Thoughtful Thursday – Book Trailers – September 25, 2014

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September 25: Do book trailers get you excited about upcoming books?

 

I’ve got a two-year-old.  I have about as much time to watch book trailers as I do to use the bathroom by myself (that is to say, no time at all).  I’ve got this group of friends, though, who pities me enough to text/e-mail/phone me with important tidbits of info, like, “MELISS!  The new Patrick Rothfuss book is out!”  and, “Oh, honey. The last Harry Potter book came out like, ten years ago.  You should really read it.  Daniel Radcliff is like, forty now.”

So . . . I think discovering a book trailer all by my onesies (before any of my glorious, wonderful, perfectly awesome friends beat me to it) would actually be more exciting than the trailer itself.  Sorry, guys-who-write-book-trailers.

(hashtag I’msolame hashtag Iusedtobecool hashtag mytoddlerismylife)

 

 

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Thoughtful Thursday – Book Organization – September 18, 2014

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September 18: Do you organize your books electronically? How do you organize them?

 

Do I . . . Do I what now?  Organize? A HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.  No.  I mean, most of my e-reader apps offer several different organizational options, but I don’t really use them because I’m constantly focused on my TBR list for EveryFreeChance.com.  I used to have a zillion different little post-its and torn out notebook pages strewn about the house, but I’ve ever-so-conveniently married a computer engineer, so he helped me find a system . . .

. . . Instead of a few dozen scraps of paper, I now use Tomboy Notes (which I can sync between my iPad, computer, and phone, thank goodness).  I’ve got a note running down the entire left hand side of my computer screen, and I know it’s time to hold off on adding more to the TBR list when it refuses to fit in one column).  I have the titles all written down in the chronological order I’ve agreed to read them in, and I’ve got a little parenthetical note just next to the title telling my forgetful self where I’ve saved the file, or, if it’s an IRL book, that it’s made of paper).  I’ve reserved a few columns at the top for Blog Tours, so when I need to have a book read and reviewed by a certain date it goes at the top of the list.

Here’s what the first few lines of my list look like right now:

EFC READING LIST

10/28 – Who Knows Tomorrow (paper)
10/? – Blood Entwines (waiting for date, need file)
 
NO Dates
 
Taliesin (paper)
Salted (kindle)
Clay (DropBox)
A Soul’s Kiss (kindle)
 
 

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Thoughtful Thursday – Favorite Villain – September 11, 2014

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September 11: Who is one of your favorite antagonist/villain of all time?



Um.  Cruella DeVille is a big, fat jerk.  I mean, puppies?  PUPPIES?  Really?  That’s just not nice.

But on a more serious note…

I don’t think I’ve actually really thought about having a favorite bad guy before, but I will say that my favorite books are those in which it’s difficult to decide who is “bad” ans who is “good”.  Turns out most everyone’s life is somewhere on the gray scale, and a “good” person making “good” choices (or a “bad” person making “bad” choices) isn’t really that interesting to me.

 

 

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Thoughtful Thursday – Bad Reviews – September 4, 2014

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September 4: If you were planning to read a book, do bad reviews sway you to avoid the book?

 

Absolutely not.

I’d say the opposite is true, actually.  Something I’ve realized during my stint as a book reviewer is that there are several different ways to decide if a book is “good” or “bad,”  and there’s no way of knowing how a person decides that unless you know that person (or unless they post very specific criteria along with their review).  I’m reminded of the movie reviewers Siskel & Ebert . . . We didn’t take their reviews to heart because they were random strangers, but rather because we knew them well enough to understand what they were each looking for in a film and how they allowed that to shape their reviews.  We understood where they were coming from, so we could agree or disagree with their reviews because of that. Without knowing a book reviewer on more than a basic level, I’m likely to assume that she and I use drastically different measuring sticks, and I’m secure enough in my own judgement to believe mine to be superior.

Books are like lovers – you might detest mine and tell the world how awful he is, but I think he’s perfect.  Conversely, your boyfriend sucks.  *grin*

 

 

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Thoughtful Thursday – End of Series – July 31, 2014

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July 31: Have you avoided reading a final book in a series or chapter or “forgot” what happened in a final book or chapter because the ending displeased you?

 

I’ve given up on series that turned in directions I wasn’t happy with, but I don’t think my type-A personality could handle putting a book down with only one chapter left.  If I’m going to stop reading something it’s likely I’ll make that decision far closer to the front of the book than the end of it.  I DO, however, have an awful memory, so I forget the endings of books all the time.  It’s one of the things that makes re-reading fun!

 

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Thoughtful Thursday – How Much Description – July 24, 2014

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July 24: How descriptive action sequences and/or romantic situations are usually depends on the author. Some authors spend several pages describing an action or romantic scene while others describe this situations in a few paragraphs or less. What is your preference?

 

I’m really not a fan of action sequences. I tend to skim battle scenes and the like while mumbling to myself, “fighting, fighting, fighting . . . still fighting, okay.  Moving on.” Unless the romantic scene is obviously integral to the plot, I tend to feel the same way about love scenes (“sexy time, sexy time, Oi, more sexy time, aaaand finally more plot“). I guess my preference is most obvious in books-turned-into-movies (if you’ve both read and seen the Narnia works you know what I’m talking about), but ultimately I think it’s easy to convey an heroic warrior or a steamy couple without offering a chapter’s worth of details. I’d rather use my imagination for those bits & let the author fill in the plot points I can’t guess.

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Thoughtful Thursday – Characters – July 17, 2014

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July 17: How many characters do you like to meet and get to know in a book? Do you prefer a book with just a protagonist and a handful of central characters or do you like to meet lots of characters?

 

I have a confession to make. I really, honestly, don’t actually care that much about supporting characters. If you’ve got two or three multidimensional, well-developed characters doing interesting things that’s plenty. I’ll use the Mistborn series as an example. I LOVE Kelsier. I LOVE Vin. I even sort of got attached to Sazed & Elend. I realize that the rest of the guys were all important – and more developed than most secondary characters due to the Awesome that is Brandon Sanderson – but I promise you I’d have to look on the Wiki to remember any of their names.

 

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Thoughtful Thursday – Magic Number – July 10, 2014

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July 10: Is there a magic number for the number of books in a series for you? Will you only read series with four or less books in a completed series? Do you prefer long series (10+ books)? Does the number of books in a series matter?

 

Well, I might get some backlash for this, but  I don’t DON’T want to sift through generations worth of loosely related characters whose only common thread is their home planet or story universe.  I guess that means that although I actually adore the first few books in the Dune series I will likely never read the whole thing (Muad’Dib’s great great great cousin twice removed?  Naaaah. Not interested).  I’m also not a fan of extra super long series like those in the Star Wars universe;  I haven’t read any of them.  As long as you’re consistently using the same characters (Sookie Stackhouse, The Dresden Files, etc), I’ll probably keep reading.  But if I get all attached to the characters in the first few books and you kill them all off <ahemGameofThronesahem> you’re going to have trouble convincing me to continually reinvest.

 

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Thoughtful Thursday – Favorite Book Memory – July 3, 2014

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July 3: What is your favorite book purchasing (borrowed from the library, etc) memory?

 

My mom went to college while I was in elementary school.  She read this book – Bridge to Terabithia – for one of her Child Literature classes (she’s a teacher), and made all sorts of college-y comments about it.  I don’t remember how she got me to read Katherine Patterson’s book, but I do remember falling in love with it – it’s one of the books I try to read once a year.  I loved my mother’s pencil-written notes in the margins.  I loved that I was a kid reading a “college book.”  I loved the room painted gold, and peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches, and puppies and hippies and magical kingdoms, and when I wore out my mother’s copy and had to buy a new one, I loved the fact that I loved a book enough to wear it out.  It’s one of the very few books I have more than one copy of – my mom’s old, taped-together version from twenty years ago, and a newer, still glued together version I’m going to tell my son college-y things about to get him interested in reading it.

 

 

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Thoughtful Thursday – Genre of Choice – June 26, 2014

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June 26: What is your book of choice? Romance? Horror? Thriller? Mystery? Coming-of-age? Feel free to get as specific or as broad as possible.

 

 

I’m a sucker for dystopian books, especially if they involve any or all of the above listed choices.  Start with a dystopian world, throw in a bit of love, a bit of mystery, and perhaps a bit of magic, and I’ll stay up way past my bedtime to finish your book!

 

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