It's November alright; Starbucks has released the red cups, the leaves have colored and are falling, and NaNoWriMo 2015 has begun! Before you get back to writing those sprints or snuggling up with a good book by a warm fire, let's catch up on the news.
It's time for the first Imaginary Adventures Book Club Book of the Month book review! With the IA book club founded in the middle of a month, September was a short story. The poll was set, the nominations received, and Wool by Hugh Howey emerged victorious! [goodreads review]
When the world is nothing but barren and brown, humans turn to living underground. As Sheriff of their compound, Holston, has seen his fair share of persecutions including his wife three years prior to the story's start. After all this time Holston is thinking it may be time for him to join her.
While the story is enjoyable it left me scratching my head. Some passages felt overly drawn out and most of the story is told in flashback expositions. The story is well written and delicately balances a complicated plot with a low page count. As the type of story with multiple meanings and layers to each sentence, Wool is a puzzle book waiting to be solved by a willing reader.
At fifty pages, there were very few characters with really only the main couple fully described, any more than that would have felt rushed or needed an increase of pages.
The outstanding strength of the story was easily the scene descriptions. From the first line to the final one, as a reader I am right there in the bunker. From the grimy camera to the cell bars it was clear and easy to understand and picture with my imagination.
What a wonderful idea! I saw this on twitter this morning and even though I am 4 days behind I will be tweeting and updating this post as the month goes on. Check out my #bookaday picks below and make sure to leave yours in the comments as well!
Do you have any #bookaday reads? Post your favorite 1, 10 or all 30. Let's see if we pick any of the same ones! Leave your picks in the comments below.
It's that time again...Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy April book club has been posted! Last month was full of personal trials and issues and I struggled to read my original ten book goal. This months is finals, so we shall see how I do.
This month's challenge is all based on color!
I am looking forward to reading a few books I have reviews planned for and a few random pick ups as well.
April is the birth month of the most famous of the early horror writers, in honour of Bram Stoker—you MUST read a book that either has a vampire or an Irish character in it.
Everyone knows that April showers bring May flowers—so, to celebrate all the colours we are looking forward to—Colour Challenge. One book per colour. [Red, Green, Blue, Purple, Yellow, Black, White, Orange, Grey/Silver, Pink]
It's time for the Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy February book club post! Last month went amazing and after finishing my original ten books I read half a dozen more. Lets see if I can keep it up!
Here I will post my monthly planned books to read and I will update them as I finish them off, I won't post a new post, but rather refresh the date on this one and edit the list to show completed. This month I am going to focus on finishing the last of the Kenyon Series and reading a few books that I promised to review.
CLICK "READ MORE" TO SEE THE FULL LIST.
Yesterday was my birthday and I bought myself a few gifts... more books of course! Check out the links below and make sure to pick up a copy of them via the goodreads links.
UPDATE: January has come and gone and below are the books I read for my book club as promised. Some did not quite fit the club rules (but hey who's counting). Over all I read over 16 books this month and I can't wait to being February's challenge, stay tuned for a new post outlining which I have chosen.
I am part of a book club, Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy, on GoodReads that every month has new challenges and book lists for people to follow. Sadly, I have not been able to participate in a few months, but I am determined to change that!
Here I will post my monthly planned books to read and I will update them as I finish them off, I won't post a new post, but rather refresh the date on this one and edit the list to show completed. This month I am going to focus on re-reading the Kenyon Series.
CLICK "READ MORE" TO SEE THE FULL LIST.
Enjoy and happy reading!