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May 19, 2016

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Published on May 19, 2016 13:15 • 47 views

May 8, 2016

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Published on May 08, 2016 15:25 • 80 views

April 30, 2016

Hi guys! I've received a few more messages about where I'll be posting reviews. The answer is HERE:

My new blog is called Readasaurus Reviews!

Follow me! I post new reviews at least once a week, and you'll get to access them at least 12 hours earlier there than you will on Goodreads.

Also, my review listing is completely up to date, and sorted by author and rating which makes navigation SO MUCH EASIER. :)
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Published on April 30, 2016 09:36 • 84 views

April 19, 2016

I am so happy to announce that Touched with Sight broke a milestone - it now has 100 ratings on Goodreads...thanks to you guys!!!

Thank you so much for reading! I'm not on as often anymore, but I try to read all of the reviews for my books & thank anyone I see reading. I'm so grateful that words are almost inadequate for expressing how wonderful it is to see your books not just being read, but also enjoyed.

As always, thank you for giving me a chance. There's a ton of books out there, but you chose mine. That's kind of amazing. Thank you for that. Thank you! ♥
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Published on April 19, 2016 00:49 • 37 views

April 3, 2016

Hi guys! I started a new Goodreads group for men and women who love romance novels. I wanted to wait on posting about it until things got a little livelier, and they have! There's several active discussions going on about various tropes and concepts, and we have a buddy read planned for April 8th (Sugar Daddy).

Additionally, there are also forums for linking to your blog and reviews, sharing pictures of book hauls, articles about romance novels and upcoming movie adaptions, and links to free Amazon Kindle romance novels!

If you love romance novels and want to connect with others who share that passion, please join us! And don't forget to post a few ideas for new buddy reads in the buddy read folder. We're looking for new blood. ;)
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Published on April 03, 2016 21:27 • 114 views

March 30, 2016

Book #1 of my IMA series will be free on Kindle until April 1st!

You can snag a copy here, from Amazon:
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Published on March 30, 2016 10:43 • 85 views

March 27, 2016

I have received a lot of messages asking where all my reviews went. It's nothing sinister, don't worry. I deleted them all myself.

I touched upon some of the reasons why in this status update I posted while I was doing the deleting, but there are three main reasons that prompted me to delete seven years' worth of reviews:

1. I'm tired of getting harassed over negative reviews.
It's exhausting, having to defend yourself against ad hominems because you said you didn't like a book. Some of the comments sections of my reviews were literally pages of insults and variations of "you're wrong." I decided I didn't want to look at them anymore. That's not why I signed up to use this site.

2. My opinion has changed a lot.
I joined this site in 2009, when I was still a teenager. I'm almost 30 now, and my taste in books has changed considerably. I have changed considerably. A lot of my reviews were no longer accurate representations of how I feel about various books and issues.

3. I wanted a fresh start.
I was never really comfortable with the fact that all my most popular reviews were all super negative. Now that I'm so busy, I'd rather focus my time and attention on books that are worth reading. Life is too short to focus on bad books. I no longer have the time or the motivation to force myself to finish books I don't enjoy.*

I'm not leaving Goodreads, and I am going to continue to review books. My old reviewing blog, The Armchair Librarian, is now private, and I'll be posting all reviews from this point on at my new blog, Readasaurus Reviews. The focus will be on romance novels and nonfiction, since those are what I enjoy most.

*Please note that this is not a criticism on negative reviews, or the people who write them. I don't think that negative reviews are a bad thing, and I don't think people should be attacked for writing negative reviews. Even if you only managed to make it through a page before calling it quits, that shouldn't render your opinion invalid. I still support negative reviewers, even - especially - the ones who review my own work. I'm just tired of dealing with the fallout from the ones I wrote myself.

P.S. Thank you so much for your support. All of you have been so amazing about understanding and encouraging my decision; it was the best possible choice for me, and I already feel so much better. So here's to good books and better times!

Nenia C.
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Published on March 27, 2016 17:42 • 659 views

March 7, 2016

This also appears on The Armchair Librarian.

There's a meme floating around the interwebs that's about books. Obviously, I have to do this - and you should, too!

1. I learned to read when I was four years old.

2. Nonfiction is my favorite genre of book. Whenever I'm having a book funk, I can almost always bring myself out of it by reading some good pop-science books or memoirs. I love to learn!

3. Science-fiction and classic literature were almost ruined for me by a slew of really bad English teachers in high school. I came to associate the genres with humiliation, stress, and punishment.

4. The Velveteen Rabbit will always make me cry when I read it. Every time.

5. Harry Potter gained popularity in the U.S. when I was ten years old - about the same as Harry. With a book coming out pretty much every year after that, ending the year I graduated from high school at age seventeen, it really does feel like I grew up with Harry and his friends.

6. I took a Medieval Literature course in college. We read DON QUIXOTE, and the 900-page tome ended up becoming the first required reading that I actually loved in an English class.

7. My love for READY PLAYER ONE is rivaled only by the crushing disappointment I felt after reading Cline's follow-up, ARMADA.

8. The more I like a book, the less I want to see the film adaption.

9. I spent a summer volunteering in a program for kids with reading disabilities. It was really great to help the kids overcome their shyness and discover how great books can be.

10. For two years, I volunteered at my library, and if you think used car salesmen drive aggressive sales pitches, you should have seen me sell those books to the poor patrons who came into the library looking for one thing and ended up leaving with giant stacks of Nenia-approved books instead.

11. I keep telling myself that I ought to join a book club, but I have yet to find one that I really like.

12. My favorite fantasy novel is a toss-up between THE LAST UNICORN and FIRE AND HEMLOCK. One is a beautiful story about a unicorn who goes on to save the rest of her kind, the other is a retelling of the ballad of Tam Lin.

13. I think Anne Bronte is way more talented than either Charlotte or Emily, and it kills me inside that she is the most underrated of the three.

14. I have a soft spot for books that have a low rating on Goodreads. Titles I'm interested in go on my low-rated-books-i-want-to-adopt shelf. If I read a title that has a rating below 3.5 and end up giving it 4 or 5 stars, it goes on my everyone-hates-it-but-nenia shelf. I've had to remove a few of these books from said shelf because their average ratings later spiked. I like to think that this is because of me. ;)

15. I collect vintage out-of-print historical romances and bodice rippers. I'll keep the ones with the prettiest covers or the wildest stories, but usually I end up giving them away as gag gifts.

16. I rarely re-read books. Usually I read a book once and then either delete it from my e-reader if it's an e-book or donate it to the library or one of the local schools if it's a hard copy.

17. I actually like getting feedback from the authors or publishers, as long as they're chill. It can be nice to know that your opinion has been heard, and you're not just reviewing at a brick wall.

18. The book genres I tend to like the least are NA and erotica. I've found a couple good books within those genres, but most of them are the polar opposites of what I want out of a book. If anyone knows of any good BDSM erotica or good new adult, please let me know. :)

19. I love the idea of leaving books behind on buses or on dining tables for strangers to pick up.

20. I know lots of random book trivia. Like - did you know that Roald Dahl (author of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and THE WITCHES) did the screenplay for the Bond film You Only Live Twice?

21. I've been liking YA less and less, and I'm not sure whether that's due to changes in what's being published or the fact that I'm getting older or some combination of the two.

22. It really annoys me when a character in a novel - usually female - is characterized solely by her love of books. Readers tend to be fascinatingly complex people, and it's insulting to portray us with such a lack of depth.

23. I'm a sucker for fairytale retellings. Mercedes Lackey, Sheri S. Teper, Tanith Lee, and Joan D. Vinge have authored some of my favorites. Look those ladies up - you'll thank me later.

24. Even though I'm iffy about science-fiction, I always get super excited when I find a space opera book/series authored by a woman. Traditionally, science-fiction has been a genre dominated by men, so it's cool finding another geeky lady who loves the genre so much she decided to write one, too.

25. I relate to Felicia Day's YOU'RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET and Allie Brosh's HYPERBOLE AND A HALF on a spiritual level. Combine these two books, and you get a fairly close approximation of what I am like as an individual.
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Published on March 07, 2016 12:20 • 177 views

February 21, 2016

I've been trying to reformat my books so they are available in more formats (you know, in my copious free time)!

Anyway, I got WITCHFIRE and DEADLY GAMES up on Barnes and Noble! You can now download them on the Nook!

These two books are anthologies: each one contains three books bundled together.

WITCHFIRE contains:
-Black Beast
-Touched with Sight
-Crowned by Fire

DEADLY GAMES contains:

I'll try to get some others up, as well. But I thought two wasn't bad for a start! Plus, if you buy them bundled like this, you save a bit of money, so there's that! ;)
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Published on February 21, 2016 22:03 • 113 views

February 20, 2016

ohhhhmyyyyygooood guess what? BLACK BEAST broke 200 ratings today! That is so amazing - you guys are so awesome. This is the best way to wake up EVER.

Thank you so much for reading my books! Every rating, every review, every casual mention - they all make my day. x I'll have to think of something fun I can do to celebrate this. Maybeee a giveaway on my Facebook page? We'll see! Stay tuned for details. :)

OH - and THANK YOUUUUU! <3333
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Published on February 20, 2016 10:18 • 89 views