My name is Alexandra.

I post about books and any book related topics. My blog is completely spoiler free. It’s updated (almost) daily.

I’m a picky reader. A book should be really good for me to like it. I give my honest opinion about each book I read. If the book is too bad I drop it. Life is too short to be spent on bad books.

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  1. Thank you for taking time to follow SSDS. It is still early days and part of the philosophy is that we don’t want to set deadlines for completed written work. It means blog posts are a little irregular in their frequency (certainly less frequent than your posts on Reader Witch). I hope you enjoy the posts when they randomly pop up! I’ve just sent the latest photo to contributors so the next post may be a couple of weeks.
    In the meantime I will enjoy keeping up with your wonderful site. Keep up the great work. Best wishes 🙂

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    1. Hello Ari, thanks for stopping by. Yes, I love the idea of your blog, it’s very interesting! I don’t think I’ve heard of anything similar online or offline. I instantly started creating stories too when I saw the photos. 🙂 It’s fun! 🙂


      1. If you’d like to message me through the Same Scene Different Story ‘contact’ page I can email you some details about the possibility of becoming involved with SSDS if that is something you might wish to consider? We all write under pseudonyms and if you did get involved then you could do so under a name of your choosing. It is a very laid back blog and you will have noticed the actual posts are not regular because we don’t like setting deadlines 🙂
        If you decide not to get in touch then I’m just happy you felt inspired to create a few stories of your own.
        Best wishes
        (I realise this is off the topic of your blog so feel free to delete it after reading)

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      2. That is never an off topic and I love hearing from you. I appreciate when interesting bloggers stop by. Yes, as soon as I saw your blog I started thinking what stories I would be able to create but I’m not sure I would manage to create any at all. So I’ll try first for myself and then if I see that I can come up with something I’ll contact you. This way I won’t let you down by first promising to contribute and then failing to 🙂

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  2. We are very laid back at SSDS 🙂 I have a few people involved with the blog who so far have not contributed any work for the site. Every time I issue a new photograph I email it to them and if at any point they are inspired to write something then they can contribute. If they never contribute then that is fine. If they write and don’t wish to submit then that is fine too. If you would like to get the photographs each time they are sent out then get in touch through the contact page and I will mail them to you each time they are sent out – with of course absolutely no pressure to submit anything.
    As you can see from the pace of the blog it is unlikely you will feel overwhelmed with emails. It’s interesting that even though I take the pictures I can sometimes really struggle to come up with a story! I sent out the latest picture about three weeks ago and I’ve not written anything yet! Anyway, this isn’t meant to sound like a hard sell so feel free to contact me any time and I will start mailing the pictures your way. Sending best wishes from a very sunny Sheffield. Have a great week 🙂

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  3. I enjoy your reviews and this looks like a fun site. I was curious about “spoiler-free” though. I seem to be in the minority, but I don’t like spoiler-free reviews nearly as much as reviews where people just don’t worry about that and concentrate on writing their honest and quirky opinions. I’ve never minded spoilers–I tend to not even notice them. If the experience of reading a book can be “spoiled” by something written in a review, then IMO it’s not a very good book in the first place.

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    1. Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your interesting comment! I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who doesn’t react to spoilers. I think I might have been that person once, a long time ago. Up to the point I used to read the end of the books first and then read from the beginning to see how it all came to this end 🙂 One day I did this to a book that had a huge awesome plot twist at the end that made the whole book look different if you read it knowing the twist. I saw all those little hidden details in the plot that now were glaring at me as the parts of demolished constructions. Suddenly I didn’t see the book anymore but saw only the remains of it. Ever since then whenever I accidentally hit on a spoiler I felt the same way. I think it would be the same feeling, for example, that looking at a vandalised house would give you. Especially if you are being shown photos of how beautiful the house used to be. That’s what spoilers do to me. You said an interesting phrase, about the book not being that good if it can be spoiled. I don’t think it depends on the book but on a person who reads it. You have the skill of enjoying the book regardless of spoilers. I have a style of perception where a spoiler ruins a potentially beautiful thing. I’m sure there are as many attitudes to spoilers as there are people. But just in case there are those who feel as devastated as I do when I see spoilers I prefer to protect them from this encounter. Hence the spoiler-free aspect of the blog and actually the one I’m really proud of 🙂

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      1. I often still do what you used to do. I read back from the end and see how it comes together. It actually can make the reading experience richer for me. I’m on a movie review site that starts out with spoiler-free reviews and then follows up with analysis that doesn’t care about that. I find the analysis reviews so much more interesting. The spoiler-free ones just strike me as kind of generic and a little boring. But I like that they do both kinds—it’s a good balance for different kinds of readers.


      2. The reason I think a book isn’t that good if it can be spoiled is that’s not why I read (or write). I don’t read for manufactured tension and suspense. I read for characters, language, and insights into human nature. I get more of that if I’m not trying to keep track of plot twists. And I just generally hate surprises. In all areas of life. 🙂

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