Today’s tag is inspired by a post I saw while reading Kris’ Boston Book Reader blog. While I wasn’t explicitly tagged to do this post, and because I live in Canada and need something in my life to reflect the changing of the season, I figured I would take a crack at the Spring Cleaning Book Tag.
Interested to see what my cleaning habits would be if books were involved? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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The Struggle Of Getting Started: a book or series you struggle to begin because of its size
‘The Kingkiller Chronicles’ by Patrick Rothfuss. To say The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear have a following would be an understatement. However, the first two books in ‘The Kingkiller Chronicles’ rack up a page count of over 1,600 pages, which is intimidating to say the least. With book three of the series, Doors of Stone, still without a release date, I know now would be the time to get caught up, especially considering the third book will add an additional 896 pages to the already daunting word count…
Cleaning Out The Closet: a book or series you want to unhaul
The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill. Considering I am in the process of moving I have actually unhauled a fair few of my books as of late. The most satisfying of those cleared out books and series, however, was Heather O’Neill’s The Lonely Hearts Hotel. I DNF’d this book after around 50 pages and have never been so unconflicted about being rid of a book, ever.
Opening Windows And Letting Fresh Air In: a book that was refreshing
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. While the scifi story emulated other books in the genre, the format of the book was the refreshing portion. Told through briefing notes, email communications, charts, transcribed video footage, system notes et cetera, Illuminae was a great way of breaking up the influx of fantasy novels I have been reading as of late, showing me that their are other genres out their that I enjoy.
*To read my review of Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1), click here*
Washing Out The Sheets: A book with a scene you wish you could rewrite
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. Everyone has thought, at least once, that either a rewrite or an omission of the ‘Epilogue’ in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would have made the book more satisfying to readers. I am no exception to this general consensus, and if I had my way, the epilogue would have never made it into the final version of the book.
Throwing Out Unnecessary Knick Knacks: a book in a series you didn’t think was necessary
Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3) by Morgan Rhodes. There just wasn’t a lot of payoff in Rhodes’ third installment of the Falling Kingdoms series to justify it as being necessary to the story. I feel like I can say this without a doubt give that I just recently finished Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms #4) which was by far my favourite in the series.
*To read my review of Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3), click here*
Polishing Doorknobs: a book that had a clean finish
The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff. The book opened with an old woman visiting a newly installed exhibit, only to flashback to Nazi occupied France. After the story unfolded the reader returned to the exhibit to find out who lived, who died, and who was going to carry on telling the stories when those who were there could no longer do it.
*To read my review of The Orphan’s Tale, click here*
Reaching To Dust The Fan: a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. If you read my review of this book you know I thought the message of this story, the fact that Rowling could write on controversial topics and teach something to her readers, came across as flat. If you haven’t read my review, well, that about sums it up.
To Read my review of The Casual Vacancy, click here*
The Tiring Yet Satisfying Finish of Spring Cleaning: a book series that was tiring but satisfying to get through
‘The Remnant Chronicles’ by Mary E. Pearson. This series clocked in at 1,641 pages, and in those pages were passages I loved and passages that left something to be desired. And yet, even with the ups and downs, the highs and lows, I was left incredibly satisfied by the stories of Lia, Rafe, and Kaden. My only hope is that when Pearson releases Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves #1) on August 7th of this year, maybe one of the characters can come back for a encore appearance.
*To read my review of The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1), click here*
To read my review of The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2), click here*
To read my review of The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3), click here*
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And those are my answers for the Spring Cleaning Book Tag. Want to answer the questions but haven’t been tagged? Take this as me tagging you and leave a comment or link to your post below!