Posts Categorized: Random musings

31 May '14

Random Musings : Is there such a thing as too high an average rating on GoodReads?

Random Musings : Is there such a thing as too high an average rating on GoodReads?

A friend, who isn’t a blogger but does review on GoodReads, complained that she thought her average star rating on GoodReads was too high. She thought that it sent out the wrong message, that it looked like she was ‘too generous” and this would mean that no one would take any-notice of her reviews. I was a little bit shocked that anyone would think that and then, a little while later, I wondered if other people thought the same. My average review rating on GR is 4.22. It’s always been high and I’m good with this. I’m 30 years old and I’ve learned what I like in books and only read/request the books in these genres. This means that, the majority of time, the books I read I like. I’ve also rated over 700 books on there and that means that the odd one I don’t like, and there has been a few, won’t make a significant impact on my overall rating. There is a load of books that I… Keep Reading »

24 May '14

Random Musings : My name is Nix & I only read eBooks now…

Random Musings : My name is Nix & I only read eBooks now…

I’ve come to a conclusion with my reading habits; I am a eBook girl at heart. I’ve tried all the different ways to enjoy a book (Paperback, Hardback, reading on computer, audiobook….) and I just prefer eFormat. It used to be that I would buy the paperback of a book that I really loved (a solid “keeper” shelf if you will) or I wouldn’t break up a paperback series with an eFormat. I don’t anymore. There are many reasons why I’ve converted, why I haven’t bought a physical book in a year. Some are personal choice and some are practical; I’d love to know your reasons in the comments. Space : I read over a hundred new books in a year and I reread about the same amount. I have a two bedroom house and, due to to my love of rereading feel-good books, I cannot physically house all the books I keep. I can store hundreds of books on one kindle and it fits in my bag … win… Keep Reading »

21 Feb '14

Winners of the Romance, My Way Blog Hop 2014

Winners of the Romance, My Way Blog Hop 2014

  Thank you so much for playing with us all on the Romance, My Way blog hop. We had so much fun hopping through the links and we hope you did so too. Now, for our winners (who have been emailed!) …. The winner of our secret baby book Burn For Me by Dee Tenorio (which I adore!) is Jennifer Mill-Irving The Grand Prize winner of the $50 Gift Card is Cherry Mischief for a tweet she sent out about the giveaway. Thank you for playing!!

27 Jan '14

A Nix Rambling Post : Sex for the sake of sex

A Nix Rambling Post : Sex for the sake of sex

This week, I’ve been busy. Rushing around with the paid work and various other things has left me little time to read and I’ve turned to novellas to get my romance fix. Some were OK but none really set my world alight simply because of one common issue; they all contained lots of sex that had absolutely no meaning to the story. Long time readers of this blog will know that I like sexy books (hell, I run a sex scene competition every year :D) but these books weren’t sexy…. in fact, I found myself skipping through some scenes to get to what limited plot there was. The focus in these books was only on the sex, not plot or character development, and they were completely unsexy because of it. On celluloid, sex like this can work. I don’t have to know much about the characters or the plot because my eyes can take in details that fill in some of these blanks. In books though, the words are supposed… Keep Reading »

02 Jan '14

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Followers Thank you so much to all my lovely followers (both past and new), you have been wonderful. Tomorrow, I have news of things coming this year and many more winners.

07 Dec '13

Following Us….

Following Us….

Hi readers!! We are still in a transitional period here at Scorching Book Reviews, WordPress quirks appearing often to confuse me immensely! I would like to thank you all for your infinite patience and ask you to stick with me whilst I format old posts and make them easy for you to find. As you know, the old ways of following us are gone, Blogger refusing to allow people who make the change from blogger to WordPress to divert traffic to make it easier for you lovelies to continue to be updated with our new posts. I’ve been testing many methods of following us personally and I’ve come up with the ways I think will work: BlogLovin‘. The button to follow us is on the sidebar and you can chose the frequency of emails to be alerted of new posts. I do the daily email for the 80+ blogs I follow and it works well. It alerts you to new posts rather than you have to search them out yourself… Keep Reading »

20 Sep '13

A Nix Ramble Post : Using Luzme to compare books

A Nix Ramble Post : Using Luzme to compare books

Updated 12th August 2015 I don’t know about you guys but I’ve seen a few things happening with eBook pricing. It seems Pre-order pricing is going up (I paid £9 Yesterday for a 220 page book!) and my book budget is so stretched I’m reading less and less new authors which makes me very sad. Like everybody, my finances are tight so, unless I have to own a book IMMEDIATELY, I now use Luzme for every book I want to read. Luzme recently alerted me that 5 books on my wishlist have become free for a limited time so I’ve snapped them up. I love Luzme and I wanted to update and rehighlight this post I did a few years ago on the site. This isn’t an affiliate post, I have no ties to the company, it just makes financial sense for me to use it and, as I know I am the enabler of a lot of your one-click addictions (sorry), I thought I’d share what I do on… Keep Reading »

24 May '11

The Minefield that is running a Book Review blog

I haven’t been a blogger for very long; this site has been up for only 4 months. I love to read, I have since I was small, and I started this site simply to wax lyrical about books I loved. Pretty soon I was obsessed with the stats on the blog, forever looking at what seemed to be popular and thinking up new features to boost its ratings. When I’d checked statcounter for the third time in a day, I realised that my priorities had shifted from the books on the blog to the blog itself. I love running this blog. Yes, sometimes I’d appreciate some help, but I can’t help give a little squee of excitement when I gain a new follower or someone comments on a review. That being said, a number of things have been spouted around various blogs over the last couple of weeks that make me wonder if running a book blog is worth the hassle it creates. Authors, reviewers and customers have all been… Keep Reading »

13 Mar '11

Books we don’t like – to review or not to review?

There has been a lot of chatter this last couple of months about a YA mafia. Said “mafia” leave rather scathing comments on negative reviews of their own books. The problem has gotten so bad that Goodreads have taken the step of blocking any author who does this, stating that Goodreads should be a place where people can air their views on certain books, negative or positive. Here on the blog, we have decided to state our views on the subject, with an explanation as to why. Personally, I hate leaving negative reviews. Having tried time and time again to write a book, I realise the kind of blood, sweat and tears that authors put into their books. Its almost like you leave a piece of yourself on that paper, so it must be heartbreaking to read that someone doesn’t like your work. I really dislike reviewers who put venom into their opinions of a book, or leave no reasoning as to why they give a bad star rating – there really is no need to… Keep Reading »