Monthly Archives: October, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday – A Cheater’s Combination (October 8th)

Hey folks! Another Tuesday has arrived, and with it another The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday meme post! However, I’d decided to stray from the offered topic and to COMBINE two from the old ones I’ve never done instead! As I’ve mentioned ENDLESS times before, I haven’t been reading many series lately and so I feel like this week’s topic of best/worst series endings isn’t very relevant for me. Instead, I’ve decided to go with

Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors + Top Ten Books For People Who Liked X Author 

And create the hybrid I’m now titling – Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors and Their Best Book I’ve Read

*best book shall be colored in a lovely blue

Let’s get to it!

  1. Douglas Adams – anyone who’s been following me for over a week will probably have noticed this man’s name come up… quite a bit. No need to elaborate – he’s mentioned all over my posts. The man is a genius. His writing is freaking fantastic. Books I’ve read: Hitchiker’s Guide Series (1-5), Dirk Gentley’s Hollistic Detective Agency, *Douglas Adam’s Starship Titanic – A Novel By Terry Jones – The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  2. Libba Bray – enjoyed Going Bovine, fell in love during Beauty Queens. Bought two more of her books when I was in the US in August, can’t wait to get to ’em. Books I’ve read: Going Bovine, Beauty Queens – Beauty Queens
  3. John Green – his books basically define my favorite genre. Sophisticated Young Adult, I like to call it. I have to admit, I’m kind of sick of the whole intellectual teen type thing, but he just does it so well. Books I’ve read: Will Grayson, Will Grayson, The Fault in Our Stars – TFiOS (although WGWG was wonderful, but I think it’s less… likeable by most, as opposed to TFiOS which was literally loved by every human who ever read it)
  4. Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket – read Series of Unfortunate Events in 3rd grade, rediscovered him as a young adult writer sometime last year. Another author where the writing matters more than the plot. Books I’ve read: Series of Unfortunate Events (1-12.5), Why We Broke Up, The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming – Why We Broke Up
  5. JK Rowling  – got A Casual Vacancy the day after it came out – only b/c I assumed it wouldn’t come out in Israel the very same day it did in England. Gotta say it kinda threw me off JK – the writing was wonderful, the plot bore me to death. The week I finally gave up on it I read FIVE WHOLE OTHER BOOKS and rediscovered my Kindle and its wonders. Now I’m slightly more hesitant with her, not gonna lie. Books I’ve read: Harry Potter Series (1-7), 1/3 of A Casual Vacancy – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  6. Jodi Picoult – again, one I’ve cooled down with. I had a crazy Picoult stage after I read My Sister’s Keeper and then recognized her name on Plain Truth at the library I never visit and hate. After that I devoured her books, and I own nearly ten, I think, although I kind of took a break from her, she got sort of… repetative with her style and endings and I kind of lost interest – although that didn’t stop me from continuing to buy her work. Might return soon. Books I’ve read: My Sister’s Keeper, Plain Truth, Nineteen Minutes, The Pact, The Tenth Circle, House Rules – My Sister’s Keeper
  7. Daniel Levithan – insta-love after Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Books I’ve read – Will Grayson, Will Grayson, How We Met & Other Stories – Will Grayson, Will Grayson (I refuse to let John Green outshine him)
  8. Stephanie Perkins – I’ll admit, I’ve only read one of hers, but there was something really simple and easy to like about it. If I come across more, I’ll definitely check ’em out. Books I’ve read: Anna and the French Kiss – obvious.

Well, what did y’all think of my hybrid? Feel free to use it on your own blog, or create your own hybrids for those Tuesdays where the theme just doesn’t fit your needs! Share any of my choices? Have good ones of your own? Lemme know, and if some of mine were new go try them out – I gaurantee fantastic-ness for all of them!

Monday Musings – October 7th

The Monday meme, hosted by Should Be Reading, in which we… muse about stuff!

• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

As y’all know, I’m attempting to complete TWO Ecelctic Reader’s Challenges this year. I think this is a bit… much. I took one on last year as a challenge, but the combination of never letting things going along with OCD has lead me to repeat it this year due to my 2012 failure. (I BLAME YOU, STEPHEN KING). Anyhow, I’m redoing it, but I’m also doing the 2013 one. I really want to finish them but I have all of the… not as much my type genres left and 11 books to read in three very intense school months. Thing is, if I don’t finish at least 2012 I’m not going to do THREE next year. So I’m kind of stressed. Hm. Yeah, it’s a silly rant and a silly problem but it’s been on my mind lately. I might just try completing the 2012 one so I don’t have to drag it on forever. Right now I’m kind of stuck in my book b/c I’m not really into it. We’ll see what I do.

Anyone else struggling with challenges?

Top Ten Tuesday – Book Turnoffs (October 1st)

This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday, brought to you as usual by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish is:

Top Ten Book Turn-Offs 

This topic reminds me of the one we did a while back regarding book COVER turnoffs, though this one has to do with plots. To make it more interesting I’m also going to include certain plot-lines that usually affect my liking of certain characters. 

  1. Cheating – I find it very hard to like cheaters in books. Tom Perrotta’s Little Children proved to me that this isn’t exactly 100% true, but I do struggle with liking people once I know they’ve cheated.
  2. Bad Boy Falls for Nerdy Girl – these aren’t nessecarily bad, there are just WAY too many of them and they tend to all follow the same template. Repetitive? No thanks.
  3. Girl’s Entire World is Saved by Guy – I mean this not in the supernatural sense, but in the oh-I’m-so-clumsy-and-weak-and-silly-I-need-a-man-to-save-me sense. (ahem ahem Twilight?) I don’t mind infatuation, I just don’t really think books that perpetuate the stereotypical weak woman needing a man are very good for promoting progress and change in society, and that’s one of the things books are supposed to do.
  4. Historical – again, not 100% true, but I tend to go for more modern stories. I’m not a big fan of historical fiction. I’d say most of the stories in the books I read take place no more than… thirty years ago. I like feeling like I’m in the character’s world and recognize things that relate to myself. I mean, you can “get lost” in historical novels as well, but for example one thing I found lovely in the Pretty Little Liars series was that they’d suddenly mention some famous singer or movie and I’d be like OHMYGODTHAT’SFROMREALLIFE and it was great.
  5. Absent Parents – at least give us an explanation! Maybe they don’t care much, work late, are busy, etc. But there is NO way a teenager spends an entire novel not mentioning them even ONCE. I know there’s a spectrum for parental involvement, but even when they aren’t there they still exist in the kid’s brain – so SAY SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
  6. Very Big Books – I’ve mentioned this multiple times on this blog, my downward spiral from big-book-lover child to -big-book-coward… older person. I feel like big books are this huge burden, this huge commitment and that I’ll never ever finish them. The Kindle has actually helped with that, not seeing the book in pyhsical form makes it easier mentally to take on, despite the length.
  7. Long Series – something I used to love and no longer do. When I read a series I read it in proper order and straight through, so taking on long series means committing to something specific for a very long time and I don’t like doing that. 
  8. Very Long Nature Descriptions – no thanks. Everyone told me The Hobit’s full of ’em, but it turned out pretty okay. I understand the desire to create a believable setting, but sometimes it’s just too much.
  9. Sci-fi Books That Break Their Own Universe Rules  – I’m perfectly alright with stories taking place in fictional worlds, but if there’s a set of rules in said universe YOU. MUST. STICK. TO. THEM. You CANNOT break your rules for the sake of a plot-line, even if you’re the one who wrote them. No. It makes it seem messy, not well thought through and hard to believe. Stop it.
  10. Tiny Font – tiny font can make even the smallest book feel like #6 Very Big Books. Why must you print so tiny? It makes me give up before I’ve even started. Plus, not a big fan of squinting, thank you very much.

So, that’s it! This was actually an interesting one… y’all should give it a go! Lemme know your answers – link, comment, whatever. Go go go!