Amazon Vine

What is Amazon Vine™?

Amazon Vine™ is a programme that enables a select group of Amazon customers to post opinions about new and pre-release items to help their fellow customers make educated purchase decisions. Customers are invited to become Amazon Vine™ Voices based on the trust they have earned in the Amazon community for writing accurate and insightful reviews. Amazon provides Amazon Vine™ members with free copies of products that have been submitted to the program by vendors. Amazon does not influence the opinions of Amazon Vine™ members, nor do we modify or edit their reviews.

I am lucky enough to be a member of Amazon Vine, and the books marked with a (V) on my book list found at the top of the page, tell you which books I have read under this programme.

I have had some non fiction books as well; mainly reference type, Christmas stocking filler type books – these are not up on my ‘Read’ lists but can be found under my profile on the Amazon site.

Today is Amazon Vine day – and is the day when the whole list from the current and previous newsletters comes out which should mean there is a slightly bigger selection to choose from. The newsletter last week was a small selection and there was nothing there that grabbed me so let us see what today brings. Until 2000……..


Booking Through Thursday

If you’re not enjoying a book, will you stop mid-way? Or do you push through to the end? What makes you decide to stop?

Short answer is yes, sometimes and all sorts of things!

Long answer is sometimes yes I do persevere because I feel cheated especially when I have bought the book and the first couple of pages I would have read in the bookshop seemed so promising. An example of this was The Keep by Jennifer Egan – I pushed through but really wish I hadn’t.

Then I did stop reading Burley Cross Post Box Theft by Nicola Barker. I tried and tried but it really did nothing for me and I had to admit defeat – I was not enjoying the book and reading to me should be pure enjoyment even if a little challenging not pure torture. Ironically I got lambasted for not completing it because it was given to me free and therefore someone suggested that I should have finished it and I did not know what I was missing, this made me even less likely to pick the book back up and try again.

Why stop, normally because the characters are weak and do not jump off the page into my imagination or the writing is just bad and makes no sense to the plotline. It can be anything and differs from book to book.