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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sharing Beyond Books #96 Comment Giveaway April 20, 2013

Hello, Welcome to SBB.

Hi Friends. Happy Saturday night! How is everyone doing?
Thank you to all who shared last week.

We had a good response last week and 22 out of 32 people can swim. Eight out of those love to swim; four can swim enough to not drown and they rest didn't specify. Ricki can swim but is allergic to chlorine, which is unusual. Annuba wants to learn to swim.

I was a bit surprised that 20 out of 32 people are okay with longer books. Six actually love long books and many will read them as long as the story is good. I agree with that but you don't know if it is good until you try it. :-)
The Winner from SBB #95 comments is: #29 nightowl03148808 who can make a GC choice if international or book choice from the ARC/Review titles, Christmas titles or Love titles - all linked near the end of the post.  Please let me know your choice by completing the WINNER FORM.

WEEK #96 Questions

Q1. Miki asks:  Do you seek information when, while reading a book, you learn about a special event that doesn't exist in your country or you don't know about??
A: I can not think of a particular event that I have looked up but, YES I would look up an event if I was unfamiliar with it.

Here is a place and an event that I think would make a great setting:  Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in China.
Image found at China Highlights.

Q2. My non-bookish Question this week: Do you play an instrument??
A: I learned to play the flute in middle school and I played guitar in college. However, I have not played either in many years.
Image found at Book Storage Online.

Thanks to those who are sending in Questions. DON'T BE SHY! Surely everyone has a Q or two you'd like to ask. Input suggestions in this Suggested Question Form. At the end of each month I draw from the suggestions I used during the month and that person will get a book choice or GC. I thank everyone for submitting questions. Thanks for sending in questions! We can always use fresh questions.

Your turn to share:

Q1.  Miki asks: Do you seek information when, while reading a book, you learn about a special event that doesn't exist in your country or you don't know about??

Q2. My non-bookish Question this week: Do you play an instrument??

SBB Comment Winners can choose a selection from the new Valentine and "Love" books or the new Christmas Giveaway Books. Also I have added the Updated ARC/Review List now.

SBB Rules:
a) Must be a follower.
b) Share a comment on any (or all) of the two/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, April 26, 2013 at 10 PM central.


  1. 1) If the author did a good job, I wont need to research the topic. If not, then it want interest me any ways.

    2) I have never been able to learn how.

  2. 1. No.

    2. I play the piano and guitar.

  3. 1) yes, sometimes it's a city event sometimes it's a national fest the author can give us a lot of info but i like to learn more

    2) no i don't play an instrument, younger i dreamed to play teh harp because it seemed elegant but when i learned i had to learn to read teh music first it lost its interest^^

  4. 1. I have never had to look up an event. In the books I've read the authors have always given enough information.

    2. I never learned to play an instrument.

  5. The only event I ever searched info on were the Scottish Highland games . I was curious as to what they involved. I love reading Scottish Historical romance.

    I also learned to play the Flute in school but haven't played in many years.

    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  6. 1) I don't seek information as such because I'm more of a romance junkie and that is what matters to me but I do like reading about things which don't take place in my country. Its always a pleasure to learn about different cultures and traditions :)

    2) I don't play any instrument.

  7. 1. Sometimes I'll google something, if I want more details about what I'm reading.

    2. In junior high and high school, I played the cello.

  8. Yes, I am always looking stuff up. El Internet is great for that. Often, my favorite authors will include some tidbit that will intrigue me, so I have to go find out more.

    I had piano lessons in the 6th grade. But we had an older, upright piano that had been moved more than once and not tuned in many, many years. So, when I practiced at home, it didn't sound like my lessons with the teacher at her place.

  9. 1. Sometimes if there is something that I don't know about and it intrigues me, I will go look it up. Now, if I am in bed reading at night after I turned off my computer, I have a tendency to ask my husband when I have a question, and then he is like "why are you asking me?"
    2. I can play the piano.

  10. 1. no I don't research any events in books

    2. played the piano for years when younger, now not so much

  11. 1) If the event sounds interesting to me then i will definitely try to search more about it.

    2)I had the very basic training for synthesizer 4 years ago. Now i will be resuming to complete my course or yoou can say will start all over again in July. After learning synthesizer i plan to have few lessons on either drums or guitar i like both of them. :)

  12. 1. Yes, I do. I recently read a story about the civil rights movement and there was an event that I never heard of before and I looked it up and read more about it. I have a high level of curosity!

    Note: I have never been to Harbin but did you know that there was a tour brought to United States in the past? Some ice sculptures that were lit up with pretty lights were in a special cold room in El Monte, CA. My husband and I walked through it. It was amazing. We walked over a ice bridge and had to real careful to fall down. I only wish I had a camera at the time. There were so many different kinds of buildings.

    2. I am not very musical! In elementary, I played the flutophone and later I took lessons in the Chinese zither (guozheng). The pieces are written in numbers. I was actually learning but had stop the lessons because they were so expensive. It is a joy to hear the guozheng and know how to make that sound!


  13. I can't recall doing that research while reading..

    piano, djembe - thanks to sons' patience in teaching and purchasing one for my birthday! also, gifted a bodhran which I'd dearly luv to play [better!]...

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  15. I can't think of a time I have looked up an event.

    I used to play the clarinet and trumpet in school. I always wanted to learn to play the piano.

  16. 1. I pretty consistently look up events, people or places when reading a book.
    2. Only musical ability lies in my ability to turn on a radio

  17. 1. If an event piques my interest I have been known to Google away.

    2. I had 7 years of piano lessons as a child. I was never very good & I could plink out a tune now - maybe.

  18. 1. No but I will look up words that I don't know.

    2. No but I wish I could.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  19. 1. I might look it up if I were really interested but I'm usually loath to put down a book if I'm at an interesting part & would probably forget later!
    2. I learnt to play the piano as a kid but haven't played since.

  20. 1. I agree with Bookishqueen to some extent--usually, in good books, the author explains any different cultural aspects or events well. But I've also occasionally become really interested in something I read about in a book, and even if it's explained well by the author, I still do some outside research (love me some Wikipedia!) to learn even more.

    2. I play the piano passably (I used to be much better when I was growing up!) and used to play the flute (but I never liked it).

  21. I follow via NB: Meghan Stith
    1. Yes. Even if I come across something that I've never heard of like a piece of clothing or a ritual or a person, I look them up on Google and try to find out everything about it or them.
    2. Yes. A few, actually. I'm a classically-trained pianist. I studied for 14 years. I'm also a classically-trained singer. I'm what they call a Dramatic Soprano. It means I have a big range. I played french horn for six years and still remember the fingerings. One of those things that don't leave you. I've been trained in strings and percussion but I'm really a novice at those.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  22. Q1: I do look up events, places, names, words or phrases I am unfamiliar with. It's something I love about having an eReader, I can just click on text and get information!

    Q2: I played trumpet from 5th grade through 12th grade, and I was in the marching band and concert band.

  23. 1: Occasionally I look up an event, but I am more likely to research a Historical figure, which I have done multiple times.

    2: I have recently started teaching myself to play the piano. I would love to learn the violin also.

  24. 1. I do like to know everything I can about what I'm reading. Generally, I expect the author to give me enough info to keep me in the know. I can't remember the last time I actually had to look an event up.
    2. No. I always wanted to play the flute in school but my parents couldn't afford it. Maybe one day I'll take lessons:)

    cc_clubbs at yahoo dot com

  25. No, I do not look up things.

    I took piano lessons as a young girl but never did keep up with it but now I wish that I would have!


  26. 1. Yes, I do like to research information about an unfamiliar event, regional custom, or historical figure when reading a book.
    2. I do not play a musical instrument, but I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano.

  27. Oh, yes. I do! I usually wrote it down when I don't have a computer near me or google it at the moment.

    Well, I don't. But I'd love to learn how to play violin. :)

  28. 1 - Yup - I often Google things and often get pointed to Wikipedia

    2 - I took piano lesson as a kid but haven't played in years - I've thought about getting a keyboard and trying some tunes

  29. 1. I do sometime.
    2. I would like to learn to play guitar.

  30. 1. Sometimes depending on what it is. If I am completely lost then I will look it up.

    2. Nope. I come from a very musical family but have ZERO musical talent despite trying!

  31. Q1. Sometimes. As with words I don't know. LOVED the pic you posted Martha. Harbin is a place I'd like to visit as well

    Q2. Recorder in school because it was compulsory but otherwise no.

  32. Q1. Sometimes. As with words I don't know. LOVED the pic you posted Martha. Harbin is a place I'd like to visit as well

    Q2. Recorder in school because it was compulsory but otherwise no.


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