Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Reading Deal-Breakers: A Top 10 List

Like those with mating-dating deal-breakers, I can be a little finicky with reading peeves too.

Creating this list came to mind as I was sitting in a meeting viewing hundreds of books sitting in boxes. I could barely concentrate I was so distracted by these books partially hidden in boxes. I wanted to excuse myself, and right then and there unpack the boxes to fashion a library. So make this my number one peeve, I do not store books in boxes.

#2 To the opposite end however, I do not loan my autographed books. So sad, but so true. For as much as I promote reading and talk up my library, it is difficult for me to part with any of my books.

#3 I don’t appreciate marked up books either. Nope. Refuse to read them. I (sssh) return them!

#4 E-books I as well don’t read. Besides the fact that I read too much on screen as it is, I prefer that the content in a book be still, or stay fixed. In other words, when I purchase a product such as, let’s say, a redwood 10x5 oblong 3-legged dining room table, I don’t want to come home and find my table turned into an 8x8 aluminum 10-legged beach table…all because the designer changed his or her mind, or made a mistake. I appreciate authentic products. Glitches often enhance authenticity.

#5 If I come across one key word in the synopsis I’ll shun the book too. No, I’m not sharing what that word is, but will leave a hint. It’s okay if the word is in the book, or threaded through its overriding theme in the story, but please don’t make it the story’s selling point.

#6 I don’t make my reading selections based on reviews. (Author bio and synopsis is generally how I select books.)

#7 To the other end of the above peeve, I also tend to avoid books with a lot of reviews. I pine to find gems, that ten out of ten times have as few as zero reviews.

#8 And might as well throw in, the only genre I do not care to read are self-help books. While I see the advantage in paying for help that actually helps, something about paying for ‘opinions’ grab me wrong.

#9 I also don’t have a favorite author I like to read over and over, which follows…

#10 …with the exception of my own books (and I'm speaking of once they are in print), I otherwise do not read books more than once.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

You Mocking Me?

The idea, or model I like to follow for writing blog posts, is to hit it and quit it. I really don’t like spending any more than 30 minutes TOPS writing posts. However, for this post I vowed to take my time rather than simply hitting it, and perhaps missing it. My aim is to hit every single note in this post, even if it takes me a week trying to hit it just right.

That title came to me (today, now yesterday) while listening to one of Anita Baker’s songs and thinking about Charlie Wilson’s memoir I just finished reading. (Review here).

Friday, August 14, 2015

A Top 10 List: What Happens When We Don’t Read a Book Cover-to-Cover

It happens all the time. We select a book we thought might be good, to flip through it only to find whatever we’ve skimmed doesn’t suit our interest. So be it. That’s fine.

It’s entirely another matter however, to skim books we claim to have read but haven’t.

It took me being my own best example to know this, and to appreciate the importance of reading books cover-to-cover, and too, what happens when we don’t.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

How to Tell When it’s Time to Pick Up… or Put Down a Book

Alrighty, I sense it's about time for a little Thursday humor, though before putting anyone in stitches let me peel off one of my wise soapbox quotes for my author, and aspiring authors writing books and hoping on BOOK SALES:

“Encourage reading by leading by example; purchasing, reading (cover to cover) and reviewing the works of other authors.”

Friday, August 7, 2015

Pick A Book Up, and Get Your Mental Workout On!

The game I’m about to lay down should come with an advisory notice: You CAN play this game (at home) and (alone), BUT…

…as what many ALSO advise, it is unwise not to balance reading and writing… you know…otherwise, it is not advisable to do what I do All of the Time.

You could fool around and become really, really smart. Or you could become addicted, and end up losing all your friends, leaving you with a just a few real friends (really the only friends you ever had to begin with.)

But you could also LOSE IT!