Talking Between Reads (TBR) is a monthly discussion post where we talk about different topics from books to blogging and anything else we think you guys might enjoy. Stop by for new topics.
I keep running into these fun Book Tags so expect to see more of these for TBR in the following months. (Hey they are fun and take almost no time to write. Schoolwork is keeping me busy. LOL)
I ran across this a WHILE back, like over a year ago at The Book Vixen and it looked like fun, so I invited the ladies to do it with me.
Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Jennifer: I get sick in the car unless I’m driving so no reading for me. Audiobooks!
Jonetta: Never! I can read to my heart’s content.
Anne: Nope. I’ve read in the car all the time, forever.
Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Jennifer: Faith Hunter. The way she writes Jane Yellowrock (skinwalker/shifter) and Beast (the mt. cougar that Jane shares her body with) is outstanding. They really are two different main characters no matter which body they are using.
Jonetta: Molly O’Keefe. She’s a wonderful writer who creates unique characters and will twist you emotionally with every story.
Anne: Mary Ann Rivers. Her romances are what I call real contemporary because they feel so much like real people. Her descriptions are amazing.
Harry Potter Series or Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Jennifer: I’ve seen all the movies for both but I’ve only read the complete Twilight series. I did read HP books 1-3 and plan on reading the rest at some point. I’d say the writing is better for HP than Twilight but that’s about all you can compare. They are nothing alike.
Jonetta: Harry Potter! I haven’t read all the books but they transformed my nephew’s relationship with reading. I’ve seen most of the movies and am awed by the creativity and storytelling.
Anne: Well I’ve read the whole Twilight series and seen a couple of the movies. I have neither read nor seen any Harry Potter. I JUST got the first Harry Potter book on audio from the library although we own all the books. My daughter has read them all and seen all the movies and read all the fanfiction. Now I’ve finished all of the Harry Potter and it is SO Harry Potter! I’m in love with Fred and George Weasly forever!
Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?
Jennifer: Right now I am carrying a bag for school books, but for my fun reading I have my iPhone for audios, Kindle for ebooks, and on occasion I carry a print copy.
Jonetta: I don’t carry a book bag but my eReader is always in my purse. Always.
Anne: My library card. It’s a library bag. My iPhone is always with me for reading or listening. When I travel the Kindle is always with me, too.
Do you smell your books?
Jennifer: No! I’m not into the smell of paper. And if it’s a library book or used a book I try not to think about what other people might have been doing while they were reading the book before me.
Jonetta: Not anymore since I’m a totally digital reader.
Anne: I have. I love the smell of libraries.
Books with or without illustrations?
Jennifer: 99% of the books I read do not have pictures unless it’s a map of some sort in the front. But I have read a few graphic novels so pictures are pretty (LOL).
Jonetta: Without. Unless they’re children’s books I read to my nephew.
Anne: Mostly without. I have to say I love the illustrations in the Ilona Andrews Innkeeper series.
What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
Jennifer: Twilight. They were my first books to read in my adult life. I hated reading when I was a kid but I got turned on to Twilight from a co-worker after seeing the trailer for the movie. I was sucked in and gobbled them all up. But once I started reading other books and then went back to reread Twilight it wasn’t the same. The writing stood out as not that great and I couldn’t get back into the story.
Jonetta: *sigh* The Fifty Shades Trilogy. I got caught up in the story, which I really enjoyed but must admit the writing was a challenge. But the emails were brilliant.
Anne: I would have to agree about Twilight but it was the beginning of my reading in the genre.
Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
Jennifer: See below. I hated reading as a child.
Jonetta: I used to go to the library every week. Once, when I was 7 years old, I checked out a book because it had a beautiful horse on the cover. It was so boring but my mother made me finish it. Lesson: don’t choose a book because of its cover.
Anne: I was a huge library user and reader as a child. I was lucky my parents let me get whatever I wanted from the weekly reader book orders and I always got a whole box of stuff. I read every genre and in some cases every book on the shelf in our small town library.
What is the thickest book on your shelf?
Jennifer: Ereader, Outlander. Physical, Fever books. Audio, Outlander, again
Jonetta: Probably one of the books in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Or one of the books in Jean Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear series. It’s probably a tie.
Anne: Cookbooks. I have some very fat cookbooks.
Do you write as well as you read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
Jennifer: NO! I love to read and I’m finishing up a BA in English but I have NO interest in being a writer.
Jonetta: I used to want to be a writer but just don’t have a story in me. I like to write but devote it to writing reviews 🙂
Anne: No. Book reviews are the top of my writing ability.
When did you get into reading?
Jennifer: I had one summer before or during high school (1990 something) where I read a few R.L. Stine books and then didn’t touch another book for fun until 2006-7 when I read Twilight before the movie came out.
Jonetta: I can’t remember ever not being able to read. I’ve always had a book with me since I was able to carry one.
Anne: My parents tell me I was 2 or 3. My Dad came home from work to sit in a chair and read The Wall Street Journal and have a beer before dinner. If Dad was doing it; I was doing it. I sat in his lap and joined into reading and drinking. It’s no wonder I’m a numbers girl.
What is your favorite classic book?
Jennifer: ugh. I only read classics for school. I don’t have a favorite but I’m surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed Jane Austen and I plan on reading/listening to all her books.
Jonetta: Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham. My first introduction to human tragedy.
Anne: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. I read it and cry. If this doesn’t count, as a children’s book, then it’s Charles Dickens. I love everything Charles Dickens. And Arthur Conan Doyle, as well. Then there’s Agatha Christie…
In school what was your best subject?
Jonetta: Math and English
Anne: Science and Math
If you were given a book as a present that you already had read before and hated, what would you do?
Jennifer: Donate it to the library. Someone else might enjoy it.
Jonetta: I’d donate it to the library, too. Or, save it to give away to someone else.
Anne: Yes, I’d also try to find it a home at a library or where it could find some love. But what book would I hate? Oh well, I can think of one and I couldn’t hurt anyone else with it. I might have to recycle it.
What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games?
Jennifer: The Arcana Chronicles series by Kresley Cole
Jonetta: I’m not sure it’s lesser known but Red Rising by Pierce Brown.
Anne: I only just read Harry Potter, recently. So based on what I do know, adolescents, magic, and survival? I don’t read much YA so the closest I can come is Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series starting with Magic to the Bone. It’s awesome, more New Adult.
What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?
Jennifer: Get distracted by Twitter or Goodreads when I’m looking up book summaries for a post.
Jonetta: I keep tweaking what should have been completed copy 🙂
Anne: I futz over word choices and try to eliminate the word “that” and to not end sentences with a preposition.
What is your favorite word?
Jennifer: Moist but only because so many people hate it. LOL, I’m an ass that way.
Are you a nerd, dork or dweeb? Or all of the above?
Jennifer: I don’t think I’m smart enough to be called a nerd. I’m not socially awkward so I’m not a dork or dweeb. I’m a smart ass that loves to read.
Jonetta: How about none of the above.
Anne: I’m sort of a nerd.
Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Jennifer: Vampires are a little over done or maybe I feel that way because that was the only supe I read for a long time so I’m a little bored with them. Fairies are interesting but I’ve not read a lot about them but the few books that I have they are always different. So Faires for variety.
Jonetta: Fairies as they continue to be mysterious.
Anne: Vampires. Fairies seem too distant; vampires are sexy.
Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Jennifer: Shapeshifters! I’m not into Angels.
Jonetta: Shapeshifters though Singh’s Archangels are delicious.
Anne: Shapeshifters. Angels have too many religious connotations.
Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Jennifer: Spirits as in ghosts? No thanks. Werewolves! They are fun to read either in a romance or an urban fantasy. I like them cute and cuddly or scary.
Jonetta: So NOT into ghosts. Give me the Weres.
Anne: Werewolves. Again, spirits might have too much religious blah blah blah.
Zombies or Vampires? Why?
Jennifer: Zombies. Like I said before I’m a little bored with Vampires. I like Zombies because I’ve read a few different kinds and I watch two tv shows that are a totally different spin on Zombies. You have the “classic” zombies that are mindless and eat people like in The Walking Dead. They are great for horror. Then there are the zombies in Diana Rowland’s White Trash Zombie series and iZombie. They are people that just happen to need brains to eat and they have superhuman strength.
Jonetta: I’m not into the current Zombie craze so it’s definitely Vampires.
Anne: Umm well my experience is mostly vampires. I’m ok with both.
Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Jennifer: Most love triangles gets on my nervous. Forbidden love can too but that trope is usually more fun to read.
Jonetta: All who know me also know I DESPISE love triangles, though some have worked. I can’t stand the idea of someone losing. Forbidden love tends to be more intriguing.
Anne: Forbidden love especially with the bad boy!
And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Jennifer: Depends on my mood. I love a great romance with a lot of action in the bedroom, kitchen, floor, wherever. But I also enjoy a great urban fantasy with action and touch of romance.
Jonetta: I love a good romance but am a huge mystery lover. If I had to choose, I like the spine tinglers.
Anne: I love both. But I get tired of full on romance and need to intersperse with another genre. I seem to never tire of the action books with a few love scenes.
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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).