My 2nd Blogiversary

A couple of days ago I quietly hit the two year mark for the blog. I wasn’t going to say anything and just let it slip by. I’m not really big on celebrating big events in my life, I don’t like a lot of attention on my birthday, or Father’s Day or things like that. But the more I thought about it the last couple of days the more I wanted to say SOMETHING about this milestone. And the thing I most wanted to say? Continue reading

Author Interview: Nancy O’Toole Meservier

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Today I’m excited because I have Indie/Self-Published author Nancy O’Toole Meservier joining me here on Off The TBR for a little chat as part of her blog tour for Black And Blue!

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Nancy is the author of the Red And Black series, which as of July 29th is now up to two books with the publication of Black And Blue. Red And Black is superhero urban fantasy with perhaps a little bit of a romance twist. Let’s talk to Nancy and find out more… Continue reading

My Review Hiatus: Bathroom Repairs

Some of you may have noticed it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a review. Most of you probably didn’t notice because…well…it’s not like I’m super famous or anything. Anyway, for those who may have noticed and wondered what’s up, I’ve been busy with some bathroom repairs.

A few months ago the dry wall on the ceiling above our shower head started peeling back then just dropping into the tub. It also started peeling down the wall. We’d just spent a bunch of money on plumbing repairs so we let it go a little longer than we should before getting it fixed. Thankfully a friend of mine does interior work in homes and said he’d patch it up for me since I didn’t know how to do it. He cut a hole, put in the new drywall and patched it all up. Continue reading

Ben Galley Blog Tour: Chasing Graves Review

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I was contacted back in April about participating in a crazy blog tour event hosted by TheWriteReads. Over 100 bloggers reading and reviewing one of four books by independent fantasy author Ben Galley. I chose Chasing Graves as it had been on my list of want to read titles since it was published and I figure this was a great opportunity to knock it out. I was sent a copy of this book by TheWriteReads as part of this blog tour. Now…Let’s jump right in… Continue reading

Review Requests Open Again

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The review request window on Off The TBR is open once again! I’m referring to it as a window because I could shut it again at any time. If I do it will probably be for one of two reasons:

  • I’ve received too many requests and need to pause in order to get caught-up
  • Life has gotten too busy outside the blog and I can’t keep up with reading and reviews

Both circumstances should (hopefully) only bring a temporary window close.

I’ll be taking most of this post and copying it directly to my Review Request & Contact Info page as well as my Rating System page. So really this is an announcement and a copy of what you’ll see on those pages. Both will be updated prior to this post going live. Continue reading

Rating Scale Update II

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Back in November I posted some thoughts I had about a Ratings Scale Update. Essentially I was discussing the fact most of my reviews are 4 and 5 stars and I hardly ever have anything less than that, and why I think that happens, and (most importantly for that post) that I was thinking of doing away with a rating score entirely with a list of reasons why.

That post generated a lot of feedback here on the blog as well as on Twitter. More feedback than I expected to be honest. All of it was good and appreciated. Some readers supported the idea of doing away with a rating and others felt I should keep it. Well I’ve been pondering those comments and the discussions we had, and in the end I’ve decided to keep a rating scale. Here are a few of my reasons: Continue reading