Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Discussion Point – What Would You Give Up For Your Reading?

 

I found this discussion on BookChase - one of the blogs I follow and it has been coming from a few people prior to that. I know it’s not a meme, but it’s one of those questions all bloggers asked themselves at some point or the other.

Even if you never ask yourself the question, slowly but surely you will all experience this at some point…  and that’s why I am using this has my Discussion Point question today…

 

What Would You Give Up For Your Reading.

 

I have been looking at what else is  there to cut back on in my life that I haven't done already and it was so hard to find. I currently record everything on my TV recorder – so I watch TV only about once a month and I don’t do ads.

I have condense my evening walks from four evening into power walks,  2 days for two sessions a week. Other than giving away the kids to free up some up my time  I was really finding it hard to find something…

Then I remember my paper craft… I have a creative side to me that comes out to play on anything on paper, my latest sojourn into that world is scrapbooking-  so I do card making, calligraphy, origami and some drawing….

If you have never done paper craft this is something that eats into your time if you are not super careful about time management… There are countless of night I sit down to do one page of scrapbooking or to make one bookmark and end up at the table for half the night…

I am at the point where I am seriously thinking about cutting down alot of my paper craft…. really I am.

And for no other reason than THE BOOKS – the covers, the blurbs, those reviews, you bloggers pimping out your gears – DAMN YOU ALL…. you all know who you are..

So in light of that I am tossing out the question - What are you prepared to give up or reduce to have a bit more time for the paperback or the ereader that you so love.

 

While you are thinking up an answer, here are a few discussion that’s happening around the blogosphere. (quote in Italics are from the comment on each post discussion)

 

 

REVIEW - THE LONG AND SHORT OF THEM: WHICH DO YOU PREFER?

Donna from Fantasy Dreamer’s Ramblings blog started the age old discussion on her blog over the weekend. Donna of course gave us the pro’s and the con’s of Long, Short and mixing it up type of review …

She as well gave us the chance to vote on our personal favourite type of review and  of course share our voices…  some of my favourite romance reviewers came out and chipped in.  I thought it was one of the healthier discussions of the weekend.

For awhile now, I've been searching for ways to improve my reviews plus I want to be more comfortable with writing them. I get antsy about writing reviews and sometimes I have a hard time putting my thoughts into the written word. Yeah, in terms of the literary world, I'm a reader and not a writer. Any ways, I've been scoping out other reviews across blog land, trying to see if I can spot a formula of some sort, that will make the light bulb turn on for me. I've also purchased a book on writing book reviews based on J. Kaye's recommendations here. I want to write reviews based on the type of reviews I seek out for book recommendations.

I voted for long reviews. I want a review that makes me dig inside the mind of the reviewer; what worked, what didn't, which character got your love and which ones didn't? How was the plot, was it edge-of-your-seat or plain meh? Did the book deliver as a whole and so on.

I personally use the summary/blurb from the backcover and sometimes add a paragraph of own summary to the actual review/thoughts in the hope to avoid as many spoilers as possible. There are just very few reviewers where I read the whole summary because at the bottom line this is not why I read a review.

Short reviews often do not give me what I need in terms of details in how a book is experienced.
I write the long reviews, especially when I am over the moon with a book. I just can't write all my thoughts in a paragraph or two long review. I am very elaborate and I understand that it takes a commitment and time to read my reviews. It is a part of the blog person that I am LOL


I think it takes time to find a review voice you're comfortable with. There are so many factors that play a part; time being a huge factor but also, does it come easy and do you take pleasure from it. Reviewing should never be a complete frustration!

Leontine © Fantasy Dreamer’s Ramblings

 

 MORE ON THE REALITY OF A TIMES BESTSELLER

Lynn Viehl one of my favourite author – took the unprecedented step a few days ago to publish her royalty earning from her book TWILIGHT FALLS -

Not only was I impressed with this move but it open a new world on how much authors actually make from these wonderful books that we so love.

Back in April when I posted and discussed the royalty statement for Twilight Fall, my top twenty New York Times mass market bestseller, I promised I would post the next royalty statement that came in for the book. That arrived this week, so today I’d like to take a look at that and share some thoughts on how the book performed in the eleven months since the initial release…

..My income per book always reminds me of how tough it is to make at living at this gig, especially for writers who only produce one book per year. If I did the same, and my one book performed as well as TF, and my family of four were solely dependent on my income, my net would be only around $2500.00 over the income level considered to be the U.S. poverty threshhold (based on 2008 figures.) Yep, we’d almost qualify for foodstamps.

Lynn Viehl © Genrealitly. Net

 

 HOW I PASS AWAY THE HOURS

This is the post that made me laugh a loud this week – Amy C told us how she wrote up her post and of course encouraged us to join her in her activities.. She made a list of her top 10 read for this year and a whole bunch of us guys joined her in book memories ---- fun post..

 

Today, I managed to write up most of a review, and then I thought, hmmm, maybe I could write a list of the top ten books that come to mind that I've read this year. And this is the whole point of my post! In no particular order, just the order they popped in my head, here are the top ten books that stood out the most today while I worked! :)

Amy C © Romance Book Wyrm

 

Ok - after much knife cutting here's mine....


1 - Surviving Love - Rebecca Vickery
2 - Love Means No Shame - Andrew Grey
3 - Cut and Run - Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban
4 - Fragile - Shiloh Walker
5 - Saving Tampa - Jo Webnar
6 - Faith & Fidelity - Tere Michaels
7 - Sealed with a Kiss - Mary Margeret Daughtridge
8 - Black Aura - Jaycee Clark
9 - The Long Way Home - Z.A. Maxfield
10 - Drawn Together - Z.A. Maxfield


Now I am thinking of doing a re-read - those were some wonderful books...
I am also writing down the list above - thanks guys for the recommendations...

E.H>

E.H> © Romance Book Wyrm

 

 

AM I TOO VANILLA FOR BDSM

My favourite discussion of the week so far is from K.C. at Smokin Hot books… she has decided to tackle the love or hate issue of BDSM in books… and from the lively discussion that is happening over there – well you just have to go over there to see what the ladies are saying…

 

Ok, ok, so I need to make a confession. I hate to say that I may not be as sexually liberated as some of my other blogger friends but I swear I gave it the ol’ college try!……

…….As my unfortunate title at home is ‘little dictator’, I am beginning to see why I might have had so many problems with this genre in the first place. So I guess, maybe… I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy asking him to be my sub.

K.C. © Smokin Hot Books

 

Thanks for another thought provoking post…

I am a lover of BDSM – and not the hotwax, nipple grips sort either, but a little more than the usual submissive bit.

In the right authors hands, it’s fantastic – they make the journey a pleasure and not one to grit your teeth and hope for the best..

However I also agree that it is also a matter of choice, I am all for trying out an author and if it’s too dramatic or even traumatic – I am not ashamed to call it a day..

A few of the better author I have found are

Maggie Casper
Jude Mason
Sean Micheal (M/M – Hammer series)

The only author I have just not gone any further with is Anne Jacob’s… I read alot of her contemporary stuff, but just wont read the BDSM stuff just for the reasons you cited..

It feels too much, I am pissed off and I always feel like it’s non consensual…

I like a certain type of BDSM and I love when I find an author who gives me what I want – In real life I am so NOT vanilla sex…. I want it all…LOL

E.H>

E.H> © Smokinhotbooks

 

From Rebecca Vickery

 

Rebecca J Vickery said...

Hey Everyone,
This is from an author. Don't stop those reviews. WE need them to keep us on our toes, help us know what the readers want, and to gauge our work. Even bad reviews have their uses. Sure we get frustrated over them, but we learn from them (hopefully) and do better on the next story. So cut time anywhere else except in the reading and reviewing departments. Please??? LOL
Rebecca

 

 

 

Please also remember that I need suggestion for good – I mean good ménage book to read this month – Please post all suggestions here –MENAGE RECOMMENDATIONS

 

 

18 Speak To Me:

Smokinhotbooks on 11 November 2009 at 22:28 said...

For books I'd give up for first born...just kidding. I've recently gave up going to the gym {eye roll} like that was a hardship for me. I stepped on the scale and realized I gained 5 blogger pounds!!!! I blame books, my blogger friends, and twitter.

As for great menage books, hon that's why I follow you :) I did read some awhile back with Kaitlyn O' Connor over at New Concept Publishing. The Portal being my fav, it's futuristic menage {wiggles eyebrows}

Amy C on 11 November 2009 at 23:24 said...

I'm glad I could make you laugh, E.H.!

I gave up scrapbooking several years ago when I picked up a book one day after my son started kindergarten and well, I haven't put them down yet. I find it hard to do anything other than reading when I'm not taking care of the house and my family.

I used to spend hours and hours scrapping. I have several books, but it's so time consuming and now when I think about how behind I am, I have no motivation. Especially not when I sit back and look at how big my unread book shelf is! But I sure did love that feeling of accomplishment when I finished a two page layout and inserted it in the book. Maybe someday I'll pick it back up.

But otherwise, I really don't have any hobbies that I could cut back to get more reading in :). It's more like I have to cut back the reading so I can get the normal household things done :P.

Lily on 12 November 2009 at 05:06 said...

At this time I really don't have anything to give up. I don't watch tv or have any other hobbies. It's work, family and the internet.

I could give up my job but then I would not be able to buy books to read. I can't see myself giving up my internet time either.

I keep waiting to win the Lotto so I can get rid of the job and read, read, read! :D

Erotic Horizon on 12 November 2009 at 06:13 said...

@Smokinhotbooks

I am still chuckling after that - your first born, Indeed...

I do know what you mean though...

Keep on blaming us - keep it up .. man many more pounds to come LOL


I have to go over NCP site, haven't been over there in ages...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 12 November 2009 at 06:18 said...

@Amy C..

At our age - I think a lot of us have scrap down to the bare bones when it comes to spare time...

I know I don't want to give up scrapbooking - because it's one of the few shared thing my family does together...

But those books do so make alot of problems for me... I know what you mean about cutting back the reading to find time for other things...

E.H>

Rebecca J Vickery on 12 November 2009 at 07:10 said...

HI EH and Friends,
I just saw my Surviving With Love and name in your top ten list for the year. Thanks so much. So glad you enjoyed that adventure. I had a blast writing it.
And the question to me would be what else can I give up to have more time to write??? My laptop has already grown to my fingertips according to my family. I don't even take a potty break without it. LOL
For menage, have you checked out Lesli Richardson's newest, Boiling Point? I haven't read it , but I'm hearing good things about it.
Rebecca

Erotic Horizon on 12 November 2009 at 07:53 said...

@Lily...

My lanuguage exactly my dear - And the few things I do with my family like scrapbooking, I am considering scaling back...

Why must be the things we love cause us such dilemma...

Good luck on the next lotto draw...LOL

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 12 November 2009 at 08:02 said...

@Rebecca...

I seriously love that book - Once again well done...

Don't even think of getting rid of the laptop or reduce your usage - how would I survive without another book....


I love Tymber Dalton - I just read her Reluctant Dom series - I'll have to check this new one out...

E.H>

Blodeuedd on 12 November 2009 at 08:58 said...

Hm, what would I give up, well some internet time perhaps, I do spend a great deal online. Much of the time just surfing and doing nothing. So I could do better there.

Leontine on 12 November 2009 at 09:22 said...

What I would give up for reading...

It's not one of the easiest questions to answers ;) I think I've cut down on my dvd spending and watching. I used to watch quite a few movies and TV series but that has dwindled down to perhaps 45 minutes before sleeping.

I love to see that Amy is back and a top 10...I will wait with my top list until the end of the year, still have a few highly anticipated books to go ;)

I loved smokinhotbooks topic on her being vanilla on BDSM...it made me go back to my first BDSM; Wicked Ties from Shayla Black, Jack Cole still has a very special place in my heart.

What Donna wrote about writing reviews is so recognizable for so many peeps. When I look at the average 3 three hours it takes to write me a review, I think, I could've read me half a book in that time. But I love writing them and I think each reviewer's voice is something unique to his/her blogger personality.

I loved each discussion you highlighted EH!

Rebecca J Vickery on 12 November 2009 at 10:57 said...

Hey Everyone,
This is from an author. Don't stop those reviews. WE need them to keep us on our toes, help us know what the readers want, and to gauge our work. Even bad reviews have their uses. Sure we get frustrated over them, but we learn from them (hopefully) and do better on the next story. So cut time anywhere else except in the reading and reviewing departments. Please??? LOL
Rebecca

Erotic Horizon on 12 November 2009 at 15:24 said...

@Blodeuedd

You lucky devil you - I for one would love more Internet time...

I have so much stuff to do in the days I barely have time for the Internet

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 12 November 2009 at 15:53 said...

@Leonitne..
you have 45 minutes before bed ot watch DVD.. I read until the book fall out of my hand...

I have to make a date with my telly to watch any program...

I agree with you - there were some wonderful discussions around the place...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 12 November 2009 at 15:54 said...

@rebecca --

We will all try.. because I doubt we can get the love of reading out of our system at this late stage...

E.H>

Marissa on 12 November 2009 at 16:10 said...

Ehmmm I already gave up a lot when the kids came, they will always come first. I hardly watch any TV at all, because I can't read and watch TV at the same time... So I would give up two hours of sleep, so I have more time to read.

I love Donna's post about writing reviews, writing them is time consuming! Very recognizable, and smokinhotbooks topic on BDSM was great too, although I don't like all of the stories out there in this genre.

O and perhaps I should Twitter a little less.... that would leave me with more time to read!

Great post!

Erotic Horizon on 13 November 2009 at 22:32 said...

Marissa

Thanks for chipping in - I know about the kids coming along and eating in to the little time we have as it is....

But what can we do...

I agree Donna and K.C. discussions were really good this week...

E.H>

Donna [Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings] on 14 November 2009 at 22:27 said...

I've given up a lot for reading already. But I need to get back to gym so I'm thinking I'll do the cycling machine and read at the same time. :) Knock two birds out with one stone, so to speak. Unfortunately blogging will have to slide a little for the gym. But the 'ol ticker has to keep ticking if I want to keep reading. :)

Great roundup of posts this week. I'm glad you liked mine on writing reviews. I just wish I was better at expressing how I feel about most anything and not just books. I figure the more I write maybe it'll start coming out somehow.

I enjoyed KC's post on BDSM, she always entertains me with her witty way of stating her thoughts.

Erotic Horizon on 15 November 2009 at 17:51 said...

Hey Donna - I am slowly trying to get a schedule going with my blog...

I know I wont be doing it everyday as I am now in a little while...

But still planning...

This weeks post definitely had me thinking.

E.H>