Booking through Thursday asks this week:
You’ve just had a long, hard, exhausting day, and all you want to do is curl up with something light, fun, easy, fluffy, distracting, and entertaining. What book do you pick up?
This is easy…I pick up something by Julie James. Her books have fast-paced dialogue and bantering which reminds me of my favorite screwball comedies from the 1930s/40s. They feature strong, independent women who aren’t afraid to go up against men that are either very cocky or very alpha male. That they are set in Chicago is a bonus. If you are looking for something light, but enjoyable I highly recommend a book by James.
Booking Through Thursday asks: Do you multi-task when you read? Do other things like stirring things on the stove, brushing your teeth, watching television, knitting, walking, et cetera? Or is it just me, and you sit and do nothing but focus on what you’re reading? (Or, if you do both, why, when, and which do you prefer?)
I don’t know if it’s because I’m inundated with information and interruptions throughout the day but I find I don’t want to do anything else while I’m reading. I want to sit in my big comfy leather chair and just read. I’ve tried listening to music or the tv but I find that my mind wanders. Next thing I know I have to go back and reread pages because I have no idea what I just read. I’m amazed at those people who can watch tv and read a book at the same time and comprehend what was happening in both.
This doesn’t mean that I’m unable to read while waiting in lines,, stores, etc. I have been know to whip out my kindle app in line at Target. But when I do this I try to re-read something or focus on something light.
That being said, I don’t have the problem with audio books. I LOVE audio books. My commute on the Kennedy would be hell on earth if it weren’t for audio books. Plus, it helps me attack my shelf of constant reproach. Little by little I’m getting through the books I’ve owned for years. They were bought with good intentions and eventually I’ll get around to them.
Booking Through Thursday asks: Do you cheat and peek at the ends of books? (Come on, be honest.)
Oh, I have no problem responding to this one. You know that scene in When Harry Met Sally:
Sally Albright: Amanda mentioned you had a dark side.
Harry Burns: That’s what drew her to me.
Sally Albright: Your dark side?
Harry Burns: Sure. Why? Don’t you have a dark side? I know, you’re probably one of those cheerful people who dot their “i’s” with little hearts.
Sally Albright: I have just as much of a dark side as the next person.
Harry Burns: Oh, really? When I buy a new book, I read the last page first. That way, in case I die before I finish, I know how it ends. That, my friend, is a dark side.
I’m totally Harry when it comes to books. My friends and family think I’m nuts. Why spoil the ending? Why would you want to know what happens? Because I’m weird like that. I want to know if its worth my investment. If something happens to the book (or me), I really want to know how the book ended.
Now I will admit that I really only do this with paper books. It seems to be too much of a hassle when reading ebooks on my kindle. Too much clicking around. With a hard copy, it’s just too simply not to look.
So what about you? Do you cheat?
It’s Thanksgiving here in the U.S. of A. so …
What authors and books are you most thankful for?
I’m thankful for so many authors and books. I’m in awe of their talent and dedication.
F. Scott Fitzgerald is the first author that comes to mind. I have had hours of enjoyment reading The Great Gatsby and his other work including his short stories. It’s totally cliche, but I also am thankful for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I loved the book when I first read it and fell in love with it even more when I watched Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the BBC production.
But there are also modern fiction writers like Christopher Buckley (Thank You for Smoking, Boomsday) and Jonathan Tropper (This is Where I Leave You). I love their snark. And Buckley combines my love of politics with dripping satire. Who doesn’t love that?
And lastly my favorite women’s fiction/romance writers: Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Can’t pick just one!), Kristan Higgins (Too Good To Be True) , Julie James (All 3 but especially Just the Sexiest Man Alive), Lisa Kleypas (Smooth Talking Stranger), and Jennifer Crusie (So many but especially Bet Me).
So what about you? What authors are you thankful for?
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You’ve just dropped your favorite, out-of-print book into a bathtub, ruining it completely … What do you do now?
First, I would have my head examined. Why on earth was I in a bath with a cherished book? What could I have possibly been thinking. There’s no way I’m getting near water or food with a cherished book. That’s what a backup copy is for.
Next, I would cry. No seriously cry.
Then I would get online and start hunting and putting my social networks to work. The great thing about my job is that I’m “friends” with a lot of people who have a lot of friends. Someone out there somewhere would have to know of a copy of this book.
What would you do?
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