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August 15, 2009


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So nice to hear that there are people like me - can finish books in one day, have to read in order. Authors - Evanovich, Fowler, Chiaverini, Patterson, Shreve, Macomber, Ross, Sefton, Trigiani, Dallas ....


Yes, I have to read the book straight thru...even staying up ridiculous hours of the night to finish them. If I find an author I like I read everything they've written and I start the series at the beginning and go thru until the end. Right now I'm "reading" (book on CD's loaned to me by one of my quilting pals) Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I'm on Finger Lickin' 15 - don't know what I'll do when I'm done. Janet will have to write faster because I need Stephanie when I sew!!!


Congrats on 100 posts! We've enjoyed each one! I LOVE to read, but with two boys under 3, it is sometimes hard. I too have to stay awake until my eyes don't even stay open anymore...which usually means late nights. I will sometimes read all of an author, and if I do...I DEFINITELY read in order. Only exception would be if I read a later book, before I knew it was a later book, and then went back to the beginning to read them all.

Thanks for the fun giveaway!


Ohhh.. you surprised us all alright!!!! :o) Two more boxes.. what a lovely surprise!!!! :o))
And books .. you got to love them!!!
This is how I read:
*Definetly long till I can go to bed and read until I get sleepy... and sometimes I read the whole book.. but mostly in short episodes..lol.. wonder why??
*I read all their books in the same series!!!
*In sequence... if I can!!!
*Love mysteries...Historical... and Love...and Quilt related...right now..
*And right now I only read English books... Im swedish and it is perfect training!!! :o)

Sooo I love to get some fresh ideas on books to read!! :o)

caryn stalter

I am like you - start to finish. Once DH went to bed and I was reading and I was still there reading (just finishing the book) when he got up for work! I have to read everything from an author I like - in order. I have a few authors I like - Richard North Patterson, Sue Grafton, John Grisham - basically legal/detective types but lately i have been expanding my horizons.

Alicia S

I use to have to read them all in one sitting but I can't do it anymore. I have to get to bed by a certain time or I am worthless the next day. So it's taking me a little longer to finish books now a days. A couple authors I've just been turned on to are Elizabeth Berg and Kent Haruf. I do love a good book and HATE when it ends. I tend to get so wrapped up in them that I later think about them and have to remind myself that they were books and not real life. :)


I have left comments before but they never appear - not sure what I am doing wrong. Anyhow worth another try with 2 boxes on offer!
I used to have to read until I finished but when I was poorly I couldn't function properly & broke the habit. I have just read "The girl with the dragon tattoo" & thought it a great read. i have just ordered the second. I do prefer to read a series in the correct order
Chris x


So, what book kept you up last night reading? I always finish a book, but not necessarily in one sitting (or lying). I also must read books in sequence. Right now I'm working my way through some psychological thrillers by Stephen White. Very good. Congrats on your 100th post.

Piecefully, Pam

I enjoy reading a chapter or two at a time. Reading in sequence is nice, but not a must for me. I don't have a favorite author. And, I read just about everything, but the book has to GRAB me from the get go or else I'll put it down and never pick it up again. I just finished reading, The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein. You and Rosie may like this read...http://www.garthstein.com/arr/ Congrats on your 100th post! ; )

A Twitter User

Congrats on the 100th post! You are such a generous person, not 1 but 3 boxes!

1. Unless it's a book that has really grabbed me, I can read a little but do like to finish a chapter.
2. If I find an author I really enjoy, yes, I'll go back and find their other books to read.
3. I like to go in order. But the first couple of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich that I read were out of order. So I recently started through them beginning with the first one. I'm currently on #12.
4. Janet Evanovich would be my favorite author! I also enjoy cozy mysteries. They are good mysteries without the blood and gore to give me nightmares. lol

Have a wonderful weekend!

Cathy McMann

I read a lot (about 2 books per week) and can usually read a little bit at a time, though there are exceptions. When I read a very good book, I tend to read all of that author's works, in order, then wait impatiently for the next book to come out. I like mysteries, especially Elizabeth George, and a new favorite is C. S. Harris. I recently read The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie, fantastic read by a new author.


Congrats on your blogaversery! Well, I don't have to read a book cover to cover. In fact I don't "read" much anymore except online. I am addicted to audiobooks. I know you have issues with them, but they are a godsend to me. Work and read at the same time. I am happy! I like many of the ones already mentioned. Any British dectective/police mystery is on my list. LOVE them. I enjoyed the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo also and am looking forward to another one by that author. I have recently become acquainted with the Wallender series - a Swedish Detective. They were on t.v. on Masterpiece Mystery. They are terrific. I have read all the Stephanie Plum books, and yes I HAVE to read them in order. Evanovich is probably the only "romance" author I have ever liked and admittedly the Stephanie Plum romances are mostly comedic. I must say that after #15 in the installments - I am a little tired of the Joe/Ranger love predicament. PICK ONE ALREADY! I am hoping to hear of new mysteries to entice me. Thanks for this idea.


Congrats on 100 posts!

I’m not much of a reader anymore. I now love wordless books with a maximum of photos and books with only some phrases or poems. Every time I pick them up I’m amazed that the pictures inspire me differently.

I used to love reading books and I always needed to finish them and to read everything the author had written.
As I’m Dutch, you probably won’t know the author, but I love(d) to read books by Adriaan van Dis.


* Can you read a little bit or do you have to keep reading until you're finished? I tend to have too many interruptions with kids, so I rarely read straight through a book. When I listen to a book on my iPod though I can finish a book in a couple of days.
* If you like an author, do you then have to read all their books? I have found this depends on the author. A couple of them I have read every book but their have been other authors that I have really been disappointed in their other books.
* In order or out-of-sequence? ALWAYS in order. I wont even start a movie on tv if I have missed the first few minutes, i hate to be out of the loop.
* Favorite author or genre? I have read and loved all of Sophie Kinsellas books. In general I am a chicklit kinda gal. I dont need too much to think about when I am reading. I have enough to keep track of in the real world.


The truth is out - I guess I'm also OCD. I seldom put a book down - for bed, meals, etc. and I've never really understood how someone can take a week or more to read a book. If I find a 'new' author, I read all of her (I definitely prefer women) books in order and put them on hold at the library. My favourite genre is mystery, but I like the ones with some character development. Novels are good too as long as they are well-written - and the longer the better.


While it would be fun to sit and read a book from start to finish, I don't have the time all at once so settle for chapters. I want to finish a chapter and not stop in the middle. I love mysteries. Love, love, love mysteries. And cook books. I read cook books for fun. It depends on how much I like the first of a series if I'll read the rest but usually do. In order.


I usually power through the entire book until I'm finished, although in the past couple of years I've gotten "better" at putting books down at chapter end. I read very quickly, so that helps. (I ready every Harry Potter book in a single sitting - the last one took over 8 hours!)

If I like an author, I go searching for everything they've ever written. When the same character appears in the books, I prefer to read them in order. Sometimes it doesn't work out that way, and I can live with it.

Favorite authors? You have to understand, I own over 1,000 books. Check out my email address. It's difficult to pick just a few, but I'll try...

Right now, my favorite author is Joshilyn Jackson. Her book The Girl Who Stopped Swimming just came out in paperback and she has a phenomenal blog called Faster Than Kudzu. I loved The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. I enjoy Orson Scott Card, Robert Parker, John Sandford, Lee Child, Dick Francis, Nora Roberts (also writing as J.D. Robb), Jonathan Kellerman, Nevada Barr, Janet Evanovich, Diane Mott Davidson, P. J. Tracy, Elizabeth Peters, Kathy Reichs, Robert Crais, Richard Russo, Jennifer Weiner, Lisa Scottoline, Diana Gabaldon, Linda Howard, Carl Hiaasen, and from my childhood (which I still re-read), Madeleine L'Engle, L.M. Montgomery, Gene Stratton Porter, John Marsden (actually, I didn't read these until recently, but they're YA novels), and the stories of my grade school companions, Trixie Belden, Judy Bolton and Cherry Ames.
You see, this is my library:

Peggy Siemer

I learned to read just a little or a lot depending on the amount of time I had. I raised children by myself while working full time and going to school full time so it was read that way or not at all. And, as every reader knows that would not be an option. I do love the same authors but it doesn't bother me a bit to read them out of order. I even find myself reading them again and saying, "I know I've read this but I can't remember what happens" so I just keep reading. Now that goes on the plus sign of getting older. I don't have a single favorite author and I feel like I got a present when I find a 'new' author. Congrats on your 100th post and keep it up.


Thank you for a second chance to win a box of mystery goodies!! I love to read and read a lot. I read until I fall asleep at night. If I like an author, I read all his/her books in order. My favorite genre is history and I mostly read nonfiction books.


I LOVE to read. I am currently reading My Life in Paris by Julia Child. I saw the movie and wanted MORE!!
If I find an author that I like, I will read all of their books that I can find, but I don't have to read them in order. I just discovered Charles Martin and am getting some of his together.
I use Paperbackswap to get my books...

dotti white

I love to read to but I am so like you with reading a book. Once I get started and interested I HAVE to keep going to finish it. It's so bad that I can't start a new book unless it's on a weekend or over a holiday. Craziness, I say. I don't take enough time to read to follow series in order, etc. although I would love to. Perhaps in another stage in my life! I love Richard Paul Evans and Nicholas Sparks books. And oh, yes, I am surprised that you had two more boxes for a giveaway! You are awesome! Have a great weekend!


I seem to know by page one that this is a " let the dust bunnies frolic I'm too busy to dust " kind of book!! I can read and watch tv..........read and talk on the phone............read and bake a cake...........and if its a " goodun " I can read all day and night. I love blood, guts and deviants in my fiction and shy away from "heaving bosoms" !!


1st - I try to read at least 100 pages or the first few chapters to give the author a chance to 'set the stage', but if the book hasn't really grabbed me by then, I don't run quite as fast with it...but if it has, look out cause I'm reading till the fat lady sings. 2nd - I definitely follow authors that I have enjoyed. I become a sort of book store groupie and form an odd sort of loyalty to an author that has provided me with hours of time losing myself in the world they created. 3rd - I have to admit I'm a little on the 'obsessive compulsive' side about that...if it is a series, I absolutely must read it in order. I don't want to miss a single thing! 4th - Right now I'm desperately addicted to the Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child books. They write thrillers and have created my favorite (recurring) character of all time, FBI Agent Pendergast. Now, you don't have to read all of their books in a particular order once you have been introduced to the dapper Pendergast, however, you should read the books that introduce him first if at all possible. "Relic" is the first book he appears in. Fair warning, these books generally start out with extremely grisly murders. (I love it) Pendergast is not in all of their books but I have never been dissapointed with one of them. I just downloaded some to my Ipod to listen while I sew. Of course, I often find myself with fabric in hand, staring off into space listening to the story...I love it when that happens. LOL. Though, with my broken ankle, and being home alone for a few nights taking meds that give me nightmares I have been leaning more to lighter reading just now. But as soon as hubby gets home tomorrow, it's back to the crime scene and the blood and guts. Well, that's about it, congratulations to Deb, I hope you hear from her soon and good luck to everyone else who is faithfully following the saga of the "Mystery Box" by Carrie Nelson. By the way Carrie, I also had to leave lights on all over the house when I read the Vampire Chronicles...whoa!!!

Judith Romijn

Yes I can read a little bit, but that little bit is most of the time already a big part of the book.
Yes when I like an author I need to have all the books and have to read them in order.
Kathy Reichs and Jennifer Chiaverini are my favorites.


I love books but only books that grab my attention and pull me into them will warrant late nights and neglect of all household duties. If I like an author of a series I try to read them in order especially if I loved the first book. I like fiction books as they tend to let me escape and enter a world of another's creating. My favorite book is, East of Eden, by John Steinbeck--with his imagery, characters, and plot. How could you not love a book whose premise is that you choose what you make out of life.


Oh congrats on a year! I actually can read a little...although I do like to finish books within a week at the latest. And I do try to read all of the books by authors I love! Definitely in order when I read a series..and my favorites are the classics. My two favorite authors are Willa Cather and Jane Austen. I just finished the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society and really enjoyed it...I like the Sandra Dallas quilt novels as well as the Jennifer Chiaverini ones for some lighter reading!

Nancy Anne

I'm a big reader, too. Some books I can read and put down, but the ones that really grab me...well, let's just say I've gone to work on 15 minutes of sleep before! I love mysteries and spy stories. You are going to love the latest Daniel Silva (Defector) - it was great! If I find an author I like, it's all the books, in sequence. And, like you, I hate the fill-in from previous books. Let them go back and read them if they need the info!

Janet / What Comes Next

Should have figured that one out! Congrats on the blogiversary!
If I'm reading a good book, I can't put it down - I will stay up all night to read it, even when I know it was intended to be my reading material on the flight I'm taking the next morning.
I do try and track down other books by the same author, but do not have to read them in order, unless they are a serial. In terms of genre - I like a variety of things, although spy / who dun-its are probably right at the top. I'm not particularly keen on sci-fi or westerns, but have come across some that have been enthralling. I come from a reading family, and as a child living in the country, we relied on a bookmobile (mobile library) for our books. In grades 5 & 6 I would get special permission to leave school with my suitcase full of books to go to the bookmobile to get my next month's worth of reading material.


I am enjoying your blog, first time to leave a comment. As for books I like to read a while in the evening and can usually put it down until the next day unless I come to a really good part. When reading books by a certain author I like to read them in order and my favorite author is Carrie Bender. I also love to look at cookbooks that have stories with the recipes and old cookbooks.


OK Carrie, if a book's really good, it's hard for me to put it down, BUT I do have some pretty well ingrained sleeping instincts, so I won't stay up too late LOL! Sometimes, I do read all the books by an author, sometimes not. I more likely get hooked on a certain character and will read all the books (if there are more) about that character. Right now, it's John Sandford's series with Lucas Davenport in it - great police mysteries. But my all time favorite series (you're going to hate me here if you can't put them down) are Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series - they are awesome!! They're also HUGE - which is why you're going to hate me if you get hooked. But, you asked ;-)

Kathy J

I'm currently not the reader I used to be, but when I do read I tend to tell myself, "just one more chapter and then I'll quit..." and that often turns into 5 chapters later. I used to follow certain authors, mostly in a series but if I like an author, will read 'unrelated' books. Probably the book I have read the most years and years ago was 'A Tree Grows In Brooklyn,' recently read by my 24 yo daughter and now one of her favorites, too! I mostly enjoy fiction about people, their lives and circumstances. Liked mysteries when I was younger, but 'people stories' my preference now. And oh, by the way, I'd sure be thrilled to receive one of those boxes!


I am a avid reader at least three a week but quite often more. I have to keep reading until I am finished, and when like an author, I then have to read all their books.I also do not mind reading them out of sequence and currently I am reading books by Alison Brennan.


I don't read a lot now that I have discovered quilting. But I have enjoyed Kathleen Norris, Jan Karon, and Nicholas Sparks. I typically only read a chapter at a time and a book takes me a full week. If I like the author, I read more of the books, not necessarily in sequence. BUT I would rather quilt.

Vickie E

This is certainly going to give you reading material!
I have to finish a book..I'll read all night to do it.
I usually read all the authors books in order if possible.
My favorite lately is Janet Evanovich...I came across her books about Stephanie Plum, when I got a Kindle...so I started at #1 and read all the way to #15..

annie davis

I can read a book a little at a time, but I have to finish it before moving on to another book.

If I find an author I like,I do read all of their books, and I would MUCH rather read the books in order, but sometimes it just doesn't work out that way.

I like a lot of different genres. Right now I'm working my way through Nicholas Spark's books (The Notebook).


Congratulations on your blog anniversary!

I LOVe to read! I get a little "possessed" when reading a book and can't seem to put it down until it is finished. Then it makes me sad because I have gotten so involved with the characters that I feel like I have lost a friend!

I like reading all the books from one author in the order that they are written...a little OCD here!

Love David Baldacci, especially his "Camel Club" series. I love a good mystery/spy thriller anyday ...Earlene Fowler, Lisa Scottaline, John Grisham, Sue Grafton. But then again love Diana Galbadon!

Currently reading "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger and LOVE IT!

Enjoying reading all your posts and the comments you receive too! Thank YOU!


I'm not good at stopping in the middle, but I do because of time constraints. If it's too exciting or gripping, though, I havea hard time stopping. I do love to read all of an author's books if I discover one I love. But I don't necessarily have to read them in order. Hard to say what my favorite genre is -- probably the classics or historical fiction, or fiction set in the UK, India, Australia, Japan, China, -- hmmmmm. Getting carried away. :D

Debra in Ohio

Evanovich is my "new favorite" - she is laugh-out-loud-hilarious. If you haven't read her, start with "One for the Money" and read in order. "Finger-lickin' Fifteen" is her latest and I read it in a public spot with all strangers around me and laughed until I cried. Everyone should do that one time in their life - read a funny book in public. It builds self confidence (or something!). It also makes other people smile--smiling is infectious, you know. Sounds like I am a publicist for Evanovich, which I'm not. But I could be! And I usually don't have to read in order, maybe I'm picking up some OCD. Thanks for the time to share and chance to win! And congrats on the 100th post. Deb in Ohio

Beth Dasecke

oh wow I would like to first say congrats on 100 posts
I love to read every night when I go to bed and if I like the author of a book I will search out all their other books to read .
I need to read them in order if the are a series but if they are a stand alone book the order I find them is ok
I read a lot of different books but at the moment it is the Elm Creek books that I am loving
Big hugs Beth


I have too many interruptions to my time to read a book all at one sitting. So I read while at lunch and before going to sleep.

I prefer to read books in the order that they are written by an author.

I really like fiction the best with biographies a close second.

My favorite author is Anne Tyler, she has a new book coming out in January 2010, "Noah's Compass" and yes, I have already pre-ordered it from Amazon!


I love to read. Once I start reading I can't stop and I always carry a book with me. I love mysteries and have started reading some chick lit. I always have to read them in sequence. I love Sue Grafton, Nevada Barr, Margaret Maron, Janet Evanovich, Earlene Fowler, Laura Childs, Marcia Muller....

Tricia T.

I'm a "must finish" kind of person. I loved the Mitford Series by Jan Karon and had to read them all... in order. I felt like I lived in the town when I was done! :-) Thanks for a chance to win!!

Lemon Tree Tami

Oh I definitely have to read all of the book until it's finished. I've been known to keep reading until 5am and then go to sleep for an hour or so - happy that I'd finished but bone tired. Sometimes I'm so tired that I fall asleep BEFORE and I hate when that happens. If I love an author's book and there are more then I'm all about reading the others. A couple months ago I read Naomi Novik's Temeraire dragon series - most of them in a four day period! Nope, don't like reading them out of order. I tend to be a sci-fi/fantasy fan (Charlaine Harris, Robert A. Heinlein etc) but I also like action and spy novels (Daniel Silva, James Patterson, Jonathan Kellerman) and many more. Hi, my name is Tami and I'm a book junkie. :-)


LOL. 2 more boxes?
My favorite genre depends on my mood; usually science fiction and fantasy. Especially with a romantic subplot. I tend to "glom" authors if I find I like them (ie, try to order all the books I can find of theirs from the library), though not particularly in order of publication unless it's a series with the same character(s). I definitely read like you do, which is that if I start a book by the early evening/afternoon, especially if it's very interesting or well-written, I'm usually not done until I've finished the entire thing, usually around 2 or 3 am. The problem is that by bedtime, I typically get to that part of the novel (about 80% done) that starts wrapping up all the plot threads and then THERE'S NO QUITTING! Rarely I've found novels that are well-written or interesting, but I can read a bit at a time. Usually if I can put it down, it means I'm just not that into it and I tend to have a hard time finishing them.


I do read books slowly - a little every day. Sometimes toward the end I can't put them down. I do like to choose more books by authors that I really enjoy -don't have to be in order though unless it's a true sequence. Jodi Picoult is one of my favs!


For me, it depends on the type of book, if I read through it quickly. Some books I can take weeks to read, others a few days. I like books that are a little more light hearted then heavy, solemn stories. So, I love fantasy, and chick lit, like Jennifer Weiner, she is so funny! I don't really like to read everything an author has written (unless it's a series), I've found that I don't like a lot of other ones they have written, so go figure :)


I too like to read all books by an author I enjoy. I also MUST read them in order and get very impatient having to rehash characteristics of the characters or ongoing plot lines, when if everyone was like us, we could just get on with the meat of the story! I am able to read a bit and then put it down, otherwise I would never get any sleep! I work swing shift type hours 2p-midnight and come home and read every night. It is not unusual for me to glance at the clock and discover it is 4 or 5 in the morning and I would keep on reading except my husband is then getting home from work, and thinks I am insane for staying up reading that late!
I enjoy an array of books. I am always quick to devour anything James Patterson, but I also love Jane Green. I will pretty much read anything.
Thanks for providing a great and inspirational blog. I enjoy reading it everyday!


Hmmm, depends on the book; some I can put down, but others I have to get to the end asap. And if I find an author I like, I read all their other books, as I'm a fussy reader and often find it hard to find something I like. If the books are a series, I read them in order, but if they are all independent, then I read them in whatever order I can get my hands on them. I have a couple of favourite authors, including Jodie Picoult and Nicholas Evans.

BTW, congrats on the 100 posts!


Most of the time, I only read before bedtime to relax myself, unless it something really good and I can't put down. I usually read from chapter to chapter before stopping.
If I like the author, I will usually read all their books.
Right now I am reading the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon.
I will be busy for a while. To find a new read, I will scout the internet and see what others are reading or contact my mom as she is an avid reader.


Congratulations on your 100th post!
I definitely can't read a bit before bed. I get interested and
have to keep reading although I no longer stay up to read to the end.
Of I like an author, I must read all the books with one character in order'
My current favorite author is Daniel Silva. I bought The Defector the day it came out and had finished it by the next week when he came to my local Borders Books for a discussion and book signing. He was really interesting and said the next book in the series will be available the second Tuesday of July 2010. I can't wait!
My second favorite author/series is Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series.

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