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The Reader’s Confession Tag

I love doing tags! I did this tag two years ago, but not on this blog, so I’ll be doing it once again for this blog. Anyway, enough chit-chat, here we go!

Have you ever damaged a book?

I can happily say no. 

Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Again, I can say no. Whenever I borrow a book from someone, I keep it in tip-top condition, even if the book is not in excellent shape! 

How long does it take you to read a book?

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If only I can still read 4-5 books in a week! I realized that although I have a huge TBR to kill, my reading is a bit slow lately. I am currently reading 3 books at once, but I don’t have the zeal to finish them right away. If it’s a James Patterson book I’ll gobble it up in one day or two no matter how bad. 

Books that you haven’t finished?

Hmm… I think I may have mentioned some of those books during my book reviews. I was able to finish all of my recent reads. Oh, there was one I couldn’t get into and therefore, I didn’t finish and that was Paper Towns by John Green. Ooh, and that Jane Austen book, Pride and Prejudice. I tried reading it thrice already and it just ain’t for me. 

Hyped/Popular books that you don’t like?

I don’t really care for hyped books for most of them are YA anyway. Ah! James Patterson’s Confession series. Man, I dislike everything about that series! 

Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

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I am never embarrassed about what I read. After all, I was the one who chose the book, so even if it’s an awful YA book, I’ll tell you that I’m reading an awful YA book.

How many books do you own?

There is no way that I’m going to count them all. I’m happy that I have at least 150 books after unhauling to make way for more books. By the end of the year, I may have 400! 🙄

Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?

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I’m no way in Spencer Reid’s gifted reading field, but I’m a pretty fast reader when I can get into the book. I can speed read, but lately, I’m reading like a snail. 🐌

Do you like to buddy read?

No, but I’m willing to try it… that is if anyone wants to buddy read with me.

Do you read better in your head or out loud?

I read better in my head, but lately, I’ve found myself reading the Bible out loud. 💙

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If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

The Bible for it is the Word of God and it is the foundation on which I stand on when it comes to my relationship with the Creator. 

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Books & Reviews 📚, Challenges/Tags/Fun Stuff

Day 08: Most overrated book

I am not going to put a disclaimer or apologize for this post in advance for by now, everyone who reads my blog knows that I am blunt. I am not going to discourage anyone from reading these books regardless of my opinions. 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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I tried reading this book twice, but I couldn’t get into it. I find it really, really boring and insipid. This was a snooze fest and I’ll label it the most overrated book in the history of literature, but I figure I’ll save it for another book.

Paper Towns by John Green

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I had the displeasure of reading this book recently (upcoming review in the near future!), and now I am reconsidering reading another book by this author. It seems as if all of his books follow an exact same plot with different characters… like Hollywood. It was a dumb book, period.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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Another book I plan on doing a near future review on. This book was not an okay book and it was not worth reading. It irked me.

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Thursday Ten: Books I did not finish

*sighs* I didn’t realize that I’ve neglected this top ten thing.

There are books that I’ve forced myself to finish because of the somewhat intriguing plot twist, books that I skimmed through to get to the end, and then there are the books that I just couldn’t finish. I know this is a top 10 list, but at current, I can only list 8 books. The thing with reading/exploring different genres is that you get a sense of what you really like, what you don’t, what you need to stay away from, and what to give a second chance to.

1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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I can’t believe that this book won a Pulitzer! This book has such terrible writing style! This book does not even deserve a place on my bookshelf and I don’t think I’ll ever attempt to read another book from this author. 

2. Power Play by Catherine Coulter

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Catherine, what happened to you? You used to give me better stories than this drivel. I am sorry, but I have to put your books down.

3. Persuasion by Jane Austen

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I tried. *sighs* I really tried. Then I tried again…

4. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

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…and then I give up on this author as well. A woman can only try so many times! I am done with her for she keeps wasting my sweet reading time. I finally accept that she is not my cup of coffee because I find her books unbelievingly boring to the point where I want to strangle the book, so I’ll let Mark Twain speak for me:

I often want to criticise Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop everytime I begin. Every time I read ‘Pride and Prejudice’ I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.

– Letter to Joseph Twichell, 13 September 1898

Yes, even Twain knew how I feel. Wait, do I even like Twain’s books?

5. A Mercy by Toni Morrison

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This is literary garbage. The summary of the book is misleading, I feel as if I was dumb down while attempting to read it, and the different characters narrating chapters with no initial knowledge of who’s speaking? Please, leave this to an expert like James Patterson. This stream of consciousness style was annoying. Incredibly boring and if this was my book, I would’ve set it on fire. Doesn’t deserve to see the light of day and I don’t care if it’s a bestseller. 

6. A Bit of a Difference by Sefi Atta

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Not my style and the writer was rambling as if talking to a friend and not addressing the reader. I couldn’t even make sense of the character.

7. Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan

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Talk about mediocre writing at its best! We have a heroine who is divorced and decides that she wants nothing to do with men for a while. She goes to her aunt’s house to recuperate and immediately, she spots an attractive jogger (he happens to be a doctor) and well, she likes what she sees. This woman is the mother of two brats (I still don’t know what’s so funny in authors making brats out of every single kid out there) and no redeeming qualities about her. This doctor should’ve jogged the other way.

Books like this end up in my trash can because they’re not fit to even wipe my feet on.

8. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

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Nice try, Jojo. Nice try. This story was predictable and unbelievable. I was thoroughly disappointed and before I burst into tears from being bored, of the corny dialogue, I calmly put it down for the book did not belong to me. Had it been my property…

Are there any books that you’ve started and just couldn’t finish? Disagree with me? Feel free to share in the comments down below. 🙂