Read Like a PhD! Semester 3 Update

This semester has been rough, guys, and I’m so tired. I don’t really have much in the way of new content, so I figured I would tell you guys about the stuff I’ve been reading instead of fun books. Well, okay, SOME of this I found fun but. You know what I mean.

The JFK Book Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Josh from Literary Gladiators to do this tag in this video: https://youtu.be/_IbEKS3WQs4 This tag was originally created by Kari from Very Literary Kari, in this video: https://youtu.be/xEXZByQulIc. I did not tag anyone because I don’t know anyone other than Josh who would be interested in this Presidential history tag. If you want to go for it, consider yourself invited!

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How We Rate the Books We Read | Betwixt the Books Discuss

Wherein we discuss the ways how we rate books has changed over time as well as the influence of The Story Graph’s ability to use partial stars. Here you will hear our opinions on rating in general as well and it might give you some insight into our rating system when we do reviews in general.

Star Ratings Tag

I had no content ideas for this week, so a tag it is! In fact, I’m super excited about this tag because I feel like using Storygraph as opposed to Goodreads has changed my entire rating system. Hopefully, Michaela and I will do a discussion sometime soon for more on this because I’m super interested!

Presidential Compare and Contrast | Supplementals #5

In this supplemental episode of my American Presidents Reading Challenge, I focus on books I read that compare and contrast two or more presidents in the same book. These have become my favorites of late, and there are some really good ones in here!

The corporatization and conglomeration of the book industry | No more BEA, S+S & PRH Merger

Wherein Michaela and Gretchen discuss some of the changes in the book industry at large and how they may effect the rest of us here in the book community.

List of links we reference: Jess’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNvn…​ Non-Amazon Bookish Alternatives mentioned: https://beta.thestorygraph.comhttps://libro.fmhttps://bookshop.org

Trapped in My E-Reader TBR

Because there are SO MANY BOOKS on my e-reader that I’ve forgotten about, this will literally just be a list of books I’ve gotten and left unread in an attempt to shame myself into reading them. This has been weighing really heavily on me, so hopefully this is the push I need to get this done!

Betwixt the Books Discuss! | Cancel Culture, Ethical Support, & Navigating Problematic Faves

This is a recording of a live video Michaela and I did on our channel discussing topical concerns in the book world. Some links we discuss: Leena’s video on Goodreads alternatives: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMiJD…​ The Story Graph: https://beta.thestorygraph.com/

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer | Betwixt the Books Review

We finally read another book for book club! I absolutely thought I was going to hate it, but I am actually amazed by this reading experience. Michaela has also seen the movie, so there is a brief discussion of that as well as my continued “I cannot believe how much I liked this book.”