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.

Monday Morning Check-In: Looking to fall in love.

Good Monday morning everyone.  Coming off another busy non-reading weekend and followed that up with a busy Monday morning so I’ve not cracked open a book yet.  Have managed to run packages into town and all the laundry is on the line.  Also moved the remaining birds that I have back to the house while I work out a way to catch what is killing them out in the coop.

On the reading front I have one review book to finish up and then I am going to scour my t0-read shelf and look for a new series to fall in love with. Preferably a finished or established series so I can read a few books without waiting.  I do have one in mind and look forward to starting that later this week.

The Blade Bound blog tour is still going strong and thanks to everyone that entered last week by commenting on this post.  Today is the last day to enter as I plan to pick three winners tomorrow, release day!  It has been so much fun being a part of this tour and I hope to sign up for more blog tours by authors I enjoy in the future.  Good luck to all that have entered!  See you tomorrow or Wednesday by the latest when I announce the winners.

Happy Reading!

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!

Monday Morning Check-In: Blade Bound Blog Tour

Good Monday morning everyone!  I did not get much reading done over the weekend, again.  Husband had three days off so we were busy running around and managed to get some work done on the property. But.  I also have the next two days off and since I worked so hard to get everything done over the weekend I now have two free days, with a quiet house, to get some serious reading done!  I hope to read Immortal Unchained by Lynsay Sands or start one of the review books I signed up for.  I was a little naughty over the weekend and splurged big time on books at BAM.  I had to. One simply does not pass up a signed book by a favorite author when one comes across it.

This week also begins the Blade Bound Blog Tour of which Read What I Like is featured as a stop!!!  My big day is Thursday but there are two weeks of stops and tons of great blogs participating so be sure to check them all out. The links are below.  There will be two giveaways featured at each stop, one held by Ms. Neill and one by each blog hosting.  I almost have my post ready to go but in the meanwhile,  you can check out the other blogs and see what everyone has to say about the upcoming finally of the long run Chicagoland Vampire series!

 

Week One

Monday, April 17 – There’s This Book
Tuesday, April 18 – Vicarious Bookworm
Wednesday, April 19 – Bad Bird Reads | Francesca’s World
Thursday, April 20 – Read What I Like
Friday, April 21 – Snoopy Doo’s Book Reviews | The Book Nympho

Week Two

Monday, April 24 – The Consummate Reader | Rantings of a Reading Addict
Tuesday, April 25 (Release Day) – Vampire Book Club | Literary Escapism | Saucy Wenches
Wednesday, April 26 – Cocktails & Books | Goldilocks & The Three Weres
Thursday, April 27 – Rabid Reads
Friday, April 28 – Tru Bookie’s Review

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Rules

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 7: On hiatus so I made my own again.

Top Ten Tuesday continues to be on hiatus this week so I have decided to think up my own again this week.

Ten Reading Rules I Follow

  1. Challenges: At first challenges sounded like fun.  I found a couple that I wanted to participate in and discovered that for me they suck the fun right out of reading as I am a mood reader and need to be in the mood for what I am reading.
  2. DNF: My standard rule for did not finishing a book is 50 pages. If I am not into a story by page 50 I move on.  I have recently decided that I need a DNF rule for audio books and for that format I will give it an hour to catch me.
  3. Audio: I have decided that I will use audio books to explore books outside my usual reading taste.  I have also decided to listen to audio books when I exercise and do chores instead of music.
  4. Shelving: There is only one way to properly shelve books.  Pay attention.  Left to right, top to bottom, alphabetized by author’s last name keeping series in reading order.  Don’t make me come and reorganize your stacks.
  5. Environment: I am easily distracted so I need silence when reading.  I have banished ticking clocks, noisy animals, and have been known to wear ear plugs when my husband is home to shut the world out so I can read.
  6. Buying: If a book is under a dollar then I will pick it up guilt free, most of the books on my to-read case at home are cheap books I picked up while thrifting or at library book sales.  I do make the effort to buy the latest releases from my favorite authors, however, even if I don’t always read them until the next year’s release…
  7. Rereading: In effort to justify my full price book purchases I make and keep I have the rule to reread a book or series each year.
  8. Weeding: Every once in a while we need to reevaluate the books in our home libraries.  Sometimes a series finishes or our taste change or we simply move on.  When that happens we need to weed those books from our shelves to make room for new titles we love.
  9. ARCS: When I started this blog I went a little ARC crazy over at Net Galley and requested way more than I should have.  I have a feeling this is something every new blogger does.  After a while, like point one with challenges, it sucked all the fun out of reading and I decided to make some rules.  I try to keep my ARC requests to authors I already read or those few titles that are simply too hard to resist.
  10. Current Read: Some people can read multiple books at once.  I am not one of those people.  I don’t like to start a new story when I am reading another.  The only exception I make is for audio books or NF titles.  Otherwise I stick to one book at a time.

There you have some of my reading rules.  What rules or habits do you have when it comes to reading?

Month in Review: February 2017

Month in Review

Read this month: 7 Books, 2,691 Pages 

Read this year: 14  Books, 4,957 Pages 

The Turn (The Hollows #0.1) Death Blows (The Bloodhound Files, #2) Killing Rocks (The Bloodhound Files, #3) Agents of Dreamland

 Born of Legend (The League, #9) Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires, #13)

Two of the books shown above do not have links to their review because they have not been released yet.

Looking Back:

Seven books, not as many as I had hoped to read during my recovery but still, not too shabby as all of them were print and not audio.  Also, two of them were quite long so page wise I have practically a whole other book length that I managed to read in February.  So basically I went for substance over quaintly.  Have to say I did enjoy most everything I did read last month.  The novella read for review was a bit strange but still worthy of a 3-star review.  Over all I don’t feel ashamed over this month of reading one bit.

Looking Ahead:

I hope to be released to return to work today so March will return to normal reading time wise.  I am going to stick with reading what catches my fancy and work on catching up on some of my series.  I might mix in a few science fiction books as well.  I have recently picked up some Star Trek books and it might be time to start diving into them.  I keep bringing them home I should read one or two already.  After all, most of them aren’t actually that long.  One of my recently acquisitions was the very first Star Trek book I ever read.  Read during my early teen or pre-teen years and was based upon the plot from the original series.  I also happen to pick up that episode at a Flea Market recently and it made me nostalgic for that book so I ordered it.  March might be the perfect time to read that one.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Happy 3rd Anniversary!

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Just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to all my followers as I celebrate the third anniversary of my blog Read What I Like.  So thank you for the likes and comments and I’m still thrilled that you find my opinion about what I read entertaining.

Refection

It seems hard to believe both that I have only been blogging for three years, it feels like it should be longer, and at the same time that it has actually been three years because I feel like such a novice to all this.  The blog still feels small to me and that is by design.  I’m not looking for major page hits or tons of comments, I simply want a small little corner where I can share my love or loathing for the books I read.  A highly successful blog is a lot of work and I’m not interested in that.  For now, I simply want my blog to remain an authentic extension of my reading hobby.  This space started out for me and it shall remain that way; that is probably why it still surprises me that almost 1000 people have subscribed.

Looking Ahead

Don’t look for a lot of changes.  I have scaled back some of my ambition over the past year as life continues to get in the way of my reading.  I will continue to be selective in my review request books and focus on reading all those titles I put on my TBR list ages ago.  The blog is named Read What I Like for a reason and I want to get that passion for reading books I like again.  In the beginning of the blog, I got too wrapped up in memes, givaways, review deadlines, challenges, etc. While all of that was fun, it was also a lot of work and sucked some of the joy out of simply reading.  Blogs come and go and I want to have staying power, so that means cutting some of the stuff that kills my joy.  I hope you understand, I appreciate you all but the blog is going to stay small scale.  I’m about authenticity in my reviews and when I get too gimmicky I feel like the blog doesn’t represent who I am.

My name is Amy and  I am a reader.  I read books and review them honestly for you.  Thanks for being a part of my passion.

Happy Reading~

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Couples

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:

February 14: All About Romance Tropes/Types — top ten favorite hate-to-love romances (from books or movies or tv), top ten favorite (or least favorite) insta-love romances, favorite slow-burn romances, favorite star-crossed lovers, etc. etc. Can go so many ways with this one).

First off Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  I know this is a made-up holiday and many people hate this day as much as I hate Mother’s Day.  Personally, I don’t really celebrate the holiday beyond using it as an excuse to go out for lunch and justifying a new book purchase.  For this week’s list I decided to share my favorite couples from the series I read.

My Ten Favorite Couples

  1. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) Bones and Cat: I also enjoy the couple in the spin-off Night Prince series almost as much as the original but wanted to limit each author to one spot on this list.  This will become more difficult in future picks as you will see. This series, however, was a great example of a strong female paired with a strong male.  This series isn’t so much about Cat as it is about the bond and chemistry between her and Bones.  They make this world.
  2. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Charley and Reyes: How could this couple not be on this list.  The dynamics between Charley and Reyes is off the chart!  I love watching these two work at couplehood.  They are such strong contrasts that can almost seem to flip in an instant.  Just when you think you have these two figured out they shift or trade persona and it has your head spinning.   Love these two!
  3. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) Diana & Matthew: Sigh.  I so miss these two.
  4. Night Play (Dark-Hunter #5, Were-Hunter #1) Bride & Vane: This was a difficult series to pick just one couple from.  If you know the series it might surprise you that I picked these two.  Sure there were lots of great books but when I considered who to select I wanted to go with a couple I enjoyed together not just a book where I had a crush on the male lead.  This is probably the earliest case where that happen in the series.
  5. Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) Anna & Charles:  What?   Why didn’t I pick Mercy and Adam?  Because while I love Mercy’s series I often feel that the chemistry between her and Adam falls flat. Anna and Charles have a richer dynamic that I love.
  6. Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4) Sookie & Eric: Spoiler alert! But Sookie doesn’t end up with Eric… I know and that is why Ms. Harris is dead to me forever and I will not read another of her books.  I LOVED Sookie and Eric together and felt the entire series was about these two coming together only for the author to tear them apart in the last few books to pair Sookie up with the equivalent to a brother.  No fire at all between them.  Yes, I’m holding a grudge.  
  7. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Merit & Ethan: As I’ve said before it took me four books to root for these two but when I finally jumped on board these two because one of my favorites.  I will miss them.
  8. Raphael (Vampires in America, #1) Raphael & Cyn: These two are hot and fortunately even though the series has moved its focus off of this couple we still get to check in with them every now and again in novellas.
  9. Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)  Zsadist & Bella: This is another series where there were so many great couples to choose from I had a difficult time remembering who I enjoyed most.  I went with these two because their story is just so phenomenal.
  10. The Time Traveler's Wife Clare & Henry: The story of these two’s love just breaks my heart.  If you want a heart-wrenching bitter-sweet love affair then this is the book for you.  That last chapter, that last page man had me wiped out.  Such a beautiful story.

There you have some of my favorite couples this Valentine’s Day.  Who are some of your favorite couples?

Monday Morning Check-In: Shopping

Monday Morning Check-In

Good Monday morning everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend and got lots of reading time in.  I did not…  Last weekend was my first long day out after surgery and while I did well I did get tired and was awfully sore by bed time.  Husband and I went to a flea market that was a bust because it was so crowded you couldn’t look at the booths because of all the people in the way.  Then we went thrifting, again not finding much, before we stopped at our favorite Thai restaurant (finally…) for lunch and grocery shopping.  It mad for a long day and by the end my body was yelling at me when I tried to pick anything up over five pounds.  I made it though!  I also picked out my Valentine’s Day gift the latest release by my favorite author Sherrilyn Kenyon, Born in Vengeance.  A hefty read at 4oo pages I hope to get to this book the first half of this year maybe after I finish the current series I am on.  I have several books of hers to read including the one before vengeance which is like 800 pages long…  Lots of books sitting on my to-read bookcase actually, I should really stop playing on the computer and requesting review books altogether.  Well, I’m going to write-up Top Ten Tuesday’s post today so I will leave you now.

Happy Reading!