It wasn't until 2004 that I began to pay attention to reviews that were inside of the book. It took a while longer before I actually sought out reviews to help make informed book purchasing decisions.
Despite a massive TBR pile and many favorites, there are only 5 authors that I'll purchase without reading a review or the blurb about their novel. Every other suggestion on new books or authors, come strictly from bloggers. The effort they put forth in reading or listening to a book, then sharing that knowledge is a much needed element.
Some may feel differently, but I believe that reviews sell books for authors, and become topics of discussion for readers. I also think that for the most part, authors really appreciate knowing what we think about their writing efforts, the covers or even the genre they've chosen.
When possible, every effort is made to provide positive feedback for all those authors who labor day and night to come up with such amazing stories, so I can't imagine a world without book reviewers. Some are straightforward, a few are brutally blunt, many are hilarious, most are well-written, and they are all entertaining. Many book reviewers are also getting into the review of merchandise, as well. What about you? Do you need to see a review before picking up a new novel or product for your reading pleasure? Do you pay attention to the opinions of others?
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The holidays are weeks away, yet there are literally thousands of female veterans who are homeless with nowhere to go. They have left their homes because of domestic violence, can't find a job to pay all the bills, or never hear back from all the organizations that promise to help. That woman behind you in the grocery store is wondering if she can find a safe place to sleep in her car for the night, or crying because she has to go to a job interview without a shower or clean clothing.
In North Carolina, there are technically very few organizations that may assist with female veterans who are homeless. Volunteers of America, Passages, Family Endeavors, United Way, Alston Wilkes Society, and Community Link are the ones that come to mind. Some of these are affiliated with each other. Some will help, but I promise you they don't move quickly, which can be very stressful to a woman who needs a place to live right now.
While they are unable to offer financial assistance, visiting www.operationwearehere.com may make you feel so much better. Ms. Benita Koeman is the founder of this site that provides many resources in different states. When you see the site, you'll wonder how in the world she has time to reach out personally to those who have questions, but she does. Ms. Koeman epitomizes the meaning of kindness, and we appreciate her.
Do you know someone who's homeless without a place to call her own? Is someone you know unable to pay rent? If you can, reach out with hugs of support and monetary assistance to help these women get on their feet. They served our country to protect us.