Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Turnoffs

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

April 25:  Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

Last week they asked us to share what makes us want to pick up a book to read so it is only fitting that this week we get to share what turns us off of a potential to-read title.  This one might be a bit harder as of right now I can’t really think of many things that will prevent me from picking up and trying a book.  We will see if I struggle to come up with a full list or not.

Ten things that turn me off of reading a book.

  1. YA: Please don’t hate me.  It’s just that I have outgrown YA and J fiction and the idea of picking up a book designated as such is already a mark against it in my reading life.  At the age of 42, quickly approaching 43, I just can’t identify with the teenage drama anymore.  I also find myself shying away from anything labeled as New Adult too.  I’m old.  I don’t want to read about high school or college anymore.
  2. Historical: I also don’t want to read about the middle ages or roman era or civil war or even something as recent as WWII, 60’s, 70’s or 80’s.  I do not care for any period pieces actually.  I’m not quite sure what turns me off but I just don’t find myself drawn to those books.  Now if there are flashbacks or crossover to the modern era then I can tolerate a story that spans several decades.  It is just that I need some modern element to the story to make it worthwhile for me.  Odd I know…
  3. Western: I am not a fan of Westerns.  Tv, movies, books, music (country).  It does not matter I won’t like it & I will actively work to avoid it.  It is like it crawls under my skin and just aggravates the hell out of me.  So I will pass.
  4. Too Much Hype: This is an odd one, to me.  You would think that if EVERYONE is reading something it must be good so why not pick it up because it is almost like a guaranteed good read right? Wrong.  Or at least for me.  I know I have odd reading taste and if the book seems to work for everyone else then I might try the firs chapter but rarely will I read more or agree.
  5. Bloody Violence/ Horror: This is a bit like the western point in #3.  I do not like scary movies or tv shows and I do not like scary books.  Granted it usually takes a lot more to scare me in a book but I tend to stay away from them now. Which is ironic as I used to really like Stephen King (who I now think is an ass).  I just am not into blood and guts and being scared.  Sorry.
  6. Characters that hate themselves: This is generally something that you don’t know until you get into the book. So this is more of something that will make me DNF a title rather than stop me from picking it up altogether.  I don’t want to be in someone’s head or POV that doesn’t’ like themselves.  Don’t we all have issues with accepting ourselves as is why would we want to pile on to that with taking on the identity of a character that has self-image issues?  No thank you.
  7. Availability:  Specifically books that are ONLY offered through Amazon.  I will not read a book or series if the only place I can pick up or download a copy is from a company whose business model is to bully authors into only offering on their platform.  I won’t and you shouldn’t either.  It kills physical bookstores and creates monopolies which are bad for everyone.  So you will not see books reviewed on this blog that are only available through Amazon.
  8. Too much description:  I do not need to know every leaf on the tree.  I know some people love lots of description but I am not one of them.  I want more dialog than setting details when I read.  I can fill most of that stuff in myself.
  9. Didn’t like other titles:  If I didn’t like another title by an author then I’m less likely to pick up something else they wrote.  Now If it is a case of where I’ve read lots of books by them and only had one or two that didn’t work for me I will continue to read their books.  But if I’ve only read two or three and most of them were two stars or less than I will probably pass them by as it is obvious that author isn’t for me.
  10. Publication Date:  This is tricky.  It is not that I won’t read an older book it is just that the odds of say a vampire book written in the 60’s actually working for me are pretty slim.  Styles change over the decades and using the vampire example if a book was written before say Twilight is going to be vastly different from one written afterward.  So I might try it but most of the time not.

Well, that was easier than I thought it would be.  What turns you off of reading a book?  Feel free to share in the comments.

Big Bad Wolf by Christine Warren

Book Review

 


Big Bad Wolf (The Others, #2)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: The Others #2

Released: 9/1/09 by Griffin

Pages: 320  Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Missy Roper’s fantasies have revolved around Graham Winters since the moment they met. But the imposing leader of the Silverback werewolf clan always seemed oblivious to Missy’s existence. At least he Lupine law decrees that every Alpha must have a mate, and all Graham’s instincts tell him that the sensual, beguiling Missy is his. Trouble is, Missy is human?every delectable inch of her. Convincing his clan that she’s his destined mate, and keeping her safe from his enemies, will be the biggest challenge Graham has ever faced. And now that he is determined to have her?as his lover and as his mate?Missy’s world is changing in ways she never imagined?

My Review:

I read the first book in this series ages ago. I don’t really remember what it was about but I gave it three stars and remember thinking that I would continue with the series if the other books ever crossed my path.  It just so happens that my library has them available in audio format and needing a new book to listen to while doing chores I decided to continue.

First impression, wow that’s a lot of graphic sex to listen to while mowing the lawn.  Sure did make chore day interesting.  The plot was fairly typical for a paranormal romance.  A girl has a crush on smexy alpha male and doesn’t dream she has a snowball’s chance in hell with.  Of course, this means she is his mate and he spends the entire book trying to convince her she is good enough for him…  All of this over the span of a weekend where of course she ends up pregnant and just so happens helps the alpha keep his pack.   Lots of clichés in this book and for the first time it actually bothered me.  I think this has something to do with my changing reading taste, or perhaps it was just too over the top.

I liked Missy even though I got tired of her insecurity.  Graham, I liked a little less but enough to finish the book.  The pack was interesting but we didn’t learn much about pack dynamics and they barely had any part of the plot at all until the end. So I will probably give this series one more shot but if it doesn’t improve significantly I will most likely abandon it.

My Rating: 2 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: All About That Hook

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

April 18: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

This is an interesting topic for the week.  I’ve not really sat down and thought about what makes me pick one book over another.  I’m going to have to take a look at my read books and ponder what made me pick those reads.

Ten reasons why I might select a book to read.

  1. Recommendation: BUT, not just from anyone, however.  A recommendation from a friend or author or blog that I know has similar reading taste as I do will make me want to get my hot menopausal hands all over that book.
  2. Synopsis: A good hook in the synopsis often motivates me to select reading material.
  3. Prior Relationship: There are some authors that are on my instant buy list, but there is a longer list of authors on my instant read list.  If I’ve read something and enjoyed it by an author I will often add their other work to my to-read list.
  4. Paranormal:  Vampires and Shifters and Angels, Oh My.  It all started with Twilight but many years later I am still into paranormal books and seeking out new series and authors all the time.
  5. Sci-Fi:  I seem to be on a science fiction lately, one that is leaning towards fun space operas. I also enjoy science fiction that is based in actual science theory.
  6. Kick-ass Urban Fantasy:  Love me some urban fantasy and if it sounds like the book revolves around a wise-cracking kick-ass heroine sign me up!
  7. Location, location, location: Sometimes what draws me to a book is where it is set.  Love stories set in Chicago, Iowa, and Turkey.  When you are familiar with the setting it make envisioning it in your mind so much more rewarding.
  8. Price:  Okay I just have to say it but cheap books hook me.  It is difficult to pass up something that sounds mildly interesting when it costs only a quarter.
  9. Unique Cover:  This is difficult to quantify because it is subjective to my mood at the time. I won’t read a book simply because it has a beautiful cover but it will help it stand out on the shelf and make me pick it up therefore increasing its odds.
  10. Availability:  This basically only applies to audiobooks because I often am limited not only by what is offered in my library’s catalog but what is available for check out when I’m look to borrow a book.

 

Well there is my list for the week.  What makes you want to read a book?

Don’t forget to come back on Thursday as  I am hosting the Blade Bound Blog Tour!  #Giveaway!

Top Ten Tuesday: Not Typical

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

April 11: Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read 

I’m not really sure what they mean by unique books in this week’s topic.  So I’m going to share ten books, that I enjoyed, that were not typical reads for me.  Books that were outside of the normal genres that I tend to stick to.

Ten books that were not typical reads for me.

  1. Crack in the Curtain  This book made the list because it was written by my husband and if that isn’t unique or atypical I don’t know what is.  This is actually a good story set in Bulgaria of the 1980’s during the Name Change Campaign when the communist Bulgarian government attempted to systematically eliminate all Turks from their population.  While it is fiction it is based upon events my husband lived through as a member of the Turkish minority.  Plug over.
  2. Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet Not one to read much non-fiction or books about farming or lesbians this was a fun read about two women adapting to rural life.
  3. The Road While this book is in a genre I do enjoy from time to time, dystopian.  The way it was written is what makes it unique for me.  No punctuation and no chapter breaks it is written like it is a journal of someone living through the events of the book.
  4. The Cobra Event I’m not one to read scary stories and this is a truly frightening tale.  I read it quite some time ago, 20 years…. and it is not one I would pick up now.  I would be headed for the emergency room convinced I had this disease.
  5. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography I’ve only read two biographies and this is one of them.  It is also pretty unique because the way it is formated as a choose your own adventure story.
  6. The Grownup This one is different for me because it is a horror story but also a story by one of the hot authors of the moment.  I’m not usually one to read who is in fashion at the moment.  Of course, if it is a story that sounds good I’ll read it, but I don’t need to read something because everyone else is reading them.
  7. The Diary of Adam and Eve  I’m one of those people who think reading classics sounds like a good idea, pick one up determine to read something good for me and then quickly give up.  This one I made it through and actually enjoyed.
  8. Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head Not really a reader of diet blogs or books written by bloggers.  This was alright.  Didn’t really inspire me to pick up others.
  9. Einstein's Dreams This was a fascinating read and unique because it is a book of short stories and a mix of science and philosophy.  Very interesting.
  10. Zoo  This is one here because it is a book by Patterson that I actually enjoyed.  Not a big fan of his writing style.  His chapter lengths drive me crazy.

Week off…

In case you haven’t noticed I didn’t post a Monday check in or a Top Ten Tuesday.  I had a stressful weekend.  So stressful that I burst a blood vessel in my eye…  So I’m taking a week off from posting.  If I have a book review I’ll share that because it is now my ritual that I have to write-up a review before moving on to a new read.  I just need a break from something this week and the blog is it.  Sure as hell isn’t like any of my other responsibilities can be put on hold dammit.  Anyway.  Sorry if you noticed my absence and I’ll be back next week.  Happy reading.

Month in Review: March 2017

Month in Review

Read this month: 9 Books, 2,207 Pages 

Read this year: 23  Books, 7,164 Pages 

Bottomland The Flicker Men The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend Yesterday's Son (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #1) Time for Yesterday (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #2)

Spock Vs. Q (Star Trek: Spock Vs. Q, #1) Spock Vs Q: The Sequel (Star Trek: Spock Vs. Q, #2) Wicked Appetite (Lizzy & Diesel, #1) Aurora: CV-01 (The Frontiers Saga #1)

Looking Back:

Not too bad. Not too bad at all, even if six of the books were audiobooks with two of them only being an hour-long.  I did return to work this month and with trying to reintegrate exercise into my week I’d still say this was a prosperous month of reading.  Especially since I only DNF one book!  The highlight of the month has been my venture into Star Trek fiction.  So far it has gone over pretty well and I’ve enjoyed what I read.  The book I DNF was a Trek book set in the Next Generation Universe so we will have to see if I can find something written by another author that works for me in that series.  The TOS series, however, has been so much fun that I am going to seek out other adventures to read.  Two books that are out of my typical reading taste one was an All Iowa Reads selection and the other a book I picked up at BEA, both highly enjoyable.  Overall a good month of reading.

Looking Ahead:

While I have had fun in the Star Trek universe I am going to take a bit of a break from Science Fiction.  I am going to see if I can continue to get caught up in a few of the series I follow then I might be on the hunt for a new series to get lost in.  I have a few books on my to-read bookcase that are nearly complete and I have been itching to find a new series to enjoy.  Not that I don’t enjoy my current ones it is just that I want something new and exciting to read.  Not sure quite what I’m in the mood for but I’m leaning towards urban fantasy with a smart mouth kick-ass heroine.  Feel free to offer suggestions!

Happy Reading ~Amy

Aurora CV-01 by Ryk Brown

Book Review

 


Aurora: CV-01 (The Frontiers Saga #1)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Audiobook

Book Series: The Frontiers Saga #1:Part 1

Released: 12/19/2011 by Tantor Media

Pages: 301 Price: $29.99 Audiobook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

A world recovering from a devastating plague…
A brutal enemy threatening invasion…
A young man seeking to escape the shadow of his father…
A ship manned by a crew of fresh academy graduates…
A top-secret experimental propulsion system…
A questionable alliance with a mysterious green-eyed woman…

What destiny has in store for the crew of the UES Aurora, is far greater than any of them could ever imagine. And this is only the beginning…

“Aurora: CV-01” is 77,000 word novel, and is Episode 1 of The Frontiers Saga.

My Review:

This was a fun audiobook that I borrowed from my library.  After reading some of the other reviews I have to agree with some of the criticism that yes, it is pretty much a Star Trek rip-off.  Maybe not blatantly but the similarities are hard to deny.  But so what.  It is still an action-packed well plotted read that brought me several hours of enjoyment.

Took me a moment to realize this book was set in the extreme far future after most of humanity had been wiped from existence.  After I caught on to that it surprised me just how familiar this society felt to our own, with the exception of space travel that is.  While entertaining the plot was pretty convenient at times as the author set all his characters into place for the longer story arch.  For me it was easy to overlook because when hasn’t a character been in the right place at the right time in works of fiction.

The characters were diverse and likable I would have enjoyed seeing where some of the relationships led towards.  I would have also liked to learn more about what happen to Earth in the past as well as the other colonies that were talked about.  But I’m afraid this is where I leave this universe.

While I truly enjoyed this book it is the only one available through my library so I will not be continuing on because with so many parts out (19), and yet to come (75 total!), this series is simply too expensive for me to continue with… I have suggested my library purchase the next three parts but it is highly unlikely that will happen.  Makes me kind of wish I had looked into the series availability before I borrowed it. I would have skipped it had I know how difficult and costly getting my hands on future parts would be.  Oh, well.  Live and learn.

My Rating:4 Stars

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

Book Review

 


Wicked Appetite (Lizzy & Diesel, #1)Book Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Humor, Fantasy, Audiobook

Book Series: Lizzy & Diesel #1

Released: 9/14/10 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 313  Price: $27.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

For centuries, treasure hunters have been eager to possess the stones, undeterred by their corrupting nature. The list is long — Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, to name a few. Now the Stones have found their way to Salem, Massachusetts, and so has Gerwulf Grimoire, adding himself to this rogues’ gallery of power seekers. He’s an uncommonly dangerous man, with a hunger for the forbidden, and a set of abilities that are way beyond ordinary. Abilities that he feels entitle him to possess anything he might desire.

That would include Elizabeth Tucker, the woman he needs to find the Stones. She’s freshly transplanted from New York City to Boston’s North Shore. With a new job as pastry chef at Dazzle’s bakery and an old house inherited from her Aunt Ophelia, her life is pretty much on track …until it’s suddenly derailed by a guy named Diesel, a rude monkey, and a ninja cat.

Lizzy can handle the monkey and the cat. She’s not sure about Diesel. He’s offering up his own set of unusual talents, promising to protect her from Grimoire. The kind of protection that Lizzy suspects might involve guarding her body day and night.

The Seven Deadly Sins are pride, greed, lust, envy wrath, sloth and gluttony. That pretty much covers everything that is wicked. Diesel thinks it also pretty much covers everything that’s fun. And Lizzy thinks Diesel and the Seven Deadly Sins cover everything her mother warned her about.

My Review:

Full disclosure, I only checked this book out so that there would be an E author on my reviewed index page on my blog.  I only need a U and an X author now.  For some reason, I’m not a big fan of Ms. Evanovich.  I know people love her and we have library patrons that loyally check out and devour each new release in her Stephanie Pulm series.

This wasn’t bad, I enjoyed listening to it more than the other series, probably because of the supernatural element to the story.  There are moments of humor but on the whole, I found the female lead kind of annoying. Diesel was an alright male lead but he just lacked chemistry in my opinion.  The monkey was over the top but I loved the one-eyed cat.

Basically, this story is the beginning of a supernatural series full of immature humor and low-level sexual tension.  If I am ever desperate for another audiobook I might listen to the next book but probably not.  There are far better, far funnier paranormal mystery series out there and I would suggest trying the Charley Davidson series instead.

My Rating: 2 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Author Bucket List

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

March 28: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met  (some other “meeting authors” type spin you want to do)

So for this week’s list I am going to do some shameless bragging.  Only a little bit though as I’ve not actually met that many authors.  So this week I am going to split the list between met and want to meet.

Five authors I’ve met and five authors I want to meet!

  1.  Sherrilyn Kenyon- Met & Want to Meet:  Yes, that is right folks I have actually met my favorite author and made a complete fool of myself… It was so cool though and she was such a nice person!  I would also love to go to another signing if she ever comes back to the area.
  2. Deborah Harkness Deborah Harkness – Want to Meet:  I loved the All Souls Trilogy.  Absolutely some of my favorite books hands down.  It would be so cool to actually get to meet her in person.

  3. John Scalzi John Scalzi – Met: No picture with this author because when I met him I had only read one of his books and was not as big of a fan as I am now…  Stupid Amy…  So I guess Mr. Scalzi should also be added to the list of authors I would like to meet again.  Such a big fan now.  Also another really nice author!
  4. J.R. Ward J.R. Ward – Want to Meet: I basically want to meet this author to hear her swear like a sailor.  It cracks me up that she uses such foul language.  Also, I love her books.
  5.  Sylvia Day – Met!: Got to meet Ms. Day at BEA last year.  She is such a sweet woman and took the time to speak with everyone in line and take pictures with them.  Truly a stand-up author!
  6. Jacqueline Rhoades Jaqueline Rhoades – Want to Meet: This is my favorite indie author and friend on Facebook.  Someday I hope to meet Jackie in person!
  7.  Justin Cronin – Met:  What an awesome man this is!  Not a great picture but I did catch him in a booth at BEA.  It was amazing to get the opportunity to meet Mr. Cronin.
  8. Darynda Jones Darynda Jones – Want to Meet:  Sigh, someday… I am friends with her on Facebook if that counts for anything and have interacted with her there.
  9. Katarina Bivald Katarina Bivald – Met:  Not a widely known author but I think I should receive bonus points as she is from Sweeden.  Another sweet woman who I met at BEA last year.  Just recently got around to reading her only book The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend.
  10. Andy Weir Andy Weir – Want to Meet: How could the author of The Martian not be on my list?  I’ve pimped his book enough! I love his story as to how his book came to being published.  I also follow him online and he just seems like a cool guy.  I would love to meet him someday.

There you have this week’s list.  How about you?  What authors have you met or would like to meet?