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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Sharing Beyond Books #206 Comment Giveaway June 6, 2015

Hello again on Saturday night and Welcome to Sharing Beyond Books, SBB!

Aargh! I spent most of today on one major corporate closing package. I had to do that today as I have two residential packages to prepare on Monday, as well as a trial to cover. I'll be the only one in the office on Monday.

Thanks to everyone who commented last week.
I appreciated the information on how others choose their books. At least nine people check out blog reviews; five use Goodreads and five use friend and family recommendations. Several use Amazon reviews, library releases and catalogs or author newsletters. Several choose books from fav authors or authors who write similarly to their favs. Mystica uses NetGalley and Open library and doesn't purchase due to limited selection and costly prices. (I'm with Mystica on not purchasing too many books although I do fall for the $.99 books now and again.) Marjorie has two nearby used books stores that are a good source. Mary P and Becky get books "everywhere" - got to love that. :-)

A couple mentioned how they choose what to read too. In addition to genre and synopsis, some choose by covers and Fredamans is brave to just "pick up a book and have at it", hopefully getting lucky!

The regular Winner from SBB #205 comments is: #11 bn100 who can make a GC choice if international or book choice from the Updated ARC/Review titles or (not yet updated) Love titles - all linked near the end of the post. I'm hoping to update the book choices this week. Please let me know your choice by completing the (new) WINNER FORM.

WEEK #206 (One Question.)

Becky asks: Q1. A question about learning: do you know how to push yourself? What experience in your life taught you this and what experiences in your future could reinforce your skill in this regard??
A: I don't quite know how I learned to push myself. I was always a good student and wanted to do well in class and sports. In swimming and running I ended up doing the longer races rather than sprints. I think I was able to push myself to see it through more than some others. I finished college and law school in six years instead of seven but looking back I don't know that I would recommend that to others. My sister always said I was competitive but I said it was with myself, to do my best, not to out do her or others. I love to cheer others on too.

I will share two book related thoughts that popped to mind with this question. When I was a young teen I thought I was an "ugly duckling" but fortunately my mom reminded me that the ugly duckling became a swan. Somewhere in those teen years I read Alice in Wonderland and I adopted my own motto: "If I really am a Queen, I am sure I will handle it in time." Now as my life winds down, I still strive to always do my best and live up to my commitments. 
I really like this quote - it fits for me.

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 still have a supply of questions but from the same people so hopefully others will send more in -- even if they are duplicates I'll weed through or try to modify to use.

Your turn to share:
Becky asks: Q1. A question about learning: do you know how to push yourself? What experience in your life taught you this and what experiences in your future could reinforce your skill in this regard??

SBB Comment Winners can choose a selection from the  Valentine and "Love" books or the February 2015 Newly Updated ARC/Review List. (My daughter pulled several of the Christmas titles to give with gift bags we made up for the nursing homes. One of these days I will get together a new box of Christmas titles.)

SBB Rules:
a) Must be a follower.
b) Share a comment on either of the two 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 through Saturday June 13, 2015 at 5 PM  central.


  1. I love that Quote.As for pushing myself there isn't anyone instance because I always thirsted for knowledge or how to do something. Having knowledge about things is a gift to me. Like Martha I was only ever competitive with myself.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  2. I don't think I have ever had to push myself in that sense. I have always done my best regardless.

  3. Tough childhood makes me just know that what has to be done needs to be done. You can't keep putting things off!

  4. I've always loved to learn and have always pushed myself or reached out, and tried to pass this on to my children as well. I think just being a curious child from the beginning is what motivated me.

  5. Congrats bn100!

    I always try to do my best in everything I do.

  6. I didn't have any problems in school or the things I like. Nowadays, it's more a case of where my priorities are.

  7. I have learned that if you do not push yourself to get things done it does not happen. Just do the best and be the best you can.

  8. yes, just do what I need to

  9. i always tried to do my best , i don't know how i learned that simply it seemed natural

  10. I didn't have any problems in school, but after a reading class in 4th grade I better knowledge myself in anything that interested me. I never pushed myself, I just try to do my best in everything that I do.

  11. I wish I knew how but I don't. I think it helps to have someone force you, this is why children learn even though they don't want to (due to parents and teachers). Adults don't have that. But if you love learning something you'll learn it, if not it's hopeless. :)


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