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Justice League Book Tag

Book Tag

Hello, a tag today! I feel like it’s been ages since I posted a tag. I was tagged by Zezee @ZezeeWithBooks, so thanks friend! 😀

Spoilers for the Justice League movie ahead

  • Copy these rules onto your post
  • Mention creators of the tag: Angelica and Rosie @TheBookCoverGirls and link to the original post
  • Mention and thank the person who tagged you and link to their post
  • Answer all the questions
  • Since there were originally seven members in the Justice League, tag 7 people
  • Also, you can use the images provided, but don’t have to if you don’t want to
  • Have fun with it

Batman: Favorite anti-hero

Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)Mr. Nettle from Scar Night by Alan Campbell

Mr. Nettle is probably one of my favorite characters from this series, second only to John Anchor. In the beginning of the series, Mr. Nettle is found carrying his dead daughter through the city, heartbroken by her death. As the series progresses, and the other characters come into power – renegade angels, false gods, religious assassins… Mr. Nettle remains the only character that is perfectly… ordinary. Yet with his grief driving him, he still manages to mess up the grand scheme of things around him, despite him being so plain and under-powered compared to everyone else.

Aquaman: A book or character that turned out to be better than you expected

Livingstone, Vol. 1 (Livingstone, #1)Livingstone by Tomohiro Maekawa

I didn’t expect to dislike this one persay, but I’m reading this series as part of Borrowathon, and it was lent to me by my one friend. This friend and I are like a Venn Diagram – we have a small overlap of taste and then it’s way different otherwise. So the odds of my liking this were about 50/50. But hey, I’m actually thoroughly enjoying this series. It will definitely be getting a blabber when I’m through with it.

 

 

Wonder Woman: Most badass female character

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Minerva McGonagall from Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Particularly in the fifth book. McGonagall is one of my favorite characters.

 

 

 

 

 

Cyborg: Favorite science fiction novel

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A Corey | The Martian by Andy Weir
The Fold by Peter Clines

I CAN’T PICK OKAY. You can’t tell me to choose ‘a favorite’ and expect it to go well.

The Flash: A book you sped through

Captive Prince (Captive Prince, #1)Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat

I’m total trash for this series. I shouldn’t be, but I am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Superman: Saddest character death

Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, #1)A character from Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

I’m going with Zezee’s answer (and not spoiling who it is). This death just ripped me apart, man. Two books further into the series now and I’m still not over it.

 

 

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading! 😀

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Posted by on 05/26/2018 in Books, Book Tag

 

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Coffee time: On reading multiple books at once

Coffee Time

Hello! Today is the start of a new type of post – coffee times! Basically they’ll be discussion posts because you, me and the entire universe knows that the likelihood of me drinking coffee while writing these things is 99.9%. If not coffee, then it’s alcohol, but that’s a whole different kind of discussion. Anyways, these’ll happen whenever I come up with content for them. 😛 I have done a few of these in the past, but I didn’t have the catchy title at the time. My personal favorite is On Borrowing Books: A Harrowing Tale of Betrayal. So if you’re interested in my being dramatic, go read that one.


I decided to write this post because usually I read two to three books at once: An audio book for the car, a physical book, and maybe a second physical book if I have a buddy read going on. That’s it, max three books. But looking at my Currently Reading Shelf on goodreads, right now I’m reading seven books. In addition to that, the Borrowathon readathon starts today, so I’ll be picking up a bunch of manga this week too.

So, this is way above my norm and honestly I’m a bit intimidated by it.

  • Black Powder War by Naomi Novik is my one audio book. That hasn’t changed.
  • Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb is my buddy read book, currently reading it with Zezee
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski was my one physical book…. then it put me into a reading slump. Currently I’m about 60% through it, judging by the bookmark placement.

And this reading slump lasted a whole month – I picked the book up in January or February and then March was an awful reading month for me because of it. I didn’t really read anything, aside from audio books during my commute. And this is when I started thinking about reading multiple books at once.

I knew I didn’t want to DNF House of Leaves, and I still don’t. I do like it when I can get myself to read it, but it’s definitely one of the most challenging books I’ve read, so my pacing is very slow.

After the slump month and having to write a wrap up of ‘I did literally nothing’, I figured I should break my own rule.

  • The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks was the book I decided to pick up. I figured that if I was going to pick up a new book outside of my normal number, that it would at least be one on my ’10 in 2018′ list. So now I’m about 100 or so pages into that…
  • The Flood by William Dietz is the next book I picked up. I borrowed it from a friend. Well, the friend lent it with a ‘READ IT READ IT’ heavily implied, so I was kinda pressured into picking it up quickly. I have a lot of books borrowed right now, but this guy was insistent that I read his book immediately, so here we are, book number five. I’m enjoying it so far, but am only reading it during my lunch breaks at work.
  • A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa I then picked up on my kindle app. Why, I don’t know. Recently I got Amazon Prime as part of the family plan and the kindle started popping up notifications going ‘hey you get a free ebook every so often’, so guess who picked up this ebook and is now reading it. I read it… mostly when I’m having slow moments or hiding in the bathroom at work. 😛 So this is definitely my slowest read. It’s good though!

  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas… this one is the last and most recent one I added to my Currently Reading list. And honestly it’s just from my lack of impulse control. I bought this very recently and with me participating in Bout of Books (ending today) I wanted to read something I knew I could buzz through. And while I like all the books listed above, they’re not exactly ones that I fly through. So I started this one and am now half way through it. So for it’s uh… it’s decent. It’s very fan servicey.

And then today is the start of Borrowathon so a bunch of borrowed manga will be read. The list just keeps getting bigger.


So right now my currently reading list is huge and it’s becoming hard to prioritize which to pick up. Eventually it’ll get back down to a manageable level, but I just… found it odd that when I broke my limit for one book that magically three more on top of that got added in.

I mean I’m not complaining per say – I’m enjoying all the books I’m reading. It’s just… a lot, haha.

So, is this something you do as well? Do you have a strict one book at a time policy or maybe are you in the middle of ten books? What would your ideal be? I think mine is probably three books, where I had it before. I don’t want to DNF any of these though, so they’ll slowly be marked off the list. Hopefully the urge to pick up another one in the mean time won’t happen. 😛

 
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Posted by on 05/20/2018 in Books, Coffee Time

 

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Winter Book Haul | #22

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Hello! Welcome to my first quarterly book haul! One of my resolutions for this year was to purchase fewer books to the point where monthly book hauls were no longer warranted. This season I think I did pretty good. This is a sizeable haul, but it’s for three months of buying – January, February and March – when last year I would easily get this many books in a month.

So, so far, this goal is going pretty well. 😀


Technically I already own a copy of Way of Kings, but I got it as an e-copy for free when amazon was having a special. I wanted a hard copy though – you can’t sniff an ebook. Otherwise everything in this haul remains unread except for the Captive Prince trilogy – I actually read those by borrowing them from a friend and then loved them so much I went out and got my own! And I got them the afternoon after I took that stack photo, which is why they’re not in it. 😛

If you’re planning on reading any of these or have read them, do let me know.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 03/25/2018 in Book Haul, Books

 

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The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks | Blabber

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks
The Lightbringer series, Book 3
846 pages
Hardcover/audio book
Read Feb 16, 2017 – Jan 12, 2018
Spoilery blabber

This series just keeps getting better and better.

I first read The Black Prism, book one in this series, a year ago – it made my top books of 2017 list, as did its sequel, The Blinding Knife. And while it took me nearly a year to read this one too, that didn’t mean I loved it any less. This series is one that I savor. I actually ended up restarting this book half way through, which is why it took me so long. I originally was reading a physical copy, but I missed the narrator’s interpretation: Simon Vance does a spectacular job narrating this audio book. He’s just fantastic. He hooked me onto following narrators, like, looking for books narrated by a person, and then listening to that book specifically for that voice. I looooove Simon Vance’s voice. So as I said, I savor this series while I read it. It’s just so delicious and wonderful and I wanna be in it forever.

My favorite thing about this series is the magic system and how it’s incorporated so very deeply into the economy, the government and the well-being of pretty much everyone. Being able to draft luxin is probably the most marketable and influential skill one could have – even if they were complete shit at everything else, being able to draft a bit of blue or a bit of red would feed them and likely their families as well. It’s just fascinating.

And my second favorite thing is the cast of characters. All of them, whether I love them or hate them, they’re good characters. Like Kip for instance – he went through a lot of character development in this book. He went from being somewhat unsure of himself but slowly getting there, to a leader of a group, smoochin’ girls and feeling sure of himself. Leading accidental revolutions! Killin’ people! Kip is a good egg.

john nobleAlso, Andross Guile is a right git, man. I love him. He’s such a bastard  I think what makes him so wonderfully awful is that in his mind, he thinks he’s doing what’s right. Like, his driving force behind his actions is the desire to see his country run in a way that would bring peace. And I mean, technically, it will, but like… that’s a lot of lives, man. He’s so intelligent, so manipulative, always one step ahead of basically everyone else. I love him, but I wanna through a brick at his head. Augh he’s just so great. I’ve totally fan-casted him too. John Noble, all the way. He’s definitely my Andross Guile. And I don’t know yet if his uh.. goals, become darker in book four, but from the events at the end of book three, I’m thinking they might. I think he’s the best kinda-noble-villain I’ve ever come across. Definitely Lawful Evil.

The other characters too, get a bit more screen time for us to get into their minds. Zymun even got a bit. I think, at the moment, he’s the only character who’s really underdeveloped. All I’m picking up from him so far is ‘chaotic evil just because’. I have yet to discern his motivations, so hopefully that’ll happen in book four, now with him as Prism Elect. He has to get more chapters from his POV right? Right? wah.

Liv as well, I kinda missed reading more from her POV. She didn’t get many chapters this time around but the ones she did get were rather satisfying. Obviously she’s been in rank with the color prince for the past what, two books? Finally, finally, she’s seen sense. Goodness. And now she has to go crawling back to the Chromeria in hopes that she can be forgiven. I know that if they don’t wanna forgive her, her dad would take her in in a heartbeat (her dad btw, is one of my favorite characters. He’s just such a hulking teddy bear cutie pie).

I’m predicting she’ll run into Kip’s group, they’ll do a bout of ‘can’t we trust her?’, she’ll do something to prove herself, and then all will be well. Watch, I predict it.

 

And then finally, we come to The Order of the Broken Eye, the group the whole book revolves around. This group is such a weird, mysterious thing. And Weeks definitely led me into a false sense of security concerning them. I thought, ‘Oh, they’re trying to infiltrate via Teia and doing assassinations via Murder Sharp (who is the weirdest guy by the way) but lol nope. Nope nope, the ending of the book absolutely blew me away man.

Best ending ever. We find out that Ironfist, one of my favorite characters, the one that everyone seems to trust implicitly, has been in on it the whole time. The whole time. And Grimwoody man. I was at work when I was listening to the end of the audiobook – I listen while I code.

And so I’m sitting there, working and listening, and this big plot twist drops. And I sit there and my fingers still on my keyboard and my eyes bug out. And in my otherwise silent room with my two coworkers, I basically yell, ‘OH NO WAY.’ And then I pause it, get up and take a lap around the building because I just couldn’t handle it, man. I needed to move! My brain was like WHAT IS GOING ON?!

I love those kinds of endings. They’re the best.

So yeah, I loved this book.

5/5 stars

 
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Posted by on 01/20/2018 in Books, Review

 

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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby | Blabber

We Are Never Meeting In Real LifeWe Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
275 pages
Nonfiction/Memoir
Read Dec 27th 2017-Jan 4th, 2018
Spoiler free blabber

I bought this book because of the cat.

I was in Connecticut, visiting a friend who had moved away a couple years ago, and we were perusing the shelves in a local bookstore in New Haven, CT, when I decided I wanted to buy something different. I had been eyeing a few fantasy novels that have been on my radar, but who knows when I would get to them. So I wanted something that I knew nothing about, that would remind me of the trip due it being different to what I normally gravitate towards.

And then there was this book: bright yellow with a soggy cat on the front. And it spoke to me. I grabbed it, skimmed the back and saw that Roxanne Gay had blurbed it and that was enough for me. I bought it and began reading it that night.

This book was pretty much what I expected it to be, once I read more thoroughly what it was about. It’s one of those books that makes me want to write a book full of my blabberings, because that’s what it is. It had elements I found similar to Yes Please, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) and many other modern memoirs of women living in various states of life. I tend to like those kinds of books, so I ended up rather enjoying this one as well.

Samantha Irby strikes me as a person that I felt, what, partially similar to? I guess? Parts of her writing had me in hysterics from how close it hit to home. I was laughing way, way too hard at parts of this book, and the urge to meet this woman and shake her hand was really strong. Other parts I didn’t relate to, so I read those bits with interest, getting to see another perspective on things that I held a different opinion on, and expanding my world view at the same time.

Hey, it’s almost like we’re two people with our own thoughts and feelings, haha.

Overall though, I liked this book. Irby goes through various different stories of her life. A couple of them had me laughing so hard, a couple of them had me reading them out loud to my husband, trying not to crack up while I read, and seeing him shaking his head and smiling at me, waiting to see if I’d crumble under my giggles.

One of my favorite parts was the cat, Hellen Keller, whom the author brought home mostly against her will and then grew to grudgingly love. Helen was hysterical. The way she was narrated reminded me of every single female cat I’ve ever owned. She had such a ‘tude, I loved it.

Samantha Irby’s book will stick with me, I think. And that’s what I wanted when I bought it – a good experience reading that I could associate with hanging out with my friend in that one bookstore in Connecticut. So thank ya Ms Irby, you gave me a good few days as I read your writing, trying to keep my cat Nina from walking on the book like you had to finagle around Helen cat.

3.5/5 stars

 

 
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Posted by on 01/14/2018 in Books, Review

 

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2017 | A Year in Review

2017 Reading Review

Hello! Happy New Year’s Eve! Today’s post being put up a tad later in the day than normal, as I used this morning to finish my last book of the year! 😀 So here’s an overview of all the reading-related things that happened this year: My goodreads goal, my blog activity, my 2017 reading resolutions, etc etc etc. I hope you enjoy!


My Year in Books

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Total books DNF’d this year: 1


Blog Activity

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Obviously most active month was December due to Blogmas, and there was a week in May there where you can see I was posting multiple times a day. Readathons do that. :”D

Total posts published: 142
Reviews:
11
Tags:
15
Top 5 Wednesdays: 26
Most popular post of 2017: Top 5 Angsty Romances

Wrap Ups:

Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov

December:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. RowlingAll My Friends Are Dead by Avery MonsenCaptive Prince by C.S. PacatSanta and Pete by Christopher Paul MooreFool's Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb – 5 stars
Santa and Pete
by Christopher Paul Moore – 3 stars
Captive Prince
by C. S. Pacat – 4 stars
All My Friends Are Dead
by Avery Monsen – 4 stars
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
(illustrated) by J. K. Rowling and Jim Kay – 4 stars

r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. 😀 It runs from March 2017 to March 2018.

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Reading Goals

Results of 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Complete!
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Complete!
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson – Complete!
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete!
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines – Complete!
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – Complete!
  13. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson
  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  15. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – Complete!
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling – Complete!
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling – Complete!

Results of 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 50/50 – Complete!

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Current TBR: 301 – Complete!

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – Got rid of ~40 books –  Complete!

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 10/17 – Incomplete

So, three out of four goals completed. Overall, not bad!


End of Year Survey

Like last year, I’m going to do the End of Year Survey. If you’d like to do this as well, consider yourself tagged.

Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 50
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best in Books

Best Book You Read In 2017?
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love But Didn’t
Weaveworld by Clive Barker
Most Surprising (in a good way) book you read?
Descender vol 1 by Jeff Lemire
Book You “Pushed” the Most People to Read (And they Did)?
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Best series you started in 2017? Sequel? Ender?
Starter: The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Sequel: The Blinding Knife  by Brent Weeks
Ender: Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Brent Weeks
Best books from a genre you don’t typically read/out of comfort zone
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Book you read in 2017 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Most memorable character of 2017?
Kip from The Lightbringer series
Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2017?
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb
Favorite Passage/Quote from a book read in 2017?
“This is the truth. You will know it because it hurts”
Longest and Shortest books read in 2017?
Longest: A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
Shortest: All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen
Book that shocked you the most
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
OTP of the Year
Alina and The Darkling (please ;~;)
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year
Lia and Pauline from The Remnant Chronicles
Favorite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read previously
Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
Favorite book of 2017 read based soley on a recommendation from another
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Newest fictional crush of 2017
The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy
Best 2017 debut
Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Anderson
Best Worldbuilding/vivid setting of the year
The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks
Book that put a smile on your face/most fun to read
Saga by Brian K Vaughan
Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2017
None, actually
Hidden Gem of the year
Descender by Jeff Lemire
Book that crushed your soul
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Most Unique Book Read in 2017
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Book that made you the most mad
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Looking Ahead

Book you didn’t get to in 2017 but will be a 2018 priority?
Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
Most anticipated non-debut 2018 release?
The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Most anticipated 2018 debut?
Haven’t looked into it yet!
Most anticipated 2018 series ender/sequel release?
See two answers previous
One thing you hope to accomplish in your 2018 reading/blogging life
Maintain the semi-consistent posting schedule I managed to start up
A 2018 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone
Guys, I’m a little blog and it’s still 2017. You silly.


And that’s it! I will see you all in 2018! 😀 I hope your reading year went as well as mine did!

 
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Posted by on 12/31/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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Guilty Reader Book Tag

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Hello! A tag today. I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but wanted to do it anyways. So pbtbt.

Have you ever regifted a book you’ve been given?

Nope! If I am gifted a book that I have no interest in, I tend to hang onto it for a bit in hopes that my interest sparks. If a year or so passes and I still have no interest, I usually donate or trade it in. Haven’t regifted, though.

Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

Yes… and it’s been to people who bought me books that I wasn’t interested in, honestly. I’d rather do the white lie than hurt their feelings.

Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

No. I’ve borrowed books for a very, very long time, but I’ve never borrowed a book and not returned it. I wrote a rant about this very thing.

On the other hand, which is… kind of an exception? I guess?, I was force-given a couple books to borrow that I didn’t want in the first place by an ex, and then we broke up before he got them back. I have no motivation to speak to the guy, but the books are still considered ‘borrowed’ I guess. If he wants them back, all he has to do is ask and I’ll ship them to him. I promise I’m not keeping them on purpose. -_- I didn’t lie about them or keep them out of spite, but it’s hard to give a book back when there’s an ocean between you. I’ll mail them! He just needs to let me know he wants them and give his address.

So does that count? I don’t know. Sigh. This probably makes me a hypocrite.

Have you ever read a series out of order?

Nope!

Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

Not intentionally, but it has probably happened.

Have you ever doggy eared a book?

Nooooo

Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?

Nope! What’s the point. I wouldn’t buy any books in the first place that I would be embarrased to own. 😛 That’s what the library or the internet is for, hawhawhawh.

Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?

Nope! Again, same reasoning as above.

Have you every skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

I tend to only do that to books that I end up DNFing. If I find myself skimming, then I’m likely not enjoying the thing.

Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?

Probably, yes. I tend to write positive and negative things about books I like in my reviews, so if you count that as badmouthing, sure. You don’t need to be 100% positive about a book you like.


And that’s it! Happy reading! 😀

 

 
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