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Weekly Reader No. 2

I have had a hard time getting any reading done this week. I got into this book that had a rare effect on me. It was forcing me to read it slowly, which I did gladly. Have you ever had a book just grab you and pull you in to the point where you savor every word? It happens to me only occasionally and I can’t remember the last time it happened with a fantasy novel. Patrick Rothfuss’, The Name of the Wind is definitely worth your time.  Find a full review of it HERE.  Rating – ★★★★★

Then for some reason this week, tons of books came flooding in at the library. I picked up three books I’ve been waiting ages for this week – The One by Kiera Cass, Cress by Marissa Meyer, and The Silkworm by J.K. Rowling.  The only problem is that I had no idea which to tackle first. So I went and checked my library list to see which one was due back first. I realized that I had another book that I was going to have to read almost immediately and so I put the three aside in order to pick up The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry. I had heard quite a bit about this one and so I didn’t want to let it slip through my fingers.

The Accidental Creative was not at all what I expected it to be. While I got some good ideas from the book, I felt myself pushing to get to the end.  I was hoping for tricks to activate your creativity when you are stuck instead of a life management system. While he had some good ideas, I am pretty good at knowing what works for me and setting my limits, so I found it interesting but not effective for me, however I could see it being extremely helpful for someone else. Rating – ★★★★

The next thing I picked up was The One by Kiera Cass. I fought reading this series so many times but eventually gave in and was completely hooked. So much so that I did something I have never done before. The day the book came out, I went to Barnes and Noble and sneaked a peak at the last couple of pages. I didn’t think I could handle reading it if it didn’t turn out the way I thought it should. Then I read the book. I should have stuck with reading the ending. While it ended the way I wanted it to, the rest of the book was simply annoying, not to mention the climax that just wasn’t a climax…. dumb. I think most of the fanfiction out there might have had less plot holes than this last novel did. What a let down! Rating – ★

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My library book haul 🙂

Then Saturday happened. We have great library warehouse here that has sales once a month. For teachers books are between $0.50 and $1. I got there not long after they opened and didn’t leave until close to the end (it’s a four-hour event). My final result was 46 books for $34.50. I think I’m going to have to buy a new bookshelf… again.

I’ve also been learning a bit about book repair and the safe removal of library stuff from books (dust jackets, card holders, RFID tags, etc) and got through a one of my bookshelves working on that while watching Doctor Who. There is a great satisfaction on taking a book that you got for 0.50 and making it look like a ‘normal’ book. I only have four more book cases to go… this is going to take forever! Hope fully next week will contain more books!

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Book Review: The Name of the Wind

Book: The Name of the Wind

Author: Patrick Rothfuss

Recommend: Absolutely! This is one of the best fantasy books I’ve read in a long time.

I picked this one up on a recommendation from a friend of mine who has similar reading taste. So far everything she had recommended to me has been basically brilliant and this one was no exception. The book starts with a quiet innkeeper who is not quite what he seems and a threat pressing in from an unexplained war. Then the book takes you in directions you didn’t know that you wanted to go.

I think the biggest positives about this book for me was the richness of the story telling. Something about the way the author spun his tale made me savor every word. Normally I rush through something like this, however due to the richness and depth of the writing, I found myself slowing down and often stopping to ponder exactly what the author had just done. This took me an unprecedented three days to read. I can’t remember the last book that took me three days to read but due to the way he wrote the book, I found myself moving slowly through, hoping it would last even longer.

I looked on goodreads and was shocked to find that there were basically two kinds of reviews for this book, five-star reviews and one star reviews. I really can’t see the reasoning behind the one star reviews. I tend to be rather objective but for some reason this one just captured me to the point where I found their arguments not making a bit of sense to me.  I will say that this book is high fantasy but will not be what you expect and I think the readers who come away disappointed or can’t finish it might feel that way because it doesn’t go in a direction their preconceived notions can accept. There are some who argue that the main character suffers is a Mary Sue, which I completely disagree with. This book has too much emotional depth for that to be the case. I honestly wanted to ask the reviewers if they were reading the same book that I was.

This one is definitely worth picking up if you are a fan of a good fantasy novel. I immediately put in a request for the second one and will be looking for this series when I go to my local library’s warehouse sale this weekend to see if I can pick them up and add them to my library. These books definitely need to join my collection.

Final Rating:

Need more than one copy!!

Need more than one copy!!

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