Sunday, January 05, 2014

Sunday Chatting

In 2014, I've decided to do my Sundays a bit differently. Generally, I have an unannounced theme for the entire year. One year it was movie reviews. Last year it was children's classics. This year, I decided to do something different:

1rst Sundays: Board Books. Picture Books. Early Readers. Not many bloggers review these books for the youngest of "readers." But. I think they're essential--if only for the sake of variety! Reading aloud is so fundamentally important, starting from birth on!!!

2nd Sundays: My Year With Jane...Austen! I will be rereading her novels. I will be reading sequels and adaptations. I will definitely be watching movies! If you know a great book adaptation, preferably a CLEAN adaptation, please leave your recommendations in the comments!

3rd Sundays: Classics. I'll be reviewing one classic a month!

4th Sundays: Mysteries. I love, love, love a good mystery. I wish I could confidently say I'd review 50 mysteries in a year. But. I can't. However, I think I can say I will read at least twelve in a year!

5th Sundays: There are only 4 of these. I am considering mini-reviews of movies. Or. possibly creating lists. Or. Possibly doing challenge update posts.

Long Awaited Reads Month. Cohosted by Things Mean a Lot and Iris on Books. These will be books I read in January--if all goes to plan--but I won't have reviews up until February.
  • Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
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Kailana 3:57 PM  

Cool! Sounds like a good structure. :)

missi 8:17 AM  

I have almost finished the first Martha Grimes (Jury/Plant series) mystery novel. I have really enjoyed it a lot; however, she does have three curse words (GD/JC) which I find annoying and offensive. But, I will read another as the cursing was minimal and the books are set in England which I love.

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
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