Monday, January 23, 2017

Week 3 Prompt

Novelist searching:

1. I am looking for a book by Laurell K. Hamilton. I just read the third book in the Anita Blake series and I can’t figure out which one comes next!
The Lunatic Cafe (I searched Laurell K. Hamilton and clicked on the series tab, which led to Anita Blake and a listing of the books.)

2. What have I read recently? Well, I just finished this great book by Barbara Kingsolver, Prodigal Summer. I really liked the way it was written, you know, the way she used language. I wouldn't mind something a bit faster paced though.
Jude Deveraux’s Edilean series (I browsed by “appeals” and chose “Pace- Fast-paced,” “Storyline- Character-driven,” and “Writing style- Richly detailed.”)

3. I like reading books set in different countries. I just read one set in China, could you help me find one set in Japan? No, not modern – historical. I like it when the author describes it so much it feels like I was there!
The Shogun’s Daughter by Laura Joh Rowland (I did a keyword search for “historical Japan” and narrowed the tone to “richly detailed.”)

4. I read this great mystery by Elizabeth George called Well-Schooled in Murder and I loved it. Then my dentist said that if I liked mysteries I would probably like John Sandford, but boy was he creepy I couldn't finish it! Do you have any suggestions?
Louise Penny is listed as an author read-alike on Novelist.

5. My husband has really gotten into zombies lately. He’s already read The Walking Dead and World War Z, is there anything else you can recommend?
The Zombie Autopsies by Steven Scholzman or one of my personal favorites I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (Both showed up under “Title Read-alikes” for World War Z.)

6. I love books that get turned into movies, especially literary ones. Can you recommend some? Nothing too old, maybe just those from the last 5 years or so.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (Because I’ve read it and it’s wonderful.) Other titles recommended by Novelist under their “Quick Links- Books to Movies” tab are The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin and The Circle by Dave Eggers.

7. I love thrillers but I hate foul language and sex scenes. I want something clean and fast paced.
Books by Traci Hunter Abramson (I browsed by “appeals” and chose “Pace- Fast-paced,” “Tone- Suspenseful,” and “Tone- Chaste.”)

For the most part, I own so many books that I’m not often looking for books to read, I just have to grab one off the shelf. However, sometimes it is hard to choose the next one to pick up and I’ll often ask friends or family for their recommendations and see if I own any that they mention. I’m also a big fan of Goodreads, mostly to keep track of the books I’ve read, but also to see what other people are reading and if anything piques my interest. I don’t often stick to one genre; my reading habits are varied so I often stumble into books that I enjoy.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Personal Reading Profile

I love to read and I've made my goal for this year 75 books. Last year I did not read enough books to suit me, so hopefully I can reach this goal. I don't really have a favorite genre, I kind of read all over the place. If someone tells me a book is good, I will typically give it a shot. Probably the genres I am least likely to pick up on my own are mysteries, nonfiction, or chick lit, but there have definitely been exceptions. Currently, I am reading Something Borrowed for this class. I am involved in just one book club, but hopefully when I have more time, I will join more. An entire wall of my house is dedicated to books, stacked two deep and piled on top of one another. Going off of Ms. Cataldi's example, here are a couple of lists:

* Top 5 books I read in 2016 were (in no particular order):
1. Up From the Sea- Leza Lowitz (a young adult novel written in prose telling the story of a teenage boy who survives Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami).
2. The War That Saved My Life- Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (this children's book tells the story of foster children during World War 2; it is a lot better than it sounds!)
3. Where Things Come Back- John Corey Whaley (another young adult novel; this one centers around a boy whose brother goes missing and ultimately how we are all connected)
4. Landline- Rainbow Rowell (by far my favorite Rainbow Rowell book; a married couple facing troubles uses the past to reconnect).
5. Room- Emma Donaghue (the movie was okay, but the book is captivating, mostly because it is told entirely from a little boy's perspective)

* My Top 5 ALL TIME FAVORITE Books/Series (if I'm forced to choose):
1. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
2. Tess of the d'Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy
3. Water for Elephants- Sara Gruen
4. Harry Potter series- J. K. Rowling
5. 1984- George Orwell

Here is a link to my personal reading profile via Goodreads: