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text 2017-02-03 13:53
Reading Habits Tag

Hello my bookish friends!! I saw this tag being done by lots of you, so I thought I'd join too! (Thanks to Spooky's House of Books for starting this)

1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?

Yes - a super comfy chair. However, I don't have a favorite position...lol


2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I mostly read on my kindle, so no physical bookmarks are involved. I just push the power button whenever I have to be pulled out from my latest virtual adventure. 


3. Can you  just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages?

There are two scenarios: a) I fall asleep reading - if I am lucky i don't accidentally skip ahead many pages when my nose/finger/whatever touches the screen before it goes into sleep mode, or b) life gets in the way - you know eating, talking to other people...etc. 

On the first scenario, it depends on my sleepiness level, but I usually will myself to read "just one more chapter". 

On the second scenario, I prefer to finish a chapter and then close the book. Or you know keep reading....


4. Do you eat or drink while read?

Drink. Coffee, or tea.

In case of a suspenseful novel: eat. My nails. 


5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading?

Neither. Okay, maybe music. Sometimes. But no singing. Usually I study with classical/instrumental music. I don't want to confuse my brain.


6. One book at a time or several at once?

Several. I rarely have one book at a time. However, I don't read many at the same genre.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere. True story.


8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently. Out loud is only for professionals I paid for when I bought the audiobook.

Or my mom.


9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I used to read the ending when I got too anxious about the protagonists' fate. But now I don't do that anymore. I'm all grown up.

Sidenote: If the book is getting boring, I do skim and move forward.


10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new?

I rarely buy physical books anymore, so the precious few I actually bought in the last few months are like new. I am always super careful of my copies.


11. Do you write in your books?

Nope. I do make occasional notes on my virtual ones.


That's it!

This was fun!! Join in!

Do you want to read from other booklikes' members? Head over here.

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text 2017-01-18 12:50
The Reading Habits Tag

Yey -- another book tag bandwaggon to jump onto!  Thanks to Spooky's House of Books for starting this and to BookLikes for spreading the idea.  (Also yey for the return of BookLikes community posts!)


1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?


Yes -- my bed and my living room couch.




2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?


Well ... I like bookmarks and I've been known to buy them if I find particularly nice ones (e.g., in museum gift shops) -- and I even went so far as to setting aside my bought special souvenir bookmarks for my Halloween Bingo and 12 Tasks of the Festive Season reads.



Then again, I've lost countless beautiful bookmarks over the course of a long reading life, and I actually do miss some of them.  So I have a huge assorted stack consisting of everything from postcards and greeting cards, tickets (opera / concert / tourist venue / train / you name it), boarding cards, purchase receipts, bookstore promotional bookmarks, and whatever else just happens to be on hand sitting on my bedside table next to my bed, right behind my alarm clock(s), and that's what I typically end up using ... including, incidentally, for my Halloween and Festive Season reads.




3. Can you  just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages?


I almost always finish a chapter (or, in the case of very long chapters, a given section within a chapter) before I put my book down.  Or at least I try to do so ... unless I'm so tired my eyes are shutting all by themselves and there's just no point reading on.



4. Do you eat or drink while read?


When reading while lying on my living room couch, I usually have a mug of tea sitting next to me, and there may also be chocolate or sweets involved.  When reading while lying in bed, no food or drink -- the reason being 8 times out of 10 that I'm reading immediately before going to sleep.



5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading?


Well, unlike MbD I can't claim a plane crash has actually happened near my house while I was reading (wow, that's some story!), but I, too, tend to be totally oblivious to my surroundings while immersed in a book -- from when I was little, my mom always said that you could drop a bomb next to me while I was reading and I wouldn't take any notice of it whatsoever.


That said, if driving on a familiar road or on the freeway (i.e., in situations where I don't have to actually focus very hard on navigating unfamiliar terrain), I can listen to audiobooks while driving; and I don't mind music playing in the background while I'm reading, either (as long as it's of a sufficiently soothing variety and playing softly enough).


But TV is a total and complete no-no, and trying to actually talk to me or get my attention for anything outside my book while I'm reading is, likewise, an enterprise doomed to utter failure.



6. One book at a time or several at once?


I used to be a "one book at a time" sort of person, but audiobooks and, oddly (or perhaps not) the Halloween Bingo and Festive Season reads have changed that -- lately, it's typically been at least several audiobooks to one print book, or in some instances even several print books simultaneously.



7. Reading at home or everywhere?


At home, mostly -- though I do think they ought to include a plane or train trip (of whatever length) without a book at hand in the U.N. Anti-Torture Convention.  And I do know what I'm talking about ... I used to have motion sickness as a kid and therefore was unable to read while traveling.  Pure torture, I can tell you.  (To the adults present on the occasion as well.  "Are we there yet???" doesn't begin to describe it.)



8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?


Sing along with me: "It's in your head -- in your head ..."




9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?


I've been known to read ahead on occasion (if for no other reason, to determine whether a given book merits my sticking with it or if I might just as well DNF), but there's no skipping of pages.  Skimming, yes.  Skipping, no.



10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new?


Keeping it like new to the best of my ability ... which, however, with paperbacks (especially mass market paperbacks) isn't always easy, or even achievable.



Do you write in your books?


No (shudders).  Well, unless it's a texbook -- those are meant to be annotated.  But other than that, I don't annotate my own books, and one of the reasons I hardly ever buy used books declared as being in "good" or "acceptable" condition is that with those descriptions you must be prepared to receive a book that someone has marked or written in ... which I simply am not willing to receive.


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text 2017-01-04 05:12
Intimidating TBR Tag, and Tags in General
So, on YouTube, BookTubers pass around video tags, where they answer various book questions. These are fun to watch, and also answer. So I figure I'll do them sometimes, to amuse myself. I'll start with this one, because it's short and, unlike many BookTube tags, is not romance- or YA-heavy. Intimidating TBR 1. What book have you been unable to finish? The Name of The Rose, Umberto Eco. It's great, amazing, intriguing, and by God is it dense. Love it thus far, will continue, not holding my breath. 2. What book have you yet to read because you just haven't had the time? So many, but I'll say the three-volume Penguin Classics edition of The Thousand-and-One Nights. Over two thousand pages total. 3. What book have you yet to read because it's a sequel? Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. Third in the Mistborn series, I'll get to it when I eventually finish book two. 4. What book have you yet to read because it's brand new? An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson. Just haven't gotten to it, yet. 5. What book have you yet to read because you read a book by the same author and didn't enjoy it? More Horowitz Horror, Anthony Horowitz, because I rage-quit the first one. 6. What book have you yet to read because you're just not in the mood for it? Catch-22, Joseph Heller, as a satire about war and madness is rarely what I want. 7. What book have you yet to read because it's humongous?  The Fireman, Joe Hill. There are several that could fit this question, but it;s certainly true. 8. What book have you yet to read because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews? A Passage to Shambhala, Kevin Costner et al. 9. What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile? Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes.
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text 2016-10-22 15:55
Blog Tour Stop for Stirred by Sylvie Fox with Guest Post and Giveaway



Today’s post is for Sylvie Fox’s Stirred. We will have info about the books and author. A great guest post by Sylvie . As well as a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

Happy Reading :) 






Warning: One kiss can lead to another...

Quirky cartoonist, Zoe Andreis puts her life on hold, flying back to the States to care for her ailing father. Spending her post-college years gallivanting all over Europe while capturing her adventures in comic form, Zoe grapples with the notion of being shackled to one city.

When she encounters Max Kiss, Zoe's true adventures begin. Although Max would love to branch out and take carefree and crazy chances of his own, he too is tied to LA, tending to his aging father. Stirred by Zoe's zest for life, Max longs for a future full of love and spontaneity.

While they struggle to find balance between caring for their parents and living a life of their own, Zoe and Max form a strong and sensual bond. When tough challenges surface, Zoe and Max search for a way to have the life they want without feeling the burden of guilt. Can they find of balance of duty and excitement while building a future together?






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How I Chose an Illustrator for Stirred


Stirred is the fourth book in my L.A. Nights series. When I wrote the first two books, Impasse and Unlikely, two years ago, I never thought there would be more to the series. A single reader asked about more books in the L.A. Nights world and days, weeks, or months later I conceived the ideas for the final three books in the series.

Zoe Andreis, the heroine of this book, was always the outlier in her family—the artist, the rebel. As I wrote her story, I started to think, what if she (and I the author) could share the comic strips she drew, the ideas and jokes that bounced around in her head.

Usually, a character’s job and background are hinted at, maybe shared, but are not a part of the story that readers see.

Inspired by fellow author Jenn LeBlanc, who writes romances illustrated with her own photographs, I decided to include Zoe’s comics.


Why not?

The biggest barrier to sharing her ideas with you was bringing the concepts to life. I may have a number of talents, but drawing is not among them. I often draw with my first grader, and let’s just say, our skill levels are about equal.

So I put out a call for illustrators. The response was amazing and overwhelming. I narrowed down the choices and had Zoe’s signature cartoon (the one on her t-shirt at the start of the story) drafted by the artists who were finalists. At the end of that process, there were two artists who I liked.


1 2 3


Both took a terrible sketch (mine) and made it into something a comic strip artist would be proud to call their own.

The choice, then, came down to these two artists. They were both talented and willing to work on a tight turnaround schedule to produce the thirty plus comics needed for the book.

Ultimately, I chose Josh Bauman, the illustrator of the last cartoon. The decision rested on a single difference. He’d taken my original concept and added a twist. In the last panel, he spelled out ‘Greek’ in Greek.

It made the comic funnier, more irreverent, and just plain better. Although we chose not to use that final version in the book (because the Greek word probably wouldn’t be obvious to most readers), it made me laugh.

Josh did a great job on the two strips: Wanderlust and Canoga Park. The book wouldn’t be the same without him.









Sylvie Fox is the author of smart women’s fiction. Her compelling stories are boldly told, designed to keep readers turning the pages. Whether you’re reading romantic women’s fiction or legal thrillers, written as Aime Austin, she wants you to enjoy the heroine’s journey.

She splits her time between Los Angeles and Budapest, where she enjoys yoga, knitting, farm-to-table cooking, and life with her husband and son. When she’s not writing, her nose is stuck in a book.










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review 2016-10-12 02:59
Fantastic Holiday Trio
Dog Tags for Christmas - Lindsay McKenna,J.M. Madden,KaLyn Cooper

Dog Tags For Christmas is an awesome trio of books with a Christmas theme, by three amazingly talented authors.  These three books are novella length, so a perfect choice for those with limited time for reading.  Each book is a well written standalone, no cliff-hangers.

Snowflake's Gift by Lindsay McKenna is the story of Nick, a vet with PTSD and Holly, a charity worker that delivers meals to the elderly.  Ms McKenna has gifted us with lovable characters and a touching story.

SEAL's Christmas Dream by J.M. Madden is Willow and Flynn's story.  I adored this couple in Ms Madden's Lost & Found series so I was happy to find this was another story with them as the main characters.  Ms Madden has packed this book with suspense, humor and a bit of sizzle and will keep you glued to your kindle from start to finish.

Noel's Puppy Power by KaLyn Cooper is Tanner and Bailey's story.  Tanner trains service dogs and Bailey is a veteran that lost part of her leg and is training for the Paralympics.  Ms Cooper has loaded Noel's Puppy Power with an amazing array of characters, drama, humor and spice.  You can't help but cheer this couple on from start to finish.

I enjoyed all three of these fantastic books, even if it is closer to Halloween than Christmas.  I look forward to reading more from these fantastic authors in the future.

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