Hello, my friends!
I saw the word “Book” and I was instantly on board with this. Talking about books fills up approximately 96.8% of my life, so if someone actually gives me permission to talk about books I will never refuse.
Without further ado, let us begin.
First Draft: a book or series you have never read before
What a terrifying prospect. To remind me of all the things I haven’t read is cruel. I suppose I will spare you my list of ten million volumes and stick with one. Or in this case, three.
Everything that I have read by C. S. Lewis has been amazing and usually mind-blowing, but I have never gotten around to reading his Space Trilogy. I would like to someday, but who knows?
Second Draft: a book or series you didn’t like as much the second time you read it
The first time I read The Spiderwick Chronicles I was completely immersed in the fantastical world and I thought I had found another Narnia.
But alas, the effect was not lasting. When I read the series again several years later I found the story and characters much thinner than I remembered them. I still enjoyed it the second time, but not nearly as much as before.
Though nothing truly inspiring, these miniature volumes are fun to read and I love their cover designs. The aesthetic is half the enjoyment really.
Final Draft: a book or series you have liked for a really long time
The Chronicles of Narnia definitely deserves this spot. I have loved these books since before I could read and I still love them now. Unlike The Spiderwick Chronicles (sorry to pick on it) the stories and characters deepen with each rereading. These stories are childishly simple and yet full of complexities. I am still uncovering things every time I go back. I don’t think that I will ever get tired of Narnia.
Killing off your Characters: a book or series that made you cry
Fun fact: There are only two books in the world that have made me cry. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the only book in existence that has made me actually sob. For this reason I hold it in high respect. I don’t know how J. K. Rowling did it, but it worked.
Her characters are so complex and relatable, and you feel like you know so many of them. She fleshes out her world so well. She draws your heart into the midst of all these fantastic characters until you feel like they are your children and your best friends.
Cue the pain and suffering and glorious emotions.
Unfortunately I only cried the first time I read it though. It doesn’t work every time, and this is a drawback. But still. This book made me sob on the floor and I can’t say that about any other book.
Plot Holes: a book or series that disappointed you
Honestly the sad fact is that this list is almost as lengthy as the list of books that I haven’t read yet. Books disappoint me ALL THE TIME. It’s not as if I have ridiculously high standards or anything…
I love Lois Lowry’s writing style. I love The Giver. This book is by Lois Lowry so I thought I would give it a try.
It started out charmingly enough, but it all went down hill from there.
The plot started out as simple and fun (there was a cat, okay?) and ended with a climax that was plain and boring. The characters that were supposed to be funny were unpleasant rather than comical. Overall I did not find this book enjoyable to read. Lois Lowry, you let me down.
Writer’s Block: a book or series you never finished
I picked up The Rithmatist at the library on a whim. It is about people who can draw things and make them come to life. It seemed like an interesting concept.
I read about half of this book and it still felt like it hadn’t started yet. They just kept drawing cirlces and NOTHING EVER HAPPENED. I couldn’t relate to the protagonist. He annoyed me.
Finally it dawned on me that I didn’t need to finish this book. So I didn’t.
Feedback: a book or series you would recommend to anyone and everyone
MARCUS MY CHILD.
This book may or may not make me a bit excited.
When You Reach Me is a small volume but somehow it managed to ensnare my heart in the span of 197 pages.
The story is fairly simple yet surprising and possibly heartbreaking. Not everyone will love it as much as I do of course, but that won’t stop me from recommending it to them.
There are so many other books I could talk about in this post, but I will restrain myself. Katie did only ask for ONE in each category, which was perhaps wise.
NOW IT IS YOUR TURN.
Sari @ Penumbra Reviews
deshipley @ Ever On Word
Julianna @ Blots of Ink and Words
Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink
Tell me all about the books you have been reading!