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Q: What hyped up book do you think was not worth all the talk?

This question is actually a hard one for me to answer, because I tend to stay away from the really hyped up books until a while after they are released to ensure that my experience isn’t tainted by them being hyped…that being said, for me, one of these books was Dark Horse – Kate Sherwood. I had heard it mentioned multiple times in various Goodreads groups about how it was a tear-jerker and just the best thing ever. So when it was finally recommended for me in a challenge I picked it up expecting to be blown away. However, no one had made mention of the fact that it was written in this really weird, second person, future tense writing style (I think is what you would call it)…and so it was completely jarring. I made it about 20% of the way through before I gave up because it was giving me a headache with the writing style. Even when I mentioned this to people in the group, it didn’t seem to bother them. So I guess I am just one of the few. Thankfully, none of her other books are written in that style.

Two other hyped up books that people either seemed to love or hate, but that I was unable to finish were: The Paris Wife (Paula McLain) and Sing You Home (Jodi Picoult). I had never read anything by Paula McLain before, and don’t know if I am missing much by not reading her other stuff. On the other hand, I used to love Jodi Picoult and read her books as soon as they came out, but the last few, have just been doing downhill and after Sing You Home, I don’t know if I’ll be picking up anything of hers in the near future.


Posted by on September 14, 2012 in Blog Hop, Feature & Follow


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Q: Worst cover? What is the worst cover of a book that you’ve read and loved?

When you first start reading in any new genre or sub-genre, you often ask others who already read in that genre for recommendations (or at least I do…). So when I first dipped my toes into reading m/m romance, almost 3 years ago, I did just that. There were several authors names that routinely started to come up in recommendations, as well as book titles. One of these was Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield

Now theoretically, I guess, the cover could be a lot worse – I’ve seen them. But at the same time, this cover really put me off reading the book for the longest time. The individuals on the cover made me think that there was a huge age gap between the main characters, when really there was only like 8 years, and it was kind of skeevy in a way. It wasn’t until this book showed up as a group read that I actually picked it up and read it. I don’t ever remember laughing as hard as I did in a few scenes in this book and Z.A. Maxfield has become a favorite author of mine (in fact, I just finished reading one of her books last night before I went to sleep).

Runner-up: It Had To Be You – Susan Elizabeth Phillips and the boob cover…which they have thankfully since replaced…


Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Blog Hop, Feature & Follow


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Q: Do your reading habits change based on your mood? Do you read a certain genre if you are feeling depressed or happy?

Probably about a year or so ago, I would have said that my reading habits changed based on my moods – after a long day at work, all I wanted to do was settle down with a romance that I knew would end up with an HEA. But this year, I have realized that reading all those romances weren’t what I wanted – it was like eating candy, you crave them like crazy, but when you are done eating, you realize that isn’t what you really wanted. So now I routinely have several books of different genres (a romance, a mystery/thriller, a fiction set in a non-US country, a YA and a non-fiction of some shape and size) on my nightstand and whatever one I pick up is that one that I read for the night. I tend to do a pretty good job with rotating them, if anything, after a long day at work, about the only one I won’t voluntarily choose to read is the NF – so I make myself a bargain, one chapter of that before I move on to something more entertaining. I rarely re-read books (because I figure there are so many books in the world and I only have limited time to try and read them) – I honestly don’t remember the last time I re-read a book (probably when I did my re-read of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series in 2010 right before I listened to the last one that is currently available)


Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Feature & Follow, Meme


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Q: Summer Reading. What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?

I did my best to boycott many of the assigned reading books in high school – I hated them with a passion…in fact, I remember being placed in a remedial group at one stage because I hadn’t read the assigned book – even though I could discuss it…to this day, I haven’t read that book and don’t know if I ever will. (FWIW the book was I am David by Anne Holm). That being said, I had a hard time deciding on which was my favorite, so I’m putting two (heck, I’ve always been a rule-bender…)

The Diary of Anne Frank is what kicked off my interest in the Holocaust and studying different aspects of it – after completing it, I wrote 2 major high school assignments (English and History) on the Holocaust as well as taking an elective history college in college on it. It is a time period in history that I continue to be interested in to this day

Mr Atticus…need I say more 😉 But seriously, TKAM was just one of those books – I can’t describe why I enjoyed it as much as I did, but I did.


Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Blog Hop, Feature & Follow


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