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Announcement! The Great Move!

Posted: January 6, 2012 in Discussion Post

Hi everyone!  I’m your new blog master.  On January 1 the original Keeper had to step down due to personal reasons.  I wanted address a slight issue I had when I took over….I’m a VERY eclectic reader and I was handed a VERY paranormal book blog in addition to a “jack of all trades” book blog.  In the next couple of months I have some VERY BIG life changes happening (I can hardly wait for my niece to arrive! She isn’t even here yet and she’s spoiled!) and after thinking on the situation for 6 days I have come to the realization that something has to give.  I just don’t have the time to effectively maintain 2 book blogs.

Which brings me to my announcement….

Over the next couple of weeks I will be transitioning posts that were originally posted here to be posted over on The Book Junkie’s BookshelfStarting effective February 1, with the exception of Reading Challenge link up’s I will be blogging exclusively at The Book Junkie’s Bookshelf.  I hope to see some of you there.  I have basically the same ways to follow the blog available but the Feedburner option is more readily available on that blog.  I will be keeping the twitter account as well (@paracryptkeeper).  Basically, all that is changing is the blogger and actual blogging location.

I found the 2011 Book Blogger Recommendations list on Reading with Tequila.  It’s 266 books long!  How many of the books on this list you have you read/want to read/own but haven’t read yet?

Bold – read (Total of 28)
Italics – Want to read (Total of 23)
Strike – Own but haven’t read YET (Total of 35)

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
  2. Divergent by Veroncia Roth 
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 
  4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins 
  5. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 
  6. Graceling by Kristin Cashore 
  7. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare 
  8. The Stand by Stephen King 
  9. Delirium by Lauren Oliver 
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling 
  11. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
  12. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini 
  13. The Name Of The Rose by Umberto Eco 
  14. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 
  15. The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal 
  16. The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle 
  17. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 
  18. Enclave by Ann Aguirre 
  19. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson 
  20. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead 
  21. Poison Study by Maria V.Snyder 
  22. The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
  23. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater 
  24. Dark Lover by J.R. Ward 
  25. The Maze Runner by James Dashner 
  26. Broken Wing by Judith James 
  27. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens 
  28. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card 
  29. Every Last One by Anna Quindlen 
  30. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 
  31. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling 
  32. Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon 
  33. Lover Awakened by J R Ward 
  34. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden 
  35. Shogun by James Clavell 
  36. South of Broad by Pat Conroy 
  37. Still Alice by Lisa Genova 
  38. Stray by Rachel Vincent 
  39. The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver 
  40. The Eye of the World, by Robert Jordan 
  41. The Ivory and The Horn by Charles deLint 
  42. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey 
  43. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks 
  44. The Passage by Justin Cronin 
  45. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  46. The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder 
  47. The World According To Garp by John Irving 
  48. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck 
  49. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
  50. A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole 
  51. Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon 
  52. An abundance of Katherines by John Green 
  53. Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn by Kris Radish 
  54. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank 
  55. Dibs in Search of Self by Virgina M. Axline 
  56. Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison 
  57. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas 
  58. Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho 
  59. First Love Cookie Club by Lori Wilde 
  60. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith 
  61. Jellicoe Road by Marlina Marchetta 
  62. No Mercy by Lori Armstrong 
  63. Old Magic by Marianne Curley 
  64. Paper Towns by John Green 
  65. Poison by Chris Woodling 
  66. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater 
  67. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde 
  68. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 
  69. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 
  70. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wrobleski 
  71. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen 
  72. Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher 
  73. Awaken by a Kiss by Lila DiPasqua 
  74. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote 
  75. Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey 
  76. Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between by J.A. Saare 
  77. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James 
  78. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen 
  79. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
  80. Matilda’s Last Waltz by Tamara McKinley
  81. Mercy Kill by Lori Armstrong 
  82. On The Road by Jack Kerouac 
  83. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White 
  84. Scars by Cheryl Rainfield 
  85. Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon 
  86. Stone Cold by David Baldacci 
  87. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson 
  88. The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers 
  89. The Legend of Michael by Lisa Renee Jones 
  90. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan 
  91. The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho 
  92. The Zahir by Paulo Coehlo 
  93. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 
  94. 12.21.12 by Killian McRae 
  95. A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 
  96. After The Night by Linda Howard 
  97. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden 
  98. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 
  99. Black Girl, White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates 
  100. Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery 
  101. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor 
  102. East of Eden – John Steinbeck 
  103. Eragon by Christopher Paolini 
  104. Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy 
  105. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper 
  106. Legend by Marie Lu 
  107. The Manufactured Identity by Heath Sommer 
  108. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson 
  109. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman 
  110. Reckoning for the Dead by Jordan Dane 
  111. Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs 
  112. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton 
  113. The Best Christmas Pagent Ever by Barbara Robinson 
  114. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien 
  115. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer 
  116. The Princess Bride by William Goldman 
  117. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han 
  118. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 
  119. Un Lun Dun by China Mieville 
  120. We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen 
  121. What the Earl Desires by Aliyah Burke 
  122. A Most Dangerous Profession by Karen Hawkins 
  123. Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn 
  124. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 
  125. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild 
  126. Blood Red Road by Moira Young 
  127. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach 
  128. Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey 
  129. Fateful by Claudia Gray 
  130. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 
  131. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine 
  132. Jacob by Jacquelyn Frank 
  133. Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters 
  134. Looking For Alaska by John Green 
  135. Mistress by Anita Nair 
  136. Naked in Death by JD Robb 
  137. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh 
  138. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry 
  139. Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris 
  140. The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz 
  141. The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle 
  142. The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O.Shea 
  143. The Judas Strain by James Rollins 
  144. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness 
  145. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 
  146. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon 
  147. Twilight Phantasies by Maggie Shayne 
  148. Wintertide by Michael J. Sullivan 
  149. You Against Me by Jenny Downham 
  150. Blue Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas 
  151. Dance upon the Air by Nora Roberts 
  152. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater 
  153. Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs 
  154. Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur 
  155. Give Me A Texan by Linda L. Broday 
  156. Later at the Bar by Rebecca Barry 
  157. Life of Pi by Yann Martel 
  158. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 
  159. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro 
  160. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell 
  161. One Fine Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy 
  162. Rage by Julie Anne Peters 
  163. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead 
  164. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 
  165. The Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones 
  166. The Caverns of Socrates by Dennis l. Mckiernan 
  167. The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter 
  168. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls 
  169. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  170. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch 
  171. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson 
  172. The Unbecomming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins 
  173. Turn it Up by Inez Kelley 
  174. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake 
  175. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan 
  176. Balthasar’s Odyssey by Amin Maalouf 
  177. Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon 
  178. Dying to Live by Kim Paffenroth 
  179. Fire by Kristin Cashore 
  180. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian 
  181. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling 
  182. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 
  183. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak 
  184. Ride the Fire by Pamela Clare 
  185. Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley 
  186. The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook 
  187. The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa 
  188. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 
  189. The New Girls by Beth Gutcheon 
  190. The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima 
  191. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher 
  192. Water for Elephants by Sare Gruen 
  193. Witchfire by Lauren Maddison 
  194. Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer 
  195. XVI by Julia Karr 
  196. A B C’s by Dr. Seuss 
  197. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque 
  198. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown 
  199. Ashfall by Mike Mullin 
  200. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray 
  201. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder 
  202. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison 
  203. Falling Under by Gwen Hayes 
  204. Feed by Mira Grant 
  205. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett 
  206. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter 
  207. Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahnuik 
  208. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa 
  209. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder 
  210. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 
  211. On The Edge by Ilona Andrews 
  212. Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr 
  213. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marques 
  214. Outlaw Hearts by Rosanne Bittner 
  215. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire 
  216. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss 
  217. The Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson 
  218. The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan 
  219. The Restorer by Amanda Stevens 
  220. The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz 
  221. Tyger Tyger, by Kersten Hamilton 
  222. Wither by Lauren DeStefano 
  223. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness 
  224. Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams 
  225. Grayton Beach Affair by James Harvey 
  226. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling 
  227. I heart you, You haunt me by Lisa Schroeder 
  228. Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel 
  229. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke 
  230. Into the Dream by William Sleator 
  231. Matched by Ally Condie 
  232. Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves 
  233. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin 
  234. Tall, Dark, and Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy 
  235. The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor 
  236. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Juniot Diaz 
  237. The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder 
  238. The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye 
  239. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler 
  240. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy 
  241. The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa 
  242. The Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson 
  243. White Cat by Holly Black 
  244. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole 
  245. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin 
  246. Across the Universe by Beth Revis 
  247. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton 
  248. Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes 
  249. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys 
  250. Blood Oath by Christopher Farnesworth 
  251. Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers 
  252. House of sand and Fog by Andre Dubos III 
  253. I am not a serial killer by Dan Wells 
  254. Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder 
  255. Katherine by Anya Seton 
  256. Peter Pan by JM Barrie 
  257. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman 
  258. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard 
  259. Sahara by Clive Cussler 
  260. Savor The Danger by Lori Foster 
  261. The Hungry Tide by Amitav Gosh 
  262. The Pledge by Kimberly Derting 
  263. The Salbine Sisters by Sarah Ettritch 
  264. Tom Jones, History of a Foundling by Henry Fielding 
  265. Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce 
  266. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer 

Confession time!  I used to blog on Blogger.  Do you want to know why I left that particular format?  Drum roll please…..I LEFT blogger because of the GFC Follower widget.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I LEFT a blogging format because of one little widget.  But apparently, that 1 little widget packs a powerful punch with certain individuals not only in the blogging community itself but also in the publishing world.

I didn’t like the math of the whole situation.  I had something like 300+ followers and I was only getting 1 or 2 comments on a post if I was lucky.  That is NOT why I blog.  I blog because I LOVE books and I want to actually have a discussion with my readers.  I’m still working on getting my reviews and discussion posts to a place where they encourage MORE discussion but I’m headed in the right direction I think.

Now that I’ve moved to wordpress, I feel I have a little more freedom.  I feel like I’ve liberated myself from the ever-present GFC Follower widget. This is also about the time that I realized that I prefer blog READERS (people who read my blog and take the time to comment) to blog FOLLOWERS.  Now this post isn’t about telling other bloggers how to run their blogs, that isn’t my intent.  And I really don’t feel the need to explain myself either.  I just wanted to take the time to say Thank You to those who read and comment on my blog.

Why do I prefer READERS to FOLLOWERS?  Great question.  I spend a LOT of time on my blogs (both Tales from the Crypt and The Book Junkie’s Bookshelf) and it makes me feel really good when someone leaves me a comment on a review or something that I’ve posted because they took the time to drop by and READ what I’ve got to say.  It makes you feel like your headed in the right direction with your blog when you know you have people who READ what you have to say on a regular basis.  Right now I’ve got a small following of regular READERS that drop by on a regular basis and comment.  LOVE YOU GUYS/GALS!

In NO WAY am I saying that Followers and blog stats aren’t important.  They are, I fully admit that.  But for me personally, right now I blog mostly for myself and those who READ my blog. Right now, all that other stuff is just that stuff.

I read a post recently about how to get Blog Followers versus Blog Readers.  I really enjoyed the article.  It’s actually one of the posts that pushed me to become a follower of that blogger’s blog.  All of the suggestions are great suggestions…Twitter, Facebook, email, comments…3 out of the 4 I’m TERRIBLE at.  I’m working on being a better commenter.  When I post a post the link is automatically sent to my Twitter account and my Facebook account, but beyond that I’m failing on my failboat with those forms of social media as well.  But my main focus right now is to better my content on my blogs. Followed closely by getting better at all of those things.

So what do YOU think?  Do you prefer READERS to FOLLOWERS?  What are your thoughts on the GFC Follower widget?  Do you think I’m splitting hairs?

 

I was inspired to write this post by the post that The Story Siren did on the same subject.

Dear Authors, publishers, and other media outlets,

As a reader I LOVE it when I am approached by not only all of you but also my friends, family, coworker’s you get the picture with all sorts of book recommendations, suggestions and my personal favorite “OH MY GOSH YOU HAVE TO READ THIS IT’S JUST AWESOME” requests.  I just love to read. I realize, especially if you’re a brand new author, that it can be difficult sometimes to find people to read and review your book.  So I took the opportunity to write you all this open letter on “How to get ME to read your book,” now I’m going to break it down for you.

Honestly, the number 1 way to get me to read your book is if I want to read your book.  Seriously, that is the number 1 way.  I took the liberty of creating a Wish List page on my blog and I also have a Wish list shelf on my Goodreads account.  Please check them out.  Your work is basically done if you find your book(s) on either of my wish lists.

If by chance you don’t see your book on either of my wish lists or your just not sure if your book qualifies for my blog, please don’t hesitate to send me a review request.  Listed below are some things that you can do to increase your chances of me accepting your review request:

  • Read my Review Policy – I spent a whole bunch of time typing that thing up and I realize that it’s got some length to it but I have tried to highlight as much of the IMPORTANT stuff as much as possible. My review policy specifically states what genre’s and formats I read and review on my blog.  I also state how to go about requesting and what information I require in the request in my review policy as well.  Also, I’ll know if you’ve read my review request or not if your sending me a review request during a blackout period (not accepting review requests).
  • Don’t try to pitch me your book via Twitter/Goodreads/or a blog comment – This is a MAJOR turn off for me.  It feels like I’m trying to be bribed and I don’t like to be bribed, even when it comes to books.
  • Don’t try to bribe me – It’s rude, insulting and an instant review request rejection.
  • Use my real name in your review request – For this one I will definitely know for sure if you’ve read my review policy or not, it’s actually required.  I blog as “The Keeper” but I do in fact have a real name.  For me personally, it says that you took the time to personally explore my blog to learn what my real name actually is.
  • Add some personal touches – I’m a pretty smart chick.  I’ll be able to tell the difference between a personalized review request or a mass email review request.  I do realize that there are time constraints so I’m not saying I’ll reject a mass email request.  It’s just nice when you take the time to add a little personal touch to your request.

In closing, I hope that you found this open letter to be a helpful tool.  There’s a VERY good chance that I will want to read your book.  Just remember, book bloggers are people too.  With real lives and feelings.

Thank you,

The Keeper

Let’s talk about Genre’s!

Posted: November 4, 2011 in Discussion Post

I was inspired by The Book Vixen’s post this morning about the genre’s she reads, the genre’s she’s interested in reading and those that she’s not so interested in reading.  And this got me thinking about the genre’s that I read and don’t necessarily review here on the blog.

Genre’s I read:

The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, #1)The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1)Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)

Young Adult – I LOVE reading YA.  I know it’s more of a point of view to some but for me it’s sort of escape from my sometimes REALLY boring adult life.  I’m still feeling things out in this genre, trying to find out what I like and I don’t like.  So far I know that I’m drawn to the paranormal side of things, YA Dystopian’s, coming of age stories and a little bit of the more contemporary stuff.

The Last SurgeonWinter Prey (Lucas Davenport, #5)Delirious

Mystery/Suspense/Thrillers – I got turned onto this genre by a friend of mine who told me that I HAD to read Winter Prey by John Sandford.  I did, I LOVED it and now I’m hooked on the genre.  All three of the books that I have pictured I read and I LOVED.

Riders of the Purple SageThe Rider of Lost Creek (Kilkenny #1)Lonesome Dove

Westerns – We’ve always had a bunch of Louis L’Amour’s books around our house.  I always really liked them a lot.  Then I found my mom’s copy of Lonesome Dove after watching the TV mini-series and I yet another book I was hooked on.  Louie and Lonesome Dove are what sold me on this genre.

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)Darkfever (Fever, #1)

Paranormal Romance – The BDB is what turned me onto this genre.  I’m still pretty new to it but from what I’ve read of it so far, I LOVE IT!  GIVE ME MORE PLEASE!

I just realized how long this post was getting….So I think I’ll just list the remaining genre’s to keep this post from becoming a book itself. 🙂

Urban Fantasy – I’m REALLY new to this genre.  I can’t remember who but someone said that I should read the Mercy Thompson series.  So far Moon Called is pretty much all I’ve read in this genre but I really liked that book so it’s here to stay. 😉

Contemporary/Historical/Suspense (Romance) – I started off MANY moons ago with contemporary romance but have since branched out into these other two subgenre’s.  I mean a HOT Highlander in a kilt does it for me.  Also, guns, mystery, romance and hot Alpha males do it for me too.

Genre’s I DON’T read/DON’T read a lot of:

  • Extreme horror – I’m fond of sleeping, so scaring me to within an inch of my life doesn’t really fit into my reading style.
  • Poetry – My dyslexic brain just doesn’t process poetry.
  • Non-Fiction – I read this genre sparingly.  I recently read The Lost Dogs, it’s about the Michael Vick dogs and I LOVED it.  It has some sad parts but after reading this book there are a LOT of HEA’s and has made me re-think my stand on the Pit Bull breed.

I decided to write this post because I decided that I had other books that I wanted to share with people.  The problem was they didn’t fit into the genre’s that I decided to post specifically on this blog.  So low and behold I have created yet another blog, The Book Junkie’s Bookshelf (my friend Jamie let me steal her old blog’s title) where I review books in: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romance (Historical, Suspense, Contemporary) YA (minus the paranormal) and Westerns.

Are there specific genre’s that you stick to?  Which genre’s do you tend to avoid? Do you have any book recommendations for me?