Booking Through Thursday- More Than Two

Posted August 16, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Features | 7 Comments

This week’s questions is:

One book at a time? Or more than one? If more, are they different types/genres? Or similar?

(We’re talking recreational reading, here—books for work or school don’t really count since they’re not optional.)

Izzy says:

One book at a time? Or more than one? If more, are they different types/genres? Or similar?(We’re talking recreational reading, here—books for work or school don’t really count since they’re not optional.) I normally read one book at a time. But if I’m reading a hardback book, then I’ll read two. I won’t lug a hardback book in my purse. So I’ll read the hardback book at home and my paperback at work.

Holly Says:

One book at a time? Or more than one? If more, are they different types/genres? Or similar?

I’ve always read really fast. Like…a 400 page book takes me 2-4 hours. So in the past, I’ve never read more than one book at a time..I didn’t need to. But lately, I seem to be reading slower and certain books aren’t holding my interest as much. Either that, or I start one and leave it a home, so I have to start another. Or I get a book an start it, but one I wanted more comes out so I start that one, too. Seeing a pattern here? Yep, I’m losing my mind.

Currently I’m reading 4 books. I’m liking them all, but I just can’t decide on one and stick with it. It’s pathetic.

Rowena’s Turn:

Me, I used to read just one book at a time and then immerse myself into the story and then move on but lately, I find myself reading more than one and two books at a time and dividing my attention between all of the books but I’m a multi tasking queen so I can dig this and keep up with all the storylines and all that junk, but I’m like Holly where I’ll start one book one day and then leave that book at work and then have to start another book that night at home, or I’ll start a book then the book I want to read comes out or I find the book that I was reading before and end up reading that book instead and then it’s just one big vicious cycle.

Like Holly again, it’s pathetic….but what can I do?

Read them all, silly….haha.

What about you guys? Do you guys read one book at a time or are you like us and can read more than one book and still enjoy the heck out of a book?

Free Book Giveaway – Historical Romance

Posted August 13, 2007 by Holly in Giveaways, Reviews | 1 Comment

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Dreams of Destiny by May McGoldrick

Posted August 13, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 5 Comments

Wounded by scandal and the unsolved murder of his sister-in-law, David Pennington is outwardly insolent and arrogant. But nothing will stop him from escorting his childhood friend, Gwyneth Douglas, to Scotland-and saving the Scottish heiress from fortune hunters. But with their arrival in Scotland comes terrible danger. Now, if they ever hope to satisfy their fiery desire, they will need to thwart the evil that threatens to destroy both their lives…

This isn’t a bad book but I’ve been reading this for 3 weeks and I’m not even half way. So far now, I’m putting it down and maybe I’ll tackle it later.

I did skim though and damn. Ya see…. Gwyneth used to follow her cousin Emma around. She admired Emma. Everyone thought Emma was just wonderful. Really, Emma was all twisted inside. Part of the story deal with the problems Emma caused and who pushed her off a cliff. Emma was pregnant with another man’s baby and someone didn’t want her to reveal who the father was.

So I skimmed ahead to find out who the father of the baby was. Emma was disturbed. She was in love with this guy Walter and he loved her. But she married someone else and became Countess I think…. But she still loved Walter. Someone how, she finds out he’s her half brother. What does Emma do? She find hims and seduces him. Then she tells him they are related.

Ewwww.

And Walter is the father of the baby.

Ewwww.

I just realized, I cared more about finding out what happened with Emma than I did the main characters. hmmm.

Grade: DNF

I Miss The Good Old Days….

Posted August 9, 2007 by Holly in Discussions | 11 Comments


…when the whole purpose of reviewing a book was because you loved it so much (or hated it so much) you wanted feedback from other lovers (haters). There was discussion and debate, but no wild forays into personal territory. I could say, “Seriously? You liked that?” and no one cared, because we were all meeting with the common goal in mind to just…talk about books.

I started reading romance years ago and I was very blessed to meet some wonderful people in online communities (including my two blogging sisters here at Book Binge) who loved the genre as much as I did. Their joy, like my own, at discovering a new-to-me author was contagious and before long, my reading horizon’s had expanded and grown so much my tiny collection of keepers soared into the thousands.

We argued about our favorite characters and plot devices. We SQUEEEED at the top of our lungs when we found a new book that was TO DIE FOR. We pimped new authors and books and whatever else came to mind.

But more than that, we connected with each other. Don’t misunderstand me, I’ve enjoyed getting to know a lot of you here in Blogland. I love that I’ve made new friends and found other readers who love the same things I do -or hate the things I love, or love the things I hate – but rather than discussing books, we seem to just add our thoughts about them and leave it at that.

Yes, some of the more popular sites, such as Dear Author and Smart Bitches, seem to have livelier discussions, but even they aren’t as appealing as the ones I used to involve myself in were.

So what happened? When did I go from reading 2-3 books a day to reading 2-3 a month. When did my focus shift from sharing the books I loved (and hated) with other women who would potentially love them too, to something…less?

I guess we can blame real life for having the audacity to barge in on our reading time but is that really the problem? I’m no busier now than I was before but I don’t have the same desire that I do to read as I did when the upcoming monthly discussions would begin on whatever BB we were posting at. I remember the days when I wanted to get the books read (no matter how many times I’ve read the book) so that I was prepared for any discussion topics that would arise.

I remember the games we would play day in and day out and the good times we had just by dissecting books and gushing like crazy over this plot and that ending and fighting over the heroes and just having fun with the stories and characters.

All of it was done in good fun and we don’t do that anymore…our question is why?

What happened to us?

Booking Through Thursday…Multiple Copies?

Posted August 9, 2007 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments


This week’s Booking Through Thursday question made me laugh because I know someone who has hella copies (that’s ebonics for a whole LOT of copies) of the same book. I don’t understand it but she does, so there you have it.

On with the question though….

Do you have multiple copies of any of your books?
If so, why? Absent-mindedness? You love them that much? First Editions for the shelf, but paperbacks to read?
If not, why not? Not enough space? Not enough money? Too sensible to do something so foolish?

Alright, I’m up first and here’s my answers:

Do I have multiple copies of any of my books? Sadly, I do. Yeah, yeah I know I was just saying that I don’t understand why anyone would want to own more than one copy of the books…but I have a good excuse! I’ve bought multiple books thinking I didn’t have the books when in actuality I had the danged books already and then I have multiple books because my sisters drop off their books for me to keep safe from their husbands and then some of my friends have gotten me books signed by my favorite authors (Nora Roberts being one of them) so I have two copies of Seaswept by Nora Roberts because that’s my favorite NR book and one of my copies was given to me by an old friend who had NR sign it for me…I love that book!

I don’t do the first edition stuff, I just don’t give a damn about when the danged books came out, all I care about is the story inside the book.

And ummm, I think that’s it….NEXT!

Izzy:

Do you have multiple copies of any of your books? Normally, no. Right now I do have two copies of Julia Quinn’s The Duke and I.

If so, why? Absent-mindedness? You love them that much? First Editions for the shelf, but paperbacks to read? I recently bought the new cover version of The Duke and I. I just haven’t had time to drive out to the UBS to get rid of the old one.

If not, why not? Not enough space? Not enough money? Too sensible to do something so foolish? For me, I don’t see the point in having two copies. Unless it was autographed, then yeah, I’d have an extra copy to not mess up the autographed one.

Holly:

Do you have multiple copies of any of your books? Sadly, yes.

If so, why? Absent-mindedness? You love them that much? First Editions for the shelf, but paperbacks to read?
Mostly because I used to buy a ton of books on eBay. Whenever I find a new author I love, I have to glom all their books (i.e., i have to own every single title they’ve ever written), so I check eBay more often than not because a lot of times I find great lots of books (meaning a whole grip) for a cheap price. I guess I look at it like this: If I can get 15 books for the price of one, but I already have 2 or 3 of the books listed, it’s work it, right? So for my favorite authors, I own multiple copies of their books. Other authors? Not so much.

Plus, I come from a long line of avid readers, so a lot of times my mom, sister, cousin, aunt or grandmother will give me books they’ve already read (I never get rid of my books..love it or hate it, it stays on my shelf) but don’t want to keep. Since our tastes are similar, I end up with multiple copies that way, too.

If not, why not? Not enough space? Not enough money? Too sensible to do something so foolish? This doesn’t apply to me, but I often think I should get rid of the books I hated, or the ones I have multiple copies of, but I can never bring myself to do it. I’m neurotic like that, I guess.

*sigh*

So, what about the rest of you?