Wednesday, July 23, 2014

YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday: Which Bookverse?

This week's topic: What book universe do you wish you could live in?

Wow, so many ideas popped into my mind as exciting choices.

At the top of my list was the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, with its enchanted castle and all the magic capable of doing just about anything. Still, as I thought about it, it's probably a world I'd much rather experience through a book (and movies) than actually live in on a daily basis.

Another bookverse I've gotten into lately is the Lunar Chronicles, a sci-fi fairy tale series. So far, I've read CINDER and SCARLET. Again, with a world under the threat of war, I'm not sure I'd want to actually experience that one, either--though I highly recommend checking out the books!

I've also been enjoying Tamora Pierce's series based in the fantasy world of Tortall--the Protector of the Small series about a feisty girl who becomes a Lady Knight, and the Beka Cooper series about a girl who becomes a police officer and her adventures pursuing criminals along with her mentors/partners.

The ACROSS THE UNIVERSE series will always have a place in my heart, and I love, love, love the idea of a voyage to a new planet in another solar system. If that voyage didn't have a power-hungry dictator, a psychopath murdering the frozens, phydus, and pterodactyls, I'd be more excited to actually go on that journey to Centauri-Earth.

Honestly? With all the sci-fi and fantasy I read, it's much more fun to read about adventures and danger. Actually having to go through it? Probably not so much. I think I'm torn between the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, just to experience that world, or living in the world of the DIVERGENT series as an Amity.

What bookverse would you choose?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Spam Attack!

Yes, my blog has been infected by the dreaded spam attack. You might know the signs--those random comments that have absolutely nothing to do with the topic of your post, are filled with misspellings, and contain links to sites that have nothing to do with the subject of your blog and can sometimes be...let's just say not very family-friendly. Which I do not want on my family-friendly site.

Oh, and many of these comments have either glowing praise, even though it's obviously from a spam bot who hasn't actually read the posts,  or "criticisms" that may be designed to hurt the ranking of your site.  And by that I mean outright lies about issues your blog doesn't actually have--like formatting or load times. I think the spammers are even trying to hurt my blog's reputation by posting backlinks to my site as spam comments, that appear to be from me but actually aren't (hear that, Google and any awesome readers who happen to stumble on this site as a result? It's not me.), on other blogs. Yikes! 

Blogger luckily has a really good spam filter, so it's easy to just go into my spam comments and click delete without their ever being published. Still, the spam attack Just. Won't. Quit. Every single day--and this has been going on for weeks now--the spam comments keep on coming. You, my lovely readers, fortunately won't have to see them. I can't worry about the backlinks left to my site, but I can keep this site clean for you all.

I have now had to adjust my post settings so that I have to approve comments before they post. It is a major, major shame that I've needed to take this step, but I promise I will be checking the pending comments, so you shouldn't notice too much delay before your comment posts. 

The worst part, though? You might notice that tons of your comments have disappeared from my posts, comments I treasure and am heartbroken to lose. One accidental click of the delete button when I was looking at ALL post comments and thought I was looking at just the SPAM ones, did that.

EVIL spammers.

Anyway, how have you all dealt with spam attacks? Hopefully most of you have been lucky enough never to have experienced it. But if you have been, know that you have my deepest empathy and support.