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Booking Through Thursday: Book Taste

Posted June 5, 2008 by Casee in Features | 5 Comments

Have your book-tastes changed over the years? More fiction? Less? Books that are darker and more serious? Lighter and more frivolous? Challenging? Easy? How-to books over novels? Mysteries over Romance?

Casee: My book tastes have definitely changed over the years. I still read almost all romance, but I don’t mind if it’s mixed with something else (i.e. fantasy or mystery). One thing that hasn’t changed is that I still love reading the Happily Ever After. I neeeeed that when I read a book. I do have much less patience for stupidity in characters. A book I may have loved 10 years ago may not seem the same if I re-read it now. I also don’t really care for virginal heroines in contemporaries anymore.

Holly: Yes, they’ve changed somewhat over the years. I still read a variety of genre’s, though my primary focus now is romance. I think the biggest change for me is that I’ve realized I don’t have the time, energy or inclination to read something I’m not enjoying. Oh, sure, there are exceptions – like when a book is sooo bad morbid curiosity forces me to finish it – but for the most part I realized my reading time is to be treasured, not wasted on crap.

I’m also a lot pickier about what I’ll read. Where before I’d let things slide (like a heroine who’s TSTL or a plot with holes in it or etc, etc), now I find myself focusing on them, unable to move on. I guess you could say I’m more anal about what I’m reading than I ever used to be.

Rowena: My book tastes have changed over the years, not in the sense that I’ve stopped reading some stuff and have tried other stuff but in the sense that I am a lot more open to trying new genres and what not. When I first started reading a few years back, I only read historical and some contemporaries but then I went through a phase where I read nothing but contemporary but I wouldn’t touch a paranormal or an erotica, these days I’m reading just about everything and even some stuff outside of the romance genre. I just recently read my first mystery novel and I’m reading memoirs and biographies where I used to read nothing but romance. If it wasn’t romance of some kind, I wasn’t interested…I can finally say that I’ve evolved as a reader, I’ll read almost anything now if it’s got a good plot and likable characters. It surprises me how much I’ve grown as a reader because I remember once upon a time being very picky about what I read. Now, I read what I want, when I want and I’m happier for it.

So what about you guys? Have your tastes changed over the years?

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Booking Through Thursday: Mayday!

Posted May 1, 2008 by Casee in Features | 4 Comments

Quick! It’s an emergency! You just got an urgent call about a family emergency and had to rush to the airport with barely time to grab your wallet and your passport. But now, you’re stuck at the airport with nothing to read. What do you do??

And, no, you did NOT have time to grab your bookbag, or the book next to your bed. You were . . . grocery shopping when you got the call and have nothing with you but your wallet and your passport (which you fortuitously brought with you in case they asked for ID in the ethnic food aisle). This is hypothetical, remember….


As much traveling as I’ve done in the past year, I can honestly say that this would probably be my worst traveling nightmare. Forget delays. Forget being stuck on the runway in a plane when the air doesn’t work. Flying without something to read is just too awful to even consider. BUT, if that was the case, I have just two words. Credit and card. I’ve found that a lot of airports have decent selection of books. Of course the prices are way inflated, but that’s airport shopping for you.


For me, this would pretty much be a non-issue, because I carry my eReader with me everywhere I go. You might consider this cheating, but it’s true, I always have my Reader with me. It stays in my purse, or if my purse is full, it stays in my car while I run into a store.

However, in the interest of answering this fairly, if something crazy happened and I didn’t have my Reader (or my iPod, which I also take everywhere with me and found a hack to store eBooks on there, too) I’d just buy something either at the grocery store (surprisingly they have a good selection..and a lot of times you can buy books before the release date there) or the airport (they too generally have a good selection).


Well, since I travel EVERYWHERE (even the grocery store) with at least 25 books with me, thanks to my nifty eBookwise 1150 that I keep in my purse with charger, I would just read one of the many books that I have on there. I just uploaded a bunch of Jo Goodman books, the Karen Templeton books that Sybil and Holly were pimping a few weeks ago and a bunch of other stuff that caught my eye so I think I’m set for any kind of emergency…=)

If you want to be prepared like me, just head on over to ebookwise.com and buy yourself an ebook reader, you won’t regret it and it will save lives, I promise cause if I didn’t have this sucker and had to answer this question, I’d probably say that I would shrivel up and die in one of the stalls in the bathroom at LAX from shere boredom… or be arrested for accosting one of the many superstars that fly out of LAX day in and day out…so see, ebookwise saves lives! LOL.

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Booking Through Thursday: After the Honeymoon

Posted February 14, 2008 by Holly in Features | 6 Comments

This week’s Book Through Thursday question:

I had a post ready for today, but I liked this suggestion from Chris even better, so … thanks, Chris!

Here’s something for Valentine’s Day.

Have you ever fallen out of love with a favorite author? Was the last book you read by the author so bad, you broke up with them and haven’t read their work since? Could they ever lure you back?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!


There have been a few authors I felt the need to break up with the last few years. The two main ones? Linda Howard and Julie Garwood. Maybe it’s the “It’s Not You, It’s Me” thing, but I swear their writing changed and I just don’t like it. I felt betrayed by their last few efforts..and I just couldn’t stay in the relationship anymore.

Maybe (maybe) if they release something and I hear nothing but STELLAR things about it from those readers I trust, I might, MIGHT, try them again. But..well, I think it’s over…for good.

Two authors who write large series that I’ve officially (and quite publicly, I might add) broken up with are J.R. Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon. I don’t think I’ll ever be lured back into their clutches..not even for Ash or Tohr. It’s sad, and my heart was broken for a minute..but I’m all better now.

Oh, and I’m “taking a break” from Stephanie Meyer, too. But probably I’ll take her back in August. I’m a sucker like that, I know.


Though I do have authors whom I have taken a “break” from, I’m just not the breaking up type. I stick with things until the bitter, bitter end. Though most people who really know me would disagree, I am an optimist (when it comes to authors, that is). There are two reasons I stop reading authors. #1: Start writing in 1st person. #2: Change genres.

A few authors that I have fallen out of love with are Julie Garwood, Linda Howard, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and JR Ward.

I still read them, though. What can I say? I’m a sucker.


Hmmm, I’d have to think about this for awhile. I guess you can say that I broke up with J.R. Ward. I haven’t read her books since Z’s book and I really don’t have a desire to read her anymore…sad because I really loved Wrath, Rhage and someone else, it’s been so long that I’ve forgotten who’s all in that Brotherhood. Oh well. I’m not sure if she could ever lure me back, I’m thinking maybe…I’m easy like that.


Ummm, i would say, that I’m fallen out of love with Sherrilyn Kenyon and J R Ward. I dont think they could lure me back.

So, what about the rest of you?

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Booking Through Thursday: 12/20/07

Posted December 20, 2007 by Casee in Features | 4 Comments

1. What fiction book (or books) would you nominate to be the best new book published in 2007?(Older books that you read for the first time in 2007 don’t count.)

2. What non-fiction book (or books) would you nominate to be the best new book published in 2007?(Older books that you read for the first time in 2007 don’t count.)

3. And, do “best of” lists influence your reading?

Wena Says:

1. Does Natural Born Charmer counts as fiction because if it does then that’s my pick of Best of 2007, atleast for me. I’m looking through my book log and there weren’t many books that came out this year that I read and loved as much as I remember loving that book…best hero of the year though, new hero anyway is Jack Sheridan…YUMMALICIOUS!

2. Non fiction? What’s that…LOL.

3. Depends on who’s best list it is, if it’s a blogger doing the Best Of list then I’d say that it might influence the books that I buy but if it’s a publishing house, well…I guess it does because the books that sell the most or the books that are favorited a lot are the books that get my attention so yeah, I guess it does.

Casee Says:

1. I would nominate Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh. I was highly impressed and thoroughly happy with how she stayed true to Judd’s character.

2. Who has time for non-fiction where there are so many unread romances out there? LOL

3. I do read best of lists, but they don’t really influence what I read one way or the other.

Holly Says:

I agree w/ Casee. I can’t help it. She’s always right.

Isabel Says:

1. I guess Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would have to be my fav book of 2007. That and Virgin River.

2. I haven’t read any non fiction this year.

3. Not really.

What about you guys?

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Booking Through Thursday: 11/15/2007

Posted November 15, 2007 by Holly in Features | 5 Comments


Today’s question comes from Conspiracy-Girl:
I’m still relatively new to this meme so I’m not sure if this has been asked yet, but I’m curious how many of us write notes in our books. Are you a Footprint Leaver or a Preservationist?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

Rowena Says:

No, I never write in my books. I don’t leave any kind of written notes on my books, but when I’m researching stuff for posts or for a book discussion or something, I can get kind of crazy with my post its, to save a certain part so that I can include it in a post or whatever I need it for…but I don’t ever actually write in my books. I don’t have the heart to do that, I never did that in school either, in school, I wrote down the page number and paragraph in my notebook ….now for Church lessons, I mark up my lesson book with little notes and I highlight things I want to include in my lesson, but I have to do it very neatly so that it’s still pretty. I’m a dork like that.

Holly Says:

People actually write in their books? I think that’s got to be sacrilegious or something. LOL Obviously I’m not the type to write in my books. I’m actually kind of anal about that. If I need to mark a passage, I use a sticky note or a piece of paper to hold the page or I write on a separate piece of paper. Unlike Ween, I don’t color code them. I’ll tell you, tough, having an eReader helps with this. You can add markups and notes to your books w/ the device and then clear them when you no longer need them. It’s really nice to have.

Casee Says:

Dude, people actually write in their books? I never have. Ever. Not even in my text book for my Accounting class. I got a highlighter to highlight some helpful things and I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

So the answer is no. I’m most definitely not a footprint leaver.

Isabel Says:

No, I don’t leave any notes in my books. No book marks, nothing. In my college text books I did. I’d high light stuff but that was about it.

What about the rest of you? Do you leave footprints in your books? Ever gotten a book that had footprints in it?

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