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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Discussion: Character-Driven Novels

Discussion Character Driven Novels

Today I want to discuss character-driven novels. I just finished another very character-driven book yesterday, and, honestly, I kind of hated it. (My review will be up tomorrow.) It got me thinking though. Do people really enjoy character-driven novels? According to this Goodreads list of Popular Character Driven Books, I have read and liked many character-driven novels, but I think it’s only because they also had a decent amount of plot action. The way I see it, an author can paint a picture with their words, tell a story with those words, or, ideally, do both. I just don’t get character-driven novels. Sure, I like getting […]

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Discussion: Envisioning location as I read

Side View of House | Pexels

I was listening to We Are the Ants yesterday while driving home from work, and I had a realization. The character in the book said something about the living room couch looking so lonely without his grandmother sitting on it, and I realized that the living room I was seeing in my mind was the living room of my childhood best friend. I thought back to an earlier part of the book and recalled envisioning the brother’s bedroom as the bedroom of my best friend’s older sister in that same house. Thinking back on other audiobooks I listened to recently, I discovered that Hermione’s bedroom from Exit, Pursued […]

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Why I love Goodreads

Goodreads: Meet your next favorite book.

I have told several people IRL over the last few months about why I love Goodreads. I was shocked to learn that they’d never heard of it. They were keeping track of the books they wanted to read in various lasts – on their phone, on paper, etc. That was me back in 2013 before I discovered Goodreads. And it changed my reading life. Honestly. 5 Reasons I love Goodreads 1. Goodreads keeps track of what I want to read. The reason I started using Goodreads was to consolidate my TBR list. I have the Goodreads app on my phone, which means I always have the […]

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Discussion: Reading without reviewing

Book on a blanket

Do you read books that you don’t review? I used to, but I don’t anymore with one exception. In the beginning When I first started blogging at Mom’s Radius in May 2015, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about. I was looking for a place to catalog our family’s experience. I wanted to connect with other readers. And I wanted to share some life advice: recipes, parenting tips, etc. with whoever wanted to read my blog. I read 12 books that month, but I only reviewed 4 of them on my blog. In June 2015 I read 12 books and reviewed 13 (one […]

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Discussion: Books that make authors famous

Open Book

Do you remember that scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when Ron starts attacking Cho Chang because he thinks she’s just jumping on the bandwagon about Tornadoes quidditch team? It’s completely understandable, right? No one likes when fair weather fans start acting like they’ve always been die hard fans just because their team made it to the Superbowl or the World Series or whatever. That’s kind of how I feel when an author that I have loved for a long time finally has a book that makes the best seller’s list and suddenly everyone is reading that book and acting like […]

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Discussion: Settling on Star Ratings for Books

Book, Notebook, and Laptop

I’ve written before about rating books. I’ve discussed what my ratings mean, why I don’t give half stars, how I feel about 3-star ratings, and even rating non-fiction. But I’ve never really talked about how I decide on a rating for a book. The beginning Almost as soon as I start reading a book, I get a feel for the tone, the characters, and the amount of details the author is going to provide. Usually by page 50 I have a general sense of what my rating will be. If I’m really into the story, and I don’t want to put it down, it will […]

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