Slumps are for Chumps: Day One Tag

I was tagged for this by the lovely Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books. This challenge was created by Cat @ The Book Finch. Go check their blogs out! What a fun tag!! Here we go!!

Which book, most recently, did you not finish?  EastOfTheSunCoverThis is a really hard question!! Lately I’ve been finishing everything I start, basically because of my blog and I feel determined to write something about every book I read. But, I think the last book I picked up and didn’t finish was East of the Sun by Julia Gregson. I only got about ten pages in, then I realized that I wasn’t feeling the book, which is almost 600 pages long, and decided that right then wasn’t my time to read it, so I set it down. I do want to return to it at some point, because the plot sounds interesting (late 1920s Bombay), but for some reason I couldn’t get into it.

Which book is your guilty pleasure? So, confession time … with this one, I’m going to choose a genre. My guilty pleasure genre is cozy mysteries. I don’t know why I label this as a guilty pleasure, but sometimes I feel embarrassed to read one! And I totally love them, and I shouldn’t be embarrassed, but I think it is because of the cute-sy covers and titles. I feel like I’m not taken seriously if someone sees me reading a cozy mystery, and I have no idea why I feel that way. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love a cozy mystery – I love the light murder, the lack of gory violence, and the crazy characters. And I also love that each series has a theme (cooking, knitting, tea, coffee, etc), and I always learn something new.

IlluminaeCoverWhich book do you love to hate? I guess right now the book I love to hate is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. And I don’t even hate the book; I just feel it doesn’t live up to the hype. And it gave me a massive headache to read due to the formatting. Read my review here.

Which book would you throw into the sea? Without question a book I would throw into the sea would be A Soft Place to Land by Susan Rebecca White. This was a book club read, and my book club totally skewered this read, and there were just so many annoying choices by the characters. There was also a disgusting scene involving Doritos that still makes me shudder to this day.  The book sounded really promising, but fell totally flat.



Which book have you read the most? I think the answer to this is the Harry Potter series. I read the series each time a book was released, and I’ve read it a few times after all the books came out also. I re-read it about every two years. There’s just something about the magic and the atmosphere I love.

Which book would you hate to receive as a present? The Fifty Shades trilogy. Because that would be SO weird.

Which book could you not live without? Wow, this is a really tough one!! I think I’ll choose George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series because it has everything in it. Romance, warfare, political intrigue, fantasy, a tiny bit of horror, and unforgettable characters. Plenty to suit whatever mood I’m in at the moment!SongOfIceAndFireCovers

Which book made you the angriest? Right now it is Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill. This was a very well-written book, so well-written that I was totally immersed in the world of women being created for companions to men. Where women had no options but to be companion, concubine, or chastity. And it made me angry. So angry that my husband said something totally innocuous after I finished the book and I started yelling at him! I can’t remember the last time reading a book actually made me start an actual argument with someone (totally unfounded by the way), and I was depressed for days during and after reading this book. And I really don’t recommend this book, as it was a very difficult book for me to read.  You can read my review here. Another book, well, series, that annoyed me is the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas because of Chaol. What is going on?? Who are you?? LeavingTime

Which book made you cry the most? Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. Oh my gosh, this broke my heart and I think it’s her best book yet. Animals, mother-daughter relationships, aagghh, definite ugly cry during this read! Read my review here.

Which book cover do you hate (like) the most? Hmm… the Twilight-esque covers by HarperTeen of classic novels. The covers would be fine, they are actually quite pretty, except that they tried to make them look like Twilight, and please no. It makes these classic romances look like they go with the Twilight series, and Bella and Edward are not even on the same planet as Elizabeth and Darcy, or Marianne and Brandon. No thank you. I’ve only pictured one cover here, but other covers include Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Romeo and Juliet.SenseAndSensibilityCover

So there you have it! My answers to some really tough questions!

And I tag …. You!!! If you want to participate, go ahead!

Have you read any of these books?  Do you agree/disagree with my selections? Did you read A Soft Place To Land and love it?



21 thoughts on “Slumps are for Chumps: Day One Tag

    1. The Game of Thrones series is so, so good. I really love it! It’s very long, and can be slow in parts (specially books 4 & 5), but it is just so good and it’s one of the series where I truly did not know what was going to happen next. There is an extremely large cast of characters, so it can take awhile to keep everyone straight at first, but there are many characters that are absolutely fabulous. I’ve reread the series a couple times, and it gets better on each re-read!

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      1. I still haven’t finished A Game of Thrones, partly because George R. R. Martin hasn’t finished the series after twenty years. But his writing is terrific. I really like his world building and the way he handles multiple POVs. I just wish he’d hurry up and write the end of the series so I can binge read them.

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        1. His writing is SO good – he excels at the multiple POV structure! I rarely have a problem wondering who the narrator is – a couple characters blend together in the later books, but they are such wonderful books and characters that he has created! I am anxiously waiting for Winds of Winter to be released – I’m not letting myself re-read the series until a release date is announced.


          1. Yes, his writing style has a certain brilliance to it. The first thing I noticed when I opened the book was his natural cadence. Very few authors have that Stephen King, George R. R. Martin, J.K. Rowling flow to their writing. It’s something you just can’t teach, and when you read it, you’re immediately sucked in. My favorite chapters were from Ned and Daenerys POV. Daenerys’ chapters were so sad in the beginning, but as her character progressed, I could feel her character growing through his words, and I really enjoyed reading about her. I’m hoping the ultimate goal of the series is that she’ll take her rightful place in King’s Landing, but HBO has left me wondering. I’ve seen all seasons of the show, which at this point, may influence the story in my head once he decides to complete the series.

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            1. HBO has really messed up the show. I was fine with it until 2 seasons ago when Tyrion’s storyline completely changed, and then with Sansa’s plot this past season, it just seems like the writers no longer know what to do with the wonderful characters GRRM created. All of the complexity of GRRMs characters and plot are gone. I enjoyed Ned, Catelyn, Dani, & Bran’s chapters, but my favorite character is actually Sansa, and I know alot of people don’t like her. I’m undecided on watching this season. My curiosity will probably get the better of me though.


              1. Part of the reason I stopped myself from reading the books was that I’d heard about the differences between the show and the books. I didn’t read enough to get to know Sansa as a character, but I sure felt for her as I watched the way Joffrey berated and tortured her on the show. My favorite episode was the wedding when they killed him off. I literally stood up in my living room and cheered and high-fived my boyfriend I was so exited. If his character was anything like the show through the first few books, I can’t even imagine. I’m not sure how I feel about watching the new season either, because I have no clue where they’re going with it, but I know I’ll find myself watching it at the end of the month when it comes back.

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                1. That last scene of Joff’s was great – the one thing the show has gotten right has been the casting. Certain scenes they’ve done very well at, and I’m kind of interested to see if I like the show more once I can’t compare it to the books. We’re into uncharted territory possibly in this next season!

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                  1. Yes! Joffrey’s death was hands-down one of my favorite scenes in the entire series. I hadn’t read all the books and didn’t read any spoilers, so it came as a complete shock, and I cheered like I was in the Colosseum watching the Roman Games. I completely agree with you on casting. I read enough of the book to get a sense of each person, and I loved their choices for all the characters. They’re just as evil if not more than what I’d read. I really like Tyrion and Dani. And I love to hate Littlefinger, but he’s such a good villain. Any time they have you thinking he’s not that bad he goes and does something else. I can’t wait for April 24th. If only they’d make more than 10 episodes a year.

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  1. Nice post! I wanted to read Illuminae, but now that I’ve read your review about the black pages and font that sounds like it wouldn’t work well on an iPad, I’m starting to re-think that one. I can see how something like that could be annoying for one book, let alone a series. I started reading Wink Poppy Midnight. The book is told from three POVs, and instead of chapters, it’s just the name of the character in this tiny font I can barely read. I have to hold it up to my eye to see which character is speaking. You should see me, it’s terrible. Formatting really makes a big difference with books. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I would definitely not recommend reading Illuminae on an e-reader! It’s just too wild with the formatting. It’s an original idea, but I felt like skipping pages because my eye didn’t know where to go first! Thanks for the tips on Wink Poppy Midnight. I’ve been seeing that book everywhere lately!

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  2. Another thing about WPM is that the author likes to repeat words, which becomes annoying after a while. She’ll say the ocean is blue, blue, blue, instead of describing the details. I can’t believe a publisher thought black pages with white ink was a good idea. That just baffles me.

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    1. The black pages with white ink was so puzzling to me! I think it was a case of “no one does this so we should”. And one or two pages would be alright, I guess, but there were large sections of the book written that way! And oh dear, that repeating words bit in WPM sounds very annoying!


      1. Yes, it is. The author did the same thing in her first two novels, and although I loved the story, I was almost glad it was over so I didn’t have to read another word. Somehow, the hype surrounding WPM convinced me to buy it on Kindle. I’ve read mixed reviews. I can only hope it has a decent ending, because I have no idea where she’s going with this story.

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    1. Ha ha ! Don’t read A Soft Place to Land – it was truly terrible. READ ON WITH CAUTION IF YOU REALLY MUST KNOW: The scene involved ABC’d Doritos (yes, “already been chewed” :)) and … well, one sister pinning the other sister to the ground and …. dangling the doritos out the mouth and hovering over the sisters face…. that has been ingrained in my brain (ha!) since I read that horrid scene and made me shudder to think that people actually would do something like this to each other …. eeeeekkkk….. and then the author goes and puts it in the book !!! Wha??!!! (and I’m reeaaallly sorry for that mental image. and for the fact that you might not ever eat those chips again….) … i know i always think twice before reaching for them!
      And Chaol better get it together in the next book!!! (And i am sorry, but you did ask … can you tell I was waiting for someone to ask about that so I could vent?!) 🙂

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      1. Haha, it’s okay, it takes a lot to put me off my food, but wow, that is all kinds of grim! What was the context for that – I mean what and how and why would someone do that to another person?!! To be honest, I need an excuse to stop eating Doritos for a while because I’m trying to slim into a bridesmaids dress for my friend’s wedding haha – you may have just given me that excuse!

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        1. If I remember correctly, the sisters were both young. I can’t remember if they were as old as 12-13, or more like 7-8-9 age. But that was just one way one sister would torment the other, and if I’m remembering correctly, the one sister was remembering what the other sister did (looking back at her life). I could be wrong about the flashback though. It was just a gross scene that didn’t seem to fit with everything else, and these sisters were terrible to each other throughout the whole book. It was just weird.

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