Let’s Talk Bookish: How many POVs is too many?

Hello and happy Friday! Today I’m going to be participating in Let’s Talk Bookish, a weekly discussion post created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books. This week’s topic is How many POVs (point of views) is too many? (suggested by Heran @ Be Frisky)

Do you like books with multiple POVs, or do you prefer books with one narrator?

I don’t really have a preference. I love books with multiple POVs; I think it’s a really cool way to show more about the characters, and I also love books with just one narrator, or from the 3rd person perspective! I love reading books from all points of view, but I do think that books with multiple POVs are really cool.

How many POVs should one book have?

It really depends. There are some books where there I really think there should be more. For example, in Six of Crows, in my opinion, Wylan should have his own point of view! He is such a crucial character, and should really be added to the book. (He does have his own point of view in Crooked Kingdom, so that’s great).

I haven’t ever read a book were I wished there were less POVs. Thats probably because once you’ve read a book with multiple POVs, it’s hard to imagine an entire section of that book gone, or at least very different.

There are also some books where the multiple points of views are done perfectly. For example, in Every Soul a Star, by Wendy Mass, Ally, Bree and Jack rotate through the chapters, narrating their own parts. In The Candymakers, also by Wendy Mass, the way the different POVs are told is kind of different, but really cool. The first big chunk of the book is narrated by one person, then the next chunk is told be someone else, however the story doesn’t continue; it loops back to the start, so in the end you’ve gotten the same story four times told by different main characters. It seems confusing, but it actually works really well and is a really interesting way to read.

Books I love with multiple POVs:

  • The Gilded Wolves, by Roshani Chokshi
  • Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo
  • Refugee, by Alan Gratz
  • Every Soul a Star, by Wendy Mass
  • The Candymakers, by Wendy Mass

How many POVs is too many?

So now that I’ve talked a little about my opinion on multiple POVs in books, here’s my answer to the main question:

There is no such thing as too many POVs, at least in my opinion. Of course, if an author were to write a book with 50, or 30 or 20 POVs, that would be very overwhelming, however, I’ve never encountered a book with too many POVs.

I’ve read amazing books told from 3 POVs, 4, 5, and even a few more. Now that I think about it, I’ve read quite a few good books with multiple POVs!

Conclusion:

So, how many POVs are too many, you ask. And I answer: there is no limit. Just don’t make a 5000 page book with 500 main characters who have their own POVs. That would only give them each ten pages, and that’s barely enough to explain their name, hair color, and favorite Disney movie. So, any number of POVs in a book is good, as long as each character with their own POV has enough room in the book and has a part in the story that makes sense, and is more or less essential!

How many POVs do you think is too many? What’s your favorite Disney movie? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Chat with me in the comments below!

Happy reading!

Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo | Review

Hello! I can’t believe that it’s already the end of January! Now that most of my tests are over, and school is a little less crazy, today I decided to write a review of Six of Crows. I just finished reading it, and really enjoyed it. I also decided to try a different format for my review, and it took me less time, so I hope that it works for me better and that I’ll continue to use it! Anyways, without further ado, here’s my thoughts and opinions on Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo!

Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publication date: September 29, 2015

Pages: 465

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads synopsis:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

My thoughts:

I have seen and heard so many amazing things about this book, and I’ve been wanting to read it for a really long time. And I agree that it is a very good book; the plot, the characters, everything is just thought out really well.

There were, however, quite a few things that I didn’t understand, and that I didn’t get until much later in the story. For example, I didn’t understand what the Grisha were, and that whole concept until I was a few hundred pages in! There are still a few things that I’m not quite sure about surrounding the whole GrishaVerse, but that is my only criticism of the book.

The writing was incredible. The images in my head that I was able to conjure up while reading were so vivid and clear! That is a very good thing, however the Kaz’s ruthlessness was a little to vivid for me, and I could have done with a little less violence.

Characters:

The characters were fantastic. All of them; Kaz, Matthias, Nina, Inej, Jesper and Wylan were so unique and such thought out personalities and backgrounds. I really loved how at the beginning, you knew nothing about any of the characters, but then as the story went on, you got to know more and more about them and their histories.

Inej really fascinated me. She’s surrounded by a mysterious past that slowly reveals bits of itself as the book progresses. Her history with Tante Heleen resurfaces in a marvelous way, and I love that part, and how its woven into the plot.

Conclusion:

Overall, I enjoyed this book. This is the first book I’ve read by Leigh Bardugo, and I’m looking forwards to reading lots more. I really enjoyed the style of her writing, and the magical universe that she’s created is really cool.

I’m rating this book 4 stars because although I really enjoyed the writing, characters and plot, there were a few parts that never really got explained or cleared up.

I’m glad I finally got to reading this book, and I’m going to go to the library as soon as I can to get the sequel, which I’m very much looking forwards to reading.

Have you read Six of Crows? What do you think of Leigh Bardugo’s writing? Chat with me in the comments below!

Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday 16

Hello, and happy Wednesday. Right now, it’s time for my weekly reading update, WWW Wednesday! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On a World of Words, and how it works is each week I answer three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo, Frogkisser, by Garth Nix, and Shabanu, by Suzanne Fisher Staples. I am rereading Frogkisser, and I really like it. And I am FINALLY reading Six of Crows. I have seen and heard so many amazing things about this book, and I’m finally getting to it! I’m not that far into it, but so far I’m really liking it, and I’ll see how it turns out! I’m still reading Shabanu, as it is a book I’m reading for school. I really did not enjoy it at the beginning, and now that I’m farther into it, I’m liking it a little bit more. It is however, very suspenseful now that I’ve finished the section and am not allowed to read past it, but tomorrow after we discuss it in class I’ll be able to finish it, so I’m definitely looking forwards to that.

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished rereading The Teacher’s Funeral, by Richard Peck, The List, by Patricia Forde, and House Arrest, by K. A. Holt.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next, I think I’ll read Black Radishes, by Susan Lynn Meyer, reread It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel, by Firoozeh Dumas, and Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, by John David Anderson

What are you currently reading? What do you plan to read next? Have you read any of the books in this post? Chat with me in the comments below!

Happy Reading!

WWW Wednesday 15

Hello! I just started reading a book called Shabanu in school, and I don’t know if I’m going to like it or not, so here is my weekly reading update, WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On a World of Words, and how it works is each week I answer three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Volume 1, The Pox Party, by M. T. Anderson, which is taking a while to get through, but I am enjoying it more as I am getting through it. I am also currently rereading House Arrest, by K. A. Holt. In school, I started reading Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind, by Suzanne Fisher Staples. It will most likely take me a while to get through this book, as usually reading books in school goes painfully slowly, but it looks like a pretty good book, so I’ll see how that turns out! I am also listening to The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani, and the woman who is the reader for this audiobooks is fantastic, so I’m enjoying that as well.

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished reading Port Chicago 50, by Steve Sheinkin, and The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next, I think I’ll read The Blackthorn Key, by Kevin Sands, and Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo. I will be rereading The Blackthorn Key, so I know I’ll enjoy that one! I am very excited to read Six of Crows, because I have seen and heard amazing things about that book. I also want to reread The Teacher’s Funeral, by Richard Peck.

What’s your WWW Wednesday? Have you read any of the books in this post? Chat with me in the comments below!

Happy Reading!