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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sharing Beyond Books #97 Comment Giveaway April 27, 2013

Hello; Welcome to SBB, Sharing Beyond Books.

Hi Friends. Happy Saturday night! Is Spring finally getting to most of you? Except for those on the other side who are starting to get Autumn.
I have had an oddly busy week. Family visited for nice, but tiring dinner tonight so we could have official BD cake for the 2 year old.
Thank you to all who shared last week.

We had a good response last week and 22 out of 33 people will, at least sometimes, look up events mentioned in books. Eleven do not look up events although several of you qualified that with expecting the author to sufficiently explain the event and LindaK acknowledged that she would look up unusual words. 

It sounds like many of us did learn some instrument as a child but we did not keep it up. The most played instrument is the piano with 11 people having had lessons at some point. The other instruments include guitar, flute, cello, synthesizer, flutophone, djembe (I had to look it up), clarinet, trumpet, french horn and school age recorder. And we actually have a classically trained pianist and singer in our midst - very impressive, Meghan! I almost forgot to mention that Lisa said what my DH always says - all they can play is the radio. :-)
The Winner from SBB #96 comments is: #21 Meghan 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 #97 Questions

Q1. Faith, Hope and Cherry Tea asks:  What is your favorite Genre? Who is your favorite author in the Genre and do you have a favorite book in the Genre??
A: This is very hard to answer as I enjoy reading a variety. I think my favorite genre has shifted over the past year or so. I used to always say that Historical Romance was my favorite but as they have gotten more sexually explicit I have enjoyed them a bit less than I used to.
I really enjoy action, fantasy and space adventure. Romance is good too if there is a strong story that is the focus over the sexual interaction.
I am unable to pick one author or one favorite book -- there are just too many and it changes as I read. :-)

Image found at Twisty Noodle.

Q2. My non-bookish Question this week: Is your inbox in or out of control??
A: I am afraid that my inbox is definitely out of control. I do have my work inbox down to under 100 -- with just a few there reminding me to handle something.  But my blog email is in the thousands and just keeps growing. Plus I am now getting about 10 anonymous comments a day - ugh.
I think I need to take a whole day to clear out emails!
Image found at Irenic Thoughts.

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. I do have a group of questions from the same submitters so if you have a question don't be afraid to ask!
Those who contributed Qs in April were: Abby, Mary P, Miki andFHCT. The winner of a free book/GC for April is FHCT.

Your turn to share:

Q1.  Faith, Hope and Cherry Tea asks: What is your favorite Genre? Who is your favorite author in the Genre and do you have a favorite book in the Genre??

Q2. My non-bookish Question: Is your inbox in or out of control??

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, May 3, 2013 at 10 PM central.


  1. 1. That's a tough question indeed but I guess my ultimate love goes to Speculative Fiction, more precisely the science fiction genre. My favorite author in the genre is Dean Koontz and my favorite book by him "Odd Thomas".

    2. Amazingly it's under control right now! There was a time last year when it was real bad and I sat literally for hours to sort through, delete and archive e-mails, but I learned my lesson. While my inbox is never completely "tidy" it's definitely in a state that doesn't make me panic which is good enough for me.

  2. 1. I too cannot pick a favorite genre! I think what I need in most of the books I'm reading is romance. I'm a sucker for happy endings so I'll read any book with one. I like to mix up my reading with equal YA and adult titles so I don't get bored :) I have a ton of favorite authors but if I had to pick one it would be Gena Showalter.

    2. My inbox is in control. For now. :)

  3. Q1. Faith, Hope and Cherry Tea asks: What is your favorite Genre? Who is your favorite author in the Genre and do you have a favorite book in the Genre??
    ehem, My favorite genre is young adult fiction , fantast/dystopia... currently my favorite author is Veronica Roth and my favorite book is Divergent/ Insurgent. :D

    Q2. My non-bookish Question: Is your inbox in or out of control??
    It's under control right now because it is more organized and I prevent myself from getting into unnecessary sites,. whew. good job for me :D

  4. 1) my favourite genre stay urban fantasy/paranormal romance even if i have loved more since i started blogging it's stay the " valeur sure". favourite author in it Patricia briggs... not really a specific favourite book

    2) it's under control at least at the moment^^

  5. Q1. Faith, Hope and Cherry Tea asks: What is your favorite Genre? Who is your favorite author in the Genre and do you have a favorite book in the Genre??
    My favorite genre is Shoujo. That's a type of manga or graphic novel aimed at young women. Right now, my favorite author in said genre is Mayu Shinjo. My favorite books in the genre are the "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon" series.

    Q2. My non-bookish Question: Is your inbox in or out of control??
    My inbox(es) are fine right now. I usually check them 2 or 3 times a day. In the morning is when they have the most messages, I believe.

  6. 1. It's actually hard to choose now days. I probably read an equal amount of Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, Paranormal. and Scottish Romance. I have too many favorite books and Authors. But if I had to mane a book off the top of my head it wold be Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Love the series.

    2. Thank the Lord it's in order now. I spent hours last week cleaning it out and sorting.

    Congrats to the winner.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  7. 1. One of my favorite genres is romance.

    2. My inbox is typically in control, unless I'm on holiday.

  8. 1:Probably fantasy, and when I don't feel like reading fantasy, mystery. I also enjoy the classics a lot, but I'm not sure if this counts as a genre. I don't think I have a favorite book...

    2: I don't get very many emails, so it isn't to hard to keep it under control. :)

  9. 1. I love anything and everything Historical - well almost everything I guess. I don't have a particular book or author as a favourite. Just too many choices.

    2. I have been away from my computer for a week while I was at my parents. It was AAAAH when I got back, but it is all sorted now. I usually have it fairly well under control.

  10. 1) Fantasy is my favorite with Jill Williamson topping that list. I don't really have a favorite book, it is a bit hard to decide.

    2)Mine it under control. I check it everyday, but if I didn't, *shudder*, I can hardly imagine.

  11. 1. My favorite genre is mystery. I also like western romances. My fave author is James Patterson and I like Linda Lael Smith on the western side. No fave book although I do really enjoy the Alex Cross series by Patterson.

    2. I have 1 email that gets out of control quickly if I don't watch it like after vacations. Otherwise they're manageable right now.

  12. 1. Historical fiction without explicit sex. But that is only by an edge. I also love subtle inspirational fiction, amish fiction, thrillers without a lot of of blood, cozy mysteries and memoirs. I also can't choose. It would be fair to the other books that I love.

    2. Retired so I no longer have an in box for work. At home, I have about 300 e-mails a day. By the end of the day, I am ususally down to three to five. I just delete the ones that are advertizing and of course spam. Every once in a while, I unsubscribe to some blogs as my reading interets changes. But not this one, it is a keeper!


  13. I like both historical romance & fantasy romance. I have too many that I like to name one fav.

    Out of control. I've lots of problems archiving mail timely as well as somewhere I can find it later - when I need it.

  14. 1. My favorite genre is paranormal romance. I enjoy many different authors in this genre, but my favorite is probably Sherrilyn Kenyon. My favorite book in this genre is Acheron (Dark Hunter series) by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
    2. My inbox is in control and I try to keep up with it on a daily basis.

  15. Q1. My favorite genre is cozy mysteries. I love that they have mystery, intrigue, romance, etc and are still 'clean' reads! I can't possibly choose a favorite author or book lol.

    Q2. My inbox was under control...then I was sick for a few days last week and couldn't even get on the computer...I've tried to reign it in but I'm still over 1,000!

  16. contemporary- anything by Abbi Glines

  17. TY Martha for the April comment win.. Shall I just give you the book dep title I'd love ? The Vintage Teacup Club at this link [I prefer the older cover!]
    and it's at 68%off plus if you have coupon or code that will save another 10% ? def less than amazon!

    Also wondering what you would recommend for monetizing a blog?
    I am about to become an affiliate, so need to have monetized to do so? or.... and if this is too much of your time, please don't feel any obligation! i'm just exploring and looking for personal input.. TY!

    feel free to keep this comment private - not everyone needs to hear all my activities :)) TY

  18. 1. I would have to say my favorite genre is Fantasy. I absolutely loved Kim Harrison's The Hollows series. It is still one of my favorites! I also enjoyed Amelia Atwater-Rhodes and Patricia Briggs series, as well as Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. I cannot pick one favorite author or book from either!

    2. In my opinion my email is out of control! Haha. I'm not used to receiving this many emails. I recently started following blogs and have them send emails so I can keep track. I only receive about 20-30 a day, but I'm used to only 5-10. It's nothing compared to the hundred you receive!

  19. My favorite genre is thrillers...medical and legal. Anything that gets the pulse rate up and keeps me turning pages. James Patterson's books always keep me going, even though they aren't medical or legal they are thrillers.

    The only time my inbox gets out of line is when I have a medical problem which I have had too many times recently. It takes a while to catch up again. Right now my inbox is just fine.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  20. 1. My favorite genre is fantasy and some of my favorite authors are Juliet Marillier and Gregory Maguire.
    2. No, my inbox is definitely under control.

  21. 1. I like historical and contemporary romance. I also love Time Travel. There are so many great authors I can't pick just one.

    2. I clean out my inbox daily so it doesn't get out of control.

  22. 1. I've got to have romance in my books, but beyond that I like variety.
    2. My Inbox is totally out of control - I am going to be working on going thru it and will have to unsubscribe to some things that either I am no longer interested in or just send too many emails - Martha's Bookshelf will stay on my subscribe list!

  23. Q1. My favorite genre is paranormal/ghosts/contemporary romance . so many great authors to choose from this genre :)

    Q2. i should say out of control..since i follow some of the blogs and some of yahoo groups , can you imagine 14K plus unread emails ?

  24. I love many genres, but I read mostly Fantasy & Scifi. It's too hard to name a single favorite author. Frank Herbert, Guy Gavriel Kay, Brandon Sanderson, Elizabeth Bear, and so many others.

    My inbox gets out of control during the work week, and back under control on the weekends. I guess my inbox is tidal.

  25. My fav genre is either sci-fi or high fantasy. There are too many great authors to narrow it down to just one.

    My email always seem just below the out-of-control line, although I really need to go through my review request folder. That is definitely out of control.

  26. 1. I love romance and all it's sub-genres. I used to just read paranormal romance but then I read my first contemporary romance and loved it too then I just kept going. As long as there is a touch of romance in the book I will usually like it and don't really have a favorite. It really depends on my mood as to whether what genre I will read and I have way to many favorite authors & books to pick just one.

    2. My inbox is pretty good control. I delete what I don't need right away and use sub-folders to help keep things in control.


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