Do you know the likelihood of me picking up a book randomly without knowing ANYTHING about it beforehand??? CHANCES DWINDLING TO ABOUT 3%, FOLKS. Book blogging has introduced me to 9384 gazillion book recommendations. And I love that. Bookworms shriek their love = I get curious = I sneak across the globe devouring all.
I am, basically, a super adorable book eating monster.
Do I wish I was more of a spontaneous reader???
Eh. There are positives to picking books on a whim. It is awesome to “discover” a book and be THAT annoying bookworm who gets to scream “I found this book fiiiiiiirst and it’s divine”. #hipstermoment Also there’s the whole Loki feeling of “I DO WHAT I WANT AND READ WHAT YOU DON’T TELL ME TO READ” which is as satisfying as having evil fabulous hair.
But but but my time is precious. I need to write a half a thousand books AND also be an evil overlord AND pet my dog. I want to read books I know I’ll like. Ergo, reviews and recommendations are good.
(Also, not even gonna lie, it’s super lonely to read a book NO ONE TALKS ABOUT. I mean, what do you expect me to do once I finish it????? Discuss it with my dog???? He is cultured swine and only cares about sandwiches.)
- THE BEAR: I read this back in 2013…and I requested the ARC because I’m 100% keen for freaktastic bear stories. This goes back to the time when I was about 8 years old and my mother read aloud a story about some photographers out to capture a photo of a blue bear…AND THEY ALL GOT MURDERED AND EATEN. (Thanks, Mum.) This story IS a different one, of course, but I’ve never heard the blogosphere talk about it…ever????? ARE YOU IGNORING THIS BOOK’S EXISTENCE, VARIOUS PINEAPPLES?
- SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE: This is possibly cheating. I believe I was searching for books about blind people — and voila. But it’s still SORTA whimmy, because I’ve never seen the blogosphere talking about it. (Also it’s genius.)
- HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME: Dudes, I read this in 2013. THAT IS AGES AGO. I don’t even remember why I picked it up in the library???? Probably the “crime” thing??? Because, you know, evil overlord in training. I know things. Beware.
- BLOOD RED ROAD: How many times am I going to mention this book? UM, HOW ABOUT FOREVER???? I think I picked it up because of the “dystopian craze” but I ended up sending it back (unread) to the library TWICE. Unacceptable. How dare a book best me. Ergo last year I finally read it and — SWEET DUSTY DUMPLINGS IT WAS SO GOOD THAT I MENTION IT AT LEAST EVERY SECOND WEEK AROUND HERE. Time for a THANKFUL FLAIL that I stuck to it.
- ONE THOUSAND HILLS: This was another spontaneous library decisions because I saw the words “AFRICA!!” and though, “Gawsh, Cait, you do not read enough books set in Africa. In fact, you don’t read any! SHAME.” So I borrowed it. I 10000000% regret it. Not that it was a bad book, but it was actually about the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and spiked my anxiety to flood about nine galaxies. Definitely “spontaneous” FAIL.
- IRON KING SERIES: This is sooo totally a whim purchase and I haven’t read them yet. But to be fair A) they were only 20cents each and B) the covers are pretty, and C) I really love psychotic fairies so WE’LL GIVE IT A GO.
- THE ICE DRAGON: I was at the library last Thursday (I go every Thursday and this is 100% the reason why my TBR is ALWAYS UNMANAGEABLE) and looking through the kids books for something for my 5yo nephew who can read like a little fiendish genius. And then — I found a George RR Martin book. WHAT EVEN???? HE WRITES FOR KIDS???? Least to say I borrowed it specifically to see how this is possible. Also dragons. It’s like 100-pages long but IT WAS STILL A SPONTANEOUS DECISION.
- RECKLESS: “Why did you pick this up on a whim, Cait?” you ask. BECAUSE IT WAS 20 CENTS AT A LIBRARY SALE AND IT’S A HARDCOVER AND I HAVE AN ADDICTION. I don’t even know what it’s about…ahem.
- THE ART OF NOT BREATHING: Tooooootally spontaneous ARC-click on Netgalley. I hadn’t heard ANYONE talk about it. But it was “read now” and you know those 394839 books on my TBR? HAHAHAH WHAT DO THEY MATTER? (Spoiler: I’m about to be crushed and die.) Also I ending up liking this book! Lots of sadness. Lots of drowning. Lots of oceans. It’s all very soggy.
- RELAX, I’M A NINJA: I”m 99% sure this is cheating too but HEY I DO WHAT I WANT. And also, now you see exactly how few books I acquire spontaneously. Ahem. Anyway. There was a kindle $0.99 sale and I like Natalie Whipple’s previous books so. (Although I haven’t read it yet. Because, unfortunately, “spontaneous” reads are rarely a priority either.)
how often do you spontaneously pick up a book (especially one you’ve heard zlich about it beforehand)??? do you wish you were less recommendation-orientated or are you okay with however you are? have you read any of the books on my list? OH. and like me to your TTT posts of course!