Category: Question

Question: How Do You Fight Blogging Slumps?

Question: How Do You Fight Blogging Slumps?

You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been really slacking in the comment department lately, both in replying & returning them. To my dismay, real life has decided to beat up my blogging mojo with a baseball bat which blows, but c’est la vie! I’m trying not to get too down on myself because I haven’t hit […]

— Posted March 26, 2015 by Carmel / 43 Comments
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
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