#MixedReviews

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Today’s short discussion is about mixed reviews.  

Mixed reviews can be tricky when trying to decide if you want to read a book or not.  There are so many books that I have seen with mixed reviews, but there’s a positive thing about them.  A lot of times with mixed reviews, I’ll get the samples on my Nook and read them.  This really helps me decide if I want to actually continue reading the book, or not even bother with it.  Another thing with mixed reviews is that if you have reviewers that you trust, it makes the decision a little bit easier.  I know mixed reviews can be tricky, but the things I mentioned should be helpful.

What do you think of mixed reviews?

#PostingReviews

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Today’s short discussion post is all about posting reviews, and why it is important to post them.

For a while, I just posted my reviews to Goodreads, which was good in one way but not so good in another way.  A lot of people use Goodreads to read reviews, get book recommendations and interact with fellow book lovers.  While it is amazing to post reviews to Goodreads, it shouldn’t be the only place that reviews are posted.  Reviews need to be posted to retailer websites.  Other than the library, Barnes and Noble is the main retailer that I use to obtain books.  Even when you borrow books from the library, you should still post your review on a retailer website.  One of my goals for the year was to get better at posting my reviews on the Barnes and Noble website, and when I review a book on Goodreads, I make sure to also review it on Barnes and Noble as well.  Some people may think that they don’t need to post reviews on retailer websites, but people actually do read those reviews, I know I do.  So please try to make an effort and post reviews to retailer websites!

March16 Wrap-up

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This month was another slow reading month for me.  I only read three books and got into a bit of a reading slump, however I did read one of the books on my re-reads list.  I’m also five books ahead of schedule on my Goodreads challenge, so I’m not too worried.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard- Four stars on Goodreads. I loved this book. There were things that I was not expecting at all and I was surprised by some of the things that happened. The cliffhanger ending left me wanting more. I thought the book was beautifully written. However, I wasn’t really a fan of the romance, I thought that aspect could have been better.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard- I gave this three stars because I didn’t see as much growth from Mare as I was hoping for.  I also wanted more from Mare and Cal, I felt there was just too much tension between them.  I also didn’t like the ending, and though that Mare was so stupid for doing what she did.  While I did like this book, I wanted more, more development in the characters and the relationships.  I’m hoping Mare and Cal finally end up together in book three and there is more development in the characters and their relationships.

Beloved by Toni Morrison- I gave this five stars.  I first read this in a college literature class, and I didn’t really understand the importance of this book.  After re-reading it, I understand it a lot more now.  Because it is historical fiction, there is a lot of historical context and importance that I didn’t understand when I first read it.   The book takes place after the American Civil War and deals with slave trade.  With this book I really saw the trials and tribulations of trying to escape slavery and be free.  I found this book intriguing and haunting.  In my opinion, it’s a must read.

January16 Reading Wrap Up

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This month I read 10 books and abandoned one.

Here are the books I read, in the order that I read them.

1.) The Web by Megan Chance- I gave this book three out of five stars on Goodreads. This book is the second book in a trilogy. I read the first book and the first book really sucked me in. However, the way that the book is written, with different points of views for each chapter is still a bit confusing. I find some of the plot confusing too. I hated the cliff hanger ending, I still can’t stand Derry and I hope Grace chooses the Fomori.

2.) The Veil by Megan Chance- I gave this three out of five stars on Goodreads. I hated how this book and series ended. I also didn’t like the guy that Grace, the main character chose in the end. While there were some things in the series that I enjoyed, I thought the series was too drawn out.

3.) The Pearl that Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi- I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads. Even though the chapters were from the point of view of two different people, the book flowed extremely well. Also, the different points of view were two different stories, however they meshed really well together and weren’t confusing at all. The two different points of views, while different were still extremely similar. I loved Nadia’s writing. I also learned quite a bit about a different culture. I really felt for Rahima, and the things that she had to endure. I can’t wait to read more from Nadia.

4.) The Selection by Kiera Cass- I gave this four out of five stars on Goodreads. After seeing this book all over Booktube, I decided to read it for myself. I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read. At first there were some things that really annoyed me, but as I kept reading those annoyances went away. There was one character who I absolutely couldn’t stand at all, and that was Celeste.

5.) The Elite by Kiera Cass- I gave this five out of five stars on Goodreads. For some reason, I didn’t review it on Goodreads. However I really enjoyed the growth and development of the characters in this book.

6.) The One by Kiera Cass- I gave this five out of five stars on Goodreads. I loved how this book ended. I loved how in the end Celeste and the other elites came together and were finally able to get along.

7.) The Heir by Kiera Cass- I gave this five out of five on Goodreads. At first I couldn’t stand Eadlyn, but I grew to have sympathy for her. she was forced into something that she didn’t want to do and was put under a lot of stress. I saw a lot of growth in her by the end of the book. I can’t wait to read the second book in Eadlyn’s story.

8.) God Help the Child by Toni Morrison- I gave this book three stars for the way the chapters were written. I’m not a fan of when chapters are told from different characters points of views, I feel like books written that way can sometimes disrupt the flow of the story. With that being said I found this book extremely rich and compelling. The subject matter of the book is not something to be taken lightly. I loved how the book ended. and I’m not going to give it away. I felt that Bride’s story was a little bit sad, because all she wanted was to be loved and accepted by her own mother. I can’t say that her mother (Sweetness) never loved her, she just never showed it in a way that she should have.

9.) The Giver by Lois Lowry- I gave this five out of five stars. I first read this book in seventh grade and didn’t really understand it. After reading it again, I understand it a lot more. I think after receiving memories from the Giver, Jonas wanted more out of life and something different from the safety, comfort and sameness that he was used too. I also feel that in a way, by going elsewhere, Jonas was saving himself from a life of lies that he had been fed from his family and community.

10.) Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore- I gave this five out of five on Goodreads. This book was definitely out of my comfort zone in terms of genre. I normally don’t read thrillers or suspense novels. I loved this book. It was full of intrigue, excitement and secrets. Eventually those secrets are uncovered. There were some events that happened in the story that definitely caught me off guard and I was shocked by them. I also really enjoyed that this book didn’t tell, it showed, that’s how descript the writing is. I loved the character growth and development, I especially loved the relationship between Mabel and Galway. I would definitely consider reading this book again, but I would read it in the summer. It’s definitely more of a summer read, rather than a winter read.

Abandoned book: Inamorata by Megan Chance- I got to page 147 of this book and had to give it up. The points of view changing every chapter or every few chapters made this book extremely confusing to read and because of the changing POV’s it didn’t have a good reading flow at all.