The national book chain in Canada is something I can complain about. I posted a link to a story about Indigo wanting to sell fewer books and more junk. This makes me quite unhappy. In my town, Coles (part of Indigo) is the only bookstore. Right now, it's hard to find the books I want there. A couple of weeks ago I went with a list and came out with nothing. If I wanted the latest releases or best sellers, I could have come out with an armful but that's not what I was looking for. And they plan on selling even fewer books? We don't need another Walmart. No wonder I prefer shopping online for books on Book Depository or Amazon.
In blogging news, Wallace at Unputdownables made a move toward monetizing her book blog and started a lively discussion about it. Wendy at Caribousmom gave her own thoughts on why she wouldn't be doing the same. I see both sides and I've gone back and forth about it myself. I've tried different things to make a few pennies but it's not easy money. The Mommy bloggers (I wonder if they hate that term) have found a way to do it so that companies actually court them with cash money.The biggest blogs are lucrative. Somehow the book bloggers have either missed or actively avoided this situation. Like Wallace, I don't have an outside income. The idea of doing something I love and getting paid for it is intriguing.
A few book bloggers have turned their skills into businesses and have done it quite well. Then there are those that I stopped following because I feel like I'm being sold something every time I'm there. I don't begrudge them their success but I miss the old days of book blogging when we were just unpolished gems and nobody cared. Now we have to sparkle. I don't want to obsess about stats or move my blogging platform (for all its faults I like Blogger). I've found my voice and I don't wish to change it. I want to make some dough without sacrificing that. I also want a body like J-Lo without the exercise or surgery but that ain't happening either.
What do you think?
Finally, I received a couple of books in the mail. It's so nice to get mail again. Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie came from the Agatha Christie Watch-along with Nicole from Linus's Blanket. Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto is a fairy tale for adults that I won from Shelfawareness. I don't know much about it.
This week I'll be reviewing Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy which I want to run away to Europe with (the book not the man, just to be clear). At the moment, I'm listening to Beauty Queens by Libba Bray which is... interesting.
What are you reading this week?