I did it! I actually did it! I saved my old email from the clutches of complete chaos and utter spamdom!
See, I have this other email (not the one I use for blogging) that I used to use for everything. But over the years, it became completely overrun with newsletters and spam. You know how it is, you order something from a website one time, or you input your email for a contest, or you sign up for something just to try it, or you join a mailing list for a free books, and suddenly you’re stuck getting emails for the rest of your life (and afterlife since I’m sure the emails would just keep coming whether we were around to read them or not). Eventually I stopped checking it unless I had a specific reason to because every time I looked there were hundreds of emails.
But damn it, that’s my email, and ain’t no newsletters gonna take it from me! So I decided to reclaim it. And in case you also have any emails you want to reclaim, here’s what I did. First I deleted everything unread that wasn’t important. (That “select all” button is your friend.) Then as emails started coming again, I started going through and unsubscribing from everything. And after I unsubscribed, I would search the inbox for that sender and then delete all the previous emails (so that I wouldn’t make extra work for myself by unsubscribing seven times as I went through the messages). I did this over a few sessions, and voila! And somehow my spam folder cleared up too? As in, I don’t get spam now. A lot of it must’ve been related to other lists I was subscribed to, the kind that subscribe you to multiple things. Or maybe all the spam messages saw that I was back and that I meant business and ran for the hills ;-)
(I have no idea what I’m saying. This is why I shouldn’t write posts when I’m tired.)
So, ummm… that’s it for this week! Just some rambling about my email. Is that… is that not what you came to my blog for?
Ok, everyone, I figured out how I am now going to word my disclosure: “I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has in no way influenced my review.” I’ve tested it, and so far my reviews have been accepted. If you want to use the same wording, go for it (and, you know, substitute ecopy or author depending on the situation).
Edit: I had a whole rant here about how you can only see “verified purchase reviews” on Amazon now, but Kimba just informed me that you can go to the “see all verified purchase reviews” page and then use the filter to select “all reviewers.” So you CAN still see all the reviews :-)
Books I Received for Review:
Ahhhhh I keep telling myself not to get any more standalones, but then they keep sounding so good! I mean, in Blackwell, it even sounds from the blurb like the protag is the bad guy?? Unfortunately I looked at Defiant Revival, and the narration style didn’t work for me, so I probably won’t end up reading that one. I’m going to wait to see some reviews before deciding though.
Books I Finished:
I finally finished the Gallow and Ragged series! But the ending left so many things open and was kind of unsatisfying :-/ Dracula was a good story, but it had SO MUCH FLUFF, as in, extra lines and paragraphs and pages of dialogue and repetition and description that really didn’t need to be there, so it took me forever to read.
Song of the Week:
THE ARROW [Love. Pride. Truth.] – This week, instead of a song, I’m sharing a video. Not even because of the LGBT message (the message is great, but I’m pretty sure you all already know that all love is equal), but rather simply because it’s beautiful. Duo cyr wheel acts just amaze me, and it’s even more moving to me knowing there is actual love between the performers.
In Case You Missed It:
– I shared 10 of my favorite book quotes about blood. *laughs evilly*
– I reviewed Something Wicked by Carol Oates, a slow-paced, atmospheric vampire tale that even involves Jack the Ripper.
– I reviewed The Orchard of Flesh by Christian Baines, a semi-dark and violent book about a vampire and his werewolf lover.
– I reviewed The Fray Theory: Resonance by Nelou Keramati, an urban fantasy with a unique paranormal aspect.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)