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www Wednesday – June 26

This weekly book meme is hosted at Should Be Reading.
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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?
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It is very good so far!
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It’s too soon to tell about this one, but Neil Gaiman rarely disappoints.
What did you recently finish reading?
ImageMy review is here.
What do you think you’ll read next?
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What are you reading?  Join in the fun and link back to Miz B’s original post.

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www Wednesday (June 5)

This meme is hosted by Should Be Reading.
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?
I’m currently reading
book KH
Recently I finished
book DE
and reviewed it on goodreads.
And I plan to read
book NG
which is apparently a prologue to his new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane.  I love Neil Gaiman so much!
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What are you reading?  Share it here or link back to MizB’s original post.  Happy reading!

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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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Return of Liebster!

Danielle at enchantedbybooks nominated me as one of her Liebster recipients. I think this is a very fun participant blog award.  Here are my answers to her questions:Image

1. What is your favorite book read in 2012? (does not have to be released in 2012)

Regardless of many previous recommendations, I held off reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak until this year. It was so tragically sad and wonderful at the same time.

2. Have you read any of the books in the Song of Ice and Fire series? Why/why not?

Honestly, I had not heard of the series.  Now I’ll have to check it out.

3. What is your opinion of 50 Shades of Grey?

No how, no way, no thanks! I’ve heard the writing leaves much to be desired, and there is no way I would support a woman allowing herself to be demeaned by a partner. Even reading about it would make me feel guilty.

4. How long have you blogged?

It’s probably been about a year now that I’ve been proffering my opinions online (lol).  This blog was born of my first novella Contained being available on Amazon.com, and my “fun” blog since before that time.

5.  Do you do anything crafty?

My newest crafting obsession comes in the form of beading, but I’m also a closet scrapbooker. It’s embarrassing to say so because I used to make fun of my friends for doing it, and now I’m an addict who couldn’t count the $ spent on this habit.

6. What country are you from?

I’m from the Midwestern United States (America’s so-called heartland).

7. What countries/states have you traveled to?

I’ve been to Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland and Scotland.  It’s very disheartening to admit there are still 18 states I have yet to visit (no particular order — WA, OR, ID, ND, MS, OH, AL, VA, MD, DE, CT, RI, MA, NH, VT, ME, HI, AK).

8. Do you like to participate in weekly memes? Which ones?

MizB‘s wwwWednesday weekly meme at shouldbereading is my favorite besides my own, Thanks my friend!, over on blogger that encourages women to support and show appreciation for other women.

9. What is your guilty pleasure tv show/book/movie?

I’m going to out myself for watching The Big Bang Theory on TNT Tuesday night reruns over and over and over.

10. What tips/pointers do you have for blogging?

Don’t let trolls bother you. It’s not about you, it’s about them and their version of cray-cray. Your blog is your own, and you can delete whatever crazy comment(s) you want!

11. Is there a book you love that you want to be a movie, as long as it was done the right way? Why/Why not?  Which one?

If Neil Gaiman agrees to a perfect director, I would love to see The Graveyard Book made into a movie. Is that already in the works?

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WWW Wednesdays (June 27)

Thanks for the incomparable MizB at Should be Reading for this weekly meme.

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

• 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 have recently started Smoke & Mirrors by Neil Gaiman, which is great!  He’s a master of word play.  Some of the shorts are repeats from M is for Magic, but they’re great.  Especially The Goldfish Pond & Other Stories.  I’m also reading The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, as I had never done so as a child.

• What did you recently finish reading?

A nice Kindle freebie from a new favorite author, Hugh Howey, jumped up and caught my attention.  It is The Plagiarist and has a very funky futuristic concept that I enjoyed.  Download it free on Amazon.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

My book club has pegged In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson as our next group read.  He is said to be a hilarious travel writer, with other works like A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering American on the Appalachian Trail.  Should be fun!

Please feel free to comment with a link to your list!

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wwwWednesday (June 20)

This is a weekly meme hosted by the Incomparable MizzB at ShouldbeReading.

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

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

So here goes:

What are you currently reading?

I’ve just begun reading a paperback copy (can’t believe it myself) of short stories titled Smoke & Mirrors by one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman.

What did you recently finish reading?

Our book club is meeting tomorrow night to discuss We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver, which should be an interesting conversation.  It was quite bizarre.  I told my fellow book-clubians that I can’t wait to purge my soul about it.  Not much bothers me, but it was greatly disturbing to contemplate your son being a mass murderer.  Don’t get me wrong, though, because I liked it in a weird way.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My “tbr” list keeps getting switched around, but I think I’m moving Legacy: First Shift to the top of it.  I recently finished Hugh Howey‘s Wool Omnibus (1 – 5) and want to read this prequel while the series is still fresh in my mind.  Dystopia at its best!

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WWW Wednesdays (June 13)

Thanks to MizB at Should be Reading for this weekly meme!

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?

A short book I’ve borrowed from a friend is 420 Characters by Lou Beach.  It began as a project from Facebook “status” posts (hence, 420 characters).  Very clever concept.

Embarrassing to say, but I’m also still reading We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver (heavy and slow) and listening to Sellevision by Augusten Burroughs.

What did you recently finish reading?

As per my previous shame-faced admission, I count children’s books in my overall read “count.”  Instead of regurgitating what I said last week, I’ll thrown in a couple kid titles.  My son and I just finished reading The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Gets Stage Fright by Leigh Anne Lagoe and The Sneezing Christmas Tree, which were both cute little bits o’ fluff read with a five-year-old.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Even though my current “tbr” list stood at 420 (how serendipitous), I just added Smoke & Mirrors by Neil Gaiman when I picked it up at the library today.  He’s one of my faves!  So I will most likely start on it next.

Looks like Uglies by Scott Westerfeld is going on the back burner.  There’s, unfortunately, a pattern building here.

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Musing Mondays (May 7)

This week’s musing asks…

If you were going to write a book, what would you write about? Would it be fiction, or nonfiction?

This particular topic actually inspired the creation of my wordpress blog!  I’ve self-published a novella through Kindle Direct Publishing and plan to use that route again in the future.  My long, drawn-out 2011 NaNoWriMo project is still dragging its feet in the editing process.

My desire to become a writer is suffused only by my love of reading.  Reading is what feeds my love of words and spurs me to keep trying to write more and more.

I digress … I would like to write more mystery/thriller stories.  The sky is the limit, in my opinion, as far as fiction goes.  Critics can’t discredit what someone else creates in their own imagination.  They can argue whether they find the characters or action believable, but every reader has her/his own perspective.

Writers who master these seemingly realistic or surreal premises and riveting plot lines are the stimulus of my creative spirit.  Whereas I may not ever be an inventor comparable to the likes of Neil Gaiman or Roddy Doyle,  my personal commitment is to keep trying.

Serendipitous to this post, a quote from one of my favorite people popped up after writing it.  The quote read, “I do not like to write – I like to have written.” Gloria Steinem

Another great MizB inspired meme!

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