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text 2014-06-25 06:57
Short Friending Meme

Joining in on the fun! If you want to do the meme, just copy my post and replace my answers with your own. All of these are optional, so go with what feels comfortable for you.

Name: Lee - My nickname/shortened version.

My name means 'torch'. Feel free to guess in the comments. :D

Age: 33

Location: California, USA

When did you learn to read?

Two or three? My mother was obsessed with teaching me how to read.

Favorite book genres:

Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction or anything with a Paranormal edgeI love mythology!

Do you write as well?

Yes. Speculative Fiction, mostly. No one can resist writing Erotica, right? Right? ^_^

Do you read fanfiction? No. I have mixed feelings about fan-fiction. I do understand why people write it and why other people enjoy reading it... it's just not for me.


Other interests: Music, video games, movies, anime, etc.

Any form of entertainment that can warp me to a different reality.

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text 2014-06-25 06:24
Which English?

Quiz Link: Which English?


This quiz attempts to guess your English dialect and native language. I took this quiz to figure out which way I lean and it turns out I'm more American now, hurrah! I'm assuming the other two were selected based on my mashing together American and British standards? I don't even know which are which anymore. @_@


The second set of results guess at native language. I don't know Swedish or Norwegian but I do wonder if (being native in) those languages would cause problems with word order, switching from formal to informal, and grammatical tense. <— Everything I have difficulties with today.


So, if you have time (the test takes less than 10 minutes)... I'm curious what your results are and if you find them accurate.


My results:


Our top three guesses for your English dialect:
1. American (Standard)
2. Welsh (UK)
3. Australian

Our top three guesses for your native (first) language:
1. English
2. Norwegian
3. Swedish

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text 2014-06-18 10:42
The Goodreads/BookLikes Tag

It's taken me so long to get to this that I was tagged by multiple people... thanks to each of you: Kate (The Realist), Peaceā˜®Love♥BooksRachel the Book Harlot and It's a mad mad world.


I don't really use GoodReads as much as I used to. I usually only visit to find reviews on books that haven't yet been reviewed here on BookLikes.


1. What was the last book you marked as 'Read'?

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill


2. What are you 'Currently Reading'?

Angelfall by Susan Ee 


3. What was the last book you marked as 'To-Read'?

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler 


4. What book do you plan to read next?

Bay's End by Edward Lorn 


5. Do you use the star rating system?

I use this specific star rating system here at BookLikes—it's based on the components I think are necessary for a fabulous book. My star rating at GoodReads is usually accurate to what they say the stars mean (3 stars is I liked it) and almost always 1/2 star higher than here on BookLikes.


6. Are you doing a 2014 reading challenge?

Yes. My challenge is for 30 books. I read at the pace of a snail covered in salt! I'm at 14/30 so far. :D


7. Do you have a wishlist?

Not at the moment. If I ever add a book to my wishlist it is usually to remind me that it will soon be published. I very rarely read newly published books, thus the rare wishlist books.


8. What book do you want to buy next?

The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin for the next hard cover book I'm looking forward to. Might be a long wait.

As for ebooks, it's almost always a book I already own that shows up as a $1.99 book for Kindle. If it isn't an already owned book, it is one that is on my TBR list... I buy several of these per month. I use BookGorilla to keep me in the know for the deals Amazon doesn't announce.


9. Do you have any favorite quotes? Would you like to share a few?

All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened. — Ernest Hemingway


I'll have to hunt some more down later... most of my favourite quotes are inspirational for writers. (2:30AM and I need to get to bed!)


10. Who are your favorite authors?

Too many to count. I have the same problem when asked which are my favourite books. Genre is an easier one and for the most part, if I read a book in a favourite genre I have at least a higher chance that I will like it. Speculative fiction is where it's at. :)


11. Have you joined any groups?

I'm a member of the Vaginal Fantasy Hangout over at GoodReads but I haven't participated with the community—I'm a terrible lurker. I lurk the groups here on BookLikes when it's a slow day on the dashboard.


12. Are there any questions you'd like to add to this tag?

Nope, but Degrees of Affection... added this question, which I will answer.


12.1. Are you more of a personal book reader or a library reader?

Personal book reader, but I support my local libraries by buying from the book sales they have. I was a major library reader when I was younger, I visited the library at least 3-4 times per week, sometimes just for the atmosphere. :D


I tag... everyone! I'd love to see this list from all my followers, especially the quotes. I love great book quotes. ♥

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text 2014-03-27 03:59
Either/Or Tag

Thanks for the tag, Murder by Death. Let's see...


BOOKLET OR TOME? Tome. I love world building and character development which can sometimes be skimped on in shorter books.


PRE-OWNED OR NEW? Pre-owned... an old paperback... they just smell so great!


HISTORICAL FICTION OR FANTASY? Fantasy... I prefer to be transported to unknown lands with mystical creatures and magic!


HARDCOVER OR PAPERBACK? Hardcover for display, paperback for my comfort (small hands) and did I mention the smell?! :D


FUNNY OR SAD? A sprinkling of funny... sad moments can be a real downer sometimes.


DO YOU PREFER READING IN SUMMER OR IN WINTER? Winter&Spring I spend reading,  Summer&Fall I spend writing... I feel I can get more engrossed in a book when it's cool and I can wrap myself in a blanket for comfort.


CLASSICS OR MAINSTREAM? A little bit of both, I've been trying to read more mainstream lately.


GUIDEBOOK OR FICTION? Fiction. I can't recall the last guidebook I owned.. if I need a how-to I usually just watch a video or find a website.


CRIME NOVEL OR THRILLER? Thrillers... mostly psychological/paranoid types. A combo crime/thriller or mystery/thriller also hits the spot.


E-BOOK OR PRINT EDITION? E-book... look below for why.


COLLECTING OR CLEARING OUT? I am a book hoarder. I have books everywhere, on bookshelves where they belong, of course, but also stacked on the floor, on tables, my garage is packed like a comic book store... and inside cabinets that are supposed to be used for towels/bedsheets/etc. Since running out of room I have turned to collecting books on my Kindle.


INTERNET OR BOOKSTORE? Lately, more an Internet purchaser. I do love visiting bookstores and comic book stores when I'm feeling up to it.


BACKLIST OR NEW PUBLICATION? Back-list. I rarely buy books right as they are released unless there is a fantastic sale going on for it. XD


BEST OR BAD SELLER? I don't trust best sellers all too often but I think this is kind of related to the last question... I don't read books that are being hyped or that are 'trending'... I wait years and years until no one is talking about them anymore which maybe means they aren't selling as well by then? I don't know!


COOKBOOKS OR BAKING BOOKS? Baking. I don't enjoy cooking, but I do enjoy making cakes and pies for birthdays and special occasions. I love decorating baked goods. :D


If you don't want to participate don't feel pressured but I am tagging.... :)

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text 2014-03-25 00:27
15 Authors in 15 Minutes

Char's Horror Corner posted this about a week ago and I finally got around to doing it. At first I thought, no way can I come up with 15 just off the top of my head... but when I was done I was like, I think I have way more!


Most of these I read as a teenager, which might be why they came into my head first. I have re-read so many of these throughout the years, many that are on my list to re-read for my 2014 challenge because I've neglected them for newer authors for too long.  I've also added the books that go with the authors, not every book these authors have written have influenced my tastes in reading or writing... sometimes all it takes is one great book! These aren't in any particular order, just the order in which they popped into my head.



And others who probably should be in the above list but they came after 15 in memory recall (>_<)... H.G. Wells, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Fritz Leiber, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, William S. Burroughs, Kurt Vonnegut, Shirley Jackson, John Saul and not to forget childhood favourites like L. Frank Baum, C. S. Lewis, and Lewis Carroll. There are so many others I know I'm forgetting... T_T *I didn't check name spellings so I hope I got them all down right... for a minute there I had Brandon Sanderson as Brian.... oooops*


I think I'll be using this list as my checklist for books I want to review here on BookLikes since I get overwhelmed just at the thought of adding all the books I've read to my bookshelf here... my GR shelves are such a mucked up mess I fear the import function.


Side Note...disclaimer?: I've had a killer migraine that feels like brain freeze or an ice pick going at it between my eyes for a couple days. I forgot to hit the post button... whatever I wrote above might not make sense which should be a real laugh later when my brains have their act together. ;)

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