It's been a minute since I've done a Free for All Friday so I thought I'd take a break from book reviews and throw a few things out there. If you're like me, you start thinking about Friday as soon as Sunday rolls around, so you'll forgive me for my friend to the left doing the "Thank God It's Friday" dance on my behalf. Let's start with the most "are you freaking kidding me" thing I've seen this week.
Big Al's Books and Pals and didn't care for his review. In all fairness, the blogger did say he liked the story line, his issue was with the number of typos and grammatical errors, which made it difficult to read.
The books would feature black and Latino characters, and the characters’ conflicts and choices would ultimately model positive decision-making. The books would be written at a level that struggling middle and high schoolers could read (fifth grade), about topics they would want to read about (guns, theft, pregnancy), for a price they would pay ($1). source
In happier book news, a group of your favorite authors (and mine) have gotten together and created A Chapter A Month. What's that?
No more waiting for a year to hear from your favorite author. Now you have us inside this amazing new experience where reading meets the brave new digital world. As a reader, you will enjoy fresh, exciting chapters every month as we reveal our stories to you one chapter at a time. You will travel with us on our writing journeys and watch our novels come to life on paper...and beyond. Each month the authors will offer you something behind the pages - whether it's a live interview with your favorite character or an ask-the-author-anything session, on this website it's more than just the story.
You will be able to download the stories to your e-readers, iPads, iPods, Smart Phones and personal computers.
If you're excited like I am, you'll like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and check out their website for the April 4 debut.
Reading challenge updates
Of the 144 books I've committed myself to reading this year, I'm up to 33. My goal is to read at least 12 each month, so I'm close, but just a little behind.
For the Colorful Chick Lit Challenge, my goal is 12 or more books featuring women of color. So far I'm up to nine. It's been fun reading about women from different cultures and I'll be at my goal before June, but I'm always looking for suggestions.
So thoughts, comments, feedback? Is it okay for authors to attack reviewers or should they have thicker skin? Is street lit acceptable for your kid or others? Whose down for a chapter a month? And how are your reading challenges going?