Category: Discussions

What Are You Reading? (547)

Posted December 4, 2020 by Holly in Discussions, Features | 3 Comments

Casee is on vacation this week and Rowena is still on sabbatical.

Holly: I devoured Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews the day I got it from NetGalley. It was such a stellar read. I’m only sad that it’s over and there isn’t another book available. A common problem for me with Ilona Andrews. I read Shadow of a Doubt by Hailey Edwards, the first book in The Potentate of Atlanta series, a spinoff of The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy. I didn’t love the main character in the previous series, but she’s growing on me. I do really love the hero and I’m anxious to learn more about it.

I re-read The Scarletti Curse by Christine Feehan and I finished re-reading the Kate Daniels series with Magic Shifts, Magic Binds and Magic Triumphs. I’m glad I re-read the series before reading Blood Heir. I also listened to Wildfire and One Fell Sweep. I’m in the market for a new audiobook if anyone has a recommendation.

I’m starting To Dream Again by Laura Lee Ghurke this week for my book club.

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!


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What Are You Reading? (543)

Posted October 30, 2020 by Holly in Discussions, Features | 4 Comments

Holly: I’m still listening to Lord of Temptation by Lorraine Heath, but I finished Polaris Rising and Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik. I started Chaos Reining, the third book in the series. I hope to finish it this weekend. Next I plan to read In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce, a novel about the Black Widow serial killer, perfect for Halloween.

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!


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Black Lives Matter

Posted June 17, 2020 by Rowena in Discussions | 2 Comments

2020 has been a busy year. Kobe Bryant died, we’re going through a pandemic and people are finally fed up and taking the time to educate themselves on what the black community has been telling us for years and years and years. In the last couple of weeks, protests for the Black Lives Matter movement have spread all over the world and everyone is doing their part in trying to help further the cause. Police brutality needs to be a thing of the past and equality for all should be the standard that we live by.

Here at Book Binge, we’ve been busy listening, reading, signing petitions, and donating to various causes that support the BLM movement because we stand with our black friends against racism and against police brutality. We know that all lives can’t matter if black lives don’t and we’re also hopeful that change is on the way.

If you’re looking for ways to support black authors in Romancelandia, then check out Adriana Herrera’s thread below:

There’s a Google doc that is a fountain of information on everything you need to know on just about every topic regarding Black Lives Matter. You’ll find what petitions to sign, where to donate to protest bail funds for cities all over the country, there’s information on relevant events that have led to where we are now. You can find that link here:

Our friend Limecello posted about this on her blog and Sadie said the following and I completely agree with every single word so I thought I’d share it here:

The country feels like it’s burning. And may be it should. Maybe it needs to burn so we can to dismantle the systemic racism and white supremacy this country was founded upon. Maybe out of the ashes we will be able to work toward restorative justice. Maybe we should defund the police and narrow the scope of their responsibilities while we build community safety nets and infrastructures necessary to ensure everyone has healthcare, mental health care resources, housing, food, and the security of knowing none of these things can be taken away. Maybe we need to take a hard look at our own belief systems and do the hard work of confronting our inner racists so we can heal and listen and cede space for those who have not been given the time or opportunities to heal from centuries of generational trauma.

Maybe we should dismantle white supremacy and systemic racism because it’s wrong. Black lives matter. They always have.

You can read their entire post on Black Lives Matter here.

We’ve got a lot of work to do but we’re committed to doing better. We’re committed to listening, to speaking up and to making sure that we boost up those that need boosting. This isn’t something that one single post will fix but we’ll remain dutiful in supporting the cause in every avenue that we can because black lives matter to us. We’ll remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and the many innocent lives that were taken far too soon. We’ll have the hard talks and face the harsh truths because the future depends on it. If you have the means, get out there and donate, donate, donate and support black authors and book bloggers while you’re at it. We’re all in this together and it’s such a beautiful thing to watch the world come together for something this important.


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Just For Fun: eReader or Print?

Posted April 29, 2020 by Casee in Discussions | 10 Comments

Ah, the great eReader vs. print debate. We all have our preferences. What I would like to know is…what’s yours and why?

eReader
  • Takes up virtually zero space.
  • You can quickly access your notes and highlights.
  • You have access to millions of books at the click of a button.
  • Did I mention that they take up nearly zero space? It might as well be negative space.
  • Built-in dictionary.
  • Cost effective after the initial investment.
Print
  • There is noting quite like the feeling of holding a book.
  • Books smell good.
  • It’s easier to skim a print book.
  • Very easy to share, if you like sharing your books.
  • Having a bookshelf of books is just satisfying.

What is your reading preference and why? Share!


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Just for Fun: Book Related Questions

Posted April 22, 2020 by Holly in Discussions | 5 Comments

I don’t know about the rest of you, but when we first headed into quarantine I was so excited to finally read all the books!

Meme: Me, "Well, I seem to have a lot free time on my hands. I guess I could start reading from my TBR pile." Movie Image "It has been 4000 years. Now Seems like a good time."

Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out very well. I’m struggling to focus on reading during this quarantine. I have been re-reading some old favorites, but I can’t seem to get into anything new. Even continuations of series I enjoy aren’t working for me. So, instead of reading I put together these fun book related questions. Join me?

Image of stack of books with five questions embedded (questions listed in post text)

1. What books are on your bedside table at the moment?

The Scoundrel in Her Bed by Lorraine Heath, Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha and Dragon Unleashed by Grace Draven.

2. What type (contemporary, historical, biography, etc) of books do you like reading most at the moment?

I’ve been reading more Fantasy and Urban Fantasy than anything else lately, but I think I’m craving a good historical right now.

3. What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

I really enjoyed Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas and Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs, but I think my favorite so far has been Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen.

4. Which book have you re-read the most in the past year (12-month period)?

Repeat by Kylie Scott or Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley. I don’t track every re-read, so I’m not sure which.

5. Name one book/author that everyone loves but you really can’t stand?

I’m bringing up an old one here. I do no understand the love for Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. Everyone loves Derek and Sara, but they frustrated me so much! I just do no understand the love.

Share your answers in the comments below, on your own site, or on Facebook or Twitter. Don’t forget to tag us!


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