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Book Bloggers: Is There Such As A Thing As Too Many Books?

The best part about being a book blogger is receiving books to review. I LOVE reading, so reading for free, is even better.  Well, not necessarily free.  With every book that I receive and read, I provide a review on my blog, Twitter, and Facebook.  I also post it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and Library Thing.  Whew!  That is a lot.  However, I feel that it’s important to the author to post a great review on as many sites as possible.

However, I have a stack of books waiting to be read.  Is it possible to have too many books?  I actually sat down and wrote every down every book I have agreed to review.  I have about 15 books waiting to be read and reviewed.  I also made myself a schedule by which to post my reviews. These are books that are not included in my book club picks that I also read to participate in our monthly meetings.  Nor, are these are also books that I have personally purchased for my own personal reading.  However, I do post book reviews for all the books I’ve read because I truly enjoy posting reviews.

So, how do you balance reading, writing reviews, and deciding what order to post them (unless a date has already been issued)?

 

Sunday Salon: Sometimes it is best when it is left to the imagination….

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I am the first to admit that I love sequels: books and movies.  However, there are some books that I’ve read, where you just have to say NO!  I think that is where Halloween XXV went wrong…okay, maybe not that many, but  you get the point.

Top 3 reasons to say no to a book sequel:

1.  The characters have been fully developed and they’ve had plenty of epiphanies and overcome many challenges already.

2.  The book really stands on its own and no matter how well the book did, there really isn’t much more to explore.  Some examples, are The Help by Kathryn Stockett and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

3.  A sequel shouldn’t focus on a secondary character and the main character of the first book have a cameo.  A HUGE example of this is New Moon by Stephanie Meyer. Okay, everyone knows how much I love the Twilight Series and how it helped me cope with some personal issues at home.  However, in Twilight, I fell in love with the characters of Bella and Edward and their “hopelessly devoted to each other” relationship.  Yet, in New Moon, Edward is gone for most of the book and only reappears at the very end. While it was interesting to learn about Jacob’s werewolf transformation, the only reason I picked up the 2nd book was to know what happens to Edward and Bella.  The movie was made nicely because Edward was an illusion for Bella and appeared throughout the movie.  However, I really didn’t care for the second book much….oooh…I hope no one heard ;)

What do you think?  Do you think some books are better left as they are rather than reading a sequel? I’d love to hear from you!

 

Sunday Salon: Even The President Knows a Good Novel

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“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
— Oscar Wilde

Today on Yahoo,  President Obama’s reading list was released.  Isn’t it always fascinating to learn what others are reading, especially those in the public eye?  His book list consists of:

1.  The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell

2.  Rodin’s Debutante by Ward Just

3.  Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

4.  To the End of the Land by David Grossman

5.  The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Granted, I am usually not swayed to read books that have been endorsed by celebrities or political figures.  However, it is kinda nice to see some great books listed.  It certainly brings attention to some of the topics these books cover and perhaps it’s an indirect way to encourage the public to read, too!

Former President George W. Bush was also a bibliophile.  His reading list consisted of:

1.  Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar by Edvard Radzinsky

2.  Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero by David Maraniss

3.  Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power by Richard Carwardine

4.  Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural by Ronald C. White Jr.

5.  Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday

6.  Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks

7.  Polio: An American Story by David Oshinsky The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth by Leigh Montville

8.  The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M. Barry

9.  Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

10.  The Stranger by Albert Camus

Looking at their lists and adding some to my TBR list, I began to brainstorm why I read and I thought I’d share them with you.

Some of the reasons why I read:

1.  I love to read.

2.  It’s a stress reliever

3.  It’s a much better activity than watching t.v.

4.  Opportunity to learn about different cultures, religions, people, and ideas

5.  I get to use my Nook :)

6.  Best alternative to sleeping pills, since I do have insomnia

7.  Wonderful way to pause my day…

8.  Read about fascinating characters and plots that I know I wouldn’t see on tv

9.  I’m always learning

10. I love to read! I know I wrote that already, but this just emphasizes it more :)

What are some of your reasons that you read?  Were there any books mentioned that you have read or added to your TBR list?  I’d love to hear back from you!

 

 

My Very First Blog Award!!

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Yesterday, I received an email from Samantha Leighanne from Leighanne’s Lit.  She gave me, along with some other bloggers, the Liebster Blog Award.  Any award makes my day…especially since I am a new blogger and love to know that there are readers out there who enjoy reading my posts.  However, being the researcher that I am, I decided to find out who created this award and what is it exactly for.

This is the information I found:

1.  Rumor has it that someone in Germany, possibly someone named Liebster, created an award for new bloggers to show appreciation and thanks for their blog.

3.  Liebster means “beloved” in German and Spanish.

2.  You can only receive the award from another blogger, who has also received the award. 

3.  Awards are to be passed forward to other bloggers, 3-5 blog sites, with followers of 300 or less.

4.  Once you give the award to a fellow blogger, you are to contact the blogger and let them know.

5.  Copy and paste the award on your blog.

So, I’d like to thank Leighanne for this wonderful honor!

In no specific order, I am awarding the Liebster Blog Award to the following bloggers:

1.  Julie at Booking Mama:  Julie introduced me to one of my all time favorite books: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.  Julie is a busy momma, like me, and has the same love of books I do in the same genre!  So, I truly enjoy reading her book reviews.  AND…while I have not won a book yet from her blog, she gives some great book giveaways, too!

2.  Michelle at Life in Review: I enjoy reading Michelle’s blog posts.  While I am Christian, I have to admit that before last summer, I just didn’t read Christian fiction.  I would go to bookstores and scan them, deciding to buy a Bible or study book instead.  However, there have been some great break-authors and their writing has been incredible!  To my amazement and delight, Christian fiction covers topics that are real life situations, aren’t drowned with “you will burn in hell” statements, and are not cheesy whatsoever!  It has been nice to read a fellow blogger’s reviews on Christian fiction books :)

P.S.  Thanks, Francine Rivers for “redeeming” the Christian fiction industry and introducing me to a genre that I quite actually enjoy!!

3.  Laurel Rain-Snow at Accidental Moments:  I first started reading Laurel’s blog when I joined The Sunday Salon.  While I have never met her, she just has this laid-back personality on her blog.  When I read her posts, I feel that it is she and I sipping coffee as she tells me about her day. She also has the same taste in books that I do!

4.  Debbie Ashley Nance at Readerbuzz:  I have had the pleasure of meeting Debbie at one of my book club meets.  She is as friendly and charming in person as she is on her blog.  I love that she is a librarian and blogs about all kinds of books.  She also weaves into her blog personal life tidbits, which is always great to read!

5.  Karen’s Sister at Coming East:  I just recently started following this blog and enjoy reading these posts!  She is witty, has some hilarious post titles, and writes about the mundane in a funny and interesting way.

Please take some time to read their blogs, too! I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.