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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. 💜

 

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Random Book Musings: How long have you been reading books? Have you always read or started reading as an adult? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Hi everyone! Hope everybody is having a great Thursday!

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.

Norma’s random book question:

I just finished watching two episodes of The Haunting of Hill House recently and I am really enjoying this show! Anyone else watching it or has read the book? Is the book better or the Netflix series?

Anyway, here is my book question for this week……….

How long have you been reading books? Have you always read or started reading as an adult? Do you read the same genre now as you used to or has your tastes changed over time? 

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I have been reading since Elementary school and have had little breaks &/or reading slumps throughout the years. I used to read quite a bit of horror and that used to be one of my favourite genres as well as thriller novels which I still love. I haven’t read too many horror books since my earlier adult years though.

I used to read horror when I was pregnant with all my children. Not sure what was up with that but I sort of loved it! But, people thought I was a little weird.  LOL

My teenager years my absolute favourites were witches, ghosts or anything with a supernatural element to the storyline.  Paranormal romance was a favourite too.

I think a few of you know this of me but I have been recording all of my books that I have read since I was 16 years old. When I started Goodreads I added all my books in that I have read except for some of my favourite authors where I have read all of them. There are a few authors that I have read every one of their released books. I now record all my reads on Goodreads and no longer write the titles in my journal.

Brenda was always the historical fiction and general fiction reader. And I was always thriller, chick-lit, romantic suspense & mystery novels. My tastes have changed somewhat since starting our Traveling Sisters groups but my first love is still thrillers &/or mystery novels. Brenda and I have always passed books onto one another and she pretty much knows which novels I will like and necessarily not enjoy all that much. I don’t do well usually with slow-moving general fiction. I do need something within the storyline that I find relatable or interesting enough.

I’m really interested in hearing your comments!

Web_L521-3_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s Answer

I used to read romance in my late teens for a short time.  Then I went through a horror stage until my husband said no wonder you have nightmares.  Like Norma said I have always been a historical fiction and general fiction reader.  That’s my favorite genres.  I read a few thrillers before starting the Traveling Sister group but I really struggled with the darker ones.  Norma needed to read them first to filter out the ones I would find too dark.  Now, the darker the thriller the better.  Just recently I have ventured out and have read a few books that were not my normal and I have really enjoyed the change of pace.

Web_L515-1_blonde_blue-eyesLindsay’s Answer

Another fantastic question Norma!

I have been reading for as long as I can remember. I remember being in elementary school and my mom taking me to the bookstore to buy Babysitters Club and Fear Street R.L. Stine chapter books. I would be able to delay doing chores because I would tell my mom “just one more chapter please”. She was very supportive of my love of reading even though she isn’t much of a reader herself. Now I have my 3 and 5 year old imitating me by carrying around books in the house and “reading” them. They love reading and I really hope that it stays that way!

I used to read Women’s fiction and chick-lit type books, then switched to mainly New Release fiction. Now my most favourite genre is Historical Fiction, but the Traveling Sisters have done a great job in opening up my eyes to the excitement of thrillers/suspense. I like switching up genres every now and then to refresh myself and try something new.

 

 

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Random Book Musings: Do you get distracted easily while reading and what distracts you the most? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

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.

Norma’s random book question:

Do you get distracted easily while reading and what distracts you the most? Do you have any tips to share that work for you in order to lessen those distractions?

img_6782Norma’s Answer

Total peace and quiet for me as I am easily distracted.

This never used to be a problem for me a few years back as I could read with the radio on, while others were watching TV and with any background noise of any kind. But, that isn’t the case any longer. I have to have total quiet as my mind wonders enough as it is while I am reading. Sometimes I just close the book when I notice that I am not fully taking everything in that I am reading and start again in a couple of minutes. That usually helps!

I would say that any type of talking is the most distracting for me.

Web_L365-3_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s Answer

My biggest distraction while reading is falling asleep.  I can read while the TV is on or talking is going on around me.  But other noises really distract me and it’s like an anxiety trigger to me.  Music is one of the biggest ones for me.  If there is noise around me I listen and read at the same time to drown out the noise.

Web_L353-3_blonde_blue eyesLindsay’s Answer

Great question Norma! 💜

I can read through pretty much any noise. If I couldn’t, I wouldn’t be able to read as much as I do. Having young children means there is always noise in my house. Plus, I always have music on in the background throughout my day (one of the first things I do when I get up is put my Spotify playlist on). I actually find the background music comforting and easier to concentrate with. I choose my books wisely though – ones that I need to be in ‘full-concentration-mode’ for, I save for when the littles are in bed. Others I can read while they play or have their TV time.

 

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Random Book Musings: How do you manage your time to read, blog, comment on Goodreads, etc.? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

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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.

Norma’s random book question:

Okay, I have a question for us all! LOL
So I have been extremely busy of late and it seems like I am not getting in much reading time or updating and commenting on Goodreads so, my question is…..

How do you manage your time to read, blog, comment on Goodreads, etc.? I get so overwhelmed at times and I feel like I am never going to get everything done. I think I might need some help! LOL

CL019-3Norma’s Answer

I have a full-time job where I am unable to use my phone or the internet during the day. I do get in about an hour reading at lunch time which I am very grateful for and very glad that I do have that time to read. When I get home I am usually on the computer all night and sometimes into the wee hours of the morning. Commenting on blog, Goodreads, our Traveling Sisters and Friends groups, as well as reviewing. I have been getting little time to read lately and I am feeling some book withdrawal symptoms. LOL

Oh, and I forgot to say that I actually quite LOVE how busy I am and I love our Traveling Sisters & Friends Groups as well as blogging! I just wish I was able to be a little more active.

CL019-1Brenda’s Answer

I love reading how everyone manages their book life.

I have no real scheduled on how I manage everything. I don’t work so I take on more of the blog posts and organizing the groups. I started taking on way too much blogging and it started to consume my day and I wasn’t reading. That was another reason I fell behind on the reads. I started to get up at 6 am to read but after a bit, I just ended back on the blog. I have now cut back on some of the blog posts. I love doing them I just can’t keep up with all the posts I would like to do.

I do try to comment on GR but this is where I have a real hard keeping up. I tell myself I really need to set a time of the day to do this and stick to it. I read everyone’s review for each group read when I do my review and the blog post. I often take parts of your reviews and add them to our blog post. That is really time-consuming and then sometimes I forget to like and comment on your reviews.

I can’t read much past 9:00 because I fall asleep I am sure you all have heard me whine about that. lol

LC66-10Lindsay’s Answer

Hi sisters! Great question Norma! 💜
I am a stay at home mom so I do have more time than most who work out of the house. I usually update GR/Wordpress in the early morning (my kids are up super early 😩) so it gives me something to do while they are playing and I am waiting for my caffeine to kick in. ☕️Reading for me happens in the afternoons if I can get the littles to nap at the same time 🤞. Love that peaceful alone time! 😍📚
My children are in bed early at night (by 7:30) which leaves me with my evenings to read and write reviews (along with doing laundry, cleaning, and all that other yucky stuff that takes away from my reading time). Since I am in “kid-land” most of my day, I take every chance I can get to update GR on my phone throughout the day just to get a mental “adult” break from singing nursery rhymes and building LEGO’s. Love my children, but reading is my escape into the “adult” world where I am not changing diapers, making snacks or cleaning up messes. Just getting that 5 minutes here and there to browse/update GR refreshes me and keeps me feeling connected to other adults.
I don’t watch any tv and am not on any other social media so reading, GR, WordPress and of course my Traveling Sisters are it for me. 😍

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Random Book Musings: Do you belong to any book subscription boxes and which one is your favourite?#travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

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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.

Norma’s random book question:

Do you belong to any book subscription boxes and which one is your favourite? Also, do you belong to any other subscription boxes? If so, what product or item makes you the most excited when you open that box?

If you don’t belong to any subscription boxes I have another question for you to answer.

Where is your absolute favourite place to buy or look for books? And who is your favourite author and/or publisher? 

L329-4Norma’s Answer

So I have been a member of FABFITFUN for quite a few years now and always look forward to when my box arrives. I would say the items that I get most excited about is when I receive journals or planners in them. I also like any fitness related items as well even though I might not use them they make me a little excited to see them. Oh, also I like water bottles, mugs, candles.

So I am a recent member of BoTM thanks to Kris who has kindly offered to ship my boxes to me here in Canada since they don’t ship outside of the United States. Let me tell you when I received my first box I was a little giddy and thought how fortunate I was to have the best book buddy ever! Thank you so much, Kris! You are the best!

I don’t really have a favourite place to look at or buy books from. Amazon is the most convenient though and I do love perusing NetGalley & Edelweiss.

I have a couple of favourite authors; Jodi Picoult & Lisa Gardner. But, I think that might have changed some since Goodreads though as I have added quite a few more authors to my list of favourites. I don’t really have a favourite publisher or offhand I can’t think of who it would be. I’ll come back and comment if I remember.

L329-5 Brenda’s Answer

I don’t belong to any book subscription boxes.  This may sound weird and let me know if it does. lol . I get a little anxious waiting for mail.  The whole wondering when it will show up and waiting really stresses me out.  So I don’t often buy from Amazon.  I do like Book Outlet because of the amazing prices and have been known to order a bit too much from there according to my husband.  So I will try to work through the anxiety of waiting for that.  Also when I want a book I want it right now and don’t want to wait for it so my favorite place to shop for books is Indigo/Chapters.  I do love the library too but there is that waiting for books again.  lol

I do kind of wish the whole waiting for approval on NG would bother me a bit more than it does so I won’t exercise my finger so much by requesting so many titles.

Web_L463-6Lindsay’s Answer

I would love to be a member of a monthly book mail subscription box, however, I really try to control my spending on books. I usually use my amazing local library along with NG/EW to get my books.

If I am purchasing a book, I usually buy online from The Book Outlet. I can have it delivered to the store which is super close to me for free which saves me paying shipping costs. Plus, their books are an AMAZING deal so it works out great!

Favourite author would be so hard to narrow down. I agree with you Norma – Jodi Picoult is a top favourite. Kate Morton. Kristin Hannah. Lisa Genova.

CL104-1Christina’s Answer

I also don’t belong to any subscription plans. I’ve thought about doing book of the month because it look so fun but I’m also super cheap LOL!

I really love my local library, but my favorite place to just browse books is Half Price Books. I also enjoy NetGalley / EW but I have a hard time browsing online versus in the store!

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Random Book Musings: So I know a lot of us read eBooks but what is your absolute favourite and least favourite book format? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

img_6638I 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.

So this next question that I had for the Traveling Sisters is another one that I have been wondering about for a while now and I am really curious to hear from you all. I hope that you will also join in on the discussion with us.

Norma’s random book question:

So I know a lot of us read eBooks here but what is your absolute favourite and least favourite book format? eg. Hardcover, trade, mass, eBooks or audiobooks? Also are you a book smeller & hugger?

L329-2_purple_brown eyesNorma’s Answer

I would say that I have a fondness for Trade paperback books and then hardcover. But, for convenience reasons I am starting to actually quite enjoy reading eBooks on my iPad. I thought I would never say that though because I really struggled in the beginning with reading on my iPad. I think it was more of not actually having that luxury of holding a physical copy though and I’m thinking that’s where my resistance came from. My least favourite is audiobooks because I just cannot seem to get the hang of listening to a book. I have so tried but I just cannot seem to keep my mind quiet and focus on what I’m listening to.

Yes, I am definitely a book hugger & smeller. I think my absolute favourite smell is books! I will stop and smell almost every page and even let my husband get a whiff but he just laughs at me and doesn’t think it smells good at all. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about!!! When I’m reading a physical book it gets lots of love from me and follows me everywhere.

L329-1_blue_green eyesBrenda’s Answer

My favourite is paperback and I love the smell of print books too.  I really like eBooks for the convenience of them.  So much easier to travel with then your IPad.  I was just reminded of that when last week I decided to take 8 print books in my carry on.

L329-1_green_blue eyes Lindsay’s Answer

Great question Norma!! My favourite is a paperback – something about the feel and weight of it is perfect. I like hardcovers but find they are heavier and more cumbersome to carry around. I have grown to love my Kindle Paperwhite. I was very hesitant to try reading ebooks, but now love them. So convenient!!
I’m a huge book hugger!!!!! Not so much a smeller but definitely a hugger. I’ve even slept with a favourite book beside me or under my pillow because I just didn’t want to part with it. 😆

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Great question Norma!

It’s a give and take for me. I enjoy eBooks because of the ease at which I can travel with them, that I can highlight in them and that I can carry around hundreds of books on one device. However, there is a unique joy to having hardcover books. I love adding new favorites to my bookshelf and the feel of a real book and satisfaction of turning the pages and seeing how much you’ve read isn’t achieved with an eBook.

Absolutely 100% a book smeller and hugger too 😛

The only form of book I have a hard time with is audiobooks. I just can’t engross myself as fully into them as I can reading. I call it the “reading zone” but I think it’s also referred to as “deep reading” when everything around you just kind of melts away and it doesn’t even feel like you’re reading but seeing the words play out in your head and I can’t do that with audiobooks. I really want to get into them though because there’s a lot of time I can’t read but I could listen to books and then I could consume even more!!!

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