You know when someone says a book is such a THEM book? I have the opposite problem where it is SO NOT A ME book. Sometimes I read a book and have very specific issues about it. For instance, a book was littered with pop culture references to things I do not really like. Therefore, a person who is not me with opposite taste in things would most likely enjoy the book more! Here’s another example. I loved Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, duh, buuuuut I had one very specific problem with it:
HOW DID ANNA NOT KNOW FRANCE WAS THE FILM CAPITAL EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS SUPPOSEDLY REALLY INTO MOVIES? WTF. Even as someone who is not a cinephile by ANY MEANS, I knew this? Cannes?? French New Wave?? IT’S THE BIRTHPLACE OF CINEMA????
This gets me a little worked up. But like I said: super specific that I’m sure no one else was really bothered by this. Obviously, every reader is different, which means everyone reads a book differently. It’s the beauty of reading blah blah etc. but like, seriously. It sucks when people are like OMG THIS BOOK IS AMAZING I LOVED IT SO MUCH READ IT and you’re like umm, sorry it didn’t work for me because of issues that are very specific to me and don’t want to bash on a book you like so I SHALL BE QUIET AND NOD. Am I just nitpicky? AM I NUTS?
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens! It is ALSO my stop on The Winner’s Curse blog tour so I thought I would combine the two since this week is a freebie. The question for the blog tour is:
The ‘Winner’s Curse’ is an economics term that means you’ve gotten what you wanted – but at too high a price. What would you pay too much for?
So here are ten things I would spend too much money on (if I actually had money).
Curtis Sittenfeld’s brilliant post on 24 Things No One Tells You About Book Publishing made me think of all the things I’ve learned through running this blog. So here are the some things I learned.
“Soundtrack to Your Life” is a feature that will have authors list 5 songs/artists/albums that ______ (changed their life, made them cry, make them want to be a rockstar, anything the author picks!) I have Adi Alsaid, author of Let’s Get Lost, on the blog today!
Hi! Today, I have the AMAZING Susan Dennard on the blog today! She is the author of the Something Strange & Deadly series and is one of the NICEST PEOPLE EVER. The series is about ZOMBIES in cool settings like historical Philadelphia, Paris and Egypt! Here is a joint review for the first book. If you are a writer, you MUST know her because she offers SO MUCH BRILLIANT WRITING ADVICE. I’m not even a writer but I love reading what she has to say! I adore Sooz and I adore her series so I’m amped to have her talking about theme songs in her series. Stay tuned until the end because there’s a giveaway as well.