Comment: Loved reading about the books you read for 21.5 hours!!!! Now I know I was a slacker...but definitely plan to do the next one with a bit more commitment. You had a nice variety of reading material. Thanks for the great swap!
Comment: Thanks for the awesome review. And I am halfway through book one so you did not spoil anything for me and I am loving it as well. Definitely will read the whole series. It's a great find and we have Goodreads to thank! Happy reading, Caly
Comment: Wow! Lots and lots of books! And I love that you were reading all of those Nancy Drew books - some of my favorites, but I know, personally, that a lot of them are more boring than they were when I was growing up! Thanks so much for sharing your log!
Comment: OMG! Do you sleep, do you ever go for a walk? Are all those essentially comic books? How many pages, how many words per book? You really must have a real life besides reading or do you work as a slush pile reader for a publisher? I've never received a list like this! Amazing.
Response: Yup, I sleep. I rarely go for a walk. No, none of them were comics. Pages vary from the 10 pg short story to 560 pages (The Keeper). Average page count is usually in the 300s, read nearly 25000 pages in 100 books so far this year. I don't have much of a real life. I don't work, we have no car. When my Hubby is at work, I read. I read 335 books last year, am at 100 for the year so far this year. I just love to read and find my enjoyment in books. I read the shorter books (Nancy & Trixie average of 150-200 pages) during team challenges where to "win" you read the most pages in the least amount of time.
Comment: Ooohhhhhhh thank you so much! I've been downloading so much on Bookbub that I feel like I'm drowning in things to read, but somehow I can always use more good recs. Will definitely have to make note of all of these. YUM!! Thank you!
Comment: I know, I felt like when I was looking at your books to recommend one that you had read everything I would recommend. = ) This one looks great though, I'm going over to the library website now to see if they have it!
Comment: Yes, it's been a while. I'm hoping to be moving within the next 6 months (sooner if I'm lucky) so hopefully I'll be able to set up my craft area so that I can get back into swapping more regularly. I've also just recently started my Master's in Library Science so I've been pretty busy lately. I have read A Thousand Pieces of you. It's not really my genre, but I did enjoy it and think that many people would really love it. Anyway, thanks for your comment and I'll have to check out some of the other books you mentioned.
Comment: I enjoyed your Reading Log, thanks Karsyn! I did find the white text on the black background a little challenging to read. Anyway, I liked the sound of some of the books, particularly "Pawn" by Aimee Carter. Intriguing! I have also read "A Great and Terrible Beauty" by Libba Bray, and thought about the same as you - average read, probably won't continue with the series. Happy reading!
Comment: Thank you for sending me your reading log :) I love the way you color code your ratings! Lot's of books from a few different series last month I noticed. I hope you enjoy your reading in February!
Comment: Your never one to disappoint with the amount of books you read and it astounds me that you get the time to fit them all in. Thank you for a wonderful lost of books some of these I've got on my tbr pile and looking forward to reading even more now.
Comment: The Great Zoo of China is one book on the top of my to-read list! You must like it if you reread it in 2015 :) I am currently listening to Ready Player One and it is awesome. Thanks for sharing and I love that you include all the links.
Comment: So sorry for the late rating! I've seen SO MANY Kim Harrison books at the library, and I've never read one. But the concept of a drafter sounds awesome and the book itself sounds right up my urban fantasy-loving alley! Thanks so much!
Comment: I'm so glad you liked the book you read. I think I should add it to my TBR list. I wish you luck with your new puppy. It such a cute story, especially that you found her while writing to me :)
Comment: Thank you for sending your November reading log. Mine is extremely shameful compared to yours. Your new little doggy is adorable also. She is a very weird mixture of a dog. I hope she's safe and well and it's getting a little easier for you know. We found it much easier to train our dog with a crate.
Comment: Thank you for sharing. I added The Serpent to my TBR list. It sounds intriguing. I also think to give a try to The Lunar Chronicles. It's nice that you liked Throne of Glass. I don't think it's a bad book, just very very not me.
Comment: Such a good list! Thank you for linking them to GoodReads, such a great idea. I'm going to take my time and have a good look through them, see if anything catches my eye. A super swap, thank you :)
Comment: You're right about the challenges of this year. But you do not have to be disappointed. Dewey's is about reading and you read a lot. This was my third and I read more than ever because I quit the social-involved part. I hate Twitter too.
Comment: Sorry the social aspect of the RaT wasn't as much fun for you this time around. :/ I pretty much think most social things are lacking from October to January. People are too distracted with holidays. Glad you got a lot of good reading in! Thanks for hosting. :)
Comment: Oh... It seems all the books I chose are no more than 3 stars.. Sorry :) Thank you for your nice review. I totally understand your frustration with the novel. (I wonder what would you think about The Empress Game. I quite liked it, but the game takes something like 40% of the story) Anyway, I going to read Court of Fives soon, I will tell you my thoughts on it :)
Comment: You read a ton of books last month so it took me a bit read read over your whole log! I really appreciate how easy you make it to read your rating and your 1/2 ratings included as well. I look forward to reading a few of the books you enjoyed like the chronos series.
Comment: Thanks for the detailed info about Odditorium. Sounds like I'd prefer your version of the book, haha. I, too, like the details of weirdness. I will probably skip it. Who has time for mediocre books?
Comment: The Crete postcard was very pretty. I am heading to Greece on Tues. Unfortunately, not able to see Crete. My daughter loved Crete on her honeymoon. The book did sound interesting. I added it to my Amazon wish list. Thanks
Comment: I don't know why I never followed up on your link. I LOVED your answers and though we probably have read very few of the same books, It's surprising how few of us visit libraries, with our ereaders and audio books now.
Comment: haha I totally agree with you on 50 Shades that is the one series i steer people way from. I am still not done with it either. LOL the only reason I keep trying is because of my sister...
I enjoyed reading your answers. I still have to read Night Circus it is on my TBR. Happy reading and happy swapping!
Comment: WOW you are one serious reader! Thanks for sharing all of that with me. Interesting your take on "The Giver" since I thought it was an awesome book, but that is why there are so many different kinds of books for everyone.
Comment: Thank you for sharing you reading log. I'm envying you for an ability to red so quickly. I manage only 4-6 books a month - and the're so many books out there. Happy September reading and swapping!
Comment: I think you did better than OK; you did great! Book burn-outs are HARD and you're handling it very well. I sure plan to see you at Dewey's - maybe I'll read The Martian since you recommend it and it's been on my wish list for a while already...
Comment: Thanks for sharing :) - Finally someone else who has read the study series! I read the first three years ago and loved them, but have yet to read the others (The glass trilogy has been sitting on my shelf for at least 2 years). I didn't think I'd like them, and it sounds like I was right. Maybe I'll skip to shadow study? :)
Comment: If you had sent just the review, I would have been smiling. The bookmarks and that adorable bull dogge puppy postcard have me over the moon! Just too cute! Thank you for the book review (I'm not a fan of instalove either) as well as the extras!
Comment: I have read some science fiction, just many yrs ago. My favorites were Kalki by Gore Vidal, Dune, Fahrenheit 451. Check them out. Really great reads. But I really do prefer other novels. Not much of a Star Trek fan. I did watch it growing up. Glad you liked your choices!
Comment: Thank you! I keep coming across The Martian. I'm going to have to put it on my every-growing TBR pile. And Qualify by Vera Nazarian sounds like something I would like and I haven't heard of that one before.
Comment: Thanks! There were lots of great pins, and many I haven't seen before. I remember there used to be a S.G. group on Flickr, that had lots of great pics. But unfortunately I can't find it anymore.
Comment: I see California was a popular state for your books. It also had my highest # of reads in it for the states. I'm working my way through your reading log...can I put that on my Q2 Reading Log Swap? Imzadi's Reading Log...lol! I love the color coded rating system. = )
Comment: Sorry for the delay in rating - am back from winter vacation now. Interesting book review. I'm not sure that I'm up for a book that is 724 pages long though, but will keep this in mind as it sounds really good.
Comment: Thanks for sending your February book report - you're right, I better go rate her (I never received it). Both were great reports. I have The Rook down as one I'm going to read (I read Animal Farm in February). And I read The Martian in the January Book Club - isn't it just the best book? From very early on, I had trouble putting it down! Thanks again!
Comment: Always good to hear from you. I enjoyed your letter...sounds like you have been busy gaming...lol I look forward to the letter you talked about when it comes...Hope you get some more reading in. Happy reading, happy gaming and happy reading!
Comment: Thank you for your Feb Book Club letter. Don't worry about sending the printed version I could read your writing but I would like to hear more of your thoughts on it. I had a similar view of the book it was crammed with a lot but the only thing that seemed to do me was all the waffling on in the binder. That's where I got lost and was scanning through it to get to better bits or where the binder info ended.
Comment: Thanks for sharing your board! The link you provided didn't work for me, so I had to backtrack to your profile. I found it in the end! Lots of lovely images. I love some of those poses! I repinned some that remind me of a character I'm writing now.
Comment: Your thoughts are quite similar to my thoughts in the genre (I seem to be picky in the same way LOL). Great to have a rec of a series or two that you've enjoyed, and I'm glad you liked this one in particular.
Comment: Wow, 25 books a month! I wish I could do that. I just always find myself doing other things and just looking at the books on my to-read list and wishing. I've only read 4 books this year so far. :( I hope you got my email as well for this swap! :)
Comment: I like this Van Gogh postcard, thanks! I will look into the Inventor's Secret, those sound like such fun things to be able to do to learn in a school. I can only hope awesome things like that come out when I'm still around to try it out!
Comment: <3<3<3 I've just girl crushed all over that letter ! You definitely had me at hello ! Not only did I die and go to heaven when I saw your stationery but I am seriously seriously looking forward to writing back to you and talking about The Nighy Circus and I'm totally wanting to read The Great Zoo of China !!!! Thank you so much !
Comment: Always good to hear from you =D I am glad you decided to read outside of your comfort zone and found some new authors you really liked. I did the same and fell in love with the Dystopian genre. Sometimes we just need to keep our minds open, you never know what you will discover. Happy reading and happy swapping!
Comment: Whoa! 31 books in 1 month! I'm impressed, lol. Never thought of making this as a blog post, that's an interesting idea and I liked the design of your blog! Interesting list; I also read Event a while back and I agree with your insights on that particular title....
Comment: Thank you for sending the link to your Jan reading log ! You read a lot this month ! I really wish I had the time to read so much. Some of the books you've read sound fab based on your review so thank you for adding more to me TBR List !
Comment: Always enjoy hearing about what you are reading. This was a good way for me to test the waters of reading marathons and truthfully I don't know if I could last much longer. I did really like this swap!
Comment: I'm so sorry for the late rating on this! I thought I had already rated but I guess it slipped past me. Thank you for the reminder! Your ability to go through 10 books in a week is impressive. The fact that you read 10 books at a time you weren't feeling well is amazing! I would have just been sleeping or zoning out with a video. I'm in awe of your literary appetite! :)
Comment: I have now moved The Shadow of the Wind up on my to-read list! You are also the reason (from another swap) that I made my husband keep The Night Circus when we did a book cull earlier this year so I could read it. And now I want to read The Great Zoo of China too. And Redshirts. Thank you so much, but this was a very dangerous swap for a book hoarder! ;)
Comment: Just got your journals! I'm so excited to start reading them. I saw all the gaming stuff on the first page and immediately broke out in a grin. :D Thank you so much for the journals, and happy swapping!
Comment: I had a REALLY hard time with the font when I looked at your blog on IE, but it rendered fine in Firefox. Just something to keep in mind (I can send screenshots if you want). OOtP is one of my favorite of the series, mostly because I love seeing the young Maraduers in the flashback :-)
Comment: I loved this swap!! It's so neat to see what other people are reading and to get new ideas for books to put on the to-read list. I can tell you LOVE reading :) So do I. I'm especially looking forward to checking out, as per your recommendation: The Night Circus, The Great Zoo of China, and of course, The Shadow of the Wind. I sent you a friend request on Goodreads. Looking forward to seeing what you're going to read in 2015. Thank you and happy reading!!
Comment: Hi Karsyn and thank you very much for your survey. I just didn't have the opportunity yet to look through it as I'm still on holiays without any web.... I'll write again when I've read it.
I wish you a happy new year 2015!
Comment: Great survey! I am interested in quite a few of the books you mentioned. I read quite a few time travel short stories in 2014 so going to look into the ones you mentioned for 2015. I looooved Lock In, that was a great one, mainly because I was thinking about how terrible being locked in would have been in the beginning. I will try to get my hands on a copy of Unlocked. = ) I started to read Cruel Beauty but wasn't able to finish it. Something just put me off of that one. lol
Comment: Hmmm...your book sounds interesting. I'm really into YA Dystopian right now, and your review has me intrigued! I think I will probably read it, but the girlie-ness you wrote about will probably annoy me as well. Thanks for typing it up on such cute holiday paper!
Comment: I liked the Fry versions as well, but Jim Dale will always be my narrator of choice for HP books. I am always happy to hear of people rereading the HP series, considering the dozens of times I've read those books. My HP group is starting a reread of the series in February! :-) It was great reading your thoughts on OotP--it's one of my favorites of the series, though, mainly because of the Marauders flashback!
Comment: Once again I love the paper you used to print on!. I know what you mean by not reading a lot in recent weeks. I feel the same way. I can't imagine setting up a list to read for a week! I often start a book and then decide I want to read a different genre! haha!
Comment: Thanks for your long , informative answers. You write very well. It's a rainy day and so it was a time when I felt like just sitting down and reading a long letter. I'm sorry there are a lot of difficulties in your life right now but glad you have the support of Jesse and your feelings for each other. Thanks too for the extras in the envelope. And for this whole swap.
Comment: I usually don't like monkeys, but I have to say that I loved the paper you sent your swap on! I am so sorry to hear that 'A Discovery of Witches' didn't turn out to be a good book for you! I'm a bit bummed to hear it because this book is on my TBR pile! I think I'll still try to buy it to read, but maybe when it goes on sale for a good price. I have a feeling I'll be disappointed by it as much as you were though, I don't have much patience for long-winded-description stories!
Comment: OMG the readathon ended badly for you! At least you're feeling better now... Apologies for rating this late!!
I love that you read multiple books of a series - such a clever thing to do!
Myself, I find it hard to balance contact with fellow readathonners and the actual reading: both are such an important part of the RaT! And YAY that you took your cheerleading job seriously, thanks for that!
Comment: Always good to hear from you. The book sounds good and I am going to have to put it on my TBR list now =D. I know what you mean by so many books to read and not enough time to read them all. Happy reading! Still working on your letter too but I think it will be done over the weekend =D
Comment: I don't think im ever going to sign up as a cheerleader for it, seems like it would take up way too much time and energy and seems like it'd be more fun if you did your own blog cheering and stuff. you did awesome this deweys in spite of all that!
Comment: Thank you! I cheat a little with this swap, too, and include non-US books as well as US ones so I only have to keep one list. So no worries! I love your color-coding system. Looks like you covered a LOT of territory on the east & west coasts... not a lot of books set in the middle of the country though, huh? :-) Neat to see so many you read set in my state!
Comment: It amazes me to see how much you read in a month. I always wanted to read the 39 Clues series. And neat that you'd never before read the other Harry Potter books like Beedle! I use Quiddditch & Fantastic Beasts all the time as reference/inspiration when writing fanfic :-)
Comment: Thanks for sharing your board. Lots of Disney indeed! Not really my thing, but I loved the creativity in a lot of these. Fun to look at :-) Have you seen althena's board? I think you'd like it!
Comment: Sorry it took awhile to rate -- I didn't know who sent your PC until I received the other one and could figure it out by that. :) Love the book suggestion! Went out and got the first one (was free) and will likely get the one you recommended. I love emotional surrender. <3
Response: I'm so sorry, did I forget to put my info on it? I usually put the name of the swap and my user name at the very top.
Comment: After reading your review I have to agree, it sounds like it starts out as an interesting book and I think I would have been very interested if it had stuck to the murdered woman in the beginning. Judging from your review it really does sound like the book is a mess and I agree, if the book doesn't capture & keep your attention within the first 50-75 pages then there is probably something wrong with the writing style/character/plot. I hope your next PMNR book turns out to be much better!
Comment: Thank you for sharing your answers with me ! I loved the look of all the books you had on your recently added and added them to mine also along with several more ! I love these swaps. I'm getting quite a collection of TBR books now !
Comment: Oh my, poor you for getting burnt out! I can totally relate though because I still haven't "recovered" from mine. This BoBRaT didn't help either ;)
Anyway, I think you did VERY well! I could never read 10 novels in 62 hours, let alone adding comics to the pile as well and getting 20 books as a total. Wow. Hats off to ya!
I hope you've taken it easy for the past week and feel like reading again this upcoming weekend!
Comment: Wow. Just wow. That's a LOT OF READING! I didn't love The Midnight Palace, but I didn't hate it either. Also, I agree with you completely about Fry vs Dale with the audiobooks (I have a friend who thinks otherwise though). And YAY for HP3 being your favorite of them, as it's mine too. Wow. I'm astounded by your reading this past month! I love that you included comics and the posts you wrote in your recap too. Nice!
Comment: Thanks for sending me a lovely postcard and talking about your favorite book from this genre. I like scary tops who are really tender underneath. I'll definitely have to look this book up some time. Thanks!
Comment: Great lists! I love your blog. It was fun to read some of your other posts. I too am hesitant to read "Fault in our stars." However, I have to booktalk the dang thing to a local highschool. Boo... Too sad for my tastes.
Comment: Sorry it took me a bit long to rate, but I wanted to have a chance to read your letter, which I was finally able to do this afternoon. :-) Thanks for a great analysis of the book; I haven't read any of Catherine Coulter's books yet -- although the series sounds pretty different from what I "typically" tend to read, your description was intriguing and I might check out the series one of these days. I also love the book paper you used. :-) Thanks for a great swap!!
Comment: Thanks very much for all your informative tips and ideas! I don't have a blog at the moment, but it's an idea I've been toying with for awhile. In the meantime I'll use some of your ideas as journal prompts. :)
Comment: I enjoy reading books about books (sorry the ones you read this month were 3/5 stars). Neat to see 13 Little Blue Envelopes on your list! I liked it as well (not my favorite of hers, but a good read). Sounds like I need to add The Testing to my future TBR list!
Comment: Thank you for your message! I really enjoyed reading about how you started the group and I just admit I was a little unsure as to what the name ment until I actually read the description on the page and was really thrilled you'd invited me. So thank you for that ! I would also like to see more type 3 swaps =]
Comment: Man, I love the title of your blog; it always makes me smile. I had SUCH A HARD TIME with the Inkheart narration. All 3 are different readers and Brendan Fraser was by far the best; I kept trying to translate the book 3 reader's voice into Brendan Fraser's voice the whole time. Wow. I'm overwhelmed by the amount you read in June. Well done! Thanks for sharing all your thoughts!
Response: Oh I was lucky, I had Brendan on the first 2. I was ticked he wasn't on the 3rd that I had. I had to speed him up though. Love him but damn it made me sleepy. :D
Comment: Thanks for sharing your reading log! Dick van Dyke's autobiography has been on my to-read list for a while. Based on your recommendation, I think I'll look up the audiobook instead of the print edition. I'd love to hear his story in his own words.
Comment: Thank you for your thoughtful answers, I loved Trixie Belden, too! I didn't have the whole series as a kid, only three books, but I read them over and over again. Dick van Dyke's biography is on my reading list as well.
Comment: Great postcard and recommendations! You gave me a bunch to look into. I've already read the Thunderpoint series and am half-way through the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr. But I appreciate the other names. Thanks!
Comment: Karsyn, thank you for the beautifully written letters. You have a very engrossing writing style and I finished the whole thing in one sitting! I am really tempted to try audiobooks because you say they help with sleep!
Comment: Wow, so many books for you in May! I like your new color coding system. I'm glad to hear Dorothy Must Die gets better. I made it about halfway before I put it down. I don't know if I'll ever pick it back up. And I really want to read The Selection series. Oh, and Cruel Beauty! The Series of Unfortunate Events books look like they could be fun.
Comment: gah the book sounds so good in the description, but a bummer you didn't like it! I'm noticing that a lot lately. description hype wins over the actual book. the book chosen for me I really wanted to read and like, but ended up really not liking it too! thanks for being honest though! hah!
Comment: I'm not sure if any of your other partners had this problem! The font you used on your blog was completely illegible on my computer (way too tiny and slanted), so I had to cut and paste all the text in a word document to be able to read any of it.... but anyway - thanks for the list, I think we have a bit of an overlap in our tastes of books - you previously got me interested in the Night Circus in another swap and so that is in my book depository wishlist now :) I tried to read some of the JD Robb series - a friend lent me about 12 books and I think I got through about4 before giving up on them. Thanks again :)
Response: I'm so sorry you couldn't read my blog. :( My font isn't slanted at all, so I assume it's coming through that way because your computer doesn't have that font, it's a font I have, I never though of it not coming up right on someone else's. I'm glad I got you interested in Night Circus, it's AWESOME! Thanks for the rating!
Comment: Thanks -- done with obvious care and love, I responded about your blog on the PM
Response: I'm sorry you couldn't read my blog easily. Another person has said that, though no one else has before. I guess it's because I have a font that isn't on yours/her computer. I'm sorry it came out badly for you.
Comment: I too could not put the book down and promptly read the sequels. I am waiting for "The Queen" to come out before I red the novellas...I want to read them all at the same time. LOL I love the paper your printed on.
Comment: Thanks for sharing your May book log. Wow, what a lot of books in one month! I think I might like 'Redshirts' so will seek it out. And given you liked that, I think you might like 'Bimbos of the Death Sun' by Sharyn McCrumb if you haven't already read it.
Comment: Great reviews. There were some titles I didn't know yet, so they'll go on my to read list. ^_^ Thank for the extra letter, I'll answer when I'll send my swap. I'm reading the last book, so I'll probably send next thuesday. Thank you for doing this private swap with me:-)
Comment: My, you did VERY well in the BoB RaT!!! Upping your goal and then beating it with another five... Wow. Need to read you blogpost on another day but I'll be sure to do so!
O and my update will come nearer to the deadline...
Comment: Your color-coding is bright and stunning! Very clever :-) I'm sooo glad you liked The Shadow of the Wind. It's one of my favorite books ever! I can't recommend it enough. Sorry you didn't like Inkheart more. But I'm glad you liked Prisoner of Heaven :-) I might have to put With this Collar on my future TBR list!
Comment: First off, my apologies for the late rating. I wanted to give your email the attention it deserved. I remember "Trixie Belden"! I read that series when I was a young girl - though I preferred "Nancy Drew" and "Cherry Ames". WOW!! Do you ever read a lot!! I'm so jealous. 2014 is the first year that I have a reading goal (of 100 books) and was doing well until about the last month. I'm hoping to get back on track soon. "The Night Circus" has been on my list for a while now. I'll likely move it closer to the top of my list because of your glowing recommendation. I have a book club that's still in its infancy where we read only books with themes of gender and sexuality. It became so popular so quickly! I cannot accommodate all the members who want to come to the meetings. May's theme is erotica. I wish I knew you were so in the know. I would have asked for some recommendations. If you do know of something that you think is a must read, I'd really appreciate knowing about it. Nothing is off limits. (That's the best part about starting my own book club. I can make the rules as lax as I want!) Thanks again. I loved reading through your answers.
Comment: Thank you for the great bracket! I haven't heard of most of these books, so I'll have to look them up. Mine was super hard, because I had some childhood favorites up against some new favorites, and they just don't compare! ;)
Comment: You read so many books!! I haven't heard of most of them. I really want to read Delirium and I hope to reread the Harry Potter books as soon as I am settled in my new house (which unfortunately is probably going to be at least a year from now).
Comment: What a lovely board! You had some on there that I had on my board as well. But quite a few were different and beautiful. I love the way the blank page has inspired such colorful creations as some of these!
Comment: It arrived! :-) It was a great swap. I've chosen Matched too. It also took me a while to get into it. In the beginning I was like: "oh no! A romance,I've totally chosen the wrong book. :-o" But after a while I started to like it. When her computer crashes and she gets to see that other match, there was a whole mystery around it. I was to curious to stop at that point. I also love the fact that the story is in a sci-fi world. (Allthough not exactly like star wars:-p, but I liked it) I've already bought the second e-book of the series, but first I'll have to finish Delirium, because after reading your review, I also got a bit curious. ^_^ Thank you for re-sending and for putting up such great book review swaps. :-)
Response: So glad you got it, finally! I hope you like Delirium as well. I enjoyed it better than Matched, though it's very similar.
Comment: I don't know what you're talking about; I love getting you as a partner! :D And I'm starting to think that I really don't know what kind of books I like anymore. My S.O. got me to read a Pratchett fantasy and I liked it! What?!? Plus the book club has got me into more YA, and I LOVED Ready Player One. Anyway, thanks for the great suggestions and list of TBRs. :D
Response: Oh yay! I'm just always so worried about finding good books for you. Your tastes are expanding!! Mine have with the group as well. RPO was awesome, so glad you loved it!!
Comment: thank you for the email! sorry this is a bit lagged, but I wanted to spend some time on each email and personally respond! 1) I have no idea how you read that many books, so fast! :) 2) I've had the Night Circus on my bookshelf for quite some time so I think it's time to pick it up and read it after your high recommendation! 3) you'll have to recommend some erotic novels. I like off beat, not of the norm, and sometimes disturbing to others :) the last I read was the love in vein series by poppy z brite and some of the stories were alright.
Comment: Thanks for the links! I really wanted some good places to follow, which is why I joined the swap :-) Congrats on starting your own blog! I noticed it a day or two ago and am eager to check back regularly now.
Comment: I read through your email today, and laughed a couple times at your answers! I agree that the "50 shades" series are terrible, I got about half way through and actually couldn't read it anymore, I actually put the book away. Id be interested in trying other books in a similar genre.. any suggestions?
Comment: Wow, you read a ton of books last month! I Hunt Killers has been in my TBR for a while, so has the Cinder series! I really want to reread the Harry Potter series sometime soon. I think what I'll end up doing is reading book 1 then watching the movie, then book 2, etc.
Comment: Thank you, Karsyn, for the wonderful letter which I received today. I enjoyed reading it and loved the questions you posed to encourage me to write back! :) Gonna try to do just that!!! Thank you for the great read!
Comment: I enjoyed reading your answers. You DO need to read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - put that back at the top! I too loved The Night Circus (which was fantasy classified as fiction). Two other authors I read they do that too as well: Graham Joyce & Karen Russell. Thank you again for a great swap!
Comment: I liked the paper where you typed it on, so adorable. And after reading this, you really convinced me to read delirium. ^_^ Thank you for responding to the earlier swap. Would you mind if I wrote back to you? I know you are picky on your penpals, but your letter was so fun to read, I would really love to send something back to you. This time I'll use pretty writing paper. :-)
Response: Delirium was definitely good, I hope you'll enjoy it. You can absolutely write back. :)
Comment: Wow! 16 books? I'm jealous. :-p I'm glad if time allows me to finish a book every week. You definatly deserve this rating.^_^ The lunar series sounds great and Harry Potter is always worth a re-read.:-) Thanks for sharing.
Comment: Thanks for the book recommendations. My friend actually mentioned "The Night Circus" to me as she very much enjoyed the book too. I haven't gotten round to reading it yet - but now I have even more reason to see if my library has a copy! ;-)
Response: It is amazing! I do hope that you read it and love it, best book ever! Thanks for the rating!
Comment: Thank you! I am sure it was a little odd having to answer these questions too, but it was very interesting to read. I hope you gather some great information from this swap to make CL even better!
Comment: Thank you again for your letter and as always it is great to read about your own reading. I managed 'April' and was quite pleased my birthday wasn't in November! Great swap though and I am really looking forward to the next one.
Response: So glad you got the swap ok. Awesome that you made it through April! Woohoo!! Miss having you in the 3rd challenge!
Comment: Great board! I've never heard of any of the books you pinned!
Response: None? Nora, Iris and Robyn are pretty well known. Nancy & my Trixie's are from my childhood. Most people know Nancy Drew, not as many know Trixie Belden, who was a younger and better (I thought) version. Thanks for the rating!
Comment: I looked at all your boards. I loved The Night Circus too! It is in the similar vein of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell (which I screamed, READ!). also, may I suggest "The Stolen Child" by Keith Donohue & "The Tooth Fairy" by Graham Joyce. These are all stand alones. I love mysteries too & watch Castle every Monday Night. Recently Amazon had a Castle sale where all the novels were $2.99 for the Kindle, and I snapped them all up. Loved your bookshelves, but I have allergies and all my books are behind glass. I'd discuss mysteries more, but this is just a comment section; needless to say I loved your lists.
Response: I am so glad you loved my boards! :) I do love my books, tons. I have started Jonathan Strange... by listening to the audio but it's so long, I think I'm going to go to reading it so I don't miss anything. I'll check out your other suggestions as well. :)
Comment: Thank you! I had a lot of fun finding all the color books. It was harder than I thought it would be. It was a fun challenge! Thank you for the swap. :-) I would be interested to know if you enjoyed all the books you pinned.
Response: I actually did enjoy them all. I remembered that the last are on top, so they are listed from my least favorite (but I think I still gave the Patterson a 2 or 3 star) to my favorites. Pretty much from the Gerard up to the top are 5 star books for me. Thanks for the rating! :)
Comment: Wow, you read a ton of books this month! There's so many on your list that I really want to read, like the Lunar Chronicles and Ashfall. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the Matched series very much. I read the first one a while back and I remember really loving it, but I can't really remember much about it. I'll have to reread it before I pick up the next 2 in the series.
Comment: A goal of 150-200 books is awesome. I am still in awe of your and other member's ability to read so many books! I'm positive you'll make your goal, but I hope you enjoy all the books you read!
Comment: Thanks Brooke -- beautiful view! Pretty sure I've read that JP book -- but there are so many I'd have to go back & check to see how I liked that one ... some are better than others. Hope it got better for you.
Comment: You chose some fantastic images. All were very appropriate. I love the map, the castle, and the quote especially. Thank you so much. It's been kind of neat doing this not knowing the books my partners chose--experiencing them through images for the first time instead of words on the page is rather neat.
Response: I'm really glad I did ok. It definitely was a different experience to do it, just made me really really nervous! LOL!!
Comment: I'm so impressed by how much you read every month! Great to see you rereading the HP books. Jim Dale's my favorite HP book reader; I've listened to the GoF audiobook probably 35 times :-) I hope you enjoy Cinder--I've been wanting to read that.
Response: Cinder was GREAT! I highly recommend it. It's a choice for the book club! :)
Comment: I am so sorry - I thought I had rated you! Thank you so much for the wonderful journal - you have put so much time into it. It has been such a pleasure reading through it. As always, I am so inspired by how much you read so it has been fabulous being able to share this reading journey with you.
Response: I'm so glad you got it ok. I was going to ask about it next week, wasn't sure how long it was going to take. I am glad that you liked it. I hope you enjoyed my crazy rambling. :)
Comment: Ooohhh color coded! So sad to see your rating for the third Veronica Roth novel--yikes! I've only read the first, but now I'm nervous to go forward. I'm very glad you had so many good books this month to balance out the disappointing ones. That's the way to do it!
Response: Yeah, sorry about that one. I know I didn't say anything about it, but the rating in itself is a spoiler, unfortunately. The 1st and 2nd were great, just stop with the 2nd and let your imagination take you from there. LOL!!
Comment: Wow, you read fast!!! Love your list though - especially as your 'S' book was the same as mine...I loved sleep with the lights on and can't wait for the next book coming out in the next while :) This was a fab swap! :)
Response: Oh neat that we read the same one. I LOVED it and can't wait for the next. She did a free short story (very short) on the 1st. I haven't read it yet though.
Comment: Thanks for sharing your board. Looks like you had far less trouble with this swap than I did! I read a lot of series, but I don't like a lot of the series I read enough to put them on a board. Glad to see a few familiar series on your list, though. Happy reading!
Response: Oh yes, this one was easy for me. I LOVE series. I read a lot and love a lot of them.
Comment: Thank you so much for your fabulous list. I can't believe how many books you read this month!!
Response: I had to get them read for the GR Challenge. It's typical for me, I'm just surprised I did get them all done when I wanted to, mostly before the 16th. My month this month is going to be about half that amount. Thanks for the rating!
Comment: Thank you for your letter and especially for the little bit of background on you. Isn't it wonderful how we can get to know each other through books? Although I had completely discounted that book as anything I would like, after reading your review I actually might go out of my normal comfort zone and give it a try. Thank you!
Response: Thanks for the rating! :) I'm glad you enjoyed it, and getting to know a bit of me. You'll get lots more when you get my reading journal, which I really need to get back to! :)
Comment: I have to laugh, at the question when you said your husband distracts you from reading. My hubby always wants to talk while I'm reading...and he'll start talking to me w/o getting my attention and then get in a tizzy that I'm not listening. ha ha. Hopefully one day we can break them of the bad habit of distraction! THank you
Response: LOL! Thankfully he's good when it's a book I REALLY want to read, or is at least not miffed if I go to the room to read. Sometimes he do the "do you want me to shut up?" and I gotta tell him noooooooo or he'll sit with his hand over his mouth. LOL!
Comment: Free dresser? Score! I'm in need of one right now and keep checking CraigsList and FreeCycle, with no luck. Thanks for all the detailed captions on for the pictures. Your new Kindle sounds very cool! :)
Response: Yup, sitting on the side of the road right near our house. We just carried it (though it was HEAVY) here. :) Thanks for the rating!
Comment: Wow. You read SO MUCH in July! And you've got colors! And ratings! Awesome :-) Thanks for sending your list. I read Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, but I've been wanting to read Dash & Lilyâ€™s Book of Dares for a while now. Glad you found it to be enjoyable.
Response: LOL. I thought July was a little light for me. There were a few books I started but didn't stick with. I'm glad you enjoyed my list. Thanks so much for the rating!
Comment: Wow what a great list, glad I am not the only one who is reading Vampire Academy series, lol
Response: I've been enjoying them, for the most part. I'm not a huge fantasy/vampire fan but I'm trying to read outside my comfort zone, so I read it for a book club and I've been enjoying it. Just the last one to go. Thanks for the rating!
Comment: Great progress this month! I wish I could have finished that many books! I hope to start the Vampire Academy series sometime this month or next! :)
Response: Thanks for thinking so. It was a little on the lighter side for me. I would have liked to have a few more, but I needed to write my penpals. August looks to be like a busy reading month! :) Thanks for the rating.
Comment: Thanks for the book recommendations! I know I have odd tastes in books, but I really do like reading out of my comfort zone. I appreciate your suggestions, there are a couple I really want to check out
Response: Thanks for the ratings, and thanks for joining the swap! :) I hope you'll enjoy the books you try from my recommendations.
Comment: Great list! I see a few on your favorites that I have read and enjoyed, will definitely be checking some of the others out. Specially since quite a few are from series. I love reading series, more time to enjoy the characters. The rainbow font was also super fun. = )
Response: Thanks for joining, and Thanks for the rating! I hope you'll try the series. I love series too, it seems like all I read is series. If you like Romance, Robyn Carr is fantastic.
Comment: Went and found this, but didn't find it the way you suggested. Glad to hear you're married to your best friend; what a blessing. â™¥
Response: Thank you, for taking the time to find and actually read it. I only have one email I send from ~ pool of tears. But I am glad that you read and found it and rated according to my swap. Thank you.
Comment: Thanks for your reading log. I thought I was the only one who liked the Gretchen Lowell books, although I've only read the first one.
Response: Thanks for the rating! :) Nah, I like her, and a friend of mine does too. I only liked the first 3 though. After that, it was just the same old stuff. Got boring to me. My try the next one though.
Comment: My "To Read" just grew considerably. I like how you read a wide variety of genres, including branching out of your comfort zone occasionally. I should do that more often, and your reading log gave me a good place to start. I also liked your color coding system. Thank you!
Response: I'm so glad that you liked it. :) I loooooove to read and if you read anything from my to-read list, I hope that you will enjoy it as well. I have enjoyed going outside my comfort zone and so far I've enjoyed what I've tried.
Comment: Hi again Brooke, and thanks for your interesting May Reading Log. I can see how you might get through 26 books in a month now...
I think the next time I wander over to my local library (couple times a week) I'll take your list with me and check out some of these.
I completely agree with you on The Night Circus (from you bio)... I loved this book so much that I decided I'd knit a red scarf for myself. I read the book last year I think, and the scarf is still only about 15cm long. Knitting is excrutiatingly boring!
Here's a recommendation for you, a first novel by a Canadian author. Wonderful story. Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman, pub. by Random House.
Response: Thank you so much for your rating. I'll look into your recommendation.
Comment: reading the journal now. thank you very much! i will probably end up writing a journal back to you lol. i love making journals. and this way if it happens that you dont get yours you will at least have something!! :)
Response: I hope that you enjoy it! It was a lot of fun to do. Would love to get one back from you in reply, as you'll see, I like to ask a LOT of questions!! :)
Comment: Thanks for the excellent recommendations, Brooke. Three of them are entirely new-to-me and are on the top of my TBR list now. This has been a great swap - a star for you for that, too! Note on June 13- I had rated you, immediately, but must not have pushed the save button because my comments were on here but the five wasn't checked off. Next time, please message me with this sort of thing, don't put it in my comments if you don't mind, that's not what it's for...
Response: Thank you for the rating. I recently also forgot to click the 5 before saving. :D Sorry ~ didn't mean to offend, I always ask if my swap is received in the comments. I shall remember not to do so in yours. Feel free to delete it. Sorry again.
Comment: Oops, I just now noticed these in my spam folder, sorry I forgot to check and rate you sooner! I'll put a not in the comments (since CupKate might not even know herself) how to find all the participants so you we can send to everyone. Thanks for the pics, and your comments about them, I really like knowing why people like the pics that they do.
Response: Thanks for the ratings! Glad you found it. I've had my email go to spam folders a lot. :( But I hope you liked the photos. :)
Comment: Good for you for getting out of your reading comfort zone! I'm glad you liked the book even though it wasn't your usual genre. I agree, Twilight is about the worst thing ever written, but there's TONS of good fantasy out there, don't give up :D
Response: Thanks for the rating! :) I am glad to get out of my comfort zone some with the book club. I'm sure I'll find others that are good as well. :)
Comment: While overall we seem to read very different sorts of books, I found your answers interesting. And I also loved Trixie Belden! She was more realistic than Nancy Drew--not as glamourous. She gave us normal folks hope that we might have a chance at solving cases too. And yet not a single one ever came my way....sigh. Thanks a bunch! :)
Response: Glad that you enjoyed it! I love Trixie. I use to have all of the series. I'm slowly trying to get them all back again. I have 14 now. I always wish a case would come my way as well!! :)
Comment: wow oh wow...that was an epic letter ha! I started to piece it together, had a nap, then finished it...or so I thought...once I started to read I found I had to rearrange a few pieces...thanks for sharing your personal story. Also your complicated mail is the 1st swap bot letter I have received...tied with a PC when both arrived today. Love that circular stamp.
Response: Really glad you liked it, and was able to get it pieced together. Worried about it a little. It's actually my shortest letter, so I guess it was a good thing my intro letters are shorter, or it might have been really hard to do! :D I hope you will continue to get swaps you like from here! :)
Comment: Thanks soooo much for the letter! I really enjoyed reading it and if you don't mind I would love to reply! (I know it says you are looking for people aged 25 and older!) But like you said if I send it and you don't think we'll be compatible it's totally cool:) Hope things are well!
Response: If you'd like to reply, please feel free! I really don't turn down long letter writers!! :)
Comment: I loved your answers. I cant wait to write you back with mine answers to them too lol. I am going to start writing you back for the letter as a whole tomorrow. I am enjoying our writings to this points :) glad to hear your hubby is feeling better. sounded scary! write to you soon. Thanks again for the answers :)
Response: YAY! Glad you received it and enjoyed it. Looking forward to hearing from you again when you get the chance to write!
Comment: Thank you so much for the goodies and the extras!! I loved seeing the tiny mermaid and all the cute papers/pens/note cards... OH and the buttons!
I appreciate you taking the time to look at my profile :)
If you ever wanna do a private swap-- let me know.!
Response: I'm so glad that you liked it. I was hoping that you would! :) I had some stuff that I saw you liked, so I thought it would be nice to include. So glad that you liked it.
Comment: I liked your answers we have a bit in common. I love Vegas... I was born there and have only been back once since then. and I thank the gods for swop bot.. I love writing to penpals!!! oh and your saying.. it is what it is... I have it tattooed on my forearm!!! I say it all and I do mean all the time lol