Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Show Us Your Books! What I read in October

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Life According to Steph
I was in a bit of a reading rut at the beginning of the month so I'm a little light overall here. I've been reading at a steady clip and my mind just needed a break from it. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, I know I need to let it take its course. I was also beset by some bad books. I hate when that happens, don't you? Anyway, on with it.

Once is Not Enough by Jacqueline Susann - I had high hopes for this because I liked Valley of the Dolls when I read it a few years back. This book was AWFUL. I read halfway through then returned it.

Empire Falls by Richard Russo - I had very high hopes for this book. The prologue nearly killed me with boredom, but I soldiered on. This is one of those books where everyone loves it and I just...don't. I found it really tedious. It reminded me of how I felt when I read most John Irving novels. Like I know I'm supposed to find this compelling and excellent but I do not. 

The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley - I loved this book so hard. I was intent on reading it and adored everything about it. Such a hard, hard subject - actually a few hard ones tucked into this book - written and expressed really beautifully. It gave me all the feels so be prepared. Add it to your list. 

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty - Some parts of this book made it a total page turner. Others made me pause and think. Overall, I was left a little unsatisfied. I think it had a lot more potential and petered out on some fronts. Yvonne annoyed me. The depiction of X  felt a little like a tinny characterization.

Some Luck by Jane Smiley - Way back when, I read A Thousand Acres. I thought it was smashing. I kept waiting for this book to smash me over the head with wonder. It never came. I really liked a lot of things about this, including seeing the changes that came across the country and the world over the 33 years this first novel in a trilogy spans. Some things peaked my interest, but if the other two novels of this trilogy are 419 pages each of middling story at best, I'm not sure if I can hang in there. I feel like this skimmed the surface of what really went on in this family over the years, and surface doesn't typically cut it for me in a book of this length. I slogged through this at best. 

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Haikuesday
Four day week for me...
So Tuesday is not as bad.
Just kidding. It is. 
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The next one is Tuesday, December 9.


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26 comments:

  1. I know the feeling of some not so great reads and needing a break. I usually try a light, fluffy read to try and get me back but it only works half the time. You still read a good amount though. The Promise of Stardust sounds good so I'm adding that one.

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  2. I recently gave myself permission to stop reading a book if I don't like it. That was huge for me.

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  3. I refuse to waste my time on a bad book anymore. Life is too short to read bad books! I am glad you and Jana are doing this link up, I have a feeling it will give me plenty of books to add to my list every month! And that haiku is everything!

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  4. the promise of stardust sounds SO good and I am so adding it to my list. it's really hard for me to stop reading a book, and i read 2 really awful ones recently that i absolutely would not have read if they weren't for the challenge.. which is why i'm probably not gonna do a challenge again because i hate that i wasted my time and valuable book memory for crappy books.

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  5. 'Promise of Stardust' -
    I loved it all the way through.
    Now it's 'Leaving Time'.

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  6. The Promise of Stardust sounds good, but sometimes I don't love heavy. Perhaps that one will be worth checking out at the library. Sorry you got burned by some bad books!

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  7. can I link up my post from yesterday (adding the button of course?!) Adding the Promise of Stardust to my list!

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  8. I'm always so sad when I'm excited to read a book and I keep reading hoping it'll get better and it never does! Womp Womp!!

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  9. i just put Promise of Stardust on hold. hopefully my library doesn't forget about me again!

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  10. Life is too short for bad books. It's okay to abandon a book and start a better one. You had a great month, nonetheless.

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  11. I need a good escape from reality. I think a book may be the way to go!!! Gonna dust something off and get on it, I have too many unread sitting here:)

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  12. Oooo, I'm putting the Stardust one on my Goodreads! I also get into reading "highs" and then ruts. I find I just gotta keep the momentum going and read whatever is available right now from my library instead of waiting for stuff on reserve.

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  13. The Promise of Stardust sounds amazing! I definitely need to put it on hold (which I just did).

    I refuse to finish books that don't do it for me. There are too many books I want to read to waste time on books I don't like.

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  14. I love how your "light" reading is a good month for me. I haven't been able to get through a book since Gone Girl...which I finished at the beginning of last month. I need to get out of my reading slump!

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  15. Awesome linkup. I'll have my post ready for next month! I've read a TON lately.

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  16. LOL, your light reading is probably what I've read this year. So sad. Definitely adding Stardust to my surgery recovery list! <3

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  17. I totally suck! I meant to link up with this AND I meant to host that giveaway for you--but things got a little out of control. Next time!

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  18. I hate reading ruts, I'm between books right now with a few on my to read shelf but nothing that appeals. The library is closed today so I'll be bookless until at least tomorrow.

    I might add Promise of Stardust, I tend to avoid books that give me lots of feels.

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  19. I am absolutely adding The Promise of Stardust! Great reviews!

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  20. I do love reading. I'll add these books to my list. I'm currently reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.

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  21. I'm trying to get back into the reading groove :) I went and got my SD library card last week! I put the next link-up on my calendar, so maybe I will have some books to share next time :) I added The Promise of Stardust, Some Luck, and Empire Falls to my list...all sound interesting. I love you link it to Goodreads...makes it so easy :)

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  22. Let's see, I got two books read in October, and I thoroughly enjoyed both of them, even though they were both very sad books: Sold by Patricia McCormick and Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

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  23. I've got The Promise of Stardust on my library list and have been patiently waiting. Can't wait!

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  24. Seriously need to do one of these! soon ... sigh :) I have some of these on my list!

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  25. Sounds like The Promise of Stardust was the best of the bunch. I haven't heard of that one, I need to check it out!

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