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www Wednesday (March 13)

This post follows a weekly reading meme hosted by Should be Reading,which you should also be following. Join in and link your post back to her blog.

To play along, answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?www_wednesdays
  • What did you  recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?  

What are you currently reading?

I am nearly done with Second Shift – Order (Wool 7) by Hugh Howey and would have been done by now had I not started too many books at the same time.  🙂  I’m also very near the end of the audio version of She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb.  All I can say at this point is that Delores is a hot mess.

What did you  recently finish reading?

My book club picked The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe for last month.  It was a great discussion of a somewhat downer of a book, although my crying at the end was in an odd I-don’t-want-it-to-end sort of way.  You know all along that Will’s mother has fatal cancer, but that knowledge does not soften the blow.  His perspective was a unique and poignant testament to his mother, as viewed through their mutual reading choices read in the midst of her illness.

What do you think you will read next?

We are reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (set in France) for next month’s book club, as it was one of the titles suggested in the Schwalbe “book club.”

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www Wednesday 2/27/13

Join in this meme by posting your list at Should be Reading.

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• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?  www_wednesdays

What are you currently reading?

I am still trying to get through the book club pick (upcoming discussion on Sunday…ahhh), The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe and Second Shift – Order (Wool #7) by Hugh Howey.  They’re both good books, but I have too many “reading irons” in the fire!

What did you recently finish reading?

The last few dreary days spent inside allowed me to finish The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.  I’m sure my cabin fever was nothing like that experienced by the characters in this mesmerizing story, but I was glad to have time to listen to the audio version in the warmth of my own cozy home instead of a rustic cabin in Alaska.  While I enjoyed the enigmatic story, I’m unsure how I feel about the ending.  It was hard to digest its ambiguity, even though I don’t normally like things tied up too nicely.

What do you think you’ll read next?

It’s daunting to approach 16 discs, but I’ve just started She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb.  So many people have recommended it that I have to give it a try.  The title gives me an earworm of the song by the Guess Who song, so I hope it’s worth it!

 

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www Wednesdays (Feb.20)

This little diddy is hosted by MizB at Should be Reading.

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• What are you currently reading? 

• What did you recently finish reading? 

What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? 

Now I’m on the next-to-the-last in the Silo pre-quels with Hugh Howey’s Second Shift – Order (Wool #7).  It’s been a long journey, even if I did like the first of the series better.  I am finally starting to get into The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe that is our next book club pick, although it’s been slowing going.  Anyone who has read my list during the last month is probably thinking, “Finish it already!”

What did you recently finish reading?

I’m on the last disc of listening to The Bell Jar by Slyvia Plath and so will call it done.  The book is pretty much what I’ve heard, at least as far as evoking emotion in reaction to Esther’s pain, so I can now appreciate what others have claimed it to be.

What do you think you’ll read next? 

We’re supposed to get bad weather, so I may start Tinkers by Paul Harding if the power and the charge on my Kindle go out indefinitely.  If the electricity holds up, I may listen to Snow Child by Paul Harding since I have it checked out from the library.

What are you reading?  Share it here or link back to the original post.  Join us!

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www Wednesday (Feb. 13)

This meme is hosted by MizB at ShouldbeReading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

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• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’m almost done reading First Shift – Legacy (Wool #6) by Hugh Howey and would’ve been done by now if I’d had more time to read lately.  Lots of driving time has allowed me to start listening to something on my “tbr” list forever, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.  However, I am still working on The End of Your Life Book Club which would probably be done by now if I didn’t try to read so many books at once.

What did you recently finish reading?

The audio version of Tina Fey’s Bossypants was perfect for a recent driving trip. I stopped counting how many times I caught myself cracking up by myself in the car.  She’s a great comic writer, and now I respect her so much more as a storyteller and social commentator.

What do you think you’ll read next?

It will finally be time to start Second Shift Wool #7 by Hugh Howey when I finish First Shift of the three pre-quels of his Silo series.

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www Wednesday (February 6)

www_wednesdaysTo play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

A reading meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

What are you currently reading?

I’m continuing the Silo saga by reading the prequel First Shift – Legacy (Wool #6) by Hugh Howey.  Yes, I’ve bragged about the series here quite enough already.  Suffice to say, it’s an intriguing futuristic “what if” told from a before-the-apocalypse point of view.  And I’m still at the beginning of The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.

What did you recently finish reading?

Hearing Neil Gaiman interviewed on NPR recently piqued my interest in reading two of his children’s books, The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish.    He has become one of my favorite authors in the last year or more, so I tried out Odd and the Frost Giants with my five-year old son.  That was a hit, but these two titles not so much, although I enjoyed them.  Gaiman says kids are braver than adults and doesn’t believe “scary” stories affect them the way adults fear they will.  I hope they think, like he claims, that they can conquer the bad guys or monsters and not just get freaked out by the stories.

What do you think you’ll read next?

It’s probably a good idea to go ahead with Second Shift – Order (Wool #7) while the silo story line is still fresh in my mind.  Howey is set to release the next (maybe the last) in the series this year.

What you are reading?  Join the fun and post your list back on MizB’s thread!

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Nothing is better than free, right?

It’s not an obsession … I promise! Here is yet another post celebrating a book series I discovered and praising the first in the series being free on Kindle today.  Hugh Howey‘s Wool is the first novelette in his five-part Wool series. It’s time for you to snatch it up at no charge on Amazon before it’s too late, because I think it’s been free for at least a week.  Just imagine, you will be one of the people in on the next popular series everyone is reading. Oh, the humanity!

Forget Hogwart’s, Twihards, and 50 Shaders. This work of speculative fiction grips you from its claustrophobic beginning to its enigmatic ending. Warning, though, you will not be able to resist temptation in purchasing the rest of the series. Pittance, pittance, I tell you.  It costs so little to be savvy to the next Best Seller. Read it before you see the upcoming movie version. You’ll be glad you did.

If you like post-apocalyptic stories written by a creative wordsmith like Howey, you will not be disappointed in this series.

Howey takes you into an underground world that shields survivors when the atmosphere outside is not safe. But is it safe inside either?

The only cost to you is the short amount of time you will speed through this e-book and the other paltry dollars you will spend to buy the other four books and the prequel. I can’t wait to read the front story,  First Shift-Legacy, myself.  Yes, I’m the one who says to only trust reviews by people you know, trust, or whose opinions mean something to you. Well … heed my advice anyway. Check out this Kindle book, and happy freebie reading!

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The saga of the sock puppet

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I read an article just last week regarding the creation of fake online reviewers, or “sock puppets” as the author called them, and the ongoing wars over questionable online reviews of indie authors’ work.  Then there was an article in The New York Times about those shills yesterday.  Apparently sock puppets are all the rage.  Or at least a pretty hot topic right now.  The paid reviewer in the piece raked in money spewing his false praise and making everybody else look bad.  Plenty of other reviewers for hire probably do the same.  Who has the time and energy to spawn these puppets?  They must be the ones who also sell term papers online to desparate students dumb enough to buy them.  (See turnitin.com … instructors can tell.)

A blog post I read this morning by an indie author addressed how important it is for writers to have a reader base saying good things about their products, especially through blogs and other reviews.  Ms. Trunk fairly lashed out against a publishing company’s marketing department sucking at it.  My paraphrasing anyway.  The author talks about the success of search engine marketing through the use of specific search terms.  Her opinions made a lot of sense to me, and I imagine the proof is in her own sales success.

There’s an indie author whose work I’ve had the pleasure to discover and rave about on my blog, Hugh Howey.  (Yes, I am giving him props again.)  He re-tweeted my praise, asserting its authenticity, and I was surprised to learn of the trolls crediting ghost reviewers for some of the kudos he’s been given.  My naivete left me guessing at what satisfaction someone could gain through these cruel, if not clandestine, means.  Howey’s writing success is obvious in his recent movie offer for the Wool series, for cryin’ out loud.  And I’ve read and loveda lot of his work.  You may not know me or trust my opinion, so decide for yourself.  No socket puppets here,  Gollum!

don’t feed the troll

I decide to spend my precious money (and valuable attention) on products, especially books, from two determining factors.  What I read about the works in credible periodicals is one consideration.  Reviewers with reading tastes similar to my own are the other trusted sources.  Sentiments from people I know, personally or electronically, are the ones I find most reliable.  It doesn’t feel right to invest my precious reading time based solely on strangers’ pithy remarks or scathing hatred.  Anonymity seems to open the flood gates of vitriol and skew the sincerity of online remarks.

The decoys, as the “professional” in the NYT article points out, are contrivances meant to market products.  The fake reviews are cleverly hidden in used virtual socks and made to come alive, as in a puppet.  But a buzz of grand attention doesn’t equate a one-size-fits-all type of book either.  Many popular series of late prove the case in point, with an apology to anyone who fantasizes about their own Christian Grey.  Being inundated with the title and cover of a pop title doesn’t mean I will like it.  Everybody on the bandwagon is happy to electronically gush about the latest fad.  Good luck trying to decipher those reviews.  I’d say trust the judgment of people you know.

Everyone has their own opinion, and they especially like to make it known with a faceless screen name.  It’s worth considering, though, whether the anonymous adulation — or criticism — belongs under a bridge or not.  It seems commonsense to be skeptical of trolls.

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www Wednesday (July 18)

MizB at shouldbereading.com asks three questions every week for www Wednesday.  Check out the blog for MizB’s responses.

What are you currently reading? 

It’s so embarrassing to admit I am still reading the two books I was reading last week at this time, In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson and Hurricane by Hugh Howey.  I’ve been short on reading time lately.

What did you recently finish?

My son and I have enjoyed some more Kindle freebies this week, including The King’s Secret, Wookiwoo, I Love Youand The Six Pirates.

What do you think you’ll read next?

A long-overdue read sitting on my Kindle is Yiddish Yoga: Ruthie’s Adventures in Love, Loss and the Lotus Position by Lisa Grunberger.  I need something somewhat light-hearted.

 

Wanna play along?  Please share your own list here or on MizB’s log.

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WWW Wednesday (July 11)

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

My IRL book club’s latest pick is In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson. It is a funny look at Australia from a sharp-witted writer’s point of view, but I’m just now getting into it.

Half-way through a short work called Hurricane by one of my fave new(ish) authors, Hugh Howey, I’m discovering he is definitely eclectic.  This one different than his other books I’ve read, but not in a bad way, and I’m loving the range of premises he offers.

What did you recently finish reading?

Sadly, I haven’t finished any of my own reading since posting last week.  I’ll instead mention a couple kid’s Kindle freebies my son and I have enjoyed lately — nothing’s better than free!  Check out Orangey the Goldfish by Eddie Bee and The Patriotic Caterpillar by Vincent Cornell.  They were well worth the time for several LOLs.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Even though it’s not in my usual go-to category of reading, I’ll like to try A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I’ve had it on my Kindle for quite some time and have seen a trend of people reading it lately.

I’d also like to re-try Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, like I’ve posted before, but it’s a challenge getting into it. Several other bloggers have said they loved it, and I hope they’re correct.

Please share what you’re reading!

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Liebster Blog Award


Thanks to Megan at Love, Literature, Art, & Reason for her Liebster Blog Award nomination!  I love hearing about books from other reading fanatics.  Apparently Liebster means ‘dearest’ in German.

The Rules: Winners answer 11 questions provided by whoever tagged you, provide 11 facts about yourself, and choose 11 followers to bestow the award upon, so long as they have 200 or less followers.

Megan’s questions:

1. What is your favorite book of all time?
Hands down, it’s To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  The greatest American classic evahhh!
2. Why did you start blogging about books?
I was reading a lot of blogs about writing and books, so I decided to join in the fun.  This blog’s beginning also coincided with the release of my first e-novella.
3. Favorite character best friend? Do you have any friends like that?
Leisel’s little friend, Rudy,  in The Book Thief was quite the charmer, and I wish she would have kissed him … such a sad ending!  I don’t necessarily have a friend like that, but this young man appealed to my “underdog” side.
4. Do you think long books are intimidating? Why/why not?
Yes, if it’s Ken Follet or Wally Lamb.  It’s daunting to consider the time commitment when I want to move on to other “tbr” books quickly.
5. Real books or e-books?
Anymore, it’s e-books for the simplicity of use.  Especially after reading a library book recently and not being able to keep it open while eating lunch.
6. Buy new, used, or borrow from the libary? 
It depends on whether or not I ever have a chance of getting the book signed by the author.  If so, I’ll buy it even at hardback price (first edition, autographed David Sedaris).  Be it too expensive, I borrow from the library.
7. Favorite genre?
Lately it’s been post-apoc or dystopian for me.  How can you overlook a cute end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it story???
8. Awesome author you’ve discovered (or loved more than before) this year?
The coolest author I’ve discovered through goodreads this year is Hugh Howey.  Sci Fi and Speculative Fiction lovers should absolutely try his work.
9. Do you write?
I definitely try!  See question #2.
10. Favorite show or movie based off of a book? Why?
My favorite, even though I’ve never read the book, would have to be The Princess Bride.  My son and I could watch it (and have done so) hundreds of times, even though I’m SO not into princesses.  It speaks of loyalty, friendship, bravery, and fun all at the same time.  Or as imdb.com describes it, “A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather).”
11. Least favorite show or movie based off a book? Why?
My least fave is It by Stephen King.  I hated what “it” was at the end, even though I can’t remember if that was “it” in the book.   Pennywise is the fiercest cinema clown ever created.  Such a good book with such an unbelievably bad movie climax.  Okay, it was a tv mini-series, but I’m counting it.
 11 Random Facts about me:

    1. Pets are people in my opinion.
    2. There were originally two sets of wisdom teeth in my mouth.
    3. I sing Karen Carpenter and Anne Murray songs to my son at bedtime, even though they were “before my time.”
    4. I think I can play the harmonica … but other people don’t agree.
    5. I shot a deer once (never again).
    6. I’ve never been to Hawaii and really want to go someday.
    7. My favorite place to be is out on the water at the Lake of the Ozarks.
    8. The only foods I don’t like are canned peaches and slimy cherry pie filling.
    9. My all-time favorite color is orange.
    10. My hair has been brown, red and blonde.  It’s currently blonde hiding gray.
    11. I read a lot of feminist blogs.
 My eleven awardees whose book blogs I follow are:
Becky at Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic (although you’ve gotten a different version of this award before)
She who Loves to Read at The Reading & Life of a Bookworm (although you’ve also gotten this before)
Kat at Wild Night In (got you again!)
Danielle at Enchanted by Books
and Lanea at Rockblocks (even though her blog’s about music)
And your questions are:
1. Comedy or drama (reading, movies or tv)?
2. Shelfari or goodreads?
3. What is the first book you remember reading?
4.  Why do you blog?
5. What is your favorite reading genre?
6. Do you own an e-reader?  (why/why not)
7. Who is your favorite author?
8. How do you feel about popular book recommendations?
9. What book would you never read even if you were paid to do so?
10. New rock or classic rock?
11. Do you create a playlist in your mind while reading a book?
No worries if I tagged you but you can’t participate.  Have a great weekend!

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