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Top Ten Tuesday (on Thursday): Freebie – Popular books I can’t stand.

Top Ten Tuesdays

Full disclosure, I haven’t been on my blog in a while. I set up a bunch of posts a few weeks ago because I knew I wouldn’t have time. I logged back in today after the end of a crazy school year. Realized that I hadn’t put in a Top Ten Tuesday for this week and it was Thursday. Oops. So here it is. Better late than never??

We’ve all been there. It was supposed to be this fabulous story that people couldn’t get enough of and yet for some reason you didn’t connect with it. Everyone looks at you like you have a second head when you admit to the fact that you simply can’t stand the book or the author. Yep, here’s my list of books I’ve been looked at like a crazy person for not liking.

1. Feed by M.T. Anderson – I’ve heard nothing but glowing admiration for this book. I wasn’t even able to get halfway through before I threw it back into my library bag in disgust. The book is not a stretch of imaginative writing, in my humble opinion it is simply bad writing. I couldn’t get into the story because the writing was just horrible. To all those YA fans out there who recommended it to me over and over again, sorry but I simply don’t get it.

2. Watership Down by Richard Adams – I tried three times to read this one since I’ve heard so many times that it is a must read. I simply couldn’t get through it. I found the writing to be obnoxious and the characters completely dull. I got about a third of the way before I gave up again and for good. I am a huge fan of other animal based books (I love the Redwall series by Brian Jacques) but this one simply couldn’t get or hold my interest for anything.

3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Whether it was because it was required reading, the fact that I find the time period completely uninteresting or that the characters annoyed me, I have never felt any kind of love for this book. I know that many people will disagree but I also won’t be spending a ton of money to go see the new movie no matter how much I typically like the other movies the director has done.

4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Everyone seems to have read this one. I found it trite and predictable. Also completely uninteresting. Yep. I really don’t get all the hype surrounding this one at all.

5. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I came, I read, I despised. Scarlett drove me completely insane. Even though I read the whole thing I never could get to the point where I could even remotely stand her as a character. Sorry to all those fans of the epic story but you can have it.

6. Three Cups of Tea by David Oliver Relin and Greg Mortenson – Yep. I found the writer annoying and the main character more than aĀ  bit self – important. When it came to light the at least some of the book was fiction, I found myself annoyed but not shocked.

7. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame – Smith – Can we say poor writing? The thing is that I’ve really enjoyed some of this author’s other work, just not this one. It is so forced that it’s completely broken in my opinion. I’ve read others of this type and loved them. This one, I simply couldn’t stand. Try Jane Slayre instead.

8. Wicked by Gregory Macguire – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this man is one of the driest writers I have ever read. Period. Add in really inappropriate content and it’s not worth the read. The musical on the other hand – go see it!

Okay, I’m running out of ideas but can anyone add a nine and ten to this list? What popular books do you despise?

 

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Book Review: Jane Vows Vengeance

Book: Jane Vows Vengeance

Author: Michael Thomas Ford

Recommend: Are you kidding? I love this series. I’m just sad to see it end šŸ˜¦

The third and seemingly final book in the Jane Austen vampire series was a blast to read. Poor Walter finds out that Jane has been married before, putting off the wedding yet again until it can be resolved. They tour Europe on what should have been their honeymoon with the usual entourage of literary vampires making their appearance.

I think my favorite moment in this book is when Jane meets Solomon Grundy (yes that one from the poem about the days of the week). I don’t want to give too much away but I laughed out loud when I was reading it and woke my poor husband up. (I really do think I torture him with my reading sometimes. Poor guy. Of course I don’t bother him about his World of Warcraft obsession so maybe it’s a wash).

I definitely recommend this one after you’ve read Jane Bites Back and Jane Goes Batty. I know this one will be joining my library soon šŸ™‚

Final Rating:

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Book Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Book: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Authors: Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Recommend: Maybe if you like zombies and actually enjoyed Pride and Prejudice (I don’t).

I admit it. While I like Jane Austen, I have never liked Pride and Prejudice. I’m just not a fan of Mr. Darcy! I have read the original book once and hated every minute of it. I avoided this book for quite some time but I really am a fan of good zombie stories. I picked this one up at the library and finally decided that it had to be read. Even zombies couldn’t save this story.

Seth Grahame-Smith did a very good job of adding zombies into this story for the most part. The only element I found to be a bit odd was the Oriental influence. Ninjas? Really??? People having dojos on their property and girls fighting and killing zombies in dresses was a bit too out of character for the time period. I think that he would have done better to keep the zombie killers as men and have the women be protected by them. It was too modern a notion for the setting of the book. It kept pulling me from the story, which I already don’t really like.

This book might be appealing to some but I would much rather read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter any day to this bit of drivel.

Final Rating:

TRASH IT!!

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even more Austen :)

I liked the cover for the first book better- thank goodness I'm not one of those judge a book by its cover types

Book: Jane Goes Batty

Author: Michael Thomas Ford

Recommend: Definitely! It is a hilarious romp šŸ™‚

Okay, I have reviewed the first book in this series earlier on my blog in a post called Jane- with a bite ;).Ā  I was thrilled when I realized that the second book was finally here. I loved the first and thought it was one of the funniest things I had read in quite some time and so I was thrilled to get to read the second one.

This one centers around Jane finally admitting how much she is in love with Walter but she is undecided on whether or hot she should actually be with him. She is getting no where with her follow-up book, while her first book is in the process of being made into a movie in her home town. Then to complicate everything, Walter’s vampire hunting mother shows up, knowing exactly what Jane is and wanting her dead. Oh and of course we can’t forget the infamous Violet Gray(at least that’s what she’s calling herself these days) and her notorious rivalry with Jane after she destroyed the remains of her family and left her for dead in a house fire after trying to claim Jane’s first novel in 200 years as her own.

I loved this book! I was thrilled to find that it kept the same feel as the first book and that the author didn’t do anything to bizarre for the universe he created while still keeping our interest with new material. Jane gets a chance to explore more of her powers with the help of Lord Byron which expands the story somewhat and makes Jane seem a bit more vampire-ish. I even loved the three-legged Chihuahua that belongs to Walter’s mother- it was a genius and quirky addition to an already hilarious story.

The only negatives I can mention is that in a few places it felt aĀ  bit too much like reading the first book. Some of the twists and turns in the book were entirely too predictable. I also kept hoping that there would be a new vampire literary figure tossed into the mix- but I was disappointed there is always hope for book three though I guess.

I think my favorite moment was when Byron and Jane were discussing famous vampire hunters and Byron mentions that Abraham Lincoln was one and Jane is aghast and blurts out that she can’t believe the book was true (I did a review of the book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in an earlier post).

This book is definitely worth picking up and reading and I can’t wait to read the third installment in this building series. I can’t wait to see if Jane is able to keep her bargain or not.

Final Rating:

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Austen -again :)

Cover shot

Book: The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

Author: Syrie James

Recommend? Yes- if you are an Austen fan and like what ifs…

This book is fiction. Let me say it again- THIS BOOK IS FICTION.

Okay there I said it. This book is introduced from the forward on as a work based on recently discovered memoirsĀ of the late Jane Austen. The set up is great because it really pullsĀ the readerĀ into the story line. The author makes it read somewhat like a biography based on memoirsĀ but it isn’t so heavy that you feel distracted from the story. There are footnotes and such through the story as you read but for the most part they are relevant and interesting. I was a bit skeptical but soon was able to forget that it was in fact fiction and bury myself the world of Austen šŸ™‚ This supposes that they have figured out the missing great love of Jane Austen’s life and how it inspired her writing.

It follows Jane in her early thirtiesĀ considered an old maid at that point when she meets a friend of her brother’s, one Mr. Ashforth. She is smitten but he has to leave before they can meet again. She runs into him again later and they spend weeks together. Then the rest of it follow something that seems like the plot out of one of her books. I don’t want to give too much away but if you’ve read Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, you’ll have the general idea.

It was a fun read, I didn’t feel like I wasted my time but it wasn’t the most amazing thing I’ve ever read. I have found myself drawn to these what if style stories lately though so I didn’t mind reading through it. I am glad that I downloaded it on my nook from the library and didn’t pay for it. I wouldn’t mind owning it but it isn’t something I HAVE to own.

Final Rating:

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Parallel Realities

Book: Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict and Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

Author: Laurie Viera Rigler

Recommend: Definitely- they are both a fun read.

first book

second book

I picked up Confessions at the library after seeing it in the bookstore. It tells the story of a modern girl named Courtney Stone who gets thrust into the eighteen hundreds into the life of Jane Mansfield, an unmarried daughter of a gentleman. She might even get to meet the real Jane Austen, who has not yet come out as the author of her books. I loved the book and kept wondering was happening with the real Jane, trapped in Courtney’s modern world. I was delighted to find Rude Awakenings at the bookstore a few weeks later which of course tells Jane’s side of the story.

These books are both fun fantasy spins. I would suggest reading Confessions first as it was written first and seems to flow better.

Definitely a fun diversion for summer reading, especially if you are an Austen fan.

 

Final Rating:

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Austen with a bite ;)

Book: Jane Bites Back

Author: Michael Thomas Ford

Recommend: Absolutely- it’s hilarious

This little book cracked me up, repeatedly. I got it last month and have already read it twice, the second time just because I was in need of a good laugh.

The book asksĀ  and answers the following questions:What would happen if Jane Austen were still around? What if she hadn’t died but been turned into a vampire instead? Could she get published?

I don’t want to give too much away with this little gem but Austen isn’t the only author who makes an appearance:)

I definitely recommend this book for any Austen fan who doesn’t take life too seriously. It will make you look at your favorite author in a whole new light šŸ˜‰

 

Final Rating:

Need more than one copy!!

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