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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Sharing Beyond Books #253 Comment Giveaway May 21, 2016

Hello again and Welcome to Sharing Beyond Books, SBB!
This was another busy week when I had to pick up the slack as my staff were out with sick children and end of school year events.
We have family in to visit this weekend and into the week so I hope I can keep up with everything.

Thanks to everyone who commented last week and "Welcome" to another new visitor.

Twelve of us identified crushes we had in our youth or might still have. Viggo Mortensen from LOTR was mentioned by three of us and Gerard Butler by two. Several of us like men of a distinct look, and some like the character that is portrayed, instead of the actor. I appreciated Alyssa's comment that she has 'no need for a crush' while in a committed relationship. Four stated they do not have crushes.


The Winner from SBB #252 comments is: #11 Elizabeth 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 - maybe the beginning of next year, lol.] Please let me know your choice by completing the WINNER FORM.

WEEK #253
(One Question.)
MaryP asks: Do you prefer classic and traditional names for characters or more off-beat and unusual??
I'm not sure if Mary meant this question as to book names or real-life names. My first thought was of book character names. I do like off-beat and unusual names for characters. And I guess I like unusual names for real life too although some of the tradition names are quite lovely. Hopefully everyone learns to like the name they were given. If not, then when they are old enough they could pick a nickname.
Our son and daughter-in-law are just starting to ponder names for the twins due in late August. :-)

Image from Freeman Advertising (naming a business - not a baby)

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! The supply of questions is dwindling so share some if you think of any -- even if they are duplicates I'll weed through or try to modify to use.

Your turn to share:
MaryP asks: Do you prefer classic and traditional names for characters or more off-beat and unusual??

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 the question 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 May 28, 2016 at 5 PM central.


  1. Ooo, that's a tough question! Generally I like the more "off-beat" names as it makes me feel the character is more unique (like Katniss, for example), but sometimes I actually hate it. Imagine calling a character Appanine or Hallelujah or something like that for the ENTIRE's exhausting. So I like different, but not too weird if that makes any sense. :P Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Congrats winners!

    I too was a bit confused so this will be in general. I like a mix, it really depends on the name. Have just finished reading The Heir by Kiera Cass where she used Eadlyn, Ahren, Osten as some of the names where typically we'd use Adeline, Aaron, and Austin. But I don't mind these spellings really. I feel they add a little more individualistic personality.

    Having said that, I do like some classic names like Henry and Matt. (my answer for last week's question too coincidentally) I suppose that's why these names have stood the test of time, they're just classic!


  3. i prefer more traditional one ( of course when it's a character in a fantasy book then i prefer a fantasy name or one from legend and folklore not a simple " alice or Mary etc"^^)
    it's even more important for people in real life as sometimes parents forget that children can be bullied and they will have to carry the name all their life some originality oki but some limit ( sorry but for me Yoda isn't a good name for a baby)

  4. Congrats, Elizabeth! Since English isn't my first or even second language, I often have troubles with the unusual names. I have no idea how to pronounce them so I prefer the traditional ones.

  5. I must admit to liking tried and true names. Traditional I suppose.

  6. Love the more unusual names in books.

  7. depends on the name, but not so odd you can't pronounce it

  8. I like unusual names in real life and in books.

  9. It really doesn't make much of a difference to me

  10. Congrats, Elizabeth!
    I am not picky on names, provided I can pronounce it.

  11. It depends on the setting and time. If the unusual name fits those, I'm all for it. Though there are times I wonder who would name their kid that...

    Traditional names are just fine, and usually fit unless it's like an out there sci-fi or fantasy book. Then it just sounds weird. Like why am is the alien named Bob??

  12. Congrats to winner. I like the more classic and traditional names. And unusual as long as they aren't too far out there.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) ali (dot) com

  13. Thank you! :) I enjoy both traditional and unusual names. However, I think it can be slightly confusing if, in a book, the main characters all have very unique names.

  14. Congrats Elizabeth!
    It doesn't make much difference to me, but hopefully on the unusual names I can pronounce them.

  15. I prefer names easy to pronounce , read,and remember. A pain when you waste reading time struggling with who a character is through a book! :)


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