I had a fairly good week but had to take on a last minute appeal for a client when I had other projects planned. *Sigh* I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy!
Thank you to all who shared last week.
The word used most to describe why we read was "enjoyment." I added joy and fun to that group to get 10. There were five who chose "entertainment" and five chose "escape." There were a couple of "relaxation" and 'to learn' or 'be informed' seekers too. I liked Janhvi's statement: "Reading takes you to another horizon and I like to get blissfully lost in it sometimes." And also Sarah's "...to experience something outside my normal life." Whatever our reasons - we all clearly love to read! :-).
I was impressed with the lovely gifts mentioned as favorites. Some were not necessarily expensive -- family pictures or a handmade calendar -- but they were special because they had such meaning. Birgit got tickets for a trip (oooh!) and scottsgal got a diamond necklace (aaah!). And of course several people were happy with GCs to pick out gifts they wanted, including Books of course!
The Winner from SBB #82 comments is: #22 Rocky4patter. (Oh how I love when new visitors win!) There are still 4 'love' books to pick from and new Christmas choices. Rocky4patter please choose a book (or GC if international) from the remaining five Love Books List for Giveaway, the new Christmas Giveaway Book list, OR pick from the Updated ARC/Review List and let me know your choice, your address and a choice of bookmarks by completing the WINNER FORM. [I hope to add some additional Christmas books, Valentine titles and ARCs to the books available in the next week or so - Oops forgot this week]
WEEK #83 Questions
Q1. Carol L asks: Have you ever started a series that started with a bang and fizzled out half way through so that you quit reading that series ??
I guess there are several series that I just haven't gotten around to finish but I plan to. Usually I will try to finish a trilogy or up to five series if it is connected (i.e. Hunger Games) and not just separate stories or a series which could be okay as stand alones that you can read when you get to them (i.e Dee Davis "A Tac" series).
One series which fizzled for me is the Stephanie Plum series - Sorry Stephanie fans. I sort of got stuck on Book 4 and just couldn't get interested enough to get back into it. I have it on Audible which usually makes for easier reading/listenint. The stories all seemed the same pattern and I wasn't crazy about the unresolved relationship confusion - which I understand goes on for many books. On the other hand I enjoy the stand alone romantic comedies by Janet Evanovich and need to get reading from that collection box! .
Image found at Amazon.
Q2. My Question this week: Do you ever make personal gifts like jams, jellies, bookmarks or other??
A: I don't take much time for crafts although there were times in the past when I would at least make a plate of cookies or a small basket of teas and candles for gifts. But normally I don't cook or make things. But I LOVE the idea of homemade gifts like the bookmark that Miki sent me as a RAK gift in December - it may seem simple but it is so special. I also like getting handmade soaps and chutney from the ladies in my office or at church.
Thanks again to Miki for this touching gift. :-)
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! I STILL HAVE A GROUP OF QUESTIONS AVAILABLE BUT THEY ARE FROM ABOUT FOUR PEOPLE SO SOME OF YOU MAY WANT TO ADD A QUESTION OR TWO! We can always use fresh questions.
Your turn to share:
1. Carol L asks: Have you ever started a series that started with a bang and fizzled out half way through so that you quit reading that series ??
2. My Question this week: Do you ever make personal gifts like jams, jellies, bookmarks or other??
SBB Comment Winners can choose a selection from the remaining Valentine and "Love" books (4 left) or the new Christmas Giveaway Books. Also I have added the Updated ARC/Review List now.
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, January 25, 2013 at 10 PM central.