Status of The Bibliovert: Blog Update

I’m going to get straight to the point, This will be my last post for a while. Unfortunately, I have developed carpal tunnel. I’ve had pain in my hands for some time but because of my love for doctors, I put it off. I have mentioned in prior posts that I suffer from chronic pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, and Sjogren’s Syndrome to name a few issues. So I have my share of issues and doctor appointments already and really didn’t want to deal with adding another issue to that list. Now it’s beyond the point where I can just ignore it anymore. The pain in my hands is well beyond tolerable. I went and had an EMG test done and it confirmed I have severe carpal tunnel in both the left and right hand. The right one is the worst as the nerve is no longer responding. Surgery will be needed to correct the issue and they will only be able to fix one hand at a time. So, recovery will take some time seeing I need both my right and left hand corrected.

As I type this, my hands have fallen asleep and my fingers are repetitively hitting the wrong keys (I’m so grateful for Grammarly!), and I’m just trying to get through this. Long story short, it’s really frustrating, painful, and it takes a really long time just to write a post, not alone the formatting and everything else that goes into maintaining a blog.  So, I will be taking a break from The Bibliovert for an unknown amount of time, but I’ll back. This is unfortunate timing as I felt my blog was just starting to get traction but my health needs to come first. I will continue on Twitter and Instagram until, or unless, my doctors say otherwise.

I want to thank you all for your support of the blog and I will see you on Twitter(@tbibliovert) and Instagram(@tbibliovert) ❤ .

Best wishes and happy reading!

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Book Review: Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

pieces of herAuthor: Karin Slaughter

Print Length: 480 pages

Publisher: William Morrow (August 21, 2018)

Publication Date: August 21, 2018

Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 0062430297

Buy it here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Source: I borrowed this book from the local library

Blurb

The #1 internationally bestselling author returns with a new novel in the vein of her New York Times bestsellers Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter—a story even more electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful than anything she’s written before.

What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?

Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.

The police want answers and Laura’s innocence is on the line, but she won’t speak to anyone, including her own daughter. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them. . . .

My Thoughts

I initially requested this book from my library some time ago. At the time I was 53rd in line to read Pieces of Her. After waiting for what seemed like forever, I have to say it was well worth the wait!

I loved this book! It had me hooked from the beginning until the very last sentence. Pieces of Her toggles back and forth between Andy’s point of view (present tense) and a group of young adults (past tense) that were taking the idea of changing the world, into their own hands no matter the risk to themselves or anyone else.  It was an intense ride with Laura and Andy and how they got to where they are, the trials and tribulations along the way.

This is the type of book that I will go out and buy, even though I have already read it.  Pieces of Her is the type of book that I want in my collection of books to read and reread again. I am officially a HUGE Karin Slaughter fan.

If you haven’t read this book and love crime thrillers,  go and buy it!

Quote

“When somebody dies, you forget they’re an asshole.”

Rating

5-stars

About the Author

Karin Slaughter Author ImageKarin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her nineteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated COP TOWN and the instant NEW YORK TIMES bestselling novels PRETTY GIRLS, THE GOOD DAUGHTER, and PIECES OF HER. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, Karin Slaughter lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novels PIECES OF HER, THE GOOD DAUGHTER, and COP TOWN are in development for film and television.

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Blogging Update | The Bibliovert

It’s been a tough couple weeks.  I had taken a break from blogging and needed to focus on self-care.  Those of you who don’t know, I suffer with chronic pain on a daily basis.  Some days are better than others, yet there are times when I have a flare up and have day after day of tough, high pain days. When that happens I have learned that I need to do everything I can do to take care of myself.

Unfortunately, blogging is low on the priority list when those flares hit.  They can be unpredictable, so I just want to be upfront. This is my reality and going forward I am not going to commit to a regular blogging schedule.  I have enjoyed posting the First Line Fridays as well as What I’m Working on Wednesday.  So when able I will continue to post those.

As for book reviews, I plan on continuing those. But, I will no longer be accepting requests for book reviews.  With my daily pain, it is difficult to tell how I will be feeling day to day, week to week.  Thus getting things done timely isn’t always guaranteed.

I have enjoyed this as an outlet to share my thoughts and want to continue with it. But it will have to be at a pace I can handle which will vary week to week.  The book community has been so supportive and I hope you’ll continue on this journey with me.

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2018 | A Year In Review

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On May 31st, 2018 I started on this book blogging journey. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into or how much I would truly enjoy blogging. These were months of learning and the book community was so very helpful! I’m also thankful for all of you.  It’s a delight to be a part of this as I don’t think there is another community like this. It’s amazing!

I do this as a hobby and it has given me an outlet to share my love of books, and for that I’m thankful. 

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As I get into the recap of 2018, I prefer just to state the numbers instead of it being wordy. So, here it is…

2018 | A Year In Review

In 7 months and a day, I accomplished the following:

Blog Posts  (62 total posts) which included:

  • 23 book reviews
  • 10 blog tours
  • 16 of 25 blogmas posts

Reading Challenges

  • 24 in 48 Reading challenge (hosted by 24in48.com) The next one is coming up the end of January (Check it out)
  • 20 Books of Summer hosted by (746Books.com) You can read the results of this challenge here

NetGalley

  • Feedback ratio of 61%
  • Approved for  18 books / 10 books reviewed

Goodreads (also started on May 31, 2018):

 

 

Thank you for being on this journey with me! Here’s to a great 2019!

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How did 2018 treat you?

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Sometimes the holidays aren’t always jolly

Time to be real…

I have been feeling overwhelmed and trying SO hard to be positive and present a positive front on The Bibliovert.  But I think it is time for me to be real. I am finding it to be exhausting to keep up with #blogmas. That for one is least of my concerns. 🙂

The holidays can be tricky. I can only speak for myself, but extended family drama is the number one cause for my current anxiety this holiday season. I’m not so keen on being so open, but during this time of year, it is really hard for some people to push through.  It takes a lot of energy to stuff down feelings and push on with the season with a smile. Just smile, and everyone will think it’s okay. Stay positive and it will appear as all is jolly this holiday season.

Unfortunately, I can’t do the smiling routine today. I want to be honest and this scares the crap out of me. Posting this out there for all to see.  But, I know in my heart, I am not the only one struggling this holiday season and want those that are struggling to know they aren’t the only ones.

I wrote this piece below to express my feeling and what is going through my head. This is me being uncomfortably vulnerable. But, I wanted to share it. Not to gain sympathy, but rather, to be honest, and real this holiday season.

 

Holidays can be stressful.

Each year seems to get harder and harder

I want to be strong

But I feel so weak.

Just smile

Everyone will think it’s okay

I just can’t stop thinking about how things should have been

How things could have been

I remember thinking I did something wrong

I remember stress, anxiety, and confusion

Trying to deal with the hand I was dealt

I remember thinking this isn’t how families should be…

Broken

Lost

Unsure

So many feelings I still battle

Why don’t we just forget about the past

Just ignore it

Pretend and move forward

As if nothing has happened

Hide those feelings

Just smile, and everyone will think it’s okay

That may work for some, but it’s a real struggle for me

But, sure, I’ll pretend

I’ll pretend that everything is okay

Just so that we can be a happy family
I tried and I’m sorry

I just can’t pretend anymore

Those feelings won’t stay hidden

My heart is aching

I want to be strong, but I feel so weak

Lord, I give it all up to you

Please, help me get through this tough season

Please, help me get through this tough season

 

For those struggling this season, I see those smiles that are just trying to get you through. I wish I could jump through this screen and give you a great big hug. ❤

Keep your chin up and know you’re not the only one!

I promise I’ll keep the downer posts to a minimum…But I do think I will be backing off on the #blogmas posts and only have them sporadically through December.  I’d rather have it be authentically happy then to have it feel forced.

Till next time…

Much Love ❤

NetGalley | Looking for Feedback

Good Morning book lovers and book bloggers!  Happy Friday to you all! 

Girl Drinking Coffee and Reading a BOok

In learning about NetGalley, it’s a common behavior to initially be so excited about all the great books on this site and to over request.  Well, I’ve been there and done that.  In doing so I have a feedback ratio of 20% on NetGalley!  This is stressing me out!  It appears the only way to remedy this is nose to the grindstone and read, read, read.

 

I wanted to reach out to those of you who use NetGalley, to get your feedback.

  • What is your best recommendation for keeping your feedback ratio above the recommended 80%?
  • What works for you?

Asking For A Friend

Thoughts?

An Introduction

In hindsight, this should have been my first post.

better late than never, right?!?

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So here’s a snippet about me and why I started The Bibliovert.

Who am I?

I am:

  • a mom to 2 teenage boys
  • a wife
  • a dog momma to a black lab and a german shorthair pointer
  • An overthinker
  • a recovering perfectionist
  • a creative
  • an avid reader
  • a lover of books
  • a chronic pain warrior
    The meaning of bibliovert

Why did  I start this blog?

    • To share my love of books with others that appreciate them as much as I do.
    • To connect with others with similar interests.
    • As a way to track the books, I’ve read.
    • To help me to remember what the books are about as well as my thoughts about them.  (I have chronic illnesses and with those, I suffer from brain fog.  It is a side effect that makes it difficult to remember thoughts, ideas, past conversations, finding the right words when speaking, among other things. Some days are better than others. But I try to make the most of it.) For The Love Of Books

 

What is The Bibliovert about?

Objective:

  • To reach out to those that love books as much as I do
  • To support the authors and their work that provides me hours of enjoyment
  • To track the books I’ve read
  • Document my thoughts and feelings on individual books

What you can expect:

  • My random thought and opinions
  • Book reviews
  • Book recommendations
  • Book Lists
  • Quotes
  • Motivation

Goals*:

  • Write at least one post a week.
  • Increase following by 6% a month
  • Engage more with other bloggers
  • Join challenges that fit with the style of the blog.

*I do consider the possibility that I won’t achieve every goal. But, I will think positively and try not to consider failure as an option.

Reviews:

I am currently open to review requests. My preferred genres are:

  • Action and Adventure
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • Self Help/Personal Development
  • Suspense
  • Thrillers

 This will be a fun adventure!

Thank you for joining me on this journey.  I look forward to sharing it with you.

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