Tag Archives: choosing books

Culling my lengthy TBR list – 5th attempt

Lost in a Story began this idea for blog posts as a way to edit a growing to-be-read list.  You take your Goodreads TBR list, sort by ascending date added, and look at the oldest 5-10 items on your list.  If you … Continue reading

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The opposite of “Cover Love”

For a long time now I have been sharing attractive book covers via my Cover Love series of blog posts.  You know… those books that have covers that attract the reader, make them pick the book up, read the blurb, … Continue reading

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Summer reading infographic from “The Expert Editor”

It’s summer, which means vacation time. The sun is out, and the weather is warm. One of the best ways to enjoy a summer day is to sit in the shade with a glass of your favorite beverage and a … Continue reading

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The top 10 #thriller and #mystery titles on my TBR

You all know how much I love thrillers and mysteries. (even though I get burnt out once in a while) I thought I’d share the top ten titles that I’m really looking forward to reading in the next few weeks.  Feel … Continue reading

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Book blurbs – what words will put me OFF?

As a bookblogger/bookreviewer and a retired public library fiction cataloguer, I have read countless ‘blurbs‘ on novels.  Some I read avidly, while others I drop like ‘hot potatoes’! Why would I dismiss a book so readily you ask?  Well, the blurb … Continue reading

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“The Doll Funeral” by Kate Hamer – PUBLICATION DAY in UK!

Last February I read and reviewed Kate Hamer‘s debut novel “The girl in the red coat“. It was a favorite read of 2016 so when I saw her second novel on NetGalley, I was sad to discover that it wasn’t available … 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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Top 5 titles I’m looking forward to in 2017

I have completed my Goodreads reading challenge of 100 books in 2016.  At present I’m reading #103, “The language of dying” by Sarah Pinborough.I plan to have the same challenge for 100 books in 2017. As I scanned my review … Continue reading

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Hello October (Fictionophile updates)

Autumn is fast encroaching.  It is the favorite season of many booklovers, myself included. Autumn lends itself to cuddly blankets, cups of tea, and books.  Alternately reading outside in autumn is wonderful as well.  I enjoy both. September was a great month … Continue reading

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My fiction wish list is never-ending…

I had a conversation with a fellow book club member about titles we want to read.  I was talking about a specific title and I guess I was raving…. Gulp! Who me? Rave about a book????   Anyway, she said … Continue reading

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My #20booksofsummer Challenge… so far

20 Books of Summer was initiated by fellow blogger Cathy at 746 Books.  The time parameters of the #20booksofsummer challenge: June 1 – September 5, 2016. Book bloggers all have lengthy (sometimes never-ending) TBR lists.  This challenge serves as an … 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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Fictionophile’s tips for new NetGalley users

Note: This blog post has been updated August 29, 2017 For avid readers, readers who like to share their reading experiences by reviewing, and pretty much any book blogger – NetGalley is a dream come true.       So many … Continue reading

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The TBR Book Tag

How do you keep track of your TBR pile? I predominantly use Goodreads.  Since I’ve started reviewing for NetGalley, Edelweiss, TLC Book Tours, Gumshoe Review, and some others, I’ve also begun to use an Excel spreadsheet.  Yikes!  92 review commitments … 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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