Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (8)

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill Breaking the Spine.

The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan

Release date: June 19th, 2018 by Amberjack Publishing
Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound

Summary (from goodreads): Seventeen-year-old Mattie is hiding her obsession with Harry Houdini and Dorothy Dietrich from everyone, including her best friend Stella. When Stella takes off to boarding school for the summer, all of Mattie’s anxieties bubble to the surface, leaving her feeling adrift. To distract herself, she seeks out Miyu, the reclusive daughter of a world-renowned escape artist whose life and career were snuffed out by a tragic plane crash.

With Miyu’s help, Mattie secretly transforms herself into a burgeoning escapologist and performance artist. Away from the curious eyes of her peers, she thrives in her new world of lock picking, straitjackets, and aquarium escapes. But when Will, a popular varsity athlete from her high school, discovers her act at an underground venue, she fears that her double life is about to be exposed. But instead of outing her, Will tells Mattie something he’s never told anyone before and the two of them find out that not all secrets can remain secret forever.

Why I'm excited: Mattie's interests seem really unique, and I'm really interested in reading about her. Plus, goodreads says it's queer, so that's always exciting.

What book are you excited about this week, dear readers?

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Monday, May 21, 2018

MG Review: Drum Roll, Please

Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

Published: To be released June 26th, 2018 by HarperCollins
Genre: Contemporary MG
Binding: eARC
Page Count: Goodreads says 320 pages, and I'm going with that because I don't know otherwise.
Part of a series? Nope.
Got via: I got it for review through Edelweiss.
Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound

Summary (from goodreads): Find the confidence to rock out to your own beat.

Melly only joined the school band because her best friend, Olivia, begged her to. But to her surprise, quiet Melly loves playing the drums. It’s the only time she doesn’t feel like a mouse.

Now, she and Olivia are about to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway, jamming under the stars in the Michigan woods.

But this summer brings big changes for Melly: her parents split up, her best friend ditches her, and Melly finds herself falling for a girl at camp named Adeline. To top it off, Melly's not sure she has what it takes to be a real rock 'n' roll drummer. Will she be able to make music from all the noise in her heart?

Review: This was really cute. This is basically if My Year of Epic Rock and Star-Crossed had a little book baby. There are a handful of things I took issue with, but for the most part, I had fun reading this, and I liked it. We'll get to the things I didn't like a bit later, though. I've read a lot of MG over the years, both recent and older, and this is what I'd call a very classic-feeling middle grade novel. All of the beats it hits, from Melly dealing with her parents' divorce to learning to be more confident, to a first romance, to having friendship problems and learning how to handle that, are very classic MG things.

And also it's queer. There are not nearly as many of those as there needs to be, obviously, and I also think that this does something really awesome by having basically no angst about it. Melly has a couple moments of feelng like, "Well, this is new", and being a little worried about how her best friend will react to the news that Melly likes a girl, but other than that, it's really not a big deal for her. It's refreshingly light.

Plot Talk: Like I said, this is basically a super classic summer camp book. Girl goes to summer camp, makes new friends, gets a little confidence boost, has a little romance, goes home. It's a typical book, in a way, but that's a good thing, not a bad thing. The plot honestly is just what it needs to be for this kind of book. It takes place over two weeks, and it really nails the way a summer vacation can feel both over far too fast and also like it'll last forever. One of my favourite parts was a rainy day at camp and the way the book perfectly depicted the restlessness of a rainy day where you're not entirely sure where you want to be or what you want to do. It's a very nice touch.

Characters: I really liked Melly. She's really sweet. She did actually remind me of Mattie from Star-Crossed now and then because they're both quite shy, and developing a little more confidence through the book. Again, that's a pretty classic middle grade thing. I could probably name several much older books with similar themes for their main characters, and I have no problem with that. It's a staple, not a cliche.

Melly's best friend and tentmates really remind me of classic middle grade books, especially middle grade camp books. They aren't, like, the most complex characters ever. They do tend to kind of have one "thing" and that's who they are/most of their personality. I'm not overly fussed about that, honestly.

PG-13 stuff: Melly's parents are going through a divorce, and Adeline's father has MS, and I think both are handled well, I think. The MS part is not something I can speak to, but the break-up part is definitely is. I liked how her parents made some pretty big mistakes, and they eventually admitted that and apologized to Melly. There's nothing here that I think a kid would be overly upset by, though. Melly doesn't face really any queermisia or anything either.

Cons, complaints, bad stuff, etc.: I have a couple things. The book calls out sexism now and then, but it never goes beyond "both boys and girls". One example in particular is a mention of both female and male musicians - apparently there's no room for nonbinary or agender musicians like La Roux's Elly Jackson, Grey Gritt, Angel Haze, Rae Spoon, CN Lester, Jana Hunter, or Gerard Way.

Otherwise, while the book does have a number of POC characters and that's obviously really cool, it does lack in other forms of representation. This big music camp apparently only has four queer attendees. Two queer boys who are dating and only mentioned once, and Melly and her love interest. It's kind of a bummer that besides those two - and they don't get names! - there are no queer role models of older teens, or queer adults. There's also no disability rep besides Adeline's father, and no fat rep besides one adult character.

My last thing is - the book doesn't use the word bisexual, but it uses the word gay. I don't mean to overly compare this Star-Crossed, but I'm 90% sure these are currently the only MG books with bisexual main characters, so it's kinda gonna happen. And they both do this. Publishing, please allow queer MG to actually use the word bisexual. The characters don't have to settle on a label, but please let them at least know words other than "gay".

Editing Laina: Star-Crossed has been edited so the paperback will include the word bisexual! Heck yeah, that's exciting.

Cover comments: I think it's really cute. I like that you can see the tent, because it really feels like a camp book through that. It's a really sweet cover, and I like the colour scheme.

Conclusion: Overall, I really enjoyed reading this, and my only problems were the cissexist language and the lack of representation in certain areas. This is where I find the book falls into the trappings of "typical MG", and misses out on being truly amazing. However, it's still a good book and, again, I'm going to point out this is the second mainstream MG book with a bisexual main character. (I'm obviously not counting indies and self-published books here, as for this age group, those are much harder for the target audience to come across.) That's important.

I read this way too early before it comes out, lol, so my scheduling is like four months in advance, and there's only like one review out that like at all, so I can't really find ownvoices reviews yet. And I don't want to creepily stalk people. But personally I had a lot of fun reading this and thought it was really sweet, and I think other people will like it a lot, too. I'm gonna go with four out of five roses.



I don't have any other notes, I think!

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Friday, May 18, 2018

Book Blogger Hop (5)

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books and is now hosted by Billy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week's question is: What were your worst movies based off of books?

I have many. Okay, first of all, there are some really terrible TV shows based on books, let's be real. Like the Scaredy Squirrel books are really cute, and I find that show incredibly annoying. And the Wayside TV show is... not horrible to watch if you're watching with a kid or something, but it's not anything like the books. Riverdale. So much Riverdale. The Magic School Bus reboot. Oh my gosh, do you guys remember Bitten, based on the Kelley Armstrong books? Was that any good?

Okay, movies. Well, we all know the Percy Jackson movies are terrible... but I kinda get a guilty pleasure out of watching them. They're just so bad. It's kind of hilarious. Oh man, any of the live action Dr. Seuss movies are just horrific. The Cat in the Hat, live action Grinch. I actually refuse to see The Giver because I know it's going to be awful and I just don't want to go there. Oh, here's one - I'm like one of the only people who isn't a big fan of the Howl's Moving Castle adaptation. It's not terrible or anything, but I like the book better and the movie didn't feel similar tonally to me.

The Golden Compass movie is probably one of the worst adaptations I've ever seen, and probably number one on my personal list. It ignores basically all of the actual message of the book, it becomes very Narnia or Harry Potter copy-catty, and it ruins the ending. It bugs me so much because I thought some of the actors were really great and well-cast, and it could have been a great movie if they hadn't wussed out.

Anyways, I'm going to stop now before I ramble longer.

What are your worse book adaptations?

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (7)

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm excited about:

Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari

Release date: June 5th, 2018
Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound

Summary (from goodreads): Ari Sullivan is alive—for now.

She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed.

Until now, Ari was happy to spend her days pining for handsome, recent-arrival Stroud Bellows, fantasizing about their two-point-four-kids-future together. Safe in her small hometown of Dempsey Hollow. But now her community has turned very dangerous—and Ari may not be the only intended victim.

Why I'm excited: I'm really into mysteries and thrillers right now, and this sounds really interesting.

What are you all interested in this week?

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Queer Summer Reading 2018 Introduction

Welcome to the Second Annual Laina and Luci's Queer Summer Reading Club! Or Queer Summer Reading for short, and QSR for even shorter.



Jeez, can you tell I made the graphics this year? They match my header like perfectly. Honestly, I did not do that on purpose. It just kinda happened.

Alright, so, what is Queer Summer Reading? QSR is a summer event based on the summer reading programs of my youth that my library ran.

When I was a kid, we could only really go to the library in the summer because it was about a mile and a half away, and that's a long walk when you're a kid and it's winter in Canada. I also couldn't walk there alone because it was across several incredibly busy roads. I totally Google mapped that, and google says it's a 30 minute walk one way. (My mom was afraid of public transportation. Don't ask.) That means we needed at least an hour's time to get there, plus, you know, time to pick books out and stuff, and my mom worked a lot, so summer was also one of the only times when that free time existed. Ask me about the time I got heat stroke doing that walk if you ever want me to rant about accessible libraries. Because, yeah, that's a thing that happened.

Anyways, most of them are much more positive memories, and one thing in particular I loved doing was summer reading club. I couldn't do a lot of the activities that libraries did (see above), but that was something I could do, and I loved getting the little booklet and stickers, and filling it out with the books I'd read. I always felt so proud. And I want to recreate that feeling in a way, and Luci goes along with me because they love me ;)

In that spirit, Queer Summer Reading is not a traditional book club where we assign specific books and then discuss them, but a more general thing so everyone can participate.

We do, however, want to challenge you! Our challenge to you is to read four queer books this summer. Two in July, two in August. This year, we want to give special focus to intersectionality, which as you know is a term coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw to describe ways in which oppression is interconnected and can't be examined separately from each other. So you can choose whether the MC or the author has intersectional identities. We encourage reading ownvoices books, or books by marginalized authors over books about marginalized characters by privileged authors.

Some of our suggestions are:

- A book by a queer author of colour, or book featuring a queer nonwhite character
- A queer book with mental illness representation
- A queer MC who is also a religious minority
- A queer MC with a physical disability
- A queer, non-neurotypical MC
- A book with a fat, queer MC

You get the picture, right? Feel free to come up with your own!

We're also trying something new this year, and that something is:



BINGO!

You can download the cards here. This is not the main point of the challenge, but it's a little extra mini-challenge that we thought could be a fun extra activity.

QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE:

Q. Do I have to be queer to join?

A. Nope! The queer books are the focus, and we want everyone to read them! For guest posts, we do prefer people with experience in those areas, though, to elevate those important voices.

Q. What book do I have to read?

A. Anything you want! As long as it's queer, it counts.

Q. Do I have to read a book? / I don't know if I have the time/spoons to read anything.

A. That's okay too! We want to challenge you, but you can be part of Queer Summer Reading if you just want to read interviews, or join in on Twitter chats, or whatever you want. The challenges are bonus, and just for fun.

Q. When does it start/end?

A. Queer Summer Reading is going to run from July 1st to August 31st. More dates about twitter chats and such will be posted shortly as we finalize things.

Q. I love that banner! It's so gorgeous. Can I have one?

A. Once all our designs are finalized, we will be posting them so you can use them wherever you want! We encourage you to add the button to your blog, or use one of the banners for your blog if you talk about your goals.

Q. Help! What do I read?

A. Anything you want! We will definitely be posting what we plan on reading, though, and we want to have some rec lists. (If you want to write a rec list, tune in soon!)

Q. What else can I do besides just read books?

A. You can do whatever you want! Want to host a giveaway for a queer book on your blog? You can use one of our graphics and we'll boost it! Want to write a blog post about queer books? We'll boost that! Just wanna say we're neat? We'll boost that! And also thanks, we think you're neat too! We'll be doing a lot on Twitter, but we'll also have link-up posts and all kinds of fun stuff.

We're also planning guest posts, rec lists, and author interviews, so if you're interested in any of those, stay tuned. We're going to have more information on those soon as well.

Q. Why are you reusing so many of these questions from last year?

A. Because I am lazy, and many of them are still relevant!

Q. Where I can find out more?

A. First of all, here! All my posts will be under the "queer summer reading" label, so you can click that at the bottom of the post. you'll find more (once they're posted).

You can also follow me on twitter @lainasparetime, follow Luci at @soveryqueer, and follow Queer Summer Reading @queer_reads. We'll be using the hashtags #queersummerreading for general stuff and #queersummerchat for our chats! You can also email us at queersummerreading@gmail.com if you don't have Twitter. Lastly, you can check out our masterlist of posts from last year to get an idea of some of things we did.

Q. I have something else to ask!

A. Leave it in the comments, or send it to one of our twitter handles or the email address above! We'd love to hear from you.

Peace and popsicles,
Laina

Monday, May 14, 2018

Things I've Read Recently (71)

If you're new around here, Things I've Read Recently is a series of posts I do that are basically mini-reviews of books that I either forgot to review, didn't have enough to say for a full review, or just didn't want to do a full post about for whatever reason.

I couldn't decide what to read, and ran a Twitter poll, and "four random old books" won, for some reason. I know I haven't done one of these in a while, but honestly I thought they were a bit of my own weird pet project. Do I have secret fans of these posts? Come comment something. I'm super curious about this now.

Anyways, here we go!

The Haunting of Cassie Palmer by Vivien Alcock

Published: First published in Great Britain in 1980 by Meutheun Children's Books Limited, this impression was published in September 1987 by Lions, an imprint of the Collins Publish Group. (This book had a very thorough copyright page.)
Genre: Fantasy MG
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: 155 pages, plus three ads for other books.
Part of a series? No, I don't believe so.
Got via: It used to be a library book, and I bought it when it was weeded.
Amazon / Abebooks

Summary (from goodreads): Cassie Palmer is the seventh child of a seventh child. This, according to her mother, a none-two-successful medium herself, means that Cassie will inherit amazing psychic powers. But Cassie is reluctant to acknowledge her inheritance and is secretly afraid of the "gift" she might have.

But strange things do happen when Cassie accepts a dare to raise a spirit. Who or what is the terrifying Deverill? Has Cassie accidentally disturbed a ghost, and what will be the consequences?

Thoughts: I read this as a kid, and I remember liking it, but I didn't know if I would as an adult. Turns out, it held up pretty well. There's a decent voice, with a decent plot, and it's very atmospheric. I liked that their mom was fat and it wasn't treated some a terrible thing. Some of the language used about her wasn't amazing, but it wasn't horrible.

It didn't take a lot of time to read, and overall was just fine. I'm not sure if this is one where I'd say they should put out a reprint, but I had a fun time reading it. Two of the books advertises in the back of this are When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson, and The Sara Summer by Mary Downing Hahn and I think those are perfect to describe what kind of book this is. If you saw it in a secondhand store or something, I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up. Or if you read this as a kid and you're curious about it, I wouldn't say you'd be disappointed rereading as an adult.

Also, points on the book for a jab at Flat Earthers. That's just funny. This is a slim little book, and my copy is in great shape, so I think I'm gonna keep it for now.

The Gifting by Ann Gabhart

Published: 1987 by Crosswinds
Genre: If it were published today, I think it would be called a MG paranormal, as the MC is only 13, but it's kind of hard to say with some of these old books. The line between YA and MG was often very blurred back then.
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: 155 plus some adverts for other books, and, weirdly, for a bookshelf. Only 9.95 plus 75 cents postage and handling!
Part of a series? Kinda, but not really. I'll come back to this.
Got via: A yard sale, I think. There's a Garfield book plate with a kid's name in it, and it has a number on the very first page.
Amazon / Abebooks

Summary (from goodreads): Ginny had always felt different from the other members of her family. She wasn't as pretty as her sisters, and her brother was too young, and besides, he was a boy. She'd never had a really close friend.

When they moved to a new neighborhood, her life changed. She met Mark and Miss Nellie. Mark was quite simply the nicest guy she'd ever known. Miss Nellie was more of a puzzle. Ginny couldn't figure her out. Was Miss Nellie just an eccentric old lady, or were the rumors about her true?

Thoughts: Okay, first of all, this author now writes as Ann H. Gabhart and has a book called "The Gifted", which is like, inspirational romance or something. Weird, lol. (Also, while this book is tagged on goodreads as "Christian Fiction", the extant of the faith stuff in this is really someone saying they considered something a gift from God, and a couple mentions of church.)

Time for a quick history lesson now! Once upon a time, Simon and Schuster had distribution rights for the all-British-except-for-Janet-Dailey Harlequin, and when Harlequin jumped ship, they came up with an imprint called Silhouette to fill that space and use the resources they had. It went really well, and Harlequin was like "wow, we better get on those American romance writers, they are making the good money" and got busy on that, and Harlequin and Silhouette became probably the two biggest names in romance. Eventually in the 80s, Harlequin purchased Silhouette from Simon and Schuster and they got less competitive, but maintained separate identities until the around 2010 when all Silhouette imprints were rebranded as Silhouette imprints. Read more about that here and here.

This has not been quick.

Okay, well, long history lesson continued, from 1981 to 1987, Silhouette had an imprint called "First Love" which was YA romance, and there were 236 of those. Long story short, they were cheap and generally are not considered to have been amazing, although I personally have some fond memories of some I owned as a kid. Find out a little bit more about them here and here. Eventually, I assume they stopped doing so well, and they renamed the line to be called "Crosswinds" (see, I had a point), which had a line called "Crosswinds Keepsakes" which was very romance-oriented, and straight-up Crosswinds, which was not. It's kind of a weird, line, honestly, with some really random but interesting looking books, and it only lasted for a year and 32 books.

So this technically has a series name on Goodreads, but really it's just the imprint, and this has told you nothing about my thoughts on the book.

While I was doing all that research, something I noticed about the First Love series was that the later it got in the series, the more the plots strayed away from contemporary YA romance. They leaned way more towards paranormal, with lots of hauntings and almost even Gothic seeming settings. I'm speculating a little bit, but I assume that was because of reader demand. (Interestingly, it seemed like there was more demand for diversity. It was nothing huge, but books towards the end of the series seemed to have more diverse protagonists than the whole rest of the run.) That makes it make a lot of sense that the line would eventually split like it did when it was rebranded.

I also noticed that Ann Gabhart's name popped up fairly often in the First Loves series, and having read this actually made me curious about those. Honestly I kind of feel like the cover of this is deceiving. It looks more like a Point Horror knock-off when you could probably give it an updated cover and it'd fit fine in modern middle grade. (Taking out one anti-Native line before giving it to a modern audience, as it's inappropriate and obviously racist.)

The time period of when this is set isn't that clear, especially as they live in a rural area, but it could have easily been earlier than when it was written, and I think actually works well for it. It doesn't seem as awkwardly dated as much as just "historical". The voice also works well for that, and it's still an engaging read. I also liked that the romance wasn't that much. I mean, she is only thirteen, so it's very sweet and more realistic for kids their age.

I actually wish the author had written more YA/MG after the 80s and 90s, as her voice seems great and I'm not into the Christian romance genre. If I ever saw any of her vintage books at a sale or something, I'd totally grab them, though. I'm gonna keep this one. It was good.

Below the Root by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Published: Originally released in 1975, my edition is from 1992 by Laurel Leaf Fantasy.
Genre: While this says fantasy, I would more categorize this as YA Science Fiction, and today we'd probably call it almost dystopian.
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: 231 plus an ad for Lloyd Alexander books.
Part of a series? This is the first of a trilogy called the Green Sky Trilogy.
Got via: It used to be a library book, and I bought it in a sale.
Amazon

Summary (from goodreads): When thirteen-year-old Raamo is chosen from all the other Kindar to join the ranks of the Ol-zhaan, the spiritual and governmental rulers of the land of Green-sky, he can hardly believe it. Does he really have the far-reading wisdom of that priestly class?

Apprehensive and intimidated by the secrecy surrounding the Ol-zhaan, Raamo nonetheless takes part in the initiation ceremonies. Not long after his indoctration has begun, Raamo learns - through his special telepathic "pensing" abilities - that everything is not as it appears in Green-sky. The Ol-zhaan have been taking advantage of their high status to keep the Kindar in the dark about much of the history of their people.

Raamo is now in the precarious position of knowing things he isn't supposed to know. What danger awaits him and the unknowing Kindar?

Thoughts: This was freaking weird. But that's probably most likely a me thing more than anything. This kind of science fiction is just not really my thing and this one didn't do much to sway me that way. However, I did research into this as well, and it was quite popular. There was even a video game made based on these which was apparently pretty good and somewhat unique in its features at the time.

And it has also been re-released on Kindle in 2012, which is probably really great for anyone who loved the books as a kid and wants to re-read them or just have them in their collection. They have cool covers, and they're only about 6 dollars which is probably what you'd spend buying a used copy unless you happened to find one specifically.

This is just really a me thing. This has a bit of a Giver or Chrysalids vibe, and I totally get people liking these, remembering them fondly, and even liking them now, but I just wasn't into it. I've enjoyed a lot of books from Snyder, and I would totally read more as an adult, but this one's not just for me. I'm not even going to rate it, because it's so much a "not for me" book that it wouldn't be fair.

Don't let my opinion stop you if you think this sounds interesting. I'm gonna pass this one along and hope it finds a home with someone who likes this genre a bit more.

The Dark Garden by Margaret Buffie

Published: Originally released in 1995 by Kids Can Press, I believe my edition was a year later.
Genre: Paranormal YA
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: 248
Part of a series? Standalone.
Got via: It used to be a library book.
Amazon

Summary (from the author's website because I didn't like the goodreads one as much): Sixteen-year-old Thea is suffering from traumatic amnesia. She is struggling to find out who she is - and who she is not. As she returns home and begins to rediscover who she is, the empty places of her mind fill up with shadowy memories - but whose memories are they? When she begins to see ghostly figures from the past flitting through the run-down garden behind her parents' house, she wonders if she is living someone else's terrible dream.

Thea finds herself caught between two worlds. In one, her unhappy family seems to be falling apart. In the other, shadowy spirits haunt her with their tragic passion. In both, there is anger and loneliness, but is it possible that a murder took place in the spirits' world?

The bridge between the two worlds is a large garden, where time and place, love and hate become blurred - and where everything is possible.

Thoughts: I really liked this! I actually wish I had read this as a kid. I've had it for years but for some reason I never clicked with reading it, but I wish I had. I would have really liked it, I know. It's such a kid!me book. The writing has held up very well, and it's surprisingly undated, really. There's a few things that date it a bit, but overall, I don't think it's anything that's like "wow, that's awkward".

The story of this is really creepy and interesting, and I love me a good ghost story. It's very satisfying in the way it's unrolled. I kind of figured it out pretty early, but that didn't make me enjoy it any less. I also think it was really well done how absolutely suffocating Thea's family life felt, and how realistic that seemed. That it was set in Canada was also something neat for me. All in all, I really liked this. Honestly, I'm keeping it and I'd reread it, and I'd be really interested in reading more of the author's work.

Also, kudos to the author for having a writing career for longer than I've been alive, and I think it's great that her older books are now available as ebooks. I really think more authors should do that if it's possible. The kindle copy is under four dollars, and I think that's a great price. If you want to read a creepy, interesting ghost story, grab it.

Well, that's three out of four of these were pretty good!! That's a bit of a higher rate than usual, honestly, for these posts. I'm impressed!!

Would you pick any of these up, especially the ones available as ebooks?

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Friday, May 11, 2018

Book Blogger Hop (4)

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books and is now hosted by Billy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week's question is: Could you ever pick a favorite book or is it like choosing your favorite child?

Never. I think it'd be easier to pick a favourite child, lol, because I don't have any of those and don't really want any. I have many, many books and want many, many more. Every book I consider a favourite is a favourite for different reasons. A lot of different books mean different things to me, and it just depends on the book as to why, really.

I'm fickle, I guess!!

Short answer this week, sorry. Just not very far to go with this one when my answer is "no", ha. Thanks for reading anyways!

Peace and cookies,
Laina