Top Ten Tuesday~ Literary Turn-Offs

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the topic is the exact opposite from last week, ten things that instantly make me NOT want to read a book. As I mentioned last week, I will read just about anything, but there are some things that just make me say “No” right off the bat.

  1. Horror, blood and gore~ I’m not a fan of the horror genre in movies or books, and I don’t like there to be a lot of blood and gore in anything I read or watch. It’s just not my thing.
  2. Vampires~ It’s no secret that I am not a fan of vampires and tend to avoid books where the MC or pivotal characters are vampires. There are of course some exceptions to this rule, and there are a few books with well written vampires that I enjoy.
  3. Accepted abuse~ Abuse can play a part in advancing a plot, but it needs to be addressed as abuse and there needs to be some sort of punishment for the abuser, or at the very least, escape for the abused. This applies to animal abuse, as well as child abuse or domestic abuse. If the abuse is not addressed and seems to just be an accepted practice, I can’t read further.
  4. Politics~ I don’t discuss politics and I don’t want my stories to be filled with politics either. Reading is an escape for me and there is too much politically motivated stuff in my real life, so I want none of it in my reading life.
  5. Flat characters~ I mentioned last week that I can forgive an awkward plot for great characters, unfortunately the reverse is not true. If the characters are one dimensional and not fully fleshed out and human, no plot, no matter how great, is going to safe the story for me.
  6. Fraudulent experts~ This applies mostly to non-fiction and/or self-help type books where people claim to be experts in a particular field and have no real training or education. Especially when it comes to people who claim things like depression aren’t real and you can change your attitude and everything will be great.
  7. Mean Girls~ I am just not a fan. If there are mean girls, they need to not be central characters and will hopefully get their comeuppance in the end. I prefer to see strong, nurturing, supportive relationships between characters.
  8. Authors who make offensive statements on social media~ This one is kind of a hot button for me. I realize that authors are people and have their own opinions, but after some of the posts I saw on Twitter a while back it started affecting my desire to read their books. One author in particular posted something so offensive to me {and I was not in the group of people that the post was directed at} that I took their books off my TBR. This whole incident prompted me to unfollow ALL authors on Twitter {the worse offender} to keep the magic of books, and the mystery of the authors’ lives, intact for me.
  9. A religious agenda~ I have no problem with religion in books if it helps with the plot or in the development of the characters, but I do have a problem with books written as a work of fiction that are trying to promote a religious agenda. I have done some study on most of the world’s religions and support everyone’s right to believe and worship in their own way, but don’t try to force your beliefs on me in a work of fiction.
  10. Forced diversity~ Don’t take me wrong, I love diversity in books and agree that we need more diverse reads written by diverse authors. BUT I want genuine diversity, not diversity that is forced into a book to try to appease the demand. Diverse characters need to be researched {if the author is not personally affiliated with the ability, race, religion, gender, etc.} and well written, not a hodgepodge of stereotypes. I would personally prefer the author not include a diverse character if they cannot write the character in a real, genuine way.

My Week in Review 2017 #16

This is my week in review, where I update you on my life~ reading, blogging and general. I will also be linking up with some amazing blogs.

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Life Happenings:

This has just been a weird week. Between more staffing issues at work, getting sick {again}, and life in general, I didn’t get much reading done this week and I didn’t get a review up this week. I’m hoping next week will be a little more normal.

Today I’ll be having brunch with my family, then dinner out with a co-worker and movies with my team. We’re going to see Beauty and the Beast finally!

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #15
Top Ten Tuesday~ You Make Me Want {to Read} You
April Blogoversary Giveaway!
Cat Thursday #16
Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
The Friday 56~ The Handmaid’s Tale
Book Beginnings~ Illuminae

This Week on the Blog:

Top Ten Tuesday~ Literary Turn-Offs
April Challenge Update
Cat Thursday #17
Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~Are We There Yet?
The Friday 56~ Beautiful
Book Beginnings~ The Burning Page
April Mini Reviews

Around the Blog World:

Nothing this week

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It’s Monday! What Are you Reading from The Book Date takes a look at the books we have been reading over the past week and what we’re planning to read next.

Currently Reading:

Heaven and Earth (Three Sisters Island, #2) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) The Opal Deception  (Artemis Fowl, #4) City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) Oz: The Complete Collection The Promise Kitchen Twenties Girl

Heaven and Earth//Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows//The Opal Deception//City of Fallen Angels//Oz: The Complete Collection//The Promise Kitchen//Twenties Girl

Recently Completed:

Today Will Be Different

Today Will be Different

Up Next on TBR:

Face the Fire (Three Sisters Island, #3) Faking It (Losing It, #2) The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl, #5) City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) Imperfectly Criminal (Imperfect, #2) All the Good Parts Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro, #1)

Face the Fire//Faking It//The Lost Colony//City of Lost Souls//Imperfectly Criminal//All the Good Parts//Good in Bed

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I will also be linking this post to Stacking the Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews, a link up to share the new books we’ve added to our shelves over the past week.

New to the Shelves:

Audio Books Borrowed:

Lucinda's Secret (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #3)  The Ironwood Tree (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #4)  Every Exquisite Thing

Spiderwick Chronicles Book 3 & 4//Every Exquisite Thing

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

The Friday 56~ The Handmaid’s Tale

It’s time for another edition of The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Link up.

This week I chose to feature The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

The Handmaid's Tale

“Is that how we lived, then? But we lived as usual. Everyone does, most of the time. Whatever is going on is as usual.Even this is as usual, now.”

Book Beginnings~ Illuminae

As I stated last week, I have some free time since all of my memes are scheduled out to the end of the year {or at least as far as I have topics}, so I am joining in with some additional memes, starting with Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader.

This meme is a fairly simple concept, we share the first line or so from a current read. This week I’m featuring Illuminae by Aimee Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

So here’s the file that almost killed me, Director.

This is such a great beginning… you just can’t wait to see what happens next!

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

I’m participating in Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts, hosted by Lexxie over at {un}Conventional Book Views again this week.

What is Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts? Well here’s a description from Lexxie’s site:

The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Each week there is a link-up for the current post so that it’s easy to find other participants as well.

This week I am featuring Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. This scene takes place in a coffee shop between Leonard and Lauren. {page 148}

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

We got a seat and I ordered a double espresso, because I thought that would sound really sophisticated and cool and was the most Bogart-like thing I could order since I couldn’t order gin or scotch. Lauren ordered a peppermint mocha, which made her seem like a child again, and I also liked that about her, so I called the waiter back and said, “I’ll also have a peppermint mocha.”

April Anniversary Giveaway!

This month {this week actually} is my one year blogoversary! On April 17, 2016 I launched Life Among the Pages as a way to share my rekindled love of books and reading. Over the last year I have met some great bloggers, joined up for some great memes and challenges, and read {and shared} a lot of terrific books.

In honor of my blogoversary, this month I will be giving away one Kindle Fire Tablet with Alexa {7″ Display, 8 GB, in choice of color- black, blue, magenta or tangerine}. This giveaway is open wherever Amazon will ship.

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Top Ten Tuesday~ You Make Me Want {to Read} You

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the topic is things that instantly make me want to read a book. I will read {almost} anything, so there’s not a lot off limits for me {come back next week to see those}, but the elements below are sure to draw me in.

  1. It takes place in a library~ What book lover doesn’t love a story where the plot revolves around books? Or at least the home of lots of books. And it doesn’t have to be a library, a bookstore works too, or a house that just has lots and lots of books.
  2. There is magic involved… preferably a magic school~ I love magical stories, especially of witches {or wizards} who are just discovering their power. Many times this happens in schools, but not always. And not always young witches, sometimes they are already established adults and either haven’t understood their power or have blocked it {or both}.
  3. It takes place in a school… preferably a boarding school~ Because I love transitional books and school is such a time of transition, I tend to love books that take place in school {especially college}. Because I like the whole idea of being on your own and finding yourself, boarding schools tend to be a particular favorite.
  4. One of the MCs is a Seal or Special Forces {FBI agents are ok here as well}~ Because I like my romance mixed with a bit of action or suspense, I really enjoy series that revolve around Seal Teams, Spec Ops teams, teams made up of former Seals/Spec Ops, and those that revolve around FBI agents.
  5. There’s a romance pivotal to the story~ I love me some romance {I even like insta-love, sorry, not sorry}. While not every book I read and enjoy has a romantic element to them, I see a romance as an added perk. I love love, especially the fairytale kind.
  6. The MC is overcoming a loss {breakup, death, job loss, school issues}~ I mentioned above that I really like transitional stories, and that’s where this one comes in. I tend to be drawn to characters who are battling something in their lives. It doesn’t have to be a death or breakup, anything that brings them to the point of needing to re-evaluate their lives and direction is good for me.
  7. There is a quest involved… or maybe just a road trip~ One of my bucket list items is to take a road trip, so this may be why I am drawn to stories that involve lots of travel or quests. I feel like I am along for the ride with the characters.
  8. Cats play a big role~ Do I really even need to explain this one?
  9. The author’s name is Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz, Suzanne Brockmann, Rick Riordan, John Green, Jennifer Niven… or a whole host of other names~ I think this is another one that really doesn’t require explanation. There are certain authors, like those listed and many more, whose books I automatically purchase without even looking at a synopsis because I just know that I am going to love them.
  10. The MC is flawed, tragic, and most of all human~ I am very character driven and can forgive a slow or awkward plot if the characters are well written. Characters should have flaws, and probably some tragic moments during the course of the story. I need to be able to relate to the humanity of the character and immerse myself in their POV.

What makes you pick up a book?

My Week in Review 2017 #15

This is my week in review, where I update you on my life~ reading, blogging and general. I will also be linking up with some amazing blogs.

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Life Happenings:

I’ve scheduled all my memes out as far as they can go for the year {The Friday 56 & Thirsty Thursdays are scheduled out to the end of 2017, TTT through the list of current prompts, plus 2 freebies, and Cat Thursday through mid-October- I need more pictures!}. Of course this means I only have my update posts and reviews to write during the week. One would think that I would use the extra time for more reading, or maybe more sleep, or a multitude of other things I need to work on… but no, I’ve used the extra time to look for more memes! You can expect to see some more memes popping up here over the next several weeks, starting with Book Beginnings this week. Because I am crazy.

And because I am on a strict book budget, but I still want all the books, I picked up a bunch of free Kindle books this week. I also ended up with a $0.99 one as well because I didn’t realize I had left the free zone behind, but that’s ok, my budget does allow for a couple of inexpensive ($3.99 or less) Kindle books per month.

If you read my Bookish Community post this week {see below for a link}, you saw that my county has lost their library system. In June, the online access to Library2Go will also be eliminated for those using Douglas County library cards, so I won’t have access to my audio books until I am officially living in the city of Eugene or within Lane County {there are separate library systems in that county} unless I pay a monthly non-resident fee. That being said, I’m going to try to get through as many audio books from my list that I can over the next month or so while I still have access. I will be a lot slower with physical/digital reads for a while, but will probably clear through a lot of audio books during this time {I hope}. I’m still pretty upset that the library measure didn’t pass and that the county decided that cutting the libraries was the best solution to their budget problems. While I haven’t always been an avid library user in the past, I have always valued their importance in communities.

In completely unrelated news, my glasses came in and I am now trying to get used to the progressives. I can’t wear them to work on the computer yet because I haven’t found the right place to look through, so nothing is quite clear. I’m doing pretty well with the distance and reading portions, but as my eyes get tired through the day, have a harder time with them. I was told it can take up to two weeks to fully adjust and it’s only been a couple of days, so I’m just continuing to build on my wearing time.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #14
Top Ten Tuesday~ Total Unique
Exploring Bookish Communities #4~ The Loss of Libraries
Cat Thursday #15
Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Geek Girl
The Friday 56~ River Road
Review: Buzz Books 2017 Young Adult Spring/Summer

This Week on the Blog:

Top Ten Tuesday~ You Make Me Want {to Read} You
April Blogoversary Giveaway!
Cat Thursday #16
Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
The Friday 56~ The Handmaid’s Tale
Book Beginnings~ Illuminae
Review: The Promise Kitchen

Around the Blog World:

Expectations vs. Reality for Book Bloggers from Paper Fury

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It’s Monday! What Are you Reading from The Book Date takes a look at the books we have been reading over the past week and what we’re planning to read next.

Currently Reading:

Heaven and Earth (Three Sisters Island, #2) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) The Opal Deception (Artemis Fowl, #4) City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) The Promise Kitchen Oz: The Complete Collection Today Will Be Different

Heaven and Earth//Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows//The Opal Deception//City of Fallen Angels//The Promise Kitchen//Oz: The Complete Collection//Today Will Be Different

Recently Completed:

Buzz Books 2017: Young Adult Spring/Summer  Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)  Queen of Babble (Queen of Babble, #1)

Buzz Books Young Adult 2017 Spring/Summer//Across the Universe//Queen of Babble

Up Next on TBR:

Face the Fire (Three Sisters Island, #3) Faking It (Losing It, #2) The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl, #5) City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) All the Good Parts Imperfectly Criminal (Imperfect, #2) Twenties Girl

Face the Fire//Faking It//The Lost Colony//City of Lost Souls//All the Good Parts//Imperfectly Criminal//Twenties Girl

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I will also be linking this post to Stacking the Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews, a link up to share the new books we’ve added to our shelves over the past week.

New to the Shelves:

Borrowed Audio Books:

Evermore (The Immortals, #1)  The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood, #1)

Evermore//The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Free Kindle Books:

Nora & Kettle (Paper Stars, #1) Let's Be Just Friends (Just Friends, #1) Just Pretending (Hearts to Follow #1) Ethereal (Celestra, #1) The Summer We Believed (Denim Days #1) Star Struck (Star Kissed, #1) The Summer I Gave Up Boys (The Summer I Gave Up Boys, #1) Don't Just Speak Love Retrieval (The Retrieval Duet, #1) The Seven Steps to Closure Barefoot with a Bodyguard (Barefoot Bay Undercover, #1; Barefoot Bay Universe, #12) Bodyguard Dearest Teasing Destiny (Wishing Well, Texas #1) Not over You (Healing Springs, #1) SEAL for Her Protection (SEALs of Coronado, #1) A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars, #1) In Too Deep (Roommates Trilogy, #1)  Until the End of the World (Until the End of the World #1) Forever Ours (Shattered Hearts, #1)

Nora & Kettle//Let’s Be Just Friends//Just Pretending//Ethereal//The Summer We Believed//Star Struck//The Summer I Gave Up Boys//Don’t Just Speak Love//Retrieval//The Seven Steps to Closure//Barefoot with a Bodyguard//Bodyguard Dearest//Teasing Destiny//Not Over You//SEAL For Her Protection//A Stone in the Sea//In Too Deep//Until the End of the World//Forever Ours

Purchased Kindle Book:

Discovering Zhara: Kissing Benton (Bad Boy Rebels Book 1)

Discovering Zhara: Kissing Benton

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Review: Buzz Books 2017 Young Adult Spring/Summer

Buzz Books 2017 Young Adult Spring/Summer Book Cover Buzz Books 2017 Young Adult Spring/Summer
Publishers Lunch
January 13, 2017
eARC
Net Galley

Our sixth edition of Buzz Books: Young Adult provides the special excitement of Winter Institute and takes it even further with samples of the best in forthcoming young adult novels months ahead of their actual publication. Publishing insiders— librarians, booksellers, bloggers and reviewers—rely on Buzz Books to survey breakout titles on the horizon. At the end of most excerpts, you will find a link to the full galley on NetGalley!

These substantial pre-publication excerpts reflect a broad spectrum of today’s young adult writing, from fantasy and romance to suspense and humor. You will discover debut writers to put on your radar, while enjoying early samples from some of the biggest authors in the field and even a memoir for younger readers.

Three New York Times bestselling authors share new work: Renée Ahdieh (The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger); Cora Carmack (the Losing It series); and Joelle Charbonneau (the Testing trilogy). Ahdieh and Charbonneau are previous Buzz Books authors, so we’re delighted to have them back.

Beyond the boundaries of YA, we also feature two middle grade titles from JIMMY Patterson, the children’s imprint that James Patterson founded to encourage every child to love reading.

Let’s look at another edition of Buzz Books and see which titles I can’t wait to read, and which titles I’ll pass on, thank you.

Can’t Wait to Read
The One Memory of Flora Banks
Piper Perish
This is Really Happening
The End of Our Story
Laugh Out Loud
Geekerella
Definitions of Indefinable Things

Undecided
Flame in the Mist
Dream Me
Future Threat
The Black Witch
Aftercare Instructions
Rebels Like Us
Gem & Dixie

I’ll Pass This Time, Thanks
Roar
Dividing Eden
Spirit Quest
How to Be a Super Villain

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this title through Net Galley and the publisher {Publishers Lunch} in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.