This is My Genre Tell Me Yours Tag

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The Rules:

    • Credit badass Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, use the created tag name graphic and link back to his blog.
    • Answer the questions.
    • Tag as many people as you want.

We all have them, those books we always go back to time after time, the ones that never fail to disappoint and know that we’ll love from the first page.

I saw this tag over on Inge’s blog The Belgian Reviewer and decided to tag myself, so here goes:

1). What’s your favourite genre?

Legal thrillers!

2). Who’s your favourite author from the genre?

Hands down…John Grisham.  Of course, some of his books are better than others but they never fail to disappoint.

My collection - although I don't quite have them all

My collection – although I don’t quite have them all

3). What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

I like the thrill of the chase, the court room drama and how things are never quite what they seem.

4). What’s the book that started your love for your favourite genre?

In all honesty, I can’t remember the first Grisham book that I read.  I know that I’ve not read them in publication order and my best guess would be between The Partner, The Street Lawyer or The Testament.  Having looked at a publication list with dates it was easier for me to track which ones it wasn’t 🙂

5). If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

From this author it would be A Time to Kill, I think this is Grisham’s stand out novel and unbelievably his first.  I think it puts every reader in that “what would you do?” scenario and can you ever condone taking justice into your own hands.

6). Why do you read?

Escapism, a break from reality, using my brain for something which doesn’t involve a screen of some kind.

Credit: QuotesGram

Credit: QuotesGram

More about John Grisham here

I won’t tag anyone in particular as I know tags aren’t for everyone but if you’d like to share your genre see the rules above.  Alternatively please share your genre in the comments 🙂

My Christmas Book Haul

Before we get too far into the New Year I thought I’d share with you the books I received and bought over the Christmas holiday.

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In particular, Before the Fall by Noah Hawley.

image-copy-2This was bought from a local charity shop where I live.  You might be able to see from the photo but it’s actually  a proof copy.  This doesn’t bother me that the proof was donated but what it means is that there’s a book blogger in the town where I live receiving ARC’s too.  Nothing momentous there I hear you say…but this is a relatively small town and it interests me to discover their blog (in a non-stalkerish way you understand!).

Also, I just love these 2 books for their stunning covers.

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They’re part of a series from the Scholastic Classics.  I have read A Christmas Carol but don’t have a copy so this is a lovely edition to start a new collection.

Have you read any of my recent acquisitions?

 

My Year in Books and 5* Reads

2016

I haven’t read anywhere near the number of books this year that I wanted too.  I haven’t even managed to reach my revised revised revised target number.  I put this down to starting a new job which has been quite stressful and getting involved in an online business with a friend which will launch early 2017 so unfortunately my books and blogging took a back seat 😦

Out of the 54 books I read this year I gave six books a 5* rating on Goodreads….6!! I don’t know if this makes me a harsh marker or just plain disappointed.  Anyway, my six 5* books read this year were:

See How They Run by Tom Bale – read April 2016

The Storied Life of A.J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – read July 2016

The Racketeer by John Grisham – read August 2016

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – read September 2016

Recipe for Life; The Autobiography by Mary Berry – read September 2016

A Place called Winter by Patrick Gale – read November 2016 (review outstanding – bad blogger!)

Could you pick just ONE book as your standout read for 2016?

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Those pesky three star reviews

imageReally interesting blog here from Ishita on 3 star reviews! I don’t see a 3* rating as bad, for me it was an ok enjoyable read but not one I’d necessarily shout from the roof tops about and would donate rather than keep on the shelf.
I don’t use a rating system other than on Goodreads but I’m aware other bloggers do and sometimes I mention in my review what Goodreads rating I gave, and sometimes I don’t. It’s not always about the star rating.
What are your thoughts on 3* reviews?

Bookmyopia

There are different ways you can classify a review based on the structure and style, but the reviews (movies, books, art, plays) I grew up reading were in newspapers and mainly of two “types” – ones with a rating system (out of five) and ones without.

When I started this blog for book reviews, I didn’t use a rating scale at all. Over time, I became active on Goodreads, started opening up my blog for review requests and came to know about the importance of leaving reviews on Amazon. It was then that I started rating books, because I realized how inbuilt and expected it is in the scheme of online retail, forums and promotions. I also went back to my earlier reviews and rated all of them.

However, there are times I wish there was no concept of a rating system at all. I feel that way every time…

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