Low-Rated Books I Loved

I saw this post by Lauren at Bookmark Lit earlier this week, and I was so curious about my own reading. I needed to know which books I loved that had a lower average on Goodreads. I decided to cut it off at 3.4 stars, and these are books that I rated 4-stars or 5-stars.   Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult Average Rating: 3.19 Stars My Rating: 5 Stars Why I love it: I read this book when I was in college, maybe before, and it was one of the first books I read with alternating perspectives and a non-linear timeline. It’s […]

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Discussion: Writing 3-Star Reviews

Writing 3-Star Reviews

I’ve seen many blog posts about people struggling with writing negative reviews. I’ve never had that problem. My challenge is always writing 3-star reviews. And here’s why. When reviews are easy If I love a book, I want to gush about it. I have a million reasons why everyone needs to read this book. I loved the plot. I loved the characters. I found the book so essential that it should be high school curriculum type reading. Ya know? And when I hate a book. (Yeah, I’m saying “hate.”) I know exactly why. Maybe the main character was super annoying. Maybe nothing happened in the […]

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Book Round Up: Compelling Reads

Compelling Reads

Last summer I wrote a column in Country Woman magazine on books you won’t be able to put down. Today I am sharing those three books along with other compelling reads.   The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen With neighborhood drama, multiple characters/perspectives, and many secrets, this book is the perfect recipe for a domestic suspense novel. I couldn’t put it down. 4 Stars   Always by Sarah Jio The main character sees her old boyfriend homeless outside of a restaurant one night while out with her fiancé. It’s only natural that she becomes a little obsessed and determined to help […]

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5 Favorite Book Series

Favorite Book Series

I’ve talked a lot about some of my favorite books, but I don’t know that I’ve done a post before on my favorite series. And since I just share my screen-based analogy of books, which concludes that book series are the ultimate reading experience for me, I thought I needed to remedy that oversight ASAP. So…here it is! My 5 favorite book series of all times   Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling I’ve said a lot about Harry Potter. You may recall my post about why I love Harry Potter.   The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer I’ve talked about these books a lot too. […]

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Best Books I Read in 2017

Best Books 2017

I read 154 books in 2017, but I only rated 9 books 5 stars, and 2 of those books were re-reads. Today I’m sharing the 15 best books I read in 2017. This list includes those 9 5-star reads and well as 6 4-star reads that have stuck with me and were too good not to mention. New 5-Star Reads from 2017 Dear Martin by Nic Stone The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (I loved […]

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My Year in Books: 2017

My Year in Books

I love that Goodreads puts together these stats for you at the end of the year (if you’ve done the reading challenging). I love looking back at them year over year. Here’re my stats for 2017. When I looked back at 2015-2017, I saw some interesting things: The number of books I’ve read has gone up over the years, well mostly. (2014: 97 books, 2015: 120 books, 2016: 163 books, 2017: 154 books) But the length of the books I’m reading is going down. (2014: 333 pages, 2015: 319 pages, 2016: 314 pages, 2017: 298 pages) Perhaps it’s because I keep setting my Goodreads goal […]

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Screen-Based Analogy of Books

Screen-Based Analogy Books

Ok, so this is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. You guys know I’m not a huge fan of character-driven books. I need books to have plot. Funnily enough, I also don’t enjoy sitcoms. Bare with me through this analogy. So sitcoms are situational comedies, right? They have consistent characters from episode to episode, but there isn’t really much plot that carries through the season or even throughout the full series. So they’re kind of like character-driven books, and they’re not really for me. Then we have movies. They usually have decent character development and a lot of plot, but they only last […]

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Discussion: Finding Connections Between Books

Discussion: Finding Connections Between Books

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m always reading more than one book at once. And while I try to select a variety of books with different plots (so I don’t get confused), I often notice that I am finding connections between books I’m reading even when they may not have major similarities at all. Am I the only one who does this? Let me explain a little more about what I mean. Example 1: Location Right now I’m reading two very different books. The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares is a contemporary YA book about a very complicated blended family. Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave is an […]

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Discussion: Starting vs. Finishing Books

Discussion: Starting vs. Finishing Books

I loved reading Gretchen Rubin’s books because she classifies people into different categories, and I am all about classification. I am a scientist after all. One of her categorizations is Starters vs. Finishers. I am definitely a Finisher. I love finishing a tube of toothpaste. I love wrapping up all of my reads at the end of the month. I love finishing a project at work. But lately, I’m finding that I keep starting new books. It’s so out of character for me. I mean, I’ve always been someone who was reading more than one book at once, but it used to be just one […]

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Shifting Genres: Less YA, More Adult Fiction?

Shifting Genres: More Adult Fiction, Less YA Fiction

Last week, I read Lauren’s (Bookmark Lit) post about being older and pickier, and it got me thinking about my own reading preferences. I used to read a ton of YA books, but I feel like in the last couple of years, I’ve been reading more adult fiction. I thought it would be fun to look at the numbers, and to analyze some of the reasons that adult fiction is appealing more to me recently -or- perhaps the reasons that young adult fiction is appealing to me less. The Stats – Adult vs. YA Fiction 2014 — Adult Fiction: 31 books (40%), YA Fiction: 47 […]

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