Reading Books and Writng Reviews

As a book and romance junkie, I love to read books. Before blogs became popular, I only ever read books. Because ebooks were not around then, and I can only acquire a limited number of books (space and $$$ constraints), beloved books were read over and over. Some became comfort reads, meaning when I’m down or something, I’d just go and read that book or a particular passage or scene and I’d feel a whole lot better.

Books are magical.

But with the popularity of ebooks and blogs, things had changed for me. For good or bad? I’m not sure either. So what are these things?

  1. I hardly re-read books now. Sure, I’ve got books in my keeper shelf (gotta love the Kindle paperwhite, where you can create your own “collections”), but have I re-read any of them since I shelved them there? Not one time.
  2. I couldn’t read a book without wanting to write a review. I used to be able to just enjoy a book, but now, if I don’t write a review, it feels that something is missing.

But no matter how things had changed, one thing remained constant: Books are still magical.

Three Chapter Test: Stormy Weather by Glen Ebisch

The Three Chapter Test was created due to the mountain of books I have in my Kindle, and because in contrast to that, there’s so little time. So, in order to get to the books that I want to read, or that intrigue me and capture my imagination and attention, I decided to do a Three Chapter Test on the books. Meaning, I must read at least the first 3 chapters or 17% of the book, whichever comes first, in order to make a more or less informed judgement on whether to continue or to abandon.

I’m not really a big fan of mysteries, but I joined a book tour and decided to review this book after reading an excerpt from it somewhere.

Title: Stormy Weather
Author: Glen Ebisch
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Mystery

Plus Points:

  1. The story began with some action, and already, we are drawn into the story and to Stormy’s plight–that of being awakened at an ungodly hour. Which brings me to…
  2. Relatable heroine. Her fear, her erupting due to being helpless, we all know how that feels and we sympathize with her. We want to know she’ll be okay!
  3. Chance Malone, the hero, is intriguing! I don’t know about Stormy, but I wouldn’t mind getting to know him better.
  4. The author’s prose is easy to read and his manner of writing is engaging. The writing of some male authors are rather dry, i.e. not much emotion, too much narrative on the action, etc, but that is not the case here!
  5. The POV is first person, which is not my favorite, but you know what, it didn’t bother me here. So definitely a plus point!
  6. Then of course, there’s the mystery of Travis’s murder. Who killed him? Why? Why did he/she frame Stormy? Did he/she have something against Stormy too?

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Three Chapter Test: How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days by Harmony Williams

The Three Chapter Test was created due to the mountain of books I have in my Kindle, and because in contrast to that, there’s so little time. So, in order to get to the books that I want to read, or that intrigue me and capture my imagination and attention, I decided to do a Three Chapter Test on the books. Meaning, I must read at least the first 3 chapters or 17% of the book, whichever comes first, in order to make a more or less informed judgement on whether to continue or to abandon.

So, here goes:

Title: How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days
Author: Harmony Williams
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance

Plus Points:

  1. The author’s prose is refreshing with new ways of saying things.
  2. The story is in written from the 1st person POV, which is not my preferred style, but the heroine’s voice was engaging and delightful. See point #1.
  3. Julian, the hero, is mysterious and sounds dashing.
  4. It’s a friends-to-lovers story, my favorite trope!

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Character Profile of IAN SYLVESTRY from The Man She Knew by Loree Lough

RELEASING TODAY!
From Bestselling and Award Winning Author
Loree Lough
Don’t they both deserve a second chance?
CHARACTER PROFILE

I was kinda intrigued by this hero. What happened 14 years ago? What was that one reckless act that cost him everything? How did that act change him in the intervening years hence?

So, here’s the author, Loree Lough, to tell us all about Ian Sylvestry:

On the night of his sixteenth birthday, Chicago born and bred Ian Sylvestry’s parents made an announcement that threw his well-planned life into chaos: They intended to divorce; his mom introduced him to her fiancé, and when his dad’s job transfer was finalized, Ian would go with him to Baltimore. During the next eighteen months, Ian’s resentment simmered, and the boy whose academic and athletic prowess earned the attentions of Ivy League recruiters began making bad choices and keeping bad company, disappointing his parents and Maleah Turner, the one constant in his now-troubled world. On the eve of his mother’s wedding (which he refused to attend), Ian borrowed his dad’s car and took his pals on a joyride; while the guys were in the neighborhood convenience store buying snacks, he called Maleah, who yet again warned him about associating with the older, troubled teens. Hurt, angry, and tired of other people trying to control him, Ian hung up on her…moments before his wide-eyed frenzied pals piled into the car and demanded that he put the pedal to the metal, fast! Continue reading

Three Chapter Test

I’ve just thought up a good idea!

You see, I’ve got lots of books in my kindle. (Yeah, I think ebooks are worse on my wallet than print books could ever be.) Plus there’s The Romance Reviews, and Net Galley, and etc etc. Anyway, the thing is, I’ve got a lot of books to read and so little time!! So, I’m now going to subject the books I read to the Three Chapter Test!

At the end of three chapters, I’m going to list down the pluses and minuses, and then decide whether I’m going to read onward or not. That way, I don’t need to waste my time if it’s not a book that didn’t capture me in the first three chapters. Good idea?

First post coming up soon!

Exclusive Excerpt, Top Ten List and Giveaway from Silent Meridian by Elizabeth Crowens

From Award Winning Author
Elizabeth Crowens
When timelines clash
beyond the logic of science,
and the key to the future lies
in clues from the past…

Top Ten List

Being a book junkie, what should I ask the author about but her Top Ten Recommended Gaslamp Fantasy Books. Here they are:

1) The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

2) The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma

3) The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma

4) The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

5) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

6) The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim

7) The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu by Sax Rohmer

8) The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

9) War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

10) The War in the Air by H.G. Wells Continue reading