Romance, Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult, Book reviews, industry news, and commentary from a reader's point of view

Wednesday News: Apple’s ongoing legal fight; YA/kidlit authors recite their own...

“‘In my 20 years of doing oversight work,’ Bromwich noted in one footnote, ‘I have never before had the entity over which I was exercising oversight unilaterally dictate who could be interviewed, even in those instances in which I have dealt with very sensitive matters.'” The New Yorker

isn't sure if she's an average Romance reader, or even an average reader, but a reader she is, enjoying everything from literary fiction to philosophy to history to poetry. Historical Romance was her first love within the genre, but she's fickle and easily seduced by the promise of a good read. She approaches every book with the same hope: that she will be filled from the inside out with something awesome that she didnʼt know, didnʼt think about, or didnʼt feel until that moment. And she's always looking for the next mind-blowing read, so feel free to share any suggestions!


  1. Shelagh
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 05:21:21

    I started doing the quiz before I realised it was aimed at Americans, so finished it anyway. It decided that I was from the New York area, which was sort of accurate – I’m from Yorkshire :)

  2. Jayne
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 06:15:01

    If you’re interested in a break down of what phrase/word gets used most often where, go to this link and then click on each question to see a graphic display.

  3. ms bookjunkie
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 06:38:19

    I did the quiz out of curiosity. Never having set foot in the US of A, I’m apparently a New Englander. Most similar with Boston, Providence and New York. …I can live with that. :)

  4. kardis
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 07:35:38

    I was placed in Detroit, Toledo, and Cincinnati. Which isn’t too far off because I live in Chicago (and have been in IL my entire life). The quiz said it was because I call 10/30 Devil’s Night. And use the word “pop” (which is also a Chicago thing).

  5. cleo
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 07:56:52

    My husband and I both took it and were impressed that it put us in the right regions, if not exact right cities. My husband was especially pleased that even after 30 years in the Midwest, it placed him in NE New Jersey and E Penn, where he grew up and went to college, respectively.

    @kardis – I live in Chicago and grew up in SE Michigan. I say Devil’s Night (and tbat’s why it placed me in Detroit). I’m honestly not sure I’ve ever heard the term in Chicago. It’s something I remember from my childhood in Ann Arbor though.

    I think the quiz said it put me in Aurora because of pop (which I think of as a mostly Midwestern thing, except for Milwaukee).

  6. Jewel
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 08:07:17

    I watched the first of the videos of authors reading their bad reviews – very funny! I especially liked the one where the reviewer complained because her child wanted the book read to her over and over and over… ’cause that’s a bad thing, right?

  7. library addict
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 08:09:39

    Hmm. The map said I was from Santa Rosa, CA or Modesto, CA or Boise, ID.

    I was born in southern California, but grew up all over as a USAF brat.

    I mostly call big truck a semi. Wonder if I had answered lorry as I also call them how that would have ended up .

  8. DS
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 08:46:55

    It got me within 300 miles of where I was born and have lived all my life. That’s pretty good considering that most people hearing me speak think I’m from “up north”.

  9. Isobel Carr
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 09:01:39

    That test cracked me up. Sometimes it didn’t have the answer I wanted (all of the above, or depends on context) so I ended up taking it twice. The first time it was close (within a few hundred miles. The second time it was SPOT on to the exact city I have lived in for the last 15 years.

  10. Liz Talley
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 09:03:17

    I’m really shocked at how accurate the dialect quiz was. It gave me three cities in my state, one in which I lived for 7 years. Calling the grassy strip in between streets “neutral ground” sealed where it would place me. Cool quiz :)

  11. Amanda
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 09:19:28

    Two cities were father away but the third put me near Chattanooga, which is just 2 hours away. I laughed at the dinner/supper question because when my Dad says dinner he ALWAYS means lunch, while everyone else here seems to use those words interchangeably

  12. Sirius
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 09:22:24

    Hilarious – it placed me right where I am now (New York).

  13. Shannyn Schroeder
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 09:32:22

    The quiz nailed it for me. It gave me two Chicago suburbs (neither of which do I actually live in) but I’ve lived in the Chicago area my whole life. I think it might’ve been the “pop” question that does it. Definitely a Chicago thing.

  14. Lorenda
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 09:34:01

    Yep – the dialect map nailed me as an Okie. :)

  15. Jody Wallace
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 09:36:14

    If any enterprising soul does decide to do a similar review-reading vid for Romance, I would like to participate! But not for long. All I have to do is glare at the camera and say, “Sucked.”

    The quiz placed me accurately in the Southern region but not very close to where I grew up or where I live now. When I grew up, all my peers accused me of being a Yankee, too. Plus I wasn’t related to ANYONE in the WHOLE COUNTY besides my immediate family. Cause for suspicion, indeed!

  16. Ridley
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 10:21:41

    Yeah, count me out if romance authors get together to read their bad reviews. I’ve had enough of authors claiming victimhood at the hands of bully reviewers on that front to find that at all amusing.

    As for the dialect quiz, it was fairly accurate for me, placing me as Worcester/Boston/Providence. I’m actually Merrimack Valley/North Shore, but I assume it wasn’t going to be THAT precise. Surprised to find out only MA calls it a “rotary.” I guess the rest of you call it a “traffic circle?”

  17. cead
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 10:28:51

    It accurately put me in the Pacific Northwest; I never lived in any of the cities it suggested for me, but hey, I’m from a small town on the edge of the world and those are the closest big cities, so it did the best it could. It’s been almost fifteen years since I moved to the Northeast, too, but then a lot of the questions it asked weren’t likely to change much with time.

  18. LG
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 10:30:45

    @Ridley: For me it’s a roundabout.

    My final placements were Colorado Springs, Denver, or Fresno. Since I spent most of my childhood and teen years in Colorado Springs, it was pretty accurate.

  19. Little Red
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 10:33:46

    When I took the quiz, it nailed me as an East Coaster. I got Arlington, VA (I’ve lived here in NoVA for more than fifteen years), Baltimore, and Boston. I’ve lived all my life here in Virginia.

  20. RevMelinda
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 10:34:22

    The quiz placed my origins accurately in Virginia–so interesting to me because that seems so very long ago now! I don’t really have an accent these days (except when drunk or exhausted) so it does seem to be measuring dialect, not accent.

    @Ridley, I remember learning all those strange (to me) words when I went to Massachusetts for college and grad school–rotary, grinder, jimmies, frappe. (And here in Portland, Oregon, where I’ve lived the last 25 years, we call it a “roundabout.”)

  21. Isobel Carr
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 10:38:56


    I guess the rest of you call it a “traffic circle?”

    It’s a “roundabout” here. Calling the surface street that parallels a highway a “frontage road” seems to have been key to my location.

  22. Isobel Carr
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 10:41:23

    Ha, apparently “roundabout” wins for most of the West Coast.

  23. sula
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 10:49:20

    woohoo! my library was on that list (#11). And it is gorgeous. Looks like a small cathedral. I love going there just to see the architecture, and of course the books are nice too.

    I took that dialect quiz but it gave me a random set of cities that I’ve never lived in, scattered all over the country. Given that my father is originally from New England, mom from the Deep South, but we lived abroad for my childhood where I went to boarding school with kids from all over the US and Canada…and then I spent time in Missouri, Minnesota, Europe, Africa and now the Mid-Atlantic, I suppose that’s not surprising. They can’t pin me down! :)

  24. Julia
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 11:49:09

    I took that quiz awhile ago and it got me because of one word: tree lawn. I have never heard it called anything else other than three lawn, but apparently only Clevelanders call it that. I am talking about that strip of grass between the sidewalk and the road. What do other people call it then? I loved the answer that was ‘I have no word for this’. :D

  25. Sunita
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 11:56:38

    I took the quiz twice and got completely different results the two times. One problem I had answering is that in some categories the words aren’t synonymous, e.g., technically a roundabout and a traffic circle (and a circus) operate in different ways. So what you call it depends on what the driving rules are. (And yes, the world is converging on the roundabout traffic rules, but I’m old and learned the names when there was more variation.)

    It put me everywhere from Oakland and LA (right state for my teens, at least) to Houston (nope) and Grand Rapids, Michigan (never been there, don’t know anyone from there).

  26. Ridley
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 11:58:05


    What do other people call it then?

    I’m in the “I have no word for this” camp, but the Wikipedia article lists a bunch of terms for it.

  27. Amanda
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 12:04:21

    I am glad no one was around when I took the quiz or they would have heard me go “Mary, merry, marry” as I tried to make those three words sound differently because I do pronounce all three the same.

  28. Laura Jardine
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 12:10:31

    I did that quiz a little while ago and got Buffalo, Boston…and Honolulu. Now, I’m not American, but Buffalo is pretty close to Toronto, where I’ve lived my whole life.

  29. Susan
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 12:57:39

    The quiz came up with 3 possible locations for me. None were correct (two were way off), but I’ve lived all around the US and Europe so I’m a bit of a mix.

    Buzzfeed had a similar quiz for English accents:

  30. Kate Pearce
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 13:03:15

    Being a Brit who has lived in the U.S. for 16 years I took the quiz and remarkably despite my complete ignorance of a lot of the phrases used, it placed me in San Jose, CA, (I lived in the Bay Area for 15 years) and Honolulu (I moved to the Big Island of Hawaii this year) So I thought that was quite amazing!

  31. P. J. Dean
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 13:21:04

    This quiz was spot on for me. The answer was Newark-Philadelphia-Jersey City. It spotted me with the word for the sandwich. Which of course every Philadelphian knows is a “hoagie.”

  32. Lorenda
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 13:22:01

    @Jody Wallace: One of the best reviews I’ve ever received was a negative review. But it was awesome. It was the first review I’d ever received that had animated gifs. And I’m being entirely serious here. I showed it off to all my friends and family.

    So if I read mine, I’d have to do it charades style. (That could be fun too!)

  33. MarciaS
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 14:02:07

    the quiz is interesting – it gave me (a Seattle native) Spokane, Salt Lake City & Des Moines. Spokane is located between the places my parents grew up in Washington & Montana. Des Moines is a point on a triangle with my grandmothers birthplaces in Minnesota & Indiana. Salt Lake City – no clue – been there once in my life.

    traffic circle or roundabout? not much experience with these – I think of a traffic circle as a small, curbed bed stuck in an intersection to slow drivers down. Roundabouts more for busy intersections the traffic engineers choose not to install lights or stop signs at.

  34. Heather Greye
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 14:52:15

    @Julia: I think it’s really funny that you said only Clevelanders call it a tree lawn. I’m not from Cleveland, but my grandparents are, so that’s what I call it too. Who knew it was so regional? :)

  35. Heather Greye
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 14:56:11

    It seems like there are more than 25 questions…I’ve taken it twice now and gotten Spokane, WA and Grand Rapids, MI.

    Both are close…currently live in Seattle, grew up in Indianapolis and Ann Arbor.

  36. Jenny
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 15:37:49

    I’m actually shocked at how accurate the dialect quiz was for some of you. I took it and all three of my top cities were in either Arizona or California (I’ve never set foot in either state and have lived nearly all of my life in Ohio.) A bit of an epic fail for me.

  37. Liz H.
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 16:10:29

    @P. J. Dean: It was also spot on for me with New York/Newark/Jersey City (I’m 10 miles or less from each). And while it may be a hoagie in Philly, it’s a sub in NY/NJ, which somehow ended up being my distinct answer. Interesting…

  38. Diane
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 16:13:22

    The dialect was perfect – Aurora, Il where I’ve lived for the past 28 years and Milwaukee which is about 30 miles from where I grew up in Wisconsin (far enough away to be pop and water fountain vs soda and bubbler.)

  39. Isobel Carr
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 16:15:19

    @Julia: I am part of the “I have no word for that” group. Most of our sidewalks go to the curb. There is no strip of green between the curb and the sidewalk. They do have those down where my parents live now. Dad calls it “the verge” (but I have no idea if that’s what other people there call it).

  40. Moriah Jovan
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 17:07:36

    That quiz pinpointed me almost to the zip code I grew up in. It was the “crawdad” that did it.

    We always called that strip of grass between the sidewalk and the curb the “terrace.” I don’t know why.

    We also call them “roundabouts,” but I picked up that terminology in England and at that time I’d never seen one in the US (though I’d been all over it). I’m glad they’re becoming a thing.

  41. deputman
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 18:11:33

    I too am pretty impressed by the quiz. I grew up in St. Petersburg, FL, just 250 miles from one of the cities (Ft. Lauderdale). My other two cities were Buffalo and Rochester, odd until you know I went to Syracuse and then lived in Rochester after graduation for 1.5 years. Now I’m going to see what my husband (who actually grew up in Fr. Lauderdale and Miami) gets.

  42. Evangeline
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 18:50:39

    The quiz placed me in the Richmond/Greensboro/Raleigh area because of the word “yard sale.” Hilarious since I grew up in the DMV, which is practically a completely different world from Southern Virginia and North Carolina.

  43. Ridley
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 19:19:33

    After looking up traffic circles and roundabouts today, I have a better understanding of why tourists can’t seem to manage our rotaries without freezing in terror.

  44. Lynn Pauley
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 20:34:50

    The quiz listed my three towns as Lexington, KY; Louisville,KY; and Knoxville,TN — right region (in the heart of Appalachia) and within 200-350 miles of where I was born and raised. Born and raised southwest West Virginia and now living in southeast Ohio. West Virginia has been called the northernmost Southern state and the southernmost Northern state!!

  45. Lynnd
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 21:08:59

    The quiz placed me in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Buffalo (devil’s night and pop were the defining words), which is pretty close as I have lived most of my life in Southwestern Ontario.

  46. Jessica
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 21:17:21

    The quiz gave me Glendale, Long Beach, Baltamore the first 2 are part of Los Angeles but very far apart from each other technically but I’m impressed because I’ve lived most of my life since I was 8 in Burbank which is the city next door to Glendale so yeah the quiz works. Baltimore I think cause of one word but I blame that on TV mostly the show Homicide Life on The Street that I was obsessed with in college used to watch it back when court TV still existed and played none stop all day which was based in Baltimore.

  47. milly
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 21:52:31

    Well that dialect quiz was cool… Placed me in Buffalo/Rochester with a strong Seattle as my third. I’m from Toronto… can’t get much closer to Buffalo than that even though the quiz was made for Americans! Very fun.

  48. Janet
    Jan 09, 2014 @ 00:49:03

    I’ve been having a great time manipulating my results based on whether I use the terms that are mostly spoken where I live now, or whether I use the terms I grew up with or used to hear used commonly in other parts of the country. I’ve gotten more accuracy that way, for sure. Although for some reason it keeps putting me in Wisconsin, where I’ve never lived.

    @Ridley: Even though I learned to drive in New England as a teenager, I’ve never liked driving in Boston. I don’t know how native West Coasters manage it.

  49. Sarah
    Jan 09, 2014 @ 09:42:35

    The quiz placed me in New York, Yonkers, and Newark/Patterson. New York is where I grew up, Massachusetts is where I lived from 13-18 (and where my family is now), and Philadelphia is where I’ve been for the past 9 years. But I guess you can take the girl out of New York…

    I say rotary (my hometown in Mass has one), and I got Newark/Patterson because I picked up “mischief night” from Philly.

  50. Julia
    Jan 09, 2014 @ 11:57:51

    Thanks for all the info on the different words for tree lawn! It’s so interesting that there are so many different ways to express the concept. :D

  51. Atunah
    Jan 09, 2014 @ 13:40:00

    Apparently when you take a Bavarian like me and plant them to live in Texas, I come out as matching with San Jose, Atlanta and Baltimore. I have not lived in either of those places, just Texas and Oklahoma. I guess its not sticking :)

  52. txvoodoo
    Jan 09, 2014 @ 19:26:27

    I love that language map. The really interesting thing to me was that, at the end, it pretty much reflected me. I grew up (30+ years) in the Philadelphia area, and that was bright red. But since 1994, I’ve lived below the Mason Dixon line – several years in Florida, and almost 15 in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. My orange-tinted areas were South Florida and DFW! Obviously, and without realizing it, I’ve picked up pronunciations and phrases while living in these areas.

    But a long sandwich with meat, cheese and lettuce is still a hoagie, and “mary, merry, and marry” still each have their own sound, dammit! :)

%d bloggers like this: