Posted in Coulee Chatter, Traveling Sisters Reads

Falling Behind Friday @about_thethrill #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Happy Friday!!!  Friday is here and it’s that time again when we chat about a couple books we have been falling behind on with Kim@It’s All About the Thrill and Christina@Recipe and a Read . Today we all are chatting about different books we have fallen behind on.  Travel on over to their blogs to see what they are chatting about today.

We are chatting about A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne. Norma, Lindsay and I have fallen behind on the group read but really want to read it. I have been seeing some really great buzz for it.  The group read was added a month ago and we haven’t been able to catch up.  After reading Stephanie’s amazing review I noticed we missed the pub date for it.  Stephanie really has me wanting to dive into this one soon.  Zoe @ What’s Better Than Books? review caught my eye as well.

I did take a peek into the threads to see who read this one and looked at their reviews.

From The Traveling Sisters’ review

From Debra’s review  This book is beautifully written, tragic, compelling and hard to put down. Boyne has given me a character that I love to hate. Maurice Swift is so deliciously “amoral”.  

From Diane’s review: Now I am the type of reader who enjoys being given a character who tugs at my heart, someone in which I can hope for, cherish. But….I also say if you can’t give me that, then give me some stellar prose, or a plot that is intriguing, pulls me into the story. And…..yes that is definitely the case here, this plot pulled me in, like watching a train wreck I couldn’t pull away.

I have to add the beginning of Angela’s review.  My interest is definitely peaked after reading that.  What do you do when you have the blind ambition to be a writer and while you can write, you just don’t have a creative idea in you? If you are the unscrupulous, narcissistic, slimeball named Maurice Swift – you do anything that it takes – steal their stories and their books and ruin their lives.

img_6785Let’s Chat about books we have fallen behind on.  So I am convinced we are squeezing this one in!  Have you read this one?  If so we would love to hear what you thought about this slimeball.

Want to join us on our fun and chat about a couple titles you have fallen behind on? Join us on Fridays with our Falling Behind Friday meme where you chat about a couple books you have fallen behind on and then link Kim, Christina and us so we can travel on over and check out your post.  Drop your link in the comment section for everyone to check it out.

Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!

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Random Book Musings: What makes a book a great reading experience for you? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Hi everyone! Hope everybody is having a great Friday!

I always have these random bookish questions that I’m curious about so I ask our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do. I hope that you will also join in on the discussion with us.

Well I am a day late in posting my Random Book Musings question for this week.  I have no other excuse except that I kind of lost track of what day it was because with Monday being a holiday it sort of threw me off my schedule.  Luckily I knew it was Tuesday at work or else I might have made a few mistakes there.  LOL

Anyway onto my question this week……I’ve been told it is my hardest one yet.

Norma’s random book question:

What makes a book a great reading experience to you? Is there certain things that you look for while reading? Are you an emotional reader or are there certain aspects that a book must contain in order for you to feel like it is a great book?

Print_L375-5_brunete_brown eyesNorma’s Answer

I am definitely an emotional reader and all for how a book makes me feel. If a book gives me those warm fuzzy afterglow feelings then it is a great book. For thrillers, the ending is usually what tells me that it was a great book. I don’t necessarily have to be shocked for it to be a great book though but it has to come together really well.  Also, being totally immersed in the storyline and thinking about the book when I’m not reading it is another telltale sign for me that it was a great book.

I am also big on writing style. I definitely like to have a connection with the way that the author is telling the story.  Beautiful writing gets me every time.

If I get any type of emotions while I’m reading whether it be scared, mad, angry, sad, happy, excited, surprised and even contentment, then that usually tells me that it was a great book too.

Looking forward to hearing what makes a great book a great book to you!

L389-3_brunete_green-eyesBrenda’s Answer

I love the books and authors who make me think.  I love to be drawn into a character’s mind and emotions.  I love to be shown how they feel and see them experience the events of the story in my mind.  I am not a big fan of being told what they feel or do or big on the shock factor.  I love the stories that make me dig deep into the layers.  So I guess the well-layered books are the ones that make for the best reading experience.

And of course, the very best reading experience is when I can discuss and see other people’s thoughts on the book whether it’s in our groups or here on our blog or traveling over to other bloggers and reading your reviews.

L383-3_blonde_blue-eyesLindsay’s Answer

Norma – a great book for me is one that I simply cannot put down. If I read it in a day or 2 that usually means I loved it. I’m a highly emotional reader and love a good “book cry”. Like you, I really love to feel something while I’m reading which means I really connected. 💜


Now to the best part. Your answers. Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!

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