Monday, September 12, 2011

Are you a bookaholic: Theresa at Fade into Fantasy

Theresa at Fade into Fantasy

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Are you a bookaholic (remember admitting it is the first step)?
Theresa:  Absolutely.  I have more books than I have shelves for, I work at a book store, I operate BLB Book Tours, and I'm an editing intern with an online publisher.  If that doesn't make me a bookaholic, I don't know what would. lol

When did you notice you had a problem?
As a teenager, I could always be found in my bedroom with a good book.  After having my children, my reading habits changed due to never having the time to relax with a book.  Now that my kids are older, I have the time to escape into good books again.  As far as when I noticed the problem... that would probably have been last fall, right before I started my blog, Fade Into Fantasy 

Do you lose time from work due to your reading
Actually, since I have the best job in the world (working at the local book store), I'm allowed to read at work and get to pet all the pretty covers when the shipments come in. :)  It's like Christmas!

Have you ever got into financial difficulties as a result of reading?
No, I haven't.  Although books are my favorite things to buy, I never buy one unless everything else has been taken care of first.  When I got the job at the book store and found out that I could get a great discount and buy books on account (almost like running a tab), I had to put a limit on myself.  I'm allowed to buy one book per paycheck.  Of course, there are times when I can't resist.  Just the other day, I ordered Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor because I can't wait to get my hands on that one! 

Do you crave a book at a definite time?
Not really.  My cravings come at all times.  Just last night, I woke up at about 1am and thought about reading for a while but decided against it. 

Do you want to read the next morning?
I usually read in the afternoon/evening.  Mornings are for checking emails, doing homework (I'm enrolled in the online Creative Writing program at Southern New Hampshire University), taking care of book tours, etc.

Does reading cause you difficulty in sleeping?
Occasionally.  I read in bed a lot, so when I am reading a book that I don't want to put down, I find myself reading until I literally can't hold my eyes open anymore.  Those are the nights when I wake up at crazy hours and want to read. 

Do you read to escape from worries or trouble?
Of course!  Who doesn't?  Reading is always my escape. There is nothing better than immersing yourself into a completely different world and forgetting about the worries of real life for a while. 

Do you read alone?
Unfortunately, I do.  I am the only reader in our family and the only female.  Every time I get another book in the mail, the boys give me that look that says, "Mom, you're freakin' weird." LOL

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR ADDICTION (You can answer as little or as many as you want for this part)
What type of reader are you?
(not exactly sure what you are looking for here)
My reading doesn't ever seem to be consistent.  I read one boo
k at a time, read for a few days, then take a day off to get other stuff done. 

What type of books do you typically read?
Everything paranormal, urban fantasy, or remotely creepy :) 

Do you prefer print books or e-books?
Although I own a Nook, I still prefer print books by far.  There's just something about the feel of paper in my hands. 

What are five of your pet peeves related to books or reading?
1.  Dog-eared pages!  For shame!
2.  Crinkled or bent covers (seeing a pattern here?  I take very good care of my books)
3.  Poor editing.  I can't stand it when I stumble over the words of a book because poor editing disrupted my reading flow.
4.  Misleading or extremely vague synopsis's.  The synopsis of a book is what I use to decide whether or not to read the book.  When the book doesn't match what the blurb led me to believe, I almost feel cheated.
5.  Crappy cover art.  I know I'm not alone when I admit that a cover is the first thing that draws me to a book. 

If you had to choose between really good characters and a bad plot or bad characters and a really good plot. Which would it be?
That's tough, but I would have to choose a really good plot and crappy characters.  If a book doesn't have a good plot, it won't hold my attention. 

Do you always have a compulsive need to buy books or are you someone who likes books, but doesn't always have the desire to purchase them?
If I had enough money, I would buy every book on my wish list (which has almost 180 books on it, lol).  Since I'm generally always broke, buying them isn't usually an option. 

We all have those characters we love. Are you more addicted to the tall-dark-handsome-mysterious type or the sensitive-laidback-bestfriend type?
Definitely the tall-dark-handsome-mysterious type!  No contest there. 

I know we all want to read everything, but sometimes we can't. If you could only read 3 books for the rest of your life what would they be?
Wow, this question really stinks for someone who generally doesn't re-read books. LOL  Um... I guess I would pick DANANN FROST FALLS FROM GRACE by Joanne Valiukas, LANEY by Joann Martin Sowles, and DARK LOVER by J.R. Ward. 

Are you predictable when shopping for books? Do you have a shopping pattern?
Since I don't get to shop often, I haven't developed a pattern.  You can always find me in either the paranormal or YA section, though. 

What one book would you recommend over and over again?
This actually changes for me over time.  One that I read last year and still recommend is DANANN FROST FALLS FROM GRACE by Joanne Valiukas.  A more recent read that I loved was GRAVEMINDER by Melissa Marr. 

How much does the book blogging community contribute to your book buying habit/addiction/pattern?
I would say 90%.  The other 10% comes from the books I see at work. 

What's your blog name?
Fade Into Fantasy 

In twitter detail (140 characters or less) describe your blog.
Exploring the dark side of fantasy, including all paranormal and urban fantasy genres. 

How long have you had your blog?
I started blogging about books on October 13, 2010. 

For everyone who wants to start a book blog (or any blog) what's the best advice you can give them?
Be yourself!  Don't try to do what everyone else does.  Find what works for you and stick with it.  Also, don't stress about the follower number.  If you put your best self out there, the followers will come. 

WANNA STALK ME- (You can choose which you want to share if any.)
Twitter- FadeIntoFantasy
Goodreads- Theresa
   Facebook - Fade Into Fantasy 

Leave some comments for Theresa either here or over at her site. Go check it out Fade into Fantasy. She has some cool stuff over at her site. Book editing, Blog tours, and did I mention I love her layout. I love the ghostly look. :)

Thank you Theresa for joining me in my first Are you a bookaholic Feature!
You are now initiated into the group. :)

Let me know what you thought of my first feature!


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Happy Reading and Blogging, Ashley

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