For this discussion, I decided to go with a seasonal book tag. I got this from Bookables YouTube Channel. She’s a fun YA reader, by the way. The tag originated with Book Syrup.
So, think Spring, folks and here we go:
1. Struggle to Begin: What book or series are you struggling to start?
An Unwilling Bride by Jo Beverly
Way back in the day when she started the Rogues series, the first book had a somewhat controversial element. Namely, a forced marriage so it falls in the ‘ye olde’ bodice ripper days. I’ve put it off b/c I don’t want to be mad or disappointed by such a scenario. It was not something the author repeated in any of the other books. So… don’t want to start it.
2. Cleaning Out the Closet: What book or series are you unhauling?
Actually, I’ve spent a great deal of the past three months unhauling quite a few books from my physical and virtual shelves to the tune of nearly 250 books that I knew I’d never read. But, to respond specifically, I most recently unhauled the remaining books in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. I lost interest for the most part after the original trilogy.
3. Opening Windows: What is a book you found refreshing?
Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
This series or perhaps I should say world of both the Alpha & Omega and Mercy Thompson series is long standing, but it hasn’t grown stale. Each book is a breath of fresh air.
4. Washing Out the Sheets: What is a book that you wish you could clean up a scene?
Every Deep Desire by Sharon Wray
It was cluttered with too many plot threads and elements, to be succinct. I’d stick with the estranged marital partners who get their second chance while hunting down a hidden historic artifact before the bad guys get it. The rest was good, but I’d save it for other books.
5. Tossing Out Unnecessary Knick Knacks: What is an unnecessary book in a series?
Veiled Menace by Deborah Blake
This is book two in the Veiled Magic series. I nearly stopped reading the series over this book. There was so much unnecessary drama when the heroine is dithering over three different men that it obscured anything else in the book and left me cranky. Loved book one and three and saw little need for this book two interlude.
6. Polishing the Door Knobs: What is a book with a great finish?
Edge of Darkness by Karen Rose
This was one big rush of a thriller and I took a deep breath thinking it was over until wow, it wasn’t done and delivered a gripping climax. But the very ending when all was said and done? Swoon! These two finally got through the dark and into the light together.
7. Reaching to Dust the Fan: What book tried too hard to make a point?
I’m going with a book that tried too hard for it’s niche, if that makes sense.
I’m picking Elsker by ST Bende.
It’s the big ‘should never be, but is torchy love affair to end all others’ that happens as soon as two strangers exchange one searing look. I didn’t buy it and saw it waaaay too often in a big YA/NA trend that was going on for a time that made the old definition of instalove seem slow.
8. Tiring at the Finish of Spring Cleaning: What book was tiring, but satisfying in the end?
Dane’s Storm by Mia Sheridan
Man, oh man! This one wrung me out and took me through a lot before giving me that tender and sweet epilogue.
9. Looking forward to next Cleaning: What book am I looking forward to?
At the moment, there are two: Lock Nut by J.L. Merrow and Ocean Light by Nalini Singh
There are actually more, who am I kidding, but these two tempt me the most to skip my review reading schedule.
So, that’s the Spring Cleaning Book Tag. Share your own answers or feel free to snag the tag. I’m curious!