Category Archives: ramblings & miscellanea

Unsolicited review requests #bookbloggers #authors

As a busy book blogger, I receive many review requests on a daily basis. Most are polite, many are obvious just ‘feeling’ out the process. I try to answer each and every one. Also, like most busy book bloggers, I … Continue reading

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The highs and lows of my Goodreads #TBR

I visit the Goodreads site every day – sometimes more than once a day. It is there that I keep track of my TBR.  How many review commitments I have, deadlines, etc. As many of you know, you can add … Continue reading

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Friday Finds (gems I found around the Internet) #FF

If you are a bookish nerd like I am, you might have dreamed of sleeping in a library at some point in your lives.  Guess what? You can! If you are planning a trip to Wales, you can sleep in … Continue reading

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Friday finds (gems I found around the Internet) #FF

Words are so powerful. Sometimes it doesn’t take very many words to make a huge impact. Never was that so evident as in this short, short story by James McEwan: “Let the stars decide” Or, in this (very) short poem … Continue reading

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Reading Anticipation

Many of us complain about our lengthy TBRs – but are we really complaining?  I think not. I have literally hundreds of books, in both print format and digital format that I haven’t read yet. And guess what? I wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Books that would cause me to weaken…

In the valiant effort to catch up with my review commitments I have imposed a ‘Request Ban’ on myself.  I am not allowing myself to request ARCs with the abandon I did in earlier years.  It’s hard people – It’s … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s Bookish Christmas 2018

With the big day tomorrow, I thought I’d share some of the bookish ornaments on my Christmas tree. Many of these you saw last year, but there are a few new ones… probably my favorite bookish ornament and YES, it … Continue reading

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Cozy Mysteries – do their covers do them a disservice?

I have several blogging friends and a couple ‘real life’ friends who adore ‘cozy‘ mysteries. Definition of a ‘Cozy’ mystery (from Wikipedia) Cozy mysteries, also referred to as “cozies”, are a sub-genre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the … Continue reading

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What device do YOU use for reading BLOGS?

I spent over an hour creating a new blog background for Fictionophile. My husband strolled by my desk and asked what I was doing.  I explained. He completely burst my bubble when he stated: “Why waste your time doing that?  … Continue reading

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Public libraries today – You gotta love them!

I retired from my position as a public library cataloguer two and a half years ago.  That doesn’t preclude me from loving libraries as much, if not more, than I ever did. Why, you ask? Besides books (and honestly… what’s … Continue reading

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Are you a ‘RE-reader’?

Yes, there ARE books I would like to re-read. Will I though? Probably not. There are just SO many wonderful titles out there; I have SO many review commitments; there are SO many series I want to start; there are … Continue reading

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Top of my ‘WANT’ list is…. unavailable

This morning I read a 5 STAR review of Sabine Durrant’s latest novel “Take me in” by one of my favourite bookblogger friends Cleo.  I want to read this title so much! Blurb:   He saved your son’s life. Does that … Continue reading

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International publishing rights – I’m puzzled…

Many of you might have read my ‘Amazon Chat Rant‘ a few weeks ago.  It all stemmed from the fact that as I live in Canada, I cannot purchase a Kindle eBook on Amazon.com This is not the first time … Continue reading

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#BookBlogger Word Search – Sunday Funday

I love this wonderful book blogging community!  Such a warm and supportive group! As a token of thanks to those bloggers who have been SO supportive of Fictionophile, I have created a little ‘Word Search‘ puzzle. Hope you enjoy it! … Continue reading

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English language quirks and perversities

As an English speaking person, I take the vagaries of the English language for granted.  I take joy in reading and discovering the perversities of my native tongue.  I can only imagine how difficult it must be to learn English as … Continue reading

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