Discussion: Bad Endings

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This is something I find fascinating, and I’d love to hear some opinions. Do bad endings destroy a story for you? My mother is the sort of audience member who hates a bad ending. It can completely wreck her enjoyment of a thing if she perceives of the ending being poor. With that in mind, let’s talk about what constitutes a bad ending.

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#T5W: Summer Reads

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I’ll just admit right up top that I don’t read based on the season. I think this comes from being a horror fan. For most people, scary things exist only in October. I don’t think that way. Halloween is year ’round as far as I’m concerned. I’m also not sure what a “summer read” is. I seem to understand autumn and winter reads on some level. Darker stuff set in cold climates. Spring and summer… Twee romances on beaches? Which is not a genre I read. I’ve heard thrillers called “beach reads” before. Is that what everyone means? Well, based on that intro, watch me stumble through my answers!

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Series I Need To Finish

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My relationship with book series is interesting, to say the least. A series has to be something I consider special to keep me reading book after book set in the same world about the same general storyline. Even then, because I’m a mood reader, keeping up with series and returning to them in a timely fashion can be a challenge for me. With that in mind, I’m trying to improve and finish some things. So let’s talk about all the series I’m in the middle of.

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Announcement: New Job

I don’t normally come on here to talk about real life in any capacity, but this deserves noting. Mainly because I don’t know yet how it will affect this blog. I’m starting a new job soon. I’m nervous and excited and all the things. And while I have a backlog of articles to go up here until the end of May, I’m unsure yet how my schedule might change. If the load on this blog might lighten. If the days I put things up will be different. If everything will remain exactly the same and there was no point in talking about it. Dunno! Just know if you see no post on a day when you expected a post, this explains it. I’m all good, safe and sound, but busier than I was previously.

Also, my new job is in a library. Squee!

#T5W: Books as Event Themes

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Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. This time we’re talking about books as themes for parties or weddings or anything fancy enough to require a get-together. While I’m quite the introvert, I don’t know if I could resist going to a book-themed party. So let’s talk about the ones that would tempt me the most.

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Reading Wrap-Up: April 2017

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In The Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami (My Rating: 4/5) The great strength of this book is how it deals with culture shock, both from the perspective of a Japanese man dealing with an American who is not on the up-and-up and how he attempts to describe his own culture to the reader. There is a lot of comparing going on between Japan and America by Kenji, our narrator. The thing I found most interesting about that is how he says the same thing about Americans that I’ve heard Americans say about the Japanese, and it puts context, for me personally, into how similar we actually are deep down. Murakami entirely captures that feeling of “well, you just don’t understand because you’re not from here.” It makes the book more than a simple thriller for me, because of how well he explores this.

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