About

My name is Mercedes and I love reading. I don’t have a favourite genre, and I usually indulge in historic novels, chicklit, and family sagas. But I don’t mind the genre as long as it is well written. The books I tend to stay from are those about fantastic plots, so I tend to stay away from anything to do with science fiction, magic, vampires. I’m sure there must be good books in those genres, but they simply don’t interest me. But apart from that, I can read anything!

I’ve decided to start this reading journal because I sometimes feel the need to discuss the books I’m reading. That is difficult to do when there’s nobody else reading the same books as me. So this is a solution to reflect upon the novels I read. Therefore, the entries in this journal are not really book reviews, but my thoughts and feelings about the book I’m reading at the moment. Every book can have several entries because I don’t have the time to read a book in one sitting, so I add my reflections to this blog at the pace I read.

If you happen to stumble upon my blog, welcome, and if you feel like it, I’d appreciate if you can leave a little comment or just a greeting. Or if you prefer to keep silent, hello from me now. 🙂

10 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello, Mercedes. I see that you’re new to Twitter and your lovely site here is new as well. After reading what types of books you like to read, you’d probably love two of mine. One is Messages from Henry and the sequel is Where Love Takes You. My author page is here: http://smarturl.it/yh4u94 Let me know if you’d like for me to gift one of my books to you for you to read and post a review, should you like it.

    • Hello Rebecca,
      Thanks so much for your comment!!! I’m so honoured and grateful that a writer like you has bothered to have a look at my journal. I think you’re the first person who has taken an interest, and the first person to leave a message. It’s true the site is quite new. I love reading, and trying to find book recommendations, I discovered there were blogs about books that some other people run. I thought it would be a good idea to do something similar. I also like writing some, and I once had a blog where I wrote my silly ideas and thoughts, so this new venture is something similar in a way. As you can see, my entries are not really book reviews; they’re just my thoughts and impressions about the books I read and at the pace I read. That’s why there are several entries for the same book. Just like a journal. Your offer is very kind indeed, and I’d love to read you writing and then write my thoughts. But, well, you know, nobody reads my journal, so I don’t know if a review of mine will help to make your books better known.
      Thanks a lot. Nice meeting and talking to you.

  2. I read all of your postings about the books you’ve read and will continue to do so. I hope one day you’ll take this a step further and start posting reviews on Amazon, goodreads, etc. Remember, reviews don’t have to be lengthy. Actually, the shorter the better. A couple of sentences about the things you found the most interesting, would suffice. Keep reading, blogging, and I’ll continue to read them. Rebecca Scarberry (@Scarberryfields on Twitter).

    • Thanks for reading my blog, Rebecca.. It is so nice of you because I sometimes wonder if my posts make sense to anyone other than myself. 🙂 Thanks for your tip. I’m a bit shy about writing reviews on sites such as goodreads where everybody can read them. 🙂 I think I once wrote a very brief one (I don’t think it was more than one sentence) about a book I liked, but I don’t remember what book it was about.
      Thanks for your interest.

  3. Hi Mercedes!! I’ve just started following you!! Looking forward to reading all of your posts!!!
    Your review on No Kiss Goodbye was great. I am now reading it and really enjoying it! I am very much like you with genres, but my favourite genre is romantic thrillers, with lots of twists and turns, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to throw them at me!!!
    Bec 😊

    • Hi Bec!!! Thanks for following me and for wanting to read my thoughts about the books I read. And thanks for leaving your comment! Yes, I like books with good twists… I don’t get to be surprised too much now, so when a book really floors me, that is a real treat. Thanks!!!

      • Hi Mercy, a friend sent me the link to your page about my book, The Ides of Daisy March, and I am fascinated and delighted by your interest. I guess, like me, you love history. Thanks for talking about the book (and giving background information that a fiction writer can’t really put in so much detail), This is the most personal of my novels, inspired by events in both my parents lives, and it is always good to hear from people who have read it. I love your site. Sally (Patricia Gardner)

  4. Hi Sally! Thanks for your message!!! I really love your books – I read almost all of them – and I think the Ides of Daisy March was a wonderful novel and the characters were memorable. I love books set in different times as it is a chance to learn about a specific period. Thanks for reading my entries. You know, they are mainly random thoughts about how I ‘feel’ the book. Thank you for your wonderful books!!!

  5. Hello Lovely Lady,
    I came across your blog when I was searching for a synopsis of The Quality of Silence, by Lupton. I found the book a bit more suspenseful than I was comfortable with, and was wary of reading something more violent than I was in the mood for. Reading your blog entries about it was super. Now I shall continue listening to it. I love audio books, but it’s not as easy to glance through the book to see where it’s headed.
    I think other people, like me, would enjoy interacting with you as you read, even read books simultaneously, but you’d have to add a couple of things. 1) Instead of just posting “Part 1” and so on, what if you also put the page numbers of that section? Then the reader could see your comments and respond, without accidentally getting spoilers from the part they’ve not yet read? 2). Also, I think it would be delightful to get a quick rating of the book, under the title. That way, if we find we like the same kind of books, one could look and see, “Oh, Mercy loved that one. I’m going to try it out.” Obviously, one wouldn’t want to read the details of your blog ahead of time, because of spoilers. Just a thought. Thank you for sharing your blogs, it was helpful and interesting, and now I’m tempted to sample some authors that are new to me, from your “palette”.

    • Hello Kacy,
      Thanks for your lovely comment. Thanks for reading my entries. I sometimes think that my entries are all a mess, and nobody but me could understand a thing. Thanks for your suggestions. To be honest, I never think that people read my entries even though I get some comments from time to time, so that is why I am not aware that I am writing my comments for someone else. When I started this blog, I thought about adding the pages, but then as I read most of my books on my ereader, some books do not show the number of pages you’ve read, but a percentage. I can add either the number of pages or the percentage from now on, and follow your advice.
      As for the rating, I guess I can do that as well.

      Thanks a lot!!!!

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