Posted on June 29, 2018 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Blog About It Challenge, Discussion Post / 13 Comments

Growl as defined by means to utter a deep guttural sound of anger or hostility or to murmur and complain angrily.  Now when I saw it was the prompt for this month’s Blog All About it Challenge, I racked my brain many times trying to figure out what to write. Then I had a lightbulb moment. I am a blogger, reader/reviewer so why not write about books and blog related things that would make growl? So here goes.

1.       Failure to follow the instructions in my Review Policy: Now review requests do not make me growl. However, what makes me growl is when the requester does not follow the instructions as laid out in my review policy. Yes, I am an avid reader, but that does not mean I read everything that comes my way. That is why I specifically state what I will and will not read.  Therefore, when I open an email with the subject heading review request, I do not expect to see a request for self-help, religious and biographical materials.  Where in my review policy does it say I read those type of books?  I read romance, mysteries, thrillers and fantasy. Then to make matters worse, the books are included as an attachment in the same email as if that will make me change my mind.
2.       Unfinished Series: Can you imagine starting a series and you patiently wait for the next book to be released as you were told it would release soon. Then one year passes and before you know it three years has passed and the book is yet to be released. Then all you can hear is it is being worked on. Seriously, people that is just not right. Now, that makes me want to growl.
3.       Cliff-hangers: I know a lot of you can relate to this one. Now if I know that there would be a cliff-hanger and I know the next book has been released or will release in the next week then I can tolerate it. However, if it is the opposite, and I am left to hang for the unforeseeable future, then the problems begin. I detest them in reading and in watching television shows and movies.
4.       Free with Kindle Unlimited:  I have made use of this service and I had no problems with it. In fact, I believe it is a good thing as it can prove to be cost effective for those persons who read over 10 books per month. Now this is a paid subscription service.  There is nothing free about it. If you don’t pay the required fee, you cannot access the service. I fail to understand why book advertisements would state you can get the book advertised free with kindle unlimited. No, I cannot. I have to pay the monthly subscription before I can access it, so explain how is it free. These ads are so annoying.
So there you have it in a nutshell, a few of the things, which make want to growl. What makes you want to growl?  I would love to hear your thoughts.
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  1. Karen

    I love your take on June’s prompt!

    That first one is making me all kinds of stabby lately. I don’t respond to any requests that don’t follow my policy/guidelines & the sheer number of times they KEEP EMAILING anyway to see if you didn’t get their initial email is slowly driving me mad. lol

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

  2. that is the reason I don’t accept review requests anymore. I had a form that had to be filled out and people would still mail my address and the worse part was that some did not stop. I got 4 emails from one person ones that kept asking me to review their book, I don’t respond to review requests in my mailbox, only if it was posted on the site and I def don’t accept requests from people who keep harassing me about it. Yes on cliffhangers, I also hate abrupt endings and open endings. Open endings feel like a cop out to me it’s like the author didn’t even bother having an actual ending, i don’t read a book to come to my own conclusions I read it to escape so open endings frustrate me.

  3. Cliffhangers are my biggest pet peeve. They make me so mad that a lot of times I won’t read that author again. I may have to make a cliffhanger blog post soon. lol

  4. Ha! Yes! I’ve pondered the ‘free’ bit for KU many times. I don’t have the service b/c at the moment, I have entirely too many books on the shelf or review requests keeping me busy, but yes, its a paid for borrowing service.

    I do think that’s counter-productive to solicit a review on a book the blogger clearly won’t like or read. And, now won’t have a good impression of whomever sent the unwanted book/request.

    Cliffhangers and long-time unfinished series get me growly, too. I would add books that aren’t advertised as serials, but are and you’re expected to wait through six parts (and sometimes pay quite a bit for short installments).

    Great post, Nadene! You got your growl on nicely.

  5. Yes on the first one! I can not stand the oh I see you have read X, then you will love Y…sorry, first of all, I do not read Y and why even connect those two?

  6. I do not understand why people keep saying that a book is free with Kindle Unlimited. I completely agree with you that it is not free since you paid for the series. It is kind of like when I go to a local store and they tell me how much I “saved” when they hand me the receipt. Um, no…I just spent money so I didn’t save anything.

    All of these things kind of make me growl too 🙂

  7. RO

    I don’t read series the way I used to, but I remember a suspense novel that was fantastic, and there was a teaser at the end of the book to get you excited. One year, two years and now 8 years later – still no book!(lol) Hugs…RO