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I’ve been Tagged! Author Marcia Meara has tagged me in Bookshelf Tag Thanks for thinking of me, Marcia! I am having a fit of the “black funks” right now, so a break is just what I needed. I’ve never done one of these, so I intend to have fun. I hope you do to, when I tag you! Here are the rules for Bookshelf Tag:

“Answer the following questions about books on your bookshelf and then tag five other bloggers. You can answer the questions any way you want, whether it’s on your blog, in a video, or a combination of the two. Then remember to let whoever tagged you know when your post is up so they can read it.”

  1. Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?

I used to read the dark stuff. (Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago and Cancer Ward come to mind. The Gulag made me cry, and I was never brave enough to tackle Cancer Ward. Too depressing! Nowadays, I don’t read anything that I think will make me cry. I have had enough tears in my life. I can be scared, pissed off, horrified, or excited, but crying? Nah… Life’s too short, laugh while you can!

  1. Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre.

I first found Urban Fantasy back in the 80’s (yea, I’m old, get over it! ROFL) I was gifted a copy of Moonheart by Charles deLint and I feel in LOVE. Sara and Jamie and all their friends moved into my heart and built a home, and their joy has lived with me ever since.   Ellen Datlow, Emma Bull and Terri Windling soon added to my list and from then on, Urban Fantasy has been my first and abiding love.

  1. Name a book that you want to reread.
    Oh, Jeeze! I always reread the previous books in my favorite series right before a new one comes out. I have read the Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series several times for this very reason. Now that I think about it, I think I will pull out Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks and give it another read . . .
  2. Is there a book series you’ve read but wish that you hadn’t?
    The Depths by Nick Thacker. The premise was so good – but the execution? Not so much. As I quoted in my review, Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort. – John Ruskin He has another book out that sounds so good, but I won’t read it because of the issues that disappointed me in this one. 1) Errors in logic 2) Errors in science 3) Continuity issues 4) Grammatical and word usage issues. In other words, sloppy. I had promised to read and review for the Publisher, or I would have stopped ten pages in…..
  3. If your house was burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?
    My Charles deLint collection! I have a few signed firsts (the only signed firsts I have ever owned) because he brought me such joy so many times in my life. I can sink into one of his stories and live inside his world – especially Newford!
  4. Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?
    Wow. I have never thought of that. Hum… I suppose James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux series would qualify. Yes, I know, that is a series, not a book, but I used to travel, a lot, and plugging in a Burke and listening to Will Patton’s smooth, almost luxuriant delivery always make the miles pass by in a nearly magical way.
  5. Find a book that has inspired you the most.
    A bit over a year ago, M.K. Clinton took a big chance and hired me to edit her books, The Returns and The Returns II: Showstoppers. After my chemotherapy and two years of absolute misery, I had decided to never do anything with my life that didn’t make me happy. When she asked me to edit her books, my whole life turned around. THIS was my calling! Since then, I am proud to say, I have been gifted with other editing jobs, as well as my ‘read-for-review’ requests, and I have never been happier. I have found my calling!
  6. Do you have any autographed books?
    Yes! The Charles deLint books I mentioned.
  7. Find the book that you have owned the longest.
    The Gulag Archipelago. I believe that battered old tome is the first book I ever owned. My cousin had struggled through it in school, and was about to throw it out. To say I didn’t come from a family of readers is an understatement. That book opened me up to a whole new world!
  8. Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy?
    Dirty little secret that is not really that much of a secret any more, given the book reviews on my site (Shh, don’t tell anyone!) I had never read a romance until a couple of years ago, when I picked up a Paranormal Romance. Now, when I want to relax and be assured of a HEA, complete with were-creatures, that is what I pull up on my reader. I like “kick-butt-take-names” Romantic Suspense also – just finished Exchange of Fire by P.A. DePaul – Awesome!

Now it’s time for me to pass it on to five bloggers whose blogs I enjoy:

If you haven’t found these wonderful bloggers and authors, you should visit them! And I look forward to reading their answers!

Best, Leiah