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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sharing Beyond Books #7 July 30, 2011

It's Saturday night again - I had a pretty good week and hope you did too!  Thanks for all of your answers. :-)

The greater majority of the fourteen responders DO NOT take notes. A couple take notes for school books - to be expected. Only three of us consistently take notes. 

I enjoyed learning about the industries of our different home regions.  Surprisingly half of us live in states/regions that are known for tourism. Wouldn't it be fun if we could visit each other. *BG*

Only two of us give second chances to books... not counting classics as several said they would try to re-read a classic.  It sounded like most would try to finish a book they chose but some have that system of so many pages and if they aren't enjoying it - shut it goes.  The consensus seems to be "SO MANY BOOKS - TOO LITTLE TIME!"

The Winner from SBB #6 comments is: #7 LOUISA.  There are still 9 'love' books to pick from, 8 Christmas choices (I miscounted last week) and 5 Summer titles below. So Louisa - please choose a book from the remaining Love Books List for Giveaway or remaining Christmas Giveaway Books or the summer books and let me know your choice, your address and a choice of bookmarks by completing the WINNER FORM.

WEEK #7 Questions
Q1.  This is a follow up to one of last week's questions. One or two may have mentioned it but most did not. Will you give an AUTHOR a second chance if you didn't like one book?
I would like to say yes but I am slow to give that second chance. I enjoyed an audio book by a very popular romance author. Then about seven years ago I read a book where the heroine had no cell phone even though the story was set in 2000 and she had reason to need protection.  But what really bothered me was typos and one page where the character names were totally wrong and it seemed that half the page was from a different book.  It took five years for me to try the author again. I picked up one of her early works and that book read like a Peyton Place - ugh not my cup of tea.  I think I will try her again -sometime- but on one of the more current books.

Q2. How many are in  your 'close family'?
My Dad is still with us at 87, plus my stepmom.  I have two older brothers (5) and (3) and an older sister (8). The number in parenthesis is the total with their spouses and children.  My DH and I have four  children (two are his from first marriage and two are ours).  Our daughter makes 5 with hubby and 3 children and our son is now 2 with his new wife. YAY.  So counting those three generations (Grandparent, parent, child) and not including the great grand kids or grand nieces and nephews I have 30!  This picture was a get together in March for my Dad's birthday. It is most of the clan (including niece and nephew spouses and kids). Missing were my brother and his family (Californians), two nephews and my son who was in Texas at the time.  

Q3. This week Louisa asks:  Why did you start reading (and owning books) at a larger rate then people who don't love books as much as we do? And when?  [DO NOT TELL US FAVORITE AUTHORS/COLLECTIONS in this answer as that is a question for another day!]
I would say I started collecting books in college but because I moved often I only had one box of old romance and mysteries left when I got married in 1985. In 2001 (when my kids were old enough to be interested in their friends more than family) I started reading again and keeping a reading list. There were certain authors I really liked so I started collecting favorite authors. And of course I would buy books on sale at thrift shops - who can resist a book for $1.00 or better for $0.25!!! My collections have grown and grown. The number?  Definitely over 1000 although I haven't counted lately.
This is my primary bookshelf 
but I have boxes in my closet, my bedroom,
on two walls of the spare bedroom 
plus more in the office.


I see some interesting questions coming up...some are multiple ?s and I may break them up.   Thanks! DON'T FORGET any of you might have good questions you'd like to ask. Input suggestions in this Suggested Question FormAt the end of each month I will draw from the suggestions I used the month before and that person will get a book choice or GC.
Questions were provided in July by Jennifer, faith hope cherrytea, winnie and Louisa. chose #2 so faith hope cherrytea gets to pick a book from the Valentine, Christmas or Summer selections.

Your turn to share: 
1.  Do you give AUTHOR'S second chances?
2.  How many are in your 'close family'?
3.  Do you give books a second chance/what would make you give a book a second chance?

SBB Comment Winners can choose a selection from the remaining  Valentine and "Love" books or the remaining Christmas Giveaway Books - there are still about 17 books available to choose from plus 5 more
in the Summer titles to choose from:

Secrets of a Summer Night (The Wallflowers, Book 1)Secrets of a Summer Night (The Wallflowers, Book 1)
The one I have is hardcover.

One Reckless Summer: A Destiny Novel 

This book is brand new, but will be gently
read if I get to read it!
Under the Boardwalk: A Dazzling Collection of All-New Summertime Love Stories (Sonnet Books)
Under the Boardwalk: A Dazzling Collection of All-New Summertime Love Stories (Sonnet Books)

My paperback is from 1999 and
has a beach image.

My copy is a paperback from 2006
with a different cover.
The Summerhouse

 Hmmm - this has a bit of magic in the plot.

A Summer Affair (Calhoun Chronicles) 

I love Susan Wiggs historicals!
Six choices additional choices.

Rules: a) Must be a follower; b) Share a comment on any (or all) of the three questions above.
Open internationally and an international winner may get a smaller book or a $5.00 GC if I decide the mailing is too much.
I will pick a Comment winner from all comments made by Friday, August 5 at 10PM central. 

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