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message 1: by Sheri (new)

Sheri | 821 comments Mod
Hi Everyone!

Actually making a post in the correct week, at least.

This week I finished:

Zone One - this was for my books & brew. I did not enjoy it, sadly. I know lots of people love the writer, I'm not one of them. There were giant walls of text, and the PoV character kept fading in and out of flashbacks to the point of I kept losing track of what was actually happening. 70 pages in I realized it was still in the same zombie encounter that the book started with, everything else was just flashbacks. I hadn't actually realized it was possible to make zombies so boring. And yes, I get sometimes the meandering can try to put the reader in the same state of mind as the pov, but in this case it didn't work. I just felt confused and annoyed and wishing something would actually happen.

Warcross - this is for popsugar lit rpg, as well as reading women's YA book by a woman of color. I liked it mostly, however i was so frustrated by the abrupt cliffhanger ending. It was a buzzkill!

The Essex Serpent - this isn't my usual sort of book, but I did enjoy it. It was more long meandering character studies than anything particularly action packed, but I liked it anyhow. Wished there was more magic in it though haha. This was popsugar zodiac/astrology symbol in the title, and Chinese zodiac for ATY. Serpent can mean either dragon or snake, both of which are in the Chinese Zodiac.

Dorothy Must Die - Popsugar retelling of a classic, ATY book related to a tv show/movie I enjoyed. It wasn't a straight retelling, it's more a continuation. Wizard of Oz and the rest of the oz books happened, but now Dorothy's become a despot and a resistance is plotting to overthrow her. Again, I really enjoyed the book until the ending. it ended SO abruptly I actually audibly went "WHAT" when I finished, causing my husband concern. And of course the rest of the series is more thanI want to pay right now. Ah well.

Currently reading:

On Both Banks - this was one of my bookflood books! The author is in the group too which is both cool and a bit nervewracking. He was tagged so knows i got it, and there's only like...2 reviews on goodreads so when I review it, it'll be a little obvious which one is mine, haha. Luckily I like it pretty well so far, if pretty weird. I'm using it for Read Harder's book with less than 100 reviews that was published before January 2019.


Borrowing popsugar's question this week, since it feels timely.

Do you like your endings to be wrapped up neatly, or leave you guessing?

I like a neat ending, most the time, haha. I get that in a series, it takes multiple books to resolve the overall plot. However there's ways to wrap up the individual books that still make the book feel complete, while leaving you excited for the next. I don't like feeling like I ran headlong into a wall as I get to the last page.

When it comes to stand alone books, I want enough of a resolution that I feel like I get the point of the book. I don't need every single detail of what happened later, but I want to feel like there was a point to me having read the book. If I have to guess so much it feels like I have to write my own ending in my head, that's not satisfying for me.

message 2: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie | 207 comments Mod
Hello All,

I'm still slowly working my way through The Shadow of What Was Lost, despite my ranting about it last week. I haven't really had much time to read in the last four days, so I suppose that's why I'm not as irate this week, haha. I think I have decided to tough it out, though. I'll probably put reading it on hold for a bit as I have a library book due soon and want to get to it.

This morning my audiobook library hold for Neverwhere came in, so I've listened to the first 35 minutes of that. As usual, Gaiman has me chuckling out loud. I anticipate yet another happy experience listening to one of his books.

QOTW: I absolutely like my books all wrapped up. If you could tell me all the details about the characters for the rest of their lives, that would be great, thank you very much! :-)

message 3: by Sheri (new)

Sheri | 821 comments Mod

I super recommend the audio drama if you like Neverwhere :) It's got all kinds of big British names! James MacAvoy, Natalie Dormer, Christopher Lee, Benedict Cumberbatch, among others.

message 4: by Jen (last edited Mar 29, 2019 03:59PM) (new)

Jen (piratenami) | 186 comments Last week I finished Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, which I loved!

I also read a short historical romance novella, A Kiss For Midwinter by Courtney Milan. I enjoyed it a lot. I like Milan's ability to draw great characters that I can care about, even in a short novella.

Currently reading Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. Only a few chapters in but enjoying it so far.

QOTW: I suppose it depends on the genre for me.

With a romance, I really need that neat happily ever after (or at least a happy-for-now) ending for the focus couple of the book.

For something like a fantasy, sci-fi, etc., I don't mind the ending being a little more open-ended, especially if there are sequels or it's part of a series, but it still needs enough of an ending that I feel satisfied by reading it.

Not a huge fan of cliffhangers, but I can see where they're useful. It just irritates me to end on a cliffhanger when the next book is a year or two away.

message 5: by Megan (new)

Megan | 236 comments **Warning that there will be a mention of a very not-safe-for-John’s-Grandma title at the end of this post**

I’ve had a busy couple weeks, so I haven’t gotten as much reading in as I usually do - so that’s why I never got around to checking in last week!

When I last checked in, I was halfway through Year of Wonders, and pretty ambivalent about it. The second half completely changed my whole perspective, though, and now I can’t recommend it enough to anyone interested in women’s history, medical history, or just good historical fiction in general.

Next was The Zig Zag Girl, which was a free Kindle book I’d gotten a while back for renewing my IHG rewards membership. It was fine - the premise was more exciting than the story turned out to be, but it was well-written, so I would be open to reading another entry in the series someday.

Then it was on to Rule for IRL book club #2. It started off in a not terribly promising way, by introducing too many seemingly unrelated characters and situations - but it didn’t take long for everything to come together, and the story really took off from there. The ending was VERY abrupt (must be something in the air this week!) - the sequel won’t be out until June, so I’ll have to wait until then for any kind of resolution to any of the threads in the plot. But I suspect that will make for an interesting discussion, since we can all speculate about what happens next!

**Here’s the NSFJG part**
I’m currently about 1/4 of the way through Faggots for IRL book club #3. This is nothing I ever would have selected on my own - I’m not usually much for romance, let alone what so far seems like straight-up porn - but it’s surprisingly well-written, and I’m interested in the (so far admittedly minimal) plot enough to keep going.

**Back to G-rating**
The two books you mentioned as ending abruptly are both ones I enjoyed - I haven’t had a chance to read the Warcross sequel yet, but I did read the next one in the Dorothy series and it also ends in a way that just sets up the next one rather than resolving things. I don’t mind when series are like that, but when a stand-alone book does it, it usually feels gimmicky or lazy. I’m fine with some things being left to interpretation, but why bother setting up a plot if you’re not going to resolve it ever?

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