{Guest Post+$100 Contest!!} 5 ways to ruin your love of reading

November 24, 2011 author post, Blog Tours, Giveaways, Guest Post 12

Hey guys! I have two contests to tell you about. The prize for each is a $100 AMAZON GIFTCARD!!

First please go here: http://www.novelpublicity.com/farsighted/ and scroll to the bottom where it says traffic breaker poll and vote for BOOK BRIEFS. If I win I will use the prize to host an awesome GIVEAWAY on my blog. Thank you so much.

The second $100 contest is for YOU. Just  COMMENT on this post, or any of the other posts in the farsighted blog tour to be entered for a chance to win. The more you comment, the more entries you will get!

Also Farsighted is now just .99 cents at amazon! Go pick it up before the end of November when the price will go up! You won’t regret it.

Today, I have Author of Farsighted Emlyn Chand joining us today. 

Did you resolve to read more this year? Maybe you’ve dubbed this year as the year you finally start your own book club. To be successful with either of these goals, you’ll need to keep that all-consuming passion for reading alive. Here are five examples of what NOT to do. I have been guilty of each and every one of these bibliophile misdeeds. To avoid making these mistakes, it helps to be cognizant of what they are and how they may put-off your love of reading. My list is, of course, not exhaustive. Please feel free to add other ways in which your enthusiasm for the written word has been destroyed or derailed.

1. By taking too long to finish reading a particular book – many a decent book have been utterly destroyed for me simply because I took too long to get through them. Sometimes this is because of a busy work or personal life that interferes with my time that is generally allotted to reading; others it is because I am reading the wrong book.

2. Because of reading the wrong book—what makes a book wrong? Some people say that if a book does not grab you in the first 50 pages that you should give up reading it. I don’t know if I, however, subscribe to an exact number of pages that must be read before giving up. Sometimes books get started a bit late. Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Everything is Illuminated” for example takes a while to get heated up, but once it’s there, this is one of the most incredible books.

3. Through turning your leisure activity into a chore—if reading as a hobby is very important to you, it’s best not to subject yourself to reading materials that can be deemed more as work than pleasure. A classic example of this phenomenon is graduate school. I am not suggesting that you forego higher education to maintain your zeal for the written word; rather i’d like you to understand that you may undergo a 2-, 3- or even 5- year hiatus in this instance.

4. In choosing to miss out on other activities to sit at home and read—so you’re a book-worm that probably means you, like many others who share your passion, are an introvert. That’s great, but don’t use reading as an excuse to miss out on some of the other things life has to offer, like a social life. Don’t get too caught up in the fictional realm that you forget that life exists outside of the pages of a novel!

5. Upon assigning too much meaning to fictional characters—Loved ‘Twilight’ and now find yourself pining for a boyfriend just like Edward Cullen? No man even comes close? Surprise, surprise. Never measure real people up to invented ones, everybody loses. Similarly, if you find a glimmer of someone you know in a villainous character, you may start subconsciously assigning some of the fictional player’s deeds to your real-life loved one. Don’t do it!  

Blog Tour Notes

THE BOOK:  Alex Kosmitoras may be blind, but he can still “see” things others can’t.  When his unwanted visions of the future begin to suggest that the girl he likes could be in danger, he has no choice but to take on destiny and demand it reconsider. Get your copy today by visiting Amazon.com’s Kindle store or the eBook retailer of your choice. The paperback edition will be available on November 24 (for the author’s birthday).

THE CASH PRIZES:  Guess what? You could win a $100 Amazon gift card as part of this special blog tour. That’s right! Just leave a comment below saying something about the post you just read, and you’ll be entered into the raffle. I could win $100 too! Please help by voting for my blog in the traffic-breaker poll. To cast your vote, visit the official Farsighted blog tour page and scroll all the way to the bottom. Thank you for your help with that.

THE GIVEAWAYS:  Win 1 of 10 autographed copies of Farsighted before its paperback release by entering the giveaway on GoodReads. Perhaps you’d like an autographed postcard from the author; you can request one on her site.

THE AUTHOR:  Emlyn Chand has always loved to hear and tell stories, having emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm, Novel Publicity. Emlyn loves to connect with readers and is available throughout the social media interweb. Visit www.emlynchand.com for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!

MORE FUN: There’s more fun below. Watch the live action Farsighted book trailer and take the quiz to find out which character is most like you!  

please vote for me: http://www.novelpublicity.com/farsighted/ and scroll to the bottom where it says traffic breaker poll and vote for BOOK BRIEFS. If I win I will use the prize to host an awesome GIVEAWAY on my blog. Thank you so much.

Michelle @ Book Briefs

12 Responses to “{Guest Post+$100 Contest!!} 5 ways to ruin your love of reading”

  1. marybelle

    Happy to give you my vote – done.

    #5 – it’s so true real men – mostly – don’t measure up against fictional heroes. That’s just sad.


  2. Julie W

    Awesome guest post!! I’ve often found myself in a reading slump because of a couple of the reasons listed, and it’s really good to step back, take a look at what is causing the problem, and then stop doing it! I love reading and I really miss it when I’m in a slump. If I don’t read every day I feel like something is definitely wrong! Usually my problem is #1 or #3, which are thankfully easily remedied 🙂
    I voted for you! Good luck 😀
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  3. evrythngzen

    Thank you so much for an amazing giveaway. I just go my first ereader so I am headed over to buy a copy of Farsighted and I voted for you to win. Good Luck!!!

  4. Lmbrunken

    Going to check smashwords now! Sounds like a great read. Thanks for featuring it and a giftcard, which I could use right now.

    Lmbrunken at gmail dot com

  5. melora

    I agree about taking too long to read a book. I have found myself not remembering who a character is, or a smallish detail that is important. But I hate rereading a book so close to the inital reading because I do not tolerate repetitions well.

    This is such a generous giveaway, thank you!

    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

  6. Coreena McBurnie

    Thanks for the giveaway. Interesting guest post – I know that sometimes I get distracted and lose the flow of a book. I also just read Farsighted and really enjoyed it – I agreed with your review, especially about the runes.
    coreenamcburnie at gmail dot com

  7. Sarah

    4th place so far! How many blogs are chosen to be part of the blog tour?

    I really liked the list in this post. I’ll keep these things in mind when I’m leisurely reading over Christmas break.

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