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TAG: Goodreads Books #2

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Thank you to Susan @ SusanLovesBooks for tagging me on the Goodreads Book Tag. Everyone should take a look at her site, as its full of great book reviews… current books, blasts from the past and a little bit of every genre. Good stuff! Here we go…

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WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS ‘READ’?

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It was a good read, full of horror and gore. But it should have been better. My review can be seen here.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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“Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore” is a NetGalley award and I am 50% through. Good so far. “Dead with the Wind” is the second book in a cozy mystery series by a great author.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS TBR?

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I saw it on someone else’s Goodreads profile and it looked fantastic. What if we chose our partner based on DNA? Scary…

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?

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It’s the next book to be published from the NetGalley awards I’ve won. Review due in 2 weeks!

DO YOU USE THE STAR RATING SYSTEM?

Yes! I first rate the book on Goodreads using the 1 to 5 scale, and then I transfer them here to WordPress. The star definitions are:

5: Fantastic, a must check out for this genre. Changed how I think or made me incredibly happy to have known this work and I will tell everyone about it. Top-notch!

4: Extremely good and held my attention throughout. I connected with the story, want to experience more from the author/director/actor and will remember it well.

3: The all-around good work that had some strengths but also had some weaknesses. I’d recommend it to a friend but with a bit of caution.

2: Not of interest, missing major standards in either character, plot, theme, consistency, etc. Lost my interest way too many times.

1: Not even sure how this got published; how and why did I choose this work?

*My ratings scale considers the genre of the work meaning I could give a 5 to both a cozy and a famed traditional fiction novel or a cozy mystery. I interpret this to mean both are top notch in their genre, but it doesn’t imply that I think that a fun short mystery read is the same caliber as a Shakespearean play or classic coming of age work. Both can be incredibly good but are important for very different reasons.

ARE YOU DOING A 2017 READING CHALLENGE?

Yes! It’s on my Home Page… 104 book. 2 books for every week. I’m currently at 49 books, which is about 9 ahead of schedule. I hope I can keep it up! See it here.

DO YOU HAVE A WISHLIST?

Sort of. I have a few books I’ve added on Amazon. I have a few items I’ve submitted requests for on NetGalley. And I recently started my “Book Bucket List.” Check the post out by clicking here. It has 12 books (one per month for a year) that I hope to read… then add a new one as each month passes.

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO BUY NEXT?

I just placed an order today for 4 books

  • Three in a few cozy mystery series that I enjoy by Jenn McKinlay

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  • Buddy Read book with Medhat, who you can see here.

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DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE QUOTES? SHARE A FEW.

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
Mark Twain

“After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colors of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer’s breeze on their face, they should reserve as much praise for themselves as they do for the writer – perhaps more.”
Jasper Fforde, The Well of Lost Plots

“Persuasion is not about force; it’s about showing a person a door, and making him or her desperate to open it.”
David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks

“A life well lived is a life full of decisions.”
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WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Oh no! I could go on forever… but right now, I have 4 primary favorites:

  • Agatha Christie
  • Kate Morton
  • Ken Follett
  • Henry James

HAVE YOU JOINED ANY GROUPS?

I have a few on Goodreads and Facebook, but I get so busy chatting with friends, I forget to check them or post in them. Do you have any good ones? I’d like to join a few new ones.

I TAG:

EVERYONE on my follower list. YES, that means YOU if you are reading this. I want to know all about your read habits and favorites.

I love fun little get-to-know-the-reader tags, where you find a bunch of new books, authors and tools. Happy Blogging!

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. 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.

Top Reads – Age 13 to 24 – Mystery

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Now that I’ve been blogging about books and writing a review for everything I’ve ever read, curiosity brewed over how people choose to read what book at which age, especially when they are younger and getting familiar with different genres. With so many genres out there and so many places to look for books, I thought I’d put together my own list of when I would recommend choosing a certain book.

Of course, everyone has a different maturity level and might be ready to read certain books sooner than others, as well as vice versa. It’s only meant as general guidelines with a fun spirit — and not any sense of indicating someone isn’t capable of reading something sooner. Since mystery fiction is my favorite genre, I am starting here with the best age to start reading a mystery… and it was not easy… there are so many to choose from! I tried to pick classics to show different styles, but also have a few more current ones. Maybe it should be a “3 per age” with a vote in the future…

Rules

  1. Pick a genre. You can get very detailed and go into sub-genres, e.g. cozy, classic, etc. I’m starting general and may work my way down into the details.
  2. Pick an age range, roughly covering 12 years. You can add more or start with less, but I figured twelve ages seemed like a good one to start with.
  3. Pick a book for each age that you’d recommend to get someone situated with the genre.
  4. You can’t repeat an author within that age range.
  5. Explain why that author, book and age.
  6. Either show a book cover or provide a link to the book on Goodreads, or if you’ve read it and have a review, link your review.
  7. Start a discussion with everyone, e.g. is it the right age, is something missing…
  8. Tag others if you’d like, but I open it to everyone.

Age / Book / Author

  • Age 13: The Tower Treasure with the Hardy Boys by Franklin Dixon
    • The introduction should start with something where someone young is doing the investigating, as it will help build the connection between the reader and the investigators in a book. This one offers a good, clean introduction to the world of mystery.
  • Age 14: The Secret of the Old Clock with Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
    • It’s only fair that if you have a team of boy investigators, you also need to have a girl investigator. I put the Hardy Boys first only because it was a family doing the investigating… now it’s time to branch out on your own and understand things from the opposite perspective.
  • Age 15: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
    • Once you’ve got the basics under your belt, let’s add a mystery that adds the fear without being too overwhelming. And if you’re gonna read in this genre, you need to learn all about the potential for ghosts and the after-life.
  • Age 16: Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
    • Families keep secrets. But that’s not the first thing you should learn. Once you start investigating, you need to understand what happens when you don’t even realize there is a mystery going on until far too late… plus there are a few touchy topics (incest, poison) that probably require a bit older of an audience.
  • Age 17: The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe
    •  The master needs to be incorporated, as well as the true intentions of a murder. A true mystery, an introduction to the concept of a morgue and where dead bodies go for an autopsy… the stage is set for horror to grow from here, too. It’ll help you determine if you like a little bit of gothic gore or you want to stay far away from it.
  • Age 18: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
    • The Queen of the mystery is perfect right as you’re graduating from high school. When you’ve got 10 potential killers all locked on a single island with no escape, you need to learn how to deduce the killer before you are killed yourself. You survived high school but now you’ve got a world to conquer without a real sense of who to trust.
  • Age 19: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
    • Many don’t think of Henry James as a mystery writer, but he’s a classic, and often taught in first year English college courses. This one takes the leap into the psychological aspects of a family wondering if there is a ghost or if someone is just playing games. At 19, you need to be careful who you allow yourself to be around, especially when you go out on your own… time to learn some lessons here about “what you see isn’t always what you get.”
  • Age 20: The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
    • Ah, the classics. Before 20, you’re often not very interested in anything that’s nearly a century old.  This isn’t always true, but for folks just getting introduced to the genre or even reading, it likely could be accurate. Yes, many of the others on the list are fairly old, but this one is one of the earliest introductions to the <i>classic</i> private investigator of the 1930s, where the format and formulas were established and the movies were in the Golden Age of mystery. It’s great to kick back and read a classic one weekend when you don’t want to focus on your job or studies.
  • Age 21: Who’s Body? by Dorothy Sayers
    • Now that you’ve read the hardcore PI style with Hammett, take a gander at the counterpart with the British version of the classic detective. Plus you have an opportunity to to learn more about the concept of body doubles, perception and the art of throwing off red herring clues. With a focus on British government, structure and the slightly cozy direction, you’ll know if you want to stay this route or go a little more dark. Plus, once you can legally drink, this one may just push you there a little bit sooner.
  • Age 22: A Study in Scarlet with Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Another fine classic, possibly something you should watch even younger, but I’ve saved it for the early 20s when you’re mind is sharper, you’ve had some solid reading under your belt and it’s time to decide if you’re ready for a true series with multiple film adaptions or you’re more of a solid single stand-alone mystery. Having dual sleuths is an important introduction, too, as well as the art of the foil when you “meet” Moriarty.
  • Age 23: Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
    • The truest form of a psychological mystery at nearly 100 years old. You’ve had a few of these ghostly books under your belt by now, but this one will truly ignite a passion for how a mystery book is narrated. Do you want first or third person? Do you know who the narrator is? Is he or she reliable? You’ll determine if you want to continue down the fantasy and sci-fi mystery realm, or look towards the cozy or the thriller suspense.
  • Age 24: Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
    • And when you choose the thriller and suspense route, I can think of none better than something you can relate to… we all have a good and bad side to us, but which will win out? And though Brown’s works are more fun-reads, rather than a true-to-form traditional investigator solving crimes, it’s the introduction you need to the fast-paced, page-turning read you won’t be able to put down. And then you’re ready to head into formal “adulthood” with the next step of books that will rock your mid 20s to your mid 30s.

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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! 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.

TAG: Celebrating the Little Things & 300 Followers (Combination)

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I found the “Celebrating the Little Things” tag through my online friend Misty on her site at mistysbookspace.  She had great answers and is a cool blogger, so please check out her site. I thought it was a fun idea, but then I also realized I had 300 WordPress followers earlier today… so I’m combining them together and sharing my answers to the questions.

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1.) Who was your first follower? Tag them and give them a shout out.

My first follower was Cristian. His blog has content on almost every topic and has thousands of followers. A definite good guy to know who interacts with everyone on his blog. Go check out the link to his site.

2.) What was the last milestone you reached?

I noticed this morning that I had 300 followers over night. I also had my highest day yesterday in terms of views and likes. It’s a surprising and big celebration this week!

3.) What was the very first post you posted on your blog? Share it with us, if you can find it out!

My first blog was neither a book review nor a random blog post; it was an introduction to the book I am currently in review on with an agent. You can read the post and the overview of the book here: Watching a Glass Shatter

4.) Who was your most recent follower? Tag them and give them a shout out.

My most recent follower was earlier today. His name is Erik and has a great site called PastDueBookReview. I found 3 reviews within the first few minutes that I immediately read.

5.) What was the last post you posted and who was the first person who took their time to click the like button? Give them a shout out.

I wrote a short book review on Mockingjay, the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  Claire at BrizzleLassBooks was the first person to like the post. We met about a month ago and have had several great online comments and exchanges about books and blogging. I highly recommend checking out her site.

6.) How many months have you been blogging?

I created the blog last summer and had my first post in August of 2016, which puts me just shy of the 9 month mark. I didn’t do too much those first two months, but started actively blogging in October of 2016.

7.) Do you have any bloggers you’re friends with? Give them a shout out!

I have not yet met anyone in person; however, I’d totally be up for a NYC meet-n-greet if anyone lives nearby. I’ve met a few folks who I regularly chat with in each other’s posts and who are very friendly and give sound advice. I’ve listed the 5 with the most comments on my site!

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Nel at ReactionaryTales

8.) Who originally created the last meme or tag you participated in? Give them a shout out!

I can’t tell! The person who had the original tag isn’t named, and I’ve gone back 5 people to try to track it, but no one knows. If you see this post and it is you, please let us know!

9.) Do you have any social media accounts related to your blog?

Come find me everywhere else!

Twitter     Facebook     Goodreads     Google+     Tumblr     Pinterest     Instagram     LinkedIn        Watching-A-Glass-Shatter        Personal Website

10.) Last but not least… Just give thanks to all of your followers!

Getting 300 WordPress blog followers (excluding people viewing elsewhere, e.g. BlogLovin’, Twitter, etc.) feels great. It’s not as many as some of you have, but it’s growing and I’m loving every minute of it. Thank you for all the likes, shares, follows, votes and ratings. I appreciate it very much. And I’m always open to positive and negative feedback, as well as thoughts on new things to include.

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.

TAG: Why am I a reader?

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I found this tag on a blog created by Reading Through The Nights  who found the tag on thriceread before that… I thought it was a good way to get to know people as readers –without going into specific details about a book. So here goes…

1. Choose one word that would describe you as a reader.

Eclectic. I read every genre, every sub-genre and sub-sub-genre. It’s words that I love, and when there is a character, plot or setting that speaks to me, whether fiction or non-fiction, it goes to my To-Be-Read (TBR) list.

2. What is the first book that made you fall in love with reading?

As a child, there was a children’s book series in my local library that had beautiful, colorful book covers and had a theme across each edition. But sadly, it was so long ago, I cannot remember the author or series name. Though I can picture it on the shelves and vividly recall the feeling I had looking at them. Going to the library every week that summer, picking out a new book for the summer reading competition, encouraged my love of reading. Since then, I’d say there are a number of books that show me why I love reading, but most recently that pleasure falls to Kate Morton’s historical fiction novels.

3. Hardcover or paperback?

In the last year, I’ve grown accustomed to electronic reads through the NetGalley or other ARC programs. I tend to buy paperbacks because they are less expensive and I am able to purchase more; however, I prefer the feel of a hardback cover to everything else.

4. How has reading shaped your identity?

I’m a shy person. I also don’t learn well from other people. I have always learned (lessons, knowledge, information, etc.) by reading about it on my own. When you can search the internet to find articles and blogs on topics you love, or pickup a book with a story that speaks to you, the world is at your finger tips. I will never get to see or do everything on my so-called bucket list; however, through reading, I can get close enough to quench my thirst, even just a little. Books have made me confident and able to learn without feeling unprotected and reachable when I crave independence and solitude.

5. What book do you read when you want to be comforted?

A cozy mystery series full of lovable and kooky characters who are hiding secrets.

6. Who influenced you to be a reader?

I wish I could point to a single person or entity, but there is none. I have no great story to tell about the biggest influence in my life in this area. Words in books have just simply “always spoken to me.” And I’m not ashamed to admit that on any given day, I’d be comfortable stating I need books more than I need people.

7. Describe your dream reading lounge.

Absolute quiet. Not any other sound. Not too bright, not to dark. Plenty of champagne to drink for hours, but the kind that won’t ever make you drunk. A comfortable chair, near a window, overlooking mountains. Around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Comfy blanket thrown over me. Legs lifted up on an ottoman. Green plants around the room. Nothing on the walls but grey, brown, black and white colors. No door in or out… entry would be through an elevator that opens directly to the room, but only ever reachable by me. Ryder by my side.

8. What book changed the way you saw the world?

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

9. What defines your life a reader?

Freedom. Flexibility. Fortune.

I am free to read whatever I want. But I know that not everyone else is.

My mind has the flexibility to read every genre and find books I love. So many readers stick within a comfort zone and miss out on things that could change their world forever.

I am able to buy the books I love, though not everyone has that fortune. But I also am fortunate to be able to write, as well as read. And I want to bring that fortune to others in my own stories and books.

I could discuss reading forever and under any circumstance. It is my life. It is where Jay meets happiness.

10. What are your favorite quotes?

  • “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” Mark Twain
  • “A life well lived is a life full of decisions.” (Guess!)

TAG: To no one specific… consider yourself tagged if you wanna be… and NOT if you don’t wanna be.

TAG: This or That Book

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I found this book tag on a friend’s page. You should check her site out as she has great book conversations, tags and fun. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate  But the creator was Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks and so you must check out this site, too.


Rules

  • Mention the creator of the tag
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do that if you want to.
  • Tag other people to do this tag to spread the love!

 

Reading on the couch or on the bed?

Tough one… I read in bed before I go to sleep, but I also like sitting on the couch or the chair in the living room. If I had to choose… reading in bed. It’s a bit more comfy.

Male main character or female main character?

I usually prefer female main characters. I tend to learn more and understand it more easily.

Sweet snacks or salty snacks?

Definitely sweet. It’s hard to say no to them.

Trilogies or quartets?

I’ve read a ton more trilogies… can’t even think of a quartet off the top of my head.

First person POV or third POV?

I usually read third-person, so I tend to prefer it. But a really strong first-person narration can be even more chilling.

Reading at night or in the morning?

Definitely at night. Mornings are for blogging, social media and email.

Libraries or bookstores?

Not fair… too tough of a choice. Libraries for their beauty. Bookstores for the opportunity to keep it all for myself. If I had to choose… libraries. They have so much charm.

Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

Books that make me cry. I enjoy laughing, but that’s a “point-in-time” reaction. If you make me cry (or feel emotion, since I really don’t cry), I’ll retain it forever.

Black book covers or white covers?

I think a black book cover stands out more and captures my attention. White makes me think it’s boring even though that’s not a true statement.

Character driven or plot driven?

I definitely like both, but preference is plot. I can forgive a bad character. I can’t accept a bad plot.

Tag?

I’m not tagging anyone specific, but it’s easy and fun, so everyone should!

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Each week, 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.

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!

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.

TAG: Get to Know me

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I found this tag at Bionic Book Worm who found it at Too Much of a Book Nerd. I thought it was a great way to drop some interesting facts about us bloggers and let others stumble upon them when checking out our blog and profile. So here goes…

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VITAL STATS

NAME: James

NICKNAMES: Jay, JC, J (but never Jim or Jimmy)

BIRTHDAY: March 18th

STAR SIGN: Pisces

OCCUPATION: Technology & Business Ops for ~20 years. Now split with writing.

LIVING IN: New York City (NYC)

 

APPEARANCE

HAIR COLOR: Brown

HAIR LENGTH: Short, but for a guy, probably considered long…

EYE COLOR: Hazel

BEST FEATURE:  I think it’s my shoulders/chest. Friends always say my hair these days.

BRACES: No, but I should have had them. My teeth aren’t perfectly straight. A few are slightly slanted. But I’m not going thru that ordeal now!

PIERCINGS: None now. But in the past, I had two piercings in my left ear and both nipples for a few years. I’m sorry to anyone reading this who finds it surprising or shocking. But in reality, if you saw me at the beach or the pool a few years ago, you would have seen them in person.

TATTOOS: None but I love them. Some day…

RIGHT OR LEFT: Right

PICTURE: Most recent one

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FIRSTS

REAL HOLIDAY: On my own? I don’t know that I remember… moved into my own apartment at 22, so perhaps that Thanksgiving or Christmas?

BEST FRIEND: Lynde while growing up. We lived next door to one another and spent all our time together for 15+ years. We still chat from time to time but live in different places. Now it’s probably Winston for the last 5 years.

AWARD: A bunch in grammar, middle and high school. Best creative short story in college. Versatile Blogger this week for my site. Nothing else I know of!

SPORT: Played soccer and baseball through middle school, then I was a bowler. Even worked there and taught kids how to bowl. Now just the gym.

CONCERT: I am not a concert guy, too many people. My parents too me to a few outdoor ones as a child. The first I actually remember going to… I think it was Madonna in my 20s.

 

FAVORITES

TV SHOWS: I’m only listing the ones currently on air that I watch: Modern Family, Mom, How to Get Away With Murder, The Real O’Neals, Great British Baking Show, Younger, The Crown, Grace and Frankie

COLOR: Black

SONGS: I’m usually good with turning on the radio and listening to anything rock or pop

RESTAURANT: Easier to choose cuisines… Mexican

SHOPS: I’m not a shopper but when I do… Kenneth Cole or Banana Republic

BOOKS: Too many to list… right now, anything by Kate Morton

SHOES: I hate shoes. I prefer not to wear anything, no socks or shoes. If I have to… sandals

BOOK GENRES: Mystery

 

CURRENTLY

FEELING: Old… some of these questions are hard or don’t work for me. Ornery. 😛

SINGLE OR TAKEN: Taken for about 5 1/2 years. We live together.

EATING: Had a half a turkey sandwich about 30 minutes ago for lunch.

THINKING ABOUT: Edits to my book. Waiting on feedback from an agent. Scary.

WATCHING: Last night, the latest episode of “Mom.”

WEARING: comfy cotton shorts, t-shirt and a pair of boxer-briefs

 

HAVE KIDS: Nope, not unless you count Ryder. Perhaps one day…

WANT TO TRAVEL: Yes, but I have a bit already.  Been to: China, Singapore Thailand, Cambodia, Argentina, Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, Spain, Netherlands, UK and France. Plus most of the USA… 35 out of 50 states so far.

DO YOU BELIEVE…

 

In Yourself: Yes, most days. 

God: I was raised Catholic.

Miracles: Eh… I believe random things can happen. I’m not sure I’m clear on what we’d call the true definition of a miracle.

Love at first sight: No, because love means so many different things. You can know you will be with someone for a long time. You can be sure you will fall in love with something about them. But I don’t think you can immediately fall in love.

Ghosts: Yes. Spirits. I think you can sense things are around you.

Aliens: There is more than Earth out there.

Soul Mates: Probably not, though I don’t mean it in a bad way. I just mean you can fall in love, and you can be meant to stay together… but we have one soul and not everyone falls in love just once.

Heaven: Yes, there is something positive beyond life.

Hell: Tough one. I believe in forgiveness, so who or what would go there after life? I was taught to believe in it because I am Catholic, but I’m unclear on its real definition.

TAG TIME

And now it’s your turn… I’m not tagging anyone specific, but I’d love to see at least 5 of my online friends post reply with their answers and post it on their site, tagging me and letting me know so I can check it out!

TAG: Blogger Stats Book

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Last Three Books You Read?

Spoilers or Spoiler Free?

I love spoilers for anything on TV… I will always look them up in advance of the episode or movie. But in books, I hate them. I want to read for myself; however, I will sometimes peruse the last few pages of a book before starting it.

In my book reviews, I don’t include spoilers as a general guideline; however, if something borders on a spoiler, I will include an alert before someone sees the info.

How Long Have You Been Book Blogging?

I began using Goodreads in 2011/12, but didn’t include reviews until 2015. I created this website in October 2016, so about 8 months now. It started out as just book reviews, but it’s expanded to:

  • Book Reviews with genre, author and book series information
  • Film / TV Show / Movie Reviews
  • Vacation and Trip Reviews
  • 365 Daily Challenge — check it out, you know you want to!
  • Personal Blog

Last Book You Read In One Sitting?

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Your Favorite Genre

Mystery

Preferred book size? (novella, tome, etc)

I tend to love reading a book series, so the longer the better. But since I’m trying to read more books and varied genres, I am usually comfortable between 300 and 400 pages.

Amount of books on your TBR?

Goodreads tells me I have 1,113 books on my “to read” list, but I have 21 sitting on my physical bookshelf or downloaded into my Kindle eReader.

A book you have DNF’d?

I couldn’t completely finish it… read my review to see why!

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Recent awards or milestones?

I hadn’t even realized there were blogger awards until last week, so I’ve got none!

I just had my best day since the site was created. I had 109 likes and 213 views in a single day. While that’s fairly small compared to everyone else, I only have ~200 followers at this point, so it’s steadily improving.

Best interaction with an author you enjoy?

Although I am a writer, I haven’t spent much time with other authors. But I tend to like when I connect with them on Facebook and get a few likes or messages from them directly.

Average number of books you read per month?

I average about 2 to 3 books per week, so around 10 per month.

Top three publishers?

I haven’t been paying attention to the specific publisher as much as I should. I have been focusing more on genre and author. But you’ve just given me a great idea. Thanks!

Social media sites your blog uses?

For book reviews, I first publish on Goodreads, then send it to this blog. From there, I share it on Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ and Pinterest.

For general blogging items, same as above but start with the post here on WordPress (WP).

Average amount of time you spend on networking?

It ranges pretty wide. Right now, for a variety of reasons, I probably spend 2 to 3 hours per day blogging and networking.

Most comfortable blogging position?

Sitting on the couch with my legs crossed or stretched out on an ottoman. Laptop on a pillow on my lap. Water or coffee on the table next to me. And Ryder (dog) cuddled up by my side.

Music or quiet when writing reviews?

Generally quiet. Sometimes I’ll put on a radio station for light background music.

Can you sum up your blogging style in 5 words?

Witty. Funny. Diverse. Organized. Introspective.

A blog you looked up to starting out?

To be honest, I didn’t look at other people’s blogs. I just started designing to learn how to use the WordPress tool. And as I began seeing content on other people’s sites, I added more to mine. I have a lot of online friends with cool blogs, but I try to be creative and not compare to others too much. I’d never get anything done if I tried to live up to some of the folks I follow. They’re too good!

The best book you have reviewed so far?

Hmmm…  there are too many. But my favorite book right now is below and the review is here:

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Best piece of blogging advice?

Have an outline. Winging it is good once you have a base established. Decide what layout and format works best for you. Organize your content. Determine your comfort level on how often you blog and network. Essentially… be somewhat consistent and reliable so people want to keep checking it out.

It’s time for tagging….

Open to everyone… let’s have some fun.

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Each week, 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.

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!

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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