7 Great Books Hitting Shelves Today

Posted by Hayley on January 9, 2018
Need another excuse to go to the bookstore this week? We've got you covered. In addition to highly anticipated sequels from Neal Shusterman and Seanan McGuire, check out these brand-new standalone titles Goodreads members are loving.


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You should read this book if you like: Psychological thrillers, really complicated marriages, big plot twists, jealousy and potentially justifiable paranoia

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You should read this book if you like: Fiction, fate, traveling psychics, siblings, searching for meaning and love through the decades

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You should read this book if you like: YA science fiction, alien technology, having a backup planet in case earth doesn't work out, scavengers and scholars




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You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, psychology and biology, maximizing your time, scientific secrets, planning your entire life




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You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction, the Gilded Age, whirlwind romances that end badly, scandals and murders, New York City




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You should read this book if you like: Fantasy, short story collections, contemplating who would win in an epic fight to the death—robots or fairies




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You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, memoirs, profound observations on love and loss, the power of the right words at the right moment




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message 1: by Samantha (last edited Jan 09, 2018 08:16PM) (new)

Samantha Sick of people referring to the marriage in The Wife Between Us as "complicated." Spoiler alert: it's not complicated; the husband is a wife beater and it's abuse. Using words like "complicated" to refer to a cut and dry case of domestic abuse is trying to say that abuse is a gray area when really it's straightforward. Abuse is never okay.


message 2: by Samantha (new)

Samantha The Wife Between Us is the most over-hyped book of the year. The Chalk Man is out today and it's a much better thriller. Surprised it's not on this list.


message 3: by Jim (new)

Jim Samantha wrote: "Sick of people referring to the marriage in The Wife Between Us as "complicated." Spoiler alert: it's not complicated; the husband is a wife beater and it's abuse. Using words like ..."

perfect response! it is about damned time men (and women) start seeing abuse for the awfulness it is, not excusing it or lessening it with the wrong adjectives.


message 4: by Samantha (new)

Samantha James wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Sick of people referring to the marriage in The Wife Between Us as "complicated." Spoiler alert: it's not complicated; the husband is a wife beater and it's abuse. ..."

Thank you! I'm glad you agree!


message 5: by shunnaoaddict (new)

shunnaoaddict Samantha wrote: "The Wife Between Us is the most over-hyped book of the year. The Chalk Man is out today and it's a much better thriller. Surprised it's not on this list."
Not surprised :/ Many mediocre or just plainly bad books make popular lists.


message 6: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Samantha wrote: "Sick of people referring to the marriage in The Wife Between Us as "complicated." Spoiler alert: it's not complicated; the husband is a wife beater and it's abuse. Using words like ..."
Not that I don't disagree, but I think that's potentially a spoiler, because you don't find that out until further along in the book. It's an important part of the plot, and the way it's discovered and plays out is done in an intriguing way for the reader. Just my two cents.


message 7: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Sick of people referring to the marriage in The Wife Between Us as "complicated." Spoiler alert: it's not complicated; the husband is a wife beater and it's abuse. ..."

I literally said Spoiler alert.


message 8: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Sick of people referring to the marriage in The Wife Between Us as "complicated." Spoiler alert: it's not complicated; the husband is a wife beater a..."
yeah I did notice that. I just think it takes the surprise away from future readers to that book, and it can take away a bit of the fun. I wouldn't want to be spoiled before I read it.


message 9: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Sick of people referring to the marriage in The Wife Between Us as "complicated." Spoiler alert: it's not complicated; the husband i..."

If you noticed that I posted a spoiler warning then your argument is idiotic and you're just trying to give me a hard time. What is so "fun" about reading graphic depictions of a woman being brutally beaten by her abusive husband is beyond me. As an abuse survivor, I found The Wife Between Us to be triggering and it poorly handles serious topics. I think it's much more important to offer a trigger warning than to worry about spoiling a badly written book. How's this for you: TRIGGER WARNING!!!! POORLY HANDLED DEPICTIONS OF EXTREME DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE!!!


message 10: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Just wanted to warn everyone that The Wife Between Us is triggering and contains insensitive depictions of domestic abuse and domestic violence. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!! EXTREMELY TRIGGERING AND POORLY HANDLED!!!


message 11: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Sick of people referring to the marriage in The Wife Between Us as "complicated." Spoiler alert: it's not complicated..."
Sorry that you had to go through an abusive situation. I'm not trying to give you a hard time. I just don't think you should spoil a book, on a thread promoting new releases, when it just came out.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion when reading a book and some of the fun is taken away when important bits are spoiled. And for the record, I enjoyed it.


message 12: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Sick of people referring to the marriage in The Wife Between Us as "complicated." Spoiler alert: it'..."

You don't understand online or Goodreads etiquette if you think I spoiled the book. Spoiler alert is literally a warning to you and anyone else who doesn't want to be spoiled not to read any further. In this climate of the #MeToo movement, I find it troubling that Goodreads is heavily promoting a book that's just domestic violence porn in the guise of a thriller. What's so thrilling about violent abuse? I find this voyeuristic interest in abuse to be perverse. Good for you that you can enjoy depictions of a woman being emotionally abused, beaten, kicked, and strangled. Not everyone is going to find a book like that fun. And I think it's more important to address these triggers and question why a book full of this content is being so hyped than it is to go out of my way to preserve the "fun" of reading it with no prior knowledge of its content. #TimesUp on abuse and I don't appreciate you trying to silence me and my opinion on something that is inappropriately lauded as good entertainment. I should be able to voice my opinions on a work of fiction that is being put out there for public scrutiny without fear of reprisal or people telling me not to share my opinions in a forum devoted to discussing books.


message 13: by shunnaoaddict (new)

shunnaoaddict This is the kind of thing I'm looking around for - the triggering spoilers. Because I don't WANT TO read something that may trigger me and people being tight-lipped about it is awful. Ashley said it's spoiler-ish, so why did you read it further? I'm pretty sure after seeing SPOILER word you're able to move along with your life. If you're going to read on, you're doing this on your own.


message 14: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Sick of people referring to the marriage in The Wife Between Us as "complicated." Spo..."
I think I understand Goodreads and Online etiquette pretty well, thank you. Book and TV Etiquette too, or at least I try. I'm not trying to silence anyone. I don't appreciate the attack you're putting on me. Making out like I'm a fan of women being abused. Trying to shame me for voicing my opinion. The only thing I criticized is spoiling the book for future readers. If you want to put a trigger warning fine, but all I'm asking is to let other readers who want to read it experience the twists and turns the same way you were able to.


message 15: by Ashley (new)

Ashley shunnaoaddict wrote: "This is the kind of thing I'm looking around for - the triggering spoilers. Because I don't WANT TO read something that may trigger me and people being tight-lipped about it is awful. Ashley said i..."
I'd already read the book, so I knew what was coming. I can understand wanting a trigger warning if one is sensitive to that stuff, but I don't think it's fair to spoil the book for future readers. Especially when it's a thrillers, and those twists and turns are what make it fun to read. I'll be fine after reading the spoiler, it won't ruin my life. All I'm saying is maybe put the spoilers on the book's goodreads page instead of a page talking about new releases. And if I'm the only one to defend myself and defend my opinion fine, I'm used to it.


message 16: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Sick of people referring to the marriage in The Wife Between Us as "..."

Spoiler alert means stop reading if you don't want to read spoilers for the book. I put a spoiler alert warning so I did not spoil the "twists and turns" for other readers. You're the one attacking me since you won't acknowledge that I did use a spoiler alert and you won't drop this. You're in the wrong here. Nobody was spoiled. Get a life.


message 17: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Ashley wrote: "shunnaoaddict wrote: "This is the kind of thing I'm looking around for - the triggering spoilers. Because I don't WANT TO read something that may trigger me and people being tight-lipped about it i..."

A vapid thriller isn't important enough to warrant preserving its twists and turns over letting people who will be triggered by this content know what they're in for. Here you have someone saying they were glad to find out that the book contains these triggers and they were actively looking for info on this book's content. My comment was for people like this who are willing to read past the spoiler alert. Ashley, it's crazy to me that you won't acknowledge that to read past my spoiler warning is a choice. The people who read what I wrote chose to, and if I can help anyone avoid triggering content I will. This book has enough followers heaping praise on it, such as yourself. It needs to have a different dialogue surrounding it for those who don't agree with its popularity. Feel free to exit this discussion since you don't agree with us and you don't understand where we're coming from. But stop accusing me of spoiling the book. It's repetitive and untrue.


message 18: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Sick of people referring to the marriage in [book:The Wife Between Us..."
I'm not attacking you. I did acknowledge that you used a Spoiler Alert (although you could have used the nifty little spoiler alert that actually hides it from people unless they click on it) you're not dropping it either, and I do have a life. Thanks.
I'm not the type to back off. Especially when I don't feel like I'm in the wrong and someone is being rude to me.


message 19: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "shunnaoaddict wrote: "This is the kind of thing I'm looking around for - the triggering spoilers. Because I don't WANT TO read something that may trigger me and people being tight-li..."
I did acknowledge the Spoiler alert, although you've decided to ignore that comment. Repetitive and untrue is your opinion. I'm just trying to defend my opinion from comments that have been rude and dismissive towards me. A lot of these comments are trying to shame me, bully me, which I don't appreciate. I've already said before, I'm okay with a Trigger Warning if that's what you want to put. I'll leave when I feel like it, not before.


message 20: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra ashley i totally agree with you girl 👌🏼


message 21: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Sick of people referring to the marriage in [book:Th..."

Well, I'm not the type to back off either. You come onto a discussion I started about a sensitive issue and won't back off or see others' points of view. I think you're super rude, ignorant, and have blinders on to what's really going on here.


message 22: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "shunnaoaddict wrote: "This is the kind of thing I'm looking around for - the triggering spoilers. Because I don't WANT TO read something that may trigger me and peop..."

You're the one being rude and dismissive towards those of us who don't happen to like a book that you liked. We're talking about so much more than a stupid "thriller of the minute." We're talking about a systemic problem of exploitative thrillers capitalizing on sensationalizing women's pain and suffering. You're the one bullying people on here by acting like your unfounded and baseless accusations about "spoilers" are more important than the visceral reactions of abuse survivors to triggering content. You are so over your head in this discussion and in the wrong. I feel sorry for you that you don't have the capacity to understand the bigger issue here.


message 23: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Alexandra wrote: "ashley i totally agree with you girl 👌🏼"
Thank you! I really appreciate it. Makes me feel less alone in this thread haha.


message 24: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "shunnaoaddict wrote: "This is the kind of thing I'm looking around for - the triggering spoilers. Because I don't WANT TO read something that may trig..."
Okay, I think you're being pretty hypocritical, but whatever. You're being rude and dismissive because I liked a book that you didn't like. I'm not bullying anyone. I'm just standing up for myself. You're making me out to be an idiot, just because I won't crawl away to some corner to hide. You've told me to get a life, that I'm in over my head, and that I'm idiotic. I didn't come out swinging, you did.


message 25: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "ashley i totally agree with you girl 👌🏼"
Thank you! I really appreciate it. Makes me feel less alone in this thread haha."


anytime 😉
i'm tired of scrolling through my feeds too and seeing all of this "trigger warning" garbage. i agree that they do contain spoilers, if what is being "warned" about is not listed in the book description.

if people are so "triggered" over everything, then perhaps they shouldn't read. or watch movies. or tv. or go out. jesus christ.


message 26: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Alexandra wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "ashley i totally agree with you girl 👌🏼"
Thank you! I really appreciate it. Makes me feel less alone in this thread haha."

anytime 😉
i'm tired of scrolling throug..."


I so agree! It's just become excessive all the things that people get offended over, what they have to have trigger warnings for. They must have a hard time finding stuff they like to read and watch. And they are always on the attack if you have an opinion different than theirs. So aggravating.


message 27: by Samantha (last edited Jan 11, 2018 08:20PM) (new)

Samantha Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "ashley i totally agree with you girl 👌🏼"
Thank you! I really appreciate it. Makes me feel less alone in this thread haha."

anytime 😉
i'm tired o..."


You're attacking me for having an opinion that differs from the majority, which in this case is about a highly rated and reviewed book. The Wife Between Us has had an overly saturated, in your face ad campaign all over Goodreads and the book community, and I have a right to question why it's being so heavily praised. I'm a fan of all kinds of art when it's intelligently made and it tells stories well. You are the one attacking people. You came onto a discussion I started and you won't let it be. Perhaps you're one of the reviewers who was sent a box of goodies (wine, lip gloss, etc.) along with an ARC of The Wife Between Us. I found the outright bribery of book reviewers to give this book favorable reviews to be disgusting. I have every right to question the veracity of the praise being heaped on this book when I think it's been heavily abetted by an expensive marketing campaign.


message 28: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Alexandra wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "ashley i totally agree with you girl 👌🏼"
Thank you! I really appreciate it. Makes me feel less alone in this thread haha."

anytime 😉
i'm tired of scrolling throug..."


Trigger warnings are not garbage. Insensitively handled depictions of sensitive topics like domestic abuse can set survivors back and make them feel like the real struggles they've gone through are being made light of. When I have spoken of this book's failings I've provided spoiler warnings, so I have every right to discuss content not in the book description. You sound so hateful when you say, "if people are so "triggered" over everything, then perhaps they shouldn't read. or watch movies. or tv. or go out. jesus christ." Maybe you should stay out of discussions about serious issues like domestic abuse if you don't know what you're talking about, are unsympathetic, and disagree with the valid points that are being raised. How about you go out and get a life and go back to watching and reading the trash material that you enjoy instead of spewing your ignorant hate on here.


message 29: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "shunnaoaddict wrote: "This is the kind of thing I'm looking around for - the triggering spoilers. Because I don't WANT TO read someth..."

And I'll continue to come out swinging and speak up for something important that I believe in. You are the one who joined this thread antagonistically.


message 30: by Alexandra (last edited Jan 11, 2018 08:55PM) (new)

Alexandra Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "ashley i totally agree with you girl 👌🏼"
Thank you! I really appreciate it. Makes me feel less alone in this thread haha."

anytime 😉
i'm tired o..."


it's incredible. i can't fathom it. ah well. i guess if people find it necessary to post "trigger warnings," they could always do something like this: Trigger Warnings for (view spoiler) and that way if people want to click and find out, by all means go ahead and do so. i hate when i'm scrolling through my feed and essentially get spoiled regarding the books contents. i've had to unfriend a few people because i was tired of this:/


message 31: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "shunnaoaddict wrote: "This is the kind of thing I'm looking around for - the triggering spoilers. Because I don't WANT..."
But I didn't join it antagonistically, that's just the way you took it. The only reason I left that initial comment was purely for readers that hadn't read the book yet and wanted the thrill of a thriller. I have no problem with people posting trigger warnings and spoilers, but I just think there's a certain place for it. Like the GoodReads page for the book, where everyone can post their reviews. Not necessarily a post that is advertising new releases. I'm sorry that you feel like everything is an attack, because it isn't. Goodreads should be a fun place where you can discuss books, even if you don't necessarily agree about the book.


message 32: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Alexandra wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "ashley i totally agree with you girl 👌🏼"
Thank you! I really appreciate it. Makes me feel less alone in this thread haha."

anytime..."


Exactly! If she'd have done that, I would have had no issue, no problem. And it wasn't even for me that I did the initial comment, it was for readers that haven't read the book yet. But of course, because I don't agree with her, that automatically makes me the villain.


message 33: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "shunnaoaddict wrote: "This is the kind of thing I'm looking around for - the triggering spoilers. Bec..."

THIS ✌🏼💜


message 34: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "shunnaoaddict wrote: "This is the kind of thing I'm looking around for - the triggering spoilers. Bec..."

I can post about the books being discussed in a Goodreads blog post in the comments section. By having it as their number one selection of books released on January 9, they're inviting discussion of the titles they're recommending. Don't try to police Goodreads and tell people where they should talk about books. I will not be silenced. I will not be told where and how to express my opinion. Again, anyone who wants to maintain the thrill of reading this title doesn't have to read beyond my spoiler alert. I can't believe you're still acting as if I forced people to read my comment. The internet is a place for free speech and dissenting opinions. Everything on Goodreads doesn't have to be fun. Not when they're promoting a very un-fun book. The Wife Between Us poorly handles serious topics and capitalizes on them, and I will raise that issue wherever I want.


message 35: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "ashley i totally agree with you girl 👌🏼"
Thank you! I really appreciate it. Makes me feel less alone in this thread haha."

anytime..."

Okay, first off, you don't know me, but you sure are assuming a lot. No, I didn't get a box of wine and a nice shiny review copy. I don't get those things because I'm just a lowly book reviewer. My review copy came from NetGalley.
I'm not attacking you, which I've stated many, many times, but you continue to make that claim. Defending myself is not the same thing as attacking you.
And if you started a discussion, you should be open to hearing different thoughts and opinions than your own. You shouldn't put someone else down just because they liked a book that you didn't.


message 36: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "ashley i totally agree with you girl 👌🏼"
Thank you! I really appreciate it. Makes me feel less alone in this threa..."


This is not about me being mad because you liked a book I didn't like. This is about you trying to police what I'm saying, how I'm saying it, and where I'm saying it. You're trying to silence me. If you want to talk about how you liked this book, go to the many glowing reviews that it's received and commiserate with fans of the book there. I'm not assuming things about you, I'm taking the words that you're saying and the attitude that you've approached me with and responding.


message 37: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "shunnaoaddict wrote: "This is the kind of thing I'm looking around for - the triggerin..."
Yeah, cause that's what I'm trying to do (sarcasm, heavy sarcasm). You're making out like I'm this big bad baddie trying to get you, but I'm not. I'm not policing GoodReads. I merely made a suggestion that you didn't appreciate, which is fine. It isn't fine to try to shame me, to try to silence me, to try to demean me, or to try to make me feel like I don't matter, that my opinion doesn't matter. I have just as much right to free speech as you do.


message 38: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "ashley i totally agree with you girl 👌🏼"
Thank you! I really appreciate it. Makes me feel less alon..."




I think part of it is that I liked a book that you didn't like. I'm not trying to "silence" you, I just made a suggestion, which you are free to ignore. And just to be clear, I didn't approach you with an attitude, but you sure came at me with one.


message 39: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra samantha, i'm not trying to speak for ashley here but just in reading through the comment thread, i truly don't think she was trying to "silence" you. i honestly believe (and she can correct me if i'm wrong) that her whole point was it might be more considerate to put any potential spoilers/trigger warnings behind some type of spoiler cut. for example: (view spoiler)
in doing this, the people who prefer to view the spoilers/triggers can do so easily, and anyone else who prefers to go into a book blindly can do so. this way, everyone is happy. or at least that's the idea. i know you did say "spoiler alert," but a lot of the times, people's eyes do kind of drift to the next part of the sentence, thus inadvertently spoiling them. so a spoiler cut (is that what it's called? idk, that's what i call it) would be more beneficial.
you're allowed to hate the book, love the book, feel however you feel about it. i don't think anyone is saying otherwise. hope you have a good night ✌🏼


message 40: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "shunnaoaddict wrote: "This is the kind of thing I'm looking around fo..."

You have a right to free speech but you're the one who tried to demean me with your suggestion of how I should use my Goodreads account instead of engaging with the point I was trying to raise. Trying to tell a woman how to use her voice or her social media is patronizing and unwarranted. You started this. You could have just gracefully accepted that I don't need your suggestion but you didn't. With your smoke and mirrors show of erroneously accusing me of spoiling the book for others and using the wrong platform to air my issues with the book, you're minimizing the discussion I was trying to have. I take issue with Goodreads for using the word "complicated" to describe a marriage that is a classic case of abuse. There's nothing complicated about it. Using words like that is trying to shroud domestic abuse in a gray area, which is the last thing we need. Goodreads has a responsibility to choose their words carefully and thoughtfully and represent books accurately to this reading community.


message 41: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Alexandra wrote: "samantha, i'm not trying to speak for ashley here but just in reading through the comment thread, i truly don't think she was trying to "silence" you. i honestly believe (and she can correct me if ..."

Have a good night. I'll use any kind of spoiler warning I want and I don't need anyone's input on how I go about my online discourse.


message 42: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "ashley i totally agree with you girl 👌🏼"
Thank you! I really appreciate it. Makes ..."


I will get an attitude towards anyone who's acting like an internet troll and hijacking a legitimate discussion I was having. I'm talking about real issues that affect a lot of people. I won't apologize for that or change the way I address these issues to please others and I won't stop talking about it.


message 43: by shunnaoaddict (new)

shunnaoaddict I wonder how exactly Ashely wanted to have a decent conversation when she started using sarcasm, mocking and insults (hypocrite? I suggest you see what that means, as your usage of it wasn't exactly correct) and then played the victim part.
If Samantha wants to post trigger warnings you could have troubles with it, if you didn't see the "spoiler warning" information. You read the book before that, so you weren't spoiled. So you're just going around and fight for what? Higher justice for comment readers?
You're rude towards Samantha and you do try to silence her. If you don't see it and you scream about being silenced instead, then THAT is hypocritical (that's the correct usage btw).
And she asked you few times to stop and you push even harder after that.
I'm signing off that discussion, because I'm really repulsed by you and Alexandra for laughing at the survivors and their triggers. You both should educate yourself.
Samantha, keep up the good work with informing people about the triggers. You may annoy few ignorants, but you may save someone from re-living their trauma.


message 44: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Alexandra wrote: "samantha, i'm not trying to speak for ashley here but just in reading through the comment thread, i truly don't think she was trying to "silence" you. i honestly believe (and she can correct me if ..."
Yes, that is all I was trying to say.


message 45: by Ashley (new)

Ashley shunnaoaddict wrote: "I wonder how exactly Ashely wanted to have a decent conversation when she started using sarcasm, mocking and insults (hypocrite? I suggest you see what that means, as your usage of it wasn't exactl..."
Shunnaoaddict, I started out trying to have a decent conversation with her. It wasn't out of meanness, it wasn't out of hate. If you viewed that as a fight, that's on you. If you aren't open for discussion without going into name calling and shaming, that's on you. This idea that I'm trying to silence her is just laughable. I get it, it's a tactic that you use to try and make my point less valid. She didn't ask me to stop, she asked me to get lost. She wanted to dismiss me, to, in effect, silence my voice. That's hypocritical. I know what the word means. All I asked for is to maybe hide a potential spoiler for potential readers. If she wants to post a trigger warning, I'm fine with that. We all love books and we all want the ability to get the full experience of the books we read. My sarcasm came from constantly being insulted. I don't have to put up with that. I know that you probably view yourself as a warrior for truth, justice, and the under-represented, but the way you reply to differing opinions is mean-spirited.


message 46: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Samantha wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "ashley i totally agree with you girl 👌🏼"
Thank you! I really apprec..."

If you think I'm an internet troll, I'll feel sorry for you when you meet a real one. I get it, you're not up for discussions, just for people who all agree with your opinion.


message 47: by Sarah (last edited Jan 12, 2018 08:01AM) (new)

Sarah I think Ashley did not understand that when someone writes "Spoiler Alert" it means don't read any further if you don't want a spoiler. It seems like Samantha's spoiler alert was not good enough for Ashley. And Ashley is confusing the conversation of this thread. Samantha started a discussion about the content of the book and its description and marketing by the Goodreads website. Ashley's continuous criticism of the not good enough spoiler alert is out of place here. You do indeed seem to have a lack of knowledge of what's going on here. Goodreads is not just a place to "have fun" for book lovers. It is a forum for critical thinking and relevant discussions about content and how a book is marketed, perceived, reviewed, and the impact all of those things have on the readers, and on the publishing world. Ashley, your continuous harping on this spoiler alert thing is out of place here. Samantha has shared with you that she is a survivor of abuse. And you were in fact telling her how to use her Goodreads platform. You are inappropriate and irrelevant to this discussion thread. Cease and desist.


message 48: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Sarah wrote: "I think Ashley did not understand that when someone writes "Spoiler Alert" it means don't read any further if you don't want a spoiler. It seems like Samantha's spoiler alert was not good enough fo..."
Disagree. I told Samantha I was sorry she went through that. Guess you didn't read that part of the conversation in your haste to call me out. And there is an ability to hide spoilers and just make it viewable to the people that are interested in seeing it. Conversations are great. Discussions are great. But shutting someone down just because you don't agree with them is sad.


message 49: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Sarah wrote: "I think Ashley did not understand that when someone writes "Spoiler Alert" it means don't read any further if you don't want a spoiler. It seems like Samantha's spoiler alert was not good enough fo..."

I did see that you told Samantha that you were sorry that she is an abuse survivor. You gave one line to this point. Samantha's whole point in her discussion thread has to do with this book being overhyped as a thriller about a 'complicated marriage' when the 'complication' is spousal battery. You are not addressing the topic of the thread. The only point you have to make is about your dissatisfaction with the kind of spoiler alert that was given. Hence, you have chosen to harass and interfere with someone's discussion about a serious topic that they have chosen to comment on (how battery of women is portrayed and made light of to sell a badly written book). Your choice to continue on and on about the insufficient spoiler alert is simply misplaced, and it is
insensitive of you to keep on about it. You are missing the point. It's not about disagreeing about whether you like a book or not. You have not even addressed the topic of the thread, so what are you still doing arguing about it? She started the conversation, and you have in fact harassed her about something that has nothing to do with the actual topic. You are out of your league on this, as you don't actually understand the conversation. Again, why not bow out, especially since you don't have any interest in the actual topic of the thread?


message 50: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Sarah wrote: "Sarah wrote: "I think Ashley did not understand that when someone writes "Spoiler Alert" it means don't read any further if you don't want a spoiler. It seems like Samantha's spoiler alert was not ..."
I take offense with the harass and interfere part of your comment. I don't think that's true. What started out as an innocent comment from me has morphed into me being attacked. I didn't have any ill intent with my original comment. I would have been fine to have left this all alone after my original comment, but the reply I got back wasn't nice. It was an open thread. I'm allowed to comment on that. I take offense with being told to leave, that I'm over my head, that I don't understand what is going on. Those are just words to put me down. The one line bit, classic. It's not up to you who gets to have a voice and who doesn't.


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