23 July 2015

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson


Every horror-lover has heard of this book. A classic of the genre, praised by the likes of Neil Gaiman and Stephen King. Chilling, disturbing, blood-curdling. Alright, I seriously think something is wrong with me. Because this book was neither chilling nor terrifying. And it was a real nightmare for someone suffering ...

23 July 2015

Silent Scream by Angela Marsons


I have to admit I’ve been fooled. Fooled by Amazon reviews. I have long stopped paying attention to reviews, because you never know if they are genuine or not, but this time I stumbled upon a book in the mystery section, which had more than 1000 positive reviews, and very ...

23 July 2015

Welcome to AWISL


I see you’ve found my new website! Welcome to AWISL: Authors Writing In a Second Language. If you have been following my blog at idblind.blogpost.com, then you know I have been planning this website for a while. At last it’s ready! As I've said before, I am going to review books and ...

23 July 2015

Game of Thrones and Writing Advice


  Because it's late at night and I am feeling sleepy, instead of giving new advice on writing, I will copy-paste an old post from my blog. I still firmly believe in what I wrote back in March, and as we say, "Repeatition is the mother of learning" (a very bad ...

19 August 2015

Should I Write in My Mother Language or in English?


If you are visiting AWISL.com, then there’s a possibility that you are an AWISL too: an author writing in a second language. I am an AWISL, and it’s tough. I’ve lost the count of how many times I’ve re-read and re-written the same sentences, how many times I’ve checked the ...

19 August 2015

Author Jealousy


This is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. So many times I have seen popular authors tell us that we should treat other authors not as rivals, but as business partners. That one author’s success is the success of all authors. I call it bullshit. Another author’s ...

20 August 2015

Why Do Authors Ask for Reviews?


If you’re an avid kindle reader and don’t shun indie books, then you might have seen the same request at the end of almost every book by an indie author: please leave a review. Many readers find this off-putting, but trust me, we don’t have much choice. Indie authors have to ...

24 August 2015

No to Amazon Exclusivity


Experienced indies have long found out what’s best for them, but the newbie authors still ask this same question: KDP Select or No KDP Select? KDP means Kindle Direct Publishing. If you want to self-publish your book with Amazon, you register at KDP.com and upload your book. Fast and simple. But ...

07 September 2015

Game of Thrones (again)


I did it!  I finished The Song of Ice and Fire. All 5 books. Nearly 5000 pages. I’ve never read a series so long. A few years ago I purchased Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time (11 paperbacks, thick and heavy), and up to this day I’ve read only the first ...

07 September 2015

The Invasion of the Free Books


As you know I am accepting books for reviews. But because most of the time I receive romance which I don’t read, I have developed a habit of downloading free books from Amazon and reviewing them. And you know what? At the moment I have nearly 100 free books in my ...

16 September 2015

I Don’t Read Romance


I have specifically stated in the review guidelines that I don’t read romance. Please do not offer me love stories or books with romantic elements. I’m not interested. Moreover, I am uncomfortable reading them, because most of these books are nothing but the author’s sexual fantasies. Really, I’m not interested ...

26 September 2015

Hopebreaker: A Steampunk Dystopian Fantasy (The Great Iron War, Book 1) by Dean F. Wilson


Title: Hopebreaker: A Steampunk Dystopian Fantasy (The Great Iron War, Book 1) Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Hopebreaker-Steampunk-Dystopian-Fantasy-Great-ebook/dp/B00QO2FQ52 Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Dystopian, Steampunk I received this book from a fellow blogger and friend Leiah from SoIReadThisBookToday. She’s so overwhelmed with review requests she kindly lends me indie books to review them. Sadly, I’m not having ...

26 September 2015

This Doesnt Happen In The Movies: A Reed Ferguson Mystery (A Private Investigator Mystery Series - Crime Suspense Thriller Book 1) by Renee Pawlish


Title: This Doesn't Happen In the Movies: A Reed Ferguson Mystery Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/This-Doesnt-Happen-The-Movies-ebook/dp/B005DJHWRW Genre: Mystery, thriller, suspense Picked this up because it was free and because I love detective stories. I am beginning to think I need to give myself a break from indie books. This has been a disappointing week. While ...

28 September 2015

Before The Clock Strikes: A Kyle Simmons Thriller by E.G. Michaels


Title: Before The Clock Strikes: A Kyle Simmons Thriller Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Before-Clock-Strikes-Simmons-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00NTN7M4C Genre: Mystery, thriller, police procedurals I finished this book last night and can’t really remember what it was about. Is it my ADD again? No, not this time. It’s just that I absolutely did not care what was going on in this book. ...

05 October 2015

Mo(u)rning Joy by Kalan Chapman Lloyd


  Title: Mo(u)rning Joy Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/rning-Joy-Kalan-Chapman-Lloyd-ebook/dp/B015D3X5FK Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction I received this book for a review at the beginning of September. It’s October already, and I still haven’t reviewed it. For a long time I didn’t know what to write in my review. It was a topic I hadn’t ever encountered, a story ...

06 October 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


  Title: The Girl on the Train Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Train-Novel-Paula-Hawkins-ebook/dp/B00L9B7IKE Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Pages: 326 Status: Finished I hate it when this happens. I hate it when I guess the bad guy’s identity halfway through the book. But then, there were only 6 characters here, 3 women and 3 men, and it wasn’t hard to see ...

06 October 2015

Five Weeks in the Amazon: A backpackers journey: life in the rainforest, Ayahuasca, and a Peruvian shamans ancient diet by Sean Michael Hayes


  Title: Five Weeks in the Amazon Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Five-Weeks-Amazon-backpackers-rainforest-ebook/dp/B00PM987W2 Genre: Memoir, Biography, Travel Pages: 274 Status: Did Not Finish I gave up at 48%. I honestly tried, and I hate not finishing a book, but I can’t read this book anymore. “Five Weeks in the Amazon” is tedious. It was supposed to be a story of self-discovery, but ...

16 November 2015

The Devils Grin (Kronberg Crimes) by Annelie Wendeberg


Title: The Devil’s Grin (Kronberg Crimes Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Devils-Grin-Kronberg-Crimes/dp/1481262262 Genre: Victorian thriller, Mystery  Pages: 240 Status: Finished First of all, Annelie Wenderberg is a fantastic writer. So this book is highly recommended to fellow awisls as an example of good writing. Annelie knows how to write well. Her pace is smooth, her vocabulary is solid, ...

09 June 2016

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross


Title: Pope Joan Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002BH5HO4    Genre: Historical Pages: 434      Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Highly recommended It is still arguable whether there was a female Pope or no. I personally think there wasn’t. Donna Woolfolk Cross thinks otherwise. And she has written a long novel, which although a fiction, contains a lot of historical ...

01 July 2016

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


Title: The Song of Achilles Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Song-Achilles-Madeline-Miller-ebook/dp/B006IE2IO8/ Genre: Historical Pages: 369                          Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Highly recommended I am a big Greek Mythology fan. Not just a big fan, I love, love, love Greek Mythology. Have loved it since early childhood. I can tell you all about Hercules and his Twelve Labors, about ...

18 November 2016

The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle


Title: The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1940026016 Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Technothriller, Science Fiction Pages: 464                             Status: Not Finished Recommended for awisls: Not Recommended I think it’s fair to expect something incredible from a book, which has 13.000 reviews on Amazon, is a bestseller and an upcoming movie. And when the ...