Would you Rather

I saw this post over on My Bookish Dream and liked the questions so I stole it to do it!

1. Have an unlimited money for Ebooks, or a 5,000 dollar B&N gift-card?

As I prefer to read physical books and I don’t read or buy so many books, I think the $5000 gift card, if it had no expiry date, would be perfect for me.

2. Meet any deceased poet, or J.K. Rowling?

I love Harry Potter, but I really can’t imagine what I would really say to her.  I also don’t read poetry.  However, I’d rather meet a deceased poet as they could give me a refresher course on how to read poetry, insight into whether they actually write all the symbolism stuff English class makes you look for or that is just extra bonus to the writing, how they write poetry, some other people’s works to read, etc, etc.  It would be an interesting conversation I think.

3. Write the world’s most famous book, or visit the world of your favourite book for one day?

Tough one, because if I wrote a famous book it would be famous for being bad, but I would be rich.  However, to pick just one world would be hard, then you would have to return and the world I think I would pick would be interesting but possibly deadly.  But I love to travel, so visit the Land of Tortall!

4. Choose ______ or ______ ? (Insert characters from your favourite fictional love triangle.)

I actually don’t have a favourite love triangle since most are obvious from the start and I almost never oppose the author’s pick of couple.  EXCEPT IN ONE VERY TERRIBLE OCCASION.

5. Experience Hogwarts in a very realistic and accurate virtual reality, or travel around the world for a year, at no cost.

Travel.  VE is just not the same as going and experiencing all the places. Also at no cost I would hire a private chauffeur to get to see all the places.


First Line Fridays #15

I was born in the city of Bombay…  Once upon a time.  No, that won’t do, there’s no getting away from the date: I was born in Doctor Narlikar’s Nursing Home on August 15th, 1947.  And the time?  The time matters, too.  Well then: at night.  No, it’s important to be more…  On the stroke of midnight, as a matter of fact.  Clock-hands joined palms in respectful greeting as I came.  Oh, spell it out, spell it out: at the precise instant of India’s arrival at independence, I tumbled forth into the world.  There were gasps. And, outside the window, fireworks and crowds. A few seconds later, my father broke his big toe; but his accident was a mere trifle when set beside what had befallen me in that benighted moment, because thanks to the occult tyrannies of those blandly saluting clocks I had been mysteriously handcuffed to history, my destinies indissolubly chained to those of my country.  For the next three decades, there was to be no escape.  Soothsayers had prophesied me, newspapers celebrated my arrival, politicos ratified my authenticity.  I was left entirely without a say in the matter.  I, Saleem Sinai, later variously called Snotnose, Stainface, Baldy, Sniffer, Buddha and even Piece-of-the-Moon, had become heavily embroiled in Fate-at the best of times a dangerous sort of involvement.  And I couldn’t even wipe my own nose at the time.

Published: 1989 (a year before I was born!)

Publisher: Various over the years, my copy (not the pictured cover) is from Avon

Pages: 552

Genera: Adult Fiction, possibly magical realism

Series: nope

Also noteworthy: This is a ‘classic’ that has won many awards and has been made into a movie by the same name. 

Books I’ve read that are older than me #1

So this was going to be a one-time post, until I saw the number of books I have read that are older than me!  I was honestly surprised there were so many, and not all of them were because of class or were read as a child. 

1955     The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

1964     Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

1980     The Clan of the Cavebear by Jean M. Auel

1970     The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

1983     Alanna: the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

1985     Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

1990     Oh the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

1980     The Twits by Roald Dahl

1949     1984 by George Orwell

1988     Matilda by Roald Dahl

What books have you read that are older then you?  What was your most recently read older-than-you book?











Books that I almost DNF’ed

I almost never DNF a book as I talked about in a past post, though there are a handful of cases of this occurring (and there are a few on this list I want to attempt again).  But there are sometime just books that you really, really want to DNF but end up pushing through.  These are a few examples:

1. Valley of the Horses by Jean M Auel – this is my mother’s favourite series and she got me to read them (a bit too young at the time, I might add).  This particular one was going in a direction I didn’t like (at the time, woudl have loved it now) so I got mad and refused to keep reading.  One year later I wanted to know how it ended so I picked it back up and finished it. 

2. Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 by Carolyn Meyer (I think, could have been a different book) – this was a kids book, I think fictional, about the real life events that did actually follow the real life events closely.  This was one of the first times I had read about a death and didn’t know the story going into it.  Yeah, I was mad at the book. 

3. Shades of Doon by Corp and Langdon – I was bored

4. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Also bored and annoyed that this was basically plagiarism but got published.

5. Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane – I was bored, I realized I hate time paradoxes and it was a rough time in life.  But I finished it months later!

6. Sega by Conor Kostick – this one didn’t live up to the first book.

Bonus: While The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks took me years to finish, I never considered DNF’ing it, I just didn’t have the time at the time and wasn’t int he mood for a long time.  

First Line Fridays #13

My name is Louisa Rose Ditton.  I work and live at Coldthistle house, a house for boarders and wanderers.  A house owned by the Devil.

Published: May 2017

Publisher: Harper Teen

Pages: 416

Genera: YA fantasy, possible horror elements

Series: First of an unknown number, only one currently released

Of interest: This book is stunning to look at as a hardcover!

Long versus short: opinions please!

I recently read a book with really short chapters.  Normally I don’t pay attention to this sort of thing, but these chapters were so noticeably short that I noticed it.  Some were only a page or two, though a few were longer at 10 pages or so.  

As I never really noticed chapter size before (I am perfectly fine stopping in the middle of a chapter, page or even sentence), I never really had an opinion on which I preferred.  I knew others had an opinion, and I swear most of the BookTubers I follow have said they prefer shorter chapters. 

As a child my dad would be all ‘you have to go to bed after you finish that chapter’ but it was always Harry Potter with massive chapters and 90% of the time I had just started the new chapter so got to stay up like another hour.  

However, this book that I read with short chapters showed me that I actually prefer longer chapters.  Short chapters have the opposite effect on me then they seem to have on other people.  Others like that short chapters make them feel like they are making progress in the novel as each chapter is another part of the novel you got through.  For me, however, short chapters make me feel like I am getting nowhere.  The chapter ends but it has only been two pages.  It makes the book feel longer to me whereas after a long chapter I feel like I have gotten somewhere and made progress.  Some people like the book being broken up more often, but since I can stop in the middle of a chapter, that doesn’t really effect me as much as others.  

So, what is your opinion on the matter?  Do you prefer long or short chapters?  Is there other reasons for liking one over the other that I have not considered?