Bookish opinions: good, bad and ugly

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

 Unpopular Bookish Opinions

I wasn’t really sure where to go with this one so I’ve probably gone off on a strange tangent but here are some of my probably unpopular bookish opinions:

  1. I don’t finish a book if I’m not enjoying it.  I used to be absolutely completist and read dogmatically through a book whether I was enjoying it or not.  I think I’ve come to realise that life is too short and there are a lot of good books.  Therefore if I’m going to find all the good books then I’ll have to stop reading the ones I’m not enjoying.  This probably makes my blog and reviews look as though they’re always glowing with praise – but that’s primarily because I only continue reading the books I’m enjoying.  Otherwise reading becomes a chore and I tend to go into a slump.
  2. I’m an absolute convert to e-books.  I know – break out the pitchforks!  I just find them so convenient. I love physical books, the tactileness of reading them, just turning the pages, well, everything.  But, I can’t deny I’ve totally gone over to the dark side.  I read on kindle.  My kindle has a backlight which I just love.  I can carry around hundreds of books – which might feel unnecessary but, hey, you never know.  It’s really easy to just highlight chapter headings, names, places or even make notes and I really like some of the other features like knowing how many minutes are left in a chapter – so I can easily prioritise between sleep and reading.
  3. Similar to the above, I’m starting to get on board with audio books.  They don’t all work for me I have to admit and I know there seems to be a whole body of opinion out there that this isn’t really reading, and technically, maybe it isn’t actual reading – but I’m still mentally digesting the book so I say it counts.  I did worry that audio wouldn’t work for me and that I’d switch off and miss huge swathes of infortmation but if anything it’s exactly the opposite.  And, if you’re listening to a book with difficult place and character names you have the added bonus of correct pronunciation – and if you heard me making a totally ass out of some of the names I’ve read you’d truly understand what a gift this is.  Yep, I’m very pleasantly surprised with just how well audio is working out for me.
  4. I don’t mind books that pay attention to detail.  In fact I welcome some of the detail – obviously I don’t need every leaf on a tree or stone in a house detailing, and I don’t want a room describing in full every time a character enters but I like the extra attention that helps to bring the world alive even though I recognise that others may feel this sometimes slows the plot down.
  5. Ratings.  At the moment I don’t rate the books on my blog – basically I don’t always think I make the right choice for my ratings and so I prefer to go off the tone of the review.  So, if I’m gushing like a love sick puppy then it’s probably a full 5* whereas if I’m just giving a very straightforward review that tends to have the words ‘enjoyed’ and ‘liked’ as oppose to ‘smitten’, ‘in love’ etc, then that would be a book that was okay, a decent read, but probably 3/3.5 stars.  (However, I am considering changing this in the near future.  I have to rate my review books after all.
  6. I like adaptations.  I know this can be a mixed bag and that some books adapted to screen can be a disaster but overall I just really like to see some of my favourite books converted into movies or series and I’m happy to take the risk – after all, if I don’t like the adaptation it doesn’t spoil the book for me.
  7. I can’t listen to music and read.  It’s just not possible for me at all – too much conflict of interest – one of them always wins out and usually I realise that I’ve read the same page twenty times and not absorbed a single word because I’m too busy singing – badly singing at that.
  8. I don’t like every type of book!  This is a fairly common misconception – people see you read a lot and so very kindly pass on their books to you – but more often than not they’re not your type of book.  Just picture it – somebody brings in a box of books and says ‘you love reading don’t you, so I’ve brought you in some books I was getting rid of’ – firstly, my anticipation has now skyrocketed, BOOKS – what sort of books will they be, excitement am I.  Then I open the box and can’t discover a single thing to stay excited about – BUT – because I’m very polite I have to maintain this expression (that is killing my cheeks btw) that everything is just hunky dory.  Not to mention this person is then going to relentlessly pursue me for the next six months asking how I liked them all.  Doomed. I’m not being ungrateful, seriously I’m not but more often than not I’d sooner not be the local second hand book depository because it rarely works out – I mean, what are the chances of somebody giving me a whole set of amazing fantasy books??
  9. Certain popular book tropes just don’t work for me – to name a few off the top of my head – instalove (lust by another name), love triangles, mysteriously never present parents, etc.
  10. I’ve told you mine now tell me yours….

Hear ye, hear ye

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

So, I’ve gone for the most recent reads from my shelves and the books below are all 4.5 or 5 star reads (my reviews are all linked and GR ratings in brackets).  I loved them all and I’m always happy to shout from the rooftops about books I loved.  If you need some recommendations here they be.  Let’s topple some TBRs:

The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky  (247)

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Creatures: The Legacy of Frankenstein by David Thomas Moore (Goodreads Author) (Editor), Emma Newman (Goodreads Author), Tade Thompson (Goodreads Author), Paul Meloy, Kaaron Warren (Goodreads Author), Rose Biggin – (35)

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Paternus: Wrath of Gods (Paternus Trilogy #2) by Dyrk Ashton – (378)

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You Die When You Die (West of West #1) – (430)

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The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence #1) by K.D. Edwards – (793)

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Age of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom #1) by R.J. Barker (1758)

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A Time of Dread (Of Blood and Bone #1) by John Gwynne (1323)

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The Nine (Thieves of Fate #1) by Tracy Townsend (227)

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A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. Harris, (1182)

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An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms #1) by Curtis Craddock (813)

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Parting is such sweet sorrow..

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

Well, this week’s topic, to be clear, it’s not so much that I’m not interested in reading these more that I’ve realised it’s just not going to happen (although a small bookish voice inside my head is whispering ‘never say never’).  So, these are books that I’ve been wanting to read for a very long time, many of them are impulse buys or recommendations that I was determined to read – but, it still hasn’t happened.  I have to be realistic, I’m constantly adding more and more books and although this has been a guilt inducing exercise I think these books will have to go to into the ‘not going to read’ room.  It’s sad, and, to be honest, even now I’m thinking that I might one day rescue them.  Who knows, maybe somebody will invent a way to distort time and make 24 hours a day feel more like 48 – it could happen:

  1. Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler
  2. Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth – I enjoyed the first book but I never felt compelled to continue with the series for some reason
  3. Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes – I bought this after reading and loving Into the Darkest Corner, but just simply haven’t had chance to pick it up
  4. Timeless by Gail Carriger – I am literally never going to finish this series.  I have a mental block
  5. The Sin Eater’s daughter by Melinda Salisbury – this is a book that I loved the sound of but then found myself knocking it down the list after seeing reviews that were a bit negative – I know it shouldn’t make a difference but sometimes it’s off putting.
  6. Monster by Ilsa Blick – this is another book that I was keen to read but then just got put off – similar to No.5
  7. Days of Blood and Starlight and Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor.  I absolutely loved the first book so have no idea why these didn’t get eagerly devoured.  The thing is, it’s been so long now that I can barely remember what the first book was about.  Such a shame.
  8. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine – this is a series that I fully intended on reading but as I’ve got further and further behind I’ve realised it’s not going to happen.
  9. The King’s Blood and the Tyrant’s Law by Daniel Abraham.  I read the first book as part of a readalong and enjoyed it.  But, I don’t think the group then picked up the second book or if they did I missed it – so, I’m probably not going to complete this series at this point.
  10. I usually leave this one blank for you to add your own book – what book did you have the best intentions of reading but then just didn’t manage to succeed?

As you wish…

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Love Freebie

I don’t really read romance books on a regular basis, I don’t mind romance being a part of the book I’m reading but I don’t want it to be the primary focus.  With that in mind I’m going to suggest some fantasy books with a smidgen (or maybe a little bit more) of romance:

  1. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss – very light on romance but there is a definite theme going on here.
  2. The Study series by Maria V Snyder – starting with Poison Study.  Valek and Yelena.
  3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  This really is a great series.  I read it a long time ago and there is quite a bit more romance involved with this – but it’s just addictive to read.
  4. The Gentlemen Bastards by Scott Lynch – Locke and Jean – both enjoy a little bit of romance during the course of the series, but it’s very, very mild, the main focus are their elaborate heists.
  5. The Rebel Angel series by Gillian Philips – because of Seth MacGregor.  That is all.  Well, when I say that is all, obviously I enjoyed the books!
  6. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar – a recent read of mine that I loved.  Feels like a classic book but is new and very easy to read.  Fun and with a strange romantic element.
  7. The Nightingale and the Bear/The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden – because I just love these books – and there’s a frost demon, which why wouldn’t you love that?
  8. The Princess Bride by William Goldman – The beautiful girl and the farmboy – I do love this book and indeed the film.  I could read this again at the drop of a hat.
  9. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey – the first three books in the Kushiel series are just amazing.  Reading about Phedre and Joscelin’s journey is just so damned good.
  10. ?? Your pick.  If you know of a great fantasy book with an element of romance then give me a shout.

I’m trapped under an avalanche of books – send help

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

This topic just makes me feel very guilty!  But, here goes, books I’ve had for ages but haven’t yet found the time to read – I will do it.  There is no try.  These are all books on my kindle (so in fairness they’re probably not the books I’ve had the longest as some of the hard copy books I’ve bought have been around much longer:

  1. The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M G Buehrien
  2. Dinner at Deviant’s Palace by Tim Powers
  3. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  4. The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker
  5. Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter
  6. The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas
  7. The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty
  8. The Legend of Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron
  9. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
  10. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

It’s quite disgraceful how many unread books I’ve bought and haven’t read – this barely scratches the surface.  Send help.

Have you read any of the above – should I bump any of these up the list??  Should I knock any off the list??  Enquiring minds.

 

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