Category Archives: Reading

I love to read – but I’m in a slump

There I’ve admitted it.  This is the first time since I began blogging that I find myself in a terrible reading slump.  I didn’t realize how bad it was until I saw this today on Goodreads: GULP!!!! I find that … Continue reading

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Objectivity in book reviews: can you be honest AND objective?

These past few weeks I have read some rather unpleasant comments about book reviewers. Blogger ‘bashing’ seems popular just now. An example of this blogger bashing: https://prettymessreading.wordpress.com/…/dear-book-blogge…/ When someone – anyone – calls me or my fellow book bloggers dishonest – then steam starts … Continue reading

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“Unlocking worlds: a reading companion for book lovers” by Sally Allen

The name of my blog sort of gives it away.  I read mostly FICTION.  However, the exception that proves the rule is that I read non-fiction if the subject matter is books. With “Unlocking worlds” I felt that I met … Continue reading

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2017 and I’m challenging myself – Want to join me?

Last year I pledged to read 100 books for my Goodreads Reading Challenge.  I exceeded that number (but only barely).  Again this year, I’ve pledged to read 100 titles. In addition to the Goodreads reading challenge, I’ve decided to take … Continue reading

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August ALREADY!

The summer is speeding by.  It is August already and I’m keeping up with my #20booksofsummer challenge.  At present I’m reading number 13 of 20:  “The Beauty of the End” by Debbie Howells.  I received it from NetGalley when Kensington … Continue reading

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Books in a series

As a lover of mystery and crime thrillers, I find myself following myriad ‘series’.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the aspect of following a set of characters over numerous books.  When I was ‘just’ a reader, I would religiously … Continue reading

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“Fog on her glasses” (poem about reading)

I have no idea of the provenence of this little poem, but I think it is great! I found it on Pinterest….  If anyone can tell me the author I will add the credit on this post. I’m hoping that some … Continue reading

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The top of my TBR pile… (or, laments of a book blogger)

I’ve read 27 novels since January 1st, 2016 – so… I’m on track for my target of 100 books this year.  I’ve read some excellent novels – and some that didn’t live up to the hype. Now, with various new … Continue reading

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Love of reading

Yes…. February is love of reading month.  Also my birthday month so I look at it as a sort of personal tribute to my favorite hobby.  As an only child I learned early on that reading is the most enjoyable … Continue reading

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“The readers of Broken Wheel recommend” by Katarina Bivald (Official Blog Tour)

Today, in the age of social media and instant communication, letter writing has become antiquated and uncommon.  Not that many years ago however it was the norm and many people had ‘pen-pals’, myself included. This novel is about two women, … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s Favorites of 2015

I’ve read 70 novels in 2015, many of them excellent.  So you can understand my dilemma in choosing only 15 titles as my personal favorites.  I’ve been very lucky to have enjoyed about 90% of my reading this year.  Subsequently … Continue reading

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The MAGIC of reading

This EXACTLY sums up my feelings about reading! Thanks to the Goodwill Librarian on Facebook who posted this photo:

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Book or eReader… my preferences

Although I have literally thousands of hardcover books at home (books do furnish a room – the quote is correct) – I MUCH prefer reading on my Kindle Paperwhite. My reasons are thus: 1.  I can read outdoors and in … Continue reading

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Series fiction and prequels

Many fictionophiles LOVE series fiction.   I am one.   Once started you loyally and  fastidiously follow the series until its completion.  And you NEVER, ever read a book out of order within the series. Which leads me to ponder….  what happens … Continue reading

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“The storied life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin

What a gem!  A little book with a big heart.  It grabbed me right away.  I didn’t want to put it down because that would mean it was over…. I even read the acknowledgments to prolong the inevitable when I … Continue reading

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