Thrill Week

Thrill Week: Questionnaire

Marce over at Tea Time With Marce is hosting Thrill Week again this year. I missed it last year (I don’t know how I managed to do that – thrillers are my favorite!)

To kick things off she’s posted a questionnaire. Here’s my answers:

1)  Introduce yourself

My name is Tara. I’m 27 and from southern Illinois but currently making my home in western Kentucky. I’ve been married to Nathan for 5 years and on May 30 of this year we welcomed our first son, Garrett, into this world. I started blogging in January of 2008 and have enjoyed every minute of it. I mainly read mystery/thrillers, but I have been known to read the occasional romantic suspense, historical fiction some non-fiction. I stay away from most paranormal/fantasy books.

2) What has been your top 3 reads this year? Link your reviews

I am ashamed to admit how few books I have read this year. However I do have a very good reason …. My son 🙂

But to answer the question, in no particular order:

  1. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
  2. The Pawn by Steven James
  3. The Wrong Man by David Ellis

3) What are you currently reading during Thrill Week?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn!

4) Do you have an all time favourite cover in the genres above?

I hate to admit this, but I don’t pay a lot of attention to covers. Sometimes they will catch my eye, but I’m not cover obsessed.

5) What debut author(s) or new to you author(s) have you read within the last 12 months that have impressed you?

In no particular order, these are new-to-me:

  • David Ellis
  • Scott Turow
  • Steven James

6) Favourite trilogy or series you recommend to others to read in the genres above?

I’m a huge series reader! So I’ve got lots of recommendations, but these are my favorites:

  • Alex Cross by James Patterson
  • Taylor Jackson by J.T. Ellis
  • Maggie O’Dell by Alex Kava
  • Rizzoli & Isles by Tess Gerritsen
  • Lincoln Rhyme by Jeffery Deaver

7) What popular author(s) have you NOT read but is on your Wishlist?

I honestly don’t know. I can’t think of anyone right now.

8) Other than blogs, share with us what other tools you use or subscribe to in order to keep up with the latest news on authors, new releases, book tours, etc? 

Goodreads, LibraryThing and Fict Fact are the three main ones I use other than blogs.

9) What current book is hyped among the blogosphere that you want to read or are not interested in? Why or why not or link your review if you have read it.

50 Shades  …. I will not be reading it. I have no interest in erotica. But I am currently reading Gone Girl and loving it!

10) What is most important in these genres to you? Plot, characters, location, dialogue, red herrings, narrator or what mix of them?

Plot and characters are most important to me. I like exciting, fast paced plots. And I need well developed characters – which is probably why I am such a big fan of book series.


11) Recommend a book made into movie you thought both were good? 

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly. The book was still better,but I think they did a very good job with the movie too, it stayed pretty true to the book.


12) Recommend a book you would like to discuss with others and possibly the author? Note – I will do a poll with participant’s choices at the end of Thrill Week and then we can agree on a date for Q&A. I will try and arrange the chosen author to participate.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – just because I’m currently reading it 🙂

8 thoughts on “Thrill Week: Questionnaire”

  1. You have a great excuse for sure Tara, another blogging friend just had a baby and won’t be participating.

    I have started 3 of the series you put, so i’m on the right track but I prefer stand alones.

    I am in the minority, wasn’t a fan of Gone Girl.

    Thanks for participating Tara. Lots of giveaways, interviews etc next week, see you then.

  2. Hi..stopping by via Marce’s. Congratulations on your new addition. Enjoy every second because it goes by so fast. I look at my sons and wonder where the time went. They are 28 & 26. I am a fan of Alex cross too. I have Lincoln Lawyer in my tbr pile and have heard great things about it.

  3. Hi Tara : ) I liked Lincoln Lawyer the movie but haven’t read the book yet. Almost anything James Patterson works for me but Cross is a fave.

    I read 50 Shades all 3 I liked the 1st one but not for the erotica, for the darkness of his character and what made him that way. I actually found it very sad. I just slamed the other two in a review on my blog because her writing is terrible.

    Loving this hop : )


  4. Hi, I’m stopping by to celebrate Thrill Week ll.

    Gone girl was one of my favourites this year, I just read the first in JT Ellison’s new spin off from her Taylor Jackson series (A Deeper Darkness) the other week and I enjoy watching Rizzoli and Isles

    I am looking forward to reading your reviews this week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  5. I started blogging in January 2008 too! Congratulations on motherhood. My little guy turns 2 in October, trust me it’s easier to read the first year than after, so take advantage 🙂 I really want to read Gone Girl!
    I’ll be back I’m sure 🙂

  6. Marce – guess what, I had it put Gone Girl aside. It just wasn’t working for me at the time. Maybe sometime in the future I will come back to it. Or maybe not, who knows.

    Cheryl – I know what you mean, it’s like blink and you miss it! I still can’t believe that he’s three months old. And to think that in a couple of weeks it will be the 1 year mark of when I found out I was pregnant. Incredible how much your life can change in such a short time.

    Shelleyrae – . I haven’t read A Deeper Darkness, I will have to check it out!

    Gautami – finally! Another blogger who isn’t in love with paranormal/fantasy! Hooray!

    Stacy – my little dude refuses to nap! He’s a power napper. He will sleep about 30 minutes immediately after each bottle and then he’s up and alert. But he sleeps through the night so I really can’t complain much.

  7. I will not be reading 50 shades either. So, you set aside Gone Girl, hmmm, it’s one that’s been hyped that I actually want to pick up sometimes.

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