The Rapid Fire Book Tag

Lately I’ve been browsing Pinterest and found this little book tag. It sounded interesting so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

(On a side note, how often do you use Pinterest? I can forget about it for months then get in daily finding good stuff.)

1. Ebook or physical book?

Physical. I can concentrate better than on my phone or iPad. I’d like to get a simple ereader one day, you know like a paperwhite or a simple touch that looks like a page instead of a computer screen. That’d be awesome.

2. Paperback or hardback?

Both. Paperback for reading/carrying around. Hardback for collection (preferably.)

3. Online or in-store shopping?

In-store, because I like to browse. Online you kinda have to know what you’re shopping for.

4. Trilogies or series?

Trilogy, because they’re shorter and I don’t have the patience for long series anymore.

5. Heroes or villains?

Heroes.

6. A book you want everyone to read?

Never Let Me Go, because I still think about it sometimes.

7. Recommend an underrated book.

The Serafina series. It gets a high rating on Goodreads but it seems few people know absolutely it. Go read them, awesome new-ish children’s series.

8. The last baby you finished?

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn.

9. The last baby you bought?

Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day

10. Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

Piece of paper…usually have a bookmark around.

11. Used books: yes or no?

Yes as long as they’re gently used.

12. Top 3 favorite genres?

Realistic, historical, fantasy. Young adult isn’t a genre people, it’s a target audience (annoys me when they say YA is a genre), but I do read some books intended for young adults.

13. Borrow or buy?

Both.

14. Characters or plot?

Both depends on what I can focus on. Preferably both in one book.

15. Long or short books?

Short-ish.

16. Long or short chapters?

Short usually

17. Name the first 3 books you can think of.

Harry Potter, American Dirt, My Dark Vanessa

18. Books that make you laugh or cry?

Don’t do either much but Beyond the Point made me want to cry so much. A remarkable book.

19. Our world or fictional world?

Ours.

20. Audiobooks: yes or no?

I want to say yes but I never finished one all the way through.

21. Ever judge a book by its cover?

Well yeah, it happens even though you’re not supposed to.

22. Book to movie or book to tv adaptations?

Tv has been popular but it depends on how long the book is.

23. Movie or tv show you preferred to the book?

Jurassic Park and The Book Thief.

24. Stand alone or series?

Stand alone these days.

New Books.

One thing that I’ve always found interesting about book blogs and BookTube and even bookstagram is the people always seem to know what books are getting published in the next year. In the very least, they know what books are coming out in the next month.

I don’t have that kind of mentality.

Sometimes, if I’m interested in a series or author, I’ll look up when the next book will come out. Other than that, I don’t have a clue what is coming out until I see a bunch of people talk about it or it’s in the news. It’s just weird to me that people know what’s being published in the upcoming year.

Sure, I can probably google it or get on Goodreads and look up newly published books in the Lists section but I don’t. I must sound like a terrible reader for admitting that but there it is. If I was a serious book blogger, I’d probably have to force myself to actually do some research to find the latest books, purchase the books at full price, read them, and THEN review them. But I don’t do that.

Because I can’t afford to purchase brand new books all the time. Plus there’s a trillion other books that I need to catch up on, which probably doesn’t bode well for me as a potential book reviewer, but at least I’m enjoying myself for what it is.

I should also mention that I like to browse the new/bestselling books at stores to get a feel for what’s popular. It’s not as easy to do these days for obvious (and not so obvious) reasons. It was already hard to keep up with books and now it’s even harder.

I feel like I’m complaining now, but it’s been on my mind and I wanted to make a post of it.

What’s new in your world?

15 Books Set in Ohio

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So I’m from Ohio, and surprisingly, I haven’t seen or read many books from Ohio. Curious to see what kinds of books pop up set in my home state, I googled “books set in Ohio.”

The following list is pulled from a couple different places in the top search categories. Perhaps you and I will read them sometime.

  1. The Outsider by Stephen King
  2. Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valez
  3. The Devil All the Time by Ray Pollock
  4. Winesbeg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
  5. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  6. Ohio by Stephen Markley
  7. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (one I actually read, a good read but the sequels aren’t as much)
  8. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  9. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  10. Indignation by Philip Roth
  11. The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton (another great novel, haven’t read it in decades, need to read it again)
  12. If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
  13. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  14. “…And Ladies of the Club” by Helen Hoover
  15. Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Couple of links I grabbed from: http://www.bookglow.net/must-read-books-set-in-ohio/ & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Novels_set_in_Ohio

Some of these I knew of and others I didn’t or forgot about. I wish there were more books set in Ohio, it really is an interesting place to write about.

21 Books on My To Read Shelf

As always, I’m constantly adding books to my “to read” shelf. I haven’t finished any other books on my to read shelf. Or what I already half. And yet…I keepĀ  adding to it because that’s what I do.

So, here are 21 of the latest books I added to my “to read” shelf:

  1. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  2. Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlene
  3. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
  4. Malorie by Josh Malerman
  5. Thou Shall Not Be a Jerk: A Christian’s Guide to Engaging Politics by Eugene Cho
  6. Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth by Adam Frank
  7. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of the Lost World by Stephen Brussatte
  8. She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer
  9. The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
  10. Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson
  11. The Moon Within by Aida Salazaar
  12. Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
  13. Pie in the Sky by Remi Lay
  14. The Forgotten Girl by India Hill
  15. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
  16. Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega
  17. The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag
  18. Sincerely, Harriety by Sarah Winifred Searle
  19. Sheets by Brenna Thummler
  20. Unnatural Causes by Richard Shepherd
  21. Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden

10 Picture Books All Children Should Read

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When I worked at a library, I loved looking through picture books. They’re easy to read, and full of beautiful illustrations. Of course, some picture books are written for older kids, but the impact is still the same. Here are ten books all children should read:

  1. Our Daddy is Invincible by Shannon Maxwell
  2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  3. The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas
  4. Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O’Keefe Painted What She Pleased by Amy Novesky
  5. The Yankee at the Seder by Elka Weber
  6. Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
  7. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsberg
  8. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  10. Corduroy by Don Freeman

I might have to make a series out of this, because there’s so many fun and engaging picture books out there. What are some of your favorite picture books that children should read?

Top Ten Books I’ve Lost Interest In.

It’s Top Ten Tuesday again! Top Ten Tuesday was originally created by the Broke and Bookish and has moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. I didn’t like this week’s topic, which is 10 books that make me hungry, so I’m going to pick a previous week’s topic, which is ten books that I’ve lost interest in. If you want to read Jana’s post from this week, you can go here.

The following books are ones that I once wanted to read, but no longer interested in doing so.

  1. The Book of Lost Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson
  3. A Castle In Wartime by Catherine Bailey
  4. 18 Tiny Deaths by Bruce Goldfarb
  5. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
  6. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  7. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  8. Varina by Charles Frazier
  9. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  10. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Some of these books I started to read and wasn’t interested in it, but kept them on my to read list just in case I got back withthem. Some I forgot were on my to read list and I probably won’t read. Whatever the case, I’m no longer interested in read them. I might read Tolkien just because but other than that, I won’t give them a second chance.

What books have you lost interested in?

 

5 Books About the Holocaust I Want to Read.

A topic that I always find myself reading about is the Holocaust. It’s a horrible time in history, and yet I’m always drawn to these books. Even though the subject matter is dark and disturbing, there is always great resilience and hope to overcome the trauma.

Here are some new(er) books about the Holocaust that I want to read:

1. A Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz by Dita Kraus

2. I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir by Esther Safran Foer

3. The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

4. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

5. My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Nazi Past by Jennifer Teege

Fictional Bucket List

Have you ever read a book and love the location so much you longed to go there and experience yourself? Or are there things you wish you could try that only exist in the the world of a certain book?

Yeah, me too!

So here are some things I wish I could do on my fictional bucket list:

1. Harry Potter // Hogwarts.

In spite of the controversy that J.K. Rowling has presented to the world in recent months, I’m still (dubiously) in love with the Harry Potter series. I’d so love to spend a couple of years at Hogwarts just so I could study all the fascinating subjects that the wizarding world has to offer. I’d even love to go to Diagon Alley and visit all the stores and even visit the Weasleys’ joke shop.

2. Chronicles of Narnia // Have tea with Mr. Tumnus.

I thought fauns were pretty cool in the Narnia books (I need to finish that series, yikes.) I’d love to visit Mr. Tumnus, drink tea and listen to all his stories. I’d even love to traipse about the Narnia countryside and see what there is to see.

3. A Song of Ice and Fire // Winterfell.

The Stark household from A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones for you tv show enthusiasts) was my favorite family. The castle was reminded me of castles in England and I’d totally love to explore it. It seems rather remote and that appeals to me. But I’d definitely want to visit Westeros in times of peace. That war was rather violent.

4. Lord of the Rings // the Shire.

I just love Hobbits. They are just cozy homebodies and I’d love to spend time in one of their little houses. Have some tea with Frodo and Sam, get into mischief with Pippin and Merry. Go up to Hobbiton. Visit the forest outside the Shire. It’s just so appealing to me.

5. Little House on the Prairie // Ride in a covered wagon.

I loved reading these books growing up. In fact I still enjoy reading them from time to time. They’re just wholesome and family oriented. Riding in a covered wagon is fascinating to me and I would love to sit in the wagon with Laura and her family for a couple days, just to say that I experienced the toughness of traveling to a new place the old fashioned way.

What fictional places and things would you love to try?

The Passage by Justin Cronin

passageTitle: The Passage
Author: Justin Cronin
Genre: Apocalypse/science fiction/literary
Publisher: Random House Books (2010)
Pages: 841

Brief Summary:

Amy is a six year old girl abandoned by her mother who is eventually captured by some mysterious men working for the government on a mysterious, yet terrifying experiment. When the man who captures her begins to be entranced by the young girl, he vows to do everything he can to protect her even as the experiment dissolves into apocalyptic nature.

What I Think:

I’ve heard about this book before, but never really had an interest in reading it. I don’t know why I picked it up this time around, but I decided to pursue this huge monstrous book. And monstrous, it is: at 841 pages, it’s not easy walk in the park.

The book had some interesting concepts: a group of men working on a virus that could potentially make people live forever, a young girl who survives it but lives forever in the hope of saving the world, and a cast of characters determined to survive in a world of new, terrifying expectations. It’s hard to fit this book into a certain category. It’s not exactly science fiction, not exactly fantasy, not exactly thriller, or even literary. Instead, it’s a combination of everything. Even the monsters don’t comfortably fit into one mold.

When I first heard about the book I heard the creatures were zombies, which is why I held off reading it for so long, as I hate zombies. Then later I heard they were vampires, which made me want to read it even less, as I don’t like them either. But they’re not either/or, as they’re kind of a combination of both. Which makes it terrifying, and a little gross.

But here’s the thing: I thought the book was a little bit too long. I was riveted by the story in the beginning. But what took me so long to read the book was the endless descriptions. We’d get to an exciting part, but when it was over, we just went back to reading the descriptions and long thoughts of the characters. It would have been much better if he trimmed it up in different places in order to keep it concise and fast pace. With the way he writes, Cronin could be an author similar to Stephen King with all the words he writes for his books.

I enjoyed the concept of a small girl being the catalyst to saving the world. And while it’s been done before, I like the idea of a viral monsters escaping and taking over the world. And for that reason I’d be interested in pursuing the other books in the trilogy.

Rating: 3 Stars

On Netgalley

I’ve known about Netgalley for a short while now, but I finally decided to bite the bullet and sign up to use the site.

If you don’t know what it is, Netgalley allows readers to get advanced copies of various books to read and in exchange give an honest review of them. I’ve wanted to be able to read and review ARCs (advanced reader copy) for a while now just so that I can read more and get my foot wet in the reviewing business. I already got a book to read already and I’m so excited! As soon as I finish the book, I’ll be settling down for a review.

This will only stockpile my TBR books but that’s okay. As long as it gets me into reading (more) again, I’m all down for it.