Day: May 26, 2017

TAG: Would You Rather – Books

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Thank you to Sheri at  for tagging me in the “Would you rather?” book tag. I enjoy getting to know people via these tags, and you should look at Sheri’s site. It’s full of TV, books and movies… it’s organized really well, pretty to look at and has lots of fun content. Check out this post of hers… you might like the pics! 😛

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Would you rather…

Have an unlimited money for Ebooks, or a 5,000 dollar B&N giftcard?

Unlimited money for eBooks. While I prefer reading a physical book, I could ignore that if I had unlimited funds for online purchases… right? My reading thirst is unquenchable.

Meet any deceased poet, or J.K. Rowling?

I love poetry, but I’d rather meet Ms. Rowling… to talk about her imagination, struggles, recommendations… to hear funny stories about publishing and her characters… to see the things she regrets.

Write the world’s most famous book, or visit the world of your favorite book for one day?

Easy. Write the world’s most famous book… Because I have too many favorite books with amazing worlds to choose from. I couldn’t just pick one.

Choose Morelli or Ranger?  (Insert characters from your favorite fictional love triangle.)

Yikes…. this could be a lot of people, but there seem to only be two with triangles I can vividly recall at the moment… Hannah Swensen needs to choose between Mike and Norman in Joanne Fluke’s Lake Eden series, and eventually a third person enters the picture to complicate it even more from what I understand; I’m a few books behind. Stephanie has to choose between Ranger and Joe Morelli in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series. Ranger represents danger, darkness and wild. I’d have to go with Ranger on this one. I’m so quiet and normal, I need danger to shock my system every so often.

Experience Hogwarts in a very realistic and accurate virtual reality, or travel around the world for a year, at no cost.

Oh… tough, but easy at the same time. I love Harry Potter, but I’d be so disappointed to give it up after the realistic experience. If it were forever, I’d choose Harry Potter. If it were temporary, then I’d have to go with the year-long travel opportunity at no cost, assuming I could pick the locations and accommodations. If someone else is picking them, and I might not get such great places, then I’d be back to Harry Potter. See why it’s so tough???

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I Tag:

Absolutely everyone on my follower list. I want to see all the answers. I am greedy today. I may have to add some questions to this list next time… I’ve got a few interesting ones to share at some point!

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking. Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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TAG: This Is My Genre Tell Me Yours Book

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I want to thank Misty at mistysbookspace for tagging me to participate in the “This Is My Genre Tell Me Yours” book tag. It’s a great way to share your love of a whole new area of books for someone else to love. And Misty’s got a great blog full of reviews, author info and book tours — great stuff beyond the normal book review!

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Here are the rules:

  • Credit Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, use the created tag name graphic and link back to his blog. (Also, if you want to learn more about the tag you can see Drew’s post HERE.) He’s also got a fantastic site… lots of humor and valuable insights into life.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

And now comes the fun part, the questions!

1. What is your favorite genre?

It’s a toss-up between mystery / thriller / suspense. And all three are slightly different. What’s a book junkie to do??? MYSTERY!

2. Who is your favorite author from the genre?

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Agatha Christie wrote hundreds of mystery and suspense short stories, novellas and novels, containing multiple crime solving detectives all over the world She’s highly imaginative, quite clever and a fantastic character developer.

3. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

Life can be dull and boring. You may get busy or deal with some weird people who do silly things, but very few of us are ever involved in a murder mystery. In a mystery, you can play so many roles: victim, killer, witness, suspect or detective. It offers you something different from normal life, a way to use your brain for deep analysis and clue-solving. You have wild characters, intense plots and beautiful settings. You get red herrings and direct motives. You always have something to keep your mind guessing and enjoying what you read.

4. What is the book that started your love for the genre?

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Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.” You can see my review here.

5. If you had to recommend at least one book from your favorite genre to a non-reader/ someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

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Agatha Christie’s novella “Murder on the Orient Express.” See my review here. It’s a mystery that will perplex you and help you find something you never knew you were missing. It may be nearly a century old, but it’s still so very complex and mysterious.

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For those who need something more current or a bit more thriller and dark, I’d go with Patricia Cornwell’s “Postmortem.” See my review here.

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For those who want a modern almost cozy mystery, I’d choose Sue Grafton’s “A is for Alibi.”

6. Why do you read?

To visit places I’ve never been before. To do things I can’t do in person. To meet people I find interesting. To take a break from every day boring and mundane happenstance. To exercise my creative mind by building images, actions and emotions in my head, despite only reading words on a page.

I’m Tagging:

Kristin

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Sophie @ Blame Chocolate

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Nashra Usmani

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If you don’t want to do this feel free to just ignore it. If you want to do it but weren’t listed, you should. I picked the last 6 people I interacted with on WordPress. Thanks for reading!

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking. Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

 

365 Challenge: Day 75 – Patient

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Patient: able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious

Patience is not something innately arriving at my doorstep, exquisitely wrapped within a lovely basket, a brilliant bow and all the rest of the pomp-and-circumstance trimmings. It’s more like the tragic, nagging reminder in the back of my head, warning me to be good and to let things happen naturally — or I’ll grow warts and hairy moles. And when those are the measures at stake, who the hell wants warts and moles? Or wants more warts and moles… cause you know we all have one at some point in our life… don’t even try to hide from this one, my friends!

We’re told at a young age to allow whatever situation you’re waiting to occur… to happen naturally. Naturally. Does anything happen naturally anymore? So many things in our lives are artificially triggered or engineered, it’s hard to know what’s occurring on its own or happening due to a gentle [read: massive] push from some other force. And the energy behind those “other” forces often leave you unable to determine what should have happened on its own in the first place.

I am very much driven by accomplishments and checking things off the “To Do” list. I always have a bit of anxiety just beneath the surface of my skin when there is something I need to do, but haven’t yet gotten to it. I remembered this morning that I also have the same little aggravating pulse, throbbing beneath my skin when it comes to my control over the art of patience. It’s painful, annoying and itchy. And I want it to balance itself out, so I don’t have to think about it. But it’s always been a battle of wills that I struggle to win on a regular basis.

I want something. It’s within inches of my grasp. But I have to wait. Why? Perhaps it’s not my turn. Could be that it’s not yet ready. Maybe it’s not meant for me. Eh… too many things fall into that category… yet I let them control my actions. When I push myself to think about why it’s so frustrating, I believe it boils down to the mere fact that I have way too much to do. And unfortunately, I also believe we’re all on that same boat treading water in a very deep and wide ocean. There is never enough time to do the things we want to do, and failing to accept that reality can have major consequences.

My lack of patience isn’t over something specific today. No grandiose situation perforated my life (other than the usual ones we all face). It’s simply a moment in time reflection that we are all way too busy, yet sometimes finding ourselves with nothing we want to do, and trying to patiently wait for whatever it is that’s supposed to come next. When I reflect on this behavior over the years, I recognize that it’s been a fairly consistent one: lack of patience for most anything going on in my life.

It’s not an outward manifestation, but an internal one. Consuming. Niggling. Yes, sometimes it causes a bit of eye-twitching, teeth-grinding or is lack of sleep-inducing, but I’m fortunate enough to take the brunt of it myself, saving others from feeling my undeserved wrath. I’m sure you’re familiar… we all are at some point: very few of us are just comfortable 24/7 with whatever happens when it happens.

Patience is a virtue. Patience is rewarded. Patience is honorable. We hear these little sayings all the time. And yes, I’m sure to a large extent, they are quite true. But it is also an art that needs to be practiced — if we ever want to achieve it as a natural and normal state of our reactions to situations. Some people find patience in religion, exercise or spirituality. Others find it elsewhere. I’m not looking to understand how to become a more patient person, as I kinda know what I need to do. I think I may just be too old to change it. You know what they say about old dogs…

And it got me thinking… what if we had a chance to scrap it all over and start fresh? A re-start or new beginning to our life. Forget about the implications and the things you’d lose by engaging in such a marvelous re-boot to your days. I’m not getting philosophical in my daily post, but what if you could keep an on-going journal of all the things you wish you’d learned how to do the proper way when you first entered this world. And then you could share it with yourself and watch from a distance to see how it all turned out — a second time around. Would you do it? Would you have the patience to watch yourself make the same mistakes? Or new ones? Or witness the improvements?

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.