BTT: Winter Reading

The northern hemisphere, at least, is socked in by winter right now… So, on a cold, wintry day, when you want nothing more than to curl up with a good book on the couch … what kind of reading do you want to do? Atlanta winters tend to be mild, but we still get our... Continue Reading →

BTT: Twisted

1. Do YOU like books with complicated plots and unexpected endings? 2. What book with a surprise ending is your favorite? Or your least favorite? In general, I enjoy complicated plots all by themselves, surprise endings or no, as long as they feel organic to the story. I also enjoy surprise endings, but again only... Continue Reading →

BTT: You Want Me to Read Who?

Who’s your favorite author that other people are NOT reading? The one you want to evangelize for, the one you would run popularity campaigns for? The author that, so far as you’re concerned, everyone should be reading–but that nobody seems to have heard of. You know, not JK Rowling, not Jane Austen, not Hemingway–everybody’s heard... Continue Reading →

BTT: Gifts

What books did you get for Christmas (or whichever holiday you may have celebrated last month)? Do you usually ask for books on gift-giving occasions or do you prefer to buy them yourself? On gift-giving occasions, I do ask for books more than anything, because I don't have to worry about fit, color, or exchanges.... Continue Reading →

BTT: Need for Speed

What do you think of speed-reading? Is it a good way to get through a lot of books, or does the speed-reader miss depth and nuance? Do you speed-read? Is some material better suited to speed-reading than others? This is a timely topic, because I've been thinking a lot about reading. I recently read Francine... Continue Reading →

BTT: Bookmarks

What items have you ever used as a bookmark? What is the most unusual item you’ve ever used or seen used? I think if you are adamant about using bookmarks (as I am), at one time or another you've used anything you could find that wouldn't mark or damage a book. I've used metal bookmarks,... Continue Reading →

BTT: Participation

What’s your favorite part of Booking Through Thursday? Why do you participate (or not)? I started participating because I enjoyed reading the questions and answers on other people's blogs. It's a fun way to get to know each other a little bit better every week. I try to visit everyone who posts, even if I... Continue Reading →

BTT: Posterity

Do you think any current author is of the same caliber as Dickens, Austen, Bronte, or any of the classic authors? If so, who, and why do you think so? If not, why not? What books from this era might be read 100 years from now? That is a terrific question, but also a tough... Continue Reading →

BTT: Biography or Autobiography?

Which do you prefer? Biographies written about someone? Or Autobiographies written by the actual person (and/or ghost-writer)? I think it depends on the person, but because this is a book blog, after all, I'll stick with author biographies/autobiographies and go with the totally lame answer of both. I like the scholarly distance of biographies, but... Continue Reading →

Booking Through Thursday: Blurbs

Suggested by Jenny's Books: Something I’ve been thinking about lately: “What words/phrases in a blurb make a book irresistible? What words/phrases will make you put the book back down immediately?” Warning: Over-analysis ahead. I was thinking about a very similar topic yesterday, and I considered discussing it in a Sunday Salon, but here's my chance!... Continue Reading →

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