Geez, it’s been a while since I’ve done a tag. Especially a book tag. I would love to thank Zezee with Books, for tagging me, and generally being an awesome support, reader, and friend. Make certain to check out her amazing site- it’s one of my personal favourite book blogs. Also, this tag was created by booktuber Jen @ Book Syrup, who I am unfamiliar with, but intend on a little familiarization after this. Other than that, let’s get into some spring cleaning before summer officially arrives. Shall we?
The struggle of getting started: a book/book series that you have struggled to begin because of its size:
Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan
My answer for this is the same as Zezee, and for good reason. I believe Zezee and I have shared a couple of conversations on our frustration with reading Jordan’s writing before. The massive 13 book series is a staple in the fantasy genre, unfortunately, I find them very difficult to get into. I would love to push through and get this series read, but, as the meme says: “ain’t nobody got time for that”.
Cleaning out the closet: a book and/or book series you want to unhaul:
I suppose I will just put my most recent disappointing book in A Once Crowded Sky. I wanted to enjoy this book, I really did. It had a solid concept, a unique style, and a theme that I love. However, well, I just thought it was terrible. That’s about all I have to say about that, I’m trying to move on. Unhaul.
Opening windows and letting fresh air in: a book that was refreshing:
I remember picking this book up for it’s brilliant cover and for something a little different. What I found was a fun, humorous, completely unique book. I love how the book reads like a series of interconnected short stories. More than that, it made me laugh out loud, while being something different to anything else I have ever read.
Washing out sheet stains: a book you wish you could rewrite a certain scene in:
I wish the first half of this book was something completely different. It took too long to get into the meat of this book. The rest of the series moves at a great pace, it is just the difficult, often boring introduction. The story of it all makes sense, I think it could have done with being condensed down to a few chapters, instead of being majority of the book before getting into the fun stuff.
Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks: a book in a series that you didn’t feel was necessary:
A Clash of Kings, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
I have written a couple posts regarding my frustrations with the Song of Ice and Fire series. Ultimately it comes to this: there is far too much unnecessary elements to this series. If the current 5 book series was condensed to 2 or 3, and purged of it’s fodder, these books would be so much more satisfying. As it stands right now, I feel like three of these books did nothing for me, or the overall plot of the series.
Polishing the doorknobs: a book that had a clean finish:
No secret that I love the poop out of this book. I think a big part of it is how well rounded it is, and how complete the finish is. Cline did a great job of making sure everything tied together in the end and the reader would feel satisfied at the end. Also, check out my “friend” Red Onion’s review.
The tiring yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning: a book that was tiring yet satisfying to get through:
Hyperion was a tough, crazy, and satisfying ride. It was a difficult book to get through, especially since it’s broken up into perspectives, and some perspectives were just not enjoyable. But that ending! I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such a thrilling conclusion and it made the book worth every word.
Looking forward to next spring: Tag 4 people you want to do this tag:
And, that’s that.
Thanksm booknerds, happy spring cleaning!