In Which: The Bookmark Lives Up To Its Name #1

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It’s no secret I love bookmarks. Whenever I am lucky enough to see some anywhere, I always pick up one or two.

Todays feature bookmarks  are some emotional little guys from China called ‘Sunny Dolls’.  They are the more interesting ‘ hairclip’ form bookmarks, and their cutest comes in a trade for meh quality

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Still, $4 or so for six little bookmarks is not the worst deal I’ve ever heard of, and they are something to look into if you are a fan of the cute chibi/anime emo vibe like I am.

(Note: Future reviews will be done using my own pictures of the bookmarks and a rating system. Right now my camera isn’t talking to my computer. I’m getting tech counseling for them both to work out their issues peacefully)  

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In Which: Taste Is A Matter

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Often people get a little bit testy over book reviews. The unspoken law seems to be,  if you say a book authors’ work is lacking, and you yourself are a writer, something is up.  That you are saying under your breath ‘I could write better than this!’ But is that always true? I’m not sure.

I think, more often than not, the hidden message may be nearer to ‘I see where this book could be more, but came up short.’ Maybe the wording is flat. Maybe the emotional connect to the characters just isn’t there for you as a reader. Maybe the plot falls somewhat short and you’re left at the last page feeling, ‘Wait what? You can’t just leave things here!’

What do you think? Can a writer be a reader and have a clear, unbiased, view of books?                                                   Have you had books that you just didn’t like for one reason or another? Has a bestseller ever left you feeling not your best?

I have to go now, my TBR pile is calling.