Book Love: Reading Check-In

booklove2Can you believe it’s May already? Since we’re already one-third done with the year, I thought I’d do a reading check-in.

My book run-down by month: Continue reading

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The Great American Read Book Bingo Challenge

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PBS is launching the Great American Read, an 8-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading. The GAR, hosted by Meredith Vieira, will engage audiences with a list of 100 diverse books, encouraging audiences to read the books, vote from the list of 100, and share their personal connections to the titles. Continue reading

A Post In Which I Answer 17 Questions About Books

1. What was the last book you read?

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A friend of mine recommended Scalzi’s Redshirts, and since reading Redshirts, I’ve been hooked on all things Scalzi. I love Scalzi’s writing, his creativity, and his sense of humor. And this book did not disappoint.

First, I love the obvious reference to Philip K. Dick. Second, Scalzi is brilliant at character development and world building. Third, the irrelevant humor and clever characterization of government, religion, business, and politics. Finally, although the story starts off with a juvenile (albeit intriguing) line, the action takes off from the beginning and doesn’t stop.

I recommend this book to those of you who like The Fifth Element, Terry Pratchett, and irrelevant humor, and don’t take yourself too seriously.

2. Top 7 book characters.

This is a tough one. But off the top of my head: Kate Daniels, Gin Blanco, Sherlock Holmes, Ford Prefect, Belgarath, Eve Dallas, and Hermione Granger

3. What is your favorite genre?

Urban Fantasy

4. Favorite author(s)?

John Scalzi, David & Leigh Eddings, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Ilona Andrews, J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts), Patricia Briggs, Jane Austen, Charlaine Harris, Douglas Adams, Sarah Addison Allen, Robin Hobb, Fredrick Backman, Rachel Joyce, Mary Shelley, Darynda Jones . . .  so many wonderful authors.

5. Do you judge books by their covers?

I try not to, but some covers just do not do the book justice. But I try to focus on the synopsis. If it’s a book I’m buying to keep, I will consider the cover if the book has multiple editions.

6. What is your favorite quote from a book?

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Don’t Panic.

I like it because it’s short, simple, and works in most situations.

 

7. Do you have any signed books?

Yes! I have quite a few. I love my signed books.

8. Have you met any authors?

Yes.

9. Hardbacks or paperbacks?

Usually paperbacks because they’re easier to tote around. But I like hardbacks for the books I want to keep.

10. Buy books new, used, or go to the library?

All of the above. Mostly used and library. I buy new when I really, really want the book, it’s newly published (and therefore hard to find used), and I’m going to keep it.

11. E-readers or physical copies of books?

Physical

12. Prefer books set in the past, present, or the future?

I really don’t have a preference. But my fave genre, urban fantasy, is typically set in a parallel world of the present.

13. Do you mark/highlight/dog ear your books or keep them in perfect condition?

NO DOG EARRING! NEVER NEVER NEVER! It’s a horrible abomination to dog ear books.

I typically highlight/mark reference books. Otherwise, I try to keep them in good condition. I won’t say perfect, because a good book will look used.

14. Do you reread books?

YES! And again and again. I have reread most of my favorites multiple times.

15. Favorite villain in a book?

Professor Moriarty

16. Do you like to write reviews when you finish a book?

It depends on the book. But this year, I’m trying to make an effort to do it for every book I read.

17. Do you experience “book hangovers”?

Yes.

In the comments below, feel free to leave me a book recommendation. 

And if you’d like to answer these questions and be featured in a Questions post, contact me here.

Update on My Litsy Obsession (shhh . . . it may involve a giveaway)

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In yesterday’s post, I wrote about my new bookish obsession—Litsy.

Well this morning, I just happened to notice that my Litsy stats showed I hit 500 followers and 1500 litfluence at the same time. I, of course, immediately took a screenshot because that’s what one does when one is a geek. Continue reading

My New Fave Bookish Addiction

If you hadn’t already figured it out, I love books. (See here, here, and here—there are more examples, but I didn’t feel like digging them up and I figured these were enough.)

I read a lot. And I always have at least one book on me at all times. Even when I’m not carrying a physical book, I have both the Kindle and Audible apps on my phone (although I prefer physical books).

Along with my love of books, I love all things bookish (bookstores, book websites, book accessories, book-themed tees, book-themed socks, book-themed [fill-in-the-blank]). And I like love to talk about books and all things bookish. Want to engage me in conversation? Ask me what I’m reading or for a recommendation or where to buy awesome bookish stuff.

And now with my love of all things books, I have finally found the perfect place for me. My new tribe. My new favorite bookish addiction. Continue reading

New Fave Author: John Scalzi

Everyone once in a while, I will put an inquiry out on Facebook for new reads. (Because I don’t have enough in my actual to-read pile (only 18) or on my Goodreads to-read shelf (a mere 345)).

Among the many recommendations I got a few months ago was John Scalzi’s Redshirts.

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Have You Heard About PageHabit?

I receive newsletters from several of my favorite modern authors. I got one today from one such fave author and in it, he gave his newsletter subscribers a heads’ up that he is doing a limited run of an annotated edition of one of his new books via PageHabit.

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