169 Followers
170 Following
LG

Familiar Diversions

I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

Currently reading

The Blue Sword
Recorded Books LLC, Diane Warren, Robin McKinley
Progress: 73/735 minutes
Daughter of Mystery
Heather Rose Jones
Progress: 251/399 pages
50 Girls 50 and Other Stories
Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Gary Groth
Space Battle Lunchtime Volume 1: Lights, Camera, Snacktion!
Natalie Reiss
Progress: 20/120 pages
Fluency
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: A Novel
Becky Chambers
Progress: 148/441 pages
The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas, Bill Homewood, Naxos AudioBooks
Progress: 667/3165 minutes
A Matter of Oaths
Helen S. Wright
Progress: 101/277 pages
Report on the Selected Problems of the Technical Departments of the University of Illinois Library
Raynard C. Swank
Progress: 20/42 pages
Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases
Professor Roy Benaroch, The Great Courses, The Great Courses
Progress: 34/725 minutes

Things that lead me to reject even freebies

This list is inspired by a recent freebie-browsing session on Smashwords.

 

1. Awful cover art. Yes, I judge books by their covers, especially when I'm trying to quickly browse a few hundred of them. Pretty cover art doesn't necessarily mean the book is good, but it at least makes a good first impression.

 

2. Grammar/spelling/punctuation/word choice mistakes in the blurb (or the title *sob*). It does not bode well for the book itself.

 

3. It's in the "New Adult" category. I have a knee-jerk "no" reaction to these.

 

4. Blurbs that don't make it clear what the book is about. Especially when the blurb is written in the first or second person.

 

5. Blurbs that are just random combinations of letters. I can't believe I have to add this to my list, but I just spotted one of these today. I can only assume that the person who uploaded the e-book had no idea what they were doing.

 

6. Blurbs that start with comparisons to big-name authors or with quoted praise. I don't mind this kind of thing as much when it's done with traditionally published books, but the authors usually aren't the ones writing the blurbs in those instances.

 

7. Any indication that the work has not actually been completed yet. I'm not downloading an incomplete book.

 

8. Blurbs that start with "What would you do if __?" "What would you do if zombies took over? Find out what John Doe does in this book!"

 

9. Excessive exclamation points.

 

And all of this is before I even get to the excerpts.