15 November 2012

Book Bible

When I say book bible, I'm talking about  RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine.

I LOVE this magazine.

It literally is my go to each month to discover what's new and upcoming in the world of books.

This monthly magazine, in a nutshell, is just plain fun to read. I've even been known to haunt my local bookstore(s) impatiently awaiting each new issue.

I read it from to cover to cover (well almost) and  I even pay attention to those eye-catching ads (I have discovered books I'd have missed otherwise).

After I've read each issue, I grab my highlighter and go through it again and mark every book that has caught my attention whether I plan to buy it or not. Later, I'll use the computer to make those decisions and if it's going to be a purchase, I'll use a pen to write the release date next to the book.

I can't wait to see what the new issue holds.

Upcoming Books- The Keepers L.A. Series


I'm really excited about this upcoming series of books. The Gatekeeper is a short e-book only novella to give the reader a taste and what a tasty little bite it is.

I have to give Heather Graham credit for writing such a great story in just a handful of pages. Not many authors can do it with such success. It was fast paced and fully developed with great characters.

There's just enough here to whet your appetite for the December release, also by Heather Graham, Keeper of the Night.

Don't miss this little treat.


12 November 2012

Slump

Slump.

To me that's kind of a taboo word.

People in sports don't want to hear it.

People in sales or business don't either.

Single people trying to date may not like it.

And I'm fairly confident that's a dreaded word for authors.

But you know what, as a reader, I pretty much hate that word too.

I read every day. The speed varies and there are times I can read a book in a day(rare) and there are times it takes me a week (also rare). I average almost two books a week most of the time.

Depending on who you talk too, those numbers can be high or low. The fact is those numbers, for me, pretty much stay the same no matter how busy or not busy I am in my life.

Except when that word rears its ugly head.

SLUMP

For me several things can/ may bring on a reading slump:

Anticipating an author's upcoming release can make it hard to concentrate on a book as I daydream about what I really wish what I could be reading.

Reading a few clunkers back to back can also make it hard to get into a book.

Bad timing- just plain picking a few books to try to get into but nothing catching my attention can make everything seem uninteresting.

I hate reading slumps. Books I'd normally love to read can just simply just sit unread.

So how do you get out of your own personal reading slumps?

I typically take a break. I'll put my book(s)  down and walk away. Give it a couple hours to refresh my perspective. When I'm in a full blown slump trying to find a book, I'll only give a book a few pages to click with me(unlike what I would normally do, but that's a topic for another day). Usually that works.

Once in a blue moon it doesn't. Even switching genres and to magazines doesn't help.

Let me tell you, as someone who eats, breathes and sleeps books... this really really sucks.  I joke that I was born with a book in my hands, so not reading is like nails on a chalkboard.

Horror movies don't scare me.

What strikes terror into my heart is that Twilight Zone episode with Burgess Meredith. You know the one... end of the world... last man alive... nothing but time to read all of the books in existence... eyeglasses break...fade to black...

Told you- total nightmare right?

My point is, not being able to read in any regard stinks.

So here's wishing us days filled with good health, laughter and ...yes reading.





08 November 2012

Please Read??

I admit it.

I'm a bit obsessive compulsive.

When I decide to read a new book there are certain things I do. And I wonder if you do too.

For example:

Do you read the book's summary whether it is on the back or inner dust jacket?

How about if there's a teaser on that first page when you open the book?

Do you look in the back of the book to see if there's news about upcoming books or excerpts on the next one?

How about author bio info?

Or quotes from reviewers or celebs etc plugging the book?

How about dedications, acknowledgments or dear reader letters?

I have a secret to tell you.

 I read it all.

And I LOVE  it. 

Especially author dear reader letters and acknowledgments. Even if you don't agree with me I'd like to leave you with a final thought. If the author took the time to write us- the readers- a note then we should take a minute to read it, don't you think?

06 November 2012

Jingle Books

I love Holiday books, don't you?

The hard part is actually waiting til the day after Thanksgiving to read them. Most years I cheat and start one on Turkey Day but never before. I'm just  glad the holiday is early this year.

Some years, the publishing world puts out so many titles I want, it's hard to choose. Other years, pickings are so slim it's kinda sad.

This year I'm sitting pretty. In fact, I'll probably have too many. And because I am a bit compulsive (okay A LOT) I already have certain books targeted for T- Day, Christmas Eve/Day and New Years Eve/Day.

I usually pack away what I didn't read from the year(s) before and often forget.  So for me, it's like an yearly present opening that storage tub and finding Christmas books stuffed inside. Do I always get to them? Nope. But it's nice to have them.

So here's hoping that your own stash of Holiday themed books bring you a smile this season.


 

05 November 2012

Expectations

Expectations.

The word can mean so many different things.

But for the purposes of today's Blog, I'm referring to books.

Examples:

We expect our favorite author to always write a book we love/like (for the purpose of the rest of my Blog I'll just use the word love). Does that always happen? Maybe, maybe not. I think it can be hard to always love an author's books. And what happens if we don't? Do we feel guilty? I think it has to be hard, with a tremendous amount of pressure, for any author to be constantly on top of their game. Especially one who churns out more than one book a year OR someone who has been or remains on ANY type of bestseller list.

We expect cover content(at least I do) to relate to the story inside. I wouldn't expect a romance novel cover to look like that of a horror novel or vice versa. However it happens. Most authors have very little or no control over the cover of their book. Which to me is completely and utterly ridiculous. How many times do you read a book with a hero with black hair but on the cover he is blond? Or the heroine has short hair on the cover but long hair in the book? That cat on the cover...oh wait..it's really a DOG. Covers can be tricky sometimes, making that old saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" really ring true and apply. I'm one that needs and wants a good cover on my books. Have I bought books based on their cover alone? You bet. Have I bypassed books based on their cover? Yup.  Fair? Nope. I'm sure I've missed reading some gems, however that brings me to my next point.

We expect, and trust to a certain degree, that book reviews and/or recommendations are spot on. Whether that they come from a magazine, news media, celebrity,  bookseller, friend...the list goes on and on. Before the indy bookstore my best friend(s) and I worked at went out of business, we would get customers, who all the time asked us for recommendations. Something we were very careful about doing, in those few instances, when we did. We put a large amount of weight on what others think about books sometimes. I'm not saying that is a good or bad thing.  Just look at any bookstore site or Goodreads. People have varying and different opinions. And if we buy/read a book based on any review or recommendation....then whether we love or hate the book is on us- and us alone. I remember once my best friend and I(check out her Blog at Romancing the Readers) bought a book based solely on the extremely poor review it received (if you want to know, I'm going to make you ask). Turns out we LOVED the book. In that case our gamble paid off.

Lastly- how about what do we expect from our books?  If they are FICTION, then pretty much anything goes for me. Two words straight from the dictionary under fiction are: INVENTED and IMAGINED.  So why do so many people get angry when and author gets a fact wrong in their work of...wait for it...FICTION?  We shouldn't. After all, it's, say it with me, FICTION.

And I expect that I'll both love and dislike many of the books I'll read in the future and I expect you will too.