Don't know what the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge is? Check it out at Good Books and Good Wine, and hop in on the fun if you want also. Click on the 'fifteen day' tag at the bottom of the post, or go to my Events tab to follow along with all of the posts for this challenge. :) Also, I realize I slacked a bit recently answering these. I feel bad about that. But I still wanted to complete the challenge anyway. =P
How Do You Choose What Book To Read Next?
I don’t have any real process. I normally just go by mood, the anticipated reads, etc. ARCs are usually more of the priority, but since I normally request them because I’m anticipating those books, it’s not too hard to decide. Sometimes I get in genre moods too and only want to read just one or two particular genres for a certain amount of time.
Describe One Underappreciated Book EVERYONE should read.
Hmm. This is a tough one because many of the books I read are probably considered “popular” and not quite underappreciated. I would probably say Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen though since it doesn’t seem as well-known and I’m always telling people they should read it. Why? Because it’s awesomely-awesome. Anything that can get me loving the Robin Hood legend, having such a unique writing style, and make me beg for moooree at the end is certainly a book everyone should read. I get that not all are into historical fiction, but I do think this fits for anyone because it’s such a classical tale.
Tell us your “deal breakers.”
Oh boy. Deal breakers in books! I will almost always put down a book and DNF if they have one or more of the following:
Insta-love -- Sometimes I let this slide depending on how well the romance and rest of story is written. So I’m not extremely picky with this one, but it does become an annoyance often.
Abuse (physical or mental)-- Not to be mistaken as abuse as being a point of the story that is a message. I mean I don’t want romantic ideals of it.
Absent parents in YA books -- Really. One of my biggest hates in YA. Even one or two mentions/interactions of the parents would satisfy me a little bit at least. These are usually teen characters 15-17. They have parents or guardians like normal people, too.
Character or Characters that exhibit beliefs to make me uncomfortable-- ex. Homophobia, racism, preachy Christian…
Romantic ideals of pedophilia or incest. (Ew.)
Detailed/graphic scenes of pre-teen/teen sexual abuse -- Due to personal life experiences, I just really struggle getting through reads where characters go through these situations.
Other than those, I don’t really have any other instant deal breakers. I have other things, annoyances, that will bother me and possibly make me DNF, but I usually try to finish most of my reads. :)
Only one post to go before the challenge is complete! And it's the big one-- My Blogging Mentors! I will be posting this one in the next week or so and look forward to it. ^_^