Just because you bought that book for 99 cents for your Kindle doesn't mean you have to be suspicious of it. Okay, usually it does. We live in an age where everything "worth having" seems to always be getting more expensive, and quickly. Usually when you spend 99 cents on something you get what you paid for: crap. But not always. Sometimes you luck into something good.
A trusted book blogger is worth their weight in books (and more!). Sometimes when you're browsing the Kindle Daily Deal and you see a book that sounds like it might be right up your alley, but you're kind of afraid because it's only 99 cents, and it might be total garbage, all you need is the trusty Book Blogger Search Engine to tap into all those who would lead you down the correct path. With extra kudos to those who you know write a negative review of a book they didn't love once in a while, so you can be extra-confident that when they sing the praises of a book, they're totally giving it to you straight.
It's okay just to read what you want to read when you want to read it. It's wildly liberating, actually. At least three quarters of the book bloggers reading this who have posting schedules as long as both their arms put together, a to-review pile that takes up a few shelves, an immense list of challenges to conquer, not to mention those 16 readalongs they've signed up for are now struggling to wipe the bewildered looks off their faces. I'm talking to you! I see you! I know you, fellow book blogger. I am you. Sometimes if you happen to start a book that you're not "supposed" to be reading and it really grabs you, just keep reading. It will remind you of the jolly good old days when you just read books for the hell of it before you started trying to make reading into an unpaid career with all sorts of rules and schedules and deadlines to meet. It will reboot your love of reading and maybe poke your enthusiastic inner blogger who inexplicably went missing after a year or two of gleeful blogging, leaving behind the "routine and obligation" blogger you became.
It's also okay to delay going into the grocery store and sit in the parking lot with your car running like a creeper if you have only 5% of that really good book left, and you want to read it without any interruptions from anybody. Even if it makes you late, and people start to wonder if you got lost coming home from work. It's also acceptable to only mention that you're late because you had to stop at the grocery store when your friends and family call wondering where you are. Divulging the "creeper with a Kindle" part of the story is totally optional. If you can't keep quiet, perhaps you'll only want to tell the true bibliophiles in your life or maybe you'll keep quiet and save the dirty details for your book blog, you big Kindle creeper, you.
You forget this, but paranormal YA almost-romances are good for the soul and should be read on a semi-regular basis. A few summers ago I devoured paranormal YA like it was candy, and I really like candy a lot. I can't figure out why I stopped. Reading paranormal YA, that is, I'm still eating plenty of candy. (Small voice mutters in the background, "See Exhibit A: Reading as Unpaid Career"). And I'll admit that maybe YA paranormal almost (and actual) romances perhaps aren't as great for everybody's soul as they are mine, but I bet there are some slightly more plot-heavy lovelies that don't require you to wade through pages of flowery, if excellent, prose and employ your many powers of deductive reasoning and just let you enjoy a story without having to do too much work. Don't forget to read these once in a while. Your reading doesn't always have to be so gosh durned purposeful all the time, for crying out loud.
These lessons brought to you by Angelfall by Susan Ee, which I (you?) may have purchased from Amazon for a measly 99 cents at the recommendation of several trusted book bloggers, who I was very right to trust, of course. Sorry, it's not 99 cents anymore, but the price is still extremely reasonable, just in case you want to try it out for yourself. Careful, though, it might just make you into a Kindle creeper like me.
Have you learned any reading lessons this week?