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review 2016-07-26 00:00
Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers
Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion fo... Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers - Sally Allen My Review:
I'm going to have to get this book in paperback now that I have read it in ebook. This is the type of book that I need to be able to scribble in the margins! This would be a fabulous book to use for a book club for book lovers. It would make a wonderful reading list for such a book club!

I haven't read all the books in the book, but I've read at least one in each category, and usually more. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's comments and quotes on books. Not that I agreed with everything she said about every book, but that's why I think it would be so great for a book club. This book was written to start discussions and arguments about books! It's meant to get people engaged about books. And it certainly added to my reading list!

And absolute jewel of a book! Makes me want to get to know the author and be her next best friend! Sit in a shadey garden with a pot of tea and discuss books all day long!

This book was provided to me by Griffins Wharf and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley
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review 2016-07-11 00:00
My "a" book (My first steps to reading)
My "a" book (My first steps to reading) - Jane Belk Moncure,Colin King Read with granddaughter. She is just learning to read so this was a good book for her to sound out words with.
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text 2016-06-04 15:04
Why Readers Stop Reading a Book

(reblogged from Ronovan Writes)

 

Recently, we here at LitWorldInterviews.com conducted a survey, “Why do you put a book down?” and through the assistance of the writing community we had a very nice response. Now it’s time to share what we found.

 

First, I want to say why the survey was conducted. We wanted to help writers by giving them the information they most need. If a reader takes the time to check out your book and don’t like it, they are unlikely to give you a second chance with your next work. First impressions mean a lot. 86.30% of those responding were Female, thus leaving the remaining 13.70% Male. Considering the majority of those reading novels are Female, although not quite this extreme, I’m comfortable with sharing what we found.

 

There were 34 sub-categories as a result of the survey. Those results were then placed into 5 main categories: Writing, Editing, Proofreading, Taste, and Other, with Writing providing the largest number of sub-categories and results. 68.49% of those responding noted some form of dissatisfaction with Writing as a reason for putting a book down. 26.03% gave Editing. 23.29% gave Proofreading. 17.81% was Taste. 2.74% was Other.

 

Let’s take a look at the Writing sub-categories first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing Concerns of Readers Pie Chart

 

The above pie chart shows the concerns in descending order of greatest number of mentions. The story being Dull was the most frequently mentioned problem with 25.29% of the mentions of the Category. Followed by actual Bad Writing, then Dull or Unbelievable Characters, Info Dump, and uses of Profanity.

 

Let me speak about Profanity for a moment, this along with Gore, Violence, and Sex were all mentioned in the context of being included in the story for no apparent reason. Most of those who noted it as a concern stated they know these things occur in books, and even have a place, but the problem arose when the author was using them as obvious crutches in an attempt to hide poor writing and plot.

 

The subcategories of Writing Concerns as identified by readers are as follows in descending order: Dull, Bad Writing, Unbelievable Characters, Info Dump, Profanity, Over Describing, Violence, Weak Narrative, Confusing Beginning, Unexpected Sex, Gore, Weak Story, Bad Dialogue, Dashes, Racism, Poor Relationships, Head Hopping, Repetition, and Writing with Dialect Accents.

 

What does this tell us? The first thing that jumps out to me is that we as authors aren’t putting out books with stories that are capturing the attention of the reader. With a book done with professional intent behind it, a dull story should be the reason our books are not read. That’s right, we are not read because we just didn’t do a good job of telling our story. Maybe we didn’t have the right beta readers. Maybe they were too nice. Maybe they just went through the motions. Maybe they just aren’t that good at the task. Or maybe we should recognize our work isn’t that good. How about all of the above?

 

Read the rest of the article here.  

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review 2016-01-20 00:00
Reading: 300% FASTER - 25 Tips to Read a Book in 60 Minutes! Reading Comprehension & Reading Strategies (Reading,Learn to Read,Speed Reading,Reading Strategies,Reading ... Skills, Reading Tips)
Reading: 300% FASTER - 25 Tips to Read a Book in 60 Minutes! Reading Comprehension & Reading Strategies (Reading,Learn to Read,Speed Reading,Reading Strategies,Reading ... Skills, Reading Tips) - Sebastian Archer There's nothing Earth shattering in here. I've heard this advice before, but I've never actually tried it.
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text 2014-08-13 22:12
Discussion: Reading One Book at a Time

Hello bookish friends :)

 

Generally, I like to read one book at a time. So I can focus on that one book and be totally immersed into the world. Then I feel really accomplished when I finish it and don't have any other books to finish at that time. And then I'm free to peruse my shelves to choose a new book to read....

 

However, being a mood reader this can be really tough. And a lot of the times I'll find myself in the middle of several books and this honestly stresses me out! I'll start one book, and then another one captures my interest and I need to start it right away - or one book is just really slow (or a really long book) and I need to pick something else up to get through quickly. I want to read all of the books!!! So many books so little time!

 

I am writing this post... because lately I have been doing really good at only reading one book at a time and have been proud of myself and feeling less stressed. BUT right now I am not totally into the book I'm currently reading and am in the mood to read so many other books at ONCE! And I feel like I'm about to slip back into my bad habit of reading multiple books at once. Nooooo... I can't let this happen! But I also don't want to force myself to get through this book if I'm not feeling it at the moment I don't want to DNF it though - I do want to continue the story. But at the same time I want to read an amazing book that I can't put down and one that I am excited to read!!

 

I am currently reading the Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and on page 162 and so far it's just okay. I read the prequel novella, The New World first and I think that was the mistake because it was in another characters perspective so I wanted to continue with that one but the trilogy follows a different character. And I'm not totally loving the plot either. And I just haven't been reading much lately because I'm just not in the mood for this one. On top of that there are SO many books I'm in the mood for: The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks (just saw the new trailer and am so excited for the movie!), Persuasion by Jane Austen (want to read more classics), The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (really want to dive back into this magical world), Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn (I requested it from the library and it's waiting for me to pick it up!), Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (I should be getting this in the mail very soon!), A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (I want to read an epic fantasy), .... ---- do you see my dilemma!?!

 

I have no idea how I am going to combat this issue so I'm giving reading a rest for a little bit today while I do other things - I need to stop stressing about this!! Sigh. Life of a Mood Reader....

 

Do you like to read one book at a time or multiples books at once? Does it stress you out when you are in the middle of a bunch of books? What do you do if you're just not into the book you are reading?

 

Also have you read the Knife of Never Letting Go? How was it for you in the beginning? Does it get amazing/hard to put down??

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