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April 26, 2016

Gush & Gripe: Surveys, Goodreads, & Wishlists

 
Hey Supies, I'm baack!
Well, sort of and what better way to break my blogger vacay than a Gush & Gripe!


Survey says!
ICYMI, I did a survey in my last Gush & Gripe and asked your opinion about Talk Supe's content. Here's what I found out: Y'all want more discussions, shorter reviews, & an option for either ebook or print in giveaways. I can work on the first two and will try for the last. I do ask for that but some sponsors can only give one or the other.


Goodreads and DNF
I think Goodreads should have a DNF option added to its rating system. There's a big difference between a bad book and a story or style that didn't work for you. Plus, how can you even say that the novel is so horrible it deserves only a star or two when you didn't finish it?! For all you know it picks up at some point and evens out the unsavory parts.


International Book Buffet
I've been in a funk and I found myself finding consolation in general fiction and fictionalized historical events with a dash of thrillers. I binge read a few Chinese themed novels and totally loved the experience. I'm going to ride the wave and dig up my forgotten books that have the same theme and feel. Consider this fair warning, I need a break from intense action and passionate romances, my current state can't handle any more excitement atm.


This is where I totally appreciate the call for diversity and grateful that some publishers and authors have delivered great stories to freshen up our fantastical fictional universes. What have you tried and more importantly, what's on your wishlist? Mine would be more multi-racial pair-ups set in exotic places, in different timelines, with interesting conflicts and scenarios. These are common in fantasy books, but I'm hoping we'll see more if it in the non-fantasy genres as well.








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47 comments:

  1. I don't often mark my DNF books on GR, but I made a new DNF Shelf and put under 'exclusive' category. That way it's an option in addition to the 3 defaults ... read, to-read, - currently reading. It's helpful since I don't rate DNFs.

    Ahh, we all need a genre change sometimes.

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    1. I feel bad in behalf of the authors who get a DNF AND a 1 or 2 star. I feel that's unfair to them.

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  2. GR should so have a DNF thing, I do do not rate my DNFS anymore, cos even though for me they are so bad they should get a 1, well...I did not finish them

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  3. Yes, having a DNF rating would be useful. I have an exclusive DNF shelf but it isn't the same because usually leave the book unrated or give it a 1 star if I've read more than 50 pages.

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    1. I think it will also be helpful to authors in terms of rating average or even stylistic feedback

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  4. Yes to the DNF rating! I usually don't rate books that I don't finish, but I did recently to one that I read 53% of. I felt it was needed since I felt strongly that the book was just bad.

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  5. I agree that they need a DNF rating. I don't think they will get it. Too many authors would flip their shit over that one. I usually don't rate DNF, but since I use lack of rating on my Goodreads "read" shelf to know what reviews I still need to write, it does get me confused everyone once in a while. Then I remember that I did do the review for that one, but just didn't rate it.

    I also feel that just because a book didn't work for me, doesn't mean that it was bad. There are some great series out there that people love, that I've quit. I just wasn't enjoying them as much as other series. There are so many series out there, that we shouldn't be hanging around in the same series or finishing books we don't want to finish.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. Hahaha, it's not funny, but funny at the same time. The uproar of a DNF rating. At the same time, I think it will help the star rating, 1 or 2 will be avoided because DNF is there

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  6. I do what Christy does with an exclusive DNF shelf. I have a hard time rating books that I didn't finish. I often feel it's unfair.
    So yes, I'm all up for a DNF rating on GR!

    Ahhh! YES! I would totally love more interracial couples in exotic settings and maybe more books from actual POC being published! I think romance especially needs to work on this. I'm seeing lots of diversity popping up in YA already. Hopefully, soon for romance titles too.

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    1. Especially with all the internet dating sites, people are being more open to inter-racial stuff and it's what the world looks like!

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  7. I don't rate DNF books but I know many do and I don't think it's really fair to rate something you haven't read completely.
    I guess I've been a bit absent myself since I didn't realize you had a bloggy break. I mostly had things scheduled myself but otherwise wasn't really online for a few days.

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    1. That's good, I guess you took a break yourself. We all need it :)

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  8. I'd like a DNF button on GR. I won't use it much, but that's better than a 1/no star. I'm in a funk too :( It'll pass but it sucks.

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    1. Taking a break from the blog eased off some of the pressure. Zero fucks given for a week hahaha

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  9. totally agree with you re the DNF option for GR -- it's amazing that they don't already have this!!

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    1. Yup since it's their members who came up with the verbiage in the first place :)

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  10. Glad the survey gave you some solid ideas. :)
    Ha, I've thought that for a while about DNFs. For now I don't rate them, but do mark them as read.

    I like your idea of branching out into other genres and need for diversity. I tried a newer Kiri Taye, but DNF'd it b/c the girl was a teen with an adult guy and it wasn't working for me, but I do want to read more African stories. I also tried a WWII era story about an Austrian gal. I'm always a fan of historical fiction or historical mysteries so I have plenty of that on my list when I need a break from romance drama.

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    1. Ooh age taboo, I might like that.

      WW stories don't appeal much to me. I don't know why, actually any romance set during wartime I avoid. It's too wrenching!

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  11. I couldn't agree more on the DNF rating! I added it to my shelves and mark the book as such but you really don't see it unless you are looking for it (hopefully that makes sense). It would be so nice to actually have that option available when you click on the review section of it and the rating section.

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    1. I don't have a special shelf, I just try to be discreet with my DNFs in deference to the authors unless it's something truly offensice like racism and the like.

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  12. I agree, Goodreads needs a DNF option. I have a self that is DNF-Did-Not-Finish and I don't even give the book any stars when I add it to my DNF shelf. How can you give a 1 or 2 star when you didn't finish and who knows what happens in the rest of the story.

    I like the idea of branching out into other genres and diversity. I am trying to read other genres things that I normally wouldn't like historical romances, time travel, or new adult. Some books have worked and others not so much, but I think as a reader you need to change things up or it all runs together and feels the same.

    Hope you had a good break from the blog. I'll be having a 2 1/2 to 3 week break in the summer when we do a family vacation. I'm hoping to chill and get some good reading done.

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    1. I'm trying to branch out too. It can be fun and revealing too in that I suddenly have an awareness of themes I love or totally can't get into for the life of me. Then again it changes, when I started blogging I can't read erotica, it made me so uncomforable but I warmed up to it. So maybe in time I'll learn to love time travel novels and war romances.

      Enjoy your vacay, we'll be here when you get back!

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  13. I think I made my own shelf for DNF books and I just don't rate it in stars. I understand about the giveaways. It's what is offered through the sponsor. :)

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    1. I wish they have flexibility sometimes so more readers can be reached and the gift of story spread further in the world. Oh well...

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  14. Sometimes a book just isn't working out, and a DNF option in GR would definitely be handy. That would be much more useful than all of the "Trending this week" posts that keep showing up in my GR feed, lol.

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    1. Hahaha. I don't get that, it doesn't appear on my apps

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  15. I would LOVE if they had a DNF shelf. And half stars.

    It seems like a silly thing but I think they're important to readers.


    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. Yes, half stars too! I forgot about that...

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  16. I like the idea of a DNF option on Goodreads. I don't DNF often but you're right...it is unfair to rate a book you don't finish.

    I'm glad you've found some stories to fall into and escape for awhile, Braine. That's awesome. I, too, would love to see more multi-racial couples - in historical and contemporaries - and see the types of issues they face and how they cope. And also the differences in those things based on time period.

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    1. I'm all for that as long as it's not angsty lol

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  17. I can understand a DNF rating for sites like goodreads. There aren't too many books that I start and don't finish.

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    1. Since blogging, I've learned to DNF.

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  18. I made my own DNF shelf and don't rate the books..LOL I love when I find settings I can slip away in. Great post!

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  19. I made my DNF shelf on goodread,s you can make it an exclusive shelf, so you don't have to mark the book as read. I don't rate books I DNF'd.
    I like books that show me other cultures and food. SJ Pajonas has written some great novels that take place in japan and gave me a feel for that country. I would love to see more of that. More different countries and cultures. Maybe even some books that take place here in Europe for a chance. Great post!

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    1. I remember Pajonas' series, I want to try them at some point. And yes to more European novels that's not just set in the UK, Italy, or France. Set it in the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, etc.

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  20. So on board with the DNF rating on GR!

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  21. I need the DNF on Goodreads. I can't rate something I didn't finish!

    I am feeling kind of burned out right now myself. Not the reading part but the getting reviews up every day. I haven't had a chance to brainstorm some new content at all! I would love to feature other types of books on the blog but hee hee, my dumb butt put "Romance" in the name when I scrambled to change it after getting threatened by a Christian book blogger for having a similar name.

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  22. I love that idea about a DNF rating on Goodreads, you should submit that to them stat!

    Sharonda

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  23. I agree, the DNF shelf would be helpful on Goodreads. I'm going to follow some adice here and create one on an exclusive shelf as mentioned. And yes, to more exotic settings :)

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  24. Oh my. My wishlist is almost as big as my actual TBR pile, which is so big it scares me some days ;)
    I have created a DNF shelf on Goodreads, where the book will be counted as read, and it gets 0 stars... it's kind of mean, but as you said, no stars for books when I didn't finish them, but I still think it's a good thing to be able to stop reading, and also state why I finished reading, and at what point.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  25. I'm good giving DNFs a 1 star if the issue is severe and why I didn't like it. I think that's pretty fair. I won't 1 star it if I'm just not feeling the read though. If it has enough to get me in full on rant...it's getting a rating. lol

    Funny on the shorter reviews. I like yours so hope you won't go TOO short. On my last survey someone said they didn't want reviews at all. Um...it's a book review site?! lol

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  26. I just think people should leave out star ratings for DNF books. I mean, you really CAN'T give it a star ratings, so until DNF is an option...

    Then again, I don't give every book a star rating anyway.

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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  27. I would love the multi-racial pair ups (By the way you should read The Girl from Everywhere if you're looking for that) but what i'm actually looking for is more cultural sort of books that aren't just about that you know. I completely agree about DNFing on Goodreads!

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  28. A DNF option is a good idea, although I don't often DNF a book, I seem to power through!! lol

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