Top Ten Things on my Bookish Wishlist

It seems like the last two months have just been so-so for my reading.  Nothing has wowed me.  This Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, has come at just the right time.  These are things I want to see more of, or discover more of.

  • Slow building, realistic romance – I wonder why more authors of series don’t create slow building romance.  This is where writing a series would lend beautifully to this idea.
  • Travel books -books that have more than one setting in the world.  Fiction or non-fiction, I don’t care.  I just want more travel in my life.
  • Real love interests- A bad boy is great and all, but it has been done.  I really enjoyed real love interests.  Some of my favorite male love interests, Levi, Jase Garrett, Owen Armstrong, and Tom, were all nice, good guys.
  • Coming of age stories- I think there have always been coming of age stories.  I just can’t get enough.  More please!
  • Adult road trips- I love to read about road trips.  I think creating a road trip that is based around adults would be fantastic.  It could be a couple, friends, family members, or whatever.  If it is written well, I am down for the ride.
  • Laugh out loud reads- Of course this is hard to define.  So many people find different things funny.  However, it has been a long time since I have felt a novel is really funny.  I am looking at lovable characters that get into some hijinks, except not in the ridiculous way.  I am sure that is clear as mud for all the authors out there.
  • Real Mysteries- I want something with twists and turns, but not just with a hard-edged cop.  A serious mystery that doesn’t have such a serious protagonists.  It may be an oxymoron, but I want it.
  • Well Done Stand Alones or Series that are Ready to Roll-  I am sick of investing so much time in series that are drawn out.  Sometimes to the point of just making some more money off of it.  Make the book a stand alone.  If not a stand alone, have the series plotted out.  Rock out a first book, but have an idea of where the story is going.  Then publish the next books not so far off from the others.  I don’t want to wait forever to find out what happens next, AND the author doesn’t want the reader to lose interest in the series.  Or worse yet forget what was even happening in the series.
  • Real Life Problems-This would include characters facing real world problems.  I want someone who is struggling to pay the bills, or looking for work, or someone struggling to find their place in the world.  Most people don’t find jobs easily, have unlimited funds, or know exactly how they fit.
  • Lovable Cast of Characters-The main character(s) are important.  If the book doesn’t have a good main character, it just won’t cut it for me.  However, have a good main character and add-on a wonderful set of side characters it is a win.  Some of my favorite books of last year have a wonderful addition of well-rounded characters.

What would you like to see more of in literature?

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That Not So Loving Feeling

Recently I have not been loving what I have been reading.  I don’t think it is a full on reading slump, but more a reading ho-hum feeling.  I have still been reading, but not feeling excited about the books I am reading.  Part of this has to do with the fact that I read some fantastic books last year.  I think January was an excellent month, for me, last year.  For awhile there I felt like I was throwing four and five-star ratings like someone throws beads at Mardi Gras.

Here is how I plan on getting back into the swing of things.

I am reading something I love.  Currently I am re-reading The Hunger Games.  I don’t normally re-read books.  I always feel like I don’t have the time.  However,  I need something that know I love.  So far it hasn’t totally jump started that love, but I am enjoying being back in that world.

I am planning a trip to the bookstore.  I am not a person who buys books often.  In fact, I haven’t bought books in a long time.  I have been using the library a lot, and staying away from the bookstore.  It has helped me continue to pay down debt.  This will be one exception to my book buying halt I have going on.  I want to be able to just browse and grab something that sounds so great to read.  Plus, the library where I live is ok, but doesn’t have a bunch of things I have been wanting to read. Nothing gets you jazzed about reading like a bright, shiny new book.

I am going to be reading a few different kinds of books at the same time.  I normally don’t read a bunch of books at once.  However, I need to hit on that book that I can really get into.  I don’t want to start a book and get stalled.  Then have nothing else to turn to.

The last thing I am doing is taking a break when I need it.  I am reading both books really slow.  If I don’t feel like reading, I am not going to force myself.  I have been in the mood to watch T.V., or talk to friends, or do something else.  If I force myself to read every night, I am only going to loathe whatever I am reading.  No matter how great the book is!

What do you do to get back into reading?  How do you find the next book that will jump start your love for books?

Be Thankful

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is the top ten things we are thankful for.  I could have made a whole list out of the things that are pretty constant for most people.  You know, we are thankful for my family, friends, health, etc…  I am going to try to make a list that is varied.  Mostly fun things, with a few serious things thrown in.

Goodreads I know Goodreads has gotten some flack lately.  However, I don’t know what I would do without it.  It keeps me organized and also reminds how many great books are out there.  I use the website all the time.

 Avocado I could list a lot of different foods, but avocado has to be at the top of the list.  My life would be sad without avocado in it.

The Library I use the library so much.  Anyone on a tight budget has to find ways to stretch their dollar.  The library definitely does that for me.

Hulu and Netflix  I use both of these services in order to keep up on my current shows, and to discover shows I have missed.  I am a big television person and I love the convenience of these websites.

Authors  They are the reason that we are allowed to enjoy books like we do.  They put their heart and soul into a book for us to enjoy.  Sometimes we love those books and sometimes we don’t.  All the while the authors have to put up with our many opinions.

Starbucks I enjoy plain black coffee, but there is nothing like a Starbucks coffee drink.  It is a treat for me, something I can’t get often, but when I do it is pure enjoyment.

Warm, Fuzzy Socks We are in the midst of winter and I am loving my warm socks.

Health Insurance Ok, this is a more serious side, but I can’t not include it.  I went without insurance for a long time.  I was hired full-time and finally have health insurance.  A huge weight was lifted.

My Job  While I am at it, I might as well talk about my job.  I am very thankful for my job.

Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Tea Tree Oil  These three things are so useful.  I am always on the hunt for products that will work, then I remember these three items.  They do a lot.

Bonus thankful things:

Etsy

Youtube

Coffee Mugs

Scarves

Ok, I will stop now.

 

What are you thankful for?

Not Enough Time in the Day

This post has been a long time coming.  I didn’t mean to be away for so long, but then I just was.
First off my job has been pretty hectic.  I didn’t talk much about the position I accepted in the fall, but I am the librarian at two elementary schools.  Most days I feel like I don’t have time at all.  I am always fighting to try to get ahead.   It is just not happening.  Plus, this is my first year as a librarian and I want to do a really fantastic job.  That is the first thing I want to talk about.  Hopefully with the holidays coming, time off, and more experience it will slow down a bit.

 

That is the first thing, the next thing is something I am not sure how to say.  It is something I am not even sure how I feel about.  Needless to say I have my end of the year reading pretty much planned out.  Not so much that I can’t change a book out or two, but I kind of have things in mind that I want to read.  I don’t know why it is hard for me to change, but it is.  The thing is, I feel pressure to read more children’s literature.  Most of the pressure is not from people at work.  I just can’t change what it is that I have planned.  I am just not wired that way.  As the new year approaches it is easier for me to plan to read more children’s books.  Is that strange or what?  Do you have to wrap your mind around changes to your reading plans?

I have also been having a hard time getting into the books that I am reading.  It took me all the way until the middle of the month to even finish one book.  I don’t know what that is about, but I am happy that I have finished the two that I started this month.  Hopefully that will give me a boost.

 

The other big news I have is that I am planning on attending BEA.  I have purchased airfare and have my hotel all booked up.  I have never been, to BEA that is.  I am beyond excited and can’t wait as more information comes out from Book Expo America.  I have badgered  invited my sister and aunt to join me to New York.  I know it will be such a fun time.  Any one else planning a trip to Book Expo this year?

 

I have a few posts that I am hoping to get out in the next few days.  One of them is all about library book sales.  I don’t even want to say how long I have been meaning to post that one!

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Book Turn-offs

This week the topic for Top Ten Tuesday is Book Turn-offs.  Those things that make us want to stop reading or maybe even roll our eyes.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, go over and check them out.

My list is in no particular order.
tuesday sept 30th Big Fat BooksI don’t have anything against big books and have enjoyed my fair share of BIG books.  However, when I am looking at what to read next a book that is big can be intimidating.  Does it need to be that long?  Plus, I worry once I start reading it will take so long to finish.

tuesday sept 30th Big Fat Plot HolesThe book is going along and then all of sudden something happens that doesn’t work with the story.  Or point A to point B is rushed or not explained. The type of stories that aren’t totally thought out.

tuesday sept 30th PoliticalI am ok with books about politics.  I don’t like books trying to cram a viewpoint down my throat.  Give me the facts and I will make up my own mind, thank you very much.

tuesday sept 30th Dumb decisionsI get the fact that some books are coming of age stories and dumb decisions may have to be made.  I don’t like it when dumb decisions are done over and over.  Then the character learns nothing from the dumb decisions.

tuesday sept 30th Unlikable CharactersI have read a few books that I like the story, but don’t really like or connect to the characters.     I have to be able to find some good quality to the character or it just doesn’t work.

tuesday sept 30th Extreme PredicadabilityMost of the time I read to escape.  I don’t try to predict everything that is going to happen next.  The book is not going to work for me if I can guess what is going happen.  It makes the whole reading experience boring.

tuesday sept 30th Soooo slowI get some books need world building and character development, but does it have to be so many pages long.  I don’t want slow books.  It doesn’t have to massively action packed, but it has to at least go somewhere.  Please don’t bore me, it is so hard to come back from that.

tuesday sept 30th PiggybackingThose books that are touted as the next insert popular book here.  I also don’t like books that are based around really popular shows or stories.  They normally aren’t that great.  If you are going to piggyback, it better be good.

tuesday sept 30th unstable characterOne book I read earlier this year (I won’t name names) had a bunch of idiotic characters and they all acted like they were so stable.  I really felt like a bunch of the characters needed to see a psychiatrist.  The only character that was stable was supposed to be the stick in the mud, unlikable character.

tuesday spet 30th MIA Parents

If the book is supposed to be a young adult book then they should have parents.  Unless your book is based around an absent parent or neglectful parents they can’t just disappear.  I also don’t like when kids just forget about their parents.

What are your book turn offs?

The Old Me and the New Me, As A Reader

This is a topic I have been thinking about for quite some time.  Recently I read a post on Book Rock Betty, No One Knows A Good Book Like YOU Do, about how we choose the books we choose.    I started thinking about this recently when I looked at my to be read list.  It is long and then I add-on all the books I have picked on Netgalley.  I also have all the books I need to finish for my challenges, sigh!

The old me, as a reader, use to just pick up whatever book I wanted.  Here are the highlights.

  • I rarely read new releases and most times had no idea about when books were coming out.
  • Most times it took me a few years to get around to a “new” release.
  • I read a lot of chick lit and got stuck in a certain genre.
  • I would buy a book and read it pretty soon afterwards.  I never bought books and had them unread for a long time.
  • I would go to the library and just browse for whatever jumped off to me from the shelf.
  • I never looked at reviews or discounted a book based on ratings.
  • I relied on friends, librarians, and booksellers if I was stuck on what to read next.
  • I would take breaks from reading and never thought much about it.
  • I didn’t read over 25 books a year.  In fact, I don’t think I even kept track of what I read and how much.

 

The new me, as a reader, is a bit more intense.  Here are the highlights.

  • I have stacks of books that I need to get through.
  • I read through reviews and have let some of them sway me.
  • I feel pressure to get through a lot of books (entirely my own pressure).
  • I listen to hype.
  • I keep up with what books are coming out, what is popular, and what is being turned into movies.
  • I feel the need to get more books, even though I still have so many to read (see the first bullet point).
  • I read all kinds of genres and still haven’t finished some “chick lit” I wanted to read years ago.
  • I think about the fact that I haven’t read very many classics and it kind of bothers me.

 

Sometimes I miss the old me and how I approached reading.  I loved being able to go into a bookstore or library and just pick something. Then actually take it home and read it right away.  No stacks of books or long list of what I have to read.   I was reading for pure pleasure and gave no thought to anything else.  I do still read for pleasure, but now I add-on a lot of other needs/wants I feel like I want to accomplish.  Then I think about the fact that the old me never would have read a lot of the books I have read.  I would have missed out on some fantastic reads.  I would have assumed Young Adult would not have been for me.  I might have thought I was the only over 30 something looking at younger reader books.

Overall I am happy with the new me as a reader.  Every once in a while I long for the old me.

What are somethings that have changed, as a reader, for you?  Do you find it is for the better now or before?

Books to Movies, Maybe

Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, this week is the top ten books made into movies.  That would be a world in which people don’t butcher the books, and create some of the terrible movies we have live through.  That is a whole different list.

 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – This is one of those books that reads like a movie.  I would love to see the characters of Cinder, Iko, and Prince Kai.  Plus, the queen would make one scary villain.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn  – This one is listed as coming out in 2014 and has a cast.  That sounds promising.  The dark subject matter and graphic material will be hard to watch, but it is a really good book.

Delirium by Lauren OliverThe world of delirium would be interesting to see as a movie.  The society, the mindless non-love, and the invalids would be entertaining to watch.  Hopefully this will happen and not another false start.

The Twins of TribecaThis book would be fun to see adapted.  Who would play the twin studio heads?  I would find it interesting to see the over the top antics of the actors and actresses.  This could be the Devil Wears Prada for the film industry.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman –  The cross-country story would translate well to the big screen.

 

cinder dark places delirium Twins of Tribeca just one day

 

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen – There was buzz about this book awhile back, but since it has died down.  The serial killer in this book is so creepy and would be mighty scary on the big screen.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – This sci-fi book with all the 80’s pop culture references would make one crazy movie.  It is supposed to be in development.

Shadow and Bone by Leah Bardugo – Alina’s cool abilities, the Darkling as a villian, and the world of Shadow and Bone is awesome.  This one is listed as in development.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner is good, but this book is better.  This book needs to be made into a movie.  It says it is in development.

Twenties Girl by Sophie KinsellaI love the character of great-aunt Sadie.  If they do make another Sophie Kinsella book (oh I hope they do make more), please do not screw it up like they did Confessions of a Shopaholic.

 

devil in the white city ready player one shadow and bone a thousand splendid suns twenties girl

 

What books have you read that must be turned into a movie?