Category: Question

Question: What Do You Do With Your ‘Read’ Books?

Question: What Do You Do With Your ‘Read’ Books?

It’s inevitable. Anyone who’s been a reader for any amount of time accumulates books, and this is doubly true if you’re a blogger. My shelves aren’t as overcrowded as they once were since e-galleys have become the norm, but physical advanced review copies (ARCs) are still common, not to mention the titles that I purchase […]

— Posted March 19, 2015 by Carmel / 47 Comments
Question: Does Bonus Material Add Value?

Question: Does Bonus Material Add Value?

The standard book includes the cover art, the story itself, and things like the author’s backlist, their bio, maybe a glossary of terms, etc. But, occasionally a novel goes above and beyond by throwing in things like maps, illustrations, family trees, a note to readers, a preview of the next installment, or if we’re talking […]

— Posted March 12, 2015 by Carmel / 41 Comments
Question: Have You Ever Played Hooky To Read?

Question: Have You Ever Played Hooky To Read?

Confession time! But first, I feel like this post should come with a disclaimer, so if there’s even the remotest possibility that your boss might see your answer if you leave a comment, and you could jeopardize your job as a result, ZIP IT. Ok, now that that’s done with I’d like to clarify that […]

— Posted March 5, 2015 by Carmel / 47 Comments
Question: Do You Multi-Task While Listening To Audiobooks?

Question: Do You Multi-Task While Listening To Audiobooks?

I discovered the marvels of audiobooks back in 2011 with Richelle Mead’s GEORGINA KINCAID series, and from there started listening to roughly one title a month. I didn’t take an immediate liking to them, struggled with my fair share of crappy narrators, and learned the hard way that anything over 20 hours caused me to […]

— Posted February 26, 2015 by Carmel / 131 Comments
Question: What Are Your SFF Deal Breakers?

Question: What Are Your SFF Deal Breakers?

One of the things I love most about reading speculative fiction is that almost anything is possible; a man can turn into a wolf, power isn’t measured by one’s size, time travel exists, and eternity takes on a whole new meaning when immortality is on the table. However, there are a few steadfast rules that […]

— Posted February 19, 2015 by Carmel / 105 Comments
Question: Are You A Seasonal Reader?

Question: Are You A Seasonal Reader?

Valentine’s Day is knocking on our door, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is about to hit theaters, along with a handful of other similar chick flicks, and the book industry is doing its annual Romance genre push which got me thinking. Do holidays have a different meaning for readers? Do you see Halloween as an excuse […]

— Posted February 12, 2015 by Carmel / 99 Comments
Question: Do You Ever Peek At The Ending?

Question: Do You Ever Peek At The Ending?

I’m a firm believer that reading is about the journey, not the destination; however I’ll also be the first to admit that a story’s ending can often make or break the whole book. The happily-ever-after is extra sweet when you’ve experienced all of the trials and tribulations that a couple had to overcome in order […]

— Posted February 5, 2015 by Carmel / 97 Comments
Question: How Are Your Bookshelves Organized?

Question: How Are Your Bookshelves Organized?

What originally started out as a straightforward add five new precious’ to my shelves this past weekend turned into a lengthy bookcase overhaul because of course, any open spot simply wouldn’t do. #1 came in search of me hours later wondering where the heck I’d disappeared to, and after my failed attempt at explaining to […]

— Posted January 29, 2015 by Carmel / 116 Comments
Question: How Do You Read A Series?

Question: How Do You Read A Series?

I prefer to start at the beginning, and work my way through the installments in order, except for novellas & anthologies. I’ll usually leave these for a rainy day. The only time I’ll bend this rule is when an advanced copy lands in my P.O. box, and either the author has assured me that it […]

— Posted January 22, 2015 by Carmel / 106 Comments
Question: Are You Into Safe Sex?

Question: Are You Into Safe Sex?

Unless you’re strictly a Young Adult reader, and even then there are still ‘mature’ books in this genre, you’ve probably encountered a decent amount of sex scenes in your fictional wanderings, but how many of ’em actually mentioned contraception in some way, shape or form? It doesn’t cross my mind a lot; however there are […]

— Posted January 15, 2015 by Carmel / 121 Comments
Question: What Was Your First Read / Listen of 2015?

Question: What Was Your First Read / Listen of 2015?

My first read of the year was FORSAKEN BY THE OTHERS by Jess Haines which unfortunately turned out to be only a 3-star book; not exactly the best start to 2015. Ah well, all of the previous installments have been really good, so it was bound to happen, and now I’m only one novel away […]

— Posted January 8, 2015 by Carmel / 136 Comments
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