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text 2015-09-17 16:09
10 Questions

Started by Nya - Thanks!

 

1. What is your favorite childhood book?

I adored the Misty of Chincoteague series and must have worn out my school library's copies of them.

 


2. E-books or printed books?

I prefer printed books but have opened my heart to e-books as well. I gave in to the Kindle about two years ago and love it! For an inexpensive, easily transportable library, I can't beat it. I also listen to audiobooks when driving or doing housework. I'm an equal opportunity reader.


3. What is your favorite place to read?

My deck. (The cat likes it out there too.)

 

The beach.

 

Or in front of a toasty fire!


4. Is there any genre you would never read?

I do not read erotica. Sex scenes in any genre book tend to make me cringe. Not sure what that says about me, but my idea of the perfect bedroom scene is that the characters shut the door & the inference is made.


5. What’s your review rating system?

 

So, I'm going to be lazy here and refer to Dan's 'Value of a Star' post. He has already created a comprehensive rating explanation that I wholeheartedly agree with, making this one easy.


6. What is your favorite fictional character?

She is somewhat obscure, but I think I would say Lucy Snowe from Villette. I suppose there's not anything earth shattering about her, but I felt a connection to her that I've never felt for another fictional character.

 


7. What was the best film adaption of a book?

I'm going to disappoint many people by saying that Lord of the Rings is the only series that I would rather watch on screen than read. However, the very best film adaptation has to be The Princess Bride.

 


8. How do you choose the next book to read?

I try to keep book club selections and novels that I've agreed to review at the top of my TBR. I also watch out for excellent indie authors to read and promote. This year, I have started creating monthly reading lists to help me remember what I should be reading. I never get through them all & others sneak in, but such is life.


9. Top 3 authors?

This is a tough one. My favorite modern writers are Sharon Kay Penman and CJ Sansom. I have also loved Patricia Bracewell's two novels and look forward to more. Favorite classics are Charlotte Bronte and Edith Wharton. Indie writers worth watching are David Pilling and Matthew Harffy.

 

 
10. Any book release you are particularly looking forward to?

  • The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel - I am both dreading and feverishly anticipating this novel.
  • New Shardlake novels!
  • Outremer by Sharon Kay Penman
  • Margaret Pole: The Countess in the Tower by Susan Higginbotham - this was supposed to be released in August and has been delayed. I'm dying to have it as a resource for my next novel.
  • Book 3 of Bracewell's Emma of Normandy trilogy (no name yet).
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text 2015-09-16 20:14
Q & A. This one's easy.

1. What is your favorite childhood book?

 

This one will always be special for me:

 

 

And this is the series that made me love to read when I was in the 2nd grade:

 

 

 

2. E-books or printed books?

 

This:

 

3. What is your favorite place to read?

 

Um...this ties directly to number 2:

 

But if have to pick one spot...

 

...it would be a private balcony on a cruise ship

 

 

4. Is there any genre you would never read?

 

Romance. Barf:

 

 

 

5. What’s your review rating system?

 

5 stars = Awesome! I'm going to read you again!

I loved your characters--in fact I'm still thinking about them right now!  I loved your story--I couldn't put you down! I loved your writing--your author has some serious talent!  You didn't just entertained me, you moved me! I could relate to you! I'm going to be actively campaigning to get as many people as possible to read you--starting with my own children! Thank you for the pleasure of reading you!


4 Stars = Awesome! But once is enough.

Your characters and your story are still bouncing around my brain. You didn't move me, but you did entertain me.  You are definitely going on my list of books to recommend, but I probably won't share you unless someone asks.


3 Stars = Good try.

You entertained me, but there were some problems.  I'm having trouble remembering some of your characters names.  Reading you was a positive experience, but I don't think I remember exactly why.  Your writing might have gotten in the way of your story, or you might have crossed some moral lines around language, sex, or violence. I'll tell people about you when they ask, but I'll probably have a "but" attached to my recommendation.


2 Stars = Lame.

I don't hate you, but I didn't enjoy reading you either. You had promise, and in the hands of a more capable author you probably would have done much better. Your writing ruined your story. I didn't like your characters--either they were immoral or they were boring. Because of you I'll probably think twice before I read anything else by your author.


1 Star = Complete Fail.  

I will actively campaign against you and your author. If I had it my way no one else would ever read you again. I gave you my time, and you took it, giving nothing in return. You are lazy. You are immoral.  You are stupid and you assume I'm stupid too. There is no forgiveness for the offense you have given me. 

 

6. What is your favorite fictional character?

 

Hands down:

 

7. What was the best film adaption of a book?

 

Generally, I say:

 

 

But there is one--only one--time the movie was better than the book:

 

 

8. How do you choose the next book to read?

 

I climb to the summit of Mount TBR and pick the one on top.  Is there another way?

 

 

9. Top 3 authors?

 

 

Brandon Sanderson

 

 

J.K. Rowling

 

 

Markus Zusak 

 

 

10. Is there any book release you are particularly looking forward to?

 

 

Uh, ya.  Here's my current Pre-Order List from Amazon:

 

And of course these ones that may never actually come...

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text 2015-09-16 00:00

http://troy1138.booklikes.com/ Troy brought this to my attention.

His answers http://troy1138.booklikes.com/post/1254498/q-a

 

I thought it would be a good idea if we all tagged this post the same. Maybe it could be another way to connect with other Booklikers. I chose GETTING TO KNOW ME as the tag. It is the tag I have been using for any question and answer post I do.

 

1. What is your favorite childhood book?

 

Home For a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

 

This was the very first book I ever read on my own. My mother didn't know I could read.. I got a copy of it for Christmas and she sat down to read it to me, but I ended up reading it to her instead. I felt like such a "big" kid when ny kindergarten teach, Mrs. Menegay, asked me to read it to the class every Friday. If you don't know the book, it is about a little lost bunny who has no home of his own. He travels around the forest in search of the perfect spot. He finds birds and other animals, but there homes will not suit his needs. He ends up in a bunny hole with another bunny.

 

I have searched high and low for the edition I had growing up. My copy had a different last sentence than The Golden Book version, which I own and love it, but it is not the same. One snotty kid thought she was going to one up me in class and brought her "little' book version in. She got this big smile on her face when she thought she had ended my lie of pretending to read because her book was different than mine. JHer smile quickly faded when the teacher told her she was wrong, and also when I pushed her in a huge mud puddle a recess. I didn't like to be told I was wrong when I was a child, and had no tolerance for snotty, mean girls. This girl had it out for me in a bad way because I beat her a tetherball every recess, which I also did that day at recess.


2. E-books or printed books?

 

Both. At work it has to be printed because I have lost two ereaders due to one of the residents at the group home I work in having a behavioral incident. I do prefer to read on my Kindle, but my life doesn't seem to be kind to them. We swim, go ATV riding, etc. and I usually don't have access to electric, except for the cigarette lighter jack in the car.


3. What is your favorite place to read?

 

On my front porch. I have a porch swing. My porch is large and covered. It spans the entire length of my home. I have fallen asleep so many times out there. I will post a picture if my husband ever gets around to trimming the shrubs.


4. Is there any genre you would never read?

 

It isn't really a genre, but I dislike books intended to induce outrageous reaction to it's readers. An example of what I mean is a pastor that lives local to me wrote a book about homosexual coupling. In the book he takes the judgement out of his God's hands and condemns them to hell. He promises to castrate any male homosexual men who ask him to officiate over a marriage between them and their (his words) demon lover. He also included that he would burn his church to the ground, with himself in it. (Promise?) 

 

The book was only released to the congregation of his church, but a friend of mine used to attend and was appalled at what her pastor had written. In my opinion, if it is as my friend reports, is a book written out of deep hatred and is intended to harm the feelings of the individuals that the hatred is manifested towards.


5. What’s your review rating system?

 

5 stars- I would have eagerly walked across red hot coals to red the book.

4 stars- Great book, and I will definitely read anything this author writes.

3 stars- Nothing special, but it was good.

2 stars- could have been better, and I might have even enjoyed. Something needs changed.

1 star- Oh hell no!


6. What is your favorite fictional character?

 

I have a lot, so I will list the lesser known ones instead.

 

Magno Girl (Magno Girl by Joe Canzano)- She is a female superhero who is hilarious, quirky, antisocial, and sometimes just plane weird.

 

Doyle Hawthorne (Ember Shane's Zombie Books)- He is a royal zombie, and has some wicked abilities, and strengths.

 

There are some more and I will add them when I go inside for the night. It is too nice out, and I don't want to go inside yet.


7. What was the best film adaption of a book?

 

Tranformers, all but the most recent one with Marky Mark! And, I agree with Troy, Lord of the Rings, all of them, and The Hobbit.


8. How do you choose the next book to read?

 

I wish I knew, it would make the process easier, and I would have less bookmarked books. :)


9. Top 3 authors?

 

Kresley Cole, love me some Immortals After Dark. Especially Shadow's Claim.

Harper Lee, but not the new one.

I am leaving this slot open.


10. Is there any book release you are particularly looking forward to?

 

Rebel Mechanic by Shanna Swendsen

The next Kresley Cole

The next Dark Hunters novel Sherrilyn Kenyon puts out.

There are more, but I am lazy right now and don't want to peep out the TBR.

 

 

The Questions:

1. What is your favorite childhood book?
2. E-books or printed books?
3. What is your favorite place to read?
4. Is there any genre you would never read?
5. What’s your review rating system?
6. What is your favorite fictional character?
7. What was the best film adaption of a book?
8. How do you choose the next book to read?
9. Top 3 authors?
10. Is there any book release you are particularly looking forward to?

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text 2015-06-07 03:52
Get To Know Me!

So, I'm just now seeing this and I thought it would be cool if you know a little about me. Here I go!

 

1. Are you named after anyone?  

No, I wasn't but my middle name is my great grandma's names

 

2. When was the last time you cried?

Yesterday I was having a bad day. 

3. Do you have kids?
Nope...I'm still single, so yeah not going to get into that...k bye


4. If you were another person would you be a friend of yourself?

Umm maybe, I mean I am weird as hell!

5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?

Nooooooooooooo.....yeah yeah I do hehe

6. Will you ever bungee jump?

Hell No! I'm afraid of heights


7. What's your favorite cereal?

Kix such an amazing simple taste

8. What's the first thing you notice about people?

Well, I'm not to sure

9. What's your eye color?

Brown

10. Scary movies or happy endings?

a little of both

11. Favorite smells?

certain flowers and smells that bring back memories

12. Summer or winter?

Neither even though I'm a summer baby. 

13. Computer or television? 

TV because I can easily walk away from it.

14. What's the furthest you've ever been from home?

California 

15. Do you have any special talents?

I can sing yay!

16. Where were you born?

Illinois 


17. What are your hobbies?

Reading, writing, listening to music, once in awhile draw, paint

18. Do you have any pets?

No, but in the past I had a cat named feisty and later on a dog name Leo

19. Favorite movie?

Twister (yes, it's cheesy but awesome), Little Women (95 Version) and others I can't think of.

20. Do you have any siblings? 

Well, I have nine siblings half and step.  I have two half bros from my mom and I have three step siblings from my step-dad and there is my dad so I have two half sister and two half brothers. Sibling math...not cool 

21. What do you want to be when you grow up?

I wanted to be a nurse, doctor, composer, teacher and that's all I could remember. 

 

 

That's it folks you got a glimpse of this crazy person.

 

K Night!!! 

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text 2015-06-06 01:05
Getting to Know Me

Hunger for Knowledge made a post about this (and you can find the link in the source notes), so I figured I'd complete this challenge too.

 

1. Are you named after anyone?

 

My middle name is the same as my mother's name, so yes.

2. When was the last time you cried?

 

The last time I full-on cried was in December 2014 - rough year to say the least.

3. Do you have kids? 

 

No kids at present, but I do want kids eventually.

4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

 

Sure thing, because we'd be bookish twins and have many a detailed conversation. :)


5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?

 

Very rarely, if at all.


6. Will you ever bungee-jump?

I'm usually willing to try new things, but bungee jumping's not really my thing, so I could go either way on it.


7. What’s your favorite cereal?

Honey Nut Cheerios.

8. What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Personality.

9. What is your eye colour?

 

Brown.

10. Scary movie or happy endings?

I'll go for the happy ending.  Because happy endings can mean different things. Something can be considered a happy ending if it makes you happy (even if it's not necessarily happy for the scenario.)

11. Favorite smells?

Vanilla beans, rose and musk, cocoa beans

12. Summer or winter? 

 

Of those two, Summer.  But I prefer autumn.

13. Computer or television?

 

Computer, most definitely.  Surf the internet, watch series, read a book, write a story - you could do much more than with just a TV.


14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

 

Depends.  Orlando, Florida for the southern U.S., Baltimore, Maryland for the north.  I do eventually plan to travel abroad, just not sure when.


15. Do you have any special talents?

 

Sharp memory for things/events, can read a 250 page book in an hour, and I can write poetry/songs within a really short time while maintaining a consistent rhyme scheme and flow.

16. Where were you born?

 

Southern United States.

17. What are your hobbies?

 

Reading, writing, anything media (music, movies, books) related, learning new things.

18. Do you have any pets?

 

Yes, a calico cat (and a rare male at that).

19. Favorite movie?

 

Too many to name, but the last movie I watched/rewatched that I loved was "District 9".

20. Do you have any siblings?

 

Just one, twin sister.  I'm older than her by one minute. :)

21. What do you want to be when you grow up?

 

I'm pretty grown up - I think? (I turned 30 last year).  Still aiming for goals in working in health/fitness and writing, personally.

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