Tag: Spring Cleaning

I went through my drafts to find a tag I want to do because I have not finished a book in days and I don’t think I will anytime soon. Given that I just moved and therefore organized my shelves and got rid of quite a few books this tag seemed appropriate. I was tagged by Sarah whose wonderful blog you should all check out.

THE STRUGGLE OF GETTING STARTED: A BOOK OR SERIES YOU STRUGGLE TO BEGIN BECAUSE OF ITS SIZE

32200595I am very good at starting series and not good at all at finishing them. The first answer that comes to mind is therefore A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab, not only is it the last book in a series, it is also ridiculously long. I am hoping to finally tackle it in May, when Wyrd and Wonder is taking place.

CLEANING OUT THE CLOSET: A BOOK OR SERIES YOU WANT TO UNHAUL

Honestly? At the moment none. Like I said, I got rid of so many books recently (mostly books I owned for years and that don’t appeal to me anymore) and at the moment I am super pleased with my collection.

OPENING THE WINDOW AND LETTING FRESH AIR IN: A BOOK THAT WAS REFRESHING

36136386I adored Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends enough to be super excited about literary fiction after months of only reading fantasy. Rooney is a genius and everything about her writing excites me.

WASHING OUT THE SHEETS: A SCENE THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD REWRITE

33368868I recently read Praise Song for the Butterflies by Bernice L. McFadden and while I hated the vast majority of the book, the ending nearly made me throw the book (or my phone). It is a special kind of awful. Rachel’s review is mostly about the ending of that book, if that gives you any indication of just how horrible it was.

THROWING OUT UNNECESSARY KNICK-KNACKS: A BOOK IN A SERIES YOU DIDN’T THINK WAS NECESSARY

Did I mention that I am horrible that finishing series? What I meant is that I often only read the first book. However, I am currently making my way through Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series and that has been a brilliant but sometimes uneven experience. She does a great job at always moving the main story along, but some books are weaker than others (Blaze of Memory for example was boring to no end).

POLISHING DOORKNOBS: A BOOK THAT HAD A CLEAN FINISH

Again, Conversations With Friends is the obvious answer here. The ending is pitch-perfect. Enough so that I have listened to the last chapter twice since finishing the book. Just thinking about it makes me giddy.

REACHING TO DUST THE FAN: A BOOK THAT TRIED TOO HARD TO RELAY A CERTAIN MESSAGE

I don’t usually mind politics in books at all – even if they are included in a way that others perceive as heavy-handed, but I do think that Tolstoy’s books and short stories got weaker the older he got. He argued that only morally worthwhile books can be considered great, which is premise I don’t totally agree with but something that becomes painfully obvious when reading his works in publication order.

THE TIRING YET SATISFYING FINISH: A SERIES THAT WAS TIRING BUT SATISFYING TO GET THROUGH

 

I am not quite sure whether I understand this prompt correctly but the series that came to mind is N. K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth trilogy – it becomes painfully obvious early on that the series can only end in heartbreak and I was scared for my heart and for these characters I adored throughout the final book.

I tag Rachel, Naty, Hadeer, Ayunda, and Emily. As well as everybody else who wants to do the tag.

20 thoughts on “Tag: Spring Cleaning

  1. Thanks for the tag! (This seems perfect actually, I’ve been thinking of doing an unhaul soon and these prompts might give me the motivation.) Also I’m completely with you on Conversations With Friends- I liked the whole book, but it was the ending that really cemented it as a perfect 5-star read for me!

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    1. Since writing this post I have found more books that needed to fit into my shelves and I might actually have to do an unhaul again soonish if I want to keep buying books.
      The ending was just so perfect! It just worked so very well for me.

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  2. Thank you for the tag! This looks fun!

    I totally feel you on not finishing series. I think for me it’s because I want to sample so many different things that once I become familiar with a world I’m ready to try the next one. Unless I’m super duper attached to the characters I really struggle to read sequels! Which kind of sucks as my main genre is fantasy and that is rife with series, haha.

    Also I completely agree with you re: The Broken Earth trilogy. That series is fantastic but both intellectually and emotionally so exhausting!

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    1. I always feel like I might be missing out if I don’t try the new series others are talking about but I also want to get better at finishing the ones I start. I do find that I do better with series in Urban Fantasy than in High Fantasy, probably because they are SO readable.

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      1. Funnily enough I very rarely read urban fantasy, but I totally get what you mean. High fantasy is awesome, but it’s definitely a commitment and there’s always a steep learning curve before you can really get into the book. I mean, it pays off, but it can be tough to get over that hill.

        I like urban fantasy in an abstract sort of way but I rarely read it, probably because I find a lot of it to be romance-heavy and I’m picky about that!

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      2. The learning curve isn’t so much my problem but that I find many authors get bogged down in the details of their worldbuilding and then I get bored. It’s also why I don’t read all that much science fiction.
        I really have been loving romance lately, so Urban Fantasy is my jam.

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      3. Ah, good point! I’m usually so obsessed with worldbuilding I’m clamoring for more details lmao! (I don’t know if you’ve read/heard of Nevernight, but the footnotes providing random, pointless extra worldbuilding were one of my favorite bits haha)

        Is there any book you would recommend for an urban fantasy newbie?

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      4. I haven’t read Nevernight and I am so undecided whether I would like it or not.

        So, disclaimer first: I like my heroines ridiculously overpowered and very snarky. So I loved the Kate Daniels’ series by Ilona Andrews. The first book is soso but after that I was SO hooked.
        I also love Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series but I don’t know how well it would work if I didn’t love the UK so.
        Also, Rebecca Roanhorse’s The Sixth World series started incredibly strong.

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  3. I’m glad to see Conversations With Friends here! After loving Normal People, I’m sooo excited to get to it. I actually happen to have a copy at work that a friend gifted me.

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    1. Conversation With Friends is incredible. Best book I have read in ages. I really hope you’ll like it even half as much as I did. (trying and failing not to hype it too much)

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      1. Haha! I mean, my expectations are already high after Normal People so you won’t be able to hype it too much. I actually had a dream last night that I was reading it, which I think tells you how hyped it already is for me.

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