Saturday, April 19, 2014

A to Z April - Q: Quiet, Quitting, and Quotes


Okay, Q is a hard letter to decide what to talk about. So I'm going to talk a little about 3 different topics that begin with Q and have to do with books.


Quiet - Do you have to have quiet when you read?  It kind of depends for me.  While I can just read in quiet, no problem, I can also sit and read during the commercials while I'm watching tv.  Or at night in bed, I often read while the news is on.  I often like to go to restaurants by myself and take my book and eat while I read.  So noise isn't really a huge factor to me.  It can be, if it is an annoying noise, but background noise isn't an issue for me.


Quitting - I used to hate not finishing a book I'd started.  I felt like I had to finish it if I'd started it. But recently, the more books I find that I want to read, I've decided that if a book isn't really getting my interest, it's not worth spending the time to finish it.  I haven't quite set a point when I give up.  It could be 100 pages, a few chapters, just depends when I decide it isn't for me.  I also choose not to review those books that I don't finish. The most I do is mark them as not finished on Goodreads, and maybe give a reason why.  Since me not liking a book doesn't necessarily say anything about whether it is a good book or not, I don't feel it is fair to rate it.  That's just me.  Now there are books I finish, and really don't like, or think are terribly written, and I will rate and review those.  But again, it is my opinion, and it is all about the book, I would never attack an author.  How about you?  How do you feel about quitting a book?


Quotes - I see a lot of people with favorite quotes from books.  I often don't remember quotes the first time through a book.  But when I re-read them, I pick up things that I loved.  And at one time, when I first started reviewing books, I would put post-it notes to mark pages I wanted to make sure to talk about in my review.  I just don't do that anymore.  No time or forget to try to do it when I'm reading on my Nook.  I wish I was better about that, but most of the time I'm just loving to read the story, and not necessarily looking for quotes, unless it is something that just majorly stands out as awesome when I first read it.  How about you?  Are you one of those people that get quotes from reading right away?

So that is my Q post.  Not much.  Stay tuned for a review later today!

8 comments:

  1. Depending on what I'm reading, I may demand quiet or if it's music, just instrumental please. I've been known to quit books after the first paragraph or two, thankfully, they are books I've borrowed from the library. As for quotes, I know none at all from books. Maybe if I read a sentence I like very much aloud a few times, I could remember it.
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    1. I try to give at least one chapter. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. There have only been a few books that I have started to read that I never finish. Most of the time I get bored, or annoyed with how the book is written, it's a waste of my time. But i don't think it's necessarily makes you a quitter, more like you and the book are having a disagreement and never speak again. Great post! If you get a chance do you think you can take a look at my Q blog, I put a snippet of the book I am working on and looking for some avid readers for feedback. Thanks! http://brokenwings1313.blogspot.com/2014/04/q-is-for-quippet.html

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    1. Yeah, for me it is often how it is written. Sometimes it is just not catching my interest. I will definitely check out your Q blog!! Thanks for visiting me!

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  3. Hey Lisa! Thanks for visiting my blog. As far as needing quiet time when I'm reading, it really depends on what I am reading. I read and type a lot and, so most of my reading is done in front of TV, train, bus station,.. Pretty much whenever I have free time. During these times, noise is not a distraction. But when reading certain inspirational books or articles, I like to have quiet time. So really depends! I totally agree with you. xoxo

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    1. If it is something I'm reading for a class, I do often need the quiet. But mostly I don't. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I'm with you on not having to have quiet and with quitting. There's just too little time and too many books to try to force myself to finish one I'm not loving. So right with ya.

    Quotes though. I totally pull those out as I read without even a second thought on it. I host a meme called Quote-tastic so really have just gotten into the flow of tagging them or marking them as I read. I use a little post it tag bookmark for print books with 5 little tiny colored tags on it so pulling them off as I go is pretty easy :)

    Happy A to Z-ing!
    ~Anna
    herding cats & burning soup.

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    1. Yep, it seems the more I blog, the more books I find, besides just the ones by the authors I've already read, so I will probably never read everything I want, so why waste time on something I am not enjoying? I need to do better about quotes. I've done some of the marking when I'm reading on my Nook,but then I think I forget to go back and look at them when I write the review because I'm so used to not doing that. Thanks for stopping by!

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