Conversations: Why Reading Multiple Books Is My Jam
Saturday, January 21, 2017
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This week, the topic is...
Do you prefer to read a single book at a time, or multiple books at a time? Why?
I am not ashamed of it - I like reading multiple books at one time!
A huge problem I have when I read is actually starting the book. Particularly for fantasy and science-fiction books, there's usually quite a lot of world building involved. I'm a lazy reader, and I generally like to skim over information dumps - so when one book gets to be too much for me, I skip it. I move onto another book, and when I feel like returning back to Book #1, I return back. But of course, I can't forget about Book #2! So I concurrently read them.
And then, I want to read Book #3 - someone has just recommended it strongly to me, and that synopsis is gold! So of course, I pile on Book #3, and chug it down as well.
The sequel of a wonderful book has JUST come out - I NEED to know how that cliffhanger in the first book was resolved - let's add on Book #4!
By now, I'm thinking, "I think I've got enough books - let me start properly reading them!" BUT NO, LIFE DOES NOT WORK LIKE THAT.
School throws compulsory reading my way.
"Hey Gerri, we're studying The Picture of Dorian Gray this semester for English"
And I add Book#5 to my list.
Let's not forget that ARC that you signed up for three months ago! You need to read and review it by the end of this week! #oops. Book #6 is on the pile!
...the number of books, and the reasons why go on and on. I think at one point, I was reading eight books at one time?
I'm not going to lie - reading multiple books at the same time does have its drawbacks, as you can clearly see.
Getting inundated with all the books isn't always fun, because I feel overwhelmed. I also tend to forget a bunch of information about each book, as it all blends together. Sometimes, I forget what page I'm on as well, because I don't use bookmarks - I rely on my memory.
But reading multiple books at the same time also has its benefits. If I didn't read multiple books at one time, I would be so bored of that one book I'm reading. It spices up my reading life! It's also pretty convenient - I never leave the house without a book, and if I'm too close to finishing a book, I can decide not to bring it - I can bring another book that I've yet to get to the middle of (we must always be prepared for boring situations). Finally, there's also review writing...I tend to finish all my books around the same time, so I also have to write all my reviews at the same time! I like doing all my reviews at the same time, because I get to focus my whole attention on doing those reviews, open up all those tabs for just one occasion. Makes it so much easier, and more time-effective for me!
What kind of a reader are you - a one book at a time, or multiple book at a time reader? Why? Let me know in the comments below, or else link up with the linky! ^_^
#DisabilityDiaries2017 - My Experience With Mental Illness - A Response to Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley
Thursday, January 19, 2017
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#DisabilityDiaries2017 - Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley
Monday, January 16, 2017
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Publishing Date: May 26th, 2016
- The characters - were all fascinating characters that made me think about MY life
- The plot/premise - intriguing and hooked me in! The synopsis stays true to the book
- The writing - flows easily and easy to read
Things that could have been better:
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads | Amazon
Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to go to a top tier psychiatry program. She'll do anything to get in.
When Lisa finds out about Solomon's solitary existence, she comes up with a plan sure to net her a scholarship: befriend Solomon. Treat his condition. And write a paper on her findings. To earn Solomon's trust, Lisa begins letting him into her life, introducing him to her boyfriend Clark, and telling him her secrets. Soon, Solomon begins to open up and expand his universe. But all three teens have grown uncomfortably close, and when their facades fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse as well.
I was initially very apprehensive with Lisa. Lisa didn't seem to have any boundaries, and I had no idea why anyone would even like her. But eventually, Whaley reveals so many layers to her character, shows why she is what she is, shadowing light onto her background. It also helped that I completely understood where Lisa was coming from - two or three years ago, I was pretty much Lisa. I was interested in psychology, wanted to do medicine (still want to do both of those things now) and I was determined to get out of the city I grew up in (not so much anymore).
Solomon was such an endearing character. I could smush up his face and squeal, like an old grandmother, because he just pulled at my heartstrings with everything he did.
Clark was just a standout character, with how supportive he was. He showed me what being a friend meant - you make sure your friends know when they're overstepping, and you look out for them.
I really enjoyed how the friendships between this motley bunch was developed - what started off as curiosity on Lisa's part ended up being a sincere, deep affection for Solomon, and Clark, who had little interest in Solomon ended up being one of Solomon's best mates and a love interest.
Entertainment ValueHooked. Absolutely hooked. The short sentences made it easy for me to understand everything, to read it through quickly or slowly, depending on what I wanted to do. The characters felt real, it felt like I was there with them. Whilst reading, I was completely lost in the book - I almost forgot to get off the train!
Finally, I'll be writing another post as part of Disability Diaries, related to mental illness and Highly Illogical Behaviour - my essay on My Experience With Mental Illness. Keep an eye for it on Wednesday!
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When I First Saw You | The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Thursday, January 12, 2017
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The Book For This Week is...
The Actual Synopsis
There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.
Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?
Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.
What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.
ComparingWell...secret organisation? I WAS KIND OF RIGHT. But honestly, I like both my synopsis and the real synopsis. I'll definitely be going after The Love Interest - I'm totally in the mood for a love triangle book! Plus, it's a competition? Come on, this must be the most perfect book for me! I am a sucker for any books where there are competitions.
But at the same time...I know how many books are out there with my synopsis, but I really like my story. I honestly want to write a whole book out of it!
What would you have written? Do you think my synopsis was too far fetched? Did you like my synopsis? Let me know in the comments below!
And if you enjoy WIFSY - sign up with Sophie @ Sailing Through Books! It's such a wonderful meme, one of my absolute favourites, and I'd love to see more people with synopses!
Conversations: Why I Read Books
Saturday, January 07, 2017
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- Anything that involves science or medicine or psychology
When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Thursday, January 05, 2017
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Publishing Date: July 28th, 2016
- Politics - covered very well
- Writing - wonderful metaphors that illustrate political views very well
Things that could have been better:
- Characters - bland
- Characters - Mina had no character growth
Rating: 3 stars
Goodreads | Amazon |
When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees - standing on opposite sides.
Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre.
Michael's parents have founded a new political party called Aussie Values.
They want to stop the boats.
Mina wants to stop the hate.
When Mina wins a scholarship to Michael's private school, their lives crash together blindingly.
A novel for anyone who wants to fight for love, and against injustice.
Most of the characters were unmemorable - Abel-Fattah overloaded the first few pages with so many names of different characters, that they were barely distinguishable to me.
The romance between Michael and Mina felt forced and very insta-lovey. It was difficult for me to really get on board with it, as I never really saw a spark between them. For one, Michael noticed Mina at a rally, by her eyes. Her EYES. -cringes- Their common interests were just with music, there was no extra oomph for me.
tldr: I don't ship.
The strongest part of this book is the political message that it conveys. It really shows how racism can be everywhere, even in nice people. It doesn't depict racism as a black or white concept- there are shades of grey as well, as the people who you don't normally think are racist can be racist as well. The way that Abdel-Fattah writes really emphasises this, with metaphors that bring a strong punch, which help illustrate why it's so important to reduce and eliminate racism.
"Everybody's pruned and shaped [like a sapling] somehow, I guess. But not everybody has to fight to stop from being torn out of the ground"
I especially loved how Abdel-Fattah illustrated why Michael's family's views were wrong - how they expected foreigners to assimilate to Judeo-Christian values.
This is based off my Goodreads review, which ranks the book by its characters, plot, writing style and entertainment value.
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