Nov 082012

Today’s question:
1. How do storms affect your reading? Do you go for comfort reading?
2. How do you deal with power outages? Do you read by candlelight? Flashlights? Use a self-lit e-reader or tablet? Skip reading altogether for the duration and instead play games with the family?

My thoughts:
1.  As far back as I can remember, I love curling up with a good book, nestled under a fleece throw and coffee by my side during a storm.  Especially in the winter if a heavy snowfall is predicted.  As a child, I remember how I loved to read during T-storms.

2.  My Kindle doesn’t have a backlight but I do have some battery powered book lights that attach to both my Kindle and print books.  When my sons were young, and we had a power outage, games were played.  Now that my husband and I are empty nesters, I do look forward to reading during a storm, however since my husband isn’t a reader, there are quite a few interupptions because he gets bored and wants to talk.

What about you?  Do you enjoy reading during storms and power outages?

Oct 252012

This week’s question:
The flip side of last week’s …
Are there any good books that you read IN SPITE OF the cover and ended up wondering what on earth the artist and publisher were thinking to pair up a cover that so badly represented a perfectly good book?
And … if you didn’t like the cover, what made you pick up the book? The author? Assigned reading from school? A recommendation from a friend?

My answer:
Unfortunately, yes.  And quite a few.  BB (before blogging), I will admit, when purchasing a book, I would first pick up a book because of it’s cover and then read the synopsis.  Unless it was a writer that was on my “authors to read” list.

However, for the past 3 years, since becoming an active participant in the online book blogging community and accepting requests to review,  it’s the synopsis and/or reviews from other bloggers that influence  me.   After receiving said books,  there have been a few times where I have thought, “what were they thinking?”  I also wonder if the cover is any indication of what kind of read it is going to be.  And in those circumstances when the book is a 4-5 star, I then think “the cover is going to hurt the sales of a book” putting myself in a consumer’s “shoes”.  Even though I loved the book, I know I would have missed out on a good read if I saw it on the shelves.

In my opinion, even though you aren’t supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, when I see a poorly designed cover, I automatically think that the caliber of writing will probably be amateurish especially in today’s market where anyone can self publish.

What about you?  Do covers influence you?  Have you read a 5 star novel but hate the cover?   What are your thoughts on poorly designed covers?

Sep 272012

Today’s question:
Do you bring the book(s) you’re reading with you when you go out? How?
Physically, or in an e-reader of some kind? Have your habits in this
regard changed?

My answer:
For as long as I can remember, a book is in hand whenever I leave the house, except for one time when I didn’t and I learned a lesson.  It’s automatic, grab my pocketbook, keys and my current read be it either a print or EBook.  No matter where I am going, my book comes with me.  Even if it is a short errand.  All I can think about is “what if” situations and have no book with me!!  Example…I get a flat tire and have to wait for AAA, I need my book to read while I wait.  However, there was one time, earlier this year, when I wasn’t feeling well, called the doctor and was told to come right in. Rushing to get ready, I forgot to grab my book.  No problem, I would see the doc and then come straight home.  WRONG!!!  From the doctor’s office, I was rushed to the hospital.  I was more upset that I didn’t have my book, as I sat in the ER for hours, than for why I was there.   I learned my lesson.

What about you?  Is your book always with you?

Sep 202012


Today’s question:
Quick–what are you reading right now? (Other than this question on
this website, of course.) Would you recommend it? What’s it about?

My response:
I am currently reading Low Pressure by Sandra Brown.  

I have been a fan of Sandra Brown’s for many, many years.  I would say from the time I was in HS/College.  It had been quite some time that I had read a book by her but not so long ago, I read Lethal and it was pure Sandra Brown.  I enjoyed it so much and wish that there hadn’t been a lapse of reading her books.  So when I saw that her new book was released, I jumped at the chance to read it.

I am enjoying it, definitely would recommend it, at least so far.  The only problem in reading this book is me.  Because I just don’t have the time to really get into it due to business and RL, I am hoping that when things calm down, I can dedicate some quality reading time so that I can enjoy it.

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Sep 132012

This week’s question:
How do you organize/store your books? Do you go through them often? Or
do you pretty much just shelve them and then leave them alone until
you need them?

My answer:
What a fun question!!  However, looking at my shelves, it’s time to do a little rearranging.

I am surrounded by 3 different shaped bookcases, each with it’s own purpose in my office/reading room.   The corner bookcase is for books I have finished reading and are lined up by height with photo albums on the bottom shelf.  The top shelf is for electronics.  Th 3 shelf bookcase holds my precious signed copies of books. And the bottom 2 shelves are books I have won over the years.  Again all shelved by height.  And the big 5 shelf one holds 2 shelves of requested review books, cataloged with a post it that holds date received, from who, date of review and any notes.  These are stored in the order that I receive them.  The next 2 shelves are TBR personal shelves that are lined up by height.  The bottom shelf is TBR PBs, which are doubled up in width and height so that they fit.  And my EReaders sit on the table next to my recliner.

Most of the shelves are left alone except for my requested review shelves. Those shelves I visit often especially when I’m almost done with my current read and need to decide what’s next.

What about you?  Do you organize your books in a certain way?