#T5W: Series That Got Better

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Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. This week, we’re talking about series that improved with each installment. I want to make clear that none of these were series that started out weak. If a series starts too poorly, I don’t continue it. And these days with my new DNF policy, I might not even finish the first book. It has to be good from the start to get me invested, but these are the ones that grew even more wonderful as I read.

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#T5W: Books Not Set In Or Inspired By The Western World

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Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. This time we’re talking about non-Westernized fiction. Meaning it takes place somewhere in the world that isn’t North America, the UK, or Europe. I actually like that she was careful to include the idea of fantasy worlds, so Middle Earth still counts as the United Kingdom, considering that’s the inspiration for it. I was sad to discover that once you exclude European countries, I found this list difficult. I definitely want to have more varied answers for something like this, but I think that was definitely the point. To inspire us to read outside of our usual haunts.

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Recent DNFs

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Since I’ve become more ruthless about putting aside books I’m not enjoying, I thought I would talk about the books I’m not going to finish. I’ve realized that I want my reading to be as good an experience as I can make it, so if a book is grating at me, I stop reading it. I don’t force myself to push through anymore just so I can write a review about how much I hated it. It’s not worth the time and effort. Here are my most recent DNFs.

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Why You Absolutely Should Read Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler

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I’ve recently finished Lilith’s Brood (still known in some circles as The Xenogenesis Trilogy) by Octavia Butler. It’s become an instant new favorite, and I really want everyone to read it. I thought of doing a full series review, but I realized that, due to my love of it, it would just be me gushing. I’d be hard-pressed to be critical, since there’s so little that is wrong with it in my mind. So instead I’m going to indulge myself and talk about all the reasons it’s great and should be read by everyone.

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June 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

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Adulthood Rites by Octavia E. Butler (My Rating: 4/5) This is the second book in the Xenogenesis Trilogy, also known as Lilith’s Brood. I preferred the first book, Dawn, and there’s one, major reason for that. I’m going to try to explain it as well as I can without spoiling or at least by being super vague. A character in this second book is kidnapped, and through the course of their being held, they come to sympathize with their kidnappers. This is not treated like Stockholm Syndrome or anything of the kind. It’s treated as legitimate. But there was never a point where I could see why they would feel this way. The shift to caring for these people didn’t make any sense to me. It becomes a major plot point, and I’m questioning why it’s happening at all. So, yes, worth losing a star over probably. But it’s still an incredible story that, aside from that bump, is very well-told.

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