Monday, November 12, 2018

#TFBRC prompt for today is non-fiction

I don't read a lot of non-fiction but one book I love and have read more than once is Corrie Ten Boom's The Hiding Place.  Incredible story that Corrie shares about WWII and ending up in a concentration camp.  She learns many great lessons including forgiveness, hope, and gratitude among other things.  I loved it. 

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

#TFBRC #nonfiction

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Today's TFBRC prompt is heartbreaker.  The first book I thought of was Old Yeller.  I haven't read it since I was a kid but I remember crying and crying while reading it.  But more recently read, the first book I thought of was For Love or Honor by Sarah M. Eden.  For Love or Honor (The Jonquil Brothers #5)It is part of my beloved Jonquil brothers series.  I teared up through much of the book and the tears spilled over more than once.  It was hard for me to read because I don't like feeling sad or crying.  It is a good thing it wasn't the first book I read in that series because I'm sure I wouldn't have continued with the other books. The book deals with the brother Stanley who has returned home from war broken in body and spirit. And it was #heartbreaking      #TFBRC

Monday, November 5, 2018

Today's Thankful For Books Reading Challenge is Did Not Finish.  

I try to be a little picky when I start a book and avoid harsh language, sex or bad violence.  And any of those things can make a book end up in my DNF pile.  Occasionally a book ends up there for other reasons though and that is one I'll highlight today.  
I couldn't bear to finish Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson. 
 Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded
I try not to be too harsh in reviewing books unless there is something I feel really strongly about. And this book got a harsh review from me and others.  Some liked the book, probably because it was considered groundbreaking and "marked a defining moment in the emergence of the modern novel". But it only has 2.78 stars on GoodReads so I'd have to say not a big hit among the GR members of today. 
This is the review I wrote on GoodReads about this book:

I forced myself through the first half of the book and then set it aside and never picked it up again except to shove it back on the shelf. It seemed to me to be pages and pages about the merits of virtue and its importance to Pamela and then she unbelievably is suddenly in love with he that would have taken her virtue from her which included attempted rape. What? I found I could skip pages when the author once again expounds on the importance of virtue because there were many pages that repeated the mantra. I thought Pamela was an insipid character that I could not love pursued by a horrible man who I found unlovable. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. Unless of course you enjoy boring and insipid. 

So yeah, sadly this book is on my most hated bookshelf.

#TFBRC #dnf
The Thankful For Books Reading Challenge prompt for November 2 was classics and I missed it.  

My first favorite classics are always going to be Jane Austen books but I like other classics as well.  I love Little Women and Anne of Green Gables.  I always liked Huckleberry Finn until I listened to the audio book and then the racist language made me cringe so much that I am not as enamored with it anymore.  Somehow listening to it said was way worse than reading it.  I get that it was the time period etc but hearing it was just bad.  



Thursday, November 1, 2018

Reading challenge prompt for today is #goals

My reading goals for this challenge are to try to make headway on the huge stack of books I have while not adding more than I read to my TBR list.  Also to find a better balance between reading and doing things like, you know, cleaning, cooking, talking to my husband...that kind of thing.  


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

#fallintobooks prompt today is a book you are impatiently waiting for.  

I'm always waiting for the next Jonquil brother book to come out by Sarah M. Eden. 

I'm also waiting for a long lost new Jane Austin book to magically come to light.  Wouldn't that be awesome?!


Friday, October 5, 2018

#fallintobooks prompt today is #favoriteauthors

My most fav is Jane Austen. I always say Pride and Prejudice is my fav book but on a given day I might say that one of her other books wins.  
Pride and Prejudice      Sense and Sensibility      Emma      Persuasion       Mansfield Park      Northanger Abbey   

I just wish there were more to fill up this space.