I like to read. A lot.
I like the texture of books and their aroma. I like the feelings libraries and bookstores evoke – peace, possibility, and luxury. I enjoy the crispy sound of turning pages.
I even like e-readers: the way I can carry hundreds of ebooks with me wherever I go. The fact that they don’t fatigue my fingers or weigh as much as hardback novels. The fact that sometimes I try to turn their pages because I’m so lost in the story.
I love listening to stories while driving in the car, especially when read by someone who adds another dimension to the stories themselves. Narrators such as Jim Dale (Harry Potter series and The Night Circus) and Will Patton (The Raven boys series).
I love the way different authors string words and ideas together to create strange and sometimes impossible worlds. Scenarios larger than life. What ifs I don’t have to live to experience.
And I love data and keeping track of things, too. So…
I’m trying something new. I have been challenged to find an original way to review books. In answer, I’ve come up with Tiered Books in Review. 🙂
This system will make me keep track of what I’ve read each month and then create a pyramid of sorts for the books. My favorite goes on the top tier, then tier 2 are other five-star reviews, tier 3 are 4-star, etc. Here is October’s Tier:
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – Urban Fantasy
Oh my. The writing. NO ONE writes like Maggie Stiefvater.
Despite the profanity (lots) and the subject (fortune telling, future divination), this urban fantasy is amazing. Three books into the series and I don’t want it to stop (but I do want to read the next one!!)
Fantastically complex characters and plot. I “read” this one in audio book and the narrator,Will Patton, does a tremendous job. His voices add another dimension to the characters and story.
The Selection by Kiera Cass – YA/dystopian
I had this book forever but hadn’t read it. My daughter told me she loved it, so I went ahead and picked it up. Then I couldn’t put it down. Thoroughly enjoyed this Cinderella story.
Impervious by Heather Letto – YA/dystopian
The Hive by John Otte – Science Fiction
Girl, Stolen by April Henry – YA Contemporary
The Field by Lydia Thomas – Christian Allegory
The Elite by Kiera Cass – YA/dystopian
The One by Kiera Cass – YA/dystopian
The Elite and The One are books 2 and 3 of The Selection series. I overall enjoyed them but got tired of the fickle love triangle and too convenient plot points.
NOW YOU: WHAT WAS YOUR TOP TIER READ FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER?