TTT: Should I Read More?

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I have a reading idiosyncrazy idiosyncrasy. When some readers really enjoy a book, they tend to devour everything by that author. Me? I STAY AWAY. It hasn’t always been like this – the reason I have read tons of Jodi Picoult and Karen Kingsbury. I think it started in university when I realised I don’t have time to read everything I want to read. So now, when I have read a book that I absolutely adored, I actually willfully stay away from reading another work by the same author. I think partially it is because I don’t want to ruin my experience, but also partially because I want to read as many different voices as possible, and not restrict myself.

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So although today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Ten authors I’ve only read one book from but NEED to read more”, I’m asking: SHOULD I read more of these authors?

1. Zeina AbirachedI Remember Beirut

I wrote a mini-review for this graphic novel here. I really enjoyed reading it, especially as it was the first book I ever read set in Lebanon. She has another graphic novel, also about her childhood in the war, so I am a bit wary of reading the same author and the same setting. The other option would be for me to read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, which is also a graphic novel that sounds similar but not the same, and set in Iran.

2. Benjamin Alire SaenzAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Okay, lets be frank: Ari and Dante don’t exactly have hectic adventures. If you think about it, the plot is kind of boring. And yet I couldn’t stop reading this book. Saenz writes absolutely beautifully, so even though I’m not thaaaat interested in reading about a teen in rehab, I have a feeling Saenz probably wrote so beautifully about it in Last Night I Sang to the Monster.

3. Mindy McGinnisNot a Drop to Drink

I kind of expected to find this book a little lame and full of tropes, but I liked it. Apart from the whole romance things, which I did not “feel”, it was good! But now there’s In a Handful of Dust, which is a sequel but not a sequel (huh?) and I want to read more about Lucy… I think! But what if it’s just the same story rehashed?

4. Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

I waited for the hype to die down well and proper before reading this and I loved it. My brother, at the same time, read I am the Messenger, which he loved. He says it’s quite funny and awesome. It sounds verrrry different from The Book Thief though. Which is not a problem but… will I like it?

5. Jennifer DonnellyRevolution

I really enjoyed the way Revolution weaved together history and music. I’m interested in A Northern Light which seems to have more recent history (1900s) and writing/words. It sounds pretty awesome too.

6. Elizabeth WeinCode Name Verity

I REALLY want to read Rose Under Fire but I keep avoiding it! CNV really kind of broke my heart and I don’t know if I can take more of its awesomeness. Am I weird? I’m weird aren’t I.

7. George OrwellAnimal Farm

People say a writer writes the same story over and over. I thought Animal Farm was decent, but isn’t 1984 kind of similar? I’m kind of over reading things because I feel compelled to…

8. David LevitanEvery Day

I tried reading Two Boys Kissing, which sounded awesome, but I couldn’t get into it. Something about the tone. But there’s a whole bunch of other Levithan books that sound so cute and awesome.

9. Rainbow RowellEleanor & Park

Okay, this one is definitely a fear of being let down! I really enjoyed E&P but quite specifically because of the characters. Fangirl and Landline just don’t sound appealing to me, to be honest… Attachments, maybe?

10. Gayle FormanJust One Day

SERIOUS HYPE MONSTER. I don’t think I would have read it if not for the fact that I won it, and then it was pretty awesome. Do I want to find out what happens in Just One Year, though? I’m not sure. I’m not all that interested in D*ckwad’s excuses, y’know? And then Forman has some other books that are apparently awesome, but still: HYPE MONSTER!

As you can probably tell, I really do want to read more of these authors, I just need a bit of a push.

So, push me already! :)

 

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts #7

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Linking up with Christine from Bookishly Boisterous for this post (hiiiii! I’ve missed y’all!).

1. I think I’m joining the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril bookish/bloggy event this year. I’ve been considering it for three years and not doing it because I’m a big wuss and also we don’t really go big on Halloween here but… sometimes I like a bit of a thrill. So I think I’ll do Peril the Second, meaning I need to read two books fitting the theme. I want to read The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma and then I need one other suggestion. I’m thinking something YA and not tooooo scary. Suggestions?

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Ten Harry Potter Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

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I’m twisting today’s TTT topic in honour of Harry Potter Month! How’s that for killing two birds with one stone. These are the ten characters from the Harry Potter World that I would want with me on a deserted island. We assume that they don’t have broomsticks with them and that they can’t apparate from the island or transfigure into a sea creature to swim away… because that would just be too easy.

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Harry Potter And The “Occult”: How Reading Was Almost Ruined For Me

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Last week I wrote about how much the Harry Potter books meant to me as a young reader – and to some degree, still does – but this week I’d like to write about how this lovely part of my childhood was placed in jeopardy.

As is wont to happen, there are groups of society who easily condemn anything that is popular as evil. I attended a conservative primary school, which was very vocal about its ideas of right and wrong. They declared things to be “evil” with striking regularity.

Heh… couldn’t resist.

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Book Review: The Country of Ice Cream Star

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My name be Ice Cream Fifteen Star. This be the tale of how I bring the cure to all  the Nighted States, save every poory children, brief for life. Is how a city die for selfish love, and rise from this same smallness.  Be how the new America begin, in wars against all hope – a country with no power in a world that hate its life.  So been the faith I sworn, and it ain’t evils in no world nor cruelties in no red hell can change the vally heart of Ice Cream Star.

In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star and her people survive by scavenging in the detritus of an abandoned civilization. Theirs is a world of children – by the time they reach the age of twenty, each of them will die of the disease they call posies. Continue reading

Books as a Mirror for Attitudes toward Mental Health

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For Mental Health Awareness Month I wanted to make a list of books about mental health. I was done with a rough draft when I realised I didn’t like it: I hadn’t read that many YA about mental health and some pretty voracious readers are sure to post some fantastic lists.

What I do want to talk about is how YA portrays mental health issues, even when it isn’t necessarily focused on mental health.

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