How I did on my winter TBR

SO… I made a TBR (to be read) list of ten books back in December, and now that it’s officially spring, I thought I’d see how I did! And this is a short introduction paragraph, but I really don’t care, so, moving on now…

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Let’s Talk Bookish: Does your love for an author make you biased towards their book and vice versa?

Hello and welcome back to another Let’s Talk Bookish! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books, and this weeks question is: Does your love for an author make you biased towards their book and vice versa?

Yes. It does. Especially the vise versa part.

I guess, well, kind of! I’ve read a few books that I wouldn’t normally read because I recognize the author, but that doesn’t happen very often. I will most of the time continue to read a series IF I like the first book. However, if an author has written two books that aren’t part of a series, then I may or may not read both. I may or not even realize that those books exist! And, if I do, it’s very likely that that book will get lost in the depths of books I want to read but haven’t even bothered to put on my TBR (to be read).

If I do not like a book, though, I may or may not read another book by the same author. If I thought the writing was good, but didn’t really enjoy the plot, I would give another of the authors books a chance. The writing is what would definitely carry into the next book, but if it’s not part of a series, the plot would most likely be completely different, and I might like it better.

If I thought that the plot was good, and I enjoyed that, but I really didn’t like or understand the writing style, I will probably not read another of the authors books. That is what happened to me with The Pox Party, by M. T. Anderson. I got almost three hundred pages in, but I just couldn’t finish the book. The plot was ok, and has a few aspects that I actually found quite interesting, however not only did I extremely dislike the writing style, for the first hundred or so pages, I barely even understood what was happening. I wasn’t enjoying it very much from the start, but I really wanted to finish it. I couldn’t. I tried, and I just wasn’t able to understand or enjoy the writing style! I do not think that I will be reading another book by M. T. Anderson anytime soon. I was really disappointed by this book, and I guess it just wasn’t for me.

Anyways, of course, if I don’t enjoy the plot OR the writing style, then I will not want to read another book by the same author!

(also, I’m grouping the characters of a book in with plot in this post!)

Conclusion:

Well, I guess my love (or dislike) for an author does make me biased towards their other books. I think that before I wrote this post, it was kind of a subconscious part of my decision making process on how I pick what books to read, but just thinking about it, I was able to find quite a few examples!

What about you? Does your love for an author make you biased towards their book? 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!

WWW Wednesday 14

Happy new year, everybody! I can’t believe that it’s 2020! A whole new decade! Anyways, for now, it’s time for WWW Wednesday, my weekly reading update! 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 and Port Chicago 50, by Steve Sheinkin, and I’m currently listening to The Girl who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill. I’m rereading The Girl who Drank the Moon, and Port Chicago 50, but both are very good, and so far, I’m really enjoying The Pox Party.

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished rereading It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel, by Firoozeh Dumas and The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell, and I recently finished listening to one of the 39 clues books, but I forgot which one. (It’s not the maze of bones, and it’s by a different author, but it’s the same series!)

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next, I want to read Before We Were Free, by Julia Alvarez, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, and Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm.

I’ll also probably 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 New Year, and Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

Hello! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s topic is winter TBR (to be read), so today I’m going to make a list of 10 of the books I want to read this winter.

1 Girl on a Wire, by Gwenda Bond

2 The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing 1: The Pox Party, by M. T. Anderson

3 Black Radishes, by Susan Lynn Meyer

4 The Wolf Wilder, by Katherine Rundell

5 Orange for the Sunsets, by Tina Athaide

6 Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer L. Holm

7 The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelo

8 Before We Were Free, by Julia Alvarez

Books I want to reread:

9 The Girl who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill

10:

The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani

What books are on your winter TBR? Have you read any of the books on mine? Chat with me in the comments below!

Happy Reading!

November Wrap Up

Hey! I can’t believe it’s already December; the season of holidays and snow! (haha it doesn’t snow in Eugene in December) I am so excited for winter break, and fun fact: Hanukkah falls right over Christmas this year!

Anyways, November has been a crazy month, but I actually managed to read quite a few books, so here’s my hopefully mostly complete list of the books I read in the past month, and by TBR (to be read) for the next month.

Books I read:

My TBR:

In December, I’m going to continue to reread the OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books) books, but I there are also some books I’ve been wanting to read for a long time. I actually either own or borrowed from the library all of the books on my TBR, so here’s a picture of them, and a list of the titles:

  • The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak
  • Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • The Pox Party, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing #1, by M. T. Anderson
  • The Giant Pumpkin Suite, by Melanie Heuisier Hill
  • Girl on a Wire, by Gwenda Bond
  • The Wolf Wilder, by Katherine Rundell
  • For Black Girls Like me, by Mariama J. Lockington
  • All the Answers, by Kate Messner
  • Orange for the Sunsets, by Tina Athaide

That TBR and rereading the OBOB books is a lot, but I am going to try!

Posts I want to Write:

This month, I want to write:

  • 3: Top Ten Tuesday
  • 4: WWW Wednesday
  • 3 4: Let’s Talk Bookish
  • 4: Book Reviews

That’s 15 posts, which is a lot, but I really want to post more, especially book reviews, because even though they are the hardest posts to write, they are still really fun, and I enjoy it a lot!

So, that pretty much wraps up my month in books, so I hope you all have an amazing December!

Happy Reading!