Bookish thoughts: What makes you decline a review request?


Just a feature on my blog where I get to talk random. It’s still about books and blogging.

Here are my reasons:

  • Personalisation
  • Cockiness with a touch of bragging
  • Attaching a file immediately
  • Tweeting me for a review
  • Copy and paste messages
  • Authors who do not read my policy
  • Misspelling my name


Personalisation- Some people like to type “Hi awesome blogger, Hey you, Sup! Good day.” Sorry, ladies and gentlemen, but that doesn’t work for me. You have to type out my name like Dear Chyna…I hate to say it, but the reason you won’t be getting any reviewers to review your book is because of the lack of effort and initiative. You’ll get a few reviewers, but most of them would be the newbies. I’m admitting that when I was still new to blogging, I’ve accepted every review request I’ve received, but after learning more about the blogosphere after some time…I soon realised what I was doing wrong. Always put an effort when inquiring, guys.

Cockiness with a touch of bragging- You don’t get to tell me what I’ll like or love. Some authors tell me that “You’ll love my book because this other girl loves it too.” or “I’ve been receiving good reviews lately so can you review my book? I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.” Don’t kid yourself. Let us not forget the text “I am the best-selling author of (The-book-I-Never-Heard-Off)” Ayah-yay…

Attaching an immediate file- There are 2 possible reasons why they do this. One they don’t like responding to emails so they just contact you once and wait for your review so that their sales will abruptly rise. Second is that they are confident that’ll you will accept the review request and won’t pirate. Okay, listen up. I don’t torrent these books, but I cannot guarantee the safety of the file, there are hackers around. For your own good, do not attach a file without me accepting the request. Plus I get annoyed with authors who are too excited and confident.

Tweeting me for a review-This just happened to me, another cocky author suddenly tweeted to me saying “DM me your mailing address and I’ll send you a copy of my book.” Uh…hell to the no. *glares at the man* Do I need to broaden why I hate it when they inquire using twitter? Uhh…twitter has a limit of 140 characters or so. I assure you that you won’t be getting any publicity from me if you just suddenly tweet to me asking for a review. And also, that tweet is uncouth, it sounded very demanding.

Copy and paste messages- You’ll know it if the message is copied and pasted. There’s going to be that impassiveness in the email and you’ll notice the tiny details the writer got wrong like complementing how pink your blog is when your blog is dark blue. This infuriates me…

Authors who do not read my policy- There’s a policy for a reason, I don’t want to receive multiple emails from writers demanding a review when I don’t even read that genre. You’d only be wasting your time. Whenever I get emails like that I end up treating it like spam, but once my irritations breaks the dam, I will explode. I understand that you don’t care that you won’t even meet me face to face, but respect is a must when it comes to the internet. Treat my policy with utmost eminence.

Misspelling my name- Is my name that hard to type? It’s 5 freaking letters, it takes you half a second just to type it down. I’ve had an experience with this problem already. An author called my Jennifer. WHAT?! I am no Jennifer! Do I look like a Jennifer? (Early apology to all the Jennifers if your are offended.)

That’s the end of my rant. What about you?

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Your awkwardness is adorable

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Having the same design! oooh….awk-ward.
I’ve been a reader for years now and I’m still maybe an aspiring author, but having to have the same design? Awkward. Couldn’t they have gotten individual designs or exclusive ones not just pick one because it’s cute. How can you really show off your book when the design isn’t even exclusive? I came across a few titles with almost similar designs and even the same models. Like the usual dark and mysterious from Fallen by Lauren Kate or Die for Me by Amy Plum. Those type of designs are very common in the book world and it can be copied by accident. It must be really awkward buying two different books with the same design.
This post may be stupid and useless, but it happens a lot. Some authors even try to argue with the other writer saying that they stole their design and I’m like “What?” LOL. I would love to see that, but some authors who think they don’t care like to take it professionally by offering to change their design to a new one even if the old one was better. Hm…I feel unresponsive to that statement.
Excuse me if you said “What do you mean I copied your design?!” I don’t think there’s such a thing, if you are an author then you are obliged to bring out your insights for the design of your book. It’s quite believable that some would say cruel things like my book is better yet it’s being compared to yours. How unreal could you possibly get? A book is something synonymous to individuality. 
Indie authors aren’t the only ones that have talent when it comes to photoshopping, they can also higher blog designers to design their books and there are also sites where you can hire a freelance designer. It’s great! It must be exciting to have a face for your book. You can say it feels liberating.
I’m starting to get off topic. What I’m trying to say is that even when it’s kinda awkward having the same design, someone else actually designed it. You cannot blame the author since she didn’t really do anything. Some models and images are actually bought online and I think they are resold again and again. I think that’s how it works, from what I’ve heard. Correct me if I’m wrong. Still, we can’t avoid that awkward feeling or is it just me who feels this way? If I had a say, I would make this somehow illegal.
Annoying conclusions:
1. Your book is being compared by another.
2. You aren’t exclusive.
3. Narrow promotion.
4. The awkwardness…
How about you? What do you think? Should this even be legal? 
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Design Review: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre


Design Review is similar to book reviews, instead of reviewing the contents of the book, I’ll be sharing my insights on the design. Click read more to know more of my thoughts.


Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…


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Chyna has no shame, TBR Tag

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First I’d like to thank Lisa of Lost in Literature for tagging me. This post is overdue so I apologise for that. Still, I had so much fun writing this and I got to realize things about myself that I never wanted to believe. Please don’t judge me because you’re about to read something about me that may be believable and unbelievable to you. As a blogger, you might be able to understand but as a reader, I don’t believe you can. I do hope you join this tag! I’m tagging YOU, yes YOU.

Warning: This was written 2 weeks ago so it has not been updated. Changes are needed but too lazy to be done. hehe

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Kindles are bad for your eyes?

Warning: Some are direct quotes. Image not mine.

I have my own Kindle [Fire HD] for my eARCs and ebooks, it has more books than my shelf holds. It’s unquestionable why I have more ebooks than physical copies. Obviously ebooks are easier to handle than reading a hardbound copy. Imagine, you have to bring that with you everywhere, if you want to travel light then just buy a Kindle, but how come some people are so afraid of reading in Kindles? I don’t look good with glasses so I had always assumed that having a Kindle would be the death of my good looks. [Totally half jesting]

Physical copies are my thing, I love them like I love myself [I love myself a lot], but then a Kindle showed up at my doorstep so of course I’d use it. I used to have perfect vision, but after 1-2 years of reading on a white screen, my eyes are no longer the same which was odd because I read physical books in my car while the ride gets bumpy. I do loose focus on my pages, but I have never strained my eyes over the limit.

Why do Kindle screens strain your eyes? It’s because your eyes have to adjust themselves to different levels of brightness.

How can you solve this problem? You’d need a screen that doesn’t reflect other light sources. That’s where the kindle comes in dramatically. Kindle screens don’t use light to light up the pixels, but rather ink, or ‘e-ink’. This type of technology doesn’t require light to light up so there are no changes in contrast that your eyes have to adjust to. At the same time there’s no glass and the material of the screen is different and less reflective. They say it’s almost like reading on paper. Amazing, right?


  1. NY Times
  2. Health Guidance
  3. Washington Post
  4. Life Hacker
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