I honestly feel that I have read so many books that my brain has turned to mush.
I’m at a point where authors and book titles meld and become fuzzy, themes and plots interweave, and characters mix like ingredients in a complicated recipe. At the end, they all come together to make a mouth-watering and delicious meal. Yum. Ok, it’s not that bad but there are times where my real life memories get mixed up with the experiences I’ve had through my books. So I guess, that wasn’t me sitting at a cafe in Paris enjoying a delicious cappuccino and un pain au chocolat. Huh. It felt so real.
At all times, I am reading, at least two books at once and this is mostly because I read ebooks and audiobooks. I always have more waiting in the background so that I can start them the moment I finish the others. I’m all about books. I used to describe myself as an avid reader but avid doesn’t cut it anymore. I’ve looked up synonyms for avid and have come up with a few better options: vehement, zealous, passionate (close), fierce (getting closer), and intense (bing bing bing – we have a winner). Let’s say I am passionate and intense about reading – yes that sounds better. 😀
I read morning to night – meaning I fall asleep with a book in hand (my cell phone – to be more exact), wake up with one (same phone) and read throughout the day. Exceptions are when I have work to complete or need to interact with others. My smartphone will have several audiobooks and eBooks at the ready, and on the side of my bed, I have an actual book with pages to turn (and paper cuts to earn) – remember those? Each book type has a time and purpose for best use. Audiobooks are great for doing chores around the house, i.e. lawn mowing, dish washing, folding laundry, and especially riding my bike to and from work. eBooks are for meetings 😀 when I can get away with it, relaxing moments at home, doctor’s office waiting room, getting stuck in elevators, and bedtime. Hardcopy books are similar to eBooks, but they don’t travel with me as it’s easier and lighter to carry a phone than a book and a little too obvious at meetings.
I’ll read most genres of books, except for a few types. Romance novels don’t do it for me – I’d rather my book to have a little romance on the side than as the main course. Or espionage books. Espionage books are usually the same in that there is a conspiracy(s) everywhere, you never know who the bad guy is because just as you identify a person as bad, he’s actually a double-agent, who later becomes a triple-agent and quadruple…rinse and repeat. I’m generalizing by using he as women can’t be trusted either. 😉
I do like Fantasy books and if they are captivating, then I prefer them to be a series, like the fantastical series The Green Rider series by Kristen Britain. Anything written by Terry Pratchett is the best Fantasy I’ve ever read – well written, hilarious, satirical – absolute entertainment in every word.
Paranormal books are great as well, especially if they involve vampires, witches, werewolves and the like. I’m a sucker for a good vampire series (hahaha). Mind you, they aren’t always good reads and I’ve tortured myself with a few of them as well, stories like the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris and Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. Not the best writing out there but they were still entertaining. I guess these fall into the titillating category.
Murder mysteries are fun as well. I especially like stories going back a century or two – Victorian times. Gaslight Mystery series by Victoria Thompson and Thomas Pitt and William Monk series both by Anne Perry are excellent reads. I like sci-fi but not too sci-fi. I don’t wish to know how a spaceship was built – too technical and not my cup of tea. Know what I mean?
Another favourite genre is historical fiction. It’s a great way to get a history lesson while enjoying a good yarn. Ken Follett and Diana Gabaldon are great historical fiction writers. I first experienced The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and was awed by the story. Of course, I then had to read several more from KF and was never disappointed. His absolute best, in my opinion, is the Fall of Giants century trilogy, beginning with World War I, ending with Obama’s inauguration – absolutely enthralling. Diana Gabaldon is best known for her Outlander series. She has written many books all based on the same world, people, and ancestry. Her characters have at times branched out into their own books or into other series. If you read one book, you will end up reading all of them…assuming you like the books. Duh. Why wouldn’t you?
Fiction vs Non-Fiction
Yes, most of what I read is fiction. I love to get lost in fantasy, fictional worlds, and fictional characters. Better than reading real life; this world we live in is scary enough with infamous names like Hitler, Bernardo, and Trump – just pick up a newspaper and you’ll see what I mean. Once in a while, I will delve into self-improvement books, educational books, and some biographies but these are rare. They are hard for me. I mean, where’s the plot? Where’s the mystery? Where’s the denouement? And yes even, where is the romance?
So, after this long explanation, I hope you get my intent for this site. I also hope you are interested in what I have to say. I’ll rate the books I read and make recommendations occasionally as I realize not all books are for everyone. Did I think them funny? Sad? Amazing? Did it have a horrible ending – gawd! That brings me to another point. I dislike reading a great book just to finish it with a bad ending. I don’t mean that the good guy lost, or a beloved character dies. Most people want a happy ending, true. But whether the good guy wins or not isn’t what matters when the ending is written well, it’s made plausible. Don’t you agree? I can’t think of an example right now but when I come across one, I will share. I experience similar feelings with movies.
Have you seen The Call with Halle Berry as the protagonist? Excellent movie! Great suspense! OMG! Will they, won’t they, be in time to save the girl?!? It was great…until the ending, which IMHO sucked. Watch it for yourself. An example of a movie with a great ending is Buried with Ryan Reynolds as the main character. Bare in mind, the ending was horrible but it was what it had to be. The whole movie was intense! Claustraphobic as well.
That’s how movies and books should end. Whether the ending is sad or happy, whether the good guy wins, and bad guy loses, or the reverse, the ending must be as good if not better than the preceding storyline.
Also understand, that my posts may not always be a review but more about the feelings the book gave me, or ideas, memories the book pulled out of me.
I’m new to this forum. I don’t usually share my ideas like this. Even on Facebook, I try to review my words to see how they can be perceived by everyone. I’m pretty basic. Use a short list of emojis – nothing extravagant, very little social media. Have no real writing style, well perhaps my style is conversational. My thoughts are not very structured and tend to jump around A LOT and I expect that my writing will do that too. So don’t be surprised if I start something, don’t finish, and somehow start something else. It’s just me jumping on a different track.
Anyway, my current complaint…so many books, so little time. Enjoy the ride!