because I’ve always tried to be such a peacemaker, but honestly, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this goes beyond me. I felt confused and hurt over the entire interaction for a long while, and after reading Anne’s response in her article, she truly helped me understand why I felt the way I did. Thank you, Anne! And to those also speaking up, I’m glad we’re all having this conversation, and my hope is that those being called out will truly reach out for help and want to change. ”

C.L. Rose (aka Courtney Lynn Rose, aka Tiffany Rosenthal Hofmann)

C.L. Rose accusations 1

 

 

 

 

 

Accusation 1: “Can we talk about women in power positions who know about abusive men, and choose to believe the men over the victims?

If so, Tiffany Rosenthal Hofmann, person who co created a fiction writing mentoring contest, was outed for abusive/racist behavior (videos of Tiffany ranting were released to prove it). When abusive/racist men contacted Tiffany to complain about a marginalized and disabled woman of color, who refused to stay silent about their harassment, gaslighting and other abuse, Tiffany chose the men’s side.

She then fired the WoC, after verbally attacking/berating the WoC on video. After the video’s were released, Tiffany changed her name to Courtney Lynn Rose clrose1990 on Twitter. She’s a freelance editor and an acquisitions editor for Filles Vertes publishing. She’s in collusion with a ton of Pitch Wars mentors, who are well known in the writing industry, and who knew of Tiffany’s abuse and name change to hide her true identity.”

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Two Cool Pre-Order Campaigns to Get In On!

October 26, 2016 Uncategorized 1

I don’t pre-order books very often. The last time was around January when I pre-ordered the fantastic This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp and got a sweet lanyard for doing so. Pre-order campaigns for books I’ve already read and loved or are super excited for = my catnip!

In the last few days, I saw two really cool pre-order campaigns I wanted to spotlight. One comes with unusual and very cool swag; the other comes with character cards and the author talking about her characters in unlockable videos.

Back in mid-September, Stacee of The Book Junkie announced a pre-order giveaway/campaign for This is Our Story by Ashley Elston. All US readers who pre-order the book will receive a branded pouch, deer antler necklace, signed bookmark, sticker, tattoo, and pin. They’ll also be entered into a larger giveaway for signed copies of all three of Elston’s novels. All international readers who pre-order the book will be entered into two different giveaways: one for signed copies of Elston’s novels and one for a $50 gift card to anywhere they choose. Further details and how to take advantage of the campaign are on page linked above.

Seeing as I’m super excited for This is Our Story, I’m almost certainly going to pre-ordering the book and taking advantage of this campaign!

The second is for Audrey Coulthurst’s Of Fire and Stars, a f/f fantasy novel, and her campaign is operating on a tiered system. As of the time I write this, the campaign is still on its first tier, which unlocked a video of Coulthurst talking about the main character Dennaleia and a limited edition art card of her guaranteed to anyone who pre-orders. Each new tier reached unlocks more videos and more art cards of different characters for readers. If all four tiers are unlocked by the novel’s release on November 22nd, everyone who pre-ordered will be entered in a drawing, its prize a choice of a Kindle Paperwhite or s $100 gift card to a bookstore of the winner’s choosing. Again, full details on the above-linked page.

I really really REALLY want Of Fire and Stars to sell well and do well so we’ll see more f/f fantasy in the future, so get on it, people! Also, Audrey is hilarious on Twitter and you should follow her if you don’t already.

Know of any other YA books with pre-order campaigns like this? Let me know! I’d like to start compiling them for people on a regular basis.

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Blog Tour: When Reason Breaks by Cindy Rodriguez (+ Giveaway!)

April 7, 2015 Uncategorized 3

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Good morning, day, etc. to you all! Today, I’m hosting a stop on the blog tour for When Reason Breaks by Cindy Rodriguez in honor of National Poetry Month and the novel’s love letter to all things Emily Dickinson. Stick around for an analysis of one of Dickinson’s poems in relation to the novel, info about the novel and the rest of the blog tour, and a giveaway of a hardcover copy of the novel! This novel has my seal of approval, so you should want it.

How happy is the little Stone

I must confess, I know little of Dickinson’s poetry myself. It never got assigned while I was in high school, so novels that use Dickinson motifs or have characters who love her poetry (or even need to read it for school) were how I discovered her works. Trying to find a poem the novel didn’t use to connect to the book was hard, but one hit me so hard in the heart that I can recite it almost from memory now:

How happy is the little Stone
That rambles in the Road alone,
And doesn’t care about Careers
And Exigencies never fears—
Whose Coat of elemental Brown
A passing Universe put on,
And independent as the Sun
Associates or glows alone,
Fulfilling absolute Decree
In casual simplicity—

If you try to say most–if not all–teens can’t understand this poem, you’re lying. The language can be a barrier at first, but the first three lines are clear as day:

How happy is the little Stone

That rambles in the Road alone

And doesn’t care about Careers

Throughout When Reason Breaks, co-lead Emily Delgado struggles with depression and her less-than-stellar home life. Her father is a politician, so she has to care about her future and her image and what she does every second of every day. In a political family, you belong to everyone even if you don’t want to. Think of all the politicians who got a news article or five written about them because their child or children did things or held values opposite their parent’s. Multiply that by the culture within Hispanic families (one of my best friends is Peruvian and her family’s dynamics remind me so much of Emily’s family) and it’s almost unbearable to think about.

If anyone has reason to envy the stone in When Reason Breaks, it’s Emily–especially when you remember how she has to fight her own brain just to do anything at all. As the daughter of a depression-suffering woman, the struggle is familiar to me even though I’ve never experienced it myself. When that disease wraps itself around you, caring about anything is hard. Trying to care about your all-important future and your public image as a depressed teenage girl? I’d envy the stone too.

A stone needs to do nothing to be happy. It’s Fulfilling absolute Decree / In casual simplicity through existing. Someone with depression has to give everything they’ve got to get out of bed in the morning sometimes.

A stone has no career or anything to worry about. Someone with depression may not seek treatment because of the stigma surrounding mental illness in general and find themselves overwhelmed to the point where they try to end it all. Depression makes you worry about everything and nothing at all at the same time. You can’t worry and yet you do and you have to.

I can’t read “How happy is the little Stone” in any mental voice other than Emily Delgado’s now. She is this poem. At one point or another in their lives, everyone is this poem regardless of their state of mental health.

About When Reason Breaks, Cindy Rodriguez, and the Blog Tour

When Reason Breaks13 Reasons Why meets the poetry of Emily Dickinson in this gripping debut novel perfect for fans of Sara Zarr or Jennifer Brown.

A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’s English class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson. Both are hovering on the edge of an emotional precipice. One of them will attempt suicide. And with Dickinson’s poetry as their guide, both girls must conquer their personal demons to ever be happy.

In an emotionally taut novel with a richly diverse cast of characters, readers will relish in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and be completely swept up in the turmoil of two girls grappling with demons beyond their control.

 

cindyrodriguez (1)About Cindy:

Cindy L. Rodriguez is a former newspaper reporter turned public school teacher. She now teaches as a reading specialist at a Connecticut middle school but previously worked for the Hartford Courant and the Boston Globe. She and her young daughter live in Plainville, Connecticut. This is her debut novel. Visit her on Twitter @RodriguezCindyL.

 

 

 

The Blog Tour Train:

April 6th: Write All the Words!

April 7th: The YA Kitten (me!)

April 8th:  YA Romantics

April 9th: Adventures of a Book Junkie

April 10th: Itching for Books

April 13th: Fic Fare

April 14th: The Book Belles

April 15th: Novel Ink

April 16th: The Reading Nook Reviews

April 17th: YAdult Review

The Giveaway!

Courtesy of the lovely people at Bloomsbury, a hardcover copy of When Reason Breaks is up for grabs! If you love diverse novels, you’ll love this one beyond description. Just two rules:

  • US-only (their rule, not mine!)
  • Must be 13 or older to enter

Get cracking, y’all! Make sure to follow the rest of the tour too!

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Review: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

July 31, 2014 Uncategorized 0 ★★★★★

Review: Dangerous Girls by Abigail HaasDangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
Published by Simon Pulse on July 16, 2013
Genres: Mystery, YA, YA Contemporary, YA Thriller
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
five-stars
It's Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend's killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine...

When I watched Heathers with my best friends last weekend, my one-sentence reaction to the movie was this: “This movie mindfucked me so hard that I’ll be digging dick out of my ear for a week.” You’d think that a reaction like that would be a one-time thing, but noooooooooooo. Dangerous Girls came into my life not even a week later and now I have even more dick to dig out of my ear. This is the novel that will make you question everything you know about the televised circuses major trials have become in modern-day America and maybe even make you reconsider your moral values. Read more »

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Kindle vs. Nook: My Experience

July 22, 2014 Uncategorized 2

Because I’m a naughty girl, I own both a Kindle and a Nook. Therefore cheat on Amazon and Barnes & Noble with each other regularly and regret nothing. I’ve been using both for a long time and feel like talking about how they work for me, so here you go: a comparison of the Nook and Kindle experiences by a girl who reads and owns many, many ebooks.

Kindle Fire

When/How I got it: Originally, I had a Kindle Keyboard I bought with my savings in March 2011 and loved dearly, but my parents gifted me a Kindle Fire for my 18th birthday and it’s been one of my best friends ever since. The original Kindle was named Angel because I like tempting fate (she behaved perfectly the entire time I owned her) and my current Kindle is named Safara.

What I love: First off, the size. Both my Kindle Keyboard and original Kindle Fire were small enough to fit in my favorite clutch, meaning I could sneak them into fancy mandatory events and read. Being the same size as a book and is actually almost exactly the same size in all dimensions as one of my 200-page books, I feel very comfortable holding it in my hands and reading it. I’ve smacked myself in the face with my Nook a couple of times because I’ve forgotten about how heavy it is, but my Kindle has never done that to me.

The visuals really appeal to me too. On my Nook, very few of my files have cover images because they’re ebooks from publishers. I just see the icons for PDF and EPUB files on a gray background with file names listed beneath them. My Kindle? Nope. Because it’s exclusively for fun reads, I always have covers I can look at on a background that actually looks like bookshelves, so I usually decide what I want to read very quickly. On that train of thought, I feel better when reading on my Kindle versus reading on my Nook. Why? If it’s on my Nook, it’s for review. If it’s on my Kindle, it’s 100% for me, so I can DNF or snark or blow through it at my leisure. Schedule? Pssssh.

There’s not a lot to say here not because it’s a bad e-reader but because I can sum it up so easily: it’s a great ebook for readers who want to feel like they’re reading a book, not an ebook.

What needs work: The organization. My original Kindle let me make folders I could drop files into (I had a folder for unread books, books I read and loved, books I read and thought were okay, and books I read and hated) and move around as I pleased. The Kindle Fire doesn’t offer me anything like that. All I can do is mark everything I haven’t read as a favorite so it will show up on the favorite shelf on my homepage and I can see what I haven’t read. I’m a weirdo and love complex organization (I have nine folders of bookmarks organized by bookmark type and my “To Read While Bored” folder has six subfolders in it, one of which has eight subfolders in it), so something that simple actually doesn’t work well for me.

I also lost the text-to-speech function my original Kindle had when I upgraded to pretty much the only Kindle that doesn’t have that feature. Though it’s obviously not as good as an audiobook, the robot voice that read text to me was a huge help with books like Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick, which infuriated me so much at times that I couldn’t see the words on the e-page anymore. Thus, I switched to speech and the robot voice reading me all that ridiculous shit made me feel better. Since I can’t read in moving cars, I also got to read/listen to one and a half books on a nine-hour ride to the mountains once and it was lovely. Safara can’t do any of that.

Basically, I upgraded but lost the two features I loved most about the original Kindle I had.

Finally, reading review copies on either Kindle was awful. Due to formatting and file type shenanigans, almost every single review copy I ever read on either Kindle had horrible formatting. For instance, certain letters would be dropped completely from the document or chapter heading images would be separated from the rest of the text and put on a “page” all on its own when it wasn’t supposed to be that way. I had one review copy that was actually impossible to read on it!

I’m definitely planning on upgrading to one of the newer Kindles one day, but because I can’t justify the expense right now, I’m waiting.

Nook HD+

When/How I got it: After I told my parents I’d been considering getting a tablet I could use on campus because my laptop was too heavy/valuable to carry around and my Kindle was too small for me to do work on it, they gave me a Nook HD+ for Christmas in December 2012 as something that might work. It was pretty much love from first read. I originally named her Irisa, but because it looks pretty but sounds hideous when pronounced (eye-RIS-uh? ee-REE-suh with a rolling r?), I changed her name to Rosalia.

What I love: 95% of the review copies I get from publishers are digital and the two main formats I get them in–PDF and EPUB–are absolutely beautiful on my Nook. Since getting it, I have not read a single review copy on my Kindle because my Nook is so perfect for it. If people know I review, they know I’m reading for fun if I have my Kindle and reading a review book if I have my Nook, it’s so uneven now. Whereas my Kindle butchers PDF files and needs me to change the file types to MOBI in Calibre for EPUBs, all I have to do to make them work on my Nook is transfer them over and the files are immediately compatible. No extra work to do!

Out of the nearly-one-hundred review copies I have gotten and read on my Nook, there has only been one I couldn’t read on it. Just one. It was Awaken by Meg Cabot and I couldn’t read it because the heavy chapter heading illustrations were too much for my Nook to handle, which would cause my Nook to freeze and shut down. Still, when I could see the non-illustrated pages of it? Perfect formatting. Beautiful.

I also have a lot of uses for my Nook outside of reading. I’ve taken it to meetings before to take notes, used it in class to follow along with a discussion, answered emails from Yahoo, Gmail, and Microsoft Outlook on it, and used it pretty much like a tablet. The only thing I don’t do on it is write! Of the two, it’s the more versatile one in terms of use because its size makes it easier to use.

What needs work: On one hand, it’s huge. On the other hand, it’s huge. I carry small purses and clutches most of the time. Only rarely do I use large tote bags, large purses, or backpacks when it doesn’t have to do with college. While its size makes it fit right in when I put it in my backpack to take to campus, it doesn’t fit so well when I take my favorite purse and go to the dentist’s office, the mall, or even my best friend’s house.

Whereas my Kindle Fire doesn’t allow me enough organization, my Nook offers me too much. Both my read and unread ebooks have their own special files on my Nook, but I have to go through a number of unnecessary steps to reach them. While I’d like to simplify the process, I’m scared to mess with it because I don’t know how or what effect it will have if I remove the unnecessary folders. I assume they’re there for a reason if the Nook came with them, after all.

There are also some tech glitches that really annoy me. Every other time I turn it on to get back to a book, it freezes on the lock screen and flashes back and forth from light to dark. It may do this for just a minute or until I turn it off and try again, but it’s a very annoying glitch that keeps me away from my books.  Not a big problem, but compared to the two Kindles I never had any tech glitches with…

Any fellow cheaters here? Also, for my fellow ebook owners, how good have your devices been to you since you got them? Have I convinced anyone they should get an ereader?

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New Feature-Thing: Bump It Up!

July 17, 2014 Uncategorized 0

Sorry for the late post and lack of review! Due to a short attention span, I wasn’t able to get the book I wanted to review today done in time, but I’ll probably have it done for tomorrow. This makes now and awfully good time to announce a new feature-ish thing I’ve been planning for a while: Bump It Up!

See, I have a lot of unread books sitting around. I just finished making the page for Bump It Up a few minutes ago and my hands aaaaaaache from all the books I put in there. (WHERE DID I GET ALL THOSE DAMN EBOOKS?!) There may be some real gems hidden in my TBR pile that I have no idea about, so I’m asking you awesome reader-people to tell me which books buried deep in my TBR I need to bump up higher on the list so I can get to them sooner and fall in love with them if everything works out right.

The inspiration for this definitely came from Christina of A Reader of Fiction’s Sadie Hawkins Sunday. It would be super fun to do a reader’s request feature like that, but I don’t really have the ability to get books very often and in general, I don’t have a personality that works well with a reader-request feature. Bump It Up is similar to that but limited solely to books I already own, which works out much better for me.

Also, if you put books I don’t own in there as a recommendation, I’m ignoring it. I know you mean well with it, but that’s not the place to recommend me books. This is so I can look through my bag of harvested rocks and find gems, not go right back into the massive cave and bag at the walls in an attempt to find gems.

What are you waiting for? Get bumping! You will always have easy access to the Bump It Up page through the menu bar up there.

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Review: Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

May 9, 2014 Uncategorized 0 ★½

Review: Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie FinnBroken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
Series: Broken Hearts & Revenge #1
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux on May 13, 2014
Genres: YA Contemporary
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: print ARC from the publisher
one-half-stars
Summer, boys, and friendships gone sour. This new series has everything that perfect beach reads are made of!

Gemma just got dumped and is devastated. She finds herself back in the Hamptons for the summer—which puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friend that she wronged five years earlier. Do people hold grudges that long?

When a small case of mistaken identity causes everyone, including Hallie and her dreamy brother Josh, to think she’s someone else, Gemma decides to go along with it.

Gemma's plan is working (she's finding it hard to resist Josh), but she's finding herself in embarrassing situations (how could a bathing suit fall apart like that!?). Is it coincidence or is someone trying to expose her true identity? And how will Josh react if he finds out who she is?

Katie Finn hits all the right notes in this perfect beginning to a new summer series: A Broken Hearts & Revenge novel.

Summery tales of vengeance and shenanigans are my thing and this novel should be too, but it’s not. There’s no easy answer to why this failed for me on such a deep level. Blind characters doing ridiculous things? The very obvious twist? A meh romance that failed to make up for the previous two problems? Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend starts out as a fun tale of a girl using a case of mistaken identity to make up for what she did wrong so many years ago but quickly goes downhill.

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