I’m taking part in the Bout of Books 20 Read-a-thon from August 21 to 27.
You’ll find a challenge over there on Friday, Aug 25, created by yours truly!
Birthday celebrating reader, writer, author interviewer. #InSixWords
My goals for Bout of Books 20 are not just to read a lot of books (I’m hoping to read and review at least 5), but also to connect! So if you’re taking part as well, or if you love to read and have some social media accounts, let me know!
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21 and runs through Sunday, August 27 in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Book reviews help other readers discover new books. For today’s challenge, we encourage you to write a review of a book you’ve read during the readathon (or recently) and publish it where other readers make their purchasing decisions (e.g., Amazon, Goodreads, etc.).
I feel that the best review I’ve written, to date, is of “The Other Normals.”
The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini
What a shame it is that this author passed away. This book could have easily become a beloved series. It captures the youth of this realistic non-cookie-cutter teenage boy so perfectly. He’s an outcast, someone who doesn’t fit into any of the cliques. His parents are divorced, and both dating their divorce attorneys (hilarious, by the way). And all he wants to do is create characters for a role-playing game (which he’s never played, because he has no one to play with him). That alone makes this book remarkable and moving. BUT IT GOES ON! In today’s fiction market, there’s a category called magical realism. What Ned Vizzini has done with this book is give the reader Fantasy Realism! (Yes, that’s an exclamation point. And honestly, this book does it so well that I’m going to leave three more here just because that’s how I really feel. !!! ) For my fellow Harry Potter fans– Imagine if you found a portkey and it took you to Diagon Alley. That’s basically the idea here. Oh, and then you’d have to escape some evil wizards to get back. And then deal with dating and dances as a teenager attempting those things for the first time. And your world would be different, but you’re the only one who would know. And then more stuff would happen to make this even more “epic” yet. Yes, that’s a way to describe this book. If you read or write fantasy, if you’ve ever felt like you didn’t belong to ANY of the available groups or cliques, or if you enjoy tabletop RPG — go, read this book. Now. Seriously. You’re welcome. I’m giving it 5 stars on Amazon, GoodReads, and 50 Book Pledge only because there’s no option to give it 7. That’s how much I loved this book. Wait, I think I need a heart emote. ❤ And no people, I don’t use heart emotes very often! This is now in my top 10 favorite books of all time. Maybe even top 5. (Sorry Tamora Pierce, Ned may have replaced you here.)
MY DAY 4 (Thursday) PROGRESS
Summoning a Dragon by Lori Whyte
#FlightsOfFantasy #SpecFic #NewToMe2017 (I have not read this book or author before.)
This is a nice little romance. Goal-oriented woman meets man. Man turns into a dragon. Woman becomes his mate. HEA Christmas.
The Scottish accent-written words may be difficult for some readers. I wish the description of the dragon was more detailed. But, it is a short story, and that means there’s only so much room.
Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow
Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week by Melissa d’Arabian
The Snowman: Prequel to the Detective Quaid Mysteries by Yolanda Renée
Summoning a Dragon by Lori Whyte