Tuesday Talk- Gaps in Authors you read

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

I was updating my Alphabetical Book Review Page and noticed I have not reviewed any books from authors whose last name begins with: Q U X

Are there just not that many authors with last names that start with Q U or X?

I’m curious, those who have an alphabetical section, do you see gaps or letters that have no reviews behind them?

And honestly does anyone even look at alphabetical lists? I could be completely wasting my time.

I guess this Tuesday is one for ponder. Happy Reading everyone 🙂

Tuesday Talk- Splurge Much

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  


You know those moments when life gets away from you? Those times when you get so caught up in school, work, kids. etc. nothing else seems to penetrate your mind beyond what your focused on. Then all of a sudden you stick your head up for a breath of fresh air and time has flown by.  

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That’s kind of how I feel right now. I have been so supper focused on recovering form my car accident that I have missed so many great books out there. I’m not even going to begin to talk about how much I miss running… So of course I did what any sane person would do…

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I might have gotten a little carried away… Probably not one of my better choices but I’m doubtful I’ll regret this purchase. But we’ll see!

So Tell Me- What has been your latest and greatest splurge and was it worth it? 

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! 🙂

Tuesday Talk- Book Covers

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

We’ve all done it, walked around a book store and a book catches your eye. Soon you’ve picked up the book on the sole basis of its cover. You know nothing about the book but something about the cover made the book too much to pass up.

Throughout my years of reading, I have encountered some magnificent and some less desirable book covers.

Do book covers make a difference? In other words- does the cover of a book make or break how successful the book becomes? My guess would be in the long run, no. What counts is what is on the inside of a book. But knowing myself, I am more willing to pick up a random book that has a nice cover than I am a random book with a less than ideal cover.

This weeks question can be answered one of two ways:

Have you ever bought/read a book because the books cover drew your attention? Did you get burned on the book or did the book end up being good?

Or

Despite the book, it can be the best or the worst book you’ve read, it doesn’t matter. But share your favorite book cover and describe what it is that you like about the cover.


 

I love covers that display an attractive, strong man. The Deal (Off-Campus #1) is a perfect example of what I am talking about. The cover is delicious and inviting. I also really like how you can’t see the guys face. The cover on Fighting Destiny (Fea Chronicles #1)  also does a nice job of showing just enough to attract but not too much to ruine the illusion I have created in my own head.  I’m attracted to the strength and beauty in Storm Siren (Storm Siren #1). And the last book, Palpitations (Sanguivorous #1), you can’t tell me looking at that cover doesn’t make you curious! Who is the mysterious guy in the background? Whose the sweet girl?


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Vineeth chimed in with this cover. Don’t forget to check out his comment below. I love the way he explained what the cover, i.e. the pillars on the book, meant for him.  He did say this book was one of  the best reads he has had. Check it out, and maybe you will agree as well, Fountainhead

Tuesday Talk- Getting Reacquainted

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

It has been so long since I have done one of these. But that kind of brings me to my point- I have been absent for 6 months – ugh!! – And I feel disconnected from my blog and all of you.

In my head I picture myself sitting at my computer, scratching my head, looking at an empty page, and wondering

Where do I start

I think the first thing is to let everyone know I am back and what kept me away. I’ve touched on this earlier but incase you missed that post, you can find it here: Surviving the Accident.

The second thing is to reconnect with all of you which brings me to this weeks question:

What have you been up to?
What books have you read in the last 6 months that are must reads?
Are you Writing?
How did your Run go?
Have you written a post that is a must read? Please Share!!  

You can take this any way you want- feel free to comment below with a couple sentences or leave a recent link to a post you wrote.

Please bare with me as I dust of the cobwebs, get reacquainted and reconnected, and begin blogging again!

dust off the cobwebs

Happy Tuesday!! 🙂

Tuesday Talk-What gets you through the Holidays???

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

It is a know fact that sometimes the holidays are difficult to get through. Maybe it’s because you’re single and you are dreading to have to explain to your mother/aunt/uncle why you aren’t currently dating anyone. Maybe it’s because you have a difficult family and you’re dreading the drama.. Or maybe you just simply hate the holidays.

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Haha, okay maybe things aren’t this extreme but reading this made me chuckle. If you had the same reaction, your welcome 🙂 So, here’s the thing- not everything is easy and holidays can sure throw a curve ball in an already hectic slushy wet mess of a thing we call winter.

My weekly question is:

Do you love or hate the holidays?

What are some of the things you do to pick you up when you are down?

 For me, it really depends on the year. Some years, I love the holidays and all the magic that surrounds them. But then there are the years were I just can’t handle my family, the extra drama, and I feel like an outcast or outsider trying to pretend like I fit in.

This year, I’m feeling pretty neutral about the holidays. It’s fun seeing how excited my kids get but I’m not really feeling that excitement. I’m also not feeling any negative or bad feelings. It’s more like another thing on the long list of things I need to check off.

Some of the things I do when I am down-

  • Read a favorite series or gush worthy book. Nothing spells distraction like a book you can lose yourself in
  • In college I once wrote on my dorm mirror: Smile, you are beautiful. Everyone morning and everyone time I would pass the mirror, I would read the message. And eventually, I started to feel that way.

I’m excited to see what you do to pick yourself up. Happy Tuesday Everyone 🙂

Tuesday Talk- Gifts

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! I still can’t believe it is already December. And with December, at least for me, comes miles of snow and blistering cold weather. At least it’s supposed to. Looking out my window, I still see great grass and the temperature flexing between mid 30’s to low 50’s. But Mother Nature is planning on taking care of that. This week is FREEZING!!

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As we get further into December, it is impossible not to be surrounded by holiday decorations and upcoming gifts.

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Which brings me to my question

Assuming you participate in the holiday of Christmas, what gift do you want most this year?

I am always asked what I want for Christmas and I always have the hardest time coming up with an idea. Don’t get me wrong, there are things I want. But I always seem to forget what they are around holidays and birthdays.

So tell me, what do you want this year?

Tuesday Talk- If we were having Coffee

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

If we were having coffee…

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If we were having coffee, I would say how disappointed I am that I couldn’t run my first marathon. But that disappointment is also what is failing my drive to be better, to get my body in right shape it needs to be. I would tell you how running has transformed my life and how I look at myself.

If we were having coffee I would confess how I am not sure how to juggle my life anymore. Going back to work has been the perfect move for me, but it has cost me time with my children, time away from what I love, and just time in general. I would tell you about how much I miss my kids but how I love helping other families and kids with special needs.

If we were having coffee I wonder what we would talk about…

Would our conversation be light, talking about the weather or upcoming events? Would we talk books, life, or something more?

If we were having coffee, what would you say?

Tuesday Talk- Book content, Ratings, and should Authors be limited in what they add?

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

This topic idea came to me a couple weeks ago after reading a book review. I’m not going to name who the reviewer was so please don’t ask. But as I was reading the review I found it interesting how the person, in a way, connected her negative feelings towards something and transferred that into the book.

This person went on a tangent (a long paragraph) about how they despise drugs and hate reading about it in books. I completely get this because lets me honest, I have done the same thing. There are just some things I really don’t like reading about.

But the blogger didn’t stop there. They went further and stated how this type of book draws in young readers and how it wasn’t fair to expose them to things like drug abuse. The blogger followed this up by stating this was their opinion on the matter and ending further discussion.

Lets take a look a the book:

Pure TortureSome of the hashtags/shelves that go along with this book are: alpha-male, immaturity, man-ho, asshole-hero, romance, new-adult..

Synopsis:
Cody’s the sexy drummer extraordinaire of the hard rock band Oblivion. Kitty’s the little sister of one of Cody’s band mates and she’s had a secret crush on him for years.

When the band are back home for a few days, the chemistry between them is both unexpected and undeniably off-the-charts.

She quickly realizes that the prospect of having what she’s always fantasized about is a very real possibility.He quickly realizes that although he feels this mind-blowing attraction towards her, she’s the little sister of one of his band mates – he would get his ass kicked from here to hell if he ever laid a finger on her!

But can Kitty convince him? After all, no one else needs to know, a one-time hook-up might suit both of them…or could it ruin everything?

Warning: This story contains hot rock stars, sizzling sexual encounters and language that you would expect from heavy rock musicians used to a life of sex, booze and rock and roll. Pure Torture contains graphic sex scenes and is strictly 18+ only.

Here’s my question or more discussion I am interested in having:

Should authors limit what content they put in their books just because their book might draw a younger audience?

In many ways authors already add ratings to their books, similar to movies. But instead of pg13, you get Ya, Na, erotica… Is that enough of a warning or should authors do more?

How do you feel about exposure? Again, similar questions- should authors limit the content they expose their readers to?

Feel free to answer all, any, or just comment on this topic. It will be interesting to see how everyone feels.


My personal feeling on the matter is anyone and everyone will read what they want to read. You can’t stop a young child from picking up a Steven King book. I think it is unfair and unrealistic to ask authors to limit their creativity based on the notion that younger readers might come across something that others wish they weren’t exposed to.

The sad reality is bad things happen in our world and we cant ignore the issues and refuse to talk about them. They are still going to be there.

As a mother do I want my boys reading about “man-ho” sex, drugs, and rock and roll.. Well, not particularly at a young age. But those topics aren’t going to be new to them. My kids are going to be exposed to what drugs are, what sex is, etc. so they know how to handle different situations they will find themselves in.

Again this is my personal opinion, but you can’t fear exposure. If you try to shelter someone, it just creates ignorance. And often times ignorance breeds stupidity and dump choices.

Now do I think the author should maybe write a warning on their book if it contains strong sexual scenes, yes. Because not everyone wants to read about that and that is just fine.

Tuesday Talk- Blog Awards

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

 There are a lot of blog awards out there. The one most common is the Liebster Award. But there are so many others out there. In order to receive an award, you must be nominated by your fellow bloggers.

I’m curious, what do you think of blog awards?

  • Is it something to help pass the time?
  • A popularity contest?
  • Something not to take serious but more fun?

How do you think people are chosen for awards?

  • Is it because their blog stands out from everyone else?
  • Is there something special about their blog?
  • Maybe the blogs that get picked are the ones that comments the most?

Or do these awards even register with you? Maybe you care less about blog Awards.. Either way, I’m curious to know what you think.


Personally, I think they are meant to be fun and not taken too serious. But I can see how they might cause some jealousy and maybe make some people envious.

My thought is that is you really want to do one of these awards, answer questions about yourself and nominate others, just do it! Yes, it might defeat the purpose of the ‘award’ but why not have fun. Blogging is all about having fun 🙂

Tuesday Talk- YA Books, love them or hate them?

Tuesday Talks

On Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

YA books seems to be one of those categories people either really enjoy or they find annoying. What is it about these books that draw people in? Is it the flirtatious yet timid love interests? Or maybe it’s more about being able to relate better to the main character?

But for those who don’t like YA books, what is it that pushes you away? Are the characters too immature? Are you unable to relate? Or maybe the plot isn’t as sexual as you would like?

My Question this week is: 

  1. Do you love or hate YA books?
    A- If you love them, why? What draws you to these kinds of books?
    B- If you hate them, again why? What are these books missing that you find in other books?
  2. If you are a fan of YA books, name a couple books that fall in your favorite category.

I know hate might be too strong of a word, but I think you get the idea. Feel free to answer all or one of the questions above 🙂


Personally, I find myself moving further away from that genre. The biggest reason being, and gosh I hate saying this, is that I am getting old enough that the characters aren’t relatable or their immaturity gets in the way. That’s kind of a hard thing to look past.

But honestly, I can’t say I hate all YA books because I have read some really entertaining ones.  Below are a couple series I have enjoyed. Going through my shelves of read books, I am actually a little surprised with how many YA books I do enjoy. Still, in comparison to my other shelves, my YA shelf is the smallest.

Divergent

Under the Never Sky

Mythos Academy

The Storm Siren