Monday, December 19, 2016
Ramblings from the Stack - Reading Different Books
Why I Would Have Said No: I have it in my head that more masculine type action books are heavy and ponderous type books and automatically lumped in the James Bond books in with that.
What I Thought: Going in I was surprised to discover how short these books are. I've read 3 and they're all around the 200 page mark. Fleming's background as a naval officer and journalist come through as while things are described the prose is very straight forward and too the point. I've really enjoyed the 3 I read this year and am looking forward to reading more.
2. Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
Why I Would Have Said No: Honestly the blurb makes it sound pretty angsty
What I Thought: While the book itself definitely has some angst it also had a chilling atmosphere and a plot that kept the pages turning!
Why I Would Have Said No: The Pulitzer Prize winning author is an automatic turn off for me. I tend to distrust books that are too critically acclaimed.
What I Thought: I enjoyed this though I wasn't blown away. The story was quiet yet stuck with me and made me think in ways that were unexpected. While I don't think I'll be automatically picking up all award winning books I don't think it will be as much of a "no" for me going forward.
Why I Would Have Said No: Two words - ugly cry. That did not appeal to me at all!
What I Thought: I loved this book. I think I was expecting more angst because Moyes writes about so many really heavy subjects but despite the heavy emotions that were wound all through this book there was also a matter of factness and even a touch of humor that made it wonderful. It was even worth the ugly cry at the end.
5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Why I Would Have Said No: I don't typically read sci-fi or YA so just based off the genres this didn't really grab me.
What I Thought: I loved this book! I loved how the fairy tale was woven in. I loved Cinder, I loved Iko and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. I've gone on and read Scarlet and am looking forward to finishing up the rest of the series and finally finding out what happened.
Why I Would Have Said No: Is Neil Gaiman really in anyone's comfort reading list? Not in a bad way but he does have a reputation for being odd and startling and eye opening
What I Thought: I was hooked by this magical bit of madness and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm hoping to get my hand on an audio edition because I'm sure it's fantastic in audio.
Why I Would Have Said No: A YA romance-ish book with a sick character is not usually something that I want to read.
What I Thought: I thought the book was well done and the characters were interesting but it definitely was not for me. While I could appreciate the author's ability this is the kind of book that I probably should have stuck with the "no"
Why I Would Have Said No: I don't like disaster books - especially if children are involved in any way.
What I Thought: I ended up really enjoying this book and found it fascinating reading. The book itself was cleverly done and it was so interesting to see the story unravel. I was thoroughly satisfied with the ending which was a nice bonus!
Have you read anything that your first impulse was to say no to? How did it work out?