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Book Ban Check-in #3

Has it really been two weeks since the last book ban update? It might have been. I’m not going to lie, I bought more books, though the husband said anything I got from Word on the Street didn’t count (what a nice husband), plus I received lots of new ARCs and gifts from River and Melissa. Oh and there’s that Lauren Oliver book I bought and got signed, which you already saw. Needless to say, I gotta stop. Hopefully October will be a better month, though I will probably buy at least one book for sure because, HELLO! New Maggie Stiefvater book. I MUST HAVE IT. Even if I buy that one book, I’ve got to make up what I kinda, sorta got at the events I went to…

Here’s a picture of the physical books I read these last two weeks:

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Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King — Read this for Backseat Book Club and felt very indifferent towards it. I get that it’s supposed to be a fairy tale (it’s completely written this way) but holy crap, everyone was so STUPID in this book. It upset me too because I just didn’t like any of these characters (which makes sense because they are more cartoons than characters). I really liked the writing style of this one as it’s really different from his other books (yay!) and that’s I think ultimately kept me going. Also, very little dragons in this. THE TITLE LIED. 2.5/5 Stars,

Love is a Four-Letter Word by Vikki VanSickle — I wish Vikki’s books were more widely recognized. She writes some wonderfully realistic and totally awesome middler graders. I adore Clarissa, and I love her antics. I also love the new conflicts she faced in this story, especially with her mom and her new beau. Benji still hands down is my favourite character, but goodness Clarissa does a number on some of her friends and family in this one. I’ll probably talk about the three Clarissa books in a full post once I read the last one. 4/5 Stars.

Except the Dying, by Maureen Jennings — MUDOCH MYSTERIES! Admittedly, I haven’t had the chance to watch the show, but I love me a good mystery and the characters in this story were SO AWESOME (Crabtree <3). Plus, I love how Jennings weaves a mystery because she only gives tiny pieces — you really have to do a good chunk of the work. 4/5 Stars.

The Haunting of Heck House by Lesley Livingston & Jonathan Llyr — Not going to say much about this one since the review is going live, TOMORROW. Only hint I will give you: just as fun as the first book.

Rooms by Lauren Oliver — I am the biggest sucker for Lauren Oliver’s stories. Even with some of the novel’s flaws I find myself so deeply invested with her characters and the situations they end up in. I think if you are a very patient reader, there’s a lot to love her. Everything about this book is a slow burn (no pun intended) and that’s part of the joy that comes with the story. Everything is gradual, slow, methodical, and if you are the type of person who can’t settle into that type of pacing, I’d avoid this book. Otherwise, it’s wonderfully spooky with some really wonderful characters. 4/5 Stars,

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll — HOLY CREEPY FACTOR BATMAN. The artwork coupled with the beautiful writing? Great, creepy stuff here. A perfect Halloween read. 4.5/5 Stars,

Ebooks Read:

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas — Mini-Review

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry — Review

The Good Sister by Julie Kain — Review to go live 09/08. (This is a good one guys).

Number of books bought on the ban: 9 (AHHHHHH NOT GOOD! BUT WORD ON THE STREET DOESN’T…oh who am I kidding, yes it does. >>;)

Number of (owned) books read on the ban: 19 (Uhhh… slightly better?)


 

Note to self: STOP BUYING BOOKS… unless it’s Blue Lily, Lily Blue. That’s allowed, right?

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Book Ban Check-in #1

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You all may recall at the end of March I stated I was going on a book ban for two months, with a check in every two weeks. Well, here’s my first check in and I’ve read 4/15 books towards this challenge. A pretty good start don’t you think? My goal was to read 5 YA, 5 MG, and 5 Adult books, and I have 3 YA, 1 MG and 0 Adult books completed. Towards the end I’ll make a proper listing, but right now this is me taking a quick study break as I have a Cataloguing and Searching exam tomorrow, which is taking up all my time. I managed to sneak most of these in before exams started.

So let’s talk about the books. The first one I tackled was Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee, which I adored. It has it’s problems of being horrifically predictable, but the writing is gorgeous, the descriptions are vivid, and it definitely keeps you engaged, even if you can spot the plot twist instantly. 4 Stars on Goodreads.

Second, I tackled Seaward by Susan Cooper, which is a book that was recommended to me years ago and was surprisingly difficult to find. For such a short book, it has a very complex and compact narrative. There’s an excellent ebb and flow to the story that just whisks you away. The only downside to the book was I did want more for the characters, as I didn’t entirely feel as though they were memorable. Still, Cooper’s prose is fantastic, and that alone makes it worth the read. 4 Stars on Goodreads.

Third, I read Lament by Maggie Stiefvater. Not my favourite book by Maggie as I did have some problems with a few of the characters. Dee was a very hit and miss protagonist, but she’s one who I had a fair amount of sympathy for when she wasn’t being dumb about Luke )her love interest) wanting to kill her. Seriously, if someone wanted to kill me but was all “Ooo I’m in love with you!” I’d throw more than a hissy fit. The romance didn’t entirely work for me, but the rest of the story was really fun. The villainess in the story is AWESOME and I don’t want to spoil why I think she’s so damn awesome. Overall, I gave this book a 3.5 Stars on Goodreads.

Lastly, I finished a book I had started back at the beginning of March for a feature I’ve been working on (and still have not completed yet for RPGamer), which is For the Win by Cory Doctorow. I have an insanely love-hate relationship with this author, and once again I found myself loving the ideas presented within the text, but not loving how bloated and info-dumpy the book was to read on a whole. I don’t mind some info-dumping, but if a huge chunk of the book is info dumping and the characters are one-dimensional to just serve a function, I generally won’t enjoy the book, which is exactly what happened here. I can’t really recommend this book, it just takes too long to get going and when it’s good, it’s great, and when it’s bad, it’s really bad. I ended up giving the book 2 Stars on Goodreads.

Have I bought any books on the ban so far? Sadly, yes, I bought one, which was The Soul Healer by Melissa Giorgio. Do I regret doing that? No. Melissa is a dear friend of mine, and I wanted to support the release despite it falling in my book ban. Plus, I want more Rafe and Gabi in my life. Perhaps I will read it during this ban? Very likely! But now I need to really be good and try a bit harder to ensure that I don’t slip up again.

See you in two weeks! Who knows what books I’ll have pulled out of the backlog the next time we meet. 🙂

Personal Post – Book Buying Ban

BcQ63rzCYAA7nu7It’s weird how the words “Book Buying Ban” has been flying around as of late. It seems like that rush of awesome Winter 2014 releases is still on the move, and I admit I’ve gone a bit crazier than I have meant to, having grabbed a lot of new books recently from Amazon, used book stores and the soon-to-be-lost, World’s Biggest Book Store.

But I’m freaking out: I own way too many books, and while I’m always reading, I feel like as of late I’ve been accumulating more than I can handle. It also doesn’t help that I’m acquiring review books and library books like a crazy cat lady. So, I need to combat this problem, I need all of you out there to try and keep me on the straight and narrow. I can’t take credit for this idea as I was completely inspired by The Little Book Owl and her video on bans. I think, like she said, sometimes you know when it’s time, no matter how hard it may be.

As of April 1 until May 31, I am going on a book and library ban. I have to find a way to combat this problem and this is the hardest way to do it, but it also might stop me from going a bit crazy considering I’m a full time student again (in Library Science, so I lie to myself a lot and say it’s research… it totally is research. Totally.) Every two weeks on the blog, I will update you all on my progress, and what I’ve decided to do is make a bit of a challenge for myself for those two months. The goal is to knock out at least fifteen books from my backlog that I own and are not review.

  • 5 Adult Books
  • 5 YA Books
  • 5 Middle Grade Books
  • 1 of these must come from the borrowed pile.

And then review books will be throw around here and there. In the two week report, I will update you on what I read, if I enjoyed it or not and all that good stuff. If it’s a book I can’t see myself loaning out or rereading, it’s going to library donation bin or to the Odette Centre for Cancer Research where they have those free book tables (that I may or may not peruse when I am there).

To my friends who I see on a regular basis, your challenge is to tell me NO when we are out when it comes to books. To those who read this blog, all I ask from you is your encouragement, recommendations, and support. In fact, if you want help, feel free to look at my to-read shelf on Goodreads and scream “OMGREADTHATONE” at me.

At this end of this ban, if I succeed (and if I don’t), I’ll be hosting a giveaway, where in I will giveaway some of my favourites I read during the ban. Obviously I don’t know which books those will be, but we will cross that bridge when we get there. It’s just getting terrible that I’m pushing 400 books unread books and seriously, I gotta stop.

How do you combat the problem of owning or buying too many books? Let me know in the comments!